Newcastle United Blog – Team For Next Game

We are going to do a test run on the Newcastle United Blog is to see if we can get the best team from our readers for the next game Newcastle play.

In this case it’s Everton on Sunday and of course as usual we will have injuries so some players will not be available.

Obviously we need to pick players who are available and you can view the STATS along the top of the site to see the injury list and return dates.


Newcastle United Blog Team of the Week – these guys are probably way too old now

This was an idea from one of our readers. Here’s the section of the comment that put forward the idea yesterday – it’s from Danger Mouse. Oct 2, 2007 at 19:33
One idea that I would like to see you implement is to draw up a list of four or five starting line-ups for people to vote on. Just a quick survey each week until match day.

So here’s the procedure I dreamed up last night:

  1. A discussion topic is posted at least a week before the match and that is already happening. In this case it’s Newcastle vs Everton Sunday 7th October, 2007 15:00 KO
  2. Put your potential teams in the Newcastle United Forum before every match. Some of you are already doing this as part of the match discussion.
  3. Then two days before each game we’ll pick 5 of the best (and different) teams from the forum and put together a poll you can then vote on.
  4. The day before the match we’ll publish the results of the poll and what our readers have chosen as the best team
  5. We’ll send the team to Big Sam and expect him to play that team the next day.

Well maybe we’ll not bother with step 5 😀
Can anyone think of a good name for this?    Newcastle United Blog Team of the Week perhaps?

Let’s try it out for 2 or 3 games and see if it works. If it doesn’t we’ll think up something else that does work for us. Thanks and comments always welcome.

44 comments so far

  • Aussie geordie

    Oct 3, 2007 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Alrightly alrighty Best team against Everton


    Bench Harper, Butt, Beye, Smith, Troisi

  • James

    Oct 3, 2007 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #2

    Given,Enrique,Rozenhal,Faye,Beye, Zog,Geremi,Smith,Milner,Viduka,Oba
    We cant keep playing milner and smith on the wings its not working,need Zog on left Milner on right and then thats sorted and the goals will come flooding inn

  • Stefan

    Oct 3, 2007 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #3

    Team for Everton.
    Beye, Rozenahl, Taylor, Enrique.
    Milner, Geremi, Emre, N´zogbia.
    Viduka, Martins.

    Subs: Smith, Butt, Faye, Harper, LuaLua.

  • darren mills

    Oct 3, 2007 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Team for this weekend should be

    Play with 2 wingers and get wide and put balls in the box, emre for the creativity that we have been missing recently, even if you only get 70mins from him

  • Rich

    Oct 3, 2007 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Team for Everton

    Beye Faye Rozenthal Enrique

    Milner Emre Geremi N Zogbia

    Viduka Martins

    Subs: Harper, Taylor, Butt, Smith, Troisi

    Think Taylor needs a bit of a rest, he had a poor game against City and time to give Faye his chance to prove his worth with a start. Also want to see Milner and Zog on the wings and emre introduced into the middle to give us some much needed cretivity!Think this team looks good on paper just hope it bludy works!

  • Gary

    Oct 3, 2007 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #6


    Beye taylor Roz Enrique

    Milner Smith Butt Zog


    I wouldn’t play geremi in this game as i think he goes backwards to often, we relly need to be positive in this game and get at everton because if we don’t they will pinish us. The reason I have put smith in there is he will get box to box and given a chance in front of goal he won’t freeze.

    Bench: Harper, Geremi, Emre, Faye, Ameobi (if fit)

  • Big Al

    Oct 3, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Team for Sun:


    Beye Taylor Rozenhal Enrique

    Milner Geremi Smith Zog

    Viduka Martins

    Subs: Harper Faye Emre Butt Troisi

    Moving Smith into centre mid will make a big difference, just watch how much more involved he would be in the final 3rd! If Viduka isn’t 100% as he has been struggling to play 2 games in a row recently i’d move smith upfront and put emre in midfield.

  • Brian

    Oct 3, 2007 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #8

    You can also make a image of your team and post it to any forum just copy and paste the code into a forum or web page and the image appears

  • Brian

    Oct 3, 2007 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Lets see if it works here

  • Brian

    Oct 3, 2007 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #10

    No 🙁 images not allowed Oh well

  • david bulman

    Oct 3, 2007 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #11

    i would try this team,need to try a 4-4-2,playing butt smith and geremi in middle together not working,too similar to each give smith a chance in middle because on the wing he has been useless,needs to stop diving into every tackle,start with emre for creativity.geremi at the back,i dont think he has offered much in the middle.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 3, 2007 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #12

    4-4-2 Diamond

    GK: Given
    RB: Beye
    CB’s: Rozehnal, Taylor
    LB: Enrique
    CDM: Geremi
    RWM: Milner
    LWM: N’Zgobia
    CAM: Emre
    ST’s: Viduka, Martins

    Bench: Harper, Faye, Troisi, Smith, Butt

  • Gerry Hagon

    Oct 3, 2007 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #13


    Beye, Rozenhal, Faye, Enrique

    Milner, Geremi, Smith, N’Zogbia

    Viduka, Martins


    Taylor, Butt, Harper, Barton, Emre

  • yemozone

    Oct 3, 2007 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Dont waste ur time predicting the team for everton.BSA will use is normal squad again.
    I even think we are goin to get a draw on sunday.stubborn isn’t he.

