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Newcastle Pick Up Award Under Rafa Benitez

2:35 pm, Thursday, September 15th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 35 Comments

Newcastle have picked up the LMA award for the performance of the week – following their fantastic 6-0 win at Loftus Road on Tuesday night.

And to think last season under the woeful Steve McClaren we couldn’t win away from home much at all.


Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez

Here’s what has been put out on the LMA web-site:

The League Managers Association’s five-man panel, comprising LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry, has determined that the LG Performance of the Week Award should go to Newcastle United following their emphatic 6-0 victory away at QPR in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday 13th September 2016.

The experienced and highly distinguished panel has managed a combined total of over 6,000 competitive matches in professional football.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez will receive a celebratory bottle of champagne, courtesy of Tanners Wines, and a LG Performance of the Week trophy in a presentation to commemorate the award.

Jonjo Shelvey bagged a brace, while Ayoze Perez, Ciaran Clark, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Grant Hanley were also on target as the Magpies ran riot at Loftus Road.

Shelvey set the ball rolling early on with a deflected effort from distance and the lead was doubled on the half-hour mark by the outstanding Perez, who beat R’s goalkeeper Alex Smithies with a low finish.

It was a dominant first half display, but the visitors cut loose after the interval and refused to take their foot off the pedal.

Midfielder Shelvey netted his second of the evening with a 25-yard screamer that bent into the top corner, before Clark got in on the act with a powerful header and Mitrovic kept his cool when unmarked inside the six-yard box.

And there was still time for substitute Grant Hanley to score his first Newcastle goal with a close-range finish, as they racked up a sixth successive victory in all competitions and a fifth clean sheet in a row.

Rafa Benitez will be delighted with his side’s performance and they will look to make it seven in a row on Saturday as Wolverhampton Wanderers come to St. James’ Park.

Comments welcome.

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35 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lochinvar // Sep 15, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    and so it begins…

  • 2 f // Sep 15, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    ever heard this kindof award previouly, might i was hiding in the cave far too long, or it’s our team nowhere near the awards in recent years..

  • 3 f // Sep 15, 2016 at 3:14 PM


  • 4 jackball // Sep 15, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    Must watch Novocastrian66 ‘s // Sep 15, 2016 at 1:19 PM youtube post if just for the sombrero song

  • 5 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 15, 2016 at 3:20 PM

    That is an interesting collection of people on the panel!!

  • 6 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 15, 2016 at 3:23 PM

    jacjball, yeah for a bloke who’s team is getting stuffed he has a lot of chutzpah. I can’t help thinking that in some home crowds he wouldn’t be tolerated as much as the other QPR fans were to him.

  • 7 tjshawsey // Sep 15, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    Unfortunately this award doesn’t say too much; Steve McClaren won it twice last season…

  • 8 jackball // Sep 15, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    Think they all had their heads down already

  • 9 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 15, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    sorry jackball not jacball, makes you sound French. 🙂

  • 10 jackball // Sep 15, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    7tjshawsey, promotion is the only award I want for the team this season – league champions wouldn’t be to bad either

  • 11 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 15, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    Funnily enough they were all highly amused, it was as if a good thrashing was the norm.

  • 12 jackball // Sep 15, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    seems to be a good thing that most of the french left the team – nothing against the french mind you

  • 13 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 15, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    Perhaps a cup or two thrown in for good measure?

  • 14 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 15, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Oh ‘err, just don’t mention that name!!!!

  • 15 jackball // Sep 15, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    Interesting to have Wolverhampton back to back – league then cup. Curious how different our two teams will be for each

  • 16 lesh // Sep 15, 2016 at 3:48 PM


    Aye, the prospect of Trump who’s been supported by an equally level-headed Farage is worrying to say the least.

    But, if flag waving US citizens want the idiot (who’ll be well guided by his less-than moderate advisors), so it shall be. God bless America – it’ll need it.

  • 17 lesh // Sep 15, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Now then Essex

  • 18 lesh // Sep 15, 2016 at 3:51 PM


    cont….. See you’re on earlier today. Might stand a better chance of some craic now.

    Keep an eye out for the bus too!

  • 19 Novocastrian66 // Sep 15, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    jackball; classic terrace song. In fairness sombrero man takes the stick n good spirit.
    Quality video and editing, it felt like I was there when I watched it. Some parts were spine tingling.
    Another link if anyone’s interested. It’s a class watch and Ben Bronx has done the business.

  • 20 jackball // Sep 15, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Exactly/ Loved his reaction and those around him. Felt a bit bad for the kid

  • 21 JamesToon // Sep 15, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    Bit of a random question, always wondered this but never found out, in one of the chants, what are the full lyrics to it? I only here where the fans spell out “U N I T E D” then go “NEWCASTLE UNITED FC FC FC FC FC” anyone know what the lyrics before that are? haha

  • 22 Markaccus // Sep 15, 2016 at 4:31 PM


    It just spells out the whole name.

    “An N and an E and a W C, an A and an S and a T LE, a U N I and a T E D, Newcastle United…….et.c”

  • 23 JamesToon // Sep 15, 2016 at 4:57 PM


    ah cheers mate

  • 24 Jib // Sep 15, 2016 at 5:01 PM


    The “W” is sang as “Wubble yoo”

  • 25 Jail for Ashley // Sep 15, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    Bee Guy,
    The best explanation I’ve seen for a user name.

  • 26 Markaccus // Sep 15, 2016 at 5:02 PM


    Yes my next post was going to point out that it is usually pronounced “Wubble U”. I lost signal in the black hole of cramlington.

  • 27 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 15, 2016 at 5:05 PM


    Usually busy during the day and tend to be a bit of a night owl.

    I think Ed has ran all of today’s buses, but!!!!

  • 28 Oldgit1 // Sep 15, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    @ Jail for Ashley and what is wrong with mine lol

  • 29 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 15, 2016 at 5:09 PM


    Surprised no one uses the name Beer guy, could fit a lot of bloggers.

    I think I’d prefer Real Ale Guy! 🙂

  • 30 hibbit // Sep 15, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    we have a beer monkey !!

  • 31 firebug666 // Sep 15, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    I wanna be Ale Guy with a whiskey chaser then. 😀

  • 32 Ketsbaia9 // Sep 15, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    If we are well in front at the top, I would just sign Knockeart and a playmaker in January. Our defence is really impressive.

  • 33 Markaccus // Sep 15, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Do does BandB run a Bed and Breakfast?

  • 34 Markaccus // Sep 15, 2016 at 5:32 PM


  • 35 Jail for Ashley // Sep 15, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    Always wondered what LFGUAD was all about?

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