Newcastle’s last game was on March 7 when we beat Southampton away in the Premier League with a great goal in the 79th minute from Allan Saint-Maximin.
It was on the following Friday (Friday the 13th as it happens) that the Premier League closed down because of the coronavirus pandemic, and no more games have been played.
When the season can be completed is an open question.
Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has been one of our best players this season, as well as last season.
And he has been responsible for getting a number of our 35 points on the board with some great saves at critical times during our 29 league games we have completed.
And to think Martin cost only £4M from Sparta Prague – what a bargain this man has been for Newcastle – and we have signed him up until the summer of 2025, ao that’s great too.
Martin is a top professional always looking at how he can improve his play on the field.
Martin (shown above in action against Wolves) ) has talked to the Chronicle today about what he’s doing through the coronavirus lockdown:
“I remind myself by putting the gloves on my hands. It reminds me I am still a footballer.”
“Just so I can feel them and feel, ‘It’s okay, I’m still a goalkeeper!’”
“I’m watching games back now from the season, studying what we can do better.”
“I am trying to study what I can do better.” “I’m also watching the retro games (like the 5-0 vs Man United in 1996) but also those current games.”
“It’ll be emotional (when that return day comes), emotional to see the old faces again.”
“I am missing the game a lot.”
“I’ll be happy to be with them again soon, I think all the players are saying the same.”
“It is a historic moment, but the team are being active and staying in touch.”
“We are checking if each other are OK.”
“I can say myself I am missing them a lot, I miss the staff and coaches too, everyone.”
“I miss being on the pitch and this is a tough time.”
“It’s everywhere though and it’s not just about football now, there are more important things.”
“It is difficult but I try to stay positive.
This is a unique situation for everybody – nothing has happened like this in my lifetime – and I am now a really old geezer.
We all have to hang in there and do our best, and who knows when things start up again – be it for this season or next season – we may even have new owners.