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Newcastle Beat Blackpool 1-0 – Shola Scores Again – Match Report

5:01 pm, Sunday, July 28th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 120 Comments


Newcastle played well this afternoon against a strong Blackpool side, and that man Shola Ameobi scored again for his home town club, and that’s three goals in pre-season for Shola, and it was an overall solid performance by Newcastle, and our first clean sheet of the pre-season, and Rob Elliot again looked solid in the Magpies goal.

And this game has been tabbed the Wonga derby, with both clubs being sponsored by the pay-day loan company.

And once again Alan Pardew was able to give all his subs a run-out in this game, except for young goalkeeper Jak Alnwick, and there were many good performances this afternoon from the Newcastle players – a good display and a good result and performance from our lads.

Newcastle were dominant in the first half but Blackpool were much improved in the seocnd period with young winger Tom Ince outstanding for the home side.

Here’s how we saw the game this afternoon.

Over a third of the crowd were Newcastle supporters with 2384 of the crowd of 6,863 having made the trek from Newcastle to Bloomfield Road for the game this afternoon, and the Geordie supporters made their presence felt.

You would think Newcastle are a well supported side by those numbers – but really – fantastic support from the Geordie supporters.

And Newcastle got off to a great start this afternoon when Shola Ameobi scored his third goal of pre-season after only 5 minutes – maybe we need to keep this guy.


Captain Yohan Cabaye in action this afternoon

Yohan Cabaye crossed the ball from the right and Mike Williamson headed it down to Ameobi, and the Nigerian International controlled the ball deftly with his chest before turning acrobatically to drive the ball past goalkeeper Matthew Gilks, and it was another great goal from Shola.

And maybe Ameobi’s really inspired to make the Nigerian squad for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil, and he’s played well so far in pre-season, but we must keep him fit.

Cabaye has looked in good form in pre-season and he had another great shot at goal from all of 30 yards out, but goalkeeper Gilks saved it fairly easily.

And then Cabaye put through a wonderful ball to Sylvain Marveaux, but a good tackle from Bob Harris saved the day for Blackpool.

On 17 minutes Cabaye took a free kick about 27 yards from goal and it was a great effort from the Frenchman, and the ball only just went over the bar – Yohan looks in form this afternoon (we need to keep him).

Then on 28 minutes Rob Elliot came to the rescue of the visitors as Craig Cathcart, the former Manchester United youngster headed a cross straight at goal, but Elliot instinctively turned the ball over the bar, and it was a brilliant save from the Newcastle second string goalkeeper.

Six minutes before half time Shola Ameobi almost got a second goal, and it was a great run down the left wing by Italian Davide Santon that ended up in the Italian pulling the ball back to Shola, and his first time shot was just over the bar from 10 yards out – that was a little unlucky for Ameobi and almost his second goal of the game.

And then Newcastle seemed to have scored their second goal with a beautifully worked team goal – and it ended up with Gouffran back-heeling the ball to Moussa Sissoko, who smashed the ball into the back of the net, but the linesman flagged for offside – but it looked a good goal.

The half time whistle came without any stoppage time, and Newcastle led 1-0 and had played very well and were dominant against a fit Blackpool side – we need to keep it up in the second half ………

Haris Vuckic was brought on for Shola Ameobi at half time, and it was a bit of a surprising change, with Shola in top form in pre-season, but Haris will play up front again with Gouffran and they combined well in Portugal when they played together.

Looks like Shola will be playing at St. Mirren on Tuesday night.

We hadn’t seen much at all of England U21 International Tom Ince in the first half, but the 21 year-old was starting to show up well in the second period, as were the home side.

Ince got the ball off Yohan Cabaye and tried an effort from all of 50 yards out, and it was pretty close but the ball sailed just over the bar.

After 61 minutes Paul Dummett came on for Davide Santon, and a minute later Michael Chopra had the ball in the back of the net for Blackpool, but it was ruled offside, and then inexplicably the sprinkler system came on – for some unknown reason.

Tom Ince was playing really well in the second half, and he was leading a Blackpool revival and on 71 minutes Tom hit a shot across the goal, and it was only just wide, and Steven Taylor was a bit late in his tackle – good play by the Blackpool youngster.

And then three minutes later Alan Pardew brought on 21 year-old Sammy Ameobi in place of captain for the day Yohan Cabaye, with local lad Steven Taylor taking the captain’s armband for Newcastle.

Both sides were looking a little disjointed at this point in the game with all the changes made, and Blackpool manager Paul Ince had made four changes in the last six minutes, in this their final warm-up game before the Championship begins next Saturday.

