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      25.11.2010 12:25
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      A roller coaster of lows, very lows and potential highs

      There seems to be a lot of negativity in the review comments I have read (although lots of 5 star ratings). I can't quite decide if I'm happy of disappointed with this season so far.

      If I look at it from the point of view that we have only just been promoted then it's started well (beating Villa, Arsenal, Everton, Sunderland). However if I look at it from the point of view that we have players on £40k,£50k,£60k even £80k per week then it's been a very mediocre start to the season (defeats against Blackpool, Bolton, Blackburn).

      At one point it did think that the glory days were possibly about to return - to an extent. But now I think it's more than likely going to be a solid mid table finish to the season. And I can't decide if that's a success or colossal failure.

      My concern is that finishing mid table next season will not be enough to keep Carroll and then we will fall back to relegation battlers along with the likes of Wigan and West Ham.

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        To try to write a different fun review on Newcastle United FC I have for your perusal my list of the best players to play for the club denoted by their place in the alphabet.

        A. William Appleyard has to be the first choice as he won 2 championship medals with the club in 1905 and 1907, however the best I`ve actually seen was Faustino Asprilla. His hat-trick against Barcelona is etched in Geordie folk-lore

        B. No question on this one even though I played alongside Ian Bogie at school and I fabricated and installed Warren Barton`s drive-way gates, there is no competition. Wor Pedro (Peter Beardsley) was one of England`s best and had 2 magnificent spells at his native club. Probably the best player the club has produced with one notable exception.

        C. There`s not that much choice for this letter, Andy Cole is the man for me simply because of his goals record during his short time at the club. Frank Clark gets a mention though as one of the best defenders we have had at the club.

        D. Not a lot of choice but a good choice nevertheless. The mighty Wyn (Davies) gets the vote.

        E. There`s such a short list for "E" that I have to plump for Robbie Eliott who played under King Kev and was surprisingly sold on by Kenny Dalglish. Eliott was honest and versatile and played with his heart on his sleeve.

        F. Jack Fairbrother won an FA Cup medal as goal-keeper for the club but I never saw him play. "Sir Les" Ferdinand is the best f-er I have seen!

        G. By far the hardest choice so far. Hughie Gallacher, Shay Given, David Ginola (all superb, all would get into any toon team). But the fat mars bar freak gets my vote: Paul Gascoigne was quite simply the most gifted player of his generation.

        H. Terry Hibbert gets a mention here, but no question about it Joe Harvey lifted 2 FA cups and managed us to the Fairs Cup in 1969 (on his 50th birthday), a legend in these parts.

        I. Jim Iley, part of the 1965 promotion side. Not a lot of choice besides Jim to be honest.

        J. There is a dearth of talent in the letter J. I`ve managed to dredge up Jermaine Jenas who was a big talent but dis-loyal in the extreme.

        K. One of those letters that has an automatic name attached. King Kev say no more.

        L. Rob Lee was signed for a snip from Charlton at £500,000. Keegan`s best buy he went on to play for England and scored some delightful goals from Midfield. Who can forget his hat-trick against Antwerp.

        M. Its not fair. Malcolm McDonald was an absolute legend at Newcastle, unfortunately so was Wor Jackie (Milburn) who has to take it I`m afraid.

        N. Irving Nattress is my choice for N, if only because he was a cultured defender in the FA Cup final 1974 and the only other N of note was Geoff bloody Nulty!!

        O. Scraping the barrel with this one: Michael Owen could have been but simply wasn`t so Liam O`Brian gets it if only for that free-kick against the mackems.

        P. Again because of a lack of choice I`ll go for Gavin Peacock as he was an important part of Keegan`s promotion winning side. I would have gone for Stuart Pearce but he wasn`t really ours was he?

        Q. The pie-man Mick Quinn scored lot of goals. That`s about it though.

        R. The Robledo brothers won the cup, Ian Rush scored one goal for us but for entertainment value I`m going with the controversial choice of Laurent Robert because although he was lazy he was phenomenal in spells.

        S. Can only think of one for S: Alan.............quite simply the best player ever to wear the jersey

        T. John Tudor forged a superb partnership with Supermac and its ironic that he gets the nod on "T" when Malcolm has to take second place for "M"

        U. Tom Unwin won the championship in 1927, and its a good job he did as he was the only "U" to play for the club!!

        V. Imre Varadi was the centre forward when King Kev played for the toon but Colin Veitch won 3 champinships and an FA cup in the 1900`s so I guess he wins!

        W. Chrissy Waddle better than Hoddle tralalalalalalala!

        X. Marcelino- x rated!

        Y. David Young did, well, absolutely nowt!!

        Z. Gianfranco Zola.............once played at St James` park for Chelsea!

        Well that`s it, self indulgent rubbish, thank you and good night.

