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Newcastle Give Late Fitness Test To Joey Barton

5:01 pm, Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 57 Comments

We expect an unchanged Newcastle team tonight, from that which beat Reading 3-0 on Saturday.


Joey Barton - late fitness test

But that will depend on the result of a late fitness test being given to Joey Barton, before Chris Hughton names the side for tonight’s game against the Owls.

We would expect Joey to be declared fit, after he injured his foot in Saturday’s game, while Danny Guthrie is back in the squad and Nicky Butt should return on Saturday for our tough game at Crystal Palace.

Chris Hughton said this afternoon:

“We’re still waiting on Joey, but the good news is Danny Guthrie’s in the squad, and Nicky Butt’s not far away,”

“The only one we’re waiting on is Joey. We’ll make a late decision on him. We’re fortunate that we don’t really have any other problems.”

We expect Hughton to start new loan signing Danny Simpson on the bench, with Ryan Taylor keeping the right back spot for now,  but he may get on sometime in the second half tonight.

Newcastle need 3 points tonight – that’s the bottom line.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Danny Guthrie · Danny Simpson · Joey Barton · Ryan Taylor


57 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Magpietillidie22 // Aug 19, 2009 at 5:05 PM

    Yeah having Guthrie in squad is a major plus. I dont agree that we NEED three points only 3 games into a season but i obviously want 3 points!

    Either way it would be an upset if we leave with anything less than 3 points. Tonight is a game where our battling qualities will be tested, wba and reading are in their own rights good passing sides but Wednesday will be making life difficult and playing a tough tackling direct football game.

    Can’t wait!!

  • 2 dougnufc // Aug 19, 2009 at 5:13 PM

    if we are playing barton as a right winger, then i guess we should rest him and not risk his injury. guthrie is better as a winger as he has more pace and good crossing abilities

  • 3 OHurley // Aug 19, 2009 at 5:21 PM

    Happy to see that Guthrie is fit again. He’s a good player and I can’t wait to see him score a few more crackers this season. As for Barton… I guess we’ll see. He’s such a liability. And why are we concerned about getting Butt back? He should be used as a sub and nothing more. Let Smudger and Danny Boy play in CM. Jonas and Bartona/LuaLua on the wings.

  • 4 DJG // Aug 19, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    Home game against average (to be kind) opposition. These are the games we have to win if we are gonna be up there at the end of the season. A win would allow us to grab on to the coat tails of Cardiff who will be the team to beat in the title race.

  • 5 DJG // Aug 19, 2009 at 5:33 PM

    I just hope Wednesday dont sit back and hold for a draw.

    If we repeat the peformance of the last time we played Sheff Wed we will go top of the league!

  • 6 dougnufc // Aug 19, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    any one fancy a return for chops?

  • 7 OHurley // Aug 19, 2009 at 5:37 PM


    Would LOVE to see another 8-0 trouncin’. Believe if we can hand it to ‘em like that again, not even Cardiff will stand in our way. Who the hell is Cardiff anyway? Have they ever been in the PL?

  • 8 toonoholic // Aug 19, 2009 at 5:38 PM

    he just moved back, so i dont see it happening

  • 9 RyanToon // Aug 19, 2009 at 5:39 PM



  • 10 BlacknWhite Barmy // Aug 19, 2009 at 5:39 PM

    you wouldnt bet on it

  • 11 BlacknWhite Barmy // Aug 19, 2009 at 5:41 PM

    Ryan – where ? On hols?

  • 12 DJG // Aug 19, 2009 at 5:42 PM

    I hope we thrash Cardiff home and away.

  • 13 OHurley // Aug 19, 2009 at 5:45 PM



  • 14 OHurley // Aug 19, 2009 at 5:45 PM

    j/k ;)

  • 15 OHurley // Aug 19, 2009 at 5:46 PM

    when’s KO for the game tonight?

