Martins Hits Double Figures Two Seasons Running

Oba Martin’s goal at West Ham on Saturday takes him into double figures for his second season in succession at Newcastle United. 😀


Martins – one of our favorite photos of Oba – yes he just scored

Surprisingly, Martins is now just the fifth Newcastle United player to hit double figures in consecutive campaigns since Newcastle joined the Premier League back in 1993.

We expect next year at this time that our captain Michael Owen will also be on that list but since Oba hit 17 goals last season he is in double figures in his first two seasons at the club.

When you remember that Oba spent a month the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year, and was injured for several weeks when he got back, Oba has still got back on the scoring trail at Newcastle under Kevin Keegan.

Oba now joins Peter Beardsley, Andy Cole, Les Ferdinand and of course Alan Shearer in a list of players who have scored in double figures in successive seasons.

We look forward to Oba signing an extended contract at the club in the summer. As Kevin says – he’s a one off – and Oba loves life at Newcastle, and will only get better under Kevin’s guidance.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • Steve_48

    Apr 29, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Starting to be a good player, but he should be hitting double figure by Christmas to be honest, but late April

    Looking for forward to Monday @ 4pm

  • adaaaam

    Apr 29, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #2

    he used to be just all pace but he s gettin a touch on him now and is lookin to play a bit more. still gets his head down and puts the blinkers on once in a while though like

  • tdt

    Apr 29, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #3

    joining the list of legends, wears the no.9 shirt, this guy must surely stay and be a great figure in our successes to come?

  • Luke

    Apr 29, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #4

    Good man!

    Factor into that Fat Sham’s dislike for the player and his limited appearances. Can’t wait for next year. I like Viduka but with a TOP quality target man you can’t help but shiver thinking of the goals flying in. But who? Ashton’s no

    improvement for me and young Carrol’s not quite there. Crouch for me!

    This pi**ed me off no end (on modric to spurs):

    They will pay the £16.5m in instalments over the next four years.

    We can’t even compete financially spread over 4 years!

  • Kash2

    Apr 29, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #5


    How could Oba hit double figures by xmas if BSA harldy ever played? Think about it son!

  • Hamas (51times)

    Apr 29, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Allardyce never played him to be fair.

  • MattyDread

    Apr 29, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #7

    Just heard about Ameobi…

    Apparently if Stoke get promoted then the deal is made permanent for £4m…


    Come on Stoke!!

  • Graeme

    Apr 29, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #8

    With a GOOD CF to play off then Oba should hit double figures no problem. To be honest, would expect 20 plus, next season.

  • Bosck

    Apr 29, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #9

    luke, the money was nothing to do with it, modric has stated he wanted to join spurs cos of ramos.

    if the croatian press had kept quiet, we would have agreed a fee and signed him before anyone else got wind of the deal, however as it was made public spurs came in with a bid and modric chose to join them. simple as.

  • Steve_48

    Apr 29, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #10


    Class is permanent form is temporary – had FSA realised this and played him more, then theoretically he would have been in double figures by now surely?

  • ToonRich

    Apr 29, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #11

    Remember he lost a month when away for the ACN, and he also came back injured from that…coupled with the lack of games under BFS!

    Well done Oba, i think he’ll be firing on all cylinders next season and hit the 15-20 mark no problem. Just look at Adebayor, Wenger said he’d be happy with 15 from him this season!!

  • Bill F

    Apr 29, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #12

    His first goal for us was smashed in, all power. His last was calculated and clinical put the two together and we have a world class striker. Lets hope he keeps it up. Add Gomis, Crouch or Kone to the mix with Michael and we have a strike force second to none.

  • Gooderz

    Apr 29, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Well done Oba. It’s a great return considering how we’ve played during his time at the club, and he still loves us. 😀

  • ohh no

    Apr 29, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #14

    Oba reminds me a bit of Tino Asprilla tough to hanndle, un predictable and scores some wonderous goals. Next season I think could be the one for oba to shine!

  • Luke

    Apr 29, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #15

    Bosck — may well be true, but do you not think Keegan would’ve blown so much sunshine up his arse a rainbow would’ve crossed the tyne? Settles for me the argument that Keegan SHOULD be directly involved in negotiations.

  • James

    Apr 29, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #16

    If he learns half of Owen’s tactical awareness then he will be a tremendous asset for years to come

  • Luke

    Apr 29, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #17

    Not sure that’s possible James. Owen seems to have been born with it — and before you say Owen’s matured, 99% of fans would’ve labelled him a one trick goal-poaching Pony 7 games ago.

  • briss

    Apr 29, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #18

    he should win carling player of the month, he’s poured his heart out in every game and been our best player in most of them. EVERYONE PLEASE VOTE FOR OBA!! people say he’s mad at kk when he takes him off but i just think he just really loves playing and wants to stay on and score. 10 mins after getting off the pitch he realizes he did well and is happy. he respects the managers decision even if he doesn’t express it at the time

  • Leo

    Apr 29, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #19

    well heard to double figures next year

  • ScottyT

    Apr 29, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #20

    hoping that owen and martins stay with the toon for many years and you never know they could be hitting double figures each and every year as we progress up the league 😀

  • Fernando

    Apr 29, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #21

    i don’t think martins will ever reach 20 a season. but he’s more than welcomed to prove me wrong

  • Luke

    Apr 29, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #22

    Fernando, look at the number of sitters his missed in the season he got 17. He seems to have added some composure to his game since he first arrived. If he stays fit and a wee cup run, it’s a definite for me.

  • James

    Apr 29, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #23

    Luke – I agree about Owen. Very few players in world football have his footballing brain for reading the game and awareness of players around him. As for his ability to time his runs into the box, its a weekly masterclass for any midfielder or striker. Easily our best player.

    But Oba is a different option and can score a goal out of nothing. Yes, he’ll never ever have Owen’s world wide goal scoring record but very few players will.

  • kk

    Apr 29, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #24

    so all strikers should if thay dont whats the point having them

  • Luke

    Apr 29, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #25

    holding the ball up in forward positions, assists, chasing down defenders, extra man at corners… and scoring goals.

  • Newcastle United.

    Apr 29, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #26

    I love him me.

  • Newcastle United.

    Apr 29, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #27

    He does seem more composed than usual lately. Keegan was a striker and a very good finisher so maybe he’s taught him a thing or two. I think Owen would of helped him too. I honestly think IF Owen and Martins stay fit and play like 35 games. They will both get 20 plus.

    I was listening to century fm the other night, Ye nah the football phone in. Some guy said: ‘If Owen, hadn’t got injured for England that game against Austria. We didn’t have Fat huge massive Sham as manager, with his stupid tactics that were never gonna compliment our best players. Owen would of got 20 plus this season’. I agree with him. If Keegan had became manager earlier, Or we didnt appoint Allardyce in the first place. He would of got at least 10 more goals IMO.

  • Obafan

    Apr 29, 2008 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #28

    Oba is starting to play more calm and intelligent. His last finishes were fantastic (Spurs; Reading; Hammers). I think if we could get GOMIS as target man next to Martins and Owen just behind those 2 then we have 3 strikers who can score from out of every position with all their individual skills. Add Viduka who can play the last half hour and knock in another one. What will that give? I really think the sun is finally starting to shine over St James.


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