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Can Alan Pardew Continue His Cup Success With Newcastle?

10:34 am, Saturday, January 7th, 2012 by Ed Harrison · 80 Comments

Alan Pardew has done well at the other clubs he has managed in Cup competitions and he’s been in a Wembley final  as a player too.

Alan Pardew while at Crystal Palace in 1990
He’s going to love me for showing this


In the 2006 FA Cup final at the Millennium stadium Alan was on the verge of winning it in 2006 when Steven Gerrard scored this fantastic goal in added time – actually in the 91st minute to level the scores at 3-3.

And Liverpool went onto win that game 3-1 on penalties.

And Alan took Southampton to the Football League Trophy final at Wembley in March of 2010 when they beat Carlisle United 4-1.

As a player Alan was in the Crystal Palace side as a central midfielder that drew 2-2 after 90 minutes and 3-3 after extra time at Wembley in 1990 and then lost the replay, also at Wembley, by 1-0 five days later.

Steve Bruce, Gary Pallister, Mark Hughes and Paul Ince were in the Red Devils side in those games, and it’s interesting that the shirt sponsors at the time for Crystal Palace were Virgin.

Alan has had some   success in the Cup competitions and we’re sure he’d just love to take Newcastle to Wembley this season, and so would we!

Here’s what Alan said today to the local press:

“For the likes of us, a team which is trying to grow, and teams which do not have the depth of squad to win the title – which we have not – it is a competition you have to go and try to win.”

“Ourselves, Everton, Stoke, Fulham, West Brom, all the way down – you look at those bottom sides and they are probably thinking, ‘we do not need a distraction of a Cup run’ but you still want that momentum.”

“For those clubs who feel they have good stability in the Premier League you will attack it with everything.” “It would be nice if it went outside the top six.”

“The stats are amazing and go to show when it gets to those final stages the top teams do focus on it because it is very important for managers of those clubs to win trophies.”

“Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea – winning the FA Cup for any of those managers reinforces their philosophy and takes them forward for the next year.”

Alan Pardew certainly didn’t start off his FA Cup career at Newcastle with any success.

We went down to Stevenage last January, and were beaten 3-1 there, for one of our most embarrassing defeats in the FA Cup ever.

So it would be nice to go on a decent run this time around, and Alan admits it was a bad day at Stevenage, which was again the last game of a very concentrated holiday schedule of games:

“I had to go into the squad and it was a bad night, don’t get me wrong.”  “The environment did not help, it caught us out, but there was also some benefits.”

“It taught me a few things about the squad. A couple of those situations I have now corrected.”

So we wonder what those situations were?

One thing Alan  mentioned at the time was that Tim Krul’s kicking in that game was not good, and it looked like open criticism of Krul which we didn’t ‘ particularly like at the time.

But of course Tim has come on in leaps and bounds under the new manager,  and is one of the best keepers in the Premier League this season with his excellent performances.

Newcastle will field their strongest possible  side today, but will be without both Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote, and we have to hope we can be in the hat for the 4th round draw.

With any luck Newcastle can have a good Cup run this year, and hopefully we can also start to climb that league table again, now we have our best side available – well  almost our best side.

Comments welcome.



Tags: FA Cup · Newcastle News





80 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dannyo // Jan 7, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Why does the song “lady in red” come to mind when i see that picture, lol?

  • 2 Gateshead_Geordie // Jan 7, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    From the last thread regarding Demba Ba leaving this window…

    Players may be registered with a maximum of three clubs during one season. During this
    period, the player is only eligible to play official matches for two clubs. As an exception to
    this rule, a player moving between two clubs belonging to associations with overlapping
    seasons (i.e. start of the season in summer/autumn as opposed to winter/spring) may be
    eligible to play in official matches for a third club during the relevant season, provided he
    has fully complied with his contractual obligations towards his previous clubs. Equally, the
    provisions relating to the registration periods (article 6) as well as to the minimum length of
    a contract (article 18 paragraph 2) must be respected.

    http://www.thefa.com/TheFA/RulesandRegulations/~/media/Files/PDF/TheFA/FA%20Handbook%2009%2010/FIFA_Regs_Transfers_pg435-450.ashx/FIFA_Regs_Transfers_pg435-450.pdf

    No reason he cant leave this window, same goes for Cabaye ect. Not saying they will but just wanted to put this argument to rest

  • 3 milk or cream // Jan 7, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    omg he looks gay in this pic

    not that i have anything against gays

  • 4 ToonMauritius // Jan 7, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Just copied this from Newcastlerumours site “Gary Cahill transfer is off as Gary’s wife can’t agree terms with John Terry”

  • 5 milk or cream // Jan 7, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    lmao he reads stats

    he should read obertans ,

  • 6 Dannyo // Jan 7, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    @milk or cream
    Outside Cabaye, Obertan offers the most chances for our team.

