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Jak Alnwick In England U19 Squad To Play The Netherlands

1:20 pm, Friday, August 19th, 2011 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 245 Comments

England U19 manager Noel Blake has chosen his 18-man group for the game against the Netherlands early next month, and Newcastle’s 18 year-old goalkeeper Jak Alnwick is included.

Jak Alnwick – 18 year-old Newcastle goalkeeper

England U19s will play their first game of season in early September when they travel to the Netherlands.   The England U19 side just missed out on a place in last season’s European U19 Championship Finals, by goal difference.  to the eventual winners Spain.

England have received a bye  through the European First Qualifying Round,  and will now play in the Elite Round early next year.

England were beaten 3-0 by the Dutch last March, so it’s a good time to get even.

The England U19 Squad:

Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone (Manchester United), Jak Alnwick (Newcastle)
Defenders: Adam Reach (Middlesbrough), Aziz Deen-Conteh (Chelsea), Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest), Kieran Kennedy (Manchester City), Louis Laing (Sunderland), Bruno Pilatos (Middlesbrough), Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea).
Midfielders: Chuks Aneke (Arsenal), George Thorne (West Bromwich Albion), Jordan Obita (Reading), Larnell Cole (Manchester United), Nico Yennaris (Arsenal).
Forwards: Benik Afobe (Arsenal), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Will Keane (Manchester United), Luke Williams (Middlesbrough).

It’s interesting that on the England FA web site,  they have Jak Alnwick  down as playing for Sunderland.

Jak was at Sunderland before joining Newcastle and of course his brother Ben played for Sunderland before joining Spurs in 2007.

Jak was born in nearby Hexham, as was Fraser Forster of course, and his two football idols are goalkeepers Pepe Reina and Steve Harper.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Fraser Forster · Jak Alnwick · Newcastle News · Newcastle Youth · Steve Harper

245 responses so far ↓

  • 1 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 19, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Well done lad.

    Good to see some of our younsters progressing on the international stage – vital experience.

  • 2 Falklands Fish // Aug 19, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Well in Jak.

    Good times.

  • 3 gorskino10 // Aug 19, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    So another good GK prospect but its a shame we dont have any have others in the England Youth squads. But we may have a few soon in French Youth levels :p

  • 4 roshan MAGPIE // Aug 19, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    i think ashley should bring in young english lads and improve them and then he can sell then double or tripple there value

  • 5 ToonAndy // Aug 19, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    I’ve changed my mind about starting Obertan… I think he will be MUCH more effective if brought on as a sub when Sunderland legs are tiring!… Also we need players who rarely give the ball away… I would love to see this starting line up…..






    Obertan for Gosling – final 25 mins
    Vuckic for Barton with Cabaye slotting into Bartons role and Vuckic taking over Cabayes – Final 15-20 mins
    Best for Ameobi – final 30 mins

  • 6 GeordieToon89 // Aug 19, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Marveaux isnt fit enough to start, he’l come on with about 20mins to go and destroy sunderland defence with his sheer pace and rocket of a left foot

  • 7 drongo // Aug 19, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    We will start with the same team as against the arse in a 442.

    Marvelous is a couple of weeks away from match fitness by all accounts.

  • 8 geoff777 // Aug 19, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Congratulations to Jak.

    A massive honour to be selected to play for your country at any level.

    Well done lad!

    Some good news!!!


  • 9 daztoon // Aug 19, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Ferguson a winger not a full back and not fully fit.
    Gosling not a winger.
    Marveaux not fully fit.
    Cabaye a defensive midfielder.
    Ameobi just total shite

  • 10 ToonAndy // Aug 19, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    daztoon – Ferguson played left back for us a few times last year
    Gosling has been known to play out on the right and is very comfortable there
    Marveaux had 90 mins against Gateshead and played unreal
    Cabaye can be very attackting minded (15 goals in 2009/2010 for Lille)
    Ameobi – I agree… lol

  • 11 ginkoh // Aug 19, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Bruce said no matter where they finish as long as above Newcastle ? what the ambition ! They have to. With the money they spend, The expectation will sky high.

    Unlike us, honestly I don’t care where they finish. With our board ambition, All I can do is 100% support our team without any hope.

  • 12 GeordieToon89 // Aug 19, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    people saying Gosling is not a winger, hes more of a winger than Barton is.. his fav position is CM but he says he would play anywher and has played RB and RM for Everton in the past

  • 13 daztoon // Aug 19, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    What about Alan Smith up front he has been wasted in midfield for years.He`s aggresive, can hold onto the ball,good in the air,just needs a goal.Why not give him a go no worse than what we already have

  • 14 ToonAndy // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    GeordieToon89 – Atleast someone knows about our players 😀 haha

  • 15 ToonAndy // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    daztoon – I would honestly rather play James Perch up front … Surely ur not serious ? … I persoanlly rate Ba and Best above Ameobi … But there is no escaping the fact that Pardew is starting Ameobi on sat 🙁

  • 16 Dannyo // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:02 PM


    You want Barton in a defensive role? Gosling is pretty well versed in that position. Would swap Gosling and Barton in that cause.
    I’d set it up as this:







    Subs: Obertan, Williamson, Best, Ba, Vuckic, Raylor

    I think, if we have wings to play on, we should use em.
    Sunderlands defense is as good as ours, poor, we should take advantage of that.

  • 17 Dannyo // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:04 PM


    Good shout, however, i’d still start Marveux, and when fatigue hits, we should put Obertan in for him, and swap Gutti and Obertan.
    We’d still have some great breakthrough power.

  • 18 dmac // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Smith up front? I hope you only said that daztoon because last night you had a heavy night smoking crack.

  • 19 daztoon // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Playing left back and being a left back is totally different.He is to light-weight and looks far better going forward than backwards.would see Cabaye more a playmaker role.Would like to see Vuckic start in the attacking role and maybe maurvaux coming on last 20 mins.

  • 20 jaw4life // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:06 PM


    Cracking team, exactly what I hope pardew plays. Hell probs start with.
    Ba, Ameobi

    Such a unbalanced team….but hey he gets paid the megabucks so he must know what he’s doing right??…….

  • 21 SwedishMagpie // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    have sunderland signed kranjar yet ?

  • 22 clinton // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:08 PM,,10267~2425761,00.html?

    “We have contacted the Premier League today to register our concern at public statements being made by Newcastle after they withdrew their interest.”

    ahahahhaha basically pardew “promised” charlton that wouldnt reveal the details of the bid, but knowing how he loves breaking the promises he makes, he spoke about the bid and thats pissed charlton off and they are gonna tell on pardew to the premier league

    best news here is that we made an offer of 100k which was a final offer for rob elliot and they REJECTED (THANK HEAVENS) …so we are making 100k bids now…im bad at my math but i know we have earned more than 42 m in transfers and we wre gonna spend that on players how many 100 k bids can we make hmmmmm…

  • 23 ToonAndy // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    daztoon – I think ur missing the fact that we don’t have a left back at the club at the monent mate lol … therefore anyone who plays there wont be a “left back”

  • 24 ichrisho // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    100K – what a cheap-skate – how insulting is that offer? Jaysus…

    Newcastle made a formal written bid of £100,000 for the 25-year-old custodian on Wednesday, which was immediately rejected by Charlton.

