Sol Campbell Fit And Ready To Start His Newcastle Career


Sol Campbell played 45 minutes in last night’s 3-1 Newcastle Reserve team win at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland.

Sol Campbell – with his number 5 shirt

And Sol was glad to get that first half under his belt last night, as he seemed to stroll around handling the Sunderland forwards with ease.

He did admit though that for the first 10 minutes or so, he could feel it in his lungs, and when asked whether beating Sunderland was the best start he could have made to his Newcastle career,  he told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I suppose it is.” “Any time you beat your rivals, it’s always nice!” “But the main thing for me is fitness and working out.”

“It’s good to get out there again because there is no substitute for playing games.” “There was a bit of bite out there, but you need that.”

“You need to get as fit as you can between games.” “There are no games for the first team at the moment and, after missing all of the pre-season games, this was perfect for me.”

With Fab Coloccini and Mike Williamson showing some fine form in the Newcastle first team so far this season,  Sol knows he faces a fight to get his starting place on Tyneside.

And Campbell seems now fully fit to make that challenge,  and he would like to be involved in our important home game against Blackpool, a week come Saturday, where a win would see Newcastle climb the Premier League table significantly.

Sol continued:

“Hopefully I can be involved against Blackpool.” “I’m going to push for it.” “I’ve got another game next week and I will try to get at least 60 or 70 minutes out of myself.”

“I just have to keep on pushing and working really hard on the training field.” “Things are coming together.” “I’m feeling stronger and stronger, I’m just going to keep on building. I’m feeling really good, I’ve been training hard.”

“For the first 10 minutes of the game though I had to find my heart and lungs. Then, after a few minutes, I started enjoying it.” “It was a good workout, I needed games to get fit.”

“That was the first time I had played a game for three months, so it was good to get out there, feel my legs, run, tackle and get everything going. It was brilliant.”

Campbell was one of five good signings the club have made this summer, and certainly there’s little doubt the Newcastle squad has been strengthened by those acquisitions.

And it seems that Sol is already a big fan of Chris Hughton, whose star seems to be rapidly rising on Tyneside,  as he plots Newcastle’s re-emergence into the Premier League.

Reflecting on the work done by Hughton and his staff in this summer’s transfer window, Campbell said:

“Chris and the staff have done a fantastic job.” “The gaffer has done brilliant with what he’s had.” “Now we just have to stay fit all season.”

And one last word for the Newcastle fans, as Sol knows all about Newcastle United and their legendary fan support, as he offered this to the faithful Geordie fans:

“They love their football. And I love my football as well, so this is a perfect match.”

If Sol Campbell can roll back the years a bit,  and put in some solid games for Newcastle this season, then we could well finish above the relegation fray – and that’s what we are hoping for right now – a comfortable mid-table position come next May.

If the Newcastle side can do that,  it will have been another hugely successful season – make no mistake about that.

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58 comments so far

  • Captain Beefheart

    Sep 1, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #1

    He’s a temp, Ed…

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  • short trousers

    Sep 1, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #2

    i think brain will win bb chantell second

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  • hitman

    Sep 1, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #3

    you have to laugh at .org every thread starts off with footie talk then it just fades away and turns into a pi$$ing contest.

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Sep 1, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Well said Short Trousers. I’m sure we’d all want to echo those wise words.

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  • hitman

    Sep 1, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #5

    hughton says benny tieto and sol should be ready for the blackpool game

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Sep 1, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Besides, Brain deserves the exposure. His life has never been the same since Pinky called time on their double act.

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  • MacToon

    Sep 1, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #7

    hitman @ 3 , are you insinuating .org is like a urinal 😉

    Good to see Ed’s blog getting busy again, we may not always see eye to eye with some threads but he’s one of the most dedicated out there, hats off to the guy in my books.

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  • hitman

    Sep 1, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #8

    mac 🙂

    aye good to see this blog kickin off again..

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  • keegan trio

    Sep 1, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #9

    hey guys im new here. got 2 qn wanna ask
    1) those not included in 25man squad, can we able to get them on board?..or we hav to wait till january?..or is there any loan period?

    2) since spurs is closing in to van der vaart, will sprus allow keane to move?( ignoring the fact that will he agree or not)..cos reports mention spurs offer 7 mil and keane for babel..so this indicates that keane is unwanted if harry can get his target…right?

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  • keegan trio

    Sep 1, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #10

    blog has been rather quiet?

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  • munch27

    Sep 1, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #11

    keegan trio it’s the calm after the storm of bullshit target reports from the press ppl are just takeing a well deserved breather.

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  • keegan trio

    Sep 1, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #12

    much27..can u give ur thoughts to my qn being posed?

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Sep 1, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Im not sure how the Loans window operates in the PL

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  • keegan trio

    Sep 1, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #14

    richyg01-since spurs is closing in to van der vaart, will sprus allow keane to move?( ignoring the fact that will he agree or not)..cos reports mention spurs offer 7 mil and keane for babel..so this indicates that keane is unwanted if harry can get his target…right?

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  • keegan trio

    Sep 1, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #15

    hope this sat bent plays in the qualifier match and injured..hopefully injuring his Achilles tendon…or rupture knee ligaments..

