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Major Newcastle News Stories – 23rd September – 2007

Well the big news today is yet to happen as we all look forward to our game with West Ham United at 1:30 pm local time.

A win will give Newcastle a huge lift and will leave us with 11 points from 6 games – a good start to the season.

We’ll have the teams before the game, a half time report, and a full match report immediately following the game.

Howay the lads!


  • We have our preview for our game against West Ham today We think we can win the game 2-1 but it will not be easy and we’ll need a much better performance from Newcastle to triumph. But with increased energy and determination than we showed on Monday evening we can certainly win this game. We expect the game to be a good one since West Ham have been playing well this season and are above us in the table.
    You can leave you comments on our Newcastle United Forum about the game.
    Those at the game let’s ensure we give the lads all the good support we can muster – whatever happens during the game.


    Newcastle United vs West Ham – St James’ Park, Sunday 23rd Sep, 2007 KO 1:30 pm

  • We have told a very sad story about Newcastle Academy youngster Jordon Thompson losing his fight with cancer. The Newcastle players will wear black armbands as a sign of respect to Jordan, during today’s game. His family will also be at the game and his Newcastle Under-16 team-mates will join the first team just before the game commences – for a minute’s applause in honor of Jordan’s life.
    We are extremely sorry about this tragedy and pass on our sincere sympathies to Jordan’s family and all those who knew him.
    Those at the game please make sure you give Jordan just a great round of applause as a celebration of his short but very brave life.


    Jordon Thompson– sadly lost his fight with cancer

  • Arsenal put on a wonderful exhibition of football at the Emirates on Saturday to demolish Derby 5-0. There’s no doubt that Arsene Wenger has woven his magic again at Arsenal and has another team fit to win the Premiership this season. Arsenal are also probably the best team to watch these days in terms of their football. Looks like Fabregas will be an Arsenal star for many seasons to come. He is still improving yet must now rank as one of the best central midfielders in the world. The look on Arsene’s face when Fabregas was brought off shortly after scoring, said it all. He was so proud of the youngster – who is still only 20 years old – yet has been at Arsenal for 4 years now. We play Arsenal on Tuesday evening and Arsene has said he will give his youngsters a try out. Don’t believe for one moment that that means Arsenal will be any less than a formidable side – but it should still be a good game on the night. Not to overdo it – but Arsenal’s display yesterday was a joy to watch.

    Arsene Wenger – the genius has woven another wonderful young Arsenal team together

  • The News of the World gossip Sunday newspaper has a ridiculous article in there today. It says, not unreasonably, that Newcastle may go after Emile Heskey from Wigan. But then it quotes a fee of ₤15M. What have their writers been smoking?
    There’s just no way Emile is worth anywhere near that. Of course the way they get to that fee is to say if Darren bent is worth ₤17M then Heskey is worth ₤15M. But Darren bent isn’t worth anywhere near ₤17M – that’s just the absurd fee Spurs paid out to Charlton in the summer.


    Emile Heskey – Newcastle target ? Certainly not for ₤15M

  • We ask the question today – which Newcastle team will turn up for the game today with West Ham United. But we think the lads will be ready to atone for their poor performance on Monday night against Derby. We’re sure Sam is sick of hearing all the doom and gloom talk this week and will be only too anxious to put that behind him with a nice win today. Certainly a win will do wonders to lift the spirits in Newcastle. 11 points from our first 6 league games and a goal difference of at least 3, will be a good steady start to the season. We have to remember however, that in our first 10 games we don’t meet any of the top 4 teams so we should be looking for a good number of points from those initial games.

    Sam Allardyce – will be keen to put the Derby debacle behind him today against West Ham

  • Great interview with Sam Allardyce from the Newcastle Journal this morning. Sam rightly points out that he could have extended his contract at Bolton and been very comfortable there for the rest of his management career. Instead he chose to take the massively unsafe job as Newcastle United manager and sometimes thinks he must have been mad. He points out in the interview that this week has been all gloom and doom on Tyneside after our pathetic performance at Derby. But we’ve noticed that about Newcastle fans and ourselves. Excuse the pun – but it’s either black or white as far as Newcastle is concerned. Everything is either just great or it’s terrible. No doubt about it – if we had won on Monday night and heaven forbid – if we had also played well – you would have seen the fans and ourselves proclaiming top 4 – Champions league and all the rest of it. But it didn’t happen – but hey – maybe after Sunday? 😀
    But that’s the way it is at Newcastle – we should be up there with the Liverpools and Manchester Uniteds – and the fact that we are not is just so painful.


    Sam Allardyce – was he mad to move to Newcastle?

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  • Here’s some choice football quotes. These hopefully will lighten up the day 😀

    “Everybody says Steve McManaman played on the left for me in Euro 96 but he never played on the left. The one time he did play on the left was against Switzerland.” – Terry Venables

    “If you can’t outplay the opposition, you must outnumber them.” – Terry Venables

    “It’s understandable and I understand that.” – Terry Venables

    “Their forward got a lucky squeeze from the defender.” – Ron Atkinson

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