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We’ll Definitely Take 35 Points And An FA Cup Quarter-Final Place

It’s almost mid-March, and Newcastle are probably only 5 points from safety in the Premier League with 9 games to play.

It was a hard-fought win on Saturday at Southampton against ten men. but in our last three games, there’s certainly an improvement and we look much more of a threat going forward.

And we are tight at the back, apart from sloppy defending after we were 3-0 up at West Brom last Tuesday night.

Now we have to take the chances we are creating.

At the same time last year, we had 31 points, and in our disastrous relegation season four years ago, we had a measly 24 points.

That was after Rafa had just come in to replace the woeful Steve McClaren, and we narrowly lost 1-0 at Leicester City in Rafa’s first game in charge in the Monday night game.

And they were Premier League Champions that season.

So we are fairly happy with our league position, especially after we had thought we could well be relegated after Steve Bruce was appointed as manager in the summer.

Steve Bruce – has done a very decent job so far this season

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And would you believe it, but we are in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 2006 – when I was still a young lad.

We have had an easy draw with two League One clubs and one Championship side – but we’ve had that in the past, but Bruce this season has played a powerful team in each game in the FA Cup.

And there are mumblings about Mike Ashley being excited about the cup run.

This from a  man who almost demanded former managers play weakened sides in the FA Cup because the Premier League is where all the money was.

So we are in a decent position this season, and we could even make it a good season if we can win some of our 9 games remaining.

Here are the upcoming fixtures:

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We were supposed to play Manchester City away on 18th March, but that is when the semi-finals of the FA Cup will be played.

Since we are drawn again them in the FA Cup a week on Saturday, one club will go through (probably Newcastle), so that league game has to be rearranged.

The game against Aston Villa will also need to be rearranged since that was going to be played on Saturday 21st March.

We’ll see how the rest of the season goes, but we could beat our 45 points of last season – hope so.

And we are still hoping that once we are safe, one or more consortiums can come in and try to buy the club.

That’s possible but not probable since we don’t believe Ashley really wants to sell the club – whatever he says.

Anyway – as always – we live in hope.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 9, 2020 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #1


    In the words of Lance Corporal Jones: “Don’t panic!”

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 9, 2020 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #2

    RIP Max Von Sydow

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 9, 2020 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #3

    carltoon, the reason this is dangerous is not because it’s necessarily a worse disease than the ‘flu, but because there’s no effective vaccination to protect the vulnerable in our society.

    As such, if it spreads far and wide then the vulnerable will suffer massively – as they would if there were no ‘flu vaccine. We need to limit the spread to protect those people as much as possible, and this is where the focus has been so far, rightly so.

    If you’re fit and healthy, then you should be fine, even if you contract the virus.

    The biggest problem to those who are lucky enough to be fit and healthy lies in the fact that in order to protect the vulnerable, we need to place restrictions on travel and freedom of movement, which impacts on the provision of services, which will affect each and every one of us. The economy will be hard hit, but will likely rebound relatively quickly when travel restrictions are lifted.

    Time for us all to hunker down and take care of those around us, particularly if they have underlying health problems.

    One bit of advice – anti-bacterial hand sanitizers are relatively useless against viruses, when compared with good old soap and water. To have any effect, they need to have 60%+ alcohol content and even then are less effective than using soap.

  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 9, 2020 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #4

    “And would you believe it, but we are in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 2006 – when I was still a young lad.”

    Ha ha, I think you might be getting your dates mixed up a little there young fella!

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 9, 2020 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Carltoon it’s not great I’m afraid. Some scientists over here are saying we could go like Italy, and the HSE (our NHS) didnt deny yesterday that we could get up to 1.9million cases. Keep those hands scrubbed.

  • carltoon

    Mar 9, 2020 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #6

    Ha ha thanks Rob. I worked in the care industry. I was more concerned about Stock exchange closing. My advice is washing up liquid it’s better than soap or hand sanitizer.

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 9, 2020 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Well it’s down to one person, Well done Steve Bruce.

    Brucie bonus on its way to you.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 9, 2020 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Part of the problem is that people don’t know they have it. So over her, a doc came back from Italy with his nurse wife. Both went to work in my local hospital and now a load of staff are off in isolation. I’m slowlybuyingplenty of bog roll, paracetamol etc. The Preppers in the USA must feel very vindicated.

