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Happy Birthday Rammy

By Lee Ryder on Nov 22, 06 11:14 AM

It's not everyday that a player gets a special mention in the Press for his birthday.

But in this case we here at Blog on the Tyne feel it is a worthy one.

For today is the 23rd birthday of Peter Ramage.

You wouldn't think that for one so young he had played in just 50 games.

Yet at the minute he is playing like a man above his years.

And going into the Celta Vigo game it's no bad thing with just three senior defenders available due to an injury crisis at St James' Park, and one of them is younger than Ramage in the shape of Steven Taylor.

Like every player making the grade at United, Ramage has made mistakes since making his debut 50 games ago but he doesn't let it bother him and gets on with his job of working for the team.

He didn't grumble too much after his mistake at Old Traffford last season and he didn't grumble when Glenn Roeder told him he needed a rest at the end of the 2005/06 season.

Instead Ramage rolled his sleeves up and got on with the job.

He even requested to play in the reserves against Blyth Spartans in the Northumberland Senior Cup final, with the Toon winning 2-1 against the non-leaguers.

And after joining in the celebrations he handed his winners medal to long-serving kitman George Ramshaw in a great gesture.

He started the season again in the reserves but has worked his way back to the first XI.

Perhaps his best moment this season came at centre-back at Upton Park during the 2-0 win - a performance that even Bobby Moore would have took his hat off to.

And despite being switched across the defence he keeps going.

Off the field Ramage is one of the first to turn up at supporters meetings, junior club presentation nights and he is one of the last off the field when clapping the away support.

In addition to that Ramage also faces up to the Press to get his point of view across to the fans no matter what the result even though other a minority of senior figures look the other way.

In truth United have never seen a similar player since the likes of Steve Watson and Lee Clark during the 1990s when two of the best local lads broke into the team.

He's still got some way to go if he wants to follow them - but he's certainly on the right road.

And it's also a triumph for the club's Academy when they produce a player that serves the senior side so well.

Leave your messages to Peter Ramage in the comments section

4 Comments

Dale said:

Well said Lee. Not going to be a JT or Rio but someone I would always want in my team that's for sure. You struggle to buy his kind of versatility.

Ryder's reply: I'm sure Ramage has ambition to be a centre-back in the future. But that said people like Phil Neville and Owen Hargreaves are in the same flexible bracket and they have both played in the Champions League and been to World Cups. He might be injured but look at Hargreaves profile since Germany 06.

oxboy said:

Peter is one who got away!
Our club has a sorry history of not just failing to devlop talent but positively squandering it. So Peters maturity this season flies in the face of what is normal at SJP and shows what is possible.
The lad will, I'm sure, be a great centre back for us but meanwhile, even though playing out ofhis favoured and best position he grows in experience and confidence and is a player of whom we can all be proud and who in turn seems to be proud of his club .... now thats something to think about!

Lee S said:

He still looks shaky at left back and plays far too narrow. He could also do with learning how to tackle with his left-foot. He's a good, hard-working player though. I never thought he'd make it as he had to wait a while before getting a chance but he has shown determination in the last two seasons. He's even been impressive when he plays in the centre and certainly deserves the position a lot more than Bramble. Ramage also highlights one of the biggest problems with Newcastle and that is the reluctance to play academy lads. We've heard rumour of so many good young players over the years and seen none of them come through. Bobby Robson should have given Chopra a chance at least four years ago but he had to wait and his career has suffered because of that. It's just fortunate that he hasn't fell as far as Paul Brayson who also had a great reputaion as a youngster. We've got to hope Roeder won't fall into the same trap. We go into the Celta game with a great opportunity to blood some youngsters. Pattison, Caroll, and Huntington should all expect to play at some point. It's better to lose and give these lads some experience rather than play on with limited older players like Sibierski. You never know, one of the youngsters might even prove to be decent at first-team level. You'll only know by giving them a chance. Krul and Ramage are good evidence of that.

John Jackson said:

In my opinion Peter Ramage is the worst ever footballer to play for Newcastle!

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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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