Newcastle united Blog Archives for January 2007

How Newcastle Fans Can Help Gateshead FC

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As we all know Gateshead used to be a Football League side in the old 4th Division. They were voted out of the league in 1960 as part of the old voting system. I remember that well and was really disappointed at the time as a teenager. Well Gateshead are on the way back and have a [...]

Update on Newcastle United Blog Stats

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After our game on Saturday we thought we had still got off to a good start this season. Though we are obviously disappointed with two successive away defeats, we have to keep the faith and it's only two games after all. But we did look at the stats and we are doing better than last year and [...]

Don’t Rush Michael Owen Back Again

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As we reported on Saturday Michael Owen had two successful procedures performed at the Dr Ulrike Muschaweck's renowned Munich Hernia Center, repairing a torn abductor muscle and treating a sportsman's hernia. Ulrike Muschaweck's "Minimal Repair Technique" allows patients to walk and use weights and train within even two days if all is well. It looks like in [.

Should Steve Harper Leave Newcastle?

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Sam Allardyce admitted yesterday he had to make a "really difficult decision" when he named Shay Given in goal at Manchester City ahead of Steve Harper. Irish international Given began the season injured with that groin strain, and his close friend and rival Steve Harper started all previous six Premier League games this season. Shay of course [...]

Final Reflections on the Newcastle Man City Game

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Let's not be too doom and gloom about the game yesterday against an excellent Man City side. That Elano goal is still engrained in my mind - what a strike! At half time the game was nicely balanced and it was anybody's game at that point. But just like at Arsenal we became ragged in the [...]

Owen Wary of Early England Comeback

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Michael Owen has completed his two procedures at the German clinic on Friday and Saturday, and as we predicted there are already calls for him to play in the England qualifiers in mid-October. That would really be tempting fate and to his credit that's exactly what Michael thinks. He also believes playing for Newcastle has [...]

Edgar Captain Of Newcastle Reserves - Loan Move in January?

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One of our up and coming youngsters, 20 year-old David Edgar has been made Newcastle Reserve Team captain by Lee Clark, our Reserves Team manager. That's a good move by Lee as it gives some added responsibility to David and will hopefully help him in his development. David Edgar - good leadership abilities and probably out [...]

Four Funny Football Quotes For Today

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On this spot every day we'll include the four football quotes - and also have a question of the day. We'll post the question on our Newcastle United Forum or we'll highlight an existing topic that one of our readers has already posted that we find interesting. We'll also still include a nice picture at [...]

Man City 3 Newcastle 1 - Goals Video

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< Manchester City 3 Newcastle 1 - English Premiership City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, 29th September, 2007 Manchester City 3 Newcastle 1 - Goals Video .

Pressure on Allardyce - Welcome to Newcastle

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In a second successive performance in which Newcastle were pummeled for much of the second half, manager Sam Allardyce has made it clear it's the team's defensive performance that let the side down. Newcastle did get the first goal and it was a tremendous effort from Oba Martins, who controlled the ball beautifully between the two [...]

Sam Slams Slack Newcastle Defending

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Sam Allardyce blamed the defensive qualities of Newcastle today for the defeat, and is wasn't just the back four who came in for criticism. He also assigned responsibility for our poor defending to our midfield and even forwards – because they didn't get the defensive job done today. We agree with that. Sam Allardyce - blasts Newcastle's defending [.

Sam Has Work To Do At Newcastle

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Here are some points we have noticed that Man City today ruthlessly exposed. But at least we have a good idea now what they are, so we can work on them. One thing that was noticeable was the skill Sven Eriksson has quickly brought into the Man City side - so these skilfull players are available [...]

Owen Surgery Very Successful - Back Soon

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Michael Owen could be fit for England's European 2008 qualifiers, according to Sam Allardyce. Owen had been expected to miss the England qualifiers against Estonia and Russia next month after having two operations, one on Friday and th other today. But the surgery in Germany has been so successful that the England striker could be back [...]

FT: Man City 3 Newcastle 1 - Magpies Ruthlessly Exposed

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For the second time in 4 days Newcastle were beaten by a faster and more skillful team and were almost overrun in the second half. The first half was OK as a contest with Martins getting a great goal for us. To be truthful - but for two wonderful saves by the restored and brilliant [...]

HT: Manchester City 1 Newcastle 1 - Given Saving Newcastle

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In a pulsating first half with both teams playing attacking exciting football the score at half time is 1-1. Both teams from the KO made it clear they were going for the win and both teams attacked each other form the first whistle. On 6 minutes Given almost scored when his first touch from a back [...]

Manchester City vs Newcastle TEAMS - Given Back

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TEAMS Newcastle: Shay Given, Habib Beye, Steven Taylor, David Rozehnal, Charles N'Zogbia, James Milner, Alan Smith, Geremi, Nicky Butt, Mark Viduka, Oba Martins Subs: Steve Harper, Jose Enrique, Emre, Abdoulaye Faye, Matty Pattison Manchester City: Joe Hart, Vedran Corluka, Javier Garrido, Richard Dunne, Micah Richards, Stephen Ireland, Michael Johnson, Martin Petrov, Dietmar Hamann, Elano, Emile Mpenza Referee: Chris Foy Big [.

Steven Taylor - Newcastle Must Move On

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Steven Taylor is as positive as ever and of course is now back in Newcastle's starting line-up following the groin injury Cacapa sustained last Sunday. We still don't have any return date on Claudio. Steven will have to challenge for a first team place this season but he gave a solid performance on Tuesday night with [...]

England and Newcastle So Similar Over 40 Years

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Sam Allardyce has talked about Eriksson's England record ahead of our game today with Manchester City. When you consider what Sam says it really does point out how similar England and Newcastle have been over the last 40 years or so – good teams with some great players, but cannot win anything. Let's see what Big Sam [...]

Four Funny Football Quotes For Today

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On this spot every day - following some good comments and suggestions - we'll include the four football quotes each day - and also have a question of the day. We'll post the question on our Newcastle United Forum or we'll highlight an existing topic that one of our readers has already posted that [...]

Newcastle United and the Actim Index

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We saw the article on Charles N'Zogbia when he zoomed up to 3rd place in the Actim index. So we've been looking at the index and we do know that Sam is very keen on the index to gage players performances. So we're going to take a lot more notice of this index from now on [...]

Habib Beye Wants Win Tomorrow

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Habib Beye is not at all surprised at what Sven Eriksson has already achieved at Manchester City, since he thinks Sven is a top coach, particularly at club level. Eriksson is in the dog-house in England right now but if you look at England's record under him it's extremely good – but it's just that we [...]

Newcastle To Sign Loïc Rémy in January

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There are reports circulating that Newcastle United are interested in signing young French under-21 international Loïc Rémy. We wouldn't be surprised in the least if the 20 year-old is a real target for Newcastle United and could arrive at the club in January. Now why is this? Read on. Loïc Rémy - promising 20 year-old France Under-21 [...]

Emre Will Fight For Starting Place At Newcastle

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And, after making a return to action as a second-half substitute at Arsenal on Tuesday eveing, Turkish international Emre was keen to refute recent newspaper reports which suggested he wants to manufacture a move away from Tyneside and back to former club Galatasaray. Instead, Emre insists he is all too ready to fight for his place [...]

Eriksson So Positive on Allardyce and Newcastle

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Interesting interview today with Sven Eriksson, in which he pays tribute to both Big Sam and the Newcastle club before the well anticipated Manchester City - Newcastle contest tomorrow. Sven may be in the bad books in England right now, but his club record is second to none. He has a fantastic record in European [...]

Russell Cushing Leaves Newcastle After 35 years

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NUFC.COM are reporting today that they obtained confirmation that long-serving Russell Cushing, along with Ken Slater, have now left Newcastle United Football club. The changes in personnel are still continuing at the club. We know Russell did a great job in the summer working with new manager Sam Allardyce and Sam frequently thanked him for his [..

Shoe Now on Other Foot for Big Sam

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When Sam Allardyce was manager at Bolton he was able to bring off some good results when he meet some of the top teams after either an international break or after their European ties. That's because there was a good likelihood the opposition players were fatigued from their mid-week exploits and Big Sam made the very [...]

Defense The Key For Newcastle at Manchester

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If Newcastle could have hung on another 7 minutes and finished the 90 minutes against Arsenal on Tuesday night 0-0 the team would have been given more credit for the great defensive display Newcastle put up on the night. But it wasn't to be. It doesn't however stop us from pointing out how great our defense [...]

