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News and Commentary On Newcastle United Football Club By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

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Shay Given back for Manchester United

Thursday, February 14th, 2008 · 13 Comments

Shay Given had another of his groin strains on Saturday at Villa Park, but it looks like it’s only a minor strain, and he should be fit for the big upcoming game against Manchester United on 23rd February.


Shay Given should be fit for Manchester United game

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Owen Looking Better With Every Game

Thursday, February 14th, 2008 · 19 Comments

We have no complaints with the way Michael Owen is playing for Newcastle since Kevin Keegan arrived at the club, and there’s no doubt his performance on Saturday was one of the few positive points about the game at Villa Park.


Michael Owen – starting to play really well at Newcastle

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Newcastle United 14th Richest Club in the World

Thursday, February 14th, 2008 · 18 Comments

Deloitte have issued their Deloitte Football Money League and three Premier Clubs are in the top 5.

Real Madrid remain top with Newcastle dropping one place from last year to 14th position, despite their lack of success in both the Premier League and Europe.


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Newcastle Need Goals From Oba Martins

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008 · 65 Comments

Oba Martins has returned from Ghana, and seems very keen to play for King Kevin at Newcastle, now that the Nigerian seems to be getting fit following his ankle injury.


Oba Martins – looking forward to playing for Keegan

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Newcastle After 22 Year-Old Spanish Defender

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008 · 48 Comments

According to Sky Sports, Newcastle are said to be one of three clubs chasing Athletic Bilbao defender Fernando Amorbieta.


Fernando Amorebieta - 22 year old 6’4″ defender from Athletic Bilbao

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Carroll Not Leaving Newcastle This Season

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Kevin Keegan has decided not to let Andrew Carroll go out on loan this season. Carroll just completed his loan move to Preston North End in January, and that didn’t go too well, since Andrew didn’t get many games at Deepdale.


Andrew Carroll - will stay at Newcastle this season

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Since Bobby Left, Newcastle Have Been a Disaster

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008 · 50 Comments

Ever since Bobby Robson was sacked, for only getting us into 5th place in the Premier league in 2004, and failing to qualify for the European Champions League, Newcastle have completely lost their way, to say the least.


The great Bobby Robson - one of Newcastle’s best ever managers

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Who’s Scoring Newcastle Goals This Season

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008 · 40 Comments

We had a couple of requests yesterday to conduct a review of the goals we have scored this season. So here is some information on the goals scored so far and who is scoring them for us.


Martins and Owen – Oba has 7 and Michael has 6 total goals this season

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Martins Can Be Vital Player For Newcastle

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008 · 17 Comments

Kevin Keegan has talked about our 23 year-old striker Oba Martins, just back from the African Cup of Nations in Ghana, and he is hoping his pace can help us in the coming vital games.


Oba Martins -we need him to hit the goal train quickly

Kevin talked about Oba and first of all addressed his ankle injury, which prevented him playing at Villa Park last Saturday, in what turned out to be a disastrous result for the Magpies:

“Oba will be fine, he just turned his ankle before he came back and he’s had to have a couple of days’ rest,” “We’re confident he will be back in training with the rest of the group by the end of the week.”

“I’m looking forward to him joining us because I’ve seen quite a lot of him previously and I know what he can do. It’s just a case of having a close look at him on our training pitch now.”

“He’s got great pace and he’s still our top goalscorer, even though he has been at the African Cup of Nations for the best part of a month.”

Oba is going to be an important player for us for the rest of the season, because we need to start scoring goals, and Oba is now joint top scorer with Michael Owen on 7 goals in all competitions. That’s not particularly high for this time of the season, when we are used to Shearer scoring so many goals for us in the past.


Michael Owen – captain just scored – hopefully he can start playing well with Martins

But we don’t think it’s going to be a case of whether it’s Owen or Martins, because we need to utilize both of them. We need to do this by either playing both of them together, or by substitutions that bring out the best in both of them. Keegan also has a tricky job on his hands to keep Oba happy at Newcastle, because it would appear he will want to start Michael, who he has already named as his captain.

The last thing we want in the summer is for some of our current squad to want away. It’s already too small and if we can sign 4-5 top players in the summer, and say another 3 top youngsters, the squad will be big enough and hopefully strong enough for next season.

We don’t need a huge squad because we will not be in Europe so would expect at most 50 games next season at the most. But it’s already worrying that young N’Zogbia wants away in the summer.

We’re looking forward to Oba being involved against Manchester United in our next game, and hitting the goals train just as soon as possible – we just have to start picking up points to relieve the pressure of relegation.

Comments very welcome.

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