Benitez Impressed By The Passion Shown By Young Magpies


Rafa and some of his players spent yesterday afternoon at the inaugural Newcastle United Foundation 1892 Cup, at the Newcastle Youth Academy.

Rafa has commented on his web-site that he was really impressed with the passion shown by the boys and girls of Newcastle who were taking part in the event as they represented their various schools.

The Tournament featured 128 youngsters from eight local schools, each fielding both a boys and girls team.

with the kids

Rafa Benitez with some of the boys and girls yesterday

This is what Rafa put on his web-site about the event:

I spent the afternoon as I did yesterday also with the mini ‘magpies’ at the under-13 tournament organised by the Newcastle United Foundation 1892 with over a hundred children attending.

We have worked on this idea a few days ago and its now become a reality with great enthusiasm shown by all at the club.

I have to say that the players of the first team who have accompanied us during the visit and also myself enjoyed the passion that these young athletes showed in the tournament as well as the support and welcome we have received from them.

Sincerely, thank you.

There is a great deal of contact and gestures from the fans every day and I hope that this new tournament has a great future for the fans – young and old alike.

Meanwhile, the first team are training at a very good pace, with very good attitude and involvement of each and every one of our players.

Come on Toons!

The teams each were given a full set of the new Newcastle home strips for next season, courtesy of Sports Direct, and they don’t go on sale to the general public until this Friday.

Here’s Rafa’s web-site if you want to follow what he puts up on it – there’s more and more stuff on Newcastle.



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103 comments so far

  • ayecanny

    Jul 5, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #1

    https://www.gofundme.com/gallowgateflags

    get donating people! Howay The Lads!!

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 5, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #2

    Decent blogs this morning. Much better when the multiples are not on causing their mischief.

    Funny Jib has not been on much since he said he was making breakfast.
    Judging by his success rate on here I think he’ll still be on breakfast duty.
    He’s probably burnt the bacon, dropped the eggs, and spilled the coffee.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 5, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #3

    colo contract cancelled he’s on the move on ssn

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 5, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #4

    wonder if theres cb on the way?

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  • Spoof

    Jul 5, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #5

    SPRINGY

    Colo on the move, shame he couldn’t do that when he was on the pitch lol

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 5, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #6

    cheers and good luck colo.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 5, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Enjoy being back home Colo, gave us a few good seasons and a heck of a song to remember u by

    Reckon that means the next through the door is a CB (Caulker or Dunk is who Id like)

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 5, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #8

    spoof
    aye very true!lol
    never the greatest defender but was here a long time so credit where its due…..who’s the next captain lads?

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  • Spoof

    Jul 5, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #9

    Hanley for me, big strong and imposing, every defence needs them, he could be our Robert Huth.

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  • Spoof

    Jul 5, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #10

    Next captain, I’d be happy if it was either Sissoko or Wijnaldum, not because I think that they could be good skippers but because I feel that we need to keep one of them, and if they were skipper then they would still be here, there’s logic there somewhere………..well I think there is !

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 5, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #11

    as long as the new cb is a defender first and foremost,loves to stop goals more then look good will do for me,an out and out defender….and with a bit height,which we lack a bit of tbh.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 5, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #12

    spoof
    there is method in ya madness,wont they get a few extra quid for being captain as well?

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 5, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #13

    So Fabs farewell email hits the inbox to the fan collective, and we part sadly not having a heaved much during his tenure.

    Although I have given him plenty of stick for his non-captain captaining style, his ability to dodge derbies and his general adherence to the regime, he has served us well and had his good days on the pitch. So long, Colo, no longer the love of our lives.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 5, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #14

    Achieved.
    Not a heaved.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 5, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #15

    So. Farewell then.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 5, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #16
  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 5, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #17

    Thanks Colo for your service but you can now bugger off to Argentina and we can now replace those old legs of yours with quick, young and strong ones. Either Caulker and Dunk and I am happy or both as we still need to replace Saylor too.

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  • G

    Jul 5, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #18

    Captain for me should be Lascelles, the way he came through last season, at the final 8 games or so, he put in a good shift every time he played, he was vocal, and he was rallying those around him get motivated. If we can motivate Gini he would be my Captain, however, I suspect he isn’t going to be the motivator in the Champo.

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  • G

    Jul 5, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #19

    @17, JP, nail on the head mate.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 5, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Good riddance to the curly haired yellow bellied shirker.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 5, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #21

    another cb name being mentioned now,vegard forren, norway player,anyone else heard anything?

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  • Rafa Revolution

    Jul 5, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #22

    BYE

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 5, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #24

    Springy

    Don’t know anything about him. But looks decent on fifa 16. Traits leadership, power free kicks, power header & long passer.

    Of course that’s only on fifa

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 5, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #25

    betty @16 – nice one.

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 5, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #26

    G

    I like the sounds of lascelle bein captain

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  • Spoof

    Jul 5, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #27

    Colo’s open letter

    http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/sport/football/newcastle/14599106.Fabricio_Coloccini_pens_an_open_letter_to_Newcastle_United_fans___read_it_IN_FULL/?

    as much as I dislike the lad, this was good of him, it came across as being genuine, well done Colo.

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  • Jib

    Jul 5, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #28

    Vegard Forren spent a few seasons at Soton and never got a game.
    The rumours were started by the Newcastle Norwegian supporters site.
    He’s at Molde with Sjolskaer at the mo

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 5, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #29

    Colo – ok a few years ago but useless last few years. Good riddance -never trust a man who perms his hair.

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  • Spoof

    Jul 5, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #30

    Tuff

    Keegan permed his hair !

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 5, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #31

    Spoof – true as a player- but later changed to an ordinary type haircut (mans haircut) after he realised the error of his ways.
    Short back and sides – mans haircut.

    Talking of haircuts – I must say in the Euros some of the players are sporting some (in my opinion for what it’s worth) shocking barnets.

    The old beards seem to be back in fashion but the haircuts – bloody mohicans, dyed hair – my God what’s the world coming to.

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  • Spoof

    Jul 5, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #32

    Tuff

    I know, its shocking isn’t it, some have hair cuts which resemble there coutry’s flag, absolutely ridiculous, seriously they should be sent off if they have a bad hair day lol

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 5, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #33

    its probably just another name threw in the mix tbh,but we’ll see i spose.

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 5, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #34

    It was good of coloccini to write an open letter to the fans. At least he took into consideration the fans,& the club. You won’t see sissoko or wijnaldum leaving any letter behind

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 5, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #35

    Colo with an open letter means there is somebody behind the scenes, ready to pen a contract with us. & god knows we really need a central defender or two.

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  • Graeme

    Jul 5, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #36

    Shadow @ 35 – hopefully you’re right. God knows we have needed an upgrade at CB for far too long. Mbemb & Lacelles have huge potential, but a bit of age and experience alongside them could make a huge difference to them.

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  • Jib

    Jul 5, 2016 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #37

    Ronald Koman seems to have shifted his sights from Tim Krul to Leicester’s Kaspar Schmeichel who is delaying over signing a contract extension.

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 5, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #38

    True enough graeme. We needed a central defender years ago. Now we shipped out taylor & coloccini, which should have been done years ago aswel. That could have been the difference relegation & survival.

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 5, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #39

    Seems this could be our team for the upcoming season:

    Sels
    Arbeloa
    Mbemba/Caulker
    Lascelles
    Castro
    Tiote
    Shelvey
    Ritchie
    Wijnaldum
    Aarons
    Gayle/Mitro

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 5, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #40

    Where’s our frigging defenders, aren’t we supposed to be getting 3 in before the squad jet off to Ireland this weekend.

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