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What’s This – Love Gets In The Way Of Watching Newcastle?

10:45 am, Thursday, February 14th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 56 Comments

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew thinks that the fact today is Valentine’s Day may mean the crowd will be smaller than usual – but he has encouraged the fans to bring the wife or girlfriend tonight – or the missus – is what he actually said.


Whoops – it’s Valentine’s Day today

And most fans hadn’t even heard of  Metalist Karkhiv – so they are hardly a big name club – even if they seem to have more than a decent side.

This is what Alan told the local papers today:

“I’ve got to be honest, the Geordies are maybe a bit too romantic this year!” “Maybe they need to dump the missus and come to the game – or bring her to the game.”

“Unfortunately, the name Metalist doesn’t really attract you, but when you analyse their team – nine South Americans – you know there’s going to be some entertainment and quality on the pitch, for sure.”

“The crowd’s going to be a bit lower than we’d like, but the experience I’ve had here when we’ve had 30,000 or 35,000 crowds, they’re as noisy as 50,000. You get a hardcore, and they’re brilliant.”

“We’re trying to help our fans.” “It’s difficult.” “We know life is difficult for everybody outside of our trade.” “We’re very fortunate to have the funds that we get.”

And the powers that be at Newcastle want the biggest crowds they can get in all the remaining games this season – and the prices tonight are £15 for adults and £5 for youngsters – a real bargain.

I’ve got to admit I hadn’t realized the game was on Valentine’s Day until earlier this week – and I had reservations made for dinner with my wife Madeline at a posh restaurant.

As it turns out I would have been able to watch the first half – but then it would be off to dinner, but Madeleine graciously agreed to have the dinner tomorrow night.

And it’s now 5:30 am local time over here in the US (east coast time) – and I’ve already got the Valentine Day card waiting for Madeline when she gets up – I’m not daft. 😀

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56 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Not a problem. Game is on at 4 am for me. I can have the best of both worlds… 🙂

    heading out in an hour 🙂

  • 2 archaeomag // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:58 AM


  • 3 Markaccus // Feb 14, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Danny, yeah if he gets injured we’re left with shola on his own in europe, and goofy up front in the league, but since cisse aint scoring, we’re used to getting the goals from behind him anyway. I think the gamble is worth it to try and play him into form. You might be right though, pardew might not want to risk him.

  • 4 Transfer Sage // Feb 14, 2013 at 11:07 AM


    Ultimate planning an a very understanding missus. Enjoy the football and your nice meal out tomorrow.

    Unfortunately I am going to miss the match tonight, sure i can find highlights here in the morning.

  • 5 dannyboy // Feb 14, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    im single but i dont live anywhere near newcastle lol! or id defo go!

  • 6 Transfer Sage // Feb 14, 2013 at 11:12 AM


    You have the worst of both worlds 🙁 hearts bleeding pal lol

  • 7 dannyboy // Feb 14, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    i think goofy might be best on the wing , dont get me wrong id like to see him up on his own in a game like this were you can experiment a wee bit but when it comes to epl he wil struggle with the phsyicality of the game, cisse is twice his size and struggles , he gets bullied far too easily for me

  • 8 outsidethebox // Feb 14, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    have to play the strongest team whilst giving some players rest and some players games….i would have given collo a break to sort his life out and also santon and krull as they has played most games ….
    mbai hadderia anita obertan and bigi need games

    simpson mbai saylor hairdrier
    anita tiote cabaye marv
    sissoko cisse…
    with williamson obertan and bigi to get some part of game …would be my choice..

  • 9 Transfer Sage // Feb 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM


    gouff is much quicker than cisse though, his game is to run in behind where cisse finds gaps with movement.

    lack of size never bothered players like owen who used pace when he was younger.

  • 10 richyg01 // Feb 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM


    Simmo ain’t even in the squad is he mate?

  • 11 saxonfenken // Feb 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM


    Still on the ESPN tonight, When I realised it was the 14th, The trip to a restaurant was put back to Friday, My wife bless her is understanding.

