Michael Owen Welcomes Long Cup Run On Tyneside


Newcastle captain Michael Owen may be the only fit first team striker we have for tonight’s replay against Hull City at St. James’ Park, with Ameobi, Martins, Carroll, Smith and Viduka all out injured.

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Michael Owen – cup run is up to us

With 22 year-old Xisco being rumored to be on his way out of Newcastle this month, it will be interesting to see if Kinnear will risk starting the Spaniard tonight, although not sure who else we have to start up front, unless he gives one of the youngsters a run out, like young Nile Ranger, even though the lad is just 17 years old.

Certainly we know quite a few fans would love to see this youngster in action, after he’s scored a ton of goals in the Reserves (4 goals) and the Youth team (14 goals), since arriving in the summer from Southampton.

Michael Owen admits the club are pleased with the draw for the next round, which is now Milwall at home, and the 10-goal leading scorer for the club knows we cannot be complacent when Hull City come to town tonight.

Michael talked to nufcTV about the game:

“Hull away in the Third Round was tough but we did well to get the replay,” “We would’ve definitely taken a draw before the match and it was a very good game.”

“Nil-nil suggests it wasn’t but there were quite a lot of chances. We had a couple in the first-half and they came close later in the game.”

“But I thought we didn’t deserve to lose and now we’ve got a great chance to win the tie at St. James’.”

“We will always pay our respects to whoever we’re playing and hopefully we do get through.”

“But when you get a drawn at home it’s all you can ask for and if it’s not against one of the big boys then even better.” “It’s about time we had a half-decent draw.”

“And it’s not like we’ve got a fixture pile-up like teams in Europe so it’s fine for us having a replay and hopefully a good cup run.”

We’re still hoping Michael will decide to stay at the club in the summer, but we know that will be an outside chance. He looked class on Saturday and the reports that he’s well past his best are just not true.

Do we have any petitions going that are asking Michael to stay on Tyneside? – if we do can someone please send me a note through the comments form – and we’ll put that on the site.

But if the club is going to move forward we need a few things that just have to happen before next September:

  • Bring in 5-6 good players in January through hell or high water so we are still in the Premiership
  • Get our injury problems sorted out right now, and try to ascertain why we always have so many of them every season
  • Buy the players who were targets but not available in January
  • Bring in 2-3 more top youngsters to the club
  • Have Michael Owen and Shay Given still at the club in September

If those things happen we’ll be in a lot better shape for next season, that’s for sure.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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63 comments so far

  • Tom

    Jan 14, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #1

    I can’t see many clubs being interested in Xisco, as he wouldn’t be able to play for them till next season (as I understand the rules regarding player registration!)

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  • Ericles

    Jan 14, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Tonight’s team picks itself. It is the bench that will show the way forward. We can only have: Given/Edgar, Coloccini, Bassong, Nzogbia/Jonas, Butt, Guthrie, Duff/Owen, Xisco. But Joe will go for Given/Geremi, Coloccini, Bassong, Edgar/Jonas, Butt, Guthrie, NZogbia/Owen, Duff. Our young bench (who should be given some pitch time tonight) will be: Harper/Kadar, Godsmark, Ranger, LuaLua, Doninger, Xisco. I rarely mention possible team selections but I think what is here will be. Anyway we must beat Hull to play against one of the poison dwarf’s other mess ups.

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Jan 14, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Exactly Tom! Why splash cash on a player that cant play for them? Give him a chance to prove himself instead.

    To be fair to Wise: Bassong, Jonas, Guthrie and Colo werent bad signings so why should Xisco be shipped out without being able to prove himself?

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 14, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #4

    Xisco – a true bench warmer and will probably stay that way til he’s off!

    If what JFK says is right about the player being sold is discussing with his wife that rules out Joey and Xisco as Im sure they aint married. That leaves Geremi I think.

    Anything but a win would not go down well!

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  • beyethegreat

    Jan 14, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #5

    did joe say the new potential loan signings havent played in the prem

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  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 14, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #6

    thank god were not playin arsenal …..yet

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 14, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #7

    Beye – yes he did. Ooooh the mystery thickens.

    He also sort of hints that we could in effect be gazumped if another club gives a higher bid.

    His was of giving us a warning I think.

    Then the next thing you have Kaka being linked for absolutely stupid money. That offer if bears fruit opens so many doors and there is no way lesser financed clubs can compete with that.

