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Major Newcastle News Stories – 13th August – 2007

Mark Allison finally finished the 874 miles from John O’Groat’s to Land’s End yesterday. It took Mark 37 days to complete the run.

Mark will be doing a lap of honor at St. James’ Park next Saturday evening – before we take Aston Villa apart. It would be great if you can donate to the St. Benedict’s Hospice – who Mark’s effort is supporting. He’s now over £23,000 in contributions – details below on how to contribute.

A fantastic effort by Mark who deserves our support.


  • An update on a charity run by Mark Allison from John O’ Groats to Land’s End on behalf of St. Benedict’s Hospice. Mark completed his run yesterday over the last 22 miles and finished the 874 miles in only 37 days. That’s an average of nearly 24 miles a day – a fantastic effort.Mark had this new message on his web-site this morning.

    “My actual mileage over the last 37 days was 873.7 miles. So the number of miles on the sign isn’t too far off. “

    “My original planned route was 868 miles. I must have taken a few wrong turnings along the way.”

    “The one wrong turn I know about was last week in Taunton.”

    “I got distracted by two bonny lasses in very short skirts holding hands.”

    “I missed the A38 turning as a result and it took Rab C ages to find me! I bet that cost me a few extra miles!”

    Here’s Mark’s web site where he has a daily log and all kinds of good information about his fabulous effort. If you can contribute to Mark’s efforts please do so at this just giving site


    Mark Allison – at the finish line at Land’s End with one of his important support staff – 4 year old son Jack – please see if you can contribute and support Mark’s heroic efforts for charity

  • Well it turns out that El Hadji Diouf is unsettled at Bolton after being left out of the team for the game against Newcastle on Monday. Diouf did come on in the second half when Bolton reverted back to a 4-3-3 formation and along with Nicholas Anelka were Bolton’s best players. Since he’s played already for Sam and earlier in the summer was open to a move to Newcastle we wonder what the chances are for him to arrive at Newcastle. There may be a better chance of that if we do lose Luque, Dyer and Solano before the end of August. News today that a deal to send Luque to Levante are being finalized today – we’ll see.

    El Hadji Diouf – struggling against Newcastle captain Geremi on Saturday =- he looked in excellent form

  • It appears that Sam Allardyce has not yet completed his squad and he says there is money to buy additional players if the right ones are available. Sam was after two players last week and one is now a no-go but the other is still a possibility. Drago (Ivaca Dragutinovic) from Sevilla was probably one of those Sam was interested in last week. We’re not sure if he’s the one that a no-go right now and we have no idea who the other player may be. We still think we’re short on numbers in the squad.

    Sam Allardyce – still after additional players to bring into Newcastle

  • We’ve resisted reporting on this story but ask the question today – What’s Eating Phil Gartside? Seems that ever since Sam left it’s been a thorn in Gartside’s side and he seems to have continually thrown barbs at Sam. Certainly all claims about Sam playing dull football went out of the window on Saturday as Newcastle looked an excellent side in the first half at the Reebok. There are new reports today that Phil wants to end the truce. We think that’s good – let bygones be bygones.

    Phil Gartside and Sam Allardyce– rift between them will be hopefully over soon

  • The plans that Sam Allardyce and Chris Mort have put in place with the 7 new signings during the summer and other initiatives certainly looked to be working on Saturday. Sam is thankful to the Newcastle chairman for the money he has made available to bring in good players who are getting good wages at Newcastle. It’s the most Sam has ever spent in one summer. Sam talks about that extra quality you can get – and he says again we’re only 40% there. Can’t wait to complete that remaining 60%.

    Big Sam (little sam in Background) – good signings in the summer and still only 40% to where he wants to take Newcastle – the other 60% will take time

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

    I don’t believe everything Bill tells me about his players. Had they been that good, they’d not only have won the European Cup but the Ryder Cup, the Boat Race and even the Grand National!” – Jock Stein on Bill Shankly

    “The worst thing about playing Chelsea is having to listen to Mourinho afterwards. He talks absolute bollocks. He should shut the **** up”. – Edmilson.

