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Major Newcastle News Stories – 30th August – 2007

Double good news for Newcastle United fans this morning.

First of all we won last night with a professional if not exciting display with Michael Owen and Oba Martins getting the goals but they were never on the pitch together. Good competition between the two of them which is great for the club.

During the game news was coming from Sky Sports News that Newcastle were close to capturing long term target Habib Beye from Marseilles.

So it looks very very likely that both Abdoulaye Faye and Habib Beye will join the club, Faye today and Beye probably tomorrow. Two Senegalese players with lots of experience which will give great competition to our back four.

Any news of a signing will come on the Official Newcastle United web-site.


  • Good display by the lads last night as they ran out comfortable winners over Barnsley. Michael Owen got his first competitive goal for nearly 20 months for Newcastle and Martins completed the scoring. N’Zogbia was probably our best player and Claudio Cacapa impressed greatly at the back. You can join the discussion on the game at our match review in our Newcastle United Forum.


    Michael Owen – first goal for 20 months – will do his confidence no harm

  • Breaking news during the game that was followed closely by our readers (Rich first one to break the news to us) that Sky Sports was reporting Habib Beye was close to joining Newcastle. We put together a piece after the game on this. As you may remember we followed Habib closely during June and early July but at that time it looked like he was electing to stay at Marseilles. He will be an excellent acquisition for the club. Sam has got experienced skillful players in and has done a great job on the transfer front.

    Habib Beye – looks to be joining Newcastle tomorrow – fingers crossed

  • Not surprisingly Sam Allardyce was pleased with the performance last night. A clean sheet and a win is the perfect result for us this season. So that’s two clean sheets in four games do far – the more clean sheets the better. Sam picked out Owen, Cacapa, N’Zogbia and Enrique for special mention. Cacapa played so well and looked what he is – a no nonsense and very experienced central defender.
    He strolled through the game reading the moves with great anticipation. N’Zogbia was our best player but not surprisingly Owen got the nod for the MOM award because of his goal. Charles is a revelation this season and as we thought – Sam is getting the very best out of our existing squad.


    Charles N’Zogbia– best player again last night – this time on the left wing

  • We give our final reflections on the game last night. Some good performances from Newcastle’s players. That really augers well for the future because Newcastle is a squad, and it’s important for players to come in and get the job done. With so many changes from Sunday it could have misfired but it didn’t and the boys on the field ensured we now have 5 games to win and we’re Carling Cup champions. We’re now in the last 32 – the draw for the 3rd round is Saturday at noon – that’s just after we take Wigan apart 😀

    Claudio Cacapa – looked real class last night -can be a vital player this season

  • We have an update on the Beye – Faye transfer moves. Faye had a medical yesterday and if all goes well will finally sign for Newcastle today. We understand Beye is in Newcastle today and will presumably have a medical and if all is OK we would expect the deal to go through tomorrow. Sam said he wanted to shore up our defense as his first priority in the summer – and he’s certainly brought in several defenders with class and experience.

    Abdoulaye Faye – expected to sign today – finally – but still a great acquisition

  • Our new site has been nominated for ‘Best Sports Blog’ as part of the Bloggers Choice Awards. If you would like to vote for us you can do so here. You can also browse through other nominations you can vote for.
    Ahmed Bilal’s site SoccerLens was also nominated and you can vote for Ahmed’s site here.
    I don’t know too much about these awards to be honest and certainly don’t consider myself a professional journalist – I’m a dedicated Newcastle fan writing about the club I’ve supported all my life after finally retiring – and loving it.


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

    “Souness critics must eat humble pie as he transforms Newcastle.” – Alan Hansen (wrong again)

    “What is the world coming to when you get a red card and get fined two weeks’ wages for calling a grown man a wanker?” – Paul Gascoigne

    “I never predict anything, and I never will.” – Paul Gascoigne

We always appreciate your comments on our Daily Update.

43 comments so far

  • WelshWizard

    Aug 30, 2007 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Gazza – pure class….

