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Championship Fixtures Announced – Geordie Fans Upbeat

2:04 pm, Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 77 Comments

It’s really strange but when the fixtures for the Championship were announced earlier today most Newcastle fans were buzzing and were even looking forward to trips to quaint places like Burton Albion.

It’s the Rafa effect, with fans convinced the Spanish manager will turn things around at Newcastle and get us straight back up next May and not only that, but we will then be able to challenge for a top six position in the Premier League.

One thing we shouldn’t forget is that it gives a chance for Newcastle supporters in England a chance to go and watch the lads play when they live in cities or towns with a Championship club – or close to one.

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Rafa Benitez – at Liverpool with Newcastle – he’s the man!

Certainly it’s odd things are so upbeat on Tyneside after a relegation – but that’s the way it is.

Here are some typical tweets sent out following the fixtures, which see us play at Craven Cottage on Friday night – 5th August to kick off what we hope will be a very successful season down below.



Tags: Championship · Fixtures · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League




77 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Unknown Championship Managers Out!

  • 2 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Oh wait hang on that would mean us lot as well 🙂

  • 3 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Tsunki, you’re losing an argument with yourself there marra! 😉 Rafa’s hardly unknown after all…

  • 4 Mister Tuff // Jun 22, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    Interesting first four games :-
    Friday 5: Fulham (a) (7.45pm)
    Saturday 13: Huddersfield Town (h) (3pm)
    Wednesday 17: Reading (h) (7.45pm)
    Saturday 20: Bristol City (a) (3pm)

    Last season their league positions were :-
    Fulham ———20th
    Huddersfield———–19th
    Reading—————–17th
    Bristol City—————–18th.

    Really not very good last year for these teams – Mitro is obviously banned for these games so is there any chance we will think we’ll wop this lot and not get in another striker.
    I’ll say no – might be a gamble too far.

  • 5 clinath@ed // Jun 22, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    I’ve got us to get 91 points. Deliberately over cautiouss so I am obviously hoping for more

  • 6 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 2:44 PM

    Bobby – I wasn’t referring to Rafa…more us blog types….

    🙂

  • 7 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 22, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    Lets hope we get all of our attacking players in that we are looking to get as we have a great chance to get on 12 points with the first 4 games !!

    Would mean we were flying for September which could allow us to set a marker if we can beat our main rivals who will probably be Villa , Norwich and Derby

  • 8 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    So, the fixtures excitement dies down… next in line is a few signings to make us smile. I’m not having any of these stories/rumours either. Just as Rafa refused to say how much he’s got to spend, I can’t believe for one moment he’d allow our genuine targets to be leaked. Why would he, after all? The mag has already started whinging about lack of transfers, pointing out that 20 players have already been signed in the Championship. Whilst this may be true, only one or two have been money signings, the rest free transfers. Hardly the sort Rafa will have his eye on! 😉 He may well delay signings until he knows who he can convince to stay and who’s leaving. Plus, he’ll want to have a look at the squad in general before any decision is made either way. Really looking forward to seeing who he does bring in though. I imagine his little black book of players ain’t that little after all. 😉

  • 9 clinath@ed // Jun 22, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    Mr T is there a League cup match in the first 4 league games, and would that count towards his ban?

  • 10 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    Tsunki, 😉 Fair comment. Those first few fixtures are definitely winnable imo and could set down a marker to frighten the competition to death. Can’t see Rafa even allowing complacency to be uttered, let alone set in, so I expect us to go into those matches with a professional attitude. With Mitro banned and Arma injured – the others not being up to scratch – the need for a quality striker must be top of his list. Wonder who that might be? Exciting times indeed. 😉

  • 11 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    Clin, we’ve got a bye matey, so that spoils that! 😉

  • 12 clinath@ed // Jun 22, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    Bobby, thought I’d read that somewhere, ah the fixtures giveth and the fixtures taketh away…!
    Whats your best guess for our total point then?
    I’m on 91 with 46 by Xmas….so an even split really.

  • 13 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    Clin, going into this season in the strongest position ever, I fancy us to break the ton. Money in the bank to buy with, along with no reason to sell gives us something nobody else has had. Combine that with 50k screaming geordies every home game and the best manager ever to grace the Championship, then we should be aiming to finish top by a distance.

