Smith Honored To Captain Newcastle United


Alan Smith is honored to captain Newcastle United – and Alan has not captained all three clubs he has played for. It’s easy to see why – Alan is the consummate team player and gives 100% every game.

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Alan Smith – honored to be Captain of Newcastle United

Smith did make the first goal for fellow former Leeds team mate Mark Viduka, and we’d like to see both of them as strikers in Wednesday’s game at Wigan, which we have to win.

Smith talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle immediately after yesterday’s disappointing game against Derby County:

“It’s a massive honor for myself.” “I have captained all three clubs I’ve been at – Leeds United, Manchester United and obviously Newcastle now.”“As a captain, you know what’s necessary. You know what’s wanted from yourself and what you can demand from others. That’s part of growing up as a footballer.”

“People see you as someone who other people can follow. It’s not about ranting and raving. It’s about playing with a commitment and a desire that other people want to follow themselves.”

“You set an example for everyone else.” “Wearing the armband gives you that extra lift. It’s not like you’re carrying the rest of the team, but you are the focal point, because you’re wearing the armband.” “You’ve got to make sure you’re giving 100% week-in, week-out, and not let your standards drop.”

Smith, as you might expect, took heart from the fact that United never gave up, scoring a late goal for the third successive game. But they should never have let themselves get behind twice to a team who had previously only scored one goal away from home in its previous 9 away games.

Smudge added:

“It was disappointing not to win, but I think in the last couple of games at home – against Arsenal and Birmingham – we’ve kept going right to the death. And against Derby we played in fits and starts.”“We keep giving ourselves a lot to do, because we conceded so early in the game. It upset the rhythm of our play. We were on the back foot and had to throw everything at them to score.”

“We’re not stupid, we know we have to beat Derby County at home. If we’re going to take hope or any positives from the game, we did keep going right to the death.”

Alan’s right about going until the very end, and with a little luck we could have won the game, but we can’t complain with the luck we’ve had in the last few games.

The other thing we like about Alan is that he’s a straight talker, which is not surprising since he’s a Yorkshireman, born in Rothwell, Leeds in October, 1980. One thing we’d like to see from Alan at Wigan on Wednesday is a goal. He has yet to score a competitive goal for Newcastle, and there’s no time like the present. The present of course being at 3:00 pm at Wigan on Wednesday, Boxing Day.

Go for it Alan. 😀

Comments always welcome.



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16 comments so far

  • Nick Dryden

    Dec 24, 2007 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Honored – Are you American Ed? Allardyce loves Prozone but if he looks at the stats, he’ll see Smith contributes absolutely nothing except yellow cards. Smith’s taking the place of a creative midfield player Emre or similiar and makes Shola look like a prolific scorer!!

    Maybe Allardyce is afraid of Smith’s comment ” I didn’t come here to sit on the bench”, but it’s the best place for hiim

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  • kenneth

    Dec 24, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #2

    This is a f*****g nightmare

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  • Tripp

    Dec 24, 2007 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed writes in the Septic style as he lives in the States and has for quite some time. What is it with you Brits and your u’s anyways? It’s so French. 😉

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  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 24, 2007 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Nick – yes I’m over here in the US nowadays so it’s American English on this site. Not exactly Geordie I admit. I used to have an explanation up on the site but took it down – will put something up again. I was shipped over by IBM long ago is the short story.

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  • Nick Dryden

    Dec 24, 2007 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Which part do you live Ed?
    What’s this Altidore kid like?

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  • newcastlefan

    Dec 24, 2007 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Smith has done very well like
    winning crucial balls like the one against Derby, however he is not suited to play in the midfield, although he has physical presence upfront , i think Sam sacrifycing more quality strikers like Martins and change the formation to 4 3 3 to suit him.

    He definetely have improve on his finishing if he want to remain as first choice striker.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 24, 2007 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #7

    Nick – we’re just outside Raleigh, NC on the east coast. Reports from fans in New York about Jozy Altidore say he’s a great prospect. He plays for the New York Red Bulls – a big strapping lad. He may be a Newcastle United player next month – hope so. 😀

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  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 24, 2007 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #8

    newcastelfan – if you mean Martins has to improve his finishing, I agree. Would like to see Smith and Viduka up front against Wigan.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 24, 2007 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Tripp – 😀

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  • Tripp

    Dec 24, 2007 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Altidore has gotten some time in our national team. Came on against South Africa in our 1-0 victory. He wasn’t on all that long and didn’t really factor into the match. I watched him play when he came to Colordao several months ago. Rapids should have won but like another team I know, couldn’t take their chances and they lost 0-1.

    Martins needs work on finishing and his first touch. Someone here called him our World Class player but he’s defo not in that category. Still very much in the rough. Could be a diamond, but could also turn out to be quartz.

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  • scott 9

    Dec 24, 2007 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #11

    when we get owen back fit he will get on the goal trail him and viduka up front is a dream
    partenership in my opinion

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  • scott 9

    Dec 24, 2007 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #12

    o and if big sam insists on playing smith this is how we should play against wigan considering duff is ok to start.
    given
    beye cacapa taylor zog
    barton
    duff ————– emre
    smith
    viduka martins
    bench-owen milner faye butt harper
    i think this team would create more chances for the forwards smith is just playing of the front 2 barton protecting the back 4 duff and emre creating a sort of diamongd in midfiled emre cutting inside more helping in midfiled as zog can play like a wing back and duff i now hes playing on the wrong side but can get a bit of chalk on his boots and also cut inside this would be a great attacking line up we would pla nice football and create chances however its unlikely he will drop nicky butt.

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  • scott 9

    Dec 24, 2007 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #13

    and what a bench great players to come on if we need to change it

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  • Ross

    Dec 25, 2007 at 3:08 AM

    Comment #14

    i have to disagree scott9.
    i think the back four should be
    beye – taylor – faye – zogs.
    –if faye isnt fit, then cacapa, rozy’s been a nightmare at times past few games. dunno why enrique isnt startin but zogs still gets forward well from lb, so we’ll keep it that way.
    midfield being
    milner – emre – smith- duff
    –emre needs to start, its that simple. he’s the best playmaker we have, adds a bit of class, can play the killer ball. smith works hard, he’ll win 50-50’s and is good in the air. isnt afraid to go forward, or track back to help. Alot of people slating him on here, if you watch closely you’ll see smith does alot of work, he’s quiet, but effective. duff’s fit and seemingly zogs is at lb, so he’s an obvious left wing starter.
    milner, good runner, decent ball with his right foot, so start him on his right wing.
    upfront
    martins–viduka
    viduka showed against derby he knows where the net is. give him a start. not only that but he’s very good with his back to goal, he’s basically got a good bit of everything.
    martins…he seems scared to shoot at times. however, once he gets those shooting boots back, he’s absolutly worth a start.

    what does everyone think for the team against wigan?

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  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 25, 2007 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #15

    Ross,

    Given
    Beye Faye Taylor N’Zogbia
    Milner Butt Emre Duff
    Viduka Smith

    Subs: Harper, Cacapa, Geremi, Barton, Martins

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  • Brisbane Mag

    Dec 26, 2007 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #16

    ok, here’s my team for the game against Wigan:

    Given
    Beye-Faye-Taylor-N’Zogbia
    Milner-Butt-Barton-Duff
    Viduka-Smith

    Subs: Harper, Cacapa, Enrique, Emre, Martins

    Second half subs; Emre for Barton, Enrique for Duff )Zog going on the wing) and Martins on for either Viduka or Butt depending on the score!

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