Nobby Solano – Newcastle Fans The Greatest

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:

“Newcastle fans are the greatest.” “Unfortunately, I did not get the chance to say thanks to them when West Ham were up at St James’s Park earlier in the season because I was not in the squad of 16.”

“I was actually at the match, but because I was not involved I kept a low profile and stayed in the stands.” “But while I am not sure whether I will start against Newcastle on Saturday, I hope to be involved.”

“I would love to get the kind of reception Les Ferdinand always seemed to get from the United fans.” “If the Toon Army give me a good reception and then boo me as soon as I touch the ball – like they did with big Les – then that’s fine with me.”

“When I was at Newcastle I always did my best and I think they appreciate that.” “I am surprised if Titus said anything bad about them because they really are among the best in the world.”

“And in a way the fans down in East London are just the same.”

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.

Nobby added:

“We have so many injuries here at West Ham that it reminds me of last season at St James’s, and it will be a tough game for both sides at Upton Park on Saturday.”

“After 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.”

“I have gone from being a Geordie boy to an Essex boy, but things have worked out well for me this season.” “However, I have to admit I do miss playing at St James’s, although I do not miss the weather up there.”

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.

Comments welcome.

47 comments so far

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #1

    i still love nobby, i want him back next season. he is another honoury geordie, i remember the day we signed owen, for all my life, everyone was screaming for nobby.

  • Dirk

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Absolute legend, one of the best attitudes and personalties we’ve ever had, i certainly respect him as much as big les! i hope he plays again for newcastle as when he left he took that spark with him. he deserves to be played more at west ham! bu curbishly obviously knows best as hes done so well with a team tipped european favs back at the start of the season

  • tdt

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #3

    true gentleman, really respect this guy. shame e got old… lol. made up 4 his lack of pack with his pure accuracy, total legend 🙂

  • Nev

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #4

    probably the most popular player at toon in past 10 years … well apart from shearer lol

  • Hadrian

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #5

    we missed him this season ,

  • Obafan

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #6

    He will always be a Geordie IMO. Every time he gave himself 200% for the team and he was/is afantastic at set pieces.

    Nobby it was sad that you had to leave, but you deserve full credit for everything you have done for NUFC.

  • Mr T

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Nobby Is a Geordie, Nobby is a Geordie!!!

  • ObaFan2

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #8

    Well said Nobby, we certainly missed your crosses for the first half of this season !!!!! Shame Milner/Zog never learnt that from you 🙁

    Always will be remembered as a great player for the Toon.

  • Ausgeordie

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #9

    Remember the stories about him playing the trumpet down the phone to one of the managers. Roeder I think. What a great fella

  • tdt

    Apr 24, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #10

    lol great gadji


    Apr 24, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #11

    Was always my favourite player,what a crosser of the ball and scored absolute crackers.Wud take him back in a second.Go on the nobby!

  • Ross

    Apr 24, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #12

    one of the best players i’ve seen pull on the black and white in my life. one of my favourite players of all time.
    nobby solano is a true legend, on the same scale as any of the others.
    forever a geordie.

  • Thomas

    Apr 24, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #13

    absolute legend. but becoming an essex boy?? what were you thinking!

  • rlw

    Apr 24, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #14

    the crosses he used to do in the 90’s were brill

  • Lawman

    Apr 24, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #15

    if not as a player, i’d definitely welcome him back as backroom staff. great for morale and would be a great motivator too cos his love and dedication to the club will rub off

  • mitch

    Apr 24, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #16

    Nobby will always be remembered on tyneside like sir les he gave us his all a true professional a legend

  • Eric

    Apr 24, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #17

    Sorry he had to leave. Can you imagine what it would be like now if he was still in the team? My oh my, magic!

  • valle

    Apr 24, 2008 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #18

    Form table, the last 6 games:

    Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts Gd
    1 Man Utd 6 4 2 0 14 4 14 10
    2 Newcastle 6 4 2 0 12 2 14 10
    3 Chelsea 6 4 2 0 11 6 14 5
    4 Liverpool 6 4 1 1 9 6 13 3
    5 Portsmouth 6 3 1 2 6 5 10 1
    6 Man City 6 3 1 2 8 8 10 0
    7 Aston Villa 6 3 0 3 15 8 9 7
    8 Sunderland 6 3 0 3 7 7 9 0
    9 Arsenal 6 2 2 2 9 8 8 1
    10 Wigan 6 2 2 2 6 7 8 -1
    11 West Ham 6 2 1 3 6 7 7 -1
    12 Tottenham 6 1 4 1 10 11 7 -1
    13 Fulham 6 2 1 3 6 9 7 -3
    14 Bolton 6 2 1 3 4 9 7 -5
    15 Blackburn 6 1 3 2 7 8 6 -1
    16 Middlesbrough 6 1 3 2 5 6 6 -1
    17 Everton 6 1 2 3 3 5 5 -2
    18 Birmingham 6 1 2 3 7 12 5 -5
    19 Reading 6 1 1 4 3 10 4 -7
    20 Derby 6 0 1 5 3 13 1 -10

  • ende

    Apr 24, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #19

    Would look stunning opposite Modric.

    check out this 4-4-2

    back 4
    solano – butt – deco – modric
    owen – viduka

    maybe slap barton into that dm role after awhile.


  • Joe Malaysia

    Apr 24, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #20

    It was Sir Bobby that got the trumpet on the phone thing. Hilarious.