On 81 minutes Mike Williamson was replaced by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and four minutes later Adam Campbell came on for Yoan Gouffran, even though the 18 year-old local lad played the full game yesterday in the Newcastle U-21 defeat against Kilmarnock.

And a minute later Blackpool missed a good chance to equalize, a very good chance to equalize when substitute Eccleston hit the ball over the bar from all of eight yards out, when it looked easier to score.

And then young Adam Campbell showed his great potential and skill, with a rapid turn and he quickly released the ball through to Marveaux, and Sylvain was through on goal and forced a great save from Gilks in the Blackpool goal.

Newcastle played out the two minutes of added time and completed a very satisfying display and a good pre-season win.

Newcastle were well on top in the first half but young Tom Ince led the Blackpool comeback in the seocnd half and he will have impressed the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew with that second half performance.

A solid display by the Magpies today.


Blackpool (4-3-3): Gilks; Broadfoot (Basham 69), Mackenzie, Cathcart (Caprice 84), Harris; Ferguson (Kante 69), Martinez (Osbourne 76), Ince (Barkhuizen 81); Grant (Claasen 61), Chopra (Bishop 74), Davies (Eccleston 69).
Subs (not used): Halstead (gk), Banvo.

Newcastle (4-4-2): Elliot; Debuchy, Williamson (Yanga-Mbiwa 81), S Taylor, Santon (Dummett 61); Marveaux, Cabaye (Sammy Ameobi 73), Sissoko, Gutierrez; Gouffran (Campbell 84), Shola Ameobi (Vuckic 46).
Sub (not used): Alnwick (gk).

Tags: Friendlies · Match Reports · Newcastle News · Pre-season

120 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tinman // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    To anyone who says why put Campbell on for 7 mins. He played 90mins yesterday…

  • 2 viv // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Crack open the Champagne Ameobi scored from a corner.

  • 3 pawl250 // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Remy on loan would be ideal until January, and we need to hope QPR stay in the Championship, if they come back Remy will go back next season!

  • 4 BandB // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Low Fell Mag,

    I grew up among a huge family of Newcastle supporting uncles and cousins.
    Among them were relatives who felt in exactly the way you do. And others felt exactly the way Jail does.
    You BOTH represent time-honoured and honourable traditions of supporting Newcastle United.
    You both, in your different ways, strike me as genuine fans.
    I’ve been fiddling around my final sentence for 15 minutes about the obvious presence on the blog of real frauds, but Tsunki @ 271 has beat me to it.
    He’s right.

  • 5 MC Brown // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    I hope we get our forwards before next game . We need to start playing our strongest team , work on our tactics . SA injured again . I honestly think we are going to have a great season just get in a few more quality players in.

  • 6 SeanNufc87 // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:11 PM


    Anyone saying put Campbell on are clearly fools, Campbell was on for like 7 minutes and didn’t score once! Shola scored in 6 minutes and that is a scientific fact!

    I think we can all agree to what’s now plainly obvious right?

    also it wasnt a corner

  • 7 mattnufc // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    @2 No he didn’t.

  • 8 jazzyp // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Would be gutting mate if he had an amazing season for us and we had to let him go at the end of the season.
    I see no point in just a loan deal without the view to a permanent deal if he performs.And of course nothing materializes in September when he answers bail.

  • 9 viv // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Skunkis free Wifi must have been rumbled.

  • 10 toonking // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    strikers take much longer to reach their best than it takes most other players and adam cambell is still only 18 and the only time that players do so well at that age are when they are in the same strength as your shearers and rooneys

  • 11 Tinman // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Regarding the current state of the blog:

    You have to accept that with any online blog / forum there will be trolls. Currently we have an overwhelming number of them.

    Long time readers will know this happens every season, coinciding with pre season and the school holidays. Little boys have their fun arguing with others because nothing is on tele. Egotistical fools look for acceptance by posting ‘in the know’ knowledge. Eventually all of them will be found out and will, usually, move on elsewhere once they have had their fix.

    Many regular readers/posters will cease to post throughout ‘silly season’. But don’t worry, they will be reading and waiting to join in with proper discussions. Come the new season the trolls will be gone and the blog will return to ‘normality’.

    Until then, feel free to abuse these morons or ignore them entirely. Rest assured the blog will ride through it, just like it rode through the ‘I posted 1st, that makes me special’ saga.

  • 12 viv // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Tinman your a troll with nowt to say of any significance.

  • 13 elpaso_geordie // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Should be scoring more against opposition like this – Blackpool on Paul Ince’s words are miles behind where they need to be – they lost about 10 first team and squad players including Eardley, Baptiste, Crainey, Taylor-Fletcher etc. They have only just signed Chopra and Davies and have a smaller squad most in the championship. they will do nothing this year ….