  • 25 Dannyo // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:10 PM


    Well, we’re buying players for more pace and better control of the game, we have the masterstroke in Cabaye, and
    pace/dribbling ability in Marveux/Gutti. Tiote has a major presence with his DM role and Barton is our badboy.
    Our flow relies on our midfield, we should use it to the fullest.

  • 26 GeordieMeerkat // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:11 PM


    By factoring in free transfers and using some fancy whizzamabobs and hi-tech googaws I can tell you the maximum number of £100k bids we can make is…


    But only if the players agree to work for tuppence a week and forego their daily jelly bean allowance.

  • 27 dmac // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Ssn is claiming that QPR have made a bid for danny simpson, so not only may we not have a left back we probably wont have a right one either.

  • 28 toonfan76 // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Think your lineup isn’t bad but I think if we put Tiote and Barton as a two to cover the weaknesses in the defence and push Cabaye forward into the hole, That way Tiote and Barton can break up the play and Barton has the creative brain to get the ball to Cabaye. This way we aid the defence and stay creative, I would probaly say change it up in the second half, switch Jonas back to the left an bring on Obertan for Marveux as he is supposedly not fully match fit, If we tell Obertan to hug the touchline he would be deadly on the break. Still think we can slaughter them if we play the right people at the right times and in the right places.

  • 29 ichrisho // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:14 PM




  • 30 ichrisho // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    And AMEOBI up front

  • 31 ichrisho // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    QPR in for Simpson – What is going on here?

  • 32 drongo // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    @ dmac They wouldnt…

    would they….?

    Perch at RB and Raylor at LB


  • 33 daztoon // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Not at all we wanted Smith as a forward before he went to manure.He has always been a forward never a midfielder in a million years.Why not give him a go,how many chances has Ameobi had,Ba looks average,Best the same,Lovenkrands lightweight and lost a yard.At least Smith would fight the cause

  • 34 GeordieCoaster // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    I wouldn’t worry about that QPR rumour. Since they got their new owner yesterday they have been linked with loads of players.

  • 35 dave 1961 // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    GeordieToon89 that’s a joke right you want to play a player that’s gone about 5 years without a goal some keeper’s have a better goal scoring record than smith, I would drop a hint to smith and not give him a squad number.

  • 36 drongo // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    @ daztoon – at the risk of ridicule – he did win an engalnd cap in the no9 shirt, and scored too if i remember. He was being bandied around as Shearers heir at the time…

    Beardo is still employed by the club, he could probably still do a job. I saw him on Masters Footy a while back and he scored a belter

  • 37 jaw4life // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    If we are able to play this team below at some time in October I will consider this window a great success.


    That team is a fixture of raw pace, skill, passing and defensive balance. We could cause some serious damage with this team….(in theory). Playing 4-1-3-1-1.

    This would be a new era, obviously Cissokho and Maiga are massive IF’s, but im still optimistic that we will get a decent replacement for Enrique and a new striker

  • 38 daztoon // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Yeah no left back who`s fault is that.But at least play a defender even out of position is better than a kid who is not fully fit and is more natural going forward.The defence is average as it is.

  • 39 toonfan76 // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Well I just hope the good news is after the match tomorrow, when we have 4 points on the board from our first two games.

  • 40 Venison // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    sick of people saying fergusons not a left back. He already stated last season that he now regards himself as a LEFT BACK see:

    Yes he was a winger and yes he is light weight but his speed and agression more than makes up for it. If it was Wenger in charge everybody would be raving about him. Look what happened with Ashley Cole and K. Gibbs – they were both weedy left wingers but wenger gave them a chance.

    Im sick of pardew saying hes only young as well- look at how wilshere is bossing midfields at international level! hes 19 and tiny. Ferguson has never ever put a foot wrong whilst playing at left back and im sure gutierez would give him a hand like he had to with r.taylor last week in 2nd half.

    p.s r.taylor is as useful as a plank of wood. awful at this level.

  • 41 drongo // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    @ jaw I agree, but I will eat my own bellend if it happens

  • 42 jaw4life // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    @ Drongo….haha I’ll hold you to that!
    But yh itll probs end up being Pieters and some other striker that is cheaper than Maiga….but still as long as the new striker has pace then it shud still be an exciting team

  • 43 daztoon // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    He indeed did and was seen as a replacement for shearer so why not give it ago play the Arfa`s,Maurvaux,Vuckic,Oberton`s off of him.Why play with wingers if we have one to attack the ball in the box

  • 44 dave 1961 // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    my big fear tomorrow Pardew’s going to singing don’t bring me down, I have had a S**t 24 hours physically, sometimes it does get worse.

  • 45 Obafan // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    I still don’t get it why ppl keep putting Barton in their starting lineup. He has got lots of chances and every time he has ruined them. And I know you need players who fight for the team, but Mr. Barton has done that in a bad way. And why is Pardew protecting him so much. Just because he is afraid of that guy.

    Simpson—-Taylor—-Collo (C)—–Raylor

    I have to say I was impressed with S. Taylor last week; I know I’ve had lots of negative comments about his positional play, but last week he was very good. I hope Raylor can protect his aea and we might get a win there, but it is going to be very difficult.

  • 46 Neil // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    I think the time has come for us to focus all of our attention towards the game tomorrow – It’s massive really. Lets try and forget all of the facts about Ashley, Lametw@t and Pardeux being jockeys of c0ck and concentrate on us getting a victory

    HAWAY THE LADS – I am finally getting the derby buzz. Work mate is a mackem and I just want to have the biggest grin coming to work on Monday.

  • 47 toonfan76 // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Not too worried about the Scum, Still think we have more than enough to beat them, I’m more concerned about us getting to Sept 1 and not having a LB or our promised Striker in place.

  • 48 daztoon // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Would have kept Tavernier and played him right back looks a far better defender than Simpson who is not really improving

  • 49 dmac // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Neil im confused and maybe the cat shit in your garden has fried your brain but im sure you used the word Mackem and mate in the same sentence!

    Only messing haha im with you on that front though, f the negativity and sing loudly for the boys.

  • 50 Neil // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    @Swedish earlier on. SAFC have not signed Krancjar and and broken face said they weren’t interested either.

  • 51 Dannyo // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    @toonfan76 #27

    Ye, you’re prob right, that would help even further.
    Lets hope Pards reads Eds blog + comments 😉
    If i see 4-4-2 again, i’ll be majorly dissapointed.
    A tactical genius together with Carrs scouting and assesments of player potential, we could seriously rock the PL and do some damage.
    I heard Wenger is on the verge of quitting? 😛

  • 52 toonfan76 // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Another thing I’ve got a line trial at Nissan on Tuesday so I’m gonna be surrounded by Mackems, I would really like to go there knowing that I support the winning team, Hopefully we can give them another thrashing like the one they got at our place last season.

  • 53 daztoon // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    A 100,000 bid take it or leave it offer for the Charlton keeper Elliott turned down straight away is this how we now bid for players.Its no wonder we never get our first choice targets

  • 54 daztoon // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    If you were the Manager and you were given 40 million to spend on the squad now who would you buy and why

  • 55 Dannyo // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:54 PM


    By lending Forster out, we prob reduce our wage bill by £600.000 a year. Celtic has the option to buy, which would further influx our stack of cash.
    Buy R. Elliott for £100.000, give him £300.000 a year wages.
    Money gained, or not used if u wanna be technical.
    Every bit counts, obviously.

