Carling Cup Important Competition For Newcastle


Birmingham City won the Carling Cup last season, and are now in European competition this season.


But in all honesty Birmingham were just hopeless last season, and kept their best performances for the Carling Cup competition, and they did very well to reach the final and did well to beat Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley.

But that terrible Arsenal defense did present the Midlands club with a golden opportunity to score in the 89th minute,  and former Newcastle striker Oba Martins took the chance from one yard out – and Birmingham won 1-0.

I mention this because the top teams play their second elevens in this competition, and it’s what Newcastle have done these last two seasons.

But teams like West Ham and Birmingham didn’t and they played strong sides in the competition, and Birmingham reached the final and West Ham reached the semi-finals, yet both teams were relegated.

So if those two poor side can do well in this Cup competition, then there’s no reason why Newcastle cannot have a good run this season.

It seems that Haris Vuckic, Alan Smith, Sylvain Marveaux, Dan Gosling and Steve Harper could all start this game tomorrow, and we are told that Alan Pardew is taking this cup tie seriously, which is good to hear.

This is what Alan said about the Carling Cup in yesterday’s press conference:

“I guess what happened to Birmingham last year is not going to fill us all with great enthusiasm.” “I think if you feel you are strong enough to attack the Cup and the Premier League with the squad you have of course it is a target.”

“You only need to look at our bench on Saturday and the players who did not make the bench – like Alan Smith – to know we are much stronger squad-wise to attack this competition and the FA Cup.”

“Certainly when we got knocked out of the FA Cup by Stevenage, we will be looking to have a stronger squad. We are certainly buoyed by that.”

It’s a great opportunity for some of the Newcastle players getting a chance tomorrow night,  to show what they can do for the team, and surely the side that Pardew fields should be good enough to get to the third round?

We hope so!

Comments welcome.



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393 comments so far

  • beerandpies

    Aug 24, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #1

    1st

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Aug 24, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #2

    yeah itll be even more important next year as we will need the extra revenue WHILE IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 24, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Dude – Come on NO CHAMPIONSHIP talk 3 games in… lets keep our heads above water…

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 24, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Go for the Carling Cup Pards, imo the only chance for a trophy this season.

    @Boom Boom

    We won’t be in the Championship, dont be daft.

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  • Toon-Army

    Aug 24, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #5

    really hope that barton does stay, but as he has said himself today “newcastle do not want me and i have to go somewhere”

    from graeme’s son

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 24, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Lol boater i make a team to show how our team could look if Barton left and you think im obsessed with doing teams. Thats what my ten year old brother does. I think you need to grow up mate.’

    Darlo – @ “tiote is playing shite cus hes on 60k a week” you really are a negative lityle sh!t arent you. How about hes not fit because he was stuck in Ghana without a visa. If i remember correctly Tiote got a new deal in about Febuary but it didnt stop him putting in some man if the match performances once he got his new deal.

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  • Tramp

    Aug 24, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #7

    @ Boom Boom

    Seriously, you read that whole article and your first reaction is that, i’m so f’in tired of reading such negative rubbish… Screw the “get Ashley out” campaign i wouldn’t mind heading a “get miserable, negative f***ers out of our club” campaign.

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 24, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #8

    @Toon-Army

    Where’d u see that? could u link it mate?

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  • Durham_Toon

    Aug 24, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Little name drop for Smith there…. expect a start for him tomorrow night.

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  • alkinou

    Aug 24, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #10

    @Dannyo I bet most Newcastle fans were saying that at the beginning of the season when we were relegated. Not saying it’s happening this year but let’s not take our premier league status for granted!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 24, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #11

    no big deal if barton goes. in some ways it’ll be like a black cloud lifted. Good player but has been said we have gosling, vuksic, marveux, obertan and abeid who can play that position without the risk of being red carded every match.

    Now if Joey waa a striker or a left back on the other hand ….!

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 24, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #12

    @All – What score was 2 years ago Vs. Scunthorpe in the championship? Did we draw at theirs and win at St. James’

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 24, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #13

    @All – What score was the Sunny matches 2 years ago? Didnt we draw at theirs?

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  • Tonytoon73

    Aug 24, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #14

    @11 we got beat 2-1

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 24, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #15

    @alkinou

    Aye, everything is with a pinch of salt, but we’re far away from the Championship imo.
    If Barton leaves, we’ll be playing some entirely different football, due to players like Gosling and Vuckic given chances in his place.
    If we’re quick about it we could maybe even add a backup LB?
    Still, a pinch of salt 😉
    But Championship, NO Fuuucin way.

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  • richard

    Aug 24, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #16

    come on pardew grow some balls. 3 striker mentioned in chronicle c cole, bentener and emnes from smoggie. total lack of ambition. mind i dont mind emnes as back up. seen him on same pitch as ranger in reserve game looked different class.

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  • DarloGeordie

    Aug 24, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Dannyo

    “@DarloGeordie

    I’m a bit shocked at your post, u usually know better.

    Tiote playing shite cause he has a 6 year contract?`
    Cmon man, get real…
    Ben Arfa crocked, did his leg not flippin break?
    And wasn’t he tackled quite hard to mess up ligaments in his foot?`

    Thats anger for something odd speaking, nothing sensible whatsoever.”

