Newcastle united Blog Archives for January 2007

Newcastle After Spanish International Midfielder

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The Sunday Sun is reporting today that sources in Spain are linking Newcastle United with Spanish defensive midfielder David Albelda, who currently plays for Valencia, and has been capped 46 times for Spain. David Albelda - played over 200 times for Valencia There is no way for us to validate whether this rumor is true.

Sam – Rome Wasn’t Built Overnight

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Sam Allardyce has today bemoaned the huge expectations that surround today's game in the English Premier League. Sam - Rome wasn't built overnight (or even in a day) With all the money now in the game in England, the job of football manager in the Premier league is a difficult one to say the least.

Newcastle Manager To Be Sacked - What Rubbish

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We just cannot help ourselves but comment on some of the rubbish in today's Sunday papers regarding Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce. Sam Allardyce - some stories in Sunday papers are just complete rubbish It's all innuendo and made up tripe, so we'll make a story of it, but only to take a different tact and point out [.

Allardcye - No Instant Cures at Newcastle

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Sam Allardyce seems to talk some good sense this morning, about what he is trying to do at the Newcastle United Football Club. Chris Mort with Sam - some good things going on behind the scenes We are well aware that some Newcastle fans have already given up on Sam, but we are the eternal optimists, [.

Sam’s Barton Row Blown Out Of Proportion

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Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce, disappointed his team got nothing out of a good performance at Chelsea yesterday, has denied reports of a furious row with Joey Barton before the defeat at Wigan on Boxing Day. Sam Allardyce - Barton situation not helping matters at Newcastle Sam said today: "We had a few words because he was disappointed [.

Bobby Robson - Sam Also Needs Some Flair

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Sir Bobby Robson has spoken today about Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce, and thinks Big Sam may need to have a more expansive style, but on the other hand believes it's far too early to sack Sam. Sir Bobby Robson - Sam needs to attack more Of course Sam Allardyce has endured the normal speculation surrounding Newcastle [.

Sam - Linesman Cost Us Valuable Point

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Referee's assistant Mike Cairns cost Newcastle United a point at Chelsea yesterday, when the lineman failed to raise his flag as Salomon Kalou scored an 87th-minute winner from six yards. Michael Owen - came back yesterday after 6 weeks out with thigh strain Chelsea had taken the lead in the first half through Michael Essien but [.

Newcastle May Get Wes Brown in January

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Both Newcastle United and Tottenham are tracking Wes Brown's contract situation at Manchester United, and have to think they can capture Brown next month, when we think Alex Ferguson will attempt to get a decent fee for the versatile defender. Wes Brown - Ferguson may allow Wes to move on in January for a fee Wes Brown [.

Crisis at Newcastle – What Crisis?

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Any neutral observer watching today's game between Chelsea and Newcastle United, would have seen a good competitive game that was good to watch. Sam Allardyce - there's no crisis at Newcastle And anybody suggesting Newcastle United were a team in crisis before the game, would have had a hard job convincing anybody about that.

Big Sam - Result Taken Away From Us

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Both managers today seemed pleased with the performances of their teams this afternoon, as Chelsea beat Newcastle United 2-1 at Stamford Bridge today in a well contested and exciting game. Sam Allardyce - result taken away from us today Newcastle can count themselves unlucky not to come away with at least a point as Kalou's winning [.

Sam’s So Right - Chelsea’s Winner Clearly Offside

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Sam Allardyce rightly described Chelsea's winning goal in their 2-1 victory over Newcastle as a 'clear offside'. The TV replays of the goal showed Kalou to be at least 3 yards offside, and it was a little unbelievable the goal was allowed to stand by the officials. Sam Allardyce - Kalou's goal clearly offside [.

FT: Chelsea 2 Newcastle 1 - Magpies Robbed

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Newcastle were robbed of a valuable point this afternoon when Chelsea stole the game after 87 minutes when Kalou's goal was allowed to stand after being clearly 3 yards offside. It was a disgraceful decision from the officials as Newcastle were looking to win the game and deserved at least a point.

Initial Reflections on Chelsea Newcastle Game

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Newcastle United are a very inconsistent side this season. Today, the lads were just great and deserved something from this game. But the luck will even out over the season, we're sure of that. Shay Given - had a great game for Newcastle today Newcastle played an excellent game today, and with any luck in the last [.

HT: Chelsea 1 Newcastle 0 - Newcastle Must Attack

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Newcastle played quite well in the first half but were still 1-0 down at the interval. Newcastle must now attack to try to get result at Stamford Bridge this afternoon. It looked like Cacapa and Taylor were the two in central defense with both Faye and Butt playing up front of the back four and [.

Chelsea vs Newcastle - Teams: Viduka, Emre Dropped

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For Newcastle, there is no Gérémi but Damien Duff starts his first game at Chelsea since leaving. Mark Viduka is on the bench with Obefami Martins coming back into the side to partner Smith up front. Michael Owen is also back on the bench for the first time since suffering an injury on England duty.

Barton’s Contract To Be Canceled by Newcastle

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Embarrassed Newcastle United officials are looking at various ways of ending Joey Barton's five-year contract at the club, if he is indeed found guilty of assault and affray. Joey Barton - contract will be canceled by Newcastle United We expect Newcastle to announce fairly shortly that, if he is found guilty, they will cancel Joey's contract.

Sam - Our Consistency Just Not Good Enough

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Sam Allardyce seems every bit as frustrated as the Newcastle fans, at the team's terrible inconsistency this season. Â A happy Sam Allardyce - will this be Sam this afternoon? But the good news today is that Sam talks a lot of common sense to the Journal today, before th game in London against the very strong Chelsea.

Newcastle vs Chelsea - Preview

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It seems every game for Newcastle this season is an important game, and the game today at Chelsea is no different. But the expectation today are not high this afternoon. That's very unlike the last two game when we played the bottom two teams and only got a single point with extremely poor displays.

Ferguson - Newcastle Manager Not A Job You Want

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Manchester United veteran manager Sir Alex Ferguson, has poured some cold hard facts on the manager situation at Newcastle United. Sir Alex Ferguson - And his words should help Sam Allardyce as he is under severe pressure because of the poor results in the last couple of games. Sir Alex comes out with it, and says anyone [.

Big Sam - It’s Been A Very Tough Christmas

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Sam Allardyce talks today to the Newcastle Journal, before the important game at Chelsea this afternoon and seems somewhat subdued. But he readily admits it's been a very tough Christmas at Newcastle. Sam Allardyce - it's been a very tough Christmas Sam told the Journal this morning: "It's been a very tough Christmas and a very [.

Newcastle Decide Against Signing Cho Jae-Jin

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Newcastle United officials met with South Korean International Cho Jae-Jin, a 6'1" striker yesterday, but decided not to proceed with the signing of the 26 year-old after all. Cho Jae Jin - Newcastle decided yesterday not to go ahead with the signing Cho had traveled to Newcastle yesterday in an attempt to cement his transfer to the [.

Owen Returns For Newcastle Today at Chelsea

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Michael Owen is expected to make his comeback from a thigh injury at Chelsea this afternoon. Michael Owen - returns today at Chelsea - probably as a substitute That's the good news from the Newcastle camp, and while we don't know if Michael will actually start the game, it has to be some good news for the [.

Sam Wants To Build Newcastle With Younger Better Players

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Newcastle United are determined to build up the playing staff at St. James' Park, with solid youngsters they will bring in, from all over the world, in the next year or two. Sam Allardyce - determined to build the club with younger, better players As we reported recently a deal has already been struck with Swindon Town, [.

Andrew Carroll Off To Motherwell On Loan

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Andrew Carroll, our exciting young 6′3″ local striker, who is on a 6 months loan spell at Preston North End, is unlikely to return to Newcastle in January. It looks like Carroll will be loaned out to Scottish Premier Club Motherwell, when his loan spell ends next week at Deepdale. Andrew Carroll - 18 year-old [.

Chelsea’s Grant - Hardships Part of The Game

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New manager Avram Grant insists Chelsea will have to now draw on their reserves in what has been a troubled season so far, at Stamford Bridge. Avram Grant - still confident despite injuries to several star players Striker Didier Drogba and England captain John Terry are already injured and the Blues have now lost suspended duo Ashley [.

Peruvian International Linked With Newcastle

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Portuguese side Sporting Braga have confirmed that there are several English Premiership clubs that have shown an interest in 6′0″ Peruvian defender Alberto Rodriguez. Alberto Rodriguez - Peru International linked with Newcastle again Aston Villa and Newcastle United have both been linked with a move for the central defender and Braga president Antonio Salvador has confirmed he [.

Duff - Blame The Players Not Sam

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Damien Duff has fessed up and said it's the Newcastle players that the Newcastle fans should ne after and not exclusively Big Sam. Damien Duff - tells the absolute truth this afternoon Duff said in an interview with the Evening Chronicle this afternoon, that it's Sam's under-achieving players that should take the blame for the club's woeful [.

Geremi - I’m Still Newcastle Captain

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Geremi has spoken to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle and as far as he knows, he's still captain of our club. Geremi - still captain of Newcastle? Geremi talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle yesterday: "Alan will be captain when I am away at the African Nations." "The manager told me the decision for him to [.

Taylor Confident of Chelsea Result

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Steven Taylor is going to be a very important player for Newcastle for the rest of the season, and he today called on his Newcastle United team-mates to produce a performance at Chelsea tomorrow, as good as they gave against Arsenal earlier in the month. Steven Taylor - good result possible at Chelsea tomorrow Steven is nothing [.

Shamed Barton Held In Jail and Refused Bail

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Newcastle United's Joey Barton was today refused bail following an alleged assault outside a McDonald's restaurant on Thursday morning at 5:00am. Joey Barton - bringing disgrace to himself and the club The 25-year-old Newcastle United star appeared in court this morning after spending yesterday in jail and he has been remanded in custody until January 3.

Captaincy Riddle Shows Sam’s Under Pressure

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There is still some confusion with Newcastle fans over just who is the Newcastle United captain. Big Sam - under pressure from Newcastle fans Is the pressure getting to Big Sam that he has handed the captaincy to Alan Smith, even though Geremi is still here and started the Boxing Day game at Wigan?

Milner - Things Not As Bad As Fans Think

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Having heard the angry chants at the JJB, winger James Milner has urged his team-mates to make the fans change their tune, and seems to make a good point that things aren't quite as bad as fans may think. James Milner - things not as bad as fans think And while James acknowledged the fans' right to [.

South Korean Cho Jae Jin To Sign For Newcastle

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The news circulating all over South Korea yesterday was that their South Korean international Cho Jae-jin, a 26 year-old 6'1" striker, is hoping to complete a transfer to Newcastle United, after traveling to Newcastle in an attempt join the Tyneside club. Cho Jae Jin - 6′1″ striker who can score goals Sam Allardyce is [.

Massive Game for Allardyce at Chelsea

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Having seen Newcastle take just one point at home to Derby County and away to Wigan Athletic in the last 5 days, Sam Allardyce's position at St James's Park continues to be called into question, especially by Newcastle fans. Sam Allardyce - massive game for Sam tomorrow Once Mike Ashley bought the club in June, Newcastle [.

Barton Arrested - Newcastle Career Threatened

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Joey Barton, Newcastle's England international midfield player, was arrested yesterday in Liverpool, in connection with an alleged assault. If this report is true, Joey could be in hot water at his new club, Newcastle United. Joey Barton - could be in hot water at Newcastle United This was probably the last thing manager Sam Allardyce, under [.

Quick Way Back for Newcastle – Beat Chelsea

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There's an easy way back for the Newcastle team after their disgraceful performance at Wigan Athletic yesterday. That's to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Frank Lampard - suffered thigh injury in 4-4 draw with Villa yesterday That may not be as outlandish a statement as it first appears, because Chelsea now have lots of injuries.

Newcastle After 15 year-old English Striker

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Newcastle United, Arsenal and West Ham are today reported to be after Gillingham youngster Luke Freeman, according to the club's manager Mark Stimson. Mark Stimson - Gillingham manager expects 15 year-old to move to top club Luke is just 15 years old and has made three substitute appearances for the Gills, and became the youngest player [.

Alan Smith Now Newcastle’s Permanent Captain

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Alan Smith was initially handed the skipper's armband for the 1-0 Boxing Day defeat to Wigan Athletic but Sam Allardyce has today confirmed the appointment is now a permanent one, for the foreseeable future. Alan Smith - Newcastle United' new permanent captain? But we don't exactly know what that means.

Milner - We Never Got Going

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James Milner, who for once played in his preferred position wide right against Wigan Athletic yesterday, admitted the Magpies just never got going at the JJB Stadium yesterday. James Milner - the team just never got going yesterday The surprising thing with the display by the Tyneside club yesterday was that they hardly troubled relegation-threatened Wigan [.

Chris Mort Silent on Sam’s Future

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Newcastle United chairman Chris Mort said nothing to reporters when he left the JJB Stadium yesterday afternoon after the woeful performance against Wigan Athletic. Chris Mort - pressure on Chairman as well as Big Sam Newcastle had yet another magnificent and vocal 5,000 fans at Wigan Athletic yesterday afternoon, and to be fair to the fans they [.

Newcastle Fixture List Getting Tougher

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Things will not get any easier for Newcastle United, after playing 3 of the bottom 4 clubs recently, and getting a meager 4 points from those games against Wigan, Derby County and Fulham, the upcoming opposition looks an awful lot tougher. Chris and Big Sam - tough times for Newcastle United The 4 points we got were [.

