All Newcastle Sides Make Great Start To Season


It’s not only the Newcastle first team that have made a good start to the season.

Alan Pardew – great job at Newcastle – so far so good

Newcastle have 15 points from their first 7 Premier League games and are sitting at 4th top of the table at the moment.

But the Reserves side, managed by Peter Beardsley and Willie Donachie, are also unbeaten and they top their Premier Reserve League with 10 points from their first 4 games, and are 1one point above Manchester United.

And the U18 Youth side are also top of the Premier Academy League Group D after beating local rivals Sunderland 4-0 last weekend, and they have 16 points from their 7 games and are above Barnsley, because they have the same goal difference but have scored one more goal.

And if you take into consideration the last three games of last season, Newcastle’s first team  have an unbeaten run of 12 games, and long may that continue.

And thanks to the Newcastle official site here are the games played by all three sides so far this season:

P     W   D   L   F  A   Pts

18    12  5   1   41 16   41

That’s a real sign that things are really functioning well at the Newcastle club, and it’s hardly surprising that Alan Pardew is delighted with the way things have gone so far this season.

This is what Alan told the official web-site:

“It’s fantastic that the club is ticking along so well at not only first-team level, but also at Reserve and Youth level.

“It shows the strength-in-depth of the squad and reflects well on the players we have coming through in the future, and that can only be a good thing.”

Things are on an upward slope at Newcastle,  as the club tries to recapture some of it’s earlier successes, and we have to hope that will continue throughout the season.

And who knows, if Newcastle can keep up their good form, the Magpies could well find themselves in the Europa League next season.

And that would be simply fantastic.



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49 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Oct 5, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Think there’ll be lots of scouting this international break?

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  • niafron

    Oct 5, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #2

    Bonjour messieurs.

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  • NOVA2967

    Oct 5, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #3

    Not to be sour here but it seems most fans are a little bipolar. The amount of negative stuff said here during the summer was obsurd. Now we have a fantastic start and people are over the moon. I just hope when the goings get rough this season people can understand we are making steady improvements and dont get to negative again.
    I think we have started great. Fantastic really, we had some calls go our way which is usually not the case. I just see alot of improvements that need to come over time. Are stike force is average with no game changer.

    I think we might have to change the team against the TOTs. As good as R Taylor has been we need pace against there wingers so Santon might have to play but its a tough choice because he hasnt played for us yet. Ben Arfa should start as I think Best and Ba arnt tricky enough for the game and Marveux might get the nod over Obertan on the right to link up with Arfa.
    We havent blown anyone out of the water yet and I think we need to change the team around to confuse the tater tots.

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  • niafron

    Oct 5, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #4

    I watched Tottenham against Arsenal. I don’t know if you noticed it, but the spurs seem a bit weak on their right.
    So what about Fergie as LB?

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Oct 5, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Weak? Walker was brilliant and won MotM :/ They’ll also likely play Lennon instead of VDV on the right wing. I really wouldn’t stick Fergie there

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  • niafron

    Oct 5, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Van der vaart always leave the side. And they was lot of space on the outside.
    WAlker MOTM? Cause he scored a lucky goal?
    So with jonas playing like gervinho, i think a very offensive LB could be fine.

    Well, if they got the same line up. If they play with a real winger and two defensive miedfields, it’s a different story.
    You got news about their expected starters?

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Oct 5, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #7

    @ niafron jonas playing like gervinho? i hope not hes not as good hes done nextto nothing in all the games ive seen him play this season jonas is more like the geordie messi!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Hoovernose

    Oct 5, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Wow donkeys!
    The toon are sweet. Good side, all young, led from the back. Full of talent, A goalie who’s clearly blessed with second sight. A midfield which is third best in the league ( check the league). And a strike force which is pound for pound better than none apart from the three teams above us. Do not fear Liverpool, they have over compensated.

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  • ginkoh

    Oct 5, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Happy to see us run as professional football club again. Long may continue. HWTL !

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  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 5, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #10

    must admit a havnt been impressed with Gervinho atall to be honest would much rather have Jonas and his amazing workrate than Gervinho and nothing else lol

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  • niafron

    Oct 5, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #11

    @bb1st

    U don’t speak of efficiency but of style. They both right footed guy on left who usualy drive the ball to the center of the pitch.
    Which conduct the opposite right back to follow them and leave space on the outside.

