Fabian Schar was announced as a Newcastle United player one year ago today, and in the following 12 months, he has become a favourite with Toon fans.

The £3.5 million man struggled to cement a place in the first team at the start of his Newcastle career, starting just one game from the first 10, but subsequently started 21 of the next 28, with three of those that he missed due to suspensions.

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He scored Newcastle’s goal of the season – which also won Match Of The Day’s goal of the month – for his 25 yard thunderbolt, that went in off the post at the Leazes End, against Burnley.

But he made most headlines last season for what happened when he played for Switzerland against Georgia.

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He was involved in a serious clash of heads that knocked him unconscious, but remarkably was allowed to return to the field and finish the game.

The incident brought football’s rules surrounding concussion prorotcols to the fore, with Alan Shearer, and advocate for the subject to be taken more seriously, heavily criticising the Swiss football authorities for not taking him off immediately.

The Swiss international is loved by Newcastle fans

But Schar is now a cult hero on Tyneside, and has even been afforded the honour of having his own chant to the tune of Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart.

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It may have just been one year ago, but it was a time when fans were not thinking of protests and boycotts, and they were clearly ecstatic to have the centre-back at the club.

Here are some of the reactions to the announcement of his signing last year.

 
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