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Good News From Goalkeeper Rob Elliot

7:18 pm, Sunday, May 29th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 87 Comments

Rob Elliot didn’t just play great for us last season, when he came into the side for the injured Tom Krul and was our Player of the Season but he’s also a brave lad and a leader.

Rob’s had that dodgy thigh of his that was always threatening to go and he would be out of action for months.

But the good news today is while he is recovering from the terrible ACL knee injury he picked up playing for Ireland in a friendly game in late March, he finally had surgery yesterday that will fully repair the injured tendon in his thigh.

rob elliot save from lamela

Rob Elliot saving from Erik Lamella at Tottenham last December

Tags: Injuries · Medical · Newcastle News · Premier League · Rob Elliot

87 responses so far ↓

  • 1 BandB // May 29, 2016 at 7:20 PM


    I do have some frisson of satisfaction with BDM’s choice of targets.
    But I do promise not to abrogate any efforts to fight back with post-ironic attempts at contumelious condescension designed to make me look smart.

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // May 29, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    Was great all season but he’s never had an injury free run in the team, I think now that he should be the one sold with our wealth of keepers on the books.

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // May 29, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Blog historians first time posters make me smell a rat!

  • 4 Bobbybee // May 29, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    BandB, ha ha! You’ve given yourself away. You ARE the infamous BDM!! 😉

  • 5 BandB // May 29, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    I’m inured to the smell of rat on here, Jail for Ashley.

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // May 29, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    Would you have Carrick or Gerrard as your captain for a season in the Championship?

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // May 29, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    People keep mentioning Ivan Toney as a striker for us next season but he’s hardly scored any goals, surely he should either be playing in our new revamped development squad or loaned out again.

  • 8 Jib // May 29, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    You are such a pretend footy fan it’s embarassing
    Carrick hates NUFC – he grew up as a Spurs fan and signed for West Ham as a kid !
    Gerrard and Benitez cordially detested each other !
    You attend the occasional game at SJP and think it makes you a superfan – please do one and do what you know best and stick to cleaning lavvies on the oil rigs.

  • 9 andrew84 // May 29, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Didn’t realise signing for West Ham as a youngster makes you detest your home town club by default.

    Didn’t Alan Shearer start off at Southampton?

  • 10 Jib // May 29, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    He doesn’t by default
    But his dad has said many times NUFC would be the last club his little boy would sign for !

  • 11 Bobbybee // May 29, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    Why bother with silly things like facts, when it’s much easier to blame Ashley. 😉

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // May 29, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    Let’s bicker or debate, whichever way you see it!
    “Manchester United and England star Michael Carrick was a boyhood Newcastle United fan but, like Alan Shearer, turned the Magpies down”
    From the Chronicle
    Why say I’m a footy know nowt, is there any need to say it?

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // May 29, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Yes Bobby why bother with facts when they don’t suit your argument 😉

  • 14 jimmysmith // May 29, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    Didn’t Carrick sign for West Ham because of their excellent youth set up, at the time Keegan was scrapping the reserves.

    He is a fan, but you get the impression his Da has developed some misgivings about the owner.

  • 15 Jib // May 29, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    I don’t really care what the Chronic says – one of my sons was in the same class as MC at Burnside and Carrick was not a NUFC supporter !

    They both had a spell at WBC and Carrick just wanted to leave Wallsend and go South !

  • 16 martoon // May 29, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    From last topic Welsh – I’m absolutely sure that BDM is not John Tudor. Tudor used to write semi-illiterate one liners which is the complete opposite of BDM.
    Bobbybee – an alter ego of BandB – interesting theory!

  • 17 Bobbybee // May 29, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    The facts remain the same. Carrick won’t sign for newcastle regardless of who’s to blame. For whatever reason, he said he wouldn’t sign for newcastle. Can’t actually recall him mentioning Ashley by name as the reason, just people surmising. But, for arguments sake, let’s blame wicked Ashley. Same result. He still ain’t coming. 😉 wow, such hard work!

