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Andy Carroll’s Hostile Reception At Newcastle – Here’s Why

Andy Carroll got a hostile reception from Newcastle fans, when he returned to St. James’ Park yesterday, and that’s putting it mildly.

The scenes yesterday as  a lonely Andy Carroll was booed off the pitch

So did Jose Enrique and even Craig Bellamy, two other former players but the real barracking was kept  for Andy Carroll, and that’s because he’s a  Geordie born and bred over the River Tyne in Gateshead and part of the Newcastle Youth Academy for many years.

And it’s not only because he’s a Geordie , but also he was given the famous number 9 shirt when he was just 21, a shirt worn in the past by Newcastle’s two greatest ever strikers, Jackie Milburn of Ashington, and Alan Shearer of Gosforth.

Both were also local lads who between them scored 406 goals for the Magpies.

And it was also because it seems, if we are to believe the press reports, that he left Newcastle and went to Liverpool for the money.

The fact he left Newcastle was almost unforgivable to Geordie fans, but to go for the money – he’s supposedly on £75K/week at Liverpool – is almost unforgivable.

And Andy had a clear chance to score after just 10 minutes when he was clean through, and when he should of  just hit the ball in the back of the net past Tim Krul, he hesitated and tried to beat Krul, as the mental thoughts of scoring against his home town team could have affected his play.

But it’s not the first time he’s missed good chances this season, as Liverpool fans will no doubt attest to.

Andy played for a foul and dived, as TV replays clearly showed as they repeated the incident about 103 times.

That made it  even worse for Newcastle fans – a Geordie who is trying to cheat, and he’s in opposition colors. The comments that Andy was falling in any case from Kenny Dalglish were hard to believe – but it was a good try by the Liverpool manager.

I showed my wife of 40 years, Madeline,  the scenes as Andy was taken off yesterday after 79 minutes, and my wife, who is also born and bred in Newcastle, thought it was cruel the way he was treated yesterday.

But English football in general is all about passion, and Newcastle is one of the most passionate places in the world in football, as far as real passion goes, and it cuts both ways.

The top players at Newcastle are treated as Gods, and Andy was treated that way when he was scoring goals regularly, and looked to be Newcastle’s  new talisman of the future.

But when he left his home town club, that all melted away and was replaced by scorn and dismay that a Geordie,  who was given the number 9 shirt by the club at 21 years old,  could walk away, even for three times the money he was getting at Newcastle.

It may not be right what happened to Andy yesterday, and he was obviously upset and a little dismayed when he left the pitch and whispered a few F words in his frustration, and walked straight to the dressing room as he took off his  Liverpool shirt.

But that’s the way it is.

Andy must have wondered what he had done,  to cause  the fans who once adored him to now scorn him, and wave goodbye to him,  as he left the sacred turf (whoops I had earlier mis-spelled that with a “d” on the end – embarrassing!)  of  St. James’ Park to tumultuous barracking from the Geordie crowd.

And unfortunately for Andy, that feeling  that  Newcastle fans have for him right now, may not change any time soon.

Such is life at Newcastle, and whether it’s good or bad – that’s  the way it is.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • nufc786

    Apr 2, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #1

    i want ba to hit 20 goals this season imagine if he never left for the acon he would probalbly have 25-30 goals by now. because cisse is playing as the target man he is getting more goals and ba is on the LW. but Ba is contributing alot. i think at swansea we should rotate our strikers play ba first then cisse second. do you think we shud give colo a break at swansea should we let perchino start?????????

  • nufc786

    Apr 2, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #2

    i felt srry for carroll. just a smudge though becoz he was one of our own

  • nufc786

    Apr 2, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #3

    best keep traditions going in football im afraid we loathe the bindippers and poor carroll thrown himself in the deep end im afraid. no way back for him im afraid we geordies give the final judgement

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 2, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #4

    The sacred turd? Bit harsh Ed 🙂

  • cla5hb0y68

    Apr 2, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Sorry Ed but could you correct the typo –

    “as he left the sacred turd of St. James’ Park”?

    Wouldn’t want any mackem spies making hay with that comment, would we?

  • geoff777

    Apr 2, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #6

    sacred turd … lol classic typo … I’m still laughing five minutes on …

    It was cruel but he’s on 75k a week so wtf.

