Newcastle Have A Great Relationship With This Club


Newcastle will have their third pre-season friendly tonight at League One club Bradford City – when we take on the Bantams at Valley Parade – 7:30 pm kickoff.

We’re not sure what team Rafa will start tonight but he will probably start his best team and we should be able o win this third preseason game.

But Rafa will want to see a significant improvement in our play after the way the lads played at Preston on Saturday in the 1-1 draw – which was fairly mediocre following the first 15 minutes.

53-year-old Bradford City manager Stuart McCall

One of the things Newcastle are doing under Rafa Benitez is forging good relationships with a number of lower league clubs, who we can then send our up-and-coming players to.

And one of those clubs is Bradford City.

Stuart McCall is in his second management spell at the Bantams after he played for them for two spells.

The  40 times capped Scottish International midfielder played for Bradford City from 1982 – 1988 and then from 1998 – 2002 and he played close to 400 games for them.

Stuart is looking forward to the game tonight and this is what he had to say in the Chronicle yesterday:

“We go into Wednesday night knowing that we are going to be up against players worth tens of millions of pounds, so we have to be realistic.” 

“Equally, though, we still want to go out there and put in the strongest display possible.”

“The result might not necessarily go our way, but we still have things we want to get out of the game.”

“We have a great relationship with Newcastle – they allowed us to bring Alex Gilliead and Haris Vuckic to the club last season.”

“We obviously now have Alex back here as well for this season.”

“We look forward to welcoming them to the stadium and to a challenging encounter.”

“Hopefully, it is one that we can get plenty out of.”

“We won’t be up against the standard of Newcastle’s quality once the league season starts.”

“But there is still the opportunity to use this fixture to keep building things up ahead of the new campaign.”

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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109 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 26, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Coventry local rag reporting:
    Newcastle United are reportedly eyeing new signing Jacob Murphy’s twin brother Josh.

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  • martoon

    Jul 26, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Charlie @1 – Didn’t Rafa himself say they are keeping tabs on Josh but maybe in the future sometime. Is the paper not simply rehashing this story changing the emphasis like papers often do?

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 26, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #3

    Martoon

    Could well be like a lot of the suppose to be signings being re-hashed

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  • joeinthecheapseats

    Jul 26, 2017 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #4

    Plenty of news outlets saying fee is agreed with Benfica at £15 million for Samaris
    Might be something to keep an eye on today

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  • kimbo

    Jul 26, 2017 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Well I hope we play better against Bradford. I was unfortunate to go and watch a so called under 23 team play against Whitley Bay. Well if that is the standard of young players at Newcastle then we are stuffed. I will throw a statement out for debate…..Is Beardsley good enough to coach our under 23`s????????

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  • martoon

    Jul 26, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #6

    joeinthecheapseats – There does seem to be some mileage in this story. I have no idea what he is like but hope he is better than that striker Samaris who used to play for Celtic!

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  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #7

    joeinthecheapseats
    Jul 17, 2017 at 7:54 AM
    Can’t see Ashley sanctioning a 10 million bid for a kid with no real first team experience and would probably be a full season away from being ready for the first team.

    Hi joe
    Remember posting this the day before Jacob had his medical in Ireland ?

    Whoops

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  • toontaff2

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #8

    I could hear kimbo booing the players 😆
    Pretty sure that side consisted of the fringe under 23’s.

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  • hibbit

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #9

    toontaff2
    he’s right about Beardsley great player very poor coach !!!!

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  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #10

    Taff
    Your’e right

    PB said he picked lads who hadn’t had much game time.

    If I’d been at Hillheads I would have gone into the clubhouse to shake Pedro’s hand not gone onto a blog to whinge about his merits as a coach.

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  • G

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #11

    I have it on good authority that the kids in the development squads have very little respect for Beardsley’s coaching techniques. Most of them believe he is a dinosaur with his ideas and he often contradicts his own advice. It’s a shame as Beardsley was a great player.

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  • SuperShearer

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #12

    I think it’s interesting that our former centre back pairing of Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson are now playing at Peterborough and Oxford respectively. To think these two were considered Premiership quality…. or perhaps they weren’t by anyone other than Mike Ashely and John Carver.

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  • toontaff2

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #13

    NUFC.com :
    Fielding a completely different team to that which had beaten Gateshead 3-0 on Saturday save for ‘keeper Nathan Harker, Newcastle’s Owen Gallacher saw a seventh minute effort palmed away by Tom Flynn. ………….A more experienced U23 side will take part in a four team tournament at Whitby Town this weekend, while what is almost a third team return to friendly action next Tuesday at Northern League Ashington.’

