As we suspected last Friday, there’s no way Newcastle can fly to Plymouth today for their game tomorrow night at Home Park.
Chris Hughton – long trip to Plymouth via land
Volcanic ash is all over the skies of England and Europe, from the volcanic eruption in Iceland last week, and is currently causing havoc with air travel plans around the world, because no planes are being allowed to fly in those skies, until the ash disperses.
That could still be a few days away, so things will likely get worse before they get better.
Newcastle have travel contingency plans, and they will travel by coach and actually left at 1:00 pm local time today.
Chris Hughton, as pragmatic and down to earth as ever, said the situation was out of their hands and they’ll just need t get on with it.
Chris told the Newcastle official site just before the squad left today:
“It’s one of those things that can’t be helped so we have to get on with it,”
“Yes, it’s not ideal, but we will be doing everything we can to make sure it doesn’t affect our preparations for the game.
“Our fans will be making the same journey as well so we’re all in this one together really.”
“But it’s just as well our lads get on well and have got a good team spirit because it is a very long journey.”
“The lads will no doubt have a few videos to pass the time and we’ll also be breaking the journey up.”
The train would have been quicker, if they could have chartered one, like Arsenal did yesterday apparently to get up to Wigan, but the usual mode of travel for football teams in the past has always been via coach.
Chris was then asked if one of the videos the lads would be watching this afternoon would be the dismal 0-0 draw at Home Park in the 3rd round of the FA Cup in January – Chris said:
“I don’t think we’ll be putting that one on.
“I might joke with the lads that we’ll be watching it as part of our pre-match preparations on the way down but I think a few of them might ask to get off the bus!”
The Newcastle team has been so professional this season, and even though Plymouth are second bottom of the league, they will still give Newcastle a stiff challenge, as they are now fighting for their Championship lives.
One point will give Newcastle the Championship, but we hope the lads can get the win to extend the current winning streak to 7 games, equaling our best win streak this season.
It will also give us 29 wins and 98 points, and we’ll be in striking distance of that 100 points total.
Howay The Lads!!