  • 56 ulsterexile // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Well done Jak. interesting tho that the left back in this squad is Adam Reach from smoggies. We released him as a 16 yr old as it was thought he cud not head a ball!!!! If things wr different he cudve played this wkend

  • 57 GeordieToon89 // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Dave 1961 – what you talking about ive never even mentioned Smith in any of my posts :s ?

    My Team:

    Would prefer Best to Ameobi but Ameobi is a confirmed starter and seems to enjoy playing against Scum.!

  • 58 GeordieToon89 // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    see QPR want Simpson

  • 59 Andy // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Obafan it is because he was one of our best last year. I disagree with the off field shennanigans but on the pitch he is very much one of our most vocal leaders and one of our better players. Him along side cabaye and tiote would give most premierleague sides a run for their money. I think he has to start. But only at cm. Not sure who i want to start rw but cabaye tiote and barton cm. Jonas left shola up top. Rest picks it self i think. Obertan or marveaux? It is a bit of a toss up

  • 60 drongo // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    How tremendous would that be?!? I have really gone off arsene of late, but he is partial to the off young french boy and hates spending money…

    cuold be a match made in heaven!

  • 61 Andy // Aug 19, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    😆 i’m pretty sure wenger would work for free. Hates money that lad!

  • 62 thai-mag // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    charlton have rejected toons £100,000 bid for elliott, did I wake up today in another parralel universe this has stopped been funny, what the f**k is going on

  • 63 drongo // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    @ daztoon

    £40m I would put 15 on Sturridge, 7 on Pieters, 3 on Naylor, 6 on Huth, and id pull out a masterstroke and go for P Neville to cover both fullbacks and the DM position. 8 on martins Then take a punt on DJ Cambell

  • 64 ichrisho // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Marveaux will play LW tomorrow.

  • 65 Dannyo // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:02 PM


    Lol, i’ve been suggesting that for days 😛
    Wenger has been under an extremely heavy ammount of stress lately, and his position is quite similar to hours, except the fact that they’re a top 4 team.

    But Pards has a looong contract, and having payed out Hugton, Allardacy and KKs contracts, i don’t see it happening again.
    But if Wenger did leave Arsenal, my thought would be that MA would go for him, after all, it’s his model of football we’re pursuing is it not?

    Insane speculation, i know…but still 😛

  • 66 Dannyo // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:03 PM


    Guess-work, or did Pard tell u?

  • 67 Mystic Mikes' iron curtain // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    How much Rohypnol would I need to take, to knock me out ’til 8am tomorrow? Hypothetically speaking, of course……….

  • 68 drongo // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    @ dannyo – actually they wouldnt have to pay out Pards. That was one of the conditions – and why no decent manager accepted the job. He is apparently on a low basic (well low in football terms) but with quite lucrative bonuses based on points totals and league position. I did hear from quite a well connected source that he is also incentivised on profit made from player sell ons (not sales i.e., Nolan carrol etc) but on the increase in value on lpayers he coaches (Abied etc).

  • 69 Andy // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    for £40m i would get Cissokho £7m
    N. Taylor £3m?
    N. Clyne £4m?
    Sturridge £15m
    Dann £6-8m
    Situ £??
    Remy £?? (These guys on trial not sure if they’re out of contract)

  • 70 Neil // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Lets remember this!!

    Great viewing

  • 71 Neil // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    @ Andy Post 66. Which 40 million are you referring to exactly?? There’s nee 40m that’s gonna be spent in our pot matey!!

    I’m still surprised people aren’t talking more about the actual match – Can we all realise that we aren’t gonna sign anyone before on including this weekend???

  • 72 Dannyo // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:12 PM


    Ah, i see, once again some shrewed business by MA.
    On the incentivised part for sell ons, what do u mean exactly, i’m not sure i understand that part.
    Is it some kind of clause he puts in players contracts or?

  • 73 daztoon // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    So we are now a feeder club develop then sell for profit what do we toon supporters get out of this

  • 74 ichrisho // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    @Dannyo – Just got a text from AP.

  • 75 Mystic Mikes' iron curtain // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Cheers for the feedback lads, just gonna neck the bottle……..

  • 76 Andy // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Neil look a bit further up the page .. it was a hypothetical question. Also we can’t register them anyways now can we ?

  • 77 Andy // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    nufcfans NUFCfans
    Egyptian U-20 striker Mohamed Salah says #NUFC want to sign him on a season long loan from Arab Contractors SC (Ahram Online). #NUFC #fb

    Eh *scratches head* this was confuses me somewhat!

  • 78 Andy // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    nufcfans NUFCfans
    Salah – “Newcastle will make an official offer to sign me for one season. It’s a dream for any player to play in Premier League.” #NUFC #fb

  • 79 Dannyo // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:30 PM


    I saw that too. Has had 21 App, with 4 goals, 19 years old. Sounds a bit odd…
    A player looking to make a name?

  • 80 Dannyo // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:31 PM


    The english answer for Udinese hopefully 😛

  • 81 Neil // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    @Andy – I realise it’s hypothetical mate but I don’t think it does us any good does it?

    Like surely we should just be concentrating on the game tomorrow not our fantasy NUFC teams!! It’s probably just gonna wind you up just thinking how we could spend some cash which we all know the club could spend if they wanted to!

    To Everyone – Prediction for HT then FT with scorers. I’m going 2-1 to NUFC with it being 1-0 to us at HT. Barton & then Capt. Fantastico in front of our fans. I think Gyan for them with a lucky one in off his shin.

  • 82 Toonboy_83 // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    who on earth is Salah??

  • 83 Andy // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    dannyo i googled him and couldn’t even find him :S haha. Strange one! Also i wish people would stop wanting us to be like udinese building the players and selling them. Napoli should be the example! They do all the great scouting like udinese but keep their players. Saying that if we could replace the quality with quality who is complaining

  • 84 Geordie-Jake // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:35 PM apparently we’re after muntari 😛

  • 85 Andy // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    @Neil fair point haha. Also i never predict derbys. I hate them i’m nervous all game on the edge of my seat biting finger nails. I am a nightmare at those games!

  • 86 ichrisho // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    @ Neil – I say 2-0 to Mackems @ HT and 2-2 FT with Barton sneaking a dodgy long-ranger over the line in the 85 min to level it with Marveaux getting an early 1 back for us!!!

  • 87 Toonboy_83 // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Honestly, tomorrow I think we’ll lose… First time in my life I’ve ever predicted a loss I think it’ll be 3 – 1 to Sunderland, I reckon 2 goals will come from the left hand side.

  • 88 Andy // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    there is the link

  • 89 Supaaafly // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    We get the opportunity to support a magnificent Premier League team. Nay, a team. Period. Yes Ashley can be a twat and his public relations team is probably looking as strong as our options at left back. But were it not for him and the £300 odd million he’s put into our club then, if we were lucky, Sky Sports may be heralding our return to League football ala Wimbledon.
    Why everyone is so negative is beyond me?! Which other Premier League club are you comparing us to? The only other club outside the top 5 who is spending big is Sunderland and when they declare themselves bankrupt, everyone on here will be the first to point and laugh.