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          29.11.2009 17:08
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          come on the toon !!!!!!!!!!! we need a new owner and to reinstall shearer as manager and start playin together because they dont seem to work as a team lately wen we get bk into the premiership well need to learn how to wrk together because well be heading straight bk down and bring in some new fresh faces who can score 20 goals a season we need to sort the future of this club fast mike ashley has got to go even at the moment we are winning well just get bk into the premiership start playing terrible and end up returning to the championship we need a new owner with loads of money to fix this club but not to turn into another chelsea they have no respect for the game anymore theyve got there money they dont care about there club the newcastle players need to fight for their club win cups and earn the respect of the fans

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            13.08.2009 11:19
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            If it was a film script, Newcastle United would be up for an oscar!

            What happened to my beloved Newcastle?

            Only 2 years ago it seemed that the only way was up, when the then unknown Mike Ashley breezed into Tyneside and said he wanted to win things and have a bit of fun, how ironic that sounds now after the players trudged off at Villa Park I had to pinch myself

            To be fair to Mike Ashley, it hasn't all been his doing, but he did perform the final push. It all started when the iconic Sir Bobby Robson was at the helm and was dispatched early season by Freddy Shepherd. Granted SBR was having a tough time of it, but great managers do not become poor overnight, and given time, I felt that he could have turned it around. What followed was a succession of rushed and poorly thought out appointments, poor buys and poor negotiations with transfer fees and wages.
            As at June 2009, NUFC were wpending a staggering £74.5m a year on player wages... staggering.

            Years of financial ignorance left the club allegedly 2 weeks away from going into administration, according to Chris Mort, before Mike Ashley bought it in 2007. He was an instant hit with the fans, attending games in a replica shirt, drinking with the fans and talking a good game.

            Sam Allardyce was dispatched halfway between the 07/08 season and we were rumoured to be close to signing players such as Andrei Arshavin for £8m and Brede Hangeland for £1.5m, Keegan came in to much surprise and as it was so late, no players could be bought. Both these players have since went to London and turned out to be great buys.

            We staved off relegation under Keegan and things were finally looking up. There was some unrest about the hiring of Denis Wise, the man I hold responsible for this whole mess, to be responsible for signing youth players

            The 2008 transfer season was worrying, not enough players had been bought while we sold off Milner with no replacement. Allegedly Keegan wanted Scweinsteiger, but Wise said no. Transfer deadline day was the final straw as Xisco and Gonzalez arrived and not the players Keegan wanted. Keegan walked out and a massive uproar from the fans.

            Ashley said he was going to sell the club and took some time before hiring joe kinnear as interim manager. Joe arrived and spent no time in venting his rage at the journalists, in an expletive laden interview. Joe struggled with results, made a few buys while selling off Shay Given (who had enough after the capitulation against Liverpool) and N'Zogbia, who Kinnear called Insomnia. Soon after, Kinnear took ill again, and Hughton was back in charge, as the interim, interim manager...

            Things were in dire straights, we looked like we were in danger of getting relegated, we had 8 games to go, and on april fools day, it was announced that shearer was coming in... it couldn't be? He tried his best, but he couldnt save the team, even though all we needed was 1 goal on the final day.

            In the first week after we got relegated, Ashley said he was going to sell the club, at £100m to the first person who could raise the cash. It was even advertised by email, much to the glee of the press.

            Cue a long list of fictional buyers by the press, including the Sunderland supporter on a windup, Bill Gates, Sheik Sirous Majoob, but no buyer. Now with a few weeks left of the transfer window left, we still have no buyer, though as a Toon fan, I still hold out some hope! It looks to be another tough season to come... and all because of Mike Ashleys indecision and poor decisions.

            Mike was never cut out to be an owner of a football team. His laid back approach to dealings does not suit the high octane world of football, where 1 day is a long time, even 90 minutes is long enough. He surrounded himself with the wrong people, he sided with Denis Wise instead of the manager, Keegan, which sealed our fate.

            I think his rule at the club now has become untenable. He knows that fans will avoid the games because of him, his reluctance to appoint Shearer or to engage with the fans has left many disgruntled. I only hope that in 2010, I can look back at this day and consider it a relief we have moved on

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              08.07.2009 20:55
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              The Mighty Toon Will Be Back Soon!

              I have been a fan of Newcastle United since I was 6 years old, probably due to my father's influence of being a huge Toon fan. I have been to see countless Newcastle matches, of which there have been many ups, and equally as many downs.

