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What A Game, What A Team, What A Moment – Unbelievable

There’s no doubt that Newcastle now have a chance to qualify for Europe this season – although whether the lads can take the slim opportunity or not, is a completely different matter.

Alan Pardew – Bolton will be very very tough

Any such talk of Europe has quite rightly been played down by the Newcastle players   – but of course has not ruled out all together.

Pardew  told the Evening Chronicle today that Bolton will be tough – very tough:

“The stadium could be very buoyant and maybe for the first time since I took over.” “It’s basically all about the game with Bolton for now and nothing else.”

“We’ve had such tough games at home in recent times. We’ve had Arsenal, Man City and Liverpool in my home games.” “But this is just as tough.”

“Bolton absolutely smashed us last time out.”  “They have monster confidence and have won four out of the last five, with four clean sheets in that time.”

“It’s a proper game.  “It’s way above the level of Blackburn and Birmingham – with all due respect to them.”

Alan is not  right there,  as Bolton have indeed won their last three games with clean sheets, but in the 5 games before that they lost four and drew one.

Pardew’s last home game turned out to be a very very famous and highly  inspirational team talk at half time, when the lads were 4-0 down to Arsenal.

Alan will hope things will be a little bit calmer this half time on Saturday.

Alan looked back to his last home league game just over two weeks ago:

“On reflection it was astonishing.” “I can’t remember a comeback like it.” “There have been many days in my career that were great but not like this and against the quality of opposition that we were up against.”

“You just got a feeling that once we got that first goal the momentum had swung, and the crowd got involved.”

“We were in dreamland when the third one went in as the whole stadium knew we were in with a chance, and we almost won it.”

“The contrast is unbelievable to most other games.”

The game against Arsenal, and especially those last 23 minutes, when Newcastle scored all 4 goals, will live in Premier League history – no – let’s rephrase that – it will live in football history – as  one of the greatest comebacks of all time.

They’ll be playing that video decades and decades from now, and showing Cheick Boom Boom Tiote breaking the world’s 50 meter dash world record, just  after he scored that sensational fourth goal! 😀

And here again (one last time?) is the short radio commentary of it – it’s the most amazing and passionate live commentary I’ve ever heard on the radio – ever.

What a game, what a team, what a moment,  it’s Newcastle 4 Arsenal 4.  You will never ever see a game quite like this – unbelievable.

That’s Newcastle United for you – guts and glory!

79 comments so far

  • G

    Feb 23, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Still think we are way too weak in depth to have a domestic season and an assault on Europe. I would like to see us finish high up next season for a crack, but this season could be potentially fatal.

  • lewman

    Feb 23, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #2

    how come the comment above me has dissapeared

  • lewman

    Feb 23, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #3

    maybe it was for the awful spelling(i know i misss spelled a word in my comment above), has that abusive over sea cheick pocket guy been banned or something .

  • G

    Feb 23, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #4

    I suspect Ed is ‘moderating’. I would just ignore that overseas bod lewman. Just think how quiet it will be in here next week when the schools are back.

  • lewman

    Feb 23, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #5

    yeah g, i am not sure if that goes with the freedom of speech thing they like so much in the us where ed lives but i am happy to see that exception to the rule, that tiote’s back pocket guy was a real prat who you couldnt understand what he was going on about anyway.

    on topic- i cant see us going into this game without putting up a big fight so it should be a great game whatever the result, lets hope we get a win and barton signs his contract. i reckon if we win this then it will give us the confidence to push on for europe and in this day and age of man citys and chelsea’s, that will be as good as an achievement as when kk got us 3rd spot on our last return to the 1st tier.

  • lewman

    Feb 23, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #6

    also 7th spot must definatly see us finish above the scum, if we make it there.

  • chuck

    Feb 23, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Owen Coyle, one of the brightest youngish managers and fairly new to the PL.
    showed his ability by bringing Burnley up.
    He is now doing good with an unreckognizable Bolton side.
    Yeah they are still a big strong side, but no longer play BSA`s percentage football, but attempt to play a more entertaining style of football, with some talented additions.
    We would do well to beat this side and have to say any talk of European football is for the most part very ambitious, lets survive the drop and bring in a few faces, then see where we are !

  • DarloGeordie

    Feb 23, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Agree G and Lewman the lad will not be missed

  • lewman

    Feb 23, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #9

    no harm in being optimistic chuck, i will be happy with survival but i can still dream, and this dream is possible unlike the one i had where i was dating cameron diaz

  • toonarmy1986

    Feb 23, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #10

    Only the top 5 are guaranteed Europe so think it’s a bit out of reach our best hope for Europe is Arsenal to win under Sunday to allow a 6th team to qualify via the league then hopefully Man Utd, Man City or Arsenal to win the FA Cup releasing another place without at least one of the above happening it is near impossible unless Spurs or Chelsea self implode big style.