  • 7 Lynxie // Jan 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Ed,I note that for once this blog article has no mention of how Andy Carroll would be a great choice to lead the attack today, as he is a great player, and it would make great business sense etc etc etc ? Am I on the right page?

  • 8 Lynxie // Jan 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    …… or any mention of the missing £35 million ? Whats going on?

  • 9 Lynxie // Jan 7, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    messages of sympathy have flooded in after the devastating Toonami which swept through Tyneside on Wednesday evening, taking with it eleven shocked footballers and a grumpy stroppy pensioner………………..

  • 10 Niff in the USA // Jan 7, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    ^ will you change the CD already. 35 Mill. Yeah ok it’s still there to be spent in one shop kiddies. GROW UP :|

  • 11 Lynxie // Jan 7, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    ha ha ha Brilliant:

    http://newsthump.com/2012/01/06/police-launch-nationwide-hunt-for-women-definitely-not-assaulted-by-titus-bramble/

  • 12 Kris // Jan 7, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Hope this team to start today:
    Krul
    Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon
    Obertan, Cabaye, Vuckic, Sammy
    Ben Arfa
    Shola/Best

    Bench: Harper, Gutierrez (needs a rest), R.Taylor, Perch, Kadar (hope so), Shola/Best, Gosling

  • 13 Kris // Jan 7, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Links for the game today, lads :)?

  • 14 magpiebop // Jan 7, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    4-1-3-1-1 Vs Blackburn

    Krul.
    Simpson,Williamson,Collocini,Santon.
    Abeid.
    SAMeobi,Vuckic,Ferguson.
    Ben Arfa.
    Best.

    Subs- Elliot, RTaylor, Cabaye, Obertan, Guttierez, Lovenkrands Ameobi.

    Would love to see this team play today wii fresh players in attack after wednesdays exertions and a strong bench just in case.

    ALAN PARDEWS
    BLACK & WHITE ARMY

    HAWAY THE LADS

  • 15 GeordieDan // Jan 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Look who the shirt sponser is as well. Strange.lol

  • 16 Klatoon // Jan 7, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Wow,great pic especially the Virgin sponsor logo! Anyone watched AP play? Who’d you compare him to in the current Newcastle squad?
    3-1 today and a goal for one of our wingers :-)

  • 17 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 7, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Gutted to know that we now have to find Demba ba replacement in case he leaves..

  • 18 toonashwin // Jan 7, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    some good news finally
    we r in for some italian striker on loan
    deal is for rest of season from mid of of jan and if suitable to our needs 5-8m signing in summer .
    howay lads
    if nyone has more info abot player .
    and prior arrives to nufc for trial will be with squad in todays match

  • 19 GeordieToon89 // Jan 7, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    toonashwin – If its Iaquinta they is not way on earth we will pay between 5 and 8 million for him in the summer he’s 32 years old, we might get him on loan and thats it

  • 20 GeordieDan // Jan 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    ashwin>

    Who’s this Italian striker we’ve never heard of then?

    Btw Prior has only just come on trial. He absolutely nowhere near the 1st team.

  • 21 Ponderous Pardew // Jan 7, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Iaquinta is garbage.

    This is the time HBA steps up and dazzles, then when Ba returns to partner him, we go up a notch! Storming into the top 6 finish! :D

  • 22 GeordieToon89 // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Ooo ESPN is free for a month on Virgin Media =] Birmingham vrs Wolves are on live now(aint kicked off yet)

  • 23 milk or cream // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    dannyo

    both he and raylor are on 2 assists in the premier league, one plays out of possition at left back the other on the right wing

    i would imagine you watched the nufc v man u game, ryan taylor, put in a fair few crosses in that game, some made it some didnt, but they were from different areas down that right wing, something obertan wont or carnt do,

    is taylor the answer , long term no, but right now he is a better and more safer option than obertan

  • 24 Gateshead_Geordie // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Jordan Rhodes should be our main striker target this window, 5 goals last night in case you missed it ;) CB probably from the championship plus a winger on loan or try and get Hoillet on a pre-contract. Could all be done for less than 8mil IMO. Get it done Dekka !

