I just wanted to write a small piece about Peter Lovenkrands after hearing he is one of the eleven players that are supposedly due to leave the club in the summer.
For me he has been nothing but a true professional in his two spells at St James’ Park and his goals helped us gain promotion after a tough relegation season.
The “Peter Lovenkrands, Peter Lovenkrands, signed on a free from Germany, Peter Lovenkrands” ditty followed him during his time at the club. For me, however, he shall always been Peter Lobsterpants, fished out of the sea near Germany, Peter Lobsterpants…. It’s amazing what away games and drink do to you!
Anyway he signed after a two week trial back in January 2009 and scored three times in twelve games in that relegation season. He was then released by the club but soon resigned to help NUFC battle for promotion back to the big league. He was in and out of the side early doors in the Championship season and in January 2010 he suffered great personal loss as his father passed away. After this McLoven seemed to turn a corner and formed an excellent partnership with Andy Carroll (boooo scab), scoring a goal every other game (16 from 32).
This strike partnership fired Newcastle back to the Premier League at the first time of asking and allowed Lobsterpants to make 25 appearances under Chris Hughton and then Alan Pardes in our first season back in the the big league. Last season, however, his appearances were restricted by signings of Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba and the coming of age of Sammy Ameobi, and he only managed to get eight games in, scoring three times.
Sadly the writing was on the wall….
I think most Toon fans will be sad to see him go but the way he handled the death of his father was an example of his professionalism on and off the field.
Thank you Peter Lobsterpants for playing for the Toon, scoring goals and being part of a trophy winning side at Newcastle United. Personally I will miss your Scottish, Danish and Geordie accent but I wish you well in the future, and hope your personality rubbed off on some of our younger players.