  • 12 richyg01 // Feb 14, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Anita Saylor Mbai Haidara

  • 13 dannyboy // Feb 14, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    yeah ive streamed every game this season and link it up to my tv , cant complain when its for free.
    owen never played up front on his own much as far as i can remember , the way pappis is playing atm he couldnt do much worse though

  • 14 Transfer Sage // Feb 14, 2013 at 11:32 AM


    owen didn’t much but it was more due to desired formation at the time.

    Torres when at liverpool and athletico was light weight and relied on pace, played up to alone.

  • 15 pawl250 // Feb 14, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Why rest players? We have no game on the weekend, and are playing home? Why not go all out and try end the tie before we have the away leg.

    My team would be :-

    ————————- Krul ————————-
    Santon —- Mbiwa —- Coloccini —- Haidara
    —————— Anita — Tiote ——————–
    —– Sissoko —– Cabaye —– Marveaux —-
    ———————— Cisse ————————-

    Strong team, strong attack, strong defence!

    Hoping we can come away with a clean sheet and a few goals. 2 or 3 – 0 would do me.

    Cisse scoring x2 and Mbiwa header would be dandy! =)

  • 16 Transfer Sage // Feb 14, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Papiss is so strange for me….he is a good finished normally but struggling now.

    He also has a very good touch but too many times he just seems to lose focus and send the ball flying on his 2nd/3rd touch after a brilliant first touch.

  • 17 outsidethebox // Feb 14, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    richyg01 @ 8 …never seen squad sorry …yeah i like anita seemed he was coming good ..i think he could play there…
    could be chance to try 3 centre backs ???

  • 18 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love.
    There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done.
    Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung.
    Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
    It’s easy.
    There’s nothing you can make that can’t be made.
    No one you can save that can’t be saved.
    Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you
    in time – It’s easy.

    All you need is love, all you need is love,
    All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
    Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love.
    All you need is love, all you need is love,
    All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
    There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known.
    Nothing you can see that isn’t shown.
    Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.
    It’s easy.
    All you need is love, all you need is love,
    All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
    All you need is love (all together now)
    All you need is love (everybody)
    All you need is love, love, love is all you need.


    Okay, now that’s out of the way, let’s talk some football.

  • 19 pawl250 // Feb 14, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Away leg can be:-

    ———————— Krul ———————-
    Simpson – Mbiwa – Williamson – Haidara
    ———– Perch — Anita — Bigirmana —–
    Obertan ———- Ameobi —— Marveaux

    *IF WE HAVE A DECENT MARGIN IN FIRST LEG, if not must go near full strength

  • 20 outsidethebox // Feb 14, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    pawl250 ..i agree that one option is to play strongest team we could play but feel that pardieu will take the chance to give fringe players a run out …i am more worried about away game ….what he cannot do is play the so called top purple in away game .wouldnt like to see krull collo cabaye sissoko cisse santon even travel …saints game too important

  • 21 TorqToon // Feb 14, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Excited about the game tonight.

    Metalist are a very physical side, they have a midfield who enjoy tackles and not necessarily the best timed tackles!

    The keeper is 37yrs old, a solid performer but not comfortable catching the ball, prefers to punch. The back line are very organised, hold a very high and tight line (which makes it a shame that Gouffran can’t play as he’d have a field day)! Obviously they’ve lost both there top players lately which is a huge bonus for us.

    With their habit of giving away silly free kicks on the edge of the 18 to break up attacks however they can, we could see Cabaye notch a screamer tonight!

    Fingers crossed!

  • 22 archaeomag // Feb 14, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    My Valentine Team


    X X X X

    X X

    X X

  • 23 dannyboy // Feb 14, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    one thing about torres though his hold up and build play is fantastic i think

  • 24 nick_9 // Feb 14, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Pawl I like the look of that team. Debuchy is intelligible so we know we get to see a different fullback in the eleven. I’m hoping to see Anita and also hoping mbiwa gets a full ninety. Marveaux and Anita will surely be in there and tiote needs games to prove himself again. I would love to see Campbell given a cameo late on.

    Not underestimating Metalist they are a stronger side than many believe but we are at home so need to go for it if we want to progress, the away tie will be tricky

  • 25 TorqToon // Feb 14, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    As much as I would love a full side out there, we need to be sensible. We have the depth now to select a strong squad whilst resting a few purples!

    Metalist are a bunch of thugs in midfield lads, they will kick our boys about so we need to stay calm and strong.

