Member sale now
ST Holders (zero points)
9 dream dies:
"The lack of
Newcastle United 2015, as viewed by Alan
Shearer when speaking to the Daily Telegraph as part of a Barclays Bank /
Premier League promotion:
"There is no excitement, no anticipation. It takes its toll, even on the
most loyal fans in the country. Fans want to dream their team can be
successful, whether that's in a domestic cup competition or in Europe.
"Newcastle fans at the minute are
showing why they are some of the best around, because they can't dream.
"They've been told the cups aren't a priority, that finishing 10th in the
Premier League is more important.
"Over the last few years, they've
been knocked out of the cup competitions early and they've been happy to do
that, year after year.
"When you look at the teams that are
left in the FA Cup this year, but also the year before when Hull got to the
final and Wigan Athletic before that.
"Bradford, Reading ,West Brom,
Blackburn and Villa are in the quarter-finals this year and Newcastle are out.
They must look at it now and think 'God, why not us'.
"That's the most disappointing thing.
That's where we are now with Newcastle. They told us the league is the main
priority and the cups aren't a priority.
But that's what fans dream of, a trip to Wembley, of playing in Europe.
Newcastle can't win the Premier League.
"I think they are going at the moment
because that's what they always do. It's what their parents did, it's what
they want to do with their kids. It's the way they've always spent their
"They save their money up all week so
they can go to the football match at the weekend. It's a cultural thing. They
want to go and they want to be entertained, but they aren't at the moment.
"I think there are a lot of people
thinking about giving up their season tickets. I can only talk about my own
experience, but I've got friends who have paid for a box at St James' Park for
years and they are talking about giving it up.
"Unless the club are going to bring
in a load of exciting players in the summer, which is highly unlikely when you
look at the way it's been run, then I think people might look at giving up. I
can only tell you what my mates are thinking about doing because of the lack
of hope at the minute.
"I'd dearly love us to have a cup
run, I'd dearly love us to get to Wembley again, I'd much rather that than
just finish in mid-table year after year.
"It's not going to happen because
we've played a weakened team in every cup game. They've been playing weakened
teams in cup competitions since 2007."
Tom Maley's Shearer statue is set to be
finished later this year, with the nine foot high likeness cast in bronze to
be sited at a location yet to be announced in Newcastle.
Funding for the statue to be finally completed has come from former NUFC
Chairman Freddy Shepherd - it's a fair bet that it won't be erected directly
Robins march on
The region's last remaining representatives in the FA Vase are North
Shields, and they notched up an impressive 2-0 win at
Southern Counties East League side, Erith & Belvedere on Saturday to reach the
Monday's draw paired them in a two-legged tie with either Highworth Town
(near Swindon) or Tadcaster Albion, who meet this coming Saturday in
That means the Robins have avoided the long haul down to AFC St Austell in
Cornwall, who host either Shaw Lane or Glossop in the first leg of their
Those ties are scheduled for Saturday 21st and Saturday 28th March,
with the prize of a trip to Wembley Stadium in the Final on Saturday May 9th.
AFC St Austell 3-2 Ascot United
Erith & Belvedere 0-2 North Shields
Highworth Town 1-1 Tadcaster Albion*
Sun 01.03.2015 (3pm):
Shaw Lane Aquaforce 2-2 Glossop North End*
* replays scheduled for Saturday 07.03.2015
for old boy
Former Newcastle striker Loic Remy left Wembley with a Capital
One Cup winner's medal on Sunday - although he had nothing to do with Chelsea's
2-0 win over Spurs.
The 28 year-old Frenchman was an unused substitute for Jose Mourinho's side and
appeared just twice in previous rounds of the competition, scoreless outings
against Bolton Wanderers and Derby County totalling 99 minutes.
Remy's "feat" isn't unique though, James Milner picking up a gong for
sitting on his backside last year as Manchester City beat the mackems. Habib
Beye also got a loser's medal for occupying Aston Villa's bench in 2010.
PC picks up points
Newcastle 1 Aston Villa 0
Papiss Cisse scored another crucial goal as John Carver's side brushed off
last week's thrashing at the Etihad to claim a win that plunged Aston Villa further into
the relegation mire
at St. James' Park on Saturday.
Cisse's strike towards the end of the first half secured the points on
an afternoon where neither side excelled but both created - and wasted -
The win pushed United firmly into mid-table and further
away from relegation trouble as Premier League security was all but achieved.
