The Last Derby For Two Very Courageous Newcastle Players

Tomorrow’s game at Sunderland will very likely be the last derby game against Sunderland that Ryan Taylor and Jonas Gutierrez will ever play in for Newcastle, and both have been at the club a long time – Jonas since the summer of 2008, and Ryan since January of the following year.

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Ryan Taylor and Jonas Gutierrez – these brave men  beat the odds

Ryan will be remembered for that fantastic free kick in August of 2011, which was the goal that beat Sunderland in the game, and the last time we beat Sunderland – and that was at the Stadium of Light too.

But most of all Newcastle fans will remember these players for their great courage and strong character in the face of adversity.

Jonas because of his fight against testicular cancer – a fight which he won when all the odds looked to be against him.

And Ryan Taylor for coming back from two very serious ACL knee injuries – we’ve heard of players coming back from one of those – but not two in succession.

Ryan has shown tremendous fortitude and courage over the last couple of years and we expect him to start again at right back in tomorrow’s game.

John Carver had this to say today:

“I think it would be fantastic to win for those two. Can you imagine Jonas getting the winner in the last minute? All the emotions would take over, I would think, from everybody”

“We’ve all seen how he’s fitted back in. He’s worked extremely hard to get himself in the condition he’s in, so it’s certainly a thing that dreams are made of and it would be a fitting way to end this run.

“I remember the last win was nice. It was a bit of magic from Ryan. He’s reaped the benefits of that. Unfortunately, he hasn’t played much since but he’s become a bit of a cult hero, and he’s even got a song named after him, so that’s how important it is.”

We would love both these players to get two year extensions to their contracts in the summer – but it’s not going to happen.

And at a time when we don’t have too much leadership and not a lot of character in the squad, the two of them could help the squad in a lot of other ways than just being experienced players on the pitch.

Sadly, they are unlikely to get new deals – but maybe they can give us a great finale tomorrow – and help win the game for Newcastle.

That would be very fitting.

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16 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 4, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #2

    “In my eyes, I am permanent. The contract I signed – there was nothing about ’short-term’, there was nothing about ’interim’, there was nothing.

    A little bit from JC

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 4, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #3


    How’s it a reality check?

    Could you point out which fans are expecting Ashley to spend his own money?

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 4, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #4

    I hope they both play tomorrow, we need the sort of spirit and commitment they’ll bring.

    I’d want them both in before Obertan or Gouffran

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 4, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #5

    optimistic prime
    How’s it a reality check?


    Waddle says good players will use the two clubs as a shop window. He explained: “There’s a huge problem getting the better players to the North-East. They aren’t keen to live up there. Every away game is an overnight stay, a journey and a half. People say it’s too cold.

    “Newcastle have had a bit of luck in the French market but it’s a window for those players to get to London.

  • firebug666

    Apr 4, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Waddle twittering on is only his opinion, The fans are not expecting Jabba to put his hand in his pocket, and spend like Cheatski.

    All the fans want is to see their team competing on the pitch, it just does not matter how much a player costs, what matters is how that player performs.

    Just shows how out of touch with the fans Waddle is.

  • AndyMac

    Apr 4, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #7

    “I remember the last win was nice”

    I’m surprised Carver can recall that far back. Maybe he had it in his “Top Five Managerial Performances” by his beloved cockney mentor ?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 4, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #8

    Do we really want that Ed? 😉

    …I see Hank disappeared and Charlie is back on!

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 4, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Johnny boy.

    Did you mean nothing as in “like there’s nothing between the ears” or quite literally nothing. No money, no bonuses. Your just in it for the love of the club.

    Is he local?

  • Ian Toon

    Apr 4, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #10

    I have only just read the long article someone posted a few days ago from The Guardian. It does not excuse Ashley’s current sharp practices but it does beg the question of whether anything has changed as far as misrepresentation in financial accounting is concerned.
    Those around at the time insist that objective financial analysis would have shown that Hall and Shepherd ran the club into the ground, with the misstatement of accounts and by the non provisioning for
    transfer fees due, also share buyback which enabled the pair to take cash out of the club.
    Let the buyer beware – and Ashley got burnt through the failure of his
    People to do due diligence. I find it hard to believe and it doesn’t excuse what has subsequently transpired over his tenure. But maybe it explains his hesitancy to make the sensible basic decisions which have
    baffled us fans.
    Good Luck To the Toon and our fans all over the globe.
    Howay The Lads.

    own pockets.

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 4, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #11

    What an absolute Clown Carver is…His comments are pointless.

    I wonder if he can take his heart off his sleeve for this match and actually prepare his team professionally…..Probably not!!!

  • Pokat

    Apr 4, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #12

    The last win eh? At least our johnny boy has a decent memory. We are screwed man oh man yes we are.

  • Pokat

    Apr 4, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Can’t really blame him really though.
    He’s just an employee and he gets paid to say stuff. Any stuff as long as it doesn’t comit his boss to anything.

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 4, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #14

    I’ve been thinking of the best side for tomorrow with what’s fit.

    Anita Willo Janmaat Colback
    ———-Raylor Guiterez——–
    Sissoko. Cabella Ameobi

    I’d play them, I’d stick with Colback at LB as he’s must have played against Jonson a 100 times in training. I’d stick Anita right back as he always shows and he can swap with Raylor if needs be. Guiterez in middle as he’ll tackle track back and get stuck in again could swap with Colback.

    The rest is self explanatory, id rather have Cabella in the middle than Sissoko but either or, Perez should have to much movement for them and Ameobi is all I can think of for the left.

    I think it’s a decent set up and as strong as we can play given what’s available, with not to many derby virgins.

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 4, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #15


    A very weak and feeble argument, not a reality check that would be stating the obvious.

    If the club was more successfull it would be more appealing so that argument is pretty much worthless.

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 4, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Ashley can do more now to improve the quality and excitement of the product he’s peddling. It’s the lack of atmosphere in the ground he needs to address and I believe wants to, and I will be deeply disillusioned if the profits aren’t earmarked for a better brand of football. A trophy of significance would require the rub of the green, or perhaps even pie in the sky stuff, but getting the fans up and out of their seats, and roaring the side on, certainly not.


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