Oui – It’s French Day On Sunday – Come Dressed Up


We must say that Newcastle United and their fans are giving a big welcome to the new French players, and rather than be embarrassed at having so many French players in the squad – the club are making sure the French players feel welcome on Tyneside- and it just goes to show that Newcastle fans don’t care much where the players come from – as long as they are dedicated to Newcastle United – and the French players certainly are – and they give 100% (or more?) in games.

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Newcastle fans at Aston Villa in January

So it’s fitting that the game against Southampton on Sunday has been designated ‘French Day’ by the club.  Newcastle now have ten players in the squad, following the five new arrivals in January, the club are encouraging fans to dress up, paint their faces, put on their berets and mustaches, and even bring along French flags to the game.

The French press are going to love this.

There will be some good entertainment and several other surprises awaiting the fans at Sunday’s important game – according to Newcastle’s web-site.

This is what French International midfielder Yohan Cabaye said about French day:

“I think this is a fantastic idea.” “The French players who were here last season and the players who arrived in January are very proud to be here and to play for Newcastle United so it will be very special to see our fans celebrating our culture and sharing it with us.”

“The support from our fans and our teammates is a big reason why players have wanted to come here to Newcastle.”  “We hope to repay that support on the pitch by giving the best performances we can.”

And Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew added this:

“It’s not just on the pitch that our French players have had an impact since they’ve arrived. The city has really taken to them as well and the players have spoken about how much they’ve appreciated the welcome they’ve been given,  and seeing things like French flags in the crowd.”

“It’s up to us as a club to help our fans continue that outstanding support, so the French Day is an opportunity for people right across the stadium to come along early, have some fun and generate a fantastic atmosphere both before and during what is a big game for us.”

This is a great idea by the club, and fans will have the chance to pay homage to the many great French players in the Newcastle squad these days.

The game against the Saints kicks off at 1:30 pm on Sunday, and you can get your tickets by calling 0844 372 1892, visit www.nufc.co.uk or call in at the St. James’ Park Box Office.

It would be great to have a full house on Sunday – and hopefully cheer the lads on to victory – Newcastle will likely have around half the starting team be French players on Sunday – and we’ve got to think Ben Arfa could make an appearance in that game. 😀

And notice how this will only help us get our French targets in over the summer – because it will make big news in France.

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40 comments so far

  • G

    Feb 20, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #1

    I’ll fetch my white flag along.

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  • valle

    Feb 20, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Regarding the home grown rule, i have seen some wrong info posted on this site. You can have a maximum of 17 non-homegrown players in the squad (We have 15). A home grown player is someone who have trained in England/Wales for 3 years before his birthday, nationality dosnt matter… That means that we can keep our squad and add to players above 21 and still meeting the demands and we can add as many under 21’s as we want, alhough those players would have to be 17 to count as home grown in the future. Any of these we sell will increase the number of non-homegrowns we can buy.

    Jonas
    Amalfitano
    Obertan
    And unfortunately Colo

    I could name 11 others ofcourse but i have only named those who we in my opinion could exhange for better or in Colo case, which we will lose for other reasons.

    We could still only have 25 players above 21 in our squad, meaning that a few deadwood homegrowns like Gosling, Williamson and Simpson could move without is causing any problem.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 20, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #3

    This is an area football often seems to miss out on what other sports like rugby and cricket especially embrace.

    Come along, bring the family and have a good day out. You don’t need to turn up and just watch the football….you can have a lot of fun too.

    Dressing up, singing all the songs and basicaly just enjoying the experience even if you lose, just go there, have fun and support our team.

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  • valle

    Feb 20, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #4

    missed a w in that “two” in the 5th line, but you get the idea i hope

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  • G

    Feb 20, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #5

    I just hope the French flavour doesn’t attract some bunch of idiots with Onions hanging round their necks, with the intention of throwing them? Seem to remember a couple of numpties doing that after we signed Ginola back in the 90’s.

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  • tequilamag

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #6

    Squad for Thur named on NUFC site

    Newcastle United squad in full
    Shola Ameobi, Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana, Yohan Cabaye, Papiss Cisse, Fabricio Coloccini, Rob Elliot, Dan Gosling, Jonas Gutierrez, Massadio Haïdara, Tim Krul, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, James Perch, Danny Simpson, Moussa Sissoko, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

    Santon and Cabaye and Anita left at home.
    So expext Haidara to play with Perch and Tiote to start as well. Dan Gosling is also in squad!

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  • valle

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #7

    Hmm, seems like i posted a bit to fast, allot of spelling errors in there, now that i read through it, sorry about that.

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  • tequilamag

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #8

    Correction Anita is in squad

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  • G

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #9

    valle@ 7. Wouldn’t worry about typo’s / spelling too much. I’m dylexic anyway so i wouldn’t have even noticed.

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  • tequilamag

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #10

    ” nd correction Cabaye is in squad, really need to get my eyesight checked. May explain why I still rate Jonas

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #11

    tequila

    I thought you had some inside info there haha.

    I think it looks like it will be similar team with possibly haidara at left back then….or at least the possibility of a similar team with a good bench.

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  • robin

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #12

    Jonas, should be dropped as he unsettles the team his passing and crossing are not up to the required standards even for the Fifa 13 geeks on here. The team needs more mobility, Anita and Marveaux are a much better alternative than old Jonas, who is approaching the end of his NUFC career rather like Colocini, who is a liability with no pace either just like another Pardew favourite Big useless Shola, we know the games up when he wanders onto the pitch!

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  • check the toastie

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #13

    Think Perchy will play left back personally,

    Parnsips Team something like this.

    …………………..Krul……………………….
    Mbiwa…….Saylor…..Collo…….Perch
    ……………..Tiote….Cabaye…………….
    …….Marv……Sissoko….Jonas………..
    ……………………Cisse…………………….

