Rafa – Championship One Of Strongest Leagues In The World


Rafa Benitez has quickly learned the Championship is one of the toughest leagues in the world with 46 games to play and teams quite regularly playing two games a week.

By October 1st we will have played 13 games in total, including EFL Cup games, since the league started on August 5th – that’s all in 57 days.

The football may not be as skillful as in the Premier League, but compared to a lot of other leagues in the world it’s very competitive and extremely tough getting through a season.

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This is the message Rafa has sent out today before a match with Aston Villa, which is itself a huge club

They won the European Cup back in 1982 when they took Bayern Munich apart 1-0 in the final in Rotterdam with a goal from Peter Withe after 67 minutes.

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Here’s some of what Rafa has said today in the build-up to the game tomorrow at Villa Park:

“There are lots of good players, managers and big clubs in the Championship.”

“It’s one of the strongest leagues in the world – fifth or sixth in terms of money and people.”

“It’s really important and the big clubs mean it’s getting bigger.”  “This is a big game and shows how important the Championship is around the world.”

“For us it’s important to win every game.” “We know about the rivalry and we will make sure we will put all the effort in.”

If you analyse what Villa have it’s a big club with big players. People expected them to be near the top.”

“They’re still a massive club.”

Newcastle have three games to play before the next International break, which starts a week tomorrow after we play at Rotherham United.

Aston Villa tomorrow and Norwich City at home are the other two games.

It would be great if we can win all three games.

Howay The Lads!!



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81 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 23, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Aye a lot of us were hoping they would get relegated, just goes to show that you should be careful what you wish for, that one bit us in the *rse

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 23, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Should we hope they get promoted straight up, have we got a Karmic connection, that means we go up with them as well?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 23, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Bobby you appear to be thinking along the same lines as me team wise, I’d intended to include Murphy, I wouldn’t be surprised if Rafa isn’t thinking the same way.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 23, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #4

    No body getting on the train now standing on the blog platform!!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 23, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #5

    How many can I get in before someone else posts.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 23, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #6

    I want three wins from those games but would be happy with a win and two draws.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 23, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Ner ner dee ner ner! 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 23, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Bill, good chance to see what Preston are made of tonight, with their game against local rivals sunderland – sorry! WIGAN. Wigan and sunlun are an easy mistake to make, with both clubs just surviving with late runs over and over again. 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 23, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #9

    Right, gonna go now and watch Yorkshire’s run chase in the cricket. Could be very entertaining. Later.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 23, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #10

    _______________Sels_______________
    Yedlin___Lascelles___Clark___Dummett
    ________Shelvey____Colback
    Ritchie________Diame_________Gouffran
    _____________Mitrovic

    Rafa bingo shot.

    Personally would go for MItrovic and Gayle together. Mitro can drop a bit deeper.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 23, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Yorkshire Struggling!!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 23, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Bobby

    Comment 8

    Perhaps they should twin, both of them on the lower end of the most desirable places to live in the UK.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 23, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #13

    Just like to say I won’t be on for a while, my old man is on hospital, the c word has started so it looks like he’s going to be in for a while.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 23, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #14

    Sorry to hear that Welshie. Not quite as bad as it once was though matey, so keep ya chin up kid.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 23, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #15

    Got the tv and tablet now, so best of both worlds. Exciting finish on the cards with the cricket. As long as Bresnan is there they have a chance…

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 23, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #16

    Bobby

    Thanks mate.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 23, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #17

    essex

    with the best will in the world and despite better performances of late, colback is no scott sellars. that little guy was absolutely sublime.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 23, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #18

    is bresnan still in?

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  • Legolas

    Sep 23, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #19

    Sorry to hear that Welsh. Good luck mate, hope he is better soon.

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 23, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #20

    Bobby and Co, hope all well. Havent been on much….rafa has a big call re who to play as striker now…tomorrow will tell much.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 23, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #21

    What an exciting run chase. Bollix! Bresnan gone. Unlucky, but the wicket’s offering nothing to the batsmen at all. Going to be difficult from here on in though.