  • lee

    Oct 3, 2007 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #15

    yemozone, you are right. BSA will play the following:
    Beye Rozehnal Taylor NZogbia
    Smith Geremi Butt Milner
    Ameobi Martins

    Trust me, wait and see everyone! people will scream their heads off when the team lose 0-1 at SJP this sunday. … and guess what , we will drop 3 or 4 places down to 14… and glenn roeder will have a field day on BSA and toon management.

  • Steely

    Oct 3, 2007 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #16

    Formation 4-4-2


    Harper (Played well so far, but Given is too good)
    Geremi (DM cover. Also, if CB cover needed, Faye can drop back)
    Smith (AM/CF cover)
    Troisi (AM cover)
    Ameobi (begrudgingly, but no other out-and-out striker fit)

    Attacking options – Beye and Enrique to use speed for going forward up the wings with Faye providing defensive cover. Milner to get crosses in whenever possible, and Zog to get some runs on the wing as well as cutting in and running at defense whenever possible. Emre and Beye have to work well together though. Martins and Vid to do what they do.

    Defensive options – Rozenhal and Taylor to stay strong and rely on some good cover from Faye. Emre will need to cover when needed.

    However, all that said, I fully expect Sam to play the team above, but as a 4-3-3 with defense as above, and Geremi, Butt and Zog in midfield, with Milner and Martins supporting Viduka up front. This will inevitably lead to us losing the midfield AGAIN as Butt and Geremi are tosh when they play together! I reckon a 0-0 draw or 1-0 to Everton unfortunately – unless Sam changes tactics!

    Oh, and please please please please stop Geremi from taking the corners and free-kicks – Milner, Zog or Emre please…

  • JJ

    Oct 3, 2007 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Everton have good strong defenders and small quick strikers so this would be my line up.






    subs: Smith, Milner, Butt, Harper, Ameobi. (use Milner as a late sub for Geremi and Smith for Viduka).

  • geordie in taipei

    Oct 3, 2007 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #18




    ps: smith should be played as a central midfielder…not a winger and emre should be ahead of butt in the pecking order everytime.

  • iain

    Oct 3, 2007 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #19


    beye faye roz enrique

    milner geremi emre zog

    martins viduka


  • leo

    Oct 3, 2007 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #20

    jj totally agree with that lineup. and the milner on for geremi and smith for dukes

  • Rich

    Oct 3, 2007 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #21

    iain – thats the team i went for as well exactly, hope big Sam shares the views.

  • Jóhann

    Oct 3, 2007 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #22

    Keeper: Harper – He´s been the better one all season long in my opinion and the team just plays better with him.
    Defenders: Beye Faye Taylor Enrique – Beye is an obvious one. Taylor doesn´t need a rest, I myself feel is performance wasn´t as bad as everyon seem to think. Rozy aint good enough in my opinion and you will see that as the season goes on. At least he and Taylor can´t play together. Faye is a must in the defense, put some muscle there. Enrique also an obvious one. It´s time for him to shine.
    Midfield: Martins Geremi Zogbia Milner – Martins just isn´t a striker, you have seen the chances he misses, unbelieveable really how he misses easy chances but he can then again turn up and do something extra ordinary. On the wing he gets more room and I think he would be fantastic there. Geremy is a solid player though I haven´t been impressed, he could anchor the midfield. I feel like we need someone as Zogbia in the midfield to be able to spread the ball and drive forward with it. And Milne the only option on the left then.
    Forwards: Smith Viduka – Anyone remember them at least? There were absoloutly fantastic, must forward pairing against Everton I feel. Viduka and Martins just don´t hit it off while playing together.

  • Obafan

    Oct 3, 2007 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #23

    Beye – Rozehnal – Faye – Enrique
    Geremi – Emre – Butt – N’Zogbia
    Viduka – Martins

    Subs: Harper – Taylor (makes too many stupid mistakes, which often lead to goals) – Milner – Smith –

    @ Johan
    Are you serious?
    1) Martins isn’t a striker, okay he missed 2 great chances against Arsenal and WHU. One of those two was a bad miss, the 2nd one didn’t matter cause that game was in our bag. Have you seen the finish last Saturday at Man City? Pure quality!!!
    2) Rozehnal is way better than Taylor; I think every time those 2 play together Taylor is the one who makes the stupid mistakes. Rozehnal and Cacapa is our best central duo, but if Cacapa isn’t available Roz should defenitely play, and certainly not Taylor. Faye and Roz in defencenext Sunday.

