Shane Ferguson Comes Of Age At Chelsea


One of the most pleasing performances last night for Newcastle fans, was that of 19 year-old Northern Ireland International Shane Ferguson at left-back.

Shane Ferguson – wonderful display for Newcastle last night

The 19-year-old certainly looked nervous before the kick-off, and has admitted that to the local Evening Chronicle today, but to his credit he had an excellent game for one so young and still inexperienced.

Ferguson had a part in two of the goals that helped beat Chelsea, as it was his cross that Nile Ranger converted after 27 minutes, and the baby faced Shane also won the corner that Gutierrez expertly sent in for Ameobi to head home the sensational winner on 90 minutes.

Shane talked about the game last night:

“It’s the best experience of my life.” “I only found out on Tuesday I was starting.” “I was just so happy – it’s the best feeling ever.” And talking through his involvement in the goals he said:

And Shane was asked about his involvement in those goals:

“For the first Peter Lovenkrands made a good run, and I just picked him out. Nile Ranger was at the back post at the right time, and put it in the back of the net.”

“The second I just won the corner and we scored from it, i was a great feeling.”

It looked like Ferguson would have to be replaced near the end of the game,  as he seemed to have injured his knee, following a terrible tackle from Ramires, but the crowd thought the Irishman was just wasting time.

Shane explained the situation:

“The crowd thought I was wasting time!” “He did get the ball, but he followed through as well.”
“Thankfully, it wasn’t too bad – it’s just a dead leg.”
“And I was so nervous.” “The experienced lads were brilliant – it was just a fantastic day.”

“This year’s been brilliant, just being involved with the first team and training with them every day’s been a bonus.”

“The gaffer has been fantastic.” “Everyone’s so happy.” “We had plenty of chances and could have scored more, but we did the job.”  “Shola was fantastic – his workrate and finishing was superb. So was everyone.”

His family were not at the game last night, but were able to watch the game highlights on TV, back in Northern Ireland:

“My family weren’t there – they watched the highlights on TV – and I  got all the texts congratulating me after the game.”

In our voting for Man of the Match Shola Ameobi is in the lead with 45% of the vote and Shane is in second place with 30% of the vote and the poll is still open on our home page, if you would like to cast your vote.

This lad came of age last night, and if he keeps playing like he did last night, he’s going to have a great future in the game – and on Tyneside.

Comments welcome.


23 comments so far

  • G

    Sep 23, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #1

    Looks like a cracking little player. My only criticism is that he looks so young, however, he composed himself last night like a far more experienced player. Lets hope we see more of him soon.

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  • BlacknWhiteBlood

    Sep 23, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #2

    I second that G. His workrate was phenomenal, he’s showing us that we do have cover for left back.

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  • Preston_toon

    Sep 23, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #3

    What did you guys think of that Lad who came on for Chelsea he was a cracking little player at only 17 had a fair few chances as well

    I have to say Ferguson looked good could set to be in the first team Very Soon

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  • Davies

    Sep 23, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #4

    There’s a strange thing about young, fresh faced footballers. It seems other players look at them and subconsciously dismiss them as being no threat at all. Owen, on form, had the same thing and so did Solskjaer. It is, of course, a huge mistake on the part of any player to underestimate their opponent, but it seems to be a common theme with these relatively harmless looking lads. Odd, innit.

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  • Davies

    Sep 23, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #5

    By the way, did anyone feel that Vickic was fairly anonymous again?

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  • G

    Sep 23, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #6

    Vuckic, yeah, he was fairly anonymous. For a while I thought he had been taken off?

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  • BlacknWhiteBlood

    Sep 23, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Vuckic, was he playing? only joking. he couldn’t keep up with pace, I don’t know where all of the wonderkid stories come from. I haven’t seen it yet.

    Getting off that subject, I just hope CH plays the same team that dominated Everton

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  • G

    Sep 23, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #8

    I dont think HV had a bad game as such, he just didn’t seem to be involved much either. The bright stars of the game were without a doubt Shola, Fergusson and Ranger for me. Nobody was bad, yes, there were a couple of errors and scary moments, and frankly Krull looked shaky at times, but that was probs more to do with the clashes between him and Sol Cambpell. All the lads on the field were great last night.

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  • Phil K

    Sep 23, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #9

    Here’s the full back cover people have been saying CH should buy in January – (said he should have bought in August !) delighted for young Fergie.
    Hope he gets in the first team, eventually – and to stay !

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  • toonboyjake

    Sep 23, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #10

    think we should make a cheeky bid for chelsea’s josh mceaghran, he controlled the midfield at times last night and got past some of our players with ease

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  • slazberger

    Sep 23, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #11

    he did look very good toonboyjake.

    ancelotti has apparently said he is the future of chelsea and englands midfield, so he ain’t going anywhere

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  • geordielad880

    Sep 23, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #12

    toonboyjake, what a stupid comment, yeah im sure chelsea are going to sell their best youngster, why dont we get wilshire and gibbs from arsenal while we are on??

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  • geordielad880

    Sep 23, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #13

    I thought nile ranger had a really good game also, apart from his terrible miss that is, he always wanted the ball and wanted to take people on

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  • arcarius

    Sep 23, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Ferguson was absolute class last night
    So was Ranger, except for that sitter that he missed.

    Only worry was Vuckic, no where near the wonder boy that we’ve heard so very often

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  • Mags

    Sep 23, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #15

    Saw younfg Ferguson playing for the first time in the Accies game and marked him as something rather special in the threads about that match.

    Seeing him again last night reaffirms what promise he has.

    I know he is supposed to be a left midfielder / winger but he has shown in both games he can play the attacking left back position very well.

    HOWAY THE LADS.

    WHAT A WIN LAST NIGHT. HATS OFF TO HOOTS AND THE LADS.

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  • JSYproject

    Sep 23, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #16

    some people are deluded, why would chelsea sell one of their best prospects?

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  • SimmiYoung

    Sep 23, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #17

    Fergie was surprisingly good yesterday….but how good has Colo become?? Everything was so easy for him, he’s class!!!!

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  • Toon_fan83

    Sep 23, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #18

    lol toonboyjake what an idiotic comment

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  • Doha Mag

    Sep 23, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #19

    Colo made everything look so easy last night and we were not the ame team when he went off.

    Young Ferguson was very impressive, well done bonny lad….

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  • Darling27

    Sep 23, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #20

    Cover for left back sorted then. Well done lad 🙂

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  • baro

    Sep 24, 2010 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #21

    The kid is awesome. Shane Ferguson is perfect back up for Enrique, we don’t need to waste money and get a backup. We already have a good team. With a brilliant future.

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  • Brutooon

    Sep 24, 2010 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #22

    from the chelsea match, i would officially said shane ferguson is our backup for enrique. Kadar can play there but ferguson is suited better

    Vuckic remain anonymous and SHY

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  • Miffleton

    Sep 24, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #23

    How many of you were there, have a look again, even on the highlights Vuckic had a very solid game, grew as the game wore on. He’s not the kind of kid who’ll be banging them in for fun, he’s a grafter and he battled well last night, decent passing game, but all of you hear stories on here and expect him to come in and bag a hattrick, give the lad a chance, I thought he carried smith in midfield on wednesday

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