Big Performance By Newcastle To Beat Everton – Speed


Gary Speed was at Newcastle when we actually had a decent team, under the great Sir Bobby Robson.

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Gary Speed – while at Newcastle United

Gary was here when we had our greatest recent success, when we qualified for the European Champions League three seasons running until the 2004 season, when Bobby was sacked because we finished a very low 5th.

European Champions League football now seems to be a million miles away from Newcastle, and when you look back at Bobby’s dismissal, it seems so stupid in the light of how badly we’ve done since Bobby left the club.

Gary Speed is now at Sheffield United, although he’s been out with a back injury since last November, and has missed a large part of Sheffield’s season in the Championship.

Gary Speed has played for both Everton and Newcastle United in his career, and he commented on the upcoming game on Sunday, to the Evening Chronicle today:

“Everton are on a good run at the moment, and it will take a big performance by Newcastle to beat them.”

“I’ve watched Everton a few times and they are looking good. It would be a really big win for Newcastle, with that crowd behind them, they are in with a real shout.”

“Also there are a couple of people to come back, so if their team spirit is right they can get the win that pulls them a bit closer to safety.”

Gary has all the makings of an excellent future coach, and he is enjoying a coaching role under Kevin Blackwell with the Blades this season, to get some experience under his belt.

Gary added:

“I’m doing some coaching at Sheff United.” “They’re a big club and that’s what I am focusing on at the moment.”

“I’ve had a back operation and hope to be back playing soon.”

We wouldn’t be surprised if we see Gary back at Newcastle in a coaching capacity in the future, especially if his good friend Alan Shearer ever becomes manager on Tyneside.

But that seems unlikely to happen anytime soon, if ever.

Comments welcome.



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52 comments so far

  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Speedo = Legend…

    Yep big performance required… 2-0 Newcastle….get on it

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  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #2

    ohhhh 1st….fancy that

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  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Two changes for me from the win at WBA…..Jonas to come in wide with Ryan dropping back into right back and Oba up top with Lovenkrands……

    No Cahill is a massive boost…..

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  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Hell aye Loony lad….you going on Sunday?

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  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #5

    I believe I am young Sir….John Hall Stand….right infront of the old Scousers…..

    zip pockets required when entering and leaving the ground 😉

    “you stole my radio”…..
    nah lovely bunch the scousers…..should be a mint atmosphere

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  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #6

    By gum its busy on here today young un?

    Will you be having a good singsong Loony?

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  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #7

    oh hell aye Loony…..

    Bit of “Toon Toon” and “Blaydon Races”

    Cannot whack it laddie…..

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  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #8

    Where do you see the major threat on Sunday Looney?

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  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #9

    @ Loony

    Defo Arteta….Lescott and Jagielka aswell alongside Yobo if he comes in at right back for young Terry Hibbert 😉

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  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #10

    I was talking about us Loony!!!! not them

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  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #11

    @ Loony

    Oh sorry Loony lad…..er out wide….bit like the Sunderland game….once we started getting the ball wide instead of hitting the front men early, we had them on the ropes…..

    Jonas the wee mucker needs to stiffen up his final ball so to speak but we will have plenty of pace in the side to trouble them…..

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  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #12

    First Goalscorer Loony?

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  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #13

    @ Loony

    Gonna Stick 50p on Nolan at 14/1…..

    tidy

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  • Doocey

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #14

    That’s hilarious LoonyToon @ graft !!

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #15

    lol looney

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  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #16

    This tread is kicking off good and proper now like Loony Lad….

    So you would drop Stevie Taylor eh?

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  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #17

    oh lads…welcome to the party….

    That Loony was boring the pants off me….

    fancy us on Sunday like?

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  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Last piece of banter from one Loon to another….

    Stevie Taylor? yes….still has loads to learn….wears his heart on his sleeve a little too much…needs to use his brain more…..Bassong is a terrific example…..cool calm and rarely gets dragged out of position……

    Ryan had a very good game at WBA and will provide good support to whoever is playing down the right wing and also will be a threat at set pieces…..

