Major Newcastle News Stories – 2nd September – 2007

Newcastle United played well in an entertaining game against Wigan Athletic and ran out deserved 1-0 winners.

But we could have easily won 6-0 with the chances that were created. We started out very well in the first half and Michael Owen could have had a hat-trick in the first 28 minutes.

Although Wigan had Kevin Kilbane sent off after 46 minutes that probably made it harder for Newcastle because Wigan went completely on the defensive and tried to survive. Owen finally got the winner with just 3 minutes of regulation time left – whew!

It was a good performance and the fact that Newcastle kept pressing throughout the game, even though they missed so many chances, is probably the most pleasing aspect of the game yesterday.

Sam’s positive influences are starting to show through 😀


  • Here’s our final report of the game yesterday. You can laso join in the after game discussion on the Newcastle Wigan game on our new Newcastle United Forum. While Newcastle dominated the play completely it was one of those games (and days) where nothing seemed to go in – so yo us it was a good 3 points because we found a way to win the game – albeit with only 3 minutes to go – but when you have strikers like Owen and Martins playing for you – that’s always going to be possible.

    Michael Owen – after scoring winning goal yesterday – YES!

  • We saw the game on television yesterday and to be truthful were surprised at just how good Newcastle looked. Sam has really started to influence the players on how they play. Not one of them stopped playing yesterday and not one of them appeared too demoralized – they just kept on going regardless of all the missed chances.
    We think Sam is exerting his positive influences at the club now – big time.


    Sam Allardyce– his positive influences at the club are starting to show now

  • We give our Final Reflections on the Wigan game. Most of the observations show just how much we have improved this season under Big Sam and the man himself says it will only get better as time goes on – can’t wait!
    Sam is getting the acclaim that he probably never got at Bolton – and he has a chance to take Newcastle to the top in the next few years. Certainly Mike Ashley and Chris Mort have been very supportive of Big Sam and the three of them must know they have had a fantastic start during the summer in the 9 players Sam has brought in. We mustn’t forget the support Sam has been given and as Mike and Chris get sucked into the passion that is Newcastle United – heaven knows where we go from here. We know it’s up – we just don’t know how far – but oxygen may be needed 😀


    Habib Beye– introduced to the Newcastle fans yesterday

  • Sam spoke to the Newcastle United web-site after the game and gave his assessment of the game. The game certainly should have been wrapped up by half time much like the Bolton game was – but we missed chances and had absolutely no luck at all. But the lads kept going and Sam was very pleased. He also pointed out it was a touch of real quality from Owen and Martins to get the goal with only 3 minutes to go. Owen looked sharp yesterday as did Newcastle overall – and if we continue playing like this we are going to be 4-0 up at half time against some unlucky team when we do get some luck.

    Sam Allardcye – game should have been over by half time – but good performance

  • Now that everything is done and dusted we run an article on who left and who came in during the summer. Turns out Sam let 9 players go and brought 9 in and the net outlay was about ₤10M. What was that about Sam having only ₤10M to spend this summer? We cannot think of a better use of ₤10M in transfer money than what Sam has achieved this summer. It’s going to be so exciting next summer, and even in January, when Newcastle hopefully are at least back in Europe and Sam looks again looks to strengthen the squad. We expect money will be more available to him once Chris and Mike clean up the finances of the club. They have done an excellent job so far in making the club a lot more financially stable.
    As we’ve said before Sam is almost the perfect manager for Newcastle at this time in their history.


    Sam Allardyce – the perfect manager for Newcastle at this time in their history

  • Just a great story about Mike Ashley’s celebrations following the win against Bransley on Wednesdy night. Turns out he and Chris Mort went to a local night-club in the Bigg Market and was refused entry because his attire wasn’t suitable. He was wearing the famous black and white stripes of the club he owns. Needless to say the dress code at the club was changed for that particular night (good call by the owner) and Mike bought everybody there (300) a drink on him. Best story I’ve read in a while – we try to put a comedic twist on it. By the way it’s just a great thing that Mike is always seen wearing the strip – and doesn’t he seem to enjoy himself – good for him.

