Steve Caldwell played 28 times for Newcastle and scored one goal and played 76 times for Sunderland with 4 goals. Steve is now captain of Burnley.
Steve Caldwell – now captain of Burnley
Caldwell â€“ who played home and away in Tyne-Wear derbies for both Newcastle and Sunderland thought the St. James’ Park atmosphere was terrific on Sunday, which he has likened to that of the Old Firm games in Glasgow.
He told the Shields Gazette today:
“Newcastle were my first club, and I feel very lucky to have played my part. I’m delighted they’re doing well.” “There’s one or two players who are still there from my time, but it’s much different.”
“Obviously, the manager who signed me is back, and it’s still a great club, as is Sunderland.” “It was great to be back to see how good the atmosphere was, and I really enjoyed it.”
“I would consider myself a neutral, and I thoroughly enjoyed the game.”
Caldwell actually spent half a season on loan at Leeds United, and he got to know Mark Viduka, Alan Smith and James Milner, while he was at the Yorkshire club. Only Mark Viduka played on Sunday since James Milner was still sidelined with an injury, and Alan Smith is out of favor at the moment.
Caldwell also seems a big fan of Mark Viduka as he continued:
“Mark Viduka’s a fantastic player. He seems to be over his injuries this season.” “He’s got a lot of quality, and is probably one of the best hold-up players in the Premier League.”“Having Obafemi Martins and Michael Owen playing off him is working just now, and I’m sure nobody wants to play Newcastle at this stage.”
“Michael Owen is a world-class striker, and he does the important things.” “The first goal was a fantastic header from a great ball, and he slotted the penalty away. I’m sure if he’d had any more chances, he’d have buried them.”
“It’s so difficult to keep somebody like that quiet for 90 minutes.” “Newcastle are playing with a lot of confidence, and winning games. You always felt when they got that first win a few more would follow.”
“They’ve got Damien Duff and Alan Smith on the bench. They’re top-class international players, and will be desperate to get into the side.” “And I’m sure they’ll sign one or two more players in the summer.”
Steve thinks the atmosphere for the Tyne-Wear derby games are every bit as intense as the famous Old Firm games in Glasgow, as he continued:
“My mates and Gary came to Newcastle for a derby when I played for Sunderland, and they said it was as passionate and intense as any Old Firm game they’ve been to.” “I felt it was very like an Old Firm game on Sunday.”
Gary Caldwell – now at Celtic
Steve’s brother Gary, another center-back, who was also at the Newcastle club, still gets his game for Celtic. Both of them didn’t quite make the grade at Newcastle, but seem to be doing well elsewhere these days.
Good for them.