Steve McClaren has talked often about Newcastle’s final game of the season, when if we hadn’t won and Hull City beat Manchester United at home, we would have been relegated – we were that close to going down.
And with six minutes to go in that final game that outcome was still possible – we were 1-0 up and Hull were playing against 10 men at 0-0 so a late goal by Hull and one by West Ham would have seen us relegated.
Jack Colback – in action in pre-season
But then Jonas Gutierrez made Newcastle history with that goal of his after 85 minutes, and the celebrations that followed will be etched into the minds of Newcastle fans for years and years – it was simply unbelievable and the relief was simply fantastic.
While in the previous games the Ashley Out crew had organized demonstrations during the games there was none of that while the last game was taking place, and we saw what St. James’ Park can be like on what was a good day – a very good day after what was a pathetic season.
John Carver and Steve Stone were unceremoniously sacked in early June, and Mike Ashley had pledged before the game to spend big money this summer – which we have already done.
Steve McClaren came in to settle things down at the club and started to resuscitate things at Newcastle – which he has started to do.
Tomorrow is our first game of what we hope will be a much better season.
Local lad Jack Colback – who will start tomorrow – has talked about that last game and what the future now looks like for Newcastle United.
This is what Jack has said in the Mirror starting with the mood after that 2-0 final day win:
“There was no celebration, just music on for the first time in a while. The emotion was overwhelming relief, and the odd pat on the back for getting the job done.”
“We couldn’t celebrate just staying in the league. That is not what this club should be about.”
“The mood now is optimism. Regardless what has happened in the past, football moves on quickly. ”
“There are new signings which the fans can be excited about. It is a fresh start. There is no point dwelling on last year.”
“The manager has showed us video clips from that final game.” “He knows it is a great club to be at when you are winning games. It is the best I’ve been at when it is on the up, and that’s what we want to create.”
“Beating Chelsea and Liverpool at home were the best games I have played in, in terms of atmosphere.”
“We’d come to the end of games and there were still 50,000 fans there, no one rushing to beat the traffic and all that, which was brilliant.”
“We were going well around November time. We won six in a row and got a taste of what this place is like.”
“You can’t limit it but you also have to have realism. A club like this should be looking at top 10. Sometimes it doesn’t work out like that though.”
“Football clubs have to be about creating memories for the fans, a good day out, stories to tell their family. It is the same for players and their families. Hopefully we can get on good run.”
“The manager says he wants to be attacking, with a certain amount of caution. It won’t be like the ‘Entertainers’ of the Kevin Keegan era, 6-5 and 7-4, because football has changed a lot since then.”
Jack Colback was one if the few successes last season along with Daryl Janmaat and Ayoze Perez, and he has again been an automatic choice in the first team under Steve McClaren.
Jack is consistent and a very good player in the black and white stripes of his home town club.
We are hoping to see another full house of 52,000 at St. James’ Park tomorrow afternoon, in what we are hoping will be a (very) good season for the club.
The fans seem fairly upbeat and even optimistic of getting something out of this game.
Howay The Lads!!