Ramage limitation required
By Ben Kosky PETER Ramage s parents were thrilled to witness his first career goal – but they might have mixed feelings if their son adds a second this week. The QPR right-back had clocked up more than 100 career appearances without finding the target bef
By Ben Kosky
PETER Ramage's parents were thrilled to witness his first career goal - but they might have mixed feelings if their son adds a second this week.
The QPR right-back had clocked up more than 100 career appearances without finding the target before his late equaliser on the opening day against Blackpool.
But the former Newcastle defender can expect stony silence rather than gleeful celebrations from his family should he do the unthinkable and score on his return to St James' Park.
"I don't think I'd make it out alive!" Ramage admitted. "I've got so many family and friends going to the game that I'd probably be disowned.
"To be honest, I didn't have any idea when my first goal was going to come - I thought I was going to be one of those players like Rob Jones who go through their entire career without scoring!
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"At least now I can say I scored one and it was especially nice that my mum and dad were there because they don't get to many games. I did try to claim the goal at first, but I can't deny it was a cross that went in.
"For obvious reasons, though, this is the one I've been looking forward to most of all. I make no secret of being a Newcastle fan and, if we have a day off, I still go to as many of their games as I can.
"I tried to get tickets for a couple of friends for the Blackpool game last week and they were sold out, so that shows what a big draw Newcastle still are. It'll be a great occasion for our fans."
Rangers will be making their first visit to St James' Park since April 1996, when Les Ferdinand featured in Newcastle's 2-1 win and helped push his old club closer to relegation.
The Magpies' own membership of the Premier League went unbroken until last season, when they went down in chaos and turmoil - yet their bid for an immediate return has begun much better than most expected.
And Ramage, who left his native north-east to sign for Rangers in 2008, declared: "With the quality Newcastle have got, it hasn't surprised me how they've started - those are mainly Premier League players out there.
"The acid test will be when they pick up a few injuries, which is bound to happen in a physical league like the Championship. But there are some good youngsters on the bench and I think they'll come through.
"Newcastle's expectations are similar to ours - to go up - but we've done quite well against the majority of the top teams since I've been here and we'll certainly be looking for three points at St James' Park.