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10:15 pm, Friday, May 27th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 104 Comments

Newcastle have done the sensible thing and reduced season ticket prices by 10% for next season in the Championship – and it seems financially that Newcastle are in decent enough shape to survive one season down below – but no more.

The club may have been tempted to keep the prices almost the same with demand likely to be high, because world-class manager Rafa Benitez has agreed to stay on, but the club are now being run by Rafa and we expect to see a well-run club from now on.

Hopefully the season tickets will sell out like hot cakes.

lee charnley rafa benitez

The two people running Newcastle at the moment
Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez

Since Rafa has day-to-day control of all football related matters there’s not too much that can be described as non football related at a football club.

So that’s good.

Here is the full announcement put out by Newcastle United.


Newcastle United have confirmed that all season ticket prices for the 2016/17 season at St. James’ Park will be reduced by ten per cent across the board.

The Club announced in February that it had reduced all junior season ticket prices for next season by up to 54%, as well as freezing adult season ticket prices.

Following relegation to the Championship and confirmation that manager Rafa Benitez will remain at Newcastle United, a new ten per cent discount has now been applied to reward supporters’ loyalty.

Supporters on long-term price deals will receive a ten per cent reduction on the prices sent to them in February and will receive refunds or reductions in their monthly payments.

Lee Charnley, Managing Director at Newcastle United, said:

“With our future under Rafa now secured, we are delighted to announce price reductions across the board for all supporters.”

“Your loyalty through these challenging times has been magnificent and it is right that we now reward you with savings for our 2016/2017 Championship season.”

The Club will now be writing to season ticket holders in the coming days and weeks, detailing new prices and the process of how refunds and/or reductions will be managed.

For supporters wanting to purchase a one-year season ticket:

For example, an adult in our category 2 seating, you’ll be paying £520 for your season ticket instead of £578 in 2015/16.

Combined with the additional four games, this brings the per-game price down from £30 to under £23.

Prices in the Family Area are £68 for under-18s and £329 for adults. This means a per-game price of £3 for under-18s and just over £14 for adults.

Juniors across the board will see significant reductions from their 2015/16 price.

Fans with an existing one-season, half-season and five-game season ticket will be able to renew online, over the phone or via our Match-day Box Office from Tuesday (31st May).

We will make applications forms and monthly direct debit forms available online from Monday, 6th June.

In the meantime, all seats which were occupied during the 2015/16 season will be reserved until Friday, 1st July to enable season ticket holders to keep their seat.

If the Club has not heard from 2015/16 season ticket holders by Wednesday, 15th June, a prompt will be issued giving all the information needed to renew.

Existing hospitality customers will also benefit from a ten per cent discount and the Club will be in contact shortly to confirm new prices.


Rafa has brought everybody associated with Newcastle together, after a calamitous two years of disaster.

So it’s a great opportunity – albeit in the second division – to really get our act together and not only put together a very strong squad this summer for the upcoming season, but also start to improve the club’s facilities – which have been left dormant for far too long.

It’s like a renewal and there’s now real hope for the future of Newcastle United Football Club under Rafa Benitez.


Comments welcome.

Tags: Championship · Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Pre-season · Season tickets

104 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ZIPPIE57 // May 27, 2016 at 10:26 PM

    Rafa Benitez and money off my ticket WTF is going on man lol
    Good to see NUFC

  • 2 welshgeordie9 // May 27, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    Right i will have to get my things sort out now with that good news about tickets, remember to take the following to matches.

    1. Wear my Newcastle top and scarf.
    2. Wear my lucky pants.
    3. Ticket (obviously)
    4. Money for booze, booze and more booze.
    5. Sick bucket.
    6. Most important thing of all, my passport just in case someone asks me if I’m Welsh.

  • 3 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 27, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    Delph out injured, sturidge probably also injured. I think it will be one of drinkwater, horrendouson or milner which will be the other. I fully believe townsend only got 15mins because hodgeson already knows what he can do when fit, and will probably already be on the plane….i hope.

    Om the booing… i accept the ironic booing when he first came on, but not every time he touched the ball ffs. Did we boo everytime adam johnson touched a child!?