  • AndyE93

    Feb 23, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #11

    If Liverpool were to win the Europa league and finish outside of European places then what would happen? The lowest qualifying team for Europa league gets kicked out?

  • Thump

    Feb 23, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #12

    @toonarmy1986: You’re right that only the top 5 are guaranteed Europa slots, but 6 and 7 (depending on the results of the cup winners) enter the playoff rounds iirc.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, I’m a little rusty on my Euro regs.

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Feb 23, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #13

    What about inter toto cup? Does that still run?

  • Thump

    Feb 23, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #14

    The Intertoto was abolished in 2008 (or 2009, can’t entirely remember).

  • DarloGeordie

    Feb 23, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #16

    We will never get Europe with Pardew in charge im afraid!! when has he ever proven himself at the top level apart from being a proven relegationist (which isn’t a word but sounds appropriate). He wont get us relegated but im sure he is enjoying his pay rise from Southampton to Newcastle…

    People saying they are warming to him but he hasn’t even been tested he only been in charge a few months, Europe talk is just a joke and so is Pardew. You all slate that Dave 1961 but he speaks some sense when it comes to being realistic and opening your eyes to what is actually happening in front of your very own eyes

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 23, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #17

    – as suggested I’ve watched Cheick Boom Boom Tiote again – inbloodycredible!
    – Intertoto Cup – don’t forget we are still the holders! not that it ever existed
    -do they still award a europlace for the fair play winners – not that we stand a chance of winning it but it may still take one of the places

  • jamesnufc86

    Feb 23, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #18

    DarloGeordie – who pissed on your christmas presents?? you cant say that he hasnt been “tested” he came into Newcastle the most un-popular character ever, it looks like he has won the team over with the team spirit the way it is, and he is starting to gain the respect of the fans. Pardew has come in a done a great job

  • lewman

    Feb 23, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #19

    darlo are you dave in disguise, pardew got west ham into the uefa cup. maybe you should check your facts first before making such a bold statement.

  • ginkoh

    Feb 23, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #20

    As Darlo said, So we should wait for Bolton destroy us this weekend ? because Pardew is not good enough ? because Europe dream is joke ? ABSOLUTELY NO !

    I don’t know what we should to expect from this season, Let’s focus just the next game and everything will be fine. But the game against Bolton if you think we will let them kill us easily, you should think again. I confident even they look like better team than us now but if they want to win, they have to play their best and we will show how good we are against them ! We have to prove who’s deserved to be in European place this season.

    Maybe Pardew is xxxx as someone opinion but I rock on he will do his best for us even it may not good enough. I think he has point to prove the same as our players, our staff and even our chairman.

    Give them the chance lads. Show support to the man who give 100% to us. It’s not their fault to be not good enough for you. HWTL !

  • Spotlight Kid

    Feb 23, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #21


    Nice to know some supporters’ braincells have not been numbed by Ed’s constant pro-Pardew propaganda. This Pardew guy’s still riding on Hoots’ coat tails, and when he finally slips off it will not be pretty.

    As for Europe, he was 300 miles closer to it at Southampton – and until he goes we’ll be constantly floating just above the relegation zone desperately trying not to get sucked in; an attractive proposition for any class player, unless we shell out millions for age expired injury prone medicority like Carlton Cole or Peter Crouch?

    Supporters moaned about Sir Bobby (yes, it’s true – go back and read the comments). They moaned (justifiably) about Daglish & Souness and until they were sacked – yet either of them two would be better than what we have now.

    Problem is, Pards seems to be made of Teflon.

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Feb 23, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #22

    Oh ok, thanks for that Thump, its been so long since i’ve even thought of Europe that I didnt know it was abolished 🙁

  • DarloGeordie

    Feb 23, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #23

    Post 21


    You sum it up so well as for being Dave in disguise i dont think so 1986 may be a bit closer… Pardew took over a team with great team spirit so the team is doing the work not Pardew…

    All I have seen from Pardew is sending players (Routledge) out on loan and submitting to the fat mans demands but hey he is the puppet…

    At the end of the day he has been in charge for too little a time to be properly judged with this team but he is still working with Hughton’s effort and the team togetherness he built, in my eyes Pardew is shit and so is Cashley all you lot kissing the mans beeeehind so early will be eating your words in ehhhh…. lets say 4 months when we lose Tiote, Barton and Enrique lets see what ya think of the gaffa then yeah!

