Major Newcastle News Stories – 29th August – 2007

The news today is that Sam Allardyce wants to bring in two players before the transfer window closes on Friday.

Sam has two players he is now pursuing and two others he can switch to if the first two don’t pan out. We really have no idea who Sam will be after in the next three days – apart from Faye – so we’ll just have to wait and see on that one.

Any news of a signing will come on the Official Newcastle United web-site.

We have the second round of the Carling cup tonight at St. James’ Park against Barnsley in a game that we must win – and we don’t think it will be as easy as it may appear.


  • We have our Newcastle vs Barnsley match preview today. This is a game that Sam gets to give a game to those players new to the club and also some players coming back from injury. However, we cannot take this game lightly and must get through this evening. It will not be as easy as we think but we have to go in there and try to kill the game as quickly as possible. Make sure you let us know your opinions on the game and anticipated result on our match review piece in our Newcastle United Forum.
  • Looks like Sam wants to bring in two players before the transfer window closes at midnight this Friday. We are fairly sure that Abdoulaye Faye from Bolton is one of them – but Sam has at least four players he is looking to get with two his priority. If he cannot get those two there are another couple of players he will switch to. But as Sam rightly points out – time is not on our side right now and we’ll need to move very quickly. It would be great if Sam can bring in an extra two – just to guard against another injury crisis – which is the last thing we need.

    Sam Allardcye – after two players before Friday

  • Just terrible news about Kieron Dyer this morning that nobody wanted to hear. Kieron has broken his leg in a couple of places and will be out for most of the season. It’s just 10 since Kieron left Newcastle United to be closer to his family in Ipswich. It will take months for the break to heal and we are very sorry about this. However, we’re sure all Newcastle fans will wish Kieron all the very best for a speedy recovery.

    Kieron Dyer– a double leg fracture last night – how much bad luck can you get?

  • We have an article about Newcastle owner Mike Ashley. We thought it was great that Mike was at the game on Sunday, and he certainly seemed to enjoy himself. What came across is that he really seemed to be into the game and for somebody who was said to be shy – he certainly seemed to put himself out there. The comments on the article suggest that Mike made a good impression with Newcastle fans and it was good to see the three amigos running Newcastle sitting together in the director’s box. Just a pity we didn’t get all 3 points. We’re sure Newcastle fans would like to see Ashley at as many games as he can make. He does have lots of business ventures apart from Newcastle United but the more games he can make the better. Didn’t he look good in that shirt.

    Mike Ashley – enjoyed himself on Sunday and looked great in the shirt

  • We have a piece on Michael Owen getting back his sharpness after almost two years essentially out of the game. We’re sure will make a good comeback once he returns to match fitness. The ability Michael has to put the ball in the net is natural and it never deserts you. Michael will start the game tonight against Barnsley up front with Shola Ameobi, who he’s played well with in the few times they’ve played together. Good time for Michael to get a goal to get him off the mark this season. Also looks like a number of players will get their first start tonight.

    Owen – sharpness will come back – slow but sure – and he’ll be knocking goals in again

  • Turns out our site has been nominated for ‘Best Sports Blog’ as part of the Bloggers Choice Awards. If you would like to vote for us you can do so here. You can also browse through other nominations you can also vote for.
    Ahmed Bilal’s site SoccerLens was also nominated and you can vote for Ahmed’s site here.
    I don’t know too much about these awards to be honest and certainly don’t consider myself a professional journalist – I’m a dedicated Newcastle fan writing about the club I’ve supported all my life.
  • Finally here’s some choice football quotes – to lighten up the day 😀

    “I have a good record there. Played one, won one, and hopefully it will be the same after Saturday.” – Steven Gerrard

    “Dont worry, Alan. At least you’ll be able to play close to a great team.” – Bill Shankly, to Alan Ball, who’d just signed for Everton

    “The best side drew” – Bill Shankly, after a hard fought 1-1 draw

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24 comments so far

  • Darren

    Aug 29, 2007 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #1

    The Journal is reporting we are trying to resurrect a deal for Marseilles Beye, not sure if we will manage it but we need a RB desperately.

