Five of football's toughest returns

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Andy Carroll has admitted he's nervous ahead of his return to Newcastle United this weekend.

The England international will make his first return to the north east since his departure during last year's January transfer window. It was a contentious £35 million move to Anfield, with Carroll seen as the jewel in a potential future Magpies crown.

Despite the Toon promising not to sell Carroll, the striker left amidst massive expectations at Liverpool. He returns to his former club expecting a hostile reception, with the Reds sitting behind Newcastle in the Premier League table.

Therefore, GMF thought it ideal timing to look back at some other difficult returns across the years…

Harry Redknapp
Portsmouth 4-1 Southampton
April 24, 2005

Redknapp made the switch from Fratton Park to Southampton in 2004, and in a tough relegation run-in, took on his former side back at his old stomping ground.

Pompey turned on the style and drove a stake through Saint's survival hopes with a 4-1 win. Furthermore, Redknapp endured a barrel of abuse from the home faithful, who were quick to remind him where his club were heading.

The 64-year-old subsequently returned to the club later that year, guiding them to the most successful period in their history.

Marvin Morgan
Aldershot Town 1-0 Shrewsbury Town
December 10, 2011

After becoming a fans' favourite at Aldershot, Morgan reacted to being booed during defeat to Hereford United by telling supporters on Twitter that they could all die.

The striker was subsequently transfer listed, and after moving to Dagenham & Redbridge, joined Shrewsbury Town in the summer.

Upon his return last December, Morgan was subject to droves of abuse from the home faithful, during a quiet afternoon.

Rio Ferdinand
Leeds United 1-0 Manchester United
September 14, 2002

Ferdinand's move to Old Trafford smashed the British transfer record, but once their fixtures for the new season were released, all eyes were on his return to Elland Road.

A chorus of boos for the England international were replaced by cheers at the full-time whistle, as Harry Kewell headed Leeds' winner.

Sol Campbell
Portsmouth 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur
September 28, 2008

Campbell was feeling the repercussions of his move to Arsenal even during his days with Portsmouth, and the north London contingent went over the top with their abuse in 2008.

Chants of a homophobic nature were adjudged to have been hurled towards Campbell during the game between Pompey and Tottenham, leaving the defender feeling 'victimised'.

It was the first case of this nature where convictions were handed out, and was very much the straw that broke the camels back in terms of dealing with terrace abuse.

Wayne Rooney
Everton 0-2 Manchester United
February 19, 2005

Even though Rooney was a known supporter of the Toffees, a move to Manchester United appeared too good to turn down for the England star, and later in his first season he had the ideal opportunity to show his worth.

The Goodison Park faithful considered the move as one of the greatest acts of betrayal, and it was a move they showed nothing but bitterness towards.

Booing has since accompanied each of Rooney's visits back to Merseyside, as his success at United has continued.

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