  • 16 DJG // Aug 19, 2009 at 5:46 PM

    Cardiff may be the big boys of Wales, but we are the big boys in this league. If Michael Chopra is one of their best players, they can be that good, he never did owt up here. (Apart from that time he came on and scored with his first touch) ha

  • 17 DJG // Aug 19, 2009 at 5:47 PM

    Wish I could go and see this one but no way can I afford 30quid atm.

  • 18 Wigaz // Aug 19, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    We should really get 3 points tonight. Anyone got links to watch it? Cant belive it’s not on tv! wasn’t BBC & Sky meant to have better coverage this season? they didn’t have chelsea on last night or Man U tonight? fair play arsenal vs celtic great game but who gives a shit about the rest? Between two of em they should have our game on.

  • 19 DJG // Aug 19, 2009 at 5:55 PM


    The first two games were both televised live though, which is alot more than many of the teams in this league can expect. Out of the bbc’s first 4 championship games they have picked NUFC twice. The radio will have to do for me tonight :( next week I might go to the Huddersfield Carling Cup game though I reckon. Will there be highlights of this game on the football league show. I like the presenters on that! Their alot more humble than smarmy Hanson, Lauro and co.

  • 20 DJG // Aug 19, 2009 at 5:59 PM


    Ok now im getting over excited. ha

  • 21 MrNash // Aug 19, 2009 at 6:05 PM


    Where can i listen to the game online radio tonight mate?


    im born and bred in cardiff but been a toon fan ever since i knew what a football was, should hear the cardiff fans chanting rubbish down here lol

    cant wait fo city v toon.

    same side tonight same score line three nil!

    toon top of the leauge by tonight

  • 22 MrNash // Aug 19, 2009 at 6:16 PM


    by the way cardiff city are screwed everyone’s out injured gone past when we play them, hudson mccormack and gerrard(gerrards cousin) we will batter them home and away.

  • 23 magpie6699 // Aug 19, 2009 at 6:19 PM

    Is that a fitness test for his body (may pass) or his brain (no chance)?

  • 24 AndyNUFC // Aug 19, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    I’d like to see a couple reserve/youngsters given a chance tonight to save some legs for the weekend. Simpson to start and R.Taylor right wing, or Geremi? Don’t put Barton there and risk him, no point. We need somebody atleast who can cross a ball from open play and those 2 can do it (when they want to).

    Bring Guthrie on if we need goals, if not, keep on Nolan to get his fatness (oops sorry, fitness*) up more and use his defensive style. Ranger given more than 5 minutes as well please? Lua Lua for Gutierrez, and I hope this boy isn’t just a headless chicken too.

    Tbh, I really hope Xisco is given a fair amount playing time, his touch is quite good and he’s strong, although I know we can’t use all these subs!

    Anyway a win would do wonders for our momentum/confidence, and I think if we have 6 wins or more after 10 games, we could really be in with a shout of promotion. Although, let’s hope if we do discover this type of confidence, we don’t slip into a “too big for championship” mindset and bugger it later on.

    On a sidenote, we NEED more players bringing in!

    P.S. Will be interesting to see if Campbell is attending again tonight. If so, surely, he has to be signing?

  • 25 Big Dave // Aug 19, 2009 at 6:29 PM dont know if it will be shown for certain but they say it will

  • 26 Big Dave // Aug 19, 2009 at 6:32 PM

    Wor Donna has got it wrong again lol where r u billy bunter. dont worry Ryan i wont mention Taylor

  • 27 onepeterb // Aug 19, 2009 at 6:33 PM

    Tried footy doctor before and all I got was a load of downloads I didn’t want before they informed me that they weren’t covering the game after all.

  • 28 belfast toon // Aug 19, 2009 at 6:39 PM

    Donna dunna bolter

    Why do people find it funny to talk shite I never understood that…. its pretty sad in it

  • 29 Big Dave // Aug 19, 2009 at 6:42 PM

    Belfast toon were you norn iron magpie ? mate

  • 30 MrNash // Aug 19, 2009 at 6:42 PM

    anybody know of the radio station its on tonight?

