Milner Turns 22 But Still Has 220 Appearances

James Milner turned 22 years old on January 4th, yet he still has over 127 appearances for Newcastle United with 92 starts and 12 goals.


James Milner – made 220 appearances so far in his career

He has appeared another 93 times for Leeds United, Swindon Town and Aston Villa with 69 starts. So in his first class career he has 220 appearances with 161 starts, not too bad for a young 22 year-old. James has now recovered from his virus and is raring to go in tonight’s replay with the Potters. We expect to be on the right wing tonight in a 4-4-2 formation.

James told the Black ‘n’ White Matchday Program:

“We need a win to kick-start our 2008,” “It would be a much-needed lift for all the lads and it would help us to forget about the defeat at Man United on Saturday.” “Stoke are a very direct team and will try to get men behind the ball and make it hard for us.”

“It’s down to us to get the ball down and move it about. The pressure is on but it’s about who can get on the ball and do some damage to the opposition because we have enough ability.

“The first game was a bit nervy at times but all you want is for the lads to avoid defeat and hopefully get a win. “But it was good performance in the end because Stoke are a physical side.” “You don’t appreciate that on TV but the lads have told me it was difficult and they really play to their strengths.””

We need a win tonight – it’s as simple as that, one way or another.

James full playing record is as follows:

   Year       Team          Games Goals

2006-2008     Newcastle      76    8
2005-2006     Aston Villa    33    3
2004-2006     Newcastle      51    4
2002-2004     Leeds          54    5
2003–2004     Swindon-loan    6    2

TOTALS:                     220   22 

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • stantos

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #1

    and he still can’t cross the ball 🙂 Anyone know where I can watch the toon online tonight?

  • ToonKing

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #2

    and he still dribbles in circles 😀

    stantos : nowhere. it’s not being broadcasted anywhere. 🙁

  • wsq

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #3

    slow and useless

  • Bosck

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #4

    far better than most on here seem to give him credit for. winds me up the stick milner gets some times. has been one of our best and most consistent players for the last couple of seasons.

    ok i agree his crossing needs work, but so does pennants and swp who people seem to rate far higher. milner has a great shot, is always positive and is one of the few players that throughout SA reign still tried to keep the ball at his feet and run at the opposition along with zogs.

    give him due credit he is a young player who is still learning. Beckahm hadnt played as many top flight games by milners age from what i can rememer.

  • stantos

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #5

    Well thats pathetic, will it be on metro?

  • James

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #6

    We need a right winger that can cross the ball.

    I actually saw Milner play for Leeds as a striker a number of times, and he was much better in that position than he ever has been as a right winger.

    He should be our second choice right winger based on the fact we buy one in the summer.

    Watch how many times tonight Owen is making runs into the six yard box waiting for the ball and then turns round in despair as Milner dribbles so much he loses position.

    James Milner – this is Newcastle. We want quick wingers that run to the by line and whip the ball into the box.

    If he dribbled anymore he’d need a bib

  • ToonKing

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #7

    thank you bosck, i was just thinking about this during my tax exam today 😉 . “milner has a great shot” — he has a terrible shot m8. against manure in the first mins he had a great chance, ball falls to him , nobody in sight, Van der Sar in the far corner. What does James do??? starts preparing a strike…he waits……and waits….switches legs….waits… that was a bad idea, switches legs back……waits……Rio and Vidic running back……they are at the far corner now…still time…..left side of goal completely empty…waits …AND SHOOTS AT THE FAR CORNER !!!!! HITTING RIO,VIDIC and VAN DER SAR ALL IN ONCE!!!!
    i went crazy seeing that.
    he sometimes does hit a lucky shot but the goals he scored this season, a usual bad cross that ends up in the net, a ridiculous misskick and then finally put it away on the second try.

    He still has a long long way to go if he wants to become a really really good player, right now he can do a little of everything but nothing enough to be real effective.

  • dragoner

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Because Pennant and SWP are much better all round players

  • James

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #9

    Hey I’m willing to let him stay at SJP and hope he develops too. But we can all see how much Nzogbia has developed as a player in the same amount of time. He has come on leaps and bounds in the last 18 months. Whereas Milner isn’t getting any better.

  • true

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #10

    hey hes only on £40k per WEEK give hime a break.

  • ToonKing

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #11

    i can sense the sarcasm true……..

  • Nomis_jade

    Jan 16, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #12

    James milner is by far one of our most consistantly best players. He works his socks off, far more than most of the other players do. The fans always say ‘oh, we want players to show their commitment to the club’ and luque was blasted for never trying. I reckon milner is amazing. yeah he has got work to do but he is only 22. I think getting someone else in would be good though, just to take some of the pressure off him.

  • Dingo

    Jan 16, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #13

    if you live in Newcastle you can go to the match, tickets are still availiable or you can go to SJP and watch the match on the TV at Shearers bar (they show all the home games)

  • Leo*

    Jan 16, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #14

    he hated alardyce i was told by someone who lives along his road in darras

  • Leo*

    Jan 16, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #15

    yep tickets go from 17 quid in the family enclousure to 30 quid in sports bar and bar 1892

    im in bar 1892, back to the good old days, im sure the sports bar has been giving us bad luck because as soon as i moved we got real bad

  • thelongshanks

    Jan 16, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #16

    Milner is def one for the future as he only 22 and is far from his best.If this man worked on his crosses what other part of his game would you criticise him on.Im glad we still have him and if we were to buy a top class right winger,milner would be some squad player.

  • thelongshanks

    Jan 16, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #17

    saying that though i would give anything to have solano back 🙁

  • Obafan

    Jan 16, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Milner doesn’t know the meaning of the following football tactics:
    – play simple
    – do not dribble yourself
    – cross the ball away from the keeper
    – free kicks are for players who have a good shot

  • Keep Oba

    Jan 16, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #19

    you people badmouthing Milner are idiots. He certainly isnt the problem with the team. And sure he cant cross that well this year, hes been playing ON THE DAMN LEFT SIDE for most of it, where he seems to beat people often with his cutback move, but to say hes 22 has all these appearances, usuaslly does not disapear on the pitch (ie never hear his named called) and does not make costly tackles or other bonehead moves. The kid is pretty solid and yet people come in here and want to trash him to shreds…hes one of the few Toon players that automatically makes it into the starting 11 for me right now. Go piss on someone else. How about Alan Smith.

  • Bosck

    Jan 16, 2008 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Anybody want to have any more digs at milner? pace did damage down the right all night, good shot for the goal and linked up well with the rest of the midfield/attack


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