Thankyou Peter Lovenkrands

One of his 4 goals against West Brom.
Yesterday Peter Lovenkrands, who was a free agent after not being offered a new deal at Newcastle, signed for Birmingham City. Some players are thought highly of because they’re great players, and some are just great personalities, but Peter was a bit of both.

“Signed on a free, from Germany” as the chant goes, he arrived after leaving Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga in our relegation campaign. He was unspectacular in that season, but he tried his best. Goals against West Brom, Middlesborough and on an icy night against Manchester United his contributions in that half season.

There was a lot of speculation about what he was going to do the following year, as we were yet to offer him a deal, but he signed back for Newcastle on September 1st, after reportedly turning down deals at top flight clubs to sign for us.

He didn’t start as well as he did in his first spell at the club and was kept out the team by Marlon Harewood, Andy Carroll and Shola Ameobi. Lovenkrands bagged his first goal of the season against Swansea at home, and his season started from there.

Peter bagged a hat trick in the cup replay against Plymouth and then started to get a run in the team, where his partnership with Andy Carroll flourished and the “big man, little man” combination helped Andy Carroll become the striker he is today, before Liverpool spoilt him.

Lovenkrands’ most memorable moment for me in a Newcastle shirt was when he made himself available for the West Brom game, despite his dads death a few days previous. It was a real show of character to do that, and shows how much of a professional he is, as no-one would have begrudged him a week or two off.

In the West Brom game Lovenkrands scored the equalising goal to make it 2-2 and celebrated by pointing to the sky for his dad. The rest of the team ran to him, and he ran back to the centre circle in floods of tears. I’m not going to lie, I had a tear in my eye, it was written in the stars.

At the end of our Championship season Peter finished with 16 goals in 32 games, which was a good effort for someone who joined us after pre-season and spent plenty of time on the bench.

As expected Peter was less impressive when we got promoted back to the Premier League, but he did still manage 6 league goals in 25 appearances and a very important goal at that. Lovenkrands scored at St Andrews against Birmingham after 2 minutes, in a game which allowed us to pull away from the drop-zone.

As well as that Lovenkrands scored both home and away to West Brom, away to Blackpool, at home to West Ham and at home to Wolves. He got a lot more chances when Andy Carroll followed the money, and despite not always being popular he did his job with Leon Best and kept us up.

Last season Lovenkrands got less chances and only managed 3 goals, all in the League Cup, but his influence was still around the club, he never moaned, he never kicked off, he was just a true professional.

Lovenkrands was never the most popular player, nor was he the best, but he always gave 100% and never let us down when he was on the pitch. If the likes of Owen, Martins, Viduka etc, showed the fight that Lovenkrands did we would never have went down in the first place.

Peter was always going to move on in order to find first team football in the twilight years of his career and I’m glad he’s stayed in England and signed for Birmingham City alongside former Magpie, Lee Clark. Hopefully he has a successful few years with Birmingham City and gets them back to the Premier League, so we can give him the round of applause he deserves.

So, basically I’d just like to thank Peter for his years at Newcastle and every one of the 29 goals he scored for the club. He’ll always be held high regard by me for playing the West Brom game just after the death of his father, that’s true commitment.

Peterrrr Lovenkraaaaaaaaands!

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70 thoughts on “Thankyou Peter Lovenkrands

  1. Jobey ,nice tribute mate. As you say his defining moment was that West Brom game ,it was very moving and he was a true professional in all his time with us.Good luck to him at Birmingham ,hope he does well . πŸ˜€

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  2. The perfect example of a squad player. Always available. Always gave 100%. Never in the tabloids. Needs replacing or he will be missed.

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  3. I think he was OK for the Championship and out of his depth in the Prem. As much as I acknowledge he helped us to promotion I don’t think I’ll miss him to be honest. Respect for the attitude and commitment after the death of his father.

    Was good at Rangers but was never good enough for the Prem when we got him. If we never had a manger called Joke Kinnear then he wouldn’t ever have been here. I think Brum is a good fit for him though as he was good in the championship.

    Point is, if 5 years ago somebody had said we would have had Lovenkrands upfront in the prem we would of been gutted!

