It’s a great honor – especially for a local lad – and as we half-expected, Andy Carroll will wear the number 9 shirt for Newcastle next season.
Andy Carroll – will wear number 9 next season – where the b/w strip?
Here is an article we wrote in late May where we thought Andy was odds-on favorite to receive the number 9 shirt for next season.
And Andy, absolutely delighted and a little humbled to be given the honor, said today:
“It hasn’t sunk in yet. I’m immensely proud and really it’s an unbelievable feeling.” “When you look at the fantastic players down the years who have worn the shirt, it sends shivers down your spine. It’s amazing.”
“Having grown up following and watching the team, I’m aware of the great tradition the No 9 shirt holds. It’s probably unique in football in that sense.”
“Alan Shearer was my idol as a young lad and who would have thought I’d be following in his footsteps?” “It’s every young Geordie lads’ dream to be a Newcastle United No 9 and I’m so lucky to be given that chance.”
“It’s an opportunity I relish and intend doing my upmost to do the shirt proud.” “I’d also like to thank Chris and his staff for the faith they have put in me.” “It really is terrific.”
Good words from the 21 year-old, and we agree with Andy – it’s really terrific – but there’s responsibility that goes with the shirt – which has been worn by former greats such as Hughie Gallagher, Jackie Milburn, Malcolm MacDonald and Alana Shearer.
And Newcastle manager Chris Hughton admits he had enormous pleasure handing over the shirt to Andy today at the Benton training grounds :
“I’ve give the No 9 shirt to Andy and he fully deserves it.” “I gave it to him for a few reasons.” “Firstly because I know what it means to the Newcastle fans and that the shirt’s tradition should be allowed to continue.”
“Secondly, because he’s a lad who we are hoping has a very good future.” “He’s a local lad too and that brings something else to it.” “He’s a player that wants to develop. He understands and wants the responsibility that comes with the shirt.”
And the Evening Chronicle is reporting that Andy becomes only the fifth player to wear the shirt in the Premier League for Newcastle, following on from Oba Martins, Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand and Andy Cole.
But Hughie, Jackie and Malcolm are some of the greatest ever to don the number 9 shirt at the famous Newcastle club – along with a certain Alan Shearer of course.
We hope this gives young Andy tremendous confidence and he just needs a goal in the first few games – to hopefully set him on his way for this coming season in the Premier League.
But it shows the tremendous confidence the club has in young Andy Carroll.
Written from Plymouth, England.