A lack of match sharpness could come into play by the time the fixture at Fulham rolls around next month. The postponement of the trip to West Ham and the current international break means Newcastle will have just one match under their belts in a span of four weeks.
To combat this, Luke Edwards is reporting that Newcastle are sounding out other clubs over a potential friendly this weekend.
Understand #nufc have approached a couple of teams about playing a behind closed doors friendly next weekend as coaching staff worried about playing just one game in almost four weeks. The schedule this season is causing all sorts of fitness and conditioning challenges
— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) September 20, 2022
This is a good idea from Eddie Howe and his staff. This season was already a unique one with a six-week break for the World Cup beginning in November. Clubs will likely schedule friendlies during that break.
Hopefully, Newcastle can find some takers for a practice match to keep sharp. While Eddie Howe’s sessions are notorious for their intensity, going four weeks without a competitive match could lead to some rustiness at Craven Cottage.
Last season, Newcastle held training camps in Jeddah and Dubai during international breaks. The purpose of those trips was to build team camaraderie for the survival push. Eddie Howe has found ways to use these breaks to the squad’s benefit.
62 comments so far
Sep 20, 2022 at 2:29 PMComment #1
Morning Toon Army
Sep 20, 2022 at 2:30 PMComment #2
Should ask the unwashed down the road for a game, it would sell out.
Sep 20, 2022 at 2:33 PMComment #3
Mackems – has to be them. Knowing us they’ll beat us again, but still at least it will be behind closed doors 😀
Sep 20, 2022 at 2:34 PMComment #4
Clint – for sure, if you want to wind up a Forest fan, you know what to do! 🙂
Trying to think of other clubs who have similar issues…we have the reverse problem of disliking Man Utd being referred to as Utd obviously.
Sep 20, 2022 at 2:43 PMComment #5
Never understood the dislike of Man Utd being referred to as United. I prefer Newcastle, there are loads of Uniteds and I am very simple minded.
Sep 20, 2022 at 2:47 PMComment #6
Think the thing is that Man Utd didn’t actually merge with anybody to earn it. The two Newcastle sides merged to become Newcastle United, Man Utd simply changed their name from Newton Heath Rangers.
Sep 20, 2022 at 2:47 PMComment #7
Not certain many United teams have ever United to be honest?
Sep 20, 2022 at 2:51 PMComment #8
Dazzler – I know I dislike it because it insinuates that they are the greatest “United” football club. For sure, they are the biggest and most successful but referring to them as THE United just perpetuates their supremacy. In years to come, I’d like some kid to refer to “United” and for people around them to assume they’re talking about the great Newcastle United rather than that lesser Man United club that got relegated again…
Sep 20, 2022 at 2:56 PMComment #9
I correct someone once if they call them ‘United’ after that I give up.
Sep 20, 2022 at 3:02 PMComment #10
See I never look at it that way. I just see it as there are two Manchester teams and one gets City the other gets United. I don’t really think about it beyond that. I’d still prefer them to refer to us as Newcastle, as then there can be no confusion at least for the morons such as myself.
Sep 20, 2022 at 3:16 PMComment #11
G’s got it
At least 2 teams have to actually unite, to be UNITED!
So, Sheffield aren’t, for instance!
Sep 20, 2022 at 3:18 PMComment #12
I wouldn’t piss notts forest fans off, irl.
I’m very respectful ’meatside ’, mate!
Sep 20, 2022 at 3:19 PMComment #13
Dazzler – we have equal right to be called “United” as Man Utd do. Why aren’t Sheffield United called “United” instead?
Sep 20, 2022 at 3:20 PMComment #14
Sep 20, 2022 at 3:20 PMComment #15
Clint – hah! Fair enough! 🙂 well, it’s one up your sleeve in case you want a bit of banter with one anyway… 😉
Sep 20, 2022 at 3:22 PMComment #16
I remember when we used to refer to ourselves as United. United was a regular chant at the match. Not anymore. Man Utd should not be allowed to monopolise United.
I don’t have a problem with their fans calling themselves United however impartial commentators should call then Manchester Utd. It really annoys me when we’re not referred to our full name. We’re Newcastle United.
Sep 20, 2022 at 3:22 PMComment #17
Just play possum.
If someone says united, i just assume they’re on about us.
Sep 20, 2022 at 3:23 PMComment #18
The reason why Sheffield United Cricket Club has the name “united” is that it was actually formed by a lot of different cricket clubs at that time.