              Many people question the mentality of Newcastle United supporters claiming that they are "useless" and "a waste of time watching". But I see otherwise. The spirit at St James' Park (Newcastle United's home ground) is second to none. The atmosphere is simply electric. All the supporters are optimistic, friendly and really get behind the team no matter how badly the season or game is going.

              This year has, admittedly, been an awful one for Newcastle United, countless managerial changes, an owner who couldn't care less about the team, a series of injuries, and ultimately, relegation. But, no matter what has gone on behind the scenes and on the pitch, the mighty "Toon Army" (Newcastle Supporters) have still put their hearts into the club and each player that has represented the team.

              Sure Newcastle may have been relegated, but I have no doubt in the fact that Newcastle will be back and better than ever before too long!

              With Alan Shearer at the helm, Newcastle United will be bursting with confidence and determination that is needed of a team to gain promotion in the coming seasons. After all, Alan Shearer is Newcastle through and through!

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                03.12.2008 17:47
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                hopefully they'll continue to play like they are at the moment

                When Kevin Keegan left Newcastle United at the start of the season, the club was an absolute shambles. The supporters of the club were over the moon that toon favourite Kevin Keegan was back in charge, as soon as they found out that he had left they were out to get the owner Mike Ashley. I can remember watching Sky Sports News reporters standing outside St James's Park in front of angry Newcastle supporters who protested about the situation for over 24 hours; they made themselves heard and achieved their objective. Ashley soon announced that he was going to sell the club because he felt he had lost the support of the fans; not to mention the fact that he and Dennis Wise were doing their jobs from London.

                I couldn't believe my ears when I heard again from Sky Sports News that the man chosen to take charge of Newcastle on a temporary basis was Joe Kinnear; surely not I told myself. He had given up on management a few years earlier due to poor health, he had since returned, but both times failed. It was almost as if they had plucked his name from thin air, but then I remembered the crucial link; Wimbledon's Crazy Gang. Kinnear had been 'the gaffer' that Wise had played under in his early days at Wimbledon and obviously thought he could still do a job. At this time Wise was very much the only person with this view, everybody I spoke to about the appointment couldn't believe it!

                To be totally honest, Kinnear has completely proved me wrong and I'll openly admit it; I have nothing but admiration for the fine job he has done since taking over the reigns. His media skills could do with a bit of work though, anybody who saw that dubious press conference will know what I'm talking about, he launched a scathing attack on a journalist and swore over forty times which got him a rather large slap on the wrist from the Football Association. He's really turned things around and got the players playing football again and with the passion and commitment that the Geordie people love to see from their side. I honestly thought they could be relegated this season, but now I'm not so sure. Joe Kinnear has just been given an extended contract to the end of the season and if he continues in the same fashion that he has started he could soon have the job on a full time basis. I wish him and the team all the best for the remainder of the season and I'm sure if they can keep their squad fit should be able to finish about mid-table.

                Thanks for reading, feel free to comment.

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                  04.09.2008 14:54
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                  TOON TOON BLACK AND WHITE ARMY

                  newcastle united my beloved football club but also know as the magpies. They are an english football club based in newcastle upon tyne who are currently in the barclays premier league. Newcastle united was first founded in 1892 after two local football clubs both emerged they were the newcastle east end and the newcastle west end.Since their founding year they have played at their home football ground which is called St James Park.

                  During their time as a football club they have won the first division championship four times and the fa cup an outstanding 6 times even tho their last league success was along time ago back in 1927. In the European side of things the only hounor the geordies have won is the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup which was way back in 1969

                  The geordies local rivalry are Sunderland FC but are also know as the Mackems.

                  The best times for newcastle were back when kevin keegan was handed the managers job back in 1992 as kevin keegan said himself newcastle was the only job that could tempt him back into football.

                  In the season 1992-93 saw an amazing turn of fortunes for newcastle united football club as that had managed to win their first eleven games only to be cut short of the record back then of 13 consecutive wins by losing to grimsby 1-0 at their home ground.

                  Newcastle back then played an exciting style of attacking football which saw them win the division one title at grimsby who they coincidentally beat 2-0 they then gained promotion to the premier league.

                  As newcastle started the premier league season they got off to an impressive start under manager keegan seing them finish thrid in their first season back in 1993-1994.

                  The following season newcastle sold one of their top players andy cole to Manchester United and finished 6th that season also.

                  But with the transfer money that was available in 1995-1996 Keegan started to rebuild the squad by bringing in the likes of David Ginola and Les Ferdinand and amongst others. And everyone thought this was the season that Newcastle united would be crowned champions of england as at one point during the premier league season Newcastle United were an astonishing 12 points ahead of second place but the eventually lost out to Manchester United.

