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Major Newcastle News Stories – 20th September – 2007

Quite a few interviews today from the Newcastle players and one from Big Al himself – who has a new book out, Alan Shearer – My Illustrated Career.

Obviously a good read for all Newcastle fans, and England fans for that matter. It has a forward by the great Sir Bobby Robson – one of our most favorite people – that should be worth the price of the book alone – which is ร‚ยฃ18.99 ๐Ÿ˜€

You’ll be able to get it quite a few pounds cheaper on Amazon.com, Play.com or other sites.


  • We’re confused today about whether Michael Owen needs a hernia operation or not. Sam made a statement yesterday that following a precautionary scan on Tuesday Michael was going to be OK for Sunday and didn’t need a hernia operation. That didn’t stop many press outlets coming out saying Michael was going to be out up to 6 weeks because he needed a hernia operation. One way to fill papers we hope. We’ll trust what Newcastle and Sam have said – and that Michael will be in the team on Sunday – a couple of goals would be nice ๐Ÿ˜€

    Michael Owen – will start Newcastle’s game against West Ham on Sunday hopefully

  • Alan Shearer has a new book out on his career and he talked yesterday about – yes – right first time – Newcastle United. He points out that Sam has brought some good players into the team and that, apart from Monday night, we have made a good start to the season – well at least a decent start. Alan’s right, but we think the game on Sunday is going to be important and it gives the lads a chance to prove they are going to do much better than last season – and hopefully eventually qualify for Europe – which is our major goal. We certainly think when the game starts Sunday they will be a lot more awake than they were Monday evening.

    Alan Shearer– the famous salute – which he did 206 times for Newcastle

  • Another good interview on our official Newcastle site – www.nufc.co.uk with Nicky Butt. Nicky says that Big Sam told them exactly how Derby County would play on Monday night – all guns blazing from the very first whistle – and he was so right. We wonder why we started so glibly and then got worse if the team had been so warned. It was an off night – that’s for sure – but Nicky wants to win on Sunday against West Ham – and so do we. Good honest stuff again from Nicky.

    Nicky Butt – wants a win on Sunday against West Ham – so do the fans

  • David Rozehnal talks today about feeling really sore after the game on Monday night. We’re not surprised since it was very physical in central defense for both Cacapa and Rozehnal – but we think they are very quickly getting used to the Premiership. We also ask how we can get some creativity into our midfield before Emre and Barton are fit again. We think young Charlie N’Zogbia can do a job for us there – and it’s at least worth a try. We can always change it if it doesn’t work – but Charles has done everything Sam had asked of him this season. Nevertheless the team Sam selects will be interesting in itself. We expect Beye to start at right back too.

    Habib Beye – right back on Sunday against West Ham?

  • We have an article today wondering what our team will be against West Ham Sunday. We start 3 games Sunday in 6 days with Arsenal following on Tuesday evening in London and then a tough away game at Manchester City on the following Saturday. All three games are on our Newcastle United Forum so let’s know what you think on each game. It’s going to be a tough week but we need as many wins as we can get. The game at Arsenal has to be a result on the night so extra time and penalties will be required if that’s what it takes to beat Arsenal ๐Ÿ˜€

    Charles N’Zogbia – can provide some creativity in central midfield on Sunday

  • What’s being discussed on our Newcastle United Blog?
    Here’s some of the recent and popular discussions going on:


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  • Here’s some choice football quotes. These hopefully will lighten up the day ๐Ÿ˜€

    “As one door closes, another one shuts.” – Howard Wilkinson

    “If they hadn’t scored, we would’ve won.” – Howard Wilkinson

    “Young David’s young.” – Glenn Hoddle

    “Playing with wingers is more effective against European sides like Brazil than English sides like Wales.” – Ron Greenwood

Comments Welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Danger Mouse

    Sep 20, 2007 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Hey Ed. Here’s an idea. Compile the 5 most popular team line-ups from your previous discussion (i saw a lot of concensus) and start a quick poll.

  • Dingo

    Sep 20, 2007 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #3

    lol @ pete ๐Ÿ˜›

  • nightfall

    Sep 20, 2007 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #4

    chelsea made a mistake by sacking mourinho… like it or not…he’s the best coach… it was not his fault they sucked last year and that they suck this year…
    mr abramovich fu***d him by bringing sheva and ballack to the club…

    before sheva they played 1-4-2-3-1, with duff, robben and cole as AMRL and they were unbeatable, but then he had to make room for sheva…change to 2 strikers…and wingers out…end of chelsea…

    oh well…at least some good players will in januray ๐Ÿ™‚

  • nightfall

    Sep 20, 2007 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #5

    ..will be avalible in january ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Pete

    Sep 20, 2007 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #6

    Can’t see many of them wanting to swap Chelsea for Newcastle tho

  • JMDuncan

    Sep 20, 2007 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m not sure about players not wanting to swap Chelsea in favour of Newcastle, Joe Cole particularly. If I were him, I would prefer regular playing time at an up and coming team, to rotting on the bench for a rapidly declining powerhouse. Newcastle can afford to pay the same wages that he is receiving now, so why not? The Mags would also give him the unique opportunity to actually go out and earn that salary.

  • Pete

    Sep 21, 2007 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #8

    tbh, I don’t think Ashely would be willing to pay those wages, the only ones that will be willing to come are the crap ones Babayaro for example.

    Would love to have Joe Cole/SWP etc in our squar tho, I just don’t see them wanting to come – they love the southern bling bling lifestyle of london.

    I think that Chelsea will be just fine though, they may have a turbulant season but next season I think they will be strong as ever. The media are saying that if Jose gets another club job that several senior players will say that they will follow him.

  • Ken

    Sep 21, 2007 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Jose has gone, a great pity, he was an excellent coach and he brought something different to the Premership. As a lifelong hammers supporter I am disapointed that we will not be playing against a Chelsea team that Jose had selected and influenced, but even if he had remained coach it seemed that this prospect was being eroded by the Chelsea management. Good luck Jose and don’t worry about the omlette the bad eggs are behind the scenes and only have a short sell by date.


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