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By Sunday It Will Be Looking Fantastic

3:35 pm, Monday, October 12th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 49 Comments

When you look at St. James’ Park when the home games are being televised on TV around the world the stadium looks tremendous – it’s the best thing that Freddie Shepherd ever did pushing the plans through and getting the stadium modernized.

We were hoping by now when we started this blog over eight years ago – principally for those away from home base around the world like ourselves – that we would have the capacity up to 60,000 by now – but things haven’t gone well on the playing side of things.


St. James’ Park – that’s some pitch!

The pitch that the Newcastle groundsman get ready for every home game is really good and one of the best in England – so not enough credit goes to the Newcastle ground staff.

It’s just a pity our players playing aren’t as good at that they do then our groundsmen.

Groundsman Andrew Tully has been talking on the Newcastle web-site and he says the field will be fantastic for next Sunday’s game against Norwich:

“It’s good, considering everything we expected from the rugby.” “At the end of the day it’s a football pitch – not a rugby one – and we are in the process of a quick turnaround to get it ready for football again at the weekend.”

“The pitch hasn’t gone anywhere – it’s still there. You’ve got the rugby markings and a bit of damage from the games, which is what we knew would happen and we will tend to throughout the week.”

“We worked pretty late through the double-header weekend – that was always going to be the case. Two games in two days of any sport is a lot for a pitch to take. It’s just general wear in high-traffic areas that we really have to tend to.”

“By Sunday it will be looking fantastic.” “It’s best that we were going on during the games, instead of rugby players stamping on divots, putting them back in upside down or anything like that.”

“We were going on, tending to them properly and putting them back in the right way up, so they had more of a chance to recover.”

We expect the pitch to be great for Sunday’s game.

We just hope our team is as good as the pitch against Norwich City.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League · St. James' Park

49 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toon kk // Oct 12, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    On thing about SJP it certainly looked much better for the rugby, with all those tacky SD advertising boards down.

  • 2 Munster Mag // Oct 12, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Agree Toon KK, the difference was very evident. And Ireland hammered France – way hey ! ( Different venue but am still sooo happy! )

  • 3 lesh // Oct 12, 2015 at 4:44 PM


    Indeed the park did look better. It’s a pity that Ashley won’t sell most of the space used by SD and its subsidiaries and get some real money into the Club!

  • 4 Mister Tuff // Oct 12, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Jib Jibberish (the blog pest and part-time multiple).
    I meant to take you to task the other day about you scoffing at and deriding the expression “the Cathedral on the Hill” – a reference to St. James Park. You also suggested this phrase was coined by George Caulkin – no it wasn’t.

    Firstly SJP was built on a small hill which was part of the Town Moor – the club history cites this.
    Secondly Sir Bobby Robson used the phrase to refer to SJP long before George Caulkin did – yet you deride the phrase.

    You clearly do not know the history of the city and the club -which I suppose is expected.
    There is a Metro station at SJP -why don’t you visit and check out the area.
    Your nearest Metro Station will be South Hylton or Pallion.

  • 5 lesh // Oct 12, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Gawd, the Blog’s quiet this afternoon.

    It must be siesta time!

  • 6 hibbit // Oct 12, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    lesh ………..most have just had enough of the troll from pennwell and his rubbish……….jeff/jane/jib…..mackem WUM

  • 7 Jib // Oct 12, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Was that song the Irish were rocking the Millenium Stadium with , the fields of athenry ?

  • 8 Jib // Oct 12, 2015 at 5:12 PM


    “Sir Bobby Robson used the phrase to refer to SJP ”

    No he didn’t

    He talked about climbing up the steps clutching his Dad’s hand is all .

    He was quite reticent about the number of time he visited SJP as a kid.

  • 9 Mister Tuff // Oct 12, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    Jibberish – I’m not refering to the words in SBR’s “what is a football club”.

    It is well reported SBR would use the phrase to refer to SJP.

