Tommy Wright is a goalkeeper who played for Newcastle, from 1988 through 1993, and he made 73 appearances in that time.
Tommy Wright – former Newcastle goalkeeper
And in September 1999, the great Bobby Robson had him back on Tyneside, as the club had a goalkeeper crisis, and Tommy came back for another three sold games for the Magpies, as Bobby started his miraculous turnaround of the club during that season. That’s exactly what we need to happen next season too.
Tommy, who was capped 31 times for Northern Ireland, will welcome Newcastle to Dublin a week come Saturday, and he talked today about the tragedy of Newcastle’s relegation from the Premier League:
“It’s a total travesty what has happened at Newcastle, I guess that’s an understatement.” “But one thing that will remain is the tremendous support.”
“I had that during my time there.” “We got relegated in 1989, but under Kevin Keegan we fought our way back into the light.”
“Three or four seasons at second-tier level seems unthinkable nowadays.” “But that’s what might have to happen under a steady manager for a while before Newcastle get back up.”
“If you don’t have stability it becomes a vicious circle so I hope they get sorted out quickly because time is marching on.”
And it appears that Wright, who played with Shearer in those three games in 1999, when Robson was starting as manager at the club, has no doubt at all, that Alan is the right man for the manager job at Newcastle.
“You need somebody with that sort of clout and he’s got that.” “When I played we were in fear of Jim Smith.”
“Teapots would be hurled around the place if things weren’t going right, and you need a bit of that.” “I remember one summer we had a few new signings coming in.”
“They would wonder why we put towels on top of our suits when we were getting changed.” “We just laughed and said ‘you’ll see’.”
“And sure enough when things weren’t going right the teapots would come out.” “And if you didn’t have your towel on top of your suit it would be spoilt!”
Wright seems to be looking forward to the game in Dublin on July 11th, and he thinks it will be a carnival atmosphere in Dublin, when the Toon come to town:
“Having Real Madrid here will be brilliant. “But knowing the Newcastle fans they will come in great numbers and I am really looking forward to it.
“We’ve been homeless as a club for 22 years but now we have the stadium and it’s a great fillip to have teams like Newcastle and Real coming here.”
Newcastle are a famous side, known around the world, and the sooner we get back to the Premier League, the better it will be for everybody concerned.
Any club that can get regular home gates of 52,000 deserves to be in the top division in England, that’s for sure.
But we also know it will not be easy next season, especially with the mess that exists at the club at this moment.