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Newcastle Complete The First Signing Of Many This Summer


28-year-old Newcastle-born goalkeeper Mark Gillespie has become Newcastle’s first signing of the summer.

The free agent’s contract will run out at Motherwell at the end of this month, and Newcastle have signed him up to replace Rob Elliot, whose contract will not be renewed on Tyneside.

He will presumably challenge Karl Darlow for the number two goalie position, with Karl again looking like a more than competent goalkeeper last night in the 2-0 defeat at home to Manchester City in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

We will be signing a few more players this summer, and some classy ones if the takeover led by Ms. Amanda Staveley finally gets the go-ahead from the hesitant Premier League.

Mark joined the Newcastle Academy before he moved to Carlisle United in 2008, at the age of 16.

He started at Carlisle as a youth team player before graduating to the reserve team and finally playing 180 times for the first team.

In June, three years ago, Gillespie joined League One side Walsall on a two-year contract and played 22 times for them before finally moving to Motherwell one year later.

He made 67 total appearances for the Scottish Premiership side.

So Mark(shown above while at Walsall) has played quite a few first-team games – 272 games in total.

He has joined Newcastle on a three-year deal, and manager Strebe Bruce had this to say about the Geordie goalkeeper:

“I think it’s been signed in the last 24 hours. We’re delighted to have him on board.”

“He was here as a youngster, went away, and played some games, and we welcome him back.”

It’s great to have Mark back at his hometown club.

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34 comments so far

  • Bianconeri

    Jun 29, 2020 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #1

    Where does that leave Woodman.

    1
  • TheTinman

    Jun 29, 2020 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Woodman wants 1st team football. He should be signed and made to do what Henderson has done. Depends if he likes Newcastle enough to bother with that though, it’s not like we are as big a draw as Man Utd at the moment.

    3
  • TheTinman

    Jun 29, 2020 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #3

    I think Bruce got it OK up to Gayles clanger. 1-0 down on 60mins most would take that. It gave us a chance, we got the golden opportunity but spurned it. If that goes in most would be praising the tactics. Unfortunately for Brucie that’s where the praise ends.

    Why not play Dubravka. I think he saves the 2nd. Who cares if Darlow gets upset, nobody is bothered if he leaves.

    5 at the back didn’t work and has never worked. Our wingbacks aren’t good enough for it and it destroys our midfield. With 451 we may have upped the possession slightly and made one or two half chances in the first half.

    The subs were awful. Longstaff was miles off the pace but was left on. Carroll was our only decent outlet and was taken off (I’d rather risk the red card in our biggest game of the season). Taking off Almiron and ASM was surrendering

    2
  • ToonDownSouth

    Jun 29, 2020 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Just my monthly check in with the blog…

    Assume this has been discussed ad nauseam, but is there seriously no progress – good or bad – on the takeover? Feels like the PL are treating Newcastle fans with utter contempt, what the hell could they possibly be doing? And how is there no one there who cares enough to just give some sort of update?

    Struggling to imagine any other business operating like this

    7
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 29, 2020 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Bianconeri

    My guess is he will either be going back out on loan, or pushing Darlow for 2nd choice while the new guy struggles for games in the reserves…

    2
  • Thump

    Jun 29, 2020 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #6

    From last…

    @Tinman: I disagree, he absolutely bottled the first half. No service to Andy (who dropped so deep to get involved that Max ended up without any support), no desire to chase the game, just to suffocate City’s attack. By all accounts they should have been 3 up by half time but thankfully their finishing was piss poor. I mean in the 20~ minutes we had made 15 passes to City’s 188.

    As for Darlow, I can’t help but think that was him in the shop window with Gillespie coming in. He’s been our cup keeper all season, so one last hurrah for him so we can go forward with Dubs, Woodman, and Gillespie.

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  • Bianconeri

    Jun 29, 2020 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #7

    Who is in charge of signing these players.
    Not seen this lad,but 250 odd games in lower leagues is not inspiring to me.
    Especially @ 28 years of age,

    Muto cost £9.5 million and doesn’t get on the pitch.
    Is he really that bad.
    Even that horse poo had a chance.

    2
  • Thump

    Jun 29, 2020 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Welcome back, TDS!

    Yeah you’ve got it right. Sweet F.A going on, but Caulkin reckons documents have been passed around, Graves is staying cautiously hopeful, and Jamaal has called Ashley for clarification.

    Oh and Bruce only thinks we’ve signed Gillespie.

    Business as usual at NUFC, mate.

    1
  • c-dog

    Jun 29, 2020 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #9

    This guy must command a lower wage than Rob

    0
  • c-dog

    Jun 29, 2020 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #10

    what can we assume regarding the takeover given we’re signing players and renewing contracts?

    5
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 29, 2020 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #11

    Toon Down South

    Recent developments include signing a new 4th choice goalie (our marquee signing a la Robinho?) and several people saying the PL should hurry up. Which is odd, because a lot of people seemed to be arguing recently that this is a standard length of time for an O+D test to take. Many of those people are the same ones who later say the PL are taking too long and they need to pull their fingers out.

    So apparently, they are taking too long, but they are also taking the standard length of time. Only it’s not the standard length of time because it’s too long… Or is it? Seems to depend heavily which version of events best suits the argument at the time.