They now sit on 35 points - one more than the miserable total that saw them
rightly relegated six years ago.
It's a different story for Tim Sherwood's Villa side though, who remain second from bottom
and winless in the league for a dozen games stretching back to last year.
Having witnessed our demotion with glee at Villa Park back in May 2009, the
boot was firmly on the other foot for the travelling support on Saturday - with
the loudest shout of the day from home fans a late chorus of "you're
not laughing any more" as Level 7 emptied.
Some gallows humour from the Villans was also evident, with another attack
petering out in the closing stages prompting a chorus of, "that's why
we're going down".
The bedsheets displayed by the Villa contingent this time round called for the
departure of owner Randy Lerner and supported returning Magpie Jonas Gutierrez.
Mentions of messiahs were in distinctly short supply.....
Coming into this game with just a solitary win from seven Premier League games
in 2015, John Carver made four changes to the starting lineup - one forced on
Jack Colback's suspension resulted in a first start for Mehdi Abeid since
December while Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran and Ayoze Perez all dropped to the
bench as Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi and Emmanuel Riviere returned - the
latter partnering Cisse for the first time.
The lowest scorers in the division, Villa's inability to convert in front of goal was evident
their first half superiority failed to see them net, Gaby Agbonlahor found
netting after 15 minutes but rightly flagged offside.
At the other end, a rare excursion into the Villa area saw Janmaat's cross from
the right finding Cisse, only for his chest down to allow Alan Hutton to
Continuing to look the more dangerous, Villa's pressure created another chance that saw Benteke produce a
spectacular overhead kick that Tim Krul parried.
But against the run of play, another Janmaat cross from right reached an
unmarked Cisse and after trapping the ball on his thigh, beat Brad
Guzan from eight yards at the Leazes End to break the deadlock on 37 minutes.
Cisse ran to the Newcastle bench to celebrate with Jonas Gutierrez - back in
the squad for the first time since 2013 - and there had been a great ovation for the Argentinean when he was
sent out to warm up in the 18th minute.
Riviere missed a good chance to double the lead and break his Premier League
scoring duck three minutes before half time, rising unchallenged to meet
Ameobi's accurate corner
from the left but heading wide.
Cisse went close to grabbing another when he headed narrowly
wide from a 58th minute free-kick, but Villa should have levelled just four
minutes later when Tom Cleverley was
put through by a Benteke flick-on.
However the on-loan Red Devil continued his scoreless run when shooting towards Krul, who
still blocked well.
United left back Massadio Haidara was stretchered off on the hour with what
looked like a bad knee injury - yet another defensive headache following the
loss of Steven Taylor and Paul Dummett to injury and the banishing of Davide
Santon and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to Italy.
Fit-again Ryan Taylor appeared in his place amid warm applause, but once again
the ground was eerily silent for significant parts of the game.
Sammy Ameobi played in Moussa Sissoko but Guzan saved and then Gabriel Obertan
should have done better when he broke clear but dwelt on the ball and was
denied in similar circumstances to his miss here against Stoke.
Ex-Magpie Charles N'Zogbia came on from the bench to a chorus of boos and
within a minute Benteke converted a cross but was rightly flagged offside once
again - Fabricio Coloccini making a timely clearance from within his own six
yard box earlier in the move.
Taylor then had the perfect opportunity to get a decisive second with a free-kick
from just outside the box but Guzan saved low down at the expense of a
Newly-arrived substitute Ayoze Perez then instinctively headed against the post,
as Guzan inadvertently helped Ameobi's flag kick to the back post with his
Villa pressed for a late equaliser and Coloccini was well placed to
block Ashley Westwood's shot but the visitors failed to threaten Krul's goal,
as a generous six minutes of time was added on by referee Lee Mason.
United played that and the final 10 minutes with an ailing Gouffran after he
was introduced as our final change but quickly picked up an injury that
restricted his movement (some people may not have noticed any difference....)
And with only a few seconds remaining, a poor clearing header from Coloccini landed
invitingly at N'Zogbia's feet. Thankfully though he ballooned his effort over the bar
before Mason blew for full time amid general relief.
The win left Newcastle firmly in 11th spot, four points behind Stoke and five
points clear of Crystal Palace.
Far from being the hoped-for statement of intent and resounding success against
a side hopelessly out of form, this was a gritty but grim struggle when
isolated pieces of skill were almost instantly followed by avoidable lapses.
