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.
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.
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