    2-0 Today vuckic to score ;)

  • 25 GeordieToon89 // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    32 year old coming from the reserves and sub bench in italy to play in the prem well no thanks would rather keep shola

  • 26 milk or cream // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    actually . raylor should have 3 assists, he was the one that put the cross in for the goal at liverpool, but that hasnt been put down as an assist

  • 27 GeordieToon89 // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Gateshead – We cant get Hoillet on a pre-contract, we can only do pre-contracts with players who play outside of england

  • 28 GeordieToon89 // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    A thought the Liverpool one was a free kick from Cabaye that took a defelection off Agger

  • 29 MagPieMan // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    These two would be the answer to the winger problems. They can both beat players with ease, score their fair share of goals, work hard and most of all they can create goals. They both play for SC Heerenveen in the Eredivisie, are young, skillfull, fast and won’t be on big wages. What do you think? http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_uri=%2F&gl=GB#/watch?v=CKfGItAC8fU. http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_uri=%2F&gl=GB#/watch?v=dn5q0IQAuJU

  • 30 toonashwin // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    @ Geordiedan when did i ever mention prior will play
    may be he is coming to see geordie spirit and fans and to have feel of st james park oops!!! sportdirect arena

  • 31 milk or cream // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    GeordieToon89

    na mate,

    cabaye and ba where in the center waiting for the cross, and taylor whipped it in from the left

  • 32 GeordieToon89 // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Rhodes has got 31 goals in 23 games

    150 games and 80 goals

  • 33 styla // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    ok lads now its my turn to have a go about BA’s contract.

    a closer look into how it was first stated that ba had a claus in his contract is very suspicious tbh.upon reading the harrison statemnt leads me to believe something in football is dodgy and IS being ignored.ask yourself how did this reporter get the info about ba’s contract,cause i know nufc aint stupid enough to let that slip.on another note howcome it was harry and not anyother manager who knew bout it.i think someone has either been tapping up or ba’s agent has been talking.

    F**K ALL AGENTS AND HOPE HARRISON BLOWS THE SCANDEL WIDE OPEN.(ive got a feeling its something to do with harry).

  • 34 toonashwin // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    @geordietoon89 i second you mate if its iquanta NO THANKS!!
    no shefki quiki anymore

  • 35 toonashwin // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    @ styla u just watched sherlock holmes-2 it seems!!!

  • 36 styla // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    nah mate im just not daft.its starting to make sense if you think about it

  • 37 milk or cream // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    gt89

    http://www.caughtoffside.com/2011/12/31/liverpool-3-1-newcastle-united-premier-league-highlights-video/

  • 38 Gateshead_Geordie // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Anyone know if Llambiase is back from his xmas jollys yet ?

  • 39 GeordieToon89 // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Aw aye thats right a new Cabaye had something to do with it though haha he flicked it on

  • 40 milk or cream // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    carnt see why raylor didnt get the assist though ,, great cross in

  • 41 Rosted Pork // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    any transfer news? m bored :-( i feel sleepy

  • 42 toonashwin // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    @styla
    its old trick to make speculations
    and get out something from players agent and club!
    its very good step by pardew and ba’s agent to remain silent
    and if u read no one has confirmed the news
    even Harry say’s he has heard some blah blah he is just trying to shake things to get something out of controversies and manic media

  • 43 Tsunki // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Styla – I get the idea that ‘Arrys old pal at WHU karren Brady may have let slip the idea of a clause from her dealings with Ba’s agent. I think ol’ prune head has put this out to see if one exists on his current contract, but NUFC are wisely saying nothing either way, which suggests that all the press speculation is exactly that – they dont know what if any figure at all, it is. Next is that we don’t actually have to sell anyway. Lets be realistic – ALL players have ‘release’ clauses and its called ‘The Right Price’. Its footy life and he will go for a tidy profit, we will get someone else and the cycle will continue. It’s time to stop panicking and move on.

  • 44 styla // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    @toon listen to the harrison article and read it too.pards etc will be quiet cause they whistle has been blown.

  • 45 PortsladeToon // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Stop worrying guy’s
    a new contract is being drawn up for Ba as we speak and he will NOT be leaving this month

  • 46 styla // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    and your sure about that PORT

  • 47 PortsladeToon // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    yes 150%

  • 48 toonashwin // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    @tsunka bang on target man !!!
    u hit the spot
    and @styla listen to beatle ‘s “let it be” though he is born at merciside but a legend and for sure not a racist!!!

  • 49 GeordieToon89 // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Anyone watching the Bham wolves game on ESPN watch out for Nathan Redmond he’s playing LW today but normally RW he class only 17 aswel would be an awesome signing

  • 50 Niff in the USA // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    @port.

    Unless you’re ITK I don’t think so.

  • 51 2_goal_tino // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Jeff selling just said that ba can play today. Has anyone else heard whether he can play? Is it even worth playing him if we can, so we can get used to playing without him?

  • 52 lobacka // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Hey everyone just looking for a bit of advice here.
    I’ll be heading over to a game next month, I always spend the night in Shearers bar after the games but I’ve 3 friends coming with me this time and they’ll be looking for a good night out over the weekend.
    We’ll be over for 2 nights, just wondering if anybody would recommend a few pubs and night clubs to go to. Thanks in advance lads.

