You have probably heard the saying/quote that ‘Every journey starts with a single step’, well Newcastle fans are waiting to take their first one for the future.
We have now reached December, and no Newcastle United takeover just yet, but we are all hoping no news is good news as we await developments.
It may seem a bit of a leap of faith just now but will we once again see Newcastle players of this era and future years, competing with the every best that have gone before in black and white?
At the moment, Newcastle United along with the Chronicle are trying to find the greatest ever NUFC team, asking fans to nominate theirs.
One fof the fans to take them up on the offer is Alan Shearer, he chose:
GK: Shay Given
RB: David Craig
CB: Bob Moncur
CB: Jonathan Woodgate
LB: Frank Clark
MID: Chris Waddle
MID: Paul Gascoigne
MID: Peter Beardsley
STR: Kevin Keegan
STR: Alan Shearer
STR: Jackie Milburn
Jackie Milburn is the only one from the distant past and he couldn’t have been left out, naturally. No doubt others from the past, especially from the dominant Edwardian era, could be contenders but difficult to select when you have not actually seen them play.
David Craig, Bobby Moncur and Frank Clark will only have been seen on video by Alan Shearer, no doubt his (Shearer’s) dad maybe having a major input there to keep him right. All three being key players as Newcastle United won the Fairs Cup, the last trophy, just in case you had forgotten.
Shearer only played with three (Beardsley, Given, Woodgate) of them for Newcastle, as well as Gazza with England. As well as watching the likes of Keegan and Waddle (and Beardsley) as a kid from the terraces.
Maybe the most encouraging thing is that six of this team (including Shearer himself) are local lads, make that seven if you go 30 miles down the road for Woodgate.
Under Mike Ashley, maybe the most depressing thing has been 10 years worth of not even being able to keep our best players, even if they did come along, by whatever means.
Very good signings such as Cabaye, Ba and one or two others, as well as the homegrown Andy Carroll.
You can’t claim any of that trio as competition for Alan Shearer’s eleven but they were the best/most promising Newcastle had at the time and we couldn’t keep them, the players happy to go and the club’s owner happy to bank the money.
Fans told that every player has his price. All very depressing, especially when the likes of Ba and Cabaye are leaving just to be squad players elsewhere. It didn’t such much for where they thought Newcastle United was heading.
Mikel Merino has only played a handful of times for Newcastle but fans are already loving him, a 21 year old with great potential, Rafa Benitez spotting a great signing at a bargain fee by today’s standards.
He could be a player to build a very good team around and help attract other quality players, if he stays.
If Mike Ashley stays then I don’t think anybody would believe that to be possible.
Under new ambitious owners, who knows what could be possible? Wouldn’t it be great though to be able to dream again, that if Newcastle signed or developed real quality players, they would actually want to stay at St James Park.
Easy to forget that only just over a decade before Mike Ashley arrived, nobody would have chosen to leave Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle United.
Only three years before Mike Ashley arrived, it took Real Madrid to convince Jonathan Woodgate to leave a Newcastle United under Sir Bobby Robson, that had just finished fourth and third in the Premier League and proved vefy competitive in the Champions League.
Nobody claims it will be easy to get back to the KK/Sir Bobby days but if you can’t keep your star players then it is impossible.
New owners would give us all hope of that being possible, that if the next Shearer, Waddle, Beardsley, Milburn, Clark or Gascoigne came along, they wouldn’t think of leaving Newcastle because they could be part of something special here.
That first step can’t come quick enough.