Why are Newcastle United’s local heroes are often ‘held to a higher standard’ by certain sections of their fan base

Local Newcastle United players are displayed on a giant banner in the Gallowgate End of the ground prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on April 13, 2024 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Fan group Wor Flags paid tribute to boyhood fans of the club who currently play in Newcastle's first team (Image credit: Future)

Before their 4-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United supporters unveiled a banner that celebrated 11 members of their first-team squad who grew up supporting the club.

Beneath it was a quote from Sean Longstaff: “I love representing the city… Representing the people that are me”. It’s a beautiful line, but Longstaff hasn’t cut a figure of happiness representing his city at times this season.

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Matthew Ketchell
Deputy Editor

A former goalkeeper, Ketch joined FourFourTwo as Deputy Editor in 2022 having worked across ChronicleLive, LeedsLive, Hull Daily Mail, YorkshireLive, Teesside Gazette and the Huddersfield Examiner as a Northern Football Editor. Prior to that he was the Senior Writer at BBC Match of the Day magazine. He has interviewed the likes of Harry Kane, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gareth Southgate and attended two World Cup finals and a Champions League final. He has been a Newcastle United season ticket holder since 2000 and has an expensive passion for collecting classic football shirts.