Jonas Gutierrez joined Newcastle on July 2nd of 2008 from Spanish club Mallorca. And in what has become an annual ritual on his Twitter page, he has issued a tweet commemorating this date.
July of 2008 , it was the beginning of something special. July del 2008 fue el comienzo de algo especial. Thanks geordie nation. Once a geordie always a geordie. Gracias geordies . @nufc https://t.co/Xa8DGmuxTK
— Jonas Gutierrez (@elgalgojonas) July 2, 2019
Jonas Gutierrez is a beloved figure on Tyneside. He played with his heart on his sleeve and in any position which he was asked.
When he arrived under Kevin Keegan, he was known as the one who donned the spider man mask when he scored. By the time he left six years later, he was remembered as the fighter who battled cancer and stood up for justice against an owner who scorned any notion of the word.
In October of 2013, Jonas was diagnosed with testicular cancer and had surgery. He was able to return later that year but had been frozen out of the team. By January 13, 2014, he found himself on loan to Norwich.
A tribunal would later find that Newcastle United had limited his appearances to prevent an automatic clause in his contract from triggering.
He would come back to Newcastle that summer but miss significant time due to treatment for the cancer. However on March 4th, 2015 he made his triumphant return at St James Park against Manchester United.
He would end his Newcastle career on May 24, 2015 with a game that would etch him into Newcastle legend. A game which Newcastle had to get a result in or risk going down if Hull City were able to win against Manchester United. He scored the second goal and also had the assist for Moussa Sissoko’s opener.
And once again even though we’ve watched it over a hundred times. Just to feel the chill of the moment again.
— Esto es Premier™ Magazine (@EstoEsPremier) September 3, 2018
After that, he learned of his release from Newcastle United when John Carver asked Ryan Taylor to hand the phone over to Jonas. Ryan Taylor had just been told of his release as well.
Class matters. Jonas has it. Some do not.