Kevin – Newcastle Crowd Important Tomorrow


Kevin Keegan has been talking about tomorrow’s game, and he has said the crowd may be needed tomorrow to get the lads going, on what we hope will be their first league win in over 3 months.

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Keegan – maybe the team needs the crowd tomorrow to get them going

Kevin Keegan said today:

“You know me, but you have got to understand there are times when you need to be cavalier, and there are times when you cannot afford to be in this division.”

“Even last time (he was Newcastle manager), despite what people say, we still went away and got drab 0-0 draws – not many, I think one, but we did get them, and a couple of 1-1s where we shut shop up. We could do that.”

“The fans have always got an important role at a club as big as this. When you have got 50,000 of them in your stadium, you do need their support at a time like this.”

“There have been times in the past when I have been here when we have got the crowd going as a team, but sometimes, the team needs the crowd needs to get them going.” “We are maybe a little bit in that situation at the moment.”

“When you look at the names on our team sheet, we shouldn’t be down the bottom, but we are and they have got to show another side to their character.”

We are starting to believe Kevin when he says once this team gets their first win under him, we think our form could improve dramatically. It would be good if we can get a few good wins in before the end of the season.

Then we can all look forward to a really exciting summer, and a much, much better season next year.

We’ll not even mention we’d like to finish in the top 6. 😀

Comments welcome.



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13 comments so far

  • Leo

    Mar 21, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #1

    im gttn excited now

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  • Edd Case

    Mar 21, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #2

    The crowd are important, of course, but the team must go out there and show that the crowd are important to them, and bloody well get the three points.

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  • The Gallowgate Channel

    Mar 21, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #3

    I’ll be shouting until I’ve got no voice left. Biggest game of the season and as supporters we have to rise to our magnificent best – and we are the very best when we get going. If only the whingers and people who leave 20 mins before the end whatever the score would either stay away or hand their tickets to someone who cares – but unfortunately thats not possible. The crowd are soooo important tomorrow – the importance can’t be underestimated.

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  • daniel

    Mar 21, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #4

    I think our high expectations are half the problem. I know your half joking but to even mention a top 6 finish next season gets everyone believing and eventually leaves people expecting and then demanding a top 6. When this doesn’t happen and usually it doesn’t, we get on the team and managers back. The truth is there are a lot of better teams than us who are fighting for that top 6, Everton, Villa, Pompey, City and Spurs among others. The fact is I and im sure alot of people were relieved and content with the point at Birmingham, that just shows how far we have to go before we are a top 6. Im not trying to be negative, just realistic. Its gonna take a lot of money, patience and time to get this great club back to where we want.

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  • yet_another_indian_toon

    Mar 21, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #5

    100% support from me & my couch tomorrow, a million meters away, in some obscure country, in some obscure planet, in some obscure galaxy….

    Will it be wrong to expect 3 points from the game?

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  • Charlie Bucket

    Mar 21, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #6

    The 1999-2000 team played in front of an empty stadium and a load of bulldozers, cranes and builders yet still managed to finish 11th under Sir Bobby Robson when the stadium was closed for redevelopment. Those players never used it as an excuse.

    The size of the crowd should not determine how well the players play.

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  • Luke

    Mar 21, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #7

    Kevin “I only talk in football clichés” Keegan.

    I’m fully in support of the lands, but is anyone else sick to death of endless

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  • belfast toon

    Mar 21, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #8

    must win tomorrow the crowd must be up for it unfortunatly i can only shout at the pc if anyone can tell me what channel its on sopcast

    COME ON THE TOON!!!!!

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  • Newcastle United.

    Mar 21, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #9

    Aye, I reckon once we win. We’ll go on a run beat Chelsea at home, Few new players in the summer. Top 8 Next season.

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  • Julia

    Mar 21, 2008 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #10

    sorry kk, but its one blunder after another. the toon army have been there week in week out ALL season, watching a total shower, then he comes out with a stupid comment. fact is, mr kk, you are paid millions of pounds a year to get this team going. they get thousands of pounds a week to play, yet WE the fans, fork out hundreds and hundreds a season, so dont come out with we need the crowd. if kk truly knew this club, then he should know the crowd are always there for them. i think instead of making silly pointless comments they chould be on the training field tryig to show us that they actually give a toss.

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  • The Gallowgate Channel

    Mar 21, 2008 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Got to disagree with you Julia. The team is understandably lacking a bit in confidence at the moment and the fans getting behind them can lift them and make a massive difference. I’ve seen it happen before and conversely I’ve seen the confidence and energy literally drain from the team when the fans start to shout criticism at them. Kevin has asked us to go along and be at our best – probably the same request he is making to the players. Its a reasonable request in my view – these are serious times.

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  • Mitch H

    Mar 22, 2008 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #12

    Julia:
    “if kk truly knew this club, then he should know the crowd are always there for them.”

    Guess you’ve never been to SJP then? Coz over the past 2 seasons, the crown have not been happy & regularly get on the backs of the team & rightly so in most cases.

    These comments show you know nothing about the game, KK, or our club.

    Get a life & maybe a new club to follow, coz we dont need muppets like you.

    KK is a legend on Tyneside & always will be.

    Ho’way the Lads & Keep the Faith.

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  • Julia

    Mar 22, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #13

    i do have a season ticket actually so yes i have been to sjp and away games regulary for the past 10 years. whilst the atmosphere has not been as it once was in kk’s first spell, we still sell out week in and out, and certainly my section, sing our hearts out in support. away support is fantastic – considering what we are watching this year.

    whilst there have been times when the crowd do, understandably moan and groan (and the odd moron who decides to boo) the majority of the game the lads are fully backed.

    i know the fans play a big part, but teams have played and been successful in front of less people. he is the fourth or fifth this season to come out and make this type of comment – the last being owen v BB and look what we got there – nil points! i know KK has legendary status from past efforts and i have not slagged him off, i just feel that instead of saying what was said (which was probably only a small part of the interview) they could have been working on trying to win this game. agree with the gallowgate channel about serious times and the fans, or at least i know my section, will continue to support as we have all season…just hope the players dont play as they have all season!!

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