  • 90 GeordieCoaster // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    The same twitter page says we have upped the big for Maiga to £9.5m

  • 91 Geordie-Jake // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:37 PM,,11678_7112245,00.html bid rejected for elliot

  • 92 JackButler // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    1-3 tomorrow lads,no matter how bad things get we’ll always beat them

  • 93 ichrisho // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    @toonboy83 – Really mate? 🙁

  • 94 Dannyo // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:39 PM


    Found him on
    When it comes to Udinese, well ofc, there’s a balance for everything. But there’s a sense to what they’re doing aswell.
    Should do something in the middle there, which may be something we’re aiming for.

    All the MA way of doing business aside;
    It takes time to build something like that. allot of time, obviosly, with all the trials and all the top youngsters coming in and actually performing, we’re underway there.
    But i’d say the year in Championship set us back.
    I have faith in the system, but i’m reluctant to think about wether it’ll work under MA or not.
    Time will tell, as always.

  • 95 piers18 // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Anyone watch the Arsenal/Udinese game… about pablo armero for lbb?

  • 96 daztoon // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Ht 1-0 makems
    FT 2-0 We will control midfield but average defence and below average forwards will let us down

  • 97 ichrisho // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Jak Alnwick hasnt been mentioned in a while… 🙂

  • 98 ichrisho // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    @ daztoon – Come on lads… you cant be thinking this seriously…

  • 99 JackButler // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    How any of you can bet against our own team is beyond me especially when it’s against Sunderland

  • 100 Andy // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    piers18 i don’t know whether he’d come. He is at a good side probably better than us who are in europe. Same could be said for cissokho but he wants to go and the club don’t want him there either

    @Dannyo it is an interesting experiment i think. Who knows whether it’ll work. We’ll only be able to tell 2 or 3 years down the line when the young players that have been scouted start coming through the ranks.

  • 101 Toonboy_83 // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    If we do lose, I can imagine the backlash. I hope it’ll be the last nail in the coffin for Fat ash and Puppet Pardew.

  • 102 Geordie-Jake // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    i’m scared 4 tomoro however the mackems always seem to perform sh’te against us so we shall wait and see

  • 103 ichrisho // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    @Jack – Agreed dude.

  • 104 ichrisho // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    That second goal that Shola smashed in at St. James last year was soooo good to watch again… starting to get nervous now…

  • 105 Toonboy_83 // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    JackButler – years of optimism and hope has worn me out.

  • 106 mattnufc // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Not too optimistic without Nolan, good strikers or a Lb, 1-0 HT, 1-1 FT

  • 107 Toon1978 // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Why the hell bring in a player on loan with no experience in the English leagues and send out Phil Airey on loan? The club stinks of greed. Get a loan player in on the cheap, that’ll keep them happy. Ashley’s motto.

  • 108 Andy // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    if we lose i’m hiding from this blog for a while as it’ll be unbearable. If we win 4 points from first 2 games would be a great start. Be happy enough with a draw

  • 109 Dannyo // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:48 PM


    I’m still adamant that players like Vuckic, Abeid and Tavernier could do the job today and should be a part of the lineup that Pards is choosing from.
    I partly get why Tavernier is going on loan, seeing as we have Raylor and Simpson covering that position.
    But who knows, maybe we’ll need to rely on youngsters quicker than we thought, and i doubt they’d let us down tbh. So many of them show PL potential, how big it is tho, only time will show.
    Some of those youngsters are already more than subs imo, atleast two of them. They need the confidence through a run of games, rather than stuff em in here and there.

  • 110 JackButler // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    No matter who owns the club, who the manager is or even who is wearing the shirt, this is our club, our team and everyone should get behind them.
    Owners, managers and players all come and go but we are the only constant and as I said, no matter who bad things get, you never bet against our team

  • 111 Andy // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Well scunthorpe away on thursday night. The younguns will get a run out there. Will be interesting to see how they do

  • 112 daztoon // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    No confidence in Pardew.Its the first time i`ve ever i have felt uneasy going into a derby game

  • 113 Dannyo // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:52 PM


    You do realize that Airey and partly Sammy, are the only recognized reserve team strikers we have?
    The Egyptian had an excellent U-20 Word Cup and showed some great ability according to the article.
    Why not take him on a years loan to see if he has genuine potential. Prob costs the dust in your pockets aswell.
    Makes all the sense in the world.

  • 114 ichrisho // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Jonas or Barton Right Wing?
    Marveaux or Obertan Left Wing?

    I am worried anout that Seb Larrsson fella… he might do well tomorrow.. I think if we sic Fergie on him – we might keep him quiet.

  • 115 ichrisho // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    @108 – Fair enough dude but we shouldnt think that we are going to be beaten… we might lose through some twist of faith bar that – I think we are right for a draw.. at least Barton and Collo are still here and they will battle till the very end…

  • 116 Dannyo // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:53 PM


    Well put, and agree 100%, tomorrow I’ll support my team to the fullest and I’ll shout like we’ve already won the match. The players depend on it, and maybe, especially Shola. He’s got quite the rep on him with the mackems 😛

  • 117 Andy // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    jonas left or right. Marveaux or obertan right or left. I can’t make a call as i don’t know how fit marveaux is but please pardew please do not put barton rm. We effectively lose a player when we do this

  • 118 Dannyo // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:55 PM


    Marveux LW, Gutti RW, at half time, put Gutti over to LW and Obertan does RW, and we continue to pressure the flanks.

  • 119 ichrisho // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Right off to get sick and then have a few beers and repeat the process… HWTL!!!!!!!!!

  • 120 Supaaafly // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Teams for tomorrow’s game. Obartan to start upfront with Shola.

  • 121 Neil // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    C’mon boys. Some of us seem really negative about tomorrow and the unwashed are no great shakes you know. I know all about us not having a left back and guess what – I know we don’t have a number 9 but what we do have are some players that know how big this game is and we’ll also have a magnificent support going down. I hope none of the people predicting defeat are in the Stadium of Lego tomorrow. We MUST get behind the lads tomorrow for the 90 odd mins they’ll be playing.

    I’ll love it if we beat them……………LOVE IT!
    My lass will get the best 40 seconds of her life if we win tomorrow!!!!! LOL

  • 122 ichrisho // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    @Dannyo – I am going to text AP and tell him youre taking charge of the game tomorrow… dont worry tomorrow – just keeping smiling at him … he’ll be fine 🙂

  • 123 JackButler // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:58 PM


    Simmo – Saylor – Colo – Raylor


    Obertan – Barton – Cabaye – Jonas


    with Barton and Cabaye helping to pick up the defensive duties with Tiote.

  • 124 Dannyo // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:58 PM


    Lol, me and every other supporter out there 😛

  • 125 Andy // Aug 19, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Neil don’t get me wrong i think everyone is behind the lads! I can’t wait! Also 40 seconds!! She’s a lucky bugger! 😆 also the guardian team sheets aren’t always spot on. Obertan will eventually play up top for us i think but hope he starts rw

  • 126 mattnufc // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Gosling Barton Cabaye Jonas

    Got to start Jonas on the left as he covers Raylor well. Cabaye to support Shola.
    Gone with Gosling on the right, he played well there in his cameo this game last season.
    Bring on Obertan, Best and hopefully Marvo at some point.

  • 127 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:01 PM


    Finally, someone lists Gosling in a starting XI!

    He was immense in pre season!

    Far better than Barton

  • 128 Dannyo // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:01 PM


    Now thats a set-up that makes atleast some sense.