                  On 30 July 1996, the disappointment of missing out on the title was lessened to an extent, as the club signed Alan Shearer for a world record fee of 15million pounds.

                  The club then went on to have the likes of kenny dalglish and Ruud Gullit have unsuccessfull spells as newcastle manager untill that was newcastle appointed former England manager Bobby Robson was appointed manager of the Toon Army.

                  Robsons first game in charge was an impressive 8-0 win against sheff wed preformances like these ensured Newcastles survival in the top flight.

                  In 2001-2002 Newcaslte achieved a top four finished and achieved qualification for the champions league however Bobby Robson was later fired in 2004 as he had failed to qualify for the champions league but even still Bobby Robson is still classes as a great man and one of the best managers Newcastle United has ever had today.

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                    15.08.2008 20:05
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                    North East's Biggest Club

                    What can I say about my beloved Newcastle United that hasn't already been said in the media 100 times over? Outside of the so called big 4, the club nicknamed the Toon Army are probably the most talked about.

                    Since the arrival of billionaire Mike Ashley as owner the public's criticism has increased dramatically. The ever growing speculation that he'll sell the club for a profit, the 'is there, isn't there' question of transfer funds, Michael Owen's future, the belief every toon fan lives in a dream world, and the most hated man in football Joey Barton. Oh and did I mention a man named Kevin Keegan is the manager again!

                    Now when it comes to whether Ashley will sell or if there is money to spend obviously this isn't a question I can answer, although I would say going for players such as Colochini and Modric (I know he went to spurs but we bid 16m) shows there is some money, and only Ashley knows whether he would sell.

                    The belief every toon fan lives in a fantasy is partly based in fiction and partly in fact. Yes many of our fans have high hopes of getting back to challenging Man U etc but it wasnt so long ago we were, I dont think anyone expects the current squad to do that though, contary to popular belief. To be fair being a Newcastle fan is sometimes like watching a soap opera with some of the events at the club.

                    The playing squad is thin at best at the moment. Injuries to key players such as Owen, Martins, Butt, or Viduka and the first team looks weak. hopefully with a couple of weeks left before the transfer window shuts we'll get some more bodies in.

                    The stadium, St.James's Park (52,000 capacity) is one of the best in the country, its easy and quick to get in and out the ground, while the local public transport, such as the metro train, all stop at St James's Park. With it only being a 5-10 min walk from the centre of town it's a easy place to get to.

                    Where will Newcastle finish this season, I'm not sure? It all depends on more signings and if we can keep players fit IMO, but one thing's for sure it will be eventful ride, it always is at Newcastle.

                    5 Stars because I love them, but they ain't a 5 star team.

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                      Keegan fired in May!

                      Full name Newcastle United Football Club
                      Nickname (s) The Magpies, the 'Toon',
                      Founded 1892
                      Ground St James' Park
                      Newcastle upon Tyne
                      England
                      (Capacity 52,387)
                      Owner Mike Ashley
                      Manager Alan Pardew
                      League Premier League
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                      The 35 million for Andy Carrell is absurd as it is welcome for Newcastle, money they seriously need as Mike Ashely ego runs riot. Im sure Andy is a fine example of English centre-forward but his next transfer will be half that, Liverpool so wrong for him - ask Peter crouch. His ideal move, ironically, would be to Newcastle, the player they really need. but as David Brent would say: you cant turn down that silly money.

                      The first problem for any Newcastle United manager is always the fans; some say their passion often mistaken for stupidity. They are the only fans in the land, it seems, who would prefer 'good football' over trophies, which is just as well as they haven't won one for 38 years. They tried to claim the 2007 Intertoto Cup after being the highest placed club to be knocked out of the UEFA Cup, but as yet no new European trophies adorn the cabinet. Its 50 long years since they won anything domestic.

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                      -Newcastle honors-

                      First Division and Premier League [39] titles: 4
                      Champions: 1904-05, 1906-07, 1908-09, 1926-27
                      Runners-up: 1995-96, 1996-97
                      Football League Second Division: 2
                      Champions: 1964-65, 1992-93
                      Runners-up: 1897-98, 1947-48
                      League Cups 0

                      FA Cups: 6
                      1910, 1924, 1932, 1951, 1952, 1955
                      Charity Shields and Community Shields [40]: 1
                      1909

                      = European =

                      Anglo-Italian Cup: 1
                      1973
                      Inter-Cities Fairs Cup: 1
                      1969
                      Intertoto Cup: 1
                      Winners: 2006
                      Runners-up: 2001

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                      Newcastle is the largest city in Great Britain that has only one professional football team-and a Premier League one at that. That means 50,000 Geordies rock up at St James Park expecting to be entertained at the only show in town. Because of that football unity they think they are special, special enough to not wear their XXL club tops at home games in January (see earlier fans are dim comment). Some of the comments on the BBC message boards have been ridiculous on the way their arrogant fans think football owes them success.

