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Newcastle Could Better Bobby Robson’s 2003 Record

9:52 am, Monday, April 23rd, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 28 Comments

Alan Pardew has been in great demand over the weekend, after Newcastle suitably dispatched an ordinary looking Stoke side 3-0 at St. James’ Park on Saturday, for their 6th win on the trot.

Bobby Robson – had Newcastle 3rd in 2003 with 69 points

And Alan has said that the season has been very enjoyable, mostly because of the squad he has built up, with the team spirit and camaraderie being  a major factor in the team’s success this season.

Newcastle are now in 4th position in the Premier League on 62 points after 34 games played, and we have games against Wigan (a), Chelsea (a), Manchester City (h) and Everton (a) to finish the season.

This is what Alan said over the weekend, in one of the many interviews he gave:

“I have never enjoyed myself more as a football manager as I do now.”  “Being a manager is a tough business and I’ve had a year which hasn’t been tough, instead it’s been really enjoyable.”

“That is thanks to my staff and the players who have been brilliant.”  “I am not going to say who I think is our player of the year; that would be ridiculous.”  “But we have got four or five candidates and you could put a cigarette paper between them. “

“That’s how good we have been.”  “Someone said to me recently that, one to eleven, that I must be delighted. I told them I was delighted with one to twenty two. I really am.”  

“Guys like James Perch, Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor, before he got injured, have been great.”  “Shane Ferguson has come in and done great in his cameos.”

“Shola Ameobi has had a great season, although he’s obviously not going to win player of the year, but he’s made a fantastic impact.”

“I can’t think of a negative within the squad. As a manager, I cannot remember the last time this has happened to me. It’s fantastic.”

It’s very true that Alan has instilled in the players that what’s important is how the team plays, and not necessarily on individual performances.

And that seems to have paid off big time this season, with the lads getting that winning mentality, and they now have 18 wins in their 34 league games – not too bad at all.

When Bobby Robson had us in 3rd place in 2003, behind champions Manchester United and runners-up Arsenal, we had 21 wins, 6 draws and 11 defeats  and 69 points – and we were 2 points above Chelsea and 5 points above Liverpool.

Newcastle currently have 18 wins, 8 draws and 8 defeats and 62 points and are in 4th place,  with still four games to play.

A good end to the season could equal that 2003 record,  or even better it.

In three weeks time it will be over, and we have to hope the lads can garner a top four finish, and that would make this an absolutely outstanding season for Newcastle United.

Then we can all look forward to Newcastle bringing is some top  players over the summer,  to significantly strengthen the still too small squad.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Coaching · Europa League · European Champions League · European Competition · Newcastle News



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28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 TheChippedFifth // Apr 23, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    realizing you’ve just followed through whilst trying to break wind to make the kids laugh on the metro to south shields is too good for ashley

  • 2 Indian Magpie // Apr 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    “Shola Ameobi has had a great season”, how exactly 2 goals 3-4 assists,

  • 3 Indian Magpie // Apr 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Just Thought i shd share this with you, how spurs managed to get 10 & 11 million for crouch and pavlyuchenko, i will never know

  • 4 davybtoon // Apr 23, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Rumours on twitter of massive bust up between redknapp, adbeyor n rest of spurs dressing room hahahaha there falling apart

  • 5 Indian Magpie // Apr 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    davy can you post 1 or 2, would love 2 read a few ;)

  • 6 Wor Shearer // Apr 23, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    @Indian Magpie

    We’re not really in position to ask how other clubs got over the asking price for their players…..I think we win that one.

  • 7 Burni // Apr 23, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    @chippedfifth

    Cheers mate! Nice little image in me heed and a good laugh to start me day! Hahaha

    I think it is clear to see that the team fights for one another now, no huge egos, no bust ups. Hopefully we can keep this team next year and build upon it, NOT SELLING ANY OF OUR TOP PLAYERS. We surely don’t need to now right?

  • 8 ToonDarnSarf // Apr 23, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Great season as in the contribution to the cause. If we get in the CL by 1 point, then it doesn’t matter who scores that last goal or makes that last save to get us there, all of the players who worked hard for the team and made a telling contribution should be lauded.

    Ameobi has barely played any minutes so based on that, his contribution to hold up the ball and chip in with the odd goal or assist is pretty damn good.

  • 9 ToonDarnSarf // Apr 23, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Indian, I agree on Crouch and Pav! Does that mean if we’re in the CL, we can sell the likes of Guthrie, Simpson and Perch for £10m each?