  • 26 Transfer Sage // Feb 14, 2013 at 11:58 AM


    torres is good at linking definitely…..thats really come on this past year or so….he hasn’t been the same player he was since about 18months before he left liverpool…he has adapted well but will never be the force he was.

  • 27 Transfer Sage // Feb 14, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    I think it has to be close to a full team tonight…new boys need even more time to gel and why even enter european comps if we aren’t going to go out for the win.

    Away leg maybe rest one or two but it’s hardly tiring sitting on a plane for a few hours….not like they are walking to the ukraine. They just turn up and everything is sorted, no stress of travelling like when going away with family.

  • 28 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Has anyone been confirmed as starting yet?

  • 29 nick_9 // Feb 14, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Torqtoon- don’t like the sound of that. Would hate sissoko or cabaye to get injured, or any other player for that matter. wonder of haidara is ready for the first team, he has had his shirt number changed in Europe to 35 if I remember rightly as Ba work 19 in Europe.

  • 30 nick_9 // Feb 14, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    I think it will be :

    ————— cisse—————-

    Pure speculation obviously, I’m anxious for the game now

  • 31 dannyboy // Feb 14, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    100% torres will never be back to his best, he was scary with his pace and skills, hes lost them now, but his build up and hold up play has improved . . . . . ano which id prefer though , PACE A SKILL he doesnt scare defenders anymore, hopefully goofy can be something similar and give cisse a kick up the backside

  • 32 TorqToon // Feb 14, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Nick – I think Haidara will start mate. Yeah squad number changed to 35 as can’t have 2 different players wear the same number (Ba)!

    It’s worrying – but in fairness, all good players are at risk of being targeted, we have some truly incredible players at the club now so it’s inevitable.

    However, Cabaye, Sissoko, Tiote etc are strong lads, and I’m sure will be fine.

  • 33 markmac // Feb 14, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    i love my mrs but i love NUFC aswell, so a nice cosy nite in front of the telly for us [espn] ;-]

  • 34 dannyboy // Feb 14, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    i dont think hel start santon . . . . . were the f**k is simpson? is he stuck up tulisas bumcrack or hideing down one of her chavie onesies?? cant wait to get rid of him . . .bad publicity like ranger , dyer ,barton and belamy. . no time for these players anymore

  • 35 pawl250 // Feb 14, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    I think we will start full strength, I can perhaps see Perch, Gouffran, Debuchy and either STaylor or Colo dropped for new faces out of the Spurs team.~

    and Tiote would most likely start in my opinion, Santon moving to right back.

    POSSIBLY …. dare I say it, Shola starting for Cisse when we need Cisse to pick up some form and can do without the hoof tactics for tonight!

  • 36 toonLYF // Feb 14, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Get to the match tonight, the lorra’ ya.

  • 37 Tsunki // Feb 14, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Nick – debuchy is intelligble? I dunno, he seems to make sense to me…. 🙂

  • 38 Tsunki // Feb 14, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    If I spelled intelligible correctly of course I would be legible. 🙁

  • 39 Tsunki // Feb 14, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Gouffran isn’t in there though is he?

  • 40 DokToon // Feb 14, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    smart planing there. however, i took care of the holiday obligation last week… when the wife recieved her bracelet and flowers, she simply asked, “when are they playing?”…

    good one, my wife… lol…

  • 41 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Really are some complete and utter w*nk*rs on this planet. Email hackers…I despise you!

    Anyway, so are we all discussing who has lenient wives and who doesn’t?

  • 42 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 14, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    If Ben Arfa is fit for the Southampton game.

    Would anyone give him 20-30 minutes away at Metalist to get him back into the swing of it for the Southampton game

  • 43 toonLYF // Feb 14, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    DJANGO! Django, have you always bin’ alone? DJANGO!

  • 44 tdt // Feb 14, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    This is the team I think will play tonight:


    Subs: Elliot, S.Taylor, Bigiramana, Perch, Anita, Jonas, Sh.Ameobi.

  • 45 toonLYF // Feb 14, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    it’s insane if Anita doesn’t start tonight. Not fair on the lad.





    No brainer IMO.