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  • hibbit

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #14

    SuperShearer

    the lower leagues are littered with ex prem quality players finishing off their careers.
    what they are now and what they were is light years apart

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  • toontaff2

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #15

    Maybe time for Pedro to take over as club ambassador from Bob?
    Mind, some reckon we’ll have Jesus coaching our kids, soon. 😮

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  • toontaff2

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #16

    It has become clear we have 30 or so around the first team squad and 30 or so with the under 23’s. Strength in numbers 🙄

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  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #17

    SuperShearer
    What a stupid comment
    Taylor is nearly 32 and Williamson 33
    John Terry has gone to Villa – was he overrated as well ?

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #18

    Vomit triumphant:-

    #NUFC owner Mike Ashley wins court battle with investment banker over a £15m deal allegedly made in a London pub

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  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #19

    I hope Ashley hammers Blue with the costs .

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  • martoon

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #20

    G @11 – If that was true then surely Rafa would get to know and do something about it. I realise it would be difficult to oust a legend like Beardo but Rafa could bring another coach in and start edging him out.

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  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #21

    Steve Harmison
    My favourite ex cricketer managing a footy team

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  • toontaff2

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #22

    There’s our 15 million for Samar 😆
    Easy headlines for the numpty called Blue.
    Well done, Mikey! Ashley in 👿

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  • G

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #23

    martoon, that comment is based on talking to the families of the players in the development squads. They usually make up the lions share of the crowd watching the kids play at little Benton. I often stop and watch on my way home from work if there is a fixture.

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  • SuperShearer

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #24

    @Jib “stupid comment” – charming as ever. Couldn’t just respectfully disagree, could you? John Terry is 36, considerably older than Taylor and Williamson and up until last season playing for the Premier League Champions. My point was Taylor and Williamson were our pairing not so long ago and have plummeted down the leagues. I never felt either of them were up to the task. Gary Cahill is 31, should he be playing for a lower league side?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #25

    Jib posting someone else’s blooper, ha ha, like Angus Dayton condemning the behaviour of Max Mosley and Frank Bough 😀

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  • martoon

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #26

    Ron Knee @18 – I think Ashley was always favourite to win this – I couldn’t see the judge upholding a drinks fuelled conversation as an agreement. Maybe he’ll put the awarded costs into the NUFC transfer kitty 🙂

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  • toontaff2

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #27

    Martoon, Jesus!

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  • Budge123

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #28

    Jib – I imagine it’s a short list to choose a favourite from!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #29

    whatever we think of ashley I am glad he won his court case and beat someone who sounds even more obscenely greedier than he is.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #30

    Super Shearer,
    What about Chris Hughton and Alan Pardwho?

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #31
  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #32

    Martoon
    Pedro’s official title is U23 manager
    G’s ITK comment is ancient history
    PB only does fitness coaching now
    If you were to ask Peter he would tell you coaching isn’t his thing
    KK gave up trying to coach him early doors and told him
    “Pedro you just do your own thing”
    However dissing club servants isn’t unique to the goons on here .
    We’ve had Beardsley and two 100 percenters Taylor and Williamson mocked by so-called supporters this morning.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #33

    I honestly don’t know how a drunken verbal agreement ended up in court anyway.

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  • toontaff2

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #34

    The judge said in summary “the fact that Jeffery Blue deemed that it was genuine only proves the human capacity for wishful thinking has few boundaries.”
    Justice Leggatt has clearly seen this blog.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #35

    martoon@26

    I can see the pigs flying over SJP as we speak!!!

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  • martoon

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #36

    G @23 – Fair enough but having watched my lad play junior football for many years I know most parents think their lad is the next Alan Shearer and always think the coach is treating their son unfairly, not coaching him properly etc.
    However saying that a few years ago I seem to remember some fuss involving Beardsley and the way he treated some of the lads which I think resulted in him being moved but I can’t remember exactly.

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  • lesh

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #37

    Ron Knee

    One chancer sues another but It’s comforting that our courts can deliver justice when required. The decision must’ve been based on the spin of a forged coin!

    What a relief and now Ashley’s relieved of the pressure and his wallet’s intact, he can give his full attention to supporting Rafa like what he said he would/ might.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #38

    yes i believe pedro and possibly kenny wharton were warned about ”bullying”. pedro just doesn’t seem the type though, always comes over as a genuinely nice, affable gentlemanly sort of character.

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  • YoungMag :P

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #39

    Good morning everyone!!

    Really hope we sign Allan. Seems a different class to what we have currently signed. Some Brazilian flare would be quite welcome in our hardworking team.

    Not so sure about Samaris, but he must be pretty decent to warrant that fee… Then again…

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  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 26, 2017 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #40

    i reckon he took fat cash to court thinking he’d settle out of court and not have Ashley’s dirty washing aired in public.

    He underestimated Ashley obviously.

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