At Newcastle It’s Either Great Or Terrible – With No In Between

28-year-old Kevin Nolan has been an outstanding success on Tyneside, since he signed for Newcastle  just over two years ago from Bolton, for only £4M – what a buy!!

Kevin Nolan – Newcastle’s Sports Personality Of the Year

And last night, as we reported earlier today, Kevin was honored as the Sports Personality of the Year in the Sports Newcastle awards, given out last night.

Kevin Nolan talked about the Newcastle club and the fans, and how the mood of the fans is governed by the last result of their club.

Kevin said this today to BBC Newcastle:

“This is only the beginning,” “Hopefully I’ll get a few goals between now and the end of the season and we’ll finish in a respectable position.” “I’ve had a great 2010 but I want to have a better 2011, and an even better 2012.”

“We’ve got a fan-base and a team of players that have a bond with this club,” “We’re up and down because when we lose this whole city feels as though it’s not smiling, but when we win it feels like it’s sunny everyday and we’re smiling, and it’s that way because we live and breathe football.”

“We’re trying to keep a level head, put it on an even keel,  and then make it the top club that it is. “We’re looking at one thing, and one thing only and that is to get to 40 points as quickly as possible.”

Kevin is so right about the way the fans feel when Newcastle lose – it’s always a crisis if not a disaster.

We were not happy about the loss on Saturday, to a side beneath us in the league and at home too, but of course we always tend to overplay the situation – both when we win and when we lose.

When Newcastle lose and are in a poor run, as we are right now, with just 1 point from 2 home games, then relegation beckons, or it may be just around the corner. If you don’t believe me then just look at the comments on our match report, after the defeat on Saturday.

And of course when we go on a good streak, and we win -and forget about it if we get say two wins in a row – then it’s Europe here we come and all that good stuff. 😀

But one way to look at things at Newcastle, is that when the side lose we’re never quite as bad as we may think we are.

And on the other hand when Newcastle win, we’re never quite as good as we think we are either.

But right now it’s still 11 days to go until the next game comes around, and since we lost last time out last Saturday, things are not too good.

If we had won, we would have been talking about getting into 6th position ahead of Liverpool, and all that good stuff.

Such is the way Newcastle fans think – and always have done as far back as we can remember – which is quite a ways back.

But in the cold light of day, 9th place in the league right now and 6 points above a relegation place, and 6 points out of 6th place and perhaps a European place  is not a bad position to be in after 29 games played.

We couldn’t be much more evenly placed in the league, and where we end up depends completely  on our final 9 league games of the season, when we entertain three relegation sides at home in Wolves, Birmingham and WBA.

We expect to do quite well when the end of May comes along – even though we got only a single point from our last two home games.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • ToonAndy

    Mar 8, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #1

    My confidence is high that we wont be relegated… But it was much higher last friday!… I’ll take a draw against stoke and then we must, must, mustt! Beat Wolves at home!… If not, i’ll be shitting my pants!


  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 8, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #2

    The rollercoaster that is Newcastle United FC it has highs & lows it’s either fantastic or its oh so scary no in between

  • ginkoh

    Mar 8, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #3

    Topic is the perfect sentence to explain NEWCATLE UTD and it always will be.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 8, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Strange but I’ve started to think we’ll get points against teams we don’t expect to and no points against teams we should. That is NUFC.

  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 8, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #5

    No single loss is a disaster as you say Ed but overall our home form has been terrible this season. We have 3 winnable home games left against Wolves, Birmingham, and West Brom. If we could win all 3 our status in the Prem would be assured. If we lose 2 or 3 of them we will struggle right to the last game. Our away form has been slightly better but again unpredictable and we have tough remaining games with maybe the Blackpool game the most winnable. I still see us finishing in or around 42-45 points. Not bad but disappointing considering what could have happened with anything like reasonable home form. All the best.

  • chuck

    Mar 8, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #6

    There`s truth in the above statement, either elated or depressed.
    But face it, been a rollercoaster ride and we all see the similarity of two seasons ago with eight games to go.
    The teams in the lower part of the league are scrabbling for points, with each game it`s own desperate fight to attempt to survive.
    At present any of a dozen teams could mathematically be relegated.
    Has`nt been such a tight race for some time.
    I expect we will survive, but will have to do better than the last few games, where we blew points.

  • thetoonarmybarracks

    Mar 8, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #7

    We have been either brilliant or piss poor for the last 18 year.

    Well done kev nolan by the way. Sound fella.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 8, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #8

    I think at home, it’s as much the fans responsibility to gee up the team. Exactly like the players, when a top team is in toon, or we are the underdogs, the crowd are boisterous from the 1st whistle and it’s daunting for the opposition. But when the lesser teams roll up, the crowd are reserved, tend to groan at mistakes, only coming alive when we get a sniff of their goal, thus we get a limp performance in return.