    Mike Ashley – wearing his dress attire of late – the famous black and white stripes

  • Our new 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 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 after finally retiring – and loving it.
  • Finally here’s some choice football quotes – today from that character Ron Atkinson – to lighten up the day 😀

    “He’s not only a good player, but he’s spiteful in the nicest sense of the word.” – Ron Atkinson

    “They’ve done the old-fashioned things well; they’ve kicked the ball, they’ve headed it” – Ron Atkinson

    “I’m afraid they’ve left their legs at home.” – Ron Atkinson

    “There’s a little triangle – five left-footed players.” – Ron Atkinson

We always appreciate your comments on our Daily Update.

34 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 2, 2007 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Kind of glad Huntingdon has gone he didnt seem to good even for his age. Pattison should leave now and then i will be happy with all our younger players. Edgar is qulity along with Troisi etc.

  • Hog

    Sep 2, 2007 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed – You need to add a Steve Bruce quote from last nights match of the day to your quotes of the day!!

    he said – “The one thing you don’t want to do in a game of football, is play poorly.”

    well…….yeeeeessssSSS……..well noticed Steve.

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 2, 2007 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Tom – not sure what Sam is going to do with Pattison – he was the pick of the bunch two years ago.

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 2, 2007 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Hog – right 😀

  • Marguerite

    Sep 2, 2007 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #5


    Just thought I would let you know I hae voted for your blog, which is the absolute best. Hope my fellow bloggers take the time to vote too.

    Apeaking of blogs could I also take this opportunity to mention Lee Ryder’s blog (IC Newcastle) and his tribute to OUR Nobby Solano (even though he has gone). Well worth a read and the tributes make you want to shed tears.
    Fellow toon nutters – perhaps you would like to add yours.

  • Dingo

    Sep 2, 2007 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #6

    just wanted to point out .. Newcastle had three goals in the goal of the month segment on Match of the Day…. sweet :p

  • Bill F

    Sep 2, 2007 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Thing is we really only have two good strikers, Oba and Owen, Viduka looks to be showing his age and Shola (unfortunately) still aint quite doing it. Smith is more of an occaisional midfield scorer (I hope). Perhaps Sam should recall Andy Carroll or aim to get a really good striker in the next window. Any thoughts from any one on this? It may not matter if the defence remains solid and the midfield are getting goals as well ( Zog for example) Still eight out of twelve is not a bad start.

  • Adam

    Sep 2, 2007 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #8

    Just a few words on yesterday’s game…I’m sure other Toon fans are saying the same, but we still lack a flow and thrust to our mf. None of us mind if a gritty performance sees us through though! And Milner and NZogbia do give us that thrust/spontaneity on the wing.
    When Barton is back, and if B.S can get Emre or a January additional mf adding more class and rhythm to the mf then we really will be firing on all cylinders!
    I’m very happy so far though. And only 10m spent to vastly improve the squad on last season, not to mention extra hunger and desire in all the players!!

  • SteveD

    Sep 2, 2007 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #9

    @ Dingo

    Zog’s was by far the best 😉

  • cockney magpie

    Sep 2, 2007 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #10

    also lads just think we have a few players in our team that are not even used to playing with eachother at the mo so i just cant wait till they gel then let the good times roll! 😛

  • Hadji

    Sep 2, 2007 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #11

    Hey guys,i’m gonna see Bolton playing in Macedonia aginst Rabotnicki Kometal.Any advice how we should play against them.Ou man they are gonna kick our arses.