Manchester City vs Newcastle PreView - Draw

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The nice change tomorrow from our encounter with Arsenal is the game at Manchester City is televised live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1 in the UK and is live on Setanta Sports over here in the US. Its going to be a tough game and Newcastle will need to be at their best to [...]

Four Funny Football Quotes For Today

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Here's some funny and interesting quotes that will help to lighten up the day "I think in international football you have to be able to handle the ball." - Glenn Hoddle "That was the way to nail the record to the mast." [...]

Sam Needs to Choose His Number One Goalkeeper

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Steve Harper has played well for Newcastle and will probably get the nod again on Saturday against Manchester City. But after that game Sam has to be very careful about whom he selects for the goalkeeper position. We haven't heard a word of dissent from Shay Given this season but we know if this is short [...]

Sam Expresses Full Confidence in Oba Martins

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Sam expressed confidence in his only fit small striker, Oba Martins, today. Even though the Nigerian has recently missed 4 good chances in the last two Newcastle games, Sam doesn't appear concerned. With Michael Owen out for a few weeks the pressure falls on young Oba to produce, and Sam fully expects Martins to be able to [...]

Owen in Good Hands With Dr. Muschaweck

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Steve Harper and Alan Shearer have both been to Dr. Ulrike Muschaweck's clinic in Munich and been operated on by the world renowned surgeon on hernias. And Michael is at the clinic right now and will be assessed by the lady doctor today and then she will decide exactly what operation(s) Michael needs. Dr. Muschaweck will then [...]

Sam - Owen Does Not Have a Hernia

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Sam Allardyce has again talked about Michael Owen's injury situation and Sam says Michael has not got a hernia and does not need an operation on it. We're going to have to be very careful reporting this because there are so many stories flying around and we're not sure which is the truth. These quotes are directly [...]

Rogg Complains About Newcastle - Again

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Newcastle United have again been given some heat for their handling of Michael Owen's latest injury by Dudley Rogg, clinic director of the British Hernia Center, which he founded. This was the guy who last week said Michael should be operated on immediately so he could be fit for England's European qualifying games so we now [...]

Joey Barton Willing To Fight For Newcastle Place

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Creative midfielder Joey Barton is hoping to make his comeback against Everton in the game after next – so he's not too far away from playing in the first team again – which has to be some good news for us - for a change - on the injury front. The 25-year-old will begin full contact [...]

Newcastle Still Top Of Injury League

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We remain top of the PhysioRoom.Com League Table unfortunately with 9 injuries. We'll keep checking on our injury situation periodically over the season to see if it's trending better under Big Sam's new training and fitness team. You can always get the injury situation as part of our Stats page – which is across the top of [...]

Ameobi’s Last season To Prove Himself at Newcastle

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We look at how Shola Ameobi is doing right now at the club. It's not good as he picked up a groin injury in the first half against Arsenal in Tuesday night's disappointing defeat. He also looked out of place in a 4-3-3 formation playing on the left side of the front line. Let's see what [...]

Four Funny Football Quotes For Today

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Here's some funny and intersting quotes that will help to lighten up the day "If Everton were playing in my front garden I'd close the curtains" - Liverpool legendary manager Bill Shankly "If you are first you are first, If you are second you are nothing." [...]

Joey Barton Almost Ready for Newcastle Comeback

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Joey Barton was at the Emirates Stadium last night and asked to be part of the official Newcastle squad just to warm up with the first team, as they prepared for the game against Arsenal. The former Manchester City player is so keen to be part of the action again that he did the same thing [...]

Martins Ready to Produce on Saturday

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Oba Martins talked today about the game last night and he is very disappointed for the Newcastle fans. Oba believes it's a game Newcastle could have still won and admits he did miss a few chances. But he comes across with great honesty and he is now concentrating on the next game at Manchester on Saturday. We [...]

Final Reflections on the Arsenal Newcastle Game

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So it seems that it's all back to doom and gloom in Newcastle now that we are out of the Carling Cup. But hey, let's not get too disheartended and remember the defense played very well in the first half and were even a tough nut to crack in the second. We'll not be playing too [...]

Four Funny Football Quotes For Today

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We've decided to make a little change on the Newcastle United Blog and we're not going to produce the Major Newcastle News Stories each day. Some of the feedback we got was that it was a little repetitious. However, we will continue every day to produce our funny football quotes. That's so we [...]

Sam - Oba Could Have Had Match Ball

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At the end of the game last night Newcastle United were a well beaten side – but they were also a tired side having been forced to play within 48 hours of their good victory on Sunday against West Ham United. It was obvious that some of the players ran out of steam – especially in [...]

What’s Next For Newcastle after Arsenal Defeat?

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Newcastle put in an excellent defensive display last night against a young second string Arsenal side, especially in the first half. At half time the game was well balanced and it was hard to predict who would emerge the winner on the night. But at half time Wenger must have given the youngsters a blast at [...]

Sam Clarifies Michael Owen Injury

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After the game last night Sam Allardyce clarified the injury situation with Michael Owen's groin. Turns out that Michael has a tear (3cm in length) in his abductor muscle and this will need 3 weeks recovery time. Since he's forced by this injury to be out of action, Newcastle are taking the opportunity to finally have him [...]

Newcastle Was Near a MeltDown With Debts

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Chris Mort has revealed the ways in which the club were run under Freddy Shepherd and the old board but our new chairman was quick to point out his comments were not meant to be a criticism of the old board. I'm sure that's what Chris meant but he'll learn fairly quickly that negative criticism and [...]

Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0 - Goals Video

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Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0 - Carling Cup 3rd round Emirates Stadium, London 25th Sep, 2007 Arsenal Goals

FT: Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0 - Brilliant Arsenal Youngsters

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Newcastle gave a tremendous rear-guard defensive performance against a brilliant young Arsenal team. But during the last 7 minutes they finally wilted with Arsenal finally getting 2 goals after enormous pressure in the second half. To be honest, this was a game in which the Newcastle team were outplayed by the Arsenal youngsters, as strange [...]

Arsenal vs Newcastle TEAMS - Ameobi Starts

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The Newcastle manager caused a surprise by playing Shola Ameobi up front with Martins and Milner in a 4-3-3 formation. As expected Faye started in midfield for the first time for Newcastle United. Teams: Arsenal: Fabrienski, Eboue, Hoyte, Senderos, Traore, Denilson, Diarra, Song, Bendtner, Eduardo, Walcott Subs: Mannone, Gavin Hoyte, Perez, Diaby, Lansbury Newcastle United: Given, [.

HT: Arsenal 0 Newcastle 0 - Magpies Hanging On

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The Newcastle manager caused a surprise by playing Shola Ameobi up front with Martins and Milner in a 4-3-3 formation. As expected Faye started in midfield for the first time for Newcastle United. Teams: Arsenal: Fabrienski, Eboue, Hoyte, Senderos, Traore, Denilson, Diarra, Song, Bendtner, Eduardo, Walcott Subs: Mannone, Gavin Hoyte, Perez, Diaby, Lansbury Newcastle United: Given, Beye, Taylor, Rozehnal, [.

Owen to Have Hernia Surgery Friday

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Newcastle United have confirmed this afternoon that Michael Owen will indeed have surgery on his hernia this coming Friday. As we suggested earlier in the week he will travel to Germany to be operated on by top German surgeon Dr Ulrike Muschaweck. Dr. Muschaweck's "Minimal Repair" procedure can allow a player to return to competitive football within [.

Given Given Chance Tonight at Arsenal

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Shay Given will get a rare outing this season when he lines up against Arsenal at the Emirates tonight. Ireland international Given is getting frustrated about his lack of games since proving his fitness a couple of weeks back. He had a couple of excellent games for Ireland during the International break so it's not [...]

Milner and Faye Confident of Newcastle Win Tonight

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Abdoulaye Faye and James Milner have both been talking about the Arsenal game tonight and both think Newcastle have an excellent chance of winning. We think so too but it will take a massive effort from the team to pull through tonight. Let's take a look at what they've been saying. James Milner - thinks Newcastle can get [...]

Opportunity for Newcastle to Beat Arsenal

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Sam Allardyce will take his new look Newcastle team to North London tonight and try to ensure that they are definite underdogs against Arsenal's second string. While that sounds a little strange, it's probably very true, since in the past the Arsenal youngsters have performed admirably against older opposition. Arsene Wenger has already said he will give [.

Arsenal vs Newcastle PreView - Newcastle to Scrape Through

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Looks like Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski will make his first team debut for Arsenal this evening against Newcastle in the 3rd round of the Carling Cup. It's also clear that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will give some of his young squad players some good competitive experience against the Magpies. Lassana Diarra will probabaly make his first [.