  • 18 jimmysmith // May 29, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    It’s not out of the question. Right manager, right money, he quite possibly would come. Players tend to think that way.

  • 19 Bobbybee // May 29, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    Jimmy, don’t you think he’s yesterdays man? Rafa has a plan to get us into the PL and fighting for trophies. Do we NEED Carrick? Not imo. Is he worth the wages at his age? He’d want a long contract on big money. There are better, younger options. It would be an expensive backwards step and Rafa doesn’t do sentimentality. I would be amazed if he was even in Rafa’s thoughts.

  • 20 simon376 // May 29, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    1st time I’ve posted in years, but read every day. I admit I’m going back to 2007 now, but was over in Manchester flying off on holiday and looking for long stay car park that I had booked and got lost, pulled into a garage and there was Michael Carrick buying some milk on way to training, he directed me to the car park. I said why are you not playing for us back in Newcastle, his response was would have loved to, but they never wanted me. I then said shame as we really could do with you, but suppose you have done alright, he laughed and said if only, maybe one day then enjoy your holiday. Maybe he was just being nice and saying hello to somebody from his home, but who knows for sure. If the possibility was there, I would jump at the chance of him and Gerrard to come in and take us from Championship to Premier League then maybe a season there for one or both of them with a possible extension. Give them coaching roles as well. Would love it, but probs only be a dream.

  • 21 Bobbybee // May 29, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    Simon, don’t you think Gerrard’s last season at Liverpool exposed him quite a lot? Caught on the ball time after time. A year away playing in an inferior league won’t have improved him any either. Gerrard three seasons ago might have been worth it. I would be amazed if either are in Rafa’s thoughts. We’re moving forward under the Rafalution. He’s looking to build for the future, not fill us full of has beens. I certainly hope so anyway. Both great players in their time and Carrick is still useful, but not what i hope is the way forward.

  • 22 simon376 // May 29, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    Bobby, I do know what you mean, but think for a season in this division, he would do well, be nice to see sombody like him and Shelvy, tho Carrick would be good as well. Also think having him or both as player coaches would be good for the team and younger players. Not for the long term, but to help us get up 1st time of asking I think be very useful, after that, think would only be used every few games, but be good for the squad

  • 23 JamesToon // May 29, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    I don’t think there’d be any harm in bringing Gerrard here, we’ve been crying out for some experience and leadership, why not him?

  • 24 JamesToon // May 29, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    Still got a good pass and shot and maybe Rafa can convert him into a holding sort of pivot midfielder

  • 25 JamesToon // May 29, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    I’d take Carrick as well

  • 26 Essex Geordie Bill // May 29, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    Can’t see the fuss over Carrick, I’d rather see fresh legs coming into the side or at a push bring back Milner if that was a goer.
    But Gerrard waste of pitch time now and I couldn’t see him beefing up the locker room morale.
    We don’t need over the hill players.

  • 27 martoon // May 29, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    I have to agree with Bobbybee we should be looking forward and getting players for the long term. I also think people forget we are in the Championship – why would Carrick leave the Premiership and if Gerrard was tempted back surely it would be for one last hurrah in the Premiership?

  • 28 Bobbybee // May 29, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    Simon, he’s on 100g a week mate, and he’d want a longer contract than 12 months. Anyway, he said he doesn’t want to play for us publicly enough times. Whether he means Ashley, not Newcastle, as some claim, then as Ashley’s still here the point becomes moot. No he’s not for me, but it’s all about opinions. I’m pretty sure Rafa has players in mind that may astound us. By pretty sure, i really mean hope. 😉 This is Rafa’s new project and he has the pulling power to bring good players on board, if he sells them his vision. Selling that vision to Ashley persuaded him to hand over power. Itvmust be a nice vision eh? 😉

  • 29 Jail for Ashley // May 29, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    Anyway, I’d love to see Carrick here in the Championship with all his experience and leadership at his boyhood club.

