Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Total Commitment to the Cause Was Shining Quality of a Magpie Warrior Fans and Players Adored; Chief Sports Writer Lee Ryder Pays Tribute to a Player He Got to Know Very Well during Seven Years at St James' Park

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Total Commitment to the Cause Was Shining Quality of a Magpie Warrior Fans and Players Adored; Chief Sports Writer Lee Ryder Pays Tribute to a Player He Got to Know Very Well during Seven Years at St James' Park

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CHEICK Tiote has lost his life at the tender age of just 30.

Incredibly, it is only 138 days since he pulled on a black-andwhite shirt for the final time in an FA Cup win over Birmingham City on Tyneside.

It seems like only yesterday he sat in the Bamburgh Suite at St James' Park and spoke enthusiastically about the type of player he wanted to be for the Newcastle United fans.

That was back in the summer of 2010, just a few weeks after he had signed from FC Twente in Holland.

Back then Tiote - or "Cheicky" as he was known to those closer to him - clasped one fist and punched into the opposite palm as he tried to find the right words to describe how he was going to play.

The Ivory Coast international was not wrong.

Tiote was always full-blooded and did not shirk tackles, sometimes to his cost.

Yet players will tell you they would rather play with him than against him - every time.

He would prove to be a player who excelled at Newcastle to the point Sir Alex Ferguson sent his brother Martin, one of his trusted scouts, to run the rule over the midfielder in action in 2012.

Tiote was full-did not tackles, to his Back then Tiote had just helped Newcastle finish fifth in the Premier LeE League as they narrowly missed out on a Champions League place.

He will be fondly remembered for his stunning strike against Arsenal which secured a 4-4 draw at St James' after the Magpies had been four down.

Papiss Cisse once said: "Even if he never scores again for Newcastle, he scored THAT goal!" As time went by Tiote got used to life in Newcastle and his English improved.

always and shirk sometimes cost RYDER When Newcastle won he would have a big smile on his face and he was as dejected as the fans were after defeats. He could be a joker too, often nominating team-mates to do interviews and shoving them in the direction of journalists after games. The African understood what it meant to play for the Magpies and made that clear ahead of a derby game in March 2012 when he said: "We have to win every tackle.

"If we have to die on the pitch to win, we have to die on the pitch, that is what we have to do to win the game. …

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