Sam Says We Keep Shooting Ourselves in the Foot

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Sam talked again about the dreadful game yesterday. There cannot be too many more games like this from Newcastle, because the standard of play yesterday was woeful and completely unacceptable, and that's a fact. Â Sam Allardyce - under pressure again after woeful performance yesterday Sam told the Newcastle Journal today: "We told the players this would be [.

Sam Agrees With Fans And Blames Players

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Sam Allardyce sympathized with the fans after yesterday's terrible performance against second bottom Wigan Athletic. He put full responsibility for the defeat on the players. Sam Allardyce - now look at the trouble you've got me in Ollie Allardyce believes they had every right to turn on their team and agreed with their assessment.

Steve Bruce Now Feeling A Lot Better

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Steve Bruce was not feeling too well before yesterday's game with Newcastle United, but after the game we're sure he felt much better after Wigan's fighting performance. Steve Bruce - feeling poorly after Xmas - but feeling a lot better now Since local Geordie lad Steve Bruce took over at Wigan Athletic he has turned the club [.

Duff So Pleased To Be Playing Again

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Damien Duff started his first match in more than eight months at Wigan Athletic yesterday, after being out with a severe ankle injury he picked up at Portsmouth last April. Damien Duff - delighted to be back playing for Newcastle United Duff told Newcastle World TV earlier in the month how he had been afraid his playing [.

Waddle Thinks Two Entertainers Will Fix Magpies’ Problems

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Former Newcastle and England winger Chris Waddle thinks Sam Allardyce has an opportunity to take the heat off himself and the team by bringing in a couple of entertainers, or flair players, during the transfer window to excite the Geordie faithful. But we really don't think it's quite as simple as that.

Reflections on Wigan vs Newcastle Game

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After watching the game again on TV this afternoon, here are the reflections we have on the Wigan Newcastle game this afternoon, which Wigan Athletic won 1-0. Damien Duff - played well today on Newcastle's left wing Damien Duff had a good game and looked a good player this afternoon. As the games go by we [.

Sam Says “We Were Awful” - We Agree

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Sam Allardyce was a disappointed man after Newcastle's 1-0 defeat to second-bottom Wigan Athletic today. Sam described the team display as awful, and we have to agree with him. Sam Allardyce - we were awful today When asked what he thought of his side's display after the game this afternoon, Sam told Sky Sports: "Awful, for the [.

Allardyce Under Attack From Newcastle’s Fed-Up Fans

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Newcastle United's 5,000-strong traveling fans turned on Sam Allardyce after their Boxing Day defeat against second-bottom placed Wigan Athletic this afternoon. This was one of Newcastle most insipid displays of the season. Sam Allardyce - under attack from Newcastle's fed-up fans Newcastle were beaten 1-0 by a stunning free-kick from Ryan Taylor.

FT: Wigan 1 Newcastle 0 - It’s Hopeless

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In what has been a disastrous Christmas program so far for Newcastle United, the Magpies went down to a Ryan Taylor goal after 64 minutes at the JJB this afternoon. That's just one point from two successive games against the two bottom-placed teams in the league. Taylor put the ball over the Newcastle wall and well [.

HT: Wigan 0 Newcastle 0: Defenses On Top at JJB

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At half time between Wigan Athletic and Newcastle United at the JJB stadium, the scores are level at 0-0 and there have been very few chances in the first half to either side. Both defenses look very comfortable and if Newcastle are going to win this game they will need to raise their game in the [.

Wigan vs Newcastle: Duff, Taylor, Faye, Emre Start

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Sam Allardyce makes a total of five changes to the side which drew 2-2 with Derby County at the weekend for the Boxing Day trip to Wigan. Out go central defensive pairing David Rozehnal and Claudio Cacapa with Steven Taylor and Abdoulaye Faye coming in, as we had expected. In midfield, Damien Duff starts his first game [.

Mark Viduka Shows The Way Forward

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We've had lots of half chances in our recent games and haven't converted too many of those, in fact not many at all. Mark Viduka - set great example when he converted his chances on Sunday But Australian Mark Viduka showed the way with a couple of superbly taken goals. And Sam was quick to point [.

Allardyce Says Smith Deserves Captaincy

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Sam Allardyce says today that one of his favorite players, Alan Smith, deserves to be captain in the absence of club skipper Geremi next month. Alan Smith - deserves captaincy in absence of Geremi The only problem we have with Sam and Alan is where Sam plays Smith. He is good either up front as a striker [.

Owen Could Be Back for Wigan

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It looks like there is chance that Michael Owen may be included in the squad for todays game at the JJB stadium against Wigan Athletic, at least as a substitute. Michael Owen - could be a substitute today Sam told the Newcastle Journal today: "Michael's fit again and I hope that's the end of it for [.

Damien Duff May Start Today

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Sam Allardyce talked today about what seems our new player this morning, Damien Duff, and we were pleased with his contribution on Sunday. Damien Duff - looked good on Sunday when he came on The Irishman was brought on after 68 minutes for Nicky Butt against Derby County, and it will have done Damien the world [.

Mark Still Undecided On International Career

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We ran a piece yesterday on Mark Viduka, where he talked about the game on Sunday. Today he has talked further on his International career to the Newcastle Journal and stresses that he has still to make a decision on whether he'll continue to play for Australia. Mark Viduka - still to make a decision on [.

Wigan vs Newcastle: Preview - Newcastle Win 2-0

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It's another important game for Newcastle United today, even more important because of our dismal performance against bottom placed Derby County on Sunday. The good news is that Big Sam has almost a full squad to choose from. Since Babayaro has left the club we're not sure if we have any injuries apart from Stephen Carr [.

A Draw Is Not Good Enough Today

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Sam Allardyce has rightly admitted to Miles Starforth, Newcastle United writer for the Shields Gazette, that Newcastle's failure to beat bottom-placed Derby County has heaped more pressure on his side going into the festive period. But we don't think a draw today will be a good result for the team, we must go for [.

Merry Xmas To Newcastle Fans Around The World

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We'd like to wish all our readers, and Newcastle United fans all over the world a Very Merry Xmas and all the very best for 2008. We know Newcastle United are on their way back to greatness, that's not an if, it's just a matter of when it will happen under new owner Mike Ashley and [...]

Owen Ready For Return to Newcastle Side

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England striker Michael Owen may return to action for Newcastle United in the holiday period after being out since he tore his thigh muscle in England's 1-0 friendly victory over Austria on November 16, which is almost 6 weeks ago. Michael Owen - almost ready to return to Newcastle side Michael has only 21 starts for the [.

Mark Viduka Credit To Club And Country

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It seems that Mark Viduka is prepared to call an end to his international career to concentrate on playing for Newcastle United, his new club team. Mark Viduka - a credit to club and country Mark had a great game for the Newcastle club on Sunday against bottom placed Derby County and was easily Man of the [.

Howard Pleased To Play At Magnificent St. James’

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Derby County's Durham born Geordie striker Steven Howard was very pleased with his team's performance on Sunday, against Newcastle United at St. James' Park. Steven Howard - playing at St. James' everything he thought it would be Steven, who started his football at Tow Law Town back in 1994, and stands 6′3″ tall, said playing in [.

Newcastle Have Poor Record But Can Still Beat Wigan

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Newcastle United do not have a very good record when they have played on Boxing Day and away from home, over the last decade or so, and we would hope to change that tomorrow at Wigan Athletic. Sam Allardyce - needs all 3 points at Wigan tomorrow Since 1993, Newcastle have played away on the day after [.

Sam Needs Win at Wigan

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Sam talked yesterday on the subject of playing Wigan Athletic on Boxing Day and needing a vital 3 points from the match. Sam Allardyce - it's a winnable game for us if we play well Derby were bottom of the league with an absolutely abysmal record away from home but were still beating Newcastle with just 3 [.

Steve Bruce Solidly Behind Big Sam

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Local Newcastle lad Steve Bruce believes that it takes some time in the job before a manager can make an impact at a football club. He today puts his support solidly behind Big Sam at Newcastle, after attending the Derby game at St. James' Park yesterday. Steve Bruce - second time around as Wigan [.

Smith So Honored To Captain Newcastle United

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Alan Smith is honored to captain Newcastle United – and Alan has not captained all three clubs he has played for. It's easy to see why – Alan is the consummate team player and gives 100% every game. Alan Smith - honored to be Captain of Newcastle United Smith did make the first goal for fellow [.

Mark Easily Man of the Match

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Mark Viduka gave several interviews after the game yesterday, which is not surprising since he was easily Newcastle's Man of the Match yesterday. Mark Viduka - easily Man of the Match yesterday Mark spoke to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle after the game yesterday: "After the game the dressing room was like we had lost the game.

Duff Return Like Having a New Player

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It was just great to see Damien Duff come back for Newcastle yesterday, and he looked good, after being out a full eight months with his ankle injury. Damien Duff - looked good during his appearance yesterday That was one of the two good points about yesterday's game, the other being the fine form displayed and two [.

Defense Still Newcastle’s Achilles Heel

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Sam was justifiably disappointed with the defensive errors yesterday against Derby County. Youngster Giles Barnes, who looked good, and Kenny Miller both punished the Newcastle defense for some poor play at the back. Sam Allardyce - defense let us down yet again yesterday Allardyce talked to the Shields Gazette this morning: "Mark [.

Sam - We’re Still On Unbeaten Run

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We suppose Sam tried to put so e good news out after the terrible game against Derby County yesterday in which we struggled mightily against the team way at the bottom of the league. Sam Allardyce - disappointed at result yesterday Allardyce said after the game: "There's no injury to David. It was a tactical change.

Sam Has Two Problems - Defense and Attack

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Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce admitted last night that both the players and himself are disappointed that Newcastle could not beat a side who are bottom of the league. And he talked last night about the problems he has to solve, which are both in defense and attack. Sam Allardyce - defensive frailties on display again yesterday Derby's [.

It’s Not Easy Being a Newcastle United Supporter

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Sam seems to have given quite a few interviews yesterday, but it is important that he somehow keeps the Newcastle fans on his side as we go through the Christmas program. Yesterday's game was little short of a disaster for us, and illustrates again why it's a difficult job being a Newcastle United supporter.

Vuduka A Shining Light For Newcastle

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The shining light for Newcastle fans yesterday was the excellent display by Mark Viduka, the Australian striker, who looks to be back in cracking form with two expertly taken goals. Mark Viduka - Man of the Match yesterday with two expertly taken goals And when Duff came on he looked quite good on the left wing, given [.

Smudge - We Have to Stop Shooting Ourselves In The Foot

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Alan Smith thinks Newcastle are sometimes their own worst enemies and have to stop shooting themselves in the foot if they are to progress up the league. He also knows it's a massive honor to be captain of Newcastle United, and he's right there. Alan Smith - massive honor to be Captain of Newcastle United Smith says [.

Reflections on Newcastle Derby Game

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Sad to say that defending let us down again yesterday. Here are some reflections the day after the disaster, that was Newcastle only getting a draw with bottom-placed Derby County at home yesterday. Before the game yesterday Derby had one point and scored only one goal on their travels this season.

Woeful Display From Sam’s Newcastle Team

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In what looked very like a relegation dog-fight at St. James Park today, this game probably did more damage to Sam Allardyce's reputation with Newcastle fans, than any other game this season. Sam Allardyce - had too many players out of their natural positions The reason this was a woeful performance by Newcastle is that we know [.

Sam Must Change Things at Newcastle United

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We are still trying to recover from another woeful display from Sam's Newcastle side today - but we wanted to put down some initial reflections about the game today. We'll have to wait until we get a good night's sleep tonight and recover from this game, before we reflect further on what was [...

FT: Newcastle 2 Derby 2 - It’s Just Not Good Enough

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Newcastle United today just scraped a draw against the bottom of the league team Derby County, in a terrible display in front of their fans, who again packed St. James' Park to the rafters. To say this performance wasn't good enough is a huge understatement. In what was probably a warning of things to come Derby [.

HT: Newcastle 1 Derby 1: Newcastle Poor

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The incredible happened, after only 6 minutes today at St. James' Park, when Derby County's young Giles Barnes hit a goal from 28 yards out past Given into his right hand corner. The bottom of the league team were 1-0 up against the Magpies. That ruined the chance of Newcastle getting a clean sheet and a [.

Newcastle Need Perfect Result Today

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Newcastle fans around the world will be tuning in to the TV broadcast of Newcastle's game against Derby County today. A win and a clean sheet would be the perfect result for Newcastle's faithful fans, and we think the lads can do it. Sam Allardyce - directing the Newcastle traffic We pointed out yesterday that although [.

Newcastle vs Derby - Teams: Duff On Bench

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Damien Duff returns to the Newcastle United bench today after more than eight months out with a dislocated foot. Sam Allardyce makes just one change from the side that started at Fulham last weekend. Mark Viduka comes in for his first start since last month's home defeat against Liverpool. with captain Geremi making way.

Why Alan Shearer Will Turn Down Capello Offer

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Alan Shearer is today reported ready to turn down any offer from new England Manager Fabio Capello to join his team. Alan Shearer - will turn down the Capello offer at England But that shouldn't really be a surprise to anyone, since that role would hardly be attractive to a man like Shearer, who was capped 63 [.

Taylor Urges Pearce To Stay With England Youngsters

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We had an earlier story today on why Alan Shearer would not be interested in joining Fabio Capello, the new England manager. Now our own Steven Taylor, the England Under-21 captain, is concerned in case Fabio takes current England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce to his full England management team. Steven Taylor - doesn't want Pearce to [.

