The summer months should be a time to enjoy the weather and spend some time with a family that generally will not see you from August through until May when the football season is in full swing. However, for many of us Toon fans, June and July cannot pass quickly enough. We didn’t have a great season last year, so we’re itching to see the lads put things right. As there’s been no domestic footy [...]
Football managers celebrate goals in very different ways; there are the Rafa Benítez’s of this world that barely a muster a smile at even the greatest of goals; there are the José Mourinho’s who sprint down the touchline, sliding on knees purely to wind up the opposition. Then there is Alan Pardew, a manager so immersed in the game that for just a small moment forgets he is a football manager and becomes one of [...]
Before Christmas, Newcastle were a team struggling for ideas and looked destined for a long hard slog against relegation; however, the January transfer window was approaching, giving Alan Pardew the opportunity to add numbers to his injury depleted squad. By the end of the month, Pardew had brought in no fewer than five players from the French top flight – all of whom have featured in the first team. Let’s take a look at [...]
So now that the dust has settled on our second season back in the Barclay’s Premier League, we can look back, take a deep breath and say “howay the lads!” what a season it was! Let’s be honest; even the most optimistic of fans weren’t hoping for much from Alan Pardew’s first full season in charge. Carroll had gone in the January of the season before and our skipper and talisman Kevin Nolan was allowed [...]
Newcastle landed Papiss Cisse during this years transfer window in a £10 million deal from Bundesliga side Freiburg. The most prolific African in German football will form part of a “two Demba’s” strike partnership with this season’s top goalscorer Demba Ba and was issued the fabled number nine shirt. Whether the Senegal international will prove to be a success on Tyneside will only become apparent over time but there are others we know who have [...]
Who would have thought Newcastle would be the first to break the bank in the January transfer window! Bienvenue Papiss Cisse and now this team can work and move forward into the latter half of the season. QPR were taken care of by Leon Best in a dull and forgettable match that showcased Best’s ability and lack of fitness as well as Ben Arfa’s headless running and constant losing of possession. This team faces a [...]
Two wonder strikes send the Magpies into the next round of the FA cup and at this moment in time it is hard to imagine that this is not some kind of dream. No bust ups, no extreme controversy, no erratic results, is this really Newcastle United? The team has not only scrapped the image of old but is also playing entertaining football and more importantly winning. First the defending champions and now the team [...]
Last night, Newcastle United FC gave what can only be described as a “Total Football” performance against a Manchester United team lacking in any real substance or passion. Michael Carrick and Ryan Giggs were torn to shreds by the grit and tenacity of Tiote and Cabaye while Jonas and Taylor suppressed Patrice Evra and Antonio Valencia in their own half. Dimitar Berbatov was totally shut out while Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones showed nothing but [...]
Last Friday Steven Gerrard showed the footballing world what he has done and can still do when fit, unfortunately Newcastle United’s defence and midfield were the victims of his talent. With Liverpool behind us and new injuries to address, Alan Pardew must be wondering if January might be a good time to add some experience to a team that will face Manchester United with either Sammy Ameobi or Shane Ferguson in the starting eleven. With less than 20 [...]
Three victories from a remaining twenty games will more than likely cement the Magpies a place in the EPL for 2012/13. The fight and energy shown in the early part of the season came back in abundance against Bolton, and once again a strong determination to not let the opposition score was on show. The back four, enhanced by Mike Williamson’s return, shut out a Bolton Wanderers attack that looked blunt and limited. With two [...]
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