Can Newcastle Win The FA Cup This Year?

Once the January transfer window is over, Alan Pardew and the Newcastle Board will concentrate on getting some of our players signed up to new contracts.

Danny Simpson – dreams of winning the FA Cup

One of those players is former Manchester United full-back Danny Simpson, whose contract runs out in 18 months time, and he seems keen to stay on Tyneside.

Although if you believe the local news, he’s turned down a number of contract offers from Newcastle already.

Newcastle play Brighton & Hove Albion in the late kick-off game today on the south coast, and Danny has talked about the FA Cup today.

It’s obvious that’s one of the topics of discussion the lads will have had in their January summer break at Tenerife in the Canary Islands last week, after the defeat at Fulham.

Fulham are now out of the FA Cup after they went down 2-1 to Everton at Goodison Park last night, so let’s hope we fare better today, than the team that ripped us apart in that second half in our last game.

This is what Danny told the local press today:

“I am English and I know what the FA Cup means,” “I have watched it since I was a boy. It is still a buzz. We try and tell the foreign lads, but they might not know what the FA Cup means as much as us. We tell them.”

“I went to the final where Man United lost on penalties to Arsenal. I went to another one, where they beat Millwall. They were both at Cardiff.”

“The FA Cup means a lot and I am looking forward to winning today and hopefully going a long way.” “It is a massive tournament. Every English lad as a kid growing up watches the final and you dream about going to Wembley and winning it.”

“I am no different now. I have an opportunity.” “I am playing in a great team and we have to believe we can go there.” “Everyone wants a medal, no matter who you are – especially in the FA Cup.”

“It would be a massive achievement for the lads, the manager and the club. It would probably be a dream come true for the fans.” “The Cup is a one-off. You need a bit of luck as well and we think we can have a good run.”

Newcastle are well positioned to have a good run in the FA Cup and if we can get through tonight we’ll have won two rounds of the Cyp since Demba B has been away at the African Cup of Nations, and of course we now have Papiss Cisse up front too.

Those are two players who can help us greatly if we can progress in the Cup tonight, and the two strikers will play their final qualifying game tomorrow night against Libya and then fly home to Newcastle, after Senegal failed to qualify for the knock-out rounds.

They may be available for the Premier League game at Blackburn on Wednesday night.

And Cheick Tiote and the Ivory Coast are doing nicely after they beat Burkina Faso 2-0 on Thursday night in their second qualifying game in Group B they have won.

And we heard this morning that Alan Pardew will prioritize the FA Cup over the Premier League in order to have Newcastle win their first trophy since we won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup back in 1969,  when Bobby Moncur was the captain.

Danny talked about that:

“That is something you get from the manager as well.”  “He knows how important it is and the feeling of getting to the final, because he was within minutes of winning it as a manager (with West Ham United in 2006).

“He will pass on his experience of the tournament and we will take that on board.”  “We feel we were quite close to glory in the Carling Cup and we were disappointed to lose that game to Blackburn Rovers.”

“We want to have a good cup run. We have the players to do it and the momentum.”  “It is going to be tough at Brighton but if we perform like we can we are looking forward to being in the hat for the next round and having a good run.”

We hope Newcastle can get the job done tonight, and if so we’ll be well positioned in both the Premier League and the FA Cup.

And compared to the sides in European competition Newcastle don’t have a lot of games left – 16 games to play in the league and then four FA Cup games if we reach the FA Cup final – so you wonder why we couldn’t field our best side in nearly all those games.

But with our current side,  Newcastle must stand a decent chance of going far in the FA Cup this season, and even winning it – because with our best side out we can give any team in the competition a good game these days.

Comments welcome.

78 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 28, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #1

    10: 45 PM IST, not on TV

  • LewSpi

    Jan 28, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #2

    11LewSpi // Jan 28, 2012 at 9:35 AM


    I know he is, which is a shame because he makes a much better winger. His size alone means he’ll never really be able to play left back.


    I like the look of that team aswell. I think LuaLua will be a handful for us today so we’ll need some defensive help for simmo.


    Jan 28, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #3


    I agree mate but if he has to play LB in order to get him a first team chance then am all for it, loved him last season and have been gutted that he hasen’t been around this season….though thats down to a injury (I think) and him bulking up a lot

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jan 28, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #4


  • kimik123

    Jan 28, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    pardew should know brightons best player is there right sided midfielder absolutely everything comes through him so the only one playing left back today will be pardews first choice ie santon

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 28, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Looking forward to seeing lua lua in action against us.

  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jan 28, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #7

    I think we can win this year, some of the bigger teams are out already and in any case have been beaten by lower placed teams in the league. Big ask but yes we can.

  • m.a

    Jan 28, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #8

    Has Senegal really out of the ACN? I dont think so. If they thump their next opponent and Zambia lost to Equatorial Guinea, they can still qualify, arent they. Or does the qualification is based on head to head when two teams have the same point? Can someone clarify this

  • m.a

    Jan 28, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #9

    sorry i have made a mistake. forget about my earlier post. I thought Senegal has drawn a game.

  • Visten

    Jan 28, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #10

    We have as good a chance as anyone but the game against Blackburn is the key, if we get through that one then we will have Papsito and Ba back for the rest of the cup so we will always have a chance.

