The Five Greatest Newcastle Players of the Premier League Era

  1. David Ginola
    David Ginola

    David Ginola

One of the greatest to put on the black and white shirt, Ginola had it all. Grace, skill, charisma and ability in abundance, he was a dose of continental flair to the entertainers who so nearly won the title back in ’95. Equally impressive on either foot Ginola terrorised Premiership defenders who had simply never come against his kind of brilliance before.

Criticised by some for diving, Ginola certainly took a lot of fouls as defenders struggled to cope with his exceptional dribbling ability. Being so adept with both feet gave Ginola the advantage of taking on full backs with the option of going out wide or cutting back inside. Many managers quickly decided to double up on Ginola, it didn’t make much of a difference as he nonchalantly skipped past them both before whipping in beautiful crosses for the likes of Ferdinand to attack.

Many will remember his right footed goals against Sheffield Wednesday and Manchester United live on Sky but my overawing memory of Ginola was one of the greatest goals I have ever seen when he scored an unbelievable volley against Ferencvaros in ’96. If you have never seen it or have simply forgotten it, I implore you to youtube it right now. After a corner is half cleared, Ginola thighs it under control before clipping it magnificently over the onrushing defender with his right before volleying with the left foot from the edge of the area into the top corner of the net. It is majestic stuff from a genius.

I also remember him skipping beautifully past a sliding Gary Neville during the United 5-nil thumping at St. James’s Park. At his enigmatic best, Ginola was a world beater. A player of the highest calibre. Unfortunately, he found things increasingly difficult on Tyneside, particularly after Keegan left and Dalglish arrived. The lure of London and a manager who didn’t appreciate his lack of defensive duty finally saw Ginola move to Spurs after just two memorable seasons on Tyneside. For his ability alone he should make the top five.

To hear of his recent medical concerns was really saddening and Newcastle fans will wish him a full and speedy recovery.

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95 thoughts on “The Five Greatest Newcastle Players of the Premier League Era

  1. So we have signed a keeper who is supposed to be very good and look like signing Gayle and Ritchie. Now can anyone explain to me who Ritchie is as I am assuming he can’t get in the Bournemouth team which might bother me if that is the case…



    Stu – Matt Ritchie did that against the scum mate. He plays week in week out for Bmouth and I believe recently signed a new deal with them – so I was surprised that they would let him go. West Ham recently went in for him too, but obviously didn’t meet Bmouths valuation.


  3. Just reading that the Gayle fee is £8.5m as well. There will be a further million paid if he scores 20 plus goals and a further million if we get promoted.
    I reckon that’s a pretty decent deal personally.


  4. W/Ham wanted to sign two of their players but got knocked back,so bid a maximum 8mil for Richie which was knocked back,looks like toon bid up to 12 mil which was accepted


  5. Ice – I think our central defence has missed a physical presence for a long time now – Hanley would certainly provide that. He’s far from technically gifted, but then neither is the likes of Huth & Morgan and they haven’t done too bad.
    Id take him mate, coz at 24 I think he’s young enough to develop a bit as well.


  6. I think there’s still a chance Townsend will stay – unless he fancies playing left back. Would love pardew getting the england job.
    Watched the vids of the new goalie – seems like he never catches the ball, it’s all parries and push outs. Not sure on that one but looks like Rafa fancies him as No1. Richie’s a decent alternative to Townsend.


  7. I know we have signed a goal keeper and looking like gayle from palace and townsend likely going the other way but our problem last season was defending so when are we going to see defeners come through the door


  8. Well I for one will miffed if Pards gets his mitts on Andros. Why would Andros wanna play under him instead of Rafa, especially considering how much their form dropped off last season under Pards.

    Not sure about Gayle or Richie, will reserve judgement on them until I have seen them 5 or 6 games in. Got to agree with Billy, we need defenders in.


  9. Sharpy , that Farage link you posted, saw bit of it on the news. How to win friends and influence people lesson obviously passed him by. #tosser


  10. Sharpy17: Andy – I’m amazed his dad hasn’t featured on the shortlist yet to be honest mate.

    I’ve defo heard Jamie raving about Roy’s credentials as England manager over the last 4 years though.Then he fails & pretty boy jumps all over him.

    Sharpy: they all did it man. I know they could have been accused of being unpatriotic if they had said too much but they never questioned any of his stupid decisions. They all approved of him taking out of form and injured players, not taking any wingers, trying untested formations in the tournament and allowing Rooney to dictate where he played. Some, like Keown, actively supported these decisions and wrote columns explaining why it was better to take Wilshere and Henderson rather than Drinkwater and Barkley rather than Townsend. Now they are all acting like they never said it.

    The tabloids are even worse. They all have their knives out now. They are a bunch of winps. They all saw the writing on the wall but said nothing. Maybe it is editorial policy but there are all these stories about discontent within the camp coming out now.


  11. Big Dave:
    SRF Good read mate and I would have them all in my top team, the only thing that annoys me about this type article is that it makes you think back to how good we were.
    I don’t think we’ll ever get back to there, but I think under Rafa with proper backing we could get close.
    As for Townsend I would be amazed if he even thought about going to Palace , I think he will be playing for us this season.

    Cheers Big Dave, I think Palace may well be relegation candidates next season and that might put Andros off as he won’t want to go through that again. Thanks for your comments Icedog too, you can go back a bit can’t you? Hopefully we’ll have a great season to look forward to.


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