    Personally would have Anita in instead of Tiote, but not much chance of that. Hope Anita gets a game against Soton, that would be ideal, especially with Debuchy, Santon, Goofy and Benny back, oh my word what a team.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #14

    Robin

    I accept that jonas is poor with his delivery and shouldn’t get in ahead of gouff and HBA but in reality marv hasn’t really played well out wide, only ever done much in a central role really.

    Anita is a DM or fullback but mainly a DM…so why play him out wide? just because he is quick?

    Colo was in team of the year last season as voted by all players so doing something right….you don’t have to have pace to be a solid CB, terry, carragher, vidic…all top CBs and still to this day good when played despite lack of pace.

    Shola I agree….not bad for 10-20 mins at the end of a game but even then he concedes too many needless fouls and isn’t that smart…although can hold the ball up well at times.

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  • tequilamag

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #15

    TS I am the King of misinformation mate.
    Robin is it half-term? You will never pass your exams if your playing truant.

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  • Grafton83

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #16

    At the start of the season Pardew said there was very little to choose between Shola and Adam Campbell. I don’t think Sholas improved in that time but I’m sure Adam has, if Shola didn’t suit Pardews hoof it tactics I’m sure we’d have seen Adam get some first team game time by now. I have no idea why Ranger has been allowed on the pitch ahead of him, he must have seen that and been disgusted after all his hard work and after all Rangers stupid mistakes and terrible attitude.

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  • check the toastie

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #17

    Robin – i agree whole heartedly with your comments, its the truth, however some folk dont like to face it.

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  • tequilamag

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #18

    Checksuspect it will Haidara at LB with Obertan on the wing but you never know.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #19

    grafton

    I have wondered that myself….i’d get it if campbell was a target man style forward as thats somtimes hard to do when young as not filled out fully but he is all about pace..players like that come through around his age if good enough which he looks.

    I suppose shola has experience which is what pards went for but no idea why ranger was ahead…poor player with a worse attitude.

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  • Grafton83

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #20

    I would prefer not to play Tiote he’s a shadow of his former self right now and often flirts with a red card during games. Would prefer Anita or even Perch in that role right now.

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  • Ian Toon

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #21

    Tequila – No. It was ultimately your mental clarity. It was a positive perception that created the reality. Mind you when next your passing the opticians don’t!

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  • Ian Toon

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #22

    Tequila– But you do realise that as you read this countless members of the football intelligentsia are redrafting their teams.

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  • aidantoon

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #23

    Not sure why Anita not getting a game, would rather see him in holding role than title or perch.

    Fancy a 2-1 win tomorrow.

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  • tequilamag

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #24

    Ian, yeah it needs to be done. Lola has many great qualities but I don`t think she can hack it as a guide dog.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #25

    check

    how can you think colo is past it then? he is a solid player…makes some mistakes and gets caught out by pace sometimes but all defenders get caught out whether it’s pace, movement, power, in the air, etc

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  • Ian Toon

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #26

    Coming from a marquee poster they take everything you have to say as gospel.

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  • tequilamag

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #27

    Ian it is an opportunity to get their Pardew is clueless posts in early.

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  • aidantoon

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #28

    Tiote I mean! My kindle playing up lol.

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  • Ian Toon

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #29

    Transfer— with the right mentality Coloccini is just fine. Aside from Games against Sunderland and Liverpool he has no yet reached the heights of last season.

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  • toonincheek

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #30

    We definitely need someone on the bench who can
    take over from Tiote if/when he is on a yellow and
    still getting stuck in.

    I would have preferred Anita but looks like it will be
    Bigi.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #31

    I’d not be against anita being in for tiote….on form thats a fair call I think.

    Also obertan has offered more assists and goals than jonas this past 18months so could easily argue jonas be dropped for obertan (i know jonas works hard but his first duty on the wing is to assist with goals, which is he isn’t going, but i appreciate his hard work)

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #32

    Ian

    Oh yeh, I wont argue that he isn’t playing as well as last year, he was excellent then…but I still think he is a capable defender and paying him doesn’t make pardew clueless as some on here seem to suggest.

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  • tequilamag

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #33

    TS I think we need to look at this game as what are the best options available. Gouffran and HBA will be almost certainly the preferred choice on the flanks for the rest of the season. For this match Jonas is worth a starting place to keep it tight. Marv looks indifferent on the flanks to me and I can`t see him being picked ahead of Sissoko in CM. Obertan is much improved from last season though is not as good with his final ball as I would like. If Colo was dropped then Simpson would need to play RB . Not really the option I would advocate.

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  • toonincheek

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #34

    Not saying Jonas has been one of our top performers this season, but I think he is playing a slightly different role.

    And I think that his contribution to the team doesn’t show up in the way the stats are presented.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #35

    toon in cheek

    I’m not trying to say jonas has contributed nothing but the games where he is used out wide his primary job is to assist with good crosses or by getting into the box himself.

    He has rarely done this which is a let down for me. I don’t fault his defensive work but your winger shouldn’t spend his time doing that much defensive work…he has to spend more time creating.

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 20, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #36

    G, not the smartest ever comment I have read (1).

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 20, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #37

    Transfer Sage, thanks for your update on previous thread re the Metallist match.

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  • Ian Toon

    Feb 20, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #38

    Munster – Good to have you back on board the good ship!

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 20, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #39

    Ian, was in hosp mate! Took too much Brufen ….didnt realise I had a small ulcer ….kpow….blood and huge heartbeat. Transfusions , the lot. 6 days in there. Recovering now 🙂 . Good to be alive!

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  • jammylambo

    Feb 20, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #40

    tickets all booked up , any idea what they mean by turning up early? like how early and what for?

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