Poll – How Will Newcastle Fare Against Cheltenham Town?


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Newcastle play Cheltenham Town this afternoon at St. James’ Park in the second round of the EFL Cup and we really must be professional and win this game.

Sometimes these kinds of games can be tricky, so we don’t want the lads to be complacent.

How Will Newcastle Fare Against Cheltenham?

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56 comments so far

  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #1

    24bettyswallocks // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    I’m absolutely convinced that Carr hasn’t the same influence on transfers since Rafa arrived and can’t imagine Rafa being told which players he has to accept. Rafa just wouldn’t work under those confines and that was established before he signed up .Having said that if we had bought some of Carr’s suggested players (Aubameyang and Deli Ali spring to mind) as oppose to scratting around in the bargain bin then we maybe wouldn’t be in the Championship now. Then again we
    probably wouldn’t have acquired Rafa so maybe it was fate.

    Ashley has finally realised that he needs a competent manager at the helm trusted with the authority to make decisions. There is a complete on going transformation happening for the better at our club and where it takes us is the cause for hope and positive optimism.

    It’s definitely not more of the same and onwards and upwards lads for the nitwits in Wonga tops as was scornfully suggested yesterday evening. Why pour cold water on something that is finally moving in a more promising direction?

    There has been a complete res

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #2

    You mean tonight ed

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  • Novocastrian66

    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #3

    This Judge transfer is utter madness. What is the point of signing a player who will not be fit until November?
    He could be an option for the January window after he has proved his fitness but not now. I know we’re buying from the bargain bucket but c’mon, please, we should be doing better than buying a crock.

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  • JamesToon

    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #4

    Totally agree Betty, Rafa just isn’t that kind of yes man

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Novo
    Rafa disagrees

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  • Novocastrian66

    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Could be loan deal with a view to a permanent move. Now that would make sense.

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Not fussed how we get on, not keen on cup runs this season

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Novo

    Completely agree mate, why are we buying a player who won’t return from injury till November, probably won’t be match fit till January when he’ll break down again.

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  • DaraghL

    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Ian Toon –

    The Irish Messi is ‘Wessi’ Wes Hoolahan

    Judge is an exciting player. I was gutted when he was injured as I thought he would push into the starting XI for the Euro’s along with Harry Arter.

    Would be great to see him in black and white. Gives his all aswell. Goals and assists and has proven himself at this level with interest from the Premiership. Seems a perfect fit and in line with our current policy.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #10

    Why would they loan him out when his contract is up next June ?

    You’re getting a player for 2-3 million who was valued above 8 million in January because his contract is up.

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  • toontaff2

    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #11

    The jury’s out on this one.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #12

    I think it’s a pretty good deal and if he’s back in November/December there’s still half a season left to play.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Swallocks,
    Despite the weeks of negotiations that went in to making sure Rafa did not get screwed over by the Toby jugs, why are people still insisting that he is getting players forced on him. Galloway chose to play his away games at Old Trafford and the Emirates rather than at Burton and Barnsley, even with Rafa in charge many players will not want to play in the Championship and especially someone like Galloway if he’s given a choice.

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  • stuart no9

    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #14

    Nice little piece in the sun today about the Cheltenham mansger allowing his players to tour the stadium this morning to take photos and to show them where wifes. And girlfriends will be sitting . He said he would rather get the wow factor over now than go through it tonight . I don’t know about anyone else but I still get a tingle down my spine when I walk into the ground – not bad after 50 years.
    We shouldn’t be in this league man , not with what we have here . It’s so sad and just not right

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  • firebug666

    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #15

    I think that if you look at the Judge deal, buying him now makes a lot of sense, we know what the lad is capable of when fit. so getting him now means getting him cheaper and with less competition for him.

    If we waited till Jan for example and he is back in form then he will cost more and other clubs would be in for him hiking up the price.

    If he signs now, he will go through his rehabilitation with us, get to know his team mates and be ready to slip into the team when fully fit, and when some of our own players start to become jaded.

    If we get him it will be money well spent imo.

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Firebug

    Yes that’s if judge stays fit, chances are he’ll pick up niggling injuries along the way that’ll keep setting him back. Jay Rodriguez comes to mind as does the Assambolonga who went off injured again at the weekend.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #17

    Looking more and more like Charnley still has hold of the purse strings despite Rafa’s profile and supposed influence. The putrid stench of Ashley’s ownership just keeps lingering.

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  • jimmysmith

    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #18

    I agree. Rafa probably stayed primarily because being a man of decency he felt sorry for us and just didn’t have the heart to abandon us to Mike Ashley and Neil Warnock. Being in the Championship is plain hopeless for a club like ours.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #19

    Jail……. It’s very hard for certain people to accept that the club isn’t still bumbling along as before with Ashley calling the shots and Charnley trying to earn brownie points by going with Carr’s cheaper options or players that might have a good sell on option.

    There are people on here that just want to believe that the team can never progress whilst Ashley is still here and have made it an obsession to whinge about him. You have moved on with an open , hopeful outlook but others can’t .

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  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #20

    Blofal – sorry to hear about your broken leg. It is correct that hydrotheraphy would be good to include in your recovery programme.
    But be careful about any advice on here from quacks, snale oil salesmen and unqualified/fake physios’ (lot of them about).
    I broke my leg many years ago – broke tib/fib femur, Achilles tendon pulled some of my heal of, shattered kneecap and fracture around my hip femur socket. 6 months in the General and 18 months off work.
    Went on a residential course, through the job, for 3 weeks -split the day into 4 sessions – light run (initially a light hobble), some weights then into the pool. Repeated this four times a day. Never looked back.
    Soon back playing football and getting mega tackles in.
    Bone calcification is amazing.

