Newcastle are best known for the loyal and unwavering support of their fan base, and while that’s good, it would even be better if we were known for having a great side who regularly wins trophies – but that’s not the way it is these days.
It’s no longer the 1950s. 😀
John Carver shaking hands with Jonas before he came on
It was an emotional time last night when the brave Jonas Gutierrez made a return to the first team after 17 months away, in which he fought and won his battle against testicular cancer.
And the news isn’t just good news at Newcastle, or just good news in England but it’s news in Argentina and indeed around the football world today, and Jonas’ comments are making Newcastle fans famous too.
Jonas was both happy and emotional after the game last night, in which he came on for Ryan Taylor after 65 minutes at left back, and immediately after the game he called the Clarin newspaper in his home town of Buenos Aries.
These are some of the comments Jonas made after the game in praise of the Newcastle fans:
“It was very exciting to see how people reacted when I entered the pitch. Newcastle fans gave me tremendous displays of affection and support during my illness. And also the nice gesture of Coloccini giving me the captain’s armband touched me.”
“At first it took a few deep breaths to find my rhythm but then I felt really good in those minutes I played. It was the culmination of many positive things. It felt like a new debut, it was really big.”
Here is the full report in the Clarin newspaper and it also includes a video of Jonas.
Jonas given captain’s armband from Colo when he came on
Of course the first thing that Jonas did in the game was to foul Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj and he picked up a yellow card for that, but then he settled into the game well, and in fact he’s in second place in our Man of the Match voting.
It’s just a pity we gave that late goal away – but that’s another story – and we’ll forget about it soon enough – hopefully.
But we will not forget about what Jonas has done over the last 17 months, and he is a genuine hero at Newcastle United, and that will be his everlasting legacy on Tyneside.
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