The Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has today paid tribute to the Newcastle club and the Geordie fans.
Sir Alex Ferguson – Newcastle is a fantastic football club
Alex Ferguson has remembered the time he and assistant Archie Knox took a walk into the Newcastle City Center, before a game against Newcastle United almost 20 years’ ago, where they were met by the cries of the local newspaper seller.
Ferguson tells the tale and it’s a good one:
“I always relate to a story, and it’s probably the only city in the world where this would happen.”
“Archie Knox and I were once walking through the town centre and the newspaper seller was shouting out the story, ‘Micky Quinn ankle injury – read all about it!’.”
“There were all these different stories in the world that day but they wanted to read about Micky Quinn’s ankle.”
“But that sums up the city and I can relate to that.” “Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Newcastle – they are all real working-class footballing cities.”
“And that’s because of the industrial nature of mining communities and ship-building communities.” “They seem to drift towards a passion for football as an outlet in life.”
“And that proves there is one thing in life a man can never change, and that’s his football team.”
“Newcastle is a fantastic football club.” “It’s a real football ground and there’s a real football passion.”
“Everyone has got that black-and-white strip on and the support is fantastic.”
Ferguson brings his Red Devils to Tyneside tonight and he seems to be expecting a tough game against the Magpies, as the Scot, probably the greatest club manager ever, continued:
“It will be difficult and we are well aware they are fighting for survival,”
“It’s very tight down there at the bottom and it’s going to be nip and tuck for these teams until the end of the season, so therefore we can’t possibly take anything lightly.”
Let’s hope Ferguson isn’t softening up Newcastle for tonight, as he’s more than a wily character.
We hope the players that play tonight will read what Alex says above, and realize the Newcastle club is a proud one, and we just must fight our way out of the many difficulties we currently find ourselves in.
We have to hope we can just survive this season and then Ashley will fork out some money in the summer, so Newcastle can build their squad into something that is more than decent, and that we’ll not be fighting relegation again next season.
It’s all getting a little boring these last 3 seasons, that’s for sure.
While a win tonight may look almost impossible, stranger things have happened, especially at St. James’ Park, in front of 52,000 screaming Geordies.
Howay The Lads!!