Another article inspired by Kyle, I thought I'd talk about my favourite and least favourite things in my time following Newcastle United and I will be keeping it to from my first Toon game in January 2009. Favourite game - 1-0 v Anzhi Makhachkala (14/03/2013) I thought I'd start with my favourite Magpies game and for this one, I'm going to go with the 1-0 win over Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League in March 2013. With the score 0-0 in Russia a week earlier, it had been a
This is part three of my player ratings for the season so far. The centre backs are the most controversial today as there are so many of them.
I am going to start with the elegant man. It has been a strange season for Fabian. He has scored two goals this season and, at the start of the season, played relatively fine. However, he has had minor injuries and has been in and out of the squad throughout the season.
Last season, he was arguably our best player. Th
Leicester City (a), Premier League, 14/03/2016: Lost 0-1 Rob Elliot: Elliot began Rafa Benitez's time at Newcastle as the first choice keeper following Tim Krul's season-ending injury he suffered the previous October. Elliot's performances in the 2015/16 season earned him the fans' choice for the club's player of the season. However, soon after Benitez's arrival, he picked up a serious injury which kept him out for a year. This gave Karl Darlow the chance to shine and he was
What a difference a week makes. This time last week we were celebrating a win over Crystal Palace and Miguel Almiron's first goal in the black and white. Since then, back to back defeats still see us comfortable in mid table, but is there now rumblings of concern around Tyneside? Few would have expected getting anything at Old Trafford, given our record both there and on boxing day, but it was the manner of the defeat which was all the more frustrating. The compact, well dril
Back to back wins for the first time this season has given Newcastle found hope in their usual recovery in the month of November. Considering the Premier League is without Middlesbrough and Sunderland this season, Aston Villa is arguably the club's biggest rivals in the Premier League following their unprovoked taunting of Newcastle fans in 2009 and 2016. As far as recent history is concerned, Newcastle arguably have the upper hand despite the last three away meetings ending
Many fans have been discontent since Steve Bruce became Rafa Benitez's successor at Newcastle and that discontent may become louder if the Magpies fail to get the three points against fellow strugglers Brighton on Saturday. In Bruce's defence, the opening five fixtures have not been kind to Newcastle with having faced three of the top six teams in the opening five games of the league season. As Brighton visit Tyneside, this is one of the few games Newcastle have played where
The FIFA 20 ratings have been revealed and whilst players have been talking about their own ratings on social media, I thought I'd go through all of our player ratings (including the players we have out on loan) and what it could mean for them on career mode. The rating difference from FIFA 19 mentions the rating from when the game was released. Martin Dubravka - 80 (+1 from FIFA 19) This is no surprise and it says something that despite turning 30 in January, Martin Dubravka
Following the news that Rafa Benitez is on his way out of Newcastle, I will be reviewing his tenure on Tyneside. This isn't an article I wanted to do now but I will be doing a similar one when Mike Ashley leaves. When Rafa arrived on Tyneside to replace Steve McClaren, the club was on it's knees and sitting 19th despite spending approximately £80m in the two transfer windows. Things didn't start well for the Spaniard though as only one point from his first four games (includi
I'm not going to lie, I really should've done more articles over the season but seeing as there's no articles reviewing the season, I may as well do it myself. It was another difficult summer for us with only around £22.5m spent (not including whatever loan fees we paid for Salomon Rondon and Kenedy), by the time the first pre season game came around, the only new face was Ki Sung-yueng on a free transfer from Swansea City whilst Mikel Merino left for Real Sociedad after his
“It is nice to get out here for a bit of warm weather training. It’s a different environment and it is good for the boys to refresh, get together and the training is intense. We know where we are and we know where we need to improve and this is what we are trying to do here. Instead of having days off and going on holidays, we are working hard. We have got a game on Saturday which we will be looking to win and hopefully it puts us in a good position for our next Premier Leagu
There’s an age old adage in football, ‘judge us after 10 games’! This 10 game mark is meant to give an insight as to how a certain team will finish in the league come the end of May. Well we are now 11 games in, and are we any closer to seeing where Newcastle will finish this Premier League season? Let’s be honest, after those first 10 games I was and probably like so many others, worried after those first fixtures. No home wins, 0-0 draws against Cardiff, Palace and Southamp
With the new UEFA Nations League in progress, this is the perfect opportunity for Rafa and his coaching staff to use the time to prepare his players for the big game against Arsenal at St James Park. Arsenal won’t be easy as they played well against West Ham and will be looking to build on that result. There are plot holes to Newcastle’s strategy and there has also been some bad luck but there are areas that Newcastle need to work on… Here are 4 areas that need improving… 1.
“This season it was probably about staying safe and survival, which we have done. I think starting in pre-season we will look at what aim and goal we want to go for next season – at the start of this season it was all about just staying up and see how far we could get. But we will have a different target at the start of next season. It’s a massive achievement to stay up. We had a lot of people doubting us, saying we were a Championship side, and that we’ve not got the players
The first players to leave us in the summer were Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Lubomir Satka and Haris Vuckic, who were all released at the end of their contracts. It took a while to make our first signing as Florian Lejeune finally arrived from Eibar on 4 July whilst Graham Carr left his role as chief scout and Matz Sels joined Anderlecht on loan. Later that week, we were linked with wingers Sheyi Ojo, Jesus Navas, Adama Traore and Jacob Murphy and the latter was signed from N
Lacelles told the Telegraph: “I think for a while now that the best thing that this club has done is brought the manager in. Since he has been here things have been on the up. He has brought the club together and the city together. I think it’s important that the club keeps him happy and holds on to him for as long as possible. He is an excellent manager, he has won trophies, he has worked in many different leagues and he knows what it takes to be successful.“It has only been