These Games Are What We Dream Of – It’s In The Stars

Games like yesterday’s 2-1 win against Chelsea don’t come around enough at Newcastle, but when they do come it’s exactly what Geordie fans dream of – getting a famous result when after the game we feel proud of the club and very proud of our players.

papiss cisse scores first goal

Papiss Cisse scoring first goal yesterday

Make no mistake about it, the result is making headline news around the world and it puts Newcastle in a very good light.

Chelsea had gone 23 games unbeaten since they lost at Stanford Bridge 3-1 on April 30th to Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final – after drawing their first leg 0-0 in Madrid.

It was an unlikely win for the lads yesterday,  after we had been outplayed in the first half by a good Chelsea side, and we lost our goalkeeper at half time.

But against all the odds, Newcastle won the game, and when that final whistle was blown after more than six minutes of stoppage time, it was a terrific feeling.

This is what Newcastle fans dream of – and we’ve had a couple of similar results this season.

One was when your youngsters beat a strong Manchester City side 2-0 for our first ever win at the Etihad Stadium in the Capital One Cup, and then at White Hart Lane.

We were again outplayed in that first half, but then Sammy Ameobi scored after 7 seconds in the second half and we won the game 2-1.

And of course we wont even mention that Arsenal game thee years ago when we were definitely outplayed in that first half and were 4-0 down. 😀

Yesterday seemed like it was almost impossible to win the game when Steven Taylor was sent off with 10 minutes to go, and the TV commentators were talking not about the Blues just drawing the game, but that they could win it.

But the Gods were on our side yesterday.

We remember when Gary Neville was commentating on the Champions League final  a couple of years ago when Bayern Munich on their home ground were all over Chelsea but kept missing chances , including a penalty.

The Blues finally went on to win their first Champions league on penalties under Roberto di Matteo, and Gary kept saying it’s in the stars that Chelsea would win the game.

It must have been in the stars yesterday for Newcastle, and it was all simply unbelievable

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48 comments so far

  • expatmag

    Dec 7, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Cmon the HEEDDDDDDD

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 7, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #2


    I know mate. I just sometimes feel the need to highlight what it’s sole intention on this blog is as posters still stick up for it and believe it supports nufc.

    Waste of spunk is more apt.

  • magpie6699

    Dec 7, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #3

    So what’s the chant next time we face Chelsea? “2-1 to the ballboys!” or “Haway the ballboys”?

  • expatmag

    Dec 7, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #4

    Chelsea 0 Ballboys 1

  • expatmag

    Dec 7, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #5


    I think the best policy is for everyone just to ignore him. He might then get bored and go away.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 7, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #6

    The strange bit is that he must have spent all of last week posting one line comments to satisfy Eds moderation, within two days ofvseeing his posts appear he starts with the insults, it seems a lot of hard work to get banned again after a few days.

  • expatmag

    Dec 7, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #7


    What do you expect from a native of Hendon….lol

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 7, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #8

    catchy in norway // Dec 7, 2014 at 12:13 PM


    your not getting it at all, I think it is quite easy for you to come on here and spout stats about our last 7 games, but you know as well as most others , a season isn’t 7 games long, its not 10 games long its 38,

    you go on about injuries, but you never say anything about bad team selections, the team he picked against burnley had nothing to do with injuries, GOOFY on the right side of MF, WHY ?? Perez as an attacking MF again WHY ??, Williamson playing ahead of Saylor ? WHY? ,
    even with his recent good form, with the best squads he has ever had, we are his second worst in his win ratio league.
    these points vs Chelsea are amazing, no one expect us to get anything, I expected us to set up camp in our own half and be hard to beat, but why should I expect that same tactic against Burnley? IMO we gave Burnley the first half, as we do with most teams we play, well that leaves only 45 min to win a game, if your happy with that, then great for you,
    I would like us to go out and try and win a game of football over at least the first 80 mins, the if your winning or drawing , close the game out for the last 10 mins,

    who is injured in our squad that we miss ? I cannot think of one player
    SDJ ?no, he hasn’t started his career with us
    Jonas ? no, he was deemed not good enough for us anymore 2 seasons ago
    taylor ? no, he was our make shift LB that most fans think is to slow for us
    obertan ? again, deemed not good enough by me and most other fans, has most things that should make him a world star, but lacks belief in himself, runs and forgets the ball.
    santon? we have 3 pretty good LBs

    Krul is a miss, but its only been 2 games

    Arrons, another miss, but when he has been fit, some times he hasn’t even made the bench, goofy would still get a star before him if fit.

