Major Newcastle News Stories – 25th August – 2007

We’ll have our match preview on Newcastle United vs Middlesbrough tomorrow – and if you have comments on the match please take a look in our Match Review section of our new Newcastle United Forum – where a number of our readers have already commented on the game.

We expect a clean sheet and a win (2-0).

That will give us 7 points from the first 3 games and be a very good start indeed to the season.


  • We have our preview of tomorrow’s Newcastle vs Middlesbrough game. We would hope for both a win and a clean sheet. In truth Middlesbrough have not had a good start to the season and will be without their best player Johathan Woodgate tomorrow. Woodgate is injured again. The opportunity is there for Newcastle to return to their form of two weeks ago against Bolton Wanderers. However, we must continue to do well in defense and a clean sheet would be very welcome. Then we just need a single goal from midfield or the forwards to capture the full 3 points. That will give us a great start of 7 points for the first three games. Our next two league games are Wigan Athletic at home and Derby County away – so there’s a possible 6 points from those games too.

    Michael Owen – a goal would be most welcome tomorrow at the Riverside

  • Sam spoke yesterday to the Evening Chronicle and wants the cutting edge back in Newcastle’s play. That was certainly missing last week at Aston Villa. But our players are coming back and we only have 4 on the injury table – Given, Babayaro, Barton and Duff. By the way a date of September 1st has been set for Shay’s come-back so we have to hope that they’ve fixed whatever problem he has had with the groin. Michael Owen is raring to go so we think there’s very healthy competition building up in the squad and hopefully we’ll do very well tomorrow. A win will raise the mood on Tyne-side – that’s a certainty.

    Sam Allardyce– wants the cutting edge back against Middlesbrough tomorrow

  • With Chelsea having just signed Juliano Belletti from Barcelona last Thursday we think Glen Johnson may be available so we look today at the possibility of Sam being interested. Glen is a good young player having just turned 23 on Thursday and he improve a lot under Sam’s guidance. But Glen hasn’t fulfilled his early promise when he was playing for the West Ham first team at 18 years old. Aston Villa are said to be interested and the fee of ₤6M for him seems high.

    Glen Johnson– available from Chelsea for ₤6M?

  • We’ve said before that the adverse criticism of Newcastle’s performance against Aston Villa was a bit over the top. Turns out that Sam was also surprised by the level of criticism of the players and the club last weekend. Sam’s hoping for a much better performance from the team tomorrow against Middlesbrough. We think with Sam being so positive he’s not too thrilled by the pessimism that still exists on Tyne-side. But as Sam says – that’s the way it is.

    Sam Allardcye– surprised by severe criticism after Aston Villa game

  • Newcastle have a new third strip introduced Thursday. We like the new strip which is white and pale blue and modeled by Jose Enrique. However, comments from our readers aren’t so positive. We’ve had so much interest that we’ll keep this news in today also.

    Jose Enrique– think Jose look good in our new strip

  • We feature a good deal for Newcastle fans announced yesterday by the club and details sent to us on the deal. If a season ticket holder purchases a season ticket for the 2008/09 season they can enjoy a free seat at every home cup match Newcastle play both this season and next. That includes possible European games next season. This is the kind of deal the club needs to make with their supporters and it’s good financial process by the club. Hopefully a win-win for supporter and club. Since the club will get some revenue now for next season’s season tickets – hopefully that will help pay down some of the club’s outstanding debt.
  • Finally here’s some choice football quotes – to lighten up the day 😀

    “You’ve got to miss them to score sometimes.” – Dave Bassett

    “We couldn’t hit a donkey’s arse with a frying pan.” – Dave Bassett

    “The spirit he has shown has been second to none.” – Terry Venables, on Terry Fenwick’s drunk-driving charge


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14 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 25, 2007 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Would anyone in their right mind pay £6 mil for Glen Johson, he is pretty rubbish atm. I have no doubt he would improve alot under BSA but evne when he does, will he be worth £6 mil? We are only paying that because hes english.

