Newcastle Leading The Pack To Sign Young Owls Striker


News in The Sun today that Newcastle are in the lead to sign Sheffield Wednesday youngster George Hirst, who is the son of the former Wednesday striker David Hirst, who scored 128 goals in 359 appearances form 1986-1997 for the Owls.

George is just 17 but scored two goals for the England U-17 side against Germany and he has been in excellent form for the Wednesday’s U21 side.

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George Hirst – 17 year-old Wednesday striker

Other clubs said to be interested in signing the youngster include Chelsea, West Ham and Southampton along with Championship side Leeds United.

The Yorkshire club are currently 6th top in the Championship and drew 0-0 at leaders Hull City last night.

They are obviously hoping their 17 year-old striker will commit his long term future to Wednesday, but don’t be surprised if Newcastle are successful in persuading the lad to come to Tyneside this summer.

It should be another big summer transfer window for Newcastle whether we survive in the Premier League or not – and we will need to sign both first team players and top youngsters like George in the summer.

We need to start building Newcastle into a top club again, after what has been a disastrous four years since we finished 5th top of the Premier League in May, 2012.

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92 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 27, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Daft thing is the TOON could be out of the bottom 3 by the time we play Stoke or cast adrift

    Mackems have West Ham A and Palace at H
    Norwich have Spuds A and Chelsea at H

    which is going to be – above norwich and adrift of the Mackems I think

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Feb 27, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #2

    For me, our season is going to be defined by our next 3 home games – Bournemouth, Sunderland and Swansea. If we can take maximum points – or at least 6 from 9. Then I think we will be OK.

    I still think that we will narrowly escape relegation by the virtue of the fact that there are 3 worse teams than us – Villa, Norwich and Swansea in my books. So with that in mind we should be OK.

    Losses to the Mackems or Swansea might change that picture as we have away games against Liverpool, Leicester and Southampton which we’re more than certain to be beaten in but win our home games and we should be fine.

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  • jane

    Feb 27, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #3

    “Mackems have West Ham A and Palace at H
    Norwich have Spuds A and Chelsea at H”

    no easy matches there don’t think they will win any of those maybe just get a couple of draws between them.

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  • Jib

    Feb 27, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #4

    I know folk on here will probably not believe it but NUFC’s youth policy has actually improved under Ashley.
    Long before the PL was dreamed of the North East used to haemorrhage young players to the rest of the country at an alarming rate.
    The Charlton brothers in their autobiogs both mention their uncle Jackie Milburn told them to try other clubs as NUFC for young’uns was rubbish.
    King Kev famously binned the youth system.
    The likes of Michael Carrick ( one example in dozens ) never entertained coming to the Toon .
    Even as recently as 1999 a young Jack Colback was advised that for a kid Sunderland was a better prospect.

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  • Jib

    Feb 27, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Jane the Mackems beat Palace away (daylight robbery on a Monday night) and should fancy themselves to beat them on Wearyside.

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  • stan anderson

    Feb 27, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Each time i log on the blog i am hopeful of some exciting news,Ashley sells,Penfold sacked,Steve sacked,we buy defender and striker who can score 15-20 goals in P/L.
    But no nothing ever changes does it,still the same shite we have had to bare for years.
    Even the people who come on here seem to just bicker and name call one another.Do that on Facebook can you not,then the blog will be aloud to die as there is no football matters worthwhile talking about is there.
    One truly depressed fan of our once great club has had enough.(FOR NOW).
    Everybody OOT

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  • jane

    Feb 27, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #7

    I watched that match but Palace only lost 4 away games.

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  • Jib

    Feb 27, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #8

    Stan Anderson
    Is there any significance in your user name that Stan Anderson played 5 times as many games for Sunlun as the Toon and was born a Mackem ?

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  • jane

    Feb 27, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #9

    although Palace have a winnable FA cup quarter final coming up so maybe distracted.

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  • Average_Contents

    Feb 27, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #10

    From last thread

    Norwich have Leicester away not spuds.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 27, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Sorry but I can’t dredge up any excitement at that headline.

    The results from the other strugglers are the most important thing for us the next few days. Trouble is that some of them play each other. I can’t decide whether I want WBA or Palace to lose, suppose a draw or WBA lose would be our best result. But I would really love to see Palace drawn into the relegation mire.

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  • AncientC

    Feb 27, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #12

    “I know folk on here will probably not believe it but NUFC’s youth policy has actually improved under Ashley.”

    One problem with that… Mbabu, Aarons, and Woodman are all out of contract at the end of the season.

    On a positive note, Curtis Good will be around to fill the Taylor’s role next season.

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  • 21st Century Schizoid Man

    Feb 27, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #13

    This lad should go to Southampton whose structure and organisation is much superior to ours. Ask Big Al.

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  • 21st Century Schizoid Man

    Feb 27, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #14

    “He is everything he accuses others of being , in classic sociopathic behaviour.”

    Surely this is Jeff discussing JIB ?

