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Fri, 28 Feb 2020
Which former Magpies manager made a Premier League ‘Manager of the Decade’ list?

I must admit I have missed the subject of this piece, not for his modesty, nor his ‘route one’ football (which I analysed in several articles back in 2012) when he was telling everybody that he was a ‘flair’ manager whose teams played entertaining ‘passing’ football in the style of Johan Cruyff and Pep Guardiola, […] ~ 12:03 NUFC Blog

 

Sun, 23 Feb 2020
Who is the best Newcastle United striker? The answer may surprise you.

It is no secret, Newcastle United’s strikers couldn’t hit a cow’s backside with a banjo at the moment. Collectively, our four strikers have scored only one goal in the Premier League in 26 games, with almost all of the goals scored by the club so far this season coming from defenders and midfielders. One in […] ~ 10:00 NUFC Blog

 

Sat, 22 Feb 2020
Has Miguel Almiron justified his club-record transfer to Newcastle United?

Miguel Almiron’s signing with Newcastle United just over a year ago was textbook Rafael Benitez, the Paraguayan’s transfer wasn’t too dissimilar to the many players Benitez signed at Liverpool, seeking to find a hidden gem while still paying a decent amount for their services. Newcastle United shelled out a club-record £21.6 million for the attacking […] ~ 10:00 NUFC Blog

 

Mon, 17 Feb 2020
Bruce hopes Longstaffs will stay but contract impasse continues

In his press conference before the Arsenal game on Sunday, Steve Bruce once again faced inevitable questions on whether the Longstaff brothers will stay at Newcastle United under Mike Ashley’s notoriously parsimonious regime. As we revealed in our previous blog, 21 year old Sean Longstaff is still receiving only £692 per week in a contract […] ~ 12:26 NUFC Blog

 

Sun, 16 Feb 2020
Shocking secrets of the Newcastle United wage bill

As a Newcastle United blogger, one of my occaisional pastimes is to peruse the details of Newcastle United’s payroll and after a few seasons of this, I thought that it’s about time I wrote a ‘blog about it as it contains quite a few interesting details. For instance, Sean Longstaff, now a fairly regular choice […] ~ 10:28 NUFC Blog

 

Wed, 12 Feb 2020
Why Newcastle should still be concerned over final third inefficiency

Newcastle United have managed to defy trends this season to keep themselves away from trouble at the bottom of the Premier League. Statistically the Magpies have endured an unremarkable campaign, scoring only 24 goals in their 25 matches. Crystal Palace (23) are the only side in the top flight to have found the net on […] ~ 15:10 NUFC Blog

 

Thu, 23 Jan 2020
What can we learn from Newcastle United’s Premier League victories this season?

It continues to be a season of ups and downs for Newcastle United as we continue to hover around mid-table. However, in the world of reduced expectations under Mike Ashley, 24 matches with 30 points, along with 4 teams and 7 points between Newcastle United and the relegation places seems like quite a good place […] ~ 12:40 NUFC Blog

 

Thu, 19 Dec 2019
Newcastle vs Crystal Palace – Can the Magpies bounce back against wounded Eagles?

Time: Saturday 21st, 3.00pm. Place: St James’ Park, Newcastle. No UK TV. After the disappointment of a narrow defeat to Burnley (after a dodgy decision too), Steve Bruce and the Magpies will be looking for a return to winning form at home against Roy Hodgson’s wounded Eagles on Saturday. Injuries and Suspensions It is no […] ~ 13:50 NUFC Blog

 

Wed, 04 Dec 2019
Sheffield vs Newcastle: Will the Blades chop the Magpies down to size?

Time: Thursday 5th December 2019, 7:30 PM, Place: Bramall Lane, Sheffield, TV: Amazon Prime. After an excellent and somewhat unexpected draw against champions Man City last Saturday, Steve Bruce and the lads travel to Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane on Thursday evening to face Chris Wilder’s Blades on their home turf. For a newly promoted team […] ~ 12:57 NUFC Blog

 

Tue, 29 Oct 2019
What’s Going Almiwrong?

When Newcastle United signed Miguel Almiron from MLS side, Atlanta United on January 31st for a potential fee of up to £21 million, the signing was met with great excitement from the Newcastle fanbase, which was partly due to Almiron’s impressive 2018 record of 12 goals and 14 assists for Atlanta in US Major League […] ~ 19:00 NUFC Blog

 

Thu, 24 Oct 2019
Match Preview: Can the Toon get back to winning ways against Wolves?

Time: Sunday 27th October 2019, 2.00pm Place: St James’ Park, Newcastle TV: Sky Toiling in the relegation zone, a win is essential for Newcastle United to move clear of the drop-zone when they host a rigid Wolverhampton Wanderers side known for their defensive strength. After the euphoria in form of a win against Manchester United, […] ~ 11:00 NUFC Blog

 

Tue, 22 Oct 2019
Time for Newcastle to turn to Andy Carroll?

