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Tangerine dream? Newcastle United v Blackpool match preview.

Posted on April 9th, 2010 | 203 Comments |

Blackpool: Planning an upset!
Blackpool: Planning an upset!
Newcastle United welcome Ian Holloway’s play-off chasing Blackpool side to St James’ Park for the penultimate home game of the season. With arguably more to play for, Blackpool will be hoping that Newcastle are still suffering from a hangover following their promotion party on Monday night and that they can take full advantage of it.

Blackpool are now the only team remaining that can do the double over Newcastle this season having beaten us 2-1 at Bloomfield Road way back in September. The home side still have their own targets to aim for with the prize of the title firmly in their minds, a target that will move a step closer should we manage 3 points over the Seasiders, aswell as maintaining what is now the only unbeaten home record in the English leagues. Blackpool have sold out their entire 2,700 ticket allocation for the match as the Tangerine army make the journey across from coast to coast and they will no doubt be in fine voice if their bragging on blogs and forums is anything to go by. There are no cash turnstiles in operation on the day so if you are still needing to grab a ticket then you will need to get yourself to the box office.

Ian Holloway has challenged his team to prove they are worthy of a play-off place and has belief that his Blackpool side can pull off a shock result on Tyneside.

“We’ve got to do something no-one else has done and I think we’re going to have to win the game, because heartbreakingly we could win all four games and still not get what we want. If we do that, life could be cruel and we’d have to get on with it, but I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved already.” Holloway said.

And speaking of Newcastle, Holloway added;

“I feel really pleased for all of them but I want to go there and smack them off the face of the Earth if I can. Do I think we can? I believe we’ll have to be at our best and they’ll have to be a bit sloppy but anything’s possible. This is a fantastic opportunity to show everybody in the football world what our team’s about, and I think I’ve got a really good team with some very, very talented players.”

Newcastle have no new injury worries ahead of the game after coming through the two games in three days at Easter unscathed with only Fitz Hall and Steven Taylor still out. With eyes on the title and an expectant home crowd i’d expect Hughton to name a strong starting line up not too different to the one we saw on Monday night against Sheffield United. That was;

Newcastle United: Harper, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique, Routledge, Guthrie, Nolan, Gutierrez, Carroll, Lovenkrands.

Blackpool have striker Brett Ormerod back in contention following surgery on a bone in his hand whilst Stephen Crainey will be given a late fitness test on a knee problem. Hameur Bouazza will miss out with a groin problem. They lined in up in their last match against Doncaster with a team of;

Blackpool: Gilks, Crainey, Evatt, Baptiste, Coleman, Southern, Vaughan, Bouazza, Adam, Taylor-Fletcher, Campbell.

Both sides are in good form and have won their last 4 fixtures each although home advantage combined with an 8 game winning streak at St James’ Park will mean that the hosts are favourites for what should be a tough encounter. Charlie Adam will need to be watched and was unlucky to miss out on the Player of the Season award that our very own Kevin Nolan won.

A tight game but I expect our manager will have the players fired up and i’m sure Hughton will remind the lads of just what is at stake and the manner of the defeat back in September.

My prediction: 3-1.

Howay the lads!

Date: Saturday, 10th April, 2010.

Time: 3:00pm.

Venue: St James’ Park.

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203 Responses

  1. Plenty of motivation in Holloways words but the unbeaten record and winning the league should ensure we put in a good performance, it would be a travesty to waste what the team has built up over a long and hard season.

  2. Na Toonsy, Blackpool won’t score I don’t think. I’m going 4-0. Carroll (2), Guthrie and McLovin…

  3. After Holloways smug comments. I really hope it is another 5-1 type game and they are gutted at missing out on the plyoffs.

  4. DJG I didnt really think he came across as smug but that just my opinion :)
    I think it will be 4-1 with them scoring 1st, 2-1 at half-time so far I think Routledge will score and Best to score 2nd half.

  5. dave,not falling for that one m8,you tryed to get me to stick tenner last game on best you tinker ;)

  6. Holloway is top quality, he’s pure entertainment with his random quotes.

    I think it’ll be quite tough tomorrow. Going for 1-0.

    toonsy – it’s been a fairly seamless transition but you are now essentially the blogmaster. Cracking work sunshine. I know most of the chaps respect the job you do but it should never be taken for granted.

  7. Well Ice I just think he has to break his Duck sometime I have tried calling him a Donkey and a few other things, so I thought I would try a different approach, so hope to fuk its soon ;) what score do you think me old bean ?

  8. BBM,us take toony for granted perish the thought.when is his next post lol,agree about entertainment like,none in epl really miss ex chelsea boss like for a good laugh

  9. Hmmm ! tangerine`s , Stanley Mathews on the right wing, first division, early fifties, close to fifty thousand roaring Geordies mixed in with an occasional group of Blackpool fans, good banter back and forth.
    Can still see it in the minds eye.