Newcastle Lose Out on Alan Hutton

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The Daily Mail reported yesterday that Tottenham Hotspur appear to have won the race to sign Rangers defender Alan Hutton. Alan Hutton - Ranger's right-back a target for Newcastle? The Scottish right-back played really well during Scotland's spirited, but failed European 2008 qualifying campaign. In fact the whole Scottish defense was magnificent on several occasions in [.

Allardyce After Arsenal’s Lassana Diarra

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Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce is interested in taking Arsenal's Lassana Diarra in the January transfer window, and the player is said to want to leave the Emirates. Lassana Diarra - ready to leave Arsenal Arsene Wenger has put a £6M price tag on the want-away 22 year-old former Chelsea player Lassana Diarra.

Newcastle United After Brazil Captain

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We reported earlier that Sam Allardyce was interested in Arsenal's 22 year-old former Chelsea player Lassana Diarra. It turns out Big Sam also wants to bring Arsenal's Brazilian midfielder Gilberto Silva to Newcastle. Gilberto Silva - Newcastle hot on the trail of Brazilian Captain The classy holding midfielder has been reported to be unhappy this season, after [.

Newcastle vs Derby: Match Preview - A Good Newcastle Win

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Newcastle United are on a decent run of form, having taken 7 points from our last 3 games. In the game at Craven Cottage last Saturday, it was our first away win since the first game of the season, when we beat Bolton 3-1. Last Saturday's game was also painful to watch, whoever [...]

Sam Cancels Newcastle Christmas Camp

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New news today that Big Sam has scrapped his plan to take the Newcastle squad away on a training camp immediately after the Boxing Day game against Wigan Athletic at the JJB Stadium. Big Sam - Hey lads, Christmas is canceled! Why Sam has cancelled the camp is not clear, and we know one or two [...]

Very Merry Christmas For Newcastle Fans

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The situation for Newcastle United Football Club tomorrow afternoon is almost perfect. Sam Allardyce - Newcastle have great chance to give fans a perfect Christmas box We have won our last 2 games and we are at home against the bottom club, Derby County tomorrow afternoon, whose only previous win this season was against us at [.

Smith and Butt Told To Play Normal Games

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Alan Smith and Nicky Butt are the most booked players this season for Newcastle United and each has already picked up 7 yellow cards. Their first 5 saw each of them miss one game through suspension. Alan Smith - has 7 bookings, the same as Nicky Butt With injuries and suspensions the last thing Sam wants over [.

What’s Going On With Taylor’s Newcastle Contract?

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Steven Taylor has started to play extremely well for Newcastle in the last few games and we expect him to start with Claudio Cacapa tomorrow at the center of Newcastle's defense against bottom-placed Derby County. But what's going on with his contract? Steven Taylor - playing against Holland for England Under-21s this summer Two of our other [.

Sam Wants Three Wins On The Trot

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Sam talked today about Newcastle not having the free scoring style that marked the games at the beginning of the season, especially at home. Sam Allardyce - wants 3 wins on the trot before Christmas We scored 3 goals at home 3 times running earlier in the season, but recently have found goals much harder to score.

Chris and Sam In Agreement On Newcastle Transfers

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All Newcastle fans are aware that we have four players – Geremi, Obafemi Martins, Habib Beye and Abdoulaye Faye – setting off for the African Cup of Nations in early January.Sam Allardyce is keen to bring in new players in January, but he admits he is in agreement with the Chairman, that the players have [.

Geremi Talks About Christmas in England

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Newcastle United's Cameroon captain Geremi, talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning about Christmas in England. Geremi - talks today about Christmas in England for our new players Geremi said today: "Christmas in England, I know it is going to be a very different experience for some of the new players," "But we have tried to make [.

David Rozehnal Adapting To Everything English

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In the Czech Republic, people celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve with a nine course meal, which includes fish soup, baked carp and bread and honey. And that's how David Rozehnal will celebrate Christmas this year in Newcastle. It's good we don't have a game on Christmas day though, that's for sure.

Shay Looking Up The League Table

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Shay Given has wanted to win trophies at Newcastle for many years, and doesn't have one at the moment. But Shay is forever hopeful that one day he will play in a Newcastle team that can win something – anything. Shay Given - taking nothing for granted on Sunday The 31-year-old Irish goalkeeper however, is taking nothing [.

Cacapa Wants Goal For Newcastle’s Fair Fans

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Claudio Cacapa says he knows Newcastle fans are very fair, and therefore the Brazilian is not too nervous about playing in front of them against Derby County on Sunday. Claudio Cacapa - thinks Newcastle fans are very fair Of course Cacapa played very poorly the last time he appeared before the Newcastle faithful at St.

Butt Wants Some Silverware at Newcastle

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Nicky Butt is hoping to help Newcastle challenge for major honors after signing a contract extension with the club yesterday. Nicky Butt Challenges Arsenal's Gilberto recently at St. James' Park Butt's contract had been set to expire at the end of June but he will now stay at St James' Park for at least 12 months and [.

Newcastle Target Edmilson Almost Fit Again

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The FC Barcelona Blog is reporting today that Edmilson, who has been sidelined since his knee operation last June, has received the medical all clear to play again. Edmilson - training again with his Barcelona team-mates Sam Allardyce has said recently that he will not go after Edmilson in the January transfer window, but may still [.

Newcastle and Villa Linked With Peru Defender

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It's the silly season and Newcastle have been linked with yet another defender today, 23 year-old Alberto Rodriguez of Peru, who is a 5'10" tall defender. Alberto Rodriguez - defender has played 31 times for Peru Aston Villa are also said to be interested in the Peruvian, but we don't know if there is any truth in [.

Newcastle United Web Site Features SoccerPro.Com

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We are spotlighting an online football (soccer) site that sells football strips and various other football equipment. We will be doing this periodically throughout the year and will only spotlight those companies we think provide really good value for our readers. Today's company is SoccerPro.com and it is based over here in the US.

No Christmas Break For Newcastle’s Foreign Players

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There's been a lot of publicity regarding the foreign defenders Sam has brought into Newcastle in the summer. Habib Beye - former Marseilles skipper playing well for the Magpies They've taken a little time to settle into the ways of the Premiership but there are now good sings that they are adapting well.

Newcastle To Give Christmas Present To Fans

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Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce thinks that a Newcastle United victory against bottom of the league Derby County on Sunday afternoon (2:00 pm KO), will mark what Sam calls a milestone for the club this season. Sam Allardyce - we hope he's doing this after Derby game on Sunday We are going into the game on the [.

Right Approach Should Get Win Against Derby

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Newcastle United will meet Derby County at St James' Park on Sunday determined to erase the memories of that terrible 1-0 defeat at Pride Park back on 17th September. Sam Allardyce - this could have been Sam at Pride Park in September This remains Derby County's only win of the season, and to make matters worse [.

Sam Needs Everbody Fit and Ready To Go

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Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce has now been at the helm of Newcastle United for over 7 months, and he is pleased that the fitness of his players is now starting to show through. Sam Allardyce - his fitness regime is working well Obviously as a game goes on the fitness starts to show through, and [.

Sam’s Winter Break Makes Sense

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The Premier League in England, is a unique football league and is certainly the very best league in the world, there's little doubt about that. Barclay's Premier League - the most popular sports league in the world The games are beamed around the world and the Manchester United - Arsenal game earlier in the season had [.

Newcastle Injury Situation Slowly Improving

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Sam talked today about Newcastle's injury situation ahead of the upcoming Christmas flurry of games. Damien Duff - doing well in training to get get back into the squad Our squad is not the biggest in the Premiership, and that's one thing we need to do in the summer, to build the squad in terms of both [.

Newcastle’s Nicky Butt Signs Contract Extension

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It has been announced on the official Newcastle United Web Site, that Nicky Butt has signed a new contract at the club, which will keep him at Newcastle United until the end of next season. Nicky Butt - at Newcastle until June, 2009 with one year option after that The 31-year-old's current deal expires in June of [.

Fulham Sack Lawrie Sanchez

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Fulham have just announced that manager Lawrie Sanchez has left the club with immediate effect. Lawrie Sanchez - wasn't given much of a chance A Fulham club statement has just been issued which reads: "Ray Lewington and Billy McKinlay will be in charge of the team whilst a search for a permanent replacement takes place," There were rumors [.

Sam Says Butt Magnificent This Season

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Sam Allardyce has spoken to the official Newcastle United Web Site of his delight at signing Nicky Butt through to June, 2009, with an option of another year. Sam Allardyce - so pleased to sign Butt to new contract Sam believes the experience of Nicky has been invaluable to the team this season. We reported earlier that the [.

Sam Wants Newcastle Strengthened at All Levels

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Sam talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning, and seemed to reiterate what Chris Mort has been saying all along. Newcastle want to strengthen the playing side of the club at every level. Sam Allardyce - want Newcastle strengthened to be number 1 It's been rumored that Sam in not too happy with the quality of [.

Sam – We Frustrated Fulham (and Fans)

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Sam talked again about the clean sheet and 3 points at Craven Cottage on Saturday. Sam says we frustrated Fulham - but how about the fans? Sam Allardyce - we frustrated Fulham Big Sam told the Evening Chronicle today: "The challenge now is to repeat last Saturday's clean sheet at home against Derby County on Sunday.

Faye Misses Derby Game

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The question most Newcastle fans have during the week is what the team will be at the weekend. It's looking like Faye will be missing against Derby on Sunday. Abdoulaye Faye - will miss game on Sunday Apparently the plan was to play Faye in the behind-the-scenes friendly game earlier this week with Middlesbrough.

Given Nominated For Ireland Player of the Year

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Newcastle United goalkeeper Shay Given, Reading striker Kevin Doyle and Manchester City defender Richard Dunne are the three nominees for the FAI international senior Player-of-the-year award. Shay Given - best goalkeeper ever to play for Newcastle United The trio were chosen by a panel selected from the Soccer Writers' Association of Ireland, and the winner will be [.

Two Bidders For Northern Rock

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Investment bank Goldman Sachs has been called in to come up with a finance package that would allow a private sector bidder to take over Northern Rock. There are now two rival bidders for the high street bank, one is led by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group and the other by investment company [...

Who Will Be Newcastle Captain in January?

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Sam Allardyce is admitting today that he faces a decision in the next couple of weeks. Who will he appoint Newcastle captain in January to replace Geremi, who is off to the African Nations tournament. Sam and Geremi - that famous rock group Geremi will be off in early January to represent his country Cameroon, although Newcastle [.

Problems With Tamas Kadar Transfer

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It is being reported today that funds in January may be limited at Newcastle United and this may impact the acquisition of 17 year-old Hungarian central defender Tamas Kadar. Sam Allardyce - does he really want Kadar? While Newcastle may not be interested in signing Kadar in January they could bring the Hungarian in during the [.

Newcastle Pursue Brazilian Striker Fred

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It's getting to be the silly season in football when another transfer window opens in January. Brazilian striker Frederico Chaves Guedes - better known as Fred And Newcastle will be linked with all kinds of players and it's difficult to know which stories are true and we'll have to rely on the club to keep us straight.

Does Sam Have Any Money For January?

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Aston Villa are said today to be ready to launch a £10M double swoop for Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen and Arsenal's young defender Justin Hoyte, who was on loan at Sunderland last season. Justin Hoyte - target for Aston Villa? Former Chelsea star Gudjohnsen was linked with a potential move to Newcastle during the summer, but [.

Four Arsenal Players For Newcastle

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After watching the tremendous Blackburn Arsenal game on Tuesday evening, there surely must be some young players at Arsenal, who Newcastle could either buy, or get to the club on loan in January. We would stand more chance of an initial loan deal. Sam Allardyce - who one should I choose? Getting a player [.

FA Cup Ticket Information Announced by Newcastle

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The official Newcastle United Web Site has today issued news regarding ticket sales and travel arrangements for the 3rd round FA Cup tie at Stoke City on Sunday, January 6th, with a KO time of 6:00 pm. This was on the official web site today - just in case you missed it. ===================================== Ticket News: Stoke City General [.

Newcastle Stengthening Club at Every Level

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Both Sam Allardyce and Chairman Chris Mort have discussed the need to strengthen the club at every level. Chairman Chris Mort and Manager Sam Allardyce in deep conversation We want to particularly increase our youth set-up and of course the priority is always the first team squad. But it was a shock on Monday when our Youth [.

Sam Wants Two or Three Quality Players

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Sam Allardyce has said that we need two or three top players in January, but only if we can get them then, otherwise we'll need to wait until the summer. Andrei Arshavin - would be a great acquisition for Newcastle Big Sam spoke to the Evening Chronicle today: "We need two or three players and we are on [.

Wes Brown To Newcastle In The Summer

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Manchester United utility defender Wes Brown has said he is prepared to finally leave the Manchester United club next summer, with Newcastle United his likely destination. Wes Brown - on his way to Newcastle in June? Manchester born and bred Brown, who played for the Manchester Schools sides before signing professional forms with Manchester United in 1996 [.

Martins Happy To Be Playing Every Week

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Oba Martins is only too keen to score more goals for Newcastle United before he leaves for the African Nations Cup, after our 3rd round FA Cup Tie at Stoke City on Sunday afternoon, 6th January. Oba Martins - which way is up? It turns that Martins scored 6 goals in December last year, so maybe [...

