In a week when Titus Bramble had the cheek to slag off Newcastle fans, Nobby Solano has said they are the greatest.
Nobby Solano – hopes for good reception from fans
Nobby said today:
â€œNewcastle fans are the greatest.â€ â€œUnfortunately, I did not get the chance to say thanks to them when West Ham were up at St Jamesâ€™s Park earlier in the season because I was not in the squad of 16.”
â€œI was actually at the match, but because I was not involved I kept a low profile and stayed in the stands.â€ â€œBut while I am not sure whether I will start against Newcastle on Saturday, I hope to be involved.â€
â€œI would love to get the kind of reception Les Ferdinand always seemed to get from the United fans.â€ â€œIf the Toon Army give me a good reception and then boo me as soon as I touch the ball â€“ like they did with big Les â€“ then thatâ€™s fine with me.â€
â€œWhen I was at Newcastle I always did my best and I think they appreciate that.â€ â€œI am surprised if Titus said anything bad about them because they really are among the best in the world.â€
â€œAnd in a way the fans down in East London are just the same.â€
While Solano is looking forward to playing with Scott Parker against their former club, Kieron Dyer, Craig Bellamy and Lee Bowyer all have long-term injuries and will not play.
â€œWe have so many injuries here at West Ham that it reminds me of last season at St Jamesâ€™s, and it will be a tough game for both sides at Upton Park on Saturday.â€
â€œAfter nearly being relegated last season we are hoping to finish in the top half of the Premier League this time round, and if we can beat Newcastle on Saturday we will probably manage this.â€
â€œI have gone from being a Geordie boy to an Essex boy, but things have worked out well for me this season.â€ â€œHowever, I have to admit I do miss playing at St Jamesâ€™s, although I do not miss the weather up there.â€
Good on Nobby. He was always popular on Tyneside, because he always gave his all, and was also of course a great great player.
Nobby will always be very fondly remembered by Newcastle fans for the wonderful service he gave to the club.