Geremi Appreciates Newcastle’s Loyal Fans

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.


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 😀 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. 😀

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.

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