    Man Citeh going for KaKa – we got 80% of were strikers on a sicknote and the other sits on the bench with his bling earring (xisco).

    Bollocks.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 14, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #8

    Zoggys rants are getting to be point that i feel like running onto the pitch tonight putting him in a bag and chucking him off the tyne bridge.

    He told Aujourd’hui Sport: “I am tuned in to it all but, having heard several rumours, I would like to receive something concrete.

    “It is up to them to approach Newcastle and me. I am waiting for them. Lyon, make a move!

    “Ligue 1 for me is an unknown. Therefore, in some respects, it is attractive.”

    N’Zogbia does not believe manager Joe Kinnear when he says no Newcastle players are up for sale.

    He added: “The club want to sell some players, so why not me? We will see if I get the green light.

    “We have tried to get information to find out my price but Newcastle have said nothing.”

    If he was in our top 5 players, fair enough wanting out, but he doesnt even make our strongest XI.

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  • TheToonKing

    Jan 14, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #9

    yeah he did

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  • beyethegreat

    Jan 14, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #10

    here are cmdm or cam’s that havent played in the prem but have played for italy

    polombo
    nocerino
    donadel
    delvecchio
    blasi
    liverani
    tacchinardi
    diore
    fuser
    giannichedda
    coppola
    giunti
    volpi
    locatelli
    tommassi
    pinzi
    baroni
    doni
    baronio
    brighi
    gobbi
    foggia
    mauri
    brocchi
    zanetti
    rosina
    perrotta
    montolivo
    gatusso
    de rossi
    pirlo
    aquilani
    cassano
    brienza
    chiesa

    i gt this info from fm 09

    so if i am wrong i apologise

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 14, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #11

    Narrows the list down they eh Beye?? 🙂

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  • Kash

    Jan 14, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #12

    If the argey bargey player to come on loan was in the squad to play Scotland but isn’t currently in his teams lineup, then I think it’s either Sosa of Bayern or Gago of Real!!!

    Not sure of the Italian, but they change international squads quite often!

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  • Kash

    Jan 14, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #13

    Is Tachinardi in Villareals team at the moment? I know he wanted to leave at some point, not sure what happened?!

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 14, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #14

    From that short and decisive list, i think Donati would be my best guess (from the players ive heard of). Would be good settling in as well as he probably wouldnt need to uproot from Scotland.

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Jan 14, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #15

    Some one said the other day, if Zog really wants to leave, then start by putting in a transfer request.

    I as yet, has not made anything official. Probabley due to him wanting a % of the transfer by NOT requesting a move!

    Greedy get!

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 14, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #16

    And ive just realised i read a name wrong and Donati isnt on the list. Ooops

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  • Raffo

    Jan 14, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #17

    got to play ranger.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 14, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #18

    Do google ads really thing that we are going to buy Liverpool FC bottle coolers.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 14, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #19

    Kash – Gago has played loads lately.

    I think it will be Pasqual from Fiorentina as the Italian, not sure about the Arge though, just hope it ISN’T Burdisso!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 14, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #20

    Rafo – I really think that Duff upfront as MO partner and that may drop down to him on his own and a more 4 – 5 – 1 (not that kinnear has ever used that formation) and WONT use ranger as he is only 17.

    I could be worng but with JFK he can b predictable.

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  • Kash

    Jan 14, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #21

    @tom_Toon – Has that Sosa for Bayern played.

    I’m not up to speed on football outside of EPL!!

    But then again, I don’t think the latest squad listing is anything to go by.

    Would a player playing for their teams Olympic national team count as an international?

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  • Kash

    Jan 14, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #22

    Beye do one for the argeys as well please

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Jan 14, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #23

    JFK has no excuse for NOT playing Xisco tonight

    I understood not playing him, whilst they were attempting to sell him, just in case he got injured.

    But now he CAN NOT be sold this window and with limited options, Kinnear has to play him.

