To kick off our new feature, Cult Corner. We take a look at Nobby Solano, a fan favourite at Newcastle.
The self proclaimed ‘adoptive Geordie’ enjoyed a fantastic spell at the Tyneside club. During his first spell at the club, he captured the hearts of the fans and his teammates alike. Keiron Dyer recently stating that if Nobby had pace, he would be one of the worlds greatest talents.
The midfielder was usually deployed on the right hand side of a 4, utilising his passing abilities and dead ball skills. The first ever Peruvian player, who also appeared in an FA Cup final in 1999.
Solano was not just loved in Newcastle for his playing skills, the Peruvian was an accomplished trumpet player. He famously admitted to phoning former Newcastle boss Sir Bobby Robson, play the trumpet down the phone to him and hang up.
A fantastic character, a personality in the dressing room. Loved by all, his off field personality resonated on the pitch. Playing the game with sheer joy and flair, showing off the technique he so clearly worked hard to achieve. Something fans of Newcastle show a real appreciation for.
Despite this, his relationship was apparently strained with the late Sir Bobby, and decided it was best he moved to Aston Villa. This move lasted only 18 months as he cited a return to the north-east. His rapport with the fans had barely withered as he admitted his heart was always in Newcastle.
He soon returned and was deployed at right back by then boss Glenn Roeder, hacing had previous in the position. The love affair didn’t last long, as it was only just over 18 months as he decided his family would be happier closer to London and left to join West Ham.
Solano has now decided to take the route of coaching, recently asking current Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez for some tips. He has claimed his dream is to take Peru to another World Cup. But who is to say he won’t one day he won’t one day return to Tyneside and deliver the trophy that eluded him during his playing days at Newcastle?