Newcastle’s Hectic Start To The Season – 5 Games In 15 Days

Alan Pardew is looking forward to opening the season at St. James’ Park against top side Sours,  on Saturday 18th August, in a short 61 days time.

Alan Pardew – looking forward to first game

The Premier League fixtures were announced earlier this morning, and Newcastle start the season at home to  Spurs,  and finish the season at home against their north London neighbors Arsenal.

That Arsenal game could decide who gets a Champions League position between Newcastle and Arsenal – we hope that Arsenal game could decide who gets a Champions league position between the two sides. 😀

Tottenham will need to appoint a new manager soon, and depending on what you believe in the papers, candidates for the job include Wigan manager Roberto Martínez, who is an impressive pundit for ESPN in the US on the Euro 2012 Championships, former Porto and Chelsea manager Andre Villas Boas, and Everton manager David Moyes.

One thing we have learned about Moyes, is that he seems to be well paid at Everton on around £3M a year according to reports – good money if you can get it.

Alan Pardew is excited about the prospect of facing Spurs in our first game, and the Londoner had this to say to the local press today:

“When you look back to last year the game with Spurs was one of the best games for us at home last season.” “They will have a new manager and it will be tough.”  “But we are already looking forward to it.”

Newcastle will have a busy August, since they will have to play a two legged qualifying tie to reach the Europa League group play, so that there will be five games in 15 days – with games in August on the 18th, 23rd, 25th, 30th, and a game on Saturday, 1st September, before the two week International break.

The two Saturday games on 25th August at Chelsea, and on 1st September at home to Aston Villa, are almost certainly be moved to the following Sunday – so that makes it easier – 5 games in 16 days. :D.

But it’s a crowded start for Newcastle,  and they will also be important games.

It’s good being back in the big time again.

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 18, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #1

    Does anyone know if debuchy would have been France’s starting right back if Sagna was fit?

    Not too familiar with their normal set up.

  • Beattie25

    Jun 18, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #2

    Sagna will have been first choice

  • TimKrulFan

    Jun 18, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #3

    23rd and 25th surly that will be changed!

  • Markaccus

    Jun 18, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #4

    We’re in europe now, we have to deal with heavy fixture schedule. Might force us to strengthen or at least deepen our squad.

    On another subject, what’s everyones england team tomorrow night? Personally, if rooney is insisted on, and walcott injured I’d go with (left to right, def to att) hart, cole, lescott, terry, jones,,, milner, parker, gerrard,,, rooney, caroll, welbeck.
    No young as had a bad 2 games. Johnson too lazy and headless. Thoughts?

  • jayphoto

    Jun 18, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #5

    sagna was one of the most nailed on starters in the french team! Bit like ashley cole is for engand! Probably will be when he comes back from injury too, france has a poor habit of ignoring better players with less experience! Ben Arfa and Marvin Martin are finding this over Nasri and Malouda! For me, Sakho, Debuchy, M’vila and Ben Arfa should all start for france over mexes, sagna, diarra, and Malouda! Also think they have the rooney problem with Benzema who is such a world star they dare not drop him, personally i feel giroud would be more effective in the system they play! Another problem is Ribery, whos attitude is shocking and is awful for morale, but as one of the most gifted players in european football they can’t leave him out despite his destructiveness!

  • Markaccus

    Jun 18, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #6

    @ jay france often have those problems with big ego players, just like holland do. Van der fart and arjen batman are just like benzema and ribery, great players but horrific for team spirit. Hence why france and holland often implode at major tournaments.

  • jayphoto

    Jun 18, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #7

    just wonder whether we’ve been looking at Mamadou Sakho! Fell out of favour towards the end of last season, lost his place in the French team because of this! PSG now trying to sign Thiago Silva, failing that another big name centre half which will further push him from a starting line up spot! Massive rumours he will look to move on, only 22 years old too, Hearing arsenal but wouldn’t shock me if we had watched him, can play left back also!

