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Pardew Sets Sights On Newcastle Trophy – Really?

Alan Pardew seems to have sights on being the first manager to get Newcastle United a trophy in over 42 years.

Bobby Moncur with Willie McFaul and Inter City Trophy in 1969
That’s me at the back, 5th from the left, behind the guy with the glasses

It seems strange when you think about it that the Newcastle club haven’t won anything since the Inter-City Fairs Cup back in 1969 – a game I attended at St. James’ Park.

We beat Újpest of Hungary 6-2 on aggregate and won 3-0 at St. James’  Park in the first leg.

But quite honestly, the only thing we seem to be concerned about this season is staying alive in the Premier League, especially since we are now in a poor run of form of just 5 points from the last 8 league games.

But of course a decent run in the FA Cup does give a team confidence, and it’s not like we are in Europe or anything like that – so we’ll not have too many games to play through the end of the season – in fact 19 league games plus how many we have in the FA Cup.

Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I came very close to winning it as a player and then a manager.” “That makes you even more determined to achieve it one day.” “I really, really hope it can happen here.”

Newcastle have a potential banana skin 3rd round tie at Stevenage a week on Saturday, in a game that is being broadcast live around the world – so they  must think Stevenage have a chance of winning.

Stevenage were beaten by Newcastle in the 1998 FA Cup, and it seems like the cup tie will be a  sell-out.

Pardew continued:

“It’s a game that people will be looking towards as a potential shock and us getting beaten.”

“We have to make sure our attitude is 100% right and that there won’t be a shock.”

“There will be one or two shocks in the cup,  so we have to make sure it’s not us.” “We have to put in a proper performance “

There’s certainly nothing wrong in trying to put together a run in the FA Cup, just as long as it’s not at the expense of our league position – which is the ultimate and only priority this season.

But there’s also no doubt that if Alan Pardew can bring a trophy to Tyneside, he’ll live long in the annals of the famous Tyneside club – and he knows that only too well.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • craignufc

    Dec 30, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #1

    easy win

  • Irish Toon

    Dec 30, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #2

    any news on gosling??

  • Charlietoon

    Dec 30, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Oh god thanks for the kiss of death craignufc

  • Newcastle Rock

    Dec 30, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #4


  • Solaidback

    Dec 30, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #5

    So winning the Fizzy pop league doesn’t get you a trophy then??
    Plus we also won the Valencia Throphy in pre-season, so thats 2 in the last 6 months … lol

    Knowing out luck, as it is, we’ll get Manc Usa, Arse-nil, Chelski, Manc Citey or the Spurts in the 3rd round of the FA cup & get knocked out straight away…. not as if we got an easy run in the League cup either!!!

  • Toon XI

    Dec 30, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #6

    We need to worry about the table not a foolish FA Cup run that will end in defeat at ManU or other top club.

    Survival and a comfortable position in the table come April is more important.

  • dak76

    Dec 30, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #7

    Ha hahahaha…errrr. never happen with him in charge, sorry for the negative outlook, but his tactics don’t instill confidence in me

  • Singing in Toon

    Dec 30, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #8

    SoLaidback dont forget the glory year of 2006 when we lifted the inter-toto cup…

  • warwick

    Dec 30, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Wanted tickets for this but they are all out, I thought they went on sale general yesterday maybe they just went quick.

  • sweendog

    Dec 30, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #10

    staying in the premiership ..
    building a good young team with pace..
    And a good fa Cup run .. that’d be the icing on the cake .. I’d love the FA Cup to come to the Toon …
    First things first .. 2 wins against wigan and west ham .. 28 points and 4 wins from safety..

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Dec 30, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Go Ahead

  • Toonmania

    Dec 30, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #12

    don’t worry Stevenage only have seats for 40 people 11 for each team 6 for each set of reserves 1 managers seat 1 assistants seat and 2 spare for the fans 😀

  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 30, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #13

    Oi! less of the stevenage jokes that my home town born n bred. The lamex stadium actually holds 6000 and after the last time it was. Stevenage v Newcastle they still feel robbed from the goal that never crossed the line in the replay that finished 2-1 this is not any old cup tie this is a club after revenge and as for the fans they are pretty good and Will give as good as they get as leicester found out last year in the fa cup where even tho stevenage lost 3-0 leicester were out sung from start to finish in their own stadium . They were known for having the best fans in the conference.

  • ebol

    Dec 30, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #14


  • tcbelfast

    Dec 30, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #15

    yeah we’ve heard all this before about good cup runs and winning trophys.
    priority no.1…..win on sunday.to me thats of the utmost importance.
    dont get me wrong…..i dream every nite of watching the toon lifting the f a cup at wembley!!!!!

  • MacToon

    Dec 30, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Ai, don’t hold ur breath though!

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 30, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #17

    Pardew…get real like.
    We can`t even beat Blackpool and many others in the league.
    Will be many years before we win anything 🙁

  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 30, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #18

    If we finish in the top 8 we could go for an Intertoto cup win again as with Roeder. FA cup sounds a little less likely (what are the bookie odds I wonder?) All the best.

  • jimiley

    Dec 30, 2010 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #19

    With a bit of luck we could finish 7th or 8th so why can’t we win the Cup?

  • archaeomag

    Dec 30, 2010 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #20


    Bluesquare offering 50/1 NUFC to win FA cup

    MU & Chelski 6/1
    [Mackams 25/1- just to put it in perspective]

  • cyprus

    Dec 31, 2010 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #21

    Forget the trophy. Just keep us up dude


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