  • 10 Mister Tuff // Oct 12, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    I note you did not deny that your nearest Metro stations were South Hylton and Pallion.
    (note to fans who do not live in the North East, South Hylton and Pallion are the nearest Metro stations serving the local area of Pennywell in Sunderland. I rest my case).

    Mr Tubbs……………………………….OOT
    Pennywell Jib…………………………..OOT

  • 11 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 12, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    “Steve McClaren … has not got the players at Newcastle.”

    “He has got some poor ones and it does not look like they have helped him much in the summer with the ones they signed.”

    Yes Harry, that’s what we’ve been saying from the start. The knackers who got us in this mess have been entrusted to get us out. You couldn’t make it up. One thing Ashley got right. The buck stops with him.

  • 12 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 12, 2015 at 5:35 PM


    Don’t tell me the googlemeister couldn’t find this from an article in 2012 …

    “The icing on the cake though was that Wonga had listened to what the fans wanted and had foregone any of their right to have a “Wonga Stadium” or a “Wonga Arena” and decided to restore the name of St James’ Park to the ground which Sir Bobby Robson affectionately called “The Cathedral On The Hill”.

  • 13 Mag52 // Oct 12, 2015 at 5:35 PM


    Ireland could win this thing.

  • 14 Jib // Oct 12, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Oh No!!

    It’s between us and Crystal Palace for Ranocchia’s signature !!!!!

  • 15 welshgeordie9 // Oct 12, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    You just got to laugh at some on here.

  • 16 Jib // Oct 12, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    If there are any real gamblers on here.
    Argentina for the RWC could be a cracking outsider bet.

  • 17 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 12, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    I take it, having not responded, you now accept that Tuff is right. But you are not going to admit it.

  • 18 Jib // Oct 12, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    He probably did use it but George Caulkin coined it .

    In this blog he talks about being SBR’s ghost writer for his autobiog and before that for many years the Bobby Robson column in the Times .

    SBR probs picked the phrase up then.

    By the way I derided no one for using it , I merely said I’ve never heard a regular everyday paying fan use it.

  • 19 Jib // Oct 12, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Sorry for my slow typing Mr Blackley sir.
    And Mr Tuff is thick as mince and NEVER right.

  • 20 welshgeordie9 // Oct 12, 2015 at 6:00 PM


    What’s the latest odds on Wales.

  • 21 Jib // Oct 12, 2015 at 6:09 PM

  • 22 Jib // Oct 12, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Looks like 35/1

  • 23 welshgeordie9 // Oct 12, 2015 at 6:38 PM


    Just curious that’s all, mind you the way way we played against the Aussies, if you can’t score a try when the opposition have got two players in the sin bin then you deserve to lose.

  • 24 Jib // Oct 12, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Ireland are 11/1
    The Scots 150/1 !!!!

  • 25 welshgeordie9 // Oct 12, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    That’s pretty good odds on Ireland.

  • 26 lesh // Oct 12, 2015 at 7:26 PM


    If Pardew’s in for Ranoccia we might as well forget him.

    They’re currently in a near ECL position and we are, well….. And Pardew’ll no doubt call on his knowledge of the Club’s ambition.

    So, unless we’re out of the relegation spots by Christmas, we might as well forget any decent signings.

    Oh what joys

  • 27 lesh // Oct 12, 2015 at 7:31 PM


    You’re cruel, a hard man. Have some sympathy for Jeff/ Jane/ Jib, it’s not his fault. The medics are doing all they can but…… some conditions are beyond hope.

  • 28 welshgeordie9 // Oct 12, 2015 at 7:35 PM


    Nice to see you are in a good mood this evening.

  • 29 Tsunki // Oct 12, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    I I think egg chasers are infesting the footy blog again. Yaaawwwwnnnn. Views of a cathedral. Circa 2009

  • 30 Mister Tuff // Oct 12, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    Mr Blackley – thanks you for your assistance in trying to expose the current misinformation from Jib Jibberish, previous known as Jeff from Bennywell (correct spelling Benwell). This South Hylton Scally, this Pallion Ponce, this Johnny come lately rugby player knows nowt about the club or it’s history.

