Former Newcastle Goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek Dies

There is terrible and extremely sad news today that former Newcastle goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek has died following a cardiac arrest he suffered a week last Sunday.

This is just tragic news for one so young who was a great goalkeeper for Newcastle United and a real favorite with the fans.

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Pavel Srnicek – great goalkeeper for Newcastle has died

The 47-year-old had been placed in an induced coma in the Czech Republic after he suffered the cardiac arrest while he was out running a week last Sunday.

His agent, Steve Wraith, has said this in a statement today:

“It is with deep sadness that I have to announce the passing of former Newcastle United player Pavel Srnicek.”

“Pavel suffered a cardiac arrest before the Christmas period in his home country and had been in an induced coma in hospital with his close family around his bedside.”

“Despite the best medical attention the final brain scans on Monday showed irreversible damage and the decision had to be taken to switch off the life support machine.”

“Pav passed away on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 29 2015 with his family by his side.”

“Pavel, the goalkeeping coach at Sparta Prague, had recently been on a whistle-stop tour of Tyneside to promote his autobiography, ‘Pavel Is A Geordie’, something that he was very proud of.”

“My final conversation with him was about getting the entertainers team back together one more time for charity next year as it will be 20 years since that Newcastle team almost won the Premier League.”

“We will make that happen and celebrate this great man’s life together.”

Newcastle United have sent out the following on their Twitter account.

Alan Shearer sent out this message on his Twitter account about his former team-mate.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

90 comments so far

  • John Tudor

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #1

    rip pav true geordie

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #2

    Very sad news

    RIP Pav

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Can’t stop the tears at the minute.

  • stuart no9

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #4

    so so sad to hear about pav. Was he one of the greats ?? not really . he was very good had his faults like most players , was he loved ?? absolutley, everybody loved pav and pav loved everybody , and that is what made him so special. A true adopted geordie in everfy sence of the word . so sad . RIP Geordie Pav,

  • JamesToon

    Dec 29, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #5

    RIP pavel 🙁 he absolutely adored the toon army

  • banjax

    Dec 29, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #6

    So sad to hear about Pavel. A great Goal Keeper and a Newcastle Supporter to his last days. My deepest condolences to his family and a great loss to the Newcastle Supporters. R.I.P.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Dec 29, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #7

    R.I.P Pav. Thoughts with his family and friends

  • nut meg

    Dec 29, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Sad news, R.I.P. Pav, thanks for the memories.

  • jimiley

    Dec 29, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Pav was a good keeper. Not a great keeper.If we had had Scmeichel in 1996 we would have walked the league. With hindsight, I would never change the keepers. I would keep Pav and take second place. Pav was a true star of the team and loved by the crowd. Why? Because he adored the place and played with great pride. We expect no more from our players and we certainly do not expect to win anything. We only want our team to compete and make us proud. Pav epitomised that ethos. I would never swap him for Schmeichel and a title. A Toon legend. Tragic. But never ever forgotten.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Dec 29, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #10

    Very sad news. So young. Tragic.

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 29, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Rip Pav.


  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Dec 29, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Our Toon
    Please look at MOTD again. Colo, Colback and Gini are marking fresh air. They might as well not have been there. You’ve got to ask yourself why our goal difference is so shocking. It’s not because of Darlow or Elliot. Schoolboy defending by Coloccini and Co all season is why we’re heading for the trap door.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 29, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Rip pav, a true legend.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 29, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #14

    There’s a generation of kids who wore Pavs iconic keeper shirt and who are now full on fans at SJP. That’s a good tribute for him.

  • jazzyp

    Dec 29, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #15

    RIP Big Pav…. A gentle giant.

    On Dzagoev,Hahaha not a chance is this guy gonna come here. To a doomed club with no hope in site.
    Every game you watch it’s the same pityfull performance on the back foot from the off.We are dominated from the first whistle to the last because we cannot play a posession football.
    The midfield create nothing and offer nothing in the attacking third of the field,we simply play with 6 defenders in every game

  • Roosta

    Dec 29, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #16

    Hearbreaking news about wor Pav, RIP BONNY LAD!

  • posada

    Dec 29, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #17

    They say your memories are more important than your dreams.
    Thanks Pav for many good ones.

  • kintrak

    Dec 29, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #18

    So So Sad to hear about Pavel he was a true Geordie Legend and a Gentleman, many of these modern footballers could learn a thing or two from how pav embraced his career and his adopted city and people
    I will never forget standing outside the three bulls percy street i think we had just secured european football for an age, people where literallydancing in the streets hanging flags from the car park opposite,Pav was stuck in traffic outside the pub he was mobbed in his car and proceded to stand up out through his sunroof with his long arms in the air and everyone singing pavel is a Geordie, Rest in peace you Geordie Legend and Gent the football world is a sadder place without you x

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 29, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Gutted. Top bloke. One of the most iconic players of the entertainers. Sympathies with all his family, loved ones and friends. A huge loss for the NUFC family.

    RIP Pav
    Pavel is a Geordie

  • firebug666

    Dec 29, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #20

    My thoughts and prays to Pav’s family.

    RIP Pav taken too young, but leaves us with some pleasant memories.

