Toon Army | Why are Newcastle called Toon Army?


The Toon Army is the dedicated fanbase of Newcastle United Football Club, known for their unwavering support, vibrant atmosphere, and fervent loyalty. As one of the most passionate fan communities in football, the Toon Army plays a pivotal role in shaping the identity and culture of Newcastle United.

St James' Park. Newcastle United. Sam McArdle
St James’ Park. Newcastle United © Sam McArdle | @StoppageTimeWinner

The term ‘Toon Army’ originated from the nickname for Newcastle upon Tyne, often referred to as ‘the Toon’ by locals (possibly down to the Geordie pronunciation of the word ‘town’ as ‘toon’). The passionate support for Newcastle United earned its fans the moniker of the Toon Army, symbolising their solidarity and enthusiasm for the club.

The Toon Army is characterised by its unwavering devotion to Newcastle United, demonstrated through vocal chants, colourful displays, and unwavering attendance at matches, especially away from home. Their passion transcends wins and losses, creating an electrifying atmosphere that resonates throughout St James’ Park and beyond.

Popular Newcastle United chants include: “Toon, Toon, Black and White Army” and the equally iconic “Howay the Lads”, which can both be heard shouted down from St James’ Park’s atmospheric Gallowgate End.

The Toon Army’s appeal lies in its sense of community, camaraderie, and shared love for Newcastle United. Whether cheering from the stands or supporting from afar, fans unite under the common goal of rallying behind their beloved club, creating a sense of belonging and pride.

The Toon Army’s influence extends beyond the football pitch, permeating popular culture through chants, songs, and iconic imagery. From local pubs to global fan forums, Newcastle United’s passionate fanbase has left an indelible mark on the cultural landscape, embodying the spirit of loyalty and resilience.

The Toon Army represents the vibrant and impassioned fanbase of Newcastle United Football Club, united by their unwavering support and fervent devotion. As a cornerstone of the club’s identity and heritage, the Toon Army continues to inspire generations of fans and embody the enduring spirit of football fandom.

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