  • 14 Markaccus // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:20 PM


    That 1st post bollox was really iritating. Especially when people were literally just posting “1st” with no discussion at all. I found it more annoying than the current batch of trolls.

  • 15 Markaccus // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:20 PM


  • 16 bills-son // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Toonking – Owen, Fowler and Trevor Francis are three forwards who were brilliant at 18 – none of them had height or power but what they did have was blistering pace and great finishing.

    It’s usually the big forwards who become better in their mid to late 20’s.

    I hope Campbell makes it but I think he”s more likely to be another Chopra at best.

  • 17 Markaccus // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Ha. Kneel before zod. I am the master. Et.c

  • 18 Joe Blog // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Campbell is shite! Won’t ever achieve anything in B&W, unless he turns out for Grimsby or Notts County, which is more befitting his potential ability.

  • 19 Tinman // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Markaccus, it was the guys who literally only posted 1st, then never said anything else who got to me! Least you can have a good laugh at how stupid some of the trolls are. Watching as they constantly contradict themselves and their pathetic logic.

  • 20 bills-son // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    There is no way we will sign Remy on a loan deal without first option to buy at a pre-agreed price.

    Anyone referring to the Ba deal – that was totally different, he had an unisurable medical condition and took a cut in wages in return for a £7M release clause.

  • 21 viv // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Tinman they will take you away, for talking to yourself. Campbell looks like a lost little kid when he comes on.

  • 22 Tinman // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    It really makes you wonder how bad their social life has to be for them to get kicks out of arguing with strangers over the internet…

  • 23 Jail for Ashley // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    I am home at the minute on standby , if I’m not away I will attend the meeting on Wednesday.
    Joe Blog,
    I will read a post that defends Mashleys outrageous policies and air my views accordingly.
    I like Haidara but would like us to be in a position where a player has to play well or loses his place rather than just have a player who can cover ie RTaylor, also Pieters by all accounts is a capable CB also.

  • 24 Toon Avenger // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    I hope nobody is looking at Shola’s rich veign of form and thinking he’s decent back up next season.

    The guy is shit. In 35 games last year he scored 4 goals and moved a total of 17 feet.

    I hope we continue to push for Gomis and Remy and flog this atrocious footballer,

  • 25 Markaccus // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:27 PM


    Yeah they only turned up again once ed posted the next article. The downside of the recent trolls is that they do not seem clever enough to realise they have been out witted, and claim victory when they clearly look stupid. I have posted very little recently because there is always a slagging match going on.

  • 26 kevymartins // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    @Viv He bearly gets on,If hes that bad why does he bang them in for the reserves infact he was that good he got moved from england U18’S up to U21’S same for nufc got moved up to reserves. Stop being such a negative twat.

  • 27 toonking // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    I feel their is one good thing you get out of these guyes.
    atleast we can vent anger out beside I would rather be respectful to regulars than troll.
    speaking of which bokkies are odds on catchy is a different person

  • 28 viv // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Ok kevy but your still irish.

  • 29 Joe Blog // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:31 PM


    Yes, but I think everyone has been fully aware of your views, for months now, day in day out banging the drum. Is this blog your only hobby?.

  • 30 cbtoon82 // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Well it’s kinda hard to gauge from twitter commentary, can anyone who was at the match tell me if it looked like we’d been working on crossing, corners and set pieces? We did score from a corner. Finally.

    If tactics pardews tactics and formation are being based on Shola as target man, gomis should replace him in that role nicely. He’s big and can bully defenders like Shola, with hopefully more goals…

  • 31 Toon Avenger // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Where’s bigirimana?

  • 32 Tinman // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    toonking, I’m not sure, at least catchy had class. I’m sure he will be back

  • 33 Tinman // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Toon Avenger, was he not involved with England U19s, probably has something to do with his absence.

  • 34 Markaccus // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    If catchy returns with a new name, he will be easy to spot. He will be the one who imediately gets abusive towards anyone who even passively has a different view to him. Kind of “agree with me or you are thick” attitude.

  • 35 toonking // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    the shearer and ronneys were just used as examples in general it was a way of saying the greatest stikers.
    when you say the chopra type do u mean it in that will turn out poorer than first thought?

  • 36 Tsunki // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Here’s a tiny selection of ‘viv’s’ recent inputs to the blog :-

    187viv // Jul 28, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Sack Pardew, totally clueless.

    206viv // Jul 28, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Ruddy oaf is a Mackem lover along with Jfa,rowan milsop all traitors.

