Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today – in no particular order of priority.
- News today that Titus Bramble will be signing for Wigan Athletic on Monday in new manager Chris Hutchings first signing for the club. Bramble was at Newcastle for five years since Bobby Robson signed him from his old club Ipswich Town – and was never accepted by a lot of our fans. We wish him the best at Wigan.
- Michael Owen played a substantial part of the England game against Brazil =- when with any luck England would have won 1-0. Brazil equalized in the 92nd minute – a pity because England needed the win for confidence. Nicky Shorey looked an excellent left back – better defensively than Cole. Also – for once Gerrard and Lampard both looked good together – with Gerrard looking like a man possessed with some of his great defending – what a player!
Owen still looked short of match practice and it’s going to take him quite a few games to get back to full fitness. Dyer came on after 60 minutes and showed some flashes. David Beckham looked great – he has matured so much – and after being messed around by McClaren showed no malice at all. His cross for Terry’s great goal was just …. perfect. Not sure going to LA Galaxy is the right decision now that he can obviously play quite a few more games for England. His free kick in the first half missed by inches. David did himself a lot of good last night. He needs to get with a manager who could have prolonged his career in top class football – because MLS is not too good. Interesting to see what happens now with Beckham.
- News today that Craig Bellamy will be the new captain of Wales – given Ryan Giggs’ retirement from International Football. A strange choice to say the least – Craig will need to behave himself – but maybe it will also help him to mature more quickly – which is what he needs to do. Will be interesting to see where Craig ends up next season – but his price tag of â‚¤12M will not help
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