That’s The Reason I Came To Newcastle – The Fans Are Brilliant


Matt Ritchie was just an excellent buy for us in the summer from AFC Bournemouth – a great but smaller club on the south coast.

And he replaced Andros Townsend at Newcastle who has started to struggle a bit under Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace, but Matt seems to be getting better and better under Rafa Benitez on Tyneside.

He is already a firm fan favorite and has been in terrific form for us all season – he’s some player is Matt.

He scored a penalty on Tuesday night and that was his third goal of the season for the Magpies.

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Matt Ritchie scoring from the penalty spot on Tuesday night

Confidence is very high on Tyneside at the moment with both players and fans – and Matt thinks Newcastle have  a decent chance of even winning the EFL Cup after drawing Hull City away in the quarter finals last night.

The last time we won anything was back in 1969 when we won the Inter-City Fairs Cup.

The last time we won a domestic Cup was back in 1955 when we took Manchester City (and Don Revie) apart 3-1; I watched that game on TV and my parents were at Wembley for the game.

This is what Matt has said in the local press today:

“I’d be disappointed with myself if I said we couldn’t win it.” “If we can have a little bit of luck, why not?”

“We need a good mentality. A little bit of luck along the way – we’ve performed well so far but to have a good cup run, you need some luck.”

“People are talking about how many good players we’ve got – but people can step in and do a job for us.”

“It’s brilliant at the moment.” “A big reason for me wanting to come here was the support of the fans and they were brilliant.”

Matt has made no secret of the fact he is inspired by the Newcastle fans and that’s a big reason he joined Newcastle.

Matt Ritchie and Newcastle fans – another match made in heaven.

Did I say Matt was also a lovely lad?

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35 comments so far

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Oct 27, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #1

    think hull is doablebe interesting to see hwo we stack up vs a prem team…

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 27, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #2

    PL player without question

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  • Jib

    Oct 27, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Dok
    Mo Diamé was the only Hull player to play in every game in their promotion winning season 2015/16 and Isaac Hayden played nearly 20 games as a loanee .
    We will be visiting Hull with arguably two of their best players from last season.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 27, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Mag52,
    From previous. What bit don’t you get, if Ashley does go back on his word and puts a stop to cups etc doing what you highlighted in your post Rafa will walk and no doubt with a constructive dismissal payout, unlike that smirking, spineless tw@t you defend to the hilt who was quite happy to chuck the cups and thanked gawd we weren’t in Europe.
    Manxpie,
    Not sure if your snipe was at me or not about changing opinions. I have never changed my opinion on Ashley nor do I think he had his “Damascus” moment, funny how I’m all of a sudden a turncoat Ashley lover.

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 27, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #5

    Jail
    Am sure Ive seen u in a I Heart Ashley tee shirt

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 27, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #6

    WW…,
    I got a 2 for 1 deal in SD, the other one is a picture of Mikey with the slogan “In Mikey we trust”

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  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 27, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #7

    Average Contents……. Your user name is flattering your contribution to this blog as your content is way, way below average.

    To suggest Jail is a turncoat for supporting the new look team under Rafa is the biggest load of crap I’ve ever read. He has never suggested that Ashley is forgiven for his past. To embrace some long overdue optimism and winning football under a genuine manager with Ashley taking a back seat is called supporting the club.

    Your foul mouthed rants and negative whinging is your Raison d’ etre
    And that is your prerogative but to try and make someone feel guilty for being upbeat and happy due to the club’s change of fortune shows what a miserable toe rag you are. Your angry and aggressive posts are the most unpleasant on this blog. And by the way Jib’s contribution to the blog makes your miserable trash talking efforts pale into insignificance. At least he’s amusing and informative as oppose to morbid and depressing.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 27, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Championship – has 46 games.
    Diame had 38 league games for Hull in their Championship season.

    Duh ugg – err -so fact is he did not play in every game.
    More duff info.

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 27, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #9

    Jail
    Haha decent deal that did u get a sportsdirect mug with it?

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  • lesh

    Oct 27, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #10

    Mag

    I agree with Jail in that if Ashley does an about turn which results in Rafa walking, he’ll be risking a massive backlash and take a big financial hit in terms of lost or substantially reduced revenue.

    Yes Ashley’s made massive errors of judgement and there’s always the risk he’ll revert to type but given the problems he’s got with SD, I think he’ll be happy to leave the running of the Club to Rafa and Charnley – unless they make a complete dog’s breakfast of it. Something tells me that’s not going to happen in the short to medium term but I hope I’m right.

