Major Newcastle News Stories – 11th September – 2007

We have a number of Newcastle’s players today talking about Newcastle, their good start to the season, and just how strong our squad appears to be this season.

Andrew Carroll plays his first game tonight for the England Under-19 team against Belarus at Nottingham – we wish Andy the very best.

We also report again on the rather odd Emre comment about wanting to leave Newcastle – we’ve had lots of comments on the article so fans seem interested in what’s happening with Emre.


  • Sam Allardyce discusses Michael Owen’s return to form and says this will not only be good for England but also for Newcastle. There’s no doubt that Michael is looking good and in the next few weeks we would hope that he’s as good as he’s ever been. This is a victory for Owen, who has never had to put up with bad injuries like this ever in his career. But the man he admires a lot – Alan Shearer – went through some bad injuries and we’re sure that Alan has been a help to him. Good time tomorrow for Michael to get more goals since it’s going to be important for England to get a win against Russia – who lie above us in our European qualifying group.

    Michael Owen – starting to score regularly – this one a late classic against Wigan

  • We had a late story we published yesterday on Habib Beye. Turns out he knew quite a few players in the Newcastle squad before he arrived at Newcastle on the very last day of the transfer window. He knew Cacapa well since they were captains of French rivals Marseilles and Lyon respectively and he also played against Rozehnal who was at PSG for two years before moving to Newcastle. Habib seems very happy that the Newcastle squad is so strong and Beye seems another confident and experienced capture by Allardyce.

    Habib Beye – pleased that Newcastle squad so strong

  • Newcastle captain Geremi speaks today to the Evening Chronicle and is pleased with the start the club have made to the season. With 9 players in Geremi seems to share Sam Allardyce’s thoughts that Newcastle will only get better as the players gel. Geremi also says he is happy with the fight and spirit in the team and thinks the start is a good one, given there are so many new players in the squad.

    Geremi – pleased with Newcastle’s start to the season

  • Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper talks today about Newcastle captain Geremi, his manager Sam Allardyce and the Newcastle squad Sam has built in a very short 3 months. He thinks Geremi is a great choice as captain because Steve says he is so experienced and always very calm about things. Steve also gives Big Sam some compliments as he talks about Sam’s vast knowledge of world football. Steve also talks about some of the players Sam brought in and has been surprised at both how good and how experienced they all seem to be.

    Steve Harper – thinks Geremi is an excellent choice as captain of Newcastle

  • We look at what Sam Allardcye has said about Emre’s strange outburst about wanting to leave Newcastle in January for his old club Galatasaray. It seems strange to use that Emre made the statement since he still has 3 years left on the 5 year contract he signed when he joined Newcastle in July, 2005. While he’s good when he plays, Emre is blighted by injuries, and has played only about half of Newcastle’s games in the last two years. Sam doesn’t think what he said is a big deal and pointed out he’s going nowhere in the 4 months. We cannot believe Sam is particularly happy about Emre’s comments and think the Turk will find that out when he gets back to the club later this week.

    Emre – strange statement from Turkish international Emre

  • Andy Carroll plays his first game for the England Under-19 team against Belarus at Nottingham tonight. Andrew has a good chance to make the squad for the qualifying games next month of the 2008 European Under-19 Championships. England have 3 games in the first part of October and we would expect Carroll to be in that squad and get some vital international experience. Andy has played 4 times for Preston North End during his 6 months loan spell but has yet to score. hey – good time to get a goal tonight.

    Andrew Carroll – plays for the England Under-19 team tonight against Belarus

  • For those of you residing outside England and Europe here are the highlights of England’s fine win against Israel. It includes Michael’s great goal from just outside the box that gave the Israel goalkeeper no chance. A good performance by the English lads and now we need a win on Wednesday against an in-form Russia side. Then everything in the garden will be rosy – as they say 😀

    Shaun Wright Philips – scoring an opportunist goal for England on Saturday

  • What’s being discussed on our Newcastle United Blog?
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  • Finally here’s some choice football quotes. These are to lighten up the day 😀

    “Well, we got nine and you can’t score more than that.” – Bobby Robson commenting on Newcastle 8-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday

    “We’ve got great speed in the team, not just Gary Speed, but great speed!” – Bobby Robson

    “Practice makes permanent.” – Bobby Robson

    “I’ve had 14 bookings this season – 8 of which were my fault, but 7 of which were disputable.” – Paul Gascoigne

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25 comments so far

  • big pea ov the weab

    Sep 11, 2007 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #1

    a dont no how true the emre sager is but if he wants to leave get rid this club has been plauged by players who demand this and that sams got rid of a lot of dead wood we just dont need these players at our great club things are starting to look good under sam

  • KevinHann

    Sep 11, 2007 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #2

    jesus folks stop this talk about how great our club is and how players should only come to play if they do it virtually because of the pride of wearing the black and white shirt! Let’s be realistic, we are currently a mid-table side and no matter how much I hate it people have absolutely no reason to come to us but not to Tottenham, Villa or Everton. What makes the difference is money, european football (which leads to more money or being spotted by a club willing to pay you more money) and in the end it is a thoroughly financial world. Jesus, look at Taylor!!! Homegrown talent, HE is the one who should have the heart, the passion you talk about, and yet he also asks for MONEY!
    How good a player isn’t necessarily in a tight bond with his salary. Please, learn to live up to our damned commercial modern society.

  • Bill F

    Sep 11, 2007 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #3

    Kevin Hann, Essentialy correct, we are going to have to (pardon the cliche) walk the walk before we can talk the talk, still it’s nice to be optimistic and dream the dream!!