  • The Power Ranger

    Feb 23, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #24

    Fair Play Table

    Man Utd
    West Brom
    Aston Villa
    West Ham
    Man City

  • DarloGeordie

    Feb 23, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #25

    so we are bottom?? seems wrong to me that

  • DarloGeordie

    Feb 23, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #26

    or top

  • toonarmy1986

    Feb 23, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #27

    http://www.footiegambler.com/2011/01/fair-play-yellow-red-card-league/ that there is the real fair play league that other table I think is for things like value for money on match days to see if it’s fair prices etc so basically means we are paying more than anyone else for what we are been offered lol.

  • lewman

    Feb 23, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #28

    there are clubs that charge alot more than newcastle maybe it has taken last season into account

  • free giveaways

    Feb 23, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #29

    Does anyone else think Barton’s agent is angling a move for him? Barton’s quotes suggest he really wants to stay. I don’t trust his agent, Willy McKay, he’s the one who suggested Souness buy all those terrible players like Boumsong and Amdy Faye.

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 23, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #30

    free giveaways, I think it’s media training. I think they are advised on what to say. Keep the fans happy.

  • ganiyu

    Feb 23, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #31

    xisco is carrolls replacement

  • free giveaways

    Feb 23, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #32

    Lol Ashley will do anything to get money from the fans won’t he? His latest ingenious idea; make a t-shirt with a print of a fat man’s body.


  • jackdnufc

    Feb 23, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #33


    I don’t quite understand why you’ve taken the position you have done. If Pardew hasn’t had enough time to be judged yet then how can you suggest that he’s, as you phrased it, ‘shit’.

    It seems a doubly odd position to take as a supporter to be so pessimistic about the current situation especially when you consider where we are in the table at the minute. I understand that many get frustrated by what I am about to say next but your stance really does not comply with what it means to be a supporter of something.

    It does appear, as I read your posts and others like your own, that you would rather see your predictions come true than stand to see Ashley or Pardew succeed.

    As for all the chatter about Europe, I said it the other day and I’ll say it again: patience people, patience. All in good time. For our first season back just to be pushing for it is a fantastic achievement.

  • dave 1961

    Feb 23, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #34

    next thing I hear on hear will be that I use my words carefully to engineer a reaction, but last year I was accused of knowing nothing, so it’s an improvement I suppose, but sometimes I do move the topics so I can slip some news in, as my brother used to be in with the devil and his disciple, and I could not risk saying anything that my brother could relate to me, luckily he lost faith with Ashley & co so now I need not worry, as I had a few bits of info that I was trying to get out without getting found out, but I often read the blog so I have a list of those I am going to kill.

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 23, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #35

    dave 1961, I am now considering whether to copy and paste your comment and send it to some authority, so that they can trace you through this blog, so they can lock you up. As you’re threatening to run amok and should be locked up for your safety and that of others.

  • Toonboy_84

    Feb 23, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #36

    Am I going to die?

  • ginkoh

    Feb 23, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #37

    Sorry but I really think we have Mckems in Magpie mask here.

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 23, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #38

    I wonder if Hollywood will be soon making a new super hero movie now that Shola’s got a mask? “The Adventures of Strollaman”.

  • DarloGeordie

    Feb 23, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #39

    Oh dear oh dear what has this all come too…


    My comments about the man not being tested yet are true, he hasn’t!!! he has taken over a team that was full of pride and full of commitment to the club which has built from the clubs successful season in the championship, thus rolling into the epl.

    Pardew has done nothing i repeat absolutely nothing apart from be the front man for Cashley’s business management, which is exactly what this club has become a business. Yes I understand there is success on the financial front but Pardew has again (I repeat DONE NOTHING).

    I described Pardew as being “shit” simply through his past record in the fact he has got teams relegated and won scraps… The only reason he is manager of this club is because he is Cashley’s mate and has cost the fat slug half the amount it would have cost renewing Hughton’s contract – – – – – – emphasis on that last point it cost Ashley half the amount for Pardew as it would have done for Hughton, go figure!!!!

    I love the club but it kills me everyday wiv the man in charge, dont get me wrong i will still buy my season ticket and shirts every season I just don’t agree with the management structure and the lack of communication between us (the fans, the £££££££) and the hierarchy .


  • fungus44

    Feb 23, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #40

    why do,nt some of the fan,s on here that have a go at the mangers, applay for the job as manger of nufc ,because to me they all think they can do better if so why is pardew there and not them,answer is they have no cule fullstop


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