Emotional Afternoon For Newcastle Players And Fans


A 2,500-strong Toon Army were on hand this afternoon at Tannadice to observe a minute applause before the kick-off, in honor of our former manager, the great Bobby Robson.

bobby robson and alan

Alan Shearer shakes Bobby’s hand last Sunday

And the lads wore black armbands this afternoon in memory of the legendary black-and-white knight.

It was an emotional affair indeed this afternoon, but the lads put in a good performance in the second half and got some well deserved and warm applause after the game from the traveling fans.

We’ll take that as a good sign and hope we can win next Saturday at WBA.

Stand-in boss Chris Hughton told nufcTV after the game:

“It’s been an emotional weekend for players, staff and fans at the club.”

“The support we had today was tremendous and at the end of the game the players made a point of thanking the fans for that.”

“They have traveled in great number in memory of Sir Bobby and that shows how much he meant to the Geordie people.”

It’s true the Toon Army thinks the world of Bobby Robson, but the good news is that his wonderful example and spirit will live on in Newcastle.

Maybe the lads can get that inspiration from the great man himself, and will be able to launch an attack on the Championship, while the club remains in some adversity right now.

The Championship starts next Saturday, but all we need is a win at WBA and that will be the start we will look for.

We hope the lads can do that, and they will need to show some of the inspiration and leadership that Bobby exhibited throughout his life, to achieve that.

But the win is possible and we expect the lads to get all 3 points at the Hawthorns come Saturday, and before you do great things you have to think those things are at least possible.

Howay The Lads !!



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64 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 2, 2009 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #1

    I’ll be there!!!!

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Aug 2, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Off subject I know, but am I the only one that isn’t keen on the club being bought by some oil sheik? I’m as desperate as anyone to get rid of Ashley, but surely this fashion of buying a club and pouring cash into it will run out in time?

    There’s only one FA Cup winner per season, one league winner, one Champions League winner etc, so every multi-billionaire that’s poured cash into a team that’s won nothing will be mightily upset to have wasted their cash. They surely then won’t continue to put in the money and might try to ditch the club as Ashley is doing to us now.

    And we’ve not even started on the fact that these people don’t know or care about football, come from a culture that is undemocratic, sexist etc…

    Just a thought.

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  • Doocey

    Aug 2, 2009 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #3

    AngerOfTheNorth // Aug 2, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    Off subject I know, but am I the only one that isn’t keen on the club being bought by some oil sheik? I’m as desperate as anyone to get rid of Ashley, but surely this fashion of buying a club and pouring cash into it will run out in time?

    There’s only one FA Cup winner per season, one league winner, one Champions League winner etc, so every multi-billionaire that’s poured cash into a team that’s won nothing will be mightily upset to have wasted their cash. They surely then won’t continue to put in the money and might try to ditch the club as Ashley is doing to us now.

    And we’ve not even started on the fact that these people don’t know or care about football, come from a culture that is undemocratic, sexist etc…

    Just a thought.

    ———

    Agree, I don’t want owners like Manchester City.
    Would rather FFS than them, ok, maybe a bit of an overstatement.

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  • bill

    Aug 2, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #4

    I think that there needs to be a root and branch change in the way that football clubs are financed.

    I don’t think that people should be able to pile debt onto clubs the way they are. If a club like Chelsea need £200M then Abramovich should have to give the money without any comeback.

    Similarly, I don’t think the Glazier’s should have been able to buy ManU, and then burden the club with the purchase of the club.

    The ill’s of the football world go on and on. The sooner we get back to paying for what you buy up front the better. I would never buy a washing machine or a TV on HP, so why should football clubs be able to do it with clubs and players. All of this money is actually going to kill the game much as the bankers have killed the world economy.

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 2, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #5

    Sheik, rattle and roll for me. As much as I think what Man City are doing is morally wrong – I’d have a slice!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 2, 2009 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #6

    My heart tells me we must hear somit this week but the head says stop being daft you tool!

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 2, 2009 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #7

    TG, we have to hear ‘something’ with the season starting on Saturday. Gona be an interesting week………

    Incidentally, post-match interview with Nolan:

    “We know as much as you guys but all the lads who are here at the moment have said that they want to stick with us and give 100% for Newcastle.

    “Now if a club comes in and offers a ridiculous amount of money for someone then that could all change.

    “We are 110% behind Chris and his staff and they are 110% behind us.

    “As a team we have to stick together and hopefully try and get through to September without losing too many players.

