Dec
13
2011

A Winter Tale

What can be taken from the Norwich defeat? Not a huge amount except that in January new defensive recruits are required and that bookings are going to affect this team unless discipline is reigned in to stop the cards flying from referee’s pockets. Swansea, West Brom and Bolton await. If Alan Pardew wants to maintain a stake in the top seven then all three teams must be put to the sword. 9 points would practically […]

Nov
27
2011

Krul Devils Display

As so many shoppers go about preparing for a busy Christmas, many footballing eyes from Europe’s top clubs will now be looking towards Newcastle United’s Tim Krul. The young Dutch international pulled out a string of top drawer saves yesterday vs Manchester United, helping Newcastle United to a 1-1 draw against the Red Devils and also making his opposite number David De Gea’s price tag seem even more absurd. When Javier Hernandez bundled over Wayne […]

Nov
24
2011

Nicky Butt – Player to Manager?

Nicky Butt took some settling down at St James’ Park. In those early days we didn’t see him as a future manager, but then we didn’t really believe Alan Pardew would have us somewhere north of a Europe spot already, especially as he’d played for ten southern clubs and managed four. It takes time to win us over, but if a player or manager does, we’ll support him for as long as he stays with […]

Nov
22
2011

Clinical City Slickers

The winning streak has ended, Ben Arfa has returned, and ladies and gentlemen Nile Ranger has left the building. A Manchester City squad of overpaid big names and frustrated mega stars of world football found it took forty one minutes for the Magpies defence to be breached, continuing to add another two more goals to give them a comfortable lead, and then out of nowhere, the often “forgotten man” Dan Gosling scored a late consolation […]

Nov
15
2011

Sports Direct Arena @ MagpieFuture.com?

119 years on and the title of St James’ Park is to be replaced with a sports goods retailer. How proud we are as supporters to see this surprise thrown at us! Ashley has crossed the line here according to most fans, the naming rights change was all very sudden and was it really called for right now just when the team was doing well and another distraction wasn’t required. The logic and reasoning behind […]

Nov
8
2011

Ever On and Up

Everton were put to the sword at St James’ Park in an enthralling end to end game of attacking football infront of over 50,000 fans while the Magpies moved into second place in the Premier League (at least for a few hours). In typical Everton fashion the match was not over until the final whistle blew. Alan Pardew used his bench very well in keeping a tired and injured Cabaye, Best and Marveaux on long […]

Nov
3
2011

Dare to Believe

November has rolled around and the ghosts of all hollows have not come out to frighten a Newcastle team that has insured their best league start in over sixty one years. Still undefeated in the league and now the only team to have gone to Stoke on Trent and won, I could go on with the records and achievements but it is more important to focus on the true reality of the situation facing us. […]

Oct
26
2011

Yohan Cabaye

Yohan Cabaye after scoring the winner vs Wigan 22/10/11 D.O.B: 14th January 1986 (now 25) Birthplace: Tourcoing, France Height: 5ft 9in Playing Position: Central Midfielder Youth Career: Tourcoing 1992 – 1998 Lille OSC 1998 – 2004 Senior Career: Lille OSC 2004 – 2011 Newcastle United 2011 – Present International Career: France ( 8 caps ) Yohan Cabaye Captioned as the Kevin Nolan replacement upon arrival, Yohan Cabaye’s stature at the club couldn’t have grown more in his first […]

Oct
25
2011

New Found Pressure

Eight players have started every game for the Magpies this season, a level of stability not seen around St James’ Park for a considerable period of time. Consistency has been key, coupled with a fully fit and eager squad which grind out results. The Wigan game proved something significant about this squad, that they have the self belief to not just accept not losing is good enough but that winning is everything. A true team […]

Oct
18
2011

Perched Pretty

Footballers play for the money not the shirt. Benoit Assou-Ekotto The Tottenham defender’s words were responded to within twenty four hours by a Newcastle United team that again proved they are playing for more than money or a shirt, but pride in themselves, the fans and what they represent. This team is showing guile, girt and determination not seen around St James’ Park for a very long time. Neither team deserved to lose and both […]

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