Big Game Tonight For Newcastle United’s Young Guns

The Newcastle United Under-18 side play holders Manchester City tonight away in the 5th round of the FA Youth Cup.


Richard Money – Man City are the role models for Newcastle Academy

Manchester City are probably the best youth team in the land right now, so it will be a good test of our boys, not only in their skill, but in their spirit.

Richard Money has been given the very important task of running the Newcastle United Academy since last summer, and he’s only recently turned down the Swindon Town manager job, to remain with his young guns.

Richard Money said today:

“It is probably the toughest draw that we could have got and we’re going to have to play very well to get past Manchester City,”

“We’re not going there afraid, though. We know it’s going to be tough but we think that we have got a decent team and we’ve got a chance of getting something out of it.”

“If we go there and play to our full potential.” “They have been investing in their Academy for ten years.”

“We’ve been investing at the same level for more like ten weeks,”  “We are very much at the beginning of what we need to do.”

“They’ve got good youngsters coming through in every age group while we’re probably only got a sprinkling of talent that matches them.”

“You look at the likes of Brad Inman, who has come along as a first year, and performed well enough to get himself noticed and get on the substitutes’ bench for a (first-team) game,”

“It is a big stage and there is a huge opportunity if a player delivers a performance that catches the eye.”

The strength of Manchester City’s Academy is seen by the fact Newcastle were willing to part with £8M for 20 year-old midfielder Michael Johnson before Monday’s transfer deadline.

But of course we also got £6M plus Ryan Taylor for 22 year-old Charles N’Zogbia on Monday, so while our Academy is not as well developed, we can already show some successes.

But under Richard Money’s leadership, if things continue to improve as they have done this season, we expect the lads to actually win the FA Youth Cup in a couple of years.

The concentration on youth is a keystone of Mike Ashley’s plans for Newcastle, but unfortunately the fruits of this will be seen for a year or two, but with Andy Carroll coming through well this year, one youngster a year breaking through to the first team would be great.

And we also have 20 year-old Tim Krul (and perhaps Fraser Forster) as the number 2 goalkeeper at Newcastle now, so fans can already see some results of the policy.

One player who has caught Newcastle fans’ imaginations is 17 year-old striker Nile Ranger, who has already scored 14 goals for the U-18s this year, and 5 goals for the Reserves and has been on the first team bench several times already this season, not to mention Kazenga LuaLua, who is also in the squad.

Tonight’s game kicks off at 7:30 pm and we’ll bring you news of that game, and a win would be a terrific result for the youngsters, who include a large percentage of local lads.

Howay The Bairns.

33 comments so far

  • Vuckic is in the squad too so it will be good to see how he does against the best in the division.

  • brownrob

    Feb 4, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2

    You already made an article about this Ed!!!

  • WesToon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #3

    Get in Lads!!!!!

    Make us proud 🙂

  • Tom

    Feb 4, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #4

    Spear is in as well. I hope Vuckic gets a run out, or even starts 😀

    left winger- Inman-Vuckic-LuaLua


    Don’t know enough about the U-18s to know who usually plays left wing!

  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Good luck boys show the senior pretenders how to play the game properly.

    Off topic good article about our Mike this morning in the journal.