  • 4 Tsunki // May 27, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    Well Lee certainly has a friend in a high place. Lee the guy who signed up Benitez. Lee the guy who announced discount season tickets. Lee the guy holding a Toon shirt with with new bestie Rafa…. I guess Lee is keeping his job then. 😐

  • 5 lesh // May 27, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    What’s going on at SJP? Are we dreaming?

    They persuade Rafa to stay on;

    They dump the failed football management model – a manager, in control of mstters football?;

    Reducing ST prices – an inspired initiative by the Club. Better have 50,000 in the ground with Rafa than 15-20,OOO!

    Carr, his wings clipped and I’d guess, reporting to Rafa;

    Moncur? Mmmm, what’s he going to do? What was he for?

    Charnley, incompetence personified, keeps his MD role but now seemingly co-operating with and responding to the requirements of Rafa, the football specialist who has clear and binding authority – something lacking under Ashley’s ownership.

    Thankfully, Rafa seems to see the challenge of a massive project to revive Newcastle United: Jamie Carragher’s assertion that the [high] standard of manager in the Prem meant Rafa had to go to the Championship for a job
    is just incredible!

    Onwards and upwards with Rafa

  • 6 Tsunki // May 27, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    The cynic in me suggests we are like the kids in a divorce being plied with incentives to buy our loyalty. Just a bit.

  • 7 Tsunki // May 27, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    Lesh I made that comment about carragher yesterday. He has to be kidding or he is actually as stupid as he sounds.

  • 8 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 27, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    Carragher is dense as fcuk. You have time to stone an elephant to death with ripe figs before you get through to him. As I always say, he is just a phlegmy scouse biscuit.

  • 9 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 27, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    Meeeerrrtesachchchchcer plays for arsenal

  • 10 Mister Tuff // May 27, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    Welshies lucky pants.
    Maybe not so lucky for anybody else.

  • 11 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 27, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    Cant beat a quality pair of assless chaps.

  • 12 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 27, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    However, Tuff, i now need to bleach my brain after seeing that. 5hanks.

  • 13 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 27, 2016 at 11:01 PM


  • 14 Tsunki // May 27, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    Let’s just analyse that shall we Jamie – you say that Rafa Benitez couldn’t cut it in the premier league because he’s have to be of the same pedigree as Tony Pulis. Sam Allardyce. David Unsworth. And of course our very own cup-shy Alan Pardew. That’s what you’re saying is it?

    Unbelievable they put a suit on on and let you talk to the nation. Unbelievable.

  • 15 welshgeordie9 // May 27, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    Mrs Tuff

    Have you heard from expat lately.

  • 16 lesh // May 27, 2016 at 11:04 PM


    For Carragher to say what he said was disrespectful to a world class manager and he didn’t do his reputation as a football pundit any good.

    I wonder if there’s some history between Carragher and Rafa? Maybe Rafa’s upset him and he’s still huffed, poor bairn.

  • 17 Tsunki // May 27, 2016 at 11:04 PM

    Mr T I’m not going to question your browsing habits ahem.

    But if you look at the photo in the article it’s almost identical – you’ll notice some chaps there, one of which also has plump rosy cheeks, and is actually an a*se

  • 18 welshgeordie9 // May 27, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    That picture, is that what you do in your spare time, wouldn’t exactly brag about that on here.

    Ha ha ha

  • 19 Tsunki // May 27, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    It might have been Benitez who first sat down with carragher and explained that he was slower than frozen treacle.

  • 20 Tsunki // May 27, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Welsh I think tuff was merely shopping for something you could wear that had a zip on the mouth. Or an 8-ball.

  • 21 Mister Tuff // May 27, 2016 at 11:09 PM

    Welshie -no not for a while.

    Whilst “not my bag” I understand that a fine accessory to leather chaps is a zip up gimp mask.

  • 22 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 27, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    I wonder if Gareth bale…. i mean Wales..will get through the group stage at the Euros.

  • 23 welshgeordie9 // May 27, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    I can’t zip my mouth that means i can’t have any fun.

