In the second half of yesterday’s game, you would hardly have thought that Newcastle’s Premier League survival rested on Newcastle scoring a goal.
Newcastle United Squad – 2008-2009 – a disgrace!
In fact Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel was hardly bothered at all in the second half, and didn’t have one save to make, and when you think of some of our great players of the past like Jackie Milburn, Bobby Moncur, Joe Harvey and yes – Alan Shearer, and the passion they showed for the club – that was an insult to the Newcastle United club.
Let’s get rid of this lot and the sooner the better.
Alan made the only comment that we didn’t agree with after the game in his emotional and dignified interview, when he said the lads had heavy legs in the second half.
Give me a break – Alan – you are too kind.
Spirit, passion and belief can get you running at your highest limits whatever the state of your body.
Let’s tell you a little personal story – quickly – because it makes a good point:
I ran my first marathon in 1979 in Kingston, NY and as people who have run the 26 miles and 385 years distance will tell you, the marathon really starts when you hit the 20 mile mark. The last 6 miles was torture personified – even worse than water boarding! 😀
My stomach felt like it was dropping out of my body, but I was surviving and I was determined – no let’s rephrase that – completely and utterly dedicated to finishing my first marathon. But I was surviving as I got closer and closer to the finish, and then I was told by those along the way, that there was just 100 yards to go around the upcoming corner, so I sprinted at full pelt , only to realize when rounding the corner there was still some 400 yards left. Whoops.
So I slowed done and then with really 100 yards to go, I sprinted home again at full pelt, sprinting as fast as I could, to finish my very first marathon – and I proud and ecstatic – and aching all over. Was I depleted – I was almost dead!
Even to this day I know the time – 3hrs 42 minutes and 5 seconds, and this is the first time I have ever told anybody about this little episode, but it seems so fitting when players are said to be tired after playing 45 minutes of football – when Newcastle future hangs in the balance – again – give me a break.
So nobody is going to tell me that the Newcastle players were tired yesterday after 45 minutes. Please give us all a break.
Tired in spirit – yes – or devoid of spirit – yes.
Let’s get rid of this bunch of heartless and gutless players – as soon as we can – that will lighten the mood of all Newcastle fans.
Do we make ourselves clear?