Time after time Newcastle looked certain to catch the opposition on the break
via sweeping counter-attacks, but singularly failed to test Guzan with accurate
If we're to achieve back to back victories by beating the Red Devils here on
Wednesday night, then far greater decisiveness in front of goal is essential -
regardless of whether a re-modelled defence can hold out.
Full match report to follow.
Team: Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Haidara (R.Taylor 61),
Obertan (Gouffran 78), Sissoko, Abeid, Ameobi, Riviere (Perez 73), Cisse.
Subs n/u: Woodman, Anita, Gutierrez, Armstrong.
Goal: Cisse 37.
AVFC: Guzan, Hutton, Okore, Clark, Lowton (Bacuna 82), Sinclair (N'Zogbia
66), Delph, Cleverley, Westwood, Agbonlahor (Weimann 73), Benteke.
Subs n/u: Given, Sanchez, Gil, Grealish.
Booked: Hutton, Lowton, Cleverley, Agbonlahor, Clarke.
Crowd: 51,573 including Mike Ashley and around 2,000 travelling
Referee: Lee Mason
- fourth Toon posting of the season for the Lancashire-based whistler,
following the 2-2 draw at Swansea, 1-4 loss at Arsenal and 0-1 FA Cup reverse
"We got a battling response. It wasn't scintillating football
but it was two nervous sides. Villa are fighting for survival and we were
trying to get off that 32-point mark because people are talking about our
season fizzling out.
"What you saw wasn't a great passing
or team performance, but it was a battling performance. I'm not bothered if
it's an ugly win – and it was – because people doubted us after last
"Today is proof that we've got a
group in the dressing room who are honest and hard working and even when
they're not playing well they'll still give their all.
was brave going with two wingers and two strikers – there are not many head
coaches or managers in the Premier League go that way, but I did it because I
felt it was important to get the three points.
“We talked about getting the ball in the
wide areas and putting the ball in the box because it’s no good
Papiss (Cisse) being the lone striker and trying to play into his feet.
He's about getting into the box and putting the ball in the back of the net,
and he did that.
“What was disappointing was that in the first half, we didn't put the ball
in the box enough, and it just shows you - you put it in the box and he will
score a goal for you. Thankfully, he did.
“Unfortunately, because of what happened
to Sadio (Haidara), I had to put Ryan on at left-back. I had to make a
decision – he (Jonas Gutierrez) is getting closer, he is getting fitter, he
is getting stronger, so the time will eventually come, especially if we keep
“It's his knee (Haidara). He's
got an ongoing issue with it, but it's not too serious, so we will see what
he's like. Hopefully, he should be available for Wednesday.
one thing I will say is we did actually show that professionalism that we
didn't show against Stoke City when we conceded the late goal, so maybe the
guys have learned from it.
"Let's not hide the fact that today
has not been a classic, has it? It's not been a proper classic.
"But I'll tell you what, the thing that's pleased me is we have kept a
clean sheet, we have had players who have put their bodies on the line - and I
have to mention Fabricio Coloccini in particular.
"His block towards the end of the
game was outstanding. That's as good as scoring a goal at the other end."
On goalscorer Cisse:
"His goal ratio is fantastic - but we
have got to provide him with the service. If we don't provide him with the
service, then he won't score goals, so I need to make sure that the team
provides him with service because he is valuable to us.
"This season, he has probably scored
more scruffy goals than he ever has, but I am not bothered because he is
actually scoring goals. That's why it was important to keep him here and
that's why it was important to get him in the team and put him in the right
The Magpies kept only a second
clean sheet in their last seventeen league and cup fixtures - and a
first one on home soil in seven attempts.
Papiss Cisse has now scored 11 goals in the Premier League this
season (from a total of 32) and is within sight of his previous best haul of 13
(in season 2011/12).
United's number notched
his 34th Premier League goal for the club, taking him into seventh spot
in club's scoring list for that competition, level with Rob Lee. The
next name on that list is Nolberto Solano, with 37.
Ryan Taylor made a
in all competitions, and
has now completed
a total of 180
minutes. United have failed
to concede a single goal while he's been on the field.
Newcastle's sixth Premier League home victory of the season means
that they've surpassed their worst seasonal total in the competition (five in
The Magpies managed to be winning a Premier League home game at half time
and also at full time for the first occasion this season.