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  • clinath@ed

    Sep 23, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #22

    Best wishes Welshie

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  • Legolas

    Sep 23, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #23

    Confirmed Rafa bingo line up:

    Sels

    Yedlin Lascelles Hanley Dummett

    Ritchie Colback Shelvey Gouffran

    Diame

    Gayle

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 23, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #24

    Munster, yo! Right now I think Murphy offers more than Mitro if I’m honest. That said, sneaky feeling he’ll stick with Gayle though to start. Depending on how it goes, he might make a change after an hour.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 23, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #25

    Yorkshire left with no choice but to go for it. A draw’s no good for either team so it’ll be shit of bust. Exciting viewing though.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 23, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #26

    Oh well, looking glum for Yorkshire now with Gayle going. Down to the tailend.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 23, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #27

    Give your dad lots of positive support welshie. It will make all the difference to him. Best wishes to you and yours.

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  • firebug666

    Sep 23, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #28

    Welshie

    Best wishes mate, keep your chin up and stay positive, I am going through the same thing with my younger brother at the moment, and his positively is keeping me bloody going.

    On the football front, I think Gayle will start too, and though it may be a tough game, if we start well I think we will win, going for a sneaky 1-0 to the TOON!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 23, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #29

    Good wishes to you too firebug mate. Many cancers can be beaten now. Stay positive.

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  • firebug666

    Sep 23, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #30

    G2

    aye that’s what Iv’e told him, but he accepted the situation and what has to follow, is cheerful and enjoying himself as much as he can so all’s good.

    Thanks though mate I’ll pass on your good wishes.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 23, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #31

    Seems like Gayle has to prove himself over and over again. Many strikers don’t appear to be doing much – except scoring that is. He may fall into that group. Let’s see where he is in another 10 games if he gets decent playing time that is.

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  • Legolas

    Sep 23, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #32

    Best wishes Firebug. I know to well what this horrible disease can do to people.

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  • firebug666

    Sep 23, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #33

    Legolas

    Cheers marra, I will pass on the best wishes from you as that always lifts people.

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  • lesh

    Sep 23, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #34

    Firebug

    I’m in Turkey for a few days and one of the reasons I came to where I am was to see two Turkish friends – one of them has had treatment for the big C and here condition’s abated. Her hubby also has it and is undergoing Immune treatment as part of a trial and his is under control and he’s responding to treatment. So, with strength and support, life’s there to be lived.

    Have faith in the medics but positivity is the key word.

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  • firebug666

    Sep 23, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #35

    This is my shout for tomorrow, it’s a re-post from earlier in the week.

    firebug666 // Sep 22, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    Ok Jail 5 points this time ??

    Confirmed Rafa Bingo Lineup

    Sels

    Yedlin, Lascelles. Clark, Dummet

    Shelvey, Hayden

    Richie, Diame, Gouffran

    Gayle

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  • Legolas

    Sep 23, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #36

    Firebug,

    No bother at all bud.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 23, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #37

    Aye, best wishes firebug. Had a call off the doctor Monday morning myself and have to go for the camera up and camera down check. Just hope the clean it properly first! Appears all the blood tests I’ve been having have shown that I’m anaemic and have been for a while. Not surprised like, the amount of blood they’ve been taking. Not worth worrying about until the results come back though. She seems to think I’m losing blood internally somewhere, hence the scare and tests. Not too worried because I think I know where the blood loss is occurring.

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  • firebug666

    Sep 23, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #38

    lesh

    Couldn’t agree more mate. My wife has just got back from Istanbul last week after visiting her mum who is also undergoing treatment, the woman is 83 years old, and is still out and about having meals with friends in between hospital visits etc, what a woman, an inspiration for us all.

    I love to visit Turkey, it a fascinating place.

    Hope you find time to have fun mate.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 23, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #39

    Yorkshire about done. Middlesex champions.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 23, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #40

    All the best to you as well Bobby mate. You’ll get through it with flying colours.

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