  • 10 Indian Magpie // Apr 23, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Wor Shearer

    Never really thought of it that way, but u r right,

  • 11 Indian Magpie // Apr 23, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Guthrie is out of contract, abt the other 2, their is always Liverpool ;)

  • 12 lewytoon // Apr 23, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    id laugh so much if last game of the season, last 5 minutes, a obertan cross and a ameobi goal secures the 3 points to send us to europe.

    the players greifed the most becoming the heroes hahaha

  • 13 GeordieToon89 // Apr 23, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    A personally dont think spurs will win another game this season theyve totally capitulated

  • 14 Indian Magpie // Apr 23, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    But that does not qualify as great seson, if you know what i mean

  • 15 sweendog // Apr 23, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    davybtoon .. could be true .. theres alot of egos in that spurs team, ade/van der vaart/bale/lennon/defoe .. we’ve got lucky and have a team full of proper team players .. Cabaye/Ba/Collo/Guti to name just a few of the stand out team players..

  • 16 davybtoon // Apr 23, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Tell me a top player we’ve sold bcoz I don’t think we’ve sold one yet, colo, tiote, jonas, krul, hba they were all that the club when Barton, Nolan, Carroll n Jose were n I don’t consider the 4 that left to hav been our top players am sick of ppl saying they were top players arnt easy to replace yet we’ve done it easily

  • 17 sirtoongospel // Apr 23, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Indian. He has had a great season as every time he comes on he does a job, bullies defenders and time and time again has helped us see out results. Pardew has said that the whole squad has been brilliant. Always ready to play a part. Elliot is the same. Harper was all set to come into the squad this weekend. It never happened but supposedly he was great in the dressing room.

    The sooner people realise its a squad game the better. Andy Carroll was 35 million. Scored 4 league goals. Shola is an old man, played around a third of the minutes that Carroll has, yet still contributed to our season really well.

    When he warms up he gets a great reception, and the same when he comes on. 52000 are glad to see him come on as we know what he gives us.

    Our whole squad have been brilliant this year. We wouldn’t be where we are unless they had.

  • 18 ToonDarnSarf // Apr 23, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Give Guthrie a new bumper contract and then sell him back to Liverpool. Badge him as “the new Steven Gerrard” and the fans will demand he’s their most expensive signing ever!

  • 19 davybtoon // Apr 23, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Gt89 I agree theyve gone mentally n physically I think, Chelsea r only threat for top 4 IMO, n jus say we beat Wigan n Chelsea beat qpr, if we beat Chelsea we go into the last 2 games with a 7point gap on them

  • 20 ToonDarnSarf // Apr 23, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    sirtoongospel – I couldn’t agree more. And it’s not just what we see on the pitch when a player gets on for a few minutes. Pardew can comment on how the player has been behind the scenes and supporting the players that play more regularly.

    It’s a team game! Just look at Spurs or Liverpool, bigger squads and more expensive and lauded players, yet both teams are below us.

  • 21 davybtoon // Apr 23, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Yea even obertan has made a huge contribution to this season he was a major part of 11 game unbeaten run he has about 5/6 assist n scored an important goal at Blackburn, he will come good when will ppl learn not to right players off to early perchino comes to mind

  • 22 Indian Magpie // Apr 23, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Lewytoon,

    if we need to win against everton, last 5 minutes i would be aghast if obertan and ameobi were on the pitch

  • 23 ToonDarnSarf // Apr 23, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Indian – that’s just daft. If Ben Arfa and Cisse are looking tired and they put Obertan and Ameobi on to force a result, what’s wrong with that?

    Obertan has pace to burn and Ameobi sweats AND bleeds black and white. They might not force a result but Messi and Ronaldo might not either. Every first team player has contributed to the cause this season…well…apart from Smith, Forster and the Xisco Skid…

  • 24 woolerbill // Apr 23, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Calm down you lot, we are in europe that’s more than we hoped for so enjoy. The champions league is a step to far at this moment in our rebirth, next year maybe.

  • 25 cupiddstunt // Apr 23, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Wor Shearer @ # 6

    Agreed we win that one hands down :-) :-)

  • 26 cupiddstunt // Apr 23, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    woolerbill @ # 24

    And pray tell me why in your so pessimistic outlook is third a step too far??????????????

    And before you jump on the “I’m just being a realist” bandwagon let me point out a couple of “real”istic facts we are in competition with three other teams for third place and the facts are this.

    Arsenhole three points above us but we have a game in hand so no reason why that cannot be looked at as level because of our current form and theirs which is L,W,W,L.,D, not exactly setting the world alight with their last five results.

    Chelski last doz games more draws than wins uninspiring and looking on their way down yes they mugged barca but it was a mugging.

    Spuds in apparent freefall and the most recent news is the dressing room is in disarray so floppy chops has lost the players.

    NUFC singular mentality in the dressing room, squad in great spirits, won the last six games, quite convincingly performances improving game on game, the in form team with the momentum.

    So I ask again why does your pathetic pessimistic little mind say third is a step too far??????????????

  • 27 JDdubai // Apr 23, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    surely it should be SIR Bobby Robson??????

  • 28 geordiejamie89 // Apr 23, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    I honestly thought Pav was quite good when he played. But he rarely got any time on the pitch, although he’s not great, probably warrants about the same transfer fee as Leon Best.




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