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Major Newcastle News Stories – 19th August – 2007

1:43 pm, Sunday, August 19th, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

Most of the news today is concentrated on our important game with Aston Villa yesterday and it really wasn’t what fans were hoping for or expecting.

Not a good display from Newcastle but the good thing is they got stuck in and at least didn’t concede a goal which secured us a point in the end.

We discuss the game and which new players we need before the end of the transfer window in 12 days time.

Also, Mark Allison did his his lap of honor around St. James’ Park last night and was then presented with his own shirt by chairman Chris Mort. Mark has raised just over £25,000 for Charity – St. Benedict’s Hospice specifically, with his magnificent 874 miles run from John O’Groats to Land’s End. Guess what number is on the shirt.


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  • Disappointing result and performance from Newcastle United yesterday against a very good Aston Villa side. The bubble has burst a little as we got a good dose of reality as Aston Villa were probably the better side overall yesterday. The criticism has been a bit over the top though and we expect Big Sam to be a little surprised at the reaction from the fans. While we didn’t play well there were still a lot of positives to take out of the game including a solid performance from our defense and another bright display from James Milner.
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    James Milner – another good display from the 21 year-old in front of watching England manager Steve McClaren

  • We look back on the game yesterday and see what we can learn from it. One thing is certain and that’s we need get ina new right back hopefully before our next game at Middlesbrough a week today. Stephen Carr was pin-pointed immediately by Villa as the weak link in Newcastle’s rearguard and Ashley Young had the beating of him for pace all afternoon. We also lacked creativity in midfield and while Joey Barton will add some of that when he returns in a couple of weeks time – we may need some more creative players at the club.
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    Joey Barton- will add creativity when he returns in about 2 weeks time from injury

  • Sam is getting concerned about number one goalkeeper Shay Given and will not play him again until Shay is very fit and well – both physically and mentally. Shay has been bothered with groin problems for almost a year now and recently had another injury in that area. Sam wants to get to the bottom of Shay’s injury problems but in the mean time seems to want to bring in another goalkeeper to add support and competition to Steve Harper (who had another excellent game yesterday).
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    Shay Given - Sam concerned about Shay’s groin problems and looking to bring in a 3rd experienced keeper

  • Sam talks to the Sunday Sun today and is in agreement with Sunderland manager Roy Keane that players who go to clubs only because that’s where their wives or girlfriends want to be – are being weak. We agree with that and for players getting that sort of money they should go to the places that’s right for their careers whether it’s OK with their partners or not. Executives in business – who earn far less than these players and have so much more responsibility and stress – are expected to live all round the world if needed and are expected to do these things because of the high salaries they are paid. Doesn’t seem that this fact has leaked through to some players – who of course are spoiled completely – or at least most of them are.
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    Allardyce – thinks players should lump it more if it’s good for their careers

  • We need a good right back and need to bring one in within the next 12 days to beat the transfer deadline. In trying to help Big Sam as much as we can :D we look at four right backs who could do a job for Newcastle. The four players are Juliano Belletti of Barcelona, Phil Neville of Everton, Jose Bosingwa of FC Porto and Cicinho of Real Madrid. We think the likely addition to the squad is probably Belletti of Barcelona.
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    Juliano Belletti – most likely addition to Sam’s squad at right back

  • Mark Allison was presented with his own Newcastle shirt at half time yesterday by chairman Chris Mort – the number being 874 – the number of miles Mark ran from John O’Groats to Land’s End. 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 has just gone over £25,000.
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    Mark Allison – gets his own Newcastle shirt – with an appropriate number

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

    “If we played like this every week we wouldn’t be so inconsistent.” – Bryan Robsons

    “It wasn’t going to be our day on the night.” – Bryan Robson

    “They’ve picked their heads up off the ground, and they now have a lot to carry on their shoulders.” – Ron Atkinson

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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 t-g-w // Aug 19, 2007 at 2:21 PM

    What’s this about us being linked with Nicky Shorey, being prepared to outbid West Ham???? Surely we don’t need another LB having just bought Enrique for £6million.

    According to the Chronicle (draw your own conclusions), Belletti is coming over to Newcastle next week to discuss terms.

    What has happened to Faye? Is he coming or not?

    I will believe the Deco deal when it happens but I’ll reserve judgement until then…

  • 2 Alex // Aug 19, 2007 at 2:24 PM

    Lets hope Sam gets either belletti or Cicinho this week.Then complete the deal for Faye .This would give us enough options and depth at the back.

  • 3 gordon // Aug 19, 2007 at 3:02 PM

    Its a shame mark allison didnt start at right back,and have a look at the barcelona sports paper for the belletti deal.

