By Brian Hall
Tuesday 26 Jun 2012 21:43:00
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I am not even going to check this blog and correct some probable errors in English. This is blasting out from the Hip. I was raised in an era when Supermac left Toon - he did not want to go, he was driven out. Waddle was a bit of a different story - London Lights etc. Gazza, jury out to this day on that one. Beardsley - he was sold, like a pound of flesh from an unambitious board. But current plots? Na. I am a hardliner.


I dont believe everything I read in the press, whether on footy or far wider issues. But I do believe one thing. If you do not want to wear the black and white strip, then - do not stay - just go. I hear about Demba Ba, and Danny Simpson. I do not claim to know the ins and outs of their situations. But, ultimately, if they do not recognise that wearing our colours is one of the greatest experiences any footballer will ever have, and if they want to gan, for better money, climes, and clubs, let them. I want players who will appreciate just what it means to put on our shirt in front of, what I regard, as amongst the most fanatical, devoted fans in world football. Maybe any character who wants to do a bunk should just listen to some legends of the game, who actually would make such characters look like amateurs.


Of course, we all know so many players who came into Toon, and cared little, and understood even less, of what it meant to put on that strip in this fanatical footy region. The list is endless, all the way from Owen to Bellamy, and far beyond. But I remember Supermac's words in his autobiography. Remember, he was forced to leave. He stated that he was shown around just after his arrival by Jackie Milburn. Jack told Malcolm that he had a lot on his shoulders - he represented something special, and if he could deliver, he would never be forgotten. Supermac is not - those who never felt that, are.


All I would say to any player who has the honour of putting those Zebra stripes on - as Ginola called them - is that if you dont want to stay. Go.


And if you do, perhaps read something from a couple of very different characters who certainly loved their football, and knew what it all meant in this part of the world. Sir Bobby Robson, and Kevin Keegan. Or maybe some mercenaries - no names mentioned - would not rate those two.


Not a rant, by any means. Only one piece of very humble advice to players who have left this institution, which is far more than just a football club, and for those who consider doing so. You will never find a better place to kick a football.


Tarah.                                       and tarah to anyone who does not want to stay at NUFC.




as i say, no literary corrections to this blog.         Straight from the black and white Hip.

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