  • 14 clinath@ed // Jun 22, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    everything you say is true….it’s the flaky ballerinas we have in the squad that frighten me. Need them sorting, one way or another as soon as…

  • 15 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    Nurejev and Nijinski have never impressed me either marra! 😉

  • 16 clinath@ed // Jun 22, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    were they not race horses? Or even Soviet Nuclear attack submarines..?

  • 17 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    Clin, they may well have been, but they were ballet dancers first. 😉

  • 18 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    Clin, those performance enhancing drugs the Russians have must be something else mind you. From ballet dancer to nuclear submarine – the mind boggles! 😉

  • 19 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Ronaldo and Portugal got dumped out tonight? After his ungracious remarks about Iceland I would love it – love it – if Iceland went through and Portugal got binned. 😉 It might be unlikely, but it makes the games interesting tonight.

  • 20 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    Didn’t Ronaldo just hoy a reporters mike into a river? I dunno if he’s interested, but I know a Mike he is very welcome to chuck into the tyne

  • 21 Mister Tuff // Jun 22, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    clinath I see your question was answered.

  • 22 Mister Tuff // Jun 22, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    See Benitez is talking today about the frequency of the games this season and that he wants to rotate the squad/change players. Hopefully that is manager speak meaning ALL the deadwood will be moved out and some decent signings are in the pipeline.

  • 23 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    I expect even Rafa would be hard pushed to overhaul the squad before the season starts. I expect the deadwood to be thinned out by virtue of attrition over the next window.

  • 24 Jib // Jun 22, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Iceland v Austria
    I think this link may work
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY-A8DPbQYU

  • 25 Rotonda heights // Jun 22, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    tuff

    it could mean the opposite, ie , i will still have to use gouffran, rivi etc

  • 26 Mister Tuff // Jun 22, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    I see there is a report that when the fixtures were published quite a few Bristol City fans were on the ball and booked very reasonably priced return tickets with Easy Jet for their visit in February – £105.
    Fans who were not so quick later found the prices had nearly trebled to just under £300.

    A horrible example of profiteering.

  • 27 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Tbf gouffran, Riviere could do a job in this league and shine enough to be moved out for a squad rejuvenation in winter.

  • 28 Mister Tuff // Jun 22, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Rotonda – Gouffran might be ok at that level -probably would be.
    Riviere – big disappointment – he looks the part – and that’s about it. I thought he had some potential when they first bought him -but now – I think he has to go.
    Does highlight the possibility that Benitez could assess our second raters as to whether they will perform a step down over and keep them for this season.

  • 29 bettyswallocks // Jun 22, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    We need to know which of the younger players have a future . I know that some take longer than others to develop but I think they need to show something special early on to warrant serious consideration.

    Aarons has shown flashes of what he’s capable of but he needs to stay fit now and get in the team as he’s not a teenager any longer.
    Armstrong and Toney both need to impress Rafa and cement their futures. Sterry looks to have already made a favourable impression but Sammy , Vukic, Bigi and the like look to have missed the boat.

    At least this season Rafa will have a chance to decide who he wants to keep and to the restructure the academy with some class youngsters.

  • 30 Sir Eric // Jun 22, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    bettyswallocks,

    I agree completely. I’m really hoping with Rafa and the setup under him, that so many “prospects” won’t be as misguided as they have been over the previous years and see their development stall here and pick up elsewhere.

  • 31 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    Come on Hungary, make my day by dumping Ronaldo on his ass. 😉 Wonder what he’ll have to say about Iceland if they go through at Portugal’s expense? Nobody can deny he’s a great player, but his personality lets him down badly. Would you hear Messi making those comments? If only Puskas was still playing… (might be a bit old by now though 😉 )

  • 32 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    Didn’t puskas change his nationality though?

  • 33 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    Nope bad memory he just jumped the commie love boat.

  • 34 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Got to confess, i do like the kit portugal are playing in.

  • 35 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Puskas changed the way football was played, battering England 6-3 at Wembley and 7-1 away. I remember as a kid the adults telling me what a great player he was. Film only confirmed the fact for me. A real game changer in his day.

