In his press conference yesterday manager Alan Pardew gave the plaudits to our former captain and midfield player Kevin Nolan, who couldn’t reach an agreement on a new contract at Newcastle in the summer of 2011 and left for West Ham United.
Kevin Nolan while at Newcastle
Kevin joined Newcastle in January of our relegation season in 2009, and played a total of 91 games with 30 goals for Newcastle and famously scored a hat-trick when we took Sunderland apart 5-1 at St. James’ Park in 2010 on our return to the Premier League.
Kevin was a big favorite of Alan Pardew’s, and this is what the Newcastle manager said about Kevin yesterday:
“Kevin was brilliant at this football club,’ ‘We owe him a lot – all the players here – with the professionalism he brought and the winning mentality.”
“I would like more Kevin Nolan’s in my group.” “He’s a very special sort of person in the changing room, and he brings that to whichever club he goes to, that winning mentality, and that’s why he’s had such a fantastic career.”
We always though Kevin was one of the best captains Newcastle ever had, and he reminded us of the great Jimmy Scoular who captained Newcastle to our last FA Cup Final success.
Both captains were very vocal on the filed and took a blood and guts approach to the captaincy.
Scoular was Scottish and was captain when we took apart a Don Revie Manchester City side 3-1 in the 1955 final back in 1955, with goals from Jackie Milburn (in the first minute), Bobby Mitchell and George Hannah.
Newcastle United’s 1955 FA Cup winning side with Jimmy Scoular on top
Those were the days alright.
Kevin Nolan has played 127 times for West Ham with 30 goals.
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