Newcastle Rain On Their Own Parade


If Newcastle had won yesterday against West Brom they would have finished 9th in the Premier League table.

Alan Pardew – done quite well this season

And when a team goes 3-0 up at home in front of a sellout 52,000 crowd, and it’s the last game of the season, what are the odds of not winning the game?

But of course this is Newcastle, and nothing is ever easy, and Newcastle obliged West Brom with some sloppy defending in the last 30 minutes of the season, and just to make it exciting and even more devastating for the fans, they let the equalizing goal in during the very last minute of the season.

That goal cost Newcastle 3 places in the table and the lads now finish in 12th place, which just doesn’t sound as good as 9th.

They also allowed West Brom, Aston Villa and Sunderland to move above them in the league, and with the drop of 3 places that cost the club £2.4M in placement money, and stopped the Newcastle non-playing staff  from getting a share of a £500K bonus owner Mike Ashley had promised for the win.

That must be so disappointing for them in these hard economic times.

That means that Sunderland finish above Newcastle and can claim to be the North East’s top side,  although they probably will not crow about it too loud.

Newcastle hammered them 5-1 at St. James’ Park and should also have won the game at Sunderland, when the Black Cats equalized in the third minute of added time.

And West Brom, who finished 11 points behind Newcastle in the Championship last season can claim the right to boast about finishing highest of the three promoted sides.

Blackpool of course were relegated yesterday.

So what should have been a massive celebration for the win yesterday at 6:00 pm,  turned out to be another frustrating and very disappointing result for the Magpies.

Unfortunately the manner in which our team threw away 2 points, far overshadowed any celebrations for staying in the Premier League this season and doing quite well, and the crowd went home disappointed rather than elated.

Whether you agree with this or not – that’s really what happened yesterday –  and the players let themselves down and the crowd down, and also let the non-playing staff down badly.

We should really be celebrating today because it was a very good season for the team, but when they do things like happened yesterday in those last 30 minutes, it’s kind of hard to do that.

As you can see I still haven’t recovered from the disappointment of yesterday – so near yet so far away –  but on the positive side – maybe we’ll sign a top class player this week. 😀

Make that tomorrow!

Comments welcome.



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78 comments so far

  • G

    May 23, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #1

    Make that tomorrow!

    What you heard like Ed?

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  • Benton Toon Exile

    May 23, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #2

    I have a bad feeling we are about to sign Nicholas Bentner from Arsenal????????????

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  • carrollsinger

    May 23, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #3

    Yeah man anyone heard who this mystery signing is hope it not building up to a massive climax then it’s a crap signing lol

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 23, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #4

    any new rumours

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  • murvar

    May 23, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #5

    Yesterday’s capitulation was shameful. They wanted either to play an exhibition match or stay uninjured for potential suitors in the transfer window – eg Enrique, who seemed disinterested most of the time. And if Lovenkrans and Shola start together up front in the first game of next season, I will give up hope once and for all. Lua Lua was hopeless and should be allowed to go to Brighton.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 23, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #6

    2 MONTHS WITHOUT PREMIER LEAGUE IS LIKE PLANT WITHOUT WATER

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  • G

    May 23, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #7

    Only rumour I heard at the minute is the one off nufc.com about Mehdi Abeid, who I will freely admit to knowing the square root of fook all about.

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  • estechco

    May 23, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #8

    Am I the only person to think that this £500k for non-playing staff seems to have been a monumentally bad piece of man-management?

    What influence does the bloke selling burgers have over whether we throw away a 3 goal lead or not!?!

    Hope the players cough up a weeks money to pay the non-playing staff something in lieu of such a cr*p second half performance

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  • dubzy

    May 23, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #9

    international MF Sebastian Larsson free transfer

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  • the1willy

    May 23, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Gutting last minute of the season, but overall better than I expected. I’m just worried that this mystery signing will be either a Man U crock (Hargreaves) or a Liverpool bench warmer (J.Cole), with them coming in as part of Jose heading the other way. I hope not…. but they are both ‘Internationals’ and neither belong to a ‘bottom 4 team’.