  • Doc

    Aug 29, 2007 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #2

    It is funny how Southgate can slag off 3000 fans for taunting Mido and infringing his rights !!!!

    I assume then that Southgate can prove all 3000 Geordie fans were particptaing in the chants (obviously not), and arnt the rights of those who were not involved being far more abused by the coverage that this has caused, I think so

    Southgate GET A LIFE

  • rich

    Aug 29, 2007 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Doc, read the artcile on, another cracker by Niall & Biffa and it says it all regarding the whole Mido affair.

  • Graham

    Aug 29, 2007 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #4

    With all due rerspect Ed, i’m sick and tired of wishing Kieron Dyer a speedy recovery (no matter how the injury happend) and couldn’t really care less if he never played again – he certainly wouldn’t be short of a few quid thanks to his 8 years lying on the NUFC traetment table.

    As for West Ham, they deserve everything they get (£20m worth of players knackered) by the way they avoided relegation last season!

  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 29, 2007 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Rich – with regard to the article on

    I’m not sure that insinuating a Muslim footballer is carrying a bomb is a million miles away from throwing bananas at black players.

    The majority of those fans wouldn’t shout that comment at a passerby on the street – so I don’t think they should be shouting it in relative anonymity in the stands.

    I’m all for having a laugh at the oppositions expense – I just think that may be going a bit too far though.

  • stjames

    Aug 29, 2007 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Jeh. I can realy feel the frustration Dyer must be having. He didn’t deserve that.

    I’m still in the dark about Luque. Has he left or hasn’t he? The latest news on it were contradictory. Same with Nobby. Is he staying. Wish he would. Great guy.

  • Hammy

    Aug 29, 2007 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #7

    While not condoning Mido’s treatment, Southgate seems to have forgotten the incident where some Boro fans alledgedly spat on disababled NUFC supporters at the Riverside not so long ago…selective memory syndrome.

  • apan

    Aug 29, 2007 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #8

    southgate is being biassed, its funny i thought his matured enough, same like his chairman…i gueses losing two top strikers at their club really hit them hard…

  • Sean

    Aug 29, 2007 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #9

    i’ve heard that jose enrique are both starting tonight 😀

  • Sean

    Aug 29, 2007 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #10

    woops i meant to say jose enrique and cacapa are both starting.

  • Stami

    Aug 29, 2007 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #11

    unlucky for Dyer, lucky for us we got rid of him…

  • toonfan1

    Aug 29, 2007 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #12

    the team is Given, Solano, Cacapa, Taylor, Enrique, Emre, Butt, Geremi(C), Milner, Ameobi and Owen

  • Hammy

    Aug 29, 2007 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Cheers toonfan1, would have liked to see Cacapa and Rozehnal in the middle,
    looks like Solano is going nowhere which is good as long as he’s committed.
    Interesting to see how Enrique performs and how Emre plays under BSA.
    Is it televised anywhere???????

  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 29, 2007 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #14

    It’s definitely not on TV, neither here or abroad. The only place that will be showing it is Shearer’s Bar.

    Does anyone know if there is any live commentary on internet radio?

  • rich

    Aug 29, 2007 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #15

    @ Toon Chicken –

    If you read the article fully you will see where i am coming from, you seem to of been taken up by all the media hype surrounding Mido.

    I Agree that if the fans were chanting things against him being a muslim that would be bang out of order, but as the article on states, not one person in the stands would of been privy to Mido’s religious background, just because he hails from Egypt doesnt mean he IS a muslim, he could be Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Athiest etc..etc.. it wasnt util the press linked the fans chanting to Islam when the whole ‘Islamophobia’ buzzwords started coming out.

    The reason the fans chanted ‘Watch out mido’s about to blow up’ is a reference to when he went crazy at his Egyptian manager at the last ACN for subbing him, he ‘blew’ up inftont of everyone at his manager.