  • 24 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 27, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    Yeah, you won’t be able to suck any c0cks!

    Sorry if anyone is offended, that one was just too easy 😀

  • 25 Tsunki // May 27, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    Welsh apparently those who wear such attire would disagree.

  • 26 welshgeordie9 // May 27, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    It’s like that is it, for a start Wales are not a one man team.

    Ashley Williams
    Neil Taylor
    Joe Allen

    Shall i go on.

  • 27 Tsunki // May 27, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    Welsh no don’t. We asked you not to go on over a year ago.

  • 28 welshgeordie9 // May 27, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    Well i certainly don’t arse lick, unlike some.

  • 29 Tsunki // May 27, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    Which brings us back to the 8-ball gag. You heard that one welsh?

  • 30 welshgeordie9 // May 27, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    Besides Gareth Bales has got more skill and quality than the entire England squad.

  • 31 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 27, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    Non of that list would inspire me with confidence, appart from Gareth Wales.

  • 32 welshgeordie9 // May 27, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Thanks but no thanks, I’m not in to that kind of stuff.

  • 33 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 27, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    No he hasn’t. Deli ali, Ross barkley and wheelchair (when fit) are all comparable players.

  • 34 welshgeordie9 // May 27, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    None on that list, my oh my, don’t really know anything about football.

  • 35 Tsunki // May 27, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    Whose Gareth Bales?

  • 36 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 27, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    Oh I forgot, Wales are the new footballing super-power because they played quite well against the mighty Belgium.

  • 37 welshgeordie9 // May 27, 2016 at 11:22 PM

    Barkley didn’t do anything last season, deli Ali has had one good season.


  • 38 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 27, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    This is what happens when you keep dragging up that stupid passport argument that you invented. A question about home grown player rules being changed into a border-control issue.

  • 39 welshgeordie9 // May 27, 2016 at 11:26 PM

    Mighty Belgium, of course they are, how many plays in the premier league and we played well against them.


    Yet again shall i carry on

  • 40 welshgeordie9 // May 27, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    And i will carry on saying nothing to do with home grown talent.

  • 41 manxpie // May 27, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    Ross barkley!! Not a chance lol
    let’s face it he’s a way overrated English player
    and willshere is too he’s had 1 decent season in a top team
    I’d rather drink water than them 2 as he can feed vardy and has done all season

  • 42 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 27, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Oh well, quality and skill in a player should only be judged on the number of good seasons they have had?(which has massive amounts to do with the rest of the team. You cant say messi is sh1t if argentina fail to win the world cup) Not on whether you can see how good they are when they have the ball? Natural class shines through, and both Ali and Barkley have that.

  • 43 welshgeordie9 // May 27, 2016 at 11:33 PM

    4expatmag // May 23, 2016 at 2:13 PM


    Dummett apparently is Welsh therefore, is he classed as a foreigner?

    Is he classed as a foreigner, what because he’s Welsh.

    Ha ha ha

    You couldn’t make it up

  • 44 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 27, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    The question was ” Do welsh count as foriegners under the home grown player rules”. A perfectly fair question, since Scots who do not need passports, DO count as foriegn players if they do not come through the English or Welsh system. You imedeately went on a rant along the lines of “OH HOW CAN WELSH BE FOREIGNERS, WE DONT NEED PASSPORTS TO CROSS THE SEVERN….” You totally (and probably deliberately) missed the point, so you could have an argument. You are a troublemaker.

  • 45 manxpie // May 27, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    Ali has done more in 1 season then both willshere and barkley have done in there careers imo
    Barkley massively reminds me of sisko looks like he has all the attributes but never has put them together
    willshere has sat on his arse far to long and looks like he’s been on the leg weights while doing so
    that’s Wat annoys me about England and not picking form players who are full of confidence
    willshere hasn’t played properly in nearly 2 years and he’ll get picked instead of drinkwater

  • 46 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 27, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    BUT THE CONVERSATION WAS ABOUT HOME GROWN PLAYER RULES. You have taken it out of context for the sake of a fight, or yoh are too fcuking thick to understand.

