It Was A Privilege To Watch Newcastle United Train


It seems that reporters in Wellington haven’t seen any football of the quality that Newcastle United players showed in training today – for the game on Saturday night against Wellington Phoenix.

fab coloccini against Sydney

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini in action against Sydney FC

In an article in the Dominion Post by Hamish Bidwell,  he seemed to be in awe of the skill showed by the Newcastle players – and said they haven’t seen that class of football in New Zealand for a long time.

Here are some excerpts from his article, which are very complimentary to our Newcastle players.

It was a privilege to watch Newcastle United knock it about at Newtown Park yesterday.

The sheer pace and quality of proceedings would have been the main things the appreciative crowd of about 200 took away. As one journalist remarked, following the first of many cracking goals, he’d seen more skill in that display of one-touch passing and finishing than in three years watching the Wellington Phoenix train.

The Newcastle captain Coloccini, capped 34 times by Argentina and an old boy of such clubs as AC Milan and Atletico Madrid, did genuinely dazzling things at times. It’s the attacking players that are meant to be good on, and with, the ball, but the ringlet-haired defender had it on a string.

You could’ve happily watched the Magpies train for hours. Sadly 90 minutes was all you got, which meant one last thing.

Let’s hope it’s not another 19 years till Newcastle are back in Wellington.

You can read the full article here.

Note to Newcastle players – we still need to get another win on Saturday night – this could be a conspiracy to catch us off guard. 😀

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148 comments so far

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #1

    A few rumours on twitter saying we have mad a £7 million bid for Grenier .

    If we got him as well as another striker I would cry 😉 .

    —————————Krul——————————–

    –Janmaat——–Collo———M’biwa——–Haidara–

    —————————-Tiote——————————

    ——-Sissoko——————————–Grenier——-

    —————————De Jong—————————-

    ———Aubameyang——————–Cabella———-

    Bench: Elliot, Willo, Colback, Anita, HBA, Rivierre, Gouff

    Amazing to think we could have that team and a really strong bench for another £20 million .

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #2

    @ Mark

    That formation is similar to what Liverpool played a lot of last season (4-4-2 diamond wide) with the front three for them being Sturridge, Suarez & Sterling as a front three with Gerrard holding & Coutinho as a playmaker .

    Our front three in that lineup would be De Jong, Aubameyang & Cabella, with Tiote holding & Grenier the creative midfielder .

    Could work .

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  • ethiotoon

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #3

    Why nu show calmness on Grenier ?

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #4

    Jesper

    Yeah we did sail to Esbjerg. It was just a short bus ride to the hotel

    I was Lego mad when i was a kid (still love it now if i am honest  ) so i did actually know what the name meant. I saw all the original wooden toys that the inventor made, too. All original lego brand. I wonder what he would think of what it has become. Its even a movie now!!

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #5

    http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02984/home-kits1_2984008k.jpg

    BPC
    Prefer the look of this top mate to be honest

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Bloody hell! They HAVE been starved!!!!

    BPC

    i suppose any attacking formation would be a breath of fresh air!

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  • Sliema

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Jesper

    Hej mate, where do you live in Denmark? Just that my missus is Danish and it always makes me curious.

    She’s banging on about the heat at the moment too. Forgive me but I’m from Shields (freezing) spent large chunks of time in Denmark (Esbjerg, Aarhus, Kobenhavn… all pretty cold!) moved to London 4 years ago (much hotter) and now I live in Malta (as the name suggests) and now I really understand heat and humidity. It’s been 28-32C degrees minimum every single day for about 12 weeks in a row now. And very humid. I’m adjusting though!

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #8

    I know they are just freindlies, but what does this all say for west ham, who got beat of wellington!?!? If they don’t train as well as us!!

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  • Bambams

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #9

    The original tweet is from 888sport re Grenier.
    It has been suggested they are not the most reliable of tweeters, does that make them twits…sorry
    allegedly a bid of 7 million

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #10

    Delighted that England are using Jerusalem as there commonwealth National anthem.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Sliema…I live in Aarhus mate. What part of Denmark is your missus from?

    …it’s been 26-28 C degrees the past two weeks and very humid this week. It’s God awful if you ask me 🙂 lol

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #12

    G2

    My first lego tecknic JCB with motors, would destroy your tonkas!!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Sliema…how’s Malta? beside the heat and the humid conditions?

    …at least the language is not a problem 😉

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Right gentlemen (and ladies if any are around) i am off for a while. Have a good evening 🙂

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #15

    U2 Mark!

