Stephen Ireland was surprised and touched by the terrific reception he got from the Newcastle fans last night.
Stephen Ireland – finally in action for Newcastle last night
And he was surprised even when he was warming up, and was getting loads of support from the crowd. as he did his warming up exercises.
Stephen’s girlfriend Jessica, was injured in a car crash last week, but Stephen was able to put that to one side, at least for the game, and Newcastle fans appreciate that kind of personal courage from a player.
The 24-year-old had informed his manager Alan Pardew that he was willing to play, and we thought Stephen looked like he can do a job for Newcastle – big time.
This is what Stephen said today, after being on Tyneside since January 31st, but unable to play because of injuries and other stuff:
“I was actually quite touched and surprised by the reception the Geordie people gave me,” “Even when I was warming up, the fans were clapping and cheering me. I was really impressed and taken aback by it.”
“I’m grateful and appreciate it a lot. They’ve accepted me and want me to do well, and that’s all you want.” “I’ll now try to repay them by working as hard as I can. Whenever I get the ball, that’ll be in my mind. First and foremost I want to work hard for the team, and help us achieve a high finish.”
“The fans have been brilliant, and it was electric,” “I haven’t played in front of fans like that before in my life.” “It’s massive for our team – the teams that come here are petrified, and you can see that by the way they react. To do it for a whole 90 minutes is impressive.”
“It has been hard, but it was made a lot easier thanks to the club,” “I’m really impressed by the club, the staff and the fans – everybody’s been brilliant to me.”
“They have helped me with what has gone on. I’m now just looking forward to getting my head down and playing as much football as I can.” “I just want to help the club stay as high up the table as I can.”
Welcome to Newcastle United Stephen! 😀
Well those are great words from the Irishman, and we’re starting to take to this player.
Stephen looked to us like he is on a par with players like Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan and Cheick Tiote, because he can play a bit.
Yes, he was only on for 20 minutes but he’s an emotional player like the other three, and we think the Newcastle fans can lift him to play at his very best on Tyneside.
We’ve switched to thinking this lad can possibly become a great player for Newcastle, and it will be interesting to see how he performs in the final 5 games of the seasons, but we are expecting him to show us all what he can do.
Stephen with girlfriend Jessica Lawlor
Jessica Lawlor, 25, has a two-year-old son with Stephen Ireland, and suffered internal bleeding and a broken ankle in the car accident last week, and we hope she is recovering well, and will be OK very soon.