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Geremi Appreciates Newcastle’s Loyal Fans

5:55 pm, Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

Newcastle captain Geremi has had lots of experience leading the Cameroon National team out in numerous African Nations Cup campaigns and that, along with his obvious leadership skills in the dressing room, held him in good stead to become Big Sam’s first captain at Newcastle United.

Geremi has been talking to the Evening Chronicle about life at Newcastle, and you may be surprised at what he has to say.

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Geremi - life at Newcastle is so different than at Chelsea

Geremi told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:

“I know all about the responsibility of being a Newcastle player.” “You are carrying the hopes of millions, and if you don’t live up to it you won’t be here too much longer.”

“We have a big, big fan base, one of the biggest in the world.” “They want a lot from us.” “They want us to play in a certain way and we have to give them that.”

“We must satisfy them and we are aiming to win as many matches as possible.”

But Geremi admits that his short time on Tyneside has been his biggest challenge to date. Geremi feels his switch has also been a culture shock, and admits the Newcastle faithful are always there to support the players, both at home and away, and even around the town.

Geremi added:

“This is so different to being a Chelsea player.” “That’s because at Newcastle the fans are around the club and city all of the time, and not just on a match day.”

“When we play away they are with us.”“Before the game has started they are singing our names when we warm up.” “That’s unique and that gives you a big boost. Unfortunately, we haven’t won some games for them.”

“Listening to them sing your name gives you so much motivation. You want to repay them – so hopefully we can by winning a trophy.”

We’ve always been a little skeptical of fans of the big four teams. Teams that are winning more than they are losing. Of course, there are real fans at Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea, who have grown up worshiping their teams – no problem at all there. However, there are also fans who support the teams, just because they are good and win most of the time. It’s not too hard to support a team that wins most games and gets a trophy or two each year.

But you cannot accuse Newcastle fans of that :D and also other club teams that are supported by their loyal fan base, even though they haven’t won anything for eons. At Newcastle, the fans are 100% committed to the team and still have full houses at every home game, even though we’ve had nothing to cheer about in terms of trophies for the last 40 years. :D

We think what Geremi is really talking about is fans who stick by the team whether they win or lose -and he sees 52,000 of them at every Newcastle home game.

Comments welcome.



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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Leo // Oct 31, 2007 at 7:21 PM

    geremi, get back to early season form…

  • 2 Obafan // Oct 31, 2007 at 8:11 PM

    He still needs to show his best at Newcastle. IMO his best position is right wing and not in central midfield. If he can have a couple of games on the wing then he can show his magnificent crosses.

    So far he hasn’t really convinced me, hope he will do in the next games.

  • 3 andyc290 // Oct 31, 2007 at 8:12 PM

    The Chronicle is tryin to turn everyone against Viduka tonight, dont do it lads, dont be influenced by the press, id rather he saved himself for the Scumderland match, Toon! Toon!..

  • 4 andyc290 // Oct 31, 2007 at 8:14 PM

    As for Geremi, Allardyce is doin him no favours by buildin the team rund him, the guy needs to take a time out.

  • 5 andyc290 // Oct 31, 2007 at 8:16 PM

    We dont travel to all those away games to see a win, we go for the craic, the banter, the chat, its awesome!!!

  • 6 Hammy // Oct 31, 2007 at 8:23 PM

    Good to see Geremi praising the fans…….he sounds sincere enough.

    Once players start taking fans for granted is usually the time trouble starts to brew.

  • 7 Arthur Prince // Oct 31, 2007 at 8:33 PM

    He is right though . What other group of Fans support their team through bad very bad and occaisionally good times . THE TOON ARMY . Our time will come though just hope it is sooner rather than later . I magine the noise at winning something . Bring it on lads .Howay the Lads

  • 8 Hammy // Oct 31, 2007 at 8:37 PM

    I know plenty of Newcastle fans who are no longer around to cheer them on, I hope they win something while I’m still here…it would be the best thing ever.
    (I’m 38 and very patient)

  • 9 Bobby Ollox // Oct 31, 2007 at 10:32 PM

    I dont know about him – it seemed like a good idea at the time when we bought him, but then there we bought others who were more exciting . He seems to have picked up what it means to be a newcastle player more than anyone else, but he just isnt special enough to get the pulse racing. Shame

  • 10 geordie_jordan // Nov 1, 2007 at 4:29 AM

    exactly bobby. also, as posted previously, don’t tell the mackems, but kenywe jones is a good striker. he is exactly the type of target man that sam loves. big strong lad with the ability to get in the air and knock down balls in the box.

  • 11 geordie_jordan // Nov 1, 2007 at 4:30 AM

    i watched the west ham match and he was a one man show up front

  • 12 Len // Nov 1, 2007 at 8:28 AM

    Sounds like a good bloke. Either that or he has a competent PR agent.

  • 13 Brisbane Mag // Nov 1, 2007 at 10:28 AM

    Gerami’s best positions seems to be either RW or RB, although Milner and Beye are better in these positions!

    We need a squad with strength in depth, so he’s a good squad player but not captain material……

  • 14 Steve c // Nov 1, 2007 at 2:58 PM

    Am i the only one who although we like to hear our players talk about how great it is to play for the toon and how much they love the supporters, they would shut up and prove where it counts on the pitch. I am sick of these crap away displays.




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