    Sell players, get cheaper ones in and cross fingers
    Feb 4 2009 by Luke Edwards, The Journal
    Mike Ashley is adamant he wants to drive Newcastle United forward but he has once again failed to put his money where his mouth is. Chief sports writer Luke Edwards reports
    THERE is supposed to be a business plan at Newcastle United. Unfortunately, as things stand, you could probably write it down on the back of a Sports Direct till receipt.
    In short, judging by United’s transfer policy since Mike Ashley took control at St James’s Park, it can roughly be summed up as a plan which requires Newcastle to sell players, bring in cheaper ones and keep their fingers crossed Joe Kinnear can blend them into a team which can avoid relegation.
    Much was expected of Newcastle United in the January transfer window, but we have been saying the same thing in each of the four windows since Ashley rolled into Tyneside with a brash swagger and a reputation as a sharp businessman with an eye for a bargain.
    Instead of hoping for something exciting to happen in January – or at least something which would prevent the Magpies playing Championship football next season – perhaps we should have realised, given the previous record in the transfer market under Ashley’s regime and the battering his personal fortune has taken in the credit crunch, such a hope was always going to be a forlorn one.
    A forlorn hope is a military term for a group of soldiers – normally the first wave of troops attempting to storm a breach in a fort’s defences – in a life-threatening or hazardous position. It seems equally apt for a Newcastle United squad in relegation peril.
    Kinnear had asked for at least four players to strengthen his playing resources. He got three in Peter Løvenkrands, Kevin Nolan and Ryan Taylor, but also lost two in Shay Given and Charles N’Zogbia.
    A small squad is one player better off and, to make matters worse, at a time when he was expected to fund the club’s transfer business from his own sizeable pocket, Ashley has overseen transactions which meant Newcastle ended the month with a profit of around £7.6m.
    They may have tried to spend that money before the window closed on Monday, but they failed and the presence of any sort of profit – coupled with the £5m believed to be left from the £12m deal which took James Milner to Aston Villa – will infuriate supporters who were looking for a gesture from the Ashley regime that they do indeed have the club’s best interests at heart.
    That was how Ashley could regain some trust, but the Berkshire-based sports shop entrepreneur has never plunged any of his millions into the transfer market as Newcastle’s owner and he was in no mood to alter his approach despite the obvious need for investment.
    Despite excitable talk of the billionaire bankrolling an extravagant spending spree when he first emerged as Newcastle’s new owner, Ashley has been prudent at best.
    His net spend on transfers in his 20 months on Tyneside stands – if you exclude the notoriously difficult to gauge loan fees – at roughly £2.1m. It is a shockingly small sum of money in the modern era and undermines everything Ashley has set out to achieve.
    To put into some sort of context, Tottenham Hotspur, a club of comparable size also worried by relegation, have spent an estimated £45m on new players in this transfer window alone. According to Richard Scudamore, the Premier League’s chief executive, each top-flight team will receive between £30-£50m per season from the last television deal agreed with Sky Sports and Setanta. Despite a global recession, that figure is expected to rise again when a new agreement is signed in the next few weeks. This money, though, has covered wages rather than transfers at Newcastle.
    When former chairman Chris Mort was still in charge and willing to discuss club matters in public he insisted Newcastle’s business model under Ashley was based on an Arsenal design.
    Money will be spent on the best young players from around the world rather than expensive, established international stars on astronomical wages. The young players would spend their best years at the club and, if they were to move on, would do so at a significant profit, money which could then be reinvested in the playing staff.
    It is an ambitious plan, but it is also utopian. When Arsenal began their new project they did so from a position of strength with one of the world’s best managers in charge. When Arsene Wenger arrived in North London from Japan in 1996, he inherited a side with a strong core and added to it.
    He won trophies with that side and bought himself time. It is only in the last few years that he has brought through so many exciting youngsters into the first team. Newcastle have tried to do the same from a position of weakness with an expensively assembled squad which hasn’t won anything for decades and a wage bill which eats up 70% of the club’s turnover.
    Ashley’s plan looks good on paper and probably sounded even better when he was discussing it with his mates Tony Jimenez and Dennis Wise at the casino but, so far, it has failed to convince or achieve results.
    In time, as a promising youth team starts to mature, it may reap its rewards – but that does nothing to alleviate the concerns of the here and now. Ashley could only do that by signing players for the first team and Newcastle have not managed to do enough in that respect to calm anyone’s fears.
    The January transfer window creates artificial excitement for 24-hour news channels. In doing so, however, the month-long free-for-all also cranks up the pressure on managers who can be beaten with another stick if they fail to fulfil expectations in terms of player recruitment.
    There are those who would like to see the window scrapped altogether, there are others who feel it would be more sensible if it – as it does in other European countries – coincided with a winter break. Perhaps things would be calmer if the length of the window was extended in the middle of the season to allow clubs more time to negotiate.
    Even then, however, you doubt Newcastle would have succeeded where they have failed so many times before under the Ashley regime.

  • bennytoon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #6

    Youve gotta love sirjasontoon. Always posts something positive.

  • Ericles

    Feb 4, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #7

    A very thoughtful article sirjasontoon. I read one about Ashley in yesterday’s Express. It hinted that goblin Wise could be on his way out. Hope so. That will not alter Ashley’s philosophy though which sirjasontoon ably pointed out. It would a step in the right direction though. Bobby Moncur also made some apt points in the Chronicle as well. We have a journeyman (apart from a few individuals) team that will always be relegation contenders. The transfer figures and our ins and outs speak for themselves. A sad loss in Given but Zog was welcome to go – trouble is I was going to get a job lot of nappies for him but refuse to send them to Wigan (ha ha).

  • madman67

    Feb 4, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #8

    sirjasontoon – better watch out, Ed might start worrying your after his job lol. lets hope the young uns at least turn up, for tonights game. WBA is a must win….heres hoping the return of smith and duke coincides with some goals and some much needed points

  • Ericles

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #9

    All the best for the young ones tonight. They will be the way forward I think.