  • carltoon

    Mar 9, 2020 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #9

    I’m still concerned of course, but I’m quite healthy. It’s the toilet rolls situation, Droppy I need you address, just in case I run out.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 9, 2020 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #10

    No need for panic:

    “Downing Street and the Department of Health are locked in a row over post-Brex*t access to an EU pandemic warning system in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

    “Matt Hancock’s department wanted to retain membership of the Early Warning and Response System (EWRS) as part of the EU-UK future relationship deal – but Number ?10 said no, The Daily Telegraph has learnt.

    “Senior health advisers warned that exiting the EWRS – which has helped coordinate the response to the virus and played a vital role during the bird flu outbreak – would put public health at risk.

    “However, the British negotiating team, which reports to Bor*s Johns*n, did not want to blur the UK’s request for a basic, Canada-style trade deal, it is claimed. Every add-on requested by the UK would risk giving the EU leverage to demand post-Brex*t alignment….”

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 9, 2020 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Sorry, carltoon – didn’t mean to patronise. Still, if the message gets out to one or two who are less clued-up, then all well and good.

    Can’t bear using washing up liquid, dries my skin out no end. At least, that’s what I’ve always told wor lass!


  • carltoon

    Mar 9, 2020 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #12

    The Preppers???

  • Unused Substitute

    Mar 9, 2020 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #13

    Those, for whom football is instinctive and not all stats, please skip this post. I just thought I’ll take another look at our stats to find an answer as to whether we’re defensively solid enough.

    We’re still at the top of table in terms of number of saves. This means Dubravka’s doing OK (OK, but not great: his save % is only 7th from top). Quite a few goalies of traditional top six are pipping Dubravka. Therefore there may not be a great risk of losing him in summer. We’re also topping the table in terms of shots against, i.e., Dubravka’s not being covered enough. We’re lucky to remain in business since in terms of on the line clearance we top the table. We’re 2nd top in terms of # of clearances. Only Bournemouth had to make more clearances and better defended units like SHU (5th), CP (6th), Burnley (10th) and Leicester (12th) are all below us on that count. This tells me we had to make so many clearances because we weren’t defensively solid enough.

    There! And sorry for all this # game.

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 9, 2020 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #14


    I would never let you go without.

    You can lend my Costco card.

    I need my stockpile to sell so the blog consortium can buy the club.

  • carltoon

    Mar 9, 2020 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #15

    Noo. Rob it’s ok I am freaking out quietly. Your right the more people know the better. Yes your allergic to washing up.

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 9, 2020 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #16

    News on talksport that Floyd mayweather wants to buy Newcastle United.

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 9, 2020 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Says he’s interested.

    What a load of bollocks

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 9, 2020 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #18

    Carltoon, Preppers are people who believe a catastrophe is coming. War, famine, collapse of electricity supply etc. Quite an eccentric bunch, stockpile food, some have built homes underground with loads of guns etc!

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 9, 2020 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #19

    Even if he is, it won’t happen.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 9, 2020 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #20

    Many seem to live in rural USA Carltoon. Yee ha.

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 9, 2020 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #21

    I think it’s more tongue and cheek when asked by someone.

  • carltoon

    Mar 9, 2020 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #22

    Unused sub, oh not good then. Although surely the line clearance we’re defenders so not too bad.

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 9, 2020 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #23
  • martoon

    Mar 9, 2020 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #24

    Ed – 454 points is impressive – I’m not sure we’ll beat that this season 😀

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 9, 2020 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #25

    Here is where the Mayweather link came from


  • Online Guy

    Mar 9, 2020 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #26


    You are not doing yourself or the Blog any favours by going back to past skirmishes and your constant daily dig at Rafa Benitez

    If you tuck that MO away , as it riles people daily, life will be easier for you and people will start taking an interest in anything constructive and interesting you have to say and not read your comments in an unforgiving way..they see them as tainted by your daily stance on a man they respected .

    Stands to reason that if you keep mentioning Rafa in a bad light those people who expect it from you are going to see you as someone who is deliberately winding them up .

    If it continues from you it will be seen as trouble making as you have had a heads up from me and others on the subject .

    Do yer self a favour Munster .


    Munster knows by going back to a page that’s been closed half an hour and posting bile about Rafa its going to cause trouble .

    And he does that.

    Why ?

  • Online Guy

    Mar 9, 2020 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #27

    Oh and Munster

    Please refrain from telling people to Fk off ..

    Little innocent.

  • lesh

    Mar 9, 2020 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #28


    Your opening words from and earlier thread:

    ‘Probably best to clear up a few things here for some of the less intelligent’

    And you wonder why people kick back at you?

    Get a grip man, control yourself.


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