    I look at Abeid, he is our most complete MF he can do every job in CMF better than all the others, he is box to box, he can tackle and he can pass, but will get over looked,

    when I look at our squad, we have good competition in most places, just not CB, he got rid of MYM , the kid is flying in Roma, I don’t think he is a RB, but pardew put him there a few times, and if people say he is rash, I don’t think he is as rash as Saylor, I think he could have been sent off 2 times yesterday, by being stupid.

    as a football club, what are known for, ? its our No9s , center forwards, we love someone who can stick the ball in the back of the net, pardew chokes the life out of any CF by lack of service to them. our CFs feed of scraps, and its because he like to turn his “wingers” into some type of DMC that tucks in, in most matches its our RB/LB that do most of our attacking, I don’t think we have had one wide player that has done well for us under pardew, the best we have had has been HBA, but he was forced out because he would not tow the DMCwinger party line,

    like I have said, snatching wins from the top teams is great, but we should be trying to beat the teams at the bottom, esp with the squad we have, top 6 IMO

  • expatmag

    Dec 7, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Heed 1-0 up. Matty Pattison

  • expatmag

    Dec 7, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Geez Catchy

    Not another friggin Novel.

    Are you after the nobel prize for literature?

  • toonbrother

    Dec 7, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #11

    Players like Anita and Raylor are invaluable due to their versatility. Anita can play at LB, RB and anywhere in midfield. Last time I saw him play at Right back he was fantastic. In midfield he is only marginally less combative than Colback and just as skillful imho.

    A Club like ours cannot afford to let a player like Anita go. Pardew needs to do a better job rotating the squad so as to keep players like him happy.

    The packed Christmas Schedule (6 games between now and new year’s day) offers a great opportunity to give him some playing time.

    I hope Pardew leverages the squad’s depth more wisely than he did last time we were in this situation.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 7, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #12

    Although a draw in todays game drops us down a place, when you look at the bigger picture it is a better result.

  • expatmag

    Dec 7, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #13


    Aye. But can he fill in for Coloshitty?

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 7, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #14

    Swans to win 2-0

    Bony with 2 goals

    Come on the jacks.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 7, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #15


    from the other day,

    I really don’t care that you have done your FA coaching badges, all that means is you have attended some sort of school,
    it does not make you more wiser than anyone who has not attended these things, it just gives you a platform to get into the game on a more professional level, ,

    it takes more than badges to become a good manager, just ask roy keane , I could ryme of a list of top class players that have played at the very top that cannot manage a team,

    its pretty hard saying this manager is better than that manager when so many factors come into play,
    I judge pardew on
    the players we have, what he gets out of them. I think we should be doing a lot better with every team he has had since he has been here
    the style/type of play against the opposition , yesterday, well played pardew, Tuesday, not so good against a team that is poor.
    how he treats the players, I think he lacks big time in this department, his man management skills are pretty poor,
    then I judge him on what he says, now I expect him to tell a few porkies, he dosnt want to give any team any advantage over us, but the guy contradicts himself all the time, all his teams play on the front foot ? really? do you think that ? iv never mat a more defensive minded manager

    like I said to bills, the squads of top class players he has had with us, vs the squads he has had at other clubs, yet we are 2nd bottom out of the 5 teams he has managed,

    the guy is full of fear and seems not to trust us as an attacking unit.

  • expatmag

    Dec 7, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #16


    A few points

    Perez is an attacking midfielder. Check his record at Teneriffe.

    HBA is currently out of the reckoning at Hull and has done nothing this season for them. He is finished.

    MYM admitted himself he was frightened of the PL and he is currently injured anyway so far from flying.

  • toonbrother

    Dec 7, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #17

    @catchy in norway
    nicely summarised. Especially the bit about abeid. My worry for him is that his versatility may lead to his misuse under pardew.

    He has already been forced to play Attacking midfield to accommodate Tiote (v Burnley) despite the fact he had been playing as a defensive midfielder this season

    I think he can play anywhere in midfield but he will only excel when allowed to specialise in one area and not moved around to plug every gap that appears.

    Notice how Sissoko only came into his own when Pardew stopped shuffling him between right wing and attacking midfield positions.

    Abeid can play as an AM as he showed in Panathanaikos last year. But we already have better players in that area : Cabella , Sissoko, Marveaux and probably Dejong

    he needs to be allowed to focus in the Defensive midfield role and given as much playing time as possible. I am Tiote’s biggest fan on this site but I think its time to move him on and let Abeid take ownership of the role.