  • nightfall

    Oct 3, 2007 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #24


    beye rozehnal faye enrique

    ………..geremi butt




    subs: harper, taylor, emre, smith, troisi

  • Greg B

    Oct 3, 2007 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #25


    Subs: Harper.Taylor.Butt.Emre.LuaLua

  • ToonPipes

    Oct 3, 2007 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #26




    If its owt else i wont be fookin happy .. got to have a playmake in the centre of the field fizzin the ball out to the wingers and then bangin the ball accross the face of the goal.. we need joey barton back asap ……….. i am B ORED with how we playin already .. tho i like our defense … martins needs to get a grip and nicky butt can get f ucked out of here ..

  • big pea ov the weab

    Oct 3, 2007 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #27

    this is a must win game for us a thought the performance on sat was terable first half was ok but after that diabolical
    doz any 1 eslse think beye is shit ? comments appriciated

  • bobby

    Oct 3, 2007 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #28

    ever wanted to let alan oliver know that he talks rubbish? well now you can!! email him on

  • Obafan

    Oct 3, 2007 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #29

    @big pea ov the weab
    Beye will be good if he is completely gelled in the team and if he gets to be used to the EPL. If you have to play in a team which isn’t performing at a good level, then it is very difficult. Don’t be too hard on him now, give him 1 month to settle in the team and then IMO we will see another Beye who will be a very good and solid RB at the Toon.

  • Craig Allen

    Oct 3, 2007 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #30

    I think Beye should have played in that reserves game. I’m still not convinced he’s 100% match fit. I don’t think he’s rubbish tho’ just not match fit and still little bit unsettled – even for a professional – it takes time. He looks better than Carr though 😀

  • ToonPipes

    Oct 3, 2007 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #31

    hes miles better than carr .. carr is a f ucking donkey

  • Alex

    Oct 3, 2007 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #32


  • Alex

    Oct 3, 2007 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #33

    i agree with Craig Allen about Beye the guy does not look 100% fit yet, but does look a class act ,cant wait untill he is top fit untill then i would try our captain in that position he has played there before and Taylor looks a bit burned out.The under 21 games in the summer for England have maybe took there toll.

  • apan

    Oct 3, 2007 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #34






    subs: Smith or Butt, Taylor, Harper, Enrique, Troisi

    Again prob smith or butt will play in the heart of our mid, im not sure BSA will use this though than his preferred 4-3-3 but im sure emre will play, but not enrique

  • Ashton

    Oct 3, 2007 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #35

    ——————————- Given ————————

    Beye ———– Taylor ——– Rozehnal ——— Enrique

    ———— Smith ——- Faye ———– Emre

    —— Martins ——— Viduka ———– N’zogbia

  • aaron d

    Oct 3, 2007 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #36

    beye_rozehnal_faye_jose enrique

    harper butt viduka taylor edgar

  • fo rder

    Oct 3, 2007 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #37

    does BSA visit this blog to see the fans opinions?? although i agree with almost all of the line up suggested in here, but i still have a feeling that the stubborn BSA will stick to his favorite 4-3-3 formation, which frustrates me really hard….

  • Kristófer

    Oct 3, 2007 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #38

    I think Jóhann hasn´t been watching the same team we have, and what’s up with you wanting to have martins on the wing???

    GK: Given – it´s his time to shine again
    RB: Beye – was very good against west ham and i think was a very smart buy.
    LB: Enrique – I want to see him start, we have waited long enough, it is time to unlease the BULL.
    CB: Taylor – Is a brilliant player and gives 100 % everytime he plays
    CB: Rozenhal – I think he has been brilliant this season, don´t understand why people are saying he hasn´t, i think he is strong at the back and he loves to come forward, it is going to be sooner rather than later we are going to see his name on the scoresheet.
    RM: Milner – I just adore him, he is the one who needs to create the goals.
    LM: N’Zogbia – Best player this season, want to see him on the wing, think he can create and score more there.
    DM: Geremi – Had a great start to the season, has been solid lately but nothing more than that. I think it is his time to shine, with the likes of emre and joey barton nearly fit.
    AM: Emre – I want him in the side, he brings so much creativity to the side and can give the everton defence a hard time.
    ST: Viduka – Who can forget his preformance against West Ham? he was not good against man city but i think he will get on the scoresheet against Everton.
    ST: Oba Martins – Not a typical striker Jóhann??? when he gets a run going in the team he dosen´t let us down, he is a exellent player, he can be a match winner and i think he will be the man of the match on Sunday.

    I want Smith in the starting 11 but there is no place for him, but i think sam has to rotate his midfield players so each of them get plenty of playing time.

    Newcastle 3 Martins 2, emre 1
    Everton 1 Lescott

  • Kristófer

    Oct 3, 2007 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #39

    I mean

    Newcastle 3 Martins, Viduka, emre
    Everton 1 Lescott

  • Jóhann

    Oct 3, 2007 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #40

    If you´d get 20 chances you are bound to score one. Martins reminds me a lot more of Ronaldo. Can play as a striker and do it okay but I think he will be a lot better as a winger. Martins can disappear in games and misses easy chances which is very frustrating. He does score his special goals but I want him to produce every game, not now and then. The reason Owen took his place is simple. Martins scored two goals in the first game and what then? Nothing.


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