  • george t

    Aug 25, 2007 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #2

    I think £2.5. would be more realistic for Johnston but could we do better elsewere?????????

  • Matthew Tom

    Aug 25, 2007 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Yes it’s way too much for Johnson, although I would love to see him join the Toon. He always seemed a bright prospect to me at West Ham and he’s been stifled at Chelsea since he went there. And he knows where the goal is, which is always nice for a fullback.

    Given that we have only one specialist right back (who’s not very good any more – quite liked him at Spurs) and two midfielders covering the position, (Solano and Geremi) Johnson would be the kind of signing I’d like to see us make in that position.

  • George

    Aug 25, 2007 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Never mind the transfers, what about the speculation as far as a sellout is concerned.
    It has been reported in the Daily Mirror and on Sky Sports News that Mike Ashley is about ready to sell off NUFC and buy Tottenham!.
    Normally these rumours i ignore, but for somereason this is making the hair on my neck stand up as i can actually see this happening.
    The reasons i can see this happening is Spurs is definately a local team as far as MA is concerned, plus the way Sours are at the moment, their share value has dropped making it cheaper to take them over. NUFCs value has gone up, so making a tidy profit for MA, plus all the tidying up his team of employees have done at St James Park, makes NUFC a nice company ripe for takeover with potential skyhigh profits. But, if Spurs become successful, because they are in the capital, the profits could be fourfold over NUFC.
    I dont know about us becoming a Chinese Takeaway or Becoming frozen food at SJP, but with the money floating around in football from all areas of the globe, god help us if MA does sell out to the highest bidder.
    Our season was looking promising, but with all these rumours and chances of a quick good profit, maybe we have been conned again, but i do hope to god we have not. For all NUFC supporters.

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 25, 2007 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #5

    George, its the Daily Mirror, nuff said.

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 25, 2007 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #6

    @george t

    We could do much better, just have to look further. Facundo Quiroga and Chidi Odiah are my choices that i think would be right. Take a look.

  • george t

    Aug 25, 2007 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #7

    TOM TOON………yes i agree i was just wondering what the rest of the gang thought and what names may be thrown up……oh and your selection aint bad

  • gingergeordie

    Aug 25, 2007 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #8

    bbc runningheadline that luques off to ajax
    could free up some cash for johnson and faye

  • Adam

    Aug 25, 2007 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #9

    This is a bit irrelevant, though still on the theme of right-backs. When I watched a fair chunk of a Brazil game on t.v not that long ago Daniel Alves looked pretty awful! He gave the ball away most times he had it, missed tackles etc.
    I’m not sure who would be a best buy for us, but someone very fit and quick at any rate. We often seem to have had frustrating right-backs. Nice a guy as he was, when we had Warren Barton he used to pump aimless long-balls forward and ruin the flow of our game, whilst Carr tries to do all the right things but isn’t quite up to the task. If we don’t buy anyone, I’d rather see us employ Geremi there.

  • Pete

    Aug 25, 2007 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #10

    With regards to the takeover, I am a firm believer that there is no smoke without fire.

    I wouldn’t mind if MA sold Newcastle, he has always only been in it to make a profit

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 25, 2007 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #11

    Personally i dont think we will get a RB, just a player similar to Geremi so then Geremi can move to RB and Carr for back up. Marcos Senna is the solution to this.

  • Edd Case

    Aug 25, 2007 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #12

    I hate this undisclosed fee stuff – how much has Luque gone for?
    2 million?

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 25, 2007 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Edd – i’m sure we’ll find out. Just out of interest – when Newcastle were a PLC they had to disclose the fees – but now they are private again they don’t have to disclose anything. If we got 2M for Albert that’s good for us – Sam can bring in Faye for that – and he’ll be more useful than Luque – because we are loaded with forwards. It’s a good deal for the club to offload him.
    Looks like the financial state of Newcastle will improve fast under these new guys.

  • toonoholic

    Aug 25, 2007 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #14

    faye was not included in the bolton squad … does this mean hes coming over?


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