Major Newcastle News Stories – 8th August – 2007

There are a number of stories in the news today regarding Newcastle but nothing particularly new on the transfer front.

We are still waiting to hear of Sam can persuade Drago from Sevilla to join us.

Once the Drago affair is settled one way or the other we wonder how many more players Sam will bring in. Including Drago (if we can get him) we think two in total. So that would mean Sam has brought in nine players if that turns out to be true.


  • An update on a charity run by Mark Allison from John O’ Groats to Land’s End on behalf of St. Benedict’s Hospice. Mark had this message on his web-site as he entered the county of Devon.

    “Another day, another county and another 9 miles done. It’s the coolest that it has been for ages and it looks like it’s raining over Tiverton 8.5 miles away. Thanks to today’s new sponsors. The current total is unbelievable!”

    Mark finishes this coming weekend and we’ll run this story for the rest of the week. We admire Mark’s guts and courage greatly – he’s doing a fine job and it reflects so well on him and Newcastle United – because Mark is an avid fan.
    Here’s Mark’s web site where he has a daily log and all kinds of good information about his fabulous effort. If you can contribute to Mark’s efforts please do so at this just giving site


    Mark Allison – Mark enter Devons – nearly there

  • An article on Stephen Carr today and he’s looking fitter than ever. We think Stephen has played quite well for Newcastle this pre-season and hope he can get back his past good form. It’s been a long time since Stephen was playing really well but we can only hope that this season under Sam’s guidance he can indeed return to his very best. 

    Stephen Carr – hopefully getting back to his best

  • An article today on how Albert Luque is supporting our new signing Jose Enrique. Being Spanish like Jose we think Albert can help him a lot. Albert also has to start helping himself and it was unfortunate news that he injured his groin again against Gateshead on Monday night. First thing is to get Albert 100% fit again – which he hasn’t been during his two seasons at the club. Another challenge for Big Sam. 

    Jose Enrique – Good support system set up at the club and headed by Albert Luque

  • We run an update on the situation with Ivaca Dragutinovic. We still don’t believe the news that says Drago has already signed a 4 year deal with Sevilla – because there has been no official word on that from Sevilla. The headlines may say that in articles but when you read the article nobody has confirmed that information. There is a statement on the Sevilla web-site apparently saying Drago may turn down Newcastle. If we were at Sevilla we may want to put that on the site too. But he may acccept Newcastle’s offer too – so that’s not telling us much. We think Sam still has to talk with Drago and then it’s up to Drago to make the decision. I would think it’s about 60-40 in our favor right now – but it’s close.

    Ivaca Dragutinovic – Decides today or tomorrow on Newcastle offer

  • We start a new trial piece today – Discussion Topic.
    The first topic of discussion is what should Newcastle’s team be for Saturday. We’ll see how this goes and then decide for our web update that we should be doing later this month if this will suffice for general discussion points or whether we need to do something more. We also put Newcaste United’s winning FA Cup team in there from 1955 and asked readers to name the players – haven’t seen any response to that yet. We know who they are – but that’s only because some of us are so old and actually saw the game    😀


    Newcastle United – 1955 FA Cup Winners – Can you name the players?

  • We report this morning on the unfortunate injury to goalkeeper Shay Given. Sam is quoted in the Journal this morning as saying he will take no chances with Shay and would like to clear up his groin problem once and for all. Steve Harper will be in goal on Saturday against Bolton and we have every confidence in Stephen. But it’s worrying about Shay’s new injury problem. He’s gone down to London to visit a speacialist just to ensure the club isn’t missing something.

    Shay Given – Gone to London to allow specialist to check our his groin injury

  • We report today on Michael Owen’s new injury concerns – this time it’s a thigh strain that’s keeping him out of the team. Michael has been devastated by injury ever since he arrived here two years ago and has still only played 14 senior games for us. Hope Sam can get him fit so we can see some value out of Michael for all the money that’s been invested in him.

    Michael Owen– plagued by injury since joining Newcastle

  • Finally here’s some funny football quotes – to lighten up the day 😀

    “Someone said ‘football is more important than life and death to you’ and I said ‘Listen, it’s more important than that’.” – Bill Shankly

    “Tell the Kraut to get his ass up front. We don’t pay a million for a guy to hang around in defence.” NY Cosmos executive, on Beckenbauer’s positioning when at Cosmos in the late 70s.

    “Eighteen months ago they (Sweden) were arguably one of the best three teams in Europe, and that would include Germany, Holland, Russia and anybody else if you like.” – Bobby Robson

  • We always appreciate your comments on our Daily Update.
    Please keep your comments civil and decent because we have lots of youngsters reading the site – thanks

    18 comments so far

    • Dave

      Aug 8, 2007 at 11:47 AM

      Comment #1

      I don’t know much about Drago. Is he that good? Lots of you bloggers seem to think so but if he’s as unsure about coming as some reports suggest, do we really want him? How much persuading do you do before you just decide ‘sod him’ and move on?

    • Alex

      Aug 8, 2007 at 12:08 PM

      Comment #2

      Its time this Drago deal comes to an end one way or the other.There is so mutch time and effort being put into the deal may be we are missing out else where .If he really wants to come then he should sign today.