  • 30 simon376 // May 29, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Yeah Bobby,know you are right, just something I’d love to see. But I know I’ll be happy with whoever Rafa brings in, he is the one who really knows his stuff

  • 31 welshgeordie9 // May 29, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Anyone watching the Tony Bellow fight that’s coming up in a few minutes, hopefully it will be a cracker.

  • 32 Belfast // May 29, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Back door man John Tudor haha.

    The funniest thing I’ve read on here in a long long time.

    Don’t give up yer day job Welshie.

  • 33 welshgeordie9 // May 29, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    Bellew i meant, sorry tony.

    Ha ha ha

  • 34 Bobbybee // May 29, 2016 at 9:40 PM

    Simon, more than all of us put together. 😉 He’s got a plan and permission to go for it. No fire sale. Money to spend. 50k Geordies backing him vocally. Strap yourself in and get ready for blast off. This could a very interesting ride. 😉

  • 35 Bobbybee // May 29, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    Sheet, yeah, bellew fight. Cheers. Laters! 😉

  • 36 welshgeordie9 // May 29, 2016 at 9:42 PM


    I try my best to entertain.

  • 37 bettyswallocks // May 29, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Welshie…… You must be gutted about Bale. You had a real chance of doing well with him playing.

  • 38 jimmysmith // May 29, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    I think couple of quality old heads, and a few top young players with an eye on a quick return would seem to be the way to go. He is yesterdays man, but still a very good player and our concern is this season and the next, so he could be in the frame. Wages are the thing that make it most unlikely, but yeah at his age, and with his more cultured game, would he suit the hurley burley of the Championship anyway. It’s all just harmless speculation.

    I think Alonso is the dream big name signing, but that really is pie in the sky stuff.

  • 39 welshgeordie9 // May 29, 2016 at 9:50 PM


    Worry about your own team, there’s a good girl.

  • 40 bettyswallocks // May 29, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    Welsh….. I’m not worried I just thought of you when I heard he’s pulled out.

  • 41 welshgeordie9 // May 29, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    I’m not worried whether he plays or not, there’s no pressure on our players, not exactly one of the favourites to win the cup, so what ever happens in the tournament happens.

  • 42 Tsunki // May 29, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Hmm. Not sure what I’d rather see the back of on this blog. Arguments? Nitpicking? Pro versus Anti Ashley canvassing. Or Moaning about it all.

  • 43 clinath@ed // May 29, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Where have you read Gareth Bale has pulled out. Can’t find it anywhere.

  • 44 jimmysmith // May 29, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    A couple of older and able guys of experience and quality in key positions, in as free agents, on a two year contract would surely enter Rafa’s thinking. You get them for nothing, so you can afford the higher wages, and they won’t be around too long. Not easily achieved, but I’d say that’s likely part of the ideal plan.

  • 45 martoon // May 29, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    I think Betty is having a windup:

  • 46 Bobbybee // May 29, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Bellew won. Knocked the guy clean out. Ouch! 😉

  • 47 welshgeordie9 // May 29, 2016 at 10:25 PM


    What a fight that was, did you enjoy that.

  • 48 welshgeordie9 // May 29, 2016 at 10:26 PM


    Betty is probably just trying to wind me up, bless her.

  • 49 Bobbybee // May 29, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    Jimmy, the possibilities though. This is Rafa, remember. Lots of respect and capable of selling a dream. Whatever happens, he’ll make his own choices and i’ll respect them all because he’s got a plan better than i could have. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we made a jaw dropping signing, nor surprised if he made a few tweaks only. It’s his plan and i can’t wait to see ut unfold. Exciting times ahead. 😉

  • 50 Bobbybee // May 29, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    Welshie, yeah, what there was of it. I thought he’d lose to be honest, but he surprised me. All credit to him. 😉

  • 51 bettyswallocks // May 29, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    Welshie….. Sorry my mistake . It said Welshman pulls out of ewe row.