    Why does it take such adversity, like being 4-0 down at half-time, for the team to give their utmost? This is my bugbear, it’s the same with our national team.

  • oldbobaycliffe

    Mar 8, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #9

    thetoonarmybarracks-sorry but we have been like that for over 55yrs since our three wins in the fa cup in the early 50,s.what i can say is i have seen some real crap both in players and i have never gone along with the theory that we are a big club but we are the best supported club in the country because manu and arsenal wouldn,t get the gates they get if they had the lack lof success we have had.proof of this is last saturdays match 50,000 gate for a team who have only 4 times at home this season

  • pearceet

    Mar 8, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Only Arsenal’s Robin van Persie has scored more Barclays Premier League goals than Newcastle’s Leon Best in the year 2011

    Interesting that

  • spanishtoon

    Mar 8, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Newcastle united consistently inconsistent!

  • ksmit

    Mar 8, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #12

    So I was looking at the fair play table for this season and see that we are currently sitting in last place. I was wondering if anyone knows of a website I can check to see how the calculations are made. I see that we are second last in R/R (respect to ref) with only Birmingham below us. I don’t really feel like our players have been THAT disrespectful and our managers have been very fair. I just find it hard to believe that Sir Alex Ferguson’s team is that much higher than us for R/R… does it come down to the fans? If anyone knows where I can read about this let me know as I couldn’t find anything through google… could only find past results and past winners…

  • thetoonarmybarracks

    Mar 8, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Adriano back on the cards?

  • steburnip

    Mar 8, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #14
  • Tal_nufc4eva

    Mar 8, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #15

    please watch my video. toonfans against everton on saturday taken from leazes corner

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 8, 2011 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #16

    I may have to repeat this tomorrow as doesn’t look as if there is much happening here. Apparently a big business man from Newcastle (don’t know who) is saying that Barton isn’t injured. Barton is refusing to play until his contract is sorted to his satisfaction. What is disturbing is he’s saying the same about Enrique.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 8, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Oh yeah, the ref in the Barcelona-Arsenal game was a disgrace.

  • henock1989

    Mar 8, 2011 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #18

    found new player
    value 3-4 mill
    name ..cleo
    club.. partizan
    goal 17 in 25 matches
    potion..striker / AM
    age –24
    …leading goal scorer in the champions league

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 8, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Newcastle United Ready to Complete Quick Move to Sign Free Agent Adriano
    ? on offer again. trouble but free – not sure about him, any ideas?

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 8, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #21

    SKY have just reported – Roma have terminated the contract of Brazilian striker Adriano after seven months in the Italian capital.
    The former Inter Milan ace played just five games in Serie A for Roma during his time at the Stadio Olimpico.
    Adriano’s contract was due to run until June 2013 but Roma said they had reached agreement with him to end it early.
    Adriano failed to turn up for training as scheduled after spending weeks in Brazil recovering from a broken arm, much to the annoyance of Roma officials.
    “We found an agreement for an amicable early end to his contract, which was to have finished on June 30, 2013,” said a club statement.
    The 29-year-old, who has battled a number of personal problems, arrived at Roma in the summer and he is expected to return to his native Brazil.

  • Brutooon

    Mar 9, 2011 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #22

    one match we play like barca and banging all those goals

    next match we lose to to a small team at HOME

    consistently inconsistent

  • Spotlight Kid

    Mar 9, 2011 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #23

    Adriano and Nile should get on wonderfully. Nile can show him how to arrive late at training, Adriano can show him how to arrive at the right time in the penalty area.

    Whether he can fix Nile’s obvious concern about damaging the fragile goal netting by assaulting it with a football is another matter?

  • boztoon

    Mar 9, 2011 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #24

    Listening to Defoes comments yesterday about thinking of moving in January and with Spurs being constantly linked with new players I was thinking would love to get Defoe in the summer.Has always scored goals where ever he has been and think Best n Defoe would be great together.Defoe did sign for Portsmouth before so Newcastle would definatly be an option if he would move don’t you think?

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Mar 9, 2011 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #25

    Spurs said they cant afford his wages,that’s mind blowing when they got the likes of King always been injured and sitting on 80-100k aweek.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 9, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #26

    Geordie German,

    Have to say it’s starting to get the stench of something with Barton. First he misses one game which turns in to 2, 3, 4 etc. With his past antics, I really wouldn’t put it past him. He’s got an ego the size of Florida !

    Yes he’s had a great half a season, but it’s his first in 4 !! How many times has he been injured or suspended now?

    In the past we would have given a nearly 29 year old, with a poor injury record and suspension record a stupid long term deal on crazy money.
    Maybe we’re learning.

    Barton owes us big time for the years he went missing and if he is playing us for a longer contract, the sooner he goes the better. I’m not saying I want choir boys but we’ve got rid of the wife beater and who knows maybe good players who gave us a swerve in the past might find us more attractive.


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