Brilliant Krul Gets Shutout and Falkirk Win

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Falkirk recorded their first win for a while when they beat Motherwell at home 1-0, but it was only thanks to the brilliance of Tim Krul, their on loan goalkeeper from Newcastle United. This was surprisingly Krul's first clean sheet of the season in his 8th start for the Scottish club. But it was the Dutch goalkeeper, [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - 24th September - 2007

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Always a nice day following a good Newcastle win and a good performance. Good reports on the game and several comments from Big Sam Allardyce on the game and on some of his players - all of whom seemed to play well yesterday. We do have tough games coming up tomorrow against Arsenal and Manchester City [...]

Manager Interested in Players = Great Performances

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When you have a club with a manager truly interested in the welfare of his players what do you get? You get the players performing well and enjoying their football and there's a lot of that going on right now at Newcastle since Big Sam Allardyce took over as manager last May. An excellent case in point [...]

Lots of Positives For Sam From West Ham Game

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There were a lot of positives for Sam to take out of yesterday's game against West Ham which Newcastle in the end won quite comfortably 3-1. One of them was that at long last our best back four of Beye, Cacapa, Rozehnal and Enrique were actually on the field together for the first time. But [...]

Newcastle Pay Respect To Jordan Thompson

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Before Newcastle's game yesterday there was an emotional occasion at St James' Park as we had one minutes applause in honor of our 15-year-old academy player Jordan Thompson. Jordan recently lost his battle with cancer and both his parents David and Andrea, and his young team-mates, joined the first team on the pitch for the short [...]

Final Reflections on the Newcastle West Ham Game

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Lots of good things came out of yesterday's game against an in-form West Ham United team to please Sam Allardcye, the Newcastle manager. Newcastle's defense, by West Ham manager Alan Curbishley's own admission, was much stronger than West Ham's and that was the difference in the teams according to Alan. It's not often you hear a [...]

Next Two Games Will Test Newcastle

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We've noticed that when Newcastle win a game fans tend to go overboard in their praise for the team. We've also noticed that when we lose, and particularly when we lose and play badly, like last Monday, it's all gloom and doom. Even before yesterday's game Big Sam seemed to have already spotted that with Newcastle fans, [...]

Newcastle Continue Laying Foundations For Future Success

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With Chris Mort's statement over the weekend that Newcastle will literally search the globe for new players to bring into the club and then with a win yesterday everything is starting to look very good at the club – at least for now. But we think there is a lot more going on behind the scenes [...]

Sam Not Sure About Owen Injury

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Sam Allardyce admitted after Newcastle's win against West Ham today that he was unsure about the severity of Michael Owen's injury. Owen asked to be replaced only 5 minutes into the second half when Oba Martins came on. Owen looked good for Newcastle in the first half but had to be replaced by Obafemi Martins after [...]

Sam Allardyce Satisfied With Solid Win

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Sam Allardyce was very pleased with Newcastle's professional performance today, as he got the response from the players he had asked for after Monday game at Derby County. Newcastle leaped up to 5th in the table above Chelsea who were beaten 2-0 at Old Trafford. Mikel John Obi was sent off with a straight [...]

FT: Newcastle 3 West Ham 1 - Great Win for Magpies

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Newcastle ran out worthy winners this afternoon against a very good West Ham team by 3 goals to 1. A brace from Mark Viduka and a third goal from Charles N'Zogbia made the win look fairly easy in the end. There's no doubt that West Ham will win more games than they lose this season so [...]

HT: Newcastle 2 West Ham 1 - Viduka Brace

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Newcastle had a dream start top their against West at St. James' Park today with a goal from Mark Viduka after only 2 minutes. Milner was trying to go through on the left and turned and laid the ball back to Charles N'Zogbia who put in a beautiful cross to Viduka who headed nicely [...]

Newcastle vs West Ham - Beye Make First Start

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Sam Allardyce gives a first start to right-back Habib Beye to the exclusion of local youngster Steven Taylor – who is on the subs bench. Sam also welcomes back Mark Viduka into the starting line-up while Jose Enrique is included among the substitutes after finally recovering from his hamstring injury. Nicky Butt will make his [...]

Mort - Search On For Great Players Across The World

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Another very good interview today with Newcastle chairman Chris Mort. Chris comes across as very realistic and talks about the game on Tuesday night at Arsenal. He also mentions that Newcastle are already launching a world-wide search for players of all age groups, who can then be developed at the club. That sounds like what Arsene Wenger has [...]

Derby Hammered 5-0 at Arsenal

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Derby County were hammered 5-0 at Arsenal yesterday and looked decidedly second rate against a resurgent young Arsenal side. Newcastle's 1-0 loss last Monday night has therefore been sandwiched between Derby's 6-0 loss at Liverpool last weekend and a 5-0 loss at the Emirates. As a Newcastle supporter, that doesn't make Monday night's defeat by Derby any [.

Which Newcastle Team Will Turn Up Today?

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We have a vital league game at St. James' Park today, against West Ham United, which kicks off in a short 4 hours time at 1:30 pm local time. The game is televised live in England on Sky Sports 1 and over here in the USA on Setanta Sports and there are 5 games in the [...]

₤15M For Wigan’s Heskey – What A Joke

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We just cannot resist featuring a story in the News of the World today, indicating that Newcastle United may be after Emile Heskey in January. That, in itself, is a reasonable enough story since it seems that Michael Owen always plays well with Heskey. But then the fee the paper quotes as reasonable is an outlandish ₤15M [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - 23rd September - 2007

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Well the big news today is yet to happen as we all look forward to our game with West Ham United at 1:30 pm local time. A win will give Newcastle a huge lift and will leave us with 11 points from 6 games - a good start to the season. We'll have the teams before the [...]

Allardyce Clarifies Owen’s Groin Injury

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Sam Allardyce has been questioned about Michael Owen's latest pseudo injury to his groin, and the Newcastle manager has tried to clarify the position with Michael's injury. While the groin can be managed with exercises at the moment, that doesn't mean that at some point during the season it doesn't turn into a hernia problem that [...]

Sam – Smith Is Newcastle’s Utility Man

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Sam Allardyce was asked about the role of Alan Smith at Newcastle and he quickly answered that Alan is very versatile which lets Sam play him in a number of positions. Of course Smith started out at Leeds as a teenage striker where he linked up with current Newcastle man Mark Viduka, although he never [...]

Sam - Was I Mad to Come to Newcastle?

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Sam Allardyce is delighted he took the gamble and joined Newcastle United as manager in the summer. But he has confided that he could have stayed at Bolton Wanderers and have been extremely comfortable in the job. Sometimes - he confides - he thinks he may have been mad to accept the position that is always [...]

Beye Gave Up Champions League To Join Newcastle

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Habib Beye, who we signed from French Club Marseilles on the last day of the transfer window in August has been talking to the Journal about coming to Newcastle United. Marseilles did qualify for the Champions League for this season so Habib forfeited his chance to play in that league to accept the opportunity offered at [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - 22nd September - 2007

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Some good interviews today with Sam Allardyce where he talks about Alan Smith playing a utility role for the club, and also why he took the hot seat at Newcastle. Sam freely admits he sometimes thinks he must have been mad to take the job on Tyneside, given he could have been very comfortable staying at [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - 21st September - 2007

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The stories today tend towards our important game with West Ham on Sunday afternoon. It looks like Viduka and Owen will both be fit to start for Newcastle, which is good news for us. We also have our preview of the game today and think we'll win 2-1. We ran a story late yesterday on Dudley Rogg, Director [...]

Newcastle Will Pay Tribute to Brave Teenager On Sunday

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Newcastle United have announced today that they will pay tribute to young Academy star Jordan Thompson at Sunday's game against West Ham United. The 15-year-old recently passed away following a long fight with cancer. 15 year-old Jordan Thompson - sadly lost his long fight with cancer Jordan, who was from West Denton, was part of Newcastle's Under 16 [.

Sam - Viduka and Owen Ready to Start Sunday

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Big Sam spoke today on some of our injuries, and said Sunday would be too early for Jose Enrique, but that he could well be involved at the Emirates stadium on Tuesday evening in the Carling Cup. But it looks like Mark Viduka and Owen are both ready to go on Sunday – so that's good. Sam [...]

Injuries Still Big Problem at Newcastle

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Sam talked today about needing to get his full squad available. At the moment we are again top of the PhysioRoom.Com Injury table with a full 10 injuries. When you see the next teams on this list are Arsenal. Chelsea, Manchester United and Sunderland with just 6 injuries you wonder what is going on at Newcastle [...]

