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Major Newcastle News Stories – 6th August – 2007

A good performance and a good win against Sampdoria yesterday and that’s what dominates the newpapers today.

Seems Sam was extremely pleased with the performance yesterday and even Sampdoria boss Walter Mazzarri was pleased with his side’s performance against “a very strong Newcastle United side.”

More news on the Dyer affair and the transfer front. Sam says Jose Enrique will put pen to paper today and sign from Villareal.

Drago will decide today if he’s coming to Newcastle or will stay with UEFA champions Sevilla.


  • I’d like to take a little time out today to again help a charity run that Mark Allison – a Newcastle fan – has been on for 31 days now. He’s running from John O’Groats to Land’s End and is now 200 miles from the finish. He’s doing an average of 24 miles a day (almost a marathon) and this is all for the St. Benedict’s Hospice – a charity organization. He has already raised ₤16K and we’d like him to reach ₤20K before he finishes next weekend. Newcastle United will honor Mark at the first home game against Aston Villa by having him do a lap of honor before the game. It’s just a wonderful effort by Mark – all guts and glory. Please see if you can donate to the hospice – but first read our article on Mark – we made up a funny conversation between Mark and Sam – but let’s clarify that – we hope it’s funny 😀
    Many thanks to the nufc.com Newcastle web-site who alerted us to Mark’s run just before it started.


    Mark Allison – at the start of his run – before any blisters 😀

  • Good game and good win by Newcastle yesterday against Serie A side Sampdoria. Sam was pleased with many aspects of the game – not least of which it’s another clean sheet and the defense looked solid. Our squad is looking better all the time – and if you don’t think it’s been improved from last season try picking the side for the game at Bolton and see how good the bench is.

    Sam Allardyce – Very pleased with performance

  • Just in case you didn’t see Alan Smith’s goal here it is again. Also if you are a member of Newcastle World there’s just a great interview this morning with Alan. No wonder Sam signed him he’s so positive and seems so delighted to have signed for Newcastle, He’s a breath of fresh air. I’m really pleased we’ve got Alan in the squad – now to work out which position we play him each game. But he seems so team-oriented – maybe it’s because of his time at Manchester United but that has to rub off on the rest of our squad.

    Alan Smith – powerful header

  • Here are the after match comments from Sam Allardcye after yesterday’s game. It was nice to see Ameobi, Butt and Taylor fit again but Shay seems to have had a reoccurance of that groin injury 🙁
    We’ll know more this morning but it’s worrying that it’s still there – we don’t want Shay to have the interrupted season he had last year althouth Steve Harper seems very confident in goal under Sam. Looks like Michael Owen is nearly fit again but he will not make the game next week. So we still have Emre, Babayaro and Barton out.
    Barton was injured at Carlisle on 21st July and that’s 16 days ago – so he’ll be at least another 4 weeks out. Not sure what’s going to happen with his assault charge – that’s rather worriesome for us because you can bet the press will make it as bad and sensational as they can – and it will not reflect well on Newcastel United 🙁


    Sam and Smith – Sam pleased and Smith scores on debut

  • Good report from the Northern Echo quoting Sam after the game last night talking about transfers. Obviously Sam was upbeat after last week’s successes and talked about Enrique’s transfer being completed some time today. It was nice to see Jose sitting next to the Chairman and Manager – we thought that was a nice touch of class – very good. So that’s almost a done deal then.
    Apparently Drago is not as cut and dried as have had first believed – even though his comments about Newcastle and Shearer are so positive. In his latest comments he calls Newcastle an historic club. You know I’m starting to like this guy  😀
    He is said to be making his decision today. Either way is OK with us because we only want him here if he wants to come. Reports suggest he may be concerned that we cannot offer European football this season – but on the other hand the wages we offer are said to be 3 times what he is currently getting. So Drago has to make the choice – we hope he comes to Newcastle.