  • Dirk

    Sep 11, 2007 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #4

    kevin hann, taylor is racking newcastle for money hes only askin them to b reasonable in what they pay him (ie the same as milner and zog which is fair) n every time taylor puts on the newcastle shirt he looks proud to b wearing it and he always performs to his ability.

  • Geordie joe

    Sep 11, 2007 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #5

    I don’t disagree with taylor but i hate it when footballers try to justify there big wages by saying that they have short careers. I meen nothing stops them from getting another job after football. Why don’t i go to my boss and ask for a big pay rise because i want to retire at 35. i don’t think that would go down too well.

  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 11, 2007 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #6

    This is either a Genius idea or a fkin dumb one.

    Ballack on the cheap for the toon is Emre leaves. Personally if he plays often id be confident he would prove to be the great player he was. In all honesty he didnt do to badly at Chelsea unlike shevchenko just not up to thier standards.

  • KevinHann

    Sep 11, 2007 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Guys don’t miss my point, I give Taylor as an example to show how ridiculous it is to say “we don’t need people who are here for the money” about Emre – tell me, who will be with us without the money? Anyone at all? 🙂
    Excuse my bitter realism, I just like to take things as they are.

  • KevinHann

    Sep 11, 2007 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #8

    Ballack is out of our range. He is a top calibre player (meaning demanding champions league NOW plus massive wages) and I already read Real are willing to pay 12 million for him, not to mention the strong connection between their coach and the player. Let’s first see how Barton does before rushing for such players.

  • big pea ov the weab

    Sep 11, 2007 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #9

    @kevin hann
    r u a makam ?

  • KevinHann

    Sep 11, 2007 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #10

    I am a Newcastle fan since ’94 and proud of it. Not jumping in the air and clapping with hands at everything anyone related to the club says doesn’t make me less of a supporter.

  • big pea ov the weab

    Sep 11, 2007 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #11

    94 u must only be a bairn ….or is it u jumped ship from the makams in 94

  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 11, 2007 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #12

    Real snubbed Ballack.

  • KevinHann

    Sep 11, 2007 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #13

    Dude I was a kid back at ’94 and I don’t appreciate stupid comments either…

  • KevinHann

    Sep 11, 2007 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #14

    If they snubbed him how could he be any good for us?

  • Rich

    Sep 11, 2007 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Ive always said this, Shay is the best, better than Cech:,19528,11678_2721875,00.html

    “Cech is one of the best goalkeepers in the world,” said Keane. “But we are quite lucky in that we have the best in Shay Given.

    “Cech is different class but Shay Given is for me one of the best goalkeepers I have ever seen.”

    Given had kept three consecutive clean sheets for his country before conceding two against Slovakia at the weekend and will have to be in good form again on Wednesday, if Ireland are to make up ground in Group D.

  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 11, 2007 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #16

    KevinHann, its Real Madrid.

    Borowski is basically a playmaker, a winger and a holding and goalscoring midfielder in one. Ive been impressed with him everytime ive seen him play.

  • big pea ov the weab

    Sep 11, 2007 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #17

    @kevin hann
    ok no probs dont get uppset about it just a bit ov banter

  • Sinead

    Sep 11, 2007 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #18

    Funny Rich that Keane realises that and he plays a couple of times with him, what every couple of months, yet people here who so him play in and out every week think that Harper’s better then him or the both are the same standard and Harper should get to stay first choice as a reward for his loyalty and not making many obvious mistakes.

  • Rich

    Sep 11, 2007 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #19

    I know Sinead, i like Harper but ive always Shay was a different class.

    I keep to my opinion that we would of been relegated under the likes of Souness & Guillit if it wasnt for Given.

  • Alan Riley

    Sep 11, 2007 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #20

    Just to say that the Bobby Robson comment about “Practice makes permanent” is not a stupid comment – it is actually very sensible. If you practice a skill it becomes a permanent part of your repertoire. It is similar to “You never forget how to ride a bike”.

    BTW Ed, this is not a criticism. I love the quotes section – guaranteed to raise a smile on the dullest day. Thanks for the great work.

  • reggie22

    Sep 11, 2007 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #21

    i understand taylors plight completely u have twats like luque on 60 odd grand and he has been picking up not even double figures now his contract is up for a review he is well with in his rights to say what he feels he is worth if they dont agree its our loss u can moan about money allu like put it makes the world go round no company would ever run a a loss so we only pay wages we can afford think of it as an apprentise just finished his training and waiting for his first payday i say good luck to the boy he has worked hard and deserves every penny he can get his hands on if the club feel he wants to much they just wont pay and they will sell but i cant see this ever happening so get of his back turn round 180 a stroll a few miles if u dont like it mr hann !

  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 12, 2007 at 3:53 AM

    Comment #22

    Ballack in a black and white shirt would be a great signing as he’s a tremendous footballer…..

    It won’t happen this season, but let’s hope for a top-4 finish and just maybe Ashley and Mort will break the bank to bring in several world class players to make us competitive in Europe and PL!

  • Howay the Black And White Army

    Sep 12, 2007 at 5:05 AM

    Comment #23

    Hey Ed. Who is sam alalrdcye???

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 12, 2007 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #24

    Well done Andy Carroll – a debut goal for England U19’s last night.

    Thank Shearer he didn’t side with the sweatys. Can’t have been too much of a difficult decision that mind.

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 12, 2007 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #25

    Black and White Army – whoops – fixed it 😀


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