If Only Scoular and Moncur Could Return Now

We have blasted the players this week because we just don’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. We’d like to see performances like the home games against Arsenal and Blackburn, and if the players produce that level of commitment and pride, we’ll soon be out of trouble with relegation, there’s no doubt about that.

We saw yesterday that our former great captain Bob Moncur doesn’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. We’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.   😀

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.

“I 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.”“But what is not in doubt is the fact that Newcastle’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 James’s Park before their last two matches against Chelsea and Everton.” “However, when you look at some of the away fixtures you never know – as the season goes on, different teams might have less and less to play for.”

“I 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.”

“I know it’s easy for me to sit here not knowing what it’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 doesn’t bear thinking about.”

“I am definitely worried now but I still don’t think United will go down because other teams have tougher fixtures. But United have to start picking points up.” “The good news is that it is still in their hands. Once you rely on other people, especially at the end of the season, that’s when things go funny, especially over Easter.”

“Newcastle United are my team and I don’t want to see them get relegated.”

“I 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.” “At the moment it’s all too close for comfort and Newcastle United are fighting for their lives.” “But I can only repeat it. After looking at all the other fixtures I am convinced that Newcastle United will stay up.”

“And the three teams that will go down will be Derby County, Fulham and Bolton Wanderers.”

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.

6 comments so far

  • Leo

    Mar 15, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #1

    how much do them guys look like gentlemen… i am not from that era by a long stretch but have great respect for how they played.

  • Dragoner

    Mar 15, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #2

    there is no point in an article like this Ed, there really isn’t.

  • Davies

    Mar 15, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #3

    On a different note, it looks like Martins might finally get a start on Monday. There’s some article or other floating around about Keegan being “excited” by him.

    If you want guts and glory, there’s a player who might provide them.

  • ObaFan2

    Mar 15, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Bit of a nostalgia trip this week Ed. 🙂


    Mar 15, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Dragoner, Why is there no point ?
    ED is trying to highlight the spirit of our past greats who showed pride and commitment for our club and didnt settle for the sub standard crap served up by our Players this season they should be made to watch matches like the 5-0 against Man Utd, The 3-0 over liverpool the most perfect team performance i have witnessed live, The Barcelona or Leverkusen Champions league matches, The 3 FA cup finals from the fifties, The second leg of the Fairs Cup final when we were 2-0 down at half time and fought back to win 2-3.

    These are what our club is about passion, pride, flair, heart and determination all of what our current team lack.

  • Gordon d

    Mar 15, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #6

    In my local there was a framed picture of Jimmy Scoular holding the FA cup aloft strange because i live 130 miles from Newcastle but i was brought up in the same area Livingston Station now known as Deans.My dad and other older guys from here talk about him now.


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