Rafa’s Program Notes – End Of Season Message – We Have To Be Proud


Rafa has written his piece for the program for today’s final Premier League game of the season – against 5th top Chelsea, who were last season’s Premier League Champions.

Rafa has taken the opportunity to thank everybody at the club and also he thanks every single Newcastle fan and mentions how good a job members of his team have done behind the scenes.

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle’s proud manager

Rafa thinks that everybody connected with the club should be proud of what the team has achieved this season when it looked in mid-December we would be fighting relegation right up to this final game of the season.

This is what Rafa has said:

“I don’t know anyone who thought at the beginning of this season that we could finish near the top 10.”

“If things worked out differently we could have been going into this fixture under pressure to avoid relegation.”

“Fortunately we aren’t and we have to realize how important this group of players’ efforts have been in last 10 months.”

“It is important for us to keep the good memories we have taken from this season.”

“It has been a great one from a very professional group of players and along with the staff, fans, city, everyone has come together to get behind us.”

“We have to be proud of that.”

“I’d like to take the opportunity to thank every single fan who has supported the team all the members of my staff – coaching and medical staff – and everyone who has worked so hard behind the scenes.”

“I’d also like to thank the players for their commitment and passion.”

What we need is for Newcastle to win this game against Chelsea and finish in the top half of the table.

That’s also a tough task – but you never know – not with Newcastle.

Howay The Lads!!!


279 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 13, 2018 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #1

    Looking at that bench only probably Merino and Darlow there next season? Need some serious quality into the team

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  • Tsunki

    May 13, 2018 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Ancient thanks for the social interaction advice but i also used to find jesper engaging until he totally lost his humour and now spends every introduction name dropping me. I don’t really care much and don’t really engage with him as he’s just too touchy so I don’t get the bit about me reacting to him.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 13, 2018 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Woah Ed

    The team listing is usually the last thread on match days. We’re all going to have to start again.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 13, 2018 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #4

    25 Minutes to KO

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 13, 2018 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Newcastle United: Martin Dúbravka, DeAndre Yedlin, Jamaal Lascelles, Florian Lejeune, Paul Dummett, Matt Ritchie, Mohamed Diamé, Jonjo Shelvey, Jacob Murphy, Ayoze Pérez, Dwight Gayle.

    Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Jesús Gámez, Javier Manquillo, Massadio Haïdara, Isaac Hayden, Mikel Merino, Joselu.

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  • chicousa

    May 13, 2018 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #6

    Jib,
    Being up at 7am is nothing compared to 4:30am on games starting there at 12:30pm!

    Here in Chico we don’t drink Budweiser. We drink the local brew, Sierra Nevada. Chico’s number one export!

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  • Jib

    May 13, 2018 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #7

    repost
    You’re up early Chico
    It must be weird watching a live
    footy match at 7am
    Budweiser on your Cornflakes ?

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  • Jib

    May 13, 2018 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #8

    whoops

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 13, 2018 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #9

    chicousa

    Must admit I’m disappointed with the last few games, but by getting us to safety it fulfilled it’s main function.

    Even magic can’t compensate for poor finishing by our main strikers. 🙂

    Nowt wrong with our performances otherwise.

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  • Jib

    May 13, 2018 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #10

    Blooming heck !
    Sierra Nevada do IPA !!!!!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 13, 2018 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Do people actually drink Budweiser?

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  • Jib

    May 13, 2018 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #12

    A Hazy little thing called booze

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  • Jib

    May 13, 2018 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #13

    Some must Essex their sales are huge
    I don’t like it myself

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  • Munster Mag

    May 13, 2018 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #14

    Bloody hell, strong Chelsea team. Their wealth is so different it’s scary. I said 2_1 so better stick with it htl

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  • chicousa

    May 13, 2018 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #15

    EGB,
    Agreed, your Rune did it’s main job and we are safe! Now you need to spin another to have the following occur in off season:
    1. Ashley sells club
    2. Rafa signs new long term contract with new owners
    3. Team has brilliant transfer period.
    4. England wins World Cup!!!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 13, 2018 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #16

    Jib

    I’ve always thought of it as the closest thing to carbonated p!ss. 🙂

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 13, 2018 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #17

    chicousa

    OK I’ll get another black chicken out of the hutch.

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  • davetoon

    May 13, 2018 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #18

    Hopefully murphy can make up for that horrible miss against spuds

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  • chicousa

    May 13, 2018 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #19

    EGB
    Thanks mate! If any 2 of items on my wish list occur I’ll send you a case of Sierra Nevada Tropical Torpedo! Goes great on cornflakes! 😉

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 13, 2018 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #20

    chicousa

    Cheers mate I’ll look forward to it. 🙂

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  • Lindisfarne

    May 13, 2018 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #21

    Jib

    I did wonder if I should be clearer about my meaning and as you have a hard time accepting others opinion I shall attempt to make myself more easily understood. The goals scored against us in this recent losing streak have not been of the outstanding variety where there has been an unstoppable shot or tricky. They have been more down to momentary lapses where players have been caught out or sucked in and found themselves not in the right place to intercept.

    However, on the whole our defence has been good, but I was just saying we should not get carried away.

    HWTL

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 13, 2018 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #22

    5 minutes to KO

    So I’m off to watch it on the Murdoch yacht funding channel.

    Catch you all at half time.

    HWTL HTWF HWTR HWTBRS

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  • Jib

    May 13, 2018 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #23

    Lindy
    So we don’t have a flappy defence
    In other words
    you were
    spouting shite

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  • griff

    May 13, 2018 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #24

    Very diplomatic response Lindisfarne. Well done sir!

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  • griff

    May 13, 2018 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #25

    JIB on the other hand. Sigh.

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  • Jib

    May 13, 2018 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #26

    Munster it’s on Skysports PL SD

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  • Jib

    May 13, 2018 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #27

    Bill I think you are right about those mozzies
    I trimmed some shrubbery this morning
    and me arms are chewed to bits.

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  • Jib

    May 13, 2018 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #28

    Bright start

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 13, 2018 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #29

    Good start though, but we will end the season with 5 straight defeats.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 13, 2018 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #30

    Hey guys any solid good working links please? Can’t find any.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    May 13, 2018 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #31

    Those situations where Murphy should be doing better if he;s gonna make it here. On his heels and a bad touch on the edge of the box with plenty of space.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 13, 2018 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #32

    Prediction.

    Newcastle 0 Chelsea 2.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 13, 2018 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #33
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    May 13, 2018 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #34

    Ref is letting us touch their darlings, Diame allowed to bulldoze Hazard.

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  • davetoon

    May 13, 2018 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #35

    Def a few goals in this one. Open game.

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  • Jib

    May 13, 2018 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #36

    Spurs 1 Leics 1 after 7 minutes ffs

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    May 13, 2018 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #37

    Nice dig Jonjo!

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  • manxpie

    May 13, 2018 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #38

    Ahhh so so close!!

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    May 13, 2018 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #39

    Diame in the zone, helps when your main midfield combatant can also play a bit and pass with both feet.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 13, 2018 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #40

    Thanks ilovetoon you’re a star!

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