    I’m sure he’s looking forward to coming to SJP next season.

  • seantoon

    Apr 2, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #7

    20seantoon // Apr 2, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    These last few games I’d like to see Cabaye get the form back that he had before Christmas. I’m not saying he’s been playing crap or anything but since the man united game I think he’s lost form abit and needs to start pulling the trigger more

  • Visten

    Apr 2, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #8

    ‘The Sacred Turd’? fantastic stuff Ed spat me lunch oot at that one.

  • Jimay

    Apr 2, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #9

    I watched the game on television yesterday but could not hear what the crowd sang about Jose Enrique. Anyone who could enlight me?

  • geoff777

    Apr 2, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #10


    We all read that on the last thread … he played well yesterday.
    I’m not keen on our midfielder taking pot shots from 30 yards, Guthrie and Cabaye can both hit a beauty but how many miss.
    Better to build up play with Ba & HBA, just hit the odd one when it “feels right” to do so.

  • Oleg G

    Apr 2, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #11

    seantoon // Apr 2, 2012 at 12:17 PM\

    Yesterday he played a much more attacking position and I think he did great. Hard working, pressure, good control of ball in general. Missing the shots, yeah, but still, very good performance.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 2, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Such a sad decline of a promising player. Greed for money probably spoiled his career. He could have gone on and become a great here. But too bad, his loss is our gain. And we have a true number 9 here now.

    Liverpool should play to his strengths and i still believe he’ll bang in the goals.

  • Ian Magpie

    Apr 2, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Cruel????? He was given one of the most sacred shirts in World Football and sold out! Sorry Andy but as ED said it cuts both ways bonny lad!

  • jayphoto

    Apr 2, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #14

    on ba and cisse! i would change anything, all respect to ba, and he has a great scoring record but cisse is far sharper in the box, his movement is quicker! with him in the side it also means teams can’t push us up to the half way line as he’s quick enough to go in behind! True Ba’s not amongst the goals from left wing, but he’s been playing really well, hes been far more involved in games than he was at centre forward, hes skilful, works hard and links the play well! Also, when hes at left wing, them temptation to bang it forward 50 yards to him seems to disappear! 3 games won in a row, the last 2 being difficult games and we blew both west brom away and liverpool out of the water, wouldn’t change a thing!

  • geoff777

    Apr 2, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #15

    @Jimay “We’re in the top 6”

    Here’s HBA pissing himself when Jose went in goal.


    Apparently Jose didn’t shake any hands after the game.

    Gerrard told Dogleash to “go and sit down” when he came on the pitch during the red card incident.

    A fun game … love it.

  • martoon

    Apr 2, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #16

    Never thought I’d see the day – Mike Williamson in BBC team of the week:-
    Mind you it was April 1st 🙂

  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 2, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #17

    I never once thought HBA will give Enrique such a hard time. I think HBA is the hardest winger Enrique has faced this season. HBA left him on his butt a couple of times.

  • leefire

    Apr 2, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #18

    jose Enrique were in the top 6. The Taylor shxgged your lass. Song was good. But my fave was the He cheats, he dives, he hates the Jackson 5 at Suarez. Class. Excellent game and I think the fans played there part too. Never heard Toon toon black and white army once. Which was a bit strange.

  • jayphoto

    Apr 2, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #19

    @ jimay – they were singing “have you seen the top 6, have you seen the top 6, jose enrique, have you seen the top 6

  • cla5hb0y68

    Apr 2, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #20

    “We’re in the top six, we’re in the top six
    Jose Enrique, we’re in the top six” Sung to the same tune as -“It’s over the wall, it’s over the wall…..”
    My favourite chant at yesterday’s game was “You stole our Easter eggs, you stole our Easter eggs..” Think even the scousers had a chuckle at that one.

  • SpaceGhost

    Apr 2, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #21

    Sacred turd? Was that what AC was kissing after rounding Timmy? Hahaha. Classic.

    Damn u auto correct – Ed 🙂

  • Jimay

    Apr 2, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #22

    Thanks guys 🙂

  • Irie-Magpie

    Apr 2, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #23

    “If Carlsberg did signings, they’d have to be NUFC signings probably the best signings in the world..Cisse! Cisse!