  • 129 ToonDownSouth // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Love this fact –

    Yohan Cabaye made more tackles than any other player in the division during the opening round of matches

    Get stuck in!

  • 130 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Vuckic called up for Slovenia U21 squad

  • 131 Andy // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    • Yohan Cabaye made more tackles than any other player in the division during the opening round of matches

    Did anyone else realise that? Just a point for those saying he was totally ineffective

  • 132 ToonDownSouth // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Hopefully we’ll get an early goal, then bring on Gosling & Guthrie and play keep ball for 90 minutes (;

  • 133 ToonDownSouth // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:03 PM


    Beat ya to it there (;

  • 134 JackButler // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Would love to see Vukic come on at some point, the lad is good enough now also Abeid looked very good preseason

  • 135 Dannyo // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:03 PM


    I’ve got a good feeling with Obertan up top tbh, he should’ve replaced Shola up top in the Arsenal match, now that speed would make any defense nervous.

  • 136 alex84 // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Obertan up top for me…gosling needs to at least get on, wasted otherwise.

    thats great about Cabaye couldnt have been that much off the pace.

  • 137 Andy // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    TDS i know! haha curse my slow reading. Also i don’t mind obertan up top but i hate barton on the right. He doesn’t do enough for me there. Probably be like that first 10 then pardew will realise his mistake

  • 138 dmac // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    I thought Cabaye was one of our better players he just looked a bit tired and he admitted himself he is working on his fitness. I really think he will be top class.

    Id play Obertan up top also just as he has blistering pace and id replace that when we have signed the striker (IF) and put him back on wing.

  • 139 niafron // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Bonjour messieurs.





    Did he read the comments?

  • 140 Toonboy_83 // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Neil, are you Ed’s son?

  • 141 drongo // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    @ dannyo 69 On the sell ons I mean if he buys a player for 5 million, and sells him for 8 he is judged to have increased that players value by 3m and is incentivised on that.
    Thats something different to selling off players he inherited (Caroll, Nolan, JE etc) as he cant justifiably claim to have been the one responsible for increasing their value.

  • 142 daztoon // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Who wouldn`t look good against a bunch of amature yanks,darlo and leeds.oh sorry Ameobi,Ba,Lovenkrands,Best,Foster

  • 143 ToonDownSouth // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:12 PM


    To be honest, I watched the game online and was far too busy worrying about the outcome if Arsenal actually managed to get a shot on target!

    But in hindsight, that’s probably how we had so much possession. 1st half was 40-60 and the second half we had more! I didn’t understand how, but Tiote & Cabaye are pretty much a wall.

    Cabaye reminds me of Mascherano… He’s tiny but so so aggressive!

  • 144 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:12 PM


    Nah mate, one of the stats on that link is we always conceed in the 90th minute!

    So change your theory to 2-0!

  • 145 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:13 PM


    Also: Perch + Smith

  • 146 Dannyo // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:14 PM


    Ahhh, like that. Got ya.

  • 147 Andy // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    mascherano with a bit more attacking flair. Masch is a quality little player. Little man syndrome sufferer probably? He is better cb than cm though! Also on tiote and cabaye having a wall. It is a great thing to have as it makes us much more difficult to break down and get through. Arsenal struggled to do this as a result of these 2 guys. I can only remember RVP getting on the end of 2 through balls and he was matched by s.taylor both times

  • 148 ToonDownSouth // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:17 PM


    I saw hahah, but I always think stats like that are ridiculous. At St James’ we just felt sorry for them (and also really wanted to cheer patronisingly).

    Personally I prefer
    • Sunderland have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their past 22 meetings with Newcastle in all competitions

    O’Shea is out, which is a shame, as it’s a pleasure to watch Jonas turn him inside out every single time!

  • 149 dmac // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    @ Andy until he was clean through you mean and he messed up trying to get it on his left ? and Saylor rugby tackled him from behind to clear it haha

  • 150 Andy // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    dmac it was robust from taylor haha. No penalty!

  • 151 ToonDownSouth // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Yea Andy, Pardew’s done well with Saylor. I remember him saying he’d made Saylor lose a lot of weight he’d put on.

    His reactions & acceleration were top notch against three players as fast as RVP, Walcott & Gervinho’s forehead.

  • 152 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Charlton are reporting us to the EPL

  • 153 geoff777 // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    I always think we’re going to win.

    Keep the Faith lads.

    Even if we’re 4-0 down we can still beat the sad Mackem b@stards.


    I’m predicting a win by NUFC by one goal … so a real edge of the seats @rse twitching, nail biter.

    Hope “Pardew the Promise Breaker” plays 4-5-1.

  • 154 BoyNUFC // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Hi lads, I read the Blog daily but don’t post very often. Seems like a few people don’t really fancy us or a win tomorrow. I must admit that I had mixed feelings about tomorrow’s game until I spoke with my mates last night. I have quite a lot of friends who support both NUFC and Scumberland and having spoken to a lot of them the SAFC supporters seem even more nervous than we are. They honestly think that the pressure is on them being at home and think that our new signings can cause them some damage. Just thought I’d share that because it has totally changed my view and I feel a lot happier knowing that they’re feeling it just as much as we are. HWTL!!!

  • 155 niafron // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    It will be hard to win.

    The team is far from being ready.

  • 156 Neil // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    toonboy – I don’t get the “Ed’s son” jibe – Can you explain?

  • 157 Andy // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Neil i don’t think it was a jibe mate. Ed’s son is called neil and he has ran the site from time to time when ed has been unwell

  • 158 dmac // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    @ Neil I dont get it either lol unless he was just genuinely enquiring

  • 159 ToonDownSouth // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:25 PM


    Sunderland are in the same position as us though. New signings who haven’t played yet. But they also have a load out injured.

    And don’t forget that we are better (;

  • 160 geoff777 // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:28 PM


    They’ll be ready tomorrow, Tiote will be sharper, with Cabaye he’ll boss mid-field.

    We kept a clean sheet against Arsenal, the unwashed should be no problem at all.

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • 161 niafron // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:30 PM


    But NUFC’s preseason was a nightmare. Mainly a wast of time.

    Except maybe in Darlington, Cabaye and Tiote have never played together before las game…

    So the team need to work.

  • 162 dave 1961 // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    GeordieToon89 @ 54 then except my sincerer apology then.

  • 163 Richy_c90 // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Cattermole did an interview about admiring Barton n that, then at the end he comments about the game…
    “if we can come out on top then it will be brilliant.”

    they are hardly brimming with confidence, and (boyNUFC) he mentioned also that they feel theyre under pressure as of last seasons results.

    If we had a left back, I feel everyone would be feeling more confident, but I think Raylor did very well considering, and that was against a lot tougher opposition than tomorrow i reckon.

    Obertan to start, quick feet and blistering pace.

  • 164 drongo // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Well apparently the earth is going to be destroyed by Comet Elenin on October 15th anyway so we may as well enjoy whats left.

    Starting with tomorrow

  • 165 ToonDownSouth // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:37 PM


    The schedule didn’t go well, but you’ve got to remember that pre-season is more than just the games we see.

    It’s also 4 weeks of heavy heavy training regimes. And I trust Carver (& Beardo with our reserves & Cabaye).

