01.04.17 THANK YOU ELLIS SHORT
It was great news announced by Gallowgate Flags and Sunderland Fans Group Haway the Flags that after joint meetings between Ellis Short and Mike Ashley, a joint flag which will be the biggest in Europe is about to be joint funded by the supremos at Sunderland and Newcastle United.
One side of the flag will be Black & White stripes featuring the United club crest and the reverse will feature Red & White stripes with the Sunderland crest. The flag will be featured at St James' Park and the Stadium of Light on alternate home games. When the teams meet in derby games the home team will display it before KO with the visiting team having it after half time.
Mike Ashley said: "Ellis and I occasionally meet for dinner when he's in London and after an approach had been made from some Sunderland fans with this idea ... I think they have been impressed by the work of Gallowgate Flags ... we agreed it would be a good gesture for the both of us to joint fund a flag which can be used by both clubs but also show the passion and togetherness of our two great clubs. We hope to have the flag ready for the first game of next season when I expect us both to be Premier League clubs".
A Gallowgate Flags spokesman said" this is a fantastic idea and we will be delighted to display it at St James' Park and seeing it on display at the Stadium of Light".
25.01.17 Surfer Flag ordered!
We have ordered the 31m x 22m giant surfer flag for the Gallowgate End. The flag has cost £3,200 and will be displayed for the first time at the Aston Villa game on Monday 20.2.17 The flag has been bought and paid for by you, the fan base. Thank you.
07.12.2016 Quiz raises £1,700
The Gallowgate Flags Quiz saw £1,700 raised for a new Giant Surfer Flag which we aim to have unveiled for the Aston Villa home game in February Thank you to all 200 people who came and Newcastle United for supporting the project.
25.11.2016 Fundraising Quiz
Gallowgate Flags will be holding a fundraising Quiz for Surfer Flags at St James' Park. The quiz will start at 19.30 at Nine Bar ( St James' Park) on Tuesday 6th of December.
Tickets are £5.90 (including booking fee) and Gallowgate Flags receives £5 of each ticket. 100% of that money is will be spent on surfer flags for St James'. There will be special guests asking the questions for each quiz round and we have a range of fantastic prizes available.
Teams can be maximum of four players and we have a capacity of 200 for this event. Tickets are on sale online on a first come first serve basis.
We hope to see you there!
03.11.2016 LEGENDS DAY is coming!
This Saturday against Cardiff Gallowgate Flags is back for Legends Day. At around 14.50 we'll unveil 12 banners of Newcastle United Legends as a way of recognising and thanking them for their contribution to Newcastle United. A list is contained in this great chronicle article http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/flying-flag-12-legends-newcastle-12110191
The Gallowgate Flags group will unfurl flags honouring 12 Magpies legends: What makes them great?
We'll also be distributing flags underneath seats as we did for the Huddersfield game. Please can all flags be left under seats or returned to the lower outdoor concourse of the Gallowgate, and not taken from the ground.
We don't have the resources to place 500 flags under specific seats (it took four hours last time and it's a lot darker and colder than it was in early August). The flags will be left on a first arrival basis so if there isn't a flag near your seat, feel free to grab one near by if you've arrived first.
How you can help?
1. Help us spread the message about Legends Day by letting people know it's happening
2. Turn up at the game at least thirty minutes early to wave flags and build the atmosphere
3. We're assembling & distributing the flags tomorrow night (Friday) from 18.00 at St James'. If anyone close by can lend a hand we'd be delighted to see you. We're meeting at the security entrance. If you can lend a hand drop me an email to let me know.
4. At the end of the game we have to sweep the Gallowgate End to pick up flags. If you can afford to wait ten minutes after the game and bring your flag down to us on the lowest walkway of the Gallowgate, it would be a massive help.
We owe a massive thank you to everyone who has donated to make days like this possible - if you want to see how your money has been spent please have a look at the following:
See you Satuday
17.10.2016 - LEGENDS DAY flags ordered
We have now ordered all 12 flags for Legends Day. Please make your way to St James' Park half an hour early for the Cardiff Game on the 05.11.2016 (Kick off 15.00) to be part of it. For more information on Legends Day please click here.
We'll be posting pictures as we get them.
15.09.2016 - News for Wolves (H) and Volunteers needed!
(Below is a copy of the email sent to all flag volunteers on 15.09.2016)
United face Wolves at home this Saturday and we're planning another flag display for people wanting to collect flags from the wheelie bins pre game which will be out from 1pm and put away at 2:40pm. The wheelie bins will be at the Corner accesses only as we are short on volunteers to help out pre-game. The plan for this game is to concentrate the display in the Corner and East side of the Gallowgate only.