  • 52 Blackley and Brownlie // May 29, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    Such is the footballing inactivity, the blog is hitting new levels on the torpor scale. But old Blackas is not yet quite tempted to dip into the Eric and Kim dialogue that has become “” Maybe later this week.

  • 53 jimmysmith // May 29, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    Yes, the Rafa factor. It hadn’t slipped my mind Bobby. It’s going to be fascinating to see how he shapes the squad over the next three seasons, given the autonomy he now apparently has, the money apparently available to him, and his stature in the game, which will naturally attract players, and of course, not forgetting a full St James’, magnificent rocking stadium that it doubtless will be.

  • 54 Blackley and Brownlie // May 29, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    It’s slim pickings on the Toon twitching beat these days. Where do all the “Toon” birds (this toon; that toon; the other toon; toon this; toon that; toon the other) go in the close season? Do they fly to colder climes? That said, I thought I spotted a CarrToon earlier? Or one of its close cousins? A rare bird indeed.

  • 55 Jail for Ashley // May 29, 2016 at 10:50 PM


  • 56 bettyswallocks // May 29, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    Blackley……. Jib is well into ornithology at the moment, be careful he doesn’t make a swoop for your parrot coat. He’s got a headache but there are no aspirin in his house. Paracetamol . (Parrots ate em all ).

  • 57 Jail for Ashley // May 29, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    This place could be dysfunctional till the next signing or player sold. Me thinks!

  • 58 bettyswallocks // May 29, 2016 at 11:09 PM

    Jail….. We ought to be depressed we’ve just been relegated. Imagine relegation without Rafa, we’d all be even more spiteful.

  • 59 Jail for Ashley // May 29, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    On the contrary, I’m very upbeat, looking forward to next season and the future!

  • 60 bettyswallocks // May 29, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    Exactly me too, that shows the hope Rafa has brought after all the years of treading water. I have to agree with BandB earlier when she pointed out how dull it would be on here if everyone was overly polite and just agreed with other posters. A bit of banter and controversy keeps it interesting especially during periods of inactivity.

  • 61 Munster Mag // May 29, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    Just seem bruce Springsteen in croke park. What a man. What a crowd. Not as good as thomond park limerick though, not long after limerick had won the munster championship. Bliss!

  • 62 lesh // May 29, 2016 at 11:52 PM

    All of this talk about Gerrard worries me. Have we considered what the last ex Liverpool ‘star’ we signed brought to the party? Owen didn’t exactly take us to great heights did he?

  • 63 davis_toons // May 29, 2016 at 11:54 PM

    Sissoko just wanted more pay.

    Promise him a new contract extension at the end of the season if promoted.

    That will claim everything down. No more rumors. He can be a long time leader.

    Not the best man yet but the best in the team to lead so far.

  • 64 lesh // May 29, 2016 at 11:56 PM


    I was among 30000 or so who saw Springsteen at SJP, years ago. What a performance.

    It’s just a shame some of our so-called big name players didn’t put as much into their game as he put into his set.

  • 65 davis_toons // May 29, 2016 at 11:59 PM

    Toons no.1 reporting, sir…

  • 66 Munster Mag // May 30, 2016 at 12:05 AM

    Lesh i gotta get to st james’s again soon. Mind you my nufc spiritual home is in some away pub with 300 geordies gannin mental

  • 67 Uncertain Toon // May 30, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    I love this blog, individuals are spoiling it and It makes me sad.

  • 68 geordie157 // May 30, 2016 at 12:47 AM

    Who needs Carrick and Gerrard when we can have Cook and Hughes.

    It’s a long shot but with Rafa able to attract players could we tempt tielemans to come join mbemba and mitrovic.

  • 69 Munster Mag // May 30, 2016 at 12:53 AM

    Carrick and gerard me hole

  • 70 Essex Geordie Bill // May 30, 2016 at 12:58 AM


    Not to mention, Barnes and Rush!

  • 71 Uncertain Toon // May 30, 2016 at 12:58 AM

    Agree with Munster, Carrick or Gerrard would be chuckin money away. Joey daft Barton maybe, however that would never happen!

