Kevin Nolan Already Talking Like A Newcastle Captain


It turns out that if Kevin Nolan needed any advice to join Newcastle he got it from one of our great midfielders of seasons gone by – the great Gary Speed.

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Gary Speed – while at Bolton Wanderers

Speed – who of course played under Sir Bobby Robson and helped Newcastle reach the Champions League, was apparently more than quick to advise Nolan just what potential that still lies on Tyneside, whatever the doom and gloom merchants keep saying.

And we just have to put a quote up from the great Uncle Bobby when he was at the club, and was talking about Gary Speed – Bobby said:

“We’ve got great speed in the team, not just Gary Speed, but great speed!”

Oh, the ways Bobby used words was magic to the ears.   😀

Nolan told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I’m very good friends with Gary Speed. He rang me and asked me if I was OK, and if I needed anything.”

“He said it was a great club, and that it’s got a special place in his heart.”

“I’ve heard him talking about it in the past, and it was a no-brainer when they came in for me.”

“It’s a good challenge for me.”

Nolan can’t wait to play against Sunderland tomorrow and he will be delighted to now have the Toon Army on his side, for a change:

“You’re always fighting the 12th man – the fans.”  “You’re always playing against them. Being 50,000, you do hear it.”

“You always try and block it out. I can’t remember having too many good times.”

“I hope that everyone else who comes to St James’ Park finds it that way, and you just ask the fans to make it as intimidating as possible.”

“Especially from now until the end of the season, when we know we’re in a battle.”

”We’ve got to make sure we go from strength to strength.” “We’ve got to start going in the right direction.”

“The fans can make a big difference, without a shadow of a doubt.” “I know all about the Toon Army, and I’ve heard all about them since I’ve been here.”

“That’s the only thing I’ve heard, how great the fans are.” “We know the atmosphere’s going to be great on derby day.”

“We just hope they can keep that going until the end of the season.”

“I’m sure they will, because of what I’ve heard and seen.” “This is going to be a little bit bigger than a Lancashire derby.”

“There will be a lot more people there, and it’s a bit more do-or-die than it is there – no disrespect.” “It’s one I’m looking forward to. ”

This lad is already talking like a captain of the club, and he will be a strong candidate to replace Michael Owen once Owen departs in the summer, and most fans will welcome the vocal Liverpool lad as the new leader on Tyneside.

Kevin has given a spark already to lots of Newcastle fans, who are little short of delighted to see such a fighter with spirit arrive on Tyneside, at the same time as one of our children, N’Zogbia moves out of the club.

The game tomorrow now has a little extra spice for Newcastle fans with Nolan playing, but we desperately need all 3 points and if we can do that by 3:30 pm tomorrow afternoon, we’ll be able to celebrate indeed.

Because then we’ll be in with some kind of a chance of actually winning our fight against relegation.

And don’t anybody believe that relegation would be a blessing in disguise, because in truth it  would be an absolute disaster for the Newcastle club.

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366 comments so far

  • keeganjr

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #1

    is only one kevin nolan

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  • Nufcy

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Blimy, he hasn’t played a game yet, and only been here for little more then 24 hours and you lot are already saying he should be captain, give him a chance, he scores the winner at the weekend for us, then yeah, I’ll agree.

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  • Dragonera

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #3

    “You always try and block it out. I can’t remember having too many good times.”

    I can remember Bolton having a few “good times” at SJP.

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #4

    he is saying the right things

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  • MarkO

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #5

    These signings mean nothing without some more because if we don’t get at least 2 more preferably 4-5 then there is a huge possibility that we will go down.

    Players that will/hopefully are brought in:

    Veloso
    Bojinov
    Onuhoa
    Melli

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  • Swedgen

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Nufcy, he said he was already talking like a captain, not that he should be captain.

    This is exactly what we need, and what we knew Nolan would bring to the team. He will go out there and give it everything and he seems galvanised by this move, really enthusiastic, hopefully if he’s not dragged down by those around him he can recapture that Bolton form from a couple of years back when everybody was whispering England.