    212viv // Jul 28, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    All the pro-Pardew, crowd are closet mackems. Thats why they want him to stay.

    229viv // Jul 28, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Low fell mag, that Jfa is tranny mackem.

    234viv // Jul 28, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Seannufc another mackem!

    266viv // Jul 28, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Pardew the panic reverting to type with his limited team formations. I’m quite confidant that he will be gone soon.

    283viv // Jul 28, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Anyone new to the blog avoid the poison one @271Skunki.

    295viv // Jul 28, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    @286 wow! That from a proper Bona fide mackem.

    298viv // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Joe blog take no notice he comes on here when he can get free Wifi to agitate us Geordies.

    All totally non-football and designed to start arguments. Best completely ignored until frozen out. And he’s still at it this thread. I shall do a curve around the blog until the quality returns and the dross tires out.

    Joe Blog – don’t know what caused you to be upset, unless its observation of facts that bore you. I always thought you had a bit of composure but we all make mistakes.

  • 37 Tinman // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Markaccus, catchy will probably be back when the season starts, with his insightful tactics and match reviews

  • 38 Jail for Ashley // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Joe Blog,
    I like to spend time with my daughter, potter in the garden and drink in the pub, I don’t collect stamps or go skiing.

  • 39 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Joe Blog

    I’d love to know your problem? You didn’t manage to force me off the blog when you decided to copy my name last season, so what makes you think it’s going to happen now? Pipe down lad.

    As for the result, it doesn’t really matter, pre-season is all about fitness and unfortunately, the fact that both Cisse and HBA didn’t get a run out does not exactly bode well for us, given that these two will be crucial to anything we may actually achieve this season.

    I suppose it doesn’t really matter though, mid table is the objective, and even West Ham achieved that last season.

  • 40 Rooster // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Agame of two halves, surprise surprise, we got the goal and defended fro dear life, Jonas gets another full 90 mins and young Campbell 6 mins, Pardew has no confidence with me he has not learned whatsoever from last season, and I can at this moment see the same pattern emerging, worst football in the premiership, have we got another season of pardew awfullness, I pray not, but im afraid, very afraid.

  • 41 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:38 PM


    Your exaggerations of my comments do get a little tiresome.

    I’m frustrated that we haven’t signed anyone too. But it gets silly with people calling MA tight when it’s the club’s money, not his!

    I have never criticised anyone for wanting signings or for being disappointed that we haven’t yet.

  • 42 viv // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    See what i mean? Pure poison little puke@36 trolling the blog to see what ive written. Sad!

  • 43 yo-yo // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    See Viv the mackem troll is back on.

    Get a life scum

  • 44 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:39 PM


    It may be the club’s money, but he is the one who sanctions any expenditure, which makes him tight if he does not sanction said expenditure.

    Why is this so difficult for you to grasp?

  • 45 Tinman // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Ruddy, hopefully Cisse and HBA play a bigger part on Tuesday. Seems to be a reoccurring theme with Ben Arfa, could do so much, will probably turn out to do very little! Hope I’m wrong

  • 46 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:40 PM


    One more point, you do slate fans who voice their discontent at Ashley as the cause for our lack of signings, so don’t misrepresent your own views.

  • 47 viv // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Nicely edited skunki! To miss out the reasons Pardew should go.

  • 48 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:42 PM


    Just read your comments on the other thread too…see my comment to JfA number 41.

    I have not been talking about debt and haven’t been criticising anyone for wanting us to sign players. I sad it was unrealistic for us to sign Gomis, Remy AND Bent…and I also said I think there are better options than Rhodes for £10M.

  • 49 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:42 PM


    That’s my greatest fear regarding HBA. Every season that rolls on with HBA playing less than 20 games makes him more and more of a luxury player. He has great ability, but terrible output for someone of his ability.

    In 51 games he has scored 10 goals and made 9 assists. Some people think this is good, yet I for one am not impressed.

    Obviously injury has a big part to play in this, and no doubt his stats will improve if he stays fit, but this season is the big one for him. I can see him moved on if he is unable to stay fit.

  • 50 viv // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Yo yo is back to help his buddies.

  • 51 Tsunki // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    viv – just……never mind.

    Anyway, I am giving the blog a miss, this is a strange place where a decent conversation is thin on the ground at the minute.I cant really be bothered to filter through any more of the cack and nothing new is happening/likely to happen.

    Cheerio, and HWTL whatever happens, through thick and (mainly) thin. 🙂

  • 52 Tinman // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Cya in a bit Tsunki

  • 53 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:45 PM


    Discontent is different to irrational insults, threats and lies.

