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Benitez Upbeat About Upcoming Premier League Season – Especially Liverpool Games

The Premier League has issued the fixtures for next season and there was generally a positive reaction from our fans to the fixture list.

We start the season against Tottenham Hotspur at home and that was our last fixture we played in the Premier League last year, when we took Spurs to the cleaners by a score 5-1 and with 20 minutes to play when the score was 2-1 we had Mitro sent off.

That defeat cost Spurs second place that season in the Premier League by a side that had already been relegated to the Championship but let’s face it – our team was fantastic that day.

A smiling Rafa Benitez – loved by both Liverpool and Newcastle fans!

After the fixtures were announced at 9:00 am this morning Rafa had this to say on the Newcastle United web-site:

“It’s always exciting to see the new fixtures and like the fans, it’s something we all look forward to.”

“It’s a great start at home to Tottenham and a really exciting first game at St. James’ Park for our fans to enjoy.”

“We will all have extra motivation for that game, but it will be a very tough start too because Spurs showed how good they are last season.”

“Of course they were our last Premier League opponents here too, which was a memorable match for everyone, but this time around it will be completely different.”

“The fans will enjoy being at home to Manchester City on Boxing Day. It is always nice for fans to enjoy games against top teams over the Christmas period.”

“We also have a great game to round off the season with Chelsea visiting us on the last day of the season.”

“Aside from that, obviously I look forward to the two games with Liverpool; those days will be extra special for me, but really every game is exciting and every game has its own challenges.”

“It will be nice, too, to come up against Chris Hughton and his Brighton side again this season.”

“This will be Brighton’s first time in the Premier League and the way both our clubs performed in the Championship will make it a special game, I think.”

And yes the games against Liverpool will be very special ones because Rafa was the very popular manager at the Reds and the Scouser fans have never forgotten what the 57 year-old did for them.

Rafa was manager there between 2004 and 2010 and his triumphs included winning the Champions League back in 2005 when the Reds led by Steven Gerrard miraculously came back from 3-0 down against AC Milan at the half to win the game on penalties – the greatest comeback in Champions League final.

Here’s the list of the Premier League fixtures for Newcastle and we have a fairly easy start and Newcastle fans generally reacted positively to the fixtures – let’s hope we can do (very) well next season.

12/08/2017 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur (h)
19/08/2017 15:00 Huddersfield Town (a)
26/08/2017 15:00 West Ham (h)
09/09/2017 15:00 Swansea City (a)
16/09/2017 15:00 Stoke City (h)
23/09/2017 15:00 Brighton (a)
30/09/2017 15:00 Liverpool (h)
14/10/2017 15:00 Southampton (a)
21/10/2017 15:00 Crystal Palace (h)
28/10/2017 15:00 Burnley (a)
04/11/2017 15:00 Bournemouth (h)
18/11/2017 15:00 Manchester United (a)
25/11/2017 15:00 Watford (h)
28/11/2017 20:00 West Brom(a)
02/12/2017 15:00 Chelsea (a)
09/12/2017 15:00 Leicester City (h)
13/12/2017 19:45 Everton (h)
16/12/2017 15:00 Arsenal (a)
23/12/2017 15:00 West Ham (a)
26/12/2017 15:00 Manchester City (h)
30/12/2017 15:00 Brighton (h)
01/01/2018 15:00 Stoke City (a)
13/01/2018 15:00 Swansea City (h)
20/01/2018 15:00 Manchester City (a)
31/01/2018 19:45 Burnley (h)
03/02/2018 15:00 Crystal Palace (a)
10/02/2018 15:00 Manchester United (h)
24/02/2018 15:00 Bournemouth (a)
03/03/2018 15:00 Liverpool (a)
10/03/2018 15:00 Southampton (h)
17/03/2018 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur (a)
31/03/2018 15:00 Huddersfield Town (h)
07/04/2018 15:00 Leicester City (a)
14/04/2018 15:00 Arsenal (h)
21/04/2018 15:00 Everton (a)
28/04/2018 15:00 West Brom (h)
05/05/2018 15:00 Watford (a)
13/05/2018 15:00 Chelsea (h)

Comments welcome.

54 comments so far

  • lesh

    Jun 14, 2017 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Nut meg (from a couple of threads back)

    The lady you referred to (‘she used to hang around with the rolling stones,a lot’) surely did so when she wasn’t being naughty in the wheat fields? Or maybe she did it when she was??

    Hey ho (hay ho….. credit)

  • cht2015

    Jun 14, 2017 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Looking forward to the new season and hopefully 4-5 quality new faces in the team. New shirt arrived this morning, never bought a Wonga one, went Blue Star Retro for 4 years instead. I like it!

