Leon Best – The Stuff Of Fairy Tales And Such A Nice Guy Too


It was the stuff of fairy tales – supposed flop Leon Best being sold in the January transfer – Alan Pardew saying that simply was not true – and then giving Leon his first ever start in the Premier League and Leon hit  home 3 great goals at St. James’ Park.

Leon Best – celebrating after scoring first ever PL goal on Wednesday

And then Leon getting a deserved standing ovation by a very appreciative Geordie crowd, when he was replaced in the second half.

Fairy tale stuff indeed.

And Leon has come out  and said he’ll never ever forget that experience at Newcastle, for as long as he lives.

While that doesn’t surprise us one little bit – what Leon did on Wednesday night shows clearly that the Nottingham-born lad is made of sturdy stuff indeed, and it’s a credit to him what he was able to achieve,  when everything seemed against him.

It’s how people perform in times of adversity which is the measure of  the man (or woman).

Leon Best should  play this afternoon at Stevenage, even though he limped off with a heel injury, after scoring his third goal on Wednesday night.

And Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan, who even before the game on Wednesday told Newcastle  fans of how Leon had worked his socks off,   to get over his many injuries on Tyneside over the last year.

This is what Kevin had to say this morning about Best:

“The lad has a load of talent and we all knew he had it in him,” “He has been a bit unlucky.”

“I know he has had his knockers and doubters but I spoke about him last week, saying what he has been doing in training.”

“When he first came to the club, we had Peter Løvenkrands and Andy Carroll on fire in the Championship.”

“We were top of the league so it was always going to be difficult for him to get in. What he has done is wait for his chance and make sure he is ready.”

“It could not have happened to a nicer guy.”

Leon has a chance this afternoon to stake a claim to start against Sunderland next Sunday afternoon, although the favorites right now to start up front have to be Ameobi and Carroll – if both of them are fit.

But Leon will know he will need to turn out a good performance in every game for Newcastle, in order to keep his place.

We know he already knows that – so we simply wish him the very best of luck this afternoon.

Can you imagine what would happen if he gets another hat-trick?

Oh my.

Howay The Lads!!



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26 comments so far

  • Sinner

    Jan 8, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Whats up with that pic?>.>

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jan 8, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #2

    Fair play Leon! get a couple today like a good wee boy!

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  • CT

    Jan 8, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #3

    SSN___ J Bothroyd due to be left out of Cardiff side to-day????

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  • arcarius

    Jan 8, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Interesting note

    All 3 of the goals that he scored was his weaker left foot

    Wonder if this will be the turning point of his career?

    Hope so

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  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Jan 8, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #5

    So CH is also good when choosing a player for us

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 8, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Ameobi 30 years old, Leon Best 24 years old.

    I would prefer to play Best than Ameobi

    Ameobi is in the world record for the most GIVEN CHANCE of a player BUT never improve award

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  • keegan trio

    Jan 8, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #7

    seriously..get rid of xisco and ameobi…..we can survive with carroll, loven, best, one new striker and possibly nile( if he is not loaned out)…

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  • keegan trio

    Jan 8, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #8

    guthrie, smith, ryan taylor, james perch , sol campbell removed as well..add new and fresh faces…

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  • keegan trio

    Jan 8, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #9

    promote phil airey, shane ferguson, haris vuckic , ryan donalson and kanzenga lua lua to first team set up….coupled with tamas kadar and nile ranger who is alr in the 1st team, nufc is just like a new breath of fresh air…add few more faces during the transfer window…for example?
    jonathan leagear
    sebas larsson
    yanick djalo
    wolfswinkel…sulley mutari, stephen sessagon..

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  • baztoon

    Jan 8, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #10

    Leon best is left footed. Would have been some hatrick if he wasn’t!

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 8, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #11

    That “old” faces are the likes of Ameobi and Alan Smith

    Both useless
    Both not longer younger
    Both not improving
    Both on high wages

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  • keegan trio

    Jan 8, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #12

    i will not mind niko kranjcar from spurs..rather than bentley and keane..
    replace ryan taylor, guthrie and smith with kranjcar/jonathan leagear/sulley muntari/stephen sessagon/seb larsson…and shola ameobi, xisco with djalo and wolfswinkel..

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  • keegan trio

    Jan 8, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #13

    our keepers for the future will defo be tim krul and fraser forster…harper will be goalkeeper coach next time

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  • keegan trio

    Jan 8, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #14

    defenders will be danny simpson, staylor, colo, willo, enrique, tamas kadar,..possibly get in corluka/curtis davis/carlos cuellar/kyle walker during next transfer window…..but our LB must defo be enrique..as i cannot see anyone who is that strong as him…and the sense of positioning.

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  • keegan trio

    Jan 8, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #15

    midfielders..will be barton/tiote( automatic starts for sure)…dan gosling…nolan( who can also be used in forward line)..jonas..wayne(ncie squad player to have)…add more faces to replace smith, guthrie, ryan taylor with either kranjcar/jonathan leagear/sulley muntari/stephen sessagon/seb larsson..any 3 of them…

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  • keegan trio

    Jan 8, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #16

    forward line…the great, ONE AND ONLY HATEM BEN ARFA…its a waste to use him at left wing…cos shane ferguson, jonas can be used there as well..HBA will be attacking midfielder support andy carroll/loven/best/one new striker and possibly ranger…

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  • keegan trio

    Jan 8, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #17

    midfielders will have young faces like haris vuckic/shane ferguson (i think tamas kadar is better off in LB), ryan donalson and lua lua
    .strikers we can one more in phil airey!

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  • billy the fish

    Jan 8, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #18

    Karim Ziani – Algerian winger 2 million quid from Wolfsburg – 3.5 year deal so they say………

    anyone seen him play ?

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 8, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #19

    wher the blinkin hell is craigcoozy? And who says this about ziani billy?

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  • free giveaways

    Jan 8, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #20

    Best has got good ability. He’s quick, strong and mobile and will get better because he’s young.

    I think we could do with another striker though. Santa Cruz if it was a pay as you play loan or Carlos Vela from Arsenal. I really like Vela, he reminds me of Rossi when we signed him on loan.

    Maybe we could go for Ricky Van Wolfswinkel again.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jan 8, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Ziani just had a medical at Monaco!!

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  • colwell

    Jan 8, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #22

    Billy the fish- Ziani is that too us? seen him at marseille small,skillful player good cross as well prefer him too larsson.

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  • obaflamey

    Jan 8, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #23

    baztoon- leon best is right footed.

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 8, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Leon best is right footed fact..

    Im nah just saying this lads but if dean whitehead scored a hatrick for us with his weaker foot i would love him..But he did’nt so he is a scumbag hahaha

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 8, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #25

    Here lads i did’nt know nile ranger had a pic on his twitter of himself holding a sign saying @nilepowerranger just proving this is my official twitter 🙂 😉

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  • cupiddstunt

    Jan 8, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #26

    Baztoon I thought Leon was a leftie wiki has him as a leftie but I watched a bit of video with the Irish team training forwards playing hit the crossbar and all of Leons shots were taken right footed.

    I looked on the club site but could not find any more info on him so the jury is out until someone comes up with solid proof.

    By the way it was still a cracking hatrick as he had work to do on all three shots.

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