Former Newcastle Player On Path To Greatness


Since former Newcastle goalkeeper and local lad Fraser Forster returned to the Southampton first team after recovering form a serious knee injury he is the first Saints goalkeeper ever to keep six clean sheets in a row and Southampton have won five and drawn one of those games and have shot up to 6th top with 40 points form 26 games and just one point behind the slumping Manchester United.

If only Newcastle could keep some clean sheets we may have had a lot more points than we have at the moment with 24 – and in 3rd bottom place.

fraser forster this year

Fraser Forster – former Newcastle goalkeeper

The Hexham born 27 year-old goalkeeper has been in great form since being out since late March last year after suffering the knee injury in the game against Burnley when he badly damaged his left patellar  tendon.

Fraser was out almost 10 months with that injury but he has come roaring back into the Saints team, who are surging at the moment with 16 points from their last 6 games.

Forster joined Newcastle as a youngster and was sent out on loan to Stockport County, Bristol Rovers, Norwich City and Celtic where he played a total of 117 first team games before signing on at Celtic for £2M in the summer of 2012.

It was in that summer that Alan Pardew had to make a decision between Tim Krul and Fraser as to who would be the number one goalkeeper at Newcastle – and the 6ft 7ins goalkeeper didn’t want to sit on the bench at Newcastle.

Alan Pardew chose Tim Krul and Fraser was allowed to leave the club permanently and after two successful years at Celtic he moved to Southampton in the summer of 2014 for a whopping £10M.

And Fraser has gone from strength to strength and has gained 3 caps for England and in his current form he could be the third goalkeeper chosen by England manager Roy Hodgson for the Euro 2016 finals in France in the summer.

One question to ask is did Newcastle make the right decision in letting the giant goalkeeper leave the club?

We remember writing at the time that Tim Krul looked the better goalkeeper in pre-season at the time and with Fraser not willing to sit on the bench at his home town club, there was little choice but to let him go.

But he has since become one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League and with his maniacal work in training and his real determination to succeed,  even better things may be in the future for the lad who attended the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle.

And he seems to specialize in clean sheets – which is not a bad thing to specialize in if you are a goalkeeper – and in 293 first team games so far in his career he has kept 149 clean sheets.

However, 102 of those were in 197 games for Celtic north of the border.

He kept 16 clean sheets  in 39 appearances last season for the Saints and this season has 6 in 6 appearances.

Wonder if Newcastle can get a goal at St. Mary’s when we visit there on 9th April?

It’s nice to see local lads have great success – but it’s a pity it wasn’t at Newcastle.

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73 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 21, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #1

    That’s what happens when you have a manager chosen on merit rather than being a mate of a mate and yes man!

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  • Belfast

    Feb 21, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Yes they did. He’s a far better keeper now than he was then.

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  • Jib

    Feb 21, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #3

    When Forster went to Celtic it was a no brainer Krul was much better !

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  • Belfast

    Feb 21, 2016 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #4

    He basically had a superman performance against Barcelona one night and never looked back.

    He wasn’t that great beforehand.

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Feb 21, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Agree it was the right decision at the time. But isn’t it just typical Newcastle that as he goes from strength to strength, we continue to drop like a stone. Would love him to return, seeing as Krul has regressed quite dramatically these last 2 seasons.

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  • Dime Bar

    Feb 21, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Forster was better than Krul at the time, shame Tim has stagnated since

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 21, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Certainly can’t blame the club on that front, it’s just a shame that he didn’t want to play second fiddle to Krul. Steve Harper would have no doubt played for England had he have moved clubs and this probably had a bearing on Forsters decision to move.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 21, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #8

    brilliant image of Foster shouting at his defence.

    Sadly that is what we need a keeper who bawls out instructions or bollicks his defence in front of him.

    To many of our keepers of late have/are deaf mutes

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  • martoon

    Feb 21, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #9

    Easy to be wise with 20 – 20 hindsight but at the time how would people have felt if we’d kept Forster and let Krul go?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 21, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Forster always had more talent, more ability, was more vocal and more commanding. He hadn’t played in the Prem, made a rick in a friendly, and because of that fans wrote him off.

    I wonder how many people actually paid any attention or watched him whilst at Norwich, when he was named their player of the season and won keeper of the year. Even before Celtic he averaged a clean sheet every other match.

    I said when he left we were getting rid of the better keeper, and it is fairly clear to see he is definitely that.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 21, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #11

    Lilongwe,
    When you have Llambias, Moncur and Charnley making the football decision then what hope to you have?

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  • AncientC

    Feb 21, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #12

    Would it have been overly difficult to convince Forster to stay and fight for his place, with promises of making the position his own the next time Krul picked up a knock.

    I could understand it if he went to a Championship club with potential to gain promotion, but Scottish football?

    Forster had international material written all over him; the club bit Celtic’s hand off for peanuts.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 21, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #13

    In response to an unanswered question posed by someone else on previous thread.

    Most of the youngster (Defenders mainly) seem to be aged between 19 and 21.

    Sterry, Satka and Gillesphey are 21. Gibson, Barlaser and Williams are 19.

    If they can’t get first team football at these ages then either they or management are at fault, especially if other players are being hoyed in out of position.

    IMO it’s managements lack of faith and cojones that at fault.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 21, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Jail,
    Not sure Moncur has any say on anything. He just makes up the numbers and doesn’t rock the boat. Still, under Ashley they don’t need to be competent, that isn’t a requirement, just compliant.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 21, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #15

    AncientC,
    It’s hard in fact impossible to second guess what goes on behind the scenes at the club.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 21, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #16

    Lilongwe,
    Then going back to my concern, who actually makes the footballing decisions, who said “let’s give Collo a new deal”. It couldn’t have been someone with an ounce of footballing nous.