  • 47 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 27, 2016 at 11:41 PM

    Look. Forget it. Its pointless. You are either deliberarely doing it to cause bother, or you really are far to dense to be allowed outdoors on your own. Just carry on on being the stereotype Welshman with small-country syndrome.

  • 48 welshgeordie9 // May 27, 2016 at 11:45 PM


    Some of those players that played tonight and against turkey shouldn’t be in the team, like Britains got talent all this week, some are in the final that shouldn’t be, yet some of the ones who didn’t get through should be, just like the football.

  • 49 welshgeordie9 // May 27, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Whether I’m right or wrong can’t be arsed arguing about it.

  • 50 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 27, 2016 at 11:48 PM


    Barkley, Ali and Drinkwater (and Townsend) all offer something good to England. I think Englands midfeild is stronger than it has been for years. Most of them are relatively young, too. It is creative, the players love to have the ball at thier feet, they can all beat a man. Wheelchair has bags of skill, but can’t keep his legs from falling off every 3 games, so he will probably never realise all of his potential

  • 51 Mister Tuff // May 27, 2016 at 11:51 PM

    Welshie – not casting any aspersions but do you ever engage any scenarios as below when going for a walk in your local sheep meadow.
    (conversation to the flock)
    ” Look you look you, yaki da, my word are a pretty one, come here my pretty you can gobble my nuts.”

  • 52 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 27, 2016 at 11:51 PM

    The last 2 friendlies have been experimental sides, and as a result, have looked disjointed at times. It was just to give RH a look at the players who were fringe. I think Sturidge and Delph (injured) and hopefully henderson imo are trimmed, and we will see our probably starting side v portugal on thursday.

  • 53 welshgeordie9 // May 27, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    Mrs Tuff

    Stick to your day job, that’s if you got one.

  • 54 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 27, 2016 at 11:56 PM


    It will probably look something like that.
    Drinkwater will likely not be a starter, ditto townsend and wheelchair if they go.

  • 55 welshgeordie9 // May 28, 2016 at 12:01 AM


    I’m off, up early tomorrow, thanks for chat, wasn’t trying to be difficult

  • 56 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 28, 2016 at 12:03 AM

    Ok, Welsh. Lets just forget it.


  • 57 manxpie // May 28, 2016 at 12:03 AM

    I hope so ycmiu but townsend hasn’t played for England in Wat 2 or 3 years? And he only gets 15 mins doesn’t look go to me
    Barkley is good on the ball until it’s important and for me I’ve never seen Wat the hype is over wilshere more interested in nights out and acting like he’s 2ft taller and 50lbs heavier

  • 58 expatmag // May 28, 2016 at 12:20 AM

    Morning TUFF…..I see the welsh idiot is stirring it up again……lol


    You are spot on in your assessment of the comment I made regarding the welsh veing classed as foreigners. It was sn innocent football related question but it appears misunderstood by the resident welsh village idiot on the blog.

  • 59 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 28, 2016 at 12:22 AM


    Yeah but Hodgeson has always been a fan of Townsend, and knows what he can do when fit. I think thats why he only got 15mins tonight, i think he is already going. Delph is injured, and i dont think the plan was to drop 2 wingers. It’ll be one forward (probably sturridge as i said earlier) and one of the less attacking mf types. Wheelchair might be the one to be axed if he isn’t deemed able to stay fit. Its probably all the partying that impares his bodi3s recovery abilities.

  • 60 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 28, 2016 at 12:28 AM


    Morning. (Its 25 past midnight here so i suppose its correct in both locations 😀 )
    Yeah i kind of went off on a rant about that. I just hope it’s been put to bed now.

    I am also about to put myself to bed, so hello and goodbye lol.

    Catch everyone later.

  • 61 Hail Wor Ashley // May 28, 2016 at 12:30 AM

    Welsh is going to be so upset when Wales crash out on 0pts, bottom of the group, not to be seen in an international tournament for another 20 years.

