Alan Shearer Remains Upbeat About Newcastle This Season

Newcastle got off to a very good start in our first 9 games of the season winning four of them and getting a good 14 points on the board.

But we’ve since lost the last 3 games and need to get back to our winning ways – but whatever happens in the Brighton vs Stoke game tonight we will go into the game at home to Watford on Saturday in 11th place.

Rafa Benitez is trying to educate the fans by saying we are a newly promoted club and our main mission this season is to remain the Premier League – and we can push on from there in the summer.

That’s right, but as always we are hoping we can finish around mid-table at the end of the season and that would be an excellent first season back in the big time.

Remember under Mike Ashley we have finished only once in the top 9 in the Premier League (twice in the top 10) in the last 10 years.

That was in 5th place back in 2012, but then the next season we struggled against relegation.

Such is life under owner Mike Ashley.

Alan Shearer– still upbeat

The Newcastle icon Alan Shearer thinks the club have done well so far and he was positive on BBC’s Match of the Day:

“It’s been a disappointing time with the last three results for Newcastle fans.” “But they’re sat just below mid-table; 14 points after 12 games.”

“I think the manager, the fans and even the players would have accepted that before the season started.”

Alan is delighted like the rest of us that we have Rafa Benitez at the club, but this is going to be another testing season for the manager.

It was testing last season for the manager, but he came through with flying colors and he seems to revel in the challenges at Newcastle.

We have lost the last three games, and it’s a difficult time for all of us to be sure.

But we believe fully in Rafa and that he will solve the problems we have this season and keep us in the Premier League.

He could even have us finish in the top 10 and given the little money he has been given by the owner, that would be another excellent example of how good a manager he is.

Keep the faith.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

211 comments so far

  • beermonkey

    Nov 20, 2017 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #1

    Hibbit shire

    Any news Wednesday is to long to wait

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 20, 2017 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #2

    I’d have preferred Pulis to still be in charge with his two wins in 21(not 23) more often than not when an unpopular manager is sacked and his restrictive methods taken away it has a positive effect on the players. It is what it is though and six points in the next week would be very welcome.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 20, 2017 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Luckily they’ve got Spurs at Wemberley so a right royal humping might put the dampers on a new manager bounce.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 20, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #4

    I’d like to think that we can get six points out of the next seven games, Watford, Leicester and Everton at home with WBA and West Ham away where you think we should get something from. That would put us on course for 20 points after 19 played so
    40 after 38. Hopefully we’ll see some reinforcements in January to help push us on.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 20, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #5

    I hope this is because everyone is watching the ground-breaking news of Ashleys exit???

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 20, 2017 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m out shopping in York so haven’t got a telly.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 20, 2017 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Not a bad job that football manager malarkey. Get sacked for dull boring relegation style football and then more than likely walk straight in to the National team job.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 20, 2017 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Allardyce and Southgate should be embarrassed by the fact the only qualification they had to manage that team was their nationality.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 20, 2017 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #9


  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 20, 2017 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #10


  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 20, 2017 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #11

    We’re Watford in the PL last time we were, I remember them beating us in the cup but can’t recall playing them in the league.

  • hibbit

    Nov 20, 2017 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #12

    the ground is owned by the club / Ashley. but not the ground its built on which they lease from the freemen

  • Jib

    Nov 20, 2017 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #13

    The last game before Ashley took us over
    on 23/May/2007
    Sunday 13/May/2007 away to Watford 1 -1

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 20, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #14

    They most certainly were and done a treble over us under the hapless and woeful McLaren. Time to put that right this weekend. I do remember now

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2017 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #15

    The Freemen get mentioned a lot so out of curiosity I googled them. There’s loads of info but in a nutshell they are are Masonic type body who govern and protect the Town Moor. I copied this but there’s loads more.

    The Freemen of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne can trace their origins back to Anglo-Saxon times where the free men were a middle class, comprised of those who were permitted to carry arms for the defense of the city.

    The organisation survives into modern times as a conservation body, primarily aimed at protecting the many of the parks, Town Moors and green spaces for the benefit of the City’s residents. The organisation is also a charitable trust to give means-tested financial assistance to Freemen, their spouse, sons and daughters.

