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February Plans Thwarted By FA Cup Stalemate

Newcastle were considering sending the players to Dubai after this weekend’s match against Norwich for the February winter break. However, the caveat was either a win or a loss against Oxford this past Saturday.

With the 0-0 draw, Newcastle now face a replay at the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday. So the winter break plans in Dubai have been scrapped.

The Chronicle have a report with the following comments from Steve Bruce about the FA Cup replays being scheduled during the supposed winter break:

“For me, it’s a ridiculous situation that you’re supposed to have a week off and then all of a sudden, they’ve shoved replays in there, so what’s the point?

“But the performance is just not good enough on the day, which is disappointing.”

Bruce will instead give the players some time off to be with their families after the replay on Tuesday. Hopefully, Bruce’s assertion that the lads will play better at Oxford is the case.

Newcastle will find out who their potential opponent could be for the fifth round tonight.

These are the ball numbers for the drawing:

1: Tranmere Rovers or Manchester United

2: Chelsea

3: Southampton or Tottenham Hotspur

4: Sheffield Wednesday

5: Bournemouth or Arsenal

6: Northampton Town or Derby County

7: Leicester City

8: Sheffield United

9: Reading or Cardiff City

10: West Bromwich Albion

11: Norwich City

12: Coventry City or Birmingham City

13: Manchester City

14: Newcastle United or Oxford United

15: Portsmouth

16: Shrewsbury Town or Liverpool

Hopefully, we can get a favorable draw tonight and take care of business next Tuesday at Oxford.

11 comments so far

  • JDdubai

    Jan 27, 2020 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Well Brucey, if you were that concerned about losing some of your break then perhaps you shouldnt have set us up as a 541 formation at home to a league 1 side.

  • JDdubai

    Jan 27, 2020 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #2

    7 teams i dont want to draw, 7 i do and Sheff United in the middle somewhere..lets see if the gods favour us(or Oxford) again.

  • hibbit

    Jan 27, 2020 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #3


    Jan 27, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #18

    Jan 27, 2020 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #8
    It will be interesting to know what the local councils would do if Saudi money was invested in the regeneration of the area. Would they reject their involvement or welcome it?

    that would be like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted, when you look at the huge investment P.I.F have in companies that operate in and around the city, many of them household names.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Jan 27, 2020 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Didnt Bruce say “we aren’t going anywhere, going to let the lasses look after their blokes”

    Words to that effect.

    Does this mean Bruce has Saudi roots, he’s sexiest, living in the dark ages?

    Surprised it’s not all over sky and it hasn’t been picked up on here.

    It’s ironic the Prem say no playing of competitive matches during the break and we get a cup replay.

    Just toss a coin, give the lads a break.

  • crawfordm

    Jan 27, 2020 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Bruce – you had a team out worth tens of millions more than your opponents ! Your tactics and your inability to change a game are blatantly lacking otherwise you would have cruised past lower opposition
    and then you could have had a well earned break tanning your ample body in Dubai !!!
    I did not agree with your appointment and nothing you have done changes my mind.
    Your luck in achieving results is unbelievable – however your luck will run out. Free half season tickets and £1 admission to the cup games – full houses so everything is fine ?? Where will Ashley take this lost revenue from.

  • hibbit

    Jan 27, 2020 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #6

    you need to look up the history of city owner’s before holding them up as an example.

  • Mindshaft

    Jan 27, 2020 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #7

    Brucie – is Mike Bassett

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Jan 27, 2020 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #8


    The Mansours were accused of using Citeh to wash away their human rights failings.

    I can’t comment on what both have or haven’t done, all I’m asking is, does he deserve a chance?

  • Jammydodger

    Jan 27, 2020 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #9

    If the takeover happens I would want Bruce to be given a chance with the funds rather than anyone else.

    Hes the current manager, a Geordie and he wants to play attacking football but with the players and the system ingrained in the squad hes not able to do so.

    We are mid table without a striker, If you took any other teams goals away which were scored by the CF we would be in the CL spots.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 27, 2020 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #10

    Talking about dodgy royal families we can’t be too critical without looking a tad hypocritical.

    And I’m not just thinking about a certain prince who associated with a known paedophile.

    I’ve got my own theories about a recent family break up but won’t express them as I’d hate a late night visit or suffer a nasty accident in a foreign city.

    If the takeover happens it’s a business deal and nothing more and if it breaths some welcome life into a club that’s been moribund for decades then bring it on I say.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jan 27, 2020 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Anybody who says Bruce has done a good job and doesn’t deserve to be fired if a takeover happens. Remember this is his peak.

    It is not about what he’s done, it’s about where can he take us. Do we want to stay at the same place we have been for years, or do we want to progress every season. Even Pardew can give us one good season, but what happened after that??? Also he doesn’t play an attacking style of football.

    Mind you this is just me dreaming as I don’t believe anything about the take over anyway.


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