Ending up as champions was the cherry on the top after Newcastle had clinched promotion and Paul Dummett says it was extra special for him.

The Geordie defender declaring: ‘Lifting a trophy for the team you support is something you always want to do’.

For those who say winning the title or finishing second didn’t matter, you just had to see the reaction of both fans and players last Sunday to know that’s a big fat lie.

Paul Dummett adding that ‘The roar from the fans when Aston Villa scored is something I’ll never forget’.

It was certainly one of he better days to be a Newcastle fan and now it is a case of ‘what happens next’?

The early answer to whether Rafa was staying is a massive relief and can only be a massive positive as NUFC prepare for life back in the top tier after a 12 month absence.

Dummett says the squad will now go away and recharge the batteries ‘then make sure we come back in July ready for the Premier League‘.

The question for the fans now is just who will be amongst those returning in July and who will Rafa Benitez see as surplus to requirements, as Newcastle need to trade up to deal with the Premier League.

Paul Dummett speaking to the official club website:

“When you are growing up, lifting a trophy for the team you support is something you always want to do.

“For it to happen in the way it did made it even more special and even now, nearly a week on, it’s still sinking in.

“The roar from the fans when Aston Villa scored is something I’ll never forget.

“When we went down, I was determined to help the club get back to the Premier League and as a team we did that.

“Promotion was the main goal but to achieve it as champions was even better and the medal and the memories are something we will always be able to cherish.

“It was a long, hard season and every player contributed massively.

“We will go away now, get a holiday and recharge our batteries, then make sure we come back in July ready for the Premier League.”



  • Wor Monga

    I know what Dummett means about that moment…

    …it was a classic storybook ending…an equalising goal from a team down to 10 men with nowt to play for, only a minute from the end of normal time…well!, you couldn’t make it up, could you?…

    …added to that it was Villa who over the years have done their best to frustrate us, and then have got great pleasure taking the p!ss out of us ever since…

    …we’d done the business against Barnsley, and seen the delight the yakkers got when Brighton got yet another easy penalty gifted to them, and with time running out that seemed to be it for our long hard Championship season…

    …ready for a well deserved lap of honour…and I was just saying “well we didn’t expect anything from Brucie’s easybeats, did we?”…when the word went round like wildfire, and the lid lifted off the stadium… what made it even better, for me it was that useless layabout Grealish that stuck it past the ‘Brighton gobshite’ Stockdale…

    …Yes we deserved to be the Champions after having lived with the pressure of every other team in the league wanting to take us down, and have their 15 minutes of fame afterwards…it didn’t do Blackburn that much good though, did it?!!!

    • Wor Lass

      Blackburn went down because of Forest getting three points against us thanks to one of the many atrocious refereeing decisions the Championship served up. And the FA have charged Rafa with bringing the game into disrepute!