Viking Alan Smith Epitomizes Rejuvenated Newcastle Side


We will never forget when we were beaten at Aston Villa in May, there was only one player who followed Alan Shearer around the field after the game, as a stunned Geordie was personally trying to come to grips with the tragedy of relegation – and that was Alan Smith.

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Alan Smith – Newcastle’s Viking

It was obvious that Smith knew what it meant for Alan and the Newcastle faithful to be relegated, and what a catastrophe it would be on Tyneside.

Alan vowed in the summer to stay on Tyneside and fight to get the club back to the Premier League at the first attempt, and he has been true to his word so far, as he’s epitomized the  spirit that envelops a completely rejuvenated Newcastle United side this season.

Not only that but Chris Hughton has given him the captain’s armband, and he has been a great example both on and off the field to the rest of the squad.

Newcastle fans must like the way Newcastle in the Championship are being compared with Manchester United in the Premier League – and yes we know that’s a bit of a stretch.

The Red Devils have never had the passionate support the Newcastle club enjoys and prawn sandwiches are nowhere to be seen at St. James’ Park. 😀

Smith talked to Newcastle United TV earlier this week, and we noticed his new new look, with a quickly growing beard, and that combined with his silver hair make him look like a Viking. He’s certainly played like one this summer, as fight and guts have never been lacking in the Leeds-born midfielder.

Alan started to explain about the new hair:

“It started off as a bit of a joke but then a few of the lads told me to keep it going until we get beaten so I hope it’s still there at Christmas,” “Mind you, I’ve had a bit of a reprieve. I’m going to trim it because it is starting to get a bit itchy now. I need to sort it out.”

“We’ve made a good start but this is a long, long season. There are still 41 (league) games left and we have to play every one of them as we have the opening five.”

“I’m not too bothered about my personal form,” “I know I can play football and I know injuries over the past two or three seasons have stopped me progressing as a player.”

“But this season, I think will be perfect for me because there are a lot of games to be played. Hopefully this season I can play more games than in the last two or three put together.”

“That’s all I want. It’s nice to get personal praise but I know if I am not playing well or an inspiration to the team, there are others who are natural leaders in our dressing room now which we have not had since I have been at this football club.”

“There’s myself, Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton, Nicky Butt, Steve Harper and younger lads – Steven Taylor’s got experience in the Premier League.” “When you do relegated everyone is disappointed, your pride is hurt.”

“The players who said they wanted to stay did it because they want to prove they are good enough to get back in the Premier League. Only time will tell if we can.”

“Squad togetherness is important. I think that’s the biggest impact on people who come and watch us play. When I speak to people, that is what they have said,.”

“So that means a lot to us because we are honest lads who want to stay, do well and get this club back in the Premier League.”    “I think in that first game at West Brom, everyone was just expecting us to just roll over and feel sorry for ourselves.”

Alan has had a tough two years on Tyneside but the 19 times capped England International is starting to come through big time this season, as he’s obviously way above the class of the Championship.

And we think Smith knows that if he can help the club get promoted at the first attempt, he and all the players will be able to experience what it’s like being successful on Tyneside.

We can assure him it will be well worth the effort.

Those with a membership to nufcTV can see the video on the official web-site.

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8 comments so far

  • lesh

    Sep 11, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #1

    It’d be good to see him wearing his beard round his neck as a scarf!

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 11, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    or even keeping his nuts warm in winter

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  • Kevin Nichol

    Sep 11, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #3

    It will be a travesty if the armband is taken of smith and given back to nicky butt!

    Smith has been nothing short of immense in his first few games this season! Alot of people forget he only played 6 PL games last year and did not get a pre-season under his belt! That is vital for top level footballers!

    People go on about his lack of goals and he was probably signed as a striker! But at Man Utd before his horrific injury sir alex saw the potentail in him by playing him in the middle of the park! Hopefully this season and over the next few years he can become a mainstay of our team in there!

    Anyone heard any rumours about loan players coming in? The journal reckon we will be brining in Leon Cort on loan from stoke….To be honest i know nothing about him!

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  • ArtyH

    Sep 11, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Its great to see some of the lads reinventing themselves, its just what the club need right now. The shysters that left , we are well rid of, they were a waste of space. Now all we need are a few loan players who are hungry to prove someone else wrong and a little bit of luck.

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  • Macas35

    Sep 11, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #5

    The players aren’t reinventing themselves, they are just playing at a much lower standard.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Sep 11, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #6

    I agree it’s a lower standard but the players seem to have woken up and realise what they have doen & that they need to battle to get back into the PL. So far so good but it’s a long haul & we will have a couple of hiccups along the way. If only Fat Tw*t would sell & we could become as positive off the field as on it.

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  • Bill F

    Sep 11, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #7

    Be a bug*er if he keeps tripping over it though, would refs think he is simulating. 😉

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  • premier

    Sep 11, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #8

    seen him this morning stocking up on razor blades!!
    remind me what his shave to goal ratio is lol

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