On the eve of the current season, new manager Steve Bruce spoke openly about the need to increase Newcastle’s goal output. They netted just 42 last term, but owner Mike Ashley did – finally – open the purse strings in a bid to address the problem. A club-record £40 million was splashed on Joelinton alone, […] ~ 18:08 NUFC Blog

 

Tue, 08 Oct 2019
Is Corbyn right about Mike Ashley and Newcastle United?

“Barcelona is not a business, it is a feeling. We are not owned by anybody, we are an association.” Sandro Rosell, President of FC Barcelona (owned by 180,000 fans). In case it has escaped your attention, Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn was recently in Newcastle with North East Labour MPs Chi Onwurah and Ian Lavery meeting […] ~ 17:59 NUFC Blog

 

Sun, 06 Oct 2019
A Stuttering Start to the Season and the Damning Stats to Prove it

Newcastle United currently sit 19th in the Premier League and with Manchester United and Chelsea eagerly waiting around the corner, it seems unlikely Steve Bruce’s men will be rising up the table any time soon. There is an argument that it is too early to worry, as Newcastle were in fact sitting on fewer points […] ~ 10:32 NUFC Blog

 

Fri, 30 Aug 2019
What’s Next for Newcastle Following Carabao Cup Defeat to Leicester City?

To say that Newcastle have enjoyed a mixed start to the season would be somewhat of an understatement. After Steve Bruce was announced as Rafa Benitez’s successor back in July, it’s clear that the fanbase was divided in their opinions of the future direction that Mike Ashley was looking to take the club in, especially […] ~ 16:02 NUFC Blog

 

Wed, 28 Aug 2019
All we are saying is give Bruce a chance!

After such a poor performance against Norwich, even the most optimistic fan would be forgiven for thinking that the Toon might be lucky to even pick up one point against Champions League finalists Tottenham on their own turf, let alone three as they did, with Joelinton’s well taken goal separating the sides. However, does the […] ~ 14:09 NUFC Blog

 

Mon, 26 Aug 2019
Benitez vs Ashley Assessed

Rafa Benitez is undoubtedly one of the most likeable and professional managers in football. Despite operating under one of the tightest budgets in the Premier League, the Spaniard produced a minor miracle in guiding The Magpies to a 13th place finish last campaign and 10th the season before that. After their less than acrimonious split […] ~ 14:23 NUFC Blog

 

Thu, 22 Aug 2019
Tottenham vs Newcastle – An Opposition View

Time: Sunday 25th August 2019, 4:30 pm Place: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium TV: Sky With VAR once again making the headlines at the Manchester City’s Etihad and Tottenham being handed another get out of jail free card, it has without question been the talking point from last Saturday’s heavyweight encounter. With the defending champions registering no […] ~ 18:41 NUFC Blog

 

Fri, 09 Aug 2019
Newcastle United eager to start Bruce era with a win

Newcastle United welcome Arsenal to St James’ Park on Sunday aiming to kick-off their Premier League season with a victory. It has been another difficult summer for the Magpies, with off-field shenanigans once again dominating the news agenda. Rafa Benitez’s departure as manager was inevitable, leaving fans up in arms about Mike Ashley’s continued ownership […] ~ 10:59 NUFC Blog

 

Fri, 12 Jul 2019
Will Perezs departure cause a mass exit?

It’s worrying times if you are a Newcastle United fan. Not only has Mike Ashley been unable to keep Rafa Benitez at the club, with the Spaniard agreeing to become Dalian Yifang’s new manager, but Ayoze Perez has left, signing for Leicester City for no less than 30 million. But will the second big departure […] ~ 13:51 NUFC Blog

 

Fri, 05 Jul 2019
Rudderless Newcastle lurching towards a troubled season

Rudderless Newcastle lurching towards a troubled season With the 2019/20 Premier League season just over a month away Newcastle United remain an organisation in turmoil. Rafa Benitezs departure as manager hasnt gone down well with the clubs fans and has only served to increase their animosity towards owner Mike Ashley. Read on as we assess […] ~ 14:09 NUFC Blog

 

Sat, 08 Jun 2019
What of Newcastle Uniteds forgotten man?

We had almost forgotten about him thanks to his swap with West Brom target man, Salomon Rondon, but he’s back. Much to the chagrin of West Bromwich Albion fans (if the Internet is to be believed), The Throstles decided they couldn’t afford Premier League wages in the Championship and have sent back Dwight Gayle back […] ~ 15:13 NUFC Blog

 

Fri, 07 Jun 2019
Everythings in the balance for Newcastle United

“These are the times that try men’s souls” said Thomas Paine of the American War of Independence, and though Newcastle United may stand on the brink of finally seeing the back of its most unpopular owner (in a strong field of previous unpopular owners), these are indeed trying times as many Toon fans wait in […] ~ 16:31 NUFC Blog

 

Mon, 03 Jun 2019
Is this the reason for Ayoze Perezs improved form last season?

