Our Fans Are A Credit To Newcastle United Football Club


Joe Kinnear still hasn’t quite got over the magnificent support the Newcastle crowd gave the team on Sunday, even as our  makeshift side were being humbled 5-1 by a much superior Liverpool outfit.

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Joe Kinnear – magnificent fans are a credit to this club

Joe Kinnear is second guessing himself a little to see if there was anything else he could have done on Sunday, but the truth is, unfortunate as it was for us, we met a Liverpool side who showed some of their very best form of the season, and looked a terrific side, to say the least. They are obviously one of the best sides in Europe, along with Chelsea and Manchester United.

Joe said this morning:

“The Liverpool game and the injury problems are a real downer. We were just getting something together and then we get all those injuries.”

“ Somebody said to me ‘Happy Christmas Joe’ – I felt like throttling them,”

“The only positive is the supporters, who were absolutely unbelievable on Sunday.”

“They supported the team all the way, even when we were 5-1 down, and they are an absolute credit to this football club.”

“I just want everyone to know that it is really appreciated and we’re doing our best to repay them.”

Kinnear says his only regret from Sunday’s encounter at St James’s Park was attempting to chase the game in the second half.

“Perhaps looking back I was a little bit gung ho going for it in the second half by bringing on Shola (Ameobi).”

“But I didn’t think we could afford to sit back and try and defend and hit them on the break because they were attacking so well.”

“As it was the second goal killed us,”

And the defeat against Liverpool was difficult for everybody connected with the club, it does show that we have along way to go to be anywhere close to the Liverpool team, and it just so happens that on Thursday, January 1st,  we can start rebuilding the squad, which is a big opportunity for us, and we shouldn’t (cannot) mess it up.

Joe continued:

“It highlighted that we haven’t got enough strength about us.”

“They were head and shoulders above us.”“Nicky Butt cramped up and had to go off so when you look at our bench, who else do you play?”

“It was one of those scenarios.”“I could have put a younger team out, but the fact was we were playing Liverpool.
“But at least Sebastien Bassong is free from suspension next week.”

“I’m not saying he would have made a massive difference, but had he been in the team he would have made a difference in the air.”

We think Sebastien Bassong could have made a difference, but that’s all water under the bridge now, and it goes down as one of our worst defeats of the year along with the 6-0 and 5-1 hammerings we also received from Manchester United, earlier in the year.

We will have improved a lot when we have a side we can field against the Liverpools and Manchester Uniteds of this world, after we have a crop of injuries to some key players – and yet we can still give them a game.

That’s what we are looking forward to, and the January transfer window is the first step on that rebuilding road – and we must take the opportunity.

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35 comments so far

  • Rich Y

    Dec 30, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Given to Arsenal?

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  • ronaldeano

    Dec 30, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #2

    If Shay Given gets sold to ANY other club i will NEVER go anywhere near SJP as long as the greedy fat prick and his retarded cronies are at the helm

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  • Toon1978

    Dec 30, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #3

    Apparantly Arsenal have slapped in an 8 million bid or Given. I think we should take the money and let the lad go and get himsel some silverware before he is to old after all the lad deserves it and 8 million is a good offer. Bring Krul back and give him time between the sticks because he is a good keeper and the future dutch number one.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/leagues/premierleague/arsenal/4028894/Arsenal-make-8-million-offer-for-Shay-Given.html

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  • Toon1978

    Dec 30, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #4

    Sorry Ronaldeano i disagree mate, and you cannot blame Given if he leaves.

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  • Spyro

    Dec 30, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #5

    Concerning Given, if he WANTS to go and 8million is the offer, then why should we stand in his way? I would wish him well and take the money. We still have Harper at the club who is top class as well.

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  • ronaldeano

    Dec 30, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Ask youself this…. WHY does he want to leave? (thats supposing he actualy does)

    Answer….. Because of the way this club is going with MA at the helm.

    I cant stand that fat greedy prick, and if he sells Given i will NEVER buy another ticket and line his fat pockets EVER .

    Shay Given is the loyalest and best goalkeeper weve ever had and the way things have turned out since MA came in is nothing but discusting.

    If the fat prick sells him, that will be the final straw for me like….

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  • craig chisholm

    Dec 30, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #7

    this will be interesting, i wonder if ashley will start his january of driving us forward off with selling the best keeper in the prem to arse.
    i dont blame shay for going, to be honest, i have no idea why he hangs around with us loosers anyway. give the number 1 to harper nad krul as number 2. its another 8 million to add to our alrwady bulging (about 500 grand) kitty! ha ha. we are doomed arnt we.
    still, all the best to shaye, he has been through far too much shit and is far to good not to go to a club that actually wants to challenge. i wish him all the best. all our players will leave, or at least the ones with any drive or ambition.

