Ben Arfa, Gosling, Ferguson and Best Will All Play Tonight


There are 7,000 Geordie fans traveling down the Darlington for tonight’s game.

Ben Arfa – in action tonight

And those fans will be able to see the return to the first team of the great Ben Arfa, who will get 45 minutes tonight, after fully recovering from his double leg fracture he suffered  at Eastlands on Sunday, October 3rd.

We;’re sure this boy will get a great reception by the Newcastle fans after nine months of recovering from his injury, during which he continued to display enormous courage.

And the Newcastle Evening Chronicle is reporting today that 18 year-old French U18 new boy Mehdi Abeid, has been extremely impressive in pre-season training, and he could be on the plane to America on Sunday.

Alan Pardew talked about the return of Ben Arfa tonight:

“It will be nice to see him in a Newcastle shirt and running around and healthy again.”  “I don’t think he will be at his very best because he will need a couple of games. But he certainly looks in good shape.”

“Hatem is in good spirits but so are all of the players. We still have some good characters.”  “Dan Gosling is also looking lively – he wants to progress his career and get in the team.”

“We have a few people chasing positions.”

There’s no doubt with the new players brought into the club this summer, the Newcastle first team looks stronger than last seaosn.

Here’s a possible starting line-up against Arsenal on 13th August in the very  first game:

Krul
Simpson (Taylor S) Coloccini (c) Williamson Enrique (Ferguson)
Barton (Gosling)  Cabaye Tiote Marveaux (Gutierrez)
Ben Arfa
Ba

That looks a good side, but hopefully Newcastle will still bring in more players this summer, to build up the numbers in the squad.

Both Cheick Tiote and new captain Fabricio Coloccini will not play tonight and want-away Jose Enrique will also not play – but we’ll see young Shane Ferguson feature and maybe even Tamas Kadar too.

Danny Simpson, Dan Gosling and Leon Best will also get playing time tonight, so we hope that Best bangs in a few goals, so that Pardew ill keep him on Tyneside this coming season – to give the lad a chance.

He deserves that after smashing in a good 6 goals in 12 appearances this year, and helping Newcastle through the loss of star striker Andy Carroll.

When told about the massive support going down to Darlington tonight, Alan has this to say:

“That’s just Newcastle fans for you, isn’t it?”  “They are demanding fans but loyal, and support us through thick and thin.”

The Newcastle team can be good, poor or indifferent but the fan support is always there,  which in one thing that sets  Newcastle apart from a lot of the other football clubs.

Now if we could win something – soon.

Comments welcome.



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36 comments so far

  • Durham_Toon

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #1

    7000 fans? I’m gonna have to get there early to get a parking space!

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  • barryvenison

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #2

    I’ll be holding my breath hoping that everyone comes out of this match unscathed.

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  • Stuart

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Haha dont say that man barry! I’ll be biting my nails all through the match now!

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  • mattnufc

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #4

    That’s a very strong 1st team but there’s hardly any strength in depth.

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #5

    Thought Tiote and Marv wont be playing?

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  • Eastander

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #6

    WWJBD – they arent? …. on the plus side that sounds good about abeid!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #7

    @WWJBD

    That’s Ed’s line up for Arsenal mate

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  • Stuart

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #8

    They arent WWJBD. same with colo.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #9

    ‘Why I’m committed to Newcastle’ – Cheik Tiote

    http://www.newsnow.co.uk/A/507056322?-11058

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #10
  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #11

    More good news, Perch is not going to USA as he is on the move.

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  • Toon XI

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #12

    WWJBD…the starting XI listed was for the Arsenal match.

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  • boater

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #13

    There is plenty of bodies, plenty of cover… shouldn’t distract from the need to bring in a top striker/right winger… for me Ba should be a partner or choice no.2 considering everything.

    If we don’t spend anymore – then keep routledge – he’s alreet… decent back up for barton.

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  • ross armstrong

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #14

    plz no injurys in the friendlys ( especially ben arfa and gosling)

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #15

    AHHHH thats me shown up then haha Ishould learn to read

    Whats the expected line up tonight then? Any one know?

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  • Stuart

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #16

    Very good words from Tiote there. Seems like hes in for the long haul like.

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #17

    @stuart

    so was carroll lol
    it means nothing.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Does anybody actually know how good gosling is? Saw him a few times didnt really.catch my eye as being good or bad.

    He certainly has a future but is he going to be like danny guthrie..decent reliable player byt not going to win us games?

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  • Stuart

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #19

    Bah Humbug belfast!

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #20

    And the thought of hba running at pace agaunst slower stronger players is something i really dont like to think about after just coming back from a broken leg.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #21

    @18

    I would say he is better than Guthrie like

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  • Nick 69

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #22

    Gosling is MUCH better than Guthrie

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  • wynsleap

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #23

    Yes Pardew – we are demanding fans – we demand a new striker and some ambition.
    Pity we ain’t going to get it.

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  • John

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #24

    Bojan is the next signing through the door 8 million,
    5 foot 11”, plays off the shoulder, good with both feet, dribbles like messi, and knows where the goal is, David Villa signing has limited hes game time with barca and is looking to come to PL to reserrect hes career he will be worth a ton of money in 2, 3 years time.

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  • demba_ba_ba_ba

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #25

    any1 think there is guna be trouble at the macth tonite???
    comments please

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  • Stuart

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #26

    Would love it John but I cant see it happening, apparently arsenal and spurs are in for him aswell like.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #27

    Based on what facts john?

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #28

    8 million for Bojan I would double or treble that

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #29

    @28

    Exactly

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  • ross armstrong

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #30

    john proof of that mate? or are u just makin silly rumours up again? 🙂

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  • ross armstrong

    Jul 15, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #31

    what a boring week in the transfer market for newcastle ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

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  • cartoonie

    Jul 15, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #32

    I know this is a long shot lads, but does anyone know if the game is going to be on any of the streaming channels?

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  • jammylambo

    Jul 15, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #33

    @ cartoonie 32 http://livefooty.doctor-serv.com/ they have a link due up , cant guarantee quality , i live a few hundred yards from exchange and have still struggled with these but it depends how many people are using it lol

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Jul 15, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #34

    Barcelona’s Bojan Krkic will join Roma next week

    Sorry Lad’s

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Jul 15, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #35

    Bojan would be outrageous and would be possibly the best number nine we ever see at Newcastle , and that’s saying something… Considering Milburn, Stubbins, McDonald, and Shearer..He’s that good .

    But you are looking at £30 million, imho..Fantastic player and the next Messi.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 15, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #36

    ONLINE GUY – Sorry mate but he ain’t no Messi and never will be. Bojan is a fantastic player but Messi is in a league of his own. Bojan will no doubt be one of our best #9’s but I can’t see this happening although he will definitely be cheaper than 30M!

    If he were the new Messi as you say why would Barca want to sell him then??

    I’ve seen him play plenty of times and he worked great in tandem with Henry before he head to the US. These days the new gem Barca have is Pedro and I could see that as soon as he played his first touches for the Catalan giants. Bojan is a great prospect but Pedro is slightly better and that’s why they are going to offload Bojan.

    He would be amazing here at Newcastle.

    DOES ANYONE HAVE A WORKING LINK TO TONIGHTS MATCH??????????

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