Alan Smith – The Spirit And Passion Of Newcastle This Season


Alan Smith epitomized the spirit and passion that was Newcastle United last night, and he seems more determined than ever to lead Newcastle back to the Premier League at the very first attempt.

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Alan Smith – the spirit and passion of Newcastle United this season

And last night another 100% committed display from the captain, who has really found himself at the club this season.

And the gritty Yorkshireman won big applause from the Newcastle fans following a quick succession of stiff tackles very late in the game.

You talk about guts and glory.

Interim boss Chris Hughton says that the captain’s commitment was so important in getting all 3 points last night against The Foxes, which takes the famous Tyneside club to the top of the table.

Chris talked about his captain this morning:

“It was an excellent display,” “What we’ve got with Alan is that he’s enjoying a run of games for the first time in a long time.”

“He’s going to get fitter and fitter and better and better.” “His commitment is outstanding and I thought he really set the tone tonight.”

Great job by Alan again last night, and we are starting to get used to that now.

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37 comments so far

  • toooooonfan

    Sep 1, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #1

    1st

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  • toooooonfan

    Sep 1, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #2

    cooldj
    nowhere to be seen

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  • toooooonfan

    Sep 1, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #3

    TOO BAD SMITH IS OFF TO BOLTON FOR 2.5 MILLION 🙂

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  • toooooonfan

    Sep 1, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #4

    i love conversing with my self

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  • toooooonfan

    Sep 1, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #5

    how are you tooooonfan?

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  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 1, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #6

    Just so that you don’t feel deserted – no way Alan is off to Bolton surely?
    Nothing on the home site and we may have to wait until 5:00 pm for what we’ve done – as long as we bring more players in – two for certain right now.

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  • toooooonfan

    Sep 1, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #7

    read it on skysports rumour page. might be rubbish. probably is. hope so

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  • tino97

    Sep 1, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #8

    I see david craig has been on SSN. we should be tying up lovernkrands soon and possibly a loan signing of a top 4 club centre back. ( Cathcart?) and maybe one more.

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  • Big Dave

    Sep 1, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #9

    Ed your fingers must be raw today my friend 😉

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  • luke

    Sep 1, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #10

    is it just me or does anyone else have a sneaky suspicion players are playing for a move?

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  • lesh

    Sep 1, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #11

    There there now toooooonfan, here’s something you may wish to debate?

    So, what was Shearer doing at SJP with Dowie of all people?

    For crying out loud, if that’s not gonna cheese Hughton right off, I can’t think what would. Given that he’s done a superb job under extremely difficult circumstances, he’s proved that he’s got the stamina and the temperament to do the job and has the respect of the players.

    So, does Dowies presence alongside Shearer mean that Shearer, if he’s installed, is going to break up a winning combination and install Dowie as his henchman?

    Results last season showed that that duo were hardly successful and one would like to think that Shearer’d be able to use Hughton’s talents to the advantage of the club and the pleasure of the fans.

    I’m sceptical about appointing the Shearer-Dowie pairng and if they do join the club, I wonder how long before we hit the slippery slope from the top.

    Sorry guys, but I aint convinced about the wisdom of giving Shearer the reins at this stage – it’s players we need not turmoil…… again!

    If it’s not broke, don’t fix it!
    17 geordie deb // Sep 1, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Lesh
    I agree with you. Don’t want Shearer and want Dowie even less but no doubt he will be given the reins to placate the masses. Hope it doesn’t cause unrest with the players especially when we have a great team spirit at the minute.

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  • tdt

    Sep 1, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #12

    So does it look as though we are aiming for Lovenkrads, cathcart and Gibson today then? thats what the papers seen to be saying. can Gibson play on the wing?

    ————Harper————–
    Simpson–S.Taylor–Collo–Enrique
    Gibson–Smith(c)–Gutherie–Jonas
    ——-Ameobi—–Lovenkrads—–

    Subs: Krul, Cathcart, R.Taylor, Kadar, Nolan, Barton, Lua Lua, Butt, Vuckic, Carroll, Ranger.