  • nufc786

    Jun 18, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #8

    Norwich City boss Chris Hughton eyes Premier League fixture at Newcastle

    Norwich City boss Chris Hughton is likely to dwell on one particular date in his diary following the release of the 2012/13 Premier League fixtures.


    The Canaries’ new manager has never been back to St James’ Park since he was replaced at Newcastle by Alan Pardew in December 2010.

    The ex-Birmingham boss had previously guided the Geordies to the Championship title and the City chief remains a revered figure among the Tyneside support. Hughton admitted prior to taking over at Carrow Road his north-east return will be a special day.

    “I have not been back to Newcastle since it happened,” he said recently. “It hasn’t been because I haven’t wanted to. I just haven’t got round to it yet but I think now, what I would really like is to lead a team out at St James’ Park. That would be a fantastic occasion. Of course I would like to say a proper goodbye but football doesn’t always work like that. If it happens one day, of course I would really be looking forward to it. I think it would be a very proud moment for me. I don’t harbour grudges towards anyone at the club. If I am absolutely honest I don’t look at the club now and think, ‘What if?’ What is normal when you lose your job is that it’s very tough for a while. You watch games but you want to be working. I wanted to look forward from the moment it changed and I lost my job. Now I don’t look at Newcastle and wish them any ill feeling whatsoever.”

    Hughton will have more modest aims than the Europa League-chasing Magpies when City’s squad meet up for pre-season training early next month as he looks to build on a successful first top flight campaign. The 53-year-old carved out a reputation for attacking football at both Newcastle and Birmingham, but Hughton insists he will adopt a pragmatic approach to the task in hand.

    “I was brought up in my footballing years to enjoy a good passing game,” he said. “I have also learnt that you need to be able to adapt with formations and ultimately it is about winning games and to do that you have to score goals. There has been a wonderful philosophy here over the past few years of attacking football. If you can do that there is nothing better for supporters to see.

    “The fans here create a unique atmosphere and make it a wonderful place to play. What this club has, because the percentage of support is local, is a real sense of vocal backing behind the team.”

  • AsprillaCartWheels

    Jun 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Ed you got a typo, sours…

  • donegalmag

    Jun 18, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #10

    hey lads,

    i know its early days but do you know what is the best way to get tickets for a home game..

    I live in Ireland so going to the box office to buy them is not an option..

    Any idea’s would be much appriciated..

  • G

    Jun 18, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Off Topic, but I see Ryan Babbel has been transfer listed by Hoffenheim. I always thought he could do a lot better if given a Left Wing role more often at Liverpool. He is only 25, has great pace and skill, and might just be worth a gamble as his fee is said to be under £5M. Could be just the gamble we need to add a bit more depth and cover.

  • graham cwarr

    Jun 18, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #12

    Is anybody else thinking that it can’t be good for team spirit that Rooney is just going to walk into the team?

  • nufc786

    Jun 18, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #13

    its egos first my friend… if rooney does start

  • G

    Jun 18, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #14

    @ post 12. Not really, I think any of the England foward line would have to concede that he’s a better player than all of them put together.

  • nufc786

    Jun 18, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #15

    true rooney is a very good player

  • graham cwarr

    Jun 18, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #16

    @G don’t know if we would want to spend £5m on a guy who’s done nothing when he was in the pl. But hey you never know

  • G

    Jun 18, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #17

    @ 16, like I said, a risk, but, I think AP might just be the man to get the best out of him. He was never a disgrace when he played for Pool, he just got played out of position all the time by 3 different managers. Benitez was the only one who ever wanted him there, and he saw him as a development player, rather than a starter.

  • martoon

    Jun 18, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #18

    I’m still waiting for the conspiracy theories that we’ll deliberately lose the first game because MA is a spuds supporter.
    donegalmag @10 Same as always keep an eye on ticket announcements on or and when they go on general release ring the box office asap. I think you can order online also – I’m sure others will confirm this.

