Andy Carroll Handed Great Honor By Newcastle United

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.

Comments welcome.

Written from Plymouth, England.

15 comments so far

  • Solaidback

    Jul 20, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #1

    Lets prey that he’s able to continue where he left off last seaosn & give the PL defender some worrying moments & load of fantastic goals for the fans.. good luck Andy, show them all what you’re made of son… HWTL..

  • ToonTex

    Jul 20, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #2

    Soooo… he isn’t going to jail?

    I think this is premature. A character season in the Prem with 2o goals, while being a leader on the field and off, would be necessary in my opinion. And those of you who would say Oba didn’t have to do that … I disagreed with him having it too.

    Wearing the #9 to influence you to act and perform the way you should is backwards.
    It should be a reward and an honor for that behavior and deeds on the field . Giving it to him as an enticement cheapens it.

    Prove me wrong, Andy.

  • ginkoh

    Jul 20, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Show the Doubter you are good enough for NO.9 !! HWTL

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jul 20, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Delighted for big andy, will be geting him on the back of the new toon shirt, along with Jose, and Barton!!

  • lewman

    Jul 20, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #5

    he has never put a foot wrong on the pitch in my opinion for newcastle apart from one dive in the pl that i cannot even remember who it was against. he has great vision, a fantastik header and is ok with both feet plus he is not scared to put his weight about with hardmen defenders so i think he will thrive in the number 9 shirt and maybe he can keep a cool head off the pitch in the future, hopefully

  • baro

    Jul 20, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #6

    For the number of goals Carroll got last season he really deserves the #9 shirt. Hopefully he can be the new Alan Shearer. We really need him to bang in some goals.

  • danegan1981

    Jul 20, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #7

    Congratulations Big Andy!! The lad knows what an honour he has been given. Being a home grown lad he already had the incentive to bang the goals in but this could spur him on even more. Hope you bang them in next season son!

  • chappywill

    Jul 20, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #8

    GG7 – same names im getting on my shirts!

    Carroll was superb in the second half of last season, he deserves it, an0d im pretty sure he’ll prove the doubters wrong this season. if he doesnt get banged up that is.

  • giimps

    Jul 20, 2010 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #9

    He will cause most Prem defenders problems this season, we just need to get the ball into the box ,then have someone to pickup the scraps.
    I just hope it aint gonna be Shola and Andy up front !!!!!!

  • jimiley

    Jul 20, 2010 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #10

    As player he has the potential to be the new Shearer. Is he better than Sir Les. Of course he is. He continues the long tradition of great Toon centre forwards. Shame he might go to prison for smashing a bottle over a guy’s head. But a Geordie jury should clear him. Watch out for the mackems in the 12 honest and good Andy.

  • giimps

    Jul 20, 2010 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #11

    If its tried in newcastle he will be ok, anywhere else he may be on shady ground.
    If Stevie G got off ,and he was on camera punching the living daylights out of someone ,Andy may get away with community service (wrong as that is) and compensation for the victim/plaintiff ?

  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 21, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #12

    It was really whether he could start putting the ball in the back of the net, as he won the ball and held it up well in the 1st half of the season. the suddenly he just couldnt stop scoring.

    I really hope he plays against Man Utd on 1st game of the season. Rio is injured and talk of resting Vidic, Im sure Carroll will relish the opportunity to lay into the less dominant Evans and Clumsy Smalling.

    Strange timing that he didnt announce it BEFORE the release of the new away kits though.

  • soundoid

    Jul 21, 2010 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #13

    Good luck Andy and well done. I got in to some silly scraps in the toon at the age of 21. I bet most of you guys on this site did too so be happy for the lad. I thought he should have got the shirt last season but fair play to the manager he’s earned it now lets see if he can fill it… i’m positive.. he will.

  • Brutooon

    Jul 21, 2010 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #14

    more pressure on him

    if he dont deliver, he will be like ameobi that foul the whole BPL players

  • lewman

    Jul 21, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #15

    ameobi for his size is nowhere near as physical a player as andy who i think is just a completely different player to shola.


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