    We’ve talked before about running the club on a sound financial footing and I know we disagree there. I think that’s the foundation that allows us to push on and be more ambitious…you are seemingly less patient and more willing to gamble our financial future on getting into the top 4.

  • 54 viv // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Skunki did you find some free Wifi to ponce off

  • 55 Tsunki // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Cheers TinMan 🙂

    …and dont let the little moron(s) grind you down!

  • 56 yo-yo // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    viv just F – off you’re a typical half brained mackem scum troll. You’ve not improved since PlanB days.

    You have all the qualities of antibiotic resistant STD – unwanted but keep coming back – and as a typical scum you probably got it off yer ma

  • 57 Premiership Manager // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:47 PM


    Pardew has just been interviewed on Sky sports and he stated that, “the situation is clear, Joes has been very patient to get the right player for us.”

    He then side tracked by stating it’s obvious we need to bring in one player, or two.

    If your hoping there will be several signings don’t hold your breath.

    If Cabaye or HBA go, because we have cover they will not be replaced.

    Good going Baldric another cunning plan!

  • 58 croftus5678 // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    my views on todays game are
    while i dont and wont personally support a boycott of any of our games for the reason being i have a choice weather to support them or not and i would not expect others to follow what i did as everyone should think for themselves.
    but the chanting today that was only aimed at the true concern and was in no way malicious to our team or moral of it was perfect and to the point without any aggression.

    i personally applaud all those fans at the game today they did me proud.

  • 59 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:47 PM


    There are better options than Rhodes yes. Why is it unrealistic when Gomis could well cost little more than 7m quid, Bent would be 5m quid and Remy on loan?

    Why is that such a stretch of the imagination?

    It will never happen, but not because it is unrealistic, it will never happen because Ashley will never allow us to have more than we truly need. God forbid we have a decent squad to rotate.

    It is Ashley’s fault why we have these weaknesses in our squad, and it is Ashley’s fault as to why some NUFC fans will now accept mediocrity as our bread and butter.

    Let’s have a bit of ambition and ask for a bit more for godsake man, you support Newcastle United, one of the biggest clubs in England, not bloody AFC Wimbledon or some such non-entity!

  • 60 Toon Avenger // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    I dislike viv as much as the next poster but he’s no mackem.

    A mackem would be wanting Pardew to stay because he is truly, truly awful.

    Viv is a troll, a wind up merchant and a goon but he is no Mackem.

  • 61 viv // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Tinman and skunki the same mackems?

  • 62 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Arrggghhh TDS you make this up as you go along!

    When did I say I wanted us to spend money right now to make top 4?

    What planet are you on!?!

  • 63 Jail for Ashley // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    You asked somebody earlier in a condescending manner did they want us to go into massive debt by making signings. Did you not ?

  • 64 magpie6699 // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    We kept a clean sheet! We scored from a corner! Great!
    Oh, wait a minute – the corner was taken by “He’s definitely leaving” Cabaye and scored by “He’s the worst player ever and I hate him” Shola with an assist from “He’s useless” Williamson. Disaster!
    A phone call will be immediately on its way to cancel all potential signing negotiations as a result!
    Have I missed anything? Oh yeah, “Pardew Out” , “Ashley Out”, “Hoofball”, “X is a Mackem” and various disgusting and unnecessary comments about “favourite” players being in a homosexual relationship with the manager.
    Not that I’m saying some bloggers are ever repetitive and juvenile!

  • 65 Tinman // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:50 PM


    Yeah its inevitable that his stats would improve if he was playing regularly. We all know how brilliant he can be. Hopefully he is capable of consistency, but we don’t really know that yet, or certainly don’t know if he can be consistent in the Premier League.

    If he was moved on, I for one wouldn’t be too disappointed these days. At the beginning of last season I wouldn’t have even considered getting rid of him. But this season it has been constant little niggles, which indicates a bigger issue than the one leg break.

    Maybe this new fitness coach can help us get the best out of him. To be honest we have been a club with a poor injury record for far too long now.

    One thing though, if HBA is sold, don’t sell him to someone in England, because he will probably play two games a season, both against us, where he scores two or three screamers!

  • 66 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:51 PM


    How about because of the massive wages they would demand? How about that we don’t have CL football to keep 4 players of that calibre happy? How about rather than sign 3 top strikers, I’d rather see us keep some of our powder dry and tweak the squad a little come January?

  • 67 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:53 PM


    You do know that you’re the kind of crushed, unambitious, short sighted fan that Ashley absolutely adores. Someone who will accept the tripe that’s on offer and then ask for second. The type of fan who will gladly accept one or two signings to a squad in desperate need of a shake up. Who will accept a cr@p mid table manager because you think it’s all we can attract right now, and finally, someone who will accept the constant disrespect shown to us fans on a seasonal basis, and still make excuses for the owner.