    Ivaca Dragutinovic – Decides today whether he is coming to Newcastle

  • We have an update on the Dyer situation but still not sure what caused all the fuss. Some rumours today coming from within the Newcastle camp suggest that Ashley amd Mort were not at all impressed at the cavalier way West Ham were conducting the deal. Apparently they were saying it was completed before a fee was even agreed. Seems like Ashley and Mort are not used to these poor business ethics so they pulled the plug. If that’s true – good for them – we want to conduct business in the most ethical way possible from now on. Portsmoth are said to be interested but that may have been made up by someone looking to make some news – who knows? 😀

    Kieron Dyer – Will he still end up signing for West Ham – but for £7M? – hope so

  • With things moving sweetly in the transfer market last week we thought something must have happened within the club to sort out how we do transfer business – and that turns out to be true. Sam seems pleased that a neat process was put in place – most likely by Chris Mort on what Sam and his staff will put together before it goes up to Chris for approval.
    That’s very positive because it shows Chris is listening and willing to put processes in place to make things happen and to smooth things out. As far as transfers go – that’s extremely good for us because we can now move as quickly as Sam wants to in the market. We can get in first, do the deals quickly and for a lot less money in the future. Hopefully the deals we do in January and next summer will be done very early in each transfer window.


    Chris Mort – Good work with Sam and the Board

  • Finally here’s some funny football quotes – to lighten up the day 😀

    “I couldn’t settle in Italy – it was like living in a foreign country.” Ian Rush

    “I dreamt of playing for a club like Manchester United, and now here I am at Liverpool.” – Sander Westerveld

    “Winning all the time is not necessarily good for the team.” – John Toshack

  • We always appreciate your comments on our Daily Update.
    Please keep your comments civil and decent because we have lots of youngsters reading the site – thanks

    33 comments so far

    • Josh

      Aug 6, 2007 at 12:34 PM

      Comment #1

      All i can say is Martins 3 mill to Arsenal

    • big pea ov the weab

      Aug 6, 2007 at 12:35 PM

      Comment #2

      just 5 days till kick off we just need jose n drag to put pen to paper then a can see the squad getting a lot stronger am quite sad about the break down in talks with west ham a think we could do with offloading dyer hes been a pain in the arse since we got him but as for every thing else keep up the good work sam

    • rich

      Aug 6, 2007 at 12:41 PM

      Comment #3

      “I couldn’t settle in Italy – it was like living in a foreign country.” Ian Rush

      “I dreamt of playing for a club like Manchester United, and now here I am at Liverpool.” – Sander Westerveld

      best quotes EVER.. thankyou ED!!!

      i hope we unveil double signing of drago & enrique soon!!

      i was looking at some pictures of Drago and he is HUGE, hes like the incredible hulk or something! defintly something we need in our team!

    • rich

      Aug 6, 2007 at 12:45 PM

      Comment #4

      Legend Alan Smith making us blush again:

      aww shucks, we love you too Smudge!!!


    • Mart

      Aug 6, 2007 at 12:46 PM

      Comment #5

      Before Smith came I had reservations and said so on this site.
      I humbly take it all back after yesterday. Here is a player who looks more than anybody, like he is totally up for the challenge, and totally committed to it.
      What a refreshing change after the last few seasons…..
      A great goal. A great debut. And a deserved MOM performance.

    • Dumers

      Aug 6, 2007 at 12:47 PM

      Comment #6

      Things are lokos good at the moment especially after the disappointment of last season..we have been down and the good thing about this is it can only get better!!

      Smith is a gr8 signing for the toon faithfull! hes versitile so adds depth and stength to our growing, quality squad! We all know we are jinxed club when it comes to injuries and smith is the exact player we need to cope with these problems. Jose siging today gives us that quality at left back which we all know we needed and drago looking like hes ready to sign..we will have 4 decent centre halves all fighting for first team football which is not a bad thing..i still feal we need a couple of new faces. another left sided player like baines would be decent..as people are saying hes a liverpool fan which must make us favourites to sign him..potential european football next season, playing infront of 53,000 fans every week, a new era with a new chairman and playing under one of, if not the best managers in the league!! if thats not tepting for someone trying to get into the england squad i dont know what is. he can play left back most importantly but alos gives us an option of left midfield if needed which is nice! another player which would be a good addition is Pappa Diop from fulham..hes way to good to be there..they look set for relegation this season if they play anything like they did against QPR the other day! they arnt going anywhere and he knows he can make the starting 11 at the toon being that defencive, solid player, taking over from scott Parker and butt!! he can only be a success really! if we can make these sigings our team looks potentially a top 5 club!! HOWAY THE LADS!!!