PL home games 2014/15:
(half time score in brackets)
Manchester City lost 0-2 (0-1)
Crystal Palace drew 3-3 (1-1)
Hull City drew 2-2 (0-0)
Leicester City won 1-0 (0-0)
Liverpool won 1-0 (0-0)
QPR won 1-0 (0-0)
Chelsea won 2-1 (0-0)
mackems lost 0-1 (0-0)
Everton won 3-2 (1-1)
Burnley drew 3-3 (2-1)
Southampton lost 1-2 (1-1)
Stoke City drew 1-1 (0-0)
Aston Villa won 1-0 (1-0)
Scoring 19 goals in 13 Premier League home games (six in the first half,
13 in the second) so far this season, the end split is 11 at the Gallowgate, 8
at the Leazes.
United's lowest home scoring total in an entire Premier League season is 22
(1997/98 and 2006/07).
Villans @ SJP - Premier League Years:
2014/15: Won 1-0 Cisse
2013/14: Won 1-0 Remy
2012/13: Drew 1-1 Ben Arfa
2011/12: Won 2-1 Ba, Cisse
2010/11: Won 6-0 Barton, Nolan 2, Carroll 3
2008/09: Won 2-0 Martins 2
2007/08: Drew 0-0
2006/07: Won 3-1 Milner, Dyer, Sibierski
2005/06: Drew 1-1 Shearer (pen)
2004/05: Lost 0-3
2003/04: Drew 1-1 Robert
2002/03: Drew 1-1 Solano
2001/02: Won 3-0 Bellamy 2, Shearer
2000/01: Won 3-1 Glass, Cort, OG
2000/01: Drew 1-1 Solano (FAC)
1999/00: Lost 0-1
1998/99: Won 2-1 Shearer, Ketsbaia
1997/98: Won 1-0 Beresford
1996/97: Won 4-3 Ferdinand 2, Shearer, Howey
1995/96: Won 1-0 Ferdinand
1994/95: Won 3-1 Venison, Beardsley 2
1993/94: Won 5-1 Bracewell, Beardsley 2, Cole, Sellars
Premier League results:
West Ham 1-3 Crystal Palace
Burnley 0-1 Swansea City
Manchester United 2-0 mackems
Stoke City 1-0 Hull City
West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Southampton
Liverpool 2-1 Manchester City
Arsenal 2-0 Everton
Liverpool U18s 1 Newcastle U18s 3
Having lost all five of their U18 Premier League
games in 2015, Newcastle ended that sequence with a deserved victory at Kirkby
Academy on Saturday afternoon.
Sean Longstaff scored twice in the first half before Stefan Broccoli
added United's third, after the Reds had pulled one back through Corey Whelan.
Longstaff put United ahead in the 28th minute when head headed home a fine
Mackenzie Heaney cross from the left and his second came in seven minutes
before the interval, bundling the ball in after Louis Johnson's initial shot had been
parried by home goalkeeper Andy Firth.
Whelan reduced the arrears when he turned the ball past Brendan Pearson on 58
minutes, but three minutes later Broccoli eventually drove home after
United contrived to strike both posts during a goalmouth scramble.
Team: Pearson, Cobain, Newbury, Cameron, Laidler, Broccoli (Drennan
69), Hunter, Suddick, Longstaff, Heaney (Holmes 69), Johnson.
Subs n/u: Woolston, Pollock, Storrey.
United conclude the main part of their U18 league season with the visit
Rovers to Little Benton on Saturday at 12.30pm.
After that point, the young Magpies will participate in the end-of-season
playoffs, with the first game against an opponent to be confirmed on Saturday
Proud sponsors of
Senior Cup Final @ SJP
Although Newcastle reserves won't be taking part after their elimination
at the semi-final stage, this season's Northumberland Senior Cup Final
will once again be staged at St.James' Park.
Morpeth Town and Blyth Spartans will do battle at Gallowgate on Monday
April 27th. Kickoff is 7.30pm.
Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Both played the full game as Forest won 3-0 at
Reading in the Championship on Saturday - Darlow posting his first clean sheet
in four appearances.
Campbell appeared from the bench in the 76th minute, but was unable to prevent
a 0-1 home loss to
Bristol Rovers in the Conference on Saturday.
Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Kevin
Mbabu, Remie Streete, Haris Vuckic
A month since concluding their mass loan to Scotland and Haris
Vuckic is the still only one of the Govan five to have played regularly for the 'Gers.
