This Is Massive For Adam Armstrong

One of the only bright spots in Saturday’s game at Fulham, which was a dull and boring affair, with Newcastle not playing well enough to beat the bottom of the league side, was that 17 year-old Adam Armstrong finally made his first team  debut for the club.

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Adam Armstrong in action on Saturday for Newcastle

Adam has come into prominence very quickly this season, and he has been a standout for both the U18 side, who reached the quarter finals of the FA Youth Cup last week, and also for the U21 side.

And it turns out that Geordie John Carver used to play with Adam’s father in Sunday League football in Newcastle.

This is what John Carver had to say today:

“It’s a massive moment for Adam. I actually played Sunday morning football with his dad when I finished playing and let me tell you his dad used to make tackles like Hangeland did on Luuk de Jong all the time!”

“We played for the Windyke in the morning. The Denton Hotel and the Westerhope. He was a ferocious full-back who would kick his own granny!”

“We didn’t put Adam on for the sake of putting him on. He’s got a bright future in front of him. He’s only just turned 17 but I have to say he’s got a level head and he has to because of his family background.”

“He’s still got a lot of work to do but it’s a good taste for him. It’s a good situation to come on in a Premier League game when you’re 17.”

“You know in the North East, we love our strikers. He’s a natural goal scorer. He got in on the right hand side and I thought ‘There’s a chance to be a hero here’.

“He actually put it into the stand, which is unlike him because his record at youth team level and reserve team level is very good. He’s the one guy who does come alive when he gets the ball.”

Good words from Carver, and there’s no doubt this young lad is a very exciting prospect for Newcastle, and it’s very likely he will make his home debut on Saturday against Crystal Palace – that’s something special to go to the game on Saturday to witness..

And we hope he gets more than just five minutes on Saturday, because this lad can score goals, and if we are struggling in the second half – we hope John brings this lad on and gives him a chance to maybe even get the winner.

Wouldn’t that be something. 😀

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #1

    welsh – from previous

    I think we will be dissapointed ultimately we don’t kick on, but think we will do enough to maintain a safe place in the league…just my opinion of course.

    I just can’t see ashley buying the 6/7/8 required to push us on, hope i am wrong though.

    I think we might see one or two of our players out on loan return and get game time, as will sammy too.

  • dufuss

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #2

    sign his dad on

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #3

    I hope we see a lot more if this kid and Campbell, Everton seems to do it every season and they always bring good young talent from they set up.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Pleased he was involved, but Campbell was played in an alien position to him. Hope the lack of cohesion doesn’t show him up and ruin him.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #5


    On a previous thread I’m not sure how pardew not being there is responsible for us losing to roc bottom Fulham.

    Pardew was in constant mobile contact with carver and it was Pardew who didn’t change the system till 80 mins gone, as per.

    Cisse and LDJ was never going to work unlike LDJ and Remy. Cisse and Remy are totally different players. It was crying out for some creativity from Marveaux or similar.

    We got beaten by a bottom of the table team playing one rookie striker from league 1 !!

    Before wins against distinctly average villa and Hull we were on one the of the worst runs in NUFC history and Pardew’s presence then was a hindrance more than a help. I see little change tbh.

    Yes more and better players would be nice but have we really got a worse squad than Fulham, WBA, Sunderland etc!!

    Managers like Rodgers are light years ahead of Pardew in intelligence.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #6

    It was so predictable reading the comments about Pardew after the game, it was obviously his fault we lost because he picked the team and got himself banned and should be sacked, however those that pray we lose each week were desperate for a win this time solely so they could say look what happens when Pardew is not there to shackle them, I’m not a fan of his at all but he must be given some credit for the job he his doing given the actions of the lunatic running the show.

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #7


    Perhaps if carver can persuade Armstrongs father he can make his debut at home to palace this weekend, he can then show them how to score a bloody goal.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #8


    everton have a manager who plays football the right way.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Not sure if I would start the lad but would deffo bring him on for the last half hour

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #10


    ” we were boring ”

    From the horses mouth

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #11

    According to shields gazette carver is not worried about cisse goal drought, that says it all really doesn’t it

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #12


    I’m with you, I don’t think Pardew is a good manager, i don’t like how he plays football…but he gets results.

    Ultimately, even with a better manager playing the ‘modern way’, how much more would he get from these players? Not much more i don’t think…couldn’t realistically see us 4th or 5th.

    I’d love more interesting and exciting football, but as far as pardew is concerned it’s a results business for him and he is doing alright results wise.

  • thevirus

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #13

    Good to see the lad get a run out but 5 minutes come on what a disgrace at least give the lad enough time to show what he can do, as for Lukaku I would love to see him in black and white but it’s never gonna happen. It doesn’t matter if Pardews at the game or in a hotel room with video coverage we are still poor , he picks the squad and sets the game plan which isn’t good enough,call it out dated or whatever it’s not good enough

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #14

    8Rotonda heights /

    Yeah I know it’s a pity, I think Martinez would do a very good job, especially with our attacking players that hasn’t been good this season

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #15

    I’d start armstrong next week against palace, none of our other strikers are scoring, nothing to lose.

    Even if he has a nightmare game and messes everything up it will do him no harm, fans will have patience with him and he’ll be so buzzing making a home debut for his club nothing will knock him down.

    There is no pressure on him to save us from relegation, it’s just a battle for 8th. Let him have a go so we know whether he can make an impact for next season or not.

  • jimmysmith

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #16

    He’s a welcome addition so long as he gets a shave and a haircut. WTF, he’s 17, just made his first team debut at the Toon and he couldn’t pull on the quayside on a Saturday night at 1am with fistful a fiddles looking like that. Someone needs to have a word. No seriously!

  • Phil K

    Mar 17, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #17

    What the hell is that for a beard ? Is he fresh out of Al-Qaeda’s training school ?


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