    It’s almost like they want us to blame the PL and to assume that the liar Ashley isn’t just leading us up the garden path again.

    Curious state of affairs. It seems the whole thing has got people rather conflicted.

    1
  • Bianconeri

    Jun 29, 2020 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Looking at signing Thomas Robert now,
    Laurent’s son.
    Does this mean it’s a NO 🙁

    2
  • Harrogate mag

    Jun 29, 2020 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #13

    Things to do……later

    1
  • The ledge

    Jun 29, 2020 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Me wife is always sayin thst to me munster LOL.

    0
  • Jib

    Jun 29, 2020 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #15

    TheTinman
    I think Bruce got it OK up to Gayles clanger.

    I agree

    If you think about it if Schar hadn’t been spotted
    and Gayles had scored
    If’s and But’s I know but if Bruce had taken us to extra time
    folk would be singing his praises

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 29, 2020 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #16

    NUFC: “Hey lads somebody give George Caulkin a shout and tell him some paperwork has been moved about, but don’t say anything more than that”

    Yeah alright then hahahaa

    Caulkin looks increasingly like a chancer to me. Has he ever had any good info that nobody else has?

    2
  • c-dog

    Jun 29, 2020 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #17

    https://news.sky.com/story/visitors-have-been-using-the-queens-balmoral-estate-as-an-outdoor-toilet-12017275

    if you can’t sh!t on the queen, sh!t on her property
    i wonder what annoys her more, this or her darling son andrew

    2
  • toon22

    Jun 29, 2020 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #18

    JIB

    Iirc we had completed 15 passes in the first 30 mins
    15

    Tells its own story of the first half
    The 2nd half was better, but in reality they beat us at a stroll

    4
  • toon22

    Jun 29, 2020 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #19

    If it wasnt for the turds greed we could have been in Citys position by now
    Look what we got instead

    4
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 29, 2020 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #20

    Bianconeri

    That would be the same Thomas Robert that’s been struggling for games at mid-table Montpellier in the farmers’ league and is about to be out of contract?

    Why do I feel like the club is playing on our sentinents again? Get some Geordies in and a few relatives of some legends to keep the fans happy. Who cares if they’re rubbish? They’re free!!

    1
  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jun 29, 2020 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #21

    KV

    Don’t think she’s gone anywhere. But, last I heard from her, she won’t be bidding at £400m.
    — George Caulkin (@CaulkinTheTimes) July 20, 2018 tweet

    Tbf he was right..tho that depends if you think this past 6 months has been a mirage…

    He also did this piece but think he does actually know her anyway

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/amanda-staveley-i-want-to-buy-newcastle-its-hurtful-and-absurd-to-call-us-time-wasters-2c05m05fh

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 29, 2020 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #22

    GP

    Still struggling to see anything reported here that others didn’t already know. Wasn’t Ashley’s asking price only £350m to begin with? I’ve never seen anyone mention a higher price so ruling out a £400m sale is hardly news IMO.

    0
  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #23

    pointless GP same old shit

    1
  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 29, 2020 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #24

    Geordietom, from previous, good on yer mate, right decision I think. Me and Mrs cancelled 2 holidays this year, May and October, as I said doing nowt till there’s a vaccine 🙂

    2
  • Bianconeri

    Jun 29, 2020 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #25

    The FA cup is about winning the game.
    What did 10 men in defence say.
    I bet Mrs Doubtfire thought he was protecting our goal difference,then the penny dropped.

    He was banging on about rotation last week.Then played the same 11.
    The bloke is way out of his depth.

    5
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 29, 2020 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #26

    Mund didn’t you have a go at me yesterday for intervening in one of your conversations?

    That’s a rhetorical question by the way. I know the answer is “yes”.

    This was tiresome weeks ago mate, now it’s just absurd. I remember seeing you say to WL the other night that you were raised to treat others how you would like to be treated. Time to practice what you preach, mate. I’m well and truly done with this. Can you do us all a favour and drop it now?

    1
  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #27

    Vegan

    You don’t know me but i certainly know who you are

    1
  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #28

    drop asking for proof and debunking every poster who wants to be positive then i’ll drop it

    2
  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jun 29, 2020 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #29

    KV

    lol i dont know why i posted tbh, there’ll never be enough proof of anything i know.

    For the record, the 400m was what Ashley allegedly wanted last time around as per below:

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/nov/20/amanda-staveley-around-300m-newcastle-united-mike-ashley
    https://www.sportsmole.co.uk/off-the-pitch/newcastle-united/news/mike-ashley-demands-gbp400m-for-newcastle_326083.html

    1
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 29, 2020 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #30

    In a bit harrogate!

    0
  • Northumbrian

    Jun 29, 2020 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #31

    Well took some time out to go do shopping for me ma and guess what? I come back and its still the kV blog.

    2
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 29, 2020 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #32

    GP

    All that this proves is that Caulkin has a different guess at the asking price than other joirnalists. We have no idea who is correct about this at this point in time. The Guardian article you posted also says exactly the same as Caulkin, so it really doesn’t prove that he knows anything that others don’t also know, which is what I asked.

    Forbes values us at around £310m ($381usd) so it’s hardly surprising that some are sceptical about a proposed £400m pricetag and think around £300m is more likely.

    0
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 29, 2020 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #33

    Go on then Mund, who am I?

    0
  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #34

    😉 ….

    0


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