James Bay on his love for Alan Shearer and Rafa Benitez and why he supports Newcastle United
James Bay was born and bred in Hitchin in Hertfordshire but supports Newcastle United.
The now 27 year old successful singer-songwriter explaining that it all happened because of one person.
James Bay was only five when Alan Shearer signed for Newcastle but from that moment on, NUFC were his team.
Moving forward 22 years and the pair are now friends, having originally swapped messages on social media, finding out that each was a fan of the other.
James Bay says that now he has ‘hung out a few times’ with Alan Shearer, he still can’t quite believe it, saying ‘…was amazing – that lad is losing his mind.’
Bay predicts a 2-0 win for Newcastle at Watford on Saturday but sees major challenges ahead, declaring ‘Rafa Benitez has done a fantastic job with a club owner who will not give him a chance financially.’
Describing Rafa Benitez as ‘the bright light, the hope’, just like every other Newcastle fan, James Bay is hoping that things will change and the United boss is convinced to stay and get the belated backing to progress the club.
James Bay speaking to BBC Sport:
“When I was six, Alan Shearer played for Newcastle – and that was it, really.
“I grew up in a town that is sort of near teams like Arsenal and Tottenham, but not near enough for me to feel like that was my club.
“And in the middle of the 1990s, Newcastle were up there, and Shearer had just signed for them.
“For that reason alone, myself and my brother as well were just like – he is the man, so Newcastle is the team.
“Initially we met in a social media exchange where I said ‘I’m a fan’ and he said ‘I’m a fan too’ – and I was like ‘oh, thanks’.
“He just invited me to a game, which was really kind of him, and we have sort of stayed in touch. We have hung out a few times which, for the six-year-old me of the past, was amazing – that lad is losing his mind.
“In many respects I am very happy with the way the season has gone – we have stayed in the Premier League.
“But there are definitely some other changes that I want to see at the club, which is what the rest of our fans are saying as well.
“Rafa Benitez has done a fantastic job with a club owner who will not give him a chance financially.
“He is the bright light, the hope, for the club at the moment but he needs more money to spend.”
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