Shane Ferguson Due A Start Tonight For Newcastle


We are hoping that Shane Ferguson will get a game tonight at left back.

Shane Ferguson – due a start tonight

And perhaps the current left-back Ryan Taylor, scorer of that great goal that beat Sunderland on Saturday, will get a game out on the right wing, which is probably Ryan’s best position.

If Shane  had been match fit when Jose Enrique was sold to Liverpool, he would probably have been given the nod at left-back, since he was terrific for Newcastle earlier this year, when he deputized for the injured Spaniard, when Jose had his hamstring problem.

And that news before the summer that Ireland were trying to recruit his services, seems to have been a made-up story, as news today that Shane is quite happy to represent Northern Ireland, the country of his birth.

The Irish FA’s new elite player mentor Gerry Armstrong, a World Cup 1982 player, said this today about Newcastle’s 20 year-old:

“With regards to Shane there isn’t a problem.” “A lot of people speculated that he was heading south, and the FAI wanted him.”

“But Shane is very content and happy with how things are.” “He has never had any doubt over who he wants to play with.”

“And both me and Steve Beaglehole – the Under 21 boss – have spoken to the lad and everyone is happy.”

Shane has been capped once for Northern Ireland when he was just 17 years old against Italy in a  friendly, but he is still eligible to play for Ireland, until he plays a competitive game for Northern Ireland.

And it was last year at this time that Shane first impressed in the 3-2 win at Accrington Stanley in the Carling Cup, exactly one year ago today, on 25th August, 2010.

And it was the first time we had seen the Irishman at full back, rather than being out on the left wing, where he played when he was younger.

We really hope this lad gets a game tonight, and whoever comes in at left-back before September 1st, will have Shane breathing down his neck for a first team position, assuming the Derry-born youngster continues to be in the form he showed earlier this year.

And it will be interesting to see if Shane has filled out  at all, following the steak and potatoes diet he’s been on for the last several months.

The match tonight is also being televised live around the world, so it’s a good chance for Newcastle to impress, and we must win this game.

The good news at Newcastle, yes there is some,  is that we now have a lot of exciting youngsters coming through the ranks, and not only that, but some will be challenging for first team starting positions this season.

That cannot be too bad.



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182 comments so far

  • alip123

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Great prospect. Maybe loan him out with an option for a recall???

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Fergy should start in his real position of LW

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #3

    I’d pee in my pants if we get Pieters and Santon in plus the striker. Am i dreaming???

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  • mcookie2

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #4

    having just seen the little snippet on SSN were JB stopped for a short interview on his move to QPR, It’s obvious that he doesn’t actually want to move, specially to QPR. His whole demeanour and attitude smacks of a person who i trying to play the brinkmanship (yet close to bluff calling) to get a new contract….

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #5

    No, play him at left wing. It’s where he will best develop…

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  • pspclarn

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #6

    BOYCOTT ALL GAMES

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  • GeordieCoaster

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m sick of people saying we should boycott the games. Firstly, I have a season ticket and so do 20000+ other people so there’s no f*cking point. Secondly, I am at the game to support the lads playing on the pitch!

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Agreed to play for NI —- BOOOOO Fergie 🙂

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  • Lee Dodd

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #9

    I Hope Young Shane has a Good Game at Left Back as he is A Future Star at NEWCASTLE UNITED … Only Problem is he will do well and will sell him for a Daft Fee !!!!! Joey Wants To Stay but has Been told if they will pay your Wages Then Good Bye !!!! if He goes to QPR I hope he plays against us and scores not to Hack the Fans off But to Say Mike ASHLEY Now Stick That With Your Pies !!!!!

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #10

    @6 – Get lost Fella… Boycotting is the stupidest idea i have ever heard of. Who will support the team then? Maybe a No.3 here lads….

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #11

    We’ll be able to save loads of money if we don’t buy a left back and a striker and just think of all the wages we’ll save if we let Joey Barton leave

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  • DJM TOON

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #12

    pspclarn… boycott this blog, please

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  • Lee Dodd

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #13

    Here We go again – A home Game Coming up on Sunday !!!! Ticket sales must be low so they say were in for this player that player etc to get ticket sales up then on monday we will hear we put a bid in but the other club want to much money for the player …Same old same Old as 2 Weeks ago … ARE WE FOOLS !!!!!!

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  • lgnufc

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Good chance of a decent live stream for the game? It’s not televised here in Australia. I’d appreciate if people could paste links on a thread.