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 2, 2007 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Marguerite – great – thanks a lot 😀

  • Dingo

    Sep 2, 2007 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #13

    @ SteveD … i agree man .. top strike

  • geordiejordan

    Sep 2, 2007 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #14

    from watching the villa-chelsea match i have these (nufc related) observations:

    1) i am glad we did not get belleti, looked slow and past his prime… ashley young is fast but i don’t think even carr got beaten so badly so many times by him…
    2) the draw with villa went from bothering me, to chalking it up to getting stymied but a VERY good defensive team…

  • dragoner

    Sep 2, 2007 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #15

    i wud have preferred Anelka over Smith and Viduka anyday, but they are still great players

  • JoshI

    Sep 2, 2007 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #16

    Does anyone have any large pics of Toon players on the ball in match action??….. cant find any big enough for my desktop background 🙁

    Please help!

  • Obafan

    Sep 2, 2007 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Very nice to see Habib +Beye in

  • Obafan

    Sep 2, 2007 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Very nice to see Habib Beye in a Newcastle shirt.

    Sorry for the previous incomplete message.

  • WelshWizard

    Sep 2, 2007 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #19


    pics from Wigan against us yesterday, dont no if any are any good for you…

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 2, 2007 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #20

    geordiejordan – agree completely – Villa played extremely well at Newcastle and beat Chelsea at their own game today – worthy winners.

  • JoshI

    Sep 2, 2007 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #21

    Cheers WelshWizard i will have a look.

  • Midjew

    Sep 2, 2007 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #22

    I think Viduka is a GREAT player to have but i think Owen and Martins should play up front from start, Viduka is a great player to bring on, but them boys together were great!

  • Rich

    Sep 2, 2007 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #23

    Can anyone confirm if we have released 16 year old wonderkid Kazenga Lua Lua???

    Times Online report that we have!!!???!??!

    i dont believe them.

  • SS

    Sep 2, 2007 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Ed -just like to say that the value of this site has been proven over the last few days – it has been a real treat to follow the transfer window, and the wigan game almost in real time in the company of like minded people. Bloody good job mate..

  • big pea ov the weab

    Sep 2, 2007 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #25

    3 goals in match of the day is out standing but ad swop them for more points we should of won that game against the smoggys last week a hate them smoggys

  • Midjew

    Sep 2, 2007 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #26

    Rich – had a look on NUFC official Website and under profiles of ALL players there is no Lua Lua??

    So guess he has been released. Big Sam obviously felt same about him as Huntingdon!

  • big pea ov the weab

    Sep 2, 2007 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #27

    lua lua left last season didnt he he went to portsmouth with the other lua lua a think so any way a seem to remember something about it but then again a live in a dream world half the time

  • StevieA

    Sep 2, 2007 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #28

    Kazenga Lua Lua came on in a fairly recent game and looked very sharp, skillfull and seemed blessed with pace. He impressed me from what I saw of him, I even said he reminded me of Aaron Lennon.

    I will be pissed if they have let him go! He is far too young to judge at this level.

    Send him out on loan. Never release youngsters until you have too.

  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 3, 2007 at 6:30 AM

    Comment #29

    Ed, the new management team at NUFC and the team have impressed so far.

    To transform the squad for £10M is remarkable but to do it by making major improvements is a miracle. We’ve wasted too much money in the past and believe the current manager and chairman have excelled all of our expectations.

    It’s still early days, but when you look at the quality of the squad in depth it provides confidence for the future….

    The nufcblog is the best I’ve seen. So well done guys and keep up the good work

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 3, 2007 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #30

    Lamesley Mag – agree about Newcastle management – very impressive. Many thanks regarding the blog.

  • WelshWizard

    Sep 3, 2007 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #31

    @big pea ov the weab

    Kazenga Lua Lua is still at Newcastle. He is 16 years old and is not on our official site under player profiles because he is not a senior squad player, he is a youth/academy player…

  • aaron d

    Sep 3, 2007 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #32

    Hopefully he’s hasn’t been released, along with Carroll was one of the stars of the reserves/academy last season. And at only 16 has a few years to prove himself yet.

  • StevieA

    Sep 3, 2007 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #33

    That’s a relief! Perhaps we might see him come into the squad this season.

    I think he could be a star in the making.

  • StevieA

    Sep 3, 2007 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #34

    Kazenga spotted in Second String Squad!

    Panic over lads! 😛


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