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Report – Newcastle Tracking Sixteen-Year-Old English Right-Back

Luke Matheson is a 16-year-old right-back who plays for Rochdale in League One. Matheson broke into the Rochdale first-team last season and became the club’s youngest player at 15 years and 336 days. He ended the season making 7 total appearances.

This season he has 6 appearances with 3 of those being starts in the League. Last night, Matheson scored the leveler against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup for his first goal.

The Chronicle have a report that Newcastle have been tracking the youngster since last season when he made his debut for Rochdale.

Newcastle have reportedly been looking to add talented youngsters to the academy. Apparently, Matheson is one of the players they have been tracking. His profile has gotten a little more prominent after last night’s goal at Old Trafford.

250 comments so far

  • geordietom

    Sep 27, 2019 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #201

    wont get fooled again …

    the who …

  • Nufc-83

    Sep 27, 2019 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #202

    Jail I say that as I suggested selling the land was pretty much standard business practice for a lot of clubs/businesses across the country. I was suggesting Ashley hadn’t done something which was so evil and unheard of and trying to bring a little reality into that situation. This is why I am challenging the comment around the full running of the club as pretty much every other decision has been completely idiotic and not related to standard business practice.

  • hibbit

    Sep 27, 2019 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #203

    “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”
    not this time matey.

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 27, 2019 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #204

    Brochure, steve Bruce, success and europe. Wtf?

  • Nufc-83

    Sep 27, 2019 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #205

    Genj I covered most of your questions on the accounts in the original discussion. Send them again and I will have a look this evening if you can be bothered. Maybe we both may learn something.

  • Genjikai

    Sep 27, 2019 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #206

    You are tony baloney.
    Your patta is exactly the same.
    Fooling no one.
    Ill get back to you later on that one.
    Only you.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 27, 2019 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #207

    It’s not standard though is it, to sell the clubs land and pocket the cash, it would be standard to sell it and reinvest in an academy and training facilities or the playing staff. It’s not standard to close a? the club shops and have everyone buy from a club SD depriving the club of millions is it.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 27, 2019 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #208

    Nothing Ashley does in the world of football is standard he’s a bit of a trailblazer……

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 27, 2019 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #211

    Presume this is all pants ? The brochure sounds about as relevant as michael owens marketing brochure.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 27, 2019 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #212


    But all we here is Ashley is a “Businessman” clearly the other teams have got guys who know how to run a business PROPERLY!!!

  • Genjikai

    Sep 27, 2019 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #213

    Nowadays everyone is a business man it seems.
    Aye ive watched dragons den too.
    That qualifys me?

  • cockneymafiaout

    Sep 27, 2019 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #214

    Just seen the latest that Peter Kenyon is back…. yawn

  • Nufc-83

    Sep 27, 2019 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #215

    Jail the last I read the land was bought for 6m by a property investment company based in Durham (I think Marconi or something). The club received 6m from the land sale but apparently the company packaged and marketing the deal later selling it for 9m. So obviously the land was sold at a lower price which is not good but saying Ashley pocketed the full value and put it into his swag bag is untrue (from what I have read).

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 27, 2019 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #216

    Would Kenyon taking Newcastle on the tick for a few years be any worse than Ashley?

    At least if Kenyon was in charge he wouldn’t have let Rafa go he would have at least looked to work towards some kind of plan with Rafa!

    Even if slower than other clubs I think we would have been looking at yearly incremental improvements to the club overall with Kenyon and he would have been looking to negotiate other funding for the club through sponsors etc

    Player installments would then come to club surely? So we could also pay for players over 4 or 5 years like every other club does?

    Also wouldn’t do daft things on a whim like hire Bruce and pay over the odds for Joellinton when his Champions League winning manager is saying hes 20 million overpriced……

  • Nufc-83

    Sep 27, 2019 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #217

    Lee Charnley that’s not always the case and in fact you see a lot more bad owners than good (if you think of clubs like Bolton etc). That doesn’t make it any better for us and it’s easy to look at the likes of spurs with envy. Even the likes of Everton who have rich owners now 🙁

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 27, 2019 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #218


    True there is but Kenyon has a proven track record at doing well at clubs as opposed to Ashley who is just making a mess of us that the only way for us to recover now is for him to have control of the club taken away from him even just living on the TV money and transfers with him no longer in charge of football decisions is still a million miles better than him being in charge of everything !!

    If keeping Ashley the smarter move would have been to install Kenyon as a kind of Director of Football rather than having bloody Justin Barnes, Kevin Bishop or any of the other cronies who should be nowhere near a football team

  • Jib

    Sep 27, 2019 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #219

    To be a successful manager you have to have a lot between the ears
    Benitez was probably Ashley’s intellectual superior.
    No way , given Ashley’s character , he was ever going to keep Rafa on
    any longer than a couple more seasons.
    Rafa clearly sensed this
    I just wish he’d been a bit more upfront with the fans.
    Us poor suckers are suffering because of their dislike
    of each other.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 27, 2019 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #220


    Just wish Ashley had been honest and upfront with the fans a long time ago!!

  • Jib

    Sep 27, 2019 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #221

    Lee @ 219
    That’s not strictly true
    Kenyon did well as MU because he realised their
    global appeal hadn’t been fully utilised.
    He was pretty average at Chelsea

  • Novocastrian66

    Sep 27, 2019 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #222

    It’s nearly October. The takeover bull shit always starts in October.

  • Jib

    Sep 27, 2019 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #223

    Lee Charnley Bunga Party
    Just wish Ashley had been honest and upfront with the fans a long time ago!!

    It’s not in his nature

    Rafa however was strangely muted

  • count

    Sep 27, 2019 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #224

    Holy effing sh¡t. Did I seriously just read someone ask micky “any whispers down your neck of the woods”?