    • rich

      Aug 8, 2007 at 12:17 PM

      Comment #3

      Guys read this:

      Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce says he’s treating Kieron Dyer with kid gloves after his move to West Ham collapsed last week.
      Allardyce told the Evening Chronicle yesterday: “Kieron trained with us yesterday and really he needs his own space, and that’s what we will give him.

      “He needs to collect his own thoughts and we will have to wait and see what develops.

      “He was a bit down in the dumps, but you don’t always get what you want out of life and you just have to get on with it.

      “As far as his move to West Ham is concerned, it is all in their hands.”

      BOO – FRICKN – HOO, your payed 80K a week, get over it lad! i cant wait to see the back of this waste of space, i used to respect him as a footballer as he does have skill but after this whole debacle i just cant stand the boy, youd think that he was a lowly paid skivvy the way he was acting. If he wanted to move so much he would cough up the windfall himself, or take a huge wage decrease to the Hammers could spend more.


    • george t

      Aug 8, 2007 at 12:25 PM

      Comment #4

      Well said Rich……nothing more needs written about the affair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • phoonck

      Aug 8, 2007 at 12:25 PM

      Comment #5

      The Drago deal looks to be dragging on abit. I doubt he’ll make into the first team this coming weekend game against Bolton. And we currently have 7players injured and unlikely to make it for the Bolton’s game:

      S Given – Groin – no return date – very doubtful
      A Luque – Groin Strain – no return date – unknown
      C Babayaro – Groin – no return date – unknown
      M Owen – Thigh Strain – 18th Aug 07 – very doubtful
      J Barton – Broken Metatarsal – 17th Sep 07 – unknown
      B Emre – Ankle – 18th Aug 07 – doubtful
      D Duff – Ankle Surgery – Nov 07 – unknown


    • Soren

      Aug 8, 2007 at 12:33 PM

      Comment #6

      I have always liked Dyer. I think he’s an excellent footballer and I had expected him to play a massive part this season. But if its true what rich has say’d, I can only agree to the BOO – FRICKN – HOO part! At 80k a week, then I’d expect him to suck it up, and get on with it.

    • Rich

      Aug 8, 2007 at 12:44 PM

      Comment #7

      On a different note i was just looking at an article from the famous Alan Oliver saying Newcastle have lost interest in Drago and the deal is dead if he is wrong and we do sign him, this guy has to be the most unrelialble source in the world!

    • Dave

      Aug 8, 2007 at 12:52 PM

      Comment #8

      Rich, I’d read that as ‘the deal is very much alive, Newcastle are as keen as mustard and Drago has the pen in his hand!

    • george t

      Aug 8, 2007 at 12:55 PM

      Comment #9

      i read that Drago wants to become the highest paid player on our books just to come to sjp or the deal is off………i say drop him and move on ..big sam has the contacts to get another defender before the window closes.

    • Dave

      Aug 8, 2007 at 12:57 PM

      Comment #10

      George t,

      if that’s true I agree…where did you read it though. An unidentified sources are the darkest of rumours.

    • Dave

      Aug 8, 2007 at 12:58 PM

      Comment #11

      Christ I need to improve my written English, appolergys.

    • george t

      Aug 8, 2007 at 12:59 PM

      Comment #12

      dave….i was reading that many sites i cant remember but am trying to check back

    • george t

      Aug 8, 2007 at 1:04 PM

      Comment #13

      Dave i think we can forget it…….written by Alan Oliver…probaly enough said

    • TOON1

      Aug 8, 2007 at 2:20 PM

      Comment #14

      Dyer needs to get on with things and stop sulking.He supposedly wants to see his kids ,on 80 grand a f**%ing week he can go and see them every day after 3or 4 hours of trainings ,honestly he talks asthough footballers have a hard life.the fact his ex missus and kids are miles away from him ,doesnt that tell him something????.As for drago ,i simply dont believe what oliver says ,that drago wanted to be highest paid player at toon.Owen is on 100k a week ,do u really think drago said i want to be on more than owen.I DONT THINK SO .He so full of shit!!

    • malaysian youngster

      Aug 8, 2007 at 4:08 PM

      Comment #15

      skysport predict us will finish no.8 only this season. damn.i personally predict top 5. if drago want more than 100k can ask him F&*K off. we dont need him

    • david

      Aug 8, 2007 at 4:38 PM

      Comment #16

      scoular, casey, cowell, simpson, milburn, stokoe, batty, crowe

      livingstone (manager), white, davies, keeble, broadis, hannah, mitchell, smith (coach)

    • Ed Harrison

      Aug 8, 2007 at 7:50 PM

      Comment #17

      I’m not sure Dyer is sulking – if you read Sam’s comments he doesn’t say he’s sulking or he’s not getting on with things. It would only be natural that he’s disappointed – but as Sam says that;’s life and as in the Rolling Stones song “You can’t always get what you Want”
      If he doesn’t get transferred in the window he’ll have to start doing his job that he gets paid handsomely for – but i think he will – with Sam now his manager. He could ebcome a super sub for us – come on after 70 mins when defense tired – then run at them.

    • Ed Harrison

      Aug 8, 2007 at 7:56 PM

      Comment #18

      David – you got the whole lot 😀


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