Steve Harper Thinks Top 6 For Newcastle

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Newcastle keeper Steve Harper believes Sam Allardyce can guide the team to a European spot in his first season in charge. But we know that over the years talk is cheap and the real talking has to be done on the field - especially after the debacle we witnessed on Monday night at Derby. But let's take [...]

Newcastle vs West Ham PreView - Newcastle Win

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It's an important game against West Ham on early Sunday afternoon at St. James' Park. The KO is at 1:30 pm. Important because the team needs to recover from the very disappointing display on Monday night, and get back on track in the league. Since we are not in Europe this season we have to take [...]

Some of Sam’s Comments Are Not Helpful

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We've tried to stay away from the verbal battle between Big Sam and Rafa Benitez over Allardyce's comments in Zoo Magazine earlier this week, which were not complimentary to Rafa. Sam has a column in the magazine so we suppose he has to think of something to say for each issue. We wish he wouldn't [...]

Owen’s First Priority Must Be Newcastle, Not England

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Whoever told Dudley Rogg, Director and Founder of the British Hernia Center, that anybody needed his opinion on if and when Michael Owen should have a hernia operation? Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has already made a statement that Michael Owen doesn't need a hernia operation and should be ready to play for Newcastle on Sunday against [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - 20th September - 2007

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Quite a few interviews today from the Newcastle players and one from Big Al himself - who has a new book out, Alan Shearer - My Illustrated Career. Obviously a good read for all Newcastle fans, and England fans for that matter. It has a forward by the great Sir Bobby Robson - one of our [...]

Michael Owen Will Play on Sunday

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The question in the press yesterday was whether Michael Owen will at some time need a hernia operation. If that's the case the minimum time needed to recover from the now relatively short procedure is 3 weeks but there again Michael has never been a quick healer and will probably take longer. What is not clear is [...]

Alan Shearer - New Era at Newcastle United

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Alan Shearer spoke at the launch of his new illustrated autobiography Alan Shearer – My Illustrated Career yesterday. Like any other Newcastle fan Shearer thinks this is a new era for the club and apart from Monday's debacle against bottom placed Derby County, the start to the season has been a positive one. Let's take a [...]

Nicky Butt - Sam was so right about Derby Game

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Nicky Butt, for the second time in a couple of days, has been speaking out about Newcastle 's game against Derby County. Nicky tells www.nufc.co.uk that Sam foresaw how Derby would play - all out with guns blazing from the first whistle, and he was right. So how come Newcastle looked so lethargic from the start? Let's see [...]

Rozehnal Ready for Sunday - Will N’Zogbia Play Midfield?

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Newcastle's Czech defender David Rozehnal is confident of being fit to face West Ham on Sunday. David told www.nufc.co.uk yesterday that he is in some discomfort following Monday night's game, but is still hoping to be in the line-up against West Ham United this weekend. Let's see what David, who's one of Sam's very best captures of [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - 19th September - 2007

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Still stories today lamenting the defeat against Derby on Monday evening. However, we do have 3 games coming up in 6 days starting Sunday so we can certainly get back to our winning ways. Hopefully the Derby result was just a blip and we still think we are going to have a very successful season. We ran a [...]

Sam - We’ll Be Better Against West Ham

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Sam Allardyce talked again about the woeful defeat Newcastle suffered on Monday night against Derby County, this time to the Evening Chronicle yesterday afternoon. The defeat has burst the balloon that was the fans' high optimism for a possible great season this year. Newcastle looked mediocre at best and the worst thing with the defeat is that [...

Who Should Newcastle Play Against West Ham

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After the diabolical performance on Monday night it's going to be interesting to see what team Big Sam picks for our next game against West Ham United on Sunday. The game kicks off at 1:30pm at St. James' Park. A win on Sunday and we can think of the game against Derby as a blip - but [...]

Nicky Butt Tells Unvarnished Truth about Monday’s Game

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Nicky Butt has talked to the Newcastle Journal about the game on Monday night and to be fair to Nicky – he tells it as it is. Starting out by saying it was a bit of an embarrassment to Newcastle, which of course it was. We'll look at what else Nicky said, but it's all good and [...]

Newcastle Reserves Lose and Carroll Sent off

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Newcastle Reserves were beaten 2-0 by a strong Middlesbrough second string at St. James Park last night under the watching eyes of manager Sam Allardyce, in which keeper Fraser Forster was the pick of the Newcastle side. In other news, Andrew Carroll our 18 year-old striker on loan at Preston, was sent off (a straight red [...]

Newcastle Need All Guns Blazing on Sunday

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Sam Allardyce has finally talked a little about the game last night in which Newcastle didn't play anywhere near their best, against then bottom of the league team Derby County. Sam talks about how Derby center-back Dean Leacock continually fouled David Rozehnal on corners, by wrapping his arms around David. Why the referee didn't call a foul [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - 18th September - 2007

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As you may have expected the big news this morning is all about Newcastle's terrible performance yesterday against bottom placed Derby County. We'd never thought we'd see a game like that when half the team didn't seem to turn up for the game. It wasn't good - to say the least. However, Newcastle have a chance to [...]

Allardyce - Wonder Goal Beat Us

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Sam Allardyce seems to put down Newcastle terrible display last night to the international break that saw 14 players away on international duty. Last night's first defeat of the season was a real let down for Newcastle fans who had thought they would never see a display like that again from a Sam Allardyce managed team. But [...]

Allardyce Already Concerned About Newcastle Injuries

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Michael Owen felt his groin at half time and Sam Allardyce only allowed Michael to carry on for another 10 minutes into the second half last night before replacing him with Oba Martins. Newcastle now have 8 players out through injury and are again top of the PhysioRoom.Com League Table of injuries. This is not a good [...]

Final Reflections on the Derby Newcastle Game

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It was just an awful display by Newcastle United last night but what did we learn for Sunday's game against West Ham United? Let's take a look. The team basically didn't turn up for the game so that's the first thing that needs to be fixed for Sunday's home game against West Ham United. Newcastle were [...]

Sam Wants Newcastle Players’ Contracts Signed

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Sam Allardyce has talked to the Times today about getting some contracts re-signed that are running out next summer. One priority is Nicky Butt, who is showing the form he had when at Manchester United, and whom Sam was keen to take to Bolton when Nicky was unsettled at Newcastle. We think this would be a good [...]

FT: Derby 1 Newcastle 0 - Newcastle Don’t Turn Up

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If Newcastle fans think the lackluster performances of previous years were over - now that Sam Allardyce has arrived at the club – think again. Newcastle gave a very poor performance against bottom of the league side Derby County tonight at Pride park and surprising though this may be to Newcastle fans – Derby deserved to [...]

HT: Derby 1 Newcastle 0 - Newcastle Need to Wake Up

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Teams: Derby County: Stephen Bywater, Tyrone Mears, Dean Leacock, Claude Davis, Andy Griffin, Gary Teale, Stephen Pearson, Eddie Lewis, Kenny Miller, Steve Howard, Matt Oakley Subs: Jay McEveley, David Jones, Robert Earnshaw, Andy Todd, Benny Feilhaber Newcastle: Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Cacapa, David Rozehnal, Charles N'Zogbia, Alan Smith, Nicky Butt, Geremi, James MIlner, Shola Ameobi, Michael Owen Subs: Habib [.

Derby County vs Newcastle United - Taylor Keeps Place

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Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce makes just one change form the side that beat Wigan 1-0 last time out, with Shola Ameobi replacing Mark Viduka, who still has a hamstring problem. Big Sam keeps faith with Steve Harper in goal, while Steven Taylor also keeps his position at right -back. Both new signings Habib Beye and [...]

Taylor Unhappy With Quit Story

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Steven Taylor is understandably furious over reports he will quit Newcastle United if he is dropped for tonight's match against Derby County. But let's get more specific than that – the report came from Neil Farrington of the Sunday Sun yesterday. We put out a report earlier this morning saying that we thought the story was pure [...]

Milner Thinks Newcastle Getting Winning Attitude

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There's little doubt that since Sam Allardyce has been at Newcastle he has very quickly made the team very difficult to beat. Sam has brought in some big and experienced defenders in Cacapa, Rozehnal, Faye and Beye and the whole team has looked much stronger in most areas of the field, but particularly in defense. James Milner, [...]