  • 53 Mancgeordie // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Just watchin the skysports panel talkin about the toon n they wouldn’t be surprised if tiote went to chelsea or liverpool, cabaye went to manure and someone tested the water with ba’s clause bloody hell we wouldn’t have anyone left?ha

  • 54 HatemOrLoveHim // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Hey all! Been a longgggg time reader just been too lazy to create an account! until my birthday decided to pop around today :) feeling alot wiser, apparently anyways. Hope to have some good banter and spirited debates ;) starting with the question, this is alan smiths last year of contract isnt it? i cannot believe how no one has decided to relieve him of his house sitting duties during games. For 60k a week you atleast think he would try -_-

  • 55 Niff in the USA // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    From what I’m gathering Ivory Coast are calling in their players. Don’t know for Senegal and Cam etc

  • 56 bambams // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    checked as many web sites and cannot see any info that Ba has joined up with his international team

  • 57 GeordieToon89 // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    lobacka – Sam Jacks/Digital/Mushroom get yourself round the Gate and the big market yal be sorted

    Ba cant play him and Tiote have left im sure of it…Wouldnt play him anyways would rather rest him gives him an extra break before he has to play international and then back to us..

  • 58 Ponderous Pardew // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Macgeordie

    I’ve been thinking about that recently.

    Combined, Ba (without a release clause), Cabaye, Tiote and Krul are probably worth 100m, bet Ashley is drooling at the thought.

  • 59 Ponderous Pardew // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    *Mancgeordie

  • 60 bambams // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    re this possible release clause you live by the sword- you die by the sword we cannot have it both ways .The only point i would like to add is we only want players who want to play for Newcastle United ! Over to you Demba my son

  • 61 GeordieToon89 // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Ponderous – even more reason for Ashley to get Ba on a better contract with no clause so he can make more money lol.. I said yday a think that if our top players are sold in the summer or now a wont be renewing me season ticket and a stand by that

  • 62 toonashwin // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/newcastle-united/nufc-news/2012/01/07/bob-moncur-slams-redknapp-over-demba-ba-72703-30075523/2/

  • 63 lobacka // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Thanks GT89 much appreciated man.

  • 64 GeordieToon89 // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    http://www.shieldsgazette.com/sport/sport-columnists/black-white/newcastle_united_could_offer_star_striker_demba_ba_new_contract_1_4117948

  • 65 Ponderous Pardew // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    GT89

    I’m in the same boat, although I’ve only attended 10 matches, so far. We want success and to see this team grow; if it’s gutted and players are treated like stock, then what’s the point?

  • 66 GeordieToon89 // Jan 7, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    lobacka – no problem mate…

    Btw lads – There’s been 13 direct free kicks scored this season from all the prem teams put together and 7 of the 13 have came from Newcastle and Sunderland.. canny good fact

  • 67 GeordieToon89 // Jan 7, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Ponderous – Thats my point mate if he sells it would just show all he wants to do is make as much profit on players as he can it would show once again he aint interested in building

  • 68 JackButler // Jan 7, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Talk on SSN is that both Ba and Tiote may well play today???

  • 69 GeordieToon89 // Jan 7, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Right am off to the match cya lads =]

  • 70 Mancgeordie // Jan 7, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Can’t see all 3 /4 leaving you never now though with fat mike but if you sold them lot in summer for combined 100m n you gave pardew n carr even just 60m of it imagine the squad they could build when average about 5m anyway offer 5-6m for jordan rhodes good young striker n make ranger part of the deal

  • 71 JackButler // Jan 7, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    @Mancgeordie – would love to see us get Rhodes, but Ranger wouldn’t be a part of it at the moment as he’s our with a broken foot

  • 72 Ponderous Pardew // Jan 7, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    GT89

    Ashley is finely balancing the risk/reward at the moment, sanctioning enough finance to possibly get into Europe, should we have luck on our side, but I can’t help but think 4th spot is there for the taking, with a couple of shrewd deals. That guarantees about 40m in extra revenue, not to mention the marketing bonuses for SD as he expands it into the continent. Even Ashley must be a little tempted.

  • 73 Ponderous Pardew // Jan 7, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Cathch you later, GT!

  • 74 roshan MAGPIE // Jan 7, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    does any one know how much time IS left for kick off

  • 75 Mancgeordie // Jan 7, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    But i wouldn’t want any to leave

  • 76 Ponderous Pardew // Jan 7, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    1 hour and 45 mins, Roshan.

  • 77 milk or cream // Jan 7, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    2-0 to the toon,

    colo first goal, thats all thats missing from his game right now

  • 78 neilinho // Jan 7, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Lobaca – i would seriously consider going to the Shark Club as well, its just opposite St James Park.

  • 79 lobacka // Jan 7, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Cheers neilinho I will do man.

  • 80 max // Jan 7, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    good luck




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