  • 62 manxpie // May 28, 2016 at 12:34 AM

    Yeah and the extra 20 leg muscles that he doesn’t need
    I hope ya right but would be well pissed off if either go instead
    as for Delph jesus even gosling has played better than him this season
    the set up is ridiculous really
    I actually hope England get another foreign manager next again and they make there own stamp on the set up maybe benitez in a few years after he’s won us a few cups and got us champions league 🙂

  • 63 Mister Tuff // May 28, 2016 at 1:04 AM

    Expat – morning hows things.
    Did you watch the game tonight. – ( and later cry in your beer).

  • 64 JAMSHA // May 28, 2016 at 1:08 AM

    it should have been 400 pounds

  • 65 expatmag // May 28, 2016 at 1:26 AM


    We are Ok mate. Too early in the morning to wstch it but I might catch a replay of it later

    How are things with you

  • 66 Back Door Man // May 28, 2016 at 1:51 AM

    Welshie, when packing his travelling kit, also needs to pack a sack of sheep nuts (thanks Mr Tuff for the earlier picture) to tempt the local lassies in all those towns he’ll visit to watch the Toon. 

    Maybe I repost this tomorrow so he’ll see it;  I suspect he’s signed-off tonight to go out rustling.

  • 67 Mister Tuff // May 28, 2016 at 1:52 AM

    Expat – fine – game was not up to much.
    Busy sorting out some computer stuff at the minute – got a new system for the grand-daughters birthday. Been testing it and now packing it all away for delivery tomorrow by the missus.
    Apart from that sorting out some fishing tackle – whipping some new rod rings on a few rods, varnishing etc.
    Been concreting some foundations for a stone wall- the neighbour is going to help me with.
    Apart from that not much else

  • 68 Back Door Man // May 28, 2016 at 1:54 AM

    Bobbybee last night wondered why the England caravan prefers staying in the City of Newcastle over that  mackem shithole down the coast.  Expand the question to also include those poor misguided fools who play for the scum.

    My memory of scumtown is based on the only visit I ever made to the town center back in the 60s although I’d often been to Roker Park when we played them.  My abiding memory of the place was a small town built out of cheap red bricks with nothing of note in the center … an unremarkable place.  Newcastle, being the regional capital, always was a vibrant and attractive place, and it still is.

    Scumtown seems stuck in that rude and grim post-war condition, whilst Newcastle is ‘now’.  So who wants to stay or socialise 4in the 1950s when they could be living-it-up in the 2000 teens?

  • 69 Back Door Man // May 28, 2016 at 2:08 AM

    I think it’s inexcusable that players see playing for a club is only a stepping stone to getting capped.

    Their first allegiance should always be with the club and being selected to play for their country, whilst a huge honour, should be seen by them as being a bonus.  Many players are quoted saying that their MAIN motivation is getting into the national team.  Ungrateful bastards.

  • 70 expatmag // May 28, 2016 at 3:03 AM


    Busy busy mate. Keeps you out of yhe pub though….lol

    We are budy too. Rosie is on crutches after doing her ankle 10 dsys ago playing football for her team. She had an MRI done yesterday so just waiting for the results.

    Remember when I was at your place last year and I told you we would go down?

    Still havent heard ftom P. Tell him to get his act together…

  • 71 expatmag // May 28, 2016 at 3:06 AM

    Back Door Man

    Sign of the times, mate. Loyalty is a rare commodity these days.

    I just read an article about Raheem Sterling being concerned for his future under Guardiola. After what he did to Liverpool, I would be happy to see him ostracised.

  • 72 expatmag // May 28, 2016 at 3:21 AM


    I hate to say this but unfortunately, I was drawn to the place for educational and employment purposes.

    My parents decided to have me privately educated at St. Aidans from when I was 7 till 15 (roughly 1962 to 1970). To tjeir great disappointment, I failed dismally and transferred to Heathfield in Gateshead where I did well.

    After a year at teacher training in Manchester, I transferred to a college near home (Low Fell) and yhe only one I could get into was Sunderland.

    I think these experiences contributed greatly to my emigration to Australia……lol

  • 73 expatmag // May 28, 2016 at 3:29 AM


    I dont normally reply to imbeciles but I will make an exception this time, in your case.

