That White Stuff Interrupts Newcastle Preparations For Chelsea

I talked to my brother Rod in Newcastle yesterday by telephone, and that’s the first time I realized there was snow on the ground in home base.

That white stuff in Newcastle yesterday

Yesterday was Thanksgiving in the US, and of course it’s a family day, so Rod had already talked to my wife and the 3 kids before he talked to me.

And it seems the snow had gone up to 4 inches in depth when he got around to me, because he had told my wife Madeleine, it was just 2 inches –  funny how things get bigger as time passes by.

No snow over here in Raleigh, as it’s 8:35 am in the morning as I write this article, and it’s 66 degrees Fahrenheit outside (we still use Fahrenheit over here),  but there again we are 20 degrees south in latitude to Newcastle.

But it looks like the cold snap has indeed affected Newcastle’s preparations for Sunday’s crucial game against Chelsea at St. James’ Park.

The Benton training ground was covered with five inches of snow yesterday (that’s according to the Evening Chronicle),  and it wasn’t possible to have a normal session for the first team squad.

But the lads were still able to train indoors on their indoor pitch instead, but with things a little better outside today, they are training outdoors today.

This is what Newcastle manager Chris Hughton said today:

“It affected training yesterday, but we have got quite a good indoor area and we’ve just got to work around it.” “So far this week we got the reaction we expected. We weren’t happy with the result, or the manner of the result at Bolton.”

“Generally, our games have been quite close, but we made fundamental mistakes. It’s about how you bounce back from those defeats.”

“It’s going to be a tough season – we’ve said that consistently. When things don’t go your way, you’ve got to work hard to put it right.”

“Sol and Steven are two very good players. In an ideal world, we’d have liked Steven to play more football.”

“These are the things that test you, and there’s no bigger test than Chelsea.”

We have to hope that both Sol and Steven dig in for Newcastle in Sunday’s game, but both players have guts galore and they are both very experienced, and they will no doubt be relishing their starts against the Premier League Champions.

We have to hope they have memorable games, and if they do maybe Newcastle can get another memorable result.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Solaidback

    Nov 26, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #1

    I think Saylor will be playing his best on Sunday because he’s in the shop window looking for a new team & no better place to play your best than in front of the PL champs is there!!!

    I was hoping he’d sign his new contract before the Jan window but it now looks like he’s holding out to see what other offers come in for him & I’m sorry to say this but I don’t think any of the top clubs will be calling his name!! It was rumoured that the Toffee’s wanted him but not sure if thats true or not, as they’re suffering like us this season with consistency & poor goals… but at least we have Big Lad knocking them in at the other end, the Toffee’s aren’t!!!

    As for Campbell, I just hope he’s able to stay the 90mins or Kadar will have to come on to replace him, either that or Perch :0

    Just read as well that Terry wont be fit enough to face us on Sunday but Bosingwa is back 🙁

    Btw Ed, it’s 77f(25c) here in sunny Cyprus, no rains or snow to be seen anywhere… 🙁

  • MacToon

    Nov 26, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #2


    Oh no not substance abuse again!

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 26, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Yeah Ed, with a headline like that the nationals will have a field day.

  • SGToon

    Nov 26, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #4


    I might have to disagree with you on the Saylor issue. I believe that with the current home grown rule, a couple of the top clubs might be interested, namely Chelsea and Liverpool.

    I believe that there were rumours sometime back about Chelsea being interested in Saylor to learn from Terry and take over his place eventually. With Chelsea’s central defence being hit with injuries and with no able deputies, they might be going into the market in Jan, as per reported. Saylor, being a home grown with plenty of prem experience, could be a cheap stop gap and possible long term option for them.

    As for liverpool, well, with their current manager taking a liking towards british players, the same thing could be said.

    Nonetheless, he was one of the few that shows that he cares and more importantly, I think he is one of the better defenders we have over the years and can be used on the right as well. Hence, I hope he stays.

    However, if he leaves for any club with the better pay package, then good for him.

  • toonboyjake

    Nov 27, 2010 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Solaidback @1 didnt realise bosingwa was out pretty sure he played the mackems just not the midweek game because it wasnt a full strength team, think there back 4 is
    bosingwa- bruma/ferreria -ivanovic -cole
    against us or at least thats what a few of my mates that support chelsea think

    no real height back there other than ivanovic so can see strolla and AC having a field day


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