Newcastle To Receive Trophy On Sunday And Celebrate Big Time

The EFL has announced that should Newcastle get a better result than Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday afternoon they will be presented with the EFL trophy immediately after the game against Barnsley at St. James’ Park.

And if Brighton beat Aston Villa at Villa Park, whatever the Newcastle result, it will see Chris Hughton’s club  crowned as Champions and they will be presented with the EFL trophy at Villa Park.

This is the statement that has been put out by the EFL today to try to clear up any confusion:

“Full trophy presentations have been arranged to cover all available scenarios that could lead to either Brighton & Hove Albion or Newcastle United being crowned Champions of the Sky Bet Championship.

“The Sky Bet Championship trophy will be presented to the eventual winners of the division immediately after the conclusion of this Sunday’s fixtures, either at Villa Park or St James’ Park.”

At St. James’ Park we are taking no chances and we will be presented with either the EFL runners-up trophy or the EFL title trophy itself –  so we’ll have a trophy of some sort – good thinking by Newcastle officials.


Our players will then get the chance to do a lap of honor around the pitch and quite honestly whether we are EFL Champions or not the roof will still be blown off the St. James’ Park  for what Rafa and his players have done for the Newcastle United club this season.

They have been heroes and we want to thank them.

The Championship was a very very tough league this season – much tougher than we realized – but we still got that automatic promotion spot.

And since we expect Newcastle  to beat Barnsley on Sunday afternoon it will all depend on whether Brighton can beat Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa side away.

But Bruce will want to see a much improved performance from the rather pathetic performance his Villa side put in at Ewood Park last week when relegation  threatened Blackburn won 1-0.

It Rovers  had not won that game they would have been in dire straights and would have had to win their game at Brentford on Sunday just to be level on points with Nottingham Forest if Forest lost at home to Ipswich Town on Sunday.

After the game last weekend this is what an angry Steve Bruce had to say about his team and he didn’t mess around:

“If I’m going to be honest, too many times away from home in particular, we’ve managed to put in that performance.”

“I don’t think quite as bad because that’s arguably the worst we’ve played since I’ve been here, but a big club like ours, away from home, four wins all season, is nowhere near good enough to where we should be.”

“Too many times I’ve seen us play the way we did today, where we haven’t done enough in every department.”

“We still have to improve because we can’t be happy with mid-table in the Championship, a club like ours. We were absolutely hopeless. Hopeless.”

We don’t think Steve was too pleased with that performance – do you?

So he will want a (very) good performance against top side Brighton on Sunday in front of the home fans so they can  have something to cheer about this summer and for next season – and hope that Steve can get them promoted.

It’s ridiculous that a club of Aston Villa’s standing is in the English second division.

Back to Newcastle United – we look forward to cheering our players onto a victory on Sunday and then thank them for such a great season, although we will have to do it all over the radio.

OK – whatever.

Fans certainly needed this type of season after the horrors of the last few years.

And the fans are now excited about the Newcastle team Rafa Benitez can assemble this summer – with 100% backing from owner Mike Ashley.

🙂 🙂 🙂

Howay The Bonnie Lads!!

82 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    May 3, 2017 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #1

    Villas home form is impressive though

  • ShirebrookToon

    May 3, 2017 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #2

    Come agent Bruce. Stop the flying rats from taking the title away from your beloved Newcastle United 😀

  • ShirebrookToon

    May 3, 2017 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Quiet on here tonight!

  • north east lincs toon

    May 3, 2017 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #4

    CAN see why Siem de Jong can’t get in the Ajax team they are suberb better than manu

  • santon3

    May 3, 2017 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #5

    siem de jong at psv not ajax

  • lochinvar

    May 3, 2017 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed – may the toon be with you.
    You and your family have all our support.

  • dem

    May 3, 2017 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #7

    All the best Ed.