  • Visten

    Jan 28, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #11

    Brighton I should say

  • Whos_SuperMac

    Jan 28, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #12

    I’ll be watching from behind the sofa, as I usually do when were in the cup. I’d settle for a draw today, take em back to St James.

  • toonashwin

    Jan 28, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #13

    wah wah!!lots of indian nationality hope our fanbase grow more
    among my frnd circle i am alone so it gets hard to debate time’ s gona change soon
    howdy lads

  • Alinufc

    Jan 28, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #14

    has anyone seen the owe so wise lawro has predicted 1-1 draw for us…

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 28, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #15

    Simmo Perch Willo Santon
    ——-Guthrie Cabaye

    Subs: harps tav kadar abied vuckic gosling moby
    Hopefully control midfield today only this time make it count lads!

  • dmac

    Jan 28, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #16

    In my opinion there have been two newcastle sides this year, the side that spanked Man Utd 3-0 and the side that lost to West Brom, Norwich and Fulham. The second option may not be enough for us today and i worry if we perform like we did in those games.

    We need the sort of performance that saw us dictate the game against Man Utd as for Brighton they have nothing to lose and cup fever is oh so unpredictable.

  • Klatoon

    Jan 28, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #17

    So if we beat Brighton we play either manure or the bindippers? The cup run suddenly looks bleak 🙁

  • FloridaToon

    Jan 28, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #18

    Brighton web site prediicting us to win 2-0.

  • Klatoon

    Jan 28, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #19

    Nah,the Dembas will have formed a lethal duet by then,bring on anyone 🙂

  • Rosted Pork

    Jan 28, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #20

    Is the blackburn game one 1st live on star sports?

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 28, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #21

    Klatoon its a random draw mate theres a load of teams still in it n so wat if we draw man utd weve drawn with them away and spanked em at home so fu ckin bring em on

  • Benry

    Jan 28, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #22

    We are gonna lose today with Perch and Ameobi on the field

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 28, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #23

    Benry the teams havent even been announced yet ffs why dont you try supporting the lads instead of dragging them down

  • Stuart

    Jan 28, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #24

    Bloody hell, fan of the year goes to Benry like.

    Go support sunderland you plastic fan.

  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 28, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #25

    Isn’t lua lua injured?
    If we get to Europe could we bring in KEITH GILLESPIE again?lol

  • hrocks

    Jan 28, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #26

    lets take a nice 2-0 win and while all eyes are on the match the sneaky bugger Llambias ferrets a CH into benton

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 28, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #27

    Marty toon he’s having a late fitness test

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jan 28, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #28

    It seems that both Best and McLoven might have been made available for loan; Wolves has maybe inquired.

    I am not sure we should loan anybody in the first team out; if we really won’t to go all the way in the FA Cup or maintain our position in the EPL, we need keep everybody at the club.

    McLovens contract runs out in the summer, so he might leave then on a free, so it would make more sense to sell him know than lo loan him out – that part doesn’t make sense to me.

    I have never been an admire of Best and to be honest I probably never will, but I do think he have a role to play the next 6 months. After that sell him.

    AP should how ever consider loaning out Tav, Ferguson and Ranger (if he’s not injured).

    Does anybody know what’s the situation with Kadar?

  • RobertNufc25

    Jan 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #29

    Is it just me or when players & Managers start talking about winning the fa cup,we always get put out.??Haha

    Remember last year at Stevenage, now that was embarrasing.

  • Whos_SuperMac

    Jan 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #30

    Could give Tino a call, especially if we draw Barca!!!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #31

    Hrocks lets hope both happen!

  • hainesy

    Jan 28, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #32

    I think we’ll win today. Purely because we’ve been far too nice to lower league teams. We play like we are the lower league team everytime. After last year we are half expecting us to lose to Brighton today but I think Pards will have said something and we’ll see the lads at full pelt today.

  • RobertNufc25

    Jan 28, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #34

    Brighton are a good side,plenty of pace in there team too.

    I just hope we dont play a high line like last week.

    I actually think Perch has done ok when he’s been in the team this year.It looks like sitting in front of the back 4 is his best position,in my humble

    He’s defo not as bad as some people make out like.

  • Dannyo

    Jan 28, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #35

    Follow @YCabayeofficiel

  • hrocks

    Jan 28, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #36

    perch is a plodder. he will never rip up any trees but the kid gives 100%. we will never see the best of him because he will never get a run in the team. he will play anywhere for us so every time he plays he gets my support. if its above grass he kicks it. may not be pretty but he can do a job to close games out.

  • Lynxie

    Jan 28, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #37

    All you lads in Norway (possibly pick this up elsewhere too) heres a link for todays game, if, like me, the stupid Noggies are not showing the game on easy-to-get channels.


  • Puppet Pardew

    Jan 28, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #38

    “Of course we can, and I will then be acclaimed as England’s finest manager and we’ll qualify for the Champion’s League next season as well…. Oh dear, Jiminy, what’s happening to my poor nose…..”

  • Lynxie

    Jan 28, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #39

    Top notch streaming. Good luck, hope you get to see it.
    Richard Branson deserves a lot of credit for that, and we should sign Andy Carroll etc.

  • Dannyo

    Jan 28, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #40

    It’s on Viasat Football, but u can also watch it on Viaplay. Costs 129 kr just for the match tho.


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