Charity Game Leaves Lasting Impression On Newcastle Players

The Steve Harper testimonial was very special for Newcastle for a number of reasons, and it wasn’t just that a fantastic 51,000 fans turned out for the charity game, but  it also reminded Newcastle fans of what some great players we have had at the club, and some great teams too.

davide santon against fulham

Davide Santon – improving all the time on Tyneside

And the contrast to today, when we seem to be struggling to get close to the top six in England is apparent, but the events of last Wednesday night also seem to have inspired our current player.

And we looked good yesterday in an excellent 2-1 at Villa Park, and when we have all our players fit, we have a strong side and a very strong bench, and that’s what we had yesterday.

A number of our players are playing well for the side including newcomers Moussa Sissoko and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and Loic Remy looks like a perfect player for the Magpies, and he’s now where he should have been in January – but hey, better late than never.

And a certain Hatem Ben Arfa was simply magnificent in yesterday’s game, and he was the best player on the field,  and probably the big difference between the sides.

But let’s not forget young Davide Santon at left back,  who has been solid all season, and seems to be improving all the time at the Tyneside club.

Jose Mourinho compared him to the great Paolo Maldini when Davide made his debut at Inter, the Italian great who captained the Milan side on Wednesday evening, and Paolo should know when he sees a good defender, he was one of the best of all time for AC Milan and Italy.

This is what Paolo has told the Chronicle today about our 8 times capped 22 year-old left back:

“I am expecting a very good career from him.” “For me he is a great player.” “He just needs some confidence, but I believe he will find that in England.”

“It was really nice to play in Newcastle.” “I had never done it before and the fans were really brilliant.”  “That’s why we suffer the next day, for charity. It is the main reason to play.”

Santon is starting his third season on Tyneside, and he has made 69 appearances since he joined the club from Inter-Milan in the summer of 2011.

And the game on Wednesday night helped to raise money for local charities – and it was a bigger success than most people realize –  because it seems to have also had a big effect on the current Newcastle manager, coaches and players – and reminds them of what a great club they are at.

With yesterday’s result,  we could even have another good season, and with Hull City at home next Saturday, we just hope the fans turn out to cheer on the lads – another win this coming Saturday would be fantastic.

But yesetrday was just one game, but it does mean we have won our last three games, and winning always gives the players confidence – and even the fans. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

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20 comments so far

  • stuart no9

    Sep 15, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Ashley out !

  • cestriasteve

    Sep 15, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Sissokos main role next week should be to give Tom Huddlestone a little knock early doors should shut the little tosses up for the game.

  • bills-son

    Sep 15, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Ashley in!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 15, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Fight your corner – I’m with you
    As I posted on hear after the transfer window closed I was quite pleased with the transfer window – not perfect but at the same time we did not loose any of our top players and gained Remy who in what I have seen looks a good signing – if only on loan.

    In my eyes we have a bloody good squad of fifteen sixteen players and I saw signs in the last twenty minutes against Fulham we could have a very good season.

    Reading the postings a few on here would rather seen us loose so they can lambast Pardew Ashley the team et al

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 15, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #5

    SD sweatshop workers………….OUT
    SD zero hours workers…………..OUT
    Tight fisted owners………………..IN
    Crap Strawberry singer…………..OUT
    Flat earth believers ………………. OUT
    Wonga thieves………………………IN

  • stuart no9

    Sep 15, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #6

    Bills – Ashley in , after 1 decent performance ? Haha , behave ! . Going to win the league now are we ?

  • John Tudor

    Sep 15, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #7

    pardew would get support if he did not :
    be a yes man
    played in form players
    lost his favourites
    open his mouth and spout crap
    stop giving the shifty glances left and right to see if kinnear has a knife out

  • John Tudor

    Sep 15, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #8

    and put his note paper in the bin and buy a tumble-tap

  • Yorkgeordie

    Sep 15, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #9

    Who was Mapou supposed to be marking for that corner. I’ve watched it a few times and he is out on his own , on the left marking nobody.

  • John Tudor

    Sep 15, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #10

    he looks like he is writing his grocery list

  • John Tudor

    Sep 15, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #11

    krul moved around two players loosing the flight off the ball
    you go thru them watching the flight or leave well alone

  • jimmysmith

    Sep 15, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #12

    Those bloody wasters Sunderland even at this desperately early stage look like they might not have the wherewithal and common decency to hang around in the league beyond this season for there usual sound derby day thrashing. Last seasons anomaly the exception that proves the rule of course. What a shower!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 15, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #13

    You nailed your colours to the mast with your stance before the window closed yet you have taken them down and seem to have become even more defensive over the fatman and his policies, no one is denying we are three or four players short of being a top team, everybodies gripe is that he wont spend what it takes to become that top team which was so painfully proved last summer when even the likes of myself were slowly starting to think that he might have a game plan after all, the reason he didn’t sell Cabaye is because he doesn’t have to, not because he could be the nucleus of a top team, wait until it is apparent he wont sign a new deal, wait to see if Ash will hold out for 20M then Bills instead of offering the going rate for a player of his kind.


    Sep 15, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #14

    well it wasnt kruls fault .. if he stood in his goal surely dat ball was in the goal


    Sep 15, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #15

    dat was,da save he did wich could have gone in… n da goal he concede was unlucky……

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 15, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #16

    Like wise mate, your sad swipes at posters with an alternative view whilst singing the praise of jabba the gut are equally as boring

    And why group pardew in? What has he to do with the running off the club? And who cares how much a player goes for? It makes no difference if cabaye had gone for £10 mil or £20 mil it wouldn’t change who if anyone we bought in to replace him, and to try and say he didn’t sell is ridiculous it wasn’t through a lack of trying cabs has had a for sale sign round his neck all pre season

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 15, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #17

    Tudor — morning.
    How the hell did you know about Percys’ grocery list. I’m
    reliably informed Percy likes an egg and soldiers for his
    breakfast. He likes a large egg. So he intended to write on his list “loaf and duck egg” – but mistakingly wrote
    “oaf and duck egg”. Apparently bills turned up for breakfast the next morning.

  • toon22

    Sep 15, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #18

    With more displays like that Villa game i think they are proving people wrong.
    I really though we would struggle against Villa but they didnt.

    Hope they keep on proving people (me included)wrong all season.

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 15, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #19

    Bills…How do we really judge Ashley at the end of the day?

    I think one of the biggest issues is his ambition for the club, other than being self sufficient I have no real idea what his goals are.

    Let’s say Pardew and the lads give it a really good go this season and surprise everyone. Let’s say we grabbed a EL position, what then? Will we push on? Like we did last time?

    I think it’s completely unreasonable to expect anyone to have much faith in Ashley at this stage. His arrogance has no end. If he really was this poor misunderstood guy, he would do more to try and rebuild communication with the fans.

    We know we have some decent players, we know when confidence is higher Pardew can do a decent enough job, what we don’t see happening is much pushing on to bigger or better things. All this talk about how it’s hard to bridge the gap, well yes it is, but we just don’t seem interested in trying.

  • veto

    Sep 15, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #20

    ashleys beaten the sense out of people it seem , content tobe handed his scraps and thank him for the privilege .


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