Highlights Of Season – Wins Over Red Devils And Chelsea

Newcastle finished above Chelsea in the Premier League this last season.

Tim Krul – had great season for the Magpies

And just to prove that wasn’t a fluke, we also took them apart (well kind of) at Stamford Bridge in the 2-0 win,  with two great goals from new number 9 Papiss Cisse.

Chelsea of course are now European Champions,  so it says something about Newcastle that we amassed more points than the London side last in the league last season – one point more to be exact.

And Newcastle also took 4 points off Manchester United, who have won the Premier League 12 times in its 20 year existence, and only narrowly missed out on another title, when Manchester City scored two goals in stoppage time over QPR, to win their very first Premier League title on goal difference, from the Red Devils.

They were helped by former Newcastle player Joey Barton being sent off after 54 minutes, and maybe if  QPR had 11 men on the field throughout that second half, they could have held on,  and Manchester United would have been Champions – but that didn’t happen of course.

We bet Joey Barton is not popular with United fans this summer.

Coloccini reflected on the season just ended, and thought the team had some outstanding performers, including goalkeeper Tim Krul, who was outstanding in his first full season between the sticks for Newcastle.

This is what Coloccini had to say in the Sunday Sun today:

“Tim was great. I remember his save early in the game at home to Wigan, from Victor Moses – a game we went on to win. Those are turning points and the importance cannot be underestimated.”

“For me the highlights were probably the wins over Manchester United and Chelsea – it showed we can live with the best, and beat them.” “At the start of the season we thought amongst ourselves that we had the squad and the ability to do well.”

“So when we went on the unbeaten run at the start it gave us the confidence to play our game and not fear anyone.”  “I think we proved that at Old Trafford when we drew with United and although we then had a bad time in December.”

“But we never lost the belief and that was vital as we kicked on again in the second half of the season.”

Newcastle will have a chance to do well in Europe next season, but the lads still have to press hard in the league, and surely we cannot make being in Europe, an excuse for not pushing for a top four position in the league?

That seems to be what manager Alan Pardew has been trying to suggest recently, and that’s one more reason this summer transfer window is so important for Newcastle – we need to improve the squad a lot for next season, if we are to get to the next level.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • BruceBore

    May 27, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #1

    The win at Stoke was a pretty important one too. Always a difficult place to go – the team worked their socks off (Jonas in particular) – and then scored some fantastic goals. I think it gave everyone a huge boost.

  • Shearer.Milburn

    May 27, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Such a fantastic season!!!!!!!

  • nden85

    May 27, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #3

    would be happy with top 8 finishes every season and decent cup runs

  • SupaToonKid

    May 27, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #4


    wouldn’t we all but if we don’t push for top 4 each year then we’ll contiuously have to rebuild the squad because you’ve heard all the players like Tiote and Cabaye coming out and saying there looking forward to improving on last years finish i.e. they want the Champo’s League. These players will surely leave if we cannot get them by playing full strength sides in the Europe Cup. It’s stick or twist time, do we want to stay at this level as a top ten side or do we want to push on and challenge with the big 6?

  • Indian Magpie

    May 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Bolton’s South Korean ace Lee Chung-yong is not rushing into making a decision on his future after being linked with Newcastle and Trabzonspor.

    We dont need nor want him , do we


    May 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #7

    What time is the France match lads? Would it have any links?

  • Indian Magpie

    May 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #8

    8: o clock Uk time

  • jakesome

    May 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #9

    It doesn’t really matter if manure fans now hate barton( more) because none of them live in england

  • nden85

    May 27, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #10

    @SupaToonKid , i know mate but that’s how we got into a financial mess in the first place and that’s how leeds united ended up in the 3rd division. hopefully if we remain competitive the fifa financial fairplay rules will be upheld and we’ll get back to where we belong.

  • karasu

    May 27, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #11

    hey guys. what do you guys know about romain’s brother morgan amalfitano? he’s apparently submitting a transfer request.


  • ToonDownSouth

    May 27, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #12

    You’ve got to remember, Cabaye and Tiote etc did not join us because they expected to play CL football.

    Europe wasn’t even on the table. They joined a club looking to avoid relegation!

  • Wor Shearer

    May 27, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Financial fair play, haha!

    As usual these financial rules will only affect the medium sized clubs. The smallest clubs are too small to be affected, the owners of the richest clubs will just pay off the debt before any deadlines appear. The medium sized clubs, who’s owners are unwilling to underwrite the club will struggle to still above the water.

    However the rules only affect entry to European competitions, so only the richest (biggest) clubs would be caught by any infringement.


    May 27, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #14

    france game live in.india 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang

    May 27, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #15

    Just watched moneyball recently and it got me thinking; does anybody think sabermetrics can be applied to soccer?

    We are not going to be able to compete with the likes of Citeh and Chelsea and Man Utd. can prize the best of our players away any day. So what do we do; what model di we choose to follow, since we cannot seem to increase our revenue and we cannot afford to spend big in the transfer window.

    Can sabermetrics of any kind be applied to our club, if we find the right metrics to tweak and stay clear of the controlling factors.

    Just something to think about on such a lovely Sunday 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 27, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #16

    I know journos can write a story to make you buy into their way of thinking,but I read an article by Martin Samuel of the mail,and by the sounds of this financial fair play its just going to make the rich clubs have an even stronger monopoly.

  • Indian Magpie

    May 27, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #17

    soldado left out of spain squad, torres picked, God! i tht england were bad

  • TooNorway187

    May 27, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #18
  • tarie4

    May 27, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #19

    Indian Magpie

    We deffo need him, what a player that guy is, where did U get that info?? I would just love it if we signed him, he is young too, if he had not been injured I believe Bolton would have stayed up!! He is our Solano replacement but with more pace!! I would just love it, just love it if we got that guy..

  • LewSpi

    May 27, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #20


    I guess we are adopting it to an extent anyway, the signings of Ben Arfa, Demba and marveaux spring to mind, a bad boy and a couple of crocks. You neve know what is happening in that board room.

    Great film though.

  • Cool Hand Luke

    May 27, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #21

    really good interviews today!!

  • jesperfuglsang

    May 27, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #22


    It even got me thinking about the bin dippers; since their new owner are the same who own The Boston Red Sox.

    Hence the use of sabermetrics and one person in particular – Bill James.

    I stumbled upon an article earlier this year which I had to read again after i saw Moneyball, it was quite interesting. Here’s a link:


  • Spuggy

    May 27, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #23


    Romain Amalfitano – free – Reims
    Lionel Messi – £86M – Barcelona

    HAHAHAHAHAH ED – Classic love it! Had to check the calendar again.

  • only magpie of nepal

    May 27, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #24

    Highlight of the season was Ben Arfa’s goal vs Blackburn along with Cisse’s Supernatural vs Chelsea

  • Rotonda heights

    May 27, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #25


    lee is a great player and was a big miss for bolton this year.

    He also has the marketing value to consider

  • Indian Magpie

    May 27, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #26

    Tarie 4 it wason SKY’s page Transfer clockwatch

  • Klatoon

    May 27, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Lee ran us rugged when they thrashed us 5-1 last season. I never really forgave them for that and their relegation brought a slight chuckle


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