The Agony And The Ecstasy of Supporting Newcastle


Jack Colback has been one of the success stories so far this season after the Killingworth born 25 year-old signed on as a free agent from Sunderland over the summer.

Jack Colback

Jack Colback in action against Liverpool

Jack has been an automatic starter for Newcastle and he has played in all of the last six games,  which have been six successive wins for the Magpies – and has created one the most amazing turnarounds seen in many a year in the Premier League.

This is what Jack has said in the Mail:

“Momentum is how football works,’ ‘We were not fantastic against QPR, but with the spirit around the place we always believe that at the very least we are not going to get beaten.”

“That is a massive thing and we maybe didn’t have it at the start of the season. Everyone is pulling in the right direction and knows their role.”

“There have been a lot of players come in because of injury and they have all done fantastically well. Everyone is playing well. We are getting our rewards for that now.”

“That is great and it is nice to give something back for the fans. This is a big club with big expectations and we should be up there challenging within the top eight.”

The Newcastle fans have already gone through the agony and the ecstasy this season – which is what it’s like supporting Newcastle.

The agony is that we were second bottom after seven games with just four points – and talking about a possible relegation fight – and the  ecstasy that after five straight league wins (six in all competitions) we are in joint fourth position and a possible European place for next season.

So if somebody was to ask how things will go from here on – as far as Newcastle’s season goes we wouldn’t have a clue.

It could be another good season – in fact a great season – because of the emergence of so many good youngsters like Rolando Aarons, Ayoze Perez, Sammy Ameobi, Mehdi Abeid, Massadio Haidara and Paul Dummett.

But you just never know with Newcastle, and certainly in Alan Pardew’s reign on Tyneside, which is nearly four years now, we have had spells when we win a lot – but also spells when we lose a lot.

We saw that last season and we seen those already this season in the first 12 league games of the season.

But we are not complaining, and just hoping for the very best and that we can continue this amazing winning streak at Upton Park on Saturday.

Howay The Lads!!

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61 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 25, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #1

    How is it remotely possible to support two teams, even saying I follow Barcelona and Newcastle because I went to Salou when I was eleven is off the cards, how the f can anyone pretend to have two teams.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Nov 25, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Please don’t drop him for that headless chicken Tiote.

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  • martoon

    Nov 25, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #3

    From last topic – I think the competition for places is having a good effet because when Gouffran came on for Raylor he had quite a decent game – certainly better than his previous games.
    On topic I think the agony and ecstasy applies to supporting most clubs except maybe Chelsea at the moment – even City have hada few disasters this season.

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  • Blaydon-Toon

    Nov 25, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #4

    Martoon agree that Gouffan came on and played well – great tracking back which was the start of the move for our goal ! Think he has come back refreshed after his stint on the bench … Was it you who asked about our penalty taker yesterday ?

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  • Blaydon-Toon

    Nov 25, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #5

    If so I think young Perez would have the confidence to step up and take it ! I know rivière scored one in the cup vs Palce but not a regular starter – think De Jong when fit would be the man ! Lady season we were blessed as we had Cabaye HBA and Shola who were all very confident from 12 yards

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  • Graeme

    Nov 25, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Talking of top performing defenders – has our Club Captain returned from his jolly back to Argentina? Or is his “Injury” not healed enough to allow him to travel yet??

    It would be nice to think he is back at the training ground, making every effort to get himself back on the pitch!!

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  • Average_Contents

    Nov 25, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #7

    If anyone’s got one of those android boxes, get the add-on p2p streams. Wow! It comes with acestream and sopcast integrated already so no need to download them externally and once it’s all set-up with the parsers (channels) it’s incredible! Just watching a replay from lastnights game. Not stopped, lagged or jumped once in an hour.

    If your not sure of how to install it go on Google and tutorial videos will come up. Not sure if it has streams for games that aren’t televised ( like sky and BT) but there’s lots of other sports channels from all over the world, nbcsc, fox, bein and loads more. All HD quality streams. None of those shitty hosting 3rd party streams. I would of recommended it earlier because as some of you know I’ve had the box for a while but only just got p2p working. Hope this helps anyone who hasn’t got sky or BT.

    Beermonkey

    You’ve got xbmc on your laptop haven’t you? Works on their too mate.

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  • Average_Contents

    Nov 25, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #8

    Don’t be silly Graeme. He can’t fly back in his state mate especially after attending San lorenzo games no doubt.

