Rob Elliot – Team Spirit At Newcastle Is Fantastic


Those are not my words but the words of new goalkeeper Rob Elliot, signed from Charlton Athletic last Tuesday.

Rob Elliot – delighted to be at Newcastle

We’re not sure why we need a third goalkeeper at Newcastle, since we didn’t have three last season, with Fraser Forster out on loan at Celtic, like he is again this season.

But we think with Steve Harper’s knee playing up again, that Alan Pardew wanted a third experienced goalkeeper he could count on, and it seems he didn’t think 20 year-old Swede, Ole Soderberg, was quite ready for the first team.

It seems Rob will be on the bench next Monday night at Loftus Road, where a win against Joe Barton’s team, QPR, would make it four wins in a row for the Magpies, and when was the last time we achieved that?

We watched Rob’s interview on nufcTV after he arrived on Tuesday, and in that interview he said he thought Newcastle fans were the best in the world, and it seemed he couldn’t quite believe he was now at Newcastle.

It seems that he had never dreamed of playing for a club as big as Newcastle in his career, but it was a great interview to watch if you are a Newcastle fan.

And we need as much positive news we can get right now with the doom and gloomers out in full force, but we’re not too bad off, and in much better shape than we were two years ago.

This is what 25 year-old Rob Elliot told the local Newcastle press today:

“You have to be ready, that’s how I made my Charlton debut – from the bench.” “You can’t be sitting there idle, you are literally just one kick or one injury away from being on the pitch, and that’s what you aspire to as a kid.”

“The reality of the move now is starting to kick in.” “This move was the chance to play in the Premier League and against the best players in the world and the country.”

“That’s what I want to do. The first thing is to get into training and show to the lads here what a good keeper I am. If I am needed, I’m ready.”

“It should be brilliant.” “I’d love to play in front of 52,000 at St James’ Park.” “This is still a massive club. Newcastle are stronger for their blip, when the team were relegated,  and the place is stronger for it.

“The way they have started the season shows that.” “There are a great set of new players here coming through.” “The team spirit is fantastic which is a major part of it.”

“Newcastle is still one of the biggest clubs in the country.”

Rob seems to be very keen and he comes across very well, and he will be getting to know his team-mates in training before the QPR game.

The training last Thursday, following the disappointment  of the last day of the transfer window, was said to be very good, with the manager intent on keeping the mood upbeat throughout the training.

The lads will have enough time to prepare for the QPR game, and the fans will be able to see new boy David Santon in action at left-back, and we half expect Ryan Taylor to be out on the right wing.

And it’s also a game the lads can win, with just a little bit of luck, and the game is being televised live around the world.

That’s what we’re hoping for, and we’re also looking forward to seeing Davide Santon play – and the Italian also comes over as a great kid just delighted to be on Tyneside.

It’s a big relief  to hear the team spirit is still in very good shape.

Howay The Lads!!



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46 comments so far

  • Toon_Jock

    Sep 5, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Hopefully we’ll not need him as Krul is on Fire!

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  • Timmers09

    Sep 5, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #2

    May have been covered but does anyone have an update as to what’s been put up in the stadium after this –

    http://www.totalfootballforums.com/forums/topic/72056-iconic-newcastle-united-sign-removed/

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  • DaraghL

    Sep 5, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #3

    Unlike most other positions some keepers can be hiding away in lower league teams for years doing a good job but nothing fantastic so never get there break.
    Dont judge this lad yet who knows he could be a hidden gem.

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  • Mags

    Sep 5, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Did anyone hear Harper on 5live yesterday? Unfortunately, I only caught part of it and he made no mention of why he was not even on the sub’s bench.

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  • John

    Sep 5, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Anybody know when the new club accounts are out?

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  • markmac

    Sep 5, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #6

    im not sure where harps is at the minute, he’s been a fantastic servent to the club, but in the next year or 2 id imagine he’ll be calling it quits, and with fraser having the taste for 1st team footy now he’ll not sit on the bench so imo elliot will be the no’2 pushing krul soon imo

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  • geoff777

    Sep 5, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Interesting that Ed hasn’t done a post on Mike Ashley’s striptease.

    If it was Joey Barton he’d have done three.

    On Pardew, if he did get some assurances from the board, I hope he realises that they’d say anything to get him out of the room, keep him quiet and then come January they’ll break their word.

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 5, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #8

    @Mags

    I think he’s stil injured mate, he was that since the SCU game i think. Chronicle said that Rob would sub at QPR match, some something is still up with his knee.

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  • Geordie_In_Elmpt

    Sep 5, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #9

    All the best Ed, hope all goes well. Your blog has been the place to come for all toon news.