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  • WesJameson

    Sep 1, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #16

    @ keegan trio // Sep 1, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    A bit harsh there mate………….hehe, but im gonna have to agree with you there mate, the only fekking problem is they will still then have Gyan 🙁

    What the fekking hell has the earth come to, when Scumberland buy ONE PLAYER for 13 million & NUFC spend A TOTAL outlay of 5 mill???

    Everyone is sooooo happy, i must be the only depressed geordie in the world………well seems like it anyway

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  • keegan trio

    Sep 1, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #17

    wesjameson- can u give me ur thoughts on post 9?
    and sunderland is burning money..lol..but its useless i seriously think gyan will have a big boots to fill if bent injured.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Sep 1, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #18

    @ keegan trio // Sep 1, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    How can they, the window is closed!

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  • keegan trio

    Sep 1, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #19

    richgy- reports say they are waiting or pl clearance..and also i hopin we can sign keane on loan…imo..urs?

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  • WesJameson

    Sep 1, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #20

    @ keegan trio

    Mate as far as i know the loan window IS still open, so im sure any loan move is still “an option”

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  • keegan trio

    Sep 1, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #21

    im waiting for next sat home match..very excited about it…not only its a home match( due to its atmosphere and our home form)..but it may be the debut for 3 nufc players…and im particularly interested in watching hba and tiote..omg….

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  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Sep 1, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #22

    @WesJameson

    to me, scum just waste their money, our history about buying high price player show to bad result, bad team spirit and poor performance. i like us to look at Arsenal, and try to compare with Real Madrid!!! maybe you should compare City and the blues…

    Pardon for being rude!!

    HWL

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  • keegan trio

    Sep 1, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #23

    heard that sol was targeted by mackems..so what he is heavyweight..he can crash all the mackems to death!

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  • MacToon

    Sep 1, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #24

    WesJameson, it’s not so much the lack of money spent in my opinion, it’s the way we’ve played so far in the prem, ok only seen motd from last game (and that thug Henry should have been off the pitch no question) but we seem to be playing some canny football at times.

    We had a whole year untested against prem opposition and had no idea how we would get on, as it is atm, so far so good and can see us gaining more than enough points to avoid relegation.

    keegan trio, no views on mackems players really! As for Harry, sure some “back-handers” in the right place will help get him what he wants! Joking aside, transfer window is shut as far as I believe.

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  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Sep 1, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #25

    Very very agreed with Mactoon…

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  • MacToon

    Sep 1, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #26

    keegan trio, any other pen names mate like alan shearer?

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  • keegan trio

    Sep 1, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #27

    mactoon- why no views on mackems?

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  • keegan trio

    Sep 1, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #28

    hey..wait..what alan shearer?..im new here..

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  • MacToon

    Sep 1, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #29

    keegan trio // Sep 1, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    mactoon- why no views on mackems?

    Any reason I should have? and I’ll be watching 😉

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  • keegan trio

    Sep 1, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #30

    well duno what u r talking..ur views on my post 9?

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  • MacToon

    Sep 1, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #31

    Think I already answered, I think the transfer window is shut so don’t know what Harry’s up to unless maybe the paperwork was submitted before the deadline.

    Someone with knowledge might be able to help with the details 😉

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  • a.l 9

    Sep 1, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #32

    The fact is Sunderland needed to spend big on another striker, Bent was literaly there only source for goals in that squad, we have a few who will grab us goals when needed.

    Also our reserve strikers are far better than theres, they realy did need a striker a lot more than we did.

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  • a.l 9

    Sep 1, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #33

    If i’m not wrong Bent has actualy scored EVERY goal for Sunderland so far in all competitions, 4 games (I think) and only 1 person on the score-sheet.

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  • Dennis Twice

    Sep 1, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #34

    ———————–Harps————————————–Willy———Sol——–Colo——————-
    ———————-Tiote——————————–
    Rout——Barton———-Gutherie——–Jonas——————— Arfa———————————-
    —————————Andy—————————

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  • Birts

    Sep 1, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #35

    Am sure that because totts lodged there interest in the lad before the window shut that they are allowed to carry on with it.

    Plus if they get this lad then we should not go anywhere near Keane he doesnt want to be here and plus totts will have to deal with the addition of mor wages imo…

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  • Dennis Twice

    Sep 1, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #36

    …willy, sol, colo and arfa are at bar

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  • Dennis Twice

    Sep 1, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #37

    ———————–Harps————————————–————Willy———Sol——–Colo————————–
    ————————-Tiote——————————–——-
    —–Rout——Barton———-Gutherie——–Jonas——-—————— Arfa——–———————————-
    ——————————-Andy———————————

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  • Dennis Twice

    Sep 1, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #38

    3-1-4-1-1

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  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Sep 1, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #39

    Dennis Twice

    nice news, team work…yahooooooooooooooo

    HWl

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  • slazberger

    Sep 1, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #40

    loan window is the same as the transfer window in the prem unless its an emergency loan for example if two or three of a teams goalkeepers got injured at the same time, but thats it.

    does anyone know if all teams 25man squads will be made public, they have to submit them today at 5

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