Newcastle Reserves will play Blyth Spartans in the Sage Northumberland Senior Cup Final at St James’ Park tonight.
Peter Beardsley – Reserves in Sage Northumberland Senior Cup final tonight
Alan Pardew will be there to watch Peter Beardsley’s youngsters, and both men are hoping for a decent crowd tonight. If you can get there it could be a good chance to see some of Newcastle’s top youngsters in action.
Since Alan Pardew came to Newcastle he has taken a different approach to his predecessor Chris Hughton with the young players on Tyneside, and is keen to get the youngsters playing more.
If they cannot do that on Tyneside, then it seems Alan will send quite a few out on loan after pre-season this summer, as he tries to bring the youngsters through on Tyneside.
Peter Beardsley told the local Newcastle press:
“For these lads to get the chance to play at St James’ Park is as big as it comes.”
“Our lads don’t get the chance to play at St James’ very often and it will be a great occasion for both sets of players.”
But Beardsley is right when he says the game tonight against the Spartans will not be an easy game, and they even lost 4-1 in a friendly at the club’s training ground, against the Blue Square North Division club, during the big freeze last winter.
Blyth have always been an excellent local club in the north east (Northumberland), along with other famous clubs like Ashington, Whitley Bay and North Shields – OK which ones did I miss out?
Peter Beardsley continued:
“They played really well that day and our lads were a bit shell shocked after the first half as we couldn’t cope with the physical side of it.”
The action kicks off at 7pm at St James’ Park and United manager Alan Pardew is hoping that a bumper crowd can boost the youngsters.”
“It’s always a great experience for any young player to get out there at St James’ Park.” “If there’s a big crowd their even better.”
“It can play a big play part in their development.”
It’s a good chance for local supporters to watch the future of Newcastle in action tonight, and as we all know, some of the lads are very promising young players.
Newcastle Reserves have won the Northumberland Senior Cup 11 times in the last 21 years, and Blyth Spartans have won it 19 times in total by our reckoning, since it was introduced way back in 1884. Their first win was back in 1914.
But the last time Blyth Spartans won the trophy was back in 1994, and the last time Newcastle Reserves won it was just two years ago.
Newcastle Fans can enter via the East Stand tonight, and the admission prices are £5 and £2 for the game, and it’s a 7:00 pm kick off.
Come to think of it I played for Newcastle University in the Northumberland Senior Cup Final back in 1968, when we were hammered 4-0 by Whitley Bay at St. James’ Park.
But we had defeated Ashington at Ashington in the semi-final, and since it was between terms at the University, we had some of our better players missing for the final – well that’s my story anyway. 😀
Hey, maybe that’s where my boots are.
Seriously, it should be a good game tonight.