Geremi Says Team Starting To Come Together

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Just a great interview on Newcastle World TV today, where you get some idea why Big Sam plumped for Geremi to be captain of the club. Geremi comes over as an experienced pro and a real leader, who is down to earth and laughed a lot during the interview. Geremi - comes across as a [...]

Newcastle Renew Interest in Gudjohnsen

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Eidur Gudjohnsen has struggled to make any impact at the Nou Camp since his £8M move from Chelsea 18 months ago. Eidur Gudjohnsen - Dad says he will reconsider his future at Barcelona Newcastle were interested in the Icelandic International during the summer, and reports said Sam even met with the player in Spain.

Steven Taylor Back for Derby County

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Steven Taylor looks ready to return to the Newcastle United squad for this weekend's St.James' game with bottom placed Derby County. Steven Taylor - back for Derby game on Sunday afternoon The 21-year-old was left out of the team at the last minute on Saturday, for the terrible game but great win at Fulham.

Owen Will Not Play On Sunday

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Sam Allardyce confirmed today that England star Michael Owen will not return for this weekend's clash with bottom of the table Derby County at St.James' Park. Michael Owen with Big Sam - England striker not playing against Derby The 28-year-old English striker has been out since injuring a thigh muscle during England's friendly in Austria last month, [.

Duff Scores Again in Middlebrough Practice Game

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Damien Duff, our talented Irish winger, who is coming back from a terrible ankle injury, played another full 90 minutes against Middlesbrough yesterday afternoon, and scored another goal, in a 4-1 defeat. Damien Duff - on the comeback trail, he's worth waiting for But it's apparently still too early for Damien to be included in [.

Newcastle Wisely Follow Arsenal Blueprint

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It was a pleasure to watch the Blackburn Arsenal game last night, which the young second string Arsenal side eventually won 3-2 after going 2-0 up after the first 29 minutes with goals by Diaby and Eduardo. But they had to go into extra time to do it, after Blackburn Rovers made another wonderful come [.

Swindon Manager - Ben Tozer Will Make It At Newcastle

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Swindon Town caretaker manager David Byrne has offered his views to the official Swindon Town web-site today, ahead of Ben Tozer's pending move to Tyneside. Ben Tozer - hopefully the first of many top class youngsters coming to Newcastle The 17-year old defender, who followed Byrne to Swindon from his home town club Plymouth Argyle, is [.

Cacapa Happy To Be Back For Newcastle

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Cacapa had an excellent game on Saturday as Newcastle kept their first away clean sheet in over a year. Claudio Cacapa - glad to be back in Newcastle defense We heard yesterday how much David Rozehnal enjoyed playing with Claudio in the heart of Newcastle's defense. Claudio talked to the Evening Chronicle and finally admitted to [.

Sam May Send Ben Tozer Out On Loan

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Newcastle United is undergoing various fitness tests but terms have been agreed with the 17 year-old Swindon Town player and he is expected to sign in the next day or so. Ben Tozer - great future ahead for this boy Since Ben Tozer has only played 7 games for Swindon Town Newcastle may elect to send him [.

Sam Says Walters, Kadar Not on Newcastle Radar

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Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce has denied this morning's newspaper reports linking Newcastle with a £1M move for Ipswich Town's Jon Walters, when the January transfer window opens. Sam Allardyce - cross Walters and Kadar off the list - they're not coming Allardyce said today he is not looking to add Walters to his squad, as he [.

Fulham’s Aaron Hughes - A Model Professional

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Aaron Hughes was Fulham's captain on Saturday against his old side Newcastle United. Aaron Hughes - fondly remembers his day at Newcastle Newcastle had more than 5,000 traveling fans in the Putney End of craven Cottage and they certainly made themselves heard during the game. That also was a reason why Fulham enjoyed their biggest crowd [.

Viduka Says Squad Happy After Fulham

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Mark Viduka is still getting back his sharpness after being injured, but he made a good appearance for Newcastle after 77 minutes on Saturday when he replaced a disappointed Oba Martins, who trudged off looking a little dejected and frustrated. Mark Viduka - pleased with all 3 points on Saturday It was interesting the way Mark stopped [.

Players Newcastle Need in January

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In this article we have looked at our squad as it currently stands, and have assessed the squad to see which positions need strengthening in January and in the summer. We most definitely need your help on this so please leave us your opinions and comments, after you have read through the article. Newcastle United's [.

Newcastle After Ipswich Striker Walters

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Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce is reported to be planning a bid for his former Bolton Wanderers striker Jonathan Walters, who now plays for Ipswich Town, either as a striker or on the right wing. He stands 6′0″ tall. Jon Walters - playing well for Ipswich Town Sam Allardyce sold him at Bolton but is now reported [.

Lads Deserved Clean Sheet - Given

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Shat Given has been talking again to the Newcastle Journal today about how our foreign players are starting to settle down now, and also that they played well enough to deserve the clean sheet at Craven Cottage. Shay also points out there is a great spirit amongst the lads. Shay Given - thinks the foreign players [.

Barton Says Team Spirit Great at Newcastle

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Joey Barton seems very happy that Newcastle have managed to win both their last two games with late goals. Joey Barton - team bonding trip to Edinburgh has helped team spirit And of course Joey is more than happy to have scored his first goal for the club in the last minute at Craven Cottage on Saturday [.

Owen Has 50-50 Chance of Making Derby Game

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Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has admitted that this Sunday's game with bottom of the league Derby County may come too soon for England striker Michael Owen. Michael Owen - 50-50 for Derby Game The 28-year-old has been out since injuring his thigh during England's pointless friendly in Austria on 17th November, presumably the match being in preparation [.

Newcastle Knocked Out Of FA Youth Cup

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Newcastle United under-18s saw their FA Youth Cup dreams ended at the very first round they participated in when they went down 1-0 to Shrewsbury Town at St. James' Park tonight. Sam Allardyce - must have been disappointed at the result It had looked like it would go to extra time and then potentially penalties to decide [.

Sam Pleased Injury Situation Improving

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Sam talked to the official Newcastle United Web Site this morning, about the possibility of having Steven Taylor, Abdoulaye Faye and Stephen Carr back from injury for our next game against Derby County next Sunday, at St. James' Park, KO 2pm. Steven Taylor - hamstring played up last Thursday morning Sam said this afternoon: "Certainly, we'd hope to [.

Youngsters Need Fans’ Support Tonight

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Newcastle United Juniors start this season's FA Youth Cup campaign against Shrewsbury Town tonight at St.James' Park, with a KO time of 7pm. Joe Joyce - Academy Manager needs support tonight for our youngsters As we know the youngsters have done tremendously well over the last two seasons, having reached the semi-finals of the tournament both times.

Sam Has Created Great Newcastle Team Spirit

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SAM Allardyce has rightly hailed Joey Barton after the midfielder had the guts and courage to both take and convert Newcastle United's last minute penalty in front of Newcastle's 5,000 traveling fans. It was also obvious at the end, that Newcastle players were supporting each other big time. Joey Barton - enjoying his training with [.

Shay So Happy With Clean Sheet

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Shay Given had a good, solid and confident game on Saturday at Craven Cottage, and he was the first goalkeeper at Newcastle to keep a clean sheet since the Wigan 1-0 win on September 1st, when Steve Harper was in goal. And it's the first away clean sheet since November of last year. Shay Given - [..

Sam Says Transfer System Is Hugely Flawed

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Sam Allardyce is certainly not a great believer in the current transfer windows. We have the summer transfer window, open for about 3 months, and then a month in January, when transfers are allowed to take place. Sam Allardyce - transfer system stops him being successful It didn't used to be like that, and Sam [.

Newcastle Alert - Sidwell Available On Loan in January

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Chelsea central midfielder Steve Sidwell has recently been lined up with a return on loan to Reading – the club he left just 6 months ago for the London giants. Steve Sidwell - loan deal on the cards in January? At that time Newcastle United were even favorites to sign the 5'10" central midfielder, and we think [.

Sam - You Can’t Always Win Pretty

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Sam Allardyce, not surprisingly, was very pleased with the 1-0 win at Fulham on Saturday. As far as the result goes it was almost perfect. An away win, with a clean sheet Sam Allardyce - wins are not always pretty, but a win's a win It was certainly not a pretty win, but at least it's 3 [...]

Cacapa Solid and Effective on Saturday

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Sam Allardyce talked today about the performance of Brazilian Claudio Cacapa on Saturday, which we thought was excellent in the heart of Newcastle's defense, especially in the second half. Claudio Cacapa - showed all his experience on Saturday Cacapa replaced the injured Steven Taylor on Saturday, for his first game since the nightmare Portsmouth game, when [.

Rozehnal Sings The Praises Of Claudio

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David Rozehnal has sung the praises this morning of Claudio Cacapa, whom he partnered in central defense for our first clean sheet away from home since November of last year. David Rozehnal - a great guy - and not a bad footballer either While we didn't think Rozehnal had a great game against Fulham, he was [.

Newcastle Have a Big Future

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David Rozehnal has talked again this morning to the Newcastle Journal and he certainly seems to be enjoying his time on Tyneside, and admits he's wanted to play for Newcastle ever since he arrived here in the summer. David Rozehnal - loves playing at Newcastle United What comes across very strongly with David is not only [.

Ben Tozer In Contract Talks at Newcastle

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The official Swindon Town Web Site is reporting this morning that their young defender Ben Tozer will travel to St. James' Park this morning for talks with Newcastle United, after Swindon Town agreed a fee with the North East giants of around £1.1M. Ben Tozer - in contract talks with Newcastle this morning The 17-year old has [.

Journal’s Luke Edwards Is Spot On

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We don't do this very often, but we just have to quote the first two paragraphs of Luke Edward's match report on the Newcastle game against Fulham, because we think he hits the nail right on the head, and not without a little humor. Sam Allardyce -Â beauty in the ugliness and pride in the clean [..

Newcastle Puruse 20 Year-Old Romanian Defender

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Newcastle United are said to be interested in Romanian Under-21 international defender Stefan Mardare, according to today's Sunday Sun. Stefan turned just 20 years old a couple of weeks ago. Stefan Mardare - 20 year-old outstanding Romanian prospect Sources close to Mardare's club, FC Vaslui, claim that Newcastle United have already made a bid of around [.

Newcastle Trying to Sign Argentine Placente

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There is news today that both Wigan Athletic and Newcastle United are attempting to sign Argentine International Diego Placente from Celta Vigo, in the January transfer window. Sam Allardyce - pursuing Placente? Placente is keen to depart Celta Vigo following their relegation from the Spanish top flight last season.

Gutsy Cacapa In Great Comeback for Newcastle

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Newcastle did not play well against Fulham yesterday, and the game was an extremely poor one to watch. There's no getting away from that. However, there were a couple of shining lights in the game. Claudio Cacapa - quietly performed heroics for Newcastle yesterday Newcastle didn't show any attacking flair whatsoever, and were still a little suspect [.

Newcastle Fans Magnificent Again at Fulham

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Sam Allardyce has again rightly hailed the travelling Newcastle fans as magnificent yesterday. The magnificent Newcastle support is known world-wide The Newcastle fans have long been the very best, and should never ever be taken for granted. They probably deserve some medals for giving to watch the game yesterday, which was dull and drab to watch.

Reflections on Fulham Newcastle Game

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Fulham did not look a very good team yesterday and will have a job on their hand to stay up this year. On yesterday's form Newcastle were no better. Where was the fighting spirit we have shown in our last 3 games, both home and away? And where was the urgency? That's the least [...]

Wes Brown Not Available Until Summer

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Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce seems today to have given up hope of landing Manchester United ace Wes Brown on loan next month. Wes Brown - will become a free agent in the summer We wouldn't be surprised if Sam has already talked to Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson about the England international after Wes turned down the [.

Swindon Tozer Update - He’s Coming To Newcastle

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We reported last night that we thought Swindon Town's 17 year-old left-back Ben Tozer, who we had covered earlier in the week as a Newcastle United target, was about to sign for the club. That has now been confirmed today by Swindon Town Football Club and it looks like an announcement on the deal [.

Newcastle Linked With Placente and Kadar

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Newcastle are today being linked again with a number of players. One deal that seems to be going through is to bring 17 year-old Hungarian Tamas Kadar to St. James' Park. We covered Tamas earlier in the week as a Newcastle target. Chris Mort - Chairman is bringing a number of promising youngsters to the club Newcastle [.

Sam - Clean Sheet and Away Win - Fantastic

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Sam Allardyce today praised his Newcastle United players for their determination to keep going, after a second successive last-gasp win at Fulham on Saturday. Sam Allardyce - happy with 3 points and the players' spirit Newcastle had Habib Beye to thank last weekend for his injury time header which snatched all three points against Birmingham City.

Sam - We’ve Played So Much Better and Lost

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Sam was interviewed after the game today and admits that the Newcastle performance wasn't a good one. In fact he admits the team has played so much better than this, and lost. Sam Allardyce - we didn't play well today and didn't deserve the win Sam said after the game: "It was a penalty, yes. The challenge was [.

Newcastle Sign Swindon Town’s Ben Tozer

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We are getting reports and there are strong rumors in Swindon tonight, that their 17 year-old promising left back, Ben Tozer has been signed by Newcastle United. Ben Tozer - sold to Newcastle United? We reported on Ben Tozer a couple of days ago and he is a very promising English defender, who has been linked [.