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  • scout

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Lads I noticed that west ham are even money to beat Sydney, its a cracking bet surely. I know wellington beat them 2-1 but we crushed them and they looked so limited

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  • beermonkey

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #17

    so how do people think we will line up on sat
    will we go with youth or an experienced side

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  • firebug666

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #18

    beermonkey

    Pardrew has said he wants to start with his strongest side and get them up to speed, giving the young guns a run out in the second half.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #19

    Beermonkey

    I think he will go for a strong side in the first half to try and get a positive result. Then bring on the kids for the second for some valuable experience

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #20

    Would be nice for Riviere to bang one in again to build up some confidence for the new season. Last thing we wanna be doing is going into the new season with all our forwards misfiring

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #21

    My predictions:
    1st Liverpool
    2nd Citeh
    3rd Chelsea
    4th Newcastle
    5th Arsenal

    Relegated:
    Sunderland
    Southampton
    QPR

    FA Cup: Newcastle
    League Cup: Man United

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #22

    Still think we need pea or Hernandez plus a cb or 2

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #23

    Personally I think this is the ideal time to bring on the Belgian midget strikers beermonkey. And now that you have made bail we can attend. And yes you can do your Maori war dance now that you are an honorary warrior.

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  • p

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #24

    I reckon Chelsea will win league this year

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #25

    These matches are just like holidays for the club. Wait til we play some German teams before you start getting too wild and wooly with enthusiasm lads.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #26

    I think this is the best looking attacking squad we’ve had in years

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #27

    Very stiff competition in the league this year. However that being said we have an excellent chance of finishing top 19 as I have stated earlier. Put a little money on it lads.

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  • beermonkey

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #28

    jazzy

    just looked at the team we took out there, no good prob still injured no streete

    I would like to see satka start along side colo
    keep the rest the same wont do riviere any harm to score more or ldj

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #29

    So you think they are quite attractive then TFL mate? But can they play football? We shall see. It’s easy to get excited right now playing teams in New Zealand but there are much tougher games to come.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #30

    Harrumph!

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #31

    Beer
    Funnily enough LDJ has opened his account on his first game back in Holland. Wouldn’t surprise me if he bangs a load in this season.
    Felt sorry for him coming in to our team on one of the most disastrous runs ever by the club. And then being asked to play second fiddle to Remy as well as being asked to concentrate more on his defensive duties rather than his natural game

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  • firebug666

    Jul 24, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #32

    GeordieTwo

    These games in NZ are only to build on fitness and team cohesion, when we get to Germany things will be a bit tougher but we should have Cabella and Janmaat joining the squad there. I think the team is already showing the positives most of us were expecting, after all we had only been in NZ for 2 day when we beat Sydney 4 – 0.

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  • beermonkey

    Jul 24, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #33

    jazzy

    ooops I made the ldj sdj faux pas

    ldj shame were in real bad run and pardew stuck with remy we were desperate for a win
    played him in a role he doesn’t know its a shame I would have taken a punt on what he went for 4.mill was it
    but here is the problem if we had bought him he is not the 15 goals we need I like the look of riviere and in the wings we have Armstrong but there all different types of striker its a tough one to call

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  • toonicle

    Jul 24, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #34

    Jazzy- I agree, LDJ gets way too much stick for last year on here. Hadn’t played much before we get him and then we throw him into a misfiring side with no creativity and tell him to play a number 10 role and track back. yet he still would have scored if Sissoko didn’t steal that one goal from him.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 24, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #35

    I like the excitement about the club but I think it’s premature. We already lost to a Division One club as I recall. We have some promising new players but we haven’t strengthened the CB position at all and we are definitely weak up front. That could mean a very difficult start to the season unless we bring in 2 or 3 more experienced players.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 24, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #36

    And you all know how Mike feels about experienced players mates. They are expensive if they are any good. Good points firebug but the Germans might just give us a good sorting out.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 24, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #37

    Where is welshie to comment on all this chat. We need the semi-Welsh perspective.

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  • geordie157

    Jul 24, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #38

    So we can rule out Carroll and benteke. Aubameyang, lacazette and lukaku seem unlikely.

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  • spitfire_

    Jul 24, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #39

    Is Wellington’s game will be on TV?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 24, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #40

    Now I don’t want you lads thinking of me as a grumpy old Blog Hobbit. That’s why I’ve predicted us to finish top 19. We are a club in transition. We sell, we buy, and then we sell again. We frolic, we pick wild flowers, and we have buttered scones for tea.

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