Steve Harper is another Newcastle player who has come out today and praised the fans of Plymouth Argyle – the Green Army – for being so magnanimous to Newcastle on Monday night, after their club had been relegated due to the Newcastle defeat.
Steve Harper – Green Army deserves great praise
This is what Steve said today:
“They were fantastic hosts,” “I saw the girls holding up the banner that said ‘Congratulations from the Green Army’ and I thought it was very good of them to do that.”
“They played their part and it was just a fantastic place to be at the end of the game.”
We had also thought that Plymouth coach John Carver, who was assistant manager to Bobby Robson, and was born and bred in Newcastle – and therefore is a die-hard Newcastle fan like the rest of us – played a big part in the Plymouth club extending such a fine welcome.
Carver joined Argyle earlier this season but has been unable to save the club with manager Paul Mariner.
But we have to think that Plymouth Argyle have a chance to come straight back up, since Carver is an excellent coach.
Like most Newcastle fans, Harper now hopes that Carver, working closely with manager Paul Mariner, will be able to get Plymouth promotion next season:
“I’m sure John Carver, who’s here and is an excellent coach, had something to do with that because his connections to Newcastle are well documented,”
“He’s a fantastic coach and I hope he gets some success because he deserves it. I’m sure all of Newcastle will wish Plymouth well for next season.”
In truth we don’t see that class too much these days, that the Plymouth club and supporters showed last Monday night. It was just fantastic.
One or two of their supporter web sites have condemned the club for playing “We Are The Champions” with reference to the “no time for losers“ in the lyrics. They have even demanded an apology from the club.
But we have to think they are being too serious, and that was in no way meant as a scourge on Plymouth Argyle.
One positive thing for Plymouth FC is not only have they been given significant praise in the press for their actions on Monday night, but also a number of Newcastle fans will be following Plymouth Argyle next season, and we will certainly be looking out for the Plymouth side to come straight back up.
Best of luck Plymouth!