    That would be a decent squad!

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  • tino97

    Sep 1, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Still think even if we get Loverkrands, we still need a target man. Ameobi is out for probably 2 months, in recent years he has never been fit really. So we are relying on Carroll and Ranger! Great potential, but a big ask for them to perform week in, week out. Draem buy would be Beckford but we won’t splash the cash out, we are looking for loan signings!

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  • Tal_nufc4eva

    Sep 1, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #14

    dusnt seem that we wont sign enybody else than lovenkrands unfortunately :(. but if the 2 clubs agree a fee before 5 oclock can they then hav a medical and so on after the deadline?

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  • Big Dave

    Sep 1, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #15

    lesh they wernt at the match together Dowie was a pundit and AS was there because he is a supporter and has an ex box. when dowie tapped big Al on the back Al didnt seem to be expecting him so I wouldnt read owt into it

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  • milburn

    Sep 1, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Lesh- Shearer an irrelevance as Ashley wont be selling- he will be thinking of EPL after good start and cashing in his chips for 200m instead of trying to sell to that world famous joke shop magnate Moat. Hughton not the long term answer but keep him there as there is a momentum at the moment and even fat Ash must realise he cant sell anymore talent.

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  • tdt

    Sep 1, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #17

    We cant buy after 5pm but we can atill loan after that.

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  • stevep

    Sep 1, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #18

    lesh – Dowie was at the game because he was working for Sky ya daftie – Shearer does actualy live in the NE and went to watch the match, reckon you’re reading to much into it man.
    The senior players we have remaining at the toon with the exception of barton all seem to like and respect shearer so I’m not sure what applecart you think he would upset if he was offered the job.
    Am I the only one thinking we need to get a nippy out and out striker in, Ranger, Ameobi athat seems to be about itnd carrol are great for holding ball up and flick ons but nowt else ( and ameobi struggles with that )

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  • milburn

    Sep 1, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #19

    tal nufc 4 eva- you cant sign a player without a medical, all paperwork has to be with FA by 5pm or no deal. Irrelevant in our case as we cant afford to buy players, so loans only option. Medical not so important as you can ship them back from where they came if long term crocked.

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  • milburn

    Sep 1, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #20

    steve p- agree we need a fox in the box- said it on another link but controversially i would try and get David Healy on loan.

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  • ToonRich

    Sep 1, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Ed, are you going to be creating a ‘Transfer deadline’ thread anytime soon?? You’ve created 4-5 threads since 9am (UK) and we’re not able to debate any of todays news due to the jumping about on pages! Good work though 😉

    As for Smithy going, I hope not…& if he loses the captaincy now I’d be shocked, hes showing that passion he had when playing for leeds 😀

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  • Yorkie Dave

    Sep 1, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Well Dowie was a pundit for Sky Sports, but went through the game to sit with Shearer. Also John Carver was sat in Shearers box aswell. If Shearer comes back can see
    Dowie
    Carver
    Speed
    Lee
    all coming in as part of the coaching team.

    Oh and Colo the clown is playing for the Argies so was on International dutie so couldnt play last night!

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  • tooneskimo

    Sep 1, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #23

    If Ash remains in charge there is no way Al will be back at NUFC, he only took him on last year out of desperation. AS has too much power for MA’s liking and he’s seen what happens when you upset the locals. I still expect a couple of outgoing’s today and maybe a couple of loan/freebies heading in. I pray to god Enrique is not one of them.

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  • tooneskimo

    Sep 1, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #24

    I hope most bloggers here have taken the day off work and aren’t posting at the firm’s expense….

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  • Whumpie

    Sep 1, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #25

    erm….

    So, this article. The one about Smith…

    I’m worried about Smudger. He’s finally getting to show what he’s all about, but his wages must be a problem for the club. He’s one of very few high-earners I’d keep, but I’m worried that the harsh realities of life in the CCC may push him to the door.

    I wonder if he’d take a pay cut?