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  • lesh

    Oct 27, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #11

    Jib, Jib, Jib

    You’ve got a fan, Bettys come out as another poster (the other one’s me!) who finds your posts, well most of ’em I’d guess, amusing.

    Don’t get carried away yet Jib.

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  • Our Toon

    Oct 27, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #12

    Didn’t rafa sign a 3 year contract? Won’t be that much of a hit financially for ashley

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 27, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #13

    lesh
    Jibs posts are amusing?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 27, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #14

    Our Toon,
    If you’re going to let the possibility of Rafa walking and a new yes man being installed ruin your enjoyment then why not just chuck it all in.

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  • Mag52

    Oct 27, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Jail.

    a) We were in Europe in case you’d forgotten. b) AP did walk in case you’d forgotten.

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 27, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #16

    Right now everything is rosy at Newcastle. Rafa is happy with Charnley and both are happy that Ashley isn’t interfering, so why look for problems that simply aren’t there? It’s all if, but and maybe without substance. Just enjoy the good times. Some people are never going to be happy, but that’s nowt to do with Newcastle and more about them. They’re a tiny minority who just love to argue.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 27, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #17

    Mag52,
    It took him over two years of throwing cups and peddling lies before he did though after signing that eight year deal.

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  • Average_Contents

    Oct 27, 2016 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #18

    Thanks betty

    Coming from the likes of you, that’s a compliment.

    But and it’s a big one, I couldn’t care less what you think of my posts or the content of them.

    Stick to making sexist jokes, it’s what you excel at as vile as that is.

    Don’t read mine and I won’t read yours. Simple.

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  • JamesToon

    Oct 27, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Why in anyway would Ashley make a u turn and stop Rafa from making cups a priority? He only gets more money the more we progress in cups is that not correct?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 27, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #20

    JT,
    Don’t you remember the damping statistics the club researched on how bad cups were to the chances of survival in the PL.

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 27, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #21

    James
    The further u get in the cups the deeper squad u need and the closer to Europe u get (where u need an even bigger squad) all that costs that’s what Ashley sees mate

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  • clinath@ed

    Oct 27, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #22

    I don’t understated the argument that qualifying for Europe costs you money. To qualify, you must have been successful…great, bank that money! Now you don’t want to play in Europe coz that costs money, great, then chuck the first game – end of!

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  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 27, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #23

    James Toon – they had it worked out statistically that cup progress diminished league progress – apparently statistically correct.
    Monies from cup success are insignificant compared to higher placements in the PL. Hence the weak cup sides.

    Benitez has already indicated he is after more money -from the PL (when we get there) to get better players as they cost more.
    So it looks like an end to “el cheapo/crock” purchases.

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  • clinath@ed

    Oct 27, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #24

    *understand

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  • clinath@ed

    Oct 27, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #25

    With the increased revenue fro PL status, the plan has changed to staying in there to make money, not buy cheap and sell high as before.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Oct 27, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #26

    I see there’s nothing currently to be annoyed/angry/miserable about in Toonland, the blog dramatists are really getting inventive now trying to kick up a stench.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 27, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #27

    clinath@ed,
    They basically decided that qualifying for Europe almost got us relegated, in their logic it was thought by not strengthening the already threadbare squad would have been ok if it wasn’t for the Europa run. Therefore they calculated the cost of having to strengthen the squad against the financial return of a jaunt in Europe, I’m not sure what the stance on cups was before that but after it was decided Europe was a no no it became official club policy not to bother with the cups. They even carried out research to show how it was statistically bad to get to a cup final.

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  • stuart no9

    Oct 27, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #28

    No reason on earth we can’t go to hull and give them a thumping .
    Hull will not fancy it at all . Ok , a championship side but a side full of confidence scoring good quality goals and above all, with nothing to lose. I’m going for 1-2 . Well go 2-0 up but I fancy them to score late on to try and save face . Very confident !!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 27, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Stuart,
    I’d forget all notion of Hull being a PL side, they are a very newly promoted side languishing in the trap door, I’d wager that our young side has more PL games under their belts than Hulls.

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  • Mag52

    Oct 27, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #30

    Jail.

    Should ‘Mikey’ stick his oar in at any future time, we know where you stand then.

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  • stuart no9

    Oct 27, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #31

    Jail -and more confidence, i think that’s going to be key in this game

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 27, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #32

    clinath
    Throwing the first game is what most pl teams do and it’s pathetic

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Oct 27, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #33

    agreed stuart

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Oct 27, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #34

    what is the status of mbemba? is he hurt? is clark really better than him?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 27, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #35

    Mag52,
    Where do I stand then, I really think you have my views on Ashley mixed up with someone else.

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