Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it.
It’s not the television contracts, get-out clauses, marketing departments or executive boxes."
It’s the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city."
It’s a small boy clambering up stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his father’s hand, gawping at that hallowed stretch of turf beneath him and, without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love.
There’s news in the Sun today that Rafa Benitez wants to sign Swansea forward Gylfi Sigurdsson this summer and of course he was a former target of ours before he signed on at Tottenham in 2012.
He has been playing excellent football in south Wales for the last three years and only recently said that while he was enjoying helping Swansea in their relegation battle, he looked forward to joining a bigger club at some point in the future.
The 27 year-old play-maker is said to be available for around £15M and for a player of his ability, that would not be a bad price.
Terry McDermott, the 65 year-old former Liverpool and Newcastle player has been interviewed in the Mirror today and he says it’s so important that a club with the stature and history of Newcastle United keeps Rafa Benitez on board as the manager, so we can become a great team again.
The former Assistant manager to Kevin Keegan at Newcastle has talked about Rafa being a match made in heaven with Newcastle – a coach and a club that have magically come together over the last twelve months.
Matt Ritchie is one of the Newcastle players away on International duty and he has also been one of our key players this season, netting a good 13 goals for us and was one of the best of Rafa’s signings last summer.
In fact, along with other new signings Dwight Gayle and Ciaran Clark – he will be in the running for Player of the Season this term.
Matt had a very good season in the Premier League with Bournemouth last season and if we do get back there for next season we expect Matt to be even better than he’s been this season.
Matt seems to be thriving under the expert coaching of Rafa Benitez.
Adam Armstrong scored the winner after 71 minutes yesterday as the England U20 side beat France 1-0 in the Four Nations Tournament and it was the Newcastle striker who was the danger-man for England throughout the game, according to reports.
Early in the game Armstrong’s free kick from the edge of the box was right on target and forced a save from Alban Lafont in the French goal and after that the Geordie youngster was involved in three more half chances for England.
And it was finally the 20 year-old who gave England the victory with a beautifully taken goal on 71 minutes – video is below.
Adam Armstrong after scoring winner after 71 minutes against France [Read more →]