    I’ve heard it all now.

  • Reilly

    Sep 27, 2019 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #225

    Tom Chaplin
    Usual Steve Bruce on @bbc5live
    … “proud”, “I’m a Geordie”, “I’m just going to enjoy it”. Then bang: “it’s a tough place because of the fans expectations”. Clueless.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 27, 2019 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #226

    Ah Jib summoning up the Rafa contriversies again trying to get your new pal to bite. You do know we are all aware you are telling made up stories again don’t you? Naughty naughty little mischief maker 😉

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 27, 2019 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #227

    Speaking of made up stories it looks like the blogs secret weapon to get me to stay off this place has been found, no doubt raising a cheer am Ng a few of you 🙂 If the next couple of months is going to be spent discussing bogus takeover stories again that’s me off for a blog holiday. I really have a busy enough life without flushing time down the pot on that. 🙁

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 27, 2019 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #228


    “Distinctly average” at Chelsea would still be a million times better than what we have! Even if he was to organize us to be half as good as either of those 2 clubs it would be a huge step up!

  • lochinvar

    Sep 27, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #229

    Bruce part 2 on Radio5 this morning……

    More from Steve Bruce: “They’ve [players] been used to playing in a certain way and to be fair, what I’ve tried to do is not change too much too quickly, too radically. If you try to implement things straight away when people are used to playing in a certain way it becomes difficult.

    On new signings: “It’s always been a difficult club because of the expectation. Playing for a big club that’s what happens. The thing about the two of them [Joelinton & Allan Saint-Maximin] is they’re both 22 years old, we haven’t really seen Allan yet – he has been niggled by one of those horrible hamstring injuries. For Joe, the burden on a Newcastle centre forward is always going to be there.

    “I think the big thing when any player comes to the Premier League is they need a little bit of time, especially when they’re young. No disrespect to wherever they’ve come from but it’s totally different. Last week against Brighton was a bit of an eye opener for him [Joelinton], he’s desperate to do well, he’ll learn from it and, given a little bit of time, they’ll flourish.”

  • DubaiMicky

    Sep 27, 2019 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #230

    I’d rather have Kenyon as MD than Charnless

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 27, 2019 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #231

    Looking forward to your insightful updates DM.

  • lochinvar

    Sep 27, 2019 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #232

    Spot the club competition.
    Greggs pasty for the winner

    Chelsea are usually in the top 6 – 8 and a European Competition but have rank fans and are run by a Russian who is barred from living in the UK.

    Newcastle United are usually not in the top 6-8 nor in a European Championship but have amazing fans and are run by an imbecile who should be banned from the UK to live in the salt mines.

  • AncientC

    Sep 27, 2019 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #233

    There are very specific takeover details being reported; that is an instant red flag. Reminds me of published letter by Ashley with Kenyon as the preferred buyer. The fans that are staying away are having a powerful effect… don’t let the naysayers tell you differently: you are starting to see the results.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 27, 2019 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #234

    It’s been mildly amusing seeing some justification for how Newcastle is really doing quite well under the “standard business practice” of Mr Ashley.

    You don’t have to look at the books and forensically investigate the ins and outs all you need to look at is the end result, the bottom line. You just have to assemble a few factors and see how the whole package compares to a similar setup elsewhere.

    The financial capacity of the owner
    The exclusivity of the Support base
    The stadium location and potential
    The merchandising opportunities
    The advertising and sponsorship potential.
    The brand marketing and rights potential
    The sporting success potential, and it’s cumulative effect on the above.

    All these business abilities if maximised would result, in 12 years, to a significantly better product than we have now. For a billionaire – owned one club city whose nearest rival “attractions” are in the professional football wasteland the product looks a lot more like a bled carcass than a fattened bull. Funny how this simple point is ignored and shouted down with petty justifications isn’t it?

    There’s abundant evidence there is no ambition, there is no spending above basic maintenance, club revenues all seem to be salted away in ways that other clubs don’t seem to have a problem using to better themselves. There’s a lot of semantic tosh surrounding this club when all you need to do is stand back and look at what it is – and what it isn’t.

  • DubaiMicky

    Sep 27, 2019 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #235

    Jail, I love you too.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 27, 2019 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #236

    Without doubt and despite some of the frankly pathetic denunciations on here, the boycott movement and active protesters have definitely produced a reaction. It didn’t need to garner hordes of active support, it just needed it’s message out there, and the “not the real world” of social media has obviously reached the real world after all.

    Now that eyes are being opened, fans can see for themselves why Mike’s NUFC is never going to be their club while he is here strangling the life out of it. It has its own momentum now, fans are voting with their feet. And now we have yet another takeover rumour. Pathetic isn’t it? Wonder what the pro-ashley posters are going to come up with next?

  • posada

    Sep 27, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #237

    Ashley sells the club but retains the brand.
    Branded goods are only bought by supporters.
    If we stop buying them the rights to the brand are worth zero.
    He really would be vulnerable to that sort of boycott.

    Appreciate it would hit club revenue.

  • Reilly

    Sep 27, 2019 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #238

    Luke Edwards
    · 5m
    Told the latest takeover story has too many holes in it to be credible, that the deal would not be acceptable to Ashley in the current form and that the document is very poor with fantasy numbers. Apart from that though, it’s looking good

  • boss hoggs atm

    Sep 27, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #239

    Bruce on Radio5 blaming the players age for garbage football now & not his own inadequacies as a coach, it’s never Brucey’s fault as the green one would say lol…

  • hibbit

    Sep 27, 2019 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #240

    interesting read for any number crunchers on here. 😉



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