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Bilic To Hand Bruce A Boost In FA Cup Fifth Round

Newcastle have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2006. That season turned out to be a very good one in retrospect.

In Alan Shearer’s final season, Newcastle were able to reach 7th after finishing on a 7 game unbeaten run under Glenn Roeder, who had replaced Graeme Souness in February.

We also defeated Southampton at St James Park to reach the sixth round of the FA Cup, where the run ended in a 1-0 defeat at Chelsea.

Former Newcastle midfielder Lee Clark was also a part of that team, and he too retired after that campaign. Lee played in the third and fourth round of the FA Cup that year and was an unused substitute in the fifth round.

In his column in Tribal Football, the Blyth Spartans manager spoke about Newcastle’s latest cup run:

I was doing my prep work before the initial first-game against Oxford United, and I was shocked to find out that I played in the last team that got beyond the fourth round. I’ve only been retired since 2006! That was a big shock for me.

But to be fair to Steve, he said when he first came through the door that he was going to take the cup competitions seriously, and his selections have proved that. They’ve found it tough going against both Rochdale and Oxford.

The win over Oxford was a ding-dong cup-tie, some terrific goals in the game. Now they go to West Bromwich Albion, and Slaven Bilic has got more than one eye on getting promotion.

I don’t think the FA Cup is a massive priority for them. I think getting back to the Premier League is the key. So even though it is an away match and you prefer to play at home, I think it is a great opportunity for Newcastle to progress again and that would be brilliant.

West Brom are currently top of the Championship and can add to their one point lead over Leeds at Millwall on Sunday. According to a report in the Chronicle, Lee Clark is correct in his assertion that West Brom are concentrating on promotion over an FA Cup run.

The Chronicle have cited sources from West Brom that Slaven Bilic will continue his heavy rotation policy for the fifth round cup-tie against Newcastle on the 3rd of March.

The Baggies made eight changes for their fourth round win at West Ham. The Chronicle expects to see that continue against Newcastle where Bilic will have some fringe players and youngsters in the mix.

West Brom play Wigan Athletic on the Saturday before the FA Cup and then travel to face Freddie Woodman and Swansea on the following Saturday. Those could be the matches that West Brom are most interested in that week.

So Newcastle could again have an outstanding chance of advancing in the FA Cup this year.

143 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 8, 2020 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #1

    Holy smoke, for the politicos among you( lesh, Jib?) sinn fein surging hugely in Irish election.

  • Jib

    Feb 8, 2020 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Hello, Mary Lou,
    Goodbye heart.
    Sweet Mary Lou,
    I’m so in love with you

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 8, 2020 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #3

    Munster I can pretty safely say on a blog where political topics regarding this or any other country is banned, that introducing any speck of the anaesthetic that is Irish politics is something nobody but nobody gives a flying fat flagon of fishguts about. No offence.

  • Jib

    Feb 8, 2020 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #4

    Smarmy snide alert !!!!!!!

  • toon22

    Feb 8, 2020 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #5


    Nobody cares about your opinions

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 8, 2020 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #6

    To be fair to Bilic he’s not risking much with a weakened team against an outfit that made heavy weather out of squeaking past two, yes two, league one teams, is he? Let’s be fair.

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 8, 2020 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Jib define smarmy again you slithering reptile. No offence.

  • Tonyd3b54

    Feb 8, 2020 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #8

    Who’s still left in the cup? I’m not getting too excited about making it this far since we’ve barely got by 2 league one teams

  • nickstar1990

    Feb 8, 2020 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #9

    The comments section in this blog has become a joke. Never football related, just a bunch of keyboard warriors having a pop at each other. All old enough to know better. Imagine taking the time to run a blog just to have people acting like kids using It as a place to make playground insults They wouldn’t make to someone’s face. Absolute embarrassment to yourselves some of you!

  • coming home

    Feb 9, 2020 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #10

    Nickstar it does sometimes get a bit playground ish but most of the time it’s good constructive discussion and healthy banter

  • lesh

    Feb 9, 2020 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #11


    You’re assuming that if Rafa were to be invited back it would be as manager.

    Might I suggest that at his age, with his wealth of experience in football matters and affinity to NUFC, its fans and the city, he’d be ideal to take a key role in a rebuild of the club – as say director of football or some such thing that let’s him build on his project, his vision.

    Of course he’d need to have the support of a very good, creative coach and with the backing, they could help revive Newcastle United.

  • lesh

    Feb 9, 2020 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #12


    Hello Mary Lou, a gem and after that the man’s garden party.


  • lesh

    Feb 9, 2020 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #13


    A little something for your young fella to look at. Les Paul with Willy ZZ Top and could it be Bob Monkhouse singing on there?


    There’s a few minutes of chat at the beginning so skip forward

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 9, 2020 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #14

    Lesh, I was suggesting that rafa should be backed financially ages ago, and then become a DOF. But the simpleton ostriches in the rafa taliban didn’t want to hear me because they are too self important. I mean, look at Tarquin ffs. 🙂

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 9, 2020 at 2:10 AM

    Comment #15

    I’ll take your rafa as Presidente and raise you keegan and poch as manager.

  • Online Guy

    Feb 9, 2020 at 2:51 AM

    Comment #16

    Wor Lesh

    Who’s that at 3:09 singing about swing ees Twig !


