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Newcastle United fans set to appear in documentary - as long away journeys are set for big screen; The Toon Army always have a tough schedule but now their experiences are set to be played out on screen.

Byline: Lee Ryder

Newcastle United fans are set to feature in a documentary which will show their incredible loyalty on away days.

A TV crew have been following a coach load of Toon fans who travel with the Back Page service which takes them up and down the country.

Unitedfans heading to Brighton later this season will have their journey covered by documentary maker Rees Dale.

When describing his project, Rees told the Chronicle: "With a working title of, 'The Longest Journey' this is a film about the passion, devotion and obsession Newcastle fans have for their club and the lengths (quite literally) many go to to show their support.

"This is a film that, unlike most films about football, doesn't really have any football in it because it is about those forgotten faces of modern football, the fans themselves without whom, the club would be nothing.

"It's about fans who sacrifice things in order to show their love for the club and support, fans who miss work, school or university to travel what are the longest journeys in English football, fans who miss family time or special occasions to travel and see games or fans who go above and beyond what others would deem normal to be there.

"Some fans may even spend money they don't have or have other ways of getting to games or showing their support."

The TV crew joined fans for the recent trip to Wolverhampton whenthe Magpiessuffered a cruel late blow and conceded an unjust stoppage time equaliser.

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Rees added: "We will be following fans up and down the country on buses and other transport and have completed the first stage of shooting when we joined fans on a coach run by the guys at The Back Page, who have been absolutely fantastic in their help so far, on the Monday night trip to Wolverhampton where Newcastle suffered that heartbreaking last minute equaliser.

"We will be following this with another long journey, perhaps the longest of all, away at Brighton and then spending some time in Newcastle in the days up to and after this game and in the run up to the final home game of the season.

"We have some fantastic contributors so far but are always on the lookout for more people with interesting stories who feel they have something to tell in terms of what they sacrifice in their support for NUFC, I would absolutely love to speak with them if so, particularly those who attend games home and away.

"If interested people want to write to us and tell us their story, we would be really happy to hear from them and the email address to contact is cast@luckyreelstudios.com. "

When asked why he'd chosen Newcastle fans to follow, the Wales-based documentary maker said: "I'm actually from Cardiff who ended up in the film industry and have spent the last 16 to 17 years in film and commercial post-production working all over the world as an editor and effects artist primarily but, due to my huge interest in football and all sport, have slowly started to move into film directing, mostly sporting documentary projects.

"My grandfather had a soft spot for NUFC despite not being from the North East and when I was asked to write a short documentary project about football, I instantly thought of NUFC and developed this idea."

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Date:Mar 26, 2019
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