Hull City 1 Newcastle United 0: Highlights Video



Here are the highlights from the Hull City vs Newcastle United game yesterday.

Result: Hull City 1 – Newcastle United 0 (Pre-season friendly, August 1st, 2007)

Hull City – Newcastle Highlights Video

9 comments so far

  • Dave

    Aug 2, 2007 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Lowlights would have been the better title.

    Man it was dull and there were some real lack lustre performances. Matty P was rubbish, don’t know whats up with him recently. Zog was nowhere near the form of the last couple of games, Fullham worries? The brightest by far was Oba, just a pity he scuffed his ONE shot, his touch is improving and a few lovely runs.

    I wonder if they all thought “Hull…can’t be bothered”.

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 2, 2007 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #2

    Not sure what’s wrong with Matty – he’s lost his shine for some reason – he looked a very good player a season or two back.

  • Dave

    Aug 2, 2007 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Too many pies. A seasons worth of pies can knock the hell out of a player. I’d have been the next Shearer and Sam’d still be playing if it hadn’t been for the pies 🙂

  • WelshWizard

    Aug 2, 2007 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Alan Smith in talks with NUFC – on skysports now…. Good player for me..

  • paul p

    Aug 2, 2007 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5

    interesting interview with Chris Mort. Exactly what I asked him when I emailed him and he has responded with this.

    Chris Mort’s honeymoon as Newcastle United chairman has not lasted long but, as he told Luke Edwards, he is only just starting to get his hands warm as he attempts to end the decades of under-achievement at St James’s Park.

    EVERY long journey begins with a single step and the man charged with the task of leading Newcastle United towards an exciting new era is more concerned with making the first move forward than where it might end up.

    Chris Mort does not have the charisma of some Premier League chairmen and he does not have the football experience of others, but what he does have is a sharp mind and proven business acumen.

    A lawyer by trade, Mort does not hurry his words or his judgements, he is careful and considered in his approach, but a cool exterior hides a burning determination to succeed.

    Those expecting a rollercoaster ride of fast spending, showbiz signings and delicious soundbites might be disappointed with Newcastle’s new chairman, but those who want to see their football club finally have clear direction and a long-term plan should be thrilled by his presence in the boardroom. It is sometimes said a marriage heads downhill as soon as the honeymoon starts and, while Mort has no intention of ending his relationship with Newcastle in an acrimonious divorce, he will perhaps have some sympathy with those sentiments.

    Story continues


    Barely were the new man’s feet under the desk in his new office when the first whispers of criticism began to be heard. He was criticised for a lack of spending in the transfer market as Sam Allardyce struggled to sign the defenders his squad desperately needs, sniped at for failing to move his family home to the North-East and questioned about his long-term commitment to the club, with rumours buzzing around the City that owner Mike Ashley would look to sell the club at a profit as quickly as possible.

    “It is not a short-term project for Mike Ashley or myself and I want to put that to bed straight away,” said Mort, who has revealed he will spend the majority of his time in his office at St James’s Park, despite keeping his family home in London. “If you look at the companies Mike has bought, like Dunlop and Slazenger, he has developed them over a period of 20 years.

    “He does small investments like he did in adidas, which he then sells on, but that is not a whole business, it’s a minority stake. He has bought an entire asset here and the plan is to develop it over a lengthy period of time, not turn things around quickly and sell it on again.

    “We are here for the long term, this is a long-term project. We are looking at how to take the club forward over various timescales. We are looking at the short term, which is making sure the team is a strong as possible for the start of the Premier League season, which means getting the squad and staff right.

    “Then there is the longer time frame, like property development, which we haven’t really looked at yet at all. We have to get the foundations right here to sustain long-term goals.”

    Although long-term goals are fine, it is the strength of the squad for an assault on the Premier League on which Mort and manager Sam Allardyce will first be judged. With rumours of financial trouble limiting the funds made available to the manager and even talk of tension between the two men, Mort confirmed the club’s debt – perhaps conservatively estimated at £80m – is larger than they first believed. He was careful not to openly criticise the club’s former owners, but there was also the clear inference that things would be better managed in the future.

    There was also an overt pledge that the necessary money would be made available to Allardyce to buy the players he wants. Mort said: “The calibre of player we want to bring in is someone with a lot of Premiership experience or Champions League experience and they are in short supply. We are at a stage where we don’t want to just bring players in to add to the squad, we want players who are going to be in the first team. We are not just trying to add numbers, we are trying to add quality. I think Sam and I are not that focused on the money side of things, we are just trying to bring in the right people. We are conscious we don’t want to overpay, or panic buy and so we are managing our funds properly. But we both know we are going to have to pay decent money to bring decent players in. We are certainly willing to spend the money we have to strengthen the squad and we are close to bringing in two or three players before the start of the season.”

    He continued: “The debt was certainly higher than we thought. The club’s finances were not in as strong a position as we first thought when we arrived, but that’s something we will work with over a period of time. It obviously wasn’t a positive thing to find out that the business isn’t in as good a financial health as we believed. It’s not a criticism of the previous regime, their heart was in the right place to do what they could to bring success to the club, but we’ll look at the debt and get it to a level which is suitable for the size of the club and its revenue.

    “It has not been a hindrance to what we are doing in the transfer market and for me the two are separate. We are doing lots of things on the financial side and buying players is just one of those, the debt is another. The debt has not stopped us from trying to buy the players we want to improve the squad.”

    There were also further assurances for Allardyce he will be given the chance to construct the firm foundations needed to sustain long-term success at the club. Mort added: “The aim is to win that first trophy, of course, but we are not setting Sam any specific goals for this season or beyond. We appreciate there is lots of work to do with the squad and behind the scenes in terms of backroom staff support.

    “We want to be heading in the right direction in the Premiership, but we haven’t said we want this finish or that finish. We want to have a team which is tough to beat and who other teams are wary of, but this is going to be a gradual process. Our ambitions are to take the club back into Europe, but this is just the first step forward. We are getting the foundations in place in the first team, but also across the whole of the club. We are not focusing too much on what happens in the first few weeks and months

  • paul p

    Aug 2, 2007 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #6

    why alan smith?? he is not a midfielder. everyone no’s that, there is better midfielders than alan smith for one. mikel arteta, he is better, kevin nolan, david bentley, just does not add up.!!

  • Hammy

    Aug 2, 2007 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #7

    we seem to have many quality midfielders….how many do we need???????
    where are the fullbacks and centre half we are desperate for?

  • ToonKing

    Aug 2, 2007 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #8

    It was a boring game, but too cheer u guys up take a look at this :

    Hilarious – he just keeps on running !!!!

  • Hammy

    Aug 2, 2007 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #9

    Nice one toonking…….Taylor not fancy going for the Olympic 400m’s?


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