Ireland praises the Geordie faithful!

Ireland's love for the fans.

Ireland's love for the fans.
Stephen Ireland played a small part in the 0-0 draw with Manchester United last night, and after experiecing the buzz of St James’ Park he claims that he is already amazed by the Geordie crowd.

First Hatem Ben Arfa and now Stephen Ireland have taken a turn to praise the reception that the fans have given to them in the short amount of game time they have received on the St James’ Park pitch. This surely has to be a good thing when it comes to attracting new players to the club.

There has been mixed reactions about the signing of Ireland, with some people being very excited about his talent while there are others who think he’s not the kind of player we need. I have seen the words “playboy” banded about a bit, but regardless of his supposed off the pitch “playboy” nature I feel that if he can get a run in the team and regain his form from Manchester City he then he can be a very valuable player not just for the run-in this season, but for the next few years aswell.

“I was quite touched and surprised by the reception the Geordie people gave me,” Ireland told the Evening Chrinicle. “I was really impressed and taken aback by it.”

After what has been a very hard few months for Ireland, and an even harder week for him after a car crash involving his wife, he must have played yesterday’s game with all of that in the back of his mind, and the great reception from the crowd could only have helped him in my opinion.

Ireland seems to be the type of player that needs to be loved by the crowd and nurtured by the manager to make sure he produces his best form. That’s why I think that Newcastle is the best place for him! With the spine-tingling atmosphere and such love for football in the city, Ireland would not be short of admirers if he gets back to his best form. Stephen added:

“I have not played in front of fans like that before in my life.”

Here is yet another player mentioning how good our crowd is after their first appearance, so we’re obviously doing something right and long may it continue! Hopefully the crowd can provide the same electric atmosphere in the two remaining homes games this season, and the away crowd can do their job and make Andy Carroll’s first appearance against his former club as uncomfortable as Michael Owen’s return was last night.

Also our crowd is something that will really stand out to a lot of our summer transfer targets with the players we’re targeting coming from the French and Dutch league. Two players we’ve been heavily linked with are Gervinho and Kevin Gamerio, who play for Lille and Lorient respectively. Both Lorient and Lille average a crowd of around 16,000 fans every game, so the prospect of playing in front of 50,000 fans will surely be a real attraction.

Well, I suppose we do have the best fans in England 😉

89 thoughts on “Ireland praises the Geordie faithful!

  1. Dunno which is least sensationalist –

    “Bloke gets kicked out by wife”

    “Ex-footballer shags Gabby Logan”

    Both of these occurrences happen daily, all over Britain.


  2. “Ex-footballer shags Gabby Logan”

    Both of these occurrences happen daily, all over Britain.’

    Has she got a private jet like.



  3. Toonsy do you seriously not think that he would do better there than what Lovens is atm ?
    I would be happy with Ireland but I dont know if we will see him getting a start just yet .
    Then if we do see Ireland getting the start we will have Nolan back aswell who from lastnights MF is getting dropped ?

    DJG I thought it was something good you were going to tell me about Sir Alan


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