Portsmouth Interested in Solano

News today, that Nobby Solano, who was surprisingly released by West Ham in the summer, is interesting Harry Redknapp, at Portsmouth.


Nobby Solano – really popular at Newcastle

Nobby can play right midfield or right back, and still has a couple years left at the top level.

Solano, who was always a fan favorite on Tyneside, will go down as the best South American ever to play for Newcastle, just edging out the great George Robledo, who was from Chile.

George was at the club from 1949-1953, and he was a a particular favorite of my father, who in those days followed Newcastle home and away. 😀


George Robledo – a natural goalscorer

George’s brother Ted also played for Newcastle, but only because George wouldn’t move to Newcastle if Ted didn’t also join him on Tyneside.

They both played in the 1952 Cup Final when we took Arsenal apart 1-0. 😀

That was the first Cup Final ever when two foreigners (outside the British Isles) played in any Cup Final side. How things have changed.

Joe Harvey was captain and yes, George Robledo, scored the winner after 81 minutes.

The famous Arthur Ellis was referee with 100,000 in attendance.

Geroge Robledo scored 91 goals for Newcastle in 166 games, including an amazing 39 goals in the 1951-1952 season, when he also scored the winner at Wembley.

Here’s our team on that famous day:

Ronnie Simpson, Bobby Cowell, Alf McMichael, Joe Harvey (captain), Frank Brennan, Ted Robledo, Tommy Walker, Billy Foulkes, Jackie Milburn, George Robledo, Bobby Mitchell

There’s certainly some Newcastle stars in that line-up.

But that’s part of our great club’s history, and the good times are hopefully not too far away.

Comments welcome.

37 comments so far

  • Leo

    Jun 16, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #1

    remenising there ed? its good that we hear this stuff because its the history of our famour club

    nobby is now in the history and i wish him all the best and just remember back to some of his fabulous times at the club

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 16, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Leo – yes – got carried away again 😀

  • broon ale

    Jun 16, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #3

    ed harrison. the football in the george robledo photo looks like a large lump of coal

  • natedawg

    Jun 16, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #4

    nobby is a perfect role model for all the young lads out there, has never put a foot wrong . also the same mould as the type of players we are aiming for now loyal, hardworking, decent wages and most importantly skill full

  • Pete

    Jun 16, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #5

    What about Tino Aspilla ?

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 16, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Pete – good point – forgot about him.

  • Spyro

    Jun 16, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #7
  • Davies

    Jun 16, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #8

    How could you forget about Tino???

    On a similar note, it looks like the Emana deal may have fallen through with Betis (I say similar because he reminds me a little of Tino).

    Of course, I read that on Tribal Football, so it could just be a load of old cobblers.

    Would love to have Nobby back though. Shame really.

  • Ericles

    Jun 16, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #9

    I wish we could have Nobby back. He left us for family reasons to be in London. Typical of the Cockneys to treat him like they have now. But Portsmouth is not in London – nearer than NUFC I suppose. Good to hear a mention of the Robledo brothers. They shared a semi in Fenham in those days. Ted died in mysterious circumstances at sea after retiring from football.It was rumoured he was thrown into the sea and his body was never found. A tragic end to a really good NUFC man.


    Jun 16, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #10

    How is that good news for us? Spyro!
    Arsenal after arda! it looks like weve got no chance of signing him now!!
    Hope im wrong!!!!!


    Jun 16, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #11

    I just cant wait until the Euros are over! and the tranfer market really begins! and the paper talk BS goes! just impatient! just to really see what MA’s intentions really are for the club!!

  • brownrob

    Jun 16, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Ehm…. prawn sarnie, its goal.com which is a crock of (whistles innocently)

    All bias aside we are on the best nufc news site on the net 🙂

    Now where is that cheque Ed?! 😀


    Jun 16, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #13

    ED – I have a question for you, being a Geordie and a fan! what is your personal take on what is happening at the club?
    What players would you like to get rid off?
    What Players would you like to see come in?
    + anything else you would like to mention such as Mike Ashley and the boards views? Kevin Keegan? etc!!
    would like to hear you views!!!

  • Dirk

    Jun 16, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #14

    ed id like to thnk u for this site ive bin readin it since roeder left and its just a gr8 site lik! i no theres sum ppl complaining about u writing the stories about the what ifs, but i like those stories, if u didnt write them, what news would we have to read? players dont come and go dailly so we need something to keep us talking and preoccupied so well done Ed!

  • Seymour Butts

    Jun 16, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #15

    off topic but i have read on nufc.com that we are close to signing danny guthrie. anyone know how reliable that site is? its fairly knew to me thats all. think he’d be a good backup to hopefully arshavin or turan.

  • Spyro

    Jun 16, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #16

    was being sarcastic prawn sandwiches

  • Slam Dunc

    Jun 16, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #17

    This is developing into a wide ranging thread from history of newcastle united, South American footballers thru whats going on at Newcastle, latest transfer target status and what are the best websites. It’s hard to keep track lol.