                      Another problem for Newcastle is no club that far north in Europe has won anything of note in the modern age since Erickson's Gothenburg, other than their national titles. Highly paid footballers from southern Europe and beyond don't like cold weather and want to play for the London or midlands club. It may not be much colder in Newcastle but it's certainly the mentality that prevails. Although Newcastle is a lively town it's very white and very working class, along way from the relative sophistication of Manchester and the welcoming bright lights of London.

                      Newcastle have had twelve managers in twelve years used since Keegan left in 1997. I personally think Pardew is a good appointment and nostalgia was never going to win anything on nostalgia alone. You can never go back to your old job in any walk of life and Keegan did not learn his lesson. The rotund and occasionally cringingly passionate Geordie chairman in Mike Ashley thought he couln't lose wit the return of Keegan and achieved his short term objective at Newcastle - get the fans to adore him. Wearing his XL replica top in the crowd hasn't been the smartest move, up their with the McCann's PR stunts as far as it goes in wining sympathy.

                      The Shearer question is the next to addressed, another man that bleeds black and white and nearing the point to take the Newcastle job. He was a world record signing 15 million at the time for Newcastle and it was Keegan who bought him in. He is still their record scorer at 206. Those closest to him say he won't wan to be a full-time number two to Keegan and with Arthur Cox back on the staff that job seem to have gone. Shearer has his coaching badges but no experience, some sort of part-time job with Newcastle a good idea. He's unlikely to chuck in his lucrative media deals-some 300k a year-and so it may work in tandem. Whatever position Shearer takes at the club he will be the eventual successor to Keegan and so could be undermining Kev by his very presence, a natural switch for Ashley to keep the fans onside. I have a feeling Newcastle other favorite son is about to get an offer he can't refuse.

                      If you look at Newcastle current squad it lacks any cohesion. Owen doesn't want to be this far north either and only went where he thought he could maintain his A-List wage levels. Keegan and Owen don't get on and I suspect Michael will be moved on, perhaps even in this transfer window, maybe be a swop for Germaine Defoe at Spurs, like for like. Barton (my not so inspired fantasy league pick last month) is in and out of jail and Viduka seems not to be Keegans type of player already. Milner is as real talent and Damian Duff waiting to explode, the industrious headless chicken that is Martins a fans fav. I also like N'Zogbia, who would have been lorded if he was at Chelsea for the class act he is. But apart from that not enough talent has got this far north and you can only presume that's why Keegan has been bought in. We know he likes to buy talented and experienced players over nurturing youth and prefers to just push them out of the tunnel and tell them to get on with it. Keegan himself admitted he was 'tactically naive', memorably resigning from the England job in the old Wembley toilets, and has never really been successful as a manger. His playing credentials are unrivalled.

                      I'm sure Keegan and the roar of the crowd can move Newcastle to mid-table safety and maybe make the cup quarters, but he's too out of touch and unsuccessful as manger to break the top four in the next five years. When he had those great times in the mid nineties with his unique attacking football it was only Manchester United and to some extent Arsenal that kept him out of the top town. Now the Chelsea and Villa billionaire backed teams are here and also big money behind Man City and Portsmouth. I just can't see Keegan being in that league anymore.
                      Baring in mind Leeds United spectacular fall from grace, Villa boss Martin O'Neil made a brilliant quote about that leap of faith required to push for the top four. "Mind the Gap" summed up that fall if you jump and fall between the train and the platform, Sunderland-the last team outside of the big four to be in the top four at Christmas-to some extent the last to try and fail. The question now is how long it will take those fickle and precious Newcastle fans to turn on the Messiah and be shouting Shearers name...

