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Newcastle Talented Player On Verge Of International Career

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 · 62 Comments

Karl Darlow’s grandfather is former 13 times capped Welsh International Ken Leek who some of us remember when he briefly played for Newcastle and signed for £25K in 1961 but he didn’t stay long and scored 6 goals in 13 appearances for us.

Ken passed away back in 2007 when he was 72 years old.

That relationship allows the Newcastle goalkeeper to play for Wales and in fact it turns out in a report in the Mirror today that he turned down Wales back in 2013.

At that time he put his International future on hold.

Karl Darlow – currently Newcastle number one goalkeeper
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Midfielder – Benitez Predicted Season Would Be A Battle

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 · 2 Comments

The football pundits and so-called experts predicted that Newcastle would easily win the Championship this season, but that hasn’t happened.

It seems today that Rafa knew last summer it would be a very difficult season and that the lads would have to fight very hard if we were to be promoted back to the promised land – the Premier League.

Mohamed Diame has revealed today that Rafa predicted this season would be a battle last summer when he talked to the squad before the season even started.

Mo Diame in training
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Newcastle Could Make These Two Signings Before July

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 · 3 Comments

If Newcastle get promoted this season and back to the Premier League then it seems extremely likely that Rafa Benitez will once again make some big changes to his squad in order to make it Premier League ready.

Mike Ashley will make some big money available to the Spanish manager so that he can do that and it’s also likely Rafa will allow a number of players currently on Newcastle’s books to leave the club.

A number of players have their contracts coming to an end in June and will be released and some of those include Sammy Ameobi and Haris Vuckic, but two players we expect Rafa to keep on the books are Vurnon Anita and Yoan Gouffran.

Yoan Gouffran and Vurnon Anita
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Newcastle Have Chance To Make It 20 Points From 8 Games

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 · 2 Comments

Since we were surprisingly beaten 1-0 at Blackburn Rovers in our first game of 2017 on 2nd January, we are unbeaten in our last 7 league games and have won five of them.

So it’s important on Saturday to get another 3 points at home against 4th bottom club Bristol City.

Then we play three games away against Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading and those three game will be so important in our promotion drive.

Lee Johnson – Bristol City manager
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Next Four Games Could Be Crucial To Newcastle’s Season

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 · 77 Comments

We were hoping that Huddersfield Town and Reading would draw last night so we could gain 2 points on both clubs – but Huddersfield spoiled things and scored the winner in the 82nd minute to register their 6th league win on the trot.

The cheek of it – spoilsports.


Huddersfield remain 5 points behind us and that’s 6 points if you take into account goal difference.

Bristol City, Brighton & Hove Albion, Huddersfield Town and Reading
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Newcastle A Huge Draw On Television This Season

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 · 2 Comments

The attendances at the Sky Sports televised games in the Football League this season have been released and Newcastle are in eight of the top nine watched games this season.

The club are in each of the top six most watched games and the only one of the top nine we are not in is the Barnsley vs Leeds game which is in 7th place.

So it’s not surprising if we see Newcastle in a lot more of the upcoming Championship games televised on Sky Sports through the end of this season.

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
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