Nolan And Hughton Thank Plymouth Argyle Football Club

We put out an article last night thanking the Plymouth club and fans for being so magnanimous last night, and it’s good that Kevin Nolan and manager Chris Hughton have come out today to  officially thank the Plymouth club, who were relegated last night.

Chris Hughton – celebrating with fans last night

This is what Kevin said today:

“It would have been easy and understandable if Plymouth had just wanted to get away and let us get on with things,”

“But it was magnificent what they did and showed what a proper club this is.” “I’m sure the fans were grateful because I know the lads were.”

“We wish them all the best for the future and hope they can make a quick return to the Championship next season.”

And Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, who was mobbed by fans last night after the game, also offered his best to Plymouth:

“We must spare a thought for Plymouth because that would not have been easy to suffer relegation while another team celebrates the title,”

“But they were dignified and credit must go to them. We wish them the very best for next season and thank them once again for their hospitality.”

The Plymouth Argyle club and the Green Army showed how dignified they were last night,  and enormous credit and thanks goes out to them.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Duke

    Apr 20, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #1

    Plymouth Argyle were brilliant last night, can’t see many clubs doing what they did for the players & fans. It could prove to be a good relationship for both clubs, why not send our young talent there on loan next season, Phil Airey, Brad Inman to name a couple. Would help their confidence and if these lads are the good players we hear they are they could help Plymouth back up to the Championship! Well done Hughton & the lads, no-one is laughing at us now!!!! TOON TOON

  • cooldj

    Apr 20, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #2


  • silverfox

    Apr 20, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Respect to Plymouth and their fans. I hope they have a swift return to the Championship, perhaps we could play them in pre-season as a thank you?

  • somersetgeordie

    Apr 20, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #4

    I was there last nightand whilst we were on the pitch celebration, a large number of plymouth fans stayed and cheered and clapped us.
    I bet that would’nt happen at many other clubs.
    Great nights entertainment, and Andy Carrol stayed on the pitch with us last night for quiet a while

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 20, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #5

    qaulity night, well done plymouth

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 20, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #6

    i was with barton right at the end and he had to be dragged back into the changing room, so did smith. qaulity fellas. plymouth fans were classy last night,i normally hate them, maybe bitter as i used to play for exter for 4 years

  • tdt

    Apr 20, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #7

    fair play to the home fans and staff, they deserve a lot of respect for their dignity in defeat. As we well know, its not fun being relegated, but at least they were gracefully about it. Villa fans last season on the other hand… Phil Brown also lost any lingering hint of respect I had for him, and fergie too, biatches. lol. We’re back with avengence now though.

  • peterktoon

    Apr 20, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #8

    What about a friendly as a thank you 🙂

  • Brewcastle

    Apr 20, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Watched the match and celebrating after on TV in Norway. Much with the play that didn’t impress. But the atmosphere under and after was the match great. Thanks to Plymouth for being big enough to give NUFC and the fans backing for the celebration.
    Must have been a special moment for everybody with a heart for Plymouth when they played “We are The Champions” for NUFC and fans after they had been sent them down of them…. A behaviour from great sportsmen. Thanks!

  • Whumpie

    Apr 20, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #10

    They really were fantastic. All round the ground the mood was friendly and I think most of the Green Army had come to terms with the relegation beforehand and decided to just enjoy the good mood in the stadium. Lots of green shirts on the pitch at the end – how many clubs would have that happen?

    Proper footie fans. Gonna miss ’em.

  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 20, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #11

    Maybe they needed to distract from the fact they were down but the DJ needs a medal.

    The scene of all the geordies bouncing on the pitch was remarkable, especially considering no flights and it being 400 miles away.

  • Whumpie

    Apr 20, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #12

    I was ashamed of some of the chants from our fans at their expense, though – went well beyond a bit of friendly banter and into pathetic gloating.

    Some people have short memories. Less than one year, in fact. They whine about Villa fans gloating at our relegation, then take every opportunity to do the same to poor ol’ Argyle. And this just after they’ve paraded a “Congratulations to Newcastle from Argyle” banner round the pitch.

    Local Hero was a particularly nice touch. Wuddun, DJ.

  • ende

    Apr 20, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #13

    We should totally offer them a friendly at Plymoth (help their ticket sales), and showcase some of our youngsters there for loans.

  • Adssy Mccc

    Apr 20, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #14

    I am a loyal Toon fan with lots of family in Newcastle, but I live near Plymouth. It was a strange night in some ways because I was obviously delighted that my boyhood favourites were back where they belong – but I still didn’t want to see my local team go down either…

    I thought both sets of fans were great and made it a very good atmosphere. The Argyle fans should be proud of their behaviour and it’s just a shame some of their players didn’t show the same level of dignity on the pitch. (Especially in previous games!)

    I agree with Duke and would love to see a mutually beneficial relationship between the two clubs. (Only problem might be the distance). One thing’s for sure though, if a Toon player did go on loan to Argyle and they do well down here – the fans would give them a fabulous support.

    Hopefully the Toon will finish in a respectible position in the PL and Argyle can do in League 1 what Newcastle have done this season in the Championship.


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