Major Newcastle News Stories – 17th August – 2007

Most of the news today is concentrated on our important game with Aston Villa tomorrow evening.Also looks like Sam will sign his 8th player today (we’ve been saying this for about 3 days now) since the news is that Bolton’s Abdoulaye Faye is about to sign for Newcastle imminently, and has been on Tyneside for the last two days.

Also, those at the game tomorrow give an extra shout for Mark Allison when he does his lap of honor around St. James’ Park, before the game. Mark has raised just short of £25,000 for Charity – St. Benedict’s Hospice specifically, with his magnificent 874 miles run from John O’Groats to Land’s End. If you can give a donation for Mark and St. Benedict’s please do.

Mark has shown true Geordie grit and we’re proud of him!


  • Good article from George Caulkin of the Times about how Sam is locking the gates at Newcastle’s training ground at 9:45 am each day so the late stragglers have to buzz to get in. Also, Sam has stopped total access to the families and friends of the players at the Squash Club. Good – we’ll get them all ultra professional yet! By the way George writes excellent articles on Newcastle in the Times – he’s very very good and one of our favorite writers.

    Sam Allardcye – making the club and players more professional each day

  • Article today about how Newcastle are poised to go for any player they want with lightning speed – if they become available by August 31st. That’s one thing we like about Chris Mort and his team – they are learning quickly from Sam, and have backed the manager who has said often how you have to move quickly for players to get them – and at a reasonable price. Whatever happens in the next two weeks it will be interesting to see who we land quickly in the January window – Edmilson hopefully for one.

    Chris Mort and Sam – starting to work very well together in the transfer market – speed is key

  • We have a piece today on the wisdom of Sam’s handling of foreign players. Like he’s doing right now with Cacapa and Enrique, he is giving the players time to settle into their new environment, both on and off the pitch. He is not belaboring them with having to play until they have become fully acclimatized to their new surrounding. How many managers have the patience for this – even though it makes so much sense? Not many – but that’s one reason Sam gets the very best out of the players he brings into the club. His record at Bolton was excellent and we are sure it will be just as impressive at Newcastle.

    Sam Allardyce – excellent record with foreign players – now we know why

  • We have our preview of the Newcastle United vs Aston Villa game for tomorrow evening. We are expecting all 3 points but we cannot get over-confident because Aston Villa are a good side and we’re not sure if we’ll perform with the same gusto and skill as we did at Bolton last week. We think we will but the main thing is the 3 points. next would be a clean sheet. Then if we win easily – like 4-0 – watch out because there’ll be all kinds of talk about Europe and top four and the like. Come to think of it that would be a good result so we could talk about that 😀
    We’re saying a 3-1 win and we hope we’re being conservative – cannot wait for the game.


    Geremi – we expect all three points against Aston Villa – captain Geremi can drive us to that win

  • A good interview from the Newcastle Journal this morning with Sam Allardyce. This time Sam speaks sensibly about injuries and uses Michael Owen as an example. Sam points out that the player is probably the worst one to say when he’s fit and ready to play. Sam indicates it’s his medical staff whom he listens to about when a player is ready. Michael is not match fit yet but we expect him to be introduced in the second half at tomorrow’s game. A goal would be very nice.

    Michael Owen – still not match fit but will get games for England that should help

  • We’ve just updated our site to make it better and we’ve introduced blue headlines and a new header and various other improvements. We’ve now been in operation for about 4 months and believe me we’re learning all the time. We’ve had some good constructive feedback from some of our readers and we’ll keep doing our best on the site.
    Thanks to one of our readers, PhoonCK from Singapore, for creating the new header for us – we think it’s great.
  • An update on Mark Allison’s historic run from John O’ Groats to Land’s End on behalf of St. Benedict’s Hospice. Mark is now back home on Tyne-side. Here’s Mark’s web site and if you can contribute to Mark’s efforts please do so at this just giving site
    The fund is creeping towards £25,000! Mark will be featured in the match program on Saturday evening and he’ll be at St. James’ Park on Saturday for a lap of honor before we take Aston Villa apart.
    Here’s some messages from some of Mark’s readers on his great effort:

    Steve R – “Well done mate I just hope the Toon show half as much spirit as this in the new season.”