  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Jun 14, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Looks like Maguire is off to Leicester for 12M rising to 17M with add-ons. And with them bidding 10M for Johnny Evans, it’s not looking good for Morgan and Huth.

    I only mention this because I know Maguire was mentioned as a Toon target, so we can most likely scratch him off our list now.


    Jun 14, 2017 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #4

    Shame that I like Maguire but plenty others to be had, most of Man Utds defense is up for sale by the sounds of it Id have Smalling or Jones (not likely but hey ho) plenty of players to be had

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 14, 2017 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #5

    Rumors of us linked with stevan jovetic…

  • Jib

    Jun 14, 2017 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #6

    Kalidou Koulibaly with Reina is the deal

  • JackBall

    Jun 14, 2017 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #7

    That would be great of them to throw Koulibaly in so that we would take Reina off their books.

    I know you are kidding, but seriously, not sure i’d invest that much of our budget on a CB

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 14, 2017 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Rafa forget about a keeper you got one last season and he was shit get some out players in.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 14, 2017 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #9

    I don’t see any of those four released having a problem finding new clubs and the best of luck to them.

    Under better management pre Rafa, apart from Anita of course who did prove himself many times over, I reckon they could have been very good players.

    Of the list Ed has compiled as leaving us I’d like to see several given another chance to prove themselves including, Mbabu, Haidara, Mbemba, Saivet, DeJong and possibly some others that don’t immediately spring to mind. Could make the finances stretch further for some marque signings.

    Easy fixtures! No such thing, especially at the beginning of the season as every team will want a good start Rafa will no doubt be hammering that message across. St James Park will need to be a fortress again as I don’t see us winning as many away games as last year.

  • U.S Magpie

    Jun 14, 2017 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #10

    Is it me or are we missing something here, if players like Chris Smalling and Olivier Giroud are available why are we not trying to sign them. Both players have the Prem Exp and can do a job for us, NO?
    Its getting a little frustrating that we haven not really signed anyone, Astu was on loan with a clause that we could sign him so no real deal done this summer. Its starting to feel like most Newcastle transfer windows, we scout the players for all the clubs in the Prem, why is it once we find one we are thinking about signing we don’t shut the hell up about it. Every time its seems like we look at a player the rags get that info and then Everton, West Ham etc are now also looking at them. Its driving me nuts again, once again summers with the Black and White are causing headaches.


    Jun 14, 2017 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #11

    How do u know we aren’t trying to sign them?

    And every club feels like they scout players for every team it’s just not true am afraid

    It’s way too early to start getting so upset about transfers man haha

  • nightfa11

    Jun 14, 2017 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #12

    i have a feeling that some of the signings are already wrapped up and will be reveiled together..

    i mean…ashley must have given money to rafa to make the signings..cos if not:

    1. chinesse could start negotiations at a much lower price, but by investing (lets say) 100 mio, ashley can demand way more from them..
    2. in case chinesse drop out, we’d end up with a poor squad and without rafa..

  • Bambams

    Jun 14, 2017 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #13

    I wonder if we have signed any pre contracts and we are just waiting to announce on 1st July.

    I know Ed has posted on here several times that Rafa wants his signings done early, is this a fact or is this just what we would expect Rafa to want.

    I genuinely thought Townsend would of been the first signing but are we still interested in him ?

    A good top international would do well to show other targets we do mean business and ‘Project Rafa ‘ is in full swing.

    Or is this takeover holding matters up?

  • U.S Magpie

    Jun 14, 2017 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #14

    Well WWSBRD that’s my opinion and that’s yours, I think we will agree to disagree.
    But that only my opinion on the agree to disagree part.

  • ToonRich

    Jun 14, 2017 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #15

    I suggested this the other day…but have read today that Atletico have an agreement with Chelsea to sign Costa and allow him to go on loan else where until their transfer ban is lifted, probably all rumour though…anyway, if true Rafa should be all over this!!


    Jun 14, 2017 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #16

    Well bud ur getting upset over nothing but enjoy it mate

    Id imagine Costa would have better options than us even for just 6 months

  • Belfast

    Jun 14, 2017 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #17

    Any player signing on a pre contract would have been announced donkeys ago.

    Most players are either on holiday right now or will be going on holiday after international duty.

    Unless it’s a huge move for you financially you wouldn’t be in a mad rush to leave your sun lounger in Dubai when you’ve still got a few weeks off.

    There will be very little business done until pre season starts. Chill!!