    Keep it up cheers

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  • joppadoni

    Sep 5, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Harper has a fairly bad knee injury im afraid.

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  • WesJameson

    Sep 5, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #11

    Ed, sorry to hear about your health not improving mate, been posting and following this blog, since before it even had its own page, and was hosted on another site, all i can say is that no other blog can hold a candle to this one mate, not only other NUFC blogs, but any club in the world

    You are a true gent Ed, much in the Sir Bobby mould, you WILL beat this scare, we all know it!!!

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  • ichrisho

    Sep 5, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #12

    Some info re the striker debacle on transfer deadline day – comical!!
    Apparently at 8pm a deal was agreed for Maiga. However, at 9pm they called it off! Club left looking around but laughed at 10m for crouch etc and dont rate Bendtner for 60k a week. We then put a bid in for Ruiz and he was mad keen to come, however, at 10pm Sochaux agreed to sell Maiga again as he was desperate to sign. As a result, we pulled out of the Ruiz deal as club didnt want to spend 11-12m on a player they dont rate as highly as Maiga and pay an extra 4m, only for Sochaux to pull the plug on the deal at 1055pm leaving us up the creek without a paddle! Quite simply, they could have signed someone but refused to spend silly money on players who are not better than current crop.
    This Maiga lad by all accounts is top drawer and club think he will be immense. Id have thought he will sign in Jan.
    Re Santon, Club absolutely buzzing and think he is a snip for 5m. He was looked at immediately after Jose wanted out but Inter wouldnt sell him. When he became available we moved in. Better than Pieters and Cissokho by all accounts. Pardew wants another full back though.
    Ranger was in Birmingham ready to sign for them, however, that deal got pulled when we couldnt sign a striker.
    Simpson was never that close to leaving but I get the impression he will leave if we sign another left back as Santon will just move to right back (he is rubbish anyway)
    Thought you would appreciate the info, the world of NUFC eh?
    No idea how accurate this is but thought I would share it with you.
    It contradicts what Supermac has said on the Legends last week as he claims Ruiz’s agent denied having any contact with Newcastle United.

    From NUFC Employees..

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  • Burni

    Sep 5, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Wes…..

    I second that wholeheartedly, good post bud.

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  • Burni

    Sep 5, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #14

    i chriso,

    I enjoyed reading your post

    but how can someone that hands the pies to people at half time know so much? 😉

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  • supervil

    Sep 5, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #15

    I know someone who works in Corporate Hospitality, dealing with the box clients on a day-to-day basis. He even deals with making sure the correct offices and meeting rooms are ready to deal with lawyers, agents and signings.

    He knows f-all about signings and goings on.

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  • DJM TOON

    Sep 5, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #16

    geordie in elmpt… would that be elmpt germany? near dutch/german border??

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  • alienhunter

    Sep 5, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #17

    ichrisho – regarding Maiga… I heard EXACTLY the same story as well. I guess they knew we had no other options that late in the day and tried to sting us for a couple of million extra right at the end.

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 5, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #18

    what do we expect from a part time chairman who knows sweet fa about football, never mind about running a club,

    i think everyone in football knows that good strikers are worth there wait in gold, they can win a game from nothing , thats why there so highly valued,, you dont find many bargin strikers,

    also eveyone in football knows that on the last day of transfers, prices seem to get stupid, cos most are in a desperate situation, even worse when everyman and his dog knows you got 35 mil for a striker you just sold, which in my opinion is 20 mil more than he was worth, but id take it to

    the silence to me is more pardew not wanting to look like a fool again, but he knows where his bread is butterd , he wont say to much to them,
    he is and always will be a puppet, no where near KK or SBR

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  • Snubs

    Sep 5, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #19

    SkyBet Sky Bet
    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew cut from 12/1 to 3/1 to be next Prem manager to leave after a flurry of bets. Any truth in it?

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  • Ollieh51

    Sep 5, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #20

    To be fair – IF there is anything in this story it shows that we will spend some money on a player we rate, and that we are not happy about making knee jerk reactions.

    Someone said on another post about the players signed by other clubs in the same window, of all of them that were bought for around £10m are nowhere near the sort of standard we’d like to see here.

    Maybe we’re a bit too sensitive on price but then when we do land someone, it’s usually an A grade signing.

    I’d take a £10m gamble on Maiga ove a £10m assurance of shite from Crouch any day!

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  • MacToon

    Sep 5, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #21

    “I’d love to play in front of 52,000 at St James’ Park.”

    Well he might have a while to wait for this for more reasons than just being on the bench 😉

    ichrisho, you’ve not got in touch yet m8 but nice to see you back on.

