Alan Pardew is expected to field a fairly strong side against Hartlepool United at Victoria Park tonight, in another pre-season friendly game that has a 7:30 pm kick-off time, and is fairly local so that Geordie fans can get to the game.
Alan Pardew – pointing the way at Newcastle
This game has only recently been put on the agenda, and it seems the Newcastle manager wanted a local game so Newcastle fans could travel to the game and see the lads play, since St. James’ Park is unavailable and being used an an Olympic Games venue.
It seems sensible that Alan will give games tonight to those who didn’t see any action at Den Haag on Saturday and those include second choice goalkeeper Steve Harper, James Tavernier, Mehdi Abeid, recently arrived Curtis Good, Romain Amalfitano and Sylvain Marveaux.
This will be the first and last opportunity for Newcastle fans to see the lads in pre-season, and let’s make really sure there is no daft stuff that happens tonight that is like the scenes we saw at Darlington last year, which brought shame and embarrassment to Newcastle United.
Alan Pardew had this to say in the Hartlepool Mail and he mentioned that disgrace at Darlington last summer:
“We’ve squeezed in this game at Hartlepool, which I think works in a number of levels.” “One, it gives our fans a chance to see us. I wanted to get a game locally.”
“It gives our fans a chance to see where we are, and also gives Hartlepool a pay day.” “I’m hoping for a great night, and I hope we don’t have a repeat of the Sammy Ameobi incident from last year at Darlington.”
“It works for everybody if we conduct ourselves in the right manner.” “Hopefully, that will happen.”
More than 6,000 supporters traveled last year to Darlington, and there could be the same number that go south to Hartlepool tonight, and we hope for three things tonight – Newcastle play well, the Newcastle fans are very well behaved, and we win the game.
That would be great, and then we have Cardiff City on Saturday in South Wales, and that game promises to be an excellent last chance for Newcastle to get ready for Spurs, who will be at St. James’ Park a week come Saturday – and then the adventure begins. 😀
Howay the Lads!!