Nile Ranger Back On Track At Newcastle

When Newcastle United quietly signed then 17 year-old Nile Ranger in August, from Southampton, we were well aware the youngster had some problems down south.


Nile Ranger – doing great on and off the field at Newcastle

Nile Ranger has had a great first season on Tyneside and only recently signed a new improved three and a half year deal at the Tyneside club, and Alan Shearer has him training every day with the first team.

He has also recently been capped for the England Under-19 side, and looks destined for great things ahead.

But when he left Southampton, it was probably not of his own free will, as it seemed like Southampton wanted to unload him.

Nile had done some bad things down there, had a bad reputation,  and had only recently been released from a Young Offenders’ Institute, after he had served 11 weeks for his part in a street robbery.

At that time, of course, Joey Barton happened to be in jail, so as a supporter of the club, it wouldn’t have been too appropriate we felt, to blast this news around about Nile.

Things were kept quiet and Richard Money took the lad under his wing, and lo and behold, it seems that Nile is a new man on Tyneside.

The youngster seems completely over the moon by being at a club with such a rich history, and such fabulous fan support, and where it seems he is very well taken care of, both on and off the field.

We have to give great credit to Richard Money and the Academy staff for this turnaround from Nile, and of course to the lad himself.

Nile talked to the Sunday Telegraph last weekend:

“Coming up here has completely changed my life,”  “I have changed. I realize now what an amazing opportunity this club has given me.”

“I don’t even want to think what might have happened to me if I hadn’t come to Newcastle. I’m just so grateful for that.”

“The change of atmosphere did me loads of good. I went into digs up here and I was away from the old faces, the old problems.”

With Alan Shearer now the youngster’s manager, he could hardly have anyone better to bring the best out of him, both as a footballer and as a person and professional.

He’ll also learn all about the club from Alan, no doubt.

Seems like Nile is counting his lucky stars that he signed for Newcastle, and it’s certainly been a win-win for both Nile and Newcastle United.

We look forward to the goals ahead this youngster is destined to score for the club, and it’s really great to know that Nile has got his young life back on track.

Keep it up Nile!

Comments always  welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 21, 2009 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed-Can you please get rid of these pop ups that appear every 5 seconds.

  • Ed Harrison

    Apr 21, 2009 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Try turning the pop ups off for this site – – that should fix them .

  • beatski

    Apr 21, 2009 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #3

    get firefox > get the adblock plus add on > get no pop ups ever again on any site

  • Rodzilla

    Apr 21, 2009 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #4

    “………we were well aware the youngster had some problems down south..”

    I’m sure that’s nothing Paul Ferris, a pair of rubber gloves and the right ointment couldn’t sort out.

  • Rodzilla

    Apr 21, 2009 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #5


  • Rodzilla

    Apr 21, 2009 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #6

    …cheers beatski. I use Firefox but wasn’t aware of that add-on. Nice one 🙂

  • Rodzilla

    Apr 21, 2009 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #7

    …cheers beatski, I use Firefox but wasn’t aware of that add-on. Nice one 🙂

  • Rodzilla

    Apr 21, 2009 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #8

    …cheers beatski.

    I use Firefox but wasn’t aware of that add-on. Nice one 🙂

  • Rodzilla

    Apr 21, 2009 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #9


  • Rodzilla

    Apr 21, 2009 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #10

    …this site is acting strangely. I never meant to thank beatski 3 times.

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 21, 2009 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Rodzilla – Im having problems too

  • BT9MAG

    Apr 21, 2009 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #12

    Tom_Toon – I told you he had problems…I wouldn’t have been bothered but you tried making out like I was an idiot!

  • davis_toons

    Apr 22, 2009 at 5:20 AM

    Comment #13

    Singapore Fans still support Newcastle United all the way!

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 22, 2009 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #14
  • lesh

    Apr 22, 2009 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #15

    See Rodzilla, you use Firefox, suppress the pop-ups and lo, your posts start breeding!


    Apr 22, 2009 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #16

    haha anyone seen jonas with the new strip!! he looks well funny.

    Ed, this site is causing greif, it saying something on the site is trying to connect with the internet and IE is blocking it. I’ve blocked the pop ups but as soon as I log in they come back.


    Apr 22, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #17

    It says something about adobe flash player stopping a dangerous operation?!


    Apr 22, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #18

    now my comments aren’t appearing.

    This site is shagged.

  • lesh

    Apr 22, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #19

    WELSHMAG et al, just remember Ed’s seriously considering jacking the site in and the more sniping at glitches will only make him more determined to do so.

    It’s a brilliant site with lots of constructive posts so let’s live with the quirks of IT and enjoy it…. frustrating as it can be at times.


    Apr 22, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #20

    Lesh, it’s broken if you ask me.

    You get directed to ad’s even if you block pop ups.

    Ad’s are running in the background making the site very slow.

    Scroll down the page and half way down you get dragged back to the top.

    One of the ad’s is causing a flash error which says it’s blocking a dangerous request, it then asks you to change your flash settings.

    You log in, and get logged out as soon as you leave the site, if you’ve asked the browser to remember your password it never does.

    If you’re logged out at the moment there’s only two comments on this main article.

    You need to refresh the page when you arrive as the main story is always from a few days ago.

    I love this blog but it’s becoming more of a hassle day by day, I hardly comment any more as it takes so long. The whole point of the ads is so ed can earn some well earned money as he has a lot of site visitors, if these visitors don’t come on here anymore because of the ads then who’s won? ed won’t earn anything as he wont be getting any commision and the ad company wont be getting any further revenue.

    all these problems happen on different pc’s and different networks so it can’t just be me?!


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