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  • ronaldeano

    Dec 30, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #8

    8 million! He’s worth 28 million!

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  • Spyro

    Dec 30, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #9

    Ronaldeano

    Im pretty sure Given will want to leave because he is sick of conceding ridiculous goals. Not because of the way NUFC is being run. NUFC has been run poorly in the past too, remember FFS?

    By the way, Shay Given is the best shot stopper, not the best keeper. Shay doesn’t command the defence or dominate his area anywhere near enough to be considered the best keeper in the prem.

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  • ronaldeano

    Dec 30, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #10

    @Spyro, he is the best keeper in the world imo

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  • Toon1978

    Dec 30, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #11

    CC

    Exactly my thought but the toon are no losers lol after all we are a PL club but i’m afraid Championship players are not going to help us at all and Ashley needs to realise this. We need quality and quantity so we need 2-3 players that will go straight into the first team and a couple of bench warmers and som up an coming starlets from the NE or abroad in Sakho and Sissiko.

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  • Spyro

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #12

    Ronaldeano

    Fair enough. If you trully believe he is the best keeper int he world, do you not feel he deserves to play for a top four premiership club? I think we owe it to Given to let him go…not to Spurs who are as s**t as us right now, but to a team like Arsenal, Milan etc.

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  • Macas

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #13

    I’d sell Given for £10 million, we have to be realistic and realise that while we have other good keepers we are woefully short of quality elsewhere on the pitch.

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  • Spyro

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #14

    truly*

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  • Whumpie

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #15

    OH, FOR GODS SAKE!!!

    Shay is linked with some club every few weeks and has always been. Every time he makes it very clear that he’s happy here and staying. The last time was less than a month ago, and everyone’s still bunging in posts as if it’s a done deal!

    Daft.

    Anyone want to discuss what JFK said? Remember that article thing Ed wrote at the top?

    (Sorry guys – having a shite day…)

    I think JFK’s said all the right things here. I hope he doesn’t regret going out to score in the 2nd half, as I agree that sitting back was just going to make things worse. At least we showed some reasonable footie going forward in the 2nd half, and putting Kaz Lua Lua on was a highlight for me.

    We were always going to get stuffed on Sunday with the players we have out and no backup. To be honest, it was worth losing the 3 points to prove the point to Ashley that he has to spend to protect his investment.

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  • Toon1978

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #16

    Given is now in his thirstiest and only has a few seasons left in him so i think we owe it to him to let leave for a club that is more or less guaranteed silverware. We should give Shay the option tell him that we do not want him to leave as he is our number one player but we would not stand in his way if he wants to leave for better things. I hate to say “BETTER THINGS” but atm moment thats the way it is.

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  • craig chisholm

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #17

    spyro, you are splitting hairs with this keeper vs stopper stuff mate. how do we know he is not trying to command the area. failing actually going out and doing it himself, who is to say we just dont have four defenders that can work together as a team. he can shout all he wants but if the donkeys infront are crap then nothing is going to work, i would defy schmicheal to sort out our bloody defenders.
    the big picture is that we jsut dont have very many good players, so now we are loosing owen (our only world class player), then given leaves, what will ashley do?? he will replace them with sub 5 million dross out the the fizzy league. the numbers just do not add up lads. they players we are selling are 12 million, 8 million, owen still a ten million man etc. what are we going to bring in to replace these world class players?? what is are ambition? we as a club are shafted unless ashley spends very very big now in this over inflated janaury window.

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  • craig chisholm

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #18

    whumpie………….you are joking right?? you obviously were not at the game if you think we did ok in the second hlaf having a go at liverpool. we were SHIT. we were shit in the first half too but even worse in the second. it was men against boys. we were running around like headless chickens and no direction at all. there was no plan and no formation that i could figure out – and i have a very good seat to take in the big picture. we were a shambles.

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  • Sav

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #19

    I’ll say one thing for Freddie Shepherd, there was never any worries of so-called big4 clubs coming in and picking and choosing which of our players they fancied. We were the ones doing most of the picking.
    Shay Given? It makes sense as we have good cover – but isn’t that why we sold James Milner – to fund fresh transfers? I reckon there’s still £6,000,000 change to be invested from that before FatAsh has to put his hand into his own pocket – unless he already blew that on a good night out. And since when do you start rebuilding by selling all your best players? The likes of Given don’t come along that often, as anyone who has watched the Mags as long as I have will know.
    Reports of Kevin Doyle, Ben Haim, Kightly and the young lad from Cardiff are all good. But if FatAsh is still refusing to spend another penny, he must be peeing himself by now. Lets see action, not empty promises. The fans are fantastic. We deserve a chairman equal to the task so its high time for fatAsh to sh** or get off the pot.
    By the way, Michael Owen must be very confident he isn’t going to crock himself in the last week of April.

