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What This Reporter Said About Matt Ritchie During Sunday’s Game Is Great

The injury situation has been clearing up nicely at Newcastle after a dreadful spell saw up to eight players out at one point.

The only player not back in training yet is Matt Ritchie. He and Florian Lejeune were the two players ruled out through injury for yesterday’s momentous 1-0 victory against Manchester United.

Matt has been out since a Hamza Choudhury tackle damaged his ankle ligaments in the Carabao Cup in late August. Choudhury had another questionable challenge on Mo Salah late in Leicester City’s loss to Liverpool yesterday.

Matt is reportedly nearing a return to training. The original estimation had him missing two months. That would be close to Newcastle’s next match at Chelsea on October 19th.

Matt Ritchie– itching to get back

Sun journalist David Coverdale sat behind Matt Ritchie at St James Park yesterday. This is how he described the 30-year-old.

It sounds exactly like what we would expect from Matt Ritchie. He would have been thrilled with the big win yesterday.

We have to wonder, though, what state Matty Longstaff would be in this morning if Matt Ritchie had been playing yesterday. Matt does tend to get a bit overzealous during wild celebrations. Matty might have been a bit sore this morning if Ritchie had been on the pitch during his goal.

28 comments so far

  • lesh

    Oct 7, 2019 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #1


    I have difficulty understanding why your mind seems closed to the suggestion that free and very cheap tickets might have contributed to a near full house on Sunday.

    You seem to be in denial to the fact that Ashley would sell tickets in home sections to ManU fans and issue freebies and cheapies to make the attendance look good. It’s called propaganda aimed at discrediting any boycott campaign, showing it to be failing.

    Open your eyes and question what’s happening instead of living in a dream to try to justify your own actions which are in effect giving credence to Ashley’s running of NUFC.

  • hibbit

    Oct 7, 2019 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #2


    so we’re back to the cheap side shots are we ??
    no one else has a right to an opinion do they ……… and as for that saint tag your the one trying to set himself up for sainthood ……….proper fans who decided that i wonder ?? Bigot

  • lesh

    Oct 7, 2019 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #3


    If that was Alan Thompson hugging the Longstaffs’ dad, he looked a bit like Ashley but with a bigger kite. It might have been an optical illusion, but with a waistband that big, it’s probably safe to say he’s not training as he used to.

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 7, 2019 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #4

    lesh “it’s probably safe to say he’s not training as he used to.”

    I think you may be right. Or at all


    Actually, I can’t find the clip of the video showing the celebration (haven’t looked too hard) but there’s a canny recent video of Alan Thompson here talking about his career.


  • Assassins Inc

    Oct 7, 2019 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Remember Man U were Man U once they gave the academy a chance. Scholes, Becks and Giggs in midfield were the best midfield threesome in the country.

    We have two right now, going to make Max my Ryan Giggs or Miggy if he can get on the score sheet.

    Hopefully this will be the start of our academy move and hopefully Ashley leaves these players alone and let them enjoy the next 10 plus years wearing the Black and White.

  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 7, 2019 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #6

    ASM, the Longstaffs, Willems all need to start in 2 weeks, ASM was fantastic, manure crapped themselves (see what I did there?), every time he had the ball, it eventually took 3 of them to get the ball off him. Once Carroll came on we all seemed to step up a gear, so should we start him? I’m not sure, could he do a 60 minute shift? Well he did 35 yesterday so you never know. I feel for Almiron, he should have scored but took one step too long and it was all over, must be a confidence thing, but I’d start him as well.
    So that’s 6 of my team for Chelsea, the rest are pretty obvious – who hate playing against us, if I recall they have one of their worst records against us in recent times.

  • geordietom

    Oct 7, 2019 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #7

    Rob …

    i looked at recent photo’s of Alan Thompson earlier and the vid you just put up that bloke who stands next to the lonstaff’s dad doesn’t look like Alan Thompson to me . dunno who he is another family member perhaps ? …

  • toon22

    Oct 7, 2019 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #8

    Hiya JIB

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 7, 2019 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #9

    Munster Mag

    Oct 7, 2019 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #44
    Its certainly nice not to have to read a pile of vicious posts this morning about traitors, tactical ineptitude, non attendance etc.
    And my vote for the biggest creep on the blog, behind carl goes to…………………
    What a bloody nerve, a man who just never stopped putting the boot in, come on Munster, why haven’t you said that Brucie got lucky and the only reason matty got a chance is because Hayden got carded, I thought you were fair and balanced.

