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It’s An Amazing Feeling Playing In Front Of Newcastle Fans

2:47 pm, Thursday, July 30th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 54 Comments

There’s a good reason why Newcastle fans are some of the best in the world, and half the gate of over 5,000 last night at Bootham Crescent in York were Newcastle fans who had traveled the 90 miles to watch a Newcastle second team play.

It wasn’t until an hour before the kick-off that they knew for sure that Aleksandar Mitrovic, our new signing from Anderlecht, would be playing – but it would have been a good guess.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic – looks great in black and white stripes

It was the first time Aleksandar got to play in front of Newcastle fans – even though it was a game away from home.

This is what Aleksandar Mitrovic said on the Newcastle web-site immediately after the game last night

“It was an amazing feeling to play in the Newcastle shirt for the first time, in front of so many Newcastle fans.” “They were behind us the whole game, pushing us the whole way and if it felt that good in front of 2,000 then I can’t wait for 52,000.”

“I am really looking forward to my first game at St. James’ Park.” “I have only had one training session and now one game so far.” “I am going to need one or two games more to learn all about the team and how they play.”

“But we have a really good coach and I have already seen how good the players are here, so I am looking forward to playing for the team.” “Against York we were playing well, we kept the ball well and had everything in our hands but we conceded two lucky goals and lost the game.”

“I wanted to score and was doing everything to score but I was a little unlucky. Maybe it will happen on Saturday, or if not then against Southampton – that is the most important game and I am sure I will score in that one.”

“For me, it is important that I started to play games. This was my first game of pre-season and I felt really good on the pitch. I hope Saturday’s match against Borussia Monchengladbach will be better.”

Aleksandar is still very young at just 20, and he seems just absolutely delighted to play for a club as big and famous as Newcastle United is.

He will find out very soon how much the Newcastle fans are behind him and want him to do well on Tyneside.

We’ll have to wait until he scores his first goal for Newcastle – but the roof will come off at St. James’ Park when that happens, that’s for sure.

Maybe on Saturday against Borussia Monchengladbach.

But it’s simply great to have one so young, who looks so good – we could have a future top Premier League striker on our hands.

Sounds good to us.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Friendlies · Newcastle News · Pre-season · Premier League

54 responses so far ↓

  • 1 pawl250 // Jul 30, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    I think 8th cos we have a solid team.

    It really is a season that relates to injuries. We cannot afford a season we have half our squad injured as we do not have the luxury that most do have,

    We have maintained our best players (for now) and brought some solid players in.

    Right now our team pretty much floats around

    Janmaat – Mbemba – Coloccini – Haidara
    Wijnaldum – Tiote
    Sissoko – De Jong – Aarons

    Darlow, STaylor, Dummett, Colback, Cabella, Perez, Cisse

    Its a solid team, enough to finish top 10. BUT look at the team and see the likes of Haidara, Tiote. De Jong, Aarons who really have not had a significant run in the first team recently due to injuries. AND we have no idea how injury prone our new players are, or will be.

    We instantly lose a level when you take those players out

    Janmaat – Mbemba – Coloccini – Dummett
    Colback – Anita
    Sissoko – Wijnaldum – Cabella

    Darlow, STaylor, Lascelles, Abeid, Obertan, Perez, Cisse

    Our team starts dropping quality and the bench starts looking dramatically weaker and unbalanced.

  • 2 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 30, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    He looks over weighted

  • 3 Jack // Jul 30, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    Sounds hungry for goals and eager to impress, could be a great signing.

    Shame the fans will find something bad about him after a few games.

  • 4 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 30, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Belly gonna get you!!!!

  • 5 hibbit // Jul 30, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    jail do work on coasters …

  • 6 Jib // Jul 30, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Chancel Mbemba at Benton

  • 7 pawl250 // Jul 30, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    When will the clear out happen?

    Weve been hearing about that for the past year.. We have 30 first Team players ffs..

    Lascelles (Yth),
    Mbemba (Yth)
    Aarons (Yth)
    Bigirmana (Yth)
    18.De Jong

    We are allowed 27 players.

  • 8 jayphoto // Jul 30, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    Got a feeling the Manchester clubs will dominate. Man Utd will probably spend a further 60/70m this summer.