    I’m ashamed that some people associated with our club will stand for this, and even more ashamed that they try and push forward that agenda on other fans.

  • 68 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:54 PM


    Shut up, just shut up. You’ve worn my patience with you and I am now well and truly sick of your inane drivel.

  • 69 plana // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    I hope they sign another keeper. Eliott, is awful incey nearly lobbed him from 45 yards.

  • 70 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    nice one Rudy…

    Now you feel my frustration

  • 71 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:56 PM


    It’s the classic stick or twist scenario with HBA. It’s like the possessive boyfriend in a desperately unhappy relationship. He doesn’t want to be with his girlfriend, but the thought of any other man having her drives him insane so he sticks it out until it comes to a head.

    Our relationship with HBA is coming to a head, he either gets fit and stays fit, plays games and shows some consistency, or I can see Ashley offloading. He is talented, but if he’s on the injury list he’s of no use to us.

  • 72 Tinman // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    I see the troll has realised the viv jig is up for one night so is going to try a new approach with plana

  • 73 yo-yo // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:57 PM


    Has the mindset of a mackem .. if mind is the right word

  • 74 Rooster // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Pardew is not strong enough to handle senior players, carver n stone are pants, MA has to shoulder blame for not binnin them I just hate the way we set about playing football, anything as long as we stay in the prem, I did not ever see myself saying that but this cautious approach in every game not just prem games stinks the place out. we still have not put in one full 90 mins of consistant football in over a year, quite frankly sick to the back teeth watchin it and sick to the back teeth listening to ALAN PARDEW.

  • 75 SeanNufc87 // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:58 PM


  • 76 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 28, 2013 at 5:59 PM


    I don’t recall anything of the sort. I do remember replying to JfA’s deliberately leading question about how much we could sign without going into massive debt though…you’d have to read his question to get the content of my answer.

    I want us to spend too but I don’t want us to waste money like we used to. I want us to get 7th or 8th next season and I’ll be disappointed if we don’t. To get that I honestly think we need 1 striker and 1 other attacking player. If we don’t get those then I’ll be disappointed and I’ll blame that failing if we don’t get 7th or 8th.

    I want the club to be in a place where we are virtually guaranteed to get top 8. Then I want us to push on to get top 6. Then I want us to have a tilt at the CL places.

    How am I lacking ambition by saying I hope and expect us to get 7th or 8th next season?

  • 77 plana // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Tin head you aren’t wide enough to wind me up Tskunki your other half is more your stamp.

  • 78 Tinman // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:00 PM


    Probably better it happens at the end of this season if it does, whilst he still has at least some resale value. Will be a shame if he does have to go, hopefully he sorts out the fitness issues this season!

    Similar story with Vuckic by the way

  • 79 croftus5678 // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    we really shouldnt fight amongst ourselves!

    i was one last season that though our team would improve if we didnt sign anyone else as they would naturally get better for just playing with eachother longer ! but i was wrong and so was our team.
    we should learn from that and accept we need new faces every season to motivate the players we have currently.
    @tds ofc we keep our best/better players and tweak like you say but i think most are getting at tweaking/buying players from our very weakest area’s i.e. striker/winger as we all want our team to be the best they can be and it doesnt have to put us in debt aslong as the profit coming in is used in the right way to buy players.

  • 80 SeanNufc87 // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Now now children! Let’s stop the fighting EH?

  • 81 plana // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    So Gomis is on his way.

  • 82 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:04 PM


    Football has changed mate. What exactly do you expect we can do about it?

    You know what? I’d love to make the league a more even playing field. I’d love to I introduce something that would make massively wealthy clubs like Man Utd, City and Chelski less competitive. I know FFP is supposed to do this but I’m yet to be convinced.

    Since we finished 5th, the only player we have not replaced is Ba and we have strengthened several other areas. How are we in need of a shake up?!

  • 83 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:07 PM


    Just stop. You take one step forward and twenty steps back when I talk to you. Every time you mention debt, wage budgets, signing on fees, agent fees etc it makes me want to scream.

    You explain to me how the likes of Sunderland, Norwich, Cardiff, Southampton et al are capable of spending more than us? Are they risking their PL survival? I’d hardly think so.

    What will be more financially damaging? Speculating some money now in a bid to keep up, to maintain our squad, or being frugal, too frugal, and having a squad incapable of achieving more than mid table?