Ferguson and Mbabu are still recovering from long-term injuries and Bigirimana
is sidelined with an unspecified issue, while Streete crocked himself on his
Vuckic made his fourth appearance on Friday night, playing 76 minutes of a 1-1
draw away to Falkirk in the Scottish Championship.
Santon (Inter Milan)
The on-loan defender played his part in helping Inter reach the last sixteen
of the Europa League at the expense of Celtic on Thursday night.
Having drawn 3-3 in Glasgow a week earlier, the second leg remained scoreless
until the 88th minute when Santon provided the pass from which Fredy Guarin
scored the only goal of the evening.
(Also in the last sixteen are AS Roma, who won 2-1 on a stormy night in
Rotterdam to eliminate Feyenoord 3-2 on aggregate. Ex-Magpie Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
Santon's loan move to Inter was accompanied by Italian press claims that, like
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and AS Roma, playing a specified number of games would
result in the transfer becoming permanent for an agreed price.
That fee is claimed to be £2.8m and the trigger is ten starts - although it's
unclear whether that refers to Serie A games only, or all competitions.
Santon @ Inter 2014/15:
04.02.2015 Napoli (a) Italian Cup (started)
08.02.2015 Palermo (h) Serie A (started)
15.02.2015 Atalanta (a) Serie A (started)
19.02.2015 Celtic (a) Europa League (started)
23.02.2015 Calgiari (a) Serie A (started)
Celtic (h) Europa League (started)
Fiorentina (h) Serie A (started)
Santon kept his place for the visit of Fiorentina to
the San Siro in Serie A on Sunday, being replaced after 78 minutes of what
ended up as a 0-1 home reverse.
Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
The on-loan winger was missing from the squad
for a second successive game as Guingamp lost 0-1 at Nantes in Ligue 1 on Sunday.
There may not be much to say about the class of 2015 currently, but a clutch
of former Magpies will be involved at talk-in events over the coming weeks as
(All events have an official start time of 7.30pm)
Fri 13.03.2015 Keith Gillespie / Jim Pearson
@ Ponteland Memorial Hall,
Darras Road, NE20 9NX
£20 (including pie & peas) via 07814 736865
Thu 19.03.2015 Steve Harper note date change
@ Dunston UTS clubhouse, Wellington Road, NE11 9JL
£10 (including pie & peas) via 07724 392049
Fri 27.03.2015 Les
@ Lancastrian Suite, Lancaster Road, NE11 9JR
£40 & £35 (including meal) via 07414 960956 or here
NB: Our recent competition to win a signed replica Sir Les shirt was won by
from North Tyneside.
Thu 16.04.2015 1964/65 squad & guests
@ High Howdon Club, Tynemouth Road, NE28 0EA
£20 via 07812 935195
Fri 24.04.2015 1964/65 squad & guests
@ Village Hotel, West Allotment, NE27 0BY
£50* (including four course meal) via 07753
* table of 10 is £450. Guest speaker: Gordon Banks.
In the squad for one or both the 1964/65 events so far are the following
(final selections to follow in April):
Geoff Allen, Stan Anderson, Ollie Burton, Dave Clarke, Frank Clark, David
Craig, John Craggs, Albert Franks, Bobby Ferguson, Bert Garrow, Ron Guthrie,
Dave Hilley, Pat Howard, Gordon Hughes, Jim Iley, Ron McGarry,
Bill McKinney, John McNamee, Stewart Mitchell, Bob Moncur, Duncan Neale,
Willie Penman, Charlie Woods, Brian Wright and David Young.
Manchester United (h)
A second home game in five days sees the Magpies entertain the Red Devils
this coming Wednesday.
Kick-off is at 7.45pm and remain tickets are on sale to members, although
the cheapest adult ticket of £42 is unsurprisingly driving some fans to the
The winner of the altoonative travel VIP ticket giveaway for this match was Joe
Harland from Washington.
The Magpies are bidding to notch up what would be only a second league home
victory over Manchester United in their last eleven meetings (8 losses, 2
draws, 1 win).
Louis Van Gaal makes a third competitive visit to SJP as a manager, having
first seen his Barcelona side memorably beaten 3-2 at SJP in September 1997. He
then returned in March 2007 to oversee a 2-4 defeat for AZ Alkmaar.
Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @ 3/1
(NB: quoted odds were accurate
at the time of writing, but subject to fluctuation - click on the link above to
display current live odds).
