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Poll – How Will Newcastle Fare Against Cheltenham Town?

1:02 pm, Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 56 Comments


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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Tags: EFL Cup · League Cup · Match Preview · Newcastle News · Poll

56 responses so far ↓

  • 1 bettyswallocks // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    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

  • 2 RUNAWAY777 // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    You mean tonight ed

  • 3 Novocastrian66 // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    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.

  • 4 JamesToon // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:10 PM

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

  • 5 WWSBRD // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Rafa disagrees

  • 6 Novocastrian66 // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:12 PM

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

  • 7 Our Toon // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:16 PM

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

  • 8 Our Toon // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:17 PM


    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.

  • 9 DaraghL // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    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.

  • 10 Belfast // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    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.

  • 11 toontaff2 // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    The jury’s out on this one.

  • 12 Belfast // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    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.

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    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.

  • 14 stuart no9 // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    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

  • 15 firebug666 // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    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.

  • 16 Our Toon // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:38 PM


    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.

  • 17 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    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.

  • 18 jimmysmith // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    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.

  • 19 bettyswallocks // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    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 .

  • 20 Mister Tuff // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    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.

  • 21 firebug666 // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    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.

  • 22 estechco // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:51 PM

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

  • 23 BeeGuy // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:51 PM

    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.

  • 24 Pat On The Heed // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    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.

  • 25 Our Toon // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:55 PM


    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

  • 26 bettyswallocks // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    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.

  • 27 toontaff2 // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Judge could spend time on the bench.

  • 28 Tsunki // Aug 23, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    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! 🙂

  • 29 Tsunki // Aug 23, 2016 at 2:00 PM

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

  • 30 firebug666 // Aug 23, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    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.

  • 31 Ian Toon // Aug 23, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    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

  • 32 firebug666 // Aug 23, 2016 at 2:15 PM

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

  • 33 bettyswallocks // Aug 23, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    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.

  • 34 Jail for Ashley // Aug 23, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    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.

  • 35 bettyswallocks // Aug 23, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Kuntsi OMg . So sorry, damn phone.

  • 36 cyprus // Aug 23, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    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.

  • 37 DaraghL // Aug 23, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    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!

  • 38 DaraghL // Aug 23, 2016 at 2:24 PM

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

  • 39 expatmag // Aug 23, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    I think Judge should have signed for WIGan instead.

    Ok, I got my cost already

  • 40 firebug666 // Aug 23, 2016 at 2:28 PM

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

  • 41 expatmag // Aug 23, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Janmaat to Watford or West Ham for 10 million

    Judge in for 3 millon
    Yedlin in for 4 million

    Big Mike will be clapping his hands with glee

  • 42 Pat On The Heed // Aug 23, 2016 at 2:34 PM

    Jail. There’s a whole load of psychology beneath the surface at every club. Fans didn’t create our loser mentality no, but compulsively they reinforce the negatives. Too many people with too much time on their hands and too little data to work with. This place has NUTTIN on the chronicle comments section. That’s really fun. By fun I mean like visiting a human zoo, where the animals have devolved 2 or 300 years in time.

    Nufc an angry orphaned child looking for love. Benitez is papa now, fear ye not.

  • 43 firebug666 // Aug 23, 2016 at 2:34 PM

    Keith Downie ?@SkySports_Keith now12 seconds ago
    Newcastle’s Kevin Mbabu has returned to his homeland to join Young Boys on loan for the season.

  • 44 geordie157 // Aug 23, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    Yedlin sounds likely as does Judge, decent signings.

    Yedlin would be the first American since Oguchi Onyewu ??

    I actually thought he was decent back then, 2007? We probably had awful centre backs so he looked world class.

  • 45 Hail Wor Ashley // Aug 23, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    Baffled by our activity at present.

    Outside of a ST we’re not targeting the right areas.

    LB, LW and a ST are musts. Buying a RB and an injured AM is a waste of resources.

  • 46 Ian Toon // Aug 23, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    DaraghL- It’s great being a toon can. This was something wholly unexpected and he looks industrious as well as talented. I sense he’s got a better temperament than HBA- this move will be great for his motivation during a difficult time personally. Good stats – look forward to seeing him personally.

  • 47 expatmag // Aug 23, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    Mbabu out on loan to the Swiss

    To many leaving and we could end up with not enough depth when the usual round of injuries occur.

  • 48 2_goal_tino // Aug 23, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    My prediction for tonight:


    If Gamez doesn’t play tonight then I’m not sure why we got him, unless he’s got an injury they’re not reporting!

  • 49 geordie157 // Aug 23, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    season loan for Mbabu then, hopefully he’ll play a lot and prove he can stay injury free for the season.

  • 50 Ron Knee // Aug 23, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    The Steven Taylor Suite awaits you, Alan!

  • 51 Jail for Ashley // Aug 23, 2016 at 2:51 PM

    Pat on the Heed,
    To many men in high castles passing judgement .

  • 52 firebug666 // Aug 23, 2016 at 2:52 PM


    Mbabu out on loan may be making the way for Yedlin to come in.

    This season we have more cover than we have ever had I think, plenty of time yet to bring in more players.

    We do need LB, LM and another ST like.

  • 53 expatmag // Aug 23, 2016 at 2:53 PM


    Gamez and Clark are both injured. Anita Hayden and Ritchie will be rested. Darlow will play


    Sterry Hanley Lascelles Dummett

    Shelvey Colback

    Perez Diame Aarons


  • 54 JamesToon // Aug 23, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    So looks like theres substance in the Yedlin rumours…But we’re literally gonna be overloaded with full backs?? Considering we still need a decent left back, weve got Gamez, Sterry, Haidara (Could also leave?), Dummett, Janmaat (whos probably set to leave) Anita. Is he planning to stick with Gamez/Dummett/Clark at left back?

    Sooner we get rid of sissoko the quicker we should see arrivals.

    Another striker?
    Possibly another winger?
    possible another left back??

    Mbabu – loan
    Saivet – loan

  • 55 expatmag // Aug 23, 2016 at 2:56 PM


    Possibly. However I think Yedlin is being signed as Janmaats replacement. He will be gone by the weekend.

  • 56 geordie157 // Aug 23, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    team for tonight

    Sterry, Hanley, Lascelles, Dummett
    Shelvey, Colback
    Gouffran, Perez, Aarons

    Sels, Gamez, Clark, Anita, Diame, Ritchie, Gayle

    Was going to throw Gilliead on the right wing but he played the full 90mins last night I think. There’s actually not that many to pick from!

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