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Players In Difficult Circumstances – But We’re Better Off Than Last Season – Everything To Play For



The players are now back in training at Benton as they prepare for what could be the restart of the Premier League in the middle of next month.

The league hope they can complete the remaining 9 games/club in about five weeks and will allow five substitutes for each game, but no fans are allowed inside the stadium where the games are being played.

No fans and will be allowed outside the stadiums either, for that matter, which is a concern for Premier League officials at the moment.

The coaches at Newcastle are taking a significant amount of caution as the Newcastle club doctor, Dr. Paul Catterson is overseeing everything on the medical front.

That includes three COVID19 tests every week.

Jamaal Lascelles (shown above) has been interviewed in the Chronicle, and it’s undoubtedly not things as usual in training.

This is some of what the Newcastle captain had to say:

“You turn up and see the staff with the personal protective equipment on.”

“When I’m there it’s just the defenders and it’s four to a pitch so the social distancing and protocols are in place.”

“It’s strange but at the same time it’s really refreshing to be back, see the staff and medical team and get things going again.”

“There is a bigger picture.”

“I always look at things like that and I have been taking positive things like that.”

“And I’ve been trying to keep fit and just keep on top of things.”

“It’s not been too bad for me really.”

Newcastle need a couple of wins to reach the 40 point target, and we have 9 games to do that, but the sooner, the better for our fans.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
10Burnley38-754
11Southampton38-952
12Everton38-1249
13Newcastle38-2044
14Crystal Palace38-1943
15Brighton38-1541
16West Ham38-1339

And we are doing a little bit better than last season at this time – after 29 games played – other than goals scored and goals conceded.

Premier SeasonPlayedWonDrawnLostGFGAGDPointsPosition
2018-20192987142636-103115
2019-20202998122541-173513

We finished with 45 points last season in 13th place, so we need 11 points in our final 9 games to beat that points total.

It’s possible Newcastle can do that.

And we could even win the FA Cup this season, so a lot to play for.

Howay The Lads!!

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120 comments so far

  • geordietom

    May 23, 2020 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #81

    Barrow he was a good bloke …

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  • geordietom

    May 23, 2020 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #82

    i deffo think jibs got mix up between father and son …

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    May 23, 2020 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #83

    Jib’s a former gangster now to add to his list. It is footin endless.

    14
  • geordietom

    May 23, 2020 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #84

    mixed*

    0
  • Jib

    May 23, 2020 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #85

    Jail
    Keep telling those seagulls about your exciting life
    Ha ha ha

    6
  • Bigjim67

    May 23, 2020 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #86

    geordietom

    😀

    0
  • Jib

    May 23, 2020 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #87

    Nah
    I got young Manny a job bouncing in Magaluf
    He lasted about 4 days

    0
  • DaveD1000

    May 23, 2020 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #88

    Jib
    correct
    George was knifed outside the Azure that was our local. I used to get my guinness quick because Ralph fancied me. George a great guy and used to play to the audience in the lounge the git used to show me up in front of the dragon in law. Used to do a lot for charity. Pie and pea suppers upstairs lounge with Dougie Brown as the turn.

    1
  • Sir Robbie Bobson

    May 23, 2020 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #89

    Jib

    Can’t wait to read your memoirs. So far today you’ve revealed that you witnessed a man being stabbed to death and used the same gym as Viv Graham.

    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    🙂

    23
  • JP...from The Rock

    May 23, 2020 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #90

    Just watched the classic 4-4 comeback vs Arsenal again. What a game of two halves this was ey! We were hopeless in the first and terrorising Arsenal in the second. Mind you Leon Best was wrongfully ruled offside and had a perfectly good goal chalked off, and missed a free header 8 yards out, on another day he could have had a hattrick and we could have even won the game.

    Barton and Gutierrez were whipping in some lovely balls into the box and Tiote and Nolan in the centre were nicking every ball in midfield. We completely dominated the second half. The closing down from the whole team was admirable too, and then that screamer by Tiote at the death. What a match, and the Geordie faithful never stopped singing. A brilliant advert for the EPL.

    More memorable games like these soon to come back at St James’ under new ambitious owners.

    RIP Tiote (the tank)

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  • barrowtoon

    May 23, 2020 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #91

    Was he still boxing then Jib?

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    May 23, 2020 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #92

    Jib,
    Did you become a lecturer in European history after you became a taxi driver and moved to Spain or before, or have you flitted in and out of all these different jobs.

