Philippe Albert, the former Newcastle defender in the 1990s, who played under Kevin Keegan in that great Entertainers side, has been interviewed in the Chronicle today and he reminisces about the time he played for Newcastle, and how great it was.
Philippe Albert today – Belgian TV football pundit
Philippe Albert is now working as a pundit for Belgian TV, and the former Newcastle player also runs a very successful fruit and vegetable company
He was delighted with Newcastle’s 1-0 win at Old Trafford last Saturday, in what was the first win there since David Craig, Iam McFaul, Malcolm MacDonald, Frank Clark Tony Green, John Tudor and Stewart Barrowclough were in the side on Saturday, 12th February. 1972 managed by Joe Harvey – when we simply tore the Red Devils apart 2-0.
Philippe talked about some of the games he played for Newcastle at Old Trafford:
“We came close a few times,” “I actually started to think back to some of the games I played at Old Trafford when I heard the result on Saturday.” “It’s never easy to win there. The players should feel proud of what they did.”
“I enjoyed the battles we had. They were at the time one of the best teams in the world and I think we managed a few draws and there were some really close games.” “They are not the same now Sir Alex is gone, but we should still celebrate the win and the move on.”
“And, remember, you still have to be a good team to win in Manchester.”“I remember how important Christmas was in England. The games over that period could really affect your season.” “If Newcastle can keep this run going, win a few more games, then they can really go into 2014 with the hope of getting European football.”
“The fans deserve that. They deserve the best, if I’m honest. Every week they are there and it’s a privilege to play for them.” “It was a special time in my life and it will be special for the players now if they can keep this run going because they will be loved.”
“I would like us to win the FA Cup. We should be trying to do that every season. I have always thought that was possible.”
Albert is certainly a big Newcastle fan these days, and he makes sense – and after winning the FA Cup in 1951, 1952 and 1955, we haven’t won it since, and with the team we have at the moment – we can beat any team in Britain on any given day – there’s no good reason we cannot do very well this season in the Cup – starting in the 3rd round at home to Cardiff City in early January.
And we have to think that with no European games this season, manager Alan Pardew will play almost his strongest side in each tie, and you never know – we could actually win something next May – and wouldn’t that be something.
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