Newcastle Start Long Coach Trek To Plymouth

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!!

7 comments so far

  • howay man

    Apr 18, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #1

    ill take a point, just get it done lads

  • G

    Apr 18, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #2

    Agreed HM. Lets just get the job done and stop worrying about this 100+ points malarkey. I couldn’t give a toss to be honest, if we get it, nice, if not, I ain’t gonna lose any sleep!

  • Newutd

    Apr 18, 2010 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #3

    Hoping for Krul and some talents tomorrow. At least have some of them on the bench.

  • lolly

    Apr 18, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #4

    did anyone see the football league show last nite?? frazer forster had a fab game and came in for some really good praise from paul lambert he said he was one of the best young keepers he’s worked with and should be england u21 number 1!! sounds like we’ve got some good keepers coming through.

  • baro

    Apr 18, 2010 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #5


    Lol! Krul is always on the bench! But, anyways I do too. Hope I get to see Haris Vuckic on the team. Or at least Bradden Inman, and Sameul Adjei. Haris Vuckic is the main one.

  • wickywoowoo

    Apr 18, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #6

    Haris Vuckic has done nothing to deserve match time beyond allow his body to heal from injury.

    Phil Airey, Brad Inman and several others youngsters have earned a chance more than Vuckic. Vuckic only gets this praise because he is foreign and has been linked with european scouts. That’s it. If those things weren’t in place, no one here would even know who he is.

  • Newutd

    Apr 18, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #7


    I know Krul is on the bench. Was talking about “some talents” – as in Inman, Newton, Airey..

    Too soon for Vuckic.

    Btw. what’s going on with Ryan Donaldson? Haven’t heard anything of him in ages.


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