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Newcastle’s Bobby Moore Is The Magpies’ Leader

11:19 am, Friday, August 9th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

Alan Pardew compared Fabricio Coloccini last season to the great Bobby Moore, who led England to a Word Cup win in 1966 at Wembley, and that’s still the only time England have reached the final,  although Sir Bobby Robson almost had us there in 1990, but we lost on penalties to West Germany.

fabricio coloccini in training

Fabricio Coloccini in training last month

And Newcastle fans saw just how important the Argentine International is to Newcastle, when we missed him for a couple of months earlier this year,  after he injured his back against Southampton, but he came back for the last three games of the season and Newcastle’s defense actually looked good for a change.

Alan Pardew talked about his captain today in the local press, and again compared him to Bobby Moore:

“He’s our captain and you only have to look at the stats when he plays.” “We defend better, our record with goals against is better and he’s a natural leader of the team in terms of what he does on the pitch.”

“He’s not a particularly big spokesman in the dressing room but he leads by example.” “I’ve compared him to Bobby Moore and I’ve no embarrassment in doing that.”

“He’s very, very similar. Everything I’ve been told about Bobby Moore, Colo is. Lead by example, right attributes, train hard, work hard and play at the very highest level. That’s what Colo gives us.”

And of course one huge success we’ve already had this summer, is in persuading Colo to stay on Tyneside, after he wanted to return to Buenos Aries because of a personal family problems in January.

But Colo came out in June and said he would stay at Newcastle – that’s much better news than most if us realize.

There’s no doubt that Colo is a top player for Newcastle,  and let’s hope he can stay fully fit next term.

What do you think?

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Tags: Fabricio Coloccini · Friendlies · Leadership · Newcastle News · Pre-Season


15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 wolfshead@toon // Aug 9, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    colo is great but bobby moore standard? mmmm

  • 2 SeanNufc87 // Aug 9, 2013 at 11:25 AM


    Currently playing through it again for about the fifth time. Our lass doesn’t get it constantly asking why the purple blob has a lemon top.

  • 3 Slank // Aug 9, 2013 at 11:27 AM


    TDS @ 13

    Not only do we have a more complete squad than most PL teams but they are probably more settled and bedded in than teams like Sunderland, Norwich, Hull or some others who have had a huge turnover of players this summer.

    Additionally, we don’t have all the angst that is happening with Liverpool, ManU, Spurs and Arsenal about their key and most influential players coming, going or not.

    With so many players from these teams making comments it looks like divided loyalties and some turmoil in their camps.

  • 4 martoon // Aug 9, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    I can’t recall Bobby Moore having an affair with a girl in Cramlington (allegedly) :)

  • 5 SeanNufc87 // Aug 9, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Iv never experienced a cup win with a team I support, because of my age. I think if and when it happens ill bawl like a kid, just overcome with pride.

  • 6 G // Aug 9, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    It’s really unfair to compare Colo to Bobby Moore, after all, 2 of the greatest football moments of all time Bobby Moore was at the centre of, can never be achieved by Colo. He can never lift the World Cup for England, and he can never set up Pele’s bicycle kick in Escape To Victory.

  • 7 Slank // Aug 9, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Bobby Moore, no. Bobby Moncur yes.

    I do however see a similarity with Bobby Moore the way in which Colo plays (except against Glasgow Rangers!).

    They both rely on reading the game, anticipation and ball distribution.

  • 8 Slank // Aug 9, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Good news from Sky:

    Shola Ameobi has hinted that he might be forced to leave Newcastle in search of regular first-team football. The Nigeria striker wants to be involved in next summer’s World Cup and told Sky Sports News:

  • 9 ToonDownSouth // Aug 9, 2013 at 11:34 AM


    Agreed, though I actually think Liverpool will do very well this year. I’ve watched them in preseason, and although the opposition haven’t been great, Liverpool look bloody brilliant.

    They’ve been playing such amazing one-touch-passing football, and their players all look to understand each other so well. Honestly, if Suarez stays I think they’ll finish top 4.

  • 10 quitesimple // Aug 9, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Haha I’ve played it about 10 times like,

    The best thing is the characters hands haha nee fingers

  • 11 Bearsize // Aug 9, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Hehe i downloaded it from the psn store a few months back for 7 quid. Just got out of midgar onto the world map, saved it at the chocobo farm. Brings back so much memories. Prob start playing it again once i get sick of cod and fifa

  • 12 SeanNufc87 // Aug 9, 2013 at 11:42 AM


    Its not good news man, will be good for him to get some playing time but loyalty should not be brushed aside just because he never really made it at the club.

    The bloke has made some good contributions to the team in the decade he has been here, and is fiercely loyal, how people can be so blasé about someone who has spent his LIFE on tyneside, leaving is beyond me.

    Hes never been a great player but he was happy to wait on the bench and help the team as and when he could.

    Why people cant just say good luck, wasnt good enough for our team but wish him the best is ridiculous, its happened to every player thats left but perch.

  • 13 Bearsize // Aug 9, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Hope it comes out on the ipad! My toilet visits will be eventful lol

  • 14 Rooster // Aug 9, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Colo is a good kid, but 1 million miles from bobby moore can be suspect just like saylor especiall yto pace, fouls are then commited in the wrong areas.

  • 15 Douglas // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    good to read your health update.


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