    Loony…seen as though you have gone for Nolan 1st goal, I will pop the other 50p of your pound pocket money on R Taylor….1st goal….have it

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #19

    looney

    imo this is the best chance we have off beating everton they have players out and we have players coming back aswell as coming off the back of a win

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  • MDS

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Personally I replace Duff with Jonas and keep him for a second half run out depending on the match is unforlding. Have to start Oba and Loven.

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  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #21

    at this rate, my whole afternoon at graft is gonna be taken up trying to think of enough banter to have to myself in order to get this thread to 100…thats how bored I am….

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  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #22

    oh u lot are back…class…

    Beye…maybe but we were unlucky not to nick it down there earlier in the season…..

    MDS…Granted Duff aint the player he was but were you not impressed with his performance at WBA? thought he had a good game and was driving past his man for a change instead of going round in circles….

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  • Dragonera

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #23

    Everton is winnable, it always has been. We have a good record against them at home and i am confident of at least a draw. By the way, the interview with Nile on NUFCTV is class. It is great to see a youth team player with such a strong London accent and demeanor 😀

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #24

    Crack up.

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  • Kash

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #25

    If we keep set plays to a minimum against Everton, then I think we have a brilliant chance of beating them. But if we defend stupidly and give away needless free kicks, then they will hurt us badly!!!

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #26

    Aaaahhnyway.

    Without wanting to spoil the unilateral nature of the thread, I think we’re in with a shout on Sat, and if the deity that is Gary Speed thinks so, it must be true. I was gutted when he was sold!

    LoonyToon – totally right on the squad changes too. Plenty of pace and enough options off the bench to shake things up if needed. Without Cahill they’ll be a bit lacking in organisation and movement, so we should unsettle them.

    2-1. Job done.

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 18, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #27

    And we now have a player who can actually take corners and free kicks! How we’ve missed Mr Speed. He could crack ’em in from 40 yards.

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  • AndyNUFC

    Feb 18, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #29

    Beye, does Bassong not have to spend a few more seasons before being able to qualify for British citizenship? Maybe that list is just those who are close or who could qualify.

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  • workyticket

    Feb 18, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #30

    Ed, off topic but as batty keeps writing, stick in a story about Sir Bobby and wish him a happy birthday please!

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  • zoggy

    Feb 18, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #31

    i think we will win 2-0

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 18, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #32

    gary speed = one of my fav players

    ill go for a 1-1 draw vs everton!

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  • DixiesLeftBall

    Feb 18, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #33

    ‘Cahill is out so they won’t be able to organise.’ Oh the naivity!!! Er… Saha’s back and Jô is looking for a bit of fun on the weekend!

    Liverpool couldn’t beat us at Analfield (twice), Villa got Ripped!!! United got lucky (as did Arsenal) and Chelsea hung on for a draw, yet EFC reject Speed can take corners so your in with a chance???

    Wake up you doughnuts… Bring on the Barcodes!

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  • AndyNUFC

    Feb 18, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #34

    Ryan I would normally take a draw with Everton, but looking at our run in, I think it’s a must win!

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 18, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #35

    gd point andy

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 18, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #36

    “Must-win” is one of those expressions unique to football that seems to have come from the need to say something when there’s only the bleedin’ obvious left to say. A bit like “we need to get a good start” or “must score first”.

    Sorry – being arsey, I know. But what DOES it mean? “must win, or… it’ll be really, really bad”? If we don’t win a “must win” do we pack up and not bother playing until next season?

    God I’m bored…

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  • Weezertron

    Feb 18, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #37

    Whumpie,

    Something that gets on my nerves is the constant use of the term “character” in post match interviews.

    Seems like every team, at every match shows “character”.

    Drives me nuts.

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 18, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #38

    “It’s a game of two halves”, you know.

    “The last thing they want to do now is concede a goal”

    Any more?

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 18, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #39

    (Sorry, AndyNUFC – no offence intended; just a bit of boredom relief that you happened to inadvertently trigger!)

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 18, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #40

    we do have a good home record vs everton, so…

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