  • joel gledhill

    Aug 30, 2007 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #2

    everyone is Habib Beye even good ?
    who would you rate him the same as in the premiership?
    example(habib beye/phil nevile)

    any surjestions anyone?

  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 30, 2007 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Strong, athletic, good in the air, good at going forward.

    Sounds like Micah Richards to me.

    Except Beye has played at a high level for a number of seasons and was captain of Marseilles!!

  • rich

    Aug 30, 2007 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #4

    their is no player in the Prem like Beye imo.

    hes solid at defending, no nonesense sort of defender, the comparison with Micah Richards only goes as far as his build, hes big and so is Micah, but Micah gets caught out too much going forward, something that i havent seen happen to Beye.

    hes solid, strong reliable etc..etc.. exactly what we need.

    any links to highlights from last nights match?

  • Jeff D

    Aug 30, 2007 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Ed. can you remember The toon playing marseilles and their right back had shearer in his pocket and gave him no room at all? was that Habib Beye?If it was, we’ve got another bargain. caus he was awsome!

  • Hadji

    Aug 30, 2007 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Well i really hope that we gonna get him,he’s exactly what we need and for a very small price.He could be a starter even in Real Madrid,Roma,or even Man Utd.The thing i like the most is because he comes from the French league,when you look back you’ll realize that players who come from that league are one of the best players in the world.For example:Henry,Wiltord,Petit,Galas,Esien,Blanc,Evra,Vieira(Epl)
    Platini,Trezeguet,Zidane,Dessaily,Thuram,Guily(Calcio league)
    Abidal,Ronaldinho,Luccin,(Primera divizione)
    All these big names were not so big while they were in their French league cause the French league’s not so popular,BUT who ever played there knows his job inside-out when they move to the popular leagues.

  • roscoe

    Aug 30, 2007 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #7

    i would say pascal chimbonda is similar.

  • Hadji

    Aug 30, 2007 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #8

    True Roscoe i forgot to mention him.Thanks mate

  • roscoe

    Aug 30, 2007 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #9

    similar to beye i mean…

  • JoshI

    Aug 30, 2007 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #10

    Who and how good is Hangeland, i tell you what tribal football goes with any story, apparantly we want him because BSA saw him play against Benfica and was inspired?!?!? The Mirror are responsible!

  • snake

    Aug 30, 2007 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #11

    jeff d : yes it was beye playing that nite against us and he was very good.

  • Tony

    Aug 30, 2007 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #12

    I take your point Hadji, but didn’t the French League also produce: Guivarc’h, Boumsong, Goma, Charvet, Domi, Goma.

    I have to admit I haven’t watched Le Championnat much over recent years – and as it appear, given many of you know so much about him, that a lot of you watch a great deal of French league football, I will bow to your more knowledgeable opinions.

    However, my point is this: If Beye really is as good as you all seem to think he is and worthy of mention in the same breath as those listed by Hadji, then why have none of the ‘top’ European sides bothered to go for him?

    Personally, I have faith in Sam’s player selection – Cacapa, Rozenhal and Enrique all look class. We already know about Smith, Geremi, Viduka and Barton – so I am willing to go with his judgement. I am expecting to see a decent, effective right back, but I’m not expecting him to be superstar quality.

  • Tony

    Aug 30, 2007 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #13

    Sorry, mentioned Goma twice, I meant Dumas – who whilst was great for Monaco, didn’t exactly set Tyneside on fire during his brief sojourn!

  • Bill F

    Aug 30, 2007 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #14

    I only caught the highlights of the CC on ITV but it looked like a solid game for us. Michaels goal was a little fortunate but he was in the right place and appears to be getting his sharpness back. Tony I agree we have had some real lemons from the French league although they looked like good signings at the time (more or less) Guivarch was a world cup winner. I must admit I do not remember Dumas however. Iv’e watched the French league on and of for the last 2/3 seasons and think we have missed out on some of the better players, Ribery, Diarra to name but two. I believe Beye is a great aquisition and will do us proud.

