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One Of The All Time Greats – A Tribute To Amazing Newcastle

Paolo Maldini is one of the greatest defenders to have ever played the game and and he played for only one team AC Milan, his home town club – and he played 902 times over twenty five years- and also played 126 times for Italy.

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Steve Harper presented with plaque by the great Paolo Maldini

And it turns out last night was the first time Paolo ever played at Newcastle, and he has paid tribute to Newcastle and their fans in an exclusive interview after the game with the Evening Chronicle,

This is what he said:

“You took my breath away.” “It’s the first time I have ever played here and the fans are amazing. The stadium at Newcastle is always packed. You always enjoy playing at grounds like this.”

“Newcastle United is such a big club and deserve to be at the top. I never got the chance to play against them in my career but heard so much about them. I loved the idea of playing here.”

“We always enjoy playing together. It is always an honour pulling on the AC Milan shirt. I’m not in a perfect shape! But I tried to do well for my team. We always try to enjoy ourselves.”

 “The main thing was we raised some money for charity in Newcastle. That for me is the most important thing. That’s why we accepted the game. It was the main reason.”

It was appropriate that Paolo was the captain of the Milan side last night at Steve Harper’s testimonial, with Steve getting over 50,000 at St. James’ Park, and having played for 20 years at  his home town club.

That’s a tribute in itself to what Steve means to Newcastle fans.

And local charities will benefit greatly from the funds that were raised on what was a very special night at St. Jame’s Park.

We know Mike Ashley will hear about what happened last night, and how many other clubs could have produced a turn out like that?

It’s an indication of the greatness of Newcastle United, and since Ashley took over, we have been grossly under-performing, and there needs to be more investment made in the club by the Billionaire owner – and he needs to show a lot more ambition too.

We need to be great again – and soon too – for a lot of  us older fans.

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5 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 12, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Great comments from a great player. Comments like this further shows that we are a big club with a great reputation around Europe.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 12, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Jail’s too good for Ashley.

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 12, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #3


    from previous article

    Safe standing, used in germany, has been a great success. Should be used here too.

  • Toonfan8

    Sep 12, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #4

    over 1000 matches at highest level show what he is, for me best defender ever…

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 12, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Sounds like it was a great night, gutted there wasn’t another way to see it.

    Who would have thought that Harper, in his departure of the club, could trump his own professional attitude and love for the club during his past 20 years?

    That interview and then the organisation behind the testimonial itself could well be what the man is remembered for.

    Served the truth to Ashley with dignity, pride and a whole lot of spirit. Three things which have been sorely missing under Ashleys ownership, no matter what side of the argument you sit, whether you think he’s done well with the books, saved us from oblivion (not saying he did or opening the debate….stick with me here…), whatever, that is the core of Newcastle United and unless there is a way to get the balance back, to get the fans back properly involved in the team then it really is dying.

    Something good has to come from this mess. It just means too much to too many people, as was on show last night.


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