Alan Pardew – I’ll Never Forget That First Liverpool Game – Ever

Newcastle famously beat Liverpool 3-1 at St. James’ Park in Alan Pardew’s first game in charge on 11th December.

Alan Pardew – I’ll never forget the Liverpool game – ever

And Alan has come out today and said he will never forget that day, for the atmosphere at St. James’ Park and his first win as Newcastle manager – as long as he lives.

Pardew admits that since he arrived things have been very much the same as before he arrived, with Alan having a very similar record in the league to what Chris had in the first half of the season.

In Alan Pardew’s very first game in charge, Newcastle thumped Liverpool, by a score of 3-1 and the Liverpool defense had no answer that day to Andy Carroll.

That was under their former manager Roy Hodgson, who was sacked in January and replaced by former Newcastle  manager Kenny Dalglish.

Maybe that’s why they came after him with a massive £35M bid in January and got the player to Merseyside.

Alan talked about that first game as Newcastle manager, when fans were hardly happy at the dismissal of former manager Chris Hughton:

“It was a game I will never forget as long as I live.” “The atmosphere was great.”

“And it came on the back of the way I was bought into the club when people were doubting my ability.”

“It was important for myself, the team and the people at the club to get a win.” “It was also important for the fans that I got off to a good start.”

We were some of those who very much doubted Alan’;s ability but whatever happens with Alan at Newcastle, it’s hard to think anybody could have handled the situation better than he did when he first arrived at Newcastle.

With no official from the club explaining exactly why Hughton was sacked Alan showed a lot of courage in his very first interview when he had to handle questions he should never have had to answer – to do with why Chris had been fired.

But he was simply terrific in that interview, and again he showed a lot of personal courage in going into the Lion’s den with the local reporters.

And he’s been good at letting the fans know what’s going on, and what he wants to do with the club, and from what we’ve seen, he seems to be on the right track.

But we all know this summer is such an important transfer market for Newcastle, and if all goes well the squad will be significantly strengthened with the help of the £35M secured from the Andy Carroll sale.

Comments welcome.

36 comments so far

  • hba10

    Apr 30, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Going for a 1-0 win tomorrow with Nolan scorer hwtl

  • dave 1961

    Apr 30, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #2

    a re Wright of history with this article it was Peter Beardsley that picked the team to play Liverpool and afterwards Nolan told us it was for Chris Hughton.

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 30, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #3

    I still feel that the Liverpool game was Chris’s. Pardew’s first game was Fulham.

  • Partizan

    Apr 30, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #4

    Bradley Johnson looks like a good player,MOTM today against Burnley for sure,,good for our LB position.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Apr 30, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #5

    To be fair dave, we have about 8 good players – the team somewhat picks itself 😛

    And yeah I agree Partizan, Gradel looks very good too, though he missed that sitter!

    Can’t see Leeds selling anyone though. With this group of players they have a great chance to get back up into the EPL next year, if not this one. And that’s worth a lot mroe than a few million for a player.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 30, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #6

    HOPE tat it will be a double over liverpool Tommarow

  • Sir Alan

    Apr 30, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #7

    We have to stick Gutierrez on one of their young full backs if their playing? Jonas is on fire at the moment and will undoubtedly cause the teenagers a lot of trouble, don’t you think?

  • Brutooon

    Apr 30, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #8

    The match will be different with the 3-1 game

    Still think a draw is possible

  • Crawfordladd17

    Apr 30, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #9

    Defense is their weakness and, is our strength with Midfield at then minute

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 30, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #10



    That’s guaranteed to be the team tomorrow.

  • MacToon

    Apr 30, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #11

    “And it came on the back of the way I was bought into the club when people were doubting my ability.”

    urm, many still do have doubts but in all honesty I hope you do become a huge success on Tyneside……. I aint gonna hold my breath though!

  • dave 1961

    Apr 30, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #12

    I hope he’s the most successful manager in our history should be an easy target.

  • gorskino10

    Apr 30, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Quotes from Tiote saying we need a GOOD squad and to keep our BEST players like Nolan and Barton, (But) didn’t state Jose Enrique there! The players usually can tell a player wanting to leave or know the ins and outs.

  • MacToon

    Apr 30, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #14

    mackum’s 1-0 dowm 😆

  • toon_fanatic

    Apr 30, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #15

    gorskino10…agree with u.looks like enrique sale is immenent now

  • ToonDownSouth

    Apr 30, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #16

    Guys forget about Enrique. You dont build a team around a fullback – they’re the positions I’d most like to see us bring through our youngsters in anyway.

    And if he joins Liverpool, so what? If he cares about the club little enough to join a team we have a huge rivalry with, the f#ck him!

  • dave 1961

    Apr 30, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #17

    the thing is will our owner go for the highest price or to do the least amount of damage.

  • MacToon

    Apr 30, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #18

    SMB’s 2-0 down 😆 😆

  • Andy

    Apr 30, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #19

    Mackems 2 down. And odemwingie scores another, we need to buy him in the summer. He has pace and is pretty clinical

  • ochytoon

    Apr 30, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #20

    We are so not safe if we look at our fixtures. We really had to get the 3 points at Blackpool, and not to be negative but I can’t see us getting anything against Liverpool or Chelsea, the two most in from teams at the moment. We have to beat Birmingham and WBA who are playing really well under Hodgson. I can see us getting another 4 points maybe but knowing the team and its inconsistency anything could happen.

