The 2015 Premier League season had few memorable moments for Newcastle fans, but on the last day, they had something to remember from one of their cult heroes, Jonas Gutierrez.
Newcastle needed to beat West Ham at St James’ Park in the final game of the season, to guarantee survival in the top flight, and after a goalless first half, nerves were getting frayed.
But cometh the hour, cometh the man.
His long locks were no more, but short-haired Gutierrez decided to take things into his own hands in the 54th minute, when he whipped a pinpoint cross onto Moussa Sissoko’s head, who nodded home into the Gallowgate End net.
Then the moment most fans will remember. Gutierrez drilled a low show from 20 yards out, which somehow made its way through a number of players, before nestling into the bottom corner, with only five minutes remaining.
It was a hugely significant goal, both for the club, and the player.
Gutierrez has never lost his love for Toon fans
His goal and assist kept Newcastle in the Premier League, but it also capped an incredible comeback for the Argentine.
Having been diagnosed with testicular cancer and subsequently beating it, he had been through a bitter dispute with the club’s hierarchy over their treatment of him during his recuperation period.
But he never lost his love for the club, and more importantly the Geordie fans.
He left Newcastle that summer, but still remains a staunch fan, and there will not be a Toon supporter around who will not recall the sight of the topless Gutierrez wheeling away after that goal, swirling his black and white shirt in the air in sheer unadulterated joy.
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