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  • Lee Dodd

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #15

    At Best I can see We WIll have Ryan Taylor and Shane Ferguson to Cover at Left Back and then Get Carlton Cole as the New Striker as We wont Pay The Money !!!! Why Did we not go for Bellamy ??? Even on Loan He would do a good Job — Is Quick and Knows were the Goal is !!!!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #16

    I’m the same as Boater and WWJDB Id much rather see nil nil draws knowing that we were safely in the black,go Mike go

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  • GeordieCoaster

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #17

    I go to the game to support the 11 men on the pitch and cheer my team on not to worry that I am giving Ashley my money.

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #18

    I’d also like to see young Ferguson play tonight but not at LB as this isn’t his natural position. I’d much rather see him have a run at LW and continue Raylor at LB. This is an unaccustomed position for him and as he’s the one who’s going to have to fill it until we get a LB (if we do) he should get all the practice he can.

    I’m really hoping to see Vuckic, Gosling and Guthrie, also hoping that Sammyobi, Abeid and Ranger get a run. Depends how well we do…

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  • pspclarn

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #19

    BOYCOTT YOU FOOLS!!!!!!

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  • nimo

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #20

    Santon By far best lb we been linked wi but cany see it been more than paper talk … N who am i..????? I have a year left onbmy contract i won’t leave unless a top 4 club come in! Actually a poor team with shit loadsa dollar came in for me … adios

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  • Felipe

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #21

    @Lee Dodd: You certainly come across as one.

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #22

    @ ignufc

    I’m pretty sure there were loads of links on a previous thread- have a look mate.

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  • Lee Dodd

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #23

    Breaking News Erik Pieters Agent has Just Said that He will Signing for Newcastle United in the Next Few Days !!!! Probably in time for the Fulham Game !!!

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  • Lee Dodd

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #24

    Your the Fool Felipe – Felope !!!! ha ha !!!!

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  • DJM TOON

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #25

    lee dodd, you can boycott this blog too… you dont half talk some drivel

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  • Wendall

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #26

    @ignufc
    On Foxsport at 4am.

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #27

    @All – Shut up slagging each other and lets discuss the topics.

    ED – Get that Sunderland Scum off this blog!!! pspclarn…

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  • Mancgeordie

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #28

    my team tonight
    —————harper——————
    raylor—willo—colo—–fergie–
    obertan–gosling-abied–marveaux-
    ———–vuckic—best——–
    subs
    saylor, smith, tiote, jonas, ba

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  • toonfan76

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #29

    So if Joey goes that will be the end of any player power at SJP. Not sure if it is a good or a bad thing. All these names being banded around are just press speculaton, If we end up signing Pieters, Santon and Roux then i’ll eat my hat!

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #30

    Would we all be happy with no LB coming in and Fergie being used for the season?

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  • DJM TOON

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #31

    so you’ve gone from calling us all fools and that the club are toting out these names to increase ticket sales and then your next breath is raving that peiters is signing within a couple of days

    you prat

    when do you go back to school??

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #32

    @DJMToon – Good call. These youn lads need to get lost and stop wasting our time here. Thought School was back – prob dont go to school mate…

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  • Basogeordie

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #33

    29 I would be unhappy i dont see Shane as a LB, want him in midfield running at defenders

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  • Mancgeordie

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #34

    ichrisho no i wouldn’t but he is all we have at the moment to play at lb

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  • pspclarn

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #35

    MAKE THE FAT MAN HAPPY YOU FOOLS,,, BOYCOTT IS THE ONLY WAY!!!!!

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  • tequilamag

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #36

    Lee Dodd u want Barton to score against us and us to sign Bellamy. Bellamy is an even bigger cock than Barton..
    Gettin tired of all these people wanting us to fail.
    Why? so u can feel justified in your dull pessimistic arguments.
    Personally id rather the team win and lose the debate

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  • DJM TOON

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #37

    we will get two players in, the left back is pretty much done by all accounts

    a striker will arrive, it maybe roux which wont make some people happy as he’s not proven etc etc but he’s a prospect and could be great bit of business… if we can prize him away at a reasonable price, MA after all, wont pay over the odds on anyone

    our midfield has strength and depth, yes barton brought something special, but i dont doubt cabaye’s passion on the pitch from what i’ve seen the last two games, nor tiote.

    to say barton was the only one that played in his passionate fiery style is just wrong

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  • Brutooon

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #38

    i prefer Raylor to stick to that left back position (i just dunno why)

    shane ferguson at left winger

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  • Hemel Mag

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #39

    PSPCLARN
    F***K off this blog you KRETIN

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  • Mancgeordie

    Aug 25, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #40

    DJM i reckon we will get 2-3 in probably pieters a striker maybe roux and situ

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