Bright Future Ahead For Newcastle

Newcastle United may not be spending enough money on bringing new players into the club, but as for spending on other aspects of the club’s facilities, we are actually doing quite well.

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A brighter future at St. James’ Park?

And news today on the Newcastle web-site that new floodlights have been installed at St. James Park to meet the new standards of lighting set by UEFA.

The club is reporting that 342 new floodlights have been installed at the Leazes and Gallowgate ends, to take the stadium from 1,350 lux to 2,000 lux, and it’s now officially Britain’s brightest stadium under floodlights.

The new upgrades take St. James Park above UEFA’s new minimum standard of 1,650 lux, which has been set as part of International TV rights holder agreements.

Eddie Rutherford is the head of facilities at Newcastle United, and he had this to say:

“The new floodlights will provide lighting levels well above other arenas in the UK and Europe, which will not only benefit players and spectators inside the stadium but also the millions who watch the Premier League on television globally.”

“From a technical standpoint, they represent another attractive element to what is already a very special stadium for international broadcasters and we hope this will lead to even more new and existing fans being able to watch the team regularly around the world.”

Newcastle have also invested in improving the Training grounds at Benton, and in about two years that work will be completed,  and it will be one of the best training grounds in Europe.

Now all we need is to get Mike Ashley to loosen the purse strings and allow Lee Charnley and Alan Pardew to bring in some top players and we may even have one of the best teams in Europe too.

But at the moment that somehow seems to be a long way off in the future.

But we can always say with the new floodlights that Newcastle will have a bright future ahead.

Comments welcome.

Written while on vacation in England.

19 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Jul 8, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #1


    Depends on what would be considered as attitude problems mate, going by Pards previous issues with flair players its safe to say Percy has managed to get some kind of dressing room revolt against HBA, he tried doing the same thing Tevez and Mascherano at WH, blaming them for his short comings as a manager. I think Pards sees these type of players and feels as though they are a threat to him as it will become apparent he has limited abilities.

    HBA is well within his rights to have a go at a negative, dull and boring manager especially when the clown blames him for defeats in games which we are already losing 2-0 in (Spurs and Man Utd). I sincerely hope those with season tickets create an atmosphere which becomes unbearable for Pards!!

  • Toon Tang

    Jul 8, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #2

    The bi-polar express chuggs on…

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Jul 8, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #3

    They can help illuminate the players we haven’t signed.

  • Markaccus

    Jul 8, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Our Toon

    On HBA…Granted, pardew always has issues with flair because he is negative, however HBA has had issues like this before he came to NUFC. Thats not to say they couldn’t be managed, but pardew is not the only one to fail with regard to HBA. Like I say, the silver headed one could have bought himself a game or two’s leeway if he had tried to use him somehow. It is utterly baffling that someone can be SO SCARED of flair and positivity that he relegates players like this!

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 8, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #5

    The players will be blinded by the lights with the hoofs up the pitch.

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Jul 8, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #6

    ‘Unfortunately the high electricity costs associated with being the UK’s brightest stadium did in fact take a toll on our transfer budget, a little bit.
    We need to educate our fans, a little bit on the hidden charges these electricity companies put upon us. Trust me when I say it is more expensive than it appears to be the brightest stadium in Britain, unfortunately.
    We simply cannot compete financially with such large clubs like Hull City and Queens Park Rangers due to these costs, and as a result we couldn’t get the free striker over the line.
    I’m happy with the squad and it’s stronger, pound for pound than yhis time last year’.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 8, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #7

    If Hatem has spoken out against dead brain, then good. He’s not the first player to speak out against Pardew’s dire tactics. Fans have been doing it against him for years.

    Even Debuchy got a little word in not so long since about being told not to go forward.

    To speak negatives about tactics publicly will have a lot more risk for the players than the usual pre-prepared run of the mill statements.

    Debuchy knew he was going though.

  • Markaccus

    Jul 8, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Geremys PLF

    Don’t forget Leyton Orient. They have some Italian Billionaire now.

  • Average_Contents

    Jul 8, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #9


    I think it’s all the tree hugging you’ve been doing lol 😉


    It doesn’t make sense does it, increase the lighting for tv but by having a team that cannot compete through lack of investment it’s irrelevant as they won’t want to televise us lol!

    I know people will say well that’s nitpicking but it’s a culmination of these kind of actions that make me cynical about all aspects NUFC

    Anything that gets reported from the club be it from the fan’s forum, the PR dept, the MD, the poor excuse for a manager will now be open to cynicism as far as I’m concerned!

  • nut meg

    Jul 8, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Light the stadium up but keep the supporters in the dark !!

  • Our Toon

    Jul 8, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #11

    HBA has had issues before but his main gripe has been with players, especially him and Benzema. He had a fit when he wanted to move here but which French players don’t have an attitude issue?

    these are just a couple that have had multiple issues with attitudes, these are also players that have overcome adversity and negative viewpoints. Look at HBA’s statement when he was dropped, at no point was he negative or divisive, he wished the team well but told the world that he had been dropped and wasn’t injured.

    During the Spain Holland game at HT Shearer spoke of RVP and said he felt unloved under Moyes where as its different with Van Gaal, he then pointed to Neymar feeling the same. Shearer and Rio both said that some players need to feel loved if you are to get the best out of them, Oli Bernard says the same thing with HBA.

  • Average_Contents

    Jul 8, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #12

    Light the SD signs up but keep the supporters in the dark 😉

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 8, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Great team bonding. On the first day 3 first teamers are sent to train with the kids. Pathetic pile of s—e Pardew really is. Deluded arrogant unqualified excuse for a football manager.

  • BenbulbenMag

    Jul 8, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #14

    How many People did it take to install the new lights in St James ?


    One technician and Alan Pardew to observe how the lightbulb itself symbolises a single incandescent beacon of subjective reality in a netherworld of endless absurdity reaching out toward a maudlin cosmos of nothingness.

    i.e. another opportunity for him to expound on his footballing philosophy (or lack of one)

  • Markaccus

    Jul 8, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #15

    Our toon

    It’s pretty much useless now. Pardew only loves his own ideas. I just felt like a rant about the blinding negativity in all facets of his team selection and tactics. We might as well sign all CB’s and DMFs. I honestly think it is a mental problem, and he actually needs a psychiatrist to break this fear of attack.

  • wynsleap

    Jul 8, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #16

    Is this Ashley’s answer to the accusation that we’ve all been kept in the dark too long at St. James Park?
    It’s about time all the supporters of Newcastle United saw the light with this inept, greedy, uncaring and unprofessional owner.
    GPLF @ 6 – You’ve got it right mate.

  • Barton

    Jul 8, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #17

    bet there still not enough light so Cashley can see were he left his wallet back in 08.

  • lesh

    Jul 8, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #18


    So Ashley’s spent a lot to upgrade SJP’s lighting to better broadcaster TV requirements.

    Now how does he square that investment with non-investment in players to improve results and make us attractive to TV?

    Unless he’s prepared to make that investment to start with, then we’ll be on TV relatively rarely – in other words, a waste of money!

  • veto

    Jul 9, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #19

    one eye on concert season with this no doubt , its never just about football with cashley


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