    The reason why I am supporting Australia i stead of England is because:

    1…..I have lived here a lot longer than I did in England.
    2…..I am an Australian citizen now.
    3…..The coubtry has been very good to me si ce I arrived.
    4…..I want to see Australia do well at football and in particular, Bailey Wright, who us now an established international having started with the club I used to be Senior coach at.

    All these reasons do not stop me still wanting England

  • 74 expatmag // May 28, 2016 at 3:33 AM


    still wanting England to do well in games either.

    Hope this puts your concerns about why an Englishman supports Australia, at rest.

    There again, one might wonder why a welshman living in Swansea supports Newcastle United.

    Double standards, Welshie

  • 75 willowdalerez // May 28, 2016 at 5:11 AM

    Bobbybee a few threads back took something I wrote to be a criticism of Arma. To clear things up I am excited as everyone else about his development. My preoccupation is with our immediate promotion back to the prem.

    My worry is that we can’t expect Arma will reliably score goals in the championship (we just don’t know) and I don’t trust any of our current strikers to do it either. Cisse had a poor year, Mitro is a hothead who’s good in the air and can hold the ball up but never seemed capable of knocking home the sitters and the others barely merit a mention.

    So I am waiting and wondering what Rafa is going to do at Striker and CB in the transfer window whereas some on here think our current strikers can be trusted in the championship, maybe but I still think 12M for McCormack should do the trick if we are serious about coming straight back up. I’d also love Dunk if we can pry him away from Brighton.

  • 76 The overrated Frenchman // May 28, 2016 at 5:49 AM

    You coached Langwarrin expat?

  • 77 anthc // May 28, 2016 at 6:04 AM

    I went to the stadium of sh*te last night and what a sham.
    Missed the first ten mins due to incompetent local travel planning, England are garbage and the mackems so fickle booing townsend.
    However, there must of been a large newcastle following as the booing was clapped over by newcastle fans and some neutrals. Here we go with over hyping England then being disappointed when we don’t win!
    Also as below sunderland is a crap hole!

  • 78 Ron Knee // May 28, 2016 at 6:14 AM


    We saw what happened when England met some real opposition last November, getting completely outplayed by Spain.

  • 79 Ron Knee // May 28, 2016 at 6:44 AM

    From The Grauniad:

    “… Andros Townsend, who made an eye-catching 14-minute cameo and should make the cut …”

    Let’s hope so.

  • 80 Jib // May 28, 2016 at 6:57 AM

    The Grauniad also made mention of the Cro-Magnons at the Stadium of Shyte booing Townsend (in an England shirt ffs) the supporters of Sunlun are truly obsessed with the superior club up the road !!!

  • 81 sing in the corner // May 28, 2016 at 7:04 AM
    Nice,neat finish by Mitro 2mins into Cyprus friendly. Shame he couldn’t have showed that much composure for us when it counted..

  • 82 expatmag // May 28, 2016 at 7:06 AM


    Yes mate. Long tine ago now. I coached a few teams nate

  • 83 Ron Knee // May 28, 2016 at 7:12 AM

    Apparently, Wijnaldum was anonymous in the Republic of Ireland match.

  • 84 sing in the corner // May 28, 2016 at 7:16 AM

    There’s a surprise eh?

  • 85 expatmag // May 28, 2016 at 7:16 AM


    Hardly surprising. Nothing at stake friendly. I am sure he has more important things on his mind.

  • 86 Jib // May 28, 2016 at 7:19 AM

    No dubt which Madrid team Rafa will want to win tonight
    Now we know why he is so finicky with his contracts
    It seems the contract he had at the Bernabeu ensures he gets a substantial pay out if Real win tonight !

  • 87 Jib // May 28, 2016 at 7:20 AM

    doubt even

  • 88 LGFUAD21 // May 28, 2016 at 7:21 AM

    feel bad for townsend. He’s not really been given his chance in these two friendlies and likely won’t make the squad now.

    It’s bull though.

    HEnderson and wilshere have barely played all season.

    Townsend has outperformed sterling and lallana in half a season not to meantion he’s always been a better performer at international level than the other two.

    Definitely deserves to go to the euros.

    I hate how our national team is.

