It looks like Newcastle fans will today be saying goodbye to another hero. The feeling deep in my stomach, the veil of depression clouding my thoughts, these feelings have become all too familiar over the last few months.
Sometimes when a player leaves you know it's for the best, in some cases (Jenas, Owen...) its great to see the back of them! Recently at Newcastle United though it has been a case of losing players you admire, respect and love. In wishing them farewell you are also saying goodbye to hope and ambition.
The sight of Enrique and Carroll in Liverpool shirts makes me feel nauseous, the thought of Barton in a QPR shirt lining up against us on September 12th is sickening. How long before Tiote or Coloccini are sold too?
There is, thankfully, one thing that even Mike Ashley can't sell off—memories of these players will survive. Sticking with the club through relegation, driving us to promotion and then to safety allowed these players to create moments in Newcastle United history that will be remembered for years to come.
Here is a slideshow of my fondest footballing memories of Andy Carroll, Jose Enrique, Kevin Nolan & Joey Barton.