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Only when the usual pre-match media stuff kicked off on Friday did the Ba angle get a lot of coverage.
Some of the nationals predictably were talking up Ba having to run a gauntlet of hate and other nonsense but to no great surprise our ex-striker was met by a mixture of applause, boos and maybe the silent majority like me, who sat there in…silence.
I’m not going to clap an ex-player when he plays for another team against us, apart from in the most extreme of circumstances.
Maybe the most extreme was the brilliant David Kelly who really bonded with the fans and arguably saved Newcastle from relegation to the third tier and possibly the end of the club as we knew it. Kelly came on as a substitute for the mackems and we clapped him onto the pitch,
Demba Ba was a class act on the pitch for eighteen months but that is all he was, a well paid player who did a very good job, however he was always a player on the verge of leaving and he left, he never got under our skin.
Should we hate him though? Why would you want to do that?
Just after midnight Demba Ba sent out the following to his Twitter followers;
“I thanks all the real fans for the nice messages i receive. And to all the haters….may god bless you!!! ;- good night”.
To be honest I’m embarrassed at any Newcastle fans who would send hate messages to Ba.
A player who gave his all on the pitch…what more do you want?
Look at the long line of players who took fortunes out of the club and gave next to nothing back, I’ll start the list here and feel free to add; Viduka, Barton, Smith, Geremi, Boumsong, Marcelino, Goma, Domi, Luque, Owen….