    Once again, i do not condone the chants and i dont think do either, but the fact that the press are representing this like the 3,000 newcastle fans are all anti-muslim facist hitlers, which everyone knows wasnt the case.

    im not justifying the chants, and again i dont think are they are just outraged, like me, at the treatment our fans are getting from the media. They were the ones to bring Islam into it, they were the ones who started talking about all this ‘anti-muslim’ hate speak, not the toon fans.

    and again, you dont see Boro getting any stick for chanting ‘You Greedy Fat Ozzie B*****d’ at Viduka, but i guess its ok to poke fun at other nationalities just not middle eastern ones whille we kill millions of thier neighbours (Lancet reported in 2003 death toll in Iraq was standing at around 700,000) but hey, lets demonise the Toon fans for all the problems.

  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 29, 2007 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #16


    I did read the whole article fully in which they have quoted our fans as singing “Mido, he’s got a bomb you know” .

    I’m not for a second suggesting, as every media source in the land to seem to be, that all 3,000 fans were party to this. But it was quite obviously said by some of our fans.

    Also to link “He’s gonna blow in a minute” to some minor incident that took place while representing Egypt – hang on a minute. You don’t seriously expect anyone to believe that the Geordie faithful were in fact referring to Mido’s loss of temper while on international duty.

    The sad fact is that a few of our ignorant fans saw a man of asian appearance and automatically thought “terrorist” – whether he was Muslim or not.

  • ende

    Aug 29, 2007 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Who cares what anyone in the stands says? It’s their own business and nobody else’s.

  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 29, 2007 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #18

    Yes Ende, totally agree.

    And those monkey chants just add to the atmosphere, don’t they???!!!

  • ende

    Aug 29, 2007 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #19

    Look, I’m not condoning their behavior.. frankly I find it rather pathetic. My point is that people need to stop obsessing over what people around them are doing. Stop trying to control the world around you, and worry about yourself.

  • Shaun Dean

    Aug 29, 2007 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #20

    HABIB BEYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rich

    Aug 29, 2007 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #21

    @ Toon Chicken

    well, in my view theirs a big difference between saying hes going to blow and throwing a bannana on the pitch, a massive difference.

    i dont know if you watch cricket but when the Barmy Army chant ‘You All Live In A Penal Colony’ to the tune of ‘We All Live IN A Yellow Submarine’ at the ozzies, is exactly the same as the sort of chant that was directed at Mido. i believe this is different from making monkey chants or throwing nanas on the pitch.

    but then again the media want to try and give westerners some moral high ground even though we are blowing women & children to smitherines every day, but we dont demonise Gordon Brown or G W Bush for using Depleted Uranium on towns and villages in Iraq and Afgahnistan, not only killing people alive now but harming future generations aswell, and also our own soldiers. Lets demonise the toon instead shall we for shouting a few words which other teams did before us towards Mido?

    in my mind this is another exercise by the press to take the attention away from things that really matter, like the mass genocide going on in the middle east which is being perpetrated by us.

    ive vented…

  • Rich

    Aug 29, 2007 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #22

    anyway enough arguing about irrelevant stuff, it says Beye had a medical today which is great news.

    im just starting to think with Geremi, Martins, Faye, Beye all Africans what are we gonna do in janruary?????? well be up the creek like Chelski!

  • Jeremy

    Aug 29, 2007 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #23

    if the media are going to get on their high horse about the nature of football chants, then why have they not started campaigns against paedophile chants, sheep chants to clubs in/near wales/scotland etc etc. it seems to me that people find it acceptable that fans should chant any form of abuse at players, so long as noone could find reference to colour in them

    i dont think the chanting on sunday (at least for the most part) have anything to do with people seeing an asian and thinking terrorist. if that was the case, then why has it taken this long since 9/11 for this to happen? he claims he has heard it all before – why then has it this time been blown up like this – why not when it has happened before?

    truth is he is a smoggie, reference was probably to his previous incident with egypt to wind him up. at the end of the day, it didn’t work – he scored!

    anyway, owen has scored. lets hope it is first of many.

  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 29, 2007 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #24


    We have plenty of cover in midfield and upfront. Think we still need another quality centre half and full back though. Wor Mike will have to get his chequebook out after Xmas – especially if Solano flies south for the winter.


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