  • 4 Andre Botelho - Youth Soccer Drills // Aug 19, 2007 at 3:49 PM

    I think it’s important to start well but it’s a long season and n.1 is always the more regular team. So let’s wait for the next matches…

  • 5 Nick // Aug 19, 2007 at 4:08 PM

    Just wanted to say that it may not have been a good display … but I would rather have that than all those matches with a leaky defense. All teams have bad days and if those bad days end with a draw then it is not really that bad. Well it seems we are back in for Shorey and Deco even … I wonder if the latter would even happen.

  • 6 AndyW // Aug 19, 2007 at 5:35 PM

    This has already been mentioned elsewhere but I think it needs raising everywhere until it is snuffed out.

    What is the point of booing the team off at the end of the second match when we are unbeaten?!!!

    It makes us look disloyal and unknowledgeable. Don’t forget this is televised all over the place. It would seem SJP is becoming a fortress again, a fortress of blinkered, ignorant prawn sandwiches eaters (and I must be upset to quote the Blunderland boss).

  • 7 Graham // Aug 19, 2007 at 6:40 PM

    Couldn’t agree more AndyW. Unfortunately the term ‘thick geordies’ seems to ring true with a few of our so called fans. For Christs sake – its the 2nd game of the season and we’ve got a newmanager, there were 4 or 5 new faces in the team which needs time to gel. Look at Man Utd and their success over theyears – they generally add only 1 or at most 2 new players each year to keep the continuity. we have had to make big changes due to the puddings previous managers have bought over the years.

    Its so called fans who boo the players and management who heap the pressure on from day 1 – and dont give me the bollocks of ‘i’ve paid for my ticket so i can boo if i want to’. supporting is about getting behind your team – not slagging them off at every opportunity!

  • 8 rich // Aug 19, 2007 at 6:50 PM

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_2670937,00.html

    OMFG, can reporters not do their homework anymore??? Owens release clause is null and void since july 31st.

    he only came out less than 48 hours ago to say he doesnt want to leave The Toon…. but i guess Sky SPorts journos have memory worse than a gold fhish. bloody retards.

    i think Sports Journos are a bunch of complete muppets.

  • 9 Nick C // Aug 19, 2007 at 6:53 PM

    Graeme and Andy are spot on. There are far too many ‘supporters’ who boo our team. I have never understood why anyone chooses to behave in this way. Some people are only happy when they are whinging.

  • 10 big pea ov the weab // Aug 19, 2007 at 7:06 PM

    not gan to gan into 1 but that display yesterday was terible av just paid 482 smackers for me ticket n a was very disapointed indeed

    a thought nicky butt and gerimi played there socks off well done to them but a was dissapointed in viduka

  • 11 rich // Aug 19, 2007 at 7:11 PM

    guys, you have to rmemeber BIg sam has only been incharge a short period of time… Rome wasnt built in a day.

    i wish some of our supporters would have a better memory, compare yesterdays performance to the last 2-3 months of last season, we would of been over the moon with a clean sheet last season.

    and i agree, who ever was booing will def only have a double digit IQ.

    muppets.

  • 12 Obafan // Aug 19, 2007 at 9:55 PM

    I hope we buy a creative midfielder, cause we need 1 to open the defences who are rock solid as Villa’s was yesterday. All credits to them to come to play in the way they did at St. James Park.

    On the other hand, everybody needs to relax and give BS please the time to build his team. Let’s be honnest building a team with a lot of new players is never easy. And though we still see the BS style which is a part our team will be very strong at;

    -last week at Bolton every second ball was ours. We put on the pressure at every corner of the pitch. I also have to mention that I don’t rate Bolton that high.

    - yesterday our defence was good; a bit lucky at a few times; if Villa striker Agbonlahore igves the ball to Reo-Cocker then it’s 0-1 at half time. If our defence was outplayed then there was a magnificent Harper who is a fantastic lad for the club.

    So in a couple of weeks we will be a gelled machine; I’m having a lot of confidence in BS.

  • 13 Dirk // Aug 19, 2007 at 11:07 PM

    i dont think we need more creativity not tha id complain if we got deco but look now barton duff and emre who are all brilliant on there day and under sam could work miracles and with our current team it ould b difficult to choose what players to use.as for a gk i dont thik we need anymore ive seen forster who is our current backup for harper and he has potential to b as gd as given, all we need is anutha rb, cb, lb and midfielder that can play anywhere accross the field.

  • 14 Big Sam Fan // Aug 20, 2007 at 1:58 AM

    http://www.newcastle-online.com/2007/08/19/ice-man-to-buy-the-toon/

    have a look at this one guys i think once again the reporters have been on the ale!!!

  • 15 Alan // Aug 20, 2007 at 8:17 AM

    Yep anyone at that match on Saturday could see clear as day we need a right back ASAP. Carr was the target from the first minute he just ain’t quick enough! Also when will we see the new boy Enrique? Get him in the team for the Boro game. 1-0 to the Toon next Sunday.




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