    9
  • Jib

    May 23, 2020 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #93

    Yeah training
    That was the trouble he wouldn’t talk
    Just deck kids

    1
  • Jib

    May 23, 2020 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #94

    Jail
    I never spent any time on a rig worrying who was porking the missus

    9
  • Sir Robbie Bobson

    May 23, 2020 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #95

    Too busy teaching martial arts to Bruce Lee no doubt

    12
  • Jib

    May 23, 2020 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #96

    Sir Robbie Bobson
    Be a man
    Call me a liar and we can move on

    4
  • barrowtoon

    May 23, 2020 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #97

    Ha ha ha yup that never changed! Although he did mellow(ish) when I knew him ain’t seen him for about 9-10 years, last time I spoke to him he was training his nephew who was a really good boxer not sure what happen but I think I remember he said he was up at a gym in Rye hill (I could be wrong on the place name)

    0
  • geordietom

    May 23, 2020 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #98

    Barrow …

    would that be spencer ?…

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    May 23, 2020 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #99

    No Jib,
    But you’ve spent plenty of time driving Spanish taxis while looky looky men were porking yours.

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  • Jib

    May 23, 2020 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #100

    Manny was a lovely kid but he never knew when to shut up
    He back-chatted the Guardia Civil at the Airport and I had do call in a few favours
    to get him liberated.

    1
  • Sir Robbie Bobson

    May 23, 2020 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #101

    The German barber was a tenant of your Dads. You got Manny Bergo a job as a bouncer. Has anyone ever mentioned someone you don’t have a connection to?

    4
  • lesh

    May 23, 2020 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #102

    Hibbit

    You mention Carters and its women only room upstairs. That room wasn’t formally designated to women but became the focal point of the then women’s libbers.

    At about that time, the libbers would often come into the Grapes Vaults by Greys Monument because it was an owld fashioned bar that didn’t have facilities for ladies – a men only bar. They didn’t stay long.

    0
  • Jib

    May 23, 2020 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #103

    Jail for Ashley
    I got some good deals on perfume though but
    Ha ha ha

    1
  • geordietom

    May 23, 2020 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #104

    STOP ! , talking about pork it’s making me hungry 😀 …

    0
  • Sir Robbie Bobson

    May 23, 2020 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #105

    Jib

    LIAR

    😉

    15
  • barrowtoon

    May 23, 2020 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #106

    Nah Tom Spencer’s offshore now and never boxed professionally. He’s a good lad still in contact now and again with him, fearless that lad when things went wrong. I think it was Lawrence (I’m sure he was his nephew my bad if that’s wrong)

    1
  • bill

    May 23, 2020 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #107

    Hibbit,
    I remember Viv. Definitely an entertaining place, that bar. I didn’t realize that Viv was a tough “guy”.

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    May 23, 2020 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #108

    Foot me, watch out, Big Vern is back on the loose.

    1
  • Jib

    May 23, 2020 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #109

    Burgo

    He’s of Portuguese descent from Burgos

    0
  • lesh

    May 23, 2020 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #110

    Sir Robbie Bobson

    The Vatican’s denied any connection to Jiblets although Pol Pot only issued a ‘no comment’ when asked if he new him.

    5
  • geordietom

    May 23, 2020 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #111

    Barrow you maybe right mate , you a shields lad ? …

    2
  • Munster Mag

    May 23, 2020 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #112

    Unused Substitute…. Poch can’t manage because his team lost an end of season game and the CL final.

    What??

    3
  • geordietom

    May 23, 2020 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #113

    The surname is one of the Anglo-Norman names that came to Ireland in the 12th century. The surname Burgo is derived from the Old English word “burh,” which is derived from the Old German word “burg,” the common Germanic word for a fortification.

    0
  • barrowtoon

    May 23, 2020 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #114

    Aye Tom for me sins mate ha ha ha

    2
  • geordietom

    May 23, 2020 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #115

    Burgos
    City in Spain
    Description
    DescriptionBurgos, a provincial capital in Spain’s autonomous community of Castile and León, is marked by its intact medieval architecture. Its most recognizable landmark is the French Gothic Cathedral of St. Mary, whose 3 main doorways are flanked by ornamented bell towers. Inside is the Chapel of Condestable, decorated with figures of saints, and the tomb of El Cid (Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar), the 11th-century military commander.

    1
  • geordietom

    May 23, 2020 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #116

    Barrow …

    nowt wrong with us Shields Lads , linka , ralphies or St Anslems ?

    1
  • barrowtoon

    May 23, 2020 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #117

    Two different ones John spence then moved and had to go to Marden. That went well ha ha

    1
  • geordietom

    May 23, 2020 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #118

    Barrow …

    your still a shields lad mate

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  • barrowtoon

    May 23, 2020 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #119

    Always will be, you can take a lad out of NE29 but he’ll always be NE29!!

    1
  • geordietom

    May 24, 2020 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #120

    just had more food brought round of one of our Asian neighbors, Chapati’s, rice with chick pea’s , chicken curry , so there’s our dinner sorted …

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