Tag: Newcastle United

Match Of The Past: Newcastle United

It is now forty-three years since Newcastle United last won a major trophy, but last season saw Alan Pardew restore a little pride to the club with a fifth place finish in the Premier League which brought with it the return of European football to St James Park next season. On todays match of the past, though, we are going back to when silverware was just part of life for the supporters of this club, starting with a compilation of highlights from their FA Cup final appearances of 1951, 1952 and 1955. Next up is the second leg of the final of the 1969 Inter-City Fairs Cup against the Hungarian side Ujpest Dozsa. Newcastle had won the first leg bu three goals to nil, before travelling to Budapest for the return match. Newcastles next appearance in a cup final came five years later and, while they ended up losing the 1974 FA Cup final to Liverpool, their run included one of the most infamous matches of the mid-1970s, a We then skip forward to the start of the 1980s, and extended highlights of a Second Division match from October 1982 against Rotherham United. Newcastle failed to win promotion at the end of that season, but they did a year later, and the next video is a compilation of goals from the season that turned out to be Kevin Keegans...

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Match Of The Week: Manchester City 3-1 Newcastle United

If there was the slightest slither of doubt before, there probably isn’t any more. As much as some would like to wish it isn’t so, Manchester City glided to another comfortable win this afternoon against Newcastle United at The City of Manchester Stadium. It was a result which confirmed that Manchester United are going to have a hell of a job in keeping up with them – the gap this afternoon went from five points to eight, and then back to five again with United’s tepid win at Swansea City this evening – while Newcastle United’s run near the top of the Premier League table started to look more like a temporary position than it has been at any other point of the season so far. They have Manchester United and Chelsea to follow. Everything about City’s performance this afternoon reeked of the opulence that was stated so starkly with the announcement yesterday of £197m losses accumulated over the last twelve months. From the soft shoe shuffle of Mario Balotelli’s penalty kick to open the lead to the desolation of Newcastle’s late consolation goal after they had spent so long knocking at the door of the Manchester City defence, only to be told that none shall pass, this was a performance that was everything that Manchester City haven’t been in recent years: confident to the point of arrogance, assertive...

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Will The Real Mike Ashley Please Stand Up?

Timing, they say, is everything, and if there is anything to this, then Mike Ashley might just be considered a genius on a par with Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton. After all, with a team that had slipped into a Champions League place whilst barely disturbing the radar of the press, there was a real danger that some degree of harmony may break out at Newcastle United. St James Park is one of the Premier League’s perennial potential flashpoints, a thirty-eighth parallel at which the weapons are bed spreads and spray cans, and a place at which a sense of detente had, of late, come to be in the air. With the immaculately provocative flourish of a matador, though, Ashley has lifted the red rag again and waved it in the face of the supporters of the club that he owns. The disquiet is, of course, nothing to do with what is going on regarding the teams performance on the pitch at the moment. Alan Pardew’s team may not be the most aesthetically pleasing to watch in the Premier League at the moment, but it has been grinding out result after result and has outperformed the pre-season expectations of even the most myopic of Newcastle supporters. The cause of this disquiet is Ashley’s decision to rename St James Park as “The Sports Direct Arena”. It is a naming rights decision...

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Newcastle United’s Season Continues To Revive Mike Ashley’s Reputation

At St James Park this lunchtime, Newcastle United beat Everton by two goals to one and in doing so leap-frogged Manchester United – for a couple of hours, at least – into second place in the Premier League table. Such a result may prove to be the tipping point for a rewriting of the popular perceptions of the competence (or otherwise) of Mike Ashley and, while the knee-jerk journalistic response is something along the lines of, “Yeah, but they have to play Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea next”, it is difficult to argue against the simple point that a team can only be judged upon how it has already played, rather than the ones that it has yet to play. Upon his arrival at St James Park, Mike Ashley did his public image no good whatsoever in trying to portray himself as an ordinary man on the terraces rather than a multi-millionaire, and this faux-pas, along with the other has taken a long time to begin to wither away. He has managed to even the financial keel of a club that was jettisoning money left, right and centre and, following the club’s return to the Premier League, his still surprising decision to sack the popular Chris Hughton last December further fuelled the mind-set of those who believed that this was a man that was trying to destroy the...

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The Twohundredpercent Pre-Season Previews: Newcastle United

After the unwanted drama of the previous two years, the supporters of Newcastle United could easily have been forgiven for wanting a season of peace and quiet last season and, to an extent, that is exactly what they received – a twelfth placed finish saw them safe and sound in the Premier League for most of the season, after all, troubling neither the top nor the bottom of the table unduly throughout the entire season. Yet, with this being Newcastle United, the season couldn’t pass without some degree of vituperation between the supporters and owner Mike Ashley and, as such, we were treated to the bizarre sacking of manager Chris Hughton at the start of December, which was quickly followed by an FA Cup Third Round elimination at the hands of Stevenage and the sale of arguably the club’s most valuable single saleable asset, striker Andy Carroll, to Liverpool for a scarcely credible £35m in January of this year, and neither have recent events done much to dispel the growing belief that last season’s relative serenity was the calm before another storm crashes into Newcastle United Football Club. St James Park carries the air of being a powder keg, waiting to explode if things start going badly on the pitch again, and this mood, amongst other grievances – some long-standing, others very fresh indeed – arguably began to simmer...

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