Jamie Ralph is from Galway, Ireland and supports Newell’s Old Boys, Argentina.
In this episode, I speak to Jamie Ralph who lives in Galway, Ireland, about his journey with Newell’s Old BoysHis journey started in the most unique way. He’s been a Tottenham Hotspur fan from the age of six.
Jamie heard Mauricio Pochettino (then Spurs manager) in an interview say that he was ready for his first North London Derby since he had played and scored in the Clásico Rosarino for Newell’s Old Boys. That piqued Jamie’s interest. He researched the club and the derby, ultimately leading him to follow the club for close to 5 years now.
Jamie took me through the history of the club. How they came to be called the Lepers and their rivalry with Rosario Central. He went on goes on to explain to me the campaign of the ‘Returning Hero’ in Argentine football. Messi got his start at Newell’s, and has always said he will return to play for them someday.
He discussed a few names that he’s looking forward to seeing in the years to come and the joy of getting to watch future stars in action when you watch Argentine football.
Lisandro Martínez, now at Ajax, is the player Jamie feels deserves a bit more praise and time at Newell’s.
He spoke to me about his trip to Rosario, the matchday experience, Maradona and being blamed for bringing the luck of the Irish to Newell’s.
We discussed former coach Marcelo Bielsa, now hailed as a hero at Leeds United, for bringing them back to the Premier League and how thousands of Leeds fans are now being introduced to Newell’s because of him. Much like Jamie was through Pochettino.
I got a chance to discuss with Jamie the common traits and personalities of Bielsa, Messi and Pochettino.
And finally I asked Jamie what this journey has meant to him, he considers himself blessed to have made all these friendships and lucky to call himself a ‘Leper’ now. And would like to someday get the chance to thank Pochettino for introducing him to the club.
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