Injury sidelines Siem De Jong, Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett and Cheick Tiote. Jack Colback
completes his two match suspension after reaching ten bookings.
Remy Cabella and Rolando Aarons are also
unavailable while it remains to be seen whether Massadio Haidara recovers from
a knee problem that saw him stretchered off during Saturday's victory over
MUFC: Robin Van Persie
will be absent due to an ankle problem, meaning that the Dutchman won't have
an opportunity to add to his eight career goals against us (six for Arsenal).
Luke Shaw, Phil Jones and Victor Valdes are doubts.
On the road in the Premier League this season, they've won at Arsenal (2-1),
Southampton (2-1) and QPR (2-0), drawn at the mackems (1-1), Burnley (0-0),
West Brom (2-2), Villa (1-1), Spurs (0-0), Stoke (1-1) and West Ham (1-1). A
trio of losses came at Leicester (3-5), Man City (0-1) and Southampton (0-1).
Taylor - from Manchester (now listed in Professional Game Board publicity as
Cheshire). This is his third game in charge of Newcastle this season. following
the 2-1 win at Spurs and 0-1 home derby home loss.
Details of the X50 Soccerbus linking the Metrocentre Coach Park and
the X40 Great Park & Ride connecting from the north of the city are
UK TV: Live
on BT Sport
6'Eren (Den) +HD
Digi Sport 2 (Svk) HD
ESPN Latin America Andina
ESPN 2 Caribbean
Fox Sports 2 HD (Ned)
Fox Sports 4 (Aus)
MTV Sport 1 (Finland)
NBC Sports Live Extra (USA)
Sports+ 2 (Cyprus)
Stod 2 Sport +HD
SuperSport 2 HD Kosovo
SuperSport 5 (Za) +HD
SuperSport MaXimo 1
TeleClub Sport 2 +HD /PPV
TSN 2 + HD (Canada)
TV2 Sport Premium HD
TV3+ (Den) +HD
UK Radio: Live commentary on
NE Radio: Live commentary on BBC Newcastle
Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT
Red Devils @ SJP - Premier era:
2013/14 lost 0-4
2012/13 lost 0-3
2011/12 won 3-0 Ba, Cabaye, OG (Jones)
2010/11 drew 0-0
2008/09 lost 1-2 Lovenkrands
2007/08 lost 1-5 Ab.Faye
2006/07 drew 2-2 Milner, Edgar
2005/06 lost 0-2
2004/05 lost 1-3 Shearer
2003/04 lost 1-2 Shearer
2002/03 lost 2-6 Jenas, Ameobi
2001/02 won 4-3 Robert, Lee, Dabizas, OG (Brown)
2000/01 drew 1-1 Glass
1999/00 won 3-0 Ferguson, Shearer 2
1998/99 lost 1-2 Solano
1997/98 lost 0-1
1996/97 won 5-0 D.Peacock, Ginola, Ferdinand, Shearer, Albert
1995/96 lost 0-1
1994/95 drew 1-1 Kitson
1994/95 won 2-0 Albert, Kitson (LC)
1993/94 drew 1-1 Cole
Premier League fixtures:
(7.45pm unless specified)
Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion BT
Hull City v mackems
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Manchester City v Leicester City
QPR v Arsenal
Stoke City v Everton
Spurs v Swansea City
West Ham v Chelsea
Liverpool v Burnley (8pm)
QPR v Spurs (3pm)
no retirement plan
his competitive senior debut for Crystal Palace in the closing stages of
Saturday's home defeat by Arsenal, former Magpie Shola Ameobi has been talking
to the South London Press:
"I certainly believe I have got enough quality to play for
another two or three years in the Premier League. I'll be working hard to try
and do that (he's 34 in October).
"I'm doing my coaching badges at the
moment in case I do go down that route but I want to play at the highest level
for as long as I possibly can. If that is Palace then great. I'm not thinking
about hanging my boots up any time soon.
"Going out to Turkey was an
experience that just didn't work out in terms of the football or my family
settling. It was a case of getting back to what I know. Fortunately the
manager got the job an at opportune time for me - the rest is history.
"We don't regret the move abroad.
Unless you try it you never know and would be thinking whether we should have
given it a go. We've learned from that and moved on.
"I've got two young kids, a daughter
and a son, and family is the most important thing. My daughter has started
school and, with me coming in here initially short term, I didn't want her
moving around from school to school or town to town. It's a case of them
staying up in Newcastle and me going up there when I've got days off.
