Ameobi To Make 300th Newcastle Appearance At Anfield

Shola Ameobi has played the last couple of games without his protective face mask.

Shola Ameobi – not wearing this mask any longer

It seems that the broken cheek-bone Shola picked up at Craven Cottage on February 3rd,  has now healed fully, which is good news.

Shola has talked today about playing without the mask,  and is hoping Newcastle can get a result at Anfield on Sunday, and that’s  whether local lad Andy Carroll plays for Liverpool or not.

Andy is currently doubtful for the game, this time with a  jarred knee, and it will be interesting to see if he can make the game, and what kind of reception he will receive from the traveling Geordie fans.

This is what the Nigerian-born striker Ameobi said today about that mask he no longer wears:

“Psychologically you want it to feel right and I felt it was the right time to take the mask off,” “I’ve had a few knocks on there and it’s held up. It’s good for me to have taken those knocks so I know everything is all right now.”

“It takes the bone eight weeks to heal and I’d given it plenty of time. They just advised with the remaining games to keep it on but it was uncomfortable playing with it. I’m thankful it’s off now, it’s done the job we wanted it to do. Hopefully now I can stay injury-free until the end of the season.”

“It’s fundamental we’re able to beat teams around us and take points off them,” “With Carroll or without Carroll I’m looking forward to facing Liverpool (on Sunday). It’s a game that historically hasn’t been great for us but we’re trying to turn tides here.”

“Hopefully we can get another massive result. We beat them at our place earlier in the season so it’s not impossible. We just have to be focused and hopefully we can come through that one.”

There’s no doubt Newcastle are missing two of their top strikers,  in Best and Carroll.

Carroll’s gone of course, but even if he had stayed on Tyneside, he wouldn’t have been able to play more than two or three games at the most for Newcastle this year,   because of his injuries.

And it looks like the Liverpool game will be Shola’s 300th game for Newcastle in all competitions, and at the moment he has 69 goals for Newcastle in his 299 appearances.

Bobby Robson was an admirer of Ameobi, and he first played Shola in September of 2000, in a game against Chelsea at St. James”  Park, when Shola was 18, and the youngster played another 21 times for the Magpies in that season, with Alan Shearer being out injured.

But he’s been a frustrating player for Newcastle fans to watch, and has never really fulfilled his potential, because when he’s on form he’s an excellent player, and of course he played 20 times for the England U21 side with 7 goals.

Shola hasn’t quite come through yet this year for Newcastle, but with four games to go, the 29 year-old can still do a job for Newcastle, or at least we hope he can.

But there’s no doubt that Alan Pardew needs to bring in some good strikers in the summer.

Comments welcome.

41 comments so far

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 26, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Shola, we have 4 games left. That’s a heck of a lot of games for you to remain fit for.

  • Davies

    Apr 26, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #2

    GG – HAHAHA!!!

  • super bartooon

    Apr 26, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #3

    For a striker making his 300th appearance playing in the Premier League his goals to game ratio is absolutely sh**…nolan has a better record and he is a slow not technically gifted player that’s just says it all….so Mr Ameobi time to pack up and leave Newcastle come the summer.

  • connor_nufc

    Apr 26, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Hes a tank

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Apr 26, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #5

    That’s five days to pick up an injury in training.

  • connor_nufc

    Apr 26, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #6

    super bartoon to need to wise up .,ameobi is a gd player thats y every newcastle manager has picked their starting 11 hes the best striker we have got

  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 26, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #7

    300 games, thats a lot of rubbish being carried around for an awful long period.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 26, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #8

    How does a shit striker in football history manage to get 300 appearances???

    he got like only 47 goals at the league with 11 goals during the championship.

  • Sav

    Apr 26, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #9

    Good, bad or indifferent, 300 games for the toon is not to be sneezed at. Obviously a helluva lot of managers saw something in Shola and were glad to have him.
    Never any trouble either (that’s not saying much, I know, but help me out here lads….!)
    Great chant?

  • wynsleap

    Apr 26, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #10

    Shola 30o games?
    The guy should be arrested for long time fraud – masquerading as a footballer.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 26, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #11

    He score once every 60 golden chances he got, there is NO WAY we aim for Europe with him.

    His quality is good as a backup striker maybe as a 4th choice striker

  • Tonytoon73

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #12

    Shola is the worst striker i have ever seen his goal scoring record for Newcastle is crap.Connor you are wrong mate,Keegan’s second spell in charge of Newcastle he shipped Strolla out on loan to Stoke after watching him play one game against Bolton.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #13

    Tonytoon73: just to add on, even during his LOAN spell at stoke, he was that SHIT and didnt score in any of his 6 match game

    Stoke City even NEVER want to take him permanently.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #14

    10 seasons with NUFC, can any of u guys find any link that Ameobi is wanted by any other club????

    Other club knew he is that CRAP and LAZY

  • Tonytoon73

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #15

    Strolla has robbed Newcastle over the past 10 years of his wages. Absolute disgrace.

  • connor_nufc

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #16

    F**k me lads calm it down . Were meant to be supporting our players instead of f**king slagging them

  • Brutooon

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #17

    10 yrs ago – He is the young “alan shearer” but he disappoint us BUT its ok since he is young

    5 yrs ago – he is at his “peak” football career but then he again disappoint us LUCKY we got Shearer there

    Now- he is the same crap,lazy striker who is only GOOD in training and reason some stick to him is BECAUSE he is born in Newcastle

  • terencelim

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #18

    Few years ago I was like a happy kid during Christmas eve when I heard Shola was set to join Ipswich Town (or other club?)

    But when I heard he failed his medical test then I knew he gonna stay in the club forever until his football career ends.

