Crystal Palace’s Peter Ramage hopes to face old club Newcastle Utd

Peter Ramage
Peter Ramage

PETER Ramage is hoping to come in from the cold against his former club Newcastle United at Selhurst Park.

The defender hasn’t played for Crystal Palace for more than a year.

And Ramage - who started his career at St James’s Park - isn’t in the club’s 25-man Premier League squad.

But the boyhood Newcastle fan - who spent last season on loan at Barnsley - could be involved in tonight’s third-round Capital One Cup tie.

“You always dream of getting Newcastle in the cup - it’s a tie I always want to have from a personal point of view,” Ramage said.

“It was nice to see the teams drawn together.

“I’m not in the 25, so when these games come around it’s an opportunity to play.

“It’s a game I’d love to play in, but the team’s more important. The players in the 25 need to be fit and ready to play.”

Ramage was back at St James’s Park late last month to watch his Palace team-mates take on Newcastle in the Premier League.

The 3-3 draw ended in dramatic fashion, with Mike Williamson’s 88th-minute goal being cancelled out by an injury-time strike from Wilfried Zaha.

“It was a typical St James’s Park game - the kind I was brought up watching,” said Ramage.

“It was entertaining with lots of chances. It was a really good game to watch.

“Hopefully, this one will be just as entertaining, but I want my team to progress.”

Warnock, in his second spell at the club, now has his feet back under the table at Selhurst Park, and Palace beat Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park at the weekend.

“We did really well last season - the boys were magnificent in the second half of the season,” said Ramage, previously managed by Warnock at Queens Park Rangers.

“We’ve got that kind of group - the players have a never-say-die attitude, and there are no cliques in the dressing room.

“We’ve now got that solidity back which we had last season, which is good to see.”

l NEWCASTLE United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman has told of his pride after being handed the captain’s armband for England’s Under-18 fixture against Italy in Caorle this afternoon.

“It’s amazing really,” said Woodman. “I was captain for the Under 16s against Germany, and to get it again is amazing – a dream come true. It’s a bit of a cliche but it means everything to me.

“I try to act like a captain whenever I come away and be a leader on the pitch, now I’ve got the armband and it feels great.”

The 17-year-old is on a month’s loan at Hartlepool United.