    “But one thing we will have to do if it stays the way it is, is to bring a couple of new faces in to freshen things up and to strengthen in places where we need to strengthen.

    “It is big decision time for people upstairs.

    “That’s up to them, we are just getting on with things on the pitch and they are doing their thing.

    “We are not here to ask them to do anything, all we want is to produce on the pitch.

    “But no one will find it difficult coming to this club. It is a fantastic club, it has great history.

    “You’ve seen how many fans turned up at Tannadice and so if Newcastle United come calling for anyone, albeit we are in the Championship now, I don’t think many people will put the phone down.”

    HOWAY LADS! SEASON KICKS OFF ON SATDI!

    😀

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  • NICK C

    Aug 2, 2009 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #8

    A massive overstatement!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 2, 2009 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Aye Nolan talks the talk. Lets just hope the divvies upstairs listen.

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  • Doocey

    Aug 2, 2009 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #10

    It wouldn’t surprise me if Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday all pass without a single word from the hierarchy.

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  • Tino 11

    Aug 2, 2009 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #11

    Toon Graeme // Aug 2, 2009 at 7:59 PM

    Aye Nolan talks the talk. Lets just hope the divvies upstairs listen.
    —————————

    He eats all the pies too!

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  • Big Dave

    Aug 2, 2009 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #12

    TG but can he walk the walk ? lol

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  • Big Dave

    Aug 2, 2009 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #13

    Doocey i dont think you would hear from them anyway, even if we were sold the wouldnt think of telling us, sure we would allready know lol

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  • SBR4EVA

    Aug 2, 2009 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #14

    He’s got the right attitude though – deluded mebeez but that’s what we need to hear.

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Aug 2, 2009 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #15

    The thing is, we’d just become some rich foreigner’s plaything (and that’s nothing to do with them being foreign, but they simply have no link to the city or the club). And if we win anything, we wouldn’t have earnt it, it’d pretty much just be “bought”…

    Then again, linked to Bill’s point, with the likes of Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea and to a point Liverpool being bank-rolled by the super-rich, paying stupid figures, could you ever win anything in this day and age without a super-rich foreign owner throwing cash in?

    My main point, I guess, is that it’d barely matter if not a single fan went to the games or not. The massive wages would still be paid, the world stars would still be ought and the silverware would still be won. And it’d have nothing whatsoever to do with the support and contribution of the fans.

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  • Tino 11

    Aug 2, 2009 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #16

    Not sure where i stand with this mega rich oil baron owner business.

    Has any of them actually bailed and left the clubs in the lurch? Maybe we are a bit jealous and use that as an excuse.

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 2, 2009 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #17

    We’ll always have a great fan-base, and that’s a major draw for players coming here. Of course Arsenal and Man Utd are perfect business models, but they have a rich history as backing. We don’t. We need a financial piggy-back to get anywhere near competing with the big boys now. It ain’t how it used to be.

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  • SBR4EVA

    Aug 2, 2009 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #18

    I would hate to be a smug supporter of a top 3 side knowing that our foreign owner wasn’t from Seaton Burn.

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  • Ross

    Aug 2, 2009 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #19

    Rod-True mate, its a sad fact but the big cash deals are now running(/ruining?) the game. Money talks and teams like Citeh prove that. Whether players are fully commited to the cause or not, they’ll go for the cash and will field an impressive starting line up regardless.
    As for the game today, sadly didnt get to go like i thought i would. Does anyone know who gave away the pens?…the new kit is also quite nice, a huge improvement on the custard number. Should definitly swap that and the away kit like!

    Also, off topic but i got a text from a mate of mine who’s a celtic fan, he was at the friendly against the mackems yesterday. Apparently they sang “there’s only one Bobby Robson” throughout the minutes applause for him before KO. A nice touch from them to be honest like.

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Aug 2, 2009 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Maybe I should phrase this differently – these people, once the fun of owning a club has worn off and we’re no longer seen as a good investment, will have no problem with throwing the club on the scrapheap. They’ll laden the club with debt and then float it out to sea.

    And right now, with players going for £80m and the country heading into recession, I can’t see how owning a club can be overly profitable in the long term anyway. Not without ticket prices being frankly horrific…

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  • SBR4EVA

    Aug 2, 2009 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #21

    That’s the measure of the man Ross. He touched even the lowest of the lowest, laff oot lood.

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 2, 2009 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #22

    SBR4EVA 18 LAFOOTLOOD!

    …actually, wasn’t Sheik Lafootlood linked with us earlier today?

