Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Toon Mania

On Ricki's full first day in Newcastle, she got to experience a private tour of St. James' Park, which is where Newcastle United Football Club play. Throughout Newcastle United's history, their home venue has been St James' Park—the oldest and largest football stadium in North East England, and the sixth largest football stadium in the United Kingdom.

The club's supporters are also known as the Magpies, the Geordies or the Toon Army. The name Toon originates from the Geordie pronunciation of town. The Geordie dialect is quite unique and they have a lot of interesting words that Ricki is coming to terms with. She got her picture taken with a statue of Jackie Milburn, one of the best players in NUFC's history. The statue says "Wor Jackie" and the word "wor" is how Geordie's say "our".

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