Steve Harmison was impressed with the professionalism shown by Newcastle United this week.
The former Ashes hero and current Ashington (football club) Manager welcomed a young Newcastle team on Thursday night.
The friendly was to mark the opening of a new stand at Ashington and United’s Under 21s gave the non-league side a footballing lesson, running out 8-1 winners.
However, Steve Harmison was quick to praise the visiting players, as he said the weather is as bad as he has ever seen it at Ashington, which we can safely say must have been pretty bad…
Harmison also thanked Newcastle United and Peter Beardsley for bring the team along, with a very healthy crowd of 1,229 there to see the game.
“It wasn’t about the game, it was for the people of Ashington to come and see up-and-coming stars, and I thought Newcastle United were a credit to their club.
“The weather in the first half was horrendous, as bad as I have ever seen it here and I thank Newcastle United, Peter Beardsley and the young kids who have come and shown professionalism.
“That is something which I am trying to instil into my players, who didn’t show it in a second half in which I thought we were poor.
“However, irrespective of how badly we played, the night was about the community spreading the word that a Premiership club has come to a non-league club to celebrate what is a fantastic facility.
“I thought we worked hard in the first half in appalling conditions, but I thought we were nearly as bad as the elements in the second half.”
Excellent crowd of 1,229
“On a night like this, to the people of Ashington and fans from outside the area, I would like to thank every single one of them for coming because that’s what it was about – seeing good young players,” he said.
“The lads need to take their chance, and I want to see my players play on nights like this because if we stay in the FA Vase and Senior Cup and play big games, we are going to have big crowds.
“We have got to learn to play in front of bumper gates, and that starts against North Shields on Saturday week in the FA Vase. Otherwise, we are going to get nowhere.”