Manager Looks Forward To Final Friendly In Tough Pre-Season

After a rather hectic pre-season this summer, Newcastle complete their preparations for the start of the Premier League with their first and only home game of pre-season, when we take on Real Sociedad on Sunday at 1:30 pm.

alan pardew in black jacket

Alan Pardew – it’s about getting ready for first league game

We have two injuries, both of which are said to be slight – Siem de Jong is nursing a toe injury and Cheick Tiote has a hamstring problem.

While Siem is expected to play on Sunday, we wouldn’t be surprised if Checik misses the game and it seems he is only touch and go for our first game of the season at home to Manchester City a week on Sunday.

New signing Daryl Janmaat will also start on Sunday, since he’s only had 60 minutes of playing time  so far with Newcastle.

Alan Pardew has talked about last pre-season game to nufcTV:

“It’s about getting ready for the week after.” “I’ll still make a lot of substitutions in that game; it’s really about building for Sunday week.”

“Janmaat’s a class player.” “He’s going to be a great player for us.” “It was nice to get that 60 minutes under his belt. He’ll play on Sunday and hopefully be ready if he comes through without an injury.”

On another subject, it was  announced by Newcastle United yesterday that they will pay formal tribute to the two fans – John Alder and Liam Sweeney – who lost their lives in the Malaysian air disaster in Ukraine on July 17th.

Here’s what the club announced:

  • The two captains Fabricio Coloccini and Vincent Kompany will lay wreaths at the center circle before the kick-off, accompanied by representatives from John and Liam’s families
  • Jimmy Montgomery, the fomrer Sunderland goalkeeper will be there to represent Sunderland, whose supporters’ have made a fantastic effort at fund raising on behalf of the two Geordie fans, and Newcastle will recognize that magnificent effort by Sunderland and their fans
  • A minute’s silence will be observed before the game.
  • Newcastle have created The Alder Sweeney Community Award in their memory,  and the award will recognize the efforts of an individual or organisation in the North East who have s made an outstanding contribution in their community
  • There will also be an Alder Sweeney Memorial Garden which will be situated outside the main entrance to the Milburn Stand. This garden will be officially unveiled in a ceremony, on a date and time to be announced, but prior to the Club’s home fixture against Crystal Palace

Newcastle United have responded to the tragic deaths of two of their most faithful fans with a lot of class.

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  • Sliema

    Aug 8, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Well played by the club for respecting the poor lads. A grain of decency in a sand-bucket of cheap, nastiness.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 8, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #2

    The club must turn off the electronic advertising during the tribute. It would be in bad taste not to.

  • firebug666

    Aug 8, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Blackley and Brownlie

    The advertising is neither here nor there mate. it has nothing to do with the respect being shown by the fans and the club. We may not get much from advertising these days, so we need every penny.

    I don’t think anybody will be upset about the electronic boards mate, The club are showing a great amount of respect, and have done since this happened, I don’t see any disrespect from leaving the advertising.

  • g.s.tooner

    Aug 8, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Wouldnt say its disrespectful to leave them on. What would be disrespectful would be to charge increased rates for the minutes silence….

    Surely they wouldnt

  • toonincheek

    Aug 8, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Blackley –

    Agree – that would be an appropriate gesture.

  • firebug666

    Aug 8, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #6


    I don’t think money is an issue either. The club has spent quite a lot, and invested a great deal of time and man power in rightly showing respect for John and Liam. Regardless of my feelings towards Pardrew and Ashley (and they will never change), I have nothing but the greatest of respect for the way they have conducted themselves with these tributes.

    That said:

    Ashley Out
    Pardrew Out

  • firebug666

    Aug 8, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #7

    I also suppose they could use the electronic advertising during the minutes silence to pass on a message of respect for John and Liam, something like: “John & Liam will always be remembered by Newcastle United”.

    Maybe that’s asking to much.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Aug 8, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #8


    That’s would be a lovley gesture if it can be done. Great idea.

  • Grumpy

    Aug 8, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Howay the Lads, cant wait for another season of ” Pards is a muppit” Bring it on..

  • expatmag

    Aug 8, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    Comment #10

    With regard to the advertising, maybe the companies concerned could make a donation to the charities designated by the families of John and Liam for the Man City game.

    On the subject of the match, I wouldnt be surprised to see us get something from the game.

    Remember Cardiff last season. Beat them 3-2 early in the season. Fingers crossed

  • Ethiotoon

    Aug 8, 2014 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #11

    Incredibley quiet since yesterday..
    Is it the sign of good things to come ?