    Cabaye made more tackles than any other player in the league last weekend. And he can only get sharper. Granted, Tiote wasn’t the sharpest!

  • 166 toonfan76 // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Think Dannyo has got it spot on with the winger tactics, Obertan could destroy there defence in the second half with their legs getting tired. Still think we’ll beat them!

  • 167 Neil // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Thanks Andy for explaining that one. I think you can tell by my response that I am not!!

  • 168 drongo // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    @ Neil – what happened with the catnip? have you got herds of strung out cats ringing your doorbell now?

  • 169 gorskino10 // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:43 PM


    Only problem i have with Gabby is his record doesnt really show someone who scores from the Wing like NZogbia etc… or Wingers who assists like Marvin Martin (Over 15 Assists)
    He doesnt really do either, and in that game he looked sharp but did fade in the game. Looks defo promising but atm in not sure if he works best as a AMC/2ndST or a Winger, Good squad player but would of preferred we pay good money and buy a better winger like NZog or Martin etc…

  • 170 Neil // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    drongo – I ain’t put it down yet as the neighbour who I want to inflict the cats with has been in each day I’ve went to do it. He deserves everything he gets mind once I do sort it out – He doesn’t even like football. What a nonce!

  • 171 dave 1961 // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Supaaafly @86 your looking at alternative history made up by Llambias when ashley purchased the club our debts were £79m and £50m of that was the mortgage for the stadium expansion, I would agree under shepherd we were on the slide but half our debt was created by Ashley himself do you not remember the statement that he had made terrible decisions and lost all his money, lets face it now our two biggest immovable objects were purchased by ashley in smith and Xisco. he has done many good things in his time but Llambias caused too much division with the fans. a left back and a forward and he would have scored points with most fans. you have never been able to run any business by alienating your customers.

  • 172 niafron // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    But the team can’t create an efficient team play in one week.

    So, for me, it will be a tough battle with difficulty for NUFC to hold the ball.

    Wich mean both the team can win with some luck. In such balanced game, GK and striker are utterly decisive.

    Krull is a good GK, but for the striker…

  • 173 BoyNUFC // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Obertan has to start wide right for me. The unwashed are playing a natural winger in Richardson at left back and he’s really not rated at all in that position by their supporters. With Obertan’s pace he could cause havoc. Really hope Pardew has thought about this but I feel he’ll revert back to the 4-4-2. Even though I’m sure he said that pre-season he wanted the whole club from academy through reserves up to the first team to play the 4-5-1 formation.

  • 174 Scottishmag1 // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    QPR Preparing a Bid for Danny simpson

  • 175 P.I. // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:50 PM


    I agree with the comments about Obertan. i think you get what you pay for (to a certain extent) and Obertan might look fancy on the ball but he’s very raw.
    N’Zobia was 3 times more expensive but i reckon he’ll score 3 times more goals than Obertan this season.
    Obertan get 3-4 (at a push) then I deffo reckon the zog will get 9
    However, there are excepetions to the rule (look at Tiote) i just think when buying players who have been in the division for a few years and proved their ability then you should be prepared to have to shell out. It seems that we are far happier to take a big gamble for the cheap player rather than guaranteed ability.
    Ashley is looking to unearth Tiote’s from all over the place, pay next to nothing for them but look to sell them on for big fees.
    Tiote plays as well this season as he did last year and there’s no doubt in my mind as soon as a big bucks offer comes in he’ll be told hes not wanted….

    And that is why for all Mike Ashley has helped stabilise the club on a far more steady business footing, hes in not a football club chariman. he’s a fish out of water and needs to go. Ashley out im afraid…

  • 176 Dannyo // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    I just realized, if we sign the two trialists, which we are trying to do according to Pardews interview today, quote:
    “I can only reassure people that not only have we tried to secure players but we are trying to secure two players we have in the building.”
    Cabaye, Abeid, Ba, Marveux, Obertan, (Situ, Remy), that’ll take the tally to 7 players, plus the LB and Striker (i hope).
    3 of them are “for the future ofc”, but at 18-19 years old, the future isn’t that far away…

  • 177 niafron // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:50 PM


    In fact, Obertan’s record don’t show anything… Better didn’t relying on statistics in his case!

  • 178 niafron // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Well, buying Obertan was a risk, we all know that. But considering the price, it was a good one i think.

  • 179 P.I. // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:55 PM


    Yes. I agree that it was a minimalised risk.
    However, after hearing that we bid £100,000 for Elliot (which to me is a complete insult) then paying £3m for a player will have been a huge investment for Mike Ashley and he probably fussed about it far more than we ever know.

  • 180 Mystic Mikes' iron curtain // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Man for man in midfield, we are better than them in each case. Simple, we will win, they’ll hardly have a sniff.

  • 181 Dannyo // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:55 PM


    Right you are, and i won’t disagree.
    However, i see the point with him lacking confidence, it’s a make or break for many players, and other players are always good and steady performer.
    He’s a young lad, which came into one of the biggest clubs in the world (to be fair).
    That in itself entails allot of pressure for the lad, quoted as being the next Thierry Henry and all…
    Putting him on the field and have the supporters behind him will give him confidence, and then we’ll see his potential.
    The lad has pace, which in itself is good enough to make the opposing teams defense nervous and make mistakes, that’s when we’ll need a goalscorer to capitalise.
    But i agree, he’s raw indeed, lets hope he’s a raw gem tho and not a raw rock.

  • 182 Tramp // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Forget your Obertoons and Marvelous’ lads…

    Goala Ameobi!

    Enough said.

    Buzzing for tomorrow! 🙂

    Mon the Toon!

  • 183 dave 1961 // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Dannyo on that basis we dumped six of our kids that did not make it, these kids are promising but you have to protect them, they are Ashley player stock for next years sale.

  • 184 Richy_c90 // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Did anyone else notice the lack of Obertan’s tracking back, like he just gave up, sort of reminds me of a certain French man who we used to have, who if memory serves me right through his whole kit into the crowd on the last day of the season as he was leaving, and ran off the pitch in his y fronts

  • 185 P.I. // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:58 PM


    Raw Rock? Much like Ranger has been then?

  • 186 BoyNUFC // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    I know we’re all clamouring for a striker and a new left back and I am firmly in the camp that wants them sorted (and quickly) but it is quite clever what the backroom team has done so far with the transfers. By targeting the French league they have been able to offer increased wage packages to all players without having to break the bank and also give them the chance to play in a better league without paying over the odds in transfer fees. Wouldn’t surprise me if next year Carr will target a different league which offers the same kind of deal as the French league has this year and bring in a group of players all from the same country. Dutch or German possibly?

  • 187 drongo // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    @ PI – the 100k for Elliot will simply have been to flip him and move on. Bit like playing roulette trying to off set some of your bigger risks by putting some big chips on 2:1 s
    If they got him, he would play in the reserves and maybe get a coulpe of PL appearences, in which case they could sell him for 500-750k next summer.
    That one was purely a punt to turn over smoe money

  • 188 dave 1961 // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    I have just had an awful email for nissan for a juke kuro and the sales pitch is and I did not make this up ” it plays on the dark-side”

  • 189 GeordieTwo // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    I find Pardew’s comments increasingly bizarre. This is going from bad to worse. Insulting bid of 100K to a league one club for Elliot? Bring in 2 trialists and hint that they are signings? Claim other clubs are to blame for us not being able to bring in a left back? These are the sounds of desperation. The owner has clearly lost his mind and left his supposed manager floundering for excuses. How pathetic. We are once again a laughing stock.