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  • niafron

    Oct 5, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #12

    So, my line up (if tottenham play with the same team than against the gunners):

    ——————–Krull—————
    Santon—Saylor—–Colo—-Fergie
    ————-Tioté——Cabaye——-
    Obertan——Ben arfa—-Jonas—
    ——————-Ba———————

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  • niafron

    Oct 5, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #13

    Santon on the right for after i warched simmo against the wolves, i don’t want to see him front of Bale…

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  • Hoovernose

    Oct 5, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #14

    Harry and all the other managers will be saying the same thing: Oh no, we have to play Newcastle. A draw would be a good result!

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  • Hoovernose

    Oct 5, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #15

    We have a team, they have many, they lose. To our team. It’s a real team. Jumpers for goalposts, ect………

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Oct 5, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #16

    niafron

    I would just expect them to go back to 442 away from home, with Adebayor, VDV behind, and Lennon on the wing maybe.

    I agree about Simmo – but I would feel bad for the kid, he’s not put a foot wrong really but Bale could tear him apart. Although last season he handled him fairly well if I remember correctly.

    Wolves game was a good wake up call though. It’s like we lost the game but still got 3 points.

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  • Hoovernose

    Oct 5, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #17

    Spud’s defence is very weak at the moment. We play our usual game, we’ll score twice, they will score once or twice. Jonas is and will be unplayable. Scott Parker v Tiote will be a major factor. Simpson will rock Bale’s world. Van the man will catch Collo asleep at least once. Taylor will be booked taking care of Adabayour. 2 each for me.

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 5, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #18

    A very optimistic read for us toon supporters:

    http://www.skysports.com/opinion/story/0,,12038_7225664,00.html?

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  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 5, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #19

    Bale went off injured after like 10mins last season thats how he handled him well

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  • G

    Oct 5, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #20

    I don’t care how we do it, remember Dirty Harry’s comments about being offered the Toon job? This is a grudge match, and I for one would love to give lumpy chops a bloody nose!

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  • Hoovernose

    Oct 5, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #21

    Simpson’s Waterloo. He’s a form boy right now. He can take Bale out with Big Stevie and Tiote to help. Not to mention the psychotic French men.

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 5, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #22

    My team would be this:

    ________________Krul__________________
    Simpson_____Saylor____Colo_____Santon
    Jonas_____Cabaye____Tiote_____Marveaux
    _______________HBA
    _______________Ba

    In reality, the only likely change is Santon for Raylor, which is fine by me.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 5, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #23

    MMBP – thats the exact team a would play Jonas on the right will be great tracking back Bale and will help Simpson greatly.. Simo’s never had a player who doesnt mind getting back aswel infront of him

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  • Toon_Jock

    Oct 5, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #24

    Milking Mikes – I’d go with that also… using Marv/Benny as SuperSubs 2nd half

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 5, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #25

    @Milking Mikes’ bulging pockets
    Ye, i think u’re describing most peoples team there. Will have to see if Pardew listens to u tho 😉
    And that everyone gets back unscathed from the internationals.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 5, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #26

    niafron I like some of your thinking about the upcoming Spurs game. Unfortunately Pardew is very conservative and has a winning side. He will probably start the same lineup that has started the last few games including Raylor at LB and Simpson at RB. This will cause us big problems. Spurs are very dangerous right now. Bale could cause havoc, as could Adebayor. I don’t think Pardew will risk starting either Ben Arfa or Santon unfortunately. They are being treated very gently (it’s called kid gloves treatment). I would be happy with a draw and delirious with a win but not surprised by a loss. I also worry about Pardew’s subs. Peter in after the half against Wolves? That was just plain bizarre and nearly cost us the game. Their subs worked beautifully and put huge pressure on Simpson and Raylor.

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 5, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #27

    @GeordieTwo

    I don’t think that’s entirely true tbh, the kiddy gloves thing. Santon has played reserve matches and HBA was subbosed to play yesterday, but was given a leave of absence.
    It’s important to keep their fitness, but there are just as many dangerous tackles in the reserves than in the Prem. Cause the youngster are a bit more energetic and come at u with great eager.
    So can be just as scary there as in the Prem imo.
    They may not come at u that hard, but injuries always occur.
    No more gentle treatment imo, field em and lets see what they’re up to.