Like Brexit has distracted most people in the UK from other political issues, so talk of a certain takeover has dominated the minds of we Toon fans in recent weeks, including the stories in this ‘blog. However, in this piece I mean to put that right by concentrating on the notable improvement in form of […] ~ 18:15 NUFC Blog

 

Sun, 02 Jun 2019
Newcastle United in limbo as summer looms large

It is fair to say that there is no Premier League club currently facing a more uncertain future than Newcastle United. A proposed 350 million by the Bin Zayed Group fronted by Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nahayan has been met with a mixture of delight and trepidation. Fans are eager to see […] ~ 09:00 NUFC Blog

 

Sat, 01 Jun 2019
Newcastle United summer 2019 transfer predictions

The news that Newcastle United may finally secure a change of ownership has met with widespread approval from the clubs fans. A proposed 350 million takeover by Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nahyan – a cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour has cranked up excitement around St James Park. Newcastle fans have wanted […] ~ 09:00 NUFC Blog

 

Fri, 31 May 2019
Nervy times as Newcastle United takeover bid rumbles on

There is a feeling of dj vu amongst Newcastle United fans at the moment, with a proposed 350 million takeover bid dominating the headlines. The Bin Zayed Group led by Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nahyan are adamant their bid is serious, but the current situation is one that is all to familiar […] ~ 17:03 NUFC Blog

 

Wed, 15 May 2019
Would Arsene Wenger be a suitable successor to Rafael Benitez at Newcastle?

Newcastle fans absolutely love Rafael Benitez, and there is nothing more they would love than for the former Liverpool manager to commit his future to the Magpies. Benitezs current contract at St James’ Park runs out in the summer, and despite the Spaniard guiding the team to Premier League safety yet again, the club have […] ~ 11:00 NUFC Blog

 

Mon, 13 May 2019
The industrious Rondon looks set to leave St James Park

With the season coming to an end and no permanent deal being handed to Salomon Rondon, the only conclusion you can draw is that the Venezuelan wont become a permanent signing at Newcastle. There is obviously room for this situation to change and Rondons future may depend on who owns Newcastle United, with talk of […] ~ 12:54 NUFC Blog

 

Wed, 17 Apr 2019
How Did Newcastles Previous Record Signings Compare to Miguel Almiron?

For many seasons Newcastle United fans have been urging owner Mike Ashley to splash the cash during the transfer window, and they finally got their wish in January 2019. The Magpies splurged on Atlanta United playmaker, Miguel Almiron, with the lively Paraguayan commanding a club-record fee of 21 million. He’s made an impressive start to […] ~ 10:59 NUFC Blog

 

Fri, 05 Apr 2019
Rafa: Waving goodbye to the Toon?

Whilst the first half of the season was looking like more ‘doom and gloom’ for the Toon, Rafa Benitez’s ability to (somehow) get Mike Ashley to dip into his back pocket during the transfer window has all but guaranteed another season in the Premier League. Miguel Almiron became Newcastles record signing, signing from Atlanta United […] ~ 16:03 NUFC Blog

 

Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Important upcoming fixtures for NUFC to push out of the relegation battle

It continues to be a difficult season for Newcastle United at present, and they remain in the battle to stay in the top flight. At present they are around 11/4 to face the drop, which would usually be a big shock for a side as big as Newcastle United if they hadn’t already been relegated […] ~ 13:31 NUFC Blog

 

Sat, 08 Dec 2018
Newcastle United still in trouble despite recent run

Newcastle United host Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Sunday aiming to keep themselves clear of the relegation zone. The Magpies have lost just one of their last six league matches to lie 14th in the table, four points above the bottom three. However, last weekends 3-0 drubbing at home to West Ham United […] ~ 12:46 NUFC Blog

 

Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Newcastle finally finding their form

Newcastle continue to go through difficult times off the pitch and for much of this season it has been a similar scenario on the field. They have been fighting it out at the bottom of the table and until recently were one of the favourites with the bookies to face the drop – something that […] ~ 19:28 NUFC Blog

 

Thu, 22 Nov 2018
Burnley vs Newcastle United Preview, Team News & Prediction

Burnley vs Newcastle United English Premier League 2018/19 26th November, 20:00 pm BST Turf Moor, Burnley UK TV: None Turf Moor is the setting for Monday night football as the Premier League returns this weekend following the international break. Burnley and Newcastle United head into the weekend in the bottom seven, both of us only […] ~ 19:02 NUFC Blog

 

Fri, 02 Nov 2018
Can Lascelles restore his reputation after insulting fans (and women)?

