Another Newcastle Party Set For Saturday Afternoon


Newcastle will get just 16 Championship medals to distribute among the squad players on Saturday.

Chris Hughton – surrounded last night by Newcsasle fans

But Chris Hughton seems not too worried about that little problem.

Chris told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I couldn’t tell you what the situation is, and at this moment, I probably don’t care, but I would want the 50,000 supporters who will be there on Saturday to get a medal, because I think they deserve one.”

“I’m incredibly proud. We’ve had a group of lads who knew they were going to be scrutinized from day one, having gone down from the Premier League.”

“We came away from that first game with an important feeling. Most people looked at what we put into that first game, and saw we had a group of lads who wanted to give this league a go, and were desperate to come back again.”

“That’s testament to how they’ve been all season.”

“There were 2,000-odd fortunate ones who were here to see us win the title, but there were another 50,000-odd thousand who weren’t able to make it.”

“They’ll be there on Saturday, and they’ve been outstanding all season.”

Hughton will never forget this season, his very first as a club manager in his own right, but it appears he’s learned a lot in his previous 14 years as an assistant coach.

Chris will never forget the night at St. James’ Park  a couple of weeks ago, when we played Sheffield United, and had already secured promotion and he’ll never forget last night either.

And this coming Saturday will be another party as the Newcastle team will be awarded the Championship trophy after the game against Ipswich.

Chris continued and talked about the celebrations of last night:

“It’s right up there along with the moment we knew we had secured promotion.”

“We’ve been on top of this division for so long, it would have been a disappointment if we hadn’t have won it.”

“To have won it with two games to go is a wonderfully proud achievement by an outstanding achievement.”

If you haven’t got a ticket for Saturday’s game against Ipswich, you may be out of luck.

The game is already a sell-out – which will be the first of the season, but very fitting with the lads being presented with the Championship trophy.

It will also be the first sell-out of the season, and will further raise the record for the biggest crowd ever in the Championship.

But we expect many more of those next season, and we would expect the Newcastle season tickets to be snapped up fairly quickly right now.

Who knows, we may even do well next season. 😀

Comments welcome.


10 comments so far

  • DJG

    Apr 20, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #1

    I think the 16 players who get the medals should be the 3 top scorers, Nolan, Carroll, Lovenkrands and then the players who played the most games e.i Harper, Guthrie, Coloccini, Smith ect.

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  • DJG

    Apr 20, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s good that we finally got a sell out to raise the championship attendance record. I wonder how long it will be before someone breaks it. I cant see Man U and Arsenal going down anytime soon! I hope Mick Dennis is watching from his Norwich chicken ranch.

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  • Ericles

    Apr 20, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #3

    Medals are issued according to percentage of games played are they not? This may be a unfair to some of our players down the pecking order. Does anybody have appearance stats? How about the fat man buying some extras from the FA?

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  • Ericles

    Apr 20, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Just checked. I assume the medal handout is for league appearances? If so this will be the honours roll – Harper 44, Colo 35, Enrique 32, Nolan 43, Guthrie 34, Lovenkrands 18, S. Taylor 21, Simpson 37, Smith 30, Jonas 33, Carroll 32, R. Taylor 18, Williamson 14, Routledge 13, with Ameobi on 10 with 6 sub, Butt on 10 with 6 sub, and Ranger with 4 but 21 sub. Others all below 10 but with varying sub selections.

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  • greekgeordie

    Apr 20, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #5

    The medals should be at least 18, The number of players named per match including subs. but medals should be distibuted on appearances and Newcastle should produce replicas for the rest of the squad.
    See you all on Saturday unless the volcano ash disrupts the 09:30 from Kings Cross.

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  • howay man

    Apr 20, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #6

    heres my 16 medal recievers in no order.

    1harper
    2simpson
    3taylor
    4taylor (R)
    5williamson
    6coloccini
    7enrique
    8routledge
    9nolan
    10smith
    11butt
    12guthrie
    13gutierrez
    14carrol
    15lovenkrands
    16ameobi

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  • balubas1

    Apr 20, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Tears of JOY!

    what an event it was against plymouth!!

    i almost cried after the game, and I got chills in my spine when I saw enrique, carroll and all the other players enjoying the celebrations after the game!

    as for the game.. Enrique was MOM! everything he did was class both off and def. Runners up : Routledge. Constantly moving around. Good balance and ballhandling, and also working hard!

    anyone notice that Barton kept calm even after Judge almost chopped his feet off? I saw that someone shouted from the bench to him in the closeup of him afterwards.. probably Hughton: “don’t you even think about it Joey!!”.. hehe:) classy throughball from him.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 20, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #8

    barton was unreal last night, on and off the pitch. what a great bloke

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  • stk85

    Apr 20, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #9

    yes i too was happy to see evident changes in bartons attitude. hopefully he won’t stray again.

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  • budmon

    Apr 20, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #10

    greekgeordie – I agree
    Looks like the football league is trying to save moneys in this economy, cheap c****

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