Feel Good Factor Starting To Return To Tyneside

It doesn’t take too much to get Newcastle fans feeling good.

Newcastle fans starting to feel good again

A couple of wins on the trot will do it, but on the other hand it doesn’t take too much to get them feeling like the sky’s about to fall in, and a couple of successive defeats will do that. 😀

Newcastle’s Youth Team manager Joe Joyce, who has led his youngsters into the last four of the FA Youth Cup this year, believes the feel good factor is returning to the Newcastle club.

The Consett-born 46 year-old, who played over 400 times for Barnsley from 1979 until 1991 told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Whatever happens to the first-team has an impact all the way down the club, yes there is a feel-good factor here.”

“It’s shown in the results we’ve had in the Youth Cup and it’s been a club effort.” “Chris (Hughton) has allowed us to use the first-team facilities.”

“Everybody’s pulled together, and we’ve got the best outcome.” “All of the young lads naturally want to see the first team doing well and it is a win-win situation.”

And when the youngsters beat  Crystal Palace in the FA Youth Cup last week, first team players Steve Harper, Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan, Tim Krul, Jonas Gutierrez and Alan Smith were all there to support the future players of the club.

That’s just great to see, and it shows how together the players and coaches are at Newcastle this season.

Joyce continued:

“This competition gives the young players a real opportunity to get a taste of what professional football’s all about.”

“They play at the big stadia. The crowds aren’t massive, but their friends and family get an opportunity to watch them.”

“And when they see the senior staff coming into the changing room before and after the game, it makes them realise they’re a massive part of the club.”

“It’s great for the club that the youth team are doing well.” “We’re absolutely delighted.

“A year or two ago we had Liverpool here. It didn’t quite work out for us that night.”

But when Newcastle were beaten by Liverpool that night, Liverpool went on to to win the Youth Cup in 2006 beating Mancheter City 3-2 in the final. Liverpool also won it the next year when they beat Manchester United in the final.

Two of those players in the 2006 semi-final against Liverpool, 6’6″ goalkeeper  Fraser Forster, now at Norwich City on loan, and 6’4″ Andy Carroll, probably the number one striker at Newcastle right now, have come on in leaps and bounds.

Joyce continued:

“When you look at the players who have come from that squad, like Andy Carroll particularly, it just goes to show what can be achieved from a good Youth Cup run, and hard work and determination.”

“We’ll reflect on the result (against Crystal Palace). There are still things we need to work on.” “We’ve still got a league program as well.”

“When it comes to the semi-final, whether it’s Aston Villa or Fulham, we’ll do our homework, and we’ll be quite prepared.” “Once again, if the lads perform to their capabilities, we’ll be very pleased.”

The semi-final will be a huge game for the club – and as Joe says, it’s either Fulham or Aston Villa in the semi-final tie.

Fulham’s FA Youth Cup quarter final match against Aston Villa will take place next Tuesday 9th March at Craven Cottage, and it will be interesting to see who gets through to meet the Magpies.

Some big guns like Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal have already been eliminated this season, so there’s a chance the lads can win the whole thing.

The other semi-final tie is between Blackburn Rovers and Chelsea.

That would be very fitting this season if the Youth team wins the FA Youth Cup, and the Newcastle club also get promoted from the Championship.

Here’s hoping.

5 comments so far

  • Alan

    Mar 3, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #1

    I love this, I love the fact the senior players went to watch the game and I love the fact Chrissy let them use the first team facilities.

    Shows what a great manager Chris is and how well the squad as bonded under him.

  • OHurley

    Mar 3, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #2

    Yeah, CH really is a great manager from a morale perspective. I’ve still got some doubts regarding his tactical ability, but I think a couple seasons as a manager will fix this up nice and tidy like. There’s only one CH!

  • derekm

    Mar 3, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #3

    CH tactical nous can’t be that bad – look at the league table!
    Bearing in mind how even big Al could’nt stop the slide with the wasters on board at the end of last year, Chris and Colin Calderwood have done an unbelievable job, along with Alan Smith and Kevin Nolan, who in my opinion have sorted out the dressing room at grass level – literally. In the same way discord at board level always filters down to results, stability has the opposite effect, so Ashley keeping a low profile (as always ) and with Llambias only speaking to the press infrequently not even our arch enemy – the Daily Mail has been able to find muck to rake!
    Superb! I really really hope that if or when we get promoted Ashley actually gives a proper interview and lets everyone know what happened, how things went wrong and how he has learnt from them – an apology would be the icing on the cake and let all of us look forward to a great future.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 3, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #4

    Ironically it has taken a calamitous upheaval to achieve this kind of togetherness, I sincerely hope arrogance and complacency does not set in if we make it back, with players behaving like ‘Big Time Kierons/Michaels’ again.

    Harmony and balance are so difficult to find, so easy to forget…

  • OHurley

    Mar 3, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #5

    Poetically phrased, Cpt Beefheart!!


    Yeah, I sure would love for Ashley to give an interview pubically for all the Toon Army to hear. I really can’t find a thing to complain about (which for a Toon fan is a miracle by itself haha!).


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