  • SUFC_rule

    Aug 8, 2014 at 2:54 AM

    Comment #12

    I look forward to seeing Newcastle get a good thrashing. Up the Sunderland

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 8, 2014 at 3:33 AM

    Comment #13

    Interesting season coming up and one where it’s hard to judge if we’ve actually strengthened after losing arguably our three best players and replacing them with untested ones. Although we do seem to have addressed the issue of depth, if you accept that Cabella could slot in to AM when De Jong is injured. It’s easy to get carried away by the volume of signings, and we are yet to find out if they are good enough.

  • expatmag

    Aug 8, 2014 at 4:30 AM

    Comment #14


    That is why the PL is the best league in the world. There are so many inponderables.

    Anyone of 4 or 5 teams could win the league and lesser teams often take points off the top teams.

    It doesnt happen in the likes of Italy France Spain or Germany where only 1 or 2 teams reign supreme and shock results are a rarity.

    Despite the defence, Newcastle have the makings of a top 8 squad and I hate to say this but I do think Sunderland will do quite well thus season.

  • Santon03

    Aug 8, 2014 at 5:48 AM

    Comment #15

    I don’t think there will be anymore purchase, probably only loan signings. We already have a very good squad, target should be top 6 finish and a cup.
    We have youngsters that really showed that they are deserve to be fighting for first 11, it is a very good sign. Aarons, Armstrong, Abeid, Satka and Bigi are doing great job. I hope pardew would be brave enough to give these guys chances even if we have fit 1st eleven.

  • Santon03

    Aug 8, 2014 at 5:51 AM

    Comment #16

    Regarding HBA, my prediction is he will stay until end of his contract and then move to sunderland.
    sunderland will try anything to get him

  • Santon03

    Aug 8, 2014 at 5:59 AM

    Comment #17

    I don’t think we need new CB, they are good enough. It’s 1 defeat in pre season by a strong team Malaga and everyone start shouting we need new CB. It’s bound to happen when you travel so much, play many games in short time and make a lot of subtitutions and many of our 1st eleven didn’t play.

  • Ethiotoon

    Aug 8, 2014 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #18

    I disaagree.we do need CB bcoz we can’t rely on s.tay and Williamson the whole season. both have problem in concentration and speed.if they face a team who play pacey football,they can be exploited easily.there has to be at least loan signing like Richards or Djuru or whatever to make sure we’ll have a successful season.

  • Ethiotoon

    Aug 8, 2014 at 6:21 AM

    Comment #19

    The year before, we shiped 68 goals.last season 59,with mbiwa,tay and William.
    Which is a little over, compared to the relegated one of them has to go and replaced by a big pacey defender..

  • FinnBarr

    Aug 8, 2014 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #20

    I like the way the club has handled the tragedy, great class and compassion. A permanent memorial is just what is needed. I am impressed with Charnley as well, the fella has gotten it done this transfer window, handling a lot of business. A win against City wouldn’t hurt to get the season rolling….

  • Santon03

    Aug 8, 2014 at 6:32 AM

    Comment #21


    You can’t blame CB only. The whole team last year was sh!t. The cover for CB was non existence, the threat going for was almost 0. The opponents has no fear leaving their defense and bombarding ours. We were inviting them to full scale attack the whole 90 minutes. Their defense had very easy time against our attack last year.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 8, 2014 at 6:34 AM

    Comment #22

    Santon…you think Benny will move to Sunderland? 😀


    That makes sense because…?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 8, 2014 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #23

    Agree with your post #21 though

  • Santon03

    Aug 8, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    Comment #24

    jesper 22

    well I was just making things up lol.

    but… you never know.
    they are willing to pay high fees and we got Collback for free, they might try to get even.

  • Ethiotoon

    Aug 8, 2014 at 6:44 AM

    Comment #25

    Give your head a shake..

  • nut meg

    Aug 8, 2014 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #26

    If we concede about the same number of goals as the previous two seasons then IMHO we definitely need at least one new CB. As has been mentioned several times already on here Collo,Williamson & Taylor are far too slow.They were slow 2 years ago,were even slower last year so I don’t expect them to suddenly gain a few yards of pace any time soon.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 8, 2014 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #27

    Ethiotoon…I didn’t say we didn’t need a new CB, but for me it’s clearly why we let in so many goals and don’t really score any…

    …the have been enough changed to the back to justify it’s not the main problem is.