    If you are first you are first. If you are second you are nothing.” – Bill Shankly

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    57 comments so far

    • Alex

      Aug 13, 2007 at 8:19 PM

      Comment #41

      Ed-I agree with Tom ,Oba has featured more than Owen so far.

    • Keep Oba

      Aug 13, 2007 at 8:23 PM

      Comment #42

      it would be nice to a put a picture of Oba doing that overhead kick or midflight in one of his backflips in the header…sure it would be hard, but it would be ever so appreciated.

    • Alex

      Aug 13, 2007 at 8:25 PM

      Comment #43

      Come to think about it Ed .Given deserves to be in there too.

    • Tom

      Aug 13, 2007 at 8:26 PM

      Comment #44

      Good Good…. I look forward to that, and as Keep Oba says would be greatly appreciated!

    • Tom

      Aug 13, 2007 at 8:29 PM

      Comment #45

      LOL we might aswell have the whole side!!

    • Alex

      Aug 13, 2007 at 8:35 PM

      Comment #46

      Tom-I hope you dont include dyer when you say the whole side.

    • Dirk

      Aug 13, 2007 at 9:00 PM

      Comment #47

      Cicinho for RB curtis davies for cb, for a winger i reckon jesus navas or quaresma as they are both quality and still young

    • Marguerite

      Aug 13, 2007 at 9:22 PM

      Comment #48

      Dirk – Cincinho not Sam’s type, too small and too attack orientated. Davies too young for Sam and price will be stupid.

    • Tom

      Aug 13, 2007 at 9:34 PM

      Comment #49

      Alex – i was thinking of mentioning him as a no go in their. But i agree hopefully he wont be part of the side and we cn get a good price for him.

    • LiamBirchy8

      Aug 13, 2007 at 9:35 PM

      Comment #50

      does anyone know the reserve score line????

    • Rich

      Aug 13, 2007 at 9:36 PM

      Comment #51

      Solano has also attracted interest from Spain but insists he will happily stay at St James’ Park if he cannot go to the capital.


      so why are we selling him?? he said if nothing happens hes more than happy to stay with us?? ffs… i used to hold Nobby in high regard..

    • michael

      Aug 13, 2007 at 9:57 PM

      Comment #52

      Barzagli just signed a new deal with Palermo…. Raging!

      Van Der Vaart would be ace, but even less likely than Quaresma or Deco

    • Asian Toon

      Aug 13, 2007 at 9:59 PM

      Comment #53

      R/b Maicon,Zanetti or Trabelsi.c/m Andres Alessandro n c/b Kevin Hoffland.Proven internationals with class.BSA Pls make your move n fast.

    • LiamBirchy8

      Aug 13, 2007 at 10:33 PM

      Comment #54

      we need to sign the portugese pair of boswinga nd manuel fernandes

    • Midjew

      Aug 13, 2007 at 11:30 PM

      Comment #55

      LiamBirchy8 it was 2-0 to Newcastle

      both goals from ameobi with owen nearly scoring few times, looks like he may be on bench on sat against aston villa!

    • fred

      Aug 14, 2007 at 2:49 AM

      Comment #56

      I wonder if Coloccini, a RB or CB, can play LB? Or can Enrique play LB also? If they are to lose Solano and maybe Dyer, they need a CMF. Appiah who hasn’t move yet could be a nice bet. Money will decide. Of course Diouf would be a huge boost now specially with Duff out.
      But when Barton, Emre, Owen and Duff will come back, we’ll have a totally different squad. Maybe it’s time for Newcastle to sign some youngsters and loan them away for a couple of years. It would be money well spent. Is there anyone coming in the Toon’s academy?

    • Tom_Toon

      Aug 14, 2007 at 9:01 AM

      Comment #57

      Enrique is a LB ;l

      Trabelsi is a free agent, him for back up.

      Then Friedrich, Miguel, Toraman or Seitardis for the RB spot.


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