FT: Fulham 0 Newcastle 1 - Barton Penalty Wins It

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Newcastle won this game, for the second week running in injury time, when a foul on Alan Smith by Elliot Omozusi, with just a minute remaining in injury time, gave Newcastle a chance to grab all 3 points. Since Martins had been replaced by Viduka some 15 minutes earlier, Joey Barton came up to take [.

Newcastle Fortunate To Get Win at Fulham

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Newcastle did not have one of their better days in London today, and just about matched a poor Fulham side who were missing some of their best players. It looked like Newcastle were coasting in the first half and while they didn't create too many chances they had the majority of the play. Then in the [.

Joey Takes Ball Off Milner For Penalty

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Newcastle scorer Joey Barton admitted to Setanta Sports after the game, that he to win the opportunity to take the penalty with team-mate James Milner, before putting Newcastle ahead with his injury-time winner against Fulham at Craven Cottage. Joey Barton - took the ball off James Milner to take penalty We suspect James Milner was probably first [.

HT: Fulham 0 Newcastle 0: Newcastle Lack Urgency

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There's one thing that is very clear in this game and that is that Fulham have a lot of injuries and are short of some of their best players, and they are not playing particularly well. Not surprisingly Fulham, because of past results, have looked nervous in the first half, and have had very few opportunities [.

Fulham vs Newcastle: Teams - Taylor Injured

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SAM Allardyce makes just one change to the side which beat Birmingham City at St.James' Park last week with Steven Taylor missing out because of injury and that means a recall for Brazilian defender Claudio Cacapa after six weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring problem. That's not particularly good news for Newcastle since Cacapa [.

Habib Beye Loves It At Newcastle

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Habib Beye is getting used to both playing for Newcastle United and also living in the city of Newcastle. Habib Beye - loves playing and living in Newcastle And he really likes it. Habib talked to the Evening Chronicle today about just what he likes about it at Newcastle – and it seems like almost everything.

Sam - Newcastle Must Finish Teams Off

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Sam talked today about our last three games and the fact that 4 points is a poor return from them, when you consider the amount of chances we had in those games. Sam Allardyce - Newcastle need to put games away Sam talked today about this: "We should have beaten Arsenal on the night and deserved to beat [.

Clean Sheets Still Elusive for Sam

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Defense is the area where Newcastle United have once again failed this season, at least up till now. It's a long long time ago since we had a strong defense and we thought with all the seemingly good defensive captures Sam made in the summer, we would have a much better defensive record this season [.

Sam Wants Players With Premiership Experience

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Sam has talked about the January transfer window and it seems that Chairman Chris Mort and Sam have agreed that if suitable players are available in the positions they need to strengthen then money will be made available. Chris and Sam - seem to be in agreement on January transfer window strategy It looks like Wes Brown [.

Allardyce Talks About Capello and English Football

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As we now know, England has its very first Italian Manager in Fabio Capello, whose appointment was announced yesterday. Fabio Capello - new England Manager as of yesterday His appointment as England manager has been backed by Sam Allardyce, but in Sam's view the FA still have plenty of work to do to redeem English football, [.

Fulham vs Newcastle: Preview

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Every match we seem to play these days is a crucial game for us, and none more so than today's league game at Craven Cottage. The games we have to win are against teams below us in the league, and Fulham fits that criteria today, and even though the game is away, and our away [...]

Sanchez and Allardyce Both Under Pressure

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Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez is not very happy with bookmakers who accept 'morally suspect' bets on the next managerial sacking in the Premiership. Lawrie Sanchez - Fulham manager The former Northern Ireland boss, whose Fulham side play at home to Newcastle United in today's late game, is regarded as the second most likely Premier League manager to [.

Don’t Write Owen Off - He’ll Be Back

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As we reported yesterday we don't think Michael Owen has been worth the wages we pay him at Newcastle (£105K/week) or the transfer fee of £17M we paid for him from Real Madrid in August, 2005. That fee was apparently at least £8M over the going price, but then Freddy Shepherd was running the club [.

Newcastle Interested In Serbian International

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There was news recently that FC Vaslui Bulgarian midfielder Marko Ljubinkovic, has been attracting interest from Newcastle United. Marko Ljubinkovic - 6′ 0″ midfielder said to be interesting Newcastle Whether this is true or not we have no idea but this kind of news is not too surprising because our large scouting squad around the world [.

Pressure Still On For Big Sam

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Sam Allardyce talked to the Evening Chronicle just before the Newcastle squad got on their plane to London this afternoon and Sam's aware the pressure is still on. Sam Allardyce - understands the pressure is still on him and the team Sam is still aware the pressure is on for the team to start picking up points.

Terrific Fan Support For Newcastle at Fulham

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There will be a traveling army of around 4,000 for tomorrow afternoon's game at Craven Cottage, with about that many tickets having been sold for the game tomorrow in London. The fabulous fan support which is Newcastle United The kick-off time tomorrow, 5-15pm so the game can be televised by Setanta Sports, is not the best time [.

Sam - Newcastle Players Finally Starting to Gel

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Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce seems optimistic the team can go on a good run now that his new-look squad has shown definite signs of finally starting to gel on the pitch. Joey Barton - seems to be coming into some form We've done quite well in our last 3 games but only 4 points from [...]

Give Bobby Robson a Job At Newcastle United

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Sir Bobby Robson has given a long interview to Setanta Sports and it's a very good interview. Freddy Shepherd sacked Bobby in August, 2004 and we've struggled ever since then. But we've always thought there's an opportunity to get Bobby back on the payroll at Newcastle United, in some capacity, once his health improves.

Duff Scores against Hartlepool in Comeback Game

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Damien Duff made a scoring return to action for Newcastle United yesterday in a successful behind-closed-doors friendly yesterday against Hartlepool United. Damien Duff - scored against Hartlepool yesterday in first game back But Sam has quickly stated that neither he nor Brazilian central defender Claudio Caçapa will play at Fulham tomorrow.

Newcastle Can get Win at Fulham

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Fulham Football Club do not have a very good home record and have won just two games at home in the league all season. They are above Sunderland in 4th bottom position due to a superior goal difference. We expect Newcastle to pick up all 3 points tomorrow at Craven Cottage. Sam Allardyce - Newcastle due [.

Newcastle Players Bring Joy to Youngsters

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Newcastle United players made their annual visit to the Children's wards of the local hospitals this week to help spread a little bit of Christmas joy, and we're so pleased the lads do this – it means so much to the younger fans of our great club. Joey Barton with Newcastle youngster - eyeing each other [.

Sam Increasingly Worried About Losing Players

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Sam Allardcye is now becoming concerned about losing our four African players, Martins, Faye, Geremi and Beye to the African Nations Cup starting in early January. Habib Beye - has looked great in our last few games And he should be worried because we know what Oba can do - score goals - and Faye and Beye [.

Michael Owen Still Struggling at Newcastle

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We're not sure that Manchester City were ever serious about wanting to buy Michael Owen in January. Michael Owen - started only 21 games in 28 months at Newcastle But we now see the big story today is that Manchester City are not interested in taking Michael to Eastlands in January. We think for one thing, Michael still [.

Newcastle United Web Site Passes 2M Hits

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We are pleased to announce we have just passed two million hits today on our Newcastle United web-site. We started this web-site on April 23rd of this year, and seem to have formed a solid following over the last eight months. We will try to expand the site as we move ahead, and of course our [...]

Brown on Way To Newcastle in January

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It's looking more and more likely that Wes Brown could move to Newcastle United in the January transfer window. Wes Brown - positive on a move to Newcastle United While Chris Mort has said that he doesn't think signing one or two defenders would improve things much, we believe Sam (and Chris) would jump at the idea [.

Davids Plays in Practice Match Today

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Sam Allardyce is holding a behind-the-scenes friendly today, as he attempts to help some of our injured players gain some match practice. Damien Duff - will play today in friendly behind closed doors Players expected to play in the game include Cacapa, Abdoulaye Faye, Damien Duff, Shola Ameobi and Lance Davids, who we reported a couple of [.

Newcastle After 17 Year-Old Left Back

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Newcastle United are said to be challenging both Everton and Portsmouth for the signature of a teenager widely tipped to be an England star of the future. Ben Tozer - Swindon's 17 year-old left back, in great demand Swindon left back Ben Tozer has played just one senior game for the League One club but is certainly [.

Viduka Should Retire From International Football

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New Australian football coach Pim Verbeek is trying to convince Australian captain and Newcastle United striker, Mark Viduka, to play a role in Australia's qualifying for the 2010 World Cup. Mark Viduka - time to retire from International football? The Dutchman arrived in Sydney today to start his contract to get Australia to the South African World [.

Claudio Ready To Return To Newcastle Defense

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We always thought that Claudio Caçapa may have been Sam's best signing in the summer. And his performances up to the Portsmouth confirmed that he was a class defender who read the game so well, everything seemed so easy for him. Claudio Cacapa - ready to come back to Newcastle's defense - good But then came [.

Peter Ramage On His Way Back

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Peter Ramage looks to be right on track to make a comeback in Newcastle's first team before the end of the season and that would be just great news. Peter had an ACL knee operation and seems to be progressing very well in his rehabilitation from that. Peter Ramage - 6′1″ defender doing well in [.

Joey Barton’s Inside Sport Interview - VIDEO

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Here's Joey Barton's interview with the BBC in last Monday's Inside Sports, in two parts. It's worth Newcastle fans taking a look at this and understanding where Joey is coming from, plus his background. Joey Barton Inside Sport Interview - Part 1 Joey Barton Inside Sport Interview - Part 2

Sam Will Do The Job at Newcastle

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We hate to be the odd people out here, but we believe Sam Allardyce can do a good job at Newcastle United, and we're ready to put that out, even though it will be criticized in some quarters. Sam Allardyce - will get the job done at Newcastle - we're now sure of that We're not sure [...]

Big Sam Can Handle The Pressure

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Sam Allardyce, the beleaguered Newcastle manager, who now seems to be pulling the team out of a huge downturn in form, has talked today about his own self belief. Sam and Arsene during the battle on Wednesday night - what a great game! We are still way short of points and having captured only 2 from [.

Chairman Mort Delighted At Newcastle Form

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Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort has talked again about the fabulous game against Arsenal. Not only did Newcastle come back to show some good form and fighting spirit, but there were glimpses that we can fight it out with the best teams in the league. Without getting carried away with a single result, the future [.

Sam Still Short Of Defenders

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Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce will still be short of many defenders for tomorrow's game against Birmingham City at St. James' Park. Abdoulaye Faye - still out injured with a calf injury Abdoulaye Faye (calf), Stephen Carr (hamstring) and Claudio Cacapa (knee) are still recovering, and Michael Owen is not due back for at least another week [.

Given - Newcastle Fans Were Magnificent

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Shay Given has given an extremely long interview to the Newcastle Journal, but it looks like he's really relieved that Newcastle were able to put in a good performance on Wednesday night, but is aware Newcastle must continue that good form against Birmingham City tomorrow. He also acknowledges the great Newcastle fans, who were just [.

Sam Wary of Confident Birmingham

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Sam has talked today about the game against Birmingham City which will be a completely different game to that on Wednesday against Arsenal. Sam Allardyce - different game against Birmingham tomorrow Birmingham now have a new manager in Alex McLeish, the former Scotland and Rangers manager, and they had an excellent result last Sunday when they beat [.

Taylor - We Need Another Performance Tomorrow

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Newcastle Hero Steven Taylor is clear what needs to be done against Birmingham City tomorrow, to secure the 3 points we desperately need. Steve Taylor - just after scoring on Wednesday night - he looks happy Newcastle have been guilty in the past of playing great against the good teams and poorly against the weaker teams.

James Milner - So Mature at Just 21

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James Milner, who was threatening throughout the game against Arsenal on Wednesday evening, has talked to the Evening Chronicle today. James Milner - continues to improve this season And the Yorkshireman, who seems a very mature 21 year-old is very clear on what Newcastle United need to do, and he seems so right.

Newcastle After Young Hungarian Defender

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Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers are both said to be interested in Zalaegerszeg's 17 year-old defender Tamas Kadar. The young defender has apparently been invited for trials to both Premiership clubs after impressing for his club over the last year. Chairman Chris Mort - interested in bringing young stars to Newcastle The 17 year-old Hungarian is already a [.

Funny Football Quotes and Beautiful Woman

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Who's this beautiful actress - born in South Africa? Funny Football Quotes Here's some funny quotes that will help lighten up the day - which we all need at times "I'd rather play in front of a full house than an empty crowd." - Johnny Giles "If history repeats itself, I [...]

Newcastle vs Birmingham: Preview

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Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce doesn't seem to have any new injury problems from Wednesday's tough encounter with Arsenal, and is likely to field an unchanged side for the visit of Birmingham City today at St. James' Park. Longer term injured players, Abdoulaye Faye (calf), Stephen Carr (hamstring) and Claudio Cacapa (knee) are all still recovering, while [.

Newcastle Must Get All 3 Points Today

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The game today against Birmingham City is probably more important than the game on Wednesday. If we had lost the game on Wednesday and played reasonably well, not many fans would have been too disappointed. However, we now have to get down to the business of picking up points against teams who are below us in [.

Alan Smith - Team Player Extraordinaire

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Alan Smith, who had one of his best games for Newcastle on Wednesday evening against Arsenal, has been talking to the Newcastle journal today. Alan Smith in training As we all know, Alan has been used by Big Sam all over the place. In central midfield, on the wing and up front. But Alan prefers to [.