  • stk85

    Apr 2, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #24

    to use footballing speak, at the end of the day, carroll was going in the right direction and had alot going for him. ok he’d seen the worst of recent times at newcastle, but he was one of those players like barton, like nolan that started to think they were bigger than the club and that is not great. the majority of those players took us down, the majority stayed to help us back up, they should’ve trusted their managers and bosses, but no they wouldn’t wind their necks in and take one for the team…

    so like the others, he jumped ship. and you know, this team is just so much better off without barton, nolan and carroll. with a guy like ashley, you cannot question his motivation publicly.

    also carroll seems to have gne for the money. I always found it hard to believe that he was forced out. up and coming no.9, 2 months into a 5 year contract, forced out…. what rubbish!

    his agent caught wind of a 3 mill in the offering for himself and helped push it all through, and whilst i was furious at us accepting the offer at the time, if a local lad has his head turned by another team, 6 months into a season where he’s on the way to making a name for himself, then he’s not thinking about th team is he and that was a great bit of business by ashley and lamearse to extract so much money fom liverfool.

    also, i think one reason nolan isn’t here is because he helped egg carroll on into joining liverpool. deliberately undermining the regime.

    but then andy was getting into a lot of trouble hanging around newcastle, so maybe he wanted to get away from that and simply knuckling down wouln’t have helped him.

    but what a judas! local lad spurns us for money. what a twonk. deserves every bit of criticism he gets off us

  • scottnufc87

    Apr 2, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #25

    Am gettin bored of this blog now. All av read all week is about carroll and enrique. Sorry but i fort they left us last season? So why do u keep goin on about them they have nothing to do with newcastle united. Yawn borin!!!

  • Dondatta13

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #26

    scottnufc87 @ 25

    Because we played them yesterday mate?

    Because they were considered some of our best players?

    Because they left to better themselves?

    Because we thumped them and they unraveled in front of the world, who were watching the game live?

    The pair of them would have gloated yesterday had the result went the other way…

    I know we are NUFC so we rarely get the chance to brag but in this instance BOY DOES IT FEEL GOOD 🙂

  • ArtyH

    Apr 2, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #27

    @26 spot on M8, also feels good that we are not taken for mugs anymore…Liverfool now have that title.
    Now all that remains is to get some common sense into the sky/BBC commentators for them to lay their bias to one side and talk about teams other than the top four or five and the bin dippers. Sky commentary on the game was a disgrace so biased for Liverfool.

  • chuck

    Apr 2, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #28

    Stick to writing about football !

  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 2, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #29

    Don’t like seeing a Newcastle number nine in this situation. He’s young and easily influenced, he’s made a stupid mistake. He deserved to be booed, no doubt about that. Especially after his dive, at Newcastle, the club that made him, it was unreal. However, I would like to see him in a Newcastle shirt again. I’d like to see him come back, no number nine, and work his way into the team, after begging the fans of Newcastle to give him another chance. He scored goals at Newcastle, and even the way Newcastle were playing yesterday, when Shola was brought on, Caroll could have been as another option for example, he’d love to have Hatem providing for him. Seems a waste to see the best Newcastle based player of the moment, to be wasted at Liverpool.
    If he swallowed his pride and came back, helped the team, even though he did already by getting us the 35 mill, he’d soon be enjoying life again. It’s happened before with players only playing for one season at their new side, so there’s always a way off getting out. Especially as Liverpool can’t slap a 35 mill price tag on him, they just can’t. Tevez was different before it gets brought up, because Tevez was worth the price City wanted before they would let him go. Kenny Dagliesh probably won’t be manager next season anyway, Benitez probably will be again, so he might want to get rid of the deadwood first thing.

  • valle

    Apr 2, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Whats with Carroll and the egg jokes? He looks like an egg head or what?

  • cupiddstunt

    Apr 3, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #31

    chuck @ # 28

    Get stuffed Ed can write about whatever he likes it’s his blog.

  • nicholasnufc

    Apr 3, 2012 at 5:06 AM

    Comment #32

    Gotta add James Perch to the banner Ed

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Apr 4, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #33

    I think it’s all over the top fellas.

    Boo the lad for sure, and a bit of banter fine. But one section of the crowd in paticular spent the whole game barracking Liverpool players and manager rather than supporting the lads, which after all is, I thought the reason we pay our money!


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