Kevin Nolan has been a fantastic buy for Newcastle United.
Kevin Nolan – Newcastle United captain
Kevin was signed from Bolton two years ago for £4M., and when he was signed he seemed the exact player to do well on Tyneside, since not only was he very good, and a leader, but he was an emotional player too.
But that first six months took time to settle in, and of course it didn’t help that he played for three different managers and Newcastle were relegated from the Premier League for the first time in their history in May, 2009.
But Kevin was one of the key players last season in ensuring the Tyneside club came straight back up, and Kevin was rightly voted the Championship Player of the Season.
The former Bolton captain hardly enjoyed his return to the Reebok Stadium last year, when Newcastle were taken apart 5-1 with some woeful defending.
Coloccini was sent off in the second half, and later Mike Williamson was also suspended for three games, for head butting Johan Elmander, who was a right handful that day for our defense.
Mike and Fabricio are back in the Newcastle defense and playing very well at the moment, and we have to hope they will play at their very best tomorrow, and not like they did at Bolton, which was woeful defending.
Kevin Nolan spent 12 years with Bolton, before leaving for St James’ Park, and he’s since been a huge player for the Magpies.
Kevin still has a warm place in his heart for Bolton, and often talks fondly of his days at the club, and this is what he said today:
“I’ve got very fond memories of Bolton, but not the last time I went back,” “The support I received from the fans, and the reception I got from them, was brilliant.”
“Those fans coming to our stadium on Saturday will see why I was so keen to join Newcastle.” “It’s a fantastic city, place and stadium.”
We have to hope our lads are in much better form tomorrow than they were at the Reebok, and we are hoping we can get all 3 points, although Newcastle face a very good Bolton side under Owen Coyle, who have won their last 3 games without conceding a goal.
“It was one of those days.” “I don’t think it was a 5-1 game.” “We got a couple of sucker punches and things like that.”
“When the worst could go wrong, it did go wrong, and it was just one of those days.” “We had to dust ourselves off, and get on with it, and I think we did,”
“It’s shown, because we’re only a point behind Bolton with the same games played.” “We’re two points behind Sunderland, with two home games coming up.”
“They’re tough games, Bolton and Everton, but we’re looking forward to it with sky-high confidence.”
We’ve been impressed with Paisley-born manager Owen Coyle, from the time he took over at Burnley after managing St. Johnstone.
And Owen got Burnley promoted two years ago, when they beat Sheffield United 1-0 in the playoff final at Wembley, and of course he’s in a job now he always wanted, and has made Bolton into a force in the Premier League.
It will be a good and tough game tomorrow, and we have to hope our strikers can get a goal or two, and if we get all 3 points there’s every possibility we could end up in 7th place tomorrow night in the league table.