Pancrate has a chance so many have squandered before him

By Lee Ryder on Nov 17, 09 01:28 PM

By this time tomorrow the bags of Fabrice Pancrate could be packed and he could be in the same club as Kennet Andersson, Dennis Lawrence and Bachirou Salou.

All of them didn't last after a trial with Newcastle United and all of them were forced to find careers elsewhere in the game.

Trial players usually coincide with football poverty, relegation and generally hard times for Newcastle fans and the arrival of Pancrate is no different.

Boss Chris Hughton has to make ends meet by trying different avenues to many of the men in the hotseat before him who squandered millions at St James' Park.

But while trialists usually arrive on the scene when times are hard from a financial point of view, it's usually the same time that cult heroes can be born.

Whether Pancrate can become one is another matter after snubs at Sheffield United and Burnley and a track record that doesn't set the world on fire.

Yet as the likes of past free transfer signings have proved in Antoine Sibierski, John Anderson, Peter Lovenkrands and a host of others have proved - 110% effort in a black and white shirt will always win over fans ahead of reputations, flashy cars and flashing wads of cash down the Quayside, which sadly many big name signings have focused on rather than doing the business on the pitch.


David Inglis said:

Please no Gary Caldwell has anyone watched Celtic or Scotland lately he is a liability.

David Inglis said:


chuck said:

Was`nt Caldwell sold as not being good enough for NUFC, he must have improved immensely or our standards have dropped, guess which?

Dave Owens said:

Lovenkrands = 110% effort? Since when? Is he still smarting over the 'not-so-great-Dane' comment that it's necessary to mollify him. He's played poorly all this season, on a par with Jonas (except for the last game) and Butt (no exceptions) and has been as poor as Guthrie at his worst (which, thankfully, he seems to be over. Please no Caldwell. He's awful. A huge backward step and even we aren't that desperate. I hope.

Edmond Dante said:

Pancake will go well with the cream and lemon away shirt. Though he'll probably only make one appearence per year.

toongonebad said:

right well as CH says we have lots of options on right midfield and little on the left, so we're buying a right-winger!! its not hard to read betwen the lines here, someone is off after christmas i just hope its not Danny Guthrie, he really make a difference in the team when hes on form.. this has to be a negative!

CelticBhoy said:

Dear Santa,

If Newcastle take Gary 'Huge-Heid' Caldwell off us this January I will be very good and say my prayers every night.

Please god let this true!!!!!


P.s. To save you weighing down your sleigh with his huge heid and even bigger ego I'll drag him down to tynside by his baws on a skateboard.


Lee Ryder

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.

Latest Premier League video


Email alerts

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

In association with


Follow my RSS feed


Follow me on

Lee Ryder's Twitter


Sponsored Links