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 29, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Still can’t believe it.

    Thoughts are with pav’s family and friends.

    Thanks for the memories Pavel. True gent.

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 29, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #22

    A link for those who wish to watch.

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 29, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #23

    Well that link was a pile of poo. Is that it BBC?

  • Our Toon

    Dec 29, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #24


    If you know about football then you’ll understand that in a 95min game the opposition will create something of note be it through error or sublime play. You’d be hard pressed to find a team defend for 95mins and keep a clean sheet or more importantly not make a defensive error. I know you dislike Colo, think most on here do…..but the blame is with the keeper for letting the ball slip through his hands.

    Just like last week the blame was with the keeper for flapping at a ball he could have caught. Out defence isn’t good we all know that but the goalkeeper has a big role to play, if the keeper can’t be relied upon when the defence make 1 miss judgement by keeping out a simple enough effort like the header by WBA then why bother turning up.

    One of the best players this season has been young Butland of Stoke, everyone praises Shawcross but it’s the man between the sticks who been superb…..for all Shawcross can’t stop Butland more than makes up for. The keeper is the last line of defence!!

  • StevoNorthShields

    Dec 29, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #25

    RIP Pav… Always a Geordie, always will be! What a shame

  • hibbitt

    Dec 29, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #26

    bit of respect lads this one’s for Pav

  • goalie gaz

    Dec 29, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #28

    Sir Bobby has a new keeper, thoughts to the family.
    God bless you Pav, always a Geordie.

  • John Tudor

    Dec 29, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #29

    1 min applause and pavel chants in the first minute is on the cards

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Dec 29, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #30

    Our Toon
    Of course there’ll be errors in a 95 minute game. Bit the point is we’re conceding more than other teams. The table tells you that.

    Why is it happening? Well some of us have been saying it all season. Colo is generally useless; he had a rare half decent game against Everton.

    I can’t believe you or anyone would want to give a free pass to defenders and midfielders who commit schoolboy errors as we do consistently. In fact I’ve seen County players defend better than Colo & Co.

    Yes errors will happen. But that goal, like so many others this season, was the type that is easily preventable. The fact Darlow could’ve done better has taken the spotlight off Colo and Co.

  • Newcastle for alltid

    Dec 29, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #31

    Being fairly young, I became a Newcastle-fan in the mid-90s at the age of 6. In Norway it`s a case of “choosing” an English team to support when you`re young, and stay with it. This reasoning for these decisions are diverse. I can`t remember my exact reason for choosing Newcastle when all my friends were choosing Man Utd or Liverpool, but I remember falling in love with the team and club – and collected everything there was; trading cards, stickers, statuettes etc… I remember Pavel very well from back then as part of the team, and he was the no.1 goalie in the world for me. It`s funny because you never quite forget these heroes from your time as a kid, and you always have a certain heartfelt affection for them – which never quite go away. Pavel was one of those players
    Which is why these news are devastating, he died way too early. My condolances goes to his nearest family and friends.
    Rest in peace, Pavel!

  • MacToon

    Dec 29, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #32

    Such sad news. A gentleman and a true Toon hero taken far too soon.
    RIP big Pav – you’ll always be a Geordie

  • calvinzolamakongo

    Dec 29, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #33

    Why is everyone referring to mitro as thug nowadays he is a lovely bloke you must of all seen when he made a speech to Elliot before giving him his mom trophy against spurs interrupted the reporter and everything

  • Bambams

    Dec 29, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #34

    This news is devastating. I feel I have lost a friend. The bloke was Newcastle through and through.
    Such a young age.
    Thoughts go out to his family.
    Never forget you Pav
    Rest now fella

  • Mag52

    Dec 29, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #35

    Sad,sad news.
    Always in our hearts and memories.
    R.I.P. Pavel.

  • Our Toon

    Dec 29, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #36


    I payed my respects on previous page, pav was and always will be a legend in my eyes.

    Blackley, I might be wrong but for me the defence has improved since the palace game and since earlier in the season. I think we’ve conceded 1 goal in games against WBA, villa, spurs (away) and didn’t concede against Liverpool. No doubt against Arsenal we’ll get tonked but against WBA Colo and Mbemba were standout players!! You keep looking for a scapegoat goat in Colo though

    Have we ever conceded a goal that wasn’t his fault in your eyes?

  • Our Toon

    Dec 29, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #37

    As for free pass…’ve just given Darlow one by absolving him of blame for the goal. Defenders should be marking attackers….If a midfielder makes a late run then CB’s aren’t to blame….its the responsibility of the modifiers to track that rub. Blame colback for fletcher being free not Colo….he can’t mark every player in our box!!

  • cyprus

    Dec 29, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #38

    Pavel is a Geordie

  • Novocastrian66

    Dec 29, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #39

    I’m absolutely devastated by the sad news that Pav has died. He had a fantastic attitude, worked hard to improve himself as a player. He also understood what it means to play for Newcastle United. I wish we had a few more like him at the club either as a player or in a coaching capacity. An adopted Geordie and he was proud of being considered a Geordie.
    God rest his soul.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 29, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #40

    Far too soon. A black day


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