    Jon L – “Forget those overpaid prima donnas, there’ll only be one star at St James’ on Saturday.”

    Brigga Broggs – “Absolutely amazing! Makes me even more proud to be a Geordie.”


    Mark Allison – gives thumbs up sign – raised almost £25,000 for charity – fabulous job

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

    “I was really surprised when the FA knocked on my doorbell.” – Michael Owen

    “It’s great to get the first trophy under the bag.” – Michael Owen

    “I hope we get a decision shortly – I will be dead soon.” – Stuart Pearce, on wanting to be Man City manager

    “I don’t make promises, I promise results.” – Joe Royle

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    12 comments so far

    • Tom_Toon

      Aug 17, 2007 at 2:46 PM

      Comment #1

      Hopefully Faye will be ours by the end of the day. Good versatily and a much underrated player.

      Now for a RB!

    • Soren

      Aug 17, 2007 at 3:54 PM

      Comment #2

      Steven Taylor has been called-up to the full England squad. Great to see him get in to the squad, because he deserves it.

      Also hopefull on Faye, and as Tom_Toon says, now for a rb.

      Bring on Villa!

    • squid

      Aug 17, 2007 at 4:02 PM

      Comment #3

      congrats to taylor, its well deserved. nice to see smith in there aswell. please get a rt bk sam. carrs not good enough.

    • aaron

      Aug 17, 2007 at 4:08 PM

      Comment #4

      Happy for Taylor to get in the England squad, think Milner should be in there ahead of Dyer and Downing, he’s very experianced at U21 level and Premiership plus he’s far more consistant can’t remember the last time he had a bad game. Why isn’t Carroll in any england squad u19’s or u20’s surely.

    • chris

      Aug 17, 2007 at 4:28 PM

      Comment #5

      Great news for Taylor. Well deserved aswell. Agree Milner should be there also.
      Can’t see the Faye deal going through today. It’s just too quite, no rumours or anything. Mind you the way our staff work now nothing would surprise me. I would also like to see a RB in before the window shuts. Carr is definitely our weakest link.

    • Tom

      Aug 17, 2007 at 4:34 PM

      Comment #6

      Ed- Love the new header image, its quality… not to clear though 🙁

    • george t

      Aug 17, 2007 at 4:35 PM

      Comment #7

      Chris ………agree with you sentiments but i trust big sam to sort out the remaining defensive frailties before the window shuts….despair not

    • Howard Featherstone

      Aug 17, 2007 at 5:28 PM

      Comment #8

      Pity the club have only sold 45,000 tickets for tomorrows game.
      (Phone the ticket office if you dont believe me!)

      Amazingly enough, as well as still selling tickets for tomorrows match against Villa, the club is still selling season tickets on the official Newcastle United website and are regularly advertising the tickets for sale on the radio.

      Is this “the bubble bursting” in a big way at Newcastle or do you think that the public haven’t yet taken to Big Sam and the owners and are staying away out of loyalty to the previous regime.

    • Sean

      Aug 17, 2007 at 7:01 PM

      Comment #9

      will enrique play tommorow?
      oh and by the way your title for this article says “Major Newcastle News Stories – 17th August – 2006”
      It should be 2007

    • Ed Harrison

      Aug 17, 2007 at 8:24 PM

      Comment #10

      Sean – whoops – I’m a year late! fixed – thanks.
      Enrique is not not in the squad tomorrow – Sam wants to give him more time top acclimatize.

    • Lamesley Mag

      Aug 18, 2007 at 7:48 AM

      Comment #11

      Ed, your articles are excellent, well done mate……

      I’m going for a 2-0 Newcastle win; Viduka goal in first half and an Owen goal (and not own goal!) in second.

    • Howard Featherstone

      Aug 18, 2007 at 1:59 PM

      Comment #12

      Told yer…..,,10278~1094657,00.html

      Free tickets available


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