Legendary Newcastle pub The Strawberry in name change tribute to influx of French players

The Strawberry, legendary Newcastle United-themed pub situated just across the road from St. James' Park, is re-Christened 'La Fraise' to honour the recent influx of French signings at the club.

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AN influx of French signings at Newcastle United has prompted a nearby pub to re-name itself to make the players feel at home.

The Strawberry, a legendary Newcastle United-themed pub situated just yards from St James' Park has been re-christened 'La Fraise' to honour the club's latest signings.

The historic pub now has a Francophile ring to its name after Alan Pardew signed four French players in the January transfer window - Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa Yoan Gouffran, and Massadio Haidara.

The arrivals have increased the number of Frenchmen in manager Alan Pardew's squad to ten, along with several French-speaking players.

The latest signings mean that Newcastle could be re-christened 'Armée de Ville'

instead of the Toon Army as they could even side a team of entirely French players, with the exception of their goalkeeper Tim Krul - who is Dutch.

The Magpies are also planning on signing Moussa Sissoko from French Ligue 1 side Toulouse.

The re-named Strawberry was unveiled this afternoon (FRI) when owner Michael Hill put up a banner to replace the pub's traditional English name.

Caroline Armstrong, co-owner of the Strawberry, said: "It's all tongue in cheek.

"We've had such an influx of French players, so we wanted to welcome the new contingent and make them feel at home.

"Michael put the banner up today.

"We have got a lot of French players now, but the fans are pleased with the signings and are glad that we're actually spending some money on some good players.

"We could start serving more French beers- we've got Kronenburg at the moment, and I suppose maybe even French food - watch this space."

 

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5:39pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Voice-of-reality says...

But no doubt a majority of Toon supporters will vote to leave the EU in the 2017 referendum...
But no doubt a majority of Toon supporters will vote to leave the EU in the 2017 referendum... Voice-of-reality
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7:07pm Fri 25 Jan 13

The Fuhrer says...

Alan Pardew today gives his team talk "Listen carefully, I will say zis only wurnce"
Alan Pardew today gives his team talk "Listen carefully, I will say zis only wurnce" The Fuhrer
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8:59am Sat 26 Jan 13

greenfinger says...

i thought it would the Black horse!
i thought it would the Black horse! greenfinger
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7:34pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Brighouseandback says...

...and the ground has been re named
"Le Parc du Frog!!
...and the ground has been re named "Le Parc du Frog!! Brighouseandback
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8:18pm Sat 26 Jan 13

WAL666 says...

Guess next season it'll need to be renamed again "Le Championship"
Guess next season it'll need to be renamed again "Le Championship" WAL666
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4:21pm Sun 27 Jan 13

borocoffindodger says...

Any one know what is french for stottie cake bonny lass?
Any one know what is french for stottie cake bonny lass? borocoffindodger
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5:47pm Mon 28 Jan 13

pxatkins says...

You mean renamed, not re-Christened
You mean renamed, not re-Christened pxatkins
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