    Insomnia was rightly sold because his performances and dressing room morale were only ever going to deteriorate from this point. He had to go and the fact that we’ve snared Nolan and hopefully Taylor – two triers but also very talented players who will go out on that pitch and give 100% for the club and the fans – for less than we sold him for is just the icing on the cake.

    What we have, even including the up-in-the-air Taylor thing, is not enough. WE NEED MORE SIGNINGS!

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  • supermac

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #7

    tbh as far as proven prem quality midfielders go nolan is a decent signing and will give 100% for the cause and with any luck nick that all important goal that might just keep us in the prem for another season but regardless of who we get in by monday we need a serious revamp in the summer or we are nackered………..ps just heard a rumour in our local that we have enquired about sol cambell dont know how much truth is in it though :-s

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  • azim

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #8

    stoke is leading 1-0..not a good news

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  • Tel

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #9

    positive comments from a player who will stand up and be counted, not shirk challenges and give all for the cause.
    mark o not a hope of 4 or 5 new faces, on paper we arent brilliant, but are by no means the worst.
    kinnear says hopeful of one more………lets hope.

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  • Alanmc09

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #10

    His atitude is spot on!!!
    This wil lift the team and the fans!!if only a sum cud follow by his example (insomnia)
    We need another defender defo b4 5:00 monday!

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #11

    looking forward to a bit of this!

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=6fIiy_yuJw4

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #12

    look at 2:26

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  • AussieToon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Kinnear says one more? One more?

    Horrible, just horrible if we only get one more signing.

    With Loverkrans, Nolan and Taylor it is simply not good enough. I like the signings of Nolan and Taylor (yet to be confirmed) but we need three more, and with Given going to City, surely we could nab one or two from them.

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  • Simo

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #14

    if hes saying the right things then i think its good that hes talking as a captain.

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  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #15

    turkish i prefer 1:40 against the SMB’s Hopefully see similar tomorrow. Come On

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #16

    If we get 8 million from Given and 5 million from N’Zogbia then there is sufficient funds to play with these last hours of the transfer window. The Given saga is taking to long, and for god sake get Taylor signed why does it take so bloody long.

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  • Alanmc09

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Is oba fit 4 da mackems or wil is it yet 2 b decided?

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #18

    NUFC should grasp the oppertunity to get players signed today while most other clubs are busy today.

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  • OutClassed

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #19

    I agree that he’s speaking like a true captain and has a lot of fight, but giving hi the captaincy at the end of the season could work.

    I just wouldn’t be keen giving it to him now after he’s only just got here, but saying that, Barton has a bit of fight and always plays decently could be a decent skipper? But would his background hold him back?

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  • Dragonera

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #20

    Toon1978

    I think we are more likely to recieve around 7million for Given and 6million for N’Zogbia. Take the Nolan and Taylor (If we paid for him) money out of that and we have around 8 or 9million to spend. I think we will sign two more players before the window closes.

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  • Kevin

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #21

    This lad is just what we need….this being said, he’s the FIRST step in what we need. (Let me point out how funny it is that when BFS wanted to bring him in just prior to Sammy’s sacking, we were all staunchly against it!)
    Ryan Taylor is #2 in what we need. A versatile fullback/winger who can take a FREE KICK! I must say, while we are not there yet, I’m exceedingly impressed by this January window. Keep in mind – this is JANUARY.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #22

    from what i’ve heard Oba, Ameobi, Smith, Viduka and Cacapa all undergo fitness tests today!

    My source is again my barman mate at SJP

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  • Tel

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #23

    oh s**t final score stoke 1 : city 0

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #24

    Keep in mind – this is JANUARY

    Keep in mind we will be relegated more like…more players needed desperately.

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  • Alanmc09

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #25

    Newcastle were 1 up against city wit 10 mins left and 10 men!!city equalised!
    Stoke wer 1 up against city wit 10 mins left and 10 men!!stoke hold on!!worryin signs!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #26

    Tel it will get worse…teams like Stoke will Fight we roll over soon as we get our bellys tickled.

