Newcastle United signed Antoine Sibierski on August 31, 2006 on a one-year contract, just over two hours before the close of the transfer window.
Antoine Sibierski – Newcastle United fan
We were short of players in the summer of 2006, especially defenders, and Glenn Roeder was the manager, and most fans thought Antoine was a panic signing of a player, who couldn’t get in the Man City side.
But the Frenchman went onto become a real fan favorite on Tyneside, as he kept scoring important goals for the club, especially in the UEFA Cup, and most fans were sorry to see him leave for Wigan, one year later, after Sam Allardyce had become the manager.
But Antoine loved the atmosphere at St. James’ Park and had not a little bit of skill, and certainly loved playing for the club.
He has joined his former manager Glenn Roeder at Norwich on loan, so he will not be playing today at Newcastle, but he seems to be enjoying his time in East Anglia, and is playing every game for them.
Sibiiserski talked about the Tyneside club he now supports:
“I wanted to know when Wigan played at St James’ Park, and when I found out I would miss the game, I was very disappointed. If there was one game I didn’t want to miss, it was this one. I had a great year up there, maybe the best in my career.”
“I just tried to be honest, and to be a man. If Newcastle fans see you are not lazy and trying your best, they will support you.” “It’s sad to see where they are now, because I’m still a big Newcastle fan.”
“Every weekend I hope they win, and I look for their result. If they lose, I’m disappointed. When I retire, I’m going to go with my son to see Newcastle play, as they’re the team I support.”
“They have got some very good players, and they play very well collectively. They are not on a good run, but they are capable of going to St James’ Park and playing very well.”
“I’m playing every game and enjoying it, and that wasn’t the case at Wigan. When Glenn Roeder called and asked if I wanted to come to Norwich, I said ‘why not?’. I’m playing for a good club in the Championship in front of 25,000 people.”
Antoine played well for Newcastle in the year he was here, and has always said good things about our club.
It’s great when a former player is full of praise for the club and the fans, especially when we are going through a hard time on many fronts right now.