Newcastle Target Cup Success This Season


Alan Pardew will try to win one of the two Cup competitions Newcastle are in this season.

Alan Pardew targeting both cups this season

It’s nice to hear a Newcastle manager talk about trying to win something for a change, and who knows, we may even be able to win something for the first time since way back in 1969.

If Birmingham can win the Carling Cup with the hopeless side they had last season, then it’s certainly not out of reach for Newcastle this season, given that Pardew will field strong sides of course.

On the other hand,  getting anyway near the Premier League title is not within Newcastle’s capabilities at all, so it makes some sense to target the Cups, and a cup win will get the club back into Europe too.

Alan Pardew could soon be without Joey Barton, who underwent a medical on Wednesday in London, so we assume terms have been agreed with QPR, and if the 28 year-old passes his medical, he will sign on for the London club tomorrow.

This is what Alan said about the cup competitions:

“A realistic target for this football club must be a cup competition because the Premier League title, with all due respect, is not a viable situation for us.”

“You want to be in the game to win things, that’s what we are in it for, so the two cup competitions are very big for us this year.”

“I guess what happened to Birmingham last year isn’t going to fill us all with great enthusiasm in terms of winning the cup and being relegated.”

“But if you feel you are strong enough to attack the cup and attack the Premier League with the squad you have, then of course it’s a target.”

“For us, you only had to look at our bench on Saturday and the players who didn’t make the bench – like Alan Smith, for example – to know that I feel we are much stronger squad-wise this year to attack this competition, and also to attack the FA Cup.”

“I was five minutes away from winning the FA Cup with West Ham, and that side wasn’t as good as the team I have here,” . “So it’s possible, with luck.”

Newcastle have not won a  trophy since winning the Inter-City Fairs Cup back in 1969, when Bobby Moncur was the captain and Joe Harvey was the manager.

And the last time we won a domestic cup was way back in 1955, when the lads won  the FA Cup, when Jimmy Scoular was captain and Doug Livingstone was manager.

Alan Pardew will make some changes for the trip to Scunthorpe United on Thursday evening, but it may be he doesn’t make as many changes as we may expect.

It’s very important that Newcastle win this game, to keep the momentum going from the Sunderland win, and also to overcome the damage done that a fourth top Newcastle player this year, Joey Barton, is likely to leave the club, and probably on Thursday too.

Players like Sylvain Marveaux, Mehdi Abeid, Shane Ferguson, Sammy Ameobi, Demba Ba, Alan Smith, Steve Harper and Mike Williamson could all be involved at Scunthorpe.

But the main thing is to win the game, and then we can concentrate on hammering Fulham at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon.

That would be three wins in a row and it would be a great start to the season for the Magpies, after a very difficult summer in the transfer window, which is not over yet.

Howay The Lads!!



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111 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #1

    he’s been targeting a striker for 7 months and what we’ve been targeting a cup for 40 odd years, goodluck pardew.

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  • Oleg G

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Please, low profile. Just play well and win. Stop saying this, in the end we loose to some 5th amateur league team.

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  • dave 1961

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #3

    the man that brought us our worst ever fa cup result at least can not beat that.

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #4

    Good news lads!

    nufcfans NUFCfans
    Erik Pieters agent Piet van der Pol on #NUFC > “Newcastle has a very serious interest. I don’t know amount, but assume it will be done.” #fb

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  • kilcline

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #5

    What Mactoon said, we will win nothing with MA in charge, he will be happy for 17th place finish each season until he has bled us dry.

    Another c60k off the wages from barton to go with Enrique and Nolan’s wages…..Suprised Smith is still here and Colo for that matter.

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  • Andy

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #6

    If we keep a clean sheet v fulham we will have matched our record of best defensive start to a season since 1903.

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #7

    @Andy

    Aww man, u just jinxed us…

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  • kilcline

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #8

    @Andy

    Fulham will turn us over, we never fair well against them at our place, teams we should beat we don’t. Take a draw right now.

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  • niafron

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Dannyo

    I will consider only this as good news:

    “Pieters just signed his contract with NUFC.”

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  • MacToon

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #10

    Talk is very cheap and thinking back on all the b0770ck3 Pardew’s come out with, like reinvesting money, getting key players to sign new contracts etc. very little actually comes true.

    Like I said, talk is cheap and our club’s owned by a shyster.

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  • GeordieCoaster

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #11

    @Andy We haven’t conceded and Fulham haven’t scored. Bad sign haha 😀

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #12

    @niafron

    Hehe, i suppose you’re right 😉
    But when an agent says “i think it’ll go through” that usually bodes well.
    Lets hope for the best.

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  • Andy

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #13

    Haha great i’ve just pencilled in a 5-0 fulham win. Sorry lads

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  • TemuriKetsbaia

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #14

    @10 Talk is cheap – but we’ve got 4 points from two tough games.

    What do you want him to do? Win the game before it’s been played?

