Nile Ranger Gets Hat-Trick For Newcastle Under-18 Side


It was a disappointing display and loss by our first team yesterday at Fulham, but on Saturday 17 year-old Nile Ranger scored another three goals for the Newcastle Under-18 side who won 5-2 at our Little Benton training facilities.


Nile Ranger – scores goals for fun

Newcastle Under-18s maintained their league topping position of the Academy Table on Saturday, at the Little Benton training facilities, with a good 5-2 victory over Huddersfield Town. The KO was at 12:30 pm.

Nile was bought from Southampton in the summer, after a little personal trouble, but he has settled in well on Tyneside, and has now scored 15 goals for Newcastle teams, and he’s starting to make a name for himself with Newcastle fans.

We are continually seeing good young players at Newcastle startign to come through, and we just hope we can continue to recruit teenage talent at the club, whoever ends up buying our famous club.

But it was Michael McCrudden, a Northern Ireland youth international who put Newcastle ahead after only a minute of the game, as he raced onto a long through ball before finishing nicely with cool precision.

After another 3 minutes of play Ranger got his first goal when he deftly drifted by two defenders before finding the net.

Chippendale then got a goal back for Huddersfield soon after that but Nile Ranger (what a name!) got his second goals with an easy point blank chance, which he took after 22 minutes.

And then before half time Whickham-born youngster Conor Newton fired home from Ranger’s knock-down, so Nile also made one. Hiddersfield scored their second goal but then Nile completed his hat-trick on 72 minutes when he put the ball home from a James Tavernier’s cross.

The Youth team has been playing very well this season and they start their FA Youth Cup challenge when they have a home tie against the winners of Oldham Athletic and Rotherham United, in the Third Round of the FA Youth Cup.

Last season, we were surprisingly beaten by Midland side Shrewsbury Town at St.James’ Park with a 1-0 win through a very late goal, when the lads couldn’t come back.

The previous two years we got to the semi-final of the tournament, and with the players we have, we hope to do very well this year.

All ties must be played by Saturday, December 13, and Oldham and Rotherham meet this Wednesday.

Comments welcome.



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20 comments so far

  • The Alchemist

    Nov 10, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #1

    He should be on the bench…Let’s give him a run out next time we are winning and see what he can do

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  • Spyro

    Nov 10, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Quality youngster

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  • Toon_Ksk

    Nov 10, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Promising lad. Might be the next Chopra.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 10, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #4

    Alchemist – think you are right – when the time is right he will make his first team debut this season – he’s so promising.

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  • Shearerbliss

    Nov 10, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #5

    At least the prsent regime has done something right! Thank you DW for your excelent scouting. Hopefully you would stay and fulfil your role as youth reruitment.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 10, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #6

    He should be on the bench instead of Carroll who is poor and has a diabilical attitude. Kadar should also maybe get a place on the bench as he is gives more versatility (LB and CB), however saying that Bassong is the same, however I think Bassong should start.

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  • The Alchemist

    Nov 10, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #7

    To be honest DW has done a good job, I just wish the club would come out and clearly define his role. He should be involved in youth transfer only and perhaps scouting players for the manager.

    Hopefully the club will be sold ASAP, as we desperate need a new winger, LB, and a DM who can actually distribute the ball……

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  • Geordie69

    Nov 10, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #8

    Toon KSK
    Ive been following our academy sides for over 10 years and Nile Ranger is by far our most promising player. He is gonna be an England International. Hes already better than Chopra and in my opinion is ready for the first team now. He will be better than Owen.

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  • lesh

    Nov 10, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #9

    Toon_Ksk // Nov 10, 2008 at 10:47

    Promising lad. Might be the next Chopra – what you mean as in lots of potential, no opportunities in first XI, shipped out on loan, sold for peanuts, does the business elsewhere, sold on for bigger bucks then…..?

    Look after the lad as Wenger did with Walcott then blood him gently and have him on the bench at Prem games so’s he can taste the atmsophere.

    But let’s not expect too much of him too early!

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  • Guinea Mag

    Nov 10, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #10

    Tremendous prospect; needs to be given a chance if/when ready…….

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  • BT9MAG

    Nov 10, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #11

    Lesh – let’s not forget that Chopra has done very little in the Premiership! Granted Sunderland overspent massively when buying him (which made it look like we threw away a good money maker) but now they’re sending him off as well!

    I’d hope Ranger does a little more than Michael did/has done – the million pound question though is; when?

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  • Heavy hitters

    Nov 10, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #12

    Good prospect but no where near ready for first team action yet.

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  • dan

    Nov 10, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #13

    He seems to have scored alot of goals for the reserves and under-18’s.
    He is still a bit young but so were Rooney and Walcott when they first played and look at them now.
    I would rather see him on the bench than Carroll.
    Give him a chance in the FA cup games and see what he can do. If he scores a first team goal he could be up and running.

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  • Geordie69

    Nov 10, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #14

    Nile Ranger is aready better than Ameobi, Smith, Carroll, Xisco and all our youth forwards. He will be better than Martins Viduka and Owen! Ill bet anybody on here that he will play for England one day! Get him on the bench now!

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  • xfer

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #15

    He should make the bench at the very least! Ameobi is SH*T in most games, and highly inconsistent. Doesnt keep ball well enough for a target man.

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #16

    xfer-ameobi has been really decent the past 3 or 4 games, and you say that like ranger is a replacement. he’s a tiny lad and ameobi should be kept in there for now.
    Ranger should make the bench for Wigan. He’s young, hungry, and by the looks of things has a serious eye for goal

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  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #17

    Ranger is about 6ft 2 mate, ‘tiny lad’, hahah.

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  • micepie

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #18

    Most sounded pretty “blah” – to use an American (NY?) expression – when we signed Ranger, but he could turn out to be our best teenage signing of the past couple of years!

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  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 10, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Keep doin’ what you’re doin’ Nile, your chance will come soon enough son!..

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  • Geordie69

    Nov 10, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #20

    KK Forever LOL What are you on??????
    He has a huge frame! I guess you have never seen him play before?

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