                      ---The Player---

                      1 GK Steve Harper
                      2 DF Fabricio Coloccini
                      3 DF José Enrique
                      4 MF Kevin Nolan (captain)
                      5 DF Sol Campbell
                      6 DF Mike Williamson
                      7 MF Joey Barton
                      8 MF Danny Guthrie
                      11 FW Peter Løvenkrands
                      12 DF Danny Simpson
                      14 DF James Perch
                      15 MF Dan Gosling
                      16 DF Ryan Taylor
                      17 MF Alan Smith
                      18 MF Jonás Gutiérrez
                      20 FW Leon Best
                      22 MF Stephen Ireland (on loan from Aston Villa)
                      23 FW Shola Ameobi
                      24 MF Cheik Tioté
                      25 MF Kazenga LuaLua
                      26 GK Tim Krul
                      27 DF Steven Taylor
                      29 MF Haris Vučkić
                      30 FW Nile Ranger
                      31 MF Shane Ferguson
                      33 GK Ole Söderberg
                      36 MF Greg McDermott
                      37 MF Hatem Ben Arfa
                      38 FW Phil Airey
                      39 MF Jóan Símun Edmundsson
                      40 MF Michael Richardson
                      41 MF Paul Dummett
                      42 FW Shefki Kuqi
                      47 MF Bradden Inman


                      = = = Links = = =
                      Official websites www...

                      NUFC.co.uk Official club website
                      Newcastle United at the FA Premier League official website
                      Newcastle United at the UEFA official website

                      -General fan sites-
                      www...

                      NUFC.com
                      Toon-Army
                      Newcastle-online
                      Newcastle United Online
                      NUFCview

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                        As an avid Newcastle fan can i say that i am pleased that we are progressing up the Premiership table to a more suitable place. Im a born and bred Geordie and i have followed Newcastle since i could walk and there is nothing better than seeing the new lease of life that has been brought to the team by Glenn Roeder.
                        Newcastle are a team that has long been in the top half of the premiership and thats where they deserve to stay. Im not one of those unrealistic fans who thingks that we are the best team in Europe and deserve nothing more than 1st place and all of the silverware available but i will say that we deserve more than we have been getting. I find it interesting to see that Glenn has had some great statistics since he took over as caretaker boss. P 5: W 4, D 1, L 0, Points = 13 and i think that that 13 out of 15 points is no more that we can ask of him. Especially when our nearest clubs manager (Mick McCarthy) has statistics like P 28: W 2, D 4, L 22, Points = 10 which leave something to be desired.
                        No! football in the north east is not dead! it has been revitalised by some basic coaching skills which pervious managers such as Graeme Souness neglected. Apparently one of the main things that our caretaker has done is given the back four some basic defending targets for training which tie in with basic tactics and that has proved usefull seing as we only recently conceded agains Bolton who are a team that match our caliber.
                        Im glad to see that Boumsong has come of age especially considering our recent defence crisis. It is easy to criticise a player if he does not perform from the start, especially if you are a geordie fan (as we havent had the best of luck with some of our bigbuys) but Boumsong has taken this criticism and worked on his performance.
                        Giving Graeme Souness his dues he did buy some really good players (as well as some bad ones) and he sold some players who other managers failed to sell. I cant thank him enough for selling Andy O'Brien as he was at one point our defending crisis. But the loss of Craig Bellamy, whom in my opinion was one of our best players, stunned me. I know that Souey wanted to lay dont his authority but he didnt need to sell Bellamy for being a cocky person.
                        There is a lot of speculation as to who wil be our manager next season but i think that all of that should be left aside as Glenn is at the moment and he is doing a brilliant job. The speculation diverts everyone (including the players) attention to something which at this point is irrelevant; in personal opinion it shoulod be Glenn who takes over, provided that he gets the relevant FA qualification, because i think he has done so well with a squad that he didnt make and with such a long injury list.
                        We still have a lot more to see from some of the players. Luque has a lot to offer. Graeme Souness cant be blamed for this signing as it was Freddie Shepard himself who put the bid in and sealed the deal without Graeme knowing. I think that it was harsh for Luque to be played out of position so much, he is an out and out striker and hasnt had a proper chance to show us his skill at attacking the goal, an Owen Luque partnership next season could be lethal and i think he deserves that chance for a couple of games at least.
                        In conclusion i think there are great things to come from Newcastle, Nobby Solano is back to his former self, Emre has proved to be a hot buy, Scott Parker is challenging for an England place and to be our next captain. With Owen, Dyer, Bramble coming back soon i think that we should set our aspirations reletively high for the end of the season.

