1. Mateofelipe

    Mateofelipe Member+

    Mar 10, 2001
    Spokane, WA
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com...-newman-death-sockers-mls-20180827-story.html

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    I have many fond Ron Newman memories. The awful 70s clothes. His wit. Sun Sentinel/Fort Lauderdale News columnist Bernie Lincicome, on Gerd Mueller's debut, compared him to a tree stump and said his feet appeared to be spreading roots. But when he had a breakout game, Henry Whatsit, on the WIOD post game show, observed to Ron that "Your tree stump did pretty good!" Ron replied, "Yeah, well, he's branching out, Henry." Classic. He was a player's coach. When George Best debuted for the Strikers, Newman took him off early because he wasn't 90 minutes fit yet. Besty being Besty took his shirt off and threw it at Newman. In the postgame show that night, Newman took it in stride and said that they would have a talk. There was a players strike one season that most players ignored, but Strikers rep Dennis Vaninger convinced the foreign players (almost all of them) that they might get deported if they don't observe the strike. So the Strikers became strikers. Ron scraped up a scab team with a short bench. He ran out of subs late in the game as the almost full strength Washington Diplomats were blasting the Strikers 4-0, so he put himself in. I can still hear the legendary Rick Weaver in my head saying, "And Ron Newman is coming into the game!" In that postgame show, a panting and weezing Newman observed, "We'll see tomorrow if the entire Washington side gets deported." And then, of course, he went on to great feats in the indoor game. He was a builder among builders. Their would be no 2010 The Goal, no Josef Martinez playing to 72,000 etc. but for Newman and his ilk. RIP, Coach.
     
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  2. Bill Archer

    Bill Archer BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 19, 2002
    Washington, NC
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Newman was from the time when soccer had characters and color and didnt take themselves too seriously.

    In short, it was fun. For them, for us.

    Mister we could use a man like Ron Newman again.

    Good trip, coach. Well done.
     
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  3. Mateofelipe

    Mateofelipe Member+

    Mar 10, 2001
    Spokane, WA
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Those were the days.
     
  4. barroldinho

    barroldinho Member+

    Man Utd and LA Galaxy
    England
    Aug 13, 2007
    Ex-pat in HB, CA
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    I wasn't born until the late seventies and had no reason to think about leaving England until the the mid '00s.

    This was good to read though. Seems like he made some fond memories. RIP.
     
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  5. Strikermansteve

    Feb 10, 2012
    Club:
    Ft Lauderdale Strikers
    One of a kind character, coach and ambassador for the game here in the USA...will be missed and never forgotten.
     

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