  • 190 P.I. // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    @180 Richy_c90

    As the late great Bobby Robson would say… “Lauren Bacall”

  • 191 niafron // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    If Obertan can improve, an offensive miedfield with HBA, Marveaux and Obertan (and Cabaye behind them) would be one of the most technical in the prem.

    If Pardew put such a team in motion, no more songs at the stadium.

    Just sit comfortably and enjoy the show!

  • 192 kevymartins // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Dont judge obertoon by him coming on as a sub against arsenal JESUS . ….didnt we sign him like 2 days befor that match??

    I will judge him when he gets a start and is settled in

  • 193 Richy_c90 // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    P.I – yes exactly!

    I was a young lad then, so kinnda took that for granted, wish I had more memories of those days

  • 194 P.I. // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:05 PM


    Probably hit the nail on the head with that theory over Elliiot mate.. Now read it back. Does that not make you feel sick inside? It does with me. Gambling like it were a poker game with players careers and lives. This 100,000K isnt on a coloured piece of a routlette board, it’s a human being. He’s got a family, the club Charlton are massively affected.
    Chucking cash about at random players like it’s a roll of a dice is a disgrace.
    Atleast with Man City their players purchases are enough to reimburse the clunb theyve left and set the player up for life.
    With us we just want to find loop holes and crap on the small clubs. Ashley is a business bully. he makes me sick.

  • 195 Dannyo // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:05 PM


    Hehe, you could say that.
    That story saddens me btw, the lad has enormous potential, and seems to score goals for fun for the reserves.
    I don’t get why he cannot get his head around in what excellent position he is in.
    Frustrating as hell.

  • 196 P.I. // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:07 PM


    Well im happy to say Richie that i was in my early 20s in the Sir Bob years and it was a joy to behold.
    One of the funnies things ive ever heard was Shola saying he gets called Carl Cort.
    What a true legend the man was. Sorely missed!

  • 197 Mystic Mikes' iron curtain // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    These adverts are really pissing me off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 198 Scottishmag1 // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Tomorrows score

    Scumberland 2 – Newcastle 3 (Strolla 2, Barton 1)

  • 199 dave 1961 // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    when oberton joined I was shocked as all the clips of him made him look like a clown, but you-tube have never been a good scout and we need to give these new players half a season to reach there peak, although we obviously still need a decent start, but I will judge when they have had a chance to shine. that’s my last word as I need to lay down for a while.

  • 200 Hugh Jorgan // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Christ knows what Daffy and his unwashed cohorts make of the pessimism on the blog.
    They must behaving a good old laugh at our expense.

  • 201 GeordieToon89 // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    if the Muntari article is true then i can only assume Tiote is away

  • 202 P.I. // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:13 PM


    Far worse the story of gazza mate, Ranger strikes me of the same mentality. Completely takes for granted what hes got and nobody can bring it to his attention.
    He might score goals for fun for the reserves but so did Michael Chopra. there’s been loads of players over the years who’ve looked amazing but cant step up to the higher grade.
    I used to really rate Darren huckerby but KK sold him to bring in a few quid and didnt think he was good enough.

    there was a young lad played in the reserves maybe 3-4 years ago. He used to totally bang them in. Quite little, Chopra-esque but he would notch every game. He ended up going to a league 1 club and he might still be there…

    Tasty reserve players dont always make the grade.

  • 203 Richy_c90 // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Haha yeah, I came across if the other day;

    Reporter to Newcastle’s Shola Ameobi: ‘Do you have a nickname?’

    Ameobi: ‘No, not really’

    Reporter: ‘What do the? lads call you?’

    Ameobi: ‘Shola’

    Reporter: ‘So what does Bobby Robson call you?’

    Ameobi: ‘Carl Cort.’

  • 204 niafron // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    The french lad of the day: Ally cissokko.

    Statement of Lyon’s coach yesterday:

    “La situation est un peu compliquée pour Aly parce qu’il faisait partie des joueurs pour qui la porte était ouverte à certaines conditions financières. Mais aujourd’hui, ces conditions ne sont pas respectées par les clubs qui s’intéressent à Aly. Mais Aly le sait, la porte ne s’est pas refermée. »

    I translate myself (tired from google…)

    “The situation is a bit complicated for Aly cause he was amongst players for whom door was open at some financials conditions.
    But today, those conditions are not respected by the clubs who are interested in Aly.
    But Aly know it, the door is not closed.”

  • 205 Dannyo // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:17 PM


    Aye, but i can’t help think if Ranger had a better work ethic, he could make the step up.
    Also, Airey reminds me a bit of Chopra aswell. Scores a bunch of goals, but a bit “meh”.
    We could use a good striker prospect, aside of Ranger, i don’t see any atm. Not in U-18 either.

  • 206 GeordieTwo // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    “I can only reassure people that not only have we tried to secure players but we are trying to secure two players we have in the building. That process is very, very important as well.
    “We’re trying to make sure this club is stronger than it was last year. As it stands, when we started the season, I’d say we’re not at that position yet. But hopefully we will be. I don’t think I need to nudge Mike any more – I’ve nudged him enough.
    “Of course everybody knows we need a left-back and it is being made difficult not by us but by other clubs. We have to get over that. We have to make sure we reach an agreement with the other club which is right for them and right for us.
    What do any of these statements by Pardew actually mean? Let me translate:1. We have brought in a couple of young trialists. Who knows how that will turn out
    2.We’re weaker than we were last season. I have begged Ashley for reasonable transfer funds but he has refused.
    3. Other clubs are being mean to us. They have refused our derisory offers for their good players and Ashley won’t release enough funds to change that.
    Sound about right?

  • 207 dave 1961 // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    my throats swelling and can hardly breath, what a day for it to happen stuff the hospitals I’m not missing the game, I’m just going to have to chance it & hope a rest keeps it at bay, surly this must be my share of bad luck for the week end.

  • 208 Scottishmag1 // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Pardews interview, “we have tried to recreate the conditions the new players can expect on Saturday” what, a 100 Scumberland fans watching them training!!!

  • 209 P.I. // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:21 PM


    SPOT ON Sunshine

  • 210 pizzicatochan // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    For Situ and Remy, I am sure we could throw them into first team action right away. They are the signings we want for the 5-year project, which would mean Coloccini’s days are counting now. Why? Situ’s a French U19 captain and he could also do the same for us in 5 years.

    Now, we have a few capable young lads. We got the young Desailly and the young Henry from Obertan. Fergie can play in the LB so we need nowt. Would the fans have anything to say now?

    Sorry, I have borrowed Ashley’s mind.

    And the real story is…

    We really gotta survive this year. Youth signings are good and I like them, but it’s getting to the point that I also can’t take it.

  • 211 daztoon // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Hit the nail on the head

  • 212 P.I. // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    @dave 1961
    Can totally understand mate. I had to go to the walk in centre this morning andhave been given a weeks supply of anti-biotics. Strict instructions not to drink on them.

    i might be able to get out to watch the match if i feel up to it, but the shine will be taken off somewhat without my good friend Al Cohol

  • 213 Andy // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    P.i. I think you may be talking about a guy called calvin zola or something like that?

