We’re Playing Downhill In The Second Half – Honest!

There’s always been the view that the St. James’ Park has a slope to it.

Tim Krul – in action on Sunday – what slope?

In the first half on Sunday against Spurs Newcastle attacked the Leazes  end in  that first half and went one goal down due to an error by Steven Taylor, when he brought Adebeyor down in the box after 40 minutes.

And whether it’s true or not it seems Alan Pardew, who used all his methods of persuasion at half time to convince the Newcastle players the game was there to be won, said we’re playing downhill in that second half and that will help.

Krul told The Sun today, what Alan had told the players:

“The manager made a good point at half-time against Spurs.”  “He convinced us we were playing downhill towards our fans in the second half. It really seemed to help and, in the end, it was a draw that almost felt like a win.”

And I’ve got a great bridge to sell you in Brooklyn too. 😀

There was always a rumor there was a slope towards the Gallowgate end, but since the pitch is relaid every summer by the groundsmen, you would think it would be very flat these days – wouldn’t you?

But of course Tim has also said that Alan was inspirational at half time with the Newcastle  players last Sunday, as he tried to convince them they were still in the game and it that it could still be won.

And but for a turned down penalty appeal,  and a missed chance by captain Coloccini, all in the added 5 minutes of  injury time, the lads could have come away with a 3-2 win – but of course it was not to be.

And of course, to be fair,  we have to mention that Tim made an excellent save from Jermain Defoe in injury time too, to preserve the point, so either side could have won it at the death.

And we don’t think that Wigan Athletic are  going to be as easy as many fans believe it will be on Saturday afternoon at home again,  and the lads will need to bring their very best  to that game, and start the game like a proverbial steam train.

Maybe if we can score an early couple of goals things will then become a lot easier.

Howay The Lads!!


58 comments so far

  • kevymartins

    Oct 19, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #1

    I just fcukd up my fifa career sold bennyboy for 29mil sold neymar for 42mil sold doumbia for 45mil left them for genk aw well i left them with 116 mil

  • Premblog

    Oct 19, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Haha. An interesting theory. If and when that stops working, I wonder if Pardew will consider claiming there’s a ‘strong wind’ behind the team? Best not answer that…

    Very impressed by his Newcastle career so far (I done a blog on it, look http://www.premier-league-blog.co.uk/in-praise-of-pardew-the-unlikely-messiah/). I wasn’t a fan at all when he was at West Ham, but he’s made the most of what I think most will perceive as a lucky break at Newcastle. From an outsiders’ perspective, it seems most of his decisions have been well-made.

  • toonthompson

    Oct 19, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #3

    fifa 12 manager mode is the best

  • kevymartins

    Oct 19, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Hw the feck am i ment t qualify for euro with genk when wolfberg porto are in my group

  • kevymartins

    Oct 19, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Haha see raylor nearly lobbing krul with that header on sunday lol

  • Dannyo

    Oct 19, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Lol, i saw that, good thing it wasn’t still Given in goal, it would’ve gone over him 😉

  • leazes upper ( moved to the gallowgate )

    Oct 19, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #7

    I took my cousin on stadium tour wen we were in championship and wen we Sat in the dug out u could c it slopes down to the gallowgate.a bit

  • ToonDownSouth

    Oct 19, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #8


    I jumped out of my seat. Swear I almost had a heart attack. I’m sure it was just the stress of it all, but I thought he’d lobbed him!

  • mattnufc

    Oct 19, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #9

    I’ve been fortunate enough to play on it and it does definately slope down to the Gallowgate end.

  • Scottishtoon95

    Oct 19, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #10

    I know its not really related but did anyone else hear about liverpool possibly offering 10mill for r.taylor? It got me thinking whether it would be a smart move by us to sell him.

  • rulezzz

    Oct 19, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #11

    i would prefer football manager 2012 which is going to be out this friday. Thank god! Cant wait to manage nufc to the Champions league spot!

  • Scottishtoon95

    Oct 19, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #12

    Did a similar thing in FIFA 10 and the game froze!
    I had to start the career all over again.

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Oct 19, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #13

    i think people are missing the point a dont think pardew was refering to a slope on the pitch so i think even eds got this wrong ,hes refering that your playing towards the fans i think coz fact no slope at st james

  • Alberts_tash

    Oct 19, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #14

    RE: Post 12…. so we only have fans at the gallowgate end?

