Newcastle Interested in Two Carlisle Youngsters

There were reports yesterday that Newcastle were tracking two youngsters from Carlisle United.


Kieron Westwood – 23 year-old Carlisle and Ireland goalkeeper

News is that Newcastle are tracking Carlisle United’s highly-rated keeper Kieran Westwood, 23, and also keeping tabs on the Cumbrian’s young striker Gary Madine, who we were interested in during the January transfer window.

Keiren Westwood is 6’1” and born in October, 1984 in Manchester.

He has now played for Carlisle 131 times and is their first choice goalkeeper. He qualifies to play for the Republic of Ireland national team by virtue of an Irish born father.

Westwood started his career at Manchester City in 2003, but he never played for them and moved to Carlisle United in 2004. becoming the understudy to Matt Glennon at that time.

Since then he has become the top goalkeeper at the club and only this month, he made his debut for Ireland, when he came on as a 65th minute substitute against Lagos, replacing Brian Murphy of Bohemians.


Gary Madine – Gateshead born 6’4″ striker

Gary Madine is a 6’4” striker, who is just 17 years old, and was born just south of the River Tyne in Gateshead, England – like our very own Andy Carroll who is 2 years older and one inch shorter.

Gary has played 11 games for Carlisle already, and is expected to challenge for a first team place during the 2007–08 season.

We can understand why the club is interested in Gary, who looks an excellent prospect, and he’s a local lad.

But with two excellent 20 year-old goalkeepers in Fraser Forster and Tim Krul, to back up Harper and Given next season, we’re not sure why we’d be interested in Westwood.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • cooldj

    Jun 2, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #1

    we also have sodeberg as a future gk so that would be kinda odd to sign the GK, unless we’re looking to make a profit on him. don’t know much about madine but he might be worth it for cheap. you never know plus i’m not sure carroll will make it.

    wall virginty btw 😉 hahahahaha

  • Eric

    Jun 2, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #2

    Do not need a goalkeeper – not as he is already 23.
    Go for Madine. At his age and local I would give him a chance with NUFC.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 2, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #3


  • Graeme

    Jun 2, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #4

    I really dont see the point in either, to be honest. Are they a step forward from players we already have??

    It sure doesnt look like it, so what would be the point???

  • reillers

    Jun 2, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #5

    Yes yes of course. It makes sense, all this buisness about buying players and their wages and what not, not to mention we’ve 4 very good keepers all ready. It make sense to waste our money on another keeper instead of a player we actually need.
    What is the bloody point of it like?

    As for wee Westwood, this debut of his for Ireland was in a practice match in Portugal against a minnow side there not so long ago but, I don’t even think his name being mentioned, don’t think he was that good.

  • Ian

    Jun 2, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #6

    I do not understand what the process is with Carroll, Fabio and if it is true this Madine, what on earth are we doing??

    We have a blockage with Carroll, good in the reserves, crap on loan and poor in the first team, sell him, try to bring Fabio up through the reserves next season and then give him a chance, if madine looks better than Fabio try him, if they dont break in to the first sell them then bring in the next, one day we will produce some good strikers, which we already have in other positions with Lua Lua, Edgar, Taylor and co.

    At the moment our strikers seemed to be backed up behind Carroll which makes the whole process confusing from outside, other players arent getting their chances, what ever happened to Fabio in the reserves? He may have been amazing and could have been a striker of quality on the first team bench, young as he is.

  • Leo

    Jun 2, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #7

    whats the point in another goal keeper

    i guess we are going to change our names to newcastle united day cresh

  • Bill F

    Jun 2, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #8

    Another Gk pointless, but another prospect is good, surely one of them will turn out to be a winner.

  • Davies

    Jun 2, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #9

    I can see the point of it all. The idea of buying younger players is what the club is all about at the moment. It also pays to keep your options open and, as has been said above, these payers can be sold on if they don’t look like they’ll make the grade.

    The worrying thing is that we aren’t making assertive moves for players that will go straight to the first team.

    Whilst I have every faith in Keegan, and I don’t sit in the “Ashley is a tight arse” camp, it would be reassuring to see a good signing made in hte next week or so, to show our intent on challenging next season.

    I’m trying to be patient, but this is all getting a little frustrating, especially when a number of dickhead publications out there are reporting that Keegan is ready to quit.

  • geordie in taipei

    Jun 2, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #10

    So, we not getting any stars, because their wages to high. So, we gonna fill the ranks with players from the lower leagues.Unfortunately thats the feeling im getting today. I wish Ashely and or keegan would come out and say something, im getting worried. I PRAY THIS IS JUST SOME DODGY PARANOIA.


