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Jonjo Shelvey talks Harry Potter, embarrassing moment, Elvis and his best mate at Newcastle

5 years ago

Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has been giving supporters the inside track on life at St James Park and beyond.

When it comes to characters at the club he has DeAndre Yedlin top of the list, saying he is ‘always happy and making people laugh’.

In contrast, probably, is his choice when it comes to best friend in football.

Despite having ‘a lot of rows’ with him on the pitch, Jonjo Shelvey says Jack Colback is his best mate and has been ‘superb’ with him since he signed for Newcastle.

Appearances may be deceptive but a night out with Colback and Shelvey doesn’t look like a barrel of laughs!!

As for his initiation song to sing in front of the players, the United player says it was Elvis Presley all the way.

When it comes to team he supports, it is his local childhood club West Ham.

Even though those cheeky cockney chappies came up with the ‘Harry Potter is coming for you’ chant when playing against Shelvey.

Or the (not so) quirky ‘Shelv as his teammates call him…

Jonjo Shelvey talking to EFL Podcast:

‘What do your teammates call you?’


‘Biggest character in the Newcastle squad?’

“A few to be fair, probably DeAndre Yedlin.

“He’s always got a smile on his face, never a day he’s unhappy, always happy and making people laugh.”

‘What was your initiation song?’

“I got up and wherever I have been I have always sung Elvis. 

“I like my Elvis, I like my old school, I give it a bit of Elvis style but it wasn’t the best.”

‘Closest friend in football?’

“Jack Colback.

“Since I’ve come to the club he has been superb with me.

“We have a lot of rows on the pitch but we are always doing things together off it.”

‘Toughest opponent this season?’

“Not really an individual, more a team – probably Huddersfield.”

‘What’s your squad number and any significance?’

“It is 12. 

“I didn’t want it to be 12 but one of the only numbers left when I joined the club. Always difficult when you join halfway through the season.

“I wasn’t really too bothered (about changing it) this summer, just a number on the back of your shirt.”

‘Favourite item of memorabilia from your career?’

“Probably a couple of shirts I got when I was at Liverpool.

“Probably Suarez, Torres and Gerrard’s.”

‘Most embarrassing moment in your career?’

“Probably getting sent off for Liverpool v Manchester United. It just felt like a mile to walk to the tunnel.”

‘Which team do you support?’

“I follow West Ham, it’s where I am from – but obviously since I have been here at this club (Newcastle) – this club have grown on me and I have a massive love for this club now.”

‘What is it like playing against West Ham?’

“It’s alright.

“They are the ones who made up the ‘Harry Potter is coming for you’ chant.

“It’s just the banter they have where I come from. Nice to go back and play there.”

‘Where will Newcastle finish in the league?’

“We have set out straight from the start that we want to finish first, so that is our aim.

“We are on course to do that. It is going to be tough but we have to just keep grinding it out.

“Doesn’t matter if they are dogged performances or we are playing like Barcelona, the main thing is you put three points on the board.”


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