Alan Smith To Play For Reserves Tonight

Alan Smith, who is finally on his way back from his Achilles injury, will make a return to action for Newcastle United Reserves tonight after a five-month lay-off.


Alan Smith – to play for Reserves next Tuesday

In fact Smith has never played for Newcastle this season and was an unused substitute in our first two league games at Man United (1-1 draw) and at home to Bolton Wanderers (1-0 win), before he picked up his injury in training.

Having returned to action at Newcastle’s Benton training headquarters last week, Smith takes his place in Richard Money’s Reserves squad which travels to the Ewen Fields home of Conference North side Hyde United, to face Manchester City.

While Smith may be able to help the first team through the end of the season, we think he’s a top candidate to sell in the summer, and reduce the club’s wage bill by at least ÂŁ60K/week.

The club will pay high wages for players, but not to players who at best seem to be only on the fringes of the first team, as Smith is.

So if Alan doesn’t come on strong this season, expect Kinnear to be put under a lot of pressure to sell the player in the summer.

Coach Richard Money will choose from the following squad for the 7pm kick-off next Tuesday:

Tim Krul, Max Johnson, James Taylor, Shane Ferguson, James Marwood, James Tavernier, Darren Lough, Paul Dummett, Jonny Godsmark, Mark Doninger, Bard Inman, Frank Wiafe Danquah, Alan Smith, Nile Ranger, Greg McDermott, Michael McCrudden, Matthew Grieve

24 comments so far

  • cooldj

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #1

    1st 🙂

  • sweendog

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #2

    see theres talk of us being interested in a 3 mill swoop for fanni … a bit expensive for fanni as you should get it for free .. gotta stop there .. apologies..

    but seriously Rod fanni for 3 mill from Rennes

  • Toon Sweden77

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Welcome back Smith, your workrate is needed in our current position so please get your boots on and get out there and save us from relegation..

  • mc

    Jan 27, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #4

    it’s not next Tuesday, it’s tonight! maybe he’ll make the squad for sunday.

  • Girth

    Jan 27, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #5

    Alan who???

  • sweendog

    Jan 27, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #6

    hopefully he’s now become a better striker as he’s been useless so far .. a patch on his leeds days..

  • andyglostoon

    Jan 27, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #7

    at least smithy has 10 times the passion owen has ,shame about the rest though!

  • sweendog

    Jan 27, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #8

    andyglostoon .. agreed .. he just needs some confidence and to go back to his former days

  • andyglostoon

    Jan 27, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #9

    definately sweendog,the poor lad has struggled but his heart is in the right place and maybe we should all give him a break and cheer him on instead of booing !

  • NorthernPaul

    Jan 27, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #10

    Come on Alan, we actually need you in our first team right now!!

    If I’m being honest, I’ve always loved his passion and commitment to the team. If he could just regain a glimpse of his from for Leeds he would be a great asset to us and be like a new signing!

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 27, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #11

    I think Smith deserves last chance saloon for the toon. He will be shipped out in the Summer and sure he has the drive and determination to succeed for us.

    Drop the booing if he plays on the pitch at SJP. We need all support behind our players. ALL.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 27, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Well Zog is an exception – gob***t.

  • Toon Sweden77

    Jan 27, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #13

    If he does well his value will rise, as a high earner, hes likely to be sold in the summer

  • Brettoon

    Jan 27, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #14

    Keeping my optismism for the day:

    He’ll prob score a hatrick and then never score for the 1st team

  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 27, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #15

    To be fair to Smith he never really got many matches up front, and was played as a def midfielder. You don’t see Butt scoring often!

    We could use Smith’s passion now more than ever.

  • Micky Toon

    Jan 27, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Desperate times call for desperate measures and by god, we must be desperate when I read people saying that Smith isn’t all that bad and he should be given another chance.
    Erm, no, he’s rubbish. Whatever he had at Leeds went before he joined us. He peaked just before he joined ManU and has been on the slide ever since.

  • pubcat

    Jan 27, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #17

    (from the Dennis Wise to Meet….posts)

    Shearer 9pm, what are you on about?! –

    “sometimes you do have to go backwards to go fowards, and with some of the youngsters coming in, in about 10-15 years time we may manage a top half finish :(, sad to see him go, i jus hope city dont mess him bout and that they do win somthing”

    A lot of the posters on this blog just need to get a life, relax and lighten up! Outside of Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Man City (purely for their spending power) ANY Premiership team can both qualify for Europe or end up in reregation mire. In 10-15 years time, Blackpool and QPR could be in the top half of the Premiership and Everton and Blackbuen in the Championship (ten to fifteen years ago did you expect Hull to be in the top ten, and Leeds in the lower divisions?)! The way things are badly run in many areas at the Toon right now isn’t helping us by any means – nor lack of funds – but there is a certain randomness to some teams (outside of the 5) doing well this season and others not. Villa are borderline, with just a marginally better squad than most and inspired by a good manager.

    In other words, anything can and will happen in years to come. Even this season, if we’d held onto a cpuple of leads instead of getting draws fans would be talking about top 10 finish this season. Of course we are in fanger of relefation too, but the whole thing is THAT random!

    Very pleased that we’re getting so many good youngsters in though. I felt excited yet at the same time uneasy during the successful KK years because it was all so shortsighted


    Jan 27, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #18

    The injury he got at Man Utd finished Smith who was a decent player at Leeds if Fat Sam had done his homework and actually watched him he would have known that, and what idiot gave him 60000 a week?

  • pubcat

    Jan 27, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #19

    p.s – excuse typing errors on my post – dodgy keyboard!


    Jan 27, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #20

    KK said he had to build the club from the top down he didnt have time to do it the other way round.
    You are right the league at the moment is so close that it will come down to injuries and good managers because the playing squads are clearly pretty close.

  • Whumpie

    Jan 27, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #21

    Nice post, pubcat.

    I’m with the “come on Smudger” brigade. He’s not done well for us, but he’ll bring with him the team spirit that’s been sliding away recently.

    Brettoon – nice one. Sadly enough, could be true…

  • BT9MAG

    Jan 27, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #22

    Pubcat and Whumpie, agree with both…

    Much in the same way as Barton did, Smudger should be given a chance (what another 1?) he’ll never get a better opportunity than now with us so heavily hit by injury!

    If he fails he fails but willing him to fail will help no-one, other than those who crave vindication in their negativity!

  • shearer4pm

    Jan 27, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #23

    it was a joke mate, of course im excited about the possibilty of the youngsters, seems like u need to lighten up and relax u peice

  • Kash

    Jan 27, 2009 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #24



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