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                          04.04.2002 05:38
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                          We are now near the end of a truly remarkable season for Newcastle football Club. Not since they threw away the title to Manchester United after lweading by twelvce points have the magpies ever performed so well in a season. The 5 big sides of Arsenal, Man Utd, liverpool, Leeds and Chelsea were tipped to cruise through this seaosn, but Newcastle have been the surprise package. In the first few months of the seaosn newcastle, along withs ome exciting new players including pacey Craig bellamy and skilled laurent Robert got themselves to the top of the league. We all thought that thios would not last, much like clubs such as Villa and Sunderland have recently topped the table early on before falling down through the table. However, even on christmas day, in some sintilating form, Newcastle United and their superb manager Bobby Robson still topped up the Premiership able. Recently, the inevitable has happened, and following some hard games against Arsenal and Liverpool, Newcastle's title hopes are over as they lie in fourth place. After a good cup run, Arsenal also knocked the magpies out of the FA Cup in a 6th round replay. Surely after such a tremendous season Newcastle deserve something. That is why I, like som many otehrs, hope and believe that they will hold on to fourth place in order to play champions League football next year. Itt could be hard with Bellamy's injury bringing poor results, but with Dyer returning to the side and Jenas arriving, newcastle still have lots of pace up front and you can't deny the superb form that Alan Shearer still has. Newcastle have a massive fan base, with thes econd highest average attendance this season at the tremendous stadium St James' Park. They also have top players, including: Alan Shearer - Formerly Englanbd's number one striker for soo long, and still an excellent goalscorer. His power and heading ability is second to none. Craig Bellamy -
                          This fast welsh striker, bought from Coventry last summer, has brought Geordie delight by both scoring and creating many goals with his skill and pace. A player who excites crowds. Keiron Dyer - Now on the return, Dyer would hope to be involved in the World Cup with England this summer. Dyer is pacey and skilful, a very creative midfielder who can dribble, pass and finish. Shay Given - Shay has been one of the ebst kepers in the country this season, consistently making tremendous saves that have earnt him rave reviews. I hope you all agree with me when I wish the club all the luck in the world in securing the champions league spot they deserve - Bobby robson took the club from relegation battlers to one of the most exciting attacking sides in teh country, much like Keegan's old side and similar to Arsenal today. I wish the magpies all the best.

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                            Newcastle United are in the 5th round ov the FA Cup. They beat Peterborough 4-2 away from home on what Barry Fry claimed "the worst pitch in the league" This has to be an achievment as the worst pitch in my eyes would be a pitch with no grass which would be a mudbath and hurrendous to play on. ALan Shearer what a player. The man is a genius and should come out of retirment in Postmaning as he normally delivers my weekly fan mail fom all you guys.

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                            16.01.2002 01:18
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                            TEAM Newcastle United have a really strong team this season compared to the last few seasons and I feel they have a good chance of making an impact on the Premiership. Newcastle United have enough class and poise to finish in the top six and get into Europe but I feel they are a few players short of becoming real title contenders. I also feel that they do have some really good players in the side that can change the course of a game, players like Kieran Dyer, Craig Bellamy and Alan Shearer, who are all outstanding. GROUND I have visited Newcastle United ground a fair few times for league matches and FA cup matches and I have to say it is a tremendous ground. The ground can seat well over 40,000 when full up and has under soil heating which is essential for Premiership football. The ground also has various bars around it where you can buy snacks and the drinks which is ideal at half time. STAFF Newcastle’s manager is Bobby Robson who I think has done a wonderful job as a manager over the past decade or so for other clubs and over the last year or so has done a wonderful job at Newcastle, but I feel it is time he quits because he is getting old and he deserves a rest. Newcastle also have some other good staff at their club including the other coaching staff and medical team who have done a good job on getting Keiran Dyer back to full fitness. I feel personally that the ground staff haven’t done a good job this season because they have all the tools to help them keep the pitch in order but the pitch is in a right mess. FINANCE Newcastle don’t seem to have the money to match the likes are Manchester United and Arsenal because they haven’t done to well other the last few years, but still done pretty well. If they keep up their high gate receipts this should make the club richer and then they will be able to invest in a few top quality players if
                            the players want to come that is. Overall Newcastle should get into Europe for next season and they are coming alone quite well at the moment.