Sam Sings the Praises of Alan Smith

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Sam Allardyce, the Newcastle manager has talked about Alan Smith today to the Newcastle Journal, so let's take a look at what Sam has been saying about our utility player, who had an excellent game on Wednesday leading the line. Chris Mort and Sam Allardyce - Smith is Sam's kind of player Sam talked to the Newcastle [.

Newcastle vs Birmingham: Teams - Newcastle Unchanged

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As expected Sam Allardyce names an unchanged team for today's game with Birmingham City. Big Sam also names the same five substitutes with Abdoulaye Faye (calf) and Stephen Carr (hamstring) still out. Birmingham are without club captain Damien Johnson as he continues his comeback from a hamstring lay-off.

HT: Newcastle 1 Birmingham 1: Newcastle Fight Back

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Birmingham started well and had a lot of territorial advantage early in the game and there seemed to be some tension with the St. James' Park faithful, because they know this is a must win game. Then after 9 minutes and a good start by Birmingham they went surprisingly ahead with a terrible goal conceded by [.

FT: Newcastle 2 Birmingham 1 - Newcastle Leave It Late

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Newcastle came back and at last had some luck, when they scored after 89 minutes to win 2-1 against a battling Birmingham side today. Newcastle had only themselves to blame when they found themselves behind after just 9 minutes. David Rozehnal was badly at fault for Birmingham's goal. Rafael Schmitz played a long ball [.

Sam - We Deserved The Win

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Newcastle's manager Sam Allardyce was delighted with his side's win at St. James Park this afternoon, against a resolute Birmingham City side. Sam Allardyce - had no doubts his side deserved the win Over the last two games, before today's game, Newcastle had done well yet had only secured a single point, which was hardly what the [.

Alex McLeish - We Had Cruel Luck

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Birmingham manager Alex McLeish was not happy with the penalty Rob Styles awarded to Newcastle today when Oba Martins seemed to be brought down in the box. But how many managers are happy with penalties against them? Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish Birmingham can feel a little aggrieved that they got nothing from this game as they [.

Allardyce - The Win So Richly Deserved

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The memory of Sam Allardyce, with that black woolly hat on, bouncing up and down with his assistant coaches after Habib Beye had headed Newcastle 90th minute winner yesterday, will long live in our memory. Habib Beye - scored the vital winner yesterday If you wanted to see a manager completely committed to the Newcastle cause, there [.

Reflections On Newcastle Birmingham Game

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We've seen a replay of the game now so here are some of our reflections on Newcastle's great win yesterday against the dour and good looking Birmingham City side. The game was in 3 parts. The first 20 minutes was Birmingham's and the next 25 minutes of the first half was all Newcastle when they could [.

Venables - Barton’s Criticism Had Good Effect on Tyneside

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Former England boss Terry Venables has come out and praised Joey Barton for daring to speak out about the Newcastle fans last weekend. In retrospect it looks like it had a positive effect on the Newcastle fans, who have been magnificent ion their support of the Magpies, in the last two home games, which has garnered [.

Newcastle’s Injury Problems Improving Slowly

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Newcastle have quite a few games coming up in the next few weeks. Although our next game is next Saturday against Fulham at Craven Cottage we have another 5 games before early January, and hopefully our injury list will be improving this coming week. Abdoulaye Faye - we hope he's fit for next Saturday's game against [.

No Suprise that Singapore Consortium Wants Newcastle

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There is news this morning in the Sunday Express, that a Singapore consortium is on the verge of launching a fresh bid to buy Newcastle United from current owner Mike Ashley. That doesn't surprise us one little bit. Mike Ashley - enjoying being a Newcastle fan far too much But Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has insisted many [.

Good Things Ahead For Newcastle

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Sam Allardyce has talked again about yesterday's game against Birmingham City, and is now saying he thinks the team is finally starting to gel. Charles N'Zogbia - 21 year-old had another excellent game for Newcastle yesterday While yesterday's performance did not hit the highs of Wednesday's game against league leaders Arsenal, the team still fought tooth and [.

Mort Building Solid Foundations at Newcastle United

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Chris Mort gives a long and excellent interview with the Sunday Sun today, and the London lawyer lays out how he works as Chairman of Newcastle United. It's a very good and interesting interview and gives some good insight of his plans for the future of Newcastle United. It's certainly worth it for every [.

Sam Unhappy at Derogatory TV Comments

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Sam Allardyce is getting labeled again as the long ball manager on TV, and he doesn't like it one little bit. Sam Allardyce - upset at the way he is labeled as a manager But pundits such as BBC Match of the Day pundit Mark Lawrenson's have to have something to talk about during the program, since [.

Newcastle Have Manchester Defender in Their Sights

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The news doesn't seem to go away and we believe it's true that both Newcastle United and Sunderland will battle it out in January for the signature of Manchester United defender Wes Brown. Wes Brown - Manchester United Defender looking for pastures anew? The Daily Mirror is again reporting that the England defender, who has already refused [.

Rozehnal - We Have Great Supporters

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David Rozehnal was at fault for our first goal against Birmingham on Saturday, but after the game he seemed very relived that the team came through with a win. David seems very much a team man at Newcastle. David Rozehnal - made error after 9 minutes on Saturday And it was the second time in 4 days [.

Chris Mort To Give Kids New Deal at Newcastle

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The Newcastle United chairman is set to launch new half-season tickets aimed at the children he knows have been priced out of the Premier League in the last few years. Chris Mort - looking at getting more kids at Newcastle's games Here's some of the good stuff that Chris Mort is doing behind the scenes at [.

Allardyce - We Must Be More Ruthless

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In the last 20 minutes of the first half Newcastle stretched Birmingham to the very limit. They hit the woodwork at least twice, missed two attempts at goal from one yard out, and in the end had to settle for a penalty to go in all square at 1-1 after 45 minutes. Charles N'Zogbia - had [...]

Newcastle Worth So Much More in a Few Years

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Newcastle United chairman Chris Mort moved yesterday to reject even more reports that Mike Ashley is considering selling his stake in the club. Mike is far too business savvy to even contemplate that. Mike Ashley - in his business attire at St. James' Park But it must be about the 5th time Chris has said that [.

Krul Making Great Progress at Falkirk

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Tim Krul has asked Newcastle United to extend his loan spell at Falkirk, so he can get even more playing experience in the Scottish Premier League. Tim Krul - Dutchman making great progress at Falkirk The Dutch goalkeeper has been with the Bairns since August, and was due to return to St James' Park on January 2.

Newcastle Cut Ties With Babayaro

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Celestine Babayaro has played his last game for Newcastle United, and that will not worry most Newcastle fans. Celestine Babayaro - injured since March of this year Newcastle United and the Nigerian international announced today, that they have come to an agreement and the club will pay up the 29-year-old left back's contract, which apparently is due [.

Newcastle Injury Situation Much Improved

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The Newcastle manager was in bed with the flu bug yesterday, when Alan Oliver of the Evening Chronicle talked to him. Sam Allardyce celebrating Beye's winner on Saturday Sam was not surprisingly very upbeat yesterday, because of Newcastle's classic last minute win against Birmingham. Sam said: "After the way we came back on Saturday I feel great.

Newcastle After Young Brazilian Midfielder

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There was a report in the People Sunday newspaper yesterday, that Newcastle United are interested in bringing Brazilian International Diego Ribas da Cunha, otherwise known as Diego, to St. James' Park. Diego - Brazilian Attacking Midfielder, currently plays for Werder Bremen Diego is an attacking midfielder who has 24 caps for Brazil and 3 goals and he [.

Michael Owen On Way Back

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Sam Allardyce talked today of some possible signings in January. It was announced yesterday that Celestine Babayaro will be leaving Newcastle, and the club have agreed to pay up his contract through the summer of next year. Michael Owen - back for Derby County game just before Xmas Sam said today: "If I was going to sign [.

Newcastle Give Trial to South African Winger

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Swedish club Djurgarden's sporting director Bosse Andersson, has revealed that Newcastle United have offered a trial to right-sided midfielder Lance Davids. Lance Davids - has played 6 times for South Africa Andersson said today: "Newcastle has sent an invitation to Lance and he will be on trial there all this week," The 22-year-old South African is expected to [.

Sam Wants New Players In January

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It is not too clear this morning, what situation Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce is in, for the upcoming January transfer window. Some papers, such as the Daily Mirror, are reporting that he can't have transfer cash for signings in January when Newcastle lose four stars to the African Nations Cup. Sam Allardyce - would like to bring [.

African Nations Cup Becoming Big Problem

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Having the African Nations Cup bang in the middle of the Premier League season is becoming a huge problem, now that the Premier league has so many African players in its ranks. However, any simple solution seems a long way off. Sam Allardyce - suggests two week break in January Chelsea manager Avram Grant, who could [.

England Job Too Soon For Jose

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Sir Bobby Robson, who won the lifetime achievement award at the BBC Sports Personality of The Year ceremony on Sunday talked yesterday about Jose Mourinho potentially taking the England job yesterday. Bobby Robson - Mourinho worked for him at Barcelona It turns out that Bobby is one of the top figures in football whom FA chief executive [.

Sam Wants Edmilson in the Summer

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Sam Allardyce has finally revealed that he will not be bringing in the Brazilian Edmilson in the January transfer window. Edmilson - Sam plans a move still, but now in the summer Big Sam had been linked with the Brazilian during last summer and we had thought he would try to get him in January, but Edmilson [.

Duff On His Way Back

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Newcastle captain Geremi is very much looking forward to seeing former Chelsea team-mate Damien Duff back in action for the team. Damien Duff - on his way back for Newcastle Duff and Geremi are still to play in the same Newcastle side, although they played many times together for Chelsea. As we know Damien has been [.

Sam - Taylor, Beye Rozehnal Playing Well

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Since Steven Taylor has come back in our last two games, we have managed to pick up a valuable 4 points and Steven has looked very solid in the center of the defense. Steven Taylor - looked good at back in last two games We also think that Habib Beye has been playing very well in [...]

Sam Looking For Away Wins

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Sam Allardyce is obviously looking at improving Newcastle away form, which has been poor this season. Portsmouth is the team in form away from home this season, and of course were 3-0 up against Newcastle after just 11 minutes when they played recently at St. James' Park. Sam Allardyce - looking at away wins But we [.

Martins Could Miss Six Newcastle Games

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Newcastle top goal scorer Obafemi Martins has been named in Nigeria's squad for the African Cup of Nations, as expected. Nigeria Manager Berti Vogts has insisted that all 31 members of his squad, report for a pre-tournament training camp in Spain from January 4. Oba Martins - If Nigeria Reach the Final Martins will miss 6 Newcastle [.

Allardyce Delighted With Beye, Rozehnal Contributions

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Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has been singing the praises of our Czech Republic 6' 3" defender David Rozehnal and our Senegal defender Habib Beye today. David Rozehnal - played solidly for Newcastle this season This is good as it will give David the confidence he needs after being responsible for our first goal against Birmingham on Saturday.

Newcastle Pursue Turkey’s 20 Year-Old Whizz Kid

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The latest target that Newcastle United are said to be pursuing in the January transfer window is Galatasaray attacking midfielder Arda Turan. Arda Turan - on the right - 20 year-old highly regarded in Turkey The 20 year-old is highly regarded in Turkey as their brightest new talent and Istanbul press speculation says he has attracted interest [.

Newcastle Have Only 3 Players in Premier Top 100

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A month ago Newcastle had 7 players in the Premier league's top 100 players based on the Actim index. Today that number has dwindled to just 3 players and two of them are our 21 year-olds Charles N'Zogbia and James Milner. Charles N'Zogbia - currently ranked 36th in league, Newcastle's top player A month or so [.

Newcastle After Young Brazilian Midfielder

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There was a report in the People Sunday newspaper yesterday, that Newcastle United are interested in bringing Brazilian International Diego Ribas da Cunha, otherwise known as Diego, to St. James' Park. Diego - Brazilian Attacking Midfielder, currently plays for Werder Bremen Diego is an attacking midfielder who has 24 caps for Brazil and 3 goals and he [.

Newcastle Injury Situation Much Improved

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The Newcastle manager was in bed with the flu bug yesterday, when Alan Oliver of the Evening Chronicle talked to him. Sam Allardyce celebrating Beye's winner on Saturday Sam was not surprisingly very upbeat yesterday, because of Newcastle's classic last minute win against Birmingham. Sam said: "After the way we came back on Saturday I feel great.

Newcastle Cut Ties With Babayaro

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Celestine Babayaro has played his last game for Newcastle United, and that will not worry most Newcastle fans. Celestine Babayaro - injured since March of this year Newcastle United and the Nigerian international announced today, that they have come to an agreement and the club will pay up the 29-year-old left back's contract, which apparently is due [.

Sam Unhappy at Derogatory TV Comments

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Sam Allardyce is getting labeled again as the long ball manager on TV, and he doesn't like it one little bit. Sam Allardyce - upset at the way he is labeled as a manager But pundits such as BBC Match of the Day pundit Mark Lawrenson's have to have something to talk about during the program, since [.

Newcastle Have Manchester Defender in Their Sights

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The news doesn't seem to go away and we believe it's true that both Newcastle United and Sunderland will battle it out in January for the signature of Manchester United defender Wes Brown. Wes Brown - Manchester United Defender looking for pastures anew? The Daily Mirror is again reporting that the England defender, who has already refused [.

Rozehnal - We Have Great Supporters

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David Rozehnal was at fault for our first goal against Birmingham on Saturday, but after the game he seemed very relived that the team came through with a win. David seems very much a team man at Newcastle. David Rozehnal - made error after 9 minutes on Saturday And it was the second time in 4 days [.

