Het hoort niet echt bij de trip naar Newcastle, maar het is wel geinig. In aanloop van de beide ontmoetingen tussen NAC en Newcastle United ben ik geïnterviewd door een krant uit Newcastle. Hieronder tref je hun artikel aan:
NAC Breda are ready to roll out the red carpet when Newcastle United visit Holland in the UEFA Cup next month. United take on the Dutch side at St James’ Park in the first leg of their first-round tie a week on Wednesday and then go to Holland for the second leg on October 15.
The tie hasn’t exactly whetted the appetite of the Toon Army after last season’s Champions League adventures to the likes of Milan, Turin and Barcelona. But the town of Breda has been in a frenzy since the draw was made. And with United only likely to receive 1,000 tickets for the 16,500 capacity stadium, Breda are putting up a giant screen in their town centre for any of the travelling Toon Army who are unable to get tickets.
Martijn Mureau, editor of the NAC Breda Fanzine DE Rat, says: “We want to organise this party both for our fans and the Newcastle supporters. We have arranged some DJs, and for the NAC and Newcastle fans who have no tickets for the game we would like to put up a big screen in front of the Rat Verleghstadium so they can watch the match. We are hoping that many Newcastle United fans will stay overnight in Breda so we can make it a great big party for both sides.”
“When we found out we were playing Newcastle United, one of the most famous teams in Europe, it was the talk of the town and it still is.”
While Dutch TV station Nederland 2 will beam out both legs of the tie in Holland, neither of the games are likely to be shown in England. And this will give United a reminder of how much their failure to reach the Champions League proper is going to cost them.