  • ron burgundy

    May 3, 2017 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #8

    go ed

  • Bobbybee

    May 3, 2017 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Is there anybody there? Knock once for yes and twice if you’re extracting the urine..
    That was not the Monaco that beat City tonight. Maybe winning the French League is playing on their mind that was a very weak performance from them. None of the lightning pass and move that destroyed City, just very lethargic build ups. Two lovely goals from Juve though. You can only play the team in front of you and they cruised it.

  • Bobbybee

    May 3, 2017 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #10

    On another note, hang in there Ed. Fighting is what Geordies of a certain vintage are well renowned for and I know you’ll face this head on. I’m personally thinking of you every day and I think I can speak for every poster on here as well. You’ve got massive backing from the Toon Army in this fight, we’re all gunning for you.

  • Average_Contents

    May 3, 2017 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #11

    Ed, hope all goes well with your next treatment. I’m sure the whole blog wishes you a speedy recovery.

    Slightly presumptuous headline there though

    Tempting fate.

    Where us and fate are concerned, it definitely doesn’t need a helping hand.

  • Jib

    May 3, 2017 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Looks like the 2 teams in Cardiff will be Real and Juve.

  • LewSpi v2.0

    May 3, 2017 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #13

    Wow, usually takes me a good 45 minutes after 2-10 to get caught up on the blog. Took me about 2 minutes there. Where’s everyone at. All holding your breath in anticipation of our new sponsor being released I presume?

  • Bobbybee

    May 3, 2017 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #14

    I just went for a roam around the net whilst waiting. 🙂 When does the name of the sponsor get released then? Surely having Rafa has to be attractive to new sponsors? He’s a winner and has been all his career, so who better to be associated with? I’m killing time till Sunday and it hasn’t dragged as much as I thought it might. With the noon ko no sooner are you awake than you’re getting ready to go to the game, so you can’ t even count Sunday as half a day. 🙂 Two days and counting. Bring it on.

  • GeordieTwo

    May 3, 2017 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #15

    We’re all pulling for you Ed. Give it your best mate.

  • Bobbybee

    May 3, 2017 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #16

    The pressure is well and truly on Brighton on Sunday. It’s theirs to lose. If they do lose a draw will do us, but I fancy us to beat Barnsley anyway. In the past Brighton haven’t responded well to pressure and their last two performances have shown that to be the case. I’m happy enough as it is, but have said all along we can still win this and nothing’s changed my mind. Howay the lads!!!

  • TyneMouth

    May 3, 2017 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #17


    Thanks for a wonderful blog, good luck with your battle.

    Keep on, keeping on!…

  • LewSpi v2.0

    May 3, 2017 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #18

    Surely within the next week Bobby?

    Luke Edwards in the telegraph is saying Rafa will be expecting around £70million. And will be after the likes of Callum Chambers, Tom Cairney and James McCarthy.

  • Bobbybee

    May 3, 2017 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #19

    70 million should be enough and more than some teams will be spending. Nice to see young Arma winning Barnsley’s goal of the season award. Pity they played a game unsuitable to his particular talents but I’m sure he’s learnt from his stay. Such a natural born goalscorer he won’t have forgotten anything. Hope he gets a chance this season. Such an exciting young striker and even better, one of our own. 🙂

  • lesh

    May 3, 2017 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #20


    That statement of Bruce could work in our favour if Brighton think they’re a pushover.

    Still not clear over the trophy presentations. Are there two of each of champion and runner up with one of each at each of SJP and Villa Park?

    Or have the EFL weighed things up and decided we’re gonna be champions come what may. Hope the match officials’ll be well briefed.

  • Bobbybee

    May 3, 2017 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #21

    I can see the Cairney thing, but I think there’s better players to spend 20m on than Mccarthy. We’ll be linked to every single player in the world no doubt, just as we are every season. It gets boring after the first hundred! 🙂 Perfectly happy to sit back and wait and see. In Rafa we trust.