  • 214 P.I. // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Listening to some John Lennon at work here like…What a guy!
    Born the same year he was shot. Disgrace!

  • 215 niafron // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Cissokho and Lyon’s fans:

    First, the fans laugh at him

    “Arles Avignon want to recruit you!” (the worst team of the L1 last year…)

    Then, Cissokho come to talk to them.

    A fan:” Can i question your performances on the pitch?”

    Cissokho:”And your mother? I question her performances?”

    I don’t translate you what follow…

  • 216 P.I. // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:27 PM


    Nar nar kid. Calvin Zola Macongo was alright but not as prolific as this fella.
    He was a young lad, short dark hair, a honky (haha)

    Michael Owen type player and ended up dropping down a couple of divisions.

  • 217 P.I. // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:28 PM


    Ahh a bit of a jack the lad is he? Sign him up!

  • 218 Toon1978 // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Come to the conclusion that we get more info from the Bilderberg group then what we get from NUFC or ASHLEY is part of the Bilderberg group hahahaha.

  • 219 Dannyo // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:31 PM


    We still have Zamblera do we not? How’s he doin now?
    Italian youngster we signed up i think.

  • 220 niafron // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    A bit of Jack? What does it mean?

  • 221 P.I. // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Angry social commentry. Still relevant today;

    As soon as your born they make you feel small,
    By giving you no time instead of it all,
    ‘Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all,

    A working class hero is something to be,
    A working class hero is something to be.

    They hurt you at home and they hit you at school,
    They hate you if you’re clever and they despise a fool,
    Till you’re so f*cking crazy you can’t follow their rules,

    A working class hero is something to be,
    A working class hero is something to be.

    When they’ve tortured and scared you for twenty odd years,
    Then they expect you to pick a career,
    When you can’t really function you’re so full of fear,

    A working class hero is something to be,
    A working class hero is something to be.

    Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV,
    And you think you’re so clever and classless and free,
    But you’re still fucking peasents as far as I can see,

    A working class hero is something to be,
    A working class hero is something to be.

    There’s room at the top they are telling you still,
    But first you must learn how to smile as you kill,
    If you want to be like the folks on the hill,

    A working class hero is something to be.
    A working class hero is something to be.

    If you want to be a hero well just follow me,
    If you want to be a hero well just follow me.

  • 222 Selbymag // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    P.I do you mean Paul Brayson?? Now playing for Harrogate Town after being realeased by York City

  • 223 Andy // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    like a bit full of himself. A bit of a player a joker

  • 224 P.I. // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:34 PM


    yes. I read about him the other day after not having hears from him since he signed about 3 years ago. Clearly hasnt come through the ranks as they hoped.

    Also, anyone know what the score is with Tamas Kadar? Am I right in thinking he hasnt been given a first team squad number?

  • 225 P.I. // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Jack-the-lad, just someone who is infatuated with themselves.

  • 226 P.I. // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:36 PM


    After Paul Brayson mate. think his surname had three letters. But not Bradley Orr.

  • 227 Toon1978 // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    We would get more info off Rockefeller then what we do off Ashley if he owned the club lol. Would silence the conspiracy theories around the club anyway hahaha.

  • 228 GeordieTwo // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    “In advance of our match against Scunthorpe, it is very disappointing that Alan Pardew has decided to make public an offer for Robbie Elliot despite assurances to the contrary that wouldn’t happen from his club officials.
    “Newcastle made a written offer of £100,000 for Robbie on Wednesday, and made it clear that it was their final and best offer.
    “The offer was rejected within minutes, and Newcastle then confirmed they no longer had an interest in the player. We have contacted the Premier League to register our concern at public statements being made by Newcastle after they withdrew their interest.”
    Another quote, this time from Charlton Athletic’s Steven Kavanagh. This is how we treat other clubs and their players. This is Ashley’s attitude to other people. I’m sure Llambias has his sticky fingers in there as well. Can imagine Sir Bobby rolling over in his grave. Disgraceful. This is the attitude of a bully pure and simple.

  • 229 kevymartins // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    EDD these add’s are driving me crazy

    1 of the best young guns at the club has to be lualua

  • 230 P.I. // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    I would like our owner to be called;

    “Rembrandt Q. Einstein”

    (Little Simpsons reference there for ya)

  • 231 Andy // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    if this picture doesn’t make you love shola i don’t know what will! haha

  • 232 Dannyo // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:40 PM


    No squad number for him, he’s been more injured than he’s played. He has to earn an extension this year by playing well with minimal injuries or he’s out.
    Fair enough i say.

  • 233 GeordieCoaster // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    @kevymartins Did you get the poker one? That ad came up twice and the woman is so annoying

  • 234 P.I. // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    There were tears of joy in the city of Newcastle today when new billionaire owner Rembrandt Q. Einstein greeted fans at St james’ park.
    Second order of the day was to aim a punch at the departing chairman Mike Ashley, knocking him flat on his back…

  • 235 roblee7 // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Andy – thats pics disgustin…is Taylor trying to bum-attack Tiote? haha

  • 236 P.I. // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Tasty as hell owld Remby like. Ex bare knuckle boxer, made his fortune in gambling machines before investing in luxury property.

  • 237 kevymartins // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    I keep getting the 1 were the woman says get ready for the next 1 as for sometin of the week 18, 18 bla bla

    its frying my head 🙁

  • 238 niafron // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    And about Maïga, Sochaux’s president was very clear yesterday: he will not leave.

    This kind of statement can be usefull to raise the price, but in this case, i think he’s genuine.

  • 239 Andy // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    😆 if it stops the mackems from scoring tomorrow i couldn’t care less what taylor does haha

  • 240 P.I. // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Rembsters Quenty Einsters. Always wears a mint green suit jacket and white slacks…What a guy.

  • 241 P.I. // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    …Friends with Don Johnson

  • 242 Andy // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    p.i. i will be honest here i have no clue what you are on about. What on earth are those antibiotics? haha

  • 243 P.I. // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:52 PM


    Just playing out a hypothetical scenario here Andy mate.

    Rembrandt Q. Einstein AKA Remby Quenty Eisters buys the toon, smacks Ashley, and gets his mate Don Johnson in as his second in command.
    Stands watching the home matches from his private box wearing a mint green sport jacket amd white slacks while sipping on the finest champers and smoking a fat cuban ceeeeegar.

  • 244 gorskino10 // Aug 19, 2011 at 5:56 PM


    True i agree you do get what you pay for and TBH we have a player in Jonas who doesn’t get Assists/Goals we really needed an attacking wingers to Assist or Score not sure if Gabby will do that.

    That statement is correct, you cannot always find another Tiote, and a problem with this is when you look for bargains you will find ones that just dont work, and when you are trying to finish in Europe its a big gamble.

    Would of preferred a More attacking winger be that Scoring/Assisting but i guess that costs more than the 3.5M Obertan cost.
    Again its us buying low and HOPING they become a big hit, and not buying the Quality we need especially in attack, with holes of like 25 GOALS from Nolan/Carroll, where are these goals coming from?

  • 245 Supaaafly // Aug 19, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    May I divert your attention here for a full and comprehensive breakdown of Newcastle’s finances. I completely accept Ashley’s flaws and the catalogue of errors he made in the early days. However this report, although slightly dated now, should illustrate the significant contribution Mike Ashley has made to our club.

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