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This first Eddie Howe Newcastle signing sets standard ‘If you build it, he (they..) will come’

3 weeks ago
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“If you build it, he will come” is a poignant line from the 1989 film ‘Field of Dreams’ starring Kevin Costner and Ray Liotta.

If you haven’t seen it, it is about a farmer who builds a baseball field in his cornfield after hearing a ghostly voice.

With people thinking he is going crazy, suddenly the ghost of a former famous player comes, and he asks if he can bring his former team-mates along. Before the farmer can believe his eyes, the field is full of long lost legends.

It is an enchanting tale and I was reminded of it when I heard that Kieran Trippier had decided to come back to the Premier League and join up with Newcastle United.

You see now that Eddie Howe has sold his vision for Newcastle to a current and established England international, I think that this will send out a message to other good and ambitious footballers.

Trippier’s signing is the first brick to be laid in the rebuilding of our famous 130 year old football club.

Now that Eddie Howe has started to build it, I do believe the right players will come.

Unlike the old baseball players in ‘Field of Dreams’, Newcastle United are once again truly alive and kicking, and every day this week I have had a tingle of excitement and anticipation.

You see sadly, I had forgotten what having hope for my club actually felt like.

Now I and thousands of other Geordies, along with Newcastle United fans from all over, can finally start to dream again.

Nothing is going to be easy, and things might not happen as fast as some would like, but we are all in this together no matter what anyone may think.

I can sense a feeling of reconciliation and unity.

If our new manager and owners build it as good as I think they are going to do, it won’t bring the likes of Gallacher, Milburn and White back.

However, you can be sure that the glory, prestige and pride that these men helped bring to Tyneside in times gone by, will have been truly restored.

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