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View From Brugge – “St.James’ Park Is Unique”

9 years ago

Club Brugge defender, and Belgian international, Carl Hoefkens has been talking about how the upcoming match at St.James’ Park, having had spells at both Stoke and West Brom, he is a big fan of English football.

Obviously it is a shame that more Newcastle fans can’t be looking forward to a friendly visit to Brugge but there you go!

Speaking to the Club Brugge website, Carl Hoefkens;

“A match against an English team is always special.

Against Birmingham (last season) it hurt to have to watch the match, so I am very pleased this time to play. Many friends are coming to watch and I expect a wonderful atmosphere. 

Newcastle are a different calibre to Birmingham, it is a real club on the up, even though they had their problems in recent times. We are facing a huge challenge.

I remember visiting St.James’ Park with West Brom for a relegation battle and we drew 1-1, Barton scored for Newcastle after a ten game suspension (Hoefkens’ memory not quite right as Newcastle actually won 2-1 with indeed Barton, but also Martins scoring, though both teams ended up relegated).

Newcastle is a real football mad city. There is a special atmosphere that is unique even for for England. Football is the only thing that counts, it is a club with a very rich history.

As there are few clubs in the north of England every match is a big occasion. 

Whatever happens we will receive a warm welcome”.


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