‘St James Park has the best atmosphere’ – German Premier League star
St James Park is a very different place now.
A combination of Mike Ashley ownership and Steve Bruce management had made home games a chore most of the time.
Poor football and an increasingly bad atmosphere. Ashley achieving the near impossible but it had taken more than 14 years as Newcastle fans lost all hope and that then manifested itself with matches sometimes played in near silence.
However, the withdrawal of Mike Ashley and his minions such as Steve Bruce and Lee Charnley changed the mood.
November 20, 2021 was the first game under new ET owners Eddie Howe, a very strong performance and what should have been a comfortable win, only for two errors from Karl Darlow to lead to a 3-3 draw.
Brentford star Vitaly Janelt started that first game for Howe and, of course, the memory stayed with him, when the German media asked him ‘Which stadium in England has the best atmosphere?’ he left for St James Park.
It ended up being a season for Newcastle United, especially at home.
Since the positive ownership/management changes were made in the fall, St James Park has been a very different place, seven home wins in the last eight games, while the atmospheres have soared on so many levels, culminating with the one against Arsenal. which was first class.
Vitaly Janelt interviewed by sports horn “Which stadium in England has the best atmosphere?”
“We can only accommodate 17,000 spectators (in Brentford) but the atmosphere is always excellent.
“Away from home, I preferred Newcastle.
“It’s (St James Park) a typical English stadium.
“The new owners had just arrived, so there was a lot of euphoria among Newcastle fans anyway.
“Then the match ended 3:3.
“The atmosphere was exceptional.”