Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Returning to Toon Roots? Fans Are United in Their Opinions. They All Want Andy to Come Home

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Returning to Toon Roots? Fans Are United in Their Opinions. They All Want Andy to Come Home

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COME home Andy - that's the message from Tyneside.

Toon fans have rushed to voice their support for Newcastle's bid to bring back the Liverpool striker.

Gateshead-born Carroll - who went to Merseyside for a record pounds 35m last year - has given his representatives a simple message: "Take me home".

And it seems everyone from the world of football to the world of politics wants to see him return to the North East.

Former Toon skipper Bobby Moncur said the club would gain a lot from his return.

He said: "I would like to see him come back, he left because he thought he could better himself by going to Liverpool but in a way that has backfired, Newcastle is just as good a club as Liverpool. So yes, it would be nice to see him back in Newcastle. He's clearly a good player because Liverpool paid pounds 35m for him, he's a strong Premier League player." Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck, is a big Toon fan.

He said: "I would welcome Andy Carroll back with open arms, it's always positive to see a Geordie in a black and white strip and even better when it's number nine. Welcome home Andy."

And Carroll's former PE teacher and football coach at Joseph Swan school, Geoff Wilson, couldn't be happier at the news his pupil could be returning to his roots.

Mr Wilson, who is now assistant headteacher at St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive School in Peterlee, County Durham, said: "I would be overjoyed to see him come back.

"He has always been Newcastle through and through, obsessive about the place and the football team.

"He scored two hat-tricks playing against Middlesbrough when he was younger, and always excelled playing against Sunderland.

"He was always determined to win.

He had a special passion towards the city. "Here is the best place for him. It would be a backward step if he went to London with teams such as West Ham and Fulham. He would be able to excel back at home where he has been proven, he hasn't really in Liverpool.

"His potential at Liverpool has not been realised, and it would be good business for Newcastle to bring him back."

Reverend Glyn Evans, the Toon-supporting vicar of St Andrew's Church in the city centre, says he and everyone else longs for the "return of the prodigal son".

"I loved him here and Liverpool have underestimated how good he is - he's like the prodigal son so it would be great to have him back. It's wonderful whenever someone returns to their home town.

"Mind you, I won't be writing anymore hymns about him. I wrote one last Christmas called Carroll Number Nine and then he left!" Football-mad nun Sister Josepha Matthews, head of St Vincent's RC Primary School, said Carroll's return would could only be a good move for the club and fans. Sister Josepha, who has been a Toon fan for 37 years, said: "I think Andy coming back would be great - he certainly was very popular with the fans when he was here. …

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