    1. Man Utd
    2. Man City
    3. Chelsea
    4. Arsenal
    5. Liverpool
    6. Spurs
    7. Crystal Palace.
    8. Southampton.
    9. Newcastle United
    10. Stoke
    11. West Brom
    12. Everton
    13. Swansea
    14. West Ham
    15. Bournemouth
    16. Sunderland
    17. Watford
    18. Aston Villa
    19. Leicester
    20. Norwich

    Bournemouth look like they have a philosophy and style that will do well in the premier league. Got some good players, and have further added some good players. Reckon they’ll take a few scalps.
    Leicester should have gone last season, possibly one of the poorest squads in the premier league and they’ve just added a shocker of a manager!
    Reckon Villa losing Delph and Benteke is huge. I’ve seen Jordan Ayew play a lot and hes not premier league standard. 9m is a shocker of a deal! Similarly Gueye is a good player but he’ll pick up far too many bookings.
    Reckon Deeney will keep Watford up. Should have been a premier league player 2 years before.

  • 9 pawl250 // Jul 30, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    My last comment was in response to Nightfall. Should have made that clear.

  • 10 Jib // Jul 30, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    Would you like your balls autographed ?

  • 11 beermonkey // Jul 30, 2015 at 2:59 PM


    no news on his visa yet ??

  • 12 Mister Tuff // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    HOY – fool – get back under the bridge!

  • 13 Jack // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:02 PM


    Awwww, mad? Now now, blaming me as part of the corrupt society is a little farfetched don’t you think? After all, you know sweet f**k all about me, you can make your opinion of me on here but you do realise that I will be sleeping fine tonight right?

  • 14 Magpie Season // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    If Palace finish 7th place then England will also bowl Australia out for less than a 100 & win by an innings.

    …2 things I would very much like to see not happen.

  • 15 Jack // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Yeah jib, get back under the bridge you WUM!

  • 16 pawl250 // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:04 PM


    Man City are an older squad. They still have a naff defence as proven in recent years. They lack a quality DM. I also think they look extremely ordinary when Aguero is injured. Sterling has never impressed me, and I cannot see why 49m was warranted.

    Man Utd have bought well filling in the weakest area. They are about to lose Di Maria. They have Rooney and Hernandez as really the only strikers at the club. They have a pretty poor and injury prone defence. I also think they will lose De Gea before end of the window. If Rooney gets injured I think its game over. I really cannot see them getting enough goals to win games especially when they are not defensively sound.

    Chelsea are solid, lightyears ahead last season and no doubt will add this season. I think Falcao will turn good, and Drogba was a liability last year. Costa is always a risk but Remy and Falcao can fill the gap though, and they always look solid at the back so 1 goal is normally enough to win the game for them. Thats what Manchester teams miss on.

    Arsenal, Cech is a massive plus. I actually think they have the best squad. Defence is arguably their weakest element, and maybe could use a world class striker. 2 positions and I can see them in contention to win the league. I mean the midfield is solid!

  • 17 MidlandsMag // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:04 PM


    He is on the sturdy but looks worse in the photo than he did last night. The team were wearing little crop tops under their shirts with a box thing that records stats so a close eye being kept on their fitness.

  • 18 Jib // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Committee convened this morning – decision by tea-time perhaps ?

  • 19 Noel Worst // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Palace 7th?

    Why, just because they’ve signed Cabaye? They’ll do well to get make 17th. You do realise they’ve got the biggest chancer in football at the helm and his honeymoon period fizzled out the back end of last season, so now it’s time for him drag the club back down, like he has done throughout his career.

  • 20 Magpie Season // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:09 PM


  • 21 Tsunki // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 22 Tsunki // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    I think his fridge is full of all sorts of things. Poor Nile.

  • 23 spaghetti bandit // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Love how he says he is sure he will score against Southampton,, I believe him!!

  • 24 Jack // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Wums out!

  • 25 OneAlanShearer // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    The squad is in the same position it has always been under Ashley 1 key player injured and we are completely exposed and vulnerable. But further than that we also have had first team centre backs who are no longer up to it, so we are exposed before we start. 3 players absolute minimum required to be comfortably safe from a relegation battle. Our first matches are horrendous. We need to stay tight and hit on the break but we don’t have the centre back, left back, holding midfielder quality to do that. If we start the season as we are I fear for us.

  • 26 sweendog // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Interesting everyone has Pardew top half of the table, they predicted the same when he was in charge of us. Can’t wait to see crystal palace and the end of match of the day every weekend due to 0-0 draws.

  • 27 nightfa11 // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:15 PM


    thats true..i know we’re allowed 27.. but we have 31 first team players (including cabella)..

    many of those wont feature..and that usualy means unhappy players > negative “atmosphere”..

  • 28 Jack // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Pardew wasnt even that bad for us, our fan base is fairly fickle, feel bad for Steve in a way!

  • 29 Magpie Season // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Anyone else think Stokealona will have a great season?

  • 30 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    25 over 21, unlimited under 21

  • 31 nut meg // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Well done Neil McDonald. Ranger is a complete waste of space.

