The next two games for Newcastle are against two of England’s most famous clubs – Liverpool and Manchester United.
Alan Pardew – let’s hope he’s smiling like this after the game tonight!
Those two clubs have between them won the European Cup or European Champions League a total of eight times, with Liverpool wining five of them and more than any other English cClub.
Newcastle have never won the European Cup (damn it!).
And who will ever forget the 2005 final when the Red were down 3-0 at half time, and came back with three goals in the second half to win it on penalties, with the fantastic Steven Gerrard leading the way.
Here’s the video with Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers (How Do You Do It?), singing You’ll Never Walk Alone, a single that was released in October of 1963 and topped the hit parade:
Alan Pardew seems to be looking forward to the two games aginst these top sides, and if Newcastle players are anything like they’ve been this season, they will rise to the occasion.
This is what Alan told the local Newcastle press today:
“Yeah, of course, they are huge clubs.” “But so are we, we’re a big club, we must never forget the traditions and the history of this football club.”
“We’ll take that to Anfield and we’ll get the respect that we deserve and hopefully get a win.” “It’s a great stadium, and the atmosphere’s going to be absolutely brilliant.”
“That’s what you set the games up for. That win at Bolton has set it up, so hopefully we can produce our best. You’d like to think we can.”
As we are pointing out it’s been 17 years since Newcastle last won at Anfield, so it’s obviously a good time to end that streak, just as we ended the streak of six games without a win at Bolton last Monday afternoon.
Alan Pardew has said it does not concern him that Newcastle’s form has not been good at Anfield:
Reflecting on Newcastle’s miserable Anfield form of the past, this is what Pardew said:
“Those stats don’t bother me, they’re more media-related than anything else.” “I have to say, just as a past player, not as a manager, it never really bothered me.”
“It’s something to lean on as a manager after, and say ‘Well we ain’t won here for so long, so we weren’t expected to win’. “But it’s not something I look to. We want to go there and try and win.”
A win would be fantastic tonight, and it’s not beyond this Newcastle team, if they play as solidly as they did at Bolton last Monday.
And all 3 points will take us above Liverpool in the league table, and it looks like three former Newcastle players – Carroll, Enrique and Craig Bellamy could all start tonight.