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Danny Simpson – My Four Years At Newcastle Were Tremendous

11:40 pm, Friday, June 28th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

We had seen some headlines about Alan Pardew regretting not re-signing Danny Simpson to a new deal, but Newcastle have been trying to do that for the last two years, but Danny wouldn’t sign, and he has now been signed as a free agent by Harry Redknapp at QPR, and will be playing in the Championship next season.

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Danny Simpson – emotional farewell to Newcastle fans

Of course that’s where he played when he first arrived on Tyneside four years ago from Manchester United, and he played a part in getting Newcastle immediately promoted back to the Premier League.

And Danny will always remember Newcastle as the birthplace of his daughter Skye, who was born just less than two years ago in Newcastle.

This is what Danny said to the Newcastle fans on the web-site:

“I knew for a while that I’d be leaving, but it sank in when I saw the lads in the home dressing room for the last time and then did the lap of honor with the lads to say thanks to the fans for everything,”

“And I’ve got to say, I was here for four years and they’ve been tremendous with me so I’d like to say a big thanks to them.” “It was emotional to do that lap of honor, especially with my little one.”

“She was born in Newcastle so technically she’s a Geordie and that last game was quite an emotional day – but a nice day as well.”“I came at 22 and it’s been a big part of my career; not just my career but my life as well with my little one being born here.”

“From walking in as a 22-year-old to leaving now, I’ve matured a lot and changed a lot. Being in Newcastle and being around certain people – team-mates, coaches, managers – and playing in front of those fans has helped me a lot and I’m well happy with the four years.”

“Obviously winning the Championship the way we did is one of the highlights, getting back into the Premier League, but also just cementing my place in the team the season before last and finishing fifth.”

“And there were one-off games – beating Sunderland 5-1, the comeback against Arsenal… I’ll never forget those days and those games, but the whole four years have been top class.”

“I don’t think that 4-0 to 4-4 will ever happen again and to beat your rivals 5-1, that was my second Premier League game for Newcastle and to beat them the way we did that day, I know how much it means to the fans here.”

“I can happily walk away and say I played four derbies: won two, drew two so I’m happy with that record.” “I loved playing pretty much every game when we finished fifth and got into Europe, and then playing in Europe as well – Benfica away, those kinds of games and experiences are invaluable and I loved every minute of it.”

“There have been no regrets.” “The whole four years has just been class.” “I always say if anything’s not gone right, then I’ve learnt from it and it’s made me better.”

“So I don’t really have any regrets. Anything that’s not gone right for me, I’ve learnt from and worked on and become better from it.”

Both Danny Simpson and Steve Harper are on the payroll at Newcastle through Sunday, and then they become free agents on Monday, and that’s when Danny’s three year contract starts at QPR.

Danny played 138 times with two goals for Newcastle, and his refusal to sign a new contract was one reason Mathieu Debuchy was signed by Newcastle in January.

Danny was always a good professional at the club, and he played great in the Europe League for us last season.

He will be a powerful player for QPR, and we wish Danny all the best.

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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jamiemac // Jun 28, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    What a lad

  • 2 toon22 // Jun 28, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Danny who?

    Hes gone forget him…

  • 3 jimmysmith // Jun 28, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    I should hope so Danny. I still fantasize almost daily about being Newcastle’s right back, being a handy overlapping right back in the day and born and bred in Whitley Bay.

  • 4 Miguel // Jun 28, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    So the lads are all rested up and ready to go, bet they cant wait to challenge the spl teams and portugese teams, bet there bricking it.

  • 5 Newcastle Brown Alien // Jun 28, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Fair play to danny, said good words best of luck.

  • 6 gfp13 // Jun 29, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Surely the more ex players of ours that come out and say positive things about their time at the club is a good thing for us. Our targets must see and read these things and be impressed

  • 7 soundoid // Jun 29, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Good luck Danny lad. You live it we just watch it.

  • 8 Toonboy_84 // Jun 29, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Cheers Danny. Thanks and good luck in the future.

  • 9 hadthetshirt // Jun 29, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Thanks for everything Danny and your youngen will always be a Geordie
    Take care and good luck

  • 10 hadthetshirt // Jun 29, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    PS your best shot of that slapper wanna be

  • 11 Geordie-Exile // Jun 29, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Good luck Danny and thanks!

  • 12 Brutooon // Jun 29, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    a right back to gave a constant 5/10 every match. an OK player

    defending ok but poor in attacking

  • 13 Bearsize // Jun 29, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Good luck danny. Solid right back anyone who was part of our championship season has my respect.

  • 14 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jun 29, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Best of Luck to you Danny !

    Still remember at least two important Goal-line clearances in those Four years !

    Cheers !

  • 15 howway geordies // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Thanks for your good words Danny and for the effort you made for the team. Good luck at your new club and I will applaud you when you return.




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