It seems a little unbelievable that it is only 15 months since Andros Townsend and Newcastle United parted company.

The winger jumping ship on relegation, despite having started only 12 games after Newcastle rescued him from a career going nowhere at Tottenham, when nobody else wanted him.

Townsend is now worried about the reception he will get from the Newcastle supporters he betrayed. Joining the first Premier League that came along, rather than helping to put right the relegation that he was partly responsible for.

When Andros Townsend left St James Park, he made some pretty lame statements, as though the decision to desert was something he had no control over.

Amusingly, on leaving Rafa Benitez behind, he said he hoped Alan Pardew would take his game to ‘another level’.

Well, Pards did his best to take Townsend and Palace to a very definite new level, the Championship. Alan Pardew having the worst set of results of all clubs in the four divisions throughout 2016.

Andros Townsend is already on his fourth manager at Crystal Palace, with Fat Sam, de Boer, and now finally Roy Hodgson taking the reins.

I’m guessing that very few people will react in any way about Townsend on Saturday during the 90 minutes, a player who was at Newcastle only a few months and who couldn’t get away quick enough along with the likes of Sissoko, Wijnaldum, and Janmaat.

Andros Townsend – 19 October 2017:

“I’m not sure I’ll get a good reception (from Newcastle fans) but I had a fantastic time there.

“Unfortunately, it didn’t end well, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time there with the fans and I’m looking forward to going there and see a few familiar faces.

“I’ll enjoy it.

“Ultimately, we are going there for business, to win a football match, and that’s all I’m focused on.

“It’s similar in the way they (Hodgson & Allardyce) work.

“They like to do a lot on the training field and are very hands on, the pair of them.

“They like to go through every scenario that will occur on the pitch, so that when it occurs you are ready for it.

“Like Sam, it (Hodgson arriving) isn’t a quick fix.

“We didn’t initially pick up results (with Fat Sam), but eventually you saw how well we were playing towards the end of last season and I have no doubt in my mind that we’ll get to that again under Roy.”

Andros Townsend – 1 July 2016:

“I was loved by the fans (at Newcastle) and the manager was getting the best out of me, but at the end of the day I needed Premier League football at this stage in my career.

“So then it was sitting down and finding the right club for me and I think that (joining Crystal Palace) was the easiest decision out of the lot of them.

“Hopefully, Alan Pardew can take my game to another level and build on the great start to the season they had last year.”

Andros Townsend personal statement to Newcastle fans – 1 July 2016:

‘I would like to put on record my sincerest thanks to the manager, board and fans of Newcastle United for the warmth and support they have shown me since I joined in January.

Please believe me when I say that this has been an incredibly difficult decision and one I have not taken lightly.

I signed for Newcastle fully aware of the task at hand and it was my absolute desire to keep the club in the Premier League.

I hope the fans could see that from day one I gave everything I possibly could during the season and never once gave up on the fight for survival. That’s why it was so hard when despite those efforts we fell short.

The future for Newcastle is very bright, with some great young players and an outstanding Manager who I have the utmost respect for.

However, after talking at length with the Manager and Managing Director I have made the decision to leave the club based purely on footballing reasons, with my wish to remain in the Premier League.

I remain humbled by the support of the fans during my time at Newcastle and wish everyone associated with the club success for the future.

The fans deserve a winning team and I fully expect to see the club promoted back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

Thank You’

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  • Peaky Magpie

    Don’t have time for ex players like this plus he’s not a patch on Ritchie anyway.

  • Dillon Tovak

    I think Townsend was one of the only players you can say wasn’t partly responsible for our relegation.
    The author sounds like a bitter ex.

    • Albert Stubbins

      He jumped ship – he didn’t show any loyalty to Newcastle and didn’t think he had a responsibility to try and get the club back up from a position he helped create- yes – he was brilliant for us in the short time he was with us but he left at first opportunity he was offered something he viewed as being better for himself- did he consider the club? no. he deserves all the abuse he gets and I for one wouldn’t have him back as we want players who want to actually be here when the going gets tough.

      • Wor Lass

        He played 12 games and was our best player by a mile – how did he help to create the position we were in and, if that were the case, why would you then want to keep him?

        • Albert Stubbins

          I would have liked him to stay because you get good players in poor teams- we’ve had many over the years. Beardsley being the main one in my opinion. Whether he played 12 games or 40 he still contributed to the position we found our self in- he should have shown loyalty and stayed- I bet he wishes he did now. I won’t be showing him any appreciation despite the fact that he was very good for us that’s for certain.

          • Wor Lass

            I wish he had stayed but I understand the position he was in. I agree that he probably wishes he had stayed but that`s life.It`s up to you how you react to him – I just find some of the snidey articles about ex-players and managers a bit embarrassing at times. The likes of Moussa deserve a good going over but not this lad, in my opinion. Anyway, let`s hope this takeover happens and we`ll be too busy rejoicing and slagging off the FCB (who absolutely DOES deserve it) to bother with the odd departed player.

    • gallowgate26

      I was thinking that. If anything, he would have been the most responsible for keeping us up. Really poor choice of words by the author.