Steven Taylor Staying at Newcastle

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There was news yesterday from the Sunday Sun that Steven Taylor will ask to leave Newcastle United in January if he is not included in the Newcastle team this evening against Derby County. We find that story hard to believe. While it may be true that Steven will be disappointed if he doesn't start tonight, it's [...]

Shearer - The Old Michael Owen Is Back

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Alan Shearer knows Michael Owen very well, having played alongside Michael when Owen first hit the international stage during the 1998 World Cup in France. Alan had said during the summer that he didn't think Michael wanted to leave Newcastle but then Shearer added he didn't think anybody would come in for Owen because he hadn't [...]

Big Sam - Barton Will Need to Fight For Place

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Sam has talked about Joey Barton coming back from his metatarsal foot injury today. The injury was worse than people initially thought, and has taken longer than the 6 weeks most metatarsal injuries take to heal. It was 8 weeks ago last Saturday that Joey sustained the injury at Carlisle United, and while Joey has resumed [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - 17th September - 2007

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Some good quotes today from Sam Allardyce, James Milner and Alan Shearer. Alan Shearer talks about Michael Owen's come-back and thinks Michael is as good as he ever was. Sam talks about the injury situation with Joey Barton and that it will still be another 3-4 weeks for his recovery. Tonight of course is our game with Derby [...]

Owen Super Confident and Super Fit

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Self confidence has never been a problem for Michael Owen. We remember when he first appeared for Liverpool, playing in the fall of 1997, when he started scoring goals as a 17 year-old, and in one particular game, grabbed the ball to take a Liverpool penalty so nobody else could take it – he scored. But Michael [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - 16th September - 2007

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There's some good articles in both the People and the Sunday Mirror today on Sam Allardcye's use of Dr. Mark Nesti, a clinical phsychologist he has used for both Michael Owen and Alan Smith. Dr. Nesti is now part of Sam's back-room staff to allow players to overcome major injuries and other mental problems - and [...]

Michael Owen As Quick As Ever

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Last week was certainly a great week for at least one Newcastle footballer and as we know Michael Owen seems back to his very best. His two opportunist goals in the first half on Wednesday night for England against Russia matched some of the great goals he has scored for England in the past. Put away [...]

Derby vs Newcastle Match PreView - Newcastle Win

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Newcastle's next game is at Derby County on Monday evening with a 3pm KO. With yesterday's results in and only two games remaining to be played for this round of league games it looks like a win at Derby County will take Newcastle into the top 4 in the league. If Manchester City beat Aston Villa [...]

Habib Beye To Make Debut Against Derby

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Sam talked to www.nufc.co.uk a couple of days ago on his two new signings Abdoulaye Faye and Habib Beye, which were brought to Newcastle just before the transfer deadline passed on 31st August. Sam knows Faye very well from his time at Bolton and he has been after Habib Beye for a while, having tried to [...]

Allardyce Big Believer in Sports Psychology

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Sam Allardyce has admitted that for players Alan Smith and Michael Owen, he has used Dr Mark Nesti, who is a clinical psychologist. Sam seems to have left no stone unturned in getting the very best out of his players and it's obvious that Sam believes in the mental side of the game as much as [...]

Allardyce Likely To Prefer Harper Over Given

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Sam Allardyce has talked to the Newcastle Journal today about the goalkeeping situation at Newcastle. Steve Harper has started the season in outstanding form and has been keeping regular goalkeeper Shay Given out of the side. We'll take a look at what Sam had to say but still expect Harper to be in goal in our crucial [...]

Big Sam Thinks Newcastle Team Will Improve

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Sam talked today about how unsafe it is being a Premiership manager. He looks at the predicament of Billy Davies, the manager of newly promoted Derby County, who have got only a single point from their first 5 games and are stuck at the very bottom of the table. Billy is coming under extreme pressure, even though [...]

Allardyce Worried About Oba Martins

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Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce has finally admitted that with Michael Owen now showing world class form, he faces a problem in keeping our other small striker, Oba Martins, happy at Newcastle. Sam seems to favor Michael Owen and Mark Viduka up front as his starting two in a 4-4-2 formation as a 4-3-3 formation hasn't [...]

Help Newcastle United win the league

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As football fans we follow our club(s) very closely and it's a natural consequence that we have strong opinions about how things should be done - tactics, transfers, formations, etc. It's easy to pit your skills against the computer in games like Fifa 07, Pro Evolution Soccer or Football Manager, but the real test comes when [...]

Allardyce - Newcastle Fans So Important

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Sam Allardyce's excellent start to the season has seen most fans immediately take to the big man. Certainly his work in the transfer market in the summer netted Newcastle not only a huge change of player personnel, but the squad is now much stronger than it was last year. Sam is well aware that the support of [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - 15th September - 2007

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The main news this morning is that the Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has been talking to the media on lots of different topics and as usually he has some interesting things to say. He acknowledges that with the strong squad he has it's going to be difficult for him to keep everybody happy. But there again that's [...]

Allardyce Upbeat on Great Newcastle Squad

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There's an excellent interview that Big Sam has given to the Daily Mail today and for an admitted pessimist, Allardyce comes across as extremely positive. This is unusual for a manager at this stage of the season, where they usually like to keep expectations low, but we think Sam and the Newcastle management have done so [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - 14th September - 2007

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A couple of good interviews with Sam today. First one has Sam talking for the first time on the contract dispute the club are in with Steven Taylor. Sam thinks it was a good offer but seems determined to get this sorted out as quickly as possible. Big Sam also talks about Michael Owen and how good [...]

Joey Barton So Positive About Newcastle Future

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Since Joey Barton has arrived at Newcastle he has always come across as very positive and seemingly a good team player. Yes, we know he's got a history of flying off the handle which he must control at Newcastle, otherwise he will not have a career here, but giving Joey a chance on Tyne-side is important. Joey [...]

Allardyce Says Taylor Contract Offer Very Good

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Sam Allardyce has for the first time talked about the dispute over contract terms Newcastle United have with their 21 year-old England Under-21 captain Steven Taylor. Sam seems tho think the offer is a very good one and gone are the days when the club will pay almost anything in player's wages. The club are obviously [...]

Newcastle Have World Class Striker in Owen

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SAM Allardyce thinks the Premier League's Big Four clubs will now be disappointed they didn't gamble on Michael Owen this summer – and the Newcastle United manager is obviously pleased they didn't. Sam always said it was a worry for him that a club could come in for Michael at any time during the summer. That [...]

New Statistics Page on Newcastle United Blog

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This is something we had as the last item is a rather full Major News Stories yesterday and it may have been missed so we'll publicize it again today. We've added some new statistics to attempt to compare how we are doing this year to previous seasons. We thank one of readers, Simon, for suggesting this [...]

Joey Barton Ready To Return Soon

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Joey Barton is finally coming back to the fold as he has started some light training this week. His comeback date on PhysioRoom.Com is down as 23rd September. That's a strange date, being a Sunday, but that's the official date he is expected to resume full training with the squad. Barton was injured back on 21st July [...]

England 3 Russia 0 - Goals Video

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Here are the goals of England's win against Russia on Wednesday evening. We know the game was not shown in quite a few countries worldwide, including here in the USA. England 3 - Russia 0 (European 2008 Qualification - 12th September, 2007) England 3 Russia 0 Goal Highlights Video

Owen Can Still Get Fitter and Better

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Sam Allardyce has given another excellent interview this time to Sky Sports on the heroics of Michael Owen in the last couple of games but also the winners he scored for Newcastle against Barnsley and Wigan. Sam rightly points out that it's not just good for England but it's great for Newcastle United as it gives [...]

Emre Injured Playing for Turkey, Whats New?

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Emre has been injured yet again, this time playing for Turkey when he probably shouldn't have risked it. The disappointing thing with Emre is that he was not available to play for Newcastle against Wigan in the last league game but told his national side he was available for Turkey's two games during the international break. Emre [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - 13th September - 2007

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Most of the news this morning is about England's second convincing 3-0 win. The one last night against a good Russia side coached by Dutchman Gus Hiddink. Michael Owen of course scored 2 great opportunist goals in the first hal;f and Rio Ferdinand scored his second gaol for England close to the end. These 2 [...]

Owen the Toast of England

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If ever a player signaled he is back to his world best it was Michael Owen in the last two games for England. We have to remember these were two massive games for England - that they had to win to ensure they can still qualify for the European finals next year. They not only won [...]

Allardyce – Players Need to Fight For Newcastle Shirt

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Sam Allardyce has been training this week with those of Newcastle's squad who have not been away on international duty. While Newcastle have done well in their games so far this season we still haven't seen a number of the squad participate much. We still have Joey Barton, Jose Enrique, Habib Beye and Abdoulaye Faye yet [...]

