Hayden Explains Why “Goal” Was So Important To Him

It’s very good when you get a movie made about your club and such a movie was GOAL back in 2006, which was made with the full cooperation of FIFA.

The plot is about Santiago Munez who lives in LA and his ultimate dream is to play football professional football and he gets his chance when he’s spotted by a former player of Newcastle United – that big famous club in England.

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Isaac Hayden scores last night

To cut a long story short, the former player gets him to Newcastle where he gets a trial and he signs on for the Tyneside club and eventually plays alongside – who else – Alan Shearer of course.

There are great local shots of the City in the film and it’s good for ex-patriots – and I still have the DVD of the film, which my wife even watched.

It turns out that Isaac Hayden, who took his goal really well last night,  just so happens to have watched the film 10 years ago and thought well of the big club in the movie – Newcastle United.

This is what Isaac gas said today:

“I’ll always remember watching Goal.” “I was only a kid and I remember thinking ‘Wow, if they’re making a film about Newcastle it must be some club.’

“Everything about it was just magical. It’s stuck in my memory ever since.” “Whatever has happened on the pitch, Newcastle has always been a big club to me.”

“When I was growing up, watching Match of the Day, they were regularly a top-six side. I used to look at people like Alan Shearer, at the size of the crowd.”

“What is it – 52,000? And that’s the same against Huddersfield as it is against Arsenal.” “How many other clubs would do that?”

“This is an amazing club to play for and from the first conversation I had with Rafa Benitez , I knew this was the only place I wanted to go.”

“The favorites tag will be on us all year.” “And Fulham was disappointing. Let’s not hide from that.”

“We have to improve and make sure we do what the manager wants.”

There’s a good scene in GOAL when the youngster Santiago Munez is eating an English breakfast in a Newcastle cafe and he looks at the black pudding and says “what’s in this?”

He’s told “you don’t want to know son.”

Oh yes – life in Newcastle as a player – wonder if the film persuaded Rafa to join?

What we want now is for Rafa to take us back to the glory days of old and as soon as possible!!

Howay the Lads!!

For those who haven’t seen the film here’s the plot.

The second installment, Goal II: Living the Dream, was released in February 2007 and the third installment, Goal! III: Taking on the World, was released in June 2009.

They still sell the DVDs on Amazon.

Comments welcome.