  • 36 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    What a strike! Get in there Hungary! 😉

  • 37 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    Could be going better for portugal

  • 38 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Ha ha, it just gets better! Iceland one up as well. 😉

  • 39 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Bobbybee my dad used to talk about him, his generation saw what looked like a mighty England team being shown the door to the future of football in the most emphatic manner.

  • 40 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    The Portuguese are a mess. Mind that strip makes them look like bottles of mouthwash ha ha

  • 41 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    Tsunki, aye, he certainly was a class act from what i’ve seen of him in the old news film. I think his lot were the first overseas team to beat England at Wembley, in the 6-3 demolition?

  • 42 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    Oof! Hard luck Ron.

  • 43 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    Tsunki, i like that kit. It’s mint. (Groan)

  • 44 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    Ronaldo might’ve scored that if he’d taken Rafa’s advice. 😉

  • 45 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    Tough crowd Bobby tough crowd 🙂

  • 46 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    Hungarian keeps wouldn’t look out of place in a pennywell scrapyard

  • 47 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Do professional footballers not practice crosses any more?

  • 48 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    Ha ha even Austria are against the portuguese!

  • 49 Jib // Jun 22, 2016 at 5:39 PM

    Bobby
    I bet you don’t know how phenomenal
    Ferenc Puskas really was !

    He joined Real Madrid at the age of 31 after all the top teams in Europe had looked at him , Milan , Juventus and even Man U.

    Joined RM at 31 – played 233 games and scored 225 goals !!!!!!!

  • 50 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    That’s poor positioning. It doesn’t look like their day.

  • 51 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    Offside, oh joy of joys! And nearly a second. Cracking game for the neutral.

  • 52 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    Well my nani could have scored that. Good ball through

  • 53 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    Boooo! 😉 Jib, like i said, he changed football virtually on his own. And that was when a football was a lethal weapon! 😉

  • 54 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    There you go, clinath – that was a terrible ‘near post’ comment. Goalie could have been beaten any side there.

  • 55 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    Anybody ever headed a wet casey on the laces? There was a split heed for ya.

  • 56 clinath@ed // Jun 22, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Tsunki 😉

  • 57 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    Fair to say that was an entertaining first half. Sadly i expect portugal to go on and win it now, but you never know with football. That’s why we love it really.

  • 58 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    Tsunki, oh yes, many a time. Come off the pitch looking like frankenstein, with marks of the lace looking like a scar across ye heed. Like i said – deadly weapon! 😉

  • 59 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    I remember you actually got pretty good at watching a spinning ball coming toward you and guessing whether to head it or not ha ha.

  • 60 Jib // Jun 22, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    I don’t know about anyone else but this tournament is loads more entertaining than I anticipated !

  • 61 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    Tsunki, once the ball got wet it didn’t matter if you headed the lace or not, it still knacked. Oh, get in hungary. 😉

  • 62 Ron Knee // Jun 22, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    Crikey!

  • 63 clinath@ed // Jun 22, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    Jeez…..I thought I went back a long way. 😉

  • 64 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Boooo! Horrible turd. 😉

  • 65 clinath@ed // Jun 22, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Noooooooo, not him!

  • 66 clinath@ed // Jun 22, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Cue the platitudes

  • 67 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Jib, best Euro’s since 96 imo. Good game after good game. Loving it.

  • 68 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    Well this game is a watcher.

  • 69 clinath@ed // Jun 22, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    What a game…..

  • 70 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Come on, show big heed how to take a shot! Oh, he has lmao!

  • 71 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    These guys love deflections ha ha what what game

  • 72 clinath@ed // Jun 22, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    Nani….what kind of defending was THAT.?

  • 73 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    He’s going home, he’s going home, he’s going, big heeds going home… 😉

  • 74 clinath@ed // Jun 22, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    When he’s not scoring goals, or making chances…..that’s when you realise just how fkn lazy he is

  • 75 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    it’s him again.

  • 76 clinath@ed // Jun 22, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    I give up 😉

  • 77 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    It just gets crazier. 😉




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