Time for Newcastle to Renegotiate Key Contracts

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There are some contract renegotiations that Newcastle management must try to complete before the end of the year. Three of them in particular are important to Newcastle's successful future, those of Steven Taylor, Oba Martins and Michael Owen. In the two latter cases we should negotiate not just for longer deals but also to eliminate the buy-out [..

McClaren Faith In Owen Fully Rewarded

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Steve McClaren cannot believe his luck in the way Michael Owen has dramatically returned to form. There have been many doubters that Owen would ever return to his previous form after those two terrible injuries Michael has had during his time at Newcastle. This doubt was witnessed by not one club willing to bid the release clause [...]

Owen Delivers The Goals In England Win

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Michael Owen proved again tonight that he is getting close to his world class predatory form, as he scored two first half goals to virtually win the vital European tie for England in the first 45 minutes against Gus Hiddink's Russia. Rio Ferdinand scored a third goal for England near the end which Russia's third choice [...]

Rozehnal Determined to Beat Arsenal at the Emirates

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David Rozehnal has been speaking to Lee Ryder of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle and talked about 3 upcoming games. The first one is tonight against Ireland, when he will be up against team-mate Shay Given in the Czech Republic vs Ireland European qualifier. The second is Newcastle's vital 3rd round Carling Cup tie at the Emirates stadium [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - 12th September - 2007

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We have a number of Newcastle's players today talking about Newcastle, their good start to the season, and just how strong our squad appears to be this season. Andrew Carroll plays his first game tonight for the England Under-19 team against Belarus at Nottingham - we wish Andy the very best. We also report again on the [...]

N’Zogbia Great Example Of Sam’s Management Abilities

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Charles N'Zogbia was ready to leave the club after the last day of last season when he had another confrontation with then manager Glenn Roeder. Fans expected him to leave but when Sam Allardyce came in as manager Charles has worked very hard in training and produced the best form ever at Newcastle. So much so that [...]

Andrew Carroll Scores in England Under-19 Debut

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Newcastle striker Andy Carroll hasn't scored yet for Preston North End in the Championship but he took just 15 minutes to score last night with a close range effort for the England Under-19s against Belarus at Nottingam. This was Andrew's debut on the international stage and what a nice way to start. The England Under-21 team had [...]

Ashley and Mort Loving Life on Tyneside

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Chris Mort yesterday expressed his satisfaction with Newcastle's good start to the season to Lee Ryder of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle. He is also pleased with the immediate impact of our new arrivals which has Newcastle already in a top-six position, after just 4 games. Mike Ashley and Chris Mort are both said to be loving [...]

Are Newcastle Interested in Brazilian Ze Maria?

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Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce has recently been reported to be giving trials to Brazilian defender Ze Maria. The former Lazio and Inter Milan player, who can play right-back or right wing, is now a free agent and Italian sources have said he was flying to England for trials with Newcastle. But today reports suggest [...]

Roy Keane - Given Best Goalkeeper I’ve Ever Seen

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We always wondered why Roy Keane criticized Shay Given last season for playing too many times for Ireland. It seemed an odd comment at the time, as any player presumably is honored to play for their country. Today we see that Roy is now praising Shay Given as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Well, [...]

Sam Allardyce Happy With Things at Newcastle

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Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has just returned from a little time off after his whirlwind first 3 months in the Newcastle manager job, when he knew he had to move fast to build up the Newcastle squad he had inherited. And move fast is what Sam did – let's just say he moved at lightning [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - 11th September - 2007

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We have a number of Newcastle's players today talking about Newcastle, their good start to the season, and just how strong our squad appears to be this season. Andrew Carroll plays his first game tonight for the England Under-19 team against Belarus at Nottingham - we wish Andy the very best. We also report again on the [...]

Geremi Sure Newcastle Will Get Much Better

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Newcastle captain Geremi has been talking to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today and is delighted at the good start the club have made this season. With 9 new players coming in, some of which are still settling in at the club, it's heartening that we have done so well early in the season. Geremi, like Sam before [...]

Michael Owen Returning to His Old Form

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Sam Allardyce talked to the www.nufc.co.uk site yesterday about the goalscoring form of Michael Owen and rightly says that his form is not only good for England but also good for Newcastle. What Michael has needed is more games to get back to his very best and that's exactly what he's been getting in the last [...]

Harper - Sam Has Wonderful Knowledge of World Football

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Steve Harper, who we expect will keep his place at Derby County next Monday, has talked to the Newcastle Journal about new captain Geremi. Steve thinks Geremi is an excellent choice as captain and he has also been surprised by the strong squad Sam Allardyce has managed to put together in a short 3 months. Steve [...]

Emre Not Willing to Fight for Newcastle Place

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Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce today dismissed Emre's comments about wanting to leave Newcastle for Galatasaray in January. Emre has a contract at Newcastle so why he thinks it's OK to announce when he wants to leave and where he wants to go to, is a bit of a mystery to us. Emre signed a 5 year deal [...]

Andy Carroll Plays for England Under-19s Tonight

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Andy Carroll, 18, is in the England Under-19 squad to face Belarus at Nottingham tonight. Of course there was a tug of war between England and Scotland for his services last season. Both countries have been courting the 6′ 3" striker since Carroll emerged at Newcastle last season. Andy was born in Gateshead but has some [...]

Habib Beye – Newcastle Have Many Great Players

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Habib Beye, who was signed just minutes before the summer transfer deadline at the end of August, has been talking to www.nufc.co.uk and he knew quite a few of the squad before he even came to Newcastle. He has particular respect for our new stopper, Brazilian Claudio Cacapa, who has made a very impressive start to [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - 10th September - 2007

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Some local news breaking yesterday that Emre has gone public with his wish to leave Newcastle for Galatasaray in January. We don't know why he has done this but it's a bit early on the 9th September to say you are going to leave in January. Doesn't Emre want to see how things go under Big [...]

Ashley Good To Fans - What a Concept!

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Newcastle chairman Chris Mort talked to the People yesterday about owner Mike Ashley and himself trying to be as friendly to the fans as possible. Certainly with Mike Ashley coming out of his shell and attending the last 3 games and being into the games as much as anybody else, it's come across very well to [...]

Michael Owen Can Revitalize England and Newcastle

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Michael Owen has been talking about his form after his great goal for England in their impressive 3-0 victory over Israel on Saturday. Another win against Russia on Wednesday will put England right back as favorites to qualify for Europe next year. Certainly to fail to qualify will be a big embarrassment but let's think positively [...]

England 3 Israel 0 - Video Highlights

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Here are the highlights of England's win against Israel on Saturday. We know it was not shown in quite a few countries worldwide, including here in the USA. England 3 - Israel 0 (European 2008 Qualification - 8th September, 2007) England Israel Video Highlights

Multiple Selection Headaches for Allardyce

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Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce is starting to face a number of selection posers for the Newcastle team to play Derby County a week today at Pride Park. This is exactly what Sam needs to ensure the team continue at their peak form and collect as many league points as possible before the end of the year. [...]

Shepherd Buying Leeds United May Be A Good Deal

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Former Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd, is apparently considering a bid to buy Leeds United. Shepherd made more than £37M by selling the Shepherd family's 28% stake in Newcastle United to new billionaire owner Mike Ashley. It's been said that Freddy is missing the day to day excitement of running a big club. Certainly he would seem [...]

Newcastle To Let Emre and Babayaro Leave in January

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Emre has today said he would like to leave Newcastle in January and return to his old Galatasaray in Turkey. Seems that Emre cannot see himself getting many games at Newcastle with the new players Sam has brought into the club. We don't think Sam will stand in his way and while he's busy [...]

Taylor’s Contract Needs Parity with Milner’s

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The Steven Taylor contract difficulty may run longer than Newcastle United really want it to. We have heard that Steven Taylor's father and agent Alf Taylor, is now on vacation abroad. As we reported earlier this morning it would be in everybody's interests to get this settled sooner rather than later. Steven Taylor and James Milner - contracts [..

Major Newcastle News Stories - 9th September - 2007

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Well it's just great to see Michael Owen scoring the goals again and what a goal he scored yesterday for England, in their crucial 3-0 win over Israel. Steve McClaren was rightly delighted not only at Owen but the other England players who delivered the goods yesterday and should be congratulated. Now all we need [...]

