This Signing Looks A Future Newcastle Star – Based On Last Night’s Performance


Jacob Murphy had an excellent second half yesterday and scored two great goals for us and his performance in only his second game for the club showed this lad can score goals for us.

But of course, we know it will be that much harder for him to score in the Premier League but his temperament and determination to succeed on Tyneside make his future look very bright.

Jacob and his identical twin Josh were Newcastle fans at just 10 months old – they told their mother the exact strip they wanted and lo and behold it was Newcastle United.

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But both lads want to play for Newcastle and Jacob got his wish when we signed him for an initial £10M last week.

Jacob was asked about his brace, and this is what he said as reported in the Shields Gazette:

“It was great to get them so soon after coming in. “It was a convincing win in the end. I was delighted to get on the scoresheet.”

I had a little bit of luck when it came off the back of my heel,” “I managed to stick it away. I was delighted with that.”

“That second goal was more instinctive. It fell nicely for me.”

“It’s a big relief, but it’s also a massive confidence boost. It’s what I needed to get me a bit more settled into the squad.”

“I’m delighted to get these two goals. Hopefully, I can continue from here. “It was nice to do it in black and white. Hopefully, there’s many more to come.”

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez even felt the performance last night was much better than at Preston on Saturday and even Rafa was happy.

So it must have been a good performance – especially in the second half we were ruthless in front of goal.

Bradford had played doggedly in that first half but didn’t exactly know what hit them in that final 45 minutes – two goals in the first 6 minutes didn’t help either.

Three players (almost) signed in 8 days and an excellent performance last night – things are looking up for Newcastle

Comments welcome.

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Health Update: I thought I would give a bit of an update on my health condition.

My blood tests were good enough yesterday that I was passed to have my final chemotherapy infusion this afternoon here in Wake Forest, North Carolina – we live about 10 minutes from the all new Rex Cancer Center.

Since the side effects are cumulative, I expect things will be challenging over the next couple of weeks, but after that, I should be able to recover and get my hair back growing again – maybe in a different color – long black and curly maybe?

It’s difficult to know what effect the chemotherapy has had on the cancer.

But I’ll find out more at the end of September when I have my next cat-scan and will see what exactly the chemo has done – the last one showed cancer in multiple parts of the body.

While I remain confident, I am realistic too and know my condition – stage 4 prostate cancer – is not good.

But I live in hope and have very high expectations – like most Newcastle fans.

That’s one of the things that keeps me going!

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159 comments so far

  • ROSHAN MAGPIE

    Jul 27, 2017 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #41

    BEST OF LUCK ED NEVER LOSE HOPE

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  • chanedw

    Jul 27, 2017 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #42

    Stay positive Ed! I am also a cancer patient, I totally understand what you are going through.

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  • corkypants

    Jul 27, 2017 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #43

    All the best Ed!!!! Heres to a speedy recovery!!!!!!

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  • chicousa

    Jul 27, 2017 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #44

    Hang in there, Ed, you will beat this!

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  • Davies

    Jul 27, 2017 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #45

    Good luck with everything, Doc. Keep fighting the good fight. Right behind you with the rest of these fine fellas.

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  • Spellcheck

    Jul 27, 2017 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #46

    All the best Ed. It’s simply fantastic that you have the energy to keep the blog going. Long may you fight a strong battle with your health. Hopefully the Toon will entertain us this season. HWTL

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 27, 2017 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #47

    Ed

    From the bottom of my heart I wish you all the health and happiness you can muster through your battle.
    Stay strong buddy .. You can beat this

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  • Charge

    Jul 27, 2017 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #48

    Good luck Ed, really appreciate the blog.

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  • mindshaft

    Jul 27, 2017 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #49

    Best of luck Ed, thanks for keeping the blog running through this bad time for you – much appreciated by everyone who visits – we’re all rooting for ya

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  • willowdalerez

    Jul 27, 2017 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #50

    Ed,

    Stay strong and keep that positive attitude it makes a world of difference. Too often I take for granted all the time and work you do giving us this blog and a forum for all things NUFC!

    As for the hair, for the love of god please anything but a Carroll man bun with hipster beard!

    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/db/b1/d8/dbb1d84b777188c7eb8f17f5bdcb48e9–andy-carroll-carroll-oconnor.jpg

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 27, 2017 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #51

    Willow

    I wonder what Carrol would be worth now in this crazy transfer market

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  • JohnJ

    Jul 27, 2017 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #52

    Hi Ed, Best wishes from Whitley Bay 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 27, 2017 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #53

    We are looking forward to your new hairstyle for years to come Ed. Perhaps a nice braided creation, or go retro with a mullet? Oh I know – in honour of our departing star striker you could have the “Tutankhamun”! 🙂

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  • Howay50

    Jul 27, 2017 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #54

    Ed, you never know, your hair might grow back black and white ? !!

    Stay strong and we are all behind you. Wishing you all the very best and thanks for keeping the blog going under such trying circumstances, we all really appreciate it. HWTLs!! ???

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  • willowdalerez

    Jul 27, 2017 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #55

    jazzyp – Carroll… Let’s see a one time rising English star now perpetually injured, hard partying and on insane wages to boot… 10 – 15M at least in this market I’d reckon and the Hammers would be right pleased to offload him now as that would all but recoup their outlay for that nifty bit of business they just did for Chicharito.

