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Season 2002-03
Sheffield Wednesday (h) Premier Reserve League (North)
Date: Thursday 20th Mar 2003, 7pm 

Venue: Kingston Park

Bit nippy but calm

Newcastle United Reserves

0 - 0 Sheffield Weds Reserves


Half time: Newcastle Reserves 0  Sheff Weds 0 

Full time: Newcastle Reserves 0  Sheff Weds 0 

We Said

Tommy Craig said: 

"That was our worst game in four years. They were playing a young team against our experienced team.

"It was a very poor spectacle. The pitch is a problem, it's very bumpy and while I'm not using that as an excuse it did play a part in a very poor performance.

"People would look at this team and say it should be able to win easily.

"Given a good surface we would have done that. It was really difficult for us although I would have expected us to cope better."


Despite fielding an attack which included Cort, Ameobi and LuaLua at various times, the reserve team were unable to register a shot worthy of the name in what was a thoroughly dismal evening at Kingston Park.

And although the lowly visitors fielded a youthful and inexperienced side including a number of trialists, they came the closest to breaking the deadlock.

Only a Quinn clearance in the early stages and a deflection to re-direct a shot against the post stopped Lewis McMahon from registering a goal.

Chances were few and far between, and United were forced to play the last nine minutes of the game a man short after Carl Cort limped off with a dead leg and we'd used our allotted subs. To be honest it made absolutely no difference.

Special sympathy should be extended to the Danish Mags in attendance (aka "Toons of Denmark") who tried to inspire their heroes with some vocal support. Unfortunately it fell on deaf ears.

Can we also just apologise to anyone who read on that this game was on and made the effort to go - sorry we let you down, we were led to believe a game of football was being staged.

Spotted suffering crowd were Sir Bobby Robson, former toon player and manager Colin Suggett, ex-Southampton boss Ian Branfoot and almost inevitably, Mick Wadsworth. No wonder Huddersfield are in the financial clarts if he keeps claiming petrol money for all those trips up the A1.

The Owls second string were coached by former mackem Colin West and included in his side was Aaron Labonte, a defender from our Academy who is being released and has been given a trial at Hillsborough by Chris Turner. He didn't do much wrong playing at right back, but there again he didn't have much to do against our lot.

PS - United included no less than four players in their starting XI called Stephen (or Steven.) That's about the most interesting thing we could find to say about this game.... 



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