Wednesday Night Gave Pardew And His Players A Huge Lift

Newcastle fans were upbeat on Thursday morning after there were just fantastic scenes at Steve Harpers’ testimonial game for 20 years of loyal service to the club, and many former greats turned up for Newcastle, and the AC Milan side  were also full of former great Italian players.

steve harper photos

A potpourri of photos from Wednesday night – compliments of the Mail

And it took us back to a time when Newcastle were a side challenging for the Premier league when ion 1996 and 1997 we finished second top of the Premier League and then under Bobby Robson’s reign we finished 4th top, 3rd top and 5th top in successive seasons from 2002 through 2004.

And of course on Monday, 30th August of 2004, one day before I retired from IBM – Bobby Robson was fired – which at the time was just  unbelievable – and it still is.

When I left IBM on that Tuesday, I was more shocked about what had happened to Bobby, than leaving a company I had worked for over the last 34 years. 😀

And we are not surprised that the current Newcastle players were inspired by the return of some of the club’s former greats  on Wednesday night, and the new signings would have seen what a great club they now belong to.

And it wasn’t too surprising that Hatem Ben Arfa was one of the Newcastle players at the game, because he knows what a great club Newcastle still is, and he pushed for his move to Tyneside three years ago when he was still at Marseilles.

Alan Pardew has said the game and the legends on display were all the talk at Darsley Park during training on Thursday, and Alan mentioned at his press conference that if you had seen him play,  you would understand why he didn’t take part in the charity game himself as a player.

This is what Alan had to say to the local press today:

“It was nice to see Hatem there.” “The message at the training ground was ‘what great players we’ve had here’.” “They can try to emulate Ginola, Shearer and Ferdinand.

“We’ve got one or two who can threaten that quality – Yohan Cabaye, Ben Arfa or Loic Remy maybe.” “This is what great clubs are about. To have a fan base which is second to none is inspiring. It certainly gave me a lift.”

“It was a humbling experience for me to sit in the stand.” “I just saw 51,000 people, with all the money going to charity. I have to take my hat off to Steve Harper for that.”  “It was fantastic.”

“Our Foundation was part of that. They’re going to put the money to good use.”  “I’m not saying we can be as good as ‘The Entertainers’.”  “That was a hell of a team, and was certainly closer to titles that we’re going to get –  because the goalposts have shifted dramatically in terms of the finance.”

“Whereas before Man United only had a small advantage over Newcastle, now it’s huge.” “It’s difficult to bridge, but that’s not to say we can’t bridge the gap and bring a trophy, get a high finish or fight for the Champions League or Europa League.”

“That’s what we’re going to do.”

We wish Alan would stop  bringing up the finances of the club, as some sort of excuse for not challenging for the top four – even if it’s true. 😀

That’s because Newcastle may not be a rich club in today’s terms, but we’re not poor either.

And with each Premier League club getting an average of £30M more from the Premier League for the nest three years, starting next May – and with Newcastle’s revenues being the 20th highest of any club in the world – we should have ample money to build up a top side.

We just have to spend it.

Mike Ashley – please take note.

Howay The Lads!!

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12 comments so far

  • milburn 77

    Sep 14, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #1

    “over the line””finance”, shut up or change the record pardew

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 14, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Finances, finances… excuses excuses.

    Nobody said we’d be challenging for the title, but our team IS a top 8 side, but not with a lower league manager in charge.

    Yes we had sone fantastic players under Kev, but it was also about the attacking and want to win philosophy which was just as powerful, if not more powerful to the team’s good performances. That is down to the manager and how he influences confidence and style of play amongst the team mates. Kevin was great at that and he drew on a lot of that passion from the supporters.

    Trying to defending a 1 nil lead at home to Reading and substituting attacking players as he’s clueless how to retain real possession is one of the many many reasons why Pardew isn’t anywhere near good enough to be at this football club, and his constant drivvel can’t get any worse as it is already unbearable.

  • Thump

    Sep 14, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #3

    Imagine if we didn’t drop those 12 points… imagine how that could have changed the Premier League. Sigh.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 14, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Challenge for Europe? Says the same guy who moaned all the way through it and publically stated that he’s glad we’re not in it. He’s a disgrace.

    There is another blatant example of the con-man’s 2 facedness.

    I hate it, I hate the lies and rubbish which comes from him and the club.

    If you talk the talk, then walk the walk, if not, then shut up and be even more humble.

  • roy

    Sep 14, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #5

    We also had an iconic manager in Keegan who is known all over the world and players wanted to play for.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 14, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #6

    Thump, I’ve imagined it many times 🙂

    Regardless of a trophy, the excitement of seeing football attempted to be played in a positive and exciting manner with some superb players was what that period was about.

    Which is a distant galaxy to what ‘I’d eat myself if I was made of chocolate’ Pardew serves up each week, with more than capable, international players.

  • niafron

    Sep 14, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #7

    It doesn’t look a big game today, but will be a true challenge of our capacity to reach high position in the league.

    Cause you got to win such games if you want to shine in the PL.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 14, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Hmm not sure about that mate £130 million debt that any potential suitors would have to take on for a club that rarely finishes in the top 10 seems very high
    I don’t see how the club is any better and the intrest free loan BS paints a false economy, it’s still there, it’s still a debt in the clubs name, it just means we don’t have to pay it back until the fat git says so

    On topic

    “Whereas before Man United only had a small advantage over Newcastle, now it’s huge.” “It’s difficult to bridge, but that’s not to say we can’t bridge the gap and bring a trophy, get a high finish or fight for the Champions League or Europa League.”

    Shut the fcuk up pardew, you and the club have made it very very very very clear over the last few seasons that cup runs and Europe are seen as a distraction, and an unnessicary expense and the club have no intention of challenging for any, remember? You told us so at the end of last season when you proudly announced our seasons aim was to push for the top 10

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 14, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #9

    That Sporting Heroes episode a couple of months ago which had Steve Harmison interview Kev was great.

    The enthusiasm for the club was flowing from him and he was talking about the the fans and the style of attacking football he wanted to see. It lifted a weight from my shoulders temporarily listening to him again.

  • Magickit

    Sep 14, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #10

    Will Pardew play 5DMs tonite?? With sisskoko cabaye anita tiote jonas + defending fw fGouffran upfront XD

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 14, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #11

    Right on, toonarmy.

  • Blofal

    Sep 14, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #12

    If all these other clubs have spent next years revenue and have to pay back the loans I would hope that we eventually get a leg up financially by actually spending money we physically have next window as opposed to borrowing. Eventually debt catches up with you and it has to be repayed….

    I live in hope.


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