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26th Feb 2023

Newcastle fans praised for leaving Trafalgar Square ‘spotless’ after Carabao Cup final takeover

Steve Hopkins

‘Only north east sides bring support like this’

Newcastle fans are being praised for leaving Trafalgar Square “spotless” after thousands descending on the capital ahead of the club’s Carabao Cup final showdown on Sunday.

The landmark was overrun with fans on Saturday with videos on social media showing concert-like crowds.

The Magpies will play their first major cup final in nearly 25 years at Wembley Stadium today, and fans were clearly in a mood to celebrate ahead of their teams’ clash with Manchester United.

Fans, many wearing the famous black and white striped shirts – were seen chanting and having a good time as they descended on the London hotspot and gathered around Nelson’s Column. Beers were sunk and the odd smoke bomb let off in the team’s colours.

The Carabao Cup final kicks off at 4.30pm.

Last time The Magpies made the final, in 1999, they lost 2-0 to The Red Devils.

The fans were joined Saturday by the club’s co-owners, Mehrdad Ghodoussi and Jamie Reuben, with the former sharing a picture of the pair at the square on Twitter alongside the caption: “Toon army.”

Earlier on in the day, Ghodoussi wrote: “To all our away fans who have traveled to London, let’s turn Wembley into St James’ tomorrow. “Sing your hearts out and wave those scarfs. We are the 12th man on that pitch.”

Hundreds of people have commented on the now-viral clip shared by Barstool Football, with one fan writing: “They better win tomorrow.”

“Scenes, begging Newcastle beat United for the sake of all of us,” said another.

A third wrote: “Only north east sides bring support like this.”

Several United fans also commented.

The fans were also later praised for their clean-up effects.

One shared photos of fans, rubbish bags in hand, clearing up rubbish, and wrote: “‘If you’re proud to be a Geordie…’ #NUFC

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