Neil Ruddock with nightmare verdict for the ‘lovely’ Newcastle United fans
Neil Ruddock has been talking about Newcastle United.
A big mate of Alan Shearer’s from their Southampton days, when you mention Ruddock’s name, for Newcastle fans of a certain age a different former NUFC player will instantly come to mind.
When Newcastle United were promoted in 1992, the big summer signing was Peter Beardsley.
As the story goes, Kevin Keegan supposedly misleading John Hall as to Beardsley’s true age. Despite Beardsley being 32, Keegan was convinced he was perfect to team up with Andy Cole BUT wasn’t convinced that the Newcastle United owner would be convinced that spending £1.5m on a 32 year old was the right way to go.
The rest as they say, is history.
That first season after promotion was astonishing, Newcastle United finishing third in the Premier League and Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley scoring a phenomenal 65 goals between them in all competitions, including 55 in the league.
However, Newcastle fans were left wondering if that season could have been even better, as only five days before the season kicked off, there was a devastating injury blow.
Peter Beardsley having to undergo surgery after suffering a fractured cheekbone in Ronnie Whelan’s testimonial match at Anfield and missing the opening matches of the season. The man with the elbow being Neil Ruddock.
Neil Ruddock got stick from Newcastle fans whenever facing NUFC after the incident, Beardsley said to be contemplating legal action for what appeared to be a deliberate assault but nothing ever came of that.
I suppose the best revenge was on the pitch and that 1993/94 season Beardsley and Newcastle finished on 77 points in third, seventeen points ahead of Neil Ruddock and Liverpool in eighth. Newcastle also beating Liverpool both home and away, 3-0 and 2-0, that being the last time NUFC won at Anfield in the Premier League…
Coming back to the present day and Neil Ruddock only has good things to say about Newcastle United…’Their fans are lovely. What a stadium to play at. I think Newcastle United are everyone’s second team.’
However, Ruddock believes Newcastle are in serious relegation trouble and predicts them to go down, along with Burnley and Norwich.
Summing up how difficult a job he believes the new NUFC Head Coach has taken on, Neil Ruddock declaring: ‘I think with Newcastle and Eddie Howe…you want to be the next manager of Newcastle.’
Neil Ruddock speaking to the All to Play For Podcast:
“I think Newcastle United are everyone’s second team.
“Their fans are lovely.
“What a stadium to play at.
“It’s a tough one [for Newcastle to stay up].
“You have got Norwich, Newcastle and Burnley struggling.
“I think with Newcastle and Eddie Howe…you want to be the next manager of Newcastle.
“I think Newcastle struggle [and could be relegated].
“I fancy Burnley as well [to be relegated].”
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