White Hart Lane – Newcastle’s Lucky Ground


It turns out that the last two league games we played at White Hart Lane, we’ve won both, winning 3-2 two seasons ago, and we put on a terrific performance last year, when we thrashed Spurs by 4-1 and it could have been even more.

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Alan Shearer – with Guus Hiddink in background

Newcastle manager Alan Shearer hopes to become the latest Newcastle manager to get success at White Hart Lane, and we really hope the lads can win on Sunday, because that would be a massive win for the Newcastle United club, at this stage of the season, when we are so desperate for points.

Shearer talked to Newcastle United TV this afternoon:

“Sometimes you go to grounds and that ground tends to be a lucky one,” “And the lads can definitely take heart from their previous wins.”

“They were two magnificent victories and the one last season went a long way to helping the relegation fight.”

“Hopefully we can do the same again and come away with maximum points and I’d love to be the latest manager to do so.”

Two years ago we had a very young side playing at White Hart Lane under Glenn Roeder, because of huge injury problems (when did you last hear that one?), and we certainly rode our luck in the first half. But that game was when Oba Martins hit that shot past Paul Robinson with his left foot, that was clocked at 84 mph, one of the hardest hit shots we’ve ever seen. A couple of minutes later and Nicky Butt scored.

Last year’s performance was easily our best of the season under Kevin Keegan, when we just tore the Spurs side apart, and won 4-1, so we’ve scored 7 goals in our last two trips there, and that may bode well for us on Sunday.

We need to start winning games very soon, if we are to survive, so there’s no better time to start, than in our next game on Sunday. We’ll take a 1-0 win, or any score quite honestly, as long as we score more goals than Tottenham.

That gives us the win doesn’t it?  😀

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52 comments so far

  • Zero Cool

    Apr 16, 2009 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #1

    First

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  • Steve R

    Apr 16, 2009 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #2

    I don’t see why we can’t beat Spurs, yes they are apparently “pushing for Europe” but their defense is not water-tight, yes so is our’s but i think with an attacking formation we really have a good chance.

    …………………..Harper
    …………Edgar..Beye…Bassong
    Guthrie…Butt….Nolan…Duff…..Jonas
    …………..Owen……Carroll

    Don’t think Martins will be fit, Viduka should not start. I would love it if Ranger gets a opportunity instead of Viduka.
    Think Duff and Jonas together could overlap well.

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  • Weezertron

    Apr 16, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #3

    with all the youth players seeming to get a look in, its a shame lualua went on loan at the time he did.

    I hope he gets back soon, we need his creativity.

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  • DanToon

    Apr 16, 2009 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #4

    We have a better chance of beating tem than we did Stoke.

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  • Dragonera

    Apr 16, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #5

    Spurs always play an open game and i can see us hitting them on the break. They will probably score first though.

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  • edburn

    Apr 16, 2009 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m surprised at the amount of people saying they want the youth team players in, I know that we have been poor all season but is now the right time to try untested youngsters?

    And Carrol has done well recently, but he has had more experience than many that have been mentioned, and is a bit older. Players like Vukic and Doniger may well turn into very good players, but they are not premiership standard.

    I really enjoy seeing some of our youngsters play first team football, but I can’t believe that now is the right time. If we were safe we would be able to, but we are a long way off.

    With that in mind, I believe our team for spurs should be:

    ————-Harper—————–
    –Beye–Taylor–Bassong–Edgar
    ——-Guthrie—Nolan—Jonas—
    ————–Owen——————
    ——–Martins——Carrol———

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Apr 16, 2009 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Lads, dont know if its anything to go by as its just Wikipedia… But one of my mates just made me aware that Antionio Valencia is moving to us tell me what you think?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Valencia

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  • edburn

    Apr 16, 2009 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #8

    Hmmm, hope it is true, he could provide the creativity we sorely lack. Bizarre timing though, I wouldn’t believe it but…

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  • will die for the toon army

    Apr 16, 2009 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #9

    Matt Parkman called me that this is the team Big Al is bringing out:
    ……………………Harper
    ……………..Beye…Edgar…Bassong
    ………………….Butt……Guthrie
    Jonas………………………………………………Duff
    …………………….Nolan
    …………..Owen…………..Carroll

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Apr 16, 2009 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #10

    The more I think about it the less likely its true… Nothing anywhere else on the web, though it seems legit!

