Is The Magic Returning To Tyneside?

Newcastle’s  longest-serving and one of the most loyal players ever, Steve Harper, will equal Kevin Carr’s club record of six consecutive clean sheets, if Newcastle can stop Blackpool scoring tonight.


Steve Harper – a leader on Tyneside

Steve talked last night about the rehabilitated Newcastle team this season:

“It has been a great team effort,” “We score goals as a team and we prevent goals as a team. I think people are seeing that everyone is working their socks off, and I think the fans are taking great satisfaction from that.”

“Everybody is looking after each other and working hard, and the evidence of that is the results on the pitch.”

“The clean sheets are definitely adding to the confidence, and the longer we can keep this run going, the better. Everybody is working really hard and, at the moment, we’re hard to beat.”

“The run of clean sheets is a sign of how united we are, both as a team and as a coaching staff. There’s a lot of hard work gone in behind the scenes, and the likes of Chris and Colin (Calderwood) deserve medals for what they’re putting up with.”

“The players have really mucked in as well, and we had a couple of great meetings in pre-season where people got a lot of things off their chest.”

“You look around now, look in people’s eyes, and know they’re going to give everything for the shirt. That’s all you can ask for.”

And after the players were panned in the summer following relegation,  it seems they have really taken it to heart,  and seem now dedicated to returning Newcastle to their rightful place – in the Premier league.

If  people in the game didn’t believe before  that Newcastle are a Premier League club, with the best support in the land – they do now.  With 40,000 average home gates being the 4th highest in all leagues this season, and that figure likely to rise as the new found spirit, fight and passion at the Newcastle club continues.

And the hard-working Geordie public have only ever asked that their  football team put in the same effort and slog they do themselves in their daily lives – and suddently there’s that magic that exists again on Tyneside.

And make no mistake,  if Newcastle can keep this up for the season – and even get better – there are going to be some records broken by the legendary Newcastle United faithful this season.

Where else, immediately following relegation from the Premier League, would the supporters of a football club stay and sing out load they will support the team forever, as tears streamed down lots of  saddened  faces that late Sunday afternoon, than at the Newcastle United club?

And that’s what happened on May 24th, after the Villa game, and it didn’t go unnoticed by the millions of folks, who watched the game live around the world, and commented on the great passion that is the Premier League in England.

The only thing they got wrong was that what they were witnessing was really the unbelievable passion of Tyneside for their football and their football team, where the fans are legendary in their support, even in times of great failure, which have been far too much in evidence since the master, Bobby Robson left the club.

And we needn’t add the club has not won a trophy since 1969.

And of course there is still Mike Ashley, the owner,  who might admit he’s doing a lot of this stupid stuff on purpose, if only  to stop people saying and thinking he’s just completely clueless at running a football club.

And we often have wondered if he’s really any better at running Sports Direct.

Steve Harper added:

“Results breed confidence and it’s about keeping this run going. But we know how tough Blackpool will be on Wednesday. Having said that, though, Cardiff is a hard place to go to and we got a great result there.”

“The games are coming thick and fast but we’re looking forward to them. We’re looking forward to going to Blackpool, and then it’s a home game against Plymouth.”

“We set targets for the first five games before the international break and we’ve set targets for this little six-game block as well. The Cardiff game has helped in terms of that.”

“In terms of the first five games, we said that we wanted to remain unbeaten. We set targets both individually and as a team, and we’re happy with where we are in terms of those.”

Wins are never easy, but they are certainly what builds great teams, and the confidence that goes with it.

You only have had to watch Manchester United at Spurs on Sunday go a goal down away from home within a minute, but work their way back, keep playing football,  not panic and win the game 2-1, having given the impressive Spurs side a lesson on how to win football games in adversity.

A win in every game is what the admitted ambition for the Newcastle team is this season, and let’s hope we can keep this great run going tonight at Blackpool, and don’t believe anybody who tells you it will be easy.

Howay The Lads – we can do it!!

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • Magpie Magoo

    Sep 16, 2009 at 6:34 AM

    Comment #1

    Whoop! First Comment!

    I wouldn’t say magic as much as players doing what they’re paid to do: play their f***ing arses off!

  • bowburnmag

    Sep 16, 2009 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed – I know you’re just banging the drum but “If  people in the game didn’t believe before  that Newcastle are a Premier League club, with the best support in the land – they do now”

    There is a long way to prove we’re a Premier League club. Maybe when we get promoted?

    And “Where else, immediately following relegation from the Premier League, would the supporters of a football club stay and sing out load they will support the team forever” – we’re good but there are other supporters who show the same kind of loyalty. The big numbers to start were probably partly due to a mix of hope and defiance and now we’re winning people want to be part of it.

    I’d like to think some sort of magic is returning, whatever it is and wherever it’s coming back from but for now the players are doing their jobs on the pitch. Very well, but that’s why they get the big bucks. Stay positive but let’s do it quietly and without fuss for a change away from the pitch?

  • Stuart79

    Sep 16, 2009 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #3

    I think were going a bit over the top here. (I’ll probably get battered for the negativity)

    The magic won’t return to NUFC until Ashley has gone and were challenging for the title again.

    I really feel we need to keep our feet on the ground.

  • jordi

    Sep 16, 2009 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #4


    Depends what you class as the magic really mate. I’m just happy that the players on the pitch are giving it a right good go, I guess for me the magic is the players and the fans united in one purpose – to destroy every team we play! 😉

  • Lew Davies

    Sep 16, 2009 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #5

    Howay then lads, predictions for tonight please.

    I’ll go 0-1 to the Toon. Loverpants to score.

