Alan Pardew seems to have sights on being the first manager to get Newcastle United a trophy in over 42 years.
Bobby Moncur with Willie McFaul and Inter City Trophy in 1969
That’s me at the back, 5th from the left, behind the guy with the glasses
It seems strange when you think about it that the Newcastle club haven’t won anything since the Inter-City Fairs Cup back in 1969 – a game I attended at St. James’ Park.
We beat Újpest of Hungary 6-2 on aggregate and won 3-0 at St. James’ Park in the first leg.
But quite honestly, the only thing we seem to be concerned about this season is staying alive in the Premier League, especially since we are now in a poor run of form of just 5 points from the last 8 league games.
But of course a decent run in the FA Cup does give a team confidence, and it’s not like we are in Europe or anything like that – so we’ll not have too many games to play through the end of the season – in fact 19 league games plus how many we have in the FA Cup.
Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I came very close to winning it as a player and then a manager.” “That makes you even more determined to achieve it one day.” “I really, really hope it can happen here.”
Newcastle have a potential banana skin 3rd round tie at Stevenage a week on Saturday, in a game that is being broadcast live around the world – so they must think Stevenage have a chance of winning.
Stevenage were beaten by Newcastle in the 1998 FA Cup, and it seems like the cup tie will be a sell-out.
“It’s a game that people will be looking towards as a potential shock and us getting beaten.”
“We have to make sure our attitude is 100% right and that there won’t be a shock.”
“There will be one or two shocks in the cup, so we have to make sure it’s not us.” “We have to put in a proper performance “
There’s certainly nothing wrong in trying to put together a run in the FA Cup, just as long as it’s not at the expense of our league position – which is the ultimate and only priority this season.
But there’s also no doubt that if Alan Pardew can bring a trophy to Tyneside, he’ll live long in the annals of the famous Tyneside club – and he knows that only too well.
Howay The Lads!!