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  • scottoon

    Oct 5, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #28

    MMBP – that is exactly how I would like to see the side set up. It goes a long way to eliminating their threats, while preserving an attacking threat. It gives us a different look that Spurs will not have seen in preparation for the match. I would expect this game to be played out at an absolute lightening pace, so we need to ensure that we are as swift as we can be in both defence and attack. I would expect them to play a similar set up with VDV as the withdrawn striker behind Adebayor. The difference in this one could be our extra steel in the middle, with Cabaye and Tiote breaking more up than Modric and Parker are capable of.

    Go for the win, but will settle with a draw!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 5, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #29

    Just going with my gut feeling about Pardew Dannyo. Only time will tell. Would love to see him start Ben Arfa against Spurs but don’t think he will. Same with Santon. But I am at least hoping both will get some minutes. Ben Arfa will start to get impatient otherwise. We have to start playing him, he has to get used to playing in the Prem again. I would be a little more cautious with Santon. If we weren’t so weak at both LB and RB I would give him a little more time in the reserves (he’s with Italy right now as I understand it). Let’s hope Pardew has the plums to make the tough decisions. And no more strange subs that leave you shaking your head (Peter in against Wolves, come on).

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 5, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #30

    @GeordieTwo
    Yeah, i understand it’s putting Pardew in a difficult situation, but do u wanna upset Santon and Ben Arfa or Raylor and Obertan..? If it came to that ofc.
    Santon and Ben Arfa are class player, the one more proven than the other ofc, but they’d improve our team SO much imo.
    Should rotate atleast to be fair.

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  • BigKirky

    Oct 5, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #31

    Id like to think Ben Arfa will start in the next 2-3 games. He’ll def not be liking it if he’s not in, which is a worry if I’m totally honest. I think Pardew would prefer Ba instead of Best in front of him. Marveaux can’t do much more than when he’s come on. Looks classy.

    John Carver has just been on Radio Newcastle and he said Marveaux is a def a left sided player but can be used on the right or as a number ten. He said he was on the right when he got one of his goals last night.

    When him and Benny are in that starting eleven with Yohan, we’re going to see some lovely football being played.

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  • colwell

    Oct 5, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #32

    Lennon isn`t fit atm, if he does play Santon has to start we need his pace. The last time Raylor came up against speed was SWP and they created too many chances. If Spurs got half those chance they`d win 7nil.

    Spurs play 4-5-1 away this is exactly what we have to do, playing 2 up top will not work and leave Tiote and Cabaye with too much to do.

    Pards need to bring in the flair for this game Santon,Benny and Marv. The team has done great but one of the reasons you have a squad in depth is to be able to change tactics to suit a style to beat that team.

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 5, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #33

    @BigKirky
    Marveux was on the right? Says in match report that Sammy started there.
    But maybe the swapped to have a look.

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  • pizzicatochan

    Oct 5, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #34

    @Dannyo, I have watched some of the Marveaux’s video. I reckon that he could play on the right side. Just like Jonas, he could play on the opposite (right) side and cut back to the middle and score.

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  • jeraziah

    Oct 5, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #35

    Of course we’re doing well atm… we got the Yohan!

    http://toonbarmy.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/dont-mess-with-the-yohan1.jpg

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 5, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #36

    Who here likes heavy metal?

    I present you with this: http://youtu.be/gSjP4oS0DwA

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  • scottoon

    Oct 5, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #37

    Why was HBA given a leave of absence yesterday. Thought he was to get a run out with the reserves?

    Marv on the right works wonders for me. Give Obertan a chance to remember what the bench feels like.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 5, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #38

    Scottoon – ben arfa was given a leave of absense because something has happened with a member of his family back in tunisia

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  • technonasty

    Oct 5, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #39

    I’m glad to see the current management taking their time returning players from injuries and building them up. So many times under Souness and Dalglish they rushed a player back only to have a key players layed off for even longer imo.

    Also about us having a team now, I’ve seen a lot of the footie played this season and none of the teams are celebrating their goals like us. All of our players are busting a gut to get across and celebrate with the scorer regardless of the goal and that body language speaks volumes for me!

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  • scottoon

    Oct 5, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #40

    Thanks GT – I was worried he was headed back to Clairfontaine over the International break for some more therapy. Hope everything is OK with his family. Can’t wait to see this lad getting a regular run out.

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