Roeder – Shearer Continued To Play Aston Villa Game On One Leg


The last time Newcastle beat Aston Villa at Villa Park was on 11th February, 2006, in Glenn Roeder’s second game in charge of the club, after taking over as caretaker coach following the sacking of Graeme Souness.

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Alan Shearer – tremendous bravery shown on field

Glen  of course had a terrific start to his management career winning 5 of his fiest 6 games iun charge, after the woeful Grame Souness departed. Shearer was then assistant-manager to Glenn, and Roeder will never forget the Villa game, which we won 2-1 with goals from Ameobi and N’Zogbia.

And of course we finished 7th on 58 points that season, with Newcastle winning 6 of their last 7 league games, after Glenn had taken over with the side in 15th place, on 26 points from 23 games. Just a little history there – good history.

It’s a pity we couldn’t have had a run like that this year – if we had won say the last 6 games (we could draw today nd ahve the same record as Glenn had back in 2006), we’d have 13 points more than we have and would be on 47 points in 11th place. What does all this mean for today? Absolutely nothing.

The Villa game is a match Glenn will never forget because of  the way his captain, Alan Shearer, performed on that day.

Roeder recalled:

“We were down to 10 men for the last half an hour after Celestine Babayaro had been sent off. Alan Shearer was injured and virtually playing on one leg in the closing stages but because there was so much fight in him he was still better than a fit substitute and I kept him on.”

“And I was proved right when he kept the ball in the corner for what seemed an eternity to buy us some time even though the Villa defenders were hacking away at his legs.”

“Shearer broke the Newcastle club scoring record on my first game as manager but I will never forget his bravery that day at Villa Park.” “It’s the same kind of bravery his players are going to need again against Aston Villa.”

That first game was a 2-0 win against Portsmouth at home on February 4th, and Shearer and N’Zogbia scored for the Magpies, in front of just less than 52,000 at St. James’ Park that day

Michael Owen – and other Newcastle players of today – are you reading this stuff of guts and glory?


65 comments so far

  • edtoon

    May 24, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Love the sarcasm!

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  • tdt

    May 24, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #2

    please win 2day!

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  • normag

    May 24, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #3

    Owen’s problem this year is that his just no better than our other strikers, even when he’s been fit 🙁

    I’m looking forward to the game today with mixed emotions. In Norway we have a say which in english will be somthing like fearmixedjoy. Hehe, i guess you understand what im trying to say 😛

    I had a dream of Ranger scoring two and we winning 3-1! Lets hope it becomes true 😀

    Good luck today!

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  • tdt

    May 24, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #4

    4 hrs til K.O!

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  • geist

    May 24, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #5

    normag… I had a dream last nite where we won 2-1 with martins scoring but i can’t remember who else.

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  • boater

    May 24, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Harper also played in those 6 Roeder uefa cup qualifying matches…

    I personally wish that Ameobi, Geremi and even Cacapa hadn’t been COMPLETELY frozen out by Shearer. Hell I naa they aint the answer in the long-term but they would have given us something else. Remember how well Shola played against Villa?

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  • BT9MAG

    May 24, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Love Roeder, feel out of all the managers since Bobby, he is the only one who deserved more time…The man was sacked after taking us to within minutes of a uefa cup semi final place with a squad that was obliterated by injuries!

    Feel regardless of where we end up today, washing our hands of Michael Owen would be a good move (unless he takes a MASSIVE pay cut)!

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  • Toon_Factor

    May 24, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #8

    boater

    I understand about Ameobi and Geremi but Cacapa? the worst defender in the premiership

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  • Turkish Magpie

    May 24, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #9

    i had a dream last night

    the 90 minutes finnish, there’s 6 minutes of added time, ranger, LuaLua and Lovenkrands are the used subs, news comes in Hull have won, but other news comes in Sunderland and Mboro have lost, it’s 1-1 in the 94th minute Ranger gets an amazing pass put through he’s 1 on 1 but the keeper saves it the referee blows the whistle…….. for a corner! Evrybody comes up even Steven Harper (Newcastle need a win or they go down) Guthrie swings it in, Taylor flicks it on LUALUA hit’s the post but it bounces back to the feet of Steve Harper who blasts it in the net. 16 YEARS OF SERVICE AND FINNALLY HE SCORES to keep us up and Sunderland, WBA and Mboro go down

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  • Turkish Magpie

    May 24, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Can that dream become reality? I HOPE SO 😀

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  • Toon_Factor

    May 24, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #11

    I too had a dream we would stay up but Kevin Keegan was our manager and Paul Scholes scored our winner so looks like mine wont come true.