    It wasn’t too bad though. Cheers Peter!!! Hope they do well at Brum (Little Newcastle) πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

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  4. Peter was a solid professional, good luck to him at his new club..
    He would have scored more goals earlier on when he was getting more game time if we had midfielders that could actually pick up on his runs and pass the ball to him…..

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  5. How shite is the Echo and Journal. And Chronicle. They’re painfully slow with information, both run the same shitty articles with our reserve keeper!!!

    I think they need new contacts! Can anyone remember anything transfers they broke first??

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  6. Good luck to Lovens, helping us out when his Dad died showed a lot about the guy he is, IMO the Prem was a big step up add to the fact that he struggled to get a game ahead of Best and Strolla even though he offered more.
    But I hope will do ok for Brum and get a proper chance.

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  7. Agree Toonarmy, maybe they should contact Troy Stavers via this site… He has broken a few cracking stories on here πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

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  8. Yeah, read that one Moreno… good luck to him as well… it wasn’t his fault our management decided to pay him sh*t loads of money each week…. πŸ˜•

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  9. I thought his lap of honour was good to see at the end of last season. He obviously knew he was leaving at that point but made a point of thanking the fans and saying goodbye.
    As many have already said, a true pro and all round good bloke.

    As Toonarmy87 has already said, Birmingham are quickly becoming a mini Toon, and will therefore be my Championship team for next season.

    Does anyone know if we have dropped our interest in the Palace players?
    Was thinking yesterday that we could probably get Clyne and Zaha for the amount we offered for LDJ.

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  10. [email protected] 😳

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  11. Good to see your coming around Richie :mrgreen: You must be more clever than I had given you credit for πŸ˜†

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  12. Yeah, fair play to both Loven and Smith, gave 100% effort even if skill levels weren’t quite prem standard – never mouthed off or caused any disruption at the club and were model pros

    Good luck to them at thier new clubs

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  13. I see Jonas is reported in the chronicle saying that the team spirit is at an all time high. They have the club cook does Argy meals, french meals, senegalese meals etc.. He says it keeps them all happy.. Apparently the cook was going to do some Richietoon food but Pardew put his foot down and said no because it would set the players fitness levels back 6 months πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  14. It’s good to see Faussie giving me another mention. 12k miles away and he’s still thinking of me. 😳

    Good tribute Jobey. Think everyone agrees with your sentiments and he’s one of the players who can return to SJP and expect a great reception.

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  15. Troy, I always think of your insiders information that you break on here when I need a laugh.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  16. @Faussie

    Im due another scoop shortly. πŸ˜›

    I take it you were one of the many who now claim our transfer policy has been sussed out and clubs are playing hardball. ? Not a day goes by. 😯

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  17. Good luck to Lovenkrands. But I’m glad he has gone. Ditto Smith. Both guys did a job when a job was needed. Not needed now.

    Let’s hope they get replaced – or can we say Gael Bigiwhatsit is Smith’s replacement?

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  18. ws.ladbrokes.com/en-gb/football/premier-league/liverpool’s-carroll-at-short-odds-for-swift-return-to-newcastle_110576.html

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  19. As a dane I’m sad to see Lovenkrands leave, because he was quiet good when called upon in the premier league and certainly shined in the championship and was one of the promotion stalwards. Seems like a great character in the dressing room aswell – so overall sad he didnt stay for another year perhaps. Good luck to Alan aswell at MK Dons.

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  20. Just mighty at the toon and has not stopped falling since he left πŸ™‚

    Also Colin on twitter is syaing a transfer in is to be finalised today so expect another week or so before anyone else signs πŸ™‚

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  21. Good article Jobey!!

    Good luck to Loven, always liked him, and to play after a bereavment shows he’s a great guy with a great attitude.

    All the best a brum with clarky.

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  22. w.chroniclelive.co.uk/newcastle-united/nufc-news/2012/07/10/newcastle-turn-down-birmingham-s-bid-for-harper-72703-31362571/?

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  23. Icedog that is cause we are selling Krul for a season suppy of peanuts for the director’s box πŸ™‚

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  24. Good luck, Loverman! Always liked the guy and will check in on Birmingham to see how he’s doing. I always thought he was a little underrated and could produce well alongside a good hold up player. Seem to remember him playing well with old Leon Best, even.