  • 72 Essex Geordie Bill // May 30, 2016 at 12:59 AM

    My Missus absolutely loves The Boss.

  • 73 Uncertain Toon // May 30, 2016 at 1:00 AM

    I’d take Noble in a heartbeat or Milner.

  • 74 Munster Mag // May 30, 2016 at 1:09 AM

    Noble is a fine player but no chanceof him leaving the cockneys for us

  • 75 Uncertain Toon // May 30, 2016 at 1:14 AM

    I concur, he was available a pair of years ago and as usual we wouldn’t pay it! Hopefully that methodology changes with Rafa

  • 76 jimmysmith // May 30, 2016 at 1:20 AM

    Barnes. Jesus! I remember him overweight and past it, finally appearing after a long injury, and immediately pulling a hamstring in a truly feeble attempt at a token shuffle to chase a player who despite Barnes’ bloated size had breezed round him as if he wasn’t there.

    WTF were those signings all about, Pearce, Rush and Barnes, well past it. We were a decent premiership proposition back then, what were they even doing on our radar. Was it Dalglish? Lazy, woeful recruiting.

    Newcastle’s history is littered with that sort of nonsense, which makes the signing of Rafa all the more remarkable.

  • 77 Munster Mag // May 30, 2016 at 1:27 AM

    Sadly jimmy the media will never point a finger at king kenny, only geordies with expectations

  • 78 jimmysmith // May 30, 2016 at 1:32 AM

    Noble and Milner. Good players coming to the end of their pomp. We can’t sign that type of player in the Championship, nor should we in the premiership in my opinion. They don’t represent value for money, and Newcastle will have to buy carefully, if Rafa is to succeed. We have plenty going for us, but not genuine financial clout, as things stand.

  • 79 Uncertain Toon // May 30, 2016 at 1:33 AM

    Jimmy, well said.
    Paul Dalglish as well, made me feel ill what was occurring there.

  • 80 Uncertain Toon // May 30, 2016 at 1:39 AM

    I disagree Jimbo, we still need a midfield dynamo who goes forward, Is Shelvey him?

  • 81 jimmysmith // May 30, 2016 at 1:44 AM

    Yeah, we would benefit enormously from either player, but I agree the time to get them is around 27 or better of course, younger, not at 29, 30.

  • 82 jimmysmith // May 30, 2016 at 1:59 AM

    Shelvey with that great range of passing he’s capable of, might be very good in DM alongside Colback, good at giving and going, or Tiote, in the Championship, behind any one of Sissoko, Widjnaldum, De Jong or Perez in the hole. The EPL though, I’m less confident about.

  • 83 jimmysmith // May 30, 2016 at 4:03 AM

    The squad really would be crazy strong in the Championship, even if they did no transfer business at all.

    I think if they had installed Benitez instead of McClaren, we’d have finished top ten, not suffered the drop. The last six games of the season certainly suggest that.

    Even a side without all the big names would do well in the Championship under Benitez.


    Add Krul, Elliot, Taylor, Collocini, Janmaat, Haidarra, Mbabu, Tiote, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, DeJong, Cisse, Rivierre, Gouffran, Saivet, Arma, Good, Sterry, Toney, and a few promotions from the reserves, under Benitez, and you surely have the most formidable proposition ever seen in the Championship by some distance.

  • 84 G // May 30, 2016 at 7:21 AM

    Totally off subject, but now the play offs have decided the Champo line up this year, when you look at the division its strange to notice only 4 or 5 teams havent played Prem football. Maybe we shouldnt be overconfident this year?

  • 85 Jib // May 30, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    Fabio Pecchia – Rafa’s assistant has been offered , and accepted the managers job at Serie B’s Hellas Verona

  • 86 Jib // May 30, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    Here’s Fabio thinking of Verona

  • 87 expatmag // May 30, 2016 at 8:18 AM


    Cathro promoted yo Asst. Manager?

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