  • Tony

    Aug 30, 2007 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #15

    Franck Dumas only had a brief stay with us in 99/00 season, came from Monaco, as a defender in the great Monaco team Wenger built there ( remember the ones that taught us a UEFA cup lesson during the mid-90’s – we lost 1nil at home and 3nil away).

    Anyway, he turned out 7 times for us and scuttled off into the night…a few quid richer, no doubt!

    Cheers for the comment on Beye, am looking forward to seeing him in action. Ribery looked great at the World Cup and if you are talking about Mahmadou Diarra, the ex-Lyon midfielder now at Real Madrid. He was tremendous for Lyon in the season before last’s Champion’s League. Either would have been a great addition, although you can’t blame them for wanting to ply their trade in rather headier environments than we can currently offer!

  • Hadji

    Aug 30, 2007 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #16

    Tony..I know what you mean when you said why non of the top teams never showed interest in Beye before.You see Tony,6-7 years ago Beye couldn’t even come close to the names i listed.But if you look at today’s players…yes you could say that Beye can match with them.

  • Bill F

    Aug 30, 2007 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Tony, yes that is the Diarra I meant. To be realistic I do not think we will be able to attract this type of quality player until we are back in Europe, unless some Abramovitch type cash is found . That is not to belittle Sam’s signings I think he has done bl**dy well under the circumstances.

  • rich

    Aug 30, 2007 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #18

    seems all quiet on the ton front today though :\

  • aaron d

    Aug 30, 2007 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #19

    Link to Habib Beye, looks pretty good, includes tough tackles on Ameobi, Shearer and Martins at Inter


  • Hammy

    Aug 30, 2007 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Cheers Aaron d, anyone who can push Shearer round can’t be bad….
    just need the official unveiling though…..

  • hadrian

    Aug 30, 2007 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #21

    beye captained Marseilles didnt he?
    ive said before im not likeing the fact that sam has to wheel and deal, but im constantly blown away by the quality of player he go’s for .
    nearly everyone of his signings could wear a captains armband , several of them fluent in several languages which is a massive thing in such a diverse squad , and all rock steady no nonsense people .
    id still like to see what he would bring in for a galactico if he had the chance , im sure he’d spend the money more wisely than any of us think .
    for now tho we have to be content with ashley not diving in head first , and after all can we blame him to much ? not with freddys financial and buissnes cobwebs to sort through i suppose .

    really happy with the squad for the season , so much so i cant really pick holes in it like you could for the past god knows how many seasons ,
    like the 4-4-2, seems an obvious choice for the squad , just hope we can keep those on the bench happy , if there all in form i see no reason to rotate where needs be .

  • Rich

    Aug 30, 2007 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #22

    Hadrian, i think its all hyperbole if we have buckets of cash or not.

    I think if their was a ‘Galatico’ who was available and wanted to come to Newcastle you would see us snap him up but their isnt.

    Once we are back in Europe and have proved we are not a joke anymore then youll see some ‘galatico’ siginings IMO.

    Also, i dont think Sam is the sort of manager to sign a ‘Galatico’ for no reason, itll be someone he needs/wants etc..etc..

    i think its a good thing we are not splashing the cash left right and center, look at all the money that weve thrown down the pan in the past 10 years, WAY too much.

    but you get people on here complaining about 10 million pound spending caps etc… ive said time and time again, i think its the quality of players available coupled with the ones we can attract with our current status that has hindered our transfer dealings not the silly press propaganda about 10 million spending budgets etc..

  • Hammy

    Aug 30, 2007 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #23


  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 30, 2007 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #24

    We already have a Galactico. His name is Michael Owen.

    The way all the fans talk about him on here though, i’d be very surprised if another wanted to come and play for us, whether we had the money or not.

  • Rich

    Aug 30, 2007 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #25

    Toon Chicken –

    everyone loves MIcheal dont they? i know i do.

    and i doubt very much theirs one football player in the world, let along a superstar player who bases his decision on joining a club on what is said on the local message board lol.

    Maybe im wrong….


