Newcastle Players Wowed by Fans

Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan talked to BBC Radio after the match today, and revealed that some of his players were surprised at the great atmosphere created by the Newcastle fans.


Kevin Keegan – players wowed by Newcastle fans

Kevin told BBC Radio Newcastle after the 2-0 derby win over Sunderland:

“Credit to the players, we never ever played well against Sunderland today,”

“If you take the level of performance, I could have taken four or five players off at half-time.”

“It’s the character. Geremi and [Joey] Barton gave the ball away but they didn’t hide, they try again.”

Keegan, was also impressed with the turnout of the fans who packed St. James’ Park this afternoon with over 52,300 being in the ground for the 148th Tyne-Wear derby.

Keegan continued:

“If you get results here, the fans come here behind you. If you don’t, you have to win them over and that’s what this group of players have done,”

“They’ve had a tough time this year, win them over and then you get an atmosphere like that.”

“A lot of the players were saying ‘Wow, we’ve never expected anything like that’ and I said you’ll get that every week if you wear the shirt with pride.”

There’s no doubt Kevin has a very special bond with the Newcastle faithful and he knows exactly what they wants and what makes them happy.

He’s already transformed the team he took over to one that plays attractive football going forward – and wins.

This is another good result for the Magpies and it’s now 6 games undefeated with 4 clean sheets, and we’d be somewhat surprised to taste defeat in any of our last three games of the season.

We are hoping for another 9 points, to be quite honest.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • V`SG

    Apr 20, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #1

    credit to the folks at SJP……i could hear them from the tv!!

  • toonbully

    Apr 20, 2008 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #2

    KK said it wasn’t a classic , BUT any match where we beat the SMB’s is a bloody classic . Just had a look at the Sunderland web and there’s picture of Keano looking as sad as a cat who’s had his cream whipped from under his nose !
    Lovely to see, by the way for all you Geordies ther’s a DVD at £7.99 featuring Keano on the front page abour Sunderland ‘ On the Up ‘ it’s called BUY it for yer mother in law she’ll luv it luv it luv it !
    Best man on the ,pitch was Nicky BUTT in the first half he tackled everyone , second half we lost our way nice to see Carroll get on though more of him please kev …Buenos Nochos , fro a happy mag XXXXXXXXXXX

  • deano

    Apr 20, 2008 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #3

    i was there today
    i dont just go to the match for football
    i go for the thrill of the noiise

    it is just brilliant when the the whole stadium sings all together

  • deano

    Apr 20, 2008 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #4

    we took the foot off the gas when it was 2-0

    i would have loved it if we had of put them to the sowred

    any way a win and it means the world to me!!
    GET IN THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • lee

    Apr 20, 2008 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #5


  • bottlodog

    Apr 20, 2008 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #6

    deano spot on – the noise the atmosphere was just like back in the 70s without the threat of getting your heed kicked in – it was amazing under the stands after the game – police in riot gear, police on horse back, the noise was deafening, everyone milling around waiting for the unwashed to appear -just a hint of it all getting out of control – MAGIC!
    Then KK comes on the telly in the bridge and the whole pub goes quiet – hanging on his every word – just like the old days!!!!

  • deano

    Apr 20, 2008 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #7

    new brige hell of a bar

  • deano

    Apr 20, 2008 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #8

    level 7

  • deano

    Apr 20, 2008 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #9

    noise at the start gives u a tingle up ur spine
    just brilliant

  • 51times

    Apr 20, 2008 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #10

    The noise was amazing. Hopefully one day I’ll get to actually watch the derby live.

  • ScottyT

    Apr 20, 2008 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #11

    deano exactly.. when the atmosphere is like that today it just makes the game much more special. i just wish everyone would create that atmosphere for each and every match. i love to chant and sing to ive lost me voice but its no good when no1 else does it with you.

    thats wat makes away trips so great and days like today brilliant.

    also got to keep doing the thing with the black and white cards. looked class. keep up the noise ppl!!!

  • Charlie Bucket

    Apr 20, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #12

    Quick question. Just wondered who is the big guy in the glasses who hangs around with Mike Ashley and also wears a Newcastle top? Anyone know his name or what his job is?

    And no I don’t mean Chris Mort.

  • richie

    Apr 20, 2008 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #13

    jus about butt,,,

    cud he go for a couple more seasons,hes playing that well

  • John B

    Apr 20, 2008 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #14

    What an atmosphere today, loudest game i’ve been to since KK’s 1st spell.

    Thought having that singer who carried the Newcastle flag across the pitch towards the mackems whilst we all joined in with him singing the Blaydon races was magic, set the tone for the day.

    Cant wait for next derby day!!

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 20, 2008 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #15

    charlie bucket- you mean the samoan looking bloke?

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 20, 2008 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Aye, the noize is on it’s way back to Toon!..
    …2-0, that’ll do nicely Sir!..

  • Ausgeordie

    Apr 21, 2008 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #17

    Geremi needs to work on his free kick delivery. His pass to owen was sublime but his corners and free kicks simply not good enough. A new taker needs to be on the list for summer buys

  • obafemimartins

    Apr 21, 2008 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #18

    i could take the corners and i am a free agent. i was realeased by no-one last year.

  • andyc290

    Apr 21, 2008 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #19

    Habib Beye is the best allround footballer in europe. Kevin BROCK SAYS SO! sO DOES bILLY aSKEW

  • mitch

    Apr 21, 2008 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #20

    The noise the toon army great best derby atmosphere for a long time we are cock o the north ad our soul leader is back and we love him King Kev is back long reign to our king Id love a 90s return next season we will see wh I think KK does so well here better than any where else is that NUFC is in his blood and heart and he knows it they say they are having to sanitise the pitch at SJP after the unwashed have been on by the way I thought Taylor was brilliant let the unwashed know he was there as ever

  • Charlie Bucket

    Apr 21, 2008 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #21

    Yes Geordie Gerrard7 I think you know who I’m on about

  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 21, 2008 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #22

    Great Result..well impressed with the lads and the ball by geremi was perfection.
    Really warming to Mr Owen..if he gets a half decent service he is class !
    What a turn around..goals,passing football and clean sheets..Can’t ask for nothing more..Keegan ill kiss ya sweaty feet : ) !!

  • ArtyH

    Apr 21, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #23

    It was a great win , just wish Oba would learn to chip a ball instead of trying to get it through people. Several times this season he has missed a goal that way, a simple chip over the goalie would have been a better option. I think Oba deserved a goal, and IMHO is getting better game by game, but not every shot on goal has to be a pile driver, even if it goes in off your knee it counts, more range please Oba.

  • Leo

    Apr 21, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #24



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