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  • Alanmc09

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #27

    Cheers turkish magpie!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #28

    Just shows how crap we are with the back 4.

    We slip down and will be in bottom 3 if Blackburn or Middlesbrough do anything but draw.

    Pressure on – A must win the next two games and if west brom win. Trouble.

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  • Kevin

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #29

    Optimism, lads.
    It’s obvious the trouble we’re in. We can all see how crap we are.
    But there’s no point in giving up now and securing travel arrangements to the Nottingham Forest match next season. Stoke showed fight today in winning an ugly match at the end. We seem to consistently lack fight. I think Nolan and Taylor help us on this front.

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  • BenjiToon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #30

    Just got up – no, really. My baby son had a tortured night…cried every half-hour, wouldn’t sleep without a reassuring cuddle, kept stirring if he was asleep with nightmares….

    I think he was fretting that Stoke might beat Man City, and then we’d face the Scum at 4th bottom in the league. Also that the Given saga would not yet be resolved, and N’Zogbia would still (officially) be a Toon player.

    This was my night. And I wake, turn on Sky Sports and….? Stoke beat City, N’Zogbia deal not done, Taylor deal not confirmed, Given still negotiating. OMFG! And JK thought he had insomnia?!!

    Well, here’s my two-penneth:

    – forget Mr Ashley
    – forget Mr Wise and Lambiarse
    – forget Mr Kinnear and his inconsistent mouth
    – forget the disloyalty of Zog
    – forget we’re losing on of our best ever players
    – forget even that its Nolan’s debut
    – forget that we haven’t had a full stadium all season
    – forget your sleepless children, your wife (or husband), your leccy bills, your debts, the credit crunch, that broken tail-light on the car

    Remember only one thing: 1.30PM SUNDAY, YOUR CHANCE TO PLAY A ROLE IN DECIDING THE FUTURE OF NEWCASTLE UNITED.

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  • Tel

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #31

    Sirjason toon, I agree, however we might improve with Nolan-Taylor-barton(in 6 weeks) these are players up for a fight. We simply have to beat the mackems tomorrow and wba next week. If we cant do that we are surely doomed. We have to get points of teams around us or we will be cut loose and go down. I have been full of hope most of my life and cant change now.

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  • Tom1664

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #32

    Chin up lads – if we beat the scum by 2 goals we could be 12th come monday….

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #33

    Lovenkrands,Nolan and Taylor will not keep us up, if Ashley thinks otherwise he is seriously deluded. I admit i do not know much about Veloso but i have heard he is an excellent player BUT would he adapt to the EPL i’m not to sure you just need to look at Modric and we have had our fair share og foreign failures “no more please” but i cannot help getting a little hyped up about the possibility of signing Veloso. Maybe we should look closer to hope with the money NUFC receive from Given and N’Zogbia. We need another midfielder (defensive) and another full back.

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  • Tel

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #34

    Benjitoon. Spot on mate, except liverpool was a sellout.

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  • BenjiToon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #35

    Tel – oh yeah. Forgot that one…tried to blank it from my mind for obvious reasons.

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #36

    NUFC have had a month to sort out transfers so there is NO exuse when the window shuts.

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  • BenjiToon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #37

    BTW – Nolan does sound like the right personality for us doesn’t he?

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  • safferman

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #38

    Stoke just beat Citeh, AND with a stoke down to 10 men in the first half, how crap are we really!!?

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  • Dragonera

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #39

    1978

    I am quite confident we will sign 2 additional players before deadline day. I think a DM and RB/CB will be brought in using the remaining funds acquired from the N’Zogbia and Given sales.

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  • Tel

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #40

    Toon1978, did you read the blog the other day about the big red shiny bus, no i’m not mad just there was a moral in the story, if not can whoever posted it (cant remember who), please do so again.

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