    Next we’ll have the fool from the valleys and Norman Bates the psycho coming on to support him.

  • 31 welshgeordie9 // Oct 12, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    Do you ever take a day off from moaning.

  • 32 The Newcastle Armchair // Oct 12, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    Noticed after all the accusations, Jib still hasn’t denied being from South Hylton.

    Jibba jabba the Millfield Mackem!!!

  • 33 Jib // Oct 12, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    You are a cretin , circa 2009 you put , yet the timestamps on the pics are 2000 , a bit of a technoprat are you ?

  • 34 Jail for Ashley // Oct 12, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    Well it looks like the George and Lennie show has killed the blog again, oh what fun it must be to see their plans in fruition !
    Didn’t you know Niall and Biffa weren’t real Toon fans.

  • 35 jane // Oct 12, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    hibbit and lesh are multiples

  • 36 Jail for Ashley // Oct 12, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Page last updated 24 June, 2009
    You’ll find that at the bottom of the page you cretin !

  • 37 welshgeordie9 // Oct 12, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Jail for Ashley

    How did you work that out then Sherlock, stop using me and jib as scapegoats, for all you know they are not on here because they could be fed of people like you and tuff moaning all the time, especially you banging on about Ashley all the time.

  • 38 welshgeordie9 // Oct 12, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    Easy to blame people jail.

  • 39 Tsunki // Oct 12, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Oh dear Wile E. That box of cannonballs has upturned at the top of the stairs better start running!

    And this was 2004. Read slowly.

    But the popular term is mostly attributed to SBR. Despite your attempts to deflect.

    And easy on the insults to intelligence jeff, you’re in shark infested water.

  • 40 Jib // Oct 12, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    Jane do you reckon ?
    Do you see similarities in style or what ?

  • 41 jane // Oct 12, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    both aren’t very perceptive and lack judgement.
    hibbit / lesh multiple OOT

  • 42 Jib // Oct 12, 2015 at 8:36 PM


    Thankyou so much for bearing out what I said

    Written by Paul Hayward (an Arsenal supporter) and known in the business as Paul Wayward for the way he bounces between the labour Guardian and the tory Telegraph
    (and a good pal of Caulkin who has never moved from the Times).

    “Stepping off the train like Michael Caine in Get Carter and then climbing the hill to the Geordie cathedral of St James’ is one of English football’s greatest pleasures. ”

    Thats EXACTLY what I said
    written by a journo walking up from the Copthorne.

    Still to hear a proper Toon supporter call it that.

  • 43 Jib // Oct 12, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    You cannot call people multiples just cos they’re thickos – that would make all the usual suspects multiples !!!!!!!

  • 44 Jail for Ashley // Oct 12, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    Club Info


     St.James’ Park from the
    BBC Webcam

    RE: this magic lantern lark, the plan appears to be that most of the day it’s pointed at the Tyne Bridge, but roughly between 11am and noon it moves round to take in other sights, including the Holy Ground. Like the swing bridge, but with cameras.

    So, some days you get this……

    But on other ones, you get this…..

    or this:

    “If you haven’t been to the toon in the last 12 months, you might not appreciate how big the cathedral on the hill now is, but if you take a look at that little brown tower on the left – that’s the office block at the Brewery…..”
    Written by either Niall or Biffa, I don’t think you know any Toon fans jeff !

  • 45 Jib // Oct 12, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    I see what you mean Jane
    Lesh addressed Hibbit (Hobbit to put folks of the scent) and there is no post on the page for him/her.
    what a sly git
    I bet he ain’t the only one
    Sad buggers

  • 46 Jib // Oct 12, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    Do you think Jail for Ashley is a muliple ?

  • 47 Bri // Oct 12, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Perhaps if the groundsman leaves the pitch in a right mess we might actually win a game because other teams are to good for us on bowling greens.

  • 48 Mister Tuff // Oct 12, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    jeff – when were you last in Newcastle?

  • 49 Graeme // Oct 12, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    One for welshie!!

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