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Rafa’s Program Notes – End Of Season Message – We Have To Be Proud



Rafa has written his piece for the program for today’s final Premier League game of the season – against 5th top Chelsea, who were last season’s Premier League Champions.

Rafa has taken the opportunity to thank everybody at the club and also he thanks every single Newcastle fan and mentions how good a job members of his team have done behind the scenes.

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle’s proud manager

Rafa thinks that everybody connected with the club should be proud of what the team has achieved this season when it looked in mid-December we would be fighting relegation right up to this final game of the season.

This is what Rafa has said:

“I don’t know anyone who thought at the beginning of this season that we could finish near the top 10.”

“If things worked out differently we could have been going into this fixture under pressure to avoid relegation.”

“Fortunately we aren’t and we have to realize how important this group of players’ efforts have been in last 10 months.”

“It is important for us to keep the good memories we have taken from this season.”

“It has been a great one from a very professional group of players and along with the staff, fans, city, everyone has come together to get behind us.”

“We have to be proud of that.”

“I’d like to take the opportunity to thank every single fan who has supported the team all the members of my staff – coaching and medical staff – and everyone who has worked so hard behind the scenes.”

“I’d also like to thank the players for their commitment and passion.”

What we need is for Newcastle to win this game against Chelsea and finish in the top half of the table.

That’s also a tough task – but you never know – not with Newcastle.

Howay The Lads!!!


279 comments so far

  • manxpie

    May 13, 2018 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #41

    Youd think we were going for top 4 here wonder wat the possession % is so far?

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  • Munster Mag

    May 13, 2018 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #42

    Great stuff so far

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  • Jib

    May 13, 2018 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #43

    We need a goal from all this pressure
    Chelsea will get into the game at some stage

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 13, 2018 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #44

    Our play in the final 3rd will be our downfall today. Very predictable and lack of ideas and creativity.

    Really need a drastic upgrade on perez and gayle.

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  • Bigjim67

    May 13, 2018 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #45

    ilovetoon
    Your showing your true colours AGAIN.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    May 13, 2018 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #46

    Yedlin’s main weakness that, slack ball under no pressure springing a counter for the opposition. Does it at least once a match. Needs to work on it.

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  • Jib

    May 13, 2018 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #47

    Spurs 1 Leics 2 !!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 13, 2018 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #48

    @bigjim

    What I’m saying it’s a fact. Our attacking play as usual, is pathetic. Possession is useless for us. We are better giving the ball to the opposition, and then going on the counter. This is how we have gotten alot of our points. Not by having large possession as after awhile we run out of ideas.

    Pere gayle Ritchie are not good enough to give creativity to our attacks.

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  • Jib

    May 13, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #49

    Diamé is on fire!!!

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    May 13, 2018 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #50

    Ooof, first proper breach.

    The Diame robs mini-Diame and almost buries it into the bottom corner!

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 13, 2018 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #51

    Diame on fire again great to see.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 13, 2018 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #52

    Diame is a monster in midfield for us today. If only our attacking players were as good as him, we will be a goal up by now.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    May 13, 2018 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #53

    *Then

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  • chicousa

    May 13, 2018 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #54

    Gayle!!!

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  • Bigjim67

    May 13, 2018 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #55

    ilovetoon
    You were saying???

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 13, 2018 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #56

    Since when diame is so adept with his left foot even? Amazed!

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  • Jib

    May 13, 2018 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #57

    YYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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  • davetoon

    May 13, 2018 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #58

    Yeeaaahhh. Get innn Gayle.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 13, 2018 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #59

    Yesssssss!!! Get in!!! Well done lads! Gayle to nick the rebound.

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  • AncientC

    May 13, 2018 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #60

    Ritchie is destroying Chelsea here. What a turnaround from his last game against Chelsea.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 13, 2018 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #61

    GET IN!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!

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  • manxpie

    May 13, 2018 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #62

    Get in we are playing brilliantly great ball from ritchie

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    May 13, 2018 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #63

    GET IN THERE! 😀

    Well deserved.

    Thought Murphy had messed that up firstly with his bad touch and then maybe being offside on Gayle’s follow up.

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  • Canadian Mag

    May 13, 2018 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #64

    Finally Gayle! The man bun works!

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  • davetoon

    May 13, 2018 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #65

    You were saying ILoveToon? LoL

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  • LGFUAD21

    May 13, 2018 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #66

    What does Diane put on his wheatabix?

    He’s been insane so far. Whole team looks well up for it.

    Really are just lacking that target man.

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  • DaveD1000

    May 13, 2018 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #67

    come on………..they’ve had 3 shredded wheat this morning

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    May 13, 2018 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #68

    Oh Shelvey man, did everything right and was just waiting for the net to bulge.

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  • Bigjim67

    May 13, 2018 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #69

    Up for it today like! Should be 3-0! Chelsea look done for.

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  • Dagwoodz

    May 13, 2018 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #70

    Where has this been the past four games (outside of the last half against Spuds). This is WONDERFUL to watch! Love watching our lads putting it about the last day of the season for us…keep it up over 90 minutes, though!

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  • manxpie

    May 13, 2018 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #71

    Wonder if kenedy celebrated?

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 13, 2018 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #72

    Well done Murphy too nearly chipped it over Courtois!! Shelvey should have scored there. Unlucky.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    May 13, 2018 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #73

    Another good long range effort, this time from Gayle.

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  • ben.g

    May 13, 2018 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #74

    Impressive stuff here lads. Diame is an animal. Lejune has some brilliant passing

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  • davetoon

    May 13, 2018 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #75

    Hope we can win this one for Rafa. He has never lost 5 games in a row anytime in his managerial career.

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  • PK-Norway

    May 13, 2018 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #76

    Diame chill out.. dont want to loose u in summer!

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    May 13, 2018 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #77

    Crowd like putty in Diame’s hands!

    Yes Mo Diame.

    I don’t look so silly now when I said after we signed him that he’s a much better player than Sissoko. I remember those that guffawed at such a statement.

    Props to Rafa for reverting him to his earlier career deeper role, rejuvenated him.

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  • chicousa

    May 13, 2018 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #78

    MoJo!!! Dominating

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 13, 2018 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #79

    Diame has been incredible. Absolutely incredible for us in the 2nd half this season. Amazing right foot and even left foot.

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  • Jib

    May 13, 2018 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #80

    It was ball to hand like

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