  • Paul Busby

    Look forward to the boos Andros.

    I do hope we give them a bit of a drubbing tbqh, but I suspect it will be a closer match than we anticipate.

  • steve pearce

    I think that Townsend is mature enough to realise he made a mistake leaving us and is brave enough to take the abuse he expects. I’d have him back make no mistake as he could play in Slo Mo’s place and then we’d have the missing link in our midfield.

    Now I too will wait for torrents of abuse…

  • hetonmag

    The man has no class going from a magnificent stadium to basically a dump,I for one would not have him back and also he is a million miles away from an England selection supposedly the very reason he left us.

  • Rich Lawson

    Honestly,after what we did for your career in 12 games would it have killed you to play one season in the championship,where you could have shined,and then left if we didn’t go up ?

  • Leazes62

    So basically he is bricking it, get on his back early enough and he’ll disappear

  • gallowgate26

    Hoping Townsend and Cabaye are kept quiet tomorrow, wouldn’t it just be typical for one of them to put up with a goal. Good luck for the rest of the season lads, you need it.

  • Wor Monga

    Townsend showed himself up as a man totally lacking the sort of backbone or character that we actually needed back then, to help Rafa turn us around…so I’m glad he walked away with his pathetic excuses…

    …but the Toon had gave him the chance when nobody else would give him and his inflated ego a permanent home…we backed him and put him in the spotlight, and then he turned round and gave us the finger after Rafa had asked him to stay on…

    …and now he’s coming back so we’ve got the chance to tell him what we really think of him…so right from the start I think we should make him feel as uncomfortable as possible by getting on his back (like we will for Cabaye)…because we can do our bit to help the team make SJP a fortress, again…

    …where it’s anything but a comfort zone for opponents to come to…especially if they have scunks like those two ratbags with them!!!

  • Wor Lass

    There`s a lot of bitterness on here. Townsend is a professional footballer who had ambitions of playing for his country again. When he played for us he gave 110% but then moved on. He didn`t go on strike, he didn`t throw a personal press conference to say how unhappy he was and he didn`t talk about beautiful Arsenal. He activated a clause that was in his contract for that very reason, spoke highly about the club and the fans and went on his way. A lot of people who are slagging him off have pretensions of being supporters of a big club but their constant inability to let go and accept that there is an alternative universe out there just serves to drag us down to the level of also-rans. The lads have a job on their hands on saturday because Palace will be buzzing after their win against Chelsea. Zaha has caused us trouble before and looks to be on form. Cabaye and Townsend will probably both feel they have a point to prove and any undue stick could just serve to gee them up even more. I hope the fans in the stadium either ignore them or just give them some polite applause then get fully behind Rafa and the lads. If that happens, I reckon we could pagger them 3-1!

    • Damon Horner

      Agreed, could understand the bitterness if it was anticipated he was the difference between bouncing back up and staying in the division, we didn’t need him and he did what he could while he was here, bit different to other players we’ve had when relegated.

    • Wor Monga

      Rubbish…the first poor touch or mistake either Townsend or Cabaye do then we must play on it…get 50,000 on your back, you can’t turn your ears off, and that’s what affects your concentration levels…Townsend, and Cabaye were well liked when they played for us, but now they don’t, and I’m certain that they’d love to be shown some respect for those times, but that would only give them a comfort zone to perform on a pitch that they know well…

      …As supporters our aim is not only to do what we can to support our team…it’s also to unsettle the opposition, and if 50,000 of us can’t achieve that then what’s the point of being at the game!!!

      • Wor Lass

        That`s fair game – taking the p*$$ for bad play – but going to the match to heap abuse on ex-players just because they moved on is pathetic and indicative of a small-town mentality. First and foremost, support our lads, which i`m sure you do.

      • Wor Lass

        Remember leighton James who played for Burnley? He used to deliberately wind up the opposition supporters and fed off it. He loved it.

  • charlie

    To be honest, I was pretty bitter when Townsend and Cabaye left and was glad that they failed elsewhere, however, these guys only have short careers and they have to make selfish decisions.

    Still, let’s give them loads of sh#t tomorrow!!

  • Mxpx

    Andros gave everything for us I’ve got no bad words for him …yohan kebab who went on strike to move away hurt me however I don’t want him back anymore

  • nufcslf

    He made his own bed and can sleep in it. Bottom of the league now ans in the bottom 5 since being there speaks for itself. A win for us and no reaction towards him would be best.

  • Mrkgw

    Yes, you were indeed liked by the masses Andros but, as with the likes of the other crop of fly by knights that left us in the lurch at the first opportunity, the boo’s will be thoroughly justified.

  • Scottie Chugger Dearden

    You can’t fault the lad for wanting to better himself, Palace were very ambitious at the time, in hindsight he probably wishes he stayed!
    This is Townsends level, bottom of the PL he wasn’t good enough for Spurs at the top level so if we want to move on we need to be looking at a better standard than being hostile to a player that whilst he was here gave 100% and had we stayed up probably would of stayed. Good luck to him today but I hope we send the cockney home with nil points!