    (Actually sociopaths have a limited capacity for remorse, so maybe that should have been psychopaths – who haven’t)

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  • jane

    Feb 27, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #15

    I think Palace and WBA are out the relegation equation.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 27, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #16

    Jib
    Even now the club is still dragging its feet over the training facilities. If it had any serious intent to mean business, it would have got started years ago.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 27, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #17

    You’ve got to laugh at the situation where a Board (a bunch of clueless, no hopers) is quizzed on its plans and visions for the club by fans (who have much more idea than them) and it never crosses the Board’s mind to quiz the fans as to what they think. Charnley and Co should give the floor to the fans to voice their opinions. They would learn some valuable lessons. They need to face the truth.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 27, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #18

    Jane the same way we were last year.

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  • Bobbybee

    Feb 27, 2016 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #19

    From previous post i’ve just caught up with, it amazes me why people are so down on local lads making it. If Arma wasn’t a Geordie, fans would be demanding we sign him due to his performances at Coventry. We’ve got a real gem in this lad. Having personally followed him since he broke into our academy I have not one doubt he’ll take the PL in his stride. He gets better by the week, which is a good pointer that his progress will keep on improving. The most natural finisher we’ve had since Shearer by a country mile. He wouldn’t miss the sitters we’ve been missing this season, I can guarantee that!

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  • Jib

    Feb 27, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #20

    Blackley
    You are right
    The youth set up is miles from where it should be .
    I think the problem historically was there were loads of good clubs for kids (Redheugh , Wallsend Boys , Cramlington etc) and NUFC (for whatever reason or agenda) never tried to
    bring them together or show any leadership in the region.
    The only one who has paradoxically is Ashley and he is probably motivated by potential big money players moving from the area.He has never forgotten Andy Carroll.

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  • jane

    Feb 27, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #21

    Pardew and Pulis know how to grind out results though.

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  • Bobbybee

    Feb 27, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #22

    There’s always at least one side that gets dragged into the relegation mire from seemingly mid table security. West brom and palace might look safe now, but i wouldn’t be surprised if either, or both, got pulled down into it. As Essex points out, it happened to us last season!

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  • AncientC

    Feb 27, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #23

    @17 – Seems accurate to me. The Venky’s could have learned something from the Blackburn fans… they marched, protested, pleaded against Steve Kean replacing Allardyce, but the owners were having none of it as they knew better… the rest is a sorry tale.

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  • BandB

    Feb 27, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #24

    AncientC

    I’m pretty sure our intrepid leaders will be unashamed to be photographed chucking with relief and self-congratulation after the final whistle has blown on the season.
    Why shouldn’t they be?
    No-one much seemed offended or discouraged by it last season.

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  • AncientC

    Feb 27, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #25

    BandB, If we stay up on the final day of the season, I fully expect Charnley to plant a Newcastle flag in the centre circle, ala Souness’ Galatasaray stunt at Fenerbahce.

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  • jane

    Feb 27, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #26

    on the last day of the season against Spurs Cheryl and Adele should have a sing off.

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  • Jib

    Feb 27, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #27

    Jane the last game of the season could possibly be a rearranged fixture with Man City.

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  • jane

    Feb 27, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #28

    Cheryl v Liam Gallagher

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  • Dime Bar

    Feb 27, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #29

    Our lads go for a training camp in Spain yet Sunderland go to Dubai!!!

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  • jane

    Feb 27, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #30

    Man City can’t be the last game of the season because all the teams have to play their last match at the same time.

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  • Jib

    Feb 27, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #31

    Jane @30
    Oh yeah – doh!

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  • Jib

    Feb 27, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #32

    For those streamers among us
    https://kodi.tv/kodi-16-0-jarvis-mark-xvi/

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  • BandB

    Feb 27, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #33

    Good to see you two correcting each others factual errors.
    Looks much better than other people doing it 🙂

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  • Dime Bar

    Feb 27, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #34

    Jib mine updated automatically

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  • reilly

    Feb 27, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #35

    jib you do know jarvis 16.0 is a current release not a stable release.
    still quite buggy on android,stick with 15.2 till kodi release a stable jarvis.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 27, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #36

    Jib – I see you are at it again – reverting back to your previous behaviour in that you called a fellow poster a cu@t.
    Posting a few streaming links, a little bit about football and then abuse. Your historic modus operandi.
    You then say I am Online Guy – abusing people – I think it will be obvious to all that is not the case..

    I questioned your behaviour about calling a fellow poster a cu@t – and you attack me. You should be apologising for your use of foul language bearing in mind kids read the blog.
    I’ve no doubt you’ll try to be goody two shoes until the next abuse.

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  • jane

    Feb 27, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #37

    goal WHU?

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  • Dime Bar

    Feb 27, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #38

    Get in the hammers

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  • AncientC

    Feb 27, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Mark Noble is surely due an England call up, running the show today.

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  • Jib

    Feb 27, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #40

    Can anyone here a bluebottle buzzing around the room ?

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