We loved it when Kevin Nolan was the Newcastle captain, and as we’ve said a few times before, his captaincy style was not unlike that of Jimmy Scouler, the captain of the 1955 FA Cup winning side, as he led by example and cajoled his team-mates into giving their all in every game.
Kevin Nolan acknowledges West supporters yesterday – the man is a class act
And we also knew that Kevin was a class act, and he showed that again on Sunday afternoon, when he refused to celebrate his goal after 38 minutes, even though it was an important one, and ended up being the match-winner.
And the former Newcastle captain has thanked the Newcastle supporters for their treatment of him yesterday, and this is what the 30 year-old had to say about that today:
“I loved everything about this club when I was here, and I still do. I have fond memories and many friends and my family enjoyed it up here. My little boy is a Geordie.”
“I thought it was a fantastic performance from us. I was delighted to get the goal and just delighted with how the day went. I would like to thank the Newcastle fans for the fantastic support they gave me while I was here, and for the reception they gave me on Sunday.”
“Obviously I could not have asked to have gone to a better club than West Ham, for the following we have got, and the commitment they have shown, so I’m delighted to be at another wonderful club. Hopefully I can do as well for them as I did up here.”
Of the four players who left us last year – Kevin, Andy Carroll, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton, we think Kevin is the one we should have kept, but all that of course is in retrospect, but he could still have scored some goals for the club – and of course he is a born leader.
For the record, Kevin played 91 times for Newcastle United and scored 30 goals, and he helped the club big time, when we were down and out in the summer of 2009, and the supporters will never forget that – as they demonstrated so well yesterday.
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