When Newcastle fans are down in the mouth, as most of us are this morning after another transfer window passes by without a single penny being spent to strengthen the squad, we can always rely on Peter Beardsley to tell us everything is going to be great at Newcastle.
Three Geordies in a row
After Callum Roberts signed his first pro contract for Newcastle
And true to form – this is what Peter Beardsley – a true Newcastle legend in his playing days – had to say in the Chronicle when asked if Geordies being put in charge of the club – like John Carver, Graham Carr, Steve Stone and Peter himself – could make the difference at Newcastle:
“I think the club, certainly under Lee Charnley, are looking very much at that.” “He knows what the club means to me, to Graham (Carr) and obviously to ‘JC’. It’s unquestionable for ‘JC’ when you look at what he is doing for the club.”
“We all have to go away at certain times but ultimately if somebody said to me I would be involved at this club for the next 10 years, I wouldn’t want to do anything else. It is my life and I absolutely love it.”
“I have the perfect job, Ben Dawson and I work well together. We have a great team behind the scenes.” “It’s a brilliant club. I went away to play for Liverpool and Everton but there is no club like home.”
“I was at Leicester to see Callum make his first team debut and it was great to see. I keep telling them what I do isn’t for my benefit, it’s for theirs.” “But I get a massive buzz out of it when I see them playing in the first team.”
“The more the merrier.” “We now have a few youngsters who have a chance. It’s a long time since we have had a situation like this.”
“To be fair to Alan Pardew he has been good at promoting young players but we now have a chance of players, long-term, being in the first team and I mean playing 50-100 games.”
“That for me is being a first team player, when you’ve done that you are a proper player.” “And I think we have a few who have a chance of doing that now.”
“My bonus is seeing players like Callum Roberts coming through is my reward to see them get in the first team. That’s all I am interested in.”
In his playing career Peter played for 11 clubs in all, and he went out to Canada at the Vancouver White Caps in 1982 – after playing three seasons at Carlisle United – and by his own admission, he was a late developer.
Peter had his first spell at Newcastle from 1983-1987 (147 appearances 61 goals), after being at Manchester United for a year, and before joining Liverpool in 1987, where he played 131 times with 46 goals.
We were also a selling club in those days.
Peter Beardsley in first spell at Newcastle
He returned to Newcastle in 1993 when Kevin Keegan was manager and played for the next four years with the Entertainers (129 appearances and 47 goals).
His complete record at Newcastle United was 276 total appearances with 108 goals – not a bad record at all.
In his overall playing career Peter played a massive 753 games with 237 goals,
And that’s close to the total number of games the great Alan Shearer played in his career – 734 total appearances with 379 goals.
They are both true Newcastle United legends.
We just hope Peter is right in what he says about the future for Newcastle under Geordie control.
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