Will Mackems Be Putting Their Pitchforks Away Now?
The striker is a hardcore Newcastle fan but at the time it was seen as almost a done deal that Graham was heading to sunderland and so their fans were creating a less than ideal situation if he did sign.
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The resentment appeared to be mainly sparked by the much reported revolves throwaway comments he gave in an interview when asked who he’d support if there was no NUFC;
“Put it this way. I would stay as far away from sunderland as I could. It would probably have to be Gateshead”.
Of course after a bit of transfer day nip and tuck, Graham has signed for the mackems and now has this to say;
“As soon as I heard about the interest from sunderland I didn’t even have to consider any of the other options. I was born and bred in the north east so I know at first hand the intense passion that people have for their football in the part of the world.
I totally understand that some fans might need convincing about my commitment to sunderland because of my roots…”.
Speaking to sunderland fans I know, it wasn’t a handful of fans giving the Geordie abuse, apparently a decent proportion of the thirty five thousand were showing Graham what they thought of him.
Of course all football fans are fickle and can change their stance in a moment but it is impossible to see the whole of the red and white clan openly welcoming him on his debut, if the striker doesn’t make a decent start then just open your Tyneside windows and you’ll hear the abuse.
As Newcastle fans should we be bothered that one of our own signs for them? Personally I don’t care and up to a point you can’t blame a football player for making the most of his career but Graham did have other options and he has chosen his path, so can’t complain afterwards.
When Lee Clark signed for them that was the day that I knew that nothing was certain in football but even when Clarkie came back to Newcastle any abuse/resentment was minimal, though the t-shirt incident helped smooth the way…!
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