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  • lee1892

    Sep 5, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #22

    Surely we won’t go back in for that Maiga now, he’s off to the African nations in February……

    Everyone who follows French football also said that Nolan Roux was twice the player of him and roughly the same price? Carr mustn’t rate Roux for some reason then

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  • Kc-Toon

    Sep 5, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #23
  • Ollieh51

    Sep 5, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #24

    Lee 1892 – Apparentlty Roux was offered to us but we didn’t seem interested.

    Oh well, they both have a few months to get themselves in the shop window as they are both on our radar maybe?

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  • GS

    Sep 5, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #25

    Ollieh51:

    Happy to hear that someone has the same opinion as me about Crouch. Stoke will soon find out that he is tall but he can’t head the ball.

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  • Ollieh51

    Sep 5, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #26

    GS – You worry when a 6″ 6″ striker is better with his feet than his head… Jesus!

    Wouldn’t have taken any of the strikers going over the window just gone other than Ruiz but he was still a big gamble.

    I’m happy our French imports look t adapt to the EPL quickly.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Sep 5, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #27

    off subject but on the Subject of a NEW NR9
    What about MOA the Norwegian striker who is playing at i think Hamburg????
    He has really got going in Germany and for his National team.
    He`s quick and has a great eye for goal.
    A possibility maybe???
    He is seemingly being watched by some of the Big Guns in Europe they said on Norwegian TV.
    Are we in for him i wonder?

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  • GS

    Sep 5, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #28

    Crouch did say something funny once though. He was asked what he would be if he wasn’t a footballer and answered – a virgin.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Sep 5, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #29

    His real name is Mohammed Abdoulaye by the way

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  • Marty-Toon

    Sep 5, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #30

    Crouch!!!
    Too much money,too much wages.AVERAGE player

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  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 5, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #31

    Kc-toon – some pretty impressive saves on tht video

    ichrisho – must say a heard exactly the same about Maiga got told even the contract was all agreed he just needed to apply the finishing touches but they pulled plug not once but twice.. apparently Maiga is extremely unhappy with the broken promises from they board aswel

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  • barryvenison

    Sep 5, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #32

    Why does Lee Ryder print questions if he refuses to answer them? What an idiot.
    Comment From Ian Watson
    Hi Lee… Has anyone confirmed if the NUFC coffers do receive monies from the legal entity that is ‘Sports Direct’ for the massive amount of advertising they get at SJP? I remember DL saying they were ‘trialling’ it on top of the stand, but since then do you know if the club see’s money for it, and is it what a neutral would consider a fair price?

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  • AshtreeKid

    Sep 5, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #33

    the questions are for DL as the chronicle is getting them together? Whats with the massive Lee Ryder hate campaign?

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 5, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #34

    @Marty-Toon

    No, don’t take Moa, he wouldn’t hack the PL.
    He’s not that good, despite being on good form.
    Trust me, i’m norwegian and have followed him quite a bit.

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 5, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #35

    Can people stop quacking about transfers, just for a few months?

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  • barryvenison

    Sep 5, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #36

    @AshtreeKid- No, that question was from today’s chronicle webchat with Lee Ryder. He printed it but then made no mention of it again and never uttered a response.Here’s the link if you like.
    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/newcastle-united/nufc-news/2011/09/05/live-nufc-webchat-with-lee-ryder-72703-29366692/

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  • Toonboy_83

    Sep 5, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #37

    Phil Dowd ref for the QPR vs Newcastle game – there will definitely be a penalty in that game 100%!!

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  • woodsee

    Sep 5, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #38

    Anyone else find the Andy Carroll situation hilarious,last week hes boasting how far hes come since leaving the toon
    Yes Andy your a benchwarmer at a club were the fans think your crap,and your still on the hoy most nights according to capello

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  • wattos

    Sep 5, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #39

    As per post on last topic:

    The Striker situation is not good, however our Central Back situation is a crisis. Beyond Colo and Steven Taylor the onlt fit Centre Halve we have with a Squad Number is Tamas Kadar and he’s been told to buck his ideas up or he’s out!

    Given the clubs transfer policy (young players, good value remember) it beggars belief that the triallist Centre Halve, Darnel Situ, who has captained France up to under 19 level and scored twice in a recent reserve game, was allowed to go to Swansea for a meagre £250K because Newcastle quotes “couldn’t agree a price”. This just proves their stated policy is actually “we’ll make it up as we go along”.

    One more injury to a centre halve and we will live to deeply regret this mistake….

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  • Ollieh51

    Sep 5, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #40

    @ Woodsee – Dunno what’s going on with him, he’s had chances etc but he’s not quite looked like the Andy we knew since his last injury.

    I hate Liverpool so much I hope they flop and he does too though especially after the money they have spunked!

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