Chris Mort To Give Kids New Deal at Newcastle

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The Newcastle United chairman is set to launch new half-season tickets aimed at the children he knows have been priced out of the Premier League in the last few years. Chris Mort - looking at getting more kids at Newcastle's games Here's some of the good stuff that Chris Mort is doing behind the scenes at [.

Allardyce - We Must Be More Ruthless

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In the last 20 minutes of the first half Newcastle stretched Birmingham to the very limit. They hit the woodwork at least twice, missed two attempts at goal from one yard out, and in the end had to settle for a penalty to go in all square at 1-1 after 45 minutes. Charles N'Zogbia - had [...]

Newcastle Worth So Much More in a Few Years

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Newcastle United chairman Chris Mort moved yesterday to reject even more reports that Mike Ashley is considering selling his stake in the club. Mike is far too business savvy to even contemplate that. Mike Ashley - in his business attire at St. James' Park But it must be about the 5th time Chris has said that [.

Krul Making Great Progress at Falkirk

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Tim Krul has asked Newcastle United to extend his loan spell at Falkirk, so he can get even more playing experience in the Scottish Premier League. Tim Krul - Dutchman making great progress at Falkirk The Dutch goalkeeper has been with the Bairns since August, and was due to return to St James' Park on January 2.

Mort Building Solid Foundations at Newcastle United

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Chris Mort gives a long and excellent interview with the Sunday Sun today, and the London lawyer lays out how he works as Chairman of Newcastle United. It's a very good and interesting interview and gives some good insight of his plans for the future of Newcastle United. It's certainly worth it for every [.

No Suprise that Singapore Consortium Wants Newcastle

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There is news this morning in the Sunday Express, that a Singapore consortium is on the verge of launching a fresh bid to buy Newcastle United from current owner Mike Ashley. That doesn't surprise us one little bit. Mike Ashley - enjoying being a Newcastle fan far too much But Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has insisted many [.

Good Things Ahead For Newcastle

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Sam Allardyce has talked again about yesterday's game against Birmingham City, and is now saying he thinks the team is finally starting to gel. Charles N'Zogbia - 21 year-old had another excellent game for Newcastle yesterday While yesterday's performance did not hit the highs of Wednesday's game against league leaders Arsenal, the team still fought tooth and [.

Allardyce - The Win So Richly Deserved

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The memory of Sam Allardyce, with that black woolly hat on, bouncing up and down with his assistant coaches after Habib Beye had headed Newcastle 90th minute winner yesterday, will long live in our memory. Habib Beye - scored the vital winner yesterday If you wanted to see a manager completely committed to the Newcastle cause, there [.

Reflections On Newcastle Birmingham Game

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We've seen a replay of the game now so here are some of our reflections on Newcastle's great win yesterday against the dour and good looking Birmingham City side. The game was in 3 parts. The first 20 minutes was Birmingham's and the next 25 minutes of the first half was all Newcastle when they could [.

Venables - Barton’s Criticism Had Good Effect on Tyneside

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Former England boss Terry Venables has come out and praised Joey Barton for daring to speak out about the Newcastle fans last weekend. In retrospect it looks like it had a positive effect on the Newcastle fans, who have been magnificent ion their support of the Magpies, in the last two home games, which has garnered [.

Newcastle’s Injury Problems Improving Slowly

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Newcastle have quite a few games coming up in the next few weeks. Although our next game is next Saturday against Fulham at Craven Cottage we have another 5 games before early January, and hopefully our injury list will be improving this coming week. Abdoulaye Faye - we hope he's fit for next Saturday's game against [.

Sam - We Deserved The Win

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Newcastle's manager Sam Allardyce was delighted with his side's win at St. James Park this afternoon, against a resolute Birmingham City side. Sam Allardyce - had no doubts his side deserved the win Over the last two games, before today's game, Newcastle had done well yet had only secured a single point, which was hardly what the [.

Alex McLeish - We Had Cruel Luck

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Birmingham manager Alex McLeish was not happy with the penalty Rob Styles awarded to Newcastle today when Oba Martins seemed to be brought down in the box. But how many managers are happy with penalties against them? Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish Birmingham can feel a little aggrieved that they got nothing from this game as they [.

HT: Newcastle 1 Birmingham 1: Newcastle Fight Back

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Birmingham started well and had a lot of territorial advantage early in the game and there seemed to be some tension with the St. James' Park faithful, because they know this is a must win game. Then after 9 minutes and a good start by Birmingham they went surprisingly ahead with a terrible goal conceded by [.

FT: Newcastle 2 Birmingham 1 - Newcastle Leave It Late

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Newcastle came back and at last had some luck, when they scored after 89 minutes to win 2-1 against a battling Birmingham side today. Newcastle had only themselves to blame when they found themselves behind after just 9 minutes. David Rozehnal was badly at fault for Birmingham's goal. Rafael Schmitz played a long ball [.

Newcastle vs Birmingham: Teams - Newcastle Unchanged

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As expected Sam Allardyce names an unchanged team for today's game with Birmingham City. Big Sam also names the same five substitutes with Abdoulaye Faye (calf) and Stephen Carr (hamstring) still out. Birmingham are without club captain Damien Johnson as he continues his comeback from a hamstring lay-off.

Newcastle vs Birmingham: Preview

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Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce doesn't seem to have any new injury problems from Wednesday's tough encounter with Arsenal, and is likely to field an unchanged side for the visit of Birmingham City today at St. James' Park. Longer term injured players, Abdoulaye Faye (calf), Stephen Carr (hamstring) and Claudio Cacapa (knee) are all still recovering, while [.

Newcastle Must Get All 3 Points Today

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The game today against Birmingham City is probably more important than the game on Wednesday. If we had lost the game on Wednesday and played reasonably well, not many fans would have been too disappointed. However, we now have to get down to the business of picking up points against teams who are below us in [.

Alan Smith - Team Player Extraordinaire

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Alan Smith, who had one of his best games for Newcastle on Wednesday evening against Arsenal, has been talking to the Newcastle journal today. Alan Smith in training As we all know, Alan has been used by Big Sam all over the place. In central midfield, on the wing and up front. But Alan prefers to [.

Sam Sings the Praises of Alan Smith

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Sam Allardyce, the Newcastle manager has talked about Alan Smith today to the Newcastle Journal, so let's take a look at what Sam has been saying about our utility player, who had an excellent game on Wednesday leading the line. Chris Mort and Sam Allardyce - Smith is Sam's kind of player Sam talked to the Newcastle [.

Funny Football Quotes and Beautiful Woman

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Who's this beautiful actress - born in South Africa? Funny Football Quotes Here's some funny quotes that will help lighten up the day - which we all need at times "I'd rather play in front of a full house than an empty crowd." - Johnny Giles "If history repeats itself, I [...]

Newcastle After Young Hungarian Defender

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Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers are both said to be interested in Zalaegerszeg's 17 year-old defender Tamas Kadar. The young defender has apparently been invited for trials to both Premiership clubs after impressing for his club over the last year. Chairman Chris Mort - interested in bringing young stars to Newcastle The 17 year-old Hungarian is already a [.

James Milner - So Mature at Just 21

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James Milner, who was threatening throughout the game against Arsenal on Wednesday evening, has talked to the Evening Chronicle today. James Milner - continues to improve this season And the Yorkshireman, who seems a very mature 21 year-old is very clear on what Newcastle United need to do, and he seems so right.

Sam Wary of Confident Birmingham

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Sam has talked today about the game against Birmingham City which will be a completely different game to that on Wednesday against Arsenal. Sam Allardyce - different game against Birmingham tomorrow Birmingham now have a new manager in Alex McLeish, the former Scotland and Rangers manager, and they had an excellent result last Sunday when they beat [.

Taylor - We Need Another Performance Tomorrow

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Newcastle Hero Steven Taylor is clear what needs to be done against Birmingham City tomorrow, to secure the 3 points we desperately need. Steve Taylor - just after scoring on Wednesday night - he looks happy Newcastle have been guilty in the past of playing great against the good teams and poorly against the weaker teams.

Big Sam Can Handle The Pressure

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Sam Allardyce, the beleaguered Newcastle manager, who now seems to be pulling the team out of a huge downturn in form, has talked today about his own self belief. Sam and Arsene during the battle on Wednesday night - what a great game! We are still way short of points and having captured only 2 from [.

Chairman Mort Delighted At Newcastle Form

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Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort has talked again about the fabulous game against Arsenal. Not only did Newcastle come back to show some good form and fighting spirit, but there were glimpses that we can fight it out with the best teams in the league. Without getting carried away with a single result, the future [.

Sam Still Short Of Defenders

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Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce will still be short of many defenders for tomorrow's game against Birmingham City at St. James' Park. Abdoulaye Faye - still out injured with a calf injury Abdoulaye Faye (calf), Stephen Carr (hamstring) and Claudio Cacapa (knee) are still recovering, and Michael Owen is not due back for at least another week [.

Given - Newcastle Fans Were Magnificent

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Shay Given has given an extremely long interview to the Newcastle Journal, but it looks like he's really relieved that Newcastle were able to put in a good performance on Wednesday night, but is aware Newcastle must continue that good form against Birmingham City tomorrow. He also acknowledges the great Newcastle fans, who were just [.

Joey Barton’s Inside Sport Interview - VIDEO

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Here's Joey Barton's interview with the BBC in last Monday's Inside Sports, in two parts. It's worth Newcastle fans taking a look at this and understanding where Joey is coming from, plus his background. Joey Barton Inside Sport Interview - Part 1 Joey Barton Inside Sport Interview - Part 2

Sam Will Do The Job at Newcastle

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We hate to be the odd people out here, but we believe Sam Allardyce can do a good job at Newcastle United, and we're ready to put that out, even though it will be criticized in some quarters. Sam Allardyce - will get the job done at Newcastle - we're now sure of that We're not sure [...]

Chris Mort - Mike Ashley Loved It

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Newcastle United chairman Chris Mort today said he was always confident that Sam Allardyce was capable of getting Newcastle United back on track, and getting a result against Arsenal. Chris Mort once again gave Big Sam his backing, and thanked the Newcastle fans for their fantastic support last night.

Taylor - We Could Have Won It

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Steven Taylor had a great come-back game for Newcastle United last night and of course scored our equalizing goal after 60 minutes, and right near the end almost put another one home, but the ball was cleared off the line. Steven Taylor - played really well at heart of Newcastle's defense Steven talked to the Evening Chronicle [.

Newcastle 1 Arsenal 1 - Video Highlights

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Terrific Newcastle Performance Against Arsenal

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Sam Allardyce was a relived man last night after the game with Arsenal, and was clearly elated after his side's magnificent performance against probably the best team in the land right now. Sam Allardyce - his players were magnificent last night Newcastle had Arsenal on the back foot for long periods of the game and while [.

Arsene Wenger - Where Was the Crisis?

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Arsene Wenger, the great Arsenal manager was happy at the end of the day to return to London with a point. His team were on the back foot for long periods of last night's game, but they still showed a fortitude, that champions are made of, withstanding huge pressure at times and not cracking. Arsene Wenger [.

Wenger Heaps Praise on Newcastle’s Fighting Effort

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Arsene Wenger has heaped praise on the Newcastle United performance last night, when he talked to the official Arsenal web-site after the game. Arsene Wenger - Arsenal's famous manager - praise indeed On whether a draw was a fair result: "Yes, maybe overall even though it was frustrating for us. Physically it was a very difficult game [.

Smith - Everyone’s Together at Newcastle

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Alan Smith had his best game for Newcastle United last night, there was no doubt about that. Right from the kick off Alan was a thorn in Arsenal's side, and worked his socks off in a tremendous team effort from the Magpies, against the best team in the Premier League right now - Arsenal. Alan [.

Reflections on the Newcastle Arsenal Game

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It was certainly a wonderful game to watch. It's been a long time since we've seen commitment and passion from a Newcastle side like we saw last night and long may it continue. Let's review what we saw last night. The good thing about last night's performance was it just wasn't against the best team in the [.

Sam Should Sleep Well Tonight

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Sam Allardyce admitted to Sky Sports after the Newcastle Arsenal game tonight, that the 1-1 draw eased the pressure on his position at Newcastle United. Sam Allardyce - a little disappointed Newcastle couldn't win the game Sam has been under intense pressure these last few weeks as Newcastle have taken just one point from the last 5 [.

FT: Newcastle 1 Arsenal 1: Magnificent Magpies

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In what was probably Newcastle's best performance of the season they pushed Arsenal all the way to record a great draw against the League Leaders t9onight. The sight of Mike Ashley clapping his hands at the end of the game, with a huge grin on his face, then rubbing his hands in glee said it all.

Superb Newcastle Give Arsenal Huge Scare

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In one of the best Premiership game seen this season, a battling and superb Newcastle side gave league leaders Arsenal all they could handle tonight at St. James Park. James Milner - had outstanding game for Newcastle tonight Things looked a little ominous for under-pressure Newcastle when they went a goal down with Arsenal's first attack [.

HT: Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1 - Newcastle Fighting Hard

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Newcastle have played their best football for many many games and are unlucky to be one gaol down at the interval against Premier League leaders Arsenal. A breakaway goal and a beuatiful one at that scored by the mercurial Adebayor after just 4 minutes is all that separates the sides, but if anything Newcastle's have bbeent [.