    Dec 7, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Charlie Wyett. “Balotelli won’t get a move to a top club now,”
    Wyett added.
    “I think he was lucky to get a club like
    Liverpool, who were in the Champions League,
    and was very fortunate.
    “Now he’ll be looking at teams in the rung
    below, teams in England such as Newcastle or
    Aston Villa when they lose Benteke which looks
    likely next summer.

    to this arss… liverfool r smaller dan newcastle n we arnt daft to buy overrated flops…like liverfools

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 7, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #19

    We all know Pardew is an average manager, not many of us like him and like his boss he isn’t going any where in a hurry.

  • expatmag

    Dec 7, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #20


    And I dont care whether you care.

    The point I was making is that you have little or no understanding or knowledge of the big picture of managing or coaching football.

    If you had done it at a reasonably high level, you would not be coming out with the constant inane crap you spout against Pardew and Co.

    That is possibly why most posters on this blog fail to take you seriously.

  • toonbrother

    Dec 7, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #21

    @expatmag as originator of the term “COLOSHITTY” i declare a moratorium on its use until the shitty Colocinni performances return.

    And to answer your question YES! If colocinni is played in his appropriate position as a defensive midfielder, Anita could be considered a viable alternative for him. As a central defender, No. Anita lacks the height and skillset to play there

  • expatmag

    Dec 7, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #22

    Off to watch the rest of the Gateshead game before I get further involved in this negative shit.

  • expatmag

    Dec 7, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #23


    Sarcasm of the highest order on my behalf.

    Night all

  • toonbrother

    Dec 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #24

    @expatmag when did you take a poll to establish “most posters on this blog fail to take Catchy seriously”

    Please speak for yourself going forward. Its cowardly to assign yourself the right to speak on behalf of other posters to bully those you disagree with.

    I for example decide who and who not to take seriously based on the content of their posts. Based on the post @7 Catchy deserves to be taken seriously much more than 90% of the worthless “herd-mentality” posts i read on this blog

  • geordie157

    Dec 7, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Gateshead hopefully will get promoted this season, I’m surprised Michael Richardson hasn’t ended up there.

  • geordie157

    Dec 7, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #26

    Aahh he’s at the mighty Spartans now. Another north east team in the draw for cup, has to be good for the area.

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 7, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #28

    I’m a tad confused. Motd making a big deal out of Alnwick coming on then fail to show his first contribution. An excellent punch away whilst flattening costa in the process. Boring barstewerds 😉

    Well played that lad. It’s times like this I wish I still lived in London to see the smug grins wiped off the prawn sandwich brigades faces lol

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 7, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #29

    Well said Expat. Pardew was correct to dump hba and mbiwa who was a poor defender in the prem. I’m afraid there are still a lot of goons on the site. Catchy, your opinions on pardew have become as silly as kets’ transfer wet dreams. re pardew himself, there is a large number of average managers in english football and he is one of them.

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 7, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #30

    Ah, my bad. They showed it in the analysis. Class lol.

  • geordie157

    Dec 7, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #31

    Alnwick did well considering he was thrown in vs the best side in the league, yes he was in no man’s land when drogba scored but he made some good solid punches, confident claims from crosses too.

    Give him a chance, we don’t need to use an emergency loan.

    Woodman on the bench.


    Dec 7, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #32

    shay given on loan to newcastle?

  • geordie157

    Dec 7, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #33

    Bony vs Carroll today, should be a decent game. I know he’s got a lot of haters but hope Carroll can stay injury free now.


    Dec 7, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #34

    mayb we can loan that chelseas australian gk

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Dec 7, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #35

    magpie6699 // Dec 7, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    So what’s the chant next time we face Chelsea? “2-1 to the ballboys!” or “Haway the ballboys”?
    To the tune of PetShopBoys Opportunities “You`ve got the dosh – We`ve got the fans – We Play Better Footy“

  • Mag52

    Dec 7, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #36


    By the look of Mourinho’s multi million pound defence when our two goals were scored, our ball boys could probably have done a job on them on the pitch as well as off it.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 7, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #37

    can’t believe we have got a player like jack colback whose so underrated by everyone else in the league. i hope it stays this way.

    if he keeps this level of consistency up, and improves even further we might have a 20million midfielder in our hands.

    our stand out star this season. the whole midfield revolves around Colback.

  • geordie157

    Dec 7, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #38

    Trademark Carroll goal

  • toonbrother

    Dec 7, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #39

    @38 20 million you’re having a laugh.
    Sissoko has been our stand out star this season. That much is clear
    in other news Carroll just scored

  • geordie157

    Dec 7, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #40

    Great header!


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