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Season 2001-02
 Guisborough Town (a) Pre-season reserve friendly
Date: Tuesday 14th August 2001, 7pm (advertised as 7.30pm, actually started at 7.06pm.) 

Venue: King George V Park 

Conditions: Bright sunshine

Admission: 2.50, no programme produced

Guisborough Town

1 - 6 Newcastle United


Half time: Guisborough 0 Newcastle Reserves 3

Full time: Guisborough 1 Newcastle Reserves 6

We Said

Once again a contented coach Tommy Craig praised his prolific striker McMenamin:

It's nice to have somebody who can get on the end of most of the things that you create. We've created a lot of chances in this pre-season and Colin more than anyone has got on the end of them - he gives you an honest day's work.

"I'm sure there will be days when he'll miss five but there'll be others, like last night, when he'll score four.

"He can score different types of goals - tap-ins, headers and he can also turn in the box and score. He's got a variety of ammunition.

"It helps the way we play football, and Jamie Coppinger played some good stuff in particular last night and I'd have liked to have seen him score a goal."

"It was a nice way to round off our pre-season, though I'm looking to arrange one or two more games as our season doesn't start for a couple of weeks.

"Olivier scored another very good goal. He's very forceful when he goes forward and he's very strong and quick. In fact he actually covers the ground quicker with the ball at his feet.

"Again the two Caldwells were very solid and the midfield displayed the ingenuity which is becoming quite regular now."

They Said

No post-match quotes, but mention must be made of the most inaudible tannoy announcements we've come across in recent years, even worse than the new "improved" St.James' Park.

Opinion was divided over whether the announcements were made in the style of the schoolteacher from the Charlie Brown cartoons or the General who used to ring up the airfield in the Stop the Pigeon. A third option was that they were made in the archaic dialect of North Yorkshire hill folk, or swahili as it's more commonly known. Yes, the bar was open....


The increasingly prolific Colin McMenamin grabbed four more for United's reserves as they won comfortably at the tranquil setting of Guisborough Town's King George V Park last night. That makes it 16 pre-season strikes in just eight games for the Scot. 

As well as Colin, Olivier Bernard was on target with another run and shot, while reserve debutant Damon Robson also notched one.

A contented Olivier Bernard leaves the field

After scoring the first two goals, McMenamin completed his hat-trick after 64 minutes making it 4-1 and got on the end of another McClen centre ten minutes later to make it 5-1. He also had one disallowed, which seemed to confuse some members of the crowd... 

Curiously the game kicked off at 7.06pm, although United turned up expecting a 7.30 kick-off, as did many of the fans. Apart from the kickoff confusion, it was a pleasant evening to watch football on one of the more picturesque outposts of the Northern League.

Guisborough didn't show an awful lot, but didn't resort to the sort of strong-arm tactics that occasionally ruin these games. A well-tended surface allowed Newcastle to display their passing game, and once again McMenamin was on the spot to convert the chances created by his colleagues into goals - a rare skill in a black and white shirt in recent years.

Nice to see Damon Robson become the latest graduate from the Academy side at this level - certainly one of the more stylish midfielders at the club.    

McClen off for a deserved cuppa 

(Thanks to Craggsie for the photo - he tried to take a one of four goal Macca, but he was running around too much.....)



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