      Geremi Taylor Cacapa Enrique

      Milner Barton Diop Duff

      Owen Viduka

      Subs: Harper, Rozenahall, diop, smith Martins

      Reserves to fall back on..solano, nzogbia, drago,ameobi,emre,luque, carr, babyaro, baines, Butt, carroll, Krul!! not looking to bad me thinks!!

    • Tom_Toon

      Aug 6, 2007 at 12:49 PM

      Comment #7

      Drago isnt to huge, hes strong but hes only 6ft 1

    • Barry Bumhead

      Aug 6, 2007 at 12:51 PM

      Comment #8

      Is Diop that good he can appear on the pitch and on the subs bench at the same time?

    • Tom_Toon

      Aug 6, 2007 at 12:57 PM

      Comment #9

      You dont put Rozehnal on the subs bench, but what the hell you cant even spell his name so i cant take it seriously 🙂

    • george t

      Aug 6, 2007 at 12:58 PM

      Comment #10

      NICE ONE BARRY!!!!!

    • Tez

      Aug 6, 2007 at 12:58 PM

      Comment #11

      Geremi would be far better in def Mid as our holding player (man he was wasted at chelsea). His time to shine!! Then instead of Diop go and buy a quality right back..

    • Tez

      Aug 6, 2007 at 1:04 PM

      Comment #12

      NEW boy Jose Enrique will wear the Newcastle United No 3 shirt – but probably not at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

      The Spanish Under-21 international watched United beat Sampdoria from a seat in the St James’ Park stands yesterday.

      And it looks as though he will be in the stands again at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday when United open their Premiership campaign against Big Sam’s former side.

      Allardyce told me today: “Jose has hopefully got a very good future in front of him, but we will feed him in slowly. You won’t see him at Bolton, or at least I hope you won’t, because I would not want to do that.

    • Dumers

      Aug 6, 2007 at 1:06 PM

      Comment #13

      Tom what you chattin about..you would play roz over taylor and a french league winner 5 times as captain!! do u know anything about football!!!

    • Dumers

      Aug 6, 2007 at 1:07 PM

      Comment #14

      oh on the bench i meant to put solano!! not diop..sorry about that one lads!!

    • Tom_Toon

      Aug 6, 2007 at 1:30 PM

      Comment #15

      Yes id play him over Geremi on your line up and push Capaca to the RB

    • AlexW

      Aug 6, 2007 at 1:30 PM

      Comment #16

      . Given

      Tayler Cacapa Rozenhal Drago

      . Geremi(c)

      Smith Milner

      . Barton

      . Viduka Owen

      subs Harper, Martins, Drago, Emre, Butt

    • rich

      Aug 6, 2007 at 1:35 PM

      Comment #17


      I just signed up to NUFC TV!! i though WOOHOO!! I first tried watching some TV NEWS and nothing happens just a black box that is waiting to be played but even if i click PLAY nothing happens…. so i tried to download… SUCCESS! so i then go to open the clip… and it asks for DRM Authrisation from MicroSHAFT i click ‘ok’ it then says ‘user name and or password incorrect’ and then closes….

      WTF??? i just payed and i cannot see a frickin thing???


      anyone got any advice for a disgruntled toon fan?

    • Tez

      Aug 6, 2007 at 1:41 PM

      Comment #18

      Do you have windows media player on your PC?
      Try updating it to the latest version.

      When you click play and nothing happens (have u tried to leave it a while) it could be that it is trying to buffer the data so that it can be streamed to you. (Meaning it is downloading part of it before it starts trying to show you so that while it is showing you the clip it can be downloading the rest and therefore minimise the stop and starts in footage.

    • Tez

      Aug 6, 2007 at 1:43 PM

      Comment #19

      Also what browser are you using? Internet Explorer, Firefox, Netscape, Opera?

      I believe NUFC.co.uk is optimised for Internet Explorer.

      Try these tips if not lets us know and I think of anything else in the mean time.

    • t-g-w

      Aug 6, 2007 at 2:31 PM

      Comment #20

      Enrique cost us £6million not 4, and we beat Liverpool and Man Cityto his signature… [Alan Partridge voice] RESULT!