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  • steve

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #20

    Given is surely worth more than 8 million – if Given actually wants to go we should let him as he has been a fantastic servant and with only a few years left at the top deserves to win some silverware / play in champions league.
    I wouldn’t let him go for anything less than 12 mil and we should be looking at 15 million as there are a number of clubs who would be willing to bid on him

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  • Spyro

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #21

    Craig

    I would hardly call it splitting hairs. How many times has given saved us by his excellent shot stopping ability, hundreds. How many times has Given cost us a goal because he has stayed rooted to his line rather than coming to claim a ball, hundreds. Being a goalkeeper is not just about shot stopping.

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  • Spyro

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #22

    Shot stopping is the ‘hollywood’ area of goal keeping as it provides the most entertainment. Given excels in this area and this is why he is praised so highly and hardly every pulled up about his deficiencies in other areas.

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  • craig chisholm

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #23

    spyro, stop trying to lecture me mate, i winds me up somewhat. it is well known that given is up there with the very best keepers in the world, not just the prem. i value arsene’s opinion very highly and he seems to think that given is an excellent keeper too. we should let him go though if he wants to go, i agree with you on that score. i am curious to know if he wants to go or if we are trying to tout him around, he is after all, one of our very few assets that can fetch decent money in. i think we are trying to flogg him.

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  • Stamford Toon

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #24

    I don’t think Shay will want to go. He and his familyhave been so settled here for such a long time why should he now want to leave. Don’t forget all the charity work that he has been doing in the area would he want to lose that? I doubt it. He will also appreciate the support shown by the fans, where else will he get that.
    The game on Sunday showed the fans at their best with great vocal support even when the score was 5 – 1. I have no doubt being a ‘Sir Bobby day’ helped, but please can we have that support again for the restof the season. Lets give the players a real lift.

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  • The holey grail

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #25

    ronaldeano . .people like you are so so so anoying, how the f**k is it ashleys fauly that newcastle are not a top 4 club, not in europe which we havent been for a number of years, the biggest so called unachievers ever.

    would you not be peeed off the fact you are that good but yet you conceed 5 goals, he has been awsum for us in the last 10 years and if he wanted to leave and better himself why the hell shouldnt he, if you were as good as him would you be happy with the fact you have nothing to show for it (trophies)

    if he did leave for 8mil harper and krul and not bad replacements at all and the 8mill could be spent on areas that need it, gk is nufc strongest area and if we get top money for given who isnt getting any younger.

    personally i dont want given to go but 110% understand why he mite want to WITH 0% CONNECTED AT ASHLEY!!!!!!

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  • Spyro

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #26

    Craig

    I make my own opinions.

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  • Spyro

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #27

    Anyway, fact of the matter is, Given won’t be as good a signing for Arsenal as people may think. Arsenals’ problems 75% of the time are balls from the wide or set pieces. What a coincidence eh, as those are the exact situations that Given fails to take control of.

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  • Spyro

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #28

    If Arsenal want a player from us, they should go for Owen. He is perfect for their club and will really help them in front of goal for the rest of the season.

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  • Marty-TOON RISING

    Dec 30, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #29

    I wouldn`t blame Shay for leaving if it`s true.
    Of course he doesn`t want to leave but knows he wont get a medal here.
    If you were a Pro Football Player wouldn`t you like to win a trophy in your playing career?????

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Dec 30, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #30

    Spyro has a point.
    A very good, well thought out &
    realistic POINT.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Dec 30, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #31

    We should applaud more away team players, then they’ll get the curse & have to GO TO JAIL, HA

    Stevie G’ailbird

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Dec 30, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #32

    The ‘so called’ ‘offside’ goal that would have made it 1-1 killed the game joe.

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  • save the toon

    Dec 30, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #33

    being a geordie i have to say i would love to see him in a good team because he deserves it

    let him join arsenal because he will get silverware there next season

    also we have harper who is more then good enough for next few years

    newcastle till i die

    just want shay to do well

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  • Stamford Toon

    Dec 30, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #34

    Why should Shay want to leave just to get medals. If he has a good life here why change it. I used to live in London and would not like to go back, certainly with a young family.

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  • ronaldeano

    Dec 30, 2008 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #35

    @ The holy grail

    Its people like you who are the most annoying mate

    If you think its a wise move that we sell the best goalkeeper in the PL in January ‘because he deserves better’?

    Ive never heard such a load of tripe in all my life with your annoying post

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