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This Is How Newcastle Build That Fantastic Team Spirit

10:12 am, Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

After one of the best wins of the season for a struggling Newcastle side, Steven Taylor, who made his first-team come back after being out too long with a hamstring injury, revealed just how Newcastle build up that fantastic team spirit at the club – which has been noticeable ever since we went down four years ago.

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Yohan Cabaye – scores second goal for Newcastle last night

Steven was interviewed after the game and he revealed just how the new French lads have been very quickly integrated into the Newcastle squad:

“We had a chat in the pre-match meeting; each player spoke on the reasons why they came to the club and the gaffer got them up individually and presented them with a shirt.”  “They told us why they wanted to come here and they want to be accepted by the players.”

“The gaffer said ‘make sure they sing’ so I made sure each one of them got up and sang.” “I did say they could go up together and sing a little Boys II Men number but fair play to them, they got up one by one and sang in front of the lads. It’s great and it’s what we need at this football club – that togetherness.”

“The banter was flying the night before the game and the French lads were in amongst it. Already they’ve been accepted by the boys. They want to come here and fight it out and that second half performance was what we need.”  “And tonight we accept them massively because the grit they put in is what playing for Newcastle United means.”

Good words there from local lad Steven Taylor – who has Newcastle United tattooed on his forehead.

So each player had to sing a song – and then tell the rest of the squad just why they came to to Newcastle United.

Not a bad way to get them quickly integrated into the way this Newcastle team does things – and if last night is anything to go by – we’ve signed some great players this month.

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Newcastle fans last night – Oui! :D

So much so that a number of Newcastle fans at the game were dressed up as Frenchmen – as shown above. :D

Next up is a very tough game against Chelsea on Saturday at what will be a sold-out St. James’ Park, and the European Champions are at Reading tonight – so at least Newcastle will have one extra day to prepare for that game.

We must try to take something out of that game.

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toonfield // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Anybody got any news on marveaux?

  • 2 Phoenix // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    He hurt his foot in training and might be out for 2-3 weeks

  • 3 Markaccus // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    @hatem, to clarify from last post. Beast=strong quality player, not always black. Negger=negative person, not related to your precious N-word which you get so fkn territorial about. Take your race-card and shove it up your bottom.

  • 4 catchy in norway // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    MrMojoRisin76

    i think thats how much you know about football

    it was the softest pen iv seen in a long time,,

    he gave it for a strong shoulder charge, cos both of there feet landed side by side,,

    and the last time i checked ,, you were aloud to do that

  • 5 MrMojoRisin76 // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Catchy.The day i get dragged into pointless discussions with idiots,will be the day you think Pardew is a good manager.

  • 6 Moe-NUFC // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Great display from the new signings.
    I Was looking forward to see Sissoko in the Black & White shirt and boy did he not disappoint. Very solid and composed display.
    I think Pardew want to use him like how Mancini uses Yaya Toure between a free roaming offensive role and a defensive role.
    Gouffran I thought had more than a decent game, wasn’t expecting much from him but he proved that he can be a handful and a real asset to the team.
    Mbiwa was unlucky to be sent in such a bad time.

    To all those Guti haters I gotta admit, I wasn’t very excited either to see his name in the staring XI. His offensive contribution wasn’t great, but in that second half I’m almost sure we couldn’t have held into that win without his defensive contribution.

    It was a scrappy 2nd half but ppl have to realize that we needed the points more than anything else at our current situation.

  • 7 beefman13 // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    The game yesterday reminded me very much of last seasons performances, especially away from home, we would normally do well one half and hang on for grim death second, we got away with it last night after controlling the first half easily, we do sit back on leads though and its exausting, no doubt the manager will be telling all the media about the fight and spirit in the club, and they did show it last night and we did get away with it, that said games like that could have gone like the fulham game away last season when we controlled the first half only to be steamrollered second, sometimes if you set yourself up like we do, you get away with it, we did many times last season, this season we have not got away with it at all until last night, it could be a turning point to our season, the french lads will be busting to play their first home game on saturday and will be up for the chelsea visit, its a tough one but5 i feel we will be quietly confident, would love us for once to put a whole 90 min on the same level, something we have not done this season.

  • 8 ballerfan2 // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    There have been several comments regarding the second half performance. It was awful to watch as a Toon fan I admit, but to suggest that Pardew had told them at half time to hang onto what they had is rather a blinkered view and obviously anti Pardew led. Villa were really fired up at half time and came at us like wild men – just look at the succession of yellow cards they received – but good for them, they really had a go after we dominated the first half with a classy show which promises much for the future. When that happens (villa’s 2nd half aggression) it is really down to the players to react and we unquestionably lacked any composure, and that is what must be addressed by Pardew. The long punt clearance can’t be part of the coaching system but is too often the desperate get out for individuals either under severe pressure or with no obvious other ball retaining pass. I agree that Pardew must instil greater composure among the defenders but don’t necessarily agree that the punt is what he is currently expecting from his undoubtedly talented players. I suspect he is as frustrated by that as we all are. On the upside – didn’t we show a lot of character in the second half onslaught. And (I don’t think anyone has mentioned it) but where on earth did M’bia come from to clear just as the ball was about to be smashed into our net. He just appeared out of nowhere – how quick is he in these situations.

  • 9 county down magpie // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    I think if saylor could stay injury free from now we’ll not miss colo at all if he goes in the summer, M’Biwa is more or less a younger version of colo who csn improve even more. And given that everyones central pairing by choice was colo and saylor I think a bid in for a good up and coming understudy would work out in the best interests of the club. ……unless we can get someone like alderweild!!

  • 10 martoon // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Well said Markaccus @3. It is quite obvious Negger derives from the word negative. If we follow Hatem’s logic that we can’t use words that have a similarity to racial slurs does that mean we can’t use words such as ‘bigger’ or ‘can’ or even the colour black.

  • 11 widowmagandapoke // Jan 30, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Catchy at 4
    allowed to do that




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