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  • dougnufc

    Apr 16, 2009 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #11

    Tom4Nufc

    Don’t believe anything thats on Wiki, it is all bull…

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  • edburn

    Apr 16, 2009 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Yeah it’s not on either official site, which makes it seem unlikely. Also, where did they get the quotes from? Very strange. Also, is it not slightly strange that it’s on the basis we don’t go down? I haven’t heard of any deals like that I don’t think.

    Good player though.

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Apr 16, 2009 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #13

    Ohwell, was worth a mention 😉 !

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  • Ben_BKK

    Apr 16, 2009 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #14

    lol @ Matt Parkman reference 😛 I presume you’re on about the guy from Heroes?

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Apr 16, 2009 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #15

    I frickin love Heroes!!!! Tracy and Clare, mmm…..

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 16, 2009 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #16

    comments from Wikipedia

    Though on 16th of April 2009 it was established that a deal had been agreed in principal for him to join Newcastle United on a 4 year deal, assuming the Magpies avoid relegation. Magpies manager Alan Shearer said ‘This is a great deal for everyone associated with the club, but we need to make sure that we avoid the catastrophic event of relegation, though this is something for the fans who are as I have said all along the best in the land’ When asked on Joe Kinnear’s input in the ‘proposed’ move Shearer had to say ‘Joe was the cheif negotiator in this, and whilst he is at home to recover, he has been doing invaluable work behind the schenes and he has been scouting and doing his fair share of work so that we can move quickly in the transfer market, regardless of which league we are in’

    So we’ve agreed a deal for Valencia today, nice!

    Doubt it though as Real Madrid wanted him

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 16, 2009 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #17

    ——————————-Harper——————–

    —–Beye————Taylor——–Bassong—–Edgar
    ——————————Butt————————-

    –Jonas——————————————-Duff–

    —————————–Owen————————
    ———————–Carroll—-Ranger—————-

    Could be worth a try.

    Be honest, say this is our first time we’re ever going to play Spurs (we’ve never played them before) how many of you would have us winning?

    I’ll be honest i wouldn’t but remain confident, i say Liverpool away would be a good game for the youngsters as we’re not really going to get anything out of it and we can let the youngsters show their worth and rest key players, or if we’re safe for A Villa away then play an all young team!

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  • edburn

    Apr 16, 2009 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Turkish magpie

    Ranger? I know he seems a good prospect but he has never played in the prem! Surely Martins shud play if fit, if not then Viduka.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Apr 16, 2009 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #19

    looks like citeh have blown it.

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  • Dragonera

    Apr 16, 2009 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Isaac

    They shouldn’t even be in it. They have had a penalty they shouldn’t of, and their second goal came from a player being offside in the run-up. Poor officiating today.

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  • Doocey

    Apr 16, 2009 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #21

    Antonio Valenica to us? Haha that’s the biggest load of nonsense I’ve ever heard. He cound be at United now if he wanted!

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  • buddy

    Apr 16, 2009 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #22

    fierce quiet on here tonite isnt it!! wats the dealio??

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  • edburn

    Apr 16, 2009 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Doocey – it’s not as bad as most transfer speculation to do with the toon, remember when we were supposed to be in the race to sign torres? And a bit further back, ronaldinho? Haha

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  • Dragonera

    Apr 16, 2009 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #24

    buddy

    I know, mate. Dead on here. What you think of our chances come Sunday.

    Just had another glance at Hull and Boro’s fixtures… 😀

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  • buddy

    Apr 16, 2009 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #25

    alryt dragonera!! yeah wats the story with their games this weekend?? hull have the mackems nyway yeah??

    I dno man, last week i genuinely felt a draw and that we wouldn win, this week im feeling win or maybe a draw. spurs are in between a little bit atm and dont have as much to play for as most other teams(i no europe is a target for them) but i dont think spurs will be go out all guns blazing.

    we have done well there in recent years, so omens luck a little bit better then last week. shearer has had that extra week so hopefully the lads have got some coaching since last september. cant see him making the same mistake with shameobi!! owen must be due a few eh?? he is meant to be so-called ”world class”!! but honestly i think last week will give a little bit of momentum so fingers crossed.

    if we do win this week tho, i cant see us going down. otherwise the battle lasts another week
    wat u tink man??

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  • Doocey

    Apr 16, 2009 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #26

    Thinking the same. Pure quiet.

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  • Doocey

    Apr 16, 2009 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #27

    Yeah but didn’t Souness say he looked into Torres?!

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  • edburn

    Apr 16, 2009 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #28

    Could you have ever seen him join us though? Souness was such a poor manager, I think replacing Bobby Robson was where we started going downhill.

