Plymouth 0 Newcastle 2 – Magpies Win The Championship


Newcastle had a rather easy 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle at Home Park tonight,  to get to 98 points – 9 points ahead of 2nd placed WBA and an amazing 23 points ahead of 3rd placed Nottingham Forest,  and they will finish as Coca Cola Championship Champions.

What a season!

Plymouth opened at full speed and seemed to cause Newcastle some problems in the first few minutes of the game.

As Newcastle came more into the game, Andy Carroll missed a great chance on 19 minutes, when Danny Guthrie ran at the Plymouth defense. Danny put Andy Carroll straight through on goal with a great pass, but with the goal at his mercy from just 12 yards out, Andy’s left foot shot went way over the bar – a bid miss from Carroll.

But just one minute later Newcastle went ahead, and it was from Joey Barton’s out-swinging corner that Andy Carroll immediately made amends for his glaring miss, and his powerful header looped into the far corner of the net for the striker’s 18th goal of the season. How many times has Andy scored this type of header this season?

After 28 minutes Newcastle got their second goal, and it was again Joey Barton who set it up, as he put Wayne Routledge clear with a terrific through ball, and the winger raced clear and rounded goalkeeper David Stockdale, before slotting the ball home from an acute angle – a nice goal from the Newcastle winger.

Rather than go on defense, Plymouth started to attack Newcastle, and had most of the possession, during the final 15 minutes of the first half.

Joey Barton looked in fine form in the first half for Newcastle, and seemed a cut above the Plymouth players, and Fitz Hall looked very solid for Newcastle in central defense.

At half time the score remained at 2-0 to Newcastle.

On 52 minutes Kevin Nolan went so close, after being set up by Andy Carroll.

Nolan got the ball on the edge of the area and hit the ball on the turn, and his right foot shot only just cleared the Plymouth cross-bar.

Newcastle started to cruise through the second half and seemed content with their two goal cushion.

The Newcastle fans started to threaten to invade the pitch at the final whistle, and then a chant of  “If Smudger scores we’re on the pitch” went up as the crowd seemed to dare Alan Smith, the captain, to score his first goal for the Tyneside club.

And the final whistle is blown and Newcastle have their 7th win in a row, and their 21st clean sheet of the season –  and they have won the Championship.

Unfortunately Plymouth are now relegated to League One.

And we have to give the Plymouth club and the home crowd praise for being such a classy act tonight.

The Plymouth fans showed a banner “Well Done Newcastle – Champions” and at the end Queens’  We are The Champions” was played over the loud speakers..

A  class act from Plymouth Argyle – especially when the club is now certainly relegated.

Job well done tonight by the Newcastle lads – once again – and one more win and we’ll break the 7 game winning streak record for the season, and also break the 100 points barrier.

So please go to this video – provided by reader AngerOfTheNorth – and see Queen performing “We Are the Champions” – because we are.

The boys in black and white have been brilliant this season, and have helped restore the pride on Tyneside.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.


25 comments so far

  • ebol

    Apr 19, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #1

    wooooo!

    now for next season

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  • Edd Case

    Apr 19, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Never in any doubt was it?

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  • The Original Todd

    Apr 19, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #3

    What a season, indeed!

    Well done to the players, coaching staff, everyone!

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  • Martin33

    Apr 19, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #4

    What a season!!!!!!!!!!! I believe we will back to the position in PL where we belong to!!!!! Howay the lads!!!!! Proud Chinese Mag

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  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 19, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #5

    CHAMPIONS!!!

    Well chuffed, wish i could have been down there with the lads celebrating on the pitch! Quality, Enrique was loving it, did you see Barton being carried? Smith posing for pictures, Nolan up in teh stands. Ameobi giving a kid a piggy back. Excellent scenes, and commiserations to the class Plymouth fans.

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Apr 19, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Right! Now no one will complain if I put this back up again then?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04854XqcfCY

    Well done lads – we’re back where we belong and we’re back in style!

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  • onlyoneshearer

    Apr 19, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #7

    absolutely delighted what a season!!!back to the big time!!!! incredible scenes at plymouth after the final whistle!!

    massive credit to CH and the lads they have had a fantastic season!!

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  • Gordo

    Apr 19, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #8

    I would just like to say well chuffed and Sir Bobby that was for you.