  • Andy

    Apr 30, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #21

    Knowing our team and this season we will get a win tomorrow and draw at Chelsea and lose at home to WBA and draw with Birmingham

  • Andy

    Apr 30, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #22

    Get in there Fulham haha. Undercover agent Bruce doing a great job 😉

  • MacToon

    Apr 30, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #23

    ha ha ha 3-0 down 😆

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Apr 30, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #24

    The nice Steve Bruce is doing such a good job for the inbred bottom feeders in 5under1and

  • Crawfordladd17

    Apr 30, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #25

    we are 13th we should be 8th on paper if we had Carroll or a replacement at least
    Arsenal-They are better
    Aston Villa- We are better
    Birmingham- We are better
    Blackburn- We are better
    Blackpool- We are better
    Bolton- We are better
    Chelsea- They are better
    Everton- They are better
    Fulham- About the same
    Liverpool- They are better
    Man City- They are better
    Man Utd- They are better
    Stoke- We are better
    Sunderland- We are BETTER
    Tottenham- They are better
    West Brom- We are better
    West Ham- We are better
    Wigan- We are better
    Wolves- We are better

    I think It is only Arsenal Chelsea Everton Liverpool Man City Man Utd Tottenham are better

  • Oleg G

    Apr 30, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #26

    Scums lost!!! GREAT!

    And what a great shape in the Fullham squad, wow. They are at 9th, and are only 2 points from 7th.

    I will be very happy to finish 10th, but actually if to be honest and to look at our form, we can easily finish 14th-15th unfortunately. Tomorrow hoping for a draw (A win will be great, but out mental appearance is horrible in the last 2 out of 3 games).

  • Oleg G

    Apr 30, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #27


    I think that Bolton and Fulham are better then us even with Carroll.

    Stoke, Blackpool are the same as we are. Also A.Villa and Stoke are +\- as we are.

  • Tonytoon73

    Apr 30, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #28

    Pardew is on about his first game in charge against Liverpool,it was exactly the same team what CH would have picked and Liverpool were crap that day.Sorry to be so negative.

  • bills-son

    Apr 30, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #29

    AP might have just 3pts more than CH in 17 games but he’s had a harder fixture list.

    We’ve had Liverpool, Man U, Tottenham and Arsenal at home and not lost one even though we only had Carroll for the Liverpool game. CH lost at home to Blackpool, Stoke and Blackburn and drew with Wigan.

    AP still has Liverpool and Chelsea away which means he will have had eight games against the top 6 compared to CH’s four.

    Apart from losing Carroll AP has also lost Tiote, Barton and Nolan to yellow card totting up bans + having to play without Shola and Best.

    AP has done a bloody good job in my opinion.

  • stuart no9

    Apr 30, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #30

    first, AP nothing to do with that liverpool win , all tactics had been discussed with CH team had already been picked, what did AP do to give himself credit for that win,?also ED you say AP admits things are pretty much the same now , as before he arrived ! my point being , why repair something thats not broken? unless ofcourse CH was ambitious , also AP said ” it was important he got off to a good start, no credit to CH then , cretin! but then again i would not expect anything less from a man who colluded with MA to get CH the sack , he makes my blood boil

  • fongct

    Apr 30, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #31

    suddenly he is taking credit for the liverpool’s win now….

    yea right…keep on brain washing us he has done a good job…keep on telling us his rubbish match analysis, keep on telling us we dont miss Carroll while Shola and loven scored 4 goals only between them since we sold Carroll, keep on telling us 2 wins in 11 matches since we sold carroll is a good run, keep on telling us Shola and loven are good strikers

    out of 16 matches under CH, we won 5, drew 4 and lost 7 matches, 19 points in total

    out of 16 matches under AP, we won 4 matches 6 draws and lost 6 matches ( if u dont count the liverpool match), 18 points in total, or 19 points in 17 matches

    under CH, we have to play against Manutd (A) lose, Mancity (A) lose, Sunderland (H) Win, Arsenal (A) Win, Chelsea (H) Draw, 7 points out of 5 matches

    Under AP, we have to play against Mancity (H) lose, spurs (A) lose, Sunderland (A) Draw, Spurs (H) Draw, Arsenal (H) Draw, and Manutd (H) Draw, 4 points out of 6 matches

    pls get your facts right

    I leave my judgment till next season on AP, but without a doubt, he makes my blood boil too whenever I read his comments

  • Crawfordladd17

    Apr 30, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #32

    Oleg G Blackpool no Fulham fair enough Bolton over rated apart from Cahill whos their defencers and strikers big spoiled prat Elmander and Davies isnt getting younger. Stoke’s full backs no centre backs good and strikers so yes they r just a bit better for me

  • Oleg G

    Apr 30, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #33


    I am looking at the total form during the season, consistent performance. We are not keeping our form, other teams that I’ve mentioned did that (Bolton first half of the season, Fulham in the last couple of weeks are playing great).

    And as much as I love our club, we have also a lot of players who are way overrated. + If we are better then those other teams, then it is sad they are above us in the league.

    I think we deserve 15-16th place, I expect so much more from our team and they have been disappointing in 75% of the games this season.

  • Sav

    May 1, 2011 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #34

    And there was I thinking the league table was meant to sort out who is better than whom. Should have just asked Crawford lad.
    And how come you’ve got a name like an Aintree outside bet?

  • andre29

    May 1, 2011 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #35


  • Nathaaan

    May 1, 2011 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #36

    I will admit I did doubt pardew when he came in to repleace such a fantastic manager, but to his credit he has done really well. I would only say he makes up to many excuses at certain points. But to his credit he has done really well since arriving!


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