  • 46 darrenfletcher88 // Feb 14, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Don’t think there will be to many changes, with what pardews come out and said am expecting a near full strength team,

    Dubuchy colo mbiwa santon
    Anita tiote
    Sissoko cissie Marv

  • 47 Ian Toon // Feb 14, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    I think we’ll see 7-8 of the Spurs starters tonight. Our shape could be similar to the system we adopted last Saturday with the amazingly talented Cabaye ( better than Alonso) spraying passes around and better movement from Cisse allowing Sissoko to exploit the space in behind the Metalist CB’s. I think Yanga will start at right back and during the course of the game slot into a CB role. Really looking forward to the magnificent Tiote and Jonas repeatedly putting their body on the line and working tirelessly against a reputed bunch of bully boys. This could be a great opportunity to take a worthwhile lead into the second leg. This is a European night that could be special. Despite the usual damp squib and low crowd forecast by one lamentable poster there will be a big appreciative crowd singing Alan Pardew’s black and white army before the evening is out.

  • 48 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Hi Ian, So you’re going to the game tonight? Should be a good one, hope you enjoy.

  • 49 NUFC_LEAZES END // Feb 14, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    People should do what I did.

    Bought tickets for me and my mates (who have girlfriends), and just don’t tell them that the match is on valentines day, until they give me the money for the tickets. Then tell them after that so the can’t back out hahaha

  • 50 Ian Toon // Feb 14, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Ibiza- Gooday sport. All you do need is love very apt. I have an appointment tonight with Catchy in the car park before kick off. If you remember he suggested meeting whilst he’s holidaying in NE. I am looking for a 6′ 2” 13 1/2 stone thirty five year old. I should hear him before I see him. Not my ideal valentine but it takes all sorts.
    I fancy us to put on one of our best showings of the season and to carry our improved form on. Good engaging .

  • 51 beefman13 // Feb 14, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    I really hope we go for it, AP will probably have the mindset, if we go further in the comp then ok we have had a go if we go out at least he can say we gave it a go, lets see, in the prem he is over cautious especially at home if we get a lead, he tends to try and close shop, that attitude backfires on you as it has for us most of this season imo, at home keep the pressure up and you get the crowd with you as well.

    Lets go for it, will he play perch or jonas? If he plays perch then he still has that cautious seed instilled!

  • 52 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Ian…I have heard he’s quite the catch….(catch…catchy…No? Oh alright then) :).

    Well give the lads a sing and a cheer from me, I’ll be loud no doubt, but I’m not quite sure you’ll be able to hear me at SJP. Have a good one and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.

    Beefman…I don’t know a lot about our opposition tonight, but from what I understand they are quite physical (Que Olivia Newton John), so I wouldn’t be too surprised to see some players of our own that aren’t afraid to let them know they are there.

    That being said, I don’t expect them to get a goal and protect it. This isn’t a 3 point game to protect, getting as many goals as possible should be the aim, but let’s not forget we need to keep it tight and not concede any.

    Should be a good one.

  • 53 Mister Tuff // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Ian Toon – had to go out yesterday so could not reply – you brought up the aspect of players with bad attitudes to training social activities. I agree with your sentiments. If you think of elite athletes you never hear dodgy stories about them having 4am kebabs/curry and chips or being involved in drunken street brawls. Whilst most modern day footballers have embraced the contintental style of training/diet/social responsibility there are one or two footballers who have not. Getting involved in this type of untoward behaviour is counterproductive and causes uneccessary embarassment to the club.
    I see you have aired your Valentines Day “love message” to Percy Panais in your previous post by hoping that the crowd starts “singing Alan Pardew’s black and white army before the evening is out.” I hope you have not sent him a card.
    I’ve just seen you are attending the match with Catchy.
    Catchy – if he starts going on about Percy give him a crack around the lug.

  • 54 beefman13 // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Of course gung ho tactics can get u caught out, lets not give the ball away cheaply, be measured in our approach but make it attacking, if we go one up lets go for the second, lets not sit back, we coyld get caught on the break but hopefully mbiwa will be playing and he has the pace to get back unlike colo or saylor who to be fair arnt to pacey but are strong in other areas. It will be refreshing if AP tells the lads as KK used to, to go out and express yourselves!

  • 55 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Beefman…We are on the same page.

  • 56 veto // Feb 14, 2013 at 5:08 PM


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