  • hibbit

    Nov 20, 2017 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #16

    anybody know what happened to the barrack road training ground ??????

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2017 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #17


    Disposal of the former Fenham Barracks site, which was the Royal Artillery Hospital in the early 1800’s and had been used by the military as barracks for over a century, saw a change in the Freemen’s finances. It was not possible to return the area to Moor when the military left the site. In the early 1980’s negotiations began to enable developments to take place and amongst the first occupants of the site were the BBC and the National Blood Transfusion Service followed by small industrial units. It took over a decade to complete and in 1996 the final lease was completed. The capital receipts were divided equally between the City Council and the Freemen in accordance with the Town Moor Act. The Freemen had to gain the approval of the Charity Commissioners for each of the developments. The capital received is kept in a separate fund and the income generated applied to the maintenance of the Town Moor. The capital received by the City Council has to be used to finance improvements to the Town Moor. The capital received by the Freemen was invested and the income generated from these investments has obviously given the Freemen much greater security and the ability to maintain the Town Moor to a higher standard than was possible in the past. The Freemen are registered as a charity.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2017 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Dunno if that answers your question!

  • hibbit

    Nov 20, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #19

    the training ground was past the barracks on the old junction with fenham hall drive

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2017 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #20

    I assume the Hoppings is still going.

    The Hoppings is a major annual event in the North East; showmen travel from all over the country to attend. It is said to be the largest non-permanent fair in the world, perhaps because unlike many similar fairs held in streets, this one is in a large open space covering 28-30 acres. The amusements have changed from steam driven, ornately carved and decorated roundabouts to the white knuckle rides of today but the fair remains a temperance event. The fair is always held during the last full week in June.
    Several origins have been suggested for the name. Most relate to dancing, the word ‘hopping’ meaning a dance in Middle English (Old fairs included dancing). Another idea stems from the clothing which the travellers use to wear – old, sack-like tops and pants. Clothing often became infested with fleas from the animals that travelled with the fair. People were often seen ‘jumping’ or ‘hopping’ about, itching from the bites which they received. Or the name may derive from the Anglo-Saxon word “hoppen” meaning funfair.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 20, 2017 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #21

    Hall and Shepherd finances;
    I have posted this a few times over the past 5 or 6 years
    makes interesting reading
    It came from:
    Figures compiled with assistance of Ian Ferguson from
    which I think is no longer up and running

    From big spenders to big earners

    Since Newcastle United were floated on the Stock Exchange in April 1997 the Hall family and Freddy Shepherd have earned from the club as follows:

    Sales of shares by Cameron Hall, Sir John and Douglas Hall’s company:

    December 1998 Sold 6.3% to NTL: £10m

    December 1999 Sold 3.26% to NTL: £5.28m

    December 1999 Douglas Hall sold 0.39% to NTL: £0.57m

    June 2003 Sold 11.4% to Newcastle United itself: £4.5m

    Total earned by Hall family in sales of Newcastle United shares £20.35m

    Sales of shares by Freddy Shepherd Nil

    Shepherd and his brother, Bruce, have increased their shareholding, via their company, Shepherd Offshore, from 7% at the time of flotation to 28% now

    Dividends paid by Newcastle United plc to shareholders 1998-2005

    Total to Halls: £13,698,280

    Total to Shepherds: £5,489,239

    Salary packages paid

    Year Hall Shepherd

    1999 £23,533 £23,533

    2000 £35,000 £75,000

    2001 £110,000 £232,868

    2002 £524,257 £591,639

    2003 £591,667 £668,920

    2004 £635,465 £717,145

    2005 £495,951 £552,954

    Total £2,415,873 £2,862,059

    Totals made from Newcastle United 1999 to 2005

    Sir John, Douglas and Cameron Hall: £36,466,153

    Freddy Shepherd and Shepherd Offshore: £ 8,351,298

    Total £44,817,451

    Totals made from Newcastle United in a 6 year period

    Sir John, Douglas and Cameron Hall: £36,466,153

    Freddy Shepherd and Shepherd Offshore: £ 8,351,298

    Total £44,817,451
    That equals over &7 million per year


    In summary what Shepherd left was a club that was losing over £30m a year, had debts of £70m, had no assets they could borrow more money against, and had a set of players on long, lucrative contracts. Ashley can get rid of the debt but the £30m annual losses with over paid players will take longer to sort out.

