Ex-star spotlight: Pavel Srnicek

I have been looking for inspiration among the current squad to write about. Looking back, we have had a robust review of every member of the first team squad, reserves and youth team since the blog’s grand opening and I have no doubt there will be plenty of discussion about our current crop before the season ends.

I am going to get a few articles in over the coming months about ex-toon players. Some good, some bad and some hideously ugly.

I thought there would be no better place to start than a former number 1, the one and only Czech superstar who was brought into the club by King Keegan – Pavel Srnicek

Pav hails from eastern Europe, which is an area of the world which we have taken onย 5 players in recent history, Srnicek, Maric, Kadar, Ketsbaiaย and Vuckic. I will let you decide who was good, bad and ugly. Although my vote would be on Maric being both bad and ugly, Pav being good and Ketsbaia being….mental.

Newcastle have been blessed with good options in between the sticks and Pavel Srnicek was one of the best I remember. In his first spell with the club, Srnicek amassed 149 appearances spanning over 8 years and was kept at the top of his game by the talented Shaka Hislop pushing for the top spot.

He was a real character on the pitch and I would definately say that he was unbeatable on his day. I remember my first trips to St. James’ Park and being in awe of Pav’s colourful goalkeeping jerseys and finding the hilarity in his mullet style cuts which most eastern European boys are still rocking to this day. He was a right trend setter was Wor Pav.

After almost a decade at the club, Shay Given was signed and Pav’s tenure was up. He went back to the club we signed him from (Ostrava) before signing for Sheff Wed in the same year.

Pav was soon back at St. James’ Park in a game AGAINST Newcastle, in which we drew 1-1. Paul Dalglish opened the scoring that day (a trivia question if there ever was one!) and then necked 7 bottles of whisky to celebrate.

I was beside myself with joy when we re-signed Pav in 2006 in a deal to cover for the injured Shay Given. I didn’t actually expect Pav to get a game so when he came on against Spurs in the last few minutes of a great win, it was like a flashback to the good old days, when David Batty and Alan Shearer were terrorising defences throughout the land.

This also marked his 150th appearance for the club. It really was the stuff of fairytales.

Unfortunately, I was a bit too young to be able to recall clear memories on certain Pav moments between the sticks, so would hope some of our more ‘mature’ bloggers can let me know their memories of Srnicek between the posts?

I don’t think anyone can deny that we have been blessed with keepers like Pav, Shaka, Shay and Harps guarding the goals. Is Pav your favourite?

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34 thoughts on “Ex-star spotlight: Pavel Srnicek

  1. Was St Paddy’s day yesterday. A lot of the Irish over here had Given shirts on.
    I’d still take Shay back for a couple years. He was for me, just as good as Shearer.


  2. i remember the pav-hislop debate back in the day… pav for me. although shay will always be my fav and the best weve had.


  3. What about Temuri Ketsbaia from Eastern Europe? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Pavel is a Geordie, Pavel is a Geordie, la la la la, la la la la ๐Ÿ˜€


  4. pav was a lot better keeper than hislop,used to go to chester-le street to watch them train,best shot-stopper i saw in training was without doubt brad friedel,but we couldnt get permit for him ๐Ÿ™


  5. Brad Friedel. I remember thinking ‘who?’ when he got turned down for one and just thought ah well never mind lol


  6. @icedog: is a funny situation isn’t it,we keep applying for permit,all didn’t success,then when we finally give up,he got a permit at other club.


  7. worst player i saw at training when [email protected] kenny was manager at toon was jol tomlison a big buy and the biggest pile off shite,even was kept behind after training just to take pens so he could hit ball between posts,still missed 90%of them,good buy kenny you dick ๐Ÿ˜ฎ


  8. Silvio Maric – another Kenny buy. Replaced Ginola….says it all really.

    Aye Richie, Ketsbaia too! Loved him like! They are fond of him up here in Dundee as well.


  9. Lee Mason is the ref tomorrow ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

    If he does his usual I’ll hunt the porky little fecker down ๐Ÿ˜ก


  10. @toonsy:Ref: Lee Mason: a hasty return for the Bolton whistler, who was in charge of our last away game – a victory at Birmingham City. That was his third United appointment of the current campaign, coming after the home defeat by Blackpool and victory over Liverpool.

    Not a bad record right? ๐Ÿ˜ˆ


  11. AOD – I just don’t like him, but then I don’t like any referee. If he is on our side tomorrow he could start changing that though ๐Ÿ˜‰


  12. Yeah as far as i know it still there , alot of the smaller dog track ( such as mullingar ) are closing down due to loss of revenue but you cant beat a good night out in the dogs , what the dog tracks like in newcastle?


  13. JT only the one left in newcastle now,dont like it,2/3 in durham area which are good,the one i go to,get nice meal watch raceing and entry ยฃ10/12 a head cheap night out imo,mullingar dogs do really well,used to buy and sell them few years back,just as a hobby like,still doing 3 nts a wk there


  14. Icedog @ 13
    Do you mean Jan dahl Thomasson of AC Milan. Came as a young player with a big potential. Missed the proverbial sitter against Sheff Wed in first game of the season and never recovered. We got rid and he won Serie A league titles when they meant something and European Cups


  15. TOBY aye m8,he was shite hear,did move on and did well,in very good teams i might add,couldnt hit barn door sitting on the hinges,still didnt rate him at all like


  16. Yeah i know a few lads who are into the dogs big time from when working for paddy powers , its alot of work looking the trails n all that all the time. We have a dog track in kilkenny , its not great only up at it the once , normally go to one of the big ones in dublin when we do go


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