Sir Alex Ferguson In Praise Of Geordie Footballers

Michael Carrick will son be getting a testimonial at Manchester United and he’s been at the club since 2006 when he signed on from Tottenham for a cool £18M.

Ferguson also managed Bryan Robson who was born in Chester-le-Street and Bryan started his career at West Brom before joining Manchester United in 1981 as a 24 year-old.

Sir Alex Ferguson has talked about some of the Geordies he has managed and have played for the Red Devils.

Sir Alex Ferguson praises Michael Carrick and the Geordie character

The most famous has to be the great Sir Bobby Charlton from Ashington – one of the best footballers England have ever produced.

Sir Alex has talked principally about Michael Carrick and his testimonial coming up but has also praised the George character of players.

This is what Ferguson has said on the Manchester United’s official website about Carrick:

“From the minute we bought him in 2005, his character has always been absolutely outstanding.”  

“He’s a football man and that character, plus his ability, made him a certainty to be a big success here, absolutely.”

“It’s interesting with his profile as, when we were discussing him and were ready to make a bid, we were looking at the background of him.”

“One of the things that stuck out to me was as a young boy, 16 years of age, he goes down to play for West Ham.”

“That shows the boy had confidence he was going to make it.”

“A 16-year-old kid going way down from Newcastle to east London, that’s a trek, and it epitomized to me the confidence the boy had in himself.” “That impressed me, that.”

“Geordies do travel. You think of Alan Shearer at Southampton as a kid, Bryan Robson as a kid at West Brom, Sir Bobby Charlton came here when he was 15 years of age.”

“So, they have got a big thing about them, Geordies, in terms of travelling as they want to be players.” 

“It’s a great football area, the Wallsend Boys’ Club he came from has produced so many fantastic footballers.”

“The profile of Michael is very strong,” “I must say negotiations were very difficult, very difficult, and went on for ages.”

“I always remember I thought it was done and David Gill phoned me on the golf course to say: ‘They want more!’”

“Typical Daniel Levy. It was very hard to negotiate but, at the end of the day, we got it through and, ever since he joined us, he’s had a fantastic career.”

Good words there form Sir Alex – but we already knew the north-east was a great footballing area.

Now Newcastle must ensure these top Geordie players don’t make their names at any other club but Newcastle United.

There’s the challenge.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • martoon

    Mar 30, 2017 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #1

    I always thought Man U bought Carrick from West Ham, I never realised he played for Spurs for a couple of years. Another Geordie we missed out on.

  • firebug666

    Mar 30, 2017 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #2

    The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Wigan Athletic this Saturday.

    Newcastle United host Wigan Athletic on Saturday April 1 for the game at St James’ Park and the match carries a 3pm kick off.

    Referee: David Coote
    Linesmen: Mark Dwyer and James Wilson
    Fourth Official: Robert Jones

    Match Day referee Coote has officiated 33 games in 2016/17 with a return of 114 yellow cards and six red cards.

    His highest card count so far this season was nine yellows in the game between Brentford and Burton Albion.

    He took in 30 matches in 2015-16 and in those games, across all competitions and football divisions, he handed out a total of 111 yellow cards and five red cards.

  • martoon

    Mar 30, 2017 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #3

    firebug666 @2 – Aye, looks like Colback & Ritchie are certainties for their customary yellow cards!

  • lesh

    Mar 30, 2017 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #4

    That’s the way Alex, you praise the Geordie players you’ve managed. It’s just a pity we’ve never been im a position to have four top-drawer geordies to brag about!

    And, referring back to previous thread and Ashley supposedly ‘….sounded out senior officials at the club to ensure there is no breakdown in communications with Rafa Benitez.’. Fine, but communication about what? His daft transfer policy’s must be complied with?

  • firebug666

    Mar 30, 2017 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #5


    It’s a bit of a worry, last thing we need is a couple of suspensions during this run in.

    A card happy ref could do us a lot of damage, lets hope the lads don’t give him an excuse to reach for his pocket.

  • firebug666

    Mar 30, 2017 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #6


    All evidence suggests that Ashley will do whatever he feel is right for Ashley regardless of the effect his decision may have on others.

    A leopard never changes it’s spots, and if Ashley smells a profit he will take it.

    As for the asset stripping, anything of value that belonged to NUFC now belongs to Mash Holdings, and any sales of said stock belongs to Mash Holdings. This has been the way ever since that fat greasy slug bought us. I also believe that NUFC only receive 25% of the money from mechanising sales.

    This was from a few years back like when it was all kicking off with the fat man.

  • toonincheek

    Mar 30, 2017 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Previous yellow cards have been wiped, haven’t they?

  • AncientC

    Mar 30, 2017 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #8

    “I always remember I thought it was done and David Gill phoned me on the golf course to say: ‘They want more!’”
    “Typical Daniel Levy.”

    Levy is such a liability. Levy did the same thing to Man Utd over Berbatov. He did squeeze that extra million out of them, but left it too late for Tottenham to sign a replacement – they suffered because of it.

    Look at Tottenham’s transfer history over the past 2 or 3 years, all the money they make on players gets wasted. It Tottenham were not so good at developing young players, Levy would have them stuck in the bottom half of the table.

  • toonincheek

    Mar 30, 2017 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #9

    SAF – in praise of Geordies?

    Did he ever try to sign Beardsley? Or Gazza? Or Waddle?

    And he sold Gillespie to us.
    Ah – Not so sure that KG was a Geordie.

  • G

    Mar 30, 2017 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #10

    @9 Gillespie was most definitely not a Geordie. A decent, if inconsistent player, but from Northern Ireland, not North East England.

  • lesh

    Mar 30, 2017 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #11


    With card-happy Coote reffing on Saturday and given the way that refs’ve generally favoured the opposition when we play, there’s every chance of one of our ladd getting a red.

  • lesh

    Mar 30, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #12


    That Mail piece says nothing to inspire confidence that all’s well with Rafa.

    Given that Rafa was expecting Townsend in last window and the reported Ashley requirement for Carr to have more input to revert to Ashley’s preferred transfer strategy, I wonder whether the communication failure’s been the result of Charnley not telling Rafa that Ashley had vetoed that signing. Maybe he’s told Charnley to make sure that Rafa understands – over 26s are no goes unless Carr’s agreeable!

    I’ll believe that Rafa’s with us for the long haul when I hear it from Rafa.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 30, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #13

    Even worse red nose sold us bloody Obertron -he must still be laughing about that.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 30, 2017 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #14

    This carry on with Arsene Wenger has got me a tad worried.
    Can see him ceasing as Arsenal manager at the end of the season.
    What if they have approached Mr Tubbs about Rafa and offered Tubbs compensation.
    Tubbs will take the money and employ a knacker in place of Rafa.

  • Moonraker15

    Mar 30, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #15

    Gazza made a story out of how Fergie tried to sign him and he had agreed to sign until Spurs offered to buy his dad a house and a car! Typical Gazza! Wrong option!


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