After not winning a local trophy in England since we smashed Manchester City 3-1 back in the FA Cup final of 1955 – maybe this is the season we can at least have a good cup run and even reach a cup final – and maybe even win a trophy for the first time in decades?
Alan Shearer – we need to try to win a cup
The great Alan Shearer has been interviewed in the Mirror today, and the local legend has talked about how bad the second half of last season was – and the fact that at least Newcastle should try to win one of the local cups this season – since we have no chance at all of (ever) winning the Premier League:
“For the first time last year in our box, which I share with another nine guys, there was a game where we couldn’t give a ticket away.” “There were only three or four who wanted to go.”
“I hope that doesn’t happen again this season.” “It’s important Newcastle try to win a cup and give someone something to shout about. I find it sad that the league is their priority.”
“Newcastle can only win two cups a season, which is the Capital One and the FA Cup. So when they put out a weakened team last year against Cardiff in the FA Cup and got beat, I was annoyed, angry and surprised.”
“I hope we can finish somewhere in between sixth and 10th and have a good cup run.” “That’s what we need. We need to get off to a good start because we had a dreadful back half of the season and it was hard work watching.”
“I would love Newcastle to be in the top three or four, but realistically we’re not going to be there.” “So we have to look at other ways to entertain.”
“I hope we can play a brand of football that can excite the fans, and keep them there week in week out.” “They have spent a lot of money, which we needed to do. We’ve signed some decent players. The proof will be in the pudding.
“We should be aiming for the top six.” “That should be the ambition. I am sure it is the ambition. But ambition and achievement are two different things.”
Good words there from Alan.
Kenny Dalglish got us to the FA Cup final back in 1998 against Arsenal, and Ruud Gullit had us there the following year against Manchester United – but we lost both finals 2-0 – and Alan Shearer played in both games.
We will see what the ambitions are in the local cups this season at the end of the month, when we play in the Capital One (League) Cup at Gillingham – we need to field a strong side in that game and get through that cup tie, and then keep fielding strong teams in the cup competitions.
We’ll see what happens – but Pardew needs to win some of the first few games this season to get the lads off to a (very) good start, and that includes the game at Gillingham.
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