Taylor to Sign New Contract at Newcastle

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Good news today that Steven Taylor's father Alf, will have personal talks with Newcastle chairman Chris Mort in the next day day or two so sort out the Taylor contract dispute that has hit the headlines in the last day or two. But if the dealings of Newcastle and particularly new chairman Chris Mort are anything [...]

Michael Owen Looking Sharper With Every Game

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England scored a very comfortable win yesterday against a woeful looking Israel side. Our very own Michael Owen continued his recuperation with a tremendous goal after 49 minutes from outside the penalty box. Michael could have had another two and he again looked sharp and played the full 90 minutes. One of these days Michael is going [...]

Rozehnal and Given Both Have Good Games

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David Rozehnal played the full game for the Czech Republic yesterday in an easy 3-0 win against Sam Marino. The Czech Republic played a 3 man defense and David alternated between playing in the center and on the left. He was rarely troubled by the San Marino forwards and looked cool and extremely confident. Shay Given [...]

Rozehnal Happy at Newcastle In World’s Best League

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Czech defender David Rozehnal who had another solid game for his country in yesterday's easy 3-0 win at Sam Marino has talked about making his stay at Newcastle United a long one following his £2.9M transfer from PSG. The center-back has played in ever Premier League game for Newcastle this season and is obviously enjoying his [...]

Last Chance Saloon For Ameobi This Season

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Big Sam Allardyce has recently given Shola Ameobi a confidence boost when he says that not only can Shola have a good career at Newcastle but there's a chance that Ameobi can also make the England team. Well if Steve McClaren is down to bringing back Emile Heskey, who has proven again and again that he [...]

Newcastle Servant Harper Determined to keep Place

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News yesterday that Steve Harper has thought about leaving Newcastle before now. That's not at all surprising as Steve has been on the bench a long time over his Newcastle career, playing second fiddle to Irish International Shay Given However, even though Harper has been a great servant of the club we've always believed [...]

Poll: Given vs Harper - Who Should be Newcastle’s Goalkeeper?

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There's some growing controversy among supporters about how long Shay Given will be kept out of the Newcastle United team by in-form goalkeeper Steve Harper. Of course Shay Given is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premiership and has won the award twice when voted as best keeper by his peers in the league. Steven Harper [...]

Newcastle Under-21 Players Play Full Part in Wins

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Charles N'Zogbia made his French Under-21 debut last night in a comfortable France win against Wales in Grenoble. N'Zogbia played the full game and hopefully this will be one of many caps he will receive with the Under-21 side over the next two years. France were the better side but found it hard to score until an [...]

Newcastle Squad Much Tougher Says James Milner

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James Milner, who last night became the most capped England 21 player ever with his 30th cap, has talked recently of the new Newcastle's squad toughness since Sam came in as manager. In the 5 games we've played this season there have been some admirable qualities exhibited by the team and as Sam has said, things [...]

Sam Allardyce Has Plenty of Reasons To Be Positive

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Sam Allardyce has been talking to Luke Edwards of the Newcastle Journal this morning. Sam always has something interesting and insightful to say so we always like to cover his interviews on this site. We'll give our own analysis and then let our readers give their own opinions on Sam's comments. Sam is relaxing right now after [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - 8th September - 2007

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We got a huge response to the article and news yesterday that Steven Taylor has turned down the 5 year contract offer from Newcastle United. While we vented our support for Taylor we realize it's hard to offer a valid opinion on this deal until we know the figures involved - which we don't. One thing [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - 7th September - 2007

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Surprising news of the day is that Steven Taylor has rejected a 5 year contract offer from the club. The contract included a 3 year option. Steven father Alf is acting as Steven's agent and has rejected the offer out of hand. We don't think the club can win this one and the sooner it's all [...]

N’Zogbia Finally Gets French Recognition, After Being “Wasted”

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Charles N'Zogbia has spoken of his delight at earning his first call-up to the France Under 21 team. The Newcastle star, who signed a new five-year deal with the club earlier this week, has been rewarded for a great start to the season by being called up by the French Under-21 squad for the very first [...]

Steven Taylor Rejects Newcastle Contract Offer

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Steven Taylor has surprisingly turned down a new five-year contract with Newcastle United. With Charles N'Zogbia and James Milner, the other outstanding 21 year-olds in the Newcastle camp, having just signed new 5 year contracts with the club we were fully expecting Steven to sign one. This doesn't sound like good news so we'll take a hard [...]

Shay Given Impressed with Sam Allardyce

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A year ago today Shay Given had missed very few games in the then nine years of his time at Newcastle. But on September 17th against West Ham Shay suffered that sickening injury when he ruptured a groin in his accidental clash with Marlon Harewood at West Ham. Shay, for the first time in his career, [...]

Alan Shearer Positive on Newcastle Future

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Alan Shearer has been talking to Newcastle World TV about Newcastle's solid start to the season under new manager Sam Allardyce. Alan says that with the 9 players Sam has brought in it's almost like a new team now. But the Newcastle United icon has good things to say about Michael Owen, our new defense and of [...]

England Must Still Win With Weakened Team

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Wigan's Emile Heskey looked very ordinary at Newcastle last Sunday and it probably shows the lack of choice Steve McClaren has in his England squad that Steve has recalled the former Liverpool striker to partner Michael Owen against Israel tomorrow in their European 2008 qualifier. McClaren was at the Newcastle-Wigan game on Sunday and saw Heskey [.

Newcastle Have 3 Games in 6 Days Coming Up

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Big Sam has talked of our away tie in the third round of the Carling Cup against Arsenal. Having seen the Arsenal game against Portsmouth at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday (TV), Arsenal definitely seem to be coming back to their old form. It seems like many of their youngsters have developed well over the last [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - 6th September - 2007

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We have the results of our poll today on Where Will Newcastle Finish This Season and the results are positive - probably too positive. A full 60% think we can finish in the top 6 and 73% think we can finish top 6 or better (top 4 or top 2). A whopping 96% think top 8 [...]

Newcastle Need More Youngsters Coming Through

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Lee Clark as Reserve Team manager has an important job at Newcastle because Sam has already said he will use the reserve team to get players ready for the first team. He will use the team to give senior players a game in cases where they haven't played for a while. It is also a [...]

Newcastle Captain Geremi’s Attitude Top Class

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Our new captain Geremi, who has made the Newcastle midfield look very solid in the first 5 games of the season, talked today of the squad and the fact that he himself is not guaranteed a starting place every game. He sets an excellent example by saying he has to keep earning his stripes to remain [...]

Poll Results - 60% Think Top 6 Finish for Newcastle

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The results of our poll on Where Will Newcastle Finish This Season are complete and it appears that Newcastle fans, at least those who are readers on the Newcastle United Blog, are now even more confident that Newcastle can finish top 6. Seems like the positive start to the season - 3 wins in 5 games [...]

Press Over-Reacting to Shay Given Comment

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There have been lots of stories about Shay Given yesterday and today about showdown talks with new manager Sam Allardyce. The tone is characterized as even hostile with Shay wanting to have it out with Big Sam. But when you read what Shay actually said and forget about the sensational headlines, then it's all very [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - 5th September - 2007

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Sam Allardyce talks today about Charles N'Zogbia and how pleased he has been with both his play and his attitude this season. Sam recommended to chairman Chris Mort that Charles be given a new long term contract so we now have both Milner and N'Zogbia tied up for the next 5 years. Obviously, we also need [...]

Alex Ferguson - Sam Will do Well at Newcastle

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Alex Ferguson, probably the greatest British manager ever, has talked about three current managers in the Premiership whom he admires. Sir Alex' comments came at the Citizens Theater in his home town of Glasgow. He mentioned the managers in response to a question he was asked about who he thinks would succeed him as manager at [...]

Allardyce – N’Zogbia Unsettled When I Arrived

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It's always good to read good news about Newcastle United and one piece of very good news recently has been the form of Charles N'Zogbia. Not only has his form been little short of magical, but he has recently been selected for the France Under-21 squad and yesterday was given a new and improved 5 [...]

Steven Taylor Captains England Under-21 Side

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Newcastle's 21 year-old defender Steven Taylor has been named captain of the England Under-21team for the upcoming two games of England's qualifying campaign for the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. This is not surprising news following Steven's courageous efforts in the summer when he seemed to have the St. George's Cross emblazoned across his forehead.

Fewer English Players in Premiership Now

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The number of players qualified to play for English and starting in the Premier League has fallen from 184 in 1992 to 81 in 2007 (a 56% decline) and on the first weekend of the season only 37% of the starting elevens of the 20 Premier clubs were English. Sir Trevor Brooking, the FA director of [...]

