Dennis Wise is somebody who unites Newcastle United fans like few others.
For supporters with a few years on the clock he is remembered as a player who was hated more than any other.
When Mike Ashley announced him as a key employee at NUFC in January 2008, fans were stunned, to say the least.
Only the presence of Kevin Keegan averted a massive meltdown, Keegan having been announced as manager only days earlier and reassuring Newcastle fans that he had the final say on anything important, such as transfers…
It later emerged that Dennis Wise had been working for Mike Ashley before Keegan’s appointment and had indeed been part of the process when KK was being interviewed for the Newcastle job.
Of course later in 2008 it all fell apart, those Newcastle fans who had been too young to hate Dennis Wise in his playing days, now knew exactly what a despicable character he is.
These next 11 years have increasingly cemented that, as Dennis Wise has repeatedly attacked Newcastle fans and gone to any lengths he can do to defend Mike Ashley, with Sky Sports the usual platform for him to deliver his poison.
Pete Graves is a Sky Sports presenter of many years and a Newcastle fan for even longer.
On Thursday evening he used his Twitter account to put up a photo of himself with Dennis Wise and Paul Ince at an England themed event, using the words ‘Legends’ and ‘Icons’…
The Sky Sports man putting this up before then deleting and then defending/explaining himself…after Newcastle fans savaged him (see below).
Dennis Wise and ‘Icon’ and ‘Legend’, no Newcastle fan would say that, or indeed any England fan, the only people who would use the words in connection with Wise are Chelsea fans and that says it all.
Pete Graves of Sky Sports:
“It seems I upset the whole city with one pic.
“I’ll be back in Newcastle by 3am, so if anyone wants to pelt me with rotten fruit I’ll be ready.”
“It was an England “legends” dinner.
“Dennis was rightly applauded into the room by the many Chelsea fans who saw him lift numerous trophies as captain.
“NUFC didn’t cross my mind till I saw I had a zillion mentions on here. Mainly positive.
“As I explained it was a “legends” dinner…
“Anyway I’m with my friend KK on Thursday, so I’ll be sure to post the video of him setting me straight.
“Genuinely didn’t mean to offend people tho.
“I have many friends who NUFC fans despise. Comes with the territory I’m afraid.”
‘Pete, Come on man you knew exactly the reaction. You also know what your mate Dennis said about the entire fan base.
What did you really expect.’
‘Just don’t share a taxi with him.’
Indy for Northumbria:
‘Its called Judgement Pete. And on this occasion yours deserted you.’
‘Dennis Wise can’t have been one of the best players you ever saw! That was the hardest part to accept.’
‘Not your best tweet to be fair. NUFC fans are checking Twitter for news of a takeover – they don’t really want to see pics of Dennis Wise!
You know as well as anyone how he is viewed up here and you’ve read Keegans book. What were you thinking?’
‘It’s not the picture, it’s referring to him as a legend and an icon that’s offensive. Let’s not play the victim now..’
‘He knew exactly what he was up too. Richard Keysesque
They thrive on it. Be fine tho he will post a picture of him as a bairn in a Newcastle top…’
‘You’ve had a shocker Pete. How can you call the poisonous dwarf a legend.’
‘Can’t say i’m a fan like you, if you don’t see what’s wrong with this.’
‘What is it they say don’t mix with the enemy and that’s what you were doing Dennis Wise is the most hated man in Newcastle apart from Ashley of course.’
‘You deliberately added the #NUFC and the say what you like comment. You knew you were goading. 1/10 for the poor Pete climbdown. You knew what you were doing.’
‘You should of expected that though Pete, he is hated up here and you know that.’
‘The sight of him should be enough for NUFC to cross your mind tbf Pete Graves If you’d have kicked the box from under him which he was standing on, and recorded it, you’d have been the legend and the reaction would have been a hell of a lot different!’
‘I’ve never forgotten what he was part of, what he did and how he treat #nufc Pete, so am astonished that you appear to have done.
Understand it’s your job to present – but importantly it was your own personal choice to post and write that.
Poor poor personal choice.’
“England Legend” 21 Games and 1 goal in 9 years.
He was FAR from a legend.’