Question for Newcastle Soccer Fans

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Jason L., Dec 26, 2001.

  1. Jason L.

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    Why are they called the "Toon Army"? Please explain.
     
  2. andrew markworthy

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    Pedantically, it's the supporters who are the 'Toon Army'. 'Toon' is the Geordie (i.e. North-East of England) pronunciation of 'town'. [Incidentally, a heavy Geordie accent is nigh-on incomprehensible, even to a lot of native Brits]. I don't know all that much about soccer, but it's a reasonable bet that at some point the Newcastle United team was known as the 'town team', and hence how the name was derived.
     
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    Hey, is that why Newcastle is a Broon Ale rather than just a Brown Ale? Millions want to know.
     
  4. andrew markworthy

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    Michael, the answer is yes.
     

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