Peter Ramage, the Ashington-born defender made 69 appearances for his home town club, and he epitomized the true Geordie spirit, whenever he pulled on the famous black and white striped shirt.
Peter Ramage – always epitomized the Geordie spirit
Peter gave his last interview to www.nufc.co.uk last week, and the the 24-year-old spoke of his pride at having played for his boyhood team.
“All I ever wanted to do was play for Newcastle United and it was a dream come true when I made my debut against Olympiacos,”
“I’m incredibly proud of what I have achieved at the club. It will be weird playing for another team because I’ve been with Newcastle for 13 years, but at the same time I’m very excited.”
Peter of course was given an emotional send-off during his final appearance at Everton on Sunday, thanks to Kevin Keegan, and he threw his Newcastle shirt to the traveling fans.
“I’d like to thank the fans for their support over the last few years,” “They really are the best in the world.”
“When young lads come through they really look after you.” “Whenever you are out and about in town they always wish you well and they have been absolutely brilliant.”
“But I’m one of them now and I’m going to try to get to as many matches as possible – I might even join the London supporters branch!”
Ramage has signed a three-year deal with the now ambitious Championship side QPR, and he explained why he decided to leave his home town club:
“Newcastle United is all I have ever known and it was the hardest decision of my life to leave,”“But the chance to play regular football elsewhere was too hard to turn down.”
“I sat down with the gaffer and he said I probably would get my chance next season but he could not guarantee it.”
“I can’t argue with that because the way the lads have been playing recently I don’t think anyone can get in the team.”
“I’m 24 years old and I have missed the last months of the season with injury. That was very hard and I couldn’t afford to miss another big part of a season.”
Peter is a really great guy, and Kevin found out quickly that he is all heart and spirit. Peter has left Newcastle to play regular football and he was worried about this even 3 years ago when he signed his final contract for the club, when Graeme Souness was manager.
But Peter wants to play regularly and earn his money the old fashioned way, and he would be in and out of the side at best at Newcastle, if he stayed.
Far better for him to play week in and week out, and we think Peter will do very well indeed at QPR.
We’ll be following Peter’s progress in the future, as we do with all our local boys who played for the club, and we wish him the very best – and thank him for his contribution to the club. That’s the very least he deserves.
And Peter will get a great welcome from the fans when he returns with QPR to St. James’ Park, once they secure promotion, that’s an absolute certainty on both counts. 😀