    Ross, Ryan taylor gifted the equaliser.

    …on the Celtic mackems tip – who couldn’t applaud that man. He was much-loved the world over – respected for his Geordie ethos. A mate of mine is a staunch Rangers fan and his text to me on Friday was unsurprisingly poignant.

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  • Nick D

    Aug 2, 2009 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #23

    Anger of the North.

    KK nearly ”bought” us success and was massively financed by John Hall. No one had a problem with him paying 15m for the likes of Shearer et al.

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 2, 2009 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #24

    I heard Shepherd on TalkSport this morning.

    He was asked if he was buying the club and he said I can’t comment on the sale of the club unfortunately.

    It sounds like he’s signed the NDA, but whether his offer is the one they go with is another matter.

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  • True fan

    Aug 2, 2009 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #25

    harry redknapp has denied reports he has made a bid for sebastien bassong, says on SSN transfer centre

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  • cockneyphil

    Aug 2, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #26

    For some reason, my comment is awaiting ‘Moderation’. So I will try again.
    My boss, who is a film and stage producer, put together a consortium some years ago to stop Rupert Murdoch from buying Man U. He managed to raise £1/2billion to out bid Murdoch. He says that such things are impossible these days. When I asked him how he would go about raising the cash to buy the Toon if he was asked, he said he would have to do it in the US. That was before the recession. So don’t hold your breath

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  • sean667

    Aug 2, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #27

    is it true that the toon have been sold?

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 2, 2009 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #28

    sean667 // Aug 2, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    is it true that the toon have been sold?

    Don’t hold ya breath mate!

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  • sean667

    Aug 2, 2009 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #30

    i cant hold it ithink i have piglit flue….found some truffels though

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 2, 2009 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #31

    Sean

    We’ve had 10 stories a week like that on tyne talk.

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  • batty

    Aug 2, 2009 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #32

    Nick D // Aug 2, 2009 at 8:54 PM

    Anger of the North.

    KK nearly ”bought” us success and was massively financed by John Hall. No one had a problem with him paying 15m for the likes of Shearer et al
    <<<aye your right we didnt moan when it was us doing the spending

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  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 2, 2009 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #33

    Agree with Rod..I want Arab owners with obscene money to rebuild our club.

    No local consortium will move the club forwards it is going to take serious mega bucks to get us moving in the right direction again.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 2, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #34

    Night lads.

    RIP sir Bobby Robson

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  • bill

    Aug 2, 2009 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #35

    If we were to end up in a ManC situation I would hope that the spending would be temporary and that the long term emphasis would be place on bringing through youngsters.

    I hope that is what ManC do because they have had a good record in recent years for bringing through youngsters, and I hope that continues.

    Personally, I cannot stand these mercenaries who go to clubs purely for money. Money alone does not make you happy. As a young player in the sixties playing in local leagues I would have given my right arm to play for the club I love. Money should have nothing to do with playing football, it’s a game of passion.

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  • bill

    Aug 2, 2009 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #36

    I can understand people wanting mega rich owners so that we too can enjoy some success but ManU haven’t built their teams by spending money as if it was going out of fashion. Their success has been built up over many years with a mix of youngsters and occasional big buys. But they make a huge profit and they build at the right time because they have had continuity over a long period of time. Liverpool did the same during their hay-day and they look as if they are trying to do the same now.

    Our problem is that every manager we get is thrown out after a couple of years. We seem to keep shooting ourselves in the foot. The Directors really need to think long and hard before they appoint managers in the future. It seems to me that they are short term-ism in everything that they do.

    The current crop are just totally incapable of running a football club, so I hope that new owners, whoever they may be make it a priority to get people in to run the club properly. Someone suggested David Dein was going to be in charge at Newcastle a week or so ago, well I think that he if probably the type of person that we need.

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  • komfort

    Aug 2, 2009 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #37

    more oil..less toil..

    ..tisbah ala-kheir.

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  • batty

    Aug 2, 2009 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #38

    a rich arab or bill gates lol

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  • SBR4EVA

    Aug 2, 2009 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #39

    Aye Bill,

    Sadly for Newcastle that’s the way it’s been for ages.
    John Hall started it all by chucking the money about, buying us instant success. I admit, the Keagan years were fantastic for the neutrals but unfortunately as a toon supporter, you just knew the party wasn’t going to last long.

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 2, 2009 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #40

    Bill Gates would never gell with the Geordies – he’s far too PC. Steve Jobs for me.

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