  • lesh

    Sep 16, 2009 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #6

    Magpie Magoo, of course the players are doing what they’re paid to do and they certainly weren’t doing tha last season.

    Why the change? Simple: We’ve got rid of a lot of expensive baggage and we’re seeing the benefits what’s obviously good man-management by Hughton and Calderwood who’ve been able to deliver a constistent message to the players – depite the off-field pressures surrounding them.

    Credit to all concerned and yes Stuart, let’s keep everyones’ feet firmly on the ground.

    Well doStuart of

  • toonsy

    Sep 16, 2009 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #7

    0-0, or an odd goal either way.

  • toonsy

    Sep 16, 2009 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #8

    A draw wouldnt be so bad as we are at hoem against Plymouth on sat, and i’d look for 3 points from that, whilst Boro play West Brom

  • summerof69

    Sep 16, 2009 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #9

    bowburn i agree but on the fans issue i doubt there would have been many that would get the same attendances so from that point of view we have to be up there thogh many other things do need taking in to account

  • toonsy

    Sep 16, 2009 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #11

    summerof69 // Sep 16, 2009 at 8:43 AM

    He was probably born a mackem, or descended from one! Horrible little crettin!

  • UTD111

    Sep 16, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #12

    Is the magic returning?

    Nahhh……never will while fatboy slim is still the owner

  • geordie deb

    Sep 16, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #13

    Couldn’t agree more with Bowburn Mag’s comments especially ‘Stay positive but let’s do it quietly and without fuss for a change away from the pitch?’

    Let’s demonstrate by our actions ie turning up every week, filling St James Park and supporting the team. Continually telling everyone how good and loyal we are especially when there are large sections of empty seats sounds a bit contradictory. Ramming the we’re the best supporters in the land bit down everyone’s throats ceratinly contributed to us being one of the most hated teams around.
    We will demonstrate how good we are by actions rather than words and hopefully help rebuild our image in the process.

  • nzedtoonman

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #14

    Bit of trivia for you hardened toonies !! I remember Newcastle buying Tony Green in the 70’s , when Joe Harvey ( Top Manager ! ) was in charge . We bought him from Blackpool , and he had electric pace , if he had not got injured so soon in his career , I really believe he was one of the missing pieces to make us championship material in those days !! He was electric and fast , what a good memory !! —

    Anthony “Tony” Green (born 13 October 1946 in Glasgow) is a Scottish former professional footballer.

    Green was a Newcastle United player from 1971 to 1973. He begain his career at Albion Rovers F.C. was transferred to Blackpool for £13,500 in 1966 and then signed from Blackpool for £150,000, in a part-exchange deal involving Keith Dyson.

    His career ended at the age of 26 when he suffered a cartilage injury, and was never to play professionally again.

    With only 35 games and three goals to his Newcastle career, the Geordie supporters were left wondering what he could have achieved.

    He made six appearances for Scotland between 1971 and 1972.

    After his football career ended Green became a maths teacher in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, a role he continues to fulfill.

    Cheersz Tony for all the memories , come on the TOON !!! tonight …

  • nzedtoonman

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #15

    Keith Dyson , another name he was on the team that beat Ujpest Doza 6-2 , I think he played sub , but got on must check that ! will get off trivia now !!

  • nzedtoonman

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #16

    No it was Alan Foggon , Now he was a player !!

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #17

    lads, just seen st ledger is available, he is one player i would very much like us to sign

  • batty

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #18

    Geordie-Gerrard7 i woudnt hold your breath m8 at this rate if we get any more injurys it looks like we will have to play some of the under 16s

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #19

    defo wont be holding my breath batty, but still would be nice to get him in, along with cousin, kamara and maybe someone like garry mcsheffery, just to add width

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 16, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #20

    yes mate, we must keep our feet on the ground, i totally agree man!..

  • Trent Toon

    Sep 16, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #21

    I love this club!!!!

    I can’t get over how much i Love this club.

    If we were in conference and would still be loving this club, and i could say that for a fact!

    The thing is that, you yes you makes it all worth it, we are in this together and we will emerge from this together..

    Relegation cemented my love for the club, and i can’t help to feel that the light is returning on this club, lets us be known once again as the ‘entertainers’, and let us once again have those big european nights….

    But until then..

    Up the toon! Go the geordies! Howay the lads!

    Lets do this, lets get promoted!!!

    My prediction Blackpool 0-2 Newcastle (the club of passion)

  • lesh

    Sep 16, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #22

    nzedtoonman I remember Tony Green signing for £140k and in the same week, Joe bagged SuperMac from Fulham @ £180k.

    Green’s Newcastle career was prematurley ended by a knee injury after playing just 35 games for us.

    One helluva a player.

    And just to follow that, didn’t SuperMac bag a hat-trick against Liverpool – his first game at SJP?

  • lesh

    Sep 16, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #23

    Trent, as you can’t get over how much you love this club, can we plan for a wedding then?

  • Trent Toon

    Sep 16, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #24

    I will ask the club in marriage when it gets promoted!!

    Then our honey moon will be at the san siro

  • Jamesthefirst

    Sep 16, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #25

    All that is happening is that the players are fighting like mad to correct the error of their ways last season. Great credit to them for this but it is a long season and our aging midfield will simply run out of steam in the end.

  • Trent Toon

    Sep 16, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #26

    james you raised a valid point, yes we have an aging midfield and they will run out of steam, however midfield is our depth atm, and we have a good 5-7 capabile midfielders whichis good!

  • RyanToon

    Sep 16, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #27

    St Ledger went to Boro!

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 16, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #28

    the agin’ MF will probably age another 5 years this season too…You are now enterin’ the twightlight zone…do do do do…


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