Tim Krul – once a Geordie, always a Geordie.
The former Newcastle United goalkeeper returned to St James’ Park last night, and once again received a warm welcome from the Toon Army.
The Dutchman was applauded by the Gallowgate end before the second half began, and he reciprocated by acknowledging the chants.
Krul nearly spoiled the night for Newcastle. He came narrowly close to saving Callum Wilson’s second half penalty. Fortunately, he didn’t get a strong enough hand on it.
Krul then showed his class at full time, handing his shirt to a disabled fan.
The 33-year-old is still loved up here for his years of service at Newcastle. He made his Toon debut as a teenager, and went on to become the club’s number one.
A huge injury in 2015 effectively ended his Newcastle career. He was then loaned out by Rafa Benitez, and never played for the Magpies again.
Perhaps he would still be with us if he hadn’t sustained that horrible knee injury.
But instead he was a visitor at St James’ Park last night, playing against Newcastle for just the fourth time as an opposition player.
It was no surprise to see Krul get a warm reception from Toon fans – he was a fantastic goalkeeper for us for many years.
But his act of kindness for a young fan shows what kind of man he is, and how highly he still thinks of Newcastle United and its supporters. Toon fans feel the same, and have praised the goalkeeper’s post-match actions.