Major Newcastle News Stories – 20th June – 2007

Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today – in no particular order of priority.

The big news today is the shocking attack by masked gunmen on Oba Martins and his friend in Lagos, Nigeria on Monday evening.  Oba’s lucky to be alive – if the truth be told.


  • Terrible attack on Oba Martins in Lagos, Nigeria on Monday night when masked gunmen opened fire on his Mercedes car while he was at a petrol station. Oba was lucky he wasn’t killed. This is a shocking incident – and we’ve tried to report the bare facts – from the Sun’s initial report.  Hopefully the Police will be able to trace the gunmen down.

    Oba Martins

  • Lots of coverage of Alan Shearer’s remarks on Craig Bellamy and that he had to have quite a few more drinks when he heard Newcastle may be after Bellamy. We have a story looking at whether this was an appropriate remark – in case Sam does indeed pursue Craig – which we doubt.

    Craig Bellamy

  • We have a couple of stories on transfer updates at Newcastle. One is on David Rozehnal – who we seem to be ready to sign after Dortmund have reportedly pulled out of the bidding. We also take a look look at other center-backs we can go after – and take another look at the situation and chances of getting left back Nicky Shorey.

    David Rozehnal

  • The other transfer update is on Habib Beye and Bakari Sagna – two full backs we seem to be continually linked with. We take a look at them and our chances of getting them to Newcastle in the summer.  They seem two top caliber defenders we are linked with – which is why we are particularly interested.

    Bakari Sagna

  • Here’s a quote from Gordon Strachan – the Celtic manager – who has always seemed to have trouble with reporter’s questions and has little patience for stupid questions – which he gets a lot of.

    Reporter: Bang, there goes your unbeaten run. Can you take it?
    Strachan: No, I’m just going to crumble like a wreck. I’ll go home, become an alcoholic and maybe jump off a bridge.

 As we get new and worthwhile Newcastle news during the rest of the day we’ll add these to this report. 

We’d appreciate your comments on these stories.

5 comments so far

  • Soren

    Jun 20, 2007 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Strachan always good for a laugh 😀

  • magpie07

    Jun 20, 2007 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #2

    we all seem to be getting right excited by the maybe maybe not, please hurry up transfer of David Rozehnal. i agree we now need cover at the back CB especially, but this chap has never played in the PL i will not get excited about this transfer over than a squad player until he puts in 10 solid games in a row.

    i personally think we need to concerntrate our efforts on hypia, a proven CB, yes he has the legs for 2 years at the most but think of the rub off on Taylor that surely is the ultimate goal???

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 20, 2007 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #3

    magpie07 – agree with your comment on Hyypia – Sam wants him for his experience – we think a wise move by Sam. The Rozehnal thing is really dragging out – why do these things take so long?

  • nightfall

    Jun 20, 2007 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #4

    who knows…i guess rozehnal doesn’t really care where he plays next season…
    btw…NU fans from england…good luck in today’s U21 semis…

  • magpie07

    Jun 20, 2007 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #5

    cheers nightfall, hopefully a milner hat-trick and a 35 yarder from taylor pure thunderbolt.

    cant believe the kick off time off 5:15pm our time though, means i have to go to the pub straight from work 😉


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