  • Tsunki

    May 3, 2017 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Lesh i think the real trophy will be at the Brighton game. We will have the plastic one. 🙂

  • Tsunki

    May 3, 2017 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #23

    Whoever the sponsor is at least it won’t be a scaffolding firm or a scrapyard now we’ve left the Championship. It will probably depend on rafas transfer business to see if we land a betting site or an airline ha ha

  • The next Mike Williamson

    May 3, 2017 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #24

    I don’t think Arma had such a bad season as people make out. Looking at it says he got a goal every 325 minutes. Not great, but not bad for a lad only 19 for most the season, especially as someone says Barnsley’s style didn’t suit him. He set 4 goals up as well, which means he’s been directly involved in a goal every 2 games on average. Probably a better record than Mitrovic.

  • manxpie

    May 3, 2017 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #25

    on the trophy conundrum ashley’s loaned his copter out on match day win win for him like

    catchy have you been blind to all of mbembas mistakes there has been alot btw! not to mention the fact he hasn’t been trusted all season!
    to say he is our best CB is fuskin ridiculous
    infact i’m going to say it……… you know nothing about football!!

  • lesh

    May 3, 2017 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #26


    You may well be right about the real trophy being at Brighton. As things stand, the odds of winning it are in their favour.

    But, it wouldn’t be the first time that a result’s gone against the odds.

    As radio’s the only link I’ll have on Sunday, I hope that Radio Newcastle pull in a couple of decent commentators who actually talk about the game’s action rather than the price of fish or whatever.

  • Bobbybee

    May 3, 2017 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #27

    I imagine they’ll sit at Leeds Bradford airport with the trophy. If Villa look like winning and we’re five up against Barnsley ( 🙂 ) they’ll set off North. If Brighton are winning they’ll set off south. They can be at either ground from there in thirty minutes. I can get from Leeds to Newcastle in an hour if pushed. 🙂

  • lesh

    May 3, 2017 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #28


    Good on Arma and just to cap his award, Shola got goal of the season for Notts County.

  • manxpie

    May 3, 2017 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #29

    tnmw he (mitro) has 4 goals 5 assists in the equivalent of 11.5 games so definatly not

  • lesh

    May 4, 2017 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #30

    Bobby, Ed

    As two ‘old fighters’ you’ll receive an invitation to join the Special Ops unit of the Geordie Cong.

  • Bobbybee

    May 4, 2017 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #31

    Lesh, my fighting days went with my legs mate! But I’d stand by Ed in this one regardless.

  • jimmysmith

    May 4, 2017 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #32

    We must be odds on to beat Barnsley, while any result is surely equally on the cards at Villa Park, particularly with Brighton having faltered. 50/50.

  • Bobbybee

    May 4, 2017 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #33

    Manx, I’d lay a bet Mitro missed more chances though! 🙂

  • lesh

    May 4, 2017 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #34


    Your suggestion sounds about right. Helicopters at the ready – one to fly into SJP with the big pot and the other’ll land where it can find some space. 😀

    It takes you an hour to get to Leeds? What you flying in?

  • lesh

    May 4, 2017 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #35


    Good man, that’s what we like to hear. Just wait till next season, we’ll show them Premier fancy dans what we’re made of. They don’t like it up ’em you know, they don’t like it up ’em. 🙂 😀

  • Tsunki

    May 4, 2017 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #36

    Yep that’s some dash through the 50mph average speed section of the A1.

  • Tsunki

    May 4, 2017 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #37

    …unless of course you live in Harrogate….

  • manxpie

    May 4, 2017 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #38

    would still be far better impressive stats tho bobby 🙂

  • Bobbybee

    May 4, 2017 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #39

    Jimmy, gonna be a cracking day regardless. I’ve never stopped hoping and believing we could do this – despite being attacked for it – and that belief remains. We’ll win, it’s down to how well Brighton handle the pressure. Get three up by half time and see if they can respond to that sort of pressure.

  • Bobbybee

    May 4, 2017 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #40

    Lesh, hence the smiley face mate. Just a bit of tongue in cheek there. 🙂


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