    I’m a little worried that our striker options appear so thin right now. Obviously Cisse and Ba have truckloads of goals in them, but after them there’s only Shola at this point, right?

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  25. Carroll would not be a starter in our current squad.. just shows how we have recruited so well….

    Troy, go back a couple of articles and you can read my thoughts on our stance with player transfers.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  26. Bris @25 Surely Gael Bigiwhatsit would have been a replacement for Lovenkrands. Wasn’t Peter always reputed to be the “longest in the shower”? nudge, nudge πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

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  27. Aye good luck Loverman.

    Never really good enough for the PL but did a good job for us in the Fizzy.

    On Carroll, I’d take him back. He’d be a great player to have in the squad which would allow us to change the style of play depending on the match situation or who we are playing against.

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  28. Aussie – Does he strike you as a Rogers type of player from what you’ve seen of his sides?

    I think he’ll be gone this window.

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  29. Not really Stuart but who have Liverpool got? Kyut is gone, so Carroll and Suarez are the first choice. As it stands John Jo Shelvey and Bellamy are the only ones left as back up.. Not sure who they get to replace Carroll if they do ship him out..

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  30. AMF Fabio Borini,from roma and they have said they are talking to l/pool
    think he had him on loan at swansea when i think back

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  31. Ice, the name sounds familiar but I can’t remember ever seeing him play.. not a replacement for kyut is he? πŸ™‚

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  32. If you lose this one you can add it to what you already owe me mate:-) πŸ™‚

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  33. @Faussie
    You say;
    Carroll would not be a starter in our current squad.. just shows how we have recruited so well….

    Of course he would. Carroll up front with Cisse.

    Not a day goes by without you putting your size 3 croc skin boots in it. πŸ˜›

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  34. @Faussie

    Just checked on your transfer policy views. My god you’ve copied my craic! πŸ˜›

    You’ll be wearing lag pants next to be like me! 😯

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  35. Troy, no BA for you then? So that means 442 is your go.. oh well it fits in with your ‘ football is a simple game really’ theory of play.. I suppose simple suits you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    I think you were stealing my craic mate, I posted well before you.. its time to stop fighting it mate.. you want to be like Aussie, stop denying it and Γ¨mbrace it πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  36. Liverpool have also got Joe cole back, Used to play in a front three at chelski so that would give them Cole, Bellamy, Downing and Rodriguez for the wide positions and Suarez and Borini for the central striker role in the 4-3-3 that swansea played last season.

    Can definately see Mandy getting shunted this window but i doubt it will be here if they want to recoup the majority of the fee…

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  37. Apparently Ashley is going to pick Carroll up in his helicopter and bring him back to the Toon πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  38. ice

    Even hard to see it on loan unless he liverpool pay half his wages, Just an incredibly stupid deal on their part not that they learnt their lesson when they yanks sanctioned similar deals for Downing and Henderson… πŸ˜†

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  39. Aye, Brendan Rodgers would never pay a Gatesheed born, owa 6ft target man cos that doesn’t fit into his fantastic, passing style of football at all, nope, no way…….who was that Danny Graham fella again πŸ™„ πŸ˜‰

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  40. Ice nice to see you back on im sure your glad to get back to normal food and toilet roll, theres nowt worse than prison issue tissue and the slop they serve up as food.
    But atleast you only had 5days of it, and im sure you’ve learned your lesson not to store stuff at your house the next time Batty asks you.

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  41. On Carroll I would take him back tomorrow, imo he is better than BA and I think him and cisse would tear teams apart.
    But it won’t happen

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  42. Ice Batty was on the other day to ask me when you were getting out, I think he was wanting to see if you would mind more ‘stuff’ for him.

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  43. Ice maybe thats why he’s the boss πŸ™„
    Kim I think he would love to be back, and would go out of his way to repay the club, I still say he was just a daft lad that trusted Nolan too much.

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  44. I think he will do well for Brum and score a few goals down there. Its not like he will be worn out because he has been used very sparingly over the last two seasons. Good luck to him. He has done all that was expected of him at the toon.

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