Supporters of Newcastle United have flocked to an announcement from the club regarding the appointment of Darren England for their upcoming match against West Bromwich Albion.
In the upcoming round of Premier League fixtures, the Toon are set to host Slaven Bilic’s West Bromwich Albion in a 3pm kick-off on Saturday afternoon.
Alongside England will be Martin Atkinson as the fourth official and Anthony Taylor on VAR.
After this announcement was relayed to supporters by the club, it had lots of them talking.
So, what did these Newcastle United fans have to say about Darren England’s appointment?
?? Darren England will referee #NEWWBA at St. James' Park this weekend.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) December 9, 2020
Surely a Newcastle win???. If Nufc win? bilic sacked? or quits/forced? ?
— scott hemy??? (thedoc170?) (@scotthemy180) December 9, 2020
Championship level ref for a championship level match
— Ryan Brooks (@Ryzilla85) December 9, 2020
Newcastle’s previous fixture in the Premier League was postponed due to a viral outbreak in the Toon’s camp (per BBC) and this had many wondering about the fixture with the Baggies.
Do you think the game with West Brom will be going ahead following the announcement?
Yes, it looks like it is
No, I think it'll be off
Good way of telling us the game is on
— Cameron Findlay (@Logan14Cameron) December 9, 2020
Game onnn pic.twitter.com/o2cMV24Uf7
— Kieren Wilkinson (@KierenW6) December 9, 2020
Surely game on!!!! https://t.co/RkgLyxF4hL
— Jacob (@snakethestriker) December 9, 2020
So far this season, England has refereed eight matches in all competitions, only two of which have been in the Premier League (per Transfermarkt).
Four of those eight games have come in the Championship and neither of the two games in the Premier League involved Newcastle.
So games on
— ??? Liam Davison ???? (@LiamDavison12) December 9, 2020
Think we can assume the Newcastle v West Brom will be taking place as normal.
— Marc Jobling FPL (@MarcJobling) December 9, 2020
Is the game definitely on?!
— Ollie Stevenson (@OStevenson12) December 9, 2020
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) December 9, 2020
So the game is on? https://t.co/xvmeIcW6ne
— Taylor Payne (@TaylorandBesty) December 9, 2020
As can be seen in these responses from Newcastle fans, many seemed to draw the conclusion from the club’s announcement that the game with West Brom would be going ahead.