In the wake of his signing a new extension on his contract, Magpies’ captain, Jamaal Lascelles severely damaged his reputation among fans, along with half the population of the world when he stated that Football is “a man’s game.” For this piece though, I will concentrate on his comments about Mike Ashley and the fans […] ~ 19:01 NUFC Blog

 

Thu, 04 Oct 2018
Newcastle aiming to end woeful recent record against Manchester United

Newcastle United travel to Manchester United on Saturday still searching for their first win of the Premier League season. The Magpies were beaten 2-0 at home by Leicester City last weekend, with goals by Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire keeping Rafa Benitezs side in the bottom three. Newcastle have scored just four times so far […] ~ 11:00 NUFC Blog

 

Fri, 28 Sep 2018
Newcastle quartet the key to success this weekend

Two points from six games is a paltry return by any stretch of the imagination and its a situation that Newcastle United need to quickly resolve. Much has been written about owner Mike Ashleys lack of investment in the squad, but the Magpies still have plenty of talented players at their disposal. With Saturdays home […] ~ 09:57 NUFC Blog

 

Thu, 27 Sep 2018
Newcastles next few games offer a golden opportunity to climb the table

Its fair to say that it hasnt been a great start to the season for Newcastle United, but the next few weeks offer the perfect opportunity to climb the Premier League table. The Magpies head into Saturdays game against Leicester City 18th in the standings, having collected just two points from their opening six matches. […] ~ 18:02 NUFC Blog

 

Newcastle hoping to topple Leicester and move clear of the drop zone

Newcastle United host Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday desperately needing a victory to kick-start their season. The Magpies have picked up just two points in six games this term, and a defeat this weekend would leave them rooted in the bottom three. Rafa Benitezs side have faced four of last seasons top […] ~ 13:16 NUFC Blog

 

Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Avoiding Relegation the Sole Aim for Newcastle United in 2018/19

The Premier League is not only the most popular football league on the planet, but it is also the most lucrative. With television rights and top-flight status offering millions of pounds on a yearly basis, every club wants to avoid relegation. But for a club like Newcastle it is vital to stay in the Premier […] ~ 18:02 NUFC Blog

 

Wed, 12 Sep 2018
Newcastle United eager to put points on the board against Arsenal

Newcastle United host Arsenal on Saturday aiming to put a disappointing start to the Premier League season firmly behind them. The Magpies head into the game 18th in the table, having picked up just one point from four outings this term. The Gunners opened their campaign with defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea, but have […] ~ 18:00 NUFC Blog

 

Tue, 04 Sep 2018
Who could replace Benitez at the end of the season?

As most fans will know, Rafa Benitez’s contract as Newcastle United’s manager will expire at the end of the season and so far, the omens do not look particularly good. After a nightmare start to the season against pretty much the worst possible opposition (Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City in their first four games), the […] ~ 18:00 NUFC Blog

 

Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Rondons Workrate Will Endear Him to Newcastle Fans This Season

Whilst many Newcastle fans viewed the summer transfer window as a major disappointment, the club did still manage to strengthen their forward line with the additions of Yoshinori Muto and Salomon Rondon, who arrived from Mainz and West Brom respectively. The latter already has Premier League experience and is likely to prove a useful addition. […] ~ 11:00 NUFC Blog

 

Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Townsend coming could mean Ritchie going.

It is no secret that Rafael Benitez has high hopes of getting Andros Townsend back into the fold at St James Park. The ex-Spurs’ winger was a product of the Tottenham Hotspur Academy, where he worked his way into the first team at White Hart Lane and played regularly in seasons 2013/2014 and 2014/2015. Townsends […] ~ 11:00 NUFC Blog

 

Wed, 13 Jun 2018
Is Lascelles on the Way Out? Who Could Replace Him?

Jamaal Lascelles was one of Newcastle Uniteds key players in the 2017-18 season as the Magpies managed to stave off relegation and consolidate their place in the Premier League. Needless to say, there are now rumours circulating that the solid central defender could be on his way to a bigger club. Tottenham Hotspur are preparing […] ~ 11:00 NUFC Blog

 

Wed, 11 Apr 2018
A season of exaggerations for Newcastle United (+win a Toon shirt)

Going on recent history, it is of course understandable to expect the worst at St James’ Park, but whilst fears of another potential relegation for the Toon were somewhat exaggerated earlier in the season, three wins on the spin has taken things in the opposite direction, with the hyperbole starting to go into overdrive. GQ […] ~ 11:00 NUFC Blog

 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Why Newcastle cant progress under Ashley

Its fair to say Mike Ashley is not a popular man on Tyneside. The breakdown of 300 million takeover talks has given Newcastle United an uncertain future at a time when we should be celebrating our 125th anniversary. While the sporting-goods tycoon deserves credit for bringing in Rafa Benitez after a slew of bad managerial […] ~ 11:57 NUFC Blog

 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Newcastles January Transfer Deadline Day 2018 In Review

Transfer deadline day saw Newcastle United welcome two new arrivals to Tyneside, plus a number of departures from St James Park. All of these deals were just temporary, though, and came late on with the January transfer window slamming shut at 23:00 GMT on January 31st. Magpies manager Rafa Benitez finally secured a new striker […] ~ 11:58 NUFC Blog

 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The History of the Tyne-Wear Derby

Sunderlands relegation from the Premier League last season means that there is no Tyne-Wear derby on the fixture list for a second consecutive season, unless we draw each other in the FA Cup. The Tyne-Wear derby is one of the oldest, with the first meeting between the two sides taking place in 1883, and also […] ~ 18:59 NUFC Blog

 

Fri, 10 Nov 2017
Can Rafa Benitez Help Continue Newcastles Recent Resurgence?

