Les Likes What He Sees Of New Newcastle

Les Ferdinand had a scoring run at Newcastle of eight matches scoring in each game.


Les Ferdinand in his days at Newcastle

That was apparently just short of Willie Wardrobe’s record of nine on the trot which he achieved way back in 1895-96.

Les, who will be commentating on tonight’s match with Portsmouth for Setanta Television, recalled today:

“I was told that if I scored against Spurs then I would have equaled that record which had stood for exactly 100 years.”

“But I did everything but score in that game and I hit the post. I am sure if Michael gets into a position to break some record he won’t mess up like I did.”

“Michael’s attitude is the same as mine and that is that records are there to be broken.”

Ferdinand has watched as Kevin Keegan has put together an awesome strike force of Owen, Mark Viduka and Obafemi Martins.

Les, who scored 50 goals in his two seasons at St James’ Park added:

“I have been very interested to see Michael dropping off and coming a bit deeper as it has added another string to his bow.”

“Some people have asked me if it has taken something away from Michael’s game and I have said no because he is still scoring goals – he looks very happy and comfortable playing in his new role.”

”Like all strikers, Michael also knows that goals can come in batches and there is no reason why he should not keep his little run going.”

“People expected things to change overnight when Kevin came back but that wasn’t fair because he really only had a skeleton squad for a number of reasons.

“But he has gradually given the players confidence and the results are there for everybody to see.”

The main thing about Les, who the Geordies just adore, is that he is a real gentleman, and is carving out a very good career now with Setanta Sports in the commentary box. He always talks a lot of common sense, and of course knows the game very well.

Sir Les has never got over his time at the club, when he scored 50 goals for Newcastle in just two seasons from 1995 until 1997.

Les Ferdinand remains a great role model for the Newcastle youngsters, if ever there was one.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 12, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #1

    Good words from Les, he is not a northerner hating twat like Merson is !!!!

  • Momo

    Apr 12, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #2

    TY Les, You were a legend in your toon days, and its no wonder you’re liking the new style of Newcastle.

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 12, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Sir Les, Geordie Legend!..

  • shnurg

    Apr 12, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #4

    Sir Les, true gent, hero and great role model for young footballers worldwide.
    Paul Merson played football once and has the audacity to belittle every team north of Manchester!!!

  • hanzemre

    Apr 12, 2008 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #5

    he can still contribute to our club. let’s go & get him to be our striker coach at NUFC.


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