Tonight’s Game Only Chance Of Seeing Newcastle In Pre-Season


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!!

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28 comments so far

  • toon1707

    Aug 7, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #1

    Hope ben arfa and cabaye get a good run out tonight

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  • AMEOBI

    Aug 7, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Happy birthday Indian Magpie, nice to see you’re back even as reading.

    I’m off to game tonight, would be nice to see them play properly, hopefully a lot of goals! ?

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  • AMEOBI

    Aug 7, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #3

    If sammy scores we’re on the pitch! Haha I remember thinking should I go on!

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  • sks_toon

    Aug 7, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Does anyone know if this game going to be televised?

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  • t00ntime

    Aug 7, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #5

    The ‘pitch invasion’ probably wud of been fine and seen as a joke, the players seemed a bit shocked but laughing about it at firsr. it only went wrong when the idiots started fighting.

    Anywho, i hope ben arfa + cabaye get a long run out, otherwise they will be nowhere near ready for spurs.

    Anyone else getting more excited day by day?

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #6

    I’ve just realised something.

    Skysports news spent a fortune last season on the deadline day news coverage. All the gimmicks and fireworks were in vast supply and given the fact that both deadline days were very disappointing in terms of transfers it was a complete waste of money.

    The whole reason for this was the deadline day involving Andy Carroll and the vast publicity this garnered.

    So in conclusion I think that clubs are holding back on signings in order to receive vasts amount of coverage.

    Imagine 3 signings on deadline day at the ‘sports direct arena’, the advertising opportunity is too good to miss.

    It’ll be all over the television and papers so that is how in going to stonach the diaapoontment until September and when no signings are made then I’m going on a rampage of hulk like proportions.

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  • obatoyou

    Aug 7, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #7

    Wish i could go to the game ameobi so jealous

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 7, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #8

    Beattie

    That’s the kind of warped optimism I like to see.

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 7, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #9

    Is it true that we badly lacked creativity agaiunst Den Haag. Was on hols ….we looked strong and athletic in the other games, but certainly lack craft and a cutting edge. Marveaux needs to have a good season to help us out in that respect.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 7, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #10

    It seems pretty unlikely they’ll be a stream for the game – although I thought that about the last one as well 😐

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 7, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #11

    I had a stroke towards the end of that post it would seem.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 7, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #12

    Munster

    All our chances came from set pieces. I’m not sure if that’s a positive or negative, given that last season we were awful from them.

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  • Lalas 2012

    Aug 7, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #13

    If Sammy scores where on the pitch!!!!

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  • Lalas 2012

    Aug 7, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #14

    It was Darlington fans who incited the fighting to be fair…

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 7, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #15

    When Cabaye is not in midfield we have the creativity of a salmon.

    When Cabaye is in midfield but is part of a 2 man central partnership we have the creativity of a turkey leg.

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  • geordie157

    Aug 7, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #16

    Reading between the lines Sammy isn’t really injured

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 7, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #17

    But sammy won’t score, he’s NOT on the pitch 😀

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  • Nick 69

    Aug 7, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #18

    don’t see why we couldnt have had a home friendly this week? all olympic games that are to be played at St James’ have already been played.

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  • geordie157

    Aug 7, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #19

    Hope vuckic starts again but in more of a no. 10 role. Good should feature, surely Ben arfa will too.

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  • dominnit

    Aug 7, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #20

    Sorry, but when I heard about the ‘if sammy scores, we’re on the pitch’, I thought it was hilarious!

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  • jimmymagpie

    Aug 7, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #21

    My nephew spent a couple of hours down at Benton yesterday with a couple of his young charges trying to sort out their contracts, and he told me that he’s never known things so quiet at this stage of pre-season. There aren’t even any rumours, or whispers of any sort, and he gets the impression that Ncle have come up against a complete brick wall, and that Pardew has no more targets in mind. Every name he has put forward to the hierarchy he has seen come to nothing. Vertonghen, De Jong, Douglas, Anita, Debuchy, Carroll, M’biwa, and 1 or 2 others, all come to nothing, because Ashley won’t come anywhere near other club’s valuation. Must be a very arrogant man if he believes that his valuation is the right one all the time. Seems as if his strategy isn’t working.

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  • jimmymagpie

    Aug 7, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #22

    Beattie @ 25 – I agree with you wholeheartedly, and not only am I beginning to worry about the lack of activity, but the effect this will have on our better players, if the club start sliding down the league again, and let’s face it, that is a very real possibility. We would have to gamble on all our star players staying fit all season, and being in top form for most of it. A very tough ask!

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  • croftus5678

    Aug 7, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #23

    @9
    we were not as bad as most make us out to be

    its true we did not have great wing play or that much of a creative edge but marv /arfa/cabaye did not play

    we had a few chances though cisse had header cleared off line and ameobi scored but was wrongly deemed offside

    but we were the better team imo and loads of good things about our team from that game just a shame the good things arnt spoken about

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 7, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #24

    Jimmy, I agree – see my multiple potings on this over time. We cannot expect progress without purchases – talented players who are ready fpor the first team, and sometimes you just have to pay the going rate…..you cant get away with Tiote’s every year , end of. Sadly the money is there, but MA wants to sell Sports Direct, not build a team to consistently challenge Arsenal and spurs, sadly. As I said b4 i went on hols, he is obsessed with value, and will put a value for money purchase, before the “right” purchase for the team. If Cisse had cost 500k or 1mill more, we would probably have run away from the deal. We are brilliant at targetting the Goods and Bigi’s ( nowt wrong with that ) , and great at monitoring guys coming to the ends of contracts, but reluctant to simply spend , say 15 mill to get two top class defenders, or whatever. If Cisse or Demba Ba or Cabaye gets hurt, this could be a very unsatisfactory season for the fans. As it is, I can only see us getting about 8th because of the Euro games and being more of a known commodity by other managers, than last year.

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  • croftus5678

    Aug 7, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #25

    i like what toon do in transfers to get the best deals possible and not to overspend but i think your right on some occasions as i personally (no expert) think debuchy is worth £8mil and poss more for our team as its our weak point in the team and its that player that could get us a place or 2 higher in the table.

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  • GeordieJordy

    Aug 7, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Hopefully none of the stupid fans start shit again.
    Also, made a new Papiss Cisse video, if anyone is interested in watching it

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnlXBIb0sRQ

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  • NUFC FOR SALE

    Aug 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #27

    GeordieJordy

    Fantastic video matey

    Cisse is the new Andy Cole…Deadly

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  • nufc_123

    Aug 7, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #28

    I doubt there will be, but does anyone know if there’s gonna be a stream for the game?

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