Sol Campbell Signs For Newcastle United – Official

Newcastle United have announced they are delighted to confirm the signing, on a one-year contract, of (the great) Sol Campbell.

Chris and Sol – terrific news – to say the least

Sol, who will wear the number 5 shirt at St. James’ Park, said:

“At this stage of my career I couldn’t have wished for a better move. To join a club such as Newcastle United, with its proud tradition, heritage and magnificent support, is absolutely tremendous for me.”

“I’d like to thank Chris Hughton for putting his faith in me and aim to repay him and the supporters by giving everything I possibly can to help re-establish this great club in the top-tier of English football.”

“I just want to play and can’t wait to get started. There’s a real buzz about the place and that’s great. I’ve played at St. James’ Park numerous times and always found it a fantastic place to play, there’s always a tremendous atmosphere.”

“Chris will focus everyone together and get the team ready for the season, it’s nice seeing Colin Calderwood too having played with him at Tottenham.” “Getting out on to the training pitch this morning will be a wonderful feeling!”

Great words from Sol, and of course he’s been courting Fiona Barratt for a while before their marriage 10 days ago, and she’s a Newcastle supporter, so we know Sol knows a lot about the club, having appeared at St. James’ Park  many times before.

Manager Chris Hughton was obviously delighted and added:

“I have known Sol since he was a lad at Tottenham and am fully aware of what he has to offer. That is experience, quality, calm assurance and leadership. He’s a dedicated professional, a terrific addition to the squad, and I look forward to working with him again.”

Campbell, 35, already has a total of 635 appearances with 29 goals in his career and he no doubt will add to that at Newcastle.

Yes, the player is past his best, but his enormous experience and professionalism will be great for Newcastle during this coming season, and  Sol already seems to feel the buzz on Tyneside, and will no doubt be trying to be match-fit for our first game at Manchester United on 16th August.

That’s just 19 days away – would you believe it?

A massive 86% in our poll think Sol is good signing for the Newcastle club – and we have to agree with that.

And Sol will not be the last one to arrive by any means, as others will come in before the end of August,  we’re sure of that.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • southerngeordie

    Jul 28, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Cracking signing – we should of got him years earlier, but Roeder thought he was past his best.

    He might be on the wrong side of his 30’s but i can’t think of a better player for the likes of Taylor, Kadar to learn their trade off.

    I know this as brought mixed opinion amongst the fans but in all honestly i can’t talk highly enough of the guy and what he has achieved. His presence will be felt throughout the team and CH deserves a pat on the back.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Jul 28, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #2

    I was sceptical about signing Sol Campbell, however on reflection he will improve the team, even at the age of 35.

  • lewman

    Jul 28, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #3

    if the likes of taverner and kadar are the real deal, then surely this is better than getting a young good cb in as sol should be retiring at just about the time that they come good.

  • Davies

    Jul 28, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #4

    Before anybody complains about this, do try to remember that a month ago a lot of people didn’t expect us to sign anyone. We’ve got three; one solid, experienced centre back, one bright talent and one I’m not sure about. I’ll have to see Perch play in the premier league before I make any kind of judgement.

  • lewman

    Jul 28, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #5

    i doubt there is many that would complain about this one, especially if the 35k a week wages rumour is true.
    remember this is good for our young strikers too as they will be training against him every day.

  • xfer

    Jul 28, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Good signing. Will be massive for us this season. How many players can you name that is good enough, and possibly play outside the top 6?


    Jul 28, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #7

    So, he married a Geordie lass, eh….

    I always thought he was a puff.

  • nicholasnufc

    Jul 28, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Wow looks like our squad are full of English players. Way to go!!!

  • geordielad880

    Jul 28, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #9

    tavernier is nothing short of terrible, kadar on the other hand is an excellent prospect, but would prefer to see him cover left back next season more than centre half, till he develops his game and gets some more experience, very confident on the ball, and decent going forward

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 28, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #11

    Reminds me of Dalgleish doing his old pals act (s)
    Hope it works out…..I can hear Big Mick getting his axe sharpened for CH’s beheading at xmas.

    Wonder if CH could get Hoddle and Ardiles out of retirement?

  • tobes

    Jul 28, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #12

    Great signing. Should be a massive presence in the dressing room and on the pitch. Hughton is doing well. So far, so good.

  • lewman

    Jul 28, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #13

    as long as we dont get darren anderton sirjason, we should be just about ok

  • sweendog

    Jul 28, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #14

    Shearer .. wait till after thursday .. maybe friday .. if nothing comes of the meeting lined up for tomorrow then Ben arfa has decided not to join us… I just hope they’ve not stopped looking at Djalo who would join us ..

    Other than that pleased with what Hughton is doing in the transfer market .. keep in up .. campbell will be excellent alongside Collo ..
    imagine our back 4 if stephen taylor was used at RB .. good solid back four .. just need cover LB, Ben Arfa and a striker Djalo .. come on hughton you can do it… that a top half team with them players in it…

  • lewman

    Jul 28, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #16

    he sounds like a right little f3ck3r that ben arfa doesnt he. i doubt andy, joey or new boy sol would take much sh1t from him .

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 28, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #17

    Yohan Benalouane, Ben Arfa, Van Aanholt aint coming.

  • ThaiMag

    Jul 28, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #18

    We can play all english players including 7 subs now.

    S.Taylor Williamson Campbell Simpson
    Routledge Guthrie Barton Gosling


  • Obafan

    Jul 28, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #19

    I am very happy NUFC just signed Sol Campbell. Okay he is 35 but he is still a very good and solid defender. I hope CH will partner him with Colo as our central defensive pair, cause those 2 would be very good together.

  • baro

    Jul 28, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #20

    Great signing, and one of the most consistent footballers. His experience should give the players a lot of improvement. Hopefully like he said Newcastle will be a force again.

  • Szarka

    Jul 28, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #21

    Hes 35 past hes peek, not so speed, and gets 35k a week? if he would be 25 i would say wow :O, but now i only say, that this contract is only good for Sol but not for us.

  • steve1980

    Jul 28, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #22

    He looked great for Arsenal when they resigned him earlier this year, and he probably does have one last season in him. A one year deal suits both parties down to the ground, Sol not far from his lovely airess and Northumberland country pile, we get a hugely experienced top class CB on a free for a deal which doesn’t strain credulity as a two year deal may have done (or the four year deal at Notts County!).

    With Taylor out for 3 months, he’s a good addition, and a vital one. Still think we need two more players, a creative midfielder and a striker. With the number of midfielders we have, i don’t see that happening. But a PL goal scorer is essential for me. I know he was an SPL player, but i reckon letting Boyd slip into the hands of Boro on a free was a huge error. I’d be all out trying to sign Robbie Keane, Roque Santa Cruz or, don’t shoot me down, Craig Bellamy. Honestly, with the 25 squad rule coming in, those three could seriously be looking at being left out, particularly Bellamy. Carroll up front with Bellamy playing just off him – could work. I’d prefer Keane mind you – no baggage, and i can’t see that not working. The guys an out and out finisher, end of.

    At the moment, what do we think of the squad for the opening day against Man U? I’d say (taking into account injuries):

    Harper, Perch, Campbell, Coloccini, Enrique, Routledge, Barton, Guthrie, Gutierrez, Carroll, Lovenkrands.


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