      Drago deal is further behind than was thought and that will be Sam’s last signing according to the Chronicle so no star player/RB/Diop methinks…

    • Tez

      Aug 6, 2007 at 2:41 PM

      Comment #21

      Were does it say 6 mil? I only seen £4.2 million for enrique….

    • joe

      Aug 6, 2007 at 3:43 PM

      Comment #22

      I dont really agree with viduka being in the starting line up. Idealistically i would prefer a withrawn striker and a poacher striker partnership, something like rooney and owen, because when teams play with a targetman players tend to just hit the long ball to him. A bit too direct and uncreative imo. What do you guys think?

    • Josh

      Aug 6, 2007 at 3:45 PM

      Comment #23

      He doesnt know there is a difference between the pound and the euro sign…. big sigh

    • Velok

      Aug 6, 2007 at 3:47 PM

      Comment #24

      nufc.com is not “optimized for Internet Explorer”, it requires it.
      At least for the video-part.

      It’s the only thing I use IE for, Firefox for everything else :]

    • e

      Aug 6, 2007 at 4:08 PM

      Comment #25

      4.2 is about 6m euros…

    • t-g-w

      Aug 6, 2007 at 5:07 PM

      Comment #26

      don’t blame me blame the Chronicle and most likely Alan Oliver! Or did I read that on Sky Sports website…. not sure!

    • Ed Harrison

      Aug 6, 2007 at 5:32 PM

      Comment #27

      rich – I had the same problem about a week ago – i think they may need a bit of time before you’re OK to sign in with your userid and PW – i sent note to them and still waiting for a reply – so don’t bother with that 🙁

      My advice would be don’t do anything drastic if it doesn’t accept you id and pw – WAIT – try it tomorrow and it will probably work.

    • Ed Harrison

      Aug 6, 2007 at 5:33 PM

      Comment #28

      rich – but it’s very very frustrating – if it doen’t work straight away they should let you know – wonder how mnay have gone thru the same frustrations. BTW it’s great value for money — once you’re on 😀

    • cooldj

      Aug 6, 2007 at 5:35 PM

      Comment #29

      i still feel we need a RB,CB (maybe drago as he can also play LB) and a CM. I also would like to see LM cover seeing as Duff is always injured

    • Dunks

      Aug 6, 2007 at 5:54 PM

      Comment #30

      t-g-w You were right mate it was £6 million for enrique not 6 million euros its official on the offical website 9.3 million euros which is about 6millon quid.
      http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~1086086,00.html still a good deal for the plyer nicknamed “the bull”.

    • rich

      Aug 6, 2007 at 6:53 PM

      Comment #31

      thanks for the advice guys, i think my problem is at work they have set up some sort of block to stop Windows Media Player communicating with the internet so i couldnt get the DRM licsenses… DOH! means no watcing highlights at lunch time 🙁

      and i think my problem at home is im using Firefox with the VLC plugin which just confuses it!!!!

      i just have to download each video to watch it cuz i refuse to use IE, ce la vi!

      thanks for the advice guys… much appreciated.

    • >>>>>>>>>>Shearer 4 pm

      Aug 6, 2007 at 7:25 PM

      Comment #32

      enrique cost us 6.3m according to bbc and i think that if we offered dyer to west ham for 5 mil and lucas neill then the would accept right away. they would make a a profit as we value dyer at 8 mil they got neill for 1.5 mil so they would double there money although not cash. and because neill is on 60k a week that would only put there wage bill up by 20k making a grand total of 12836438m per week also we would get a top class right back and 5 mil that would allow sam to use geremi in midfield and possibly buy another top class defender, for cover and competition and possibly diop. that’s my plan folks tell me what you think i think it would work but it won’t happen neill tuned down liverpool for west ham for the sake of 10k a week not the kind of player i would want off the pitch but defo on it experience as well.

    • Tony

      Aug 6, 2007 at 9:50 PM

      Comment #33

      From the news that Dragutinovc has opened contract extension talks with Sevilla makes it appear that he was simply using us as leverage to get a better deal in Spain. He’s even quoted as saying it’s likely he will be staying put, so I wouldn’t expect his arrival anytime soon (or ever!)


      A truly epic performance from a real Geordie hero and he’ll deserve his lap of honour before the Villa game at SJP.


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