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  • AncientC

    Feb 21, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Jail, they probably thought £2 million could be put to good use, all things considered. At least they put a sell on clause into the deal with Celtic, but it’s poor form when you let the clubs biggest prospects leave without much of a fight.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 21, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Jail,
    Probably the same guy who thinks Sissoko should have a regular starting berth. Colo is still a first choice defender, he shouldn’t be, but he is better than most, if not all our defenders. Only Mbemba challenges him for that.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 21, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #19

    We had several GKs at the time including a very promising Swede, (Soderberg, where’s he now).

    I’d have kept Forster somehow, but if he wasn’t sure about getting 1st team football then I suppose he had to go.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 21, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #20

    Essex,
    But they’re being managed by a guy who has relegated them and has them currently third bottom of their division. Why haven’t they got a coach in that the 18th richest club in the world should be able to afford. It’s because he’s being rewarded for his supportive words on the owner. It’s a fcukin joke man!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 21, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #21

    Lilongwe,
    It’s been done to death but every journo, pundit and fan has been screaming for a quality specialist LB and commanding CB for two years now, who at the club is rubbishing these opinions and ignoring them.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 21, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #22

    Surely Beardsley should be replaced, who’s decision is it to let him carry on taking the u21’s further down the leagues. It has to be Mike Ashley who doesn’t get involved.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 21, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #23

    If we compare ourselves to Borusia Munchen who we lost to pre-season.

    They were rock bottom to start with until they bought in Tuchel.

    If only!!!!!!!!

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  • hibbitt

    Feb 21, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #24

    got to say i loved Peter Beardsley as a player but as a coach he is useless just cannot get his message across is bad tempered moody exactly what you don’t want coaching kids should have left the job last season but no we kept him on when clearly he is not up to the job ………….sounds about right for this club !!!!!

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  • 21st Century Schizoid Man

    Feb 21, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #25

    Forster came of age with his two performances for the Hoops against Barca in 2012.
    That’s when folk started to think he was “England quality”

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  • AncientC

    Feb 21, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #26

    21st Century Schizoid Man – Why are you putting England Quality in quotations marks, who are you quoting?

    A 6ft 7inch, commanding goalkeeper, proving himself at every level he plays from a young age – has England potential.

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  • Jib

    Feb 21, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #27

    People are forgetting that Forster spent 2 years on loan at Celtic winning medals . He’d become accepted and when Lennon said he would guarantee Fraser a first team spot the decision to turn the loan into a permanent move was pretty much his. Also Norwich were a division 1 side when he was there.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 21, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #28

    Jail

    Re – carr, I think especially Thauvin and possibly cabella were very much his 1st choices.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 21, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #29

    21st,
    Not really. He regularly put in outstanding performances, but people talk about the Barca game as they rarely watched him any other time.

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  • firebug666

    Feb 21, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #30

    Newcastle U21’s are in serious trouble to be honest.

    Played 16 games so far W 4; D 5; L 7; GF 23; GA 28; GD -5; points 17.

    They are 3rd bottom of division 2.

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  • Jib

    Feb 21, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #31

    When Forster was sold to Celtic in June 2012 Krul had just won 5 caps in a row for Holland.

    As I say it was a no brainer.

    NUFC have too many know-it-all fans who nod their heads sagely and say “see I told you so “

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  • JamesToon

    Feb 21, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #32

    Firebug

    The youth academy is a mess at the moment.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 21, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #33

    Jib,
    We also have too many fans who just make stuff up.

    “in June 2012 Krul had just won 5 caps in a row for Holland.” We will ignore the fact Krul won his 5th cap in 2013, spread over a period where Holland played 22 games.

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  • lochinvar

    Feb 21, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #34

    Firebug666@30

    Those stats rather confirm that the malaise that affects the first team has permeated throughout the club.
    Are there any owners out there with a strong personality that can set the high standards needed in a successful football club and business ?
    Leadership starts at the top and only a full overhaul of the club top down will bring the club and City back into a positive spotlight – set the standard for others to aspire to rather than be the but of everyone’s negativity.

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  • Information Is King

    Feb 21, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #35

    Defoe ‘steals Newcastle fan’s wife’ as lapdancer ‘breaks the news to her husband in Asda car park’

    ?Jermaine Defoe has seemingly continued his fruitful ways with the opposite sex by reportedly breaking up 24-year old lapdancer Rachel Calvert’s marriage, according to multiple sources.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 21, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #36

    Jib,
    Krul is yet to even play in consecutive fixtures for Holland, let alone 5 in a row…..

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 21, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #37

    Sorry, take that back. I just looked it up. He has played in two friendlies in a row, back in 2011.

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  • firebug666

    Feb 21, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #38

    JamesToon / lochinvar

    Beardley has taken the U21’s from competing at the top of division 1 to struggling at the bottom of division 2, much the same way that the Newcastle first team have moved from competing for a place in Europe, to battling relegation.

    The structure of the club has been ruined by years of penny pinching, and selling off our best or most valuable assets.

    The club as a whole is a mere shadow of what it once was, and whenever we find potential, it is soon sold on or left to ruin in favour of the mediocre wannabes that infest the first team.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 21, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #39

    Information Is King

    That reads like a typical Sun headline.

    Very amusing in a chavvy way, not for the bloke she’s dumped, although it could be a lucky break for him.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 21, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #40

    I do remember vague suggestions for PB to be put in charge of the first team, or was that another bad dream.

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