We'd love to do the whole Gallowgate each game but in reality we are only around 5-10 regular volunteers and we can only do so much.
We desperately need more match day volunteers to help us with assembly, distribution and collection.
If you would like to help us make Gallowgate Flags bigger and better, please get in touch by e-mail for further details. By volunteering as an organiser you'd ideally be available a few hours before the match to re-tape and pole flags, distribute them to people willing to wave them, wave flags of your choice and help collect and store the flags afterwards.
By being part of Gallowgate Flags you can also get involved in the direction we take in terms of future flags displays and designs.
To get all 500 flags out (and the other few hundred we plan to order!) we realistically need 50 match day volunteers so please get in touch for more information if you'd like to help. Even if you can only help out the odd game a season, or maybe only before or only after a game, it would be a tremendous help and warmly appreciated.
On a positive note - we have successfully raised the money we needed for 'Legends Day' against Brentford on Saturday 15th October. Thank you to everybody who has donated to make this possible. We're working with the club to make this a special day for the former players and their families. We'll have 11 huge flags of former players which will cover the whole south stand of the ground.
We're hoping Legends Day will be a huge success and a fitting tribute to Colin Veitch, Bill McCracken, Hughie Gallacher, Stan Seymour (senior), Jackie Milburn, Joe Harvey, Bob Moncur, Malcolm Macdonald, Kevin Keegan, Peter Bearsdsley and Sir Bobby Robson
Back to the Wolves game - no one would bet against another three points for Rafa and the lads and we hope to once again play a small part in an improved pre-game atmosphere. All of your photos and videos from the displays are warmly received and the best of which can be found on our website.
We hope to see many of you again on Saturday for the Corner/East Gallowgate display and then many more of you as volunteers soon.
Donate here - http://gofundme.com/gallowgateflags
25.07.2016 - Gallowgate Flags announce 'BLACK & WHITE DAY' against Huddersfield Town
Newcastle United fan group Gallowgate Flags announce 'Black & White Day' for United's opening home game against Huddersfield Town.
Newcastle United supporters who have crowd funded almost £5000 for the purchase of 471 supporter flags have announced that the first home fixture of the 2016/17 will be known as 'Black & White Day.'
The game against Huddersfield Town on August 13th has been selected by Gallowgate Flags as the ideal game to launch their bid to better improve the atmosphere in St James' Park. As well as the pre-match flag display the group has planned they are now calling on all match-going supporters to wear Black & White as well as be at St James' Park 30 minutes prior to kick off. As a starting point, Gallowgate Flags wants the players to run out to the kind of visual display last seen at Alan Shearer's testimonial a decade ago.
Gallowgate Flags co-founder, Alex Hurst says "For years now ideas to 'bring back the noise' to St James' Park have been discussed by match going fans at St James' Park. As a group we're trying to create something to achieve that goal. Fans arriving early to the game will see the unique flag display we have planned andcan be part of a sea of Black & White creating an atmosphere to inspire the players, manager and fellow supporters."
The fan group called publicly for volunteers to help display banners and flags and have received a great response from season ticket holders in the Gallowgate End, where the display will be held.
'Black & White Day' is designed to include all match going supporters and the desire is to create an impressive, visual display led by supporters in the 30 minutes before kick-off.
The Huddersfield game will be the first competitive home fixture since United released their new home kit and the growing goodwill from the fans towards the club since the appointment of Rafa Benitez.
Gallowgate Flags is still seeking volunteers to wave flags in the Gallowgate End and all interested fans can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register interest.
The group hope 'Black & White Day' is the first of many supporter-led ideas that will improve the atmosphere for home games this season and thus play a key role in supporting Rafa and the players get the club back into the Premier League where it belongs.
Newcastle United has publicly supported Gallowgate Flags on their social media channels and their website and is co-operating constructively.
Supporters who wish to support the future activities of Gallowgate Flags are asked to make donations with all monies being used to help transform the Gallowgate End into one of the most visually striking stands in European football.
Donate here - http://gofundme.com/gallowgateflags
20.07.2016 - The time is now
We've now raised over £4,500 and just committed almost £3,000 of it to the first game of the season against Huddersfield (details to follow). What we need, apart from continued funding support, arevolunteers.
We don't want to force this on anyone. If you've a season ticket in the Corner or Gallowgate Lower and Middle Tiers we NEED YOU!! If you're willing to hold or wave a flag please e-mail email@example.com. All we need is your seat number and row. We'll place a flag under your seat pre-game and collect it ourselves post game. If you're up for this - brilliant. What would be even better - get a mate to help out too.