    I know mate it hurt writing it i was having such a good week but i guess selling one of our best players for free has got to me… not to mention the lads a legend

    If you have played in sports teams before you always have that hard man in your team, whatever team that may be i think Joey is vital to whip all the Frenchies into shape when their heads drop TBH…

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  • Brutooon

    Aug 24, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #18

    we will meet chelsea or arsenal at the cup

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  • DarloGeordie

    Aug 24, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #19

    Smith? does he still play for us??

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  • roblee7

    Aug 24, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #20

    anyone interested in an old toon top or a horrible bright pink sevilla 3rd shirt?

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/roblee7/m.html?_trksid=p4340.l2562

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 24, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #21

    @ 12 Oh i see… 🙁 They had Hooper back then didnt they – the Celtic striker? Who do they have now thats good?

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 24, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #22
  • Dannyo

    Aug 24, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #23

    @DarloGeordie

    Aye, a warrior with the likes of Barton is what we need, i agree 100%.
    I just don’t like it to be Barton, he’s done so little for the club, and had one good season and he’s our best player?

    Again, Barton is a good player (finally), but he has so much baggage with him, and the press is swarming over his every tweet at this point.
    It’s a burden for the club, he’s a burden for Pardew and even the NEW players gets asked: “How’s Barton for ya?”.

    I mean, cmon, Barton is just another reason for us being a laughingstock, we don’t need that anymore mate.
    But with potentially losing him, we’ll lack the warrior, i agree on that.

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  • richard

    Aug 24, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #24

    sholas hose for sale, mustbe upgrading after new contract

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 24, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #25

    Guess who’s on his way to London on the train;

    http://yfrog.com/kldzdzumj

    A fan tweeted that he was on the train with Barton heading for London, and he took a pic to prove it.
    (Atleast so he says)

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  • boater

    Aug 24, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #26

    I don’t ‘hate our younger players’ – I refute the childish argument that it’s perfectly fine to replace proven premiership performers – with punts on youth, freebies etc, as a means of cost cutting.

    I am happy to see young players come through – but forgive me if I don’t take your wildest – best case scenario notions about all these unknown quantities as a guarantee of a good season.

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 24, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #27

    @boater

    But u seem to take no positive notions whatsoever.
    Everytime anyone wants to discuss whats going well in the club, u put a negative aspect on it.
    Drives me mad man.
    I’ll ask again, do u know what the club lost in 2009/2010 season?

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  • beerandpies

    Aug 24, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #28

    iv been reading this blog for this blog for donkeys years so i thought id join in ,iv been searching thru the reports on joey supposedly going to qpr but as yet i haven’t found anything from nufc stating that there have given them permission to talk to him any news from our end on the story the press seem to be going over the top as perusal.

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  • Tonytoon73

    Aug 24, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #29

    Dannyo by that photo Barton does not look very happy.

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  • Durham_Toon

    Aug 24, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #30

    @dannyo if that pic is genuine (and he is on his way to London to talk to QPR… QPR WTF!) then I’m really gutted. Not our best player but one of the best and the only one with any fight in him.

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  • DarloGeordie

    Aug 24, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #31

    Dannyo

    You see i just think us Geordies are being paranoid when we think we are the laughing stock, simply because in our hearts we expect a top 4 finish and then we get relegated, whereas all the over fans in the country just think we are sh*te so when we get relegated thats just what they expect…

    All you have to do is listen to the pundits and they have got us odds on for relegation, bloody mugs, whereas is us fans who rate us top ten and when we don’t achieve it seems like we are a laughing stock but really we are just reaching if not bettering everyone elses predictions. so joke club maybe haha but laughing stock no no 😉

    As for Barton, just like Enrique, why go through all the hard graft in turning the player into a top player only to let them go on a free or for 6 mil to a rival club. Barton stays!

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  • Mystic Mikes' iron curtain

    Aug 24, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #32

    Boater, nothing is guaranteed in football, you should know that.

    By the way, Joey Barton was an unproven youngster at one point! Gosling has the makings of a better player and isn’t erratic.

    Gosling is too good to be on the bench. I think AP knows this too.

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  • ToonAndy

    Aug 24, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #33

    Team for Scunthorpe….

    ———————————-HARPER—————————–

    RAYLOR———–WILLO———-SAYLOR———-FERGIE

    ————————GOSLING—–ABEID————————

    MARVEAUX—————-VUCKIC—————-SAMEOBI

    ————————————–BA———————————

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Aug 24, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #34

    Barton doesn’t need permission to speak to other clubs.

    He’s free to talk to anybody club he wants.

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  • ochytoon

    Aug 24, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #35

    Does anyone honestly think we will bring in any new players? I’m getting worried, we only have a week

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  • Mystic Mikes' iron curtain

    Aug 24, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #36

    What I don’t hope, is that our never say die attitude exits with him, should he move. I don’t think it will.

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 24, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #37

    @All on that twit pic – What does this mean — “SSN’s David Craig took the pic”What is SSN doing there?

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Aug 24, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #38

    I couldn’t give a shit about the carling cup. 😉

    3 points on sunday is far more important to me.

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  • boater

    Aug 24, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #39

    Dannyo – I am realistic FFS. Your arguments are entirely based on personal specuulation about how good, fit or able players are at this level. Mine is based on hard evidence from last season and beyond. That’s what counts.

    If Coloccini was sold, and we promoted Kadar – you’d be telling us about a great game he had on loan and everything’s fine.

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  • JackButler

    Aug 24, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #40

    The league has to be our top priority, the Carling Cup is an opportunity to give our fringe players a run out an gain more experience

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