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  • normag

    May 24, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #12

    geist, it was probably Ranger, and you woke up just before he made it 3-1 😛

    Must admit i have had a lot of dreams about Newcastle lately.. Two times about me trying to talk Martins into stay if we get relegated.

    I can’t wait for kickoff, let’s just hope it ends well 🙂

    No matter what, I’m coming to Newcastle to watch a game next season!

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  • Rorycn

    May 24, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #13

    That would be the greatest moment in football ever!

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  • Doocey

    May 24, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #14

    This is the day lads.

    We’re either stay up or we’re playing with Coventry, Cardiff etc next season. Stating the obvious but most people haven’t really got it into their heads yet.

    An early goal at Villa is my prediction 😉

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  • Paul141726

    May 24, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #15

    I know it’s anti-football, but if we do get a go-ahead goal, should we “park the bus” in front of Harper or continue on with all guns blazing? Ordinarily I would try to keep the pressure on, but with this squad, I’m inclined to set up shop in our half and hope. HTL

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  • Doocey

    May 24, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Whatever can keep us up has to be tried today.

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  • edtoon

    May 24, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #17

    wheres nicogf these days

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  • tdt

    May 24, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #18

    2 hrs 19 mins til K.O!

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  • boater

    May 24, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #19

    It’s..

    Harper/
    Edgar/Colo/Taylor/Duff
    Guthrie/Nolan/Butt/Lovenkrands
    Viduka/Martins

    The team to play the biggest in the recent history of NUFC….

    See yas on the other side lads ‘n’ lasses… see yas on the other side.

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  • tdt

    May 24, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #20

    boater – is that what u think or do u actually no?

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  • Rodzilla

    May 24, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #21

    …probli an educated guess tdt, no news yet as far as I’m aware.

    I just had a text from mi mate, he can’t bear watching it….

    ….he’s took his Mrs and the bairn te the zoo!!!

    …av telt him te make sure eez watching the Zebras between 5:30 and 5:50 – get some crazy Black & White Magic ganin on.

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  • batty

    May 24, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #22

    ROD me daughter used to say look dad newcastle united horses when she saw the zebras

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  • Doocey

    May 24, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #23

    If I don’t see a motivated Newcastle team from kickoff I’ll be disgusted. This could be a lot of the players last 90 minutes for Newcastle….

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  • Rodzilla

    May 24, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #24

    Batty, wey!

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  • Rodzilla

    May 24, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #25

    …let’s hope they all chuck themselves at it from the first second Doocey, surely they’ll have that ‘sense of urgency’ by now!!

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  • batty

    May 24, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #26

    ROD r u on the bottle yet

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  • Doocey

    May 24, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #27

    They friggin’ want to Rod!

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  • tdt

    May 24, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #28

    lol aye.

    less than 2 hrs now – nerves are janglin!

    I dont care it hull or sunderland go down – so long as we stay up.

    I think we can do it – Shearer’s the man! He’ll save us

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  • tdt

    May 24, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #29

    With I didnt have an exam 2morro 9.30am or I’d be on the guzzle by now 2 – mind it will take my mind off things if we go tits up 2day.

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  • toonoholic

    May 24, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #30

    is it only me or are there ppl out there anxious and biting their nails too ?

    anyone from boston ?

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  • batty

    May 24, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #31

    ive just had me dinner but no doubt it will soon be oot of me one way or the other

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  • tdt

    May 24, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #32

    Every1s shiting it i’d say pal!

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  • Rodzilla

    May 24, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #33

    Batty, half-way down mi first.

    …bottle of Westons Premium Organic Cider – 6.5% – mi fridge looks very healthy at the moment.

    ..I probably won’t by 7pm though:D

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  • Stevo

    May 24, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #34

    I feel sick with nerves.

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  • batty

    May 24, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #35

    ROD have a few bottles for me m8

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  • Big Dave

    May 24, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #36

    Well good afternoon lads i suppose everyone is looking forward today lol

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  • komfort

    May 24, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #37

    rod , that’ll ease the pre match nerves..off to the pub for my fill..

    HOWAY THE LADS

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  • tdt

    May 24, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #38

    HOWAY THE FCUKIN TOON!

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  • Rodzilla

    May 24, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #39

    …have fun Komfort!

    Good luck with ye bet mate!!!!!!!!!!

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  • batty

    May 24, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #40

    bigdave ive been for a shite 7 times today already plus ive just had me dinner so still counting lol

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