    Great player and even greater person. Super Solano.

    Thanks for the good times.

  • Whumpie

    Apr 24, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Can you imagine his creativity and crossing accuracy when combined with our current front 3?

    Really miss the guy – shame he couldn’t keep it zipped. Nobby by name…

    What I love about this interview is the way he repeatedly says something gushingly positive about the Toon, then follows up with a highly unconvincing “but it’s ok down here too…”

    Love the guy. So missed.

  • Leo

    Apr 24, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #22

    well need i say any more. we all love you nobby, come back some day as a coach

  • ToonKing

    Apr 24, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #23

    hey lads it’s FREEVIEW time hahah,,10278~1297391,00.html

    summary of the Seniors Cup win last night.

    How stunning was Lua Lua’s goal, that kid is pure class.

    PS: How good does that trophy look next to the Toon shirt……time for the big boys to get one too 😉

  • Davies

    Apr 24, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #24

    Wish he’d never left. Again.

    I know it’s off the subject, but has anybody noticed that Modric’s value has more than doubled in the last 24 hours?

    When news broke about this time yesterday the deal was going ahead for £12m. This morning I read it was £20m and now it’s gone up to £25m.

    Is any player really worth that much?

  • michael

    Apr 24, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #25

    Funny how the most undedicated drunks ever to don a pair of white boots, diamond earings and bleached hair are now clogging up the physio room at upton park. Anyone would think that drinking and partying all night every night would leave you unfit and susceptable to injury?

    Perhaps there is a nasty bug going round at the bentley continental drivers club.

    What a waste of space those 3 are. I actually feel sorry for the West Ham fans who will kid themselves into thinking that next time they are fit they’ll be brilliant.

    They won’t.
    Trust us we know…..

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 24, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #26

    Davies, the british press probably interpreted euros to pounds sterling.

  • Shahzlan Laili Malaysia

    Apr 24, 2008 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #27

    Still remember him playing on the right with Laurent Robert on the left..Great player Nobby is who has a great vision when crossing or passing the ball with his great right foot technique and also has a great personality on and off the pitch..Doesnt deserved to be booed from our fans if he plays this Saturday match..

  • TooooooN

    Apr 24, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #28

    He is one great player and person. i remember he don’t play for couple of games and never complaint about the manager devision instead he blame himself and try to work best on training….he is a legend. its hard to find a great player with a personality like that

  • Grant

    Apr 24, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #29

    One of the last players of a bygone era. Dedication, drive, desire, all things that lack in most of the newer generation of players (look at someone like Zoggy for starters). I remember a pass that Nobby had at the beginning of the season for West Ham where he played a ball easily 35 yards from the outside of his right boot through a 3 yard hole of the defense and it landed right on Ljundberg’s boot – total class and sorely missed. More players need to look at someone like Nobby not only for his on field persona but what he does off the field as well.

  • iain

    Apr 24, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #30

    the goal nobby scored against everton with the outside of his right foot when roeder was manager must of been one of the best nufc goals i remember seeing.

  • belfast toon

    Apr 24, 2008 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #31

    Great!!!! Mr T “Nobby Is a Geordie, Nobby is a Geordie”!!! fitting

  • ToonKing

    Apr 24, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #32

    from the Mail :

    The revelation that Newcastle United season tickets have been given out to drug addicts as part of their rehabilitation programme sends shock waves of disgust across the tax-paying nation.

    Why make these troubled souls suffer even more and ruin the good work of the health services into the bargain?

    One afternoon watching Kev’s cavaliers may be enough to push the more fragile offenders straight back over the edge.

    Mind you, it could have been Sunderland tickets.

    god i hate the southern press………..

  • 51times

    Apr 24, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #33

    Don’t pay any attention to southern softies.

  • Murvar

    Apr 24, 2008 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #34

    I will never forget the Chronicle’s headline after one Nobby winner for the Toon: ” Nobby’s the Jobby for Bobby!” And in that little purple patch when he, Aaron Hughes and, yes, Keiron Dyer were at their peak under Bobby, we played some of the best football in the post-Keegan (1st managerial) era. And if you look at the DVD of Alan Shearer’s goals for us, it’s astonishing just how many came from Nobby’s crosses and through balls. Along withPedro and Big Al, I think Nobby’s given more sheer footballing pleasure than any otherNewcastle player in the recent era.

  • valle

    Apr 24, 2008 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #35

    Isnt that from the hatchet man Toonking?… If so, its not just us that gets the sharp end, but all the clubs

  • valle

    Apr 24, 2008 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #36

    Ende… We have been screamin for a class playmaker all season, and now that we are actually in the race to sign one with the class of Modric, you would waste him as a wing?… Why on earth would we sign Deco if we get Modric, it seems like we just dont know when to stop… Ppl you should be over the moon if this goes through, and not think about all the other central midfielders we could ALSO get… Why stop at Deco? lets get Van der Vaart, Deco, Modric, Moutinho and Diego.

  • wsq

    Apr 24, 2008 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #37

    set up a poll for luka modric

    Do you think Modric will sign for newcastl?

    i vote no.

    im pessimistic.

  • valle

    Apr 24, 2008 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #38

    wsq… Cant blame you… we have been served allot of bull over the years

  • wsq

    Apr 24, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #39

    is the tranfer window open already? or am i missing something

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 24, 2008 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #40

    You can sign a player whenever you want. They just dont join the first team i.e. training until july 1st.


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