  10. dave sure you havent got shares in bet365 lol,2-1 at best for me,unless we score real early,then its anbodys guess

  11. bowburnmag says:
    April 9, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    “toonsy – it’s been a fairly seamless transition but you are now essentially the blogmaster. Cracking work sunshine. I know most of the chaps respect the job you do but it should never be taken for granted.”

    Bowburn, I know what you are trying to do. It won’t work.

  12. haha I’m not going to chuck it man, just been busy. This week has been mental and my spare time keeps getting drained. I’ll be chipping in as much as possible still.

    The chaps should also know the graft that you do behind the scenes. Ed would have had stuff to sort as well on his old site, as well as churning out article after article but obviously now we know what is required, hats should be doffed at Mr Blog himself.

  13. pleased we still ha ve the three amigos,mind i met those when i was younger stuffed me right up lol

  14. Workey
    What`s happened to the eagerly awaited anti Louise Taylor
    tirade, it appeared you had steam coming out of your ears whenever you mentioned her ?
    Forgive & forget is it?

  15. And while y`all are congratulating each other, how`s about the lumpen prolitariat, those who contribute, that makes this blog what it is.
    It certainly does`nt lack for characters.

  16. Chuck says:
    April 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    “Hmmm ! tangerine`s , Stanley Mathews on the right wing, first division, early fifties, close to fifty thousand roaring Geordies mixed in with an occasional group of Blackpool fans, good banter back and forth.
    Can still see it in the minds eye.”

    Not forgetting Tony Green aswell who played for both of us ;)

    bowburn (and others) – Cheers for the compliment :)

  17. I reckon we’ll be better off if they score early, to kick us into action, bit like the other night like.

  18. Aye icedog, it’s nice to get recognition and a pat on the back now and again. Chuck is right though, without you guys contributing it wouldn’t be worth it.

    So keep it up I guess, all of you :D

  19. 5 nowt to the Toon,Best all 5 goals………er ok maybe not but 3-1 to the Toon.
    Your anti Louise Taylor tirade shoould be extended to Mick Dennis too,what a twat.HWTL

  20. Chuck says:
    April 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    “Hmmm ! tangerine`s , Stanley Mathews on the right wing, first division, early fifties, close to fifty thousand roaring Geordies mixed in with an occasional group of Blackpool fans, good banter back and forth.
    Can still see it in the minds eye.”

    Statler, I never knew they had ‘Ron Manager’ on your side of the pond.

  21. those pats on back are best, those kicks up the ar–,hurt at times,you at sjp sat,2-1 for me

  22. tony green supreme , quite an apt name for the blackpool game , saw him in action mate , he was very quick and superb ball skills…

  23. I still think 3-1 but I don’t think it will be a comfortable 3-1 if that makes sense.

    I’m actually more interested to see how the team peforms as over-confidence and motivational issies have always been a big problem with Newcastle in my opinion. I just want to see how this new, more determined team cope with that first.

  24. It gets ’em riled ice.
    :)
    We sometimes start a bit slow, especially now we’ve secured promotion.
    Would be great if we just tore into ’em from the get go like & take sweet revenge for the reverse at their yard.
    ;)

  25. nzedtoonman,never got chance to see best of him did we,sure todays medical teams could have got him right all ifs and buts like

  26. Workey
    Yeah thanks for clarifying things, if I`m Statler, then who is Waldorf ?
    Ermm! did`nt get the Ron manager thing, whats that about ?

  27. i wanna see a perty on and off the field , and big showboating evertime we score is that too much to ask ??

  28. On a personal point, I never had the priviledge of seeing TG play. My first match at SJP was in 1973 and he was injured.
    Even though he only played 33 games or so, he still remains my old mans favourite NUFC player of all time and that includes the likes of Milburn/Mitch/White/Macdonald/Bearsdley/Ginola and Shearer.

  29. These last few games could be an excellent pointer to how it’s gonna be next season & what the team is capable of, as is.
    Will they take their foot off the gas, get complacent & go back to the old failings?
    Or push on with new found vigor, relax & play some good football, unhindered by pressure?
    Time will tell.

  30. TGS,
    don’t you think messi reminds you of ‘Pedro’?
    In his gait, stature, shimmy, even looks :) ?
    Dribbling skills, winning the ball back & all round general play, it’s uncanny!

  31. TOONSY what worries me is your comments last week on JB,ie seemed to be given other players hard time (roughly) is that very movtivational,or is it the old JB coming to the fore that i fear?

  32. CLiNT FLiCK says:
    April 9, 2010 at 8:16 pm
    TGS,
    don’t you think messi reminds you of ‘Pedro’?
    In his gait, stature, shimmy, even looks ?
    Dribbling skills, winning the ball back & all round general play, it’s uncanny!
    >>>>I have to say that even Messi is better looking than Wor Pete lol.

