It is of our concern that The Spirit of 37 group, a volunteer organisation that raises funds to create banners at SAFC matches, has been on the receiving end of a backlash from some of our fans following the display it set up for the Derby.

The banner, which read “Wearside” was ridiculed by some online alongside scores of Newcastle supporters for its perceived lack of quality and for its apparent “Red & Silver” colouring instead of white.

Others have slammed them for an alleged “lack of transparency” regarding their expenditures and made unsubstantiated allegations regarding where money was going.

Despite the effort put in, the account posted on the Ready to Go Forum that “we’re done” after “taking a battering from our own fans.”

The banner, as photographed by SGM’s Jamie Smith.

This is a heartbreaking, if not over reactionary outcome. First of all, any opinion from up the road regarding this should be earnestly dismissed and not allowed to dwell in our heads.

Secondly, it should not be forgotten that the Spirit of 37 is a dedicated fan organisation who over the years have worked tirelessly to produce some immense crowd displays, such as the annual Poppy banner, which has attracted plaudits nationwide.

Organisations like this bring an increased spirit, unity and power into our club. They should absolutely not be made a scapegoat for the increasingly uninspiring if not outright incompetent decision making originating from the owners of this club.

It is a sad state of affairs that these people have damaged our morale more than Newcastle United could ever hope to by winning.

Support the Spirit of 37, and don’t bully these organisations into quitting. We love you, we appreciate you and we thoroughly need what you do.