    Your a bloody fool man if you dont

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  • beyethegreat

    Jan 14, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #24

    Narrows the list down they eh Beye??

    yeah lol

    i still have the argie team to do

    but i am hoping we can narrow it down from the list with peoples combined knowledge of the world game

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  • beyethegreat

    Jan 14, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #25

    here are cmdm or cam’s that havent played in the prem but have played for italy

    cambiasso
    demichelis
    gago
    battaglia
    semoza
    zapata
    ponzio
    zanetti
    guinazu
    duscher
    bernardi
    ledesma
    husain
    ramagnoli
    paz
    riquelme
    aimar
    beluschi
    gonzales
    montenegro
    sosa
    k gonzales
    f insua
    ibagaza
    p ledesma
    gallardo
    netto
    morales
    albornoz
    posse
    schelotto
    castroman
    rodriguez

    i gt this info from fm 09

    so if i am wrong i apologise

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 14, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #26

    Beye – I leave it in your hands.

    I have no idea about players in europe. Shocking but I barely have time to keep to speed with the prem at times. Thats my escuse and Im sticking to it!

    Im hoping we will all be satisfied with the outcome of these loans.

    Im Kaka-ing it for Blackburn and citeh? Did you like that one. Kaka – citeh. Sorry bout that couldnt resist.

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  • beyethegreat

    Jan 14, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #27

    btw that was argentina not italy

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  • beyethegreat

    Jan 14, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #28

    26 Toon Graeme // Jan 14, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Beye – I leave it in your hands.

    I have no idea about players in europe. Shocking but I barely have time to keep to speed with the prem at times. Thats my escuse and Im sticking to it!

    Im hoping we will all be satisfied with the outcome of these loans.

    Im Kaka-ing it for Blackburn and citeh? Did you like that one. Kaka – citeh. Sorry bout that couldnt resist

    neither do i all iam doing is filtering players on FM who can play in cm dm or cam for italy and the argies

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  • beyethegreat

    Jan 14, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #29

    Im Kaka-ing it for Blackburn and citeh? Did you like that one. Kaka – citeh. Sorry bout that couldnt resist.
    27 beyethegreat // Jan 14, 2009 at 12

    LOL

    but yeah

    i am jelous of citeh but rather them than any 1 else realy

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  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 14, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #30

    any1 got a link tonight plzzzz

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Jan 14, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #31

    TomTom. Burdisso is a leftback, the two loansignings is according to JFK central midfielders and if I got it right, they dont play in the prem but it doesent say if they HAVE played there so dont rule out D´Allesandro. But I guess that would be to good to be true.

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  • tino97

    Jan 14, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #32

    I hope these 2 loan players come, God knows we need some fresh blood in! Joe said he is hopefull! But he wasn’t sure if other clubs had been offered the same deal. I hope it doesn’t fall through. Some sort of confirmation before the game tonight would be good!

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Jan 14, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #33

    Hopefully by tonight Kinnear can put us all out of our misery and let us know who they are / have we got them / are there more to come.

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  • Kash

    Jan 14, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #34

    Does anybody know if Brighi is in the Roma side?

    This is pure speculation. I wish they would hurry up and sign the fookers or not, if they can’t so fans can start protesting again!!!

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  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 14, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #35

    maybe they ll be in the stands at the hull game

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  • Fostino

    Jan 14, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #36

    thats quite the list beye the great………..fair play

    im gonna guess at perrotta, he hasnt played too much this season

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  • KingKevinKeegan

    Jan 14, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #37

    Was reading on SkySports that Spurs are after Burdisso and Adriano. Which is great news because Burdisso is awful.

    Does anyone else not think that the loan fees aren’t really that expensive? When i first heard i thought they must be at least a million each but Kaka will be payed more in a week than what we are spending on each of the signings. JOKE!

    It really fustrates me not knowing why JK doesn’t have at least 10mil at his disposal this transfer window, its a disgrace he doesn’t have the funds from selling Milner. He has to sell fringe players to get 4.5mil to then get who he wants and by that time the player will be away to another club.

    Hope the lads can get us the win tonight and these two loan signings are here by the weekend!
    3-2 Xisco Hat-trick

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  • murphy

    Jan 14, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #38

    Anyone know of any tv stations playing the match tonight? nufc.com claim it won’t be showed anywhere but surley there’ll be someone showing it?!!!

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  • beyethegreat

    Jan 14, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #39

    Fostino // Jan 14, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    thats quite the list beye the great………..fair play

    im gonna guess at perrotta, he hasnt played too much this season

    i worked quite hard on that

    i dont know any of their situations its up o the rest of you to determine which 1 are most likely

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  • Paul.

    Jan 14, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #40

    is buonette playing for his team at mo?
    n herd spurs are getting adriano…why not hijack the deal…a player who loves clubs etc…hed love newcastle 😀

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