  • djm...

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #19

    About 299 too many -_-

  • Tonytoon73

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #20

    Here Connor you can support the useless piece of sh** but you will never get me to praise the pr*** . I have watched him too long and basically cannot stand him. I will only praise players who try for the team.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #21

    more reasons :

    1) He never been called to the SENIOR England Squad – even Michael Rickett (sp?) and Jay Bothyoth manage to get their respective caps !!!

    2) Does he ever score like consecutively in 5 games?

    3) He never care about the club. look at his face when he miss a golden opportunity…..try compare it with other players!

    4) He dont have the hunger to score goals

    5) and FORGET about his goals against mackem, even Luque and Chopra manage to score against them

  • connor_nufc

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #22

    Hes been called by nigeria

  • connor_nufc

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #23

    Plus you have to sum player to score in 5 concective games
    Chropa and luque scored 1 . ameobi ALWAYS scores agaisnt them.
    Next wtf do u wat him to do wen he misses a chance cry?

  • toonincheek

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #24

    I don’t regard Ameobi as a first line striker, but I do have more time for him than most in this thread, it seems.

    If we are going to criticise him, let’s remember that the majority of those appearances were as substitute, often very late.
    Anyone have the true facts?
    Like appearances as substitute?
    Like total playing time, divided by 90 to give an equivalent games total?

  • youngtoonfan

    Apr 26, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #25

    shola is defintely a newcastle legend. him and harper are definitely newcastle legends, even if he’s not the best striker ever, he’s still the most loyal and deserved the no.9 shirt way more than judas carrol did!

  • bills-son

    Apr 26, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #26

    I could name 20 players worse than Shola who have cost us big money and big wages and had no heart whatsoever for the Toon, here is a few – Owen £16M, Xisco £5M, Luque £9M, Boumsong £8M, Guivarrach £5M, Marcellino £6M who wouldnt play with a broken finger never mind a smashed cheekbone.

    Every club has players who are constantly knocked way beyond what they deserve and Shola is one of those at NUFC.

  • Tonytoon73

    Apr 26, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #27

    Youngtoon he is only loyal because nobody would have him.Also 20000 grand a week.

  • boater

    Apr 26, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #28

    brutoon – so much hate for one your own. So sad to hear all that anger and bile.

    If players jump ship and desert they are called. If they stay it’s because ‘no one wants them’… ha you can’t win.

    His stats are fine. He’s great back up.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 26, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #29

    He is a great backup but he is NOT a legend.

    I think amongst ALL the premierleague and championship strikers, ALL are better than Shola Ameobi

    There is NO WAY Ameobi will be the No 9 shirt – Not in a 1000 years.

  • IndonesiaToon

    Apr 26, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #30

    Even far from here in Indonesia, I can still say that Ameobi is sh** striker. The worst thing is, we’re stuck with him. 11 awful years. So glad that I’m not the only one noticed this.

    I’m tired putting a hope on him. I’m sure the whole team feel the same way when too many golden opportunity wasted by him..

    Only average manager would keep him. I hope Pardew read this and ship him next summer.

  • NorseToonBrann

    Apr 26, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #31

    he is! 🙂

  • Tonytoon73

    Apr 26, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #32

    Brutoon you forgot to mention the 1st,2nd and conference league’s. Even the kid Mulligan who plays for Gateshead would show strolla how too score.

  • GeordieRob

    Apr 26, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #33

    @ Toonincheck. I prefer to use minutes per goal as a rating for a striker. Shola LEAGUE goals:

    10/11: 282
    09/10: 106
    08/09: 317
    07/08: – (didn’t score in 485 mins)
    06/07: 254
    05/06: 238
    04/05: 1.180

    I could keep going but you get the picture. I hear Shola is a nice guy and I really don’t have anything against him personally. But just about every NUFC fan would prefer him to be a prick and score more goals. He’d be good to a Championship team, but a Premier League striker he is not.

  • max

    Apr 26, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #34

    i dont like him.. poor finisher and cannot hold ball well..

  • max

    Apr 26, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #35

    prefer shefki quki although he is holder

  • leazes upper

    Apr 26, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #36

    i was there when he made his debut and he hasnt improved at all since then.back up is all he should be.the only time he plays well is against scumberland

  • Brutooon

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #37

    Tonytoon73: i heard one of the fan of an unknown conference team said their grandfather can play better and faster than Ameobi !

    Ameobi is no LEGEND and no such thing as LOYALTY

    Example Legend = Shearer
    Example Loyalty = Harper
    Example SHIT PLAYER = Ameobi

  • Felipe

    Apr 27, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #38

    Ashamed to read these comments from so called supporters about one of our longest serving and most loyal players. For the last two seasons we’ve had call after call for Ranger to replace him and (I hope some day he will be a fantastic player for Newcastle) he is not in the same league as Ameobi. Strikers do not score every chance they get (just look at Torres) and Ameobi played most of those games from the bench supporting Shearer, Kluivert et al. He is a handful for defenders and has scored plenty of vital goals for the Toon. Go and support Man City or some other plastic team…

  • Reacher

    Apr 27, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #39


    How does retaining Shola render our aims of getting into Europe defunct?

    He has played, and scored in the Champions League. Admittedly one of those goals came against those European minnows, Barcelona.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 28, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #40

    The reason he is so called “loyal” is because no single club in the world want him! So he stuck in NUFC

    When we were in Europe, its because of Shearer and Ameobi is just a good backup. There is no way he is a nufc legend, he is just a normal player – a shit and lazy one!

    If u remember during our relegation yr, ameobi miss lots of chances and he is one of the reason we drop to the championship!


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