  • Bambams

    Oct 7, 2019 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Matty was unlucky with that shot that hit the bar mind, but Schàr and that clearance with Rashford so close was brilliant.

    Bit of a seesaw of emotions supporting our team to say the least.

    Not taking anything away from the boys or the result but that was the worst Man Utd team I have seen.

    In my opinion

  • toon22

    Oct 7, 2019 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Who cares how we got 3 points

    It’s not going to change how Jabba runs our club

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Oct 7, 2019 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Seems a bit unfair to me that Mr and Mrs Longstaff would not see a penny of the 70 million plus that the club would get if it sold their children. They bliddy made them after all.

  • Mindshaft

    Oct 7, 2019 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Clearly if Hayden wasn’t banned then Matty would have sat the game on the bench at best, credit to the players who have consistently told Bruce they all know their jobs in Rafa formation and after three clear the air talks ( Norwich, Brighton and Leicester Bruce finally gave in to it ), good to see the commitment from Almiron/ASM/Both the Longstaffs and the back four – much better – Carroll didn’t do much other than manhandle Man U players and fall over a lot but still more than Linton

  • Kamakazeee

    Oct 7, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #14

    @DubaiMicky: Agree with you on all the points you make. On Almiron, he’s never been a goalscorer and Bruce doesn’t do him any favours by calling him a forward. What I would say is, too many people are focusing on his missed chance, if he doesn’t play that pass into ASM feet – inch perfect, that goal doesn’t come about. It was ridiculously good pass. That is Almirons game, carrying the ball during transition and making defence splitting passes.

    Imagine when Lejeune gets amongst this team. Things are looking bright, if that is the standard set yesterday

  • posada

    Oct 7, 2019 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #15

    St Hibbitt

    Bigot. Just an insult not backed up by facts.

    Truth is you’ve been bricking it since you gave your ticket up.
    In case we do well. In case we still have a good crowd.

    Morning after the game and you are putting the attendance down to cheap/free tickets and Man U supporters in the home end.

    Truth is this. It was a well attended game. The Toon support was first class.
    The performance from Bruce and his team was very good.
    Well worth our support.

    Only 2/3 thousand home supporters missing.
    You’ll always get a drop off from the less committed supporters.
    Many stop going but feel obliged to say they are motivated by some noble cause in doing so.

  • Bobbybee

    Oct 7, 2019 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Posada isn’t jib ffs! It’s just a pity there isn’t some way of actually finding out who does post under various names and I think we might be surprised at the result. Why anybody would even choose to do such a crazy thing is beyond comprehension, but then, I’m sane.
    If people want to go to games, others should mind their own business. Likewise if people want to stay away – it’s your money, you spend it on what you want and if you don’t want to spend it watching football, then fine. Why should you?
    It’s all just a difference of opinion. I’ve been an activist all my life. Stood on picket lines with miners and firemen. Marched against an illegal war. Things that effected people who had the choice taken from them. I choose not to boycott because I don’t want to. That’s it. End of discussion. I love going to games, win lose or draw. Yes, we have debacles like Leicester and Brighton, but we also have games memories are made of, like Spurs, City and Manure. That’s football.
    People have made their decisions by now. It’s done. There is no right and wrong in individual choices. What’s right for one isn’t for another. Let people decide how they want to spend – or not – THEIR money. It’s not yours. It’s none of your business – period.
    I find it odd that a bloke wants to wear a dress and call himself Bianca, but I wouldn’t dream of telling him not to do it if that’s what he wants. It’s his life, not mine. Knock yourself out Bianca. People have a right to do whatever they choose as long as it isn’t hurting anybody else.

  • posada

    Oct 7, 2019 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #17

    That is nonsense I’m afraid.

    Cheap/free tickets. Show me one person who says I was there on a free ticket. It came from wherever. Put up or shut up.

    What is a cheap ticket. I have a good seat. £48 it would cost on a match by match basis. With ten year deal and other club initiatives I have been sitting there for years for about £24/25 a game. You could argue all the tickets should be cheaper. Supply and demand. Lower the ticket prices until you sell them all. Main revenue is TV money now anyway.