  • lesh

    Feb 9, 2020 at 3:02 AM

    Comment #17


    You know fine well it’s Kevin Whately on his day off from the murder capital of Britain. Swinging his twig? He wadn’t naa where ti start

  • lesh

    Feb 9, 2020 at 3:03 AM

    Comment #18

    On that note and at past three, I’s off.

    Take care

  • lesh

    Feb 9, 2020 at 3:12 AM

    Comment #19


    My mistake about Whately, the murder capital of Britain’s Midsomer not Oxfordshire which Inspector Lewis kept in order. S

    Speaking of somebody swinging his twig, if somebody’s done that in Oxford, Lewis would’ve had the clown in the slammer, pronto.

  • Jiayou! Zhongguo (TnMW)

    Feb 9, 2020 at 4:28 AM

    Comment #20

    If we get a rich owner Id want Nagelsmann, Farke, Potter, Hassenhutl, Rangnick, Biesla, or perhaps the guy in charge of Brentford now. If we have a huge budget we have to get an attacking modern manager. if its a small budget get Benitez…. i think ashleys idea of a modern foreign boss is martinez or flores or somebody weve forgotten about. he seems at least ten years behind on his footbsll knowledge

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 9, 2020 at 5:00 AM

    Comment #21

    I don’t understand why, if people don’t like Rafa’s style of football they would want him as a DoF. Surely the way to run a successful football club is to copy Klopp.

  • lochinvar

    Feb 9, 2020 at 5:57 AM

    Comment #22

    Is this because the Championship is his level or because he’s a really now quite good ?
    Aleksandar Mitrovic netted his 20th Championship goal of the season to give Fulham victory at Blackburn Rovers and put them within a whisker of the automatic promotion places

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 9, 2020 at 6:35 AM

    Comment #23

    I’d say he’s good enough to play in the PL at a Soton, Palace and dare I say us. Do you think he’s better than Origi, definitely better than Benteke on par with Deeney. Two relegations on your CV is nowt to write home about mind.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 9, 2020 at 6:42 AM

    Comment #24

    As for the getting Rafa back if we did come in to money. Why would you, he’s not the best manager in the world, maybe not even in the top ten. But this is what i couldn’t u derstand, after years of Mcardew and now Bruce people were actually complaining that he wasn’t as good as Klopp or Pep. Let it sink in, Steve Bruce was the best manager existence willing to take the job.
    Allardyce and imo Moyes would not touch it with a barge pole.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 9, 2020 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #25

    I’m not sure if it’s been mentioned before but I’m pretty sure Munster is an idiot.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 9, 2020 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #26

    When you’re about, your forward assisting your midfielder and vice versa doesn’t get much better than that. Hoping Mo does the business next week and Aguero scores an own goal, misses a pen then gets sent off for nutting the ref.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 9, 2020 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #27

    I’m a bit concerned about what’s going to happen to all these players out of contract soon. How can they justify giving Ritchie and Clark new deals but not Diame. If Yedlin is given a new deal with Krafth as his back up and that’s the level we’re aiming for then we’ll be relegated within two seasons.

  • jane

    Feb 9, 2020 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #28

    “The Baggies made eight changes for their fourth round win at West Ham.”

    let’s focus on the first half of that sentence.

  • jane

    Feb 9, 2020 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #29

    “Hammers boss David Moyes had named a strong line-up”

    “Bilic had made it clear before the game that promotion is his priority this season”


  • jane

    Feb 9, 2020 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #30

    WBA hadn’t won any of their previous 6 league matches before their win at West Ham.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 9, 2020 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #31

    Manquillo is definitely gone and so is Fed, surely they’d have announced new deals by now if they were staying. Schar has to be worth 10M and isn’t going to be allowed to leave for free and must sury know he can get 80K+ elsewhere. Gawd knows what they’re going to do with Gayle and after Carroll’s efforts this season they can’t possibly give him another pay as you play deal. So we’re basically going to see a massive overhaul with Nickson choosing best he can Bruce’s choices with Churnley doing the negotiations. How it’s all going to pan out is anyone’s guess.

  • jane

    Feb 9, 2020 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #32

    from the BBC comments for that match

    “582. Posted byHM Murdockon
    26 Jan 2020 12:25
    580 That Saudi should buy us instead of Newcastle? You ain’t got anything left to buy apart from a field in Dagenham with a portacabin! If you were a Rich Saudi would you want that to be the security for your debt or St James Park? Gold and Sullivan sold your club a long time ago, all that is left to sell is that new ‘London’ badge! West Ham no longer exists”

    is that correct that St James’ Park would be security? do we own our stadium?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 9, 2020 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #33

    I think we own the stadium but not the land which is a huge blessing. There’s absolutely no way we’d still be where we are now if Mashers could have built a 25M 35K seater somewhere near the airport. I do not doubt for a nano second there’d be student accommodation and gawd knows what else if he could het his hands on the land.

  • jane

    Feb 9, 2020 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #34

    so the owners could sell the stadium but not the land? is that possible?

  • jane

    Feb 9, 2020 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #35

    is the stadium worth anything in that case?

  • jane

    Feb 9, 2020 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #36

    i suppose they could take it apart and sell some scrap metal.

  • jane

    Feb 9, 2020 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #37

    and turn the pitch into a wild flower meadow.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 9, 2020 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #38

    I think I preferred blogging on my own.

  • jane

    Feb 9, 2020 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #39

    you like flowers Jail?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 9, 2020 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #40

    Yes jane, I’m a keen gardner, pom pom dahlia’s are probably my favourite but a shame they don’t come in a deep purple.


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