Ideally you'll be willing to get to the ground at least 15 minutes early.
14.07.2016 - NUFC endorsement
Last night Newcastle United tweeted sent out a tweet support of Gallowgate Flags and accompanied it with an official endorsement on their website. The support of the club is crucial for what we plan to do this coming season and we are grateful to Newcastle United and in particular Lee Marshall , fan liaison officer for making this happen.
As a result of this strong backing from the club which has broadened our appeal, we have upgraded our plans and raised our funding goal to £5,000. We're immeasurably grateful to the 260 people that have donated to date - but the more money we raise, the more we can do. So please help us turn the Corner and Gallowgate into the 'Black and White Wall.' We need your help to make it happen.
All money raised goes to flag displays and we will post receipts and payments of everything paid for.
07.07.2016 - The plan of action
After raising £3.6k in less than 7 days Gallowgate Flags convened at the Strawberry Pub last night to discuss how best to progress Gallowgate Flags.
It has been unanimously agreed that our long term aim should be create a 'wall of noise and flags' at the Gallowgate End of the ground (and Corner) mirroring that of Dortmund's Yellow Wall. It may take a considerable amount of time to achieve, but judging the support we've picked up in such a short space of time - it will one day can happen.
Raising the money so quickly has altered the scale of our ambitions and we will, as always, seek permission from Newcastle United to gain permission for any plans for home games this season. We are still fundraising and hugely grateful to the 250+ who have donated so far. Donations are still open and the more money raised, the more we can do.
When we've spoken to the club - more details will be released.
04.07.2016 - Initial £3k target reached in just 4 days
We are astounded by the support received from the Newcastle United supporting community that has resulted in in more than £3,000 being raised in such a short space of time. We never doubted the appetite for flag and banner displays so we thought we would reach our money raising goal in a number of weeks, but could not have dreamed of raising so much so quickly.
Our group plans to convene in person this Wednesday to discuss where we go next with the project and whether we should adjust our fund raising goal and to what level. We will release details as soon as we have them about future fund raising and what specifically it could pay for. Like all activity surrounding Gallowgate Flags we are committed to producing safe, Newcastle United approved material that complies with safety legislation. Positive dialogue with the club began last week so we will run all flag suggestions with them before making a comment either way about the scale of flags.
Thank you to all that have donated. Donations are still open. All money raised is spent on flags. We are also grateful to Lee Ryder, The Chronicle, nufc.com, truefaith, nufcblog & all who have spread the word on social media and encouraged friends and family in person to donate.
02.07.2016 - £1,300 raised in 1 day
Gallowgate Flags wants to place on record it's thanks to the 91 people who have donated so far to raise £1,300 to the campaign. Our first round of funding aims to raise £3k, but more money = more flags and larger displays. At the time of writing we've attracted nearly 1,000 followers on twitter. We're grateful for all the well wishers, followers and people helping us spread thee word. It is important that we translate that to donations for this. We will only turn SJP and the Corner/Gallowgate into a see of flags and black and white with enough money to do this.
91 have donated. Fantastic. 50,000 will be in St James' for the Huddersfield game - please help us attract their attention, support and their donations.
30.06.2016 - Club meeting and funding launch
Today Gallowgate Flags met with Newcastle United to ensure we have the full backing and cooperation of the club moving forwards. Gallowowgate Flags is a 100% positive pro-Newcastle United, fan led movement and the endorsement of the club is crucial to make sure displays are safe, positive and welcome inside St James' Park.
The meeting was the idea of the club and we met with the Fans Liaison Officer & Safety Officer to ensure that Gallowgate Flags is pro-Newcastle United and Newcastle United are pro-Gallowgate Flags.
What is evident from the club is that they are fully behind making St James' Park a vocal fortress and they've offered us support and help in practically every area of our campaign from storage, to spreading our message. It has been agreed that the first home game of the season will see the pre-game launch of Gallowgate Flags and we hope will fans will arrive at the game early to make the atmosphere for Rafa and the players the best it's ever been pre-game.
This is just the beginning of our campaign, so we have much to discuss with Newcastle United to make sure that we progress in line with club requirements. We're grateful to the club for supporting this fan-led initiative and we will have more specific details in the following weeks.
We have launched our funding page which can be viewed here: http://gofundme.com/gallowgateflags
All money received from the page will be spent on Flags and displays within the ground as well as paying for the maintenance of this website. We are grateful for any financial support.
We're looking to get as many fags designed and created as possible, so feel free to donate flags or share ideas through our twitter page or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org