This included the Wednesday Cricket Club, which was arguably the most popular cricket club that named up the entire Sheffield United Cricket Club.
It wasn’t until 1889 that the football team Sheffield United was formed by the president of the Sheffield United cricket club. As such, this team became a branch of the cricket club but has since earned an identity of its own.
With its formation as a football club, Sheffield United FC became the first-ever soccer team to have the word “united” in its name.
Soon after the formation of Sheffield United, other teams began to use the word “united” as well. This included Newcastle United, Manchester United, and Leeds United.
Sep 20, 2022 at 3:24 PMComment #19
Manchester United are so called because they represent all of the Greater Manchester area, rather than just the City.
Sep 20, 2022 at 3:26 PMComment #20
I for one only respect our United, we done it the right way by merging.
I would refer to Manchester United as Red Devils in any live chat
Sep 20, 2022 at 3:35 PMComment #21
“Who’s that team we call United?
Who’s that team we all adore?…..”
Sep 20, 2022 at 3:40 PMComment #22
Small World – exactly. If Man Utd fans want to refer to their club as “United” amongst fellow fans then fair enough, just as our fans can. But for them to do it in public and assume everyone thinks of their club is arrogance in my opinion, it’s even worse when the media or fans of other clubs do it. Worst of all when Toon fans do it!
Sep 20, 2022 at 3:40 PMComment #23
Fairly certain Leeds didn’t unite with anybody either. Think they just reformed from Leeds City after they went under.
Sep 20, 2022 at 3:44 PMComment #24
I also understood the word “United” to be chosen to represent that the town or city is united in supporting one club. These were obviously early days in terms of professional football so there will have been a range of reasons for picking the names of clubs in those days.
Sep 20, 2022 at 3:53 PMComment #25
I’m with you on that, mate.
Sep 20, 2022 at 3:54 PMComment #26
I’d always presumed “United” referred to one or more teams merging, as we did.
In reality Leeds should be Leeds City, although it really doesn’t roll off the tongue as well as Leeds United.
Sep 20, 2022 at 3:56 PMComment #27
I refer to them as the Manc B*stards in all my chats. I feel it captures their essence better.
Sep 20, 2022 at 3:58 PMComment #28
“Because the non-place element of their names described elements of their modus operandi. Rovers & rangers = no fixed ground; United = formed from more than one club; Wednesday = played mid week only.”
Interesting.. Never knew that about Rangers or Rovers, and Wednesday.
Sep 20, 2022 at 3:59 PMComment #29
According to Google this is the full list of Professional ‘United’s in England:
Cambridge United FC
Carlise United FC
Colchester United FC
Leeds United FC
Manchester United FC
Newcastle United FC
Oxford United FC
Peterborough United FC
Rotherham United FC
Scunthorpe United FC
Sheffield United FC
Southend United FC
Sutton United FC
Torquay United FC
West Ham United FC
Wonder if they all have different reasons for using it? I may google that one day too?
Sep 20, 2022 at 4:02 PMComment #30
Sep 20, 2022 at 4:04 PMComment #31
Once had a mate we called dave Tuesday, as he only came out on tuedays.
Sep 20, 2022 at 4:05 PMComment #32
Apparently see Rovers & Rangers for the origins of Wanderers. Just this second read up on it.
Sep 20, 2022 at 4:08 PMComment #33
I wonder if we will have any friendlies during the world cup. Must be surely.
Sep 20, 2022 at 4:09 PMComment #34
Yea, i figured.
No clue who wet spam merged with!
Sep 20, 2022 at 4:15 PMComment #35
Cambridge United FC => There is a Cambridge City FC
Carlisle United FC => There is a Carlisle City FC
I know of those two, didn’t bother checking out the others.
Hmmm… A lot of phoney United teams out there :0)
Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog
Sep 20, 2022 at 4:17 PMComment #36
Clint, Look up Thames Ironworks
Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog
Sep 20, 2022 at 4:18 PMComment #37
Spam did not merge, they got into financial difficulties and relaunched.
Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog
Sep 20, 2022 at 4:19 PMComment #38
Whereas Toon was a merger. 1892 and all that
Sep 20, 2022 at 4:20 PMComment #39
Could we be the only team that has actually united?
Sep 20, 2022 at 4:21 PMComment #40