Peter Ramage of course has been in the news the last day or two, as former Newcastle United players always look forward to playing Newcastle, even if for Peter it’s the very last game of the season.
Peter Ramage – playing for QPR
Fitz Hall is out injured with another hamstring injury right now, and has probably not taken his chance to become a full-time Newcastle player in the summer, but Peter is full of praise for the center-back, who helped him big time when he moved from Newcastle to QPR in the summer of 2008.
“Fitz is a top pro, and is another really good lad.” “He was good to me when I moved down.”
“He helped me settle down.” “It would have been a bit strange if he’d played against us, and then came back on July 1 for pre-season!”
“He’s done a good job for Newcastle, and I’m not particularly disappointed he’s not playing, because he’s a good player.”
Ramage will be marking Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan – and of course Shola Ameobi – and he knows Andy and Shola all too well from his 12 years at the Newcastle club, both as a junior and a professional.
Peter will be wanting to put in a good performance against his former club, and he thinks highly of both the local Newcastle lads.
“They’re two quality players. Andy’s done remarkably well this season, and I’m pleased for him. He’s head and shoulders above anything else in the Championship.”
“He’s scored 19 goals this season, and he’d have bitten your hand off if you’d offered him that at the start. It’s not surprising a number of clubs are looking at him, and he’s being mentioned as a future England player as well.”
“It’s testament to the hard work he’s put in – he’s a good lad who wants to do well.” “Shola’s a good lad, and it’s good to see him scoring goals.” “He’s a handful for anybody when he’s on form.”
“I hope he can keep fit for a consistent period of time, because then you’ll be able to see the best of him.”
But bottom line for Peter is that this is a game he’s been really looking forward to, and you can bet your life that at the final whistle, whatever the result, he’ll be going around the Newcastle players congratulating them on getting the Tyneside club back to the Premiership, at the first attempt.
“It’s been a long time coming – and a lot has happened in between.” “It was the first fixture I looked for, and probably the first that the QPR fans looked for.”
“It’ll be a big day, and it’s the fixture I’ve been looking forward to more than any other.”
Newcastle have to end this season with a win, nothing else would be appropriate for such a magic season, and it was unfortunate that our 7 game winning streak was brought to an end with almost the last kick of the game against Ipswich Town – but no excuses on Sunday afternoon, and all 3 points is what we want to see.
Then we’ll have to see who Newcastle will be bringing in this summer.