Rafa Benitez has been responsible for turning the fortunes of Newcastle United around, adding another promotion to his glittering CV in the process, but can the Spaniard continue moving the club in the right direction, and is there any possibility he could add further silverware to the St. James’ Park trophy cabinet? At the end […] ~ 12:00 NUFC Blog

 

Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Newcastle up against it at Manchester United

Newcastle United will bid to return to form when they visit Manchester United on November 18. After a promising start to the season the Magpies have gone off the boil in their last two games, recording 1-0 defeats against Burnley and Bournemouth. Their last victory was a 1-0 success at home to Crystal Palace during […] ~ 11:49 NUFC Blog

 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Newcastle Still Require More Firepower to Cement a Top-Half Finish

Newcastle United and Rafa Benitez have made a terrific start to life back in the Premier League, sitting in seventh position after just nine games and possessing a positive goal difference. The Magpies have been defensively solid so far, chalking up three clean sheets, with Jamal Lascelles impressing at the heart of the back four. […] ~ 11:15 NUFC Blog

 

Mon, 23 Oct 2017
Newcastles Defensive Record Will Be Key To Where They Finish This Season

Newcastle Uniteds return to the Premier League is just reward for their impressive Championship campaign last season when they finished as champions, one-point clear of second placed Brighton. Newcastles front line were on fire last campaign out scoring every other club with 85 goals, and yet it was their back four who were most impressive […] ~ 18:03 NUFC Blog

 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Can Jamaal Lascelles Break into the England Squad?

The latest England squad has been announced for the upcoming qualifiers at the beginning of October, with the usual array of names featuring. Gareth Southgate has been labelled as fairly predictable and safe with his selections in recent months, and the announcements regularly divide Premier League fans. Newcastle supporters have been impressed by captain Jamaal […] ~ 18:05 NUFC Blog

 

Tue, 10 Oct 2017
Jamaal Lascelles rewarded for Toon heroics with new contract

Since Newcastle United’s previous Premier League relegation, the club were in search of new heroes within their squad and latest Captain and Defender, Jamaal Lascelles, has appeared as just that. The solid centre back has been superb for the Toon in recent seasons and has become club skipper under the watchful eye of Spanish manager […] ~ 19:42 NUFC Blog

 

Wed, 27 Sep 2017
Can Newcastle United Make a Genuine Push for Europe?

The start of the campaign was hardly the most inspiring for Newcastle United, following defeats against Tottenham, Huddersfield, and then perhaps most alarmingly, home elimination from the EFL Cup by Nottingham Forest. However, since then form improved until a narrow defeat to Brighton, and it seems the side managed by Rafa Benitez has found a […] ~ 19:00 NUFC Blog

 

Tue, 12 Sep 2017
Are Newcastle Fans Right to be Disappointed by the Clubs Transfer Dealings this Summer?

Rafa Benitez wasn’t able to hide his frustration at the end of August as Newcastle failed to land a number of their primary targets in the transfer window this summer. The Magpies were one of a number of top-flight clubs who voted for the window to be closed prior to the start of the season […] ~ 19:15 NUFC Blog

 

Sun, 09 Jul 2017
How will Newcastle fare next season in the Premier League?

It is often said that no club is too big to go down and fallen giants such as Aston Villa and Leeds United are testament to that, but Newcastle’s relegation to the Championship in the 2015-16 season was unexpected, and a body blow for the Magpies’ faithful. However, with a passionate and talented manager in […] ~ 11:56 NUFC Blog

 

Thu, 27 Apr 2017
Why Newcastle Uniteds last two games will be important

Before last Monday evening, a run of one point from three games had seen Newcastle fall seven points behind Brighton. A convincing and confidence boosting 4-1 victory against Preston steadied nerves, assuring automatic promotion, but as a team feted as one of the best (or most expensive) ever to find themselves in the Championship, it […] ~ 17:58 NUFC Blog

 

Thu, 06 Apr 2017
Newcastle United vs Leeds United: A battle of the statistics

Newcastle are hurtling back towards the Premiership after opening up a commanding lead at the top of the Championship and they could seal promotion in their upcoming home game against Leeds Utd. Gary Monks men have enjoyed a strong season and will make life difficult for Newcastle, but the Magpies will be confident of victory. […] ~ 18:16 NUFC Blog

 

Fri, 03 Mar 2017
Can Benitez still beat Hughtons 102 point promotion record?