    But we need to get the center of the defense right and it’s just not right.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 8, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #28

    I think people are calling for a new CB, not because of the Malaga defeat but the ridiculously disproportionate amount of 4-6 goal hidings we have suffered under Pardew and his defence.

  • Pardews Prolific Boys

    Aug 8, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #29

    With our current attacking options from fullbacks upwards we could use the keegan style play of “score more than them”

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 8, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #30

    ppB…we definitely need to change the whole setup if we don’t want the leaking to continue!

    …buying a new CB won’t change anything on it’s own.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 8, 2014 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #31

    There’ll have to be a lot of 1-0’s then lol.
    g.s Tooner,
    I’ll wait till you’re about before answering to your completely false claims about extra talent being brought in but for now, simply go to and it will show you the amount of first team players that have left since the five and six have been signed since that famous January and I’m not including loans.

  • ToonMatt

    Aug 8, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #32

    Does anyone else think we are finished in the transfer market?

  • Ethiotoon

    Aug 8, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #33

    Daily mail reported on Aug 6 that both Lascelles and Darlow signed by NU,and loaned back to Nottingham, where r they?
    I was doubtful these player even doesn’t exist.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 8, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #34

    Do we know for sure if Jonas – the forgotten man – played another game for us it would trigger a contract extension?

    …Jonas does seem to be puzzled by it all and we know the club will go all kun length to spin things these days!

  • Santon03

    Aug 8, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #35


    Mbiwa is strong and pacey.
    We have good young CBs as well.
    and we can only play 2 or 3 max each game. we have 4 senior CB.

  • T.T.V.V.T.

    Aug 8, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #36

    Santon03 thinks we don’t need a centre half and Bigi has had a great pre season.

    One is misguided opinion and the other is completely wrong.

    Listen mate, it’s obvious we need a centre half. As we’ve improved in other areas of the team, its natural to start looking at the area that needs strengthened the most.

    I would bet every single person on the blog, bar maybe you, would say that the centre back position needs to be strengthened:

    Collocinni – Great on his day but can be hit and miss, especially depending on who he plays with. Isnt getting any younger. Won’t be here for more than this season and the next, maximum.

    Mbiwa – The jury is still out. He’s well liked by half the fan base but hated by the other half. Pardew doesnt seem to fancy him at centre half and his confidence was shot to pieces last season. Potential to be excellent, but hasnt shown it.

    Taylor – A walking, talking liability. Hasn’t improved from the age of 21. Is particularly slow, gets turned easily, and makes rash decisions. In summary he’s probably a championship level player.

    Williamson – Steady away. Will do a job alongside Collocinni but pair him with Taylor and it’s nightmare city. Would be great as a back up centre half, to come in and head the ball out, but doesnt have the all round game to be a top defender in the league.

    Satka, Streete & Good – All seem promising youngsters with time on their side. Perphaps Good is the one who is closest to the first team but we havent seen him at all this pre-season. They could progress in the next few years and turn into great players but i wouldnt be confident just yet any any of them starting regularly in the premier league.

    Essentially we don’t have a top centre half in the squad because Collocinni is nearing the end of his career, and he’s a far better player when he’s alongside another competent defender, or someone playing out of their skin.

    Personally i’d get shot of Taylor today. If Pardew really doesnt see Mbiwa as anything other than full back back-up then he needs to go too.
    We’ve got Lascelles in for next season, but we are crying out for a top centre back to partner Collocinni for his last 2 seasons.

  • Santon03

    Aug 8, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #37


    like I said at #21, can’t blame it all on 2CB alone. Great CB not only because they are great players, it’s because they also playing with good team and strategy. 2CB can’t take care 3 or 4 attackers by themselves.

  • Pardews Prolific Boys

    Aug 8, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #38

    Jfa I mean as opposed to last season. And I also mean the players we’ve signed are more attacking, what I did not say is “oh boy, I love our owner for buying all these players. We have more players than ever now”

    It’s yet to be proven but I think aside from cabaye we’ve improved quality in who we’ve replaced.

  • Pardews Prolific Boys

    Aug 8, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #39

    Jfa I mean as opposed to last season. And I also mean the players we’ve signed are more attacking, what I did not say is “oh boy, I love our owner for buying all these players. We have more players than ever now”

    It’s yet to be proven but I think aside from cabaye we’ve improved quality in who we’ve replaced. But time will tell.

  • Pardews Prolific Boys

    Aug 8, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #40

    Ah jail. Just realized your post wasn’t aimed at me


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