It was some turn-out last night at St. James’ Park, where some former Newcastle greats and former greats in the football world were all on display, and watched by over 50,000 fans – a fantastic turn out for Steve Harper’s testimonial – after 20 years at Newcastle.
David Ginola pleads with Newcatsle fans
You just have to look at the teams, and some of the great players who were at Newcastle last night for Steve Harper’s testimonial
Newcastle United Legends: Steve Harper (Shay Given 25, Pavel Srnicek 60); Nolberto Solano (Steve Watson 52, Steve Stone 72), Darren Peacock (Brian Kilcline 52, Olivier Bernard 73), Nikos Dabizas, John Beresford (Alessandro Pistone 35); Ruel Fox (Keith Gillespie 35, Paul Kitson 67), Lee Bowyer (Joey Barton 60), Rob Lee (Nicky Butt 35, Kevin Nolan 60, Ed Speed 75), David Ginola (Scott Sellars 52, Alan Thompson 67); Alan Shearer (Peter Beardsley 46, Tommy Speed 75), Les Ferdinand (Faustino Asprila 20, Andrew Cole 46)
AC Milan Glorie: Sebastiano Rossi (Massimo Taibi 41); Giuseppe Pancaro (Pietro Vierchowod 51), Giuseppe Favalli, Franco Baresi (Roberto Mussi 42), Paolo Maldini; Massimo Oddo (Ibrahim Ba 51), Alessandro Costacurta, Mark Van Bommel (Roberto Lorenzini 79), Gianluigi Lentini (Daniele Massaro 51); Paolo Di Canio, Maurizio Ganz (Christian Lantignotti 41)
David Ginola playing for Newcastle back in 1997
One former Newcastle great making a return was David Ginola, and he took the opportunity after the game to urge fans to support fellow Frenchman Yohan Cabaye, and forgive him for refusing to play for two league games, as Cabaye tried to force a move away from the Tyneside club to Arsenal.
This is what David said about Cabaye:
“He’s a great player – he’s done really good for the club,” “You have to put things in perspective. Sometimes you make a mistake and you have to be forgiven for that.”
“As soon as he steps back on the football pitch at St James’ Park, he will wear the zebra shirt and that will be it, he will be back on track.”
According to Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, Yohan has had his head down all week and trained well and been acting very professionally, and he must have a decent chance of starting the game at Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.
We need to see Yohan committed to Newcastle on Saturday and have a good game, if we are going to get the result we need at Villa Park.
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