    It doesn’t really matter, Ashley will still rake in the pounds so long as NUFC are in the PL, even if we do finish 17th.

  • 84 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    I think Pardew seems to be excellent at managing the senior players. But I’m astounded and disappointed that he’s admitted to mistakes in e conditioning of players and admitted to apparently over-complicating tactics to the point of stifling creativity. I’m amazed that a manager with his experience can cock up so blatantly. And this is why I think he’s in last chance saloon. Hopefully he’s learned lessons and has better people around him now.

    I’m also peed off that he keeps telling us about planned signings that don’t happen. Presumably he’s being told about them by JFK or MA and they’re being optimistic, but I hope he’s kicking butt internally.

  • 85 Premiership Manager // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    There’s no point in arguing about signings or finance, JFK has been bought in to cut the wage bill and clear out the utility players, in addition to bringing one player over the line as stated on Sky Sports by Pardew.

    At 2/1 on Skybet, 3/1 on Victor it’s not even worth having a bet on Pardew being first manager out of the door. When you consider the next manager is at 7/1 it’s very worrying indeed.

  • 86 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:09 PM


    If you think our squad is good enough then I give up.

    Sometimes I think you are capable of redemption, but then you go and spoil it all by saying something stupid like our squad is good enough.


  • 87 Jail for Ashley // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Direct quote
    “We will spend some of the club’s money this summer. Would you rather we go into huge debt to sign loads of players?”

  • 88 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:12 PM


    Look at Villa. They’ve brought in 6 players for little over 11m and given their star man a shiny new contract.

    The likes of Okore and Bacuna come very highly rated too.

    Too bad Villa are going to go in loads and loads of debt….

  • 89 kevymartins // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    @Viv shut up you little fart head, I bet your like 9 years old on daddy’s laptop while mum is next door banging the neighbor.

  • 90 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:13 PM


    I don’t care about those other teams. I care about us attracting players to our club that are good enough to move us towards European qualification. We’ve already got a better squad than all that lot so we need fewer players. Newly promoted teams will clearly have the need and the cash to invest heavily given the revenue in the PL and I’ll bet a couple of those teams you mention will be relegated in the next season or two. Look at where the likes of Wolves, Pompey, Blackburn, Leeds and other have ended up.

    My comments today are not about money. I truly and honestly believe that we should focus on buying those 2 first team players (Gomis and Remy would suit) and then get a few youngsters. Then we are where I think we should be.

  • 91 plana // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Barry Bannen is moving to Blackburn from Villa. He is a decent young player.

  • 92 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:14 PM


    So if we sign Gomis and Remy, do you still think that we aren’t good enough for 7th place? Some fan you are…

  • 93 viv // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Kevy are you a pig eyed mick with learning difficulties?

  • 94 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:17 PM


    I can’t even find the page with that comment on so I can see the context! What page was it?

  • 95 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:17 PM


    I’m a bad fan for thinking our squad is limited? Given that we have no wingers, mediocre back up and youngsters not cutting the mustard I would class myself more of a realist, but if being a realist makes me a bad fan then that tells me more about you than it does anything else.

    We finished 16th last season! An average Ligue 1 striker and Remy are hardly going to catapult us to 7th now is it!?!

  • 96 ~Joke-innear~ // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    To speed this Remy loan up, why don’t we offer Shola to them on loan… that way both parties benefit.

    They don’t ‘lose’ a striking option,

    we get rid of shola and get remy.

  • 97 toonking // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    ruddy TDS
    here is a fe things I have that might settle your arguments.
    spending money rapidly is an all or nothing thing QPR last season spent masses on players which were total waste and they still didn’t manage to avoid relegation.
    teams like sunderland Norwich and Swansea need a lot more than Newcastle apart from a winger and striker we are only searching for cover yet they are still in desperate need for starters so basically will get anyone.

    we are handling things more like teams such as arsenal and Manchester united
    for instance all that seems to be happening at united is link after link to fabregas Liverpool themselves at the moment it is nothing but surez linked out arsenal the last few years have had very quiet season.

    Chelsea and city spend mega because they have the sugar daddies to do it while sunderland Norwich and west ham do it because they aim to do all they can to avoid relegation.
    Newcastle are in the middle we just need a striker and winger anyone else brought in will for now be just cover.

  • 98 Ben3arfa // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Pardew is one of the biggest plonkers in football today. He keeps contradicting himself about signings. He can take Kinnear and piss off on an indefinite honeymoon for all I care

  • 99 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:19 PM


    Sure. And some of those players will end up being like Obertan, Simpson or Amafatlatino.

    I’d rather see us sign a couple of top players as we have a squad capable of top 8 with those.

