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It’s Official – Dream Of Gerrard Playing For Newcastle Gone

Steven Gerrard has just announced his retirement from football, so the slight chance that he could join his former manager Rafa Benitez on Tyneside and play a couple of seasons at Newcastle is gone.

Steven played 710 games for Liverpool, his home town club and scored 186 goals.

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Steven Gerrard and Rafa Benitez with Champions League trophy
May, 2005

For us, he was one of the greatest club players in history and we will never forget how he led that comeback in the second half of that Champions League cup final against Milan in Istanbul back in May, 2005.

The Reds were 3-0 down at half time and it looked like it was all over, but they somehow drew level at 3-3 in the second half, led by a dominant Gerrard,

After a scoreless extra time they won 3-2 on penalties in what was the greatest comeback in European club competition.

That was Steven Gerrard the leader and footballer at his very best.

And when he led Liverpool to that 5-1 win against us on December 28th, 2008 and replaced in the second half,  he got a standing ovation from the appreciative Geordie fans for his brilliant performance that day for Rafa Benitez’ side.

It was interesting that Mike Ashley had announced before the game he would not be selling Newcastle United.

Rafa Benitez only recently said he was one of the best players he has ever coached.

Gerrard captained England and played 114 times for his country with 21 goals.

In short – Steven Gerrard was a fantastic footballer.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Jib

    Nov 24, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Sky Sports News – as is their wont – have gone into complete overkill on the Gerrard retirement story.

    Fortunately there are a couple of pressers this lunchtime which may help to change their focus.

    Jensen Button’s retirement announcement today has gone virtually unremarked !

  • Legolas

    Nov 24, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #2

    I might be in the minority but I have never dreamed of Gerrard playing for Newcastle.

  • Belfast

    Nov 24, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #3

    Wow the dream is over!! I’m absolutely devastated with this shocking news. If Lampard retires next I’ll probably have a breakdown and live at broadmoor forever.

    Now where’s my kleenex…..

  • Bobbybee

    Nov 24, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #4

    No doubt he’s been a great in English football. One of the finest players to grace any ground, but I wouldn’t want him at Newcastle. Ten years ago I’d have snapped your hands off, but he left Liverpool for a reason. He struggled even in MLS and it would be a shame to see such a fine player struggle to impress. He’s done the right thing imo and left us all with great memories of a great player.

  • Belfast

    Nov 24, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Legolas the only people who thought it would ever happen – Ed and probably Jib.

  • Bobbybee

    Nov 24, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Belfast, I feel your pain in your post my friend. It’s hidden just beneath that huge slab of sarcasm! 🙂 🙂

  • lochinvar

    Nov 24, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Completely un-phased by this shocking announcement.
    Gerard was never on the wish list and would only have disrupted the balance that Rafa and his team of coaches have build with the players and the fans.
    We are in a new era and shouldn’t be falling into the trap of hiring people just on reputation. In Rafa we trust.
    The only minor passing interest in this story is to see how much obscene money is dangled in front of Gerrard by the BBC and Sky to work in Scouse City TV. I’ll be watching but with the sound turned off.
    In Rafa we trust.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 24, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #8


    i don’t think he struggled in the usa, as he got quite a few goals and several assists and was allegedly offered a new contract, but i agree not too many tears shed at this news at this stage of his career.

  • toonincheek

    Nov 24, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #9

    “Dream of Gerrard playing for Newcastle”?

    Nightmare – glad I’ve woken up.

  • Bobbybee

    Nov 24, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Rotunda, like I said mate, ten years ago I’d have loved to see either him or Lampard in a black n white shirt, but now it would be a huge step backwards. Our days of signing great players in their twilight years should be long behind us. Which explains the lack of interest shown by Rafa in these possibilities. Better to remember such players in their pomp, rather than watch a shadow struggle to perform.

  • toonincheek

    Nov 24, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #11

    Gerrard has some major achievements
    Put in some very VERY nasty challenges.
    On a par with Keane on Haageland.
    Could easily have ended someone’s career.

  • lesh

    Nov 24, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #12

    C’mon now, hands up all those who dreamt of Gerrard joining us……….. Don’t be shy……….


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