    Rumours linking him back to us now sure to abound again and cause he’s a Geordie no doubt some would take him too (delusional). Thankfully Rafa doesn’t seem prone to delusional!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 27, 2017 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #56

    beer…my worry is purely based on fitness…Lascelles seems to have the right attitude!

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  • nightfa11

    Jul 27, 2017 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #57

    Hey Ed.. In life everything is beatable.. Sometimes we think the burden is to big to carry and at times like this we need to look within ourselves and change our perception..cos that’s what makes all the difference.. There are no facts in life..things are as we decide to see them.. We put a meaning on them..we give them “value”..remember that.

    Best of luck..you’ll always have support here..we stand united 😉

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  • Toonces

    Jul 27, 2017 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #58

    Best Wishes, Ed! Stay Strong! HWTL!

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 27, 2017 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #59
  • Ron Knee

    Jul 27, 2017 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #60

    Rafa:

    “We have to move players out, that means we’re losing targets, we’ve lost our first targets, it’s not easy”

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 27, 2017 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #61

    Ron,
    How could you have gone there tonight.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 27, 2017 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #62

    Rafa: I was talking to a young Spanish player who was about to sign and another club came in and offered him £125k and I refuse to pay that.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 27, 2017 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #63

    Jail

    The magic of Twitter!

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  • Toonale tippler

    Jul 27, 2017 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #64

    Has Merino been announced officially yet? My internet been down all day so heard nowt.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 27, 2017 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #65

    Ron,
    I mean how could the public have got to the Nine bar tonight, was it a ticketed event for charity or turn up at the door etc?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 27, 2017 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #66

    Tippler,
    I hope that’s not the Spanish player he’s on about.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 27, 2017 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #67

    Don’t know, Jail.

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  • Toonale tippler

    Jul 27, 2017 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #68

    Jail
    Yeah that Spanish bloke.

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  • Canadian Mag

    Jul 27, 2017 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #69

    Could be referring to sandro ramirez there

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 27, 2017 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #70

    Jail@66

    Somebody thinks it was Dani Ceballos.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 27, 2017 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #71

    Interesting!

    “I wasn’t happy at the start of this window, I’m happy NOW, you have to analyse things properly, we weren’t doing things the way I wanted.”

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 27, 2017 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #72

    Fair play to that Mick Welsh bloke mind!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 27, 2017 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #73

    Had nowt planned tonight, I would have like to have gone there.

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  • ToonTime

    Jul 27, 2017 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #74

    Rotonda: This is what you said about the Newcastle graduates…

    I think that list kind of makes the case against in a list of where are they now.

    Tim Krul, possibly 4th choice
    Adam Armstrong still not trusted
    Paul Dummett, no serious competition
    Rolando Aarons, hope he can finally come good
    Steven Taylor, at peterborough has now probably found his level
    Sammy Ameobi level 1
    Shane Ferguson.level 1
    **********************************************************************************************************************

    Did you even take a second to look at Everton’s? I’m guessing no. If you look at their six players, Osman and Hibbert are both 36 years old and from a time when academies were where you got an Oscar from. Mcaleny has just joined Fleetwood on a free transfer, Garbutt has ‘not played since returning from a disappointing loan spell at Wigan!’, Browning has just joined the mackems on loan and Ross Barclay has downed tools and doesn’t want anything to do with this new Everton project!!!

    That doesn’t make Newcastle’s youth system any better but Krul was an excellent keeper before his injury, Aarons was given plenty of opportunity when he played Man City off the park three years ago before his injury troubles, Armstrong is still only 20 (ok you say not to be trusted) and Dummett is still our left back for the forseeable future. Ok, so the rest didn’t make it. Is it any worse than the mighty Everton setup?
    It really pi**es me off when people on here continue to blindly knock the club at every opportunity, knock our local players (Colback, Dummett) at every opportunity, knock our former legends (Beardsley) at every opportunity while imagining that supporters of other teams live in some sort of football wonderland of attacking football and nothing but star players. You can say all you want now about Victor Fernandez but I know that 1, 2, 5 years from now you’ll be slagging him off and calling him deadwood while you demand the club spends 200 million on some Arsenal reject. Best of luck…

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  • Moonraker15

    Jul 27, 2017 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #75

    Ed
    I log on to your site every day and appreciate your efforts under very difficult circumstances. I’ve had a bad year or so myself but I’m now recovered and wish you well in your recovery also. Things are definitely looking up at the Toon so let’s hope it’s an omen for you!

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  • Toonale tippler

    Jul 27, 2017 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #76

    Total points prediction for next year.
    45. Steady tenth or eleventh place…….hopefully.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jul 27, 2017 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #77

    So the Rafa quotes doing the rounds from his talk tonight, it seems adds credibility to the claim I made about Carr’s departure been part of some ultimatum Rafa had made.

    He had massive offers from China and whether genuine in his intentions or not to potentially leave, used them as levrage to strengthen his position and control.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 27, 2017 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #78

    …so Rafa admits he wasnt happy? Imagine that eh

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 27, 2017 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #79

    Ron…it seems the loading off deadwood conundrum was our Achilles Heal from the very beginning…

    …but if they can sell Rivi then anything is possible

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  • Toonale tippler

    Jul 27, 2017 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #80

    Good on him. Been a long time coming.

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