Beye Hails Newcastle Fans’ Incredible Welcome

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Newcastle's new signing from Marseilles, Habib Beye, was touched by the great reception he received from the Newcastle fans before Saturday's hard fought 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic. The 29-year-old former Marseilles captain was introduced to the Newcastle supporters at St. James Park' Park crowd on Saturday afternoon, after signing a three-year deal with the club [.

Major Newcastle News Stories - 4th September - 2007

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Good news for Charles N'Zogbia during the last 24 hours. Late yesterday afternoon he was picked in the France Under-21 squad to play a couple of games in the European Under-21 championships in the next 10 days, the first game being against Wales on Friday. Then today Charles signed a new and improved 5 year contract [...]

Sam Allardyce Delighted With Senegalese Captures

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Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce was delighted when he finally captured both Abdoulaye Faye and Habib Beye for Newcastle very late on Friday night after a lot of work to get both of them at the club. He was over the moon to be able to capture both Senegalese players for just £2M each. Certainly some [...]

How Come Smith Wears Owner Mike Ashley’s Shirt?

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Alan Smith has quickly become a crowd favorite at Newcastle as it's plain to see his positive attitude on the playing field. Of course Alan had tasted success earlier in his career at Leeds when they were challenging for the Champions League under then manager David O'Leary . The fact that English billionaire owner Mike Ashley has [...]

N’Zogbia Signs New 5 Year Contract at Newcastle

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More good news from the Official Newcastle United Site this morning says that young Frenchman Charles N'Zogbia, who has been in terrific form this season, has signed a new contract with the club. Charles has committed his future to Newcastle United after signing a new 5 year improved contract at the club. And to think the odds [...]

Where Will Newcastle Finish This Season?

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With the transfer window finally closed and with Newcastle now having 9 new players in the squad we thought it might be a good time to conduct a poll to see where Newcastle fans think the club will end up in the league this season. Most of us thought top 8 would be great, because that [...]

Owen and Others Need Long-Term Rehabilitation Programs

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Sam Allardyce revealed yesterday that Michael Owen will need to work on rehabilitation for the rest of his career if he is to avoid further injury. Owen is following a daily stretching regime as he continues his come-back from reconstructive knee surgery carried out last year by top knee surgeon Dr. Richard Steadman at his Vail, [...]

Sam Allardyce: Master of the Transfer Deal

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Sam Allardyce has done wonders in the transfer market for Newcastle United this summer and hasn't needed much money to strengthen the squad considerably. He's paid out something under ₤10M in net funds to bring 9 good players to the club. Not all great players are acquired by a club by having to pay out ₤25M, like [...]

N’Zogbia Gets Deserved France Under-21 Callup

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Charles N'Zogbia's great early season form for Newcastle United has at last been rewarded with a call-up for the French U21s squad. Charles has been named in the squad for the upcoming qualifiers for the 2009 European U21 Championships, against Wales in Grenoble on Friday and away to Malta in Valetta a week on Wednesday. Certainly his [...]

Sam Allardyce – Really Tough Picking Front Men

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Sam Allardyce preferred Michael Owen as the starter on Saturday in preference to Oba Martins, who is Newcastle's top goal-scorer with 3 goals. Sam talked today to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle and said something most Newcastle fans will welcome and agree with – that both Michael and Oba will get lots of starts and lots of [...]

Newcastle Squad So Much Stronger Now

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It's a good time for Newcastle United supporters right now. The summer transfer window was very successful and Sam was able to bring in 9 players capturing Habib Beye and Abdoulaye Faye right at the end of the transfer window on Friday evening – or should we say early Saturday morning We'll [...]

Beye: Why I Finally Accepted Newcastle’s Offer

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Habib Beye, freshly signed from Marseilles, talked to the Sunday Sun about why he decided to join Newcastle after being courted by Newcastle for much of the summer. Beye we think will turn out to be a very good signing for us and probably better than previous target Juliano Belletti, now at Chelsea, who looked [...]

Big Sam Exhausted After Friday’s Transfer Deadline

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It turns out that Sam Allardyce had a very hectic Friday as he spent time convincing Beye to join Newcastle and picked up the work permit of Abdoulaye Faye in London. He was quite exhausted on Saturday after all the goings on of the previous day (and night). Then of course Newcastle's players delivered for both their [...]

Michael Owen - Real Buzz in Newcastle Squad

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Big Sam watched Michael Owen on Saturday score his second Newcastle goal in three days to finally beat Wigan at St. James' Park in Newcastle's first home league win of the season. You could tell Michael was ecstatic after the goal as he raced across the field left hand raised in the air. Only one of many [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - 3rd September - 2007

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Newcastle United fans are still immersed in the great win over Wigan on Saturday, which had so many positive points to admire, even though Newcastle missed so many chances. Some stories are starting to emerge as to what happened last Friday on the transfer front. Turns out Big Sam was in London at 7am that [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - 2nd September - 2007

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Newcastle United played well in an entertaining game against Wigan Athletic and ran out deserved 1-0 winners. But we could have easily won 6-0 with the chances that were created. We started out very well in the first half and Michael Owen could have had a hat-trick in the first 28 minutes. Although Wigan had Kevin [...]

Sam’s Positive Influences Showing at Newcastle

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After yesterday's satisfying Newcastle win over Wigan, when Newcastle didn't exactly have the best luck in the world, Big Sam talked about the game with Newcastle World. Newcastle do not have all their players available with Beye, Faye and Enrique still to come into the team at some time. But the team showed yesterday that Sam's [...]

Final Reflections on the Newcastle Wigan Game

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Michael Owen - just after heading winning goal against Wigan There is little doubt that Michael Owen is returning to form. While he did miss chances yesterday not many players would have been in the positions Michael got into and he was also unlucky and didn't exactly have the run of the green. But Michael looks [...]

Sam’s Assessment of the Wigan Game

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Sam spoke to the official Newcastle United web site after the game and gave his assessment of the win over Wigan that gives Newcastle 8 points from their first 4 games and a positive goal difference of 3. Sam thinks the game should have been over before half time – which most fans will agree with. But [...]

FT: Newcastle 1 Wigan 0: Newcastle Get First Home Win

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Newcastle won this afternoon at St. James' Park against a 10-man Wigan side after Kevin Kirkland was harshly sent off after 46 minutes for seemingly heading Alan Smith in the back of the head. It was his second yellow card but a very harsh decision by referee Steve Bennett. Newcastle missed many chances in both halves [...]

HT: Newcastle 0 Wigan 0: Newcastle Miss Many Chances

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Michael Owen was in the starting line-up for his first Premiership game of the season as Newcastle look for their first home win of the season. Michael replaced Oba Martins from the team that started at Middlesbrough last weekend. Steve Harper keeps his place in goal from last week, while Steven Taylor will start [...]

Newcastle Injury Update - Ramage Out 6 Months

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Pete Ramage has fairly quickly undergone surgery for the cruciate ligament (knee) injury he suffered last Sunday against Middlesbrough. Rather surprisingly Peter was not sent over to Vail, Colorado to the Steadman-Hawkins clinic but was operated on in London. It could be that while the injury is of course serious, there were no complications. Peter Ramage - [.

Newcastle Draw Arsenal Away in Carling Cup

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Newcastle United have been handed a difficult tie against Arsenal away in the pick of the Carling Cup Third Round. Newcastle beat Barnsley 2-0 in the second round to reach this stage and will now face Arsenal at the Emirates stadium. It will be interesting to see what team Arsenal will select against Newcastle since the Magpies [...]

Superb Summer Transfer Business by Newcastle

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Sam Allardyce finally completed his summer transfer business last night but waited really late to get it completed. It was after midnight, the transfer deadline, when Newcastle finally announced they had indeed signed Habib Beye and Abdoulaye Faye, as most fans were expecting and hoping for. But we also let two go, one expected when Nobby [...]

Chris Mort Asks Newcastle Fans For Help

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Chairman Chris Mort has urged Newcastle's supporters to ensure there is never any repeat of the anti-Islamic chanting that overshadowed last Sunday's Premier League game at Middlesbrough. Visiting supporters at the Riverside abused Mido of Middlesbrough during Sunday's Newcastle – Middlesbrough game. The English FA is going to investigate the matter and Mort is hoping that this [.

Major Newcastle News Stories - 1st September - 2007

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Newcastle waited until after the transfer window had officially closed to announce that Senegalese players Faye and Beye had both moved to Newcastle United on 3 year contracts. The transfer fees were not announced but we think they were both in the region of ₤2M. Just before midnight the transfer of the great Nobby Solano to [...]