    Wouldn’t be surprised at all to see him travel back with guti as he’s due to meet back up with us in December. Nice little jolly again. Anyone else reckon that’s why he decided to stay with us, on the premise he can go back at the slightest injury? No doubt when he’s fit he’ll be waltzing back into the first 11.

    Don’t get me wrong he’s played well in our little renaissance up until his injury but his mid season attendances are becoming a major concern.

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  • 70TWO

    Nov 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Of the 6 central midfielders we have Sissoko and Abeid have produced the best performances whilst Colback has been ever present, doing enough to justify a starting place. Against West Ham we will need 3 midfielders and with Ryan surely unavailable that leaves one with a broken toe and one who has not trained and will be slow, which leaves Anita who has been the poorest performing so far this season.

    However, I think in this new age of competition for places Anita will have to rise to the occasion or at least be given the opportunity. The only other option is either playing Cabella and Gouffran in the #10 and RW positions respectively, or Perez behind Cisse. Both would potentially leave the holding midfield more exposed and would indicate Anita is the more likely starter with option to change.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 25, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #10

    martoon,
    I’ve been saying for years on here about competition for places, unfortunately Mashers wage structure won’t allow it.

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  • Graeme

    Nov 25, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #11

    According to this, our striker problems will be resolved in January when we welcome Danny Ings to SJP!!!!

    http://www.football-news.com/category/uk-football/newcastle-united-fc-transfer-news-danny-ings-backed-to-join-magpies-in-january-window-201411250003/

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Nov 25, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #12

    Colo’s mid season attendances are becoming a major concern oly for the doom mongers and girly whingers

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  • Blaydon-Toon

    Nov 25, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #13

    Graeme I would be happy of we got Ings I think he is different style of forward to what we have and has proven track goal scoring record – granted at championship level but has scored a few in the prem in a struggling team ! He is young and could easily turn into a top player so profit to be had

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  • nut meg

    Nov 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #14

    He’s been well scouted, we’ve been watching him for a few years now. I got to see him for some of the game last week & he looked sharp,alert,good movement & dangerous,I was quite impressed.

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  • Average_Contents

    Nov 25, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #15

    Definitely take ings. I’d take a punt on Austin too especially if QPR are still in trouble come the end of January. If they won’t sell then, surely once relegated they’d be willing to listen. And I don’t mean no 50p offers and a bag of crisps on top either 😉

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  • Pottz

    Nov 25, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #16

    Graeme. Ings contrac ist up in the summer, so it’s not unreasonable to think we could be favourites to sign him for say a $2 million fee.

    It’s a no brainer…if he flops, a chamionshio side will snap him up due to his goals record at that level and we recoup the money spent on him.

    If he’s a success, the profit for Ashley will be astronomical as Brits are overvalued in the market.

    Not seen much of him..is he any good?

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Nov 25, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #17

    It would really suck if Carroll scores past us next game. He seems to be a real threat in the air though. I still think he would be world class if he comes back to us. His hold up play is what we are missing at the moment.

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  • Sliema

    Nov 25, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #18

    Pottz

    Spot on about Ings mate. We have nowt to lose if we sign him relatively cheaply. But I imagine there’ll be a lot more interest than we’re realising. He looks sharp and with a bit of time he definitely can make it at this level.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 25, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #19

    Not a hope in hello chance of signing Ings, could and should have had Shane Long for 5M a couple of years ago

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  • martoon

    Nov 25, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #20

    Blaydon-Toon – Yeah it was me who asked about who is our penalty taker? Perez probably would have the confidence but I would imagine maybe Cisse is the nominated penalty taker. Come to think about it I can’t recall us being awarded a penalty (in the premiership) this season.

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  • 70TWO

    Nov 25, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #21

    Jail for Ashley @16

    I think Inges would be between £5-10M which is in our price range and he is young, but not really outstanding enough to attract bigger clubs. Why do you think we have ‘not a hope’?

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  • Blaydon-Toon

    Nov 25, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #22

    Would not feel too comfortable if Cisse is our penalty taker – remember his shocker against Norwich ? To me Cisse is an instinctive finisher better when he does not have time to think… Still not been awarded one in the prem as yet – did Cabella take them for Montpellier ?

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  • 70TWO

    Nov 25, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #23

    Sorry, forgot Inges is a the end of his contract and price should be less.

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  • optimistic prime

    Nov 25, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #24

    So ings or Austin? in that case it’ll be Whickham.

    Will be interesting this weekend to see line up, will Pardew have faith in the players from last few weeks or will people be dropped for seniors returning?

    Not exactly sure who’s back, personally I’d be inclined to put returning players on the bench and start with Anita for Raylor and keep it as is.