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  • shearerno9

    May 23, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Does anybody else not think Pardew should have said nothing at all about this signing?? If it falls through he is going to have egg all over his face again, personally i think he should have said nothing and let it be a welcome surprise to the fans especially now after the latest result

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  • G

    May 23, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #12

    I would take a punt on Cole, but I’m fairly certain the rumour mill had our mystery midfield billed as mainland Europe based? Could be wrong though. Doubt we would pay Joe Cole the wedge he would want either.

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    May 23, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #13

    Yesterday everything collapsed after guthrie went off and smith came in… i agree lua lua was miles away from the quality of shane and we was sleeping last 30 min.. p.s Bendtner would fit into the team very very well, i would be happy, he’s a good young proven experienced international player, just need confidence, and starting CF role. i believe he could score 18 goals next season.

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  • The Entertainers

    May 23, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #14

    Recent Pardew comments are distancing us from an immenent signing! Don’t hold your breath 😉

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  • WWJBD

    May 23, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #15

    Jesus people we didn’t lose! We didn’t get relegated! Most of our team has been injured! And we came in 12 when we would of taken 17! We were never in the relegation battle!

    What do people want? Wolves lost yesterday and finished well below us…are they crying like us lot?

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  • the1willy

    May 23, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #16

    @ G. You’re right there. He’s probably on a pretty decent wage at Liverpool, don’t know how long he’s got left on his contract though.

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  • G

    May 23, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #17

    Careful WWJBD, I got loads of chew for saying that yesterday. I wholeheartedly agree though.

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  • Danj_008

    May 23, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #18

    Well put Ed, exactly how I would have put it.

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  • solano

    May 23, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #19

    Cole’s on 85k a week at Liverpool…..so you can probably discount him, thankfully…..and yes, it was me G who criticised you and that’s because I think we should be thinking a bit higher than the Wolves of this world…..

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    May 23, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #20

    Like Pardew said, it’s NOT one of the bottom 5 teams players, so therefore can’t be Larsson. Also, a deal had to be agreed with the clubs, and with Larsson being a free, this needn’t occur.

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  • Stuart

    May 23, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #21

    Well said WWJBD,

    Overall really happy with the way this season has gone.

    The two downsides to yesterdays game however were the fact Smith should never play for us again, and we need a better RB this summer. Simpson seemed to be at fault for at least 2 of their goals.

    However, I dont want to be miserable. Good season, should be a good summer, should be a class next season!

    HWTL!

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  • premier

    May 23, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #22

    ah well at least all in the SBR garden is rosy

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  • adam

    May 23, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #23

    newlly promoted team finished 12th with main players injured!? stop f****** moaning!! i would of took 15th start of the season. our aim was survival we got it with 3 games left! and had 1 midfielder out of the normal 4 available yday! a draw fair result most goals wr soft!

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  • WWJBD

    May 23, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #24

    Haha its alright G I expected backlash when I wrote it but I can’t be miserable after that season far exceeded my expectations and I was entertained all the way.

    Looking higher solano? Where should we be then?

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  • Stuart

    May 23, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #25

    Haha, after european qualification eh Solano?

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    May 23, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #26

    Newcastle are interested in Standard Liege centre-back Eliaquim Mangala.

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  • solano

    May 23, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #27

    WWJBD StuartWell, we’ve just finished below Dunderland who didn’t win a game for nearly 3 months…..and look what WBA have done since Woy Hodgson took over…and then there’s Liverpool who were struggling terribly (and we demolished) who have made a damned good fist of it since February….so I say we could have finished top eight if we’d showed ambition….you’ve gotta aim high…but it seems too many are willing to accept the 5year plan for mediocrity….

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    May 23, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #28

    people, maybe Seb Larsson could play instead of Simpson? or Jonas, if we get Zog or Johnson? But i think Travenier also could have played better than DS as LB.

