James Tavernier Took His Chance Last Night

Of the six teenagers who started last night’s game at Peterborough, the least known of all was right back James Tavernier.

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James Tavernier – pick of outfield players?

James Tavernier was probably the pick of ther Magpies outfield players during his debut at Peterborough on Tuesday, and despite the defeat, the Bradford born youngster seemed to love the experience.

The 17-year-old (he turns 18 on October 31st) only heard he would be playing the day before the game, and admits there  were a few nerves prior to kick-off.

He had a steady and very promising start to his professional career on Tyneside, and we’ll have to track the progress of this fine looking young player.

James talked to Newcastle United TV today, smiling all the way through the interview:

“There were a few nerves kicking in before the game,”

“But once I got into the game I was alright.” “I only found out I was playing on Monday and I was buzzing.”

“I loved every minute to be honest. The result wasn’t what we wanted and it was a bad start to lose two goals in half an hour.”

“But we tried to get back in to it in the second-half and we were a lot better.”

And the experience has left the youngster, who can play full-back or center-back, wanting more:

“I’ve just got to do my best in the Academy and Reserves now and hopefully catch the eye,”

“I was happy enough with how I did and thought I got stronger in the second-half.”

“The whole day was just a great experience and has left me wanting more.”

Well he did himself no harm at all last night, and Chris now knows he can use James on the subs bench and hopefully get some solid minutes out of him in the future, when needed.

James was just 9 years old when started playing his six full seasons with Leeds United before moving to Tyneside, a couple of years ago.

He was awarded a two-year scholarship with Newcastle, and he is a big fan of former Newcastle right back Habib Beye, who is now at Aston Villa, having had enough of the stupid antics of owner Mike Ashley over the summer.

James says he is completely indebted to his mother, whom James says ‘has sacrificed everything for my football career.’

That’s nice to hear.

James made his Reserve team debut in the Central League Cup tie against Sheffield United on 22 September 2008 and scored his first goal in the Northumberland Senior Cup tie v Team Northumbria on 2 March 2009.

He had his first taste of first tea football as a substitute in the 1 – 0 friendly win at Huddersfield on 21 August 2009, and has now made his first start for Newcatsle in a compeittive game.

James and star goalkeeper Tim Krul did themselves no harm with their more than solid performances last night.

17 comments so far

  • ganiyu

    Sep 23, 2009 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #1

    One silver ware lost

  • DJG

    Sep 23, 2009 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Having seen him a few times for the reserves I would say he ik okay but has some way to go yet before he could be considered for the first team. At the end of this season I definately think he should go out on loan though to get first team experience somewhere.

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 23, 2009 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #3

    We should collectively cut all the bairns that played last night a bit of slack…
    …They were hoyed in at the deep end, against a team that is at least a ‘team’ & plays week in, week out!..
    …We knew we had to play kids & plenty on here have been askin’ for this to happen!..
    …Maybe it’ll get people to had their pash a bit & stop shoutin’ for bairns to be played, when it’s obvious that they need to be fed into the team slowly but surely?..! 1 or 2 at a time, gettin’ proper support from the experienced lads!..
    …While it’s easy to say shite like: ‘Oh, they’re all crap’…It’s bollox!..No they aren’t, they just need time & nurturin’…& that means patience from us…
    …I know the Lads & Lasses that went to the game feel ripped, but what were we supposed to do?..Get players injured?..It’s bad enough that Guthrie got red carded(Looked a bit harsh to me)…So, let’s get a bit of perspective on this & say: These kids will have learned a valuable lesson from the experience & move on!..
    …We gotta stop expectin’ too much, too soon…Then when it doesn’t happen, moanin’ like…Well, fill in the blank… …

  • Dragonera

    Sep 23, 2009 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #4

    Punk Skunk


    There is no doubt in my mind that our youngsters have more ability than that of their counterparts yesterday. However, what they lack in ability they more than make up in experience. Our younguns need to be sent out on loan, but our thread bare squad only serves as an obstacle for that. We need this takeover to go through now so we can start rebuilding our squad. We still need to rid ourselves of 3 or 4 players before we can truly say that we have shifted the deadwood.

  • pearceet

    Sep 23, 2009 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #5

    first i have ever heard about the guy

  • ganiyu

    Sep 23, 2009 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #6

    I suggest we introduce 3 youngsters only.krul also should be played with 3 first team def atleast.

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 23, 2009 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #7

    yes mate, i agree back!..
    …These kids have to get some experience somehow & that was an opportunity & we took it…If they had won or maybe even drew we woulda heaped way too much pressure on them & the management to play them, so it could be a blessin’ in disguise!..

    …BTW, Tavernier has been comin’ thru the bairns foir a couple of years now!..

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 23, 2009 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Krul should not be played, Harper is playin’ ‘cos he’s experienced & is a great keeper…Krul is an excellent back up & should get games where necessary, which he is!..

  • Dragonera

    Sep 23, 2009 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Punk SKunk

    Regarding Krul, i think that has been hammered home to the young Dutchman by Hughton. His recent comments are somehwat of a contrast to those he made a week or so ago.

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 23, 2009 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #10

    yea, & damned right too, he’s gettin’ some game time, doin’, mostly alright, but needs to get his head down, work hard, be a great no.2 for now, bide his time & he’ll get his chance when the time is right!..
    …Goalies best years are 27-37 generally!..

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 23, 2009 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Aw yea!..
    …& keep his trap shut!..

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 23, 2009 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #12

    He’s got a great future ahead of him…

    …& he can shout his head off…on the pitch, that’s where it matters as a keeper!..

  • Thump

    Sep 24, 2009 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #13

    Krul is a good lad with a bright future – but for now that’s as good as he is and the unfortunate thing is that he has been one of the best of his age for a long time – and that doesn’t leave much room for error for the rest of our younger lads.

  • DJG

    Sep 24, 2009 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #14

    From Vital Football – Peterborough United

    ”Afterwards their manager, Chris Hughton, waffled on about it all being his fault after making nine changes and giving four teenagers their debuts, remarking about the change in personnel,

    “It was solely my decision. But unfortunately, it was too much for some of them.”

    Sorry Chris, but the way we played last night we`d have beaten any eleven you could have picked from your squad – we were that good!”

    We’ll just see what happens in November when we meet in the league then lads eh!

  • DJG

    Sep 24, 2009 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #15

    Come to SJP oh Peterborough fans. The Away supports even get seats to sit on! 🙂

  • Toonmania

    Sep 24, 2009 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #16

    LMAO!!! couldn’t get to the game on tuesday night but hey bring it on peterbrough!! come to the home of football where i will be watching your away defeat to the toon, just because you won a game against us with 90% of our youngsters playing, do not start believing you are better than every team in the league, i’ve seen big mistakes happen with supporters/teams thinking they are better than everyone else


    Sep 24, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #17

    hell man we only had two people over 23!


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