    I would say Ed does a great job with this site which is the ultimate for straight forward honest reporting of whats happening and what is said to be happening about Newcastle United.

    In response to Seymour Butts I would say NUFC.COM is the ultimate site for information about Newcastle United along with comment from Nile and Biffa. Anything you read on there is likely to be checked out for fact.

    The 2 sites quite different but also quite complimentary.

    So keep up the good work Ed on the news reporting !!

  • liamtoonbirchy

    Jun 16, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #18

    setanta says we are in for digard and our willing to pay the 6 million euros that boro dont want to pay. YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Jun 16, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #20

    Broon Ale It is probably is, I remember in the old days when my dad was down the pit, if we couldn’t afford a ball he would bring us home big lumps of coal to kick about in the street. It served a double purpose as it made the bits that were to big to go straight on the fire a bit more manageable. Are those were the days!!

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 16, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #21

    Setanta cant even report properly, hes 21 almost 22 i think.

  • tommyy

    Jun 16, 2008 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #22

    Is Digard actually any good? Better than Butt?

  • Spyro

    Jun 16, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #23

    Butt is one of the best defensive mids around, but his age has caught up with him and he is an old school style DM who cannot do anything but defend, cant pass, poor touch etc

  • tommyy

    Jun 16, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #24

    So Digard is not so good defensively? but a better holding player with more passing ability?

  • Obafan

    Jun 16, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #25

    Any new news about Arshavin. I really hope we get him!

  • Spyro

    Jun 16, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #26

    tommy, i have only seen a little of digard but from what i have seen yes that pretty much sums him up, he doesn’t seem a fantastic player, but he is a solid young DM and that is really what we need right now, we arent gonna get the likes of veloso etc

  • Sun'lun's Burnin'

    Jun 16, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #27

    Newcastle United’s move for Toulouse midfielder Achille Emana is back on.
    Emana declared recently: “I need a new challenge in my career.

    “I know interesting offers have been made – such as Newcastle’s – but I would like to join Betis if we reach an agreement.”

    However, it’s emerged today that Betis are refusing to meet Toulouse’s £7 million asking price for Emana and the move is on the brink of collapse.

    yes its from tribal football but they are quotes from the player….make of it what you will.

  • tommyy

    Jun 16, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #28

    Yer, thats all we can hope for at the moment. Well he sounds good enough and at 21 theres plenty of time for improvement, and what better mentor than Butt?
    Lets hope we sign him, or someone for that matter.

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 16, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #29

    I love some of Harry’s signings and if Nobby went there then the best of luck to him, hes a real leg-end up here and could still do a job at most PL clubs, including us.

  • tam toon

    Jun 16, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #30

    If Emana preferred somewhere else in Betis. Why the hell would we want him, if players treat us as 2nd best tell them to do one. We are NUFC not some little shack that signs players that do not want to come. We have had a sh– load of them in the past -no more please.Look where it got us NO-NO-NO.

  • tam toon

    Jun 16, 2008 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #31

    Yeah,yeah thanks Nobby its in the past move on. If he had’nt knobbed the lap dancer we would not have been talking about this.

  • Frankieboy

    Jun 16, 2008 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #32

    Bring back Nobby. He’ll do for me. perfect as a squad player

  • Hadrian

    Jun 16, 2008 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #33

    best of luck to nobby, supprised west ham offloaded him as when i watched them last season nobby was always playing well , still scoring and assisting .

  • Ross

    Jun 16, 2008 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #34

    if it wasnt for his kids being in london i think he’d be back here in a shot. and i’d welcome him with open arms. an abs0lute legend

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 16, 2008 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #35

    I honestly feel we have all the right cards in place to make moves on a number of players:

    Arda :
    All gone quite, is this due to most of the wrangling done between clubs and waiting for him to arrive home.

    Rangers appear to be actively looking for a CB, Thuram is the latest.

    Bolton would have signed him by now, Musamba has gone today

    Apparent bid in, now just waiting for player to come home, should’nt be too long. Also Pompey appear to be talking to Crouch, we’re not interested! Wonder why.

    If this is the case and we’ll see in the coming weeks, i’d say well done Wise and would be the first the congratulate him.

    Just my own personal thoughts of course!

  • micepie

    Jun 16, 2008 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #36

    Tom Toon, well a few months before we signed him Beye wasn’t keen to leave Marseilles for us but now he loves it at the Toon, so I’d be open minded about a player like Emana arriving, despite his initial preferences (on the slight chance that happened).

    Bill F SPLASH THE CASH ASH, never mind coal mines – my grandfather used to work in a curry mine and his fellow miners used to kick a few naan breads around found near the bottom of the pit, and loosely tied together. Other miners had it easy scraping out the milder curries found close to the seam but he was always on vindaloo and phall which was a dirty, thankless job!

  • Frankieboy

    Jun 17, 2008 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #37

    Nobby will always be a legend up here.
    He was never onr for blowing his own trumpet …..except on the Quayside


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