Newcastle Chairman Asks For Support Tonight

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Chris Mort has put out a message to Newcastle fans before tonight's vitally important match against Premier league leaders Arsenal. In a rather veiled message, he really seems to be asking Newcastle fans to support the players, and try to affect them in a positive way with their support. Nothing wrong with that.

Newcastle vs Arsenal - Teams - Taylor Starts

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SAM Allardyce has made just one change from the team which started at Blackburn with Steven Taylor making the team and replacing the injured Abdoulaye Faye, who has a calf injury. It's good that Steven's back in the team, as we'll need his guts and strength tonight. Surprisingly, Mark Viduka has to settle for a [.

Habib Beye - Adebayor Huge Threat Tonight

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Habib Beye seems to talk to the press quite a lot at Newcastle, and he always has something interesting to say. Of course he was captain at last club, Marseilles in France Today he talks to the Evening Chronicle and talks about one of Arsenal's dangerous strikers, Emmanuel Adebayor, who has looked a great player this [.

Newcastle vs Arsenal - Preview

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It's interesting reading some of the Arsenal web-sites today, where a lot of them are rather cautious about the game at Newcastle United tonight. At least three of the sites are saying this game will not be as easy as it looks. That's probably because Newcastle desperately need a result and while we have some [.

Barton - We Need the Fans Behind Us

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Joey Barton has addressed the comments he made on Saturday morning, before the game against Blackburn Rovers. Those comments were reported by the tabloids as Barton saying the Newcastle fans were vicious, but if you read what Joey actually said that was only a part of it - and we think it was a cry for [.

Martins Much Better Bet Than Owen

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Obafemi Martins has been under-utilized this season, otherwise he would probably have had more than the 6 goals he has scored so far this term. Oba is a good goalscorer who will get a lot better as he gains the necessary experience both in the Premier league and in International football with Nigeria.

Allardyce - Newcastle Now Behind Schedule

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Sam Allardyce seemed quite upbeat when he talked about Newcastle today to the Newcastle Journal and Luke Edwards. Sam thought that through the Tottenham game, which was our last victory, things were ahead of schedule, if anything, in his rebuilding of the Newcastle team and club. Sam Allardyce - things now behind schedule at Newcastle United But [.

Sam - Arsenal Are Not Invincible

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Sam has been talking today about Arsenal and the game tonight. There were some encouraging signs at Blackburn that the players are getting their confidence back, and certainly the second half on Saturday was great to watch, even though things eventually went against us. Let's see what Sam is saying about tonight's game - the [.

Mike Ashley - Sam Sacking is Nonsense

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After all the nonsense these past 3 days from the tabloid press that Sam Allardyce would lose his job if Newcastle are beaten by Arsenal tonight has been denied by none other than owner Mike Ashley. Billionaire Newcastle Owner Mike Ashley - in his spectator business suit As usual Mike will be at the game tonight, as [.

Joey Barton Almost Back to Top Form

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Joey Barton had his best game for Newcastle on Saturday, since returning from his metatarsel injury, and he looked the box to box player we know he is. Looks like Big Sam was delighted with the effort and commitment from the former Man City player at Ewood Park, as he must have been for most of [..

Wenger Supports Newcastle’s Allardyce

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Arsene Wenger talked to Arsenal TV Online today, and while he admitted he didn't know exactly what was going on inside the Newcastle United club, the pressure on Sam Allardyce seemed somewhat unfair, at least from the outside. Arsene Wenger - thinks Sam Allardyce needs more time at Newcastle Speaking today about the pressure on the beleaguered [.

Sam Not Getting Much Sleep

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Sam Allardyce has admitted today that he isn't getting too much sleep at night as he tries to find a way for Newcastle out of the bad patch they are currently in. Sam Allardyce - not getting too much sleep at nights We remember earlier in the season Sam saying that he never slept much before a [..

Sam and Players Can Turn This Around

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Sam Allardyce talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning, about players sometimes being unhappy with what the manager does, and he rightly says, that it's not at all unusual. The interview was given before Steve Harper and Shay Given issued their very responsible statement saying all the players at the club were firmly behind the manager, [.

Sam Shook Hands with Ashley After Saturday’s Game

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There's been a lot of talk in the popular press about Alan Shearer being lined up for the Newcastle manager job, on a contingency basis, in case Newcastle slide even further into mediocrity. But after Arsenal we have four games we can win. Two away from home and two at home. We're sure Sam and [..

Newcastle Need Some Heroes Against Arsenal

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Sam talks to the press every day now and inevitably he is forced to defend his position at the club, and not surprisingly he's been doing that today too. Sam's right to point out that until the Reading game we were doing well and had our best start in 10 years. Sam Allardyce - trying to be [...]

Given and Harper Issue Newcastle Statement

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Two of Newcastle United's longest serving players, goalkeepers Shay Given and Steve Harper, issued a statement today, through the official Newcastle Web-site that we list below. Steve Harper and Shay Given issue a statement today This is the statement the veteran goalkeepers have just issued today.

Funny Football Quotes and Beautiful Women

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Who's this beautiful English actress - born in Cuckfield, Sussex, England Funny Football Quotes Here's some funny quotes that will help lighten up the day - which we all need at times "Souness critics must eat humble pie as he tansforms Newcastle." - Alan Hansen "The [...]

Geremi - We’re Disappointed For The Fans

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The Newcastle United captain Geremi has promised Newcastle United fans they will soon get better results, as the players are trying very hard to turn things around at the club. Certainly we were quite pleased with the performance at Blackburn and the last 45 minutes of that game was a real cracker to watch – a [.

Beye - We Need Win Against Arsenal

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One of the players we have liked this season, and think has done a reasonable job of adjusting to the Premiership, is Senegal and former Marseilles defender, Habib Beye. He was one of the few players to play a decent game against Liverpool, and he had another solid game at Blackburn on Saturday, when he [.

Big Sam Tells Players - I’ll Do It My Way

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News is leaking out today from both the Newcastle Evening Chronicle and the Shields Gazette, that Sam Allardyce had a meeting with three of his senior players last Tuesday morning. The new being reported is that Sam told them he was going to sink or swim on the tactics he has used all his managerial life, [.

Newcastle Fans Can Make Difference Against Gunners

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Sam Allardyce seems upbeat after the good performance at Blackburn on Saturday but he regrets Newcastle couldn't put more of the seemingly easy chances away, in the second half. The upcoming game against Arsenal will be really tough, but the Newcastle faithful can help big time on Wednesday night. Sam Allardyce - regrets not scoring more [.

Newcastle After Manchester United’s Wes Brown

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Manchester United players Wes Brown and Silvestre were two of Sam Allardyce's preferred targets during the summer, but he was unable to get either one of them to leave the Manchester giants. However, defender Wes Brown has today been linked with a January move to Newcastle United, after it has been revealed that he has rejected [.

Allardyce - We Got Second or Third Choice Players

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Sam Allardyce has made what to us looks like a rather dangerous move in saying the players he brought in during the summer were second or third choices, That's because the premiership players he really wanted had already been taken. We know Big Sam really wanted Sylvain Distin and Tal Ben Haim, and maybe a [.

Sam Still Worried About Defensive Lapses

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It seems like a perennial problem at Newcastle United - the injury problems we always seem to have at the club. Once again Sam is finding it difficult to pick a good defensive unit because of injuries. Both Abdoulaye Faye and Stephen Carr were introduced again against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, but both of them [.

Magpies Need Committed Performance Against Arsenal

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Sam Allardyce talked about the game against Blackburn on Saturday this morning to the Newcastle Journal. While the first half was a cagey one for both sides at Ewood Park on Saturday, once the second half got under way it was clear that both teams were going for the jugular. Oba Martins - Newcastle's leading scorer with [.

Smith - Newcastle Fans Unreal at Blackburn

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Alan Smith was included in the team on Saturday, but surprisingly replaced Mark Viduka up front. In retrospect, it was clear why Sam wanted him in the team, because you can rely on Alan to give a committed performance, even when he's not particularly playing well. Alan Smith - we gave everything we had on Saturday After [.

Barton Interviewed on BBC1 Tonight

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The Newcastle United and England central midfielder, Joey Barton, is to be tried in court in June of next year. The charge against Joey is one of occasioning actual bodily harm on Ousmane Dabo, his former team mate at Manchester City football club, at the beginning of April this year. But Joey Barton insists he has done [.

Newcastle After Giant Romanian Defender

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There's yet another center-back that Newcastle United have been linked with today, and that is the massive 6'5″ Romanian center-back Dorin Goian. Newcastle scouts have been out and about during the last few weeks scouting various defenders that Newcastle still need to patch up their still leaky defense.

Funny Football Quotes and Beautiful Women

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Who's this beautiful model - born in Rheinberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany Funny Football Quotes Here's a repeat of some funny quotes that will help lighten up the day - which we all need at times "The trouble with referees is that they know the rules, but they don't know the game." [.

Joey Barton Meant Well

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Joey Barton's attempts to get the Newcastle fans on his side yesterday were a little cumbersome, but we think Joey was honestly trying to ask the fans to support the players. It's certainly true that when fans boo the players at St. James' Park it doesn't help the player and it doesn't help the team.

Initial Reflections on the Blackburn Newcastle Game

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Here are some initial reflections on the Blackburn Newcastle game yesterday - from a Newcastle United point of view. The team was a lot more solid than last week, and had a decent first half even though Blackburn still carved out the two best chances and should have scored with at least one of them.

Newcastle Need More Great Support on Wednesday

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Sam Allardyce has rightly thanked the traveling Newcastle fans for their magnificent support yesterday at Ewood Park, where the Newcastle faithful supported the team from the moment they arrived in the ground until they left. While they couldn't have been too happy at the result, the performance of the team was a gutsy one and the [.

Big Sam Supports Joey Barton

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Sam Allardyce talked about the game and the commitment shown by his players yesterday, even though Newcastle got nothing out of the game at all, which was unfortunate. Joey Barton had criticized the Newcastle fans yesterday morning, for being vicious at St. James' Park, in an apparent bid to have the fans support them throughout [.

Newcastle Must Turn Things Around Soon

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The game against Arsenal on Wednesday night at St. James' Park will be a very tough game, with Arsenal again looking to be the best team in the Premier league. They beat a good Aston Villa side 2-1 at Villa Park yesterday, and looked what they are – the next edition of Arsene Wenger's dominant Arsenal [.

Newcastle Play Their Hearts Out With No Reward

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It was another defeat yes, but a much improved performance from Newcastle United at Blackburn yesterday, and but for a little luck, they could have come out with a draw and even a victory. But it wasn't to be, although that certainly wasn't for the want of trying, as the Newcastle players fought tooth and nail [.

FT: Blackburn 3 Newcastle 1 - Magpies Go Down Fighting

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Newcastle went down to defeat again at Ewood Park this afternoon against Blackburn Rovers, but not before a gutsy fighting display in the second half, where they had no luck, and plainly went all out for the win. Oba Martins - scored Newcastle's goal after 47 minutes with a header After a good steady first half performance [.

Newcastle Give Great Gutsy Display

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Newcastle United were beaten yet again at Ewood Park this afternoon by Blackburn Rovers by a score of 3-1, but the Magpies were fighting for a draw right until the end, when Tugay put home Blackburn's third goal in added time. This was Newcastle's second defeat in a row, but was a very much improved [.

FT: Blackburn 3 Newcastle 1 - Magpies Go Down Fighting

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Newcastle went down to defeat again at Ewood Park this afternoon but not before a fighting display in the second half where they had no luck. After a good steady first half performance Newcastle were quite well positioned and then after 47 minutes when Martins opened the scoring for Newcastle it was obvious they had been [.

HT: Blackburn 0 Newcastle 0: Newcastle SCORE

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The game was all square at half time at Ewood Park this afternoon with Newcastle looking much improved from hteir performance last week against Liverpool at home. They probably just shaded the first half from Blackburn Rovers. Newcastle had more of the play but Blackburn had the better chances. Blackburn's best chance came after 15 minutes when [.

Blackburn vs Newcastle: Teams - Faye Starts

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Abdoulaye Faye and Habib Beye both start for Newcastle United today but it looks like Steven Taylor failed his fitness test. Surprisingly Mark Viduka starts on the bench and Alan Smith is included in the starting line up, presumably to play upfront with Martins. It looks like N'Zogbia wll start at left back with Enrique on the [.

Funny Football Quotes and Beautiful Women

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Who's this beautiful American actress - her father is in the horseracing industry Funny Football Quotes Here's a repeat of some funny quotes that will help lighten up the day - today all from Kevin Keagan "The tide is very much in our court now." "A tremendous strike [...]

Allardcye - I’m Indifferent to Criticism

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Sam Allardyce has been talking again to the Newcastle Journal, and it appears like he thinks he has to defend himself once again, given the adverse criticism he has had to take these last few weeks. The Newcastle fans were singing "you don't know what you're doing" last week in our terrible display against the Liverpool [.

Blackburn vs Newcastle - Preview

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It seems like every game Newcastle United play these days is important, and it's no different at Ewood Park today. We're coming off one of our worst displays ever at home last week against Liverpool, and Sam and his players have been working on the basics all this week. We're looking for a real solid [.

Allardyce - Blackburn’s Hughes Deserves Lots of Credit

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Big Sam has today been praising the manager of Blackburn Rovers, Mark Hughes, today. Mark of course managed Wales before replacing Graeme Souness at Blackburn, when Souness became the ill-fated manager of Newcastle United back in Septmeber, 2004, when he replaced the great Sir Bobby Robson on Tyneside.