  • graham cwarr

    Jun 18, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Rooney may well be a better player but i think its totally unfair to the guys who’ve played. Especially considering why he was banned. Do you want a temper time bomb walking into the first 11.
    And a better player isn’t necessarily best for the team either.

  • G

    Jun 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #20

    @19, I agree with the principle side of things, but unfortunately, football isnt a game played by principles.

  • No Plain Saylor

    Jun 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #21

    @ g,
    I can’t see us interested in babel, I agree with you I can imagine pardew gettin the best out of him, but afelley and elia are transfer listed at much the same price, far better players. But god only knows who the club actually are interested in!

  • Markaccus

    Jun 18, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #22

    Basically we need rooney to turn it around like beckham did between wc 98 and euro 2000. Although we went out group stage, he had matured and was a great player for england from that point. Can’t see rooney doing the same but you never know. We all know what he has in his locker, just need it on the pitch.

  • zaktoon_swede

    Jun 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #23

    I start to feel our second signing is around the corner n Im absolutely chuffed with our opener! can’t stand them.

    good luck tomorrow against ukraine. we should have beaten you lot last friday…great game though

  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Jun 18, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #24

    Just saw the Sweden vs England highlights.

    Did something happen between Hart and Ibrahimovic? Just asking, due to the way he celebrated after the second goal.

  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Jun 18, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #25

    Got my fingers crossed that if we are after a secret right back, instead of Debuchy, it will be Atsuto uchida. Would love to see that Lad sign for the toon.

  • sweendog

    Jun 18, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #26

    noticed that myself .. Ibrahimovic definately said f**k you .. nice bloke that he is

  • mecannylad

    Jun 18, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #27

    I am becoming increasingly uneasy that our Head of Scouting gets more column inches these days than almost any other scout in world football.
    Lets not big the bloke up too much; there has to be a few flops around the corner ….. Graham Carr is only human after all.

  • jakesome

    Jun 18, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #28

    @23 zaktoon. what game were you watchin? was there any skill involved in your first goal ?? were all of our goals technically spot on? did your players act with any class?? are you out?? remember newcastle is a team based in england
    Answers no, yes, no, yes

  • graham cwarr

    Jun 18, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #29

    @Jake lets not start an international war. He was simply stating his thoughts as a swede. He could argue that theo simply hit a speculative shot and judging from his reaction didn’t expect a goal. And that welbeck luckily bundled the ball into the net. Its all just how you look it.

  • zaktoon_swede

    Jun 18, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #30

    haha jakesome, how old are you?

    it might have sounded a bit over the top but I just felt we deserved something from the game. obviously theres a big difference supporting a team from abroad but to question and make fun of me supporting newcastle is very strange.

    just for the record, ive been a supporter now for 11 years, watched nufc live two times after more than a year of saving on each occasion, followed our whole ccc-season through a portugese stream etc.. think before you talk.

  • arctoa

    Jun 18, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #31

    When England have to scrape past teams like Sweden who, with respect, are rarely anything other than organised and functional, they’re going to get severely exposed when they come up against a team with a bit of class in each position.

    I can see the England vs. Ukraine game going either way. I think it’ll mostly depend on how exhausted Shevchenko and the other attacking players are after their bizarre game against the French; that waterlogged pitch (and the delay) can’t have done them any good, particularly as Sheva is held together with gaffer tape these days!

    Mind you, what the hell got into Olof Mellberg? Random goal machine ahoy!

    Back to NUFC, and you have to worry about that sort of fixture congestion if our squad doesn’t grow significantly in the coming month or two. We’ve made a good start by bringing in two promising players in Lubomir Satka and Romain Amalfitano, but I hope further progress is made and we don’t end up stalling for good deals for too long.

  • arctoa

    Jun 18, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #32

    As an aside, credit to England for getting back in front. Previous squads would have crumbled at that point in a sea of failed Hollywood passes.


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