  • sing in the corner

    Jun 14, 2017 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #18

    You are taking a pish in a force nine gale mate.
    I guarantee that within the hour is out some sage will be on to declare ‘WTF is going on?? Where are all the signings??? We’re doomed!!!’

  • Belfast

    Jun 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #19

    There could be a number of players currently on holiday that have verbally agreed to join. You just don’t know.

    I wouldn’t be in a hurry to jet back from holidays myself. Although I’m a lazy sod to be fair.

  • Belfast

    Jun 14, 2017 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Probably mate haha

    Most players aren’t back for another three weeks like. The time to shit them is probably 3 weeks into July. 🙂

  • Belfast

    Jun 14, 2017 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Feel free to remind me of this conversation on the 22nd July when we’ve still signed nobody. I’ll probably be hiding in my bunker polishing more turds.

  • firebug666

    Jun 14, 2017 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #22


    Would you like to borrow my Mr Muscle?

    On transfers, I just ignore the press, we will know when something is happening, so let’s not get all wound up over some press click bait speculation.

    Given the amount of players that have been linked to us someone is going to be right eventually, but lets wait for the announcement from the club first.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 14, 2017 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #23

    Howabout this for a spine …


    I’d be happy with that. Can’t see it but it would be all the experience we need. Add to that youth with pace and we’d not be going down.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 14, 2017 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #24

    Anymore news on the supposed takeover? Been like Heathrow down here with all the choppers in and out of Sports Direct

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 14, 2017 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #25

    Hard to believe a takeover is on the cards just when things are finally going well with Ashley. Will his last hurrah be selling us to a right set of Venky’s? This concerns me now.
    We know nothing about these Chinese investors. Nor their plans for the club. In fact, does anyone even know who they are?
    It’s took Mike Ashley all this time to finally get it right, then he sells us off to another set of amateurs? This would be the ultimate irony – we get rid of Ashley then wish he’d stayed?
    My biggest concern is obviously Rafa. If they want a hands on approach, will he say ‘this isn’t why I signed’ and walk?

  • Jib

    Jun 14, 2017 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #26

    By gum you shut the gobshites up there Bobby lad!

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 14, 2017 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #27

    I just want August to hurry the Fcuk up!

  • Jib

    Jun 14, 2017 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #28

    You are wishing your life away man
    Enjoy the window and preseason for what they are
    The whole package is part of being a Mag


    Jun 14, 2017 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #29

    Shall we hope Ashley never sells then?

  • Jib

    Jun 14, 2017 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #30

    Local millionaire (Cowie) sells Sunlun to Texan billionaire
    That went well


    Jun 14, 2017 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #31

    Ur point?

  • U.S Magpie

    Jun 14, 2017 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #32

    WWSBRD, Been around to long to get upset. Lol


    Jun 14, 2017 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #33

    Haha fair one frustrated may be a better word tbf but honestly the window is barely open and the players are on their jollies if by preseason we’ve signed no one then we will be behind plans no doubt but right now we are in the same spot as pretty much every other club

  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 14, 2017 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #34

    Sunderland predicted to finish eighth in the Champy next season. Surely they won’t be that good will they?

  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 14, 2017 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #35

    I see them finishing about 22nd. If things go well….

  • DicBDoonToon

    Jun 14, 2017 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #36

    Rotonda Heights – I believe my mate said he was speaking to someone at a soliciting company that has overseen this deal. Told me the contracts are signed and everything is done. He didn’t know why nothing had been mentioned. Like I say, he mentioned it just after the end of the season.
    Im sure I read a quote in the chronicle the other night about Ashley speaking about this interest with Rafa in their end of season meeting. I think they are just slowly filtering the news out of the club, letting it drip out like a leaky tap – little bit at a time.
    Im sure my mate said some rich arabs where behind this, but at the moment all ive heard mentioned is germans, yanks or chinese.

    I dont have anymore information unfortunately.
    Time will tell I suppose

  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 14, 2017 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #37

    I still think that consortium of Somali pirates have a good chance of buying the club. They love a good offshore party as well. I recommend Mike head straight down there in his yacht.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 14, 2017 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #38

    But don’t take Rafa with you Mike. He hates surprise parties…..

  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 14, 2017 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #39

    I think that consortium goes by the name NikYorTankr. They’re listed on some of the African stock exchanges I’m sure.

  • toonincheek

    Jun 14, 2017 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #40

    We would all like to see an owner that would invest
    more money into the future of NUFC.

    Can’t say I trust the Americans after what they have
    done to other clubs.
    Can’t say I trust the Chinese (worked in HK for 30+
    years) – depends on their intent.

    Not saying I trust MA – but just maybe better the devil
    we know . . . .


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