There’s a really terrible statistic about Newcastle playing at Old Trafford that is almost (but not quite) as bad as the fact we haven’t won a trophy since Joe Harvey’s Newcastle side won the Inter-City Fairs Cup (evolved into the UEFA Cup then Europa League) back in 1969, when I was still a youngster at 49.
Joe Harvey with Bobby Moncur and Malcolm Macdonald – circa 1972
And it was Joe Harvey’s side that won that game back on February 11th, 1972 by 2-0, when we had a decent enough side, and Alan Pardew has said today he’s only going to Old Trafford to win – but how many managers have said that in the past?
And in that victory in 1972 – Brian Kidd, Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and George Best all played for the Red Devils that day.
But you have to give it to Alan, because he’s so positive and he really goes into every game trying to win it – somehow – and not all managers do that these days.
Alan has come out and said this today in the local press:
“We can win.” We will be strong tomorrow.” “There will be three or four players that I will need to rest for Reading for sure.” “But all the teams in this competition will be the same. There are just too many games for players to play in every single one.”
“Having said that, Colo and Cheick will play and we’ll have a nice balance to our team and we are going to try to win the game.” “After Christmas we will look at what our priorities are. At this stage we will just try to win every game.”
“Cheick has that aggression. He can channel it the wrong way when he’s not 100% which he did on Sunday against Norwich.” “You can’t help but love him for it. He’s so important to the club and the team.” “We all look to him when things aren’t going so well.”
“When things are going well it is because he’s got a good grip on the game in the first 20 minutes.” “And we want to get him up to speed as quick as we can.”
We’re sure Alan Pardew is using that statistic to spur his players on tomorrow night, and it would be another great victory if we can win the game – and add to the 3-0 victory at St. James’ Park in January – when we took the 12 times Premier League Champions apart that night.
They just couldn’t live with the Newcastle team.
Oh, I feel a lot better now.
It would be fantastic to get another win against them tomorrow night.
Howay The Lads!!
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