Former Newcastle Player Inducted Into Hall Of Fame


News today that former Newcastle United left-back Olivier Bernard will be entered into Show Racism the Red Card’s Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon.

Olivier Bernard – while at Newcastle

Bernard will be inducted unto the Hall of Fame at half-time in Sunday’s game between Newcastle and Tottenham, by two former Newcastle players, Les Ferdinand and John Beresford, and both presenters are already in the Hall of Fame.

Ged Grebby is the Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card,  and has made comments today explaining the way in which Olivier has tirelessly worked for the anti-racism campaign in football.

The is what Grebby said:

“Olivier now works in schools with the charity’s education team and is a great ambassador for the campaign,”

“It is fantastic that two other members of our Hall of Fame have agreed to present Olivier, and I am sure both Les Ferdinand and John Beresford will get a warm reception from the crowd.”

“The campaign would also like to thank Newcastle United for their continued support over the last 15 years.”

“Racism has no place in sport and in society as a whole and Show Racism the Red Card is now playing a leading role throughout the UK, combating the scourge of racism.”

We are big supporters of anti-racism in football, but we are often  saddened to see racism still  raise its ugly head on occasion at football games.

Bernard joined Newcastle in 2000 from Lyon, while Bobby Robson was the manager, and he played 102 times for the Magpies with 6 goals, before joining Southampton in January of 2005, after terms couldn’t be agreed with Newcastle for a contract extension.

But Olivier’s career at that time was almost over due to injuries, and although he returned to Newcastle under Glenn Roeder in 2006, he was never able to play regular football again, and his football career was effectively over at 27,  due to a severe hip injury.

We’re sure Olivier will be warmly welcomed back by Newcastle supporters on Sunday.



You can share this articleShare on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someonePin on PinterestDigg thisShare on LinkedInShare on RedditShare on Tumblr

8 comments so far

  • levi15791

    Oct 12, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #1

    1st!

    Olivier Bernard has been doing this years, glad to see he finally has some proper recognition!

    Good luck with the treatment Ed!

    0
  • boater

    Oct 12, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #2

    The teams just below us have difficult games this weekend – liverpool Vs man u, Villa Vs city – spuds Vs us.

    Even if we were to lose by anything up to 3-0 and still remain 4th… but a win could be massive – as early as it is to be looking at the table.

    0
  • Irie-Magpie

    Oct 12, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Best of luck with the treatments Ed’
    Yeah Boater i saw that, we’d still be in good standings wouldn’t we..

    0
  • adi-bizzle

    Oct 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #4

    i’m quite happy about this. Olivier Bernard is one of my best friends and was a coach at my club last season. He works all over the country for “show racism the red card” and is still a massive newcastle fan. I will get him to come on here and say something to the fans if that’s something the readers on here and ed would like

    0
  • magpiebop

    Oct 12, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #5

    He was a good player. Strong, quick and tenacious!

    0
  • MrToon

    Oct 12, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #6

    When I first read the headline, I thought it must be for slipping over the most times in a career. jokes aside congrats to Olivier and well done.

    0
  • Sav

    Oct 13, 2011 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #7

    Its never too early to be up near the top.
    Howay the Lads!

    0
  • solano

    Oct 13, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Well done Olivier! Nice to know that your talents have not gone to waste after being one of our most gifted fullbacks of recent times and being so ill-advised as to reject a 5year £5m contract in order to sign for a doomed Southampton.
    Thank the Lord, wealthy businessman Mr Grebby, has let you in to his club for washed up former footballers. By all means show racism the red card but let’s show a sense of proportion when handing out titles.

    0

You must log in to post a comment.