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  • Dragonera

    Sep 1, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #26

    Whumpie

    My thoughts exactly. I hope he doesn’t leave.

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  • tooneskimo

    Sep 1, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #27
  • bill

    Sep 1, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #28

    He would have to take a pay cut if he went to Bolton, that’s for certain.

    It’s rubbish anyway. He has been our best player this season. We need to keep him if we want a quick return to Prem.

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  • bill

    Sep 1, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #29

    Eskimo:
    Too late, the transfer market closed yesterday, only England and Scotland still doing deals.

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  • tooneskimo

    Sep 1, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #30

    doh! 🙁

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  • shearermania

    Sep 1, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #31

    guys you simply forget one thing: SHEARER is a winner and he will want to make things right,,..he knows our mind (the FANS) he does it his own way…and he will be hurt that he didnt get us out of jail last season and even more determined to make it right…..and also : i remember last year and the year before when hughton was caretaker manager…..do you???????goals were flying in as it it was raining oh my word

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  • tooneskimo

    Sep 1, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #32

    Great striker as Shearer was I think he maybe played one season too many, and he was never going to get dropped, would like to listen to his vision for the Toon before Hughton gets the boot, at least Hughton has the players trying, didn’t see that in Shearer’s last game at Villa.

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  • bill

    Sep 1, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #33

    As I said on the other blog, I think the guys in charge have done a good job, however, the long term manager of NUFC has to be Shearer.

    The Championship, as far as I have seen to date is no where near as daunting as the Premier League.

    If we keep what we have and add about 5 or 6 more we should be able to get out of it at the first attempt.

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  • lesh

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #34

    stevep @18 et al, sorry guys but listening to the the radio commentary on 5 live, they were mentioned in the vein of Sheare and Dowie at the game….. trust yu’ll understand my reading based on the words and the context.

    As far as upsetting the apple cart’s concerned, sure the players may have a lot of respect for Shearer but were he and Dowie t come in, park Hughton to one side and introduce new tactics etc, that may prove counter-productive.

    As you’re all saying, it seems academic anyway.

    But, what we do need, is a bit more firepower and defensive cover – if Hughton’s had no choice but to call on the younguns in such numbers at this stage of the season, what happens when we satrt picking up injuries and suspnesions?

    Appreciate what MA’s doing and why but surely he must face up to the reality and the potential consequenses of selling anything that moves!

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  • ginkoh

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #35

    Will Hughton become to be the second Roeder !? I agree that we should keep him or promote him to be oue top head coach but we still need proper long-term manager.

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  • Dondatta13

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #36

    lesh // Sep 1, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    For crying out loud, if that’s not gonna cheese Hughton right off, I can’t think what would. Given that he’s done a superb job under extremely difficult circumstances, HE’S PROVED HE’S GOT THE STAMINA and the temperament to do the job and has the respect of the players.

    RESULTS LAST SEASON SHOWED THAT THAT DUO (Shearer & Dowie) WERE HARDLY SUCCESSFUL and one would like to think that Shearer’d be able to use Hughton’s talents to the advantage of the club and the pleasure of the fans.

    2 Points (in bold) ….

    1st with only 5 games played in the league and a further 39 to go thats hardly showing he has stamina is it?

    2nd Unless you didnt notice Shearer was incharge of the teams last 8 games in what is widely regarded as one of the hardest leagues in the world. Hughton didnt exactly bring the results in when he was in charge in the premiership, and please lets not forget that the team Shearer took over was at rock bottom with regards to moral and self belief.

    I agre with you that Hughton does deserve a job at SJP for a job well done should a permanent manager be installed but lets not start throwing dirt at Shearer & Dowie. If it wasn’t for Howard Webb chalking off a perfectly good goal we would still be in the premiership.

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  • frogeordie

    Sep 1, 2009 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #37

    Lots a good comments here. Esp re Shearer. Thought I was only one thinking aye Shearer but not yet!
    Roeder and Hughton similar circumstances interesting times. Think we all resigned to Ashley staying in control. Oh well lets get on withit!

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