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  • ToonAsia

    Apr 19, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Congrats to the player and all the staff for making the team go up where we belong.. Howay The Lads!!! from me, long life fans from Malaysia. 😉

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  • nden85

    Apr 19, 2010 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #10

    enrique was getting mega man love, made me smile so much, well done lads

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  • BT7MAG

    Apr 19, 2010 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Great stuff…was happy to see Leon Best had a good game tonight!

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Apr 19, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #12

    As for CH not giving youth a chance… Anyone think that maybe Kadar’s hamstring still hasn’t completely healed and therefore a full 90 minutes would have been a mistake? I’m certain Kadar will get plenty of chances if he deserves them.

    As for Ranger, he’s held himself back. Carroll was little more than a reserve striker at the beginning of the season but broke his way in. Yet Ranger didn’t. Anyone wonder why..?

    Regarding Inman, Vuckic etc, they’re still really young lads. If they were world beaters we might be playing them at their age but they’re not, so they’ll need to be brought along slowly.

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  • BT7MAG

    Apr 19, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #13

    Gordo – AMEN!

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  • Bucks mag

    Apr 19, 2010 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #14

    Anyone got a link to that “I’m a Geordie, I’m a Geordie, going up”?

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  • sahota

    Apr 19, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #15

    great day for all of us Newcastle fans… Hats off to Plymouth supporters and stadium staff. They done wonderful job. I wish Plymouth is promoted next season. Enjoy everyone …

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  • murvar

    Apr 19, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #16

    I have had several messages from friends tonight saying “Congratulations on your achievement in winning the title”. I would therefore like to issue the following statement:

    “Thanks for all your messages of congratulation. But I must point out that I didn’t do it alone: the manager, players, and staff all played their part too. I will not be taking any questions.”

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 19, 2010 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Personally i think a BIG THANK YOU should go out to Pylmouth Argyle for being fantastic hosts. Despite going down they played “we are the champions” and “Local Hero”. I really feel for them because from what i saw tonight Plymouth were a decent side but without any end product. Massive thank you to the players of NUFC and C.Hughton for getting us up on the first attempt.

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  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 19, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #18

    One of the most enjoyable seasons as a Newcastle fan since the glory days of Shearer and Keegan! Thoroughly enjoyed every minute, relegation was for the best i think lads!\

    Did everyone see Hughton’s interview, “it’s not about me personally, it’s about the team and the fans” – What a class act! Hope he gets to be Newcastle manager for a long time to come!

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  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 19, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #19

    maybe we could loan Plymouth a few lads next season? Its a quality stadium by the looks of things and the fans looked class. All the best to them next season!

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  • DJM TOON

    Apr 19, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #20

    for allt he detractors.. for all the haters.. .for all the “NUFC” fans that thought that it’d never happen straight away… HWTL

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 19, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #21

    Yeeahhhhhhhhaawwwwwwwww!!!!!

    Great record to win the championship with 2 games to spare, now lets blood some young ‘ans!!

    Well done boys, Chris, staff!!!!!! This is by no means a guarenteed acheivment and its be your comitment, hard graft and vision to undo the misery of relegation that finally got us here.

    Oh and of course you, yes you who re reading this very post, the incredible fans, the 12th man who will be loyal to the club through thick and thin and whose support this season has been without equal!!!!

    Premier League here we come!!!!!

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  • Toon-Army

    Apr 19, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #22

    ANY HELP MUCH LOED!! REALLY NEED A TOON TICKET FOR IPSWICH MATCH!! ANY SUGGESTIONS??

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  • tripp

    Apr 19, 2010 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #23

    Well done to everyone involved with the club: the players, the staff, and the fans. Wish I could be in Newcastle tonight. I’ll have to settle for Denver though. HWTL!!

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  • welshgeordie

    Apr 19, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #24

    a massive congratulations to the the players the staff and of course Chris Hughton i think he has showed great management skills this season and the players have shown lots of character and determination can’t wait to see Newcastle United back in the BIG! time
    Howay The Lads!!

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  • G

    Apr 19, 2010 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #25

    A great game, a fantastic effort from PAFC with the banner etc (Hope they bounce back up next season for that one). Only negative for the night was Guthrie’s inability to pass the ball in the 2nd half, don’t like selfish play, so sort it out Danny, or its back to Bolton for you boy!

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