    We’d have a strongish bench and it would send our a msg you need to prove you deserve a place in team, be good for the kids confidence and a kick up the backside for the regulars.

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  • 70TWO

    Nov 25, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #25

    £2M transfer fee, £2M signing on fee and an opportunity to play in Europe should be enough to persuade Inges to sign.

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  • Graeme

    Nov 25, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #26

    If our current run of form continues through December, even if we don’t win them all, We will go into the New year in a very good position.

    The up-side will be lots of happy fans and a Manager feeling very secure in hie position. The down-side is likely to be FCB deciding “all is well” and spending nothing at all. Even worse, he could again decide we are doing way better than we need too and sell a player or two.

    This would also assist him in making sure we dont do anything really stupid, like qualifying for Europe – God forbid!!

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  • mag92

    Nov 25, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #27

    Once Santon, Coloccini, Saylor, Riviere, Obertan, Arrons, Abied, Tiote and De Jong are back there should be plenty of competition for places!

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  • Blaydon-Toon

    Nov 25, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #28

    Ings for me over Wickham – I live in Ipswich and saw him a few times before his big money move and did not really see what the fuss was – his goal record is pretty poor

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  • 70TWO

    Nov 25, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #29

    optimistic prime @21

    I can only conclude Anita will be the player to come into midfield, with perhaps Gouffran starting right wing, as Cabella is light in weight and probably better coming on in second half. Haidara could stay on as I would imagine WHam will go back to their two new strikers, who are quick and will keep the home crowd on side. Depends on how AP rates STaylors, moving Dummett to LB.

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  • mag92

    Nov 25, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Ings is no better than what we already have, 3 goals in 10 games, no better than Perez or Cisse 4 goals in 3 games!

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  • mag92

    Nov 25, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #31

    Gouffrans much better than Anita and he’s also liable to score, where Anita isn’t!

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  • mag92

    Nov 25, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #32

    Raylor came off after 30 minutes on Saturday and Anita didn’t get a game, so Pardews definitely sussed him out!

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  • 70TWO

    Nov 25, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #33

    Graeme @23

    Europe is a good thing; we performed well in the competition using players who needed match practice to return to form. AP just needs another coach to help him provide two tactical plans in a week.

    Plus MA may actually listen to AP and invest in another young British player with PL experience.

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  • martoon

    Nov 25, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #34

    70TWO @ optimistic prime – If Carroll plays then I would play Willo because he has alway played pretty well against him. Playing Saylor might be risky if he still bears a grudge for his broken jaw!

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  • Blaydon-Toon

    Nov 25, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #35

    Mag92 Ings is different type of forward to what we already have and his goal record is from a team struggling to make chances

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  • optimistic prime

    Nov 25, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #36

    70two

    I’d expect us to sit back at wham and hit them on the break so I’d even consider starting Cisse and bring Perez on in 2nd half, his pace and trickery might have more luck on tired legs. Hard call to make though as Perez deserves his start again.

    Nice to see De Jong back in training.

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  • 70TWO

    Nov 25, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #37

    mag92

    Inges is British, cheap and has potential to improve or be no great loss. Anita has performed poorly recently but had a good game against CPalace reserves in the Cup, he may rise to the challenge. I can’t see WHam starting again with 532 formation at home, or with Carrol and Cole up front. They will look to control the middle of the pitch and Gouffran does not exactly fit the requirement of a competitive midfielder, can you explain your thinking further? Colback and Sissoko as a midfield pair were adequate against QPR because they were poor, but WHam will be more of a challenge and if we start with three in the middle we can then adjust using subs.

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  • optimistic prime

    Nov 25, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #38

    Martoon

    I wouldn’t change the defence, Willo has never let us down despite calls for his head and his lack of ability.

    Playing Saylor at any time is a liability 😉

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  • Graeme

    Nov 25, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #39

    70TWO @ 30 You know that, I know that, in fact almost every fan on here would go with it.

    Unfortunately, Europe was our excuse for performing so badly in the season after we finished 5th and ended up in the Europa. In addition, the clubs extensive research clearly concluded that going on a long cup run was likely to get us relegated!!!.

    There is no way FCB will accept relegation, it is his reason for being here and the exposure it gives SD. Europe is NOT on his New Year Wish list.

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  • mindshaft

    Nov 25, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #40

    don’t think we’re any different to any other fans, bindipper fans must be totally pee’d off this season – within a hairs breadth of winning title, sell Suarez but spend 120 million and this season struggling nearer bottom of table and playing terribly.
    At least we have fairly low expectations to start with

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