"I had a few clubs in the Premier
League and Championship that were interested in me. And abroad too -
Stateside. But after being in Turkey for six months I wanted to get back into
a more comfortable scenario. I'm really glad at the decision I took.
"I don't let anything ruffle me and
that's a trait that I've inherited from my father - he's exactly the same.
"It's about putting everything into
perspective. Football is something that is our life but sometimes people take
it out of perspective.
"I try and view life - not just
football - in a calm and calculated way to best achieve what I want to
"There certainly will be testing
times. There have been over the years at Newcastle. That has helped me build
that calmness - because you do have those moments in the North-East.
"You have to be able to rise up to
the occasion and be calm and collected."
"Essentially Newcastle is a one-club
town. Everyone is so passionate about the club and you get times when things
aren't going right and the pressure intensifies.
"But coming down here has pressures
of its own. The way Alan (Pardew) dealt with the situation at Newcastle and
never let it affect him will definitely stand him in good stead for the
"My mantra has always been that as
long as you learn, whatever you go through, it will put you in a better stead
"The thing I like about Alan is that
he is a strong person and he believes in the way he wants to play the game. It
"He gives confidence in abundance to
players and I can already see that at Palace in the short period I have been
here. He is someone I really admire.
"I'm a big believer in having the
right attitude and saying what you think. The relationship I had with Alan
meant we were honest with each other. There is a respect there.
"Football is all about confidence and
having the right mentality. Then you go out, do the best you can and hopefully
your qualities shine through.
"We've got the quality not to even be
in a relegation fight at the end of the season."
take pity on toothless Toon
City 5 Newcastle 0
string suffer added time agony
2 Newcastle U21s 2
Match report is
of "Newcastle United: The Ultimate Who's Who"
are still available, priced at £32.50 from
The Back Page shop
on St. Andrews Street, via
the Evening Chronicle
front office and branches of Waterstones
They can also
be bought from
the publisher here
PS: Any owners of "Newcastle United: The Ultimate Record" yet to receive the 2013/14 season update PDF can request it by
Anyone short of copies of the 2011/12 and 2012/13 season PDFs can also request
those via that address.
Thursday saw Everton complete a 7-2 aggregate victory over
Young Boys Berne, confirming a place in the Europa League Round of Sixteen for
Roberto Martinez & Co.
Friday's draw paired the Toffees with Dynamo Kiev, with the first leg at Goodison Park
on Thursday March 12th.
And that means that our visit to Everton will take place on Sunday March 15th with a 4pm
Squad: Steven Taylor, Siem De Jong, Paul Dummett and Cheick Tiote
remain out but Jack Colback will be available again after completing his
Paddy Power match betting will appear here
Leighton Baines is doubtful with a knee problem.
Travel: to follow
Overseas TV: to follow
UK Radio: tbc
NE Radio: Live commentary on BBC Newcastle
Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT
Toon at Goodison - Premier League era:
2013/14 Lost 2-3 Cabaye, Remy
2012/13 Drew 2-2 Ba 2
2011/12 Lost 1-3 og(Hibbert)
2010/11 Won 1-0 Ben Arfa
2008/09 Drew 2-2 Taylor, Duff
2007/08 Lost 1-3 Owen (pen)
2006/07 Lost 0-3
2005/06 Lost 0-1
2004/05 Lost 0-2
2003/04 Drew 2-2 Shearer 2 pens
2002/03 Lost 1-2 Robert
2001/02 Won 3-1 Bellamy, Solano, Acuna
2000/01 Drew 1-1 og(Unsworth)
1999/00 Won 2-0 Hughes, Dyer
1998/99 Lost 0-1
1997/98 Drew 0-0
1997/98 Won 1-0 Rush (FAC)
1996/97 Lost 0-2
1995/96 Won 3-1 Ferdinand, Lee, Kitson
1994/95 Lost 0-1 (FAC)
1994/95 Lost 0-2
1993/94 Won 2-0 Cole, Beardsley
Premier League fixtures:
(3pm kickoff unless specified)
QPR v Spurs
Crystal Palace v QPR (12.45pm)
Arsenal v West Ham
Leicester City v Hull City
mackems v Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City
Burnley v Manchester City (5.30pm)
Chelsea v Southampton (1.30pm)
Manchester United v Spurs (4pm)
Swansea City v Liverpool (8pm)