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  • solano

    May 23, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #29

    Another disastrous transfer window scuppered any real hopes of what could have been a great season

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  • the1willy

    May 23, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #30

    I agree with both sides of the argument about this season. I would have (very happily) taken 12th at the start of the season, especially with the squad we’ve got. But, I don’t think we finished as well as we could have. Still, the positives outweigh the negatives.
    Why not stick Taylor up front… (Paul Warhurst style).

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  • Davies

    May 23, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #31

    Troleibusiukas_LTU – What’s your source for Mangala?

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    May 23, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #32

    Just on the Sky Sports website, and I see Madjid Bougherra of Rangers would consider a move to England. Having watched a few Rangers games, he’s seemed pretty solid. He’s primarily a centre back, but I’ve seen him deployed as a full back on both sides. Worth a punt? Cover for Simpson/Enrique (or whoever is a starter at left back next season).

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  • G

    May 23, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #33

    solano, unless you really are a certain trumpet playing peruvian, I really don’t care about your criticisms. Franky, I am a realist, and I am old enough to remember when we truly were a selling club, going nowhere, with no ambitions. If you think going for a top 8 position in our fist season back in the prem is realistic, then you are far too young to remember the dark days of the era between Gordon Lee and Ossie Ardiles, with the Seymours running the club. It would have been a massive gamble to give out big contracts to big internationals in our fist season back, and it could have had us financially knackered. We did that under FFS and it nearly destroyed us. Think small steps, and safe passage, not giant strides with big risks.

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  • solano

    May 23, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #34

    Hold on G…read my last post….I’m not saying we should be handing out huge wages and spending cash- which we are never going to do anyway under MA….I’ve just pointed out 3 teams (1 of which is our local rivals) who all finished above us and have all had big problems during the season….they are facts mate, and for your info I’m the wrong side of 40 and can well remember flirting with the 3rd Division…..I can also remember how quickly things can be turned around by showing true ambition…..

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  • solano

    May 23, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #35

    NUC have been a selling club all my life, bar about 4 seasons under KK and a couple uner SBR….amazingly coinciding with our best years in the modern era……we are back to being a selling club now and it’s a sad day when I get criticised for believing NUFC are a bit bigger than the Wolves and Blackburn’s, the Sunderland’s, the Fulham’s, and the WBA’s of this world…..

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  • solano

    May 23, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #36

    Ahem…NUFC…..

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  • G

    May 23, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #37

    If you are older than 40 you need to take a look at yourself and wonder why you are doing the creepy stalker thing on here every time I say something? If you don’t agree with me fine, but don’t do it in such a way that you act like a spoiled child who hasn’t realised yet that its an empty vessel that rattles the most.

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  • Stuart

    May 23, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #38

    Jesus man solano, cheer up.

    Are you saying if Spurs sell Bale this summer, which is looking very likely, that they’ll be a selling club?

    They’d have sold their young talented star player, just like we did, but I bet its never once mentioned that they’re a selling club.

    Everyone would be chuffed with dirty ‘arry because he’ll have got them £40m and will buy new players with it.

    Thats exactly what we’re going to do this summer.

    Selling one player in a season does not make you a selling club(im not counting routledge coz hes shite), especially when we get twice his actual value.

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  • GeordieToon89

    May 23, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #39

    S.Dann – £6million
    M’Bengue – £5million
    Sturridge – £10million
    Menez – £6million
    Zogbia – £8million
    Bendtner – Loan view to £7million deal

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  • solano

    May 23, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #40

    I’m not depressed Stuart…..but I’ve made a fair point…
    We all know “trading players” is part of the game…but selling your best players and taking punts on unknowns and bosman’s is a dangerous business…..Tottenham, is an unfortunate choice for your argument because 2 years ago they were down in the shite with us but since, have consistently invested money in real terms and now have a very entertaining and talented squad….We have had loads of references to NOT spending all of the AC money

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