  33. tgs , i saw him about four times and a few times on TV , i have always described him like a very quick and skilfull peter beardsley in his heyday , he used to read the game like that great arse player liam brady …

  34. TGS,clint hinted at it when i see messi i think of tony thats what he could have been imo, people might think thats a bit much,i dont,think of the boots they wore,the type ball they played with,none of those penny floaters as we called them those days

  35. Can anyone remember Micky Burns from Blackpool.
    He’s here, He’s there, He’s every F%&*$£g where,Mick Burns……….

  36. Chuck says:
    April 9, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    “Workey
    Yeah thanks for clarifying things, if I`m Statler, then who is Waldorf ?
    Ermm! did`nt get the Ron manager thing, whats that about ?”

    Chuck, Stuart is Waldorf, of course!

    Ron Manager was a parody of an old school British football manager / football ‘pundit’ on an old British TV comedy show called “The Fast Show”. I’ll see if I can find a YouTube clip of him for you.

    Louise is on her way, but I have been very busy with real work. I will be finishing it in tandem with the ‘match banter’ thing tomorrow.

  37. For me it`s allways been Bobby Mitchell, the best left winger ever @ the club, what about Ginola and Robert?
    Nope, he could both create and score, but his entertaining skills were something to see, the best dribbler i can remember seeing, a skill that is seldom seen to-day.
    And probably something that is not encouraged by coaches and managers, a skill usually learned in the school-yard or in make up games as children.
    It`s all the passing triangles as done by Arsenal, yeah entertaining to a degree but theres nothing like watching a speedy winger who can take his man on.

  38. CHUCK,didnt he end up running a bar edge of jesmond n/cle after his playing days (mitchell) when i think back

  39. I saw Tony Green play about a dozen or more times. He was fairly short, slight-framed – imagine Craig Bellamy but not so chunky. He had a lovely nippy touch and twinkling feet a la Pedro and could drop the shoulder, body-swerve etc. He was very popular with the other players too – I remember him scoring a screamer in a 4-0 win (Coventry?? – not sure why I think that) and can picture a delighted Bobby Moncur picking him up in a bear hug – TG was so slight in comparison it looked like he’d picked up a rag-doll!
    TGS – yes I do remember Micky Burns – good player – he was our top scorer in (sadly) a relegation season.
    Blackpool had a good team at one time – as well as TG they also had Tommy Hutchinson – anybody remember him?

  40. for me it will always be peter beardsley , and not gazza . because he was a geordie , and because he did it consistently over many seasons, and in the england shirt, just a shame he went to liverpool, but thats when he won some silver, his skills were clear and precise passing , good dribbling, and an ability to win the ball in midfield , and also score some cracking goals from 20-30 yards out , peter beardsley , rise SIR Peter , brilliant, and a great servant to the tooon !!

  41. Aye Tony was a bit like Pedro too.
    Bit skinnier maybe, quick though & deft.
    Just goes to prove all players don’t need to be beefed up monsters to be effective.
    In fact skill comes in smaller packages usually.

  42. I’m sure Tony Green was on the pools panel – might still be for all I know. You know, the one that decides the results of postponed games etc.

  43. ice , yeah BUT I actually remember and saw on black and white TV mind you , Newcastle win over two legs the inter city fairs cup in 69 I was 9, and thought this is great , what we gonna win next year ! , Bobby Moncur scored three over two legs , and I went on me dads shoulders to see them bring the first and last real silverware of my life time home to SJP….Not many on the blog who can say that I’m afraid ,,,,

  44. Workey
    Oh ! o`k, just not familiar with the show.
    Well it`s in the high seventies and overcast, Amstel time in the City,
    Later.

  45. mag6699, i’m pretty certain that is a different tony green , the one who is now a commentator , someone correct me if i’m wrong but he is not the same blackpool / toon player is he ??

  46. nzedtoonman said you were a young fellow,i was there,saw bus tours in our 50s FA CUP glory days

  47. nzedtoonman says:
    April 9, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    “ice , yeah BUT I actually remember and saw on black and white TV mind you , Newcastle win over two legs the inter city fairs cup in 69 I was 9”

    That’s what has really bugged me for many years now, the fact that Newcastle United’s last major trophy win was broadcast in black and white.

  48. I’m with you Nzed,
    Pedro all year long.
    Can’t believe that he wasn’t classed as one of the best ever, although playing for us, you’d expect him to be underrated & over-looked wouldn’t ye?
    We need to unearth a few more like him.
    Geordie legend through & through.
    Check his goals reels on utube, F***ing amazing!

