It is with extreme sadness that I am announcing my intention to cease writing articles for
NUFCBlog.org. But I just wanted to pen one last article to thank each and every one of you for
being so supportive during my writing tenure on this very site. So here goes. A couple of years ago
I only [...]
Well, that is pretty much it for 2010 as the cover begins to close on a relatively stable yearbook
for Newcastle United. Yes, that's right, this year has been pretty stable for us in comparison to
years gone by, although there have been brief moments of turmoil spread throughout the year, just
to keep things interesting.
Andy Carroll looks likely to miss the game against Wigan on Sunday, and he could also miss the home
game next week against West Ham after picking up a thigh injury. Undoubtedly it is a huge blow to
Newcastle as they face a very important week in the quest for Premier League survival as they come
Well 2010 is nearly a piece of history as we prepare to welcome in the new year. So what better
time is there than now to look back at he best goals of 2010? Of course, some of these goals will
have come in The Championship, which is where we are going to start with contender [...]
Much of the news today appears to be centred around Robbie Keane and his alleged preferance of
joining Newcastle in the January transfer window. Of course, it is all speculation until proven
otherwise, and the closest that any of these reports can muster with regard to a quote is from the
proverbial inside source from Tottenham, [.
Another piece of good news, well hopefully some good news anyway, as it appears that Hatem Ben Arfa
is about to finalise a permanent move to Newcastle. Local journalists started reporting the news on
Twitter late last night, then national journalists such as George Caulkin and Simon 'you're a ***'
Bird also backed up the claims [.
Newcastle have had a habit of picking up yellow cards this season. In fact indiscipline has
arguably played a large part in our season to date. A quick glance at the 'Fair Play' table should
tell us all we need to know. It doesn't make for pretty reading, but Newcastle have racked up 45
yellow cards [.
Alan Pardew has today come out and said what most of us have been saying all season long and has
admitted that Newcastle need new faces in January. Part of the problem is strength in depth at
Newcastle. We have a first eleven that can beat anyone on their day, but it's when players are
Just what is it with these new contracts at Newcastle? Since the summer we have seen Andy Carroll,
Nile Ranger, Mike Williamson, Tim Krul and now Steven Taylor all tied down to long-term deals with
the club. This is, of course, good news for Newcastle United and gives us a bit of stability with
regard to [.
It's old news now, but I've been out in the pub all day so now is the first chance I have had to
write about the fact that Steven Taylor has signed a new five-and-a-half year deal at Newcastle.
This will hopefully end speculation regarding the future of the player and will allow the press,
The Daily Mail is reporting that John Carver could be set to return to Newcastle and complete Alan
Pardew's backroom staff setup by becoming our new number two. Carver has been is temporary charge
of Sheffield United since the departure of Gary Speed, but any hopes of him getting the job full
time at Bramall Lane [.
It's nice for us to have some home comforts at this festive time of year, and I would guess that it
is also nice for the players to have some of those comforts aswell. Well this year they can as
Newcastle, rather strangely, play a home match on Boxing Day for the first time in nine [...]
Chris Hughton has spoke publicly today for the first time since his sacking from Newcastle. In an
interview with Sky Sports News, Hughton spoke of the disappointment upon hearing the news that both
he and Paul Barron were to be axed, his thoughts on the sacking, and his plans for the future after
what was an [.
The good news today, even though I personally expected it, is that the rumours linking Joey Barton
with a move away form Newcastle appear to be false. Alan Pardew has today reiterated that no
players are for sale in January, and that includes the likes of Joey Barton and Andy Carroll both
of whom have [.
Hatem Ben Arfa has been continuing his recovery from a horrendous double leg-break injury by
spending hours grafting away at a rehabilitation centre in the south of France. And it appears that
the hard work is paying off as Ben Arfa has been pencilled in for a return to training at Newcastle
at the start of [.
The inevitable transfer speculation has begun, which is perhaps unsurprising as the January
transfer window is just around the corner. A lot of the speculation seems to be regarding our
players, which you could put down to a number of reasons. Perhaps it seems that way because it is
what most of us look for?
I've found a bit more newspaper gossip that could be of interest to you guys regarding Steven
Taylor and Cheik Tiote. Don't worry, as ever on NUFCBlog.org we will endeavour to inform you of
which is the wheat and which is the chaff with regard to news reporting. On that basis we'll start
off with the [.
I see the Sunday papers are reporting en masse that Tottenham Hotspur are set to launch a January
bid for Andy Carroll. There are even reports suggesting that David Bentley and Peter Crouch could
be used as makeweights in any potential new deal. It's all bollocks of course and is just the
latest in a long line [.
I've noticed that there seems to be a bit of momentum gathering pace with regard to the Qatar royal
family wanting to buy Newcastle. Questionable source after questionable source has now reported the
'news', but I personally remain sceptical of the whole thing to be honest. Many of these stories
are cooked up with the intent of [.
I thought I'd use this brief break between working shifts to pen my thoughts on Nile Ranger. Ranger
impressed at the weekend, and there is a suggestion that perhaps it was his introduction that
tipped balance of power in our favour and allowed us to go on and get the win against Liverpool.
The performance that Ranger [.
Firstly, I felt it was entirely necessary to get one of former managers famous 'Hughtonism's' in
the title. Job done on that one. But why though? Well the answer is simple, and that is that the
good result over Liverpool at the weekend was almost entirely down to him in my opinion. Football
is a fickle game, [.
It is being reported that The FA are poised to take more action against Joey Barton, this time for
an alleged obscene gesture during the Liverpool match. The Express claims that The FA are awaiting
the match report from referee Lee Mason before deciding if any more action is taken. If Lee Mason
saw the incident, [.
Alan Pardew has set out his vision for the future of Newcastle United, and is already attracting
criticism from some quarters for it. Pardew's plan will see us toying with European football with a
team of home-grown talent by 2016. It's a challenge, but why not eh? I've been reading a few
comments from a few [.
Apparently Steven Taylor has turned down the latest improved offer of a new contract from Newcastle
United prompting speculation that he could be off in January. I say apparently as the source is the
rather questionable Sunday Sun and they will generally print anything to get a reaction out of the
Well the decision that was expected has been made and Alan Pardew is our new manager for what could
potentially be the next five-and-a-half years. My own personal view is that this is a sideways step
compared to a forwards one, but it's done now, and at least it puts a rather swift ending to [...]
Former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd has backed the decision to sack Chris Hughton just 16
games into the Premier League season. Shepherd claims that the writing was on the wall for Hughton,
and had been for some time, so the decision shouldn't have come as a shock to people. He even
claims he would have done [.
A lot of people are still trying to come to terms with the unexpected sacking of Chris Hughton on
Monday. It's a move that has left many Newcastle fans, neutral fans and media-types scratching
their heads, but it's been done now and can't be reversed. Naturally all of the speculation at the
moment is regarding just who [.
Well the decision has been made to usher Chris Hughton out of the door. It's shocking, but it's
been and gone and there is very little that can be done to bring him back now. My own view is that
Hughton has been strung out to dry on this one. Mike Ashley has given him very [...]
Newcastle head to Wigan this afternoon in what is shaping up to be a very important game for both
sides aspirations of staying in the Premier League this season. A win for Newcastle will take them
to at least 10th, whilst a win for Wigan will see them leapfrog us and will ensure that Newcastle
First off, I would like to apologise. Usually I write the match reports pretty much straight after
the game, but yesterday was different. The 2-0 defeat at White Hart Lane may have been expected,
but the level of performance was so low that it left me lost for words. Newcastle rarely threatened
the Tottenham goal throughout the [.
Welcome one and all to our magical, magnificent, marvellous match banter article that will cover
the Tottenham vs Newcastle fixture this afternoon. There is some bad news for us all to digest
regarding the fitness of Jose Enrique I'm afraid. It would appear, according to Jose's Twitter
account, that our left-back will miss the game this [.
Newcastle get back to footballing action today, just two days after they last took to the field
against Manchester City. Of course, it is the same for most clubs at this time of the year as the
demanding festive fixture list kicks in, so in that regard we are all in the same boat. Newcastle
have had [.
Newcastle succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at St James' Park this afternoon, but it wasn't as straight
forward as the scoreline may suggest. It may well be a cliche in footballing circles, but there was
certainly enough about the performance to give me hope despite the defeat. It's a strange feeling
really, as usually I would be [.
Newcastle host title chasing Manchester City in a rare Boxing Day match on Tyneside, but in
contrast to the plummeting tempaertaures, the atmosphere could be as hot as ever after the ill
feeling harvested as a result of the reverse fixture at the City of Manchester Stadium back in
October comes to the fore.
Newcastle head to St Andrews on Saturday afternoon where they will come up against a tough
Birmingham City side. Newcastle will have to be at their very best of they are to beat a side that
doesn't generally give much away, especially on their own turf. Birmingham are a physical side who
work hard for each other.
Good evening and welcome to our match banter article that will see us through the visit of
Liverpool to St James' Park. It's a welcome return to football after what has been a turbulent week
for Newcastle United after the shock sacking of Chris Hughton, and the even more shocking
appointment of Alan Pardew.
The new era begins in earnest at St James' Park this evening when Alan Pardew takes charge of his
first Newcastle match since being appointed manager during the week. There are many views on what
the Pardew era will bring, but in amongst the speculation, rumour, hearsay, unrest, anger and
dismay, there is the small matter [.
Welcome one and all to our fabulous match banter article that will take us through the Manchester
City game this afternoon. I trust you have all had a most excellent Christmas day and now feel
suitably fed up with turkey and all the usual goings on that revolve around the festive period, so
what better way [.
I'd just like to take this opportunity on behalf of all us here at NUFCBlog.org to wish each and
every one of you a very merry christmas. May you all have an excellent day tomorrow, or today if
you happen to be in certain places around the globe, and enjoy the festivities with friends and
family. This [.
With an injury to Steve Harper that could see him out for the rest of the season, the
responsibility falls to young Tim Krul to take his spot at the Gallowgate between the uprights. We
expect ball catcher extraordinaire Steve Harper to be back for the beginning of the 2011/2012
season, and it couldn't have [.