We have blasted the players this week because we just donâ€™t think they have shown enough guts and glory to wear the famous black and white stripes of Newcastle United.
Jimmy Scoular shakes hands with Roy Paul before 1955 FA Cup Final
Reg Leafe is the referee
While what we have written we mean every word of it, we are also hoping the criticism may shake them out of their comatose state. Weâ€™d like to see performances like the home games against Arsenal and Blackburn, and if the players produce that level of commitment and pride, weâ€™ll soon be out of trouble with relegation, there’s no doubt about that.
We saw yesterday that our former great captain Bob Moncur doesnâ€™t think too highly of our current squad either. If Bob did nothing else in his time at Newcastle he epitomized the guts and glory of being a player for Newcastle United.
Bob in that way was similar to Jimmy Scoular, a Scot who captained Newcastle for the 1955 FA Cup Final, when we took a Don Revie Manchester City team apart 3-1. That was the only goal we conceded in those 3 games, so they can feel proud about that.
Jimmy was the shaking the fist, gesticulating type of captain we just love to see, and he wore his heart on his sleeve for all to see. Weâ€™d love Bob and Jimmy back playing right now, but we have to confess we may end up with only 6-7 players on the pitch at the end of the game. Because they would deck a few of them for lack of effort, especially Scoular.Â Â 😀
The greatest player we ever saw play the game – Duncan Edwards – who was dead at 21 – said that Scoular was ‘the finest tackler of the ball I ever saw.’
Gutless play is something Bob and Jimmy would just never stand for. It’s also interesting they are both Scottish – and that Kevin is looking to Scotland to bring in new players in the summer. Jimmy in central midfield and Bob Moncur at center-back – that would do it.
Jimmy died in 1998 so he’s not around any more, but this is what Bob Moncur had to say yesterday, about the relegation threat that exists at Newcastle right now.
â€œI have looked at the fixture list and I have tried to work out what points all the teams are going to get and it is just about impossible to do.â€â€œBut what is not in doubt is the fact that Newcastleâ€™s goal difference is poor and if it all comes to that it is a point less they have.”
“What they also have are three crunch home games against Fulham, Reading and Sunderland at St Jamesâ€™s Park before their last two matches against Chelsea and Everton.â€ â€œHowever, when you look at some of the away fixtures you never know â€“ as the season goes on, different teams might have less and less to play for.â€
â€œI just wish United would show a little bit more fight, and I worry that some of the players are not really that concerned about the threat of relegation.â€
â€œI know itâ€™s easy for me to sit here not knowing what itâ€™s like to be in a relegation battle, but I am sure I would fight for my life. I wonder if some of the players know how much it would cost Newcastle United if they got relegated. It absolutely doesnâ€™t bear thinking about.â€
â€œI am definitely worried now but I still donâ€™t think United will go down because other teams have tougher fixtures. But United have to start picking points up.â€ â€œThe good news is that it is still in their hands. Once you rely on other people, especially at the end of the season, thatâ€™s when things go funny, especially over Easter.â€
â€œNewcastle United are my team and I donâ€™t want to see them get relegated.â€
â€œI will be very surprised and disappointed to say the least if they do go down. I think that they are due a little break in the next couple of games.” â€œAt the moment itâ€™s all too close for comfort and Newcastle United are fighting for their lives.â€ â€œBut I can only repeat it. After looking at all the other fixtures I am convinced that Newcastle United will stay up.â€
â€œAnd the three teams that will go down will be Derby County, Fulham and Bolton Wanderers.â€
Bob hits the nail on the head when he says he’s concerned about some of the players not even caring about whether we get relegated.
So are we.
Comments always welcome.