  • 31 belfast toon // Aug 19, 2009 at 6:44 PM

    3-1 tonight s taylor to score I think jonas might get one , bout time I wonder does he still bring the mask out with him every week…. Bet it stinks.

  • 32 geordiehammer // Aug 19, 2009 at 6:44 PM

    Live streaming on

  • 33 geordiehammer // Aug 19, 2009 at 6:46 PM

    Hes not allowed to wear the mask mate

  • 34 belfast toon // Aug 19, 2009 at 6:49 PM

    Na mate I’ve always been Belfast toon don’t know what happened to norn what ever happened to ed speed

    Regards ed ( ed speed)

  • 35 belfast toon // Aug 19, 2009 at 6:53 PM

    Maybe that’s why he hasn’t scored?

    Or maybe he’s shite?

  • 36 Big Dave // Aug 19, 2009 at 6:55 PM

    belfast just wondered i havent seen him on in yonks. are you the one in poleglass ?.
    and yeah ed speed was pretty funny and was able to wind a few of the bloggers up lol

  • 37 Big Dave // Aug 19, 2009 at 7:00 PM

    geordiehammer // Aug 19, 2009 at 6:44 PM

    Live streaming on
    If you get it mate will u put the link up mate cheers.
    Belfast i have said all along i think jonas could do real well once he gets his 1st hopefully, same as smith i think he will do better when ( if ) he gets his 1st lol i like the 2 of them

  • 38 geordiehammer // Aug 19, 2009 at 7:05 PM

  • 39 belfast toon // Aug 19, 2009 at 7:05 PM

    No mate I’m from not to far away Lisburn road / Malone ed area are you from norn iron yourself?

  • 40 dougnufc // Aug 19, 2009 at 7:13 PM

    Heres a video I made for Shola

  • 41 belfast toon // Aug 19, 2009 at 7:16 PM

    Aye dave you could see the frustration in jonas on sat he smashed it straight at the keeper after beating someone in the box

  • 42 geordiehammer // Aug 19, 2009 at 7:16 PM

    Barton has failed his fitness test, R Taylor will play in midfield with Simpson coming in at rightback

  • 43 Big Dave // Aug 19, 2009 at 7:26 PM

    belfast yeah mate im from Rathcoole and no im not a paramilitary god father lol

  • 44 belfast toon // Aug 19, 2009 at 7:30 PM

    I’m from a wee place called taughmonagh

  • 45 Big Dave // Aug 19, 2009 at 7:32 PM

    belfast toon are you a paramilitary god father lol

  • 46 belfast toon // Aug 19, 2009 at 7:37 PM

    Couldn’t afford the pay cut dave

  • 47 sean667 // Aug 19, 2009 at 7:39 PM

    is iraqgoals the live feed choice of this evening boys?

  • 48 belfast toon // Aug 19, 2009 at 7:51 PM

    Hard work being a toon fan in Belfast Dave well out numbered

    Makes you stronger though

  • 49 punk skunk... // Aug 19, 2009 at 7:52 PM

    Anyone gettin’ any joy from that iraqigoals link?..

  • 50 sean667 // Aug 19, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    no joy struggling to find any stream

  • 51 Chappasouthshields // Aug 19, 2009 at 8:01 PM

    no joy at all :( am sick

  • 52 punk skunk... // Aug 19, 2009 at 8:02 PM

    All i’m gettin’ from the Toon game slot is f**kin’ liverpoo v stoke ffs!..

  • 53 sean667 // Aug 19, 2009 at 8:06 PM

    fxxk even the home site live commentry given me shit

  • 54 armtoon // Aug 19, 2009 at 8:07 PM—live-match-commentary

  • 55 sean667 // Aug 19, 2009 at 8:08 PM

    we is 1 up, shola

  • 56 sean667 // Aug 19, 2009 at 8:09 PM

    anyone got any joy on any link?

  • 57 belfast toon // Aug 19, 2009 at 8:10 PM


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