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Oct 19, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #15

    no am not saying that ,premier league would not allow a fuking slope or clubs would have pitches that tilted for the oppositon for gods sake this is a stupid article any how

  • toonarmyuk

    Oct 19, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Absolute fact – there is an slope on the pitch. It’s slight but if you get pitch-side it’s clear as day. There used to be an 18ft difference from one of the pitch to the other yonks ago, but its gradually been levelled off. I think it remains at something like 3ft now.

    Apparently there is was a gentleman’s agreement in place at one time that Newcastle would always play the second half of matches on the downhill, although in recent years that’s gone by the wayside.

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Oct 19, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #17

    i didnt say that ,but do you not know havent ya been to st james

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Oct 19, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #18

    theres no slope, all prem teams would have one and have piches that tillted so we played down hill both halfs for god sakes av not seen any slope at st james and i also have had the pleasure of playing on it if the is a slope i didnt notice it so its miminal and probs every pitch in the countrys like that ,

  • Offkey

    Oct 19, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #19

    How long have you been fans?????

    I am appalled very few know there is a slope……..its been there years…….dont make me google it and find a source………

  • G

    Oct 19, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #20

    Actually, there is a slope of an average 2 degrees from the leazes end to the gallowgate end. FA rules allow for up to 4 degrees (I think?) on any pitch because of this quirk at St James. It’s a pub quiz favorite that people try to disprove all the time. If you take the official club tour the clubs historian (Paul Joahnou or somethingorover) mentions it on the tour.

  • OZ2

    Oct 19, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #21

    There is a one metre slope from the Leazes to gallowgate

  • boater

    Oct 19, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #23

    Such is the curvature of the earth’s surface, every pitch in the world is sloped.

  • leazes upper ( moved to the gallowgate )

    Oct 19, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #24

    Its a slope not bloody dean st.think I read somewhere the gallowgate cross bar is a foot or so lower than the 1 at the leazes end

  • toonLYF

    Oct 19, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #25

    @14….f*ck off! 18ft slope, you high? think that would make it St James’ skate Park

  • toonLYF

    Oct 19, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #26

    @14…f off! 18ft slope? you high son? think that would make it St James’ Skate Park

  • Offkey

    Oct 19, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #27

    toonLYF –

    There USED to be an 18ft difference…..read the source I linked above.

  • toonLYF

    Oct 19, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #28

    still find it hard to buy like…18ft would be soooo noticable…exaggerated in my eyes, no doubt about it

  • BeerGaryBeer

    Oct 19, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #29

    there’s a difference of about 3 feet, it’s obvious when you compare the electronic pitch side advertising display to the level of the stand ad banners

  • Level 7 Hero

    Oct 19, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #30

    Dont know if this has been posted on another story but have you seen this…


    Can’t work out if its an absolute disgrace, or he’s looking out for his future.

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 19, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #31

    There is a slope at SJP. If you look at the advertising boards there is at least 2 foot (I was told 1 meter by the guide on a stadium tour) difference.


    Oct 19, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #32

    Guys anyone play FUT xbox?

  • Thump

    Oct 19, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #33

    It’s always been downhill towards the Gallowgate, that’s why it’s almost tradition to be shooting towards the Gallowgate in the second half – easier on the legs. (No joke, this was once considered customary as it was so extreme.)

    It’s more like half a foot or so now, but the slope has always remained.

  • kevymartins

    Oct 19, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #34

    There is a slope any true fan would know this…also we cant build that much onto the gallogate end because its on top off an old underground train thing n would clapse

  • Thump

    Oct 19, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #35

    Is that right, kevy? Sure it isn’t just the Metro system? (Which I think passes under the stadium anyway…)

    I remember when they redeveloped the Gallowgate a few years back they found out that when the stadium was redeveloped in the 90s, they had just built over the original steps rather than removing them.

    …I hope to whatever supreme being that they at least removed and sterilised the old “toilets”.


  • ChicagoToon

    Oct 19, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #36

    anyone got streams to the games?

  • SwedishMagpie

    Oct 19, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #37

    chelsea 2-0 genk

  • Graeme

    Oct 19, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #38

    The pitch has always sloped from Leazes to Gallowgate – its just nothing like as bad now as it was in the early 60’s!!

  • Jinky Jim

    Oct 19, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #39

    There is, without doubt a slope on the park

  • SwedishMagpie

    Oct 19, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #40

    4-0 chelsea -.-


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