  • hibbit

    Nov 20, 2017 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Essex this will surprise you

    Town Moor, Newcastle upon Tyne. The Town Moor is a large area of common land in the center of Newcastle upon Tyne. It covers an area of around 1000 acres or 400ha, and is larger than Hyde Park and Hampstead Heath combined, and also larger than New York City’s Central Park (843 acres).

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2017 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #23


    Yeah I saw that, I used to run around Hampstead Heath and that was a big area.

    I’ve tried searching for info on the Barrack Road training ground but have come up with nowt so far.

    Could be a job for the GoogleMeister. 🙂

  • Jib

    Nov 20, 2017 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #24

    Too busy at the moment
    Suggest you try Hunters Moor

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2017 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #25


    The halls and Shepards were not what you would call philanthropic owners were they.

    (of a person or organization) seeking to promote the welfare of others; generous and benevolent.
    “they receive financial support from philanthropic bodies”
    synonyms: charitable, generous, benevolent, humanitarian, public-spirited, altruistic, socially concerned, magnanimous, munificent, open-handed, bountiful, liberal, ungrudging, unstinting, generous to a fault, beneficent, benignant, caring, compassionate, solicitous, unselfish, selfless, humane, kind, kind-hearted, big-hearted;

    Makes Mr Ashley appear almost saint like by comparison.

    And that last sentence is a joke before I’m accused of brown nosing!!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 20, 2017 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #26

    The Barrack Road training ground was at the crossroads of Barrack Road, Hunters Road opposite where the BBC Pink Palace is situated.
    Their traing facilities were very basicand I can remembering playing on the Adjacent pitch against St Mary’s Boys Club in the early seventies who played there ( correct me if I have the wrong team who played there

  • nut meg

    Nov 20, 2017 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #27

    or nuns moor

  • hibbit

    Nov 20, 2017 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #28

    or little moor

  • hibbit

    Nov 20, 2017 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #29


  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2017 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #30

    Haven’t found anything Re. Hunters Moor in connection with the Training ground but there were 14 people accused of witchcraft hung on the Town Moor, so perhaps there is a curse on the Team.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2017 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #31

    Well done Charley, long live the new Googlemeister. 🙂

  • Jib

    Nov 20, 2017 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #32

    My grandad ( long dead ) who lived in
    Spital Tongues used to go on about how
    good the NUFC team in the decade before
    WWl (5 League titles 5 FA cup finals) was.
    He used to watch the team train on either
    Hunters moor or Nuns moor south
    If you look at the back ground of this pic
    you can see how rustic it looks

  • Jib

    Nov 20, 2017 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #33

    Sobering thought that most of those lads
    joined either the Northumberand Fusiliers
    or Tyneside Scottish/Irish
    and at least half of them gave their lives.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 20, 2017 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #34

    Where the TOON use to train on the Moor is now a pasture where the Freemen of the City graze their cattle

  • Optimistic Panda

    Nov 20, 2017 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #35

    Why wait until Wednesday?

    Isn’t Monday the best day for good news, just think how productive everyone in Newcastle would be with a little good news and a spring in their step.

  • Jib

    Nov 20, 2017 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #36

    Aston Villa have enquired about Karl Darlow
    which leads one to think they may have heard
    we have a goalie lined up for January.

  • beefman13

    Nov 20, 2017 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #37

    The old training ground off Barrack road may well have been known as Hunters moor training ground, that is the part of the town moor it is on, not 100 per cent though.

  • beefman13

    Nov 20, 2017 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #38

    Joe Harvey went to see a young Alan Kennedy train on the floodlit hunters moor training ground.

  • Jib

    Nov 20, 2017 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #39

    All my time following the Toon
    you watched the lads training
    in Benwell at the site on
    Fergusons lane.
    Then some time when Keegan was manager
    (the first time) the club shifted training to
    Maiden Castle in Durham city

  • Bambams

    Nov 20, 2017 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #40

    Chronicle is suggesting other parties are losing interest (how they would know not sure) so got me thinking about timing.

    If we have been told about this venture Ash needs some cash for (Sparky source)

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