    Remember champions league days? Bellamy’s last minute winner vs Feyenoord? Happy days 🙂

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  • Dragonera

    Apr 16, 2009 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #29

    Buddy

    I think we will get a point at Spurs in an entertaining, open game. Spurs don’t have enough fight in them and we will chase every ball and give them no time (i hope). We will lose at Liverpool and people will write us off. We will then win our home games and stay up by a point or goal difference. I truly believe that.

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  • Alanmc09

    Apr 16, 2009 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #30

    Lads,im off 2 get fuc*ing loaded!10 bottles of miller!!the irish way!hahahaha
    Im 14!

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  • buddy

    Apr 16, 2009 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #31

    i hope your right. it would be horrific to go down. i genuinely think things would improve hugley in d summer if we stay up…..nyway thats for another day
    ha i hope we fight and chase for everything, as its about time we started. a lot hinges on the team nd tactics im afraid. the likes of butt/nolan/owen/r.taylor all startin wont give us that nor will it give us that threat going forward in terms of creativity!! hopin guthrie,carroll nd the likes r given a start!
    spurs are definitely beatable, we do need something out of it cuz as you said pool a non runner for us!

    what you think about collocini?? hes gettin an awful lot of undeserved stick imho. i really hope we dont ruin him like we have others. i believe he wil be a far better player next year if he is stil here. other players make as many cock ups and dont really get the same amount of sh#t.

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  • Doocey

    Apr 16, 2009 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #32

    I do indeed.
    Terrible goalkeeping haha.
    Was like Drogba’s a few nights ago haha.

    What a game!
    Even Viana scored in that one!

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  • Dragonera

    Apr 16, 2009 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #33

    Coloccini has had a season of 50% awful, 25% average and 25% good, but as i stated way back before christmas, he is in his first season. As you probably know, players from the Spanish league generally seem dodgy in their first season in English football. They need time to get to grips with things. Coloccini’s pedigree is good so i doubt he has turned sh*t overnight. I think the majority on here know he will come good if given time, but emotions are high when we make defensive mistakes and he has made a fair few costly ones. He will come good next season, maybe no the beginning, but certainly at some point next season. If not, then we send him on his way and replace him.

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  • Dragonera

    Apr 16, 2009 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #34

    …but make no mistake about it. I have said for a while that Beye and Bassong is probably our best CB pairing and it seems Alan has seen this too. Both are not afraid to stand up and be counted and Beye is a real leader in defence.. bassong will only improve playing nexst to the former Marseille captain. S.Taylor is a RB as far as i am concerned and young Jose will only get better. Colo and Edgar will provide competition.

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  • edburn

    Apr 16, 2009 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #35

    After losing the first three matches as well, we came back to qualify…

    And we beat inter with a goal from a young Andy Griffin 😀 another goalkeeping blunder, we never seem to score good goals!

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  • buddy

    Apr 16, 2009 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #36

    yeah man,look i het as angry as anoyone with colo and his stupid mistake but he is not the only one. i feel for colo a little because he certainly would not have expected what has happened this year. playing in a shockin team, his confidence must be rock bottom. he needs shearer to pull him out of it! peoples views on the best back four will ebb and flow(only a few weeks ago s.taylor was being slated) and all in all i would have colo as CB with beye at RB but right now your right. beye is a tremendous leader and should be our captain(not that gutless money grabber owen). taylor is showin he has passion and balls right now as he is in his best form of the season. fair play to him, his fight is what we need to stay up. i really rate enrique and hes improvin all the time, also a great worker.

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  • daffy

    Apr 16, 2009 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #37

    dont think newcastle have enough to win at least 3 games poss 4 with whats left to play considering youve only won 6 all season . sunderlands season prob hinges on hull at home , win & i think well be ok , lose & i think well go down + a draw is no good .

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  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Apr 16, 2009 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #38

    If we are relying on keeper blunders for winning edburn we are going to the right place this week 😉 Gomes here we come 😉

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  • davis_toons

    Apr 17, 2009 at 2:50 AM

    Comment #39

    Why have all the north-london clubs becomes to poor in the games?

    1) Is the place just too relax? –
    2) Is it a place for the “resting players” ?

    Hopfully it can slowly tune to a new beginning –

    Starting with the current lot of players + youth players cming in…. then new era will slowly begin.

    Singapore_toons

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  • AndyNUFC

    Apr 17, 2009 at 3:41 AM

    Comment #40

    We need to WIN as many games as possible, with very very few games to pick up points in. Every game is a must win, considering the position we are in. And the quote where if we go down then Valencia comes to us is ridiculous!

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