    I too saw the fairs cup on B&W tv, wouldn’t mind another one before i pop me clogs like.
    :)

  49. nzedtoonman – not aware of the commentator bit, just the pools panel- could be someone else. I do recall that we were going through a bad patch, sliding down the table, when we bought Tony Green mid-season and he was one of the main reasons that our season picked up. Definitely a player you would pay just to go and watch him, never mind anything else.

  50. nzedtoonman says:
    April 9, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    “mag6699, i’m pretty certain that is a different tony green , the one who is now a commentator , someone correct me if i’m wrong but he is not the same blackpool / toon player is he ??”

    Wor Tony Green has been a schoolteacher in Scotland since he knacked his leg at 26.

  51. WORKY, what bugs me is the bloody daft bonny boots they wear now,sign of the times i surpose (and money) dont blame them from money side,cant belive its there choice at times like

  52. Who were the best?

    Ginola for skill, Peter for consistency and longevity.
    Macdonald for pace and excitement, Shearer for graft and passion.

    My two were Peter and Supermac, so there…….lol

    Thoughts anyone?

  53. It all started in the 70’s though ice.
    leeds & alan ball white boots etc
    :)
    They can wear sky-blue-pink with yellow dots, so long as they put the ball in the net, for me like.
    :)

  54. icedog says:
    April 9, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    “WORKY, what bugs me is the bloody daft bonny boots they wear now”

    When they brought those carpet slippers in, that’s when all the metatarsal injuries started, icedog.

  55. workyticket says:
    April 9, 2010 at 9:09 pm
    Not one person has mentioned Nolberto Solano yet. He was a world class player.

    Worky agreed, superb player but he often failed to lift his game away from home imo.

  56. clint,aye m8 put it bare foot for me too,just my old ways,tell you what it saves putting dubbin on them old ones 2-3 times a week to keep them soft lol,hated that

  57. Pedro for everything with brass knockers on.
    Shearer for guts & goals.
    Wor Jackie for goals & legendary status.
    Supermac for strength through goals with 5 defenders on his back while he scored.
    Moncur for lifting that cup.
    Solano’s free kicks
    Tudor for assisting Supermac.
    Wee Hughie cos everyone forgets him.
    :)

  58. Aye,
    me first football boots look like rugby boots, HA!
    Skrew in studs, almost steelies.
    & the ball, when wet was like a medicine ball.
    You didn’t head it, it hit you in the head.
    :)

  59. Beardsley, Waddle and KK when they exterminated Man Citeh at SJP in 1983. What a game…………

  60. workyticket says:
    April 9, 2010 at 9:08 pm
    icedog says:
    April 9, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    “WORKY, what bugs me is the bloody daft bonny boots they wear now”

    When they brought those carpet slippers in, that’s when all the metatarsal injuries started, icedog.

    god you always get my old grey matter going your spot on cannot say i ever played with anybody who had one,or bad ankle inj,even quick rub down with sponge and water if you had tight hamstring

  61. We all forget that no matter what age we are, we have all witnessed some special players and moments in our time following the Toon.

    Rob Lee headed goal at Wembley against Chelsea in 2000, I will never ever forget that feeling of euphoria for all of the 6 minutes that it took Chelsea to equalise.

  62. icedog,
    Remember the days when trainers used to run on the pitch with nowt but a bucket and sponge.
    If you had suffered a kick in the knackers the site of the cold sponge would spur you on.

    How times have changed.lol

  63. CLiNT FLiCK says:
    April 9, 2010 at 9:31 pm
    Pedro v brighton 198?
    slide in, win ball, drag back, chip.
    Wow!

    I was there in the Gallowgate end, great goal against Big Joe Corrigan who was 7ft 11in lol.

  64. CLINT aye pleased i pl ayed on the wing only had to cross the the ball or play it through,sod heading it if you could get away with,it always seemed to head the valve,when wet and thick of mud made the eyes water

  65. CLiNT FLiCK says:
    April 9, 2010 at 9:37 pm
    TGS & ice

    ‘that F***ing valve’

    The only valve I worry about now is the one in me ticker. lol

  66. ice i was a left-winger meself, i did ‘accidently’ score a few with me head, more by luck(?) than design like.
    I ‘m still getting ower the trauma.
    Big, daft ball print on y’face for the rest of the game.
    :)

  67. icedog says:
    April 9, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    “god you always get my old grey matter going your spot on cannot say i ever played with anybody who had one,or bad ankle inj,even quick rub down with sponge and water if you had tight hamstring”

    You’ve got mine gannin’ too icedog. Whenever I do something strenuous in light shoes which offer no support, I find that I am more susceptible to cramps, muscle strains etc. Whenever I’ve worn the latest types of boots (not very often) they are exactly the same.

  68. WORKY,horses for coarses maybe,if it helps my son does a bit of boxing if he does not wear the right foot gear he gets muscle strain,sