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Gordon (Anthony)

24 Feb 2001



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England U21

Aged just 21 years old at the time of joining Newcastle United, Anthony left an Everton club under a cloud after allegedly going on strike for 3 days and handing in a transfer request for force a move to the Magpies.

At the time of leaving the Toffees, Everton were in complete disarray, second bottom of the Premier League and unable to sign players having broken FFP rules a year before. A run of losses just before Anthony left had lead to Frank Lampard getting sacked and the players repeatedly booed off the pitch. Indeed after his last game at Goodison, Gordon couldn't get his car away from the ground for being surrounded by angry fans who shouted 'you're not fit to wear the shirt' and 'get out of our club' at the young lad.

For a local lad, who had joined the club at the age of 11 and who had been the subject of a £60m bit from Chelsea just 6 months before, it certainly must have felt like time to move on.

A 'full blooded' player, who'd managed to get in face of a few of Newcastle's players on his previous visit to SJP, his energy and desire to win would certainly have attracted manager Eddie Howe (even if he would have to kiss and make up with several in the dressing room on his first day).

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