That final game of the season when our Premier League lives were at stake was something to behold, and the passion of Newcastle United came across that TV screen full blast – and the celebrations after the two goals was something to behind – and cherish.
We will never ever forget Jonas Gutierrez’ goal and the wild celebrations that followed that – Jonas – what a hero – what a legend he has become over his final two years at the club.
What a moment this was – Jonas after scoring second goal
That’s how we felt when we finally won that game 2-0 and kept our Premier League status after it looked very possible that we could have been relegated after being in 9th place half-way through the season.
That win was accompanied by Mike Ashley’s comments before the game – well-timed indeed – that he now wanted to win a trophy at Newcastle – which was a real change in his ambition for the club.
Throughout the game there were shots of Mike Ashley as we missed chance after chance, and the tension and disappointment on his face was there for all to see.
It seems that Steve McClaren himself also got that passion coming across his TV screen as he also watched the game – and it seems to have convinced him about Newcastle United.
This is what he said to Simon Board in an interview in the Chronicle today:
“Big screen, sound on full blast! I went wow, there is a football club. No one is going to beat them. Everyone was together. What came first? The players and the attitude they had? Or the crowd? It works together.”
“I have experienced it in that opposition dug out. When that happens you have no chance.” “I thought keep that…. every Saturday let’s have that. With the resources, recruitment and expertise we can get that. It excites me.”
“It is a unique stadium, a unique atmosphere. When it is up, wow, it is a hard place to come to and that is something that needs to be recreated. It is a nightmare for opponents.”
“I want to ensure fans turn up and are proud of the team. That is what I will try to build. Before, after and during a game, win, lose or draw, I want to be proud of them.”
“When you get that you can achieve.”
Steve’s right about that – Newcastle is a unique club – and we are hoping we can begin a new era where we can even by successful again – certainly there are signs of change – and they are for the better – at the club.