    Jun 2, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #11

    That Madine Kid looks the spit of Lee Clark

  • Hammy

    Jun 2, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #12

    Let’s get rid of all our established high earning “stars” and replace them with inexperienced kids on peanuts, wow what a great plan…save a fortune…here is what could happen:

    1. We don’t sell out on season tickets
    2. Shirt sales plummet, as nobody wants a nobody printed on their backs
    3. Sky sports cuts back on toon televised games, at least until the final few weeks of the season as we hover round the relegation zone.
    4. We get relegated.
    5. Champion.

    Fact is most other clubs…… yawn….now have billionaire owners, these days you won’t have time to make a team of talented youngsters as you will end up in the Championship.

    Please prove me wrong MA.


    Jun 2, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #13

    Im two steps ahead of you, On the nobody on the back of me shirt:


    Last year!

  • Geordie Gerrard

    Jun 2, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #14


  • Hammy

    Jun 2, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #15

    lol @ Craigg…

  • Ian

    Jun 2, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #16

    Beckham recovered his transfer fee in two years in the sales of merchandise.

    I reckon Ashley will be able to do the same with his new players.

    Joe Jones transfer fee £50, he will break even after three shirt sales!!!

    You guys are so negative!!!!!!

  • Hammy

    Jun 2, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #17

    what new players Ian…

  • Ian

    Jun 2, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #18

    Hammy from carlise united arent you excited!!!

  • Gloryhunter

    Jun 2, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #19

    Joe Jones? Never ‘eard of ‘im!

  • bessi

    Jun 2, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #20

    ncncncncncncncncncncnc incredible what arewe doing…we have 4 goalkeeper and two of them are young and also we have 2-3 young striker and now we are listening that we want to sign young goalkeeper and young striker…..bad very very bad thinks are going…we didn’t a player yet ..dissapointed

  • MarK

    Jun 2, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #21

    omg newcastle havent signed anyone yet! WE ARE GONNA GET RELEGATED !! must sign a player like know coz theyd really much rather come to nufc coz of the great support they’d get from the fans (as opposed to champ league football)… etc etc

    I dont understand why so many people are getting mad at MA for not buying any players yet…
    theres a thing called the euros coming up you know? unless we bid stupid money, we arent gonna get the players we want before the euros I reckon.

  • reillers

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #22

    At this rate we need to sell a keeper not buy another one.

  • Eric

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #23

    I still think we should have a look at McGeady. Perhaps our options are north of the border rather than down Mexico (or European) way. Where have all the Welsh wizards gone? More to the point where have footies Geordie geniuses gone? The EPL has become so perverted with megabucks and laced with greed now that we will not get many players.
    Out there somewhere are some gems – but Wise is too comfortable in his London office and the other two suits are still getting to grips with Football Manager 2008-2009. I am not losing faith but am certainly concerned that KK is not getting a fair run of the ball. If Wenger and Ferguson can find them why can’t we?

  • Ian

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #24

    Eric – I agree with mcgeady, I thought that had gone cold because Zog and Duff were staying, but if Duff is leaving……

    Maybe ashley and keegan are fine, possibly wise and co cant deliver and dont know enough premiership players or their agents.

  • Darry

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #25

    Seen westwood in the Leeds play-offs, in the first leg, he kept carlisle in it thats for sure. dunno what happened in the 2nd leg though, never seen it.

  • Tripp

    Jun 2, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #26

    Likewise. Westwood was awesome for 96 minutes. He finally conceded a goal (which ultimately was their undoing) but he was MOM by miles. Every time I’ve seen Carlise play (on setanta, about 3 times) he put in a solid performance. Probably one we’d sell pretty quickly though. As everyone else has pointed out, we’ve got a glut of GKs.

    Joe Jones is mint. The man is immense. He’ll easily see 5-10 shirts next season.

  • geordie boy

    Jun 2, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #27

    i played football with gary lee at school very good player…very creative and a good passer of the ball he was always in and out of clubs good to see him doing well though..shame about me haha oo well back to the day job

  • sandibeach

    Jun 2, 2008 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #28

    I support Carlisle as my 2nd team, as they are my local team. Westwood is the best Goalkeeper outside of the Premiership, single handedly kept us at the top end of the table all season, Would be a decent Goalie for lower premiership teams, reminds of Shay Given a bit, great shot stopper, average at everything else.
    Gary Madine… A goal machine, not one goal for us. Half as good as Stephen Hindmarsh who Newcastle were also after in January (if I remember correctly) who we let go and has gone to Paul Simpsons new club.


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