    Don’t get me started on John stones. If he were a newcastle player and people were offering £40m I’d snap both their hands, arms and legs off. I know he’s young and has twice as much technical ability than the average defender but he can’t defend for toffee (everton pun, get it). Evertons defence has been poor all season and he’s been a mainstay in it.

    I’d rather see Terry going than stones.

  • 89 Ron Knee // May 28, 2016 at 7:22 AM


    Was he being scouted by Pochettino? Probably not!

  • 90 Slank // May 28, 2016 at 7:28 AM

    I watched about 3/4 of last nights match and was very impressed with Australia. Their quick, slick passing was a joy to watch, almost Spain like. They had some good players.

    Given that the Aussie players were not world class it doesn’t bode well for England against the so called top international teams.

  • 91 Jib // May 28, 2016 at 7:31 AM

    I disagree
    I think Andros is nailed on to go.
    The only reason he came on late was because Woy knows his game well.
    I think some of the starters against Australia know they are in the last chance saloon!

  • 92 lesh // May 28, 2016 at 7:37 AM


    If the Aussies were poor, they were probably responding to the venue!

  • 93 expatmag // May 28, 2016 at 7:41 AM


    That wasnt even our bedt line up either. A lot of our players who would normally start play in the chinese and japanese leagues which are currently still playing and therefore couldnt be released for this friendly.

    It us also worth noting we are currenr Asuan champions

  • 94 expatmag // May 28, 2016 at 7:44 AM


    I hope that is not a jibe at Australia. We have surprised a number of countries with how well we are progressing in the sport.

  • 95 Slank // May 28, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    lesh @ 92

    ‘..If the Aussies were poor..’

    Quite the opposite in fact. Individually they had some really good players who would probably do well in the Championship.

    It was their style and pattern of play that was impressive. Very much like Spain but clearly not as good possibly due to the difference in class of the respective players but still it was far superior to England who didn’t look like a team but a bunch of individuals. Some of them are over hyped in the Premier League but will be found out in the World Cup.

    I turned off before Townsend came on but have read various media reports that he did really well. A cameo performance they said.

  • 96 Jib // May 28, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Expat no not at all
    It’s a reference to Henderson and others who looked ring rusty with not much time to sharpen up .

  • 97 Jib // May 28, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    I think Sterling has been poorly coached
    The raw talent is there for all to see , but his decision making and awareness of others around him is dire at times .

  • 98 expatmag // May 28, 2016 at 8:08 AM


    Many of the Aussie players play in Europe. Quite a lot in the loeer leagues in the UK.

    Matt Ryan, yhe goalkeeper, plays for Valencia. Rogic for Celtic, Kruse for Bayer Leverkusen. Aaron Mooy is affiliated to Man City. Our xaptain Jedinak, captained Crystal Palace in last weeks cup final.

    So, we have a few with lots of experience

  • 99 expatmag // May 28, 2016 at 8:10 AM


    Fair enough and agree about Henderson and Wilkshire. Neither should be anywhere near the squad. Sterling has regressed. A big mistake leaving Liverpool.

  • 100 Jib // May 28, 2016 at 8:11 AM

    The coaching of wide players is clearly better at LPool than ManCity
    Sterling looked better for the Reds and Milner looks better now for the Reds
    There are obviously other factors suchas tactics etc. but coaching comes into it.

  • 101 Jib // May 28, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    The end of May beginning of June in Spain is great.
    The Swallows , Martens and Swifts are back from Africa.
    I’m sitting on my balcony getting an air display that the Red Arrows can only dream of !

  • 102 Jib // May 28, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    Martins even
    The only air display a Marten gives is when it falls out of a pine tree

  • 103 Lindisfarne // May 28, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    With reference to Coaching, Luuk de Jong scored for the Netherlands last night. Just showing up the quality of coaching nufc have been suffering.

  • 104 mindshaft // May 28, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    I imagine Wales and England will navigate the group stage , England will fall at the semi finals if we get lucky in qtrs, basically we are scraping into top eight sides of Europe , Wales ( if they can keep Bale / Ramsey fit) will do well to reach qtrs

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