    Sky Sports News just reported Ronaldinho has turned down Chelsea as someone has called Shevshenko the ‘most expensive muppet in history’ on the Chelsea message boards.

    lol 😀

  • Dirk

    Aug 30, 2007 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #26

    toon chicken – i agree we hav a galactico but ashley did promise to buy us another 1, thats no bad on sam he’s done something that noones done at newcastle for many a year with amazing signings in 3 captains of very good clubs. if we can get faye now that would be amazing summer by sam

  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 30, 2007 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #27

    Rich – agreed, I don’t think a player would turn down a transfer opportunity because of what’s been said on a fansite about a fellow professional – maybe I was being a tad melodramatic.

    Not everyone loves Mikey though – I’m sick of hearing our fan’s ranting and raving about how he isn’t committed to the toon. I know it’s not everyone, it’s probably just the same people who booed us off after our first home game of the season – idiots!

  • Rich

    Aug 30, 2007 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #28

    Toon Chicken, yeah i knew you werent being serious, but i couldnt help with the Ronaldinho thing lol.

    i agree with you about the fans that say things about Owen like that.

    Ive always been a firm believer to believe official statements and not the crap that is in the propaganda media.

    Ive said ever since the rumours started that Owen would leave that he is committed to the toon, as the only words ever to come out of his mouth are that hes more than happy at the toon and he signed a 4/5 year contract for a reason.

    Ive always said if high profile footballers respond to all the speculation that the lazy journos write then they would hardly be able to kick a football.

  • WelshWizard

    Aug 30, 2007 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #29

    It’s reported now on our newsfeed that Beye himself has confirmed he is joining Newcastle……Great signing if this is true….

  • Dirk

    Aug 30, 2007 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #30

    beye comin to newcastle would be a gem! we would hav a defense better than manure n arsenal and rival chelsea! we only need a few more top class players to challenge the big four! we defo top 6/7 now.

  • mac

    Aug 30, 2007 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #31

    I must admit i am slightly worried that these 2 players haven’t signed yet. The transfer window wnds in 24 hours

  • Stuartovich

    Aug 31, 2007 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #32

    Beye! Hes 81 Overall stats on Fifa 07! He must be good!

  • rich

    Aug 31, 2007 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #33

    Mac – dont worry, all will come clear sometime today, i think NUFC are just trying to create a bit of ‘suspense’ 😀

    Marseilles President says a deal has been struck and Beye has completed a medical.

  • rich

    Aug 31, 2007 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #34

    i cant wait for the new championship manager lol 😀

  • michael

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #35

    Ed Harrison – Is there any truth in the rumours that we’ve signed Danny Szetela on a pre contact? (That is to say Jan 1st) What are the sources saying your side of the puddle Ed?

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #36

    michael – yes we think that’s true – good signing and great to see we are keeping a tab on the world’s best youngsters.

  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #37

    nufc.com are reporting that Szetela will be joining us in January. Who the hell is he? His stats don’t exactly set the world on fire. And the only US players that have achieved anything over here in the past are keepers!

    There is one MLS player who i’d like to see wearing the black and white come January… can’t quite remember his name though – Daniel Bockham or something, anyone heard of him?

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #38

    michael – i’m trying to get that from this side and we’ll put out a story within next couple hours – it does reflect well on the club if we’ve signed him – there are lots of good youngsters coming through in US.

  • michael

    Aug 31, 2007 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #39

    Toon Chicken,
    I’ve heard of Danny Beachman. He’s a big strong quick right back and I watched every game he played in the Spanish league that he played last year, including all his training sessions. In fact I watched him on playercam for the whole season, so I know what I’m talking about. IMO he is a typical BSA player. He would shore us up at the back, and add creativity making those quick short little passes similar to our other playmakers Emru and Batt who are as good as Essien and Fabregas. My mate totally knows him too and says he’s a really down to earth guy and would adapt well to life in the EPL. Big Sam could definitely get him for about half a million rupees. Here is a link:


  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 31, 2007 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #40

    Haha – yes he’s the one – what a superstar.

    Seriously though DB 23 at the Toon in Jan, whipping in crosses for Viduka’s heed and Oba’s samurai kicks… stranger things have happened.


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