  • 100 jazzyp // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    The simple way to block all trolls is for the moderator to block the ip address of abusive bloggers.
    That way the troll still thinks hes posting,but to a blank screen-wasy done fellas to get rid of the abusers

  • 101 kevymartins // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    @viv go get your spiderman pj’s and get ready for bed time. Living in your little negative world where everything is negative, I would call you a ”hate the world” it’s pathetic you bellend.

  • 102 keeganjr // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Jonas is complaining about easy trainings last season, does it say in your contract that u cant work on your fitness yourself?? useless €£$€

  • 103 kevymartins // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    @Jazzp that may be the easy way, but the best way would be to upload, i’m not even gona say it 😉

  • 104 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    I think a rude awakening is in store for some people next season when they realise how limited our squad is, even at full capacity, if we don’t manage to make the requisite signings.

    I’m done for this evening. See you chaps round the bend.

  • 105 La Fée Verte // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Jail for Ashley – I know what you mean about earning the shirt for the first eleven. Getting picked on current form within the team on match days should be where you are judged, though I feel sometimes players are picked for having outstanding training sessions or past form. I believe the best team isn’t always full of the best individuals but some decisions last season I didn’t understand. I do want to give Pardew the benefit of the doubt, due to the hand he was dealt last season, and I’m expecting to see good results and a good league position after the first ten league games. I’m right behind Pardew currently but only time will tell if I’m right.

  • 106 cbtoon82 // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    LOL @ magpie6699 –
    seriously some people on here wouldn’t be happy if we signed messi. “We spent how much on the best footballer in the world?”. “Messi hasn’t scored for one game, Messi out, Pardew out, Ashley out”.
    Although I don’t post often I’ve read this blog everyday for years, and I actually think, right now, it’s the worst it has been, since i starting reading it, for people b*tching at each other.
    However certain trolls aren’t helping that situation.

  • 107 croftus5678 // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    so…..shola scored 3 in 4 now ^^ erm…wonder if we can sell him to a team that only looks at stats ?

  • 108 beddersmag // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Without europe our squad is 2/3 short of contesting 7th with everton. Priority for me is a centre half and two strikers. Ideally at least one with blinding pace and nice to see a magician type. That should get us to 8th minimum with a fair wind and bit more luck than last year. If the players are top end and improve our first team then there is no reason we cant even do a little better but lets all get behind them first or it gets less likely

  • 109 Jail for Ashley // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    On viv,
    He is going from being just a wind up merchant to horribly offensive, I hope that everybody has the good sense to ignore his comments.

  • 110 keeganjr // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    push for 1 signing??? we have a strong squad?? i think he play to mutch FM or fifa 13. Because it can not be newcastle united real life. need: 3 strikers/forward, 1 or 2 wings that can actually cross the ball,maybe even a Cm. CB is a must and a right back.. yes thank u this GK Zoet also.. THEN,ONLY THEN Pardew can u say we have a strong squad.. But what do i know, im just a stupid supporter that knows nothing about football

  • 111 beddersmag // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Ah Shola. Still building up our hopes he is going to come good only to let us down again. Maybe he has found some motivation through his beloved Nigeria which may make him actually break a sweat and stride. All the tools to have been a toon legend but ultimately its biggest enigma for me. So frustrating to whatch

  • 112 Finnbad The Sailor // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Banging your head off a wall with them tds I don’t know how/why you bother.

  • 113 Tinman // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Newport County beat Villa 5-2

    Could be worse… 😉

  • 114 beddersmag // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Kegan jr
    I would love to see santon used right wing. Been saying it for years. Could do a Bale 🙂

  • 115 Jail for Ashley // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    TDsarf continually posts misleading comments which he then denies making or claims that those who would like to see 12/15M spent would like us to compete with Yatter yatter and do a Leeds or yatter yatter.

  • 116 keeganjr // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    yes,trying out santon on the wing colud work out.. i like that guy.

  • 117 WWYCD // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Shola’s year!!!

  • 118 keeganjr // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Shola topscorer at the WC 2014??? I think he can 😉

  • 119 Toon_Tom // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Shola should be given a monthly contract, every month, as he always comes alive at the end of each contract!

  • 120 potski // Jul 28, 2013 at 6:53 PM


    Is there a moderator? Several people today have resorted to personal abuse, will they be banned? It doesn’t seem to be the case.

    How is it possible to say:

    “shut up you little fart head”

    “pig eyed mick with learning difficulties”

    The forums I usually belong to would have had both posters immediately banned.

    TDS and Ruddy had a sharp debate, but neither resorted to personal abuse. That’s how it should be done.

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