We have to admit we didn’t realize that new signing Fitz Hall was a Newcastle United fan, when he was a youngster growing up in Walthamstow, London.
Fitz Hall – in action for his favorite team
A born and bred Londoner being an avid Newcastle fan – strange indeed.
And our view of the 6’4″ center-back has suddenly gone up big time – and we’re not sure why that is. 😀
The player’s been on Newcastle’s radar screen since last summer, and if Fitz can come in, like he did Friday night, and give steady solid performances, he may even be offered a contract on Tyneside in the summer.
We have to admit we were never keen on signing Fitz, but the possibility of him signing full time for Newcastle is obviously something that will now be spurring him on for the rest of the season.
It’s up to him completely, and he made a good start last Friday night, when the Newcastle team played like the entertainers he supported as a lad.
And it seems like Chris Hughton is more than willing to give him a chance in the side this season, and he may retain his place tomorrow night at Derby County.
He earned it on Friday night.
Fitz has given a long interview in the Evening Chronicle today:
“It is a cliché, but this is a dream come true for me.” “As a little boy I would watch Newcastle, and I remember going to a shop to buy a Newcastle kit.”
“When I got there I didn’t have enough money.” “I wanted a shirt, but I only had enough to buy the shorts and socks.”
“Now for the first time I have a shirt, so I am very excited.” “It’s big for me and for my friends and family, who are going to come up and watch Newcastle.”
“I am still amazed with the whole situation and being at a club like Newcastle United.” “As soon as I pull on the shirt all of that must go out of the window because then I will be doing my job.”
Of course Fitz watched Newcastle when the great Kevin Keegan was in control, and they played football all the time the way the lads played on Friday night – all out attacking football – all the time – the entertainers indeed.
Fitz went on:
“I really got into watching Newcastle when Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley played together.”
“I admired them then.” “It was watching back then and the Entertainers that got me hooked.”
“Nobody will ever forget the two games with Liverpool either.” “In London, people support different teams and it is very different to here.”
“Here, everybody bleeds black and white. There, you have fans of teams who don’t even go to the grounds.”
“It is just exciting to be here and get some appearances under my belt.
“But we know it will be hard work and only that which gets us back to the top division.”
So the truth comes out about London supporters – surprise surprise.
Fitz has played for a number of clubs in his career, including Barnet, Chesham United, Oldham Athletic. Southampton, Crystal Palace. Wigan Athletic, Queens Park Rangers and now Newcastle United.
He is a strong defender and has speed to go with his good heading ability.
We should know by the end of this season if Fitz can fit the bill at Newcastle, but if Newcastle do get promoted it will be something that Fitz Hall will never ever forget.
Good for him.