  • 32 nightfa11 // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Lilongwe Geordie

    i know..but thats ot the point..

    “many of those wont feature..and that usualy means unhappy players > negative “atmosphere”..”

  • 33 Magpie Season // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:20 PM


    25 only if you have registered 8 home-grown players; 4 of which have to be 4 home grown at the club. If a team cannot meet this quota, they have to leave a space unregistered.

    I think we should be okay though.

  • 34 hibbit // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    shearer……we need 2cb…. 1lb… cover for back before we think of any other players …..if you build a house on sand it will fall down

  • 35 validator // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    McClaren, will sign the right players at the right price.

  • 36 Spellcheck // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Jack from Burnley out!!!

  • 37 hibbit // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    plus cover for rb

  • 38 jayphoto // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    think the difference is at Palace pardew has the perfect squad to play his style. At Newcastle he was forcing square pegs into round holes but at Palace they have the quick out an out wingers he needs. Strong work horses in the middle of the park. defensive full backs. Height at the back etc
    Its not that they’ve added Cabaye and Bamford, its the fact that they’ve added them and not lost anyone.

  • 39 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    You could say that for most Premier league squads. The unhappiness of them doesn’t worry me. The lack of quality in depth does.

  • 40 Jack // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    ———-Wijnaldum—-De Jong

    Nice looking team.

  • 41 Slank // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Pawl @ 7

    From that list of 30 we need to lose at least three if we are to bring more players. My betting is on the following departing:

    Abeid: Saleable having proved himself elsewhere on loan.
    Vuckic: Saleable having proved himself at Rangers.
    Williamson: Known clubs are after him (strangely !)
    Marveaux: Back to France for little or nothing.
    Ferguson: No position for him. Giveaway for little or nothing.
    Obertan or/& Gouffran: Not first choice in first team.
    Cisse: Only if Austin arrives if not will be second choice forward.

    Notice you don’t include Cabella. He could make way for Thauvin perhaps.

  • 42 Jack // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:24 PM


    How has your day been?

  • 43 dannitoon // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Looks a bit over weight if ya ask me

  • 44 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    We are pretty comfortable on the home grown at the minute based on the squad Pawl posted.

  • 45 Noel Worst // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:24 PM


    To be fickle you once had to hold the opposite view to the one you’re now taking. Pardew wasn’t welcome and never was regarded good by many. at any stage of his tenure.

  • 46 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Woodman is at Crawley on loan.

  • 47 Spellcheck // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Fandabbydozy troll.

  • 48 sweendog // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    jayphoto .. not sure on that one, Pardew sets up the team to be defensive first, attack second. Still like Cabaye and Bolasie though.

  • 49 Magpie Season // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Not sure why Shane Ferguson has come back to the Newcastle squad. Never rated the guy.

    I always sold him first on football manager. Amazingly, Stoke paid 1.8mil for him.

  • 50 Jack // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:29 PM


    Oh ok, we’ll I meant as in it was very hard to please us. I bet it got to the point with Pardew where he knew winning wasn’t enough. Poor fellow, and now look at him, making the Geordie nation look stupid because of his achievement, I get really embarrassed when I have to confront other fans on thinking we are ungrateful. It’s hard to win when they say look what he’s done at palace.

  • 51 hibbit // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    slank its championship clubs that are after him i think he could do a good job for a lot of clubs in that league

  • 52 nightfa11 // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Lilongwe Geordie

    i agree.. we should get rid off XX players and replace them with X better ones..

    as far as im concern colo, wili, tiote, rivi, goufrann, marveaux, obertan, elliot, ferguson, cisse, taylor, good can all leave.. those 12 are replacable with 5 quality players..

    they are either injured all the time, poor or past it..and too old to be back-ups..

  • 53 sweendog // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Jack .. look what he’s done at palace .. yep he kept them up last season, he should be England manager now 🙂
    Its not just Newcastle he’s failed, West ham etc etc.
    Boring football with results is bad enough, boring football and bad results .. that’s the last 2 years with Pardew for us.

  • 54 Slank // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Jay @ 8

    I think Chelsea will still top the league. They look really solid and have some exceptional players.

    Not sure about Man Utd or Man City but have no doubt they will be up there. I have a feeling that Arsenal will do well. My hope is that the players at Liverpool don’t gel.

    Think that West Brom, Villa and Sunderland will be in the relegation struggle together with two of the promoted clubs.

    The dark horses are Everton who surely cannot be as bad as they have been. Stoke is very solid and boring but can grind out the results.

    Think we will end up between 8th and 10th.

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