  • Charlietoon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #10

    I think I might just copy and paste the last ten articles off newsnow for everyones benefit….do you think that would help

  • madman67

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #11

    dont be greedy charlie, theres ed, john, me, you … so howay lol.

    am off to footytube to watch the burnley highlights, and see wat games are on tonight …. no win at w/e and were going down a la HMS NUFC … approaching iceberg…lol

  • RyanToon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #12

    get ranger in the 1st team!

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #13

    Hope the lads have a good game.

    Do we proud and hope they come through injury free.

    Bennytoon – your getting stale now. Must be the sh*t you are posting.

    Ryan – morning fella

  • RyanToon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #14

    morning toon graeme, this spurs fan is getting on my nut

  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #15

    Charlietoon // Feb 4, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    I think I might just copy and paste the last ten articles off newsnow for everyones benefit….do you think that would help

    I don’t really give a toss what you think,the blog is about sharing information with fellow geordies about newcastle..not coming on adding sweet FA apart from retarded quips.


  • Charlietoon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #16

    I’ll say good evening as its 10pm in Australia. And Ryan better to hate a spurs fan than be a spurs fan.

  • HalftimeBovril

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #17

    Not only is this guy obsessed with the Toon but also seems to be some kind of abba freak too,

    He seems like a dancing queen to me

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #18


    Evening friend and good point!

  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #19

    Ignore him Ryan.

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #20

    Bennytoon is a sad lonely little pillock

  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #21

    Ignore him bovril..def gay.

  • RyanToon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #22


    yeah lol glad i dont support a poor supported team like tottenham with a manager that taps up players

  • RyanToon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #23

    i suppose it shows how big a club we are when a SPURS fan comes on here, ive never thought of that before, youre welcome bennytoon 🙂 cheers for you interest in our big club 🙂

  • Charlietoon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #24

    I am aware what this blog is about. I found it on Newsnow along time ago like everyone else and it strikes me that 99% of the people who access this site would read most of the articles about NUFC. I dont see the point in reprinting an entire article from another writer and site on Ed’s blog. Either way mate dont to a zogbia and throw your toys out of the pram I was having a laugh.

    Oh and I like your new Ed Speed style sign off SJT



  • cicero

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #25

    The Academy is part of MA business model for NUFC, it’s not going to happen over night but it is one part of our club he has improved.

    As for Luke Edwards article, he’s right about the differences between the Gooners and NUFC when Ashley took over but who’s fault is that? He had to start somewhere to bring the club up to a top 4 club without spending stupid amounts of money; and did KK realy buy in to Ashley’s plan?

  • Charlietoon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #26

    I like the spurs fans. They are fun and keep the banter interesting. Can you imagine if we had spent as much money as them and were still struggling to be mid table!?!?! I actually cannot fathom it. I guess you get used to having Ashley around pretty quick.

  • Charlietoon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #27

    It is a good article though SJT one of the best I have read so credit where credit is due as it does deserve some discussion.

  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #28

    Hey I said if an article has some spine its worth posting..obviously not hundreds but the odd one here and there on a quiet mornin’

    Sorry for the OTT reaction fella..

    m’on the toon
    SJT : )

  • Ericles

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #29

    I hope we get somewhere with the new additions, few as they were. I agree Ashley is a business man and sees things from that perspective. But – what sort of businessman? His whole approach resembles that of a carpet-bagger, an asset stripper. His appreciation of man-management is appalling – who can honestly say that Wise and Lame-arse are intellgent appointments? I think with returns from injury Joe can beef up the side and the match against West Brom will tell us a lot. They are not, however, the sort of opposition that will let us judge what is happening with NUFC. I do not see Ashley appointing either Bruce or Shearer in the summer. Both will see though his posturing and hypocrisy and are far too principled to do business with him. In the meantime we must still get behind OUR club and keep us up in the Premier. Did I see Charlie with a wig on?

  • bennytoon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #30

    sirjasontoon- Your so dull that you have to write in the style of Ed Speed to appear more interesting.

  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #31

    bennytoon // Feb 4, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    sirjasontoon- Your so dull that you have to write in the style of Ed Speed to appear more interesting.


  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #32


  • Swedgen

    Feb 4, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #33

    Why does Tom_Toon keep posting full stops?

    That Vuckic looks a real prospect, is he starting tonight? And come on Ranger the legend!

    This blog used to be good, now it’s getting tiresome. Most of it now consists of people calling each other gay. Grow up for Christ’s sake.


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