I had a good laugh reading the write-up below, wondering how Newcastle United had missed out on signing this superstar.
After allowing this striker to slip through our fingers once, how have United passed up on this 31 year old free agent when they are so short of fire power?
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The person in question is Michael Chopra, who yesterday signed for part-timers Alloa Athletic in the secodn tier of Scottish football.
This is what Alloa put up on their website to announce the fact:
Alloa Athletic today pulled off a fantastic signing coup in bringing Michael Chopra to the club.
A player who has played at the highest level in the UEFA Champions League and the English Premiership.
He is a product of the Newcastle United academy, the prolific striker who has an Indian father, was the first player of Indian parentage to play and score in the English Premier League.
He has recently been playing in the Inaugural Hero Indian Super League for the newly formed Kerala Blasters who are managed by Ex England International goalkeeper, David James who is their player manager, their season ended on 20th December, 2014 when they were beaten in title decider by Athletico De Kolkata who won the title after scoring a last minute winner.
Lee Ebden, Head of Player Recruitment & Chief Scout at Alloa Athletic, used his contacts to enable the club to sign Michael.
Of course it is all true what was written but just like putting in for a new job, people can get very elastic with their CVs.
Chopra’s claim to face of course is that his one and only goal for Newcastle came in what turned out to be Alan Shearer’s last ever match of his career.
United one down at Sunderland and Chopra scoring after only around ten seconds of coming onto the pitch, thanks to the keeper getting in a total mess, plus of course Chopra’s persistence.
A happy ending as United and Shearer went on to win 4-1.
Checking back I was surprised to see that Michael Chopra was indeed a Champions League star for Newcastle, coming on as a sub in the 3-1 win over Leverkusen at St. James’ Park.
Whilst also having the honour of coming off the bench in the 3-1 defeat at the Nou Camp, the day that another claim to fame was born when Shola scored the consolation goal.
Good luck anyway to both Chopra and his new club, the former Newcastle striker coming on in the final seconds of last night’s match, as Alloa gained a credible 2-2 draw with Rangers.
As was reported on here yesterday, Rangers now featuring none of the five Newcastle loan players due to injury, illness or whatever.