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  • firebug666

    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #21

    Our Toon

    Yeah true, but then on the other hand he may stay fit, score lots of goals, get lots of assists and help win us this league.

    We can all speculate, and come up with a load of what if’s and but’s, but at the end of the day we have to trust in our manager and his staff to do all the right things with our players and get the best out of them.

    Getting half a season out of Judge would be great, but then I doubt he would play every game anyway, and there is no need for him to be rushed into the team, all of this will help him get back to where he was.

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  • estechco

    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #22

    @toontaff2 – Subtle…but almost completely missed/ignored!

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  • BeeGuy

    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #23

    I’m glad NUFC is bidding for players form the top leagues, and that they are getting a few solid Championship players, too. NUFC needs a combination of these. Holding onto some of last years lads is essential. Quality will out, as they say, and getting out of the Championship is first priority.

    So bring in the broken leg, if he comes back, he will be needed to close out the season.

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  • Pat On The Heed

    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #24

    Definitely in the wrong league. There isn’t a club this size on the continent not in European competition, let alone playing in a second tier league. Combination of gross mismanagement by owner, over recruitment, fan restlessness too – has to be said.

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #25

    Firebug

    Very true all we can do is speculate, past history on these type of players hasn’t ended well for us, look at the latest one to leave…..SDJ!! Personally for me I’d have hoped to stay well clear of the injury prone types or long term absentees

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  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #26

    T.O.F………… Ashley has given the club’s manager a budget and the permission to restructure the squad as he sees fit. The administrator has been retained to help with the administrative side and to help negotiate the transfers and player’s salaries to achieve the best possible value for the club.

    There may well still be some input from the previous chief scout but not allowing him final say on any transfer activity.

    That doesn’t seem like a bad business model to me and I can’t detect any stench from Ashley in there despite his previous failings.

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  • toontaff2

    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #27

    Judge could spend time on the bench.

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #28

    Well toontaff all I can say is I hope this Judge won’t be spending too much time on the bench. Boom thenggg yowww!

    Betty @1 – “There has been a complete res…” what’s a result? Tell us man! 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 23, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #29

    Any other dirty stayaways moseying up the hill tonight for this one? 🙂

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  • firebug666

    Aug 23, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #30

    Our Toon

    I’m not sure I would say Judge is injury prone, and in the past most of our players were mismanaged by incompetent staff, Rafa has changed that now.

    On SDJ, yeah the lad had no luck with us, and I personally feel the Prem & this league are to physical for him. On his move to PSV he has stated that he is fit a ready to go in the CL match, so maybe he wasn’t so injured after all, and we were just fed that story to explain his absence from the match day squads.

    Either way, if Judge does sign for us, I tip him to be a hit in midfield and give us a bit of that Nolan grit we have been missing.

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  • Ian Toon

    Aug 23, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #31

    DaraghL- Ha ha. I asked an Irish colleague ( who’s a ManU fan what else) and he said jokingly that he was the Irish Messi. He sees it as a steal.
    I vaguely remembered him as being in The Championship team of the season. His technique looks superb on y t but that can be deceptive.
    Just goes to show the lengths we’ll go to under Benitez what a star.
    Looks a real creative quality player in prospect but hope we have a few others in mind

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  • firebug666

    Aug 23, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #32

    Miles Starforth ?@milesstarforth 15m15 minutes ago
    Hearing DeAndre Yedlin could be one of next arrivals at Newcastle.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 23, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #33

    Kuntsi………I might force myself up there tonight . If you see a nitwit wearing a Wonga top and a bowler hat that’ll be me. I’ll buy you a pint.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #34

    Yep totally agree that fan restlessness caused the decision not to try and win cups, it was definitely not trying to avoid winning a cup or qualifying for Europe that caused fan unrest.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 23, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #35

    Kuntsi OMg . So sorry, damn phone.

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  • cyprus

    Aug 23, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #36

    My concern about injured players is that it’s a lottery. How we laughed at Ajax when we got SDJ for only 6 mil. Funny. Also, that they are often not quite the same player again, especially when they depend on speed.

    Still, this is the type of player we need. That’s all they had at the bargain basement section.

    Buy us a couple of battle ready game changers now, Rafa. I think they’ll come in handy.

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  • DaraghL

    Aug 23, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #37

    Ian Toon – Wes is given that nickname in every second article in an Irish newspaper!

    Judge has 24 assists in the last 2 seasons in the championship. A great return with 11 goals and 15 assists last year alone showing he’s getting better. He’s come on leaps and bounds and suffered a horrendous tackle.

    I understand fans fear given Ben Arfa, Gosling, De Jong as examples; however look at Ben Arfa and Gosling now. Players can come back from injuries and just because you break a leg doesn’t make you injury prone it makes you human, if you watch the tackle!

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  • DaraghL

    Aug 23, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #38

    Sorry Ian Toon, second half of that was directed at the blog in general.

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  • expatmag

    Aug 23, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #39

    I think Judge should have signed for WIGan instead.

    Ok, I got my cost already

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  • firebug666

    Aug 23, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #40

    Miles Starforth ?@milesstarforth now4 seconds ago
    Understand strong Newcastle interest in DeAndre Yedlin. Things could happen quickly. #nufc #thfc #safc

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