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                              26.10.2001 21:25
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                              Newcastle United are not exactly a team that you would class as one of the best in the premiership, although they have got the money and some good players that could make them a really good team. They have also got a really good manager, but they need to build as a club so that they can start competing at higher levels in football. At the moment, I would say that Newcastle are a top 8 team in the premiership, but they should be higher. Newcastle have got off to quite a good start this season and it has seen them play 9 games, winning 4, drawing 1 and losing 3. They are currently in 10th place in the premiership although they have got a game in hand over a few of the teams above them and if they win that game, then it could see them climb to a place in the top 5, as long as the other teams who have a game in hand lose theirs. Newcastle have scored 15 goals this season and conceded 13 and so they have a goal difference of 2. Last season, Newcastle did not have the best of seasons for a club as good as what they are. They finished in the top half of the table, but not a position that would have seen them get into Europe, which is what they should be doing. Newcastle have got a great manager in Bobby Robson. A Newcastle supporter since childhood, County Durham-born Robson managed England for eight years between 1982 and 1990 as well as top European clubs Sporting Lisbon, FC Porto, Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven. He has also been the manager of Ipswich Town. He is a manager that surely knows a lot about football and when he retires from the game, which he will probably do within the nest few season, he will be remembered by many people all over the world. Newcastle United have got quite a few decent players in their squad, but they never seem to all be fit at the same time. I would say that their best players are Alan Shearer, Kieran Dyer, Laurent Robert, Nolberto Solano, Gary Speed and Craig Bellamy. Alan Shearer is one of Ne
                              wcastle’s best players, but he has been injured quite a lot over the past couple of years. Newcastle really need him to stay fit so that they have a better chance of doing well. Shearer is a great goal scorer and hopefully he can get back to his best for this season and score many goals. Shearer was the scorer of a hat trick on his debut for Southampton against Arsenal as a 17-year-old in 1988. He then went on to become the first man to score 30 Premier League goals in three successive seasons. He joined Blackburn from Southampton for a then British record £3.6m fee in 1992, and won a championship medal three years later. Shearer joined Newcastle for a then world record 15 million pounds in 1996. Shearer was also the English PFA Player of the Year in 1995 and 1997 and he scored 30 goals in 63 games for England before his retirement from international football last year. Kieran Dyer is a very talented player. He can play in many positions and he is a player who is probably valued at around 20 million pounds. He has got a lot of speed and he is very skilful too. Another good thing about him is the fact that he is English. He joined Newcastle in 1999 for 6 million pounds and since then, he has got better and better and he has still got quite a few years left to play professional football as he is only about 23. Laurent Robert is a very skilful player and he has shown what he is capapble of. I have said that I think Shearer is one of Newcastle's best player, but Robert is also definitely one of their best players too. He is fast and he has already scored a few amazing goals for the club, including an amazing free kick against Man United. Nolberto Solano is a very talented midfielder and a very good free kick taker. He scored quite a few goals last season from free kicks and I reckon he is one of the best at them in the premiership. He has got quite a bit of speed and is fairly skilful too, but he is a player that can be sent off in
                              games for stupid challenges. Gary Speed is an asset to Newcastle. He has been there for quite a few years now and he has always played his beast for them. He has scored many goals from his midfield position and I can see him scoring quite a few this season too. He is a true leader and he will continue to perform at a high standard while playing for Newcastle. Craig Bellamy joined Newcastle in the summer for around 6.5 million pounds and he has shown them that he was a good buy. He has already scored a hat trick for the club and he seems to be forming a good partnership with Shearer. Bellamy has scored around 7 goals already this season, which is very good for a player who many thought wouldn’t be a good buy for the club. I think he will score quite a few more this season for the club and Newcastle finish in a position that they should be in. Their stadium, St. James Park, is a very nice stadium and it has got the second largest capacity in the premiership. The capacity of it is about 52,226, behind Man United’s stadium, Old Trafford, which can hold about 68,000. Overall, Newcastle are a good team, but they really need to gradually work their way up to become one of the best teams in England. I reckon that they will finish about 8th or 9th this season, but I do not think that they will do very well in the cup competitions.

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                                16.09.2001 18:49
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                                Newcastle United have not shown what they are capable of over the past few seasons and they are a side very much like Tottenham. They have got quite a few good players and they are known as a top premiership club, but they never seem to finish in the top 6-7. Newcastle’s best players are Alan Shearer, who has just recovered form an injury that has kept him out of football for a long time, Kieran Dyer, currently injured but a young talented player, Gary Speed, Nolberto Solano, Robbie Elliot and Lauren Robert, who recently signed for them for 10 million pounds. Once Newcastle have got all of their best players fit and laying together, they should be able to stay in the top half of the premiership throughout the season. Newcastle’s manager, Bobby Robson, may be one of the oldest managers in England, but his experience and knowledge of football have made him well known across the world. The fact that he has also managed the likes of Barcelona and England, says a lot about him. I think that he is a great manager and will have a good season with Newcastle this season. Overall, Newcastle have got quite a lot of good players and as long as they are not injured, Newcastle should do well. I think that they will finish around 7th this season and they will do quite well in the cup competitions.

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                                Newcastle United Football Club (also known as The Magpies or The Toon) are an English professional football team based in Newcastle upon Tyne. They play in the Premier League and are historically the seventh most successful club in English football. This takes into account all results since the beginning of English league football in 1888. The club formed in 1892 after the merger of two local clubs, Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End, and has since played at St James' Park, the old Newcastle West End ground in the city. Newcastle United supporters refer to themselves as the Toon Army. Newcastle's traditional local rivals are Sunderland, with whom they have contested the Tyne-Wear derby since 1898.