We must say that Newcastle United and their fans are giving a big welcome to the new French players, and rather than be embarrassed at having so many French players in the squad – the club are making sure the French players feel welcome on Tyneside- and it just goes to show that Newcastle fans don’t care much where the players come from – as long as they are dedicated to Newcastle United – and the French players certainly are – and they give 100% (or more?) in games.
Newcastle fans at Aston Villa in January
So it’s fitting that the game against Southampton on Sunday has been designated ‘French Day’ by the club. Newcastle now have ten players in the squad, following the five new arrivals in January, the club are encouraging fans to dress up, paint their faces, put on their berets and mustaches, and even bring along French flags to the game.
The French press are going to love this.
There will be some good entertainment and several other surprises awaiting the fans at Sunday’s important game – according to Newcastle’s web-site.
This is what French International midfielder Yohan Cabaye said about French day:
“I think this is a fantastic idea.” “The French players who were here last season and the players who arrived in January are very proud to be here and to play for Newcastle United so it will be very special to see our fans celebrating our culture and sharing it with us.”
“The support from our fans and our teammates is a big reason why players have wanted to come here to Newcastle.” ”We hope to repay that support on the pitch by giving the best performances we can.”
And Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew added this:
“It’s not just on the pitch that our French players have had an impact since they’ve arrived. The city has really taken to them as well and the players have spoken about how much they’ve appreciated the welcome they’ve been given, and seeing things like French flags in the crowd.”
“It’s up to us as a club to help our fans continue that outstanding support, so the French Day is an opportunity for people right across the stadium to come along early, have some fun and generate a fantastic atmosphere both before and during what is a big game for us.”
This is a great idea by the club, and fans will have the chance to pay homage to the many great French players in the Newcastle squad these days.
The game against the Saints kicks off at 1:30 pm on Sunday, and you can get your tickets by calling 0844 372 1892, visit www.nufc.co.uk or call in at the St. James’ Park Box Office.
It would be great to have a full house on Sunday – and hopefully cheer the lads on to victory – Newcastle will likely have around half the starting team be French players on Sunday – and we’ve got to think Ben Arfa could make an appearance in that game.
And notice how this will only help us get our French targets in over the summer - because it will make big news in France.
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