The 2 November 2006 saw two standout moments for Newcastle United, Albert Luque scored a goal and an 18 year old Tim Krul made his NUFC debut.
That second and final goal (his other in Shearer’s last ever match when United bizarrely stuffed Sunderland 4-1 despite being rubbish on the day) of expensive flop Luque’s time at Newcastle was away at Palermo in the UEFA Cup.
Tim Krul received rave reviews for his debut display, but then immediately picked up an injury, and it would be another three years before the Dutch keeper (with loan spells at Falkirk and Carlisle in between) made his league debut for United in the opening match of the Championship season at West Brom.
Krul only played three league matches that season as Steve Harper led United from the back in the return to the Premier League, but now after reaching 10 years at the club, could the Dutch international match Steve Harper’s 20 year stretch at St James Park.
Speaking to the official club website, Tim Krul:
“I can’t see why not, I love this club. Ten years is something to be really proud of. I don’t think it’s the sort of thing you will see too often in the game nowadays.”
“It doesn’t feel that it’s been this long. There have been some amazing highs and some lows as well, but that is normal in football and all those experiences have shaped me into the person and the goalkeeper I am now.”
A second family:
“It has been an honour to play for such a fantastic club for that long, it has been a massive part of my life and Newcastle United is like a second family to me.
“It is a great club to play for and the fan base is huge, you see that not only at St. James Park in front of 52,000 but also when coming out here to America on pre season.”
More than most, Tim Krul has suffered from Newcastle’s lack of investment in centre-backs and like the rest of us he will be hoping that this summer is indeed the time when that will change.
Surely at least one centre-half will be signed, two preferably, with Aleksandar Mitrovic’ Anderlecht teammate, Chancel Mbemba, claimed to be United’s next potential signing, once the striker is (fingers crossed) confirmed.