I know similar comparisons have been made elsewhere between Benitez’s current Magpies team and Chris Hughton’s 2009-10 side. However, Tuesday evening’s game against Hughton’s Brighton has finally inspired me to throw in some of my own thoughts on the matter. As we go into another crunch game against third placed Huddersfield with 34 games gone, […] ~ 14:24 NUFC Blog

 

Thu, 19 Jan 2017
Why Gayle can be more than just a Championship wonder

If you took a straw poll of Toon fans, I’m pretty sure that most would agree that Dwight Gayle has been Newcastle United’s player of the season so far, and by some distance for 20 obvious reasons. Signed for around 10 million from Crystal Palace, it might have seemed like quite alot for a player […] ~ 19:21 NUFC Blog

 

Fri, 16 Dec 2016
Burton Albion vs Newcastle United: A David vs Goliath struggle

As Newcastle United travel to the 6900 capacity Pirelli Stadium to face Burton Albion, one of the smallest teams in the Championship, I thought it would be a good opportunity to look at how the spectrum of teams in the Championship is as wide, and maybe even wider as it is in the Premiership with […] ~ 14:58 NUFC Blog

 

Wed, 14 Sep 2016
Newcastle United Art Forum The Shearer Statue

It isn’t very often that I venture off the highway of football to enter the arena of art criticism here on NUFC Blog, but this is one of those occaisions and I am actually more qualified. Having been a figurative artist, a designer and also an art dealer in a very modest sense, I hope […] ~ 18:08 NUFC Blog

 

Sun, 11 Sep 2016
Benitez and the ironic change of emphasis at topsy-turvy Toon

Like the NHS and the British education system, Newcastle United under Mike Ashley has undoubtedly been the victim of too many top down reorganisations inflicted by those who didn’t have a clue what they were doing. Yet, despite living with the consequences for a second time under Mike Ashley in the form of relegation, we […] ~ 11:56 NUFC Blog

 

Thu, 09 Jun 2016
A trip down memory lane for Toon fans at Euro 2016

Following a disastrous season to forget at Newcastle United, thoughts among some might be turning to the European Championships starting tomorrow. Moussa Sissoko (France) and Rob Elliot (Republic of Ireland) will be Newcastle United’s only representatives there, though bearing in mind that this will be the biggest shop window for footballers short of the World […] ~ 20:15 NUFC Blog

 

Sun, 29 May 2016
Will Benitez provide the Yang to Newcastle Uniteds Yin?

Presuming you are Newcastle United fan, or a football fan of some sort at least as you are reading this football blog, you’ll know the usual clichs about Newcastle United – passionate, impulsive, living in the moment and pretty much the exact opposite of new(ish) manager, Rafael Benitez. Words like ‘analytical,’ ‘calculating’ and ‘strategic’ cling […] ~ 13:59 NUFC Blog

 

Mon, 14 Mar 2016
Is it springtime for Rafa and Newcastle?

As relegation struggling Newcastle United face Leicester City at this evening at the King Power stadium, all eyes will be on new manager, Rafael Benitez, and what he can do to turn things around. Although starting against the League leaders riding a wave is tough, Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City are themselves a testament of what […] ~ 08:30 NUFC Blog

 

Thu, 11 Feb 2016
Will McLaren be sacked after Chelsea game?

Could it be that Steve McLaren’s future depends on what happens on Saturday? After we play Chelsea we have 17 days without a game and that might be the ideal time to change managers. Of all the things Ashley’s bad at when it comes to running a football club – and there are many – […] ~ 13:59 NUFC Blog

 

Fri, 20 Nov 2015
A chance for Toon to forget the past in their next five games?

Looking forward to Newcastle United’s next five league games, against Leicester, Crystal Palace, Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa respectively, usually one would be forgiven for thinking that the Magpies should have a good chance in three of those games, against two smaller sides and another troubled giant in Aston Villa. One would also be forgiven […] ~ 14:32 NUFC Blog

 

Thu, 16 Jul 2015
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Wed, 15 Jul 2015
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Wed, 01 Jul 2015
Newcastle United, Mike Ashley and eternal recurrence

Let us think this thought in its most terrible form: existence as it is, without meaning or aim, and yet recurring inevitably, without any finale in nothingness: “eternal recurrence.” Friedrich Nietzsche – The Will to Power I quoted the great proto-existentialist philosopher there because it seems such a perfect summary of all that Mike Ashley […] ~ 14:03 NUFC Blog

 

Tue, 09 Jun 2015
Newcastle United’s two forgotten players

In the misery and inertia of Mike Ashley’s Newcastle United, it is good to try and look for the flowers in the cracks of the concrete from time to time to keep oneself sane. With this in mind, I could have written about younger players like Ayoze Perez, Rolando Aarons etc but then I thought […] ~ 14:05 NUFC Blog

 

Fri, 05 Jun 2015
The truth of the Patrick Vieira and Steve McClaren to Newcastle stories?