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  • niafron

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #15

    Dannyo

    Or it mean he got another buyer in sight an he want to wake him up!

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  • FloridaToon

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Reports that we could be in for Clint Dempsey. God I hope this is true…even though it does not fit our transfer policy.

    http://www.sportsvibe.co.uk/news/football/newcastle-united-set-to-launch-bid-for-10m-rated-american-ace-forward-10244/

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  • archaeomag

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #17

    @ kilcline
    Agreed & you can probably add Harper to the list

    All those players that complained when Houghton was sacked will be gone, no place for team spirit at MA’s club.

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  • MacToon

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #18

    TemuriKetsbaia, look back at post 3 for an answer 😉

    I do feel for Pardew but he is in the line of fire and that’s why Ashley has him here, I only express my disappointment in Ashley via Pardew but I do wish he’d stop talking rubbish (in general) but in this case I do agree with you… it’s just frustration at our owner’s ambition for our club.

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  • deccyh95

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #19

    hope we manage to win at least 1 cup and stiil stay in the prem 🙂

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  • niafron

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #20

    @Floridatoon

    Such news 4 day before a game against Fulham… 90% of chance it’s only a psycholigical manoeuver against them.

    From who? Llambias?

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  • deccyh95

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #21

    ****still

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  • MacToon

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #22

    Set to make offers in the region of £10 mil………

    doesn’t sound like us, I’ll believe it when it happens.

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  • TemuriKetsbaia

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #23

    At least it’s a lot easier to tell if a transfer story is fabricated now we all know our transfer policy. Can’t believe journo’s don’t do their homework!

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  • MacToon

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #24

    MsiDouglas Mark Douglas
    Don’t shoot the messenger but vibes I’m getting are that Barton won’t be replaced… just yet. Barnetta not back on the agenda. LB & ST 1st

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  • Andy

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #25

    sounds more like it …

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  • FloridaToon

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #26

    @niafron

    The article says the source is a “Craven Cottage insider”

    Doesn’t sound right to me either, but nothing at this point would surprise me.

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  • ross armstrong

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #27

    seriously seriously i think we wont get any1 in at all in the next week!!!!!!! i have no faith at all!! ashley spending more money seems very unlucky!! the tight fat stupid ugly pie eating gambling 3 eyed hobbit

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  • niafron

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #28

    Anyway, replacing him is not an emergency (on the pitch i mean, for the spirit he bring to the team, he can’t be replacced at all if you want my opinion…).

    First priority, a LB, then, this damn striker we are runing after since 6 months (the good news is he is probably a very fast guy!).

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  • DarloGeordie

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #29

    Dempsey no thanks!!!!!!

    I see Gosling is in the England U21’s thats good for the lad… Also Barton’s replacements are already at the club and Barton gets the nod ahead of them now thats either telling me that Barton is better or the manager hasn’t got a clue.

    I hope Joey fails his medical and we have him for the rest of the season that will really pi$$ the FCB off 😉

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  • ross armstrong

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #30

    unlikely*

    8

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  • niafron

    Aug 25, 2011 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #31

    Bonne nuit messieurs.

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  • Klatoon

    Aug 25, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #32

    Wonder how long it’ll take before a Barton/Taarabt training ground bust up 🙂

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  • GeordieCoaster

    Aug 25, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #33

    @Klatoon I’ll give it 1 week 😀

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  • archaeomag

    Aug 25, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #34

    As we near the end of the transfer window, I would like the Press, particularly the Chronicle, for keeping us so accurately informed about the player we were about to buy, including;
    Daniel Sturridge , Nicklas Bendtner , Didier Drogba, Dimitar Berbatov, Federico Macheda, Jermain Defoe, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Peter Crouch, Robbie Keane, Danny Graham, Hugo Rodallega, Gervinho , Mevlut Erdinc , Kevin Gameoiro, Eren Derdiyok ,Park Chu-Young, , Ola Toivonen, Teteh Bangura , Mohamed Bangura , Miralem Sulejmani, Keirrison, , Ante Vukusic, Juan Manuel Martinez , Miralem Sulejmani, Modibo Maiga, Shane Long, Grant Holt, & Demba Ba

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  • archaeomag

    Aug 25, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #35

    * thank the press

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  • archaeomag

    Aug 25, 2011 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #36

    [& that’s just the strikers]

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  • boater

    Aug 25, 2011 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #37

    archaeomag – thorough list, although you missed Mr. Carlton of Cole himself.. chronicle’s tip for tomorrow.

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 25, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #38

    Haha archeomag 😀

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  • Barras

    Aug 25, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #39

    Just enhancing boater’s comment.

    @archaeomag

    How could you possibly forget about the best striker out of them all. Carlton Cole brings inspiration to all of us.

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  • archaeomag

    Aug 25, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #40

    @boater oops must be getting confused!
    I put Miralem Sulejmani in twice to make up.

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