    Man U fans sitting in home areas. Wrong. Two types of Man U fan. Those who travel with the club and are based in Manchester. If they had wanted extra tickets there was still a spare section next to them they could have had.

    The other type. Man U fans who live locally. They have been going for years. Same with Liverpool.
    We work with these folks, socialise with them. Might even be related to them. This does no harm at all. If one of them did get carried away by a goal by the way it’s not a reason for people to react like maniacs and kick off. Folks should be able to cope with that.

    How can the club stop it. If you put tickets on general sale the only restriction you can apply is you limit it to local addresses. They live local.
    Re posted as Lesh has re his comments above.

  • posada

    Oct 7, 2019 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #18

    Agreed. If folks don’t want to go I have no problem with it and would not normally comment.
    I did not come on yesterday after a great result and start making any points with the Doomsters.
    I have made a comment in response to Toon 22. He deserves all the stick he gets.

    I’ve also since had a go at Hibbitt. After less than a day he’s on about the attendance being down to cheap tickets and being bolstered by Man U fans in the home end. Again, justified.

    It was a good atmosphere. Great support given to the team. Great response by Bruce and his team. Game well attended. No other team gets that many without being in the top six.
    All facts.

  • Mindshaft

    Oct 7, 2019 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Jesus Christ – just enjoy the win and stop bickering like teenage girls ffs

  • killingworth38

    Oct 7, 2019 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #20

    Well said Bobby Bee. I’d just add one thing for the Anti-Ashley brigade. ‘Be careful what you wish for.’ Do you really want a middle eastern prince who beheads opponents and stones women?

  • AndyMac

    Oct 7, 2019 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #21

    BobbyBee says “People have a right to do whatever they choose as long as it isn’t hurting anybody else”

    That depends on your definition of “hurting” ?

    By attending matches and filling the seats so it looks good on TV, stops the Prem from getting heavy handed with the Fatman ( remember its part of the deal to have stadia full or almost full). Arguably it is hurting those who stay away because Fatman will continue to pull these stunts, no pressure on him so he’ll never leave.

    My question to all those who continue to attend SJP knowing it keeps Fatman tied to the club is ‘If Fatman turned up today as the new owner and you had a crystal ball which showed how the next 12 years would pan out (two relegations, bozo managers, little or no investment) would you be happy to take your seat and do nothing knowing that ambition died as soon as Fatman arrived ? ?

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 7, 2019 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #22


    FFS don’t start that “be careful what you wish for”crap!
    We have the worst owner you could get so I would take a chance on any respectable bidder!
    In the meantime one enjoying a great victory as there won’t be many this season!

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 7, 2019 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #23

    I think the only thing that will force Ashley to sell up is relegation resulting in us losing our stars and the prospect of him having to spend say, £100 million to get us back up. I don’t think he has the stomach for a repeat of that!
    Home crowds are a lesser problem to him until it drops below 40k every week which is bad pr for him!

  • posada

    Oct 7, 2019 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #24

    Oct 7, 2019 at 12:53 PM
    Comment #19
    Jesus Christ – just enjoy the win and stop bickering like teenage girls ffs
    Easier said than done. Tried that yesterday and what do you get.
    Toon 22 and his drivel. You can’t just take that. He deserves stick and plenty of it.
    At the game and enjoyed it then in no time the Doomsters. That was just down to cheap tickets and local Man U supporters.
    Wrong !

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 7, 2019 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #25

    Our problem with not supporting the team is that we are addicted to it!
    That win yesterday raises our spirits and the point is, if we won every week we wouldn’t care who the owner is!
    Unfortunately, we don’t win every week, in fact we rarely win and the root cause is Ashley!

  • geordietom

    Oct 7, 2019 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #26

    Bobby …

    well said mate agree with you 100 per cent …

  • geordietom

    Oct 7, 2019 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #27

    Posada …

    yep your right no such thing as free tickets. it dont matter if you pay £ 5 or £ 50 its your money . we should have a choice if we want to go to watch a match without being shot down about it …

  • geordietom

    Oct 7, 2019 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #28

    TOON22 = activist…


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