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


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.

valentine-heart

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. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

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56 comments so far

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Feb 14, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #1

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

    heading out in an hour 🙂

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  • archaeomag

    Feb 14, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #2

    XXXX

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 14, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #3

    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.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 14, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #4

    ED

    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.

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  • dannyboy

    Feb 14, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #5

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

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 14, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #6

    danny

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

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  • dannyboy

    Feb 14, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #7

    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

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  • outsidethebox

    Feb 14, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #8

    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

    elliott
    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..

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #9

    danny

    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.

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  • richyg01

    Feb 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #10

    @8

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

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  • saxonfenken

    Feb 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #11

    dannyboy

    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.

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  • richyg01

    Feb 14, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #12

    _________Elliot
    Anita Saylor Mbai Haidara
    _________Tiote
    Oba_____Cabaye___Marv
    ________Sissoko
    _________Cisse

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  • dannyboy

    Feb 14, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #13

    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

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 14, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #14

    danny

    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.

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  • pawl250

    Feb 14, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #15

    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! =)

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 14, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #16

    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.

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  • outsidethebox

    Feb 14, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #17

    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 ???

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 14, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #18

    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.

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  • pawl250

    Feb 14, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #19

    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

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  • outsidethebox

    Feb 14, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #20

    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

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  • TorqToon

    Feb 14, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #21

    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!

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  • archaeomag

    Feb 14, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #22

    My Valentine Team

    X

    X X X X

    X X

    X X
    X

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  • dannyboy

    Feb 14, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #23

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

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  • nick_9

    Feb 14, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #24

    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

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  • TorqToon

    Feb 14, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #25

    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.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 14, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #26

    danny

    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.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 14, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #27

    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.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 14, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #28

    Has anyone been confirmed as starting yet?

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  • nick_9

    Feb 14, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #29

    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.

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  • nick_9

    Feb 14, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #30

    I think it will be :

    ——————krul—————-
    Santon–mbiwa-Taylor-haidara-
    ————-tiote—cabaye——–
    Anita———marveaux—–Jonas
    ————— cisse—————-

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

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  • dannyboy

    Feb 14, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #31

    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

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  • TorqToon

    Feb 14, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #32

    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.

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  • markmac

    Feb 14, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #33

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

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  • dannyboy

    Feb 14, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #34

    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

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  • pawl250

    Feb 14, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #35

    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.~

    Haidara
    Anita
    Mbiwa
    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!

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  • toonLYF

    Feb 14, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #36

    Get to the match tonight, the lorra’ ya.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 14, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #37

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

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 14, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #38

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

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 14, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #39

    Gouffran isn’t in there though is he?

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  • DokToon

    Feb 14, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #40

    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…

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