We first heard about Jonas Gutierrez’ fight with cancer in the week following our 4-0 demolition at Southampton, and it was just before the home game with Hull City on Saturday, 20th September.
The messages on Newcastle’s warm-up kit on September 20th before Hull game
And in that game the Newcastle players wore T-shirts in support of Jonas during the warm up for the game.
We played quite well that day and were in control, but two goals out of the blue by Hull City still had us losing 2-0 with just 20 minutes to play in the game.
Alan Pardew then brought on Senegal striker Papiss Cisse after 69 minutes – for his first appearance of the season, after breaking his knee-cap in April.
And Papiss looked inspired in that game and scored two late goals to get Newcastle an unlikely draw, and after each goal he revealed a T-shirt under his strip that said “Always Looking Forward Jonas.”
Papiss Cisse reveals Jonas’ message after scoring two against Hull City
We got a draw in that game and that was only 3 points from our first five games and we were 3rd bottom of the league.
But then we got an unlikely win after extra time at Crystal Palace, and reached the last sixteen of the Capital One Cup – after extra time – a game that Pardew has since said was the turning point in the season.
But then we lost a close game at Stoke City 1-0 when it looked like it was curtains for Alan Pardew- as we slumped to 2nd bottom with three points from 6 games.
It wasn’t, and the next weekend we got a good 2-2 draw at Swansea – again coming frpm behind twice in that game.
And we finally won a game against Leicester City 1-0 at home the following Saturday, and we’ve won the four games after that – including an amazing 2-0 win at Manchester City to reach the quarter finals of the Capital One Cup.
So since we all found about Jonas’ brave fight with cancer, Newcastle have played 9 games, we have 6 wins, two draws and the single defeat at Stoke.
Jonas after completing the Buenos Aries marathon recently
That’s not a bad record, and maybe it’s not a coincidence that all that has happened after we all found about Jonas’ courageous fight with cancer.
Jonas may not be playing for Newcastle United right now, but his bravery may have had a dramatic impact on the playing and coaching staff at Newcastle – and the results seem to reflect that.
It’s a possibility – and quite a story.
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