I couldn’t help feeling there was something odd about the story of Patrick Vieira coming to Newcastle, as there is about most unsubstantiated football stories. Some fans seemed to believe it though, even embroidering it further to their own tastes as it gathered a momentum of its own in a few short days. My curiosity […] ~ 13:02 NUFC Blog

 

Sun, 31 May 2015
Newcastle United 2014 full accounts statement

Before I begin, my apologies for not posting these earlier, as I usually do shortly after the accounts are made public. Better late than never though as I still can’t find any other copies of the statement itself elsewhere, though there is a very extensive analysis of the latest accounts on the very good Swiss […] ~ 14:14 NUFC Blog

 

Sat, 23 May 2015
Why Carver’s Newcastle is the worst Newcastle team in the Premier League ever

Of course, if you are a Newcastle United fan, you cannot fail to have noticed the huge dip in form under John Carver, which has been so bad it could still see the Magpies relegated for the second time in six seasons after their final game against West Ham tomorrow. But how bad has it […] ~ 15:15 NUFC Blog

 

Thu, 05 Feb 2015
Will John Carver be told who to play at Newcastle United?

By his own admission, Rangers’ current caretaker head coach, Kenny McDowall, has been told not only that he has no say in the players they sign, but also that he will only have a limited input into team selection too. According to McDowall himself, he has been ordered by Mike Ashley and his henchman at […] ~ 13:13 NUFC Blog

 

Tue, 27 Jan 2015
Why Ashley leaving Toon for the Champions League with Rangers is nonsense

With Mike Ashley’s recent attempts to take over at Rangers, and specifically his problems with the Scottish FA for having an interest in both clubs, it has often been said recently that Mike Ashley would be willing to leave Newcastle United so he can take over Rangers completely. There have been several hypotheses put forward […] ~ 11:37 NUFC Blog

 

Thu, 08 Jan 2015
Newcastle United and one of the greatest blunders in football history

There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures. Said […] ~ 13:40 NUFC Blog

 

Fri, 21 Nov 2014
Don’t judge Pardew on 10 games, judge him on 176

“Judge me on ten games” pleaded Alan Pardew as media and fans alike called for his silver head. It was only a matter of weeks ago, but it seems like a far away memory now. Indeed, it has only taken half that many games to take Alan Pardew from the mire to the sunlit uplands […] ~ 15:10 NUFC Blog

 

Mon, 03 Nov 2014
How Alan Pardew’s return to route one is saving Newcastle United’s season

You don’t even have to be a Newcastle United fan to notice that Alan Pardew and Newcastle United have done very well in their last four games, all wins with three against top sides Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool. Credit where credit is due, Pardew and the team have gone some way at least to […] ~ 08:05 NUFC Blog

 

Wed, 22 Oct 2014
Bashing the Bishop: Newcastle United, Derek Llambias and the Z-list PR guru

Most Newcastle United fans are now familiar with the sight of Newcastle United’s so called PR consultant, Keith Bishop, who seems to have become a permanent figure at the right hand side of Mike Ashley. But who is he? And how did Keith Bishop PR get the job despite being a small celebrity PR company […] ~ 11:00 NUFC Blog

 

Thu, 16 Oct 2014
Is Ashley planning Pozzo style selling club network at Newcastle, Rangers and Oldham?

Is Mike Ashley using Giampaolo Pozzo’s selling club network of Udinese, Granada and Watford as a model for Newcastle United, Rangers and Oldham? To begin at the beginning though, let’s take a brief stroll down memory lane. In the aftermath of Kevin Keegan’s acrimonious departure from Newcastle United in 2008, an under fire Mike Ashley […] ~ 17:55 NUFC Blog

 

Sat, 19 Jul 2014
Newcastle’s new summer 2014 signings

Newcastle have been fairly active in this summer’s transfer window, signing six new players. This is just a brief overview of each of them. Remy Cabella There’s some argument about how much we paid Montpellier for the attacking midfielder. Newcastle claims is was £7m and Montpellier claims it was closer to £11.5m (Transfermarkt has it […] ~ 10:24 NUFC Blog

 

Newcastle’s new summer 2014 signings

Newcastle have been fairly active in this summer’s transfer window, signing six new players so far. This is just a brief overview of each of them. Remy Cabella There’s some argument about how much we paid Montpellier for the attacking midfielder. Newcastle claims it was £7m and Montpellier claims it was closer to £11.5m (Transfermarkt […] ~ 10:24 NUFC Blog

 

Fri, 18 Apr 2014
Newcastle United v Swansea City match preview

Date: Saturday 19 April 2014. Time: 15:00. Venue: St James’ Park. Referee: Chris Foy. UK TV: None. Newcastle host Swansea at St James’ Park this weekend as both teams seek to improve on a bad run of form. Newcastle have looked like a team already on their holidays lately. The rubber alligator is on the […] ~ 12:19 NUFC Blog

 

Newcastle United v Swansea City match preview

Date: Saturday 19 April 2014. Time: 15:00. Venue: St James’ Park. Referee: Chris Foy. UK TV: None. Newcastle host Swansea at St James’ Park this weekend as both teams seek to improve on a bad run of form. Newcastle have looked like a team already on their holidays lately. The rubber alligator is on the […] ~ 12:19 NUFC Blog

 

Tue, 25 Mar 2014
Newcastle United vs Everton match banter!

Date: Tues 25th March 2014. Time: 7:45pm. Venue: St James’ Park. Referee: Lee Mason. UK TV: None. Hello, good evening and welcome to our match banter for this evening’s game aginst Everton. Once again, miscreant manager Alan Pardew will be restrained in his Benton office, leaving assistant John Carver to handle things in the dugout […] ~ 18:44 NUFC Blog

 

Newcastle United vs Everton match banter!

Date: Tues 25th March 2014. Time: 7:45pm. Venue: St James’ Park. Referee: Lee Mason. UK TV: None. Hello, good evening and welcome to our match banter for this evening’s game aginst Everton. Once again, miscreant manager Alan Pardew will be restrained in his Benton office, leaving assistant John Carver to handle things in the dugout […] ~ 18:44 NUFC Blog

 

Fri, 21 Mar 2014
Newcastle United v Crystal Palace match preview

Date: Saturday 22nd March 2014. Time: 15:00. Venue: St James’ Park. Referee: Lee Probert. UK TV: None. Hot on the heels of defeat at Craven Cottage, we face lower table opposition again this week as we host Crystal Palace, which is of course where Alan Pardew played his football between 1987 and 1991. Back in […] ~ 12:58 NUFC Blog

 

Newcastle United v Crystal Palace match preview

Date: Saturday 22nd March 2014. Time: 15:00. Venue: St James’ Park. Referee: Lee Probert. UK TV: None. Hot on the heels of defeat at Craven Cottage, we face lower table opposition again this week as we host Crystal Palace, which is of course where Alan Pardew played his football between 1987 and 1991. Back in […] ~ 12:51 NUFC Blog

 

Sat, 01 Mar 2014
Hull City vs Newcastle United match banter!

Venue: St James’ Park. Date: Sunday 23rd February 2014. Time: 15:00. Referee: UK TV: Hello, good afternoon and welcome to this afternoon’s ‘match banter’ feature as Newcastle United go to Hull (and back). Recent form. Though Steve Bruce’s Hull are a couple of places beneath Newcastle in the Premier League, as you can see below, […] ~ 14:13 NUFC Blog

 

Sat, 22 Feb 2014
Newcastle United v Aston Villa match preview

Date: Sunday 23rd February 2014. Time: 13:30. Venue: St James’ Park. Referee: Martin Atkinson. UK TV: Sky Sports 1. It’s a mid-table battle at St James’ Park on Sunday as Newcastle play Aston Villa and I reckon both teams will think they can win it too. Villa will fancy their chances against us given our […] ~ 16:24 NUFC Blog

 

Newcastle United v Aston Villa match preview

Date: Sunday 23rd February 2014. Time: 13:30. Venue: St James’ Park. Referee: Martin Atkinson. UK TV: Sky Sports 1. It’s a mid-table battle at St James’ Park on Sunday as Newcastle play Aston Villa and I reckon both teams will think they can win it too. Villa will fancy their chances against us given our […] ~ 16:24 NUFC Blog

 

Wed, 12 Feb 2014
Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur match banter!

Hello, good evening and welcome to a rahter impromptu ‘match banter’ post for this evening’s game, which sees the Magpies at home against Tottenham Hotspur. I say “impromptu” because I thought I had already written the last blog on here for some time at least, and that the server this blog is hosted on would […] ~ 18:48 NUFC Blog

 

Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur match banter!

Hello, good evening and welcome to a rather impromptu ‘match banter’ post for this evening’s game, which sees the Magpies at home against Tottenham Hotspur. I say “impromptu” because I thought I had already written the last blog on here for some time at least, and that the server this blog is hosted on would […] ~ 18:48 NUFC Blog

 

Tue, 28 Jan 2014
Norwich City vs Newcastle United match banter!

Venue: Carrow Road, Norwich. Date: Tues 28th Dec, 2013. Kick off: 7.45pm. Referee: UK TV: None. Hello, good evening and welcome to my last match banter! Please forgive me if it doesn’t follow the usual script but this piece is just a way of saying thankyou and farewell to everyone who has read and contributed […] ~ 19:06 NUFC Blog

 

Norwich City vs Newcastle United match banter!

Venue: Carrow Road, Norwich. Date: Tues 28th Dec, 2013. Kick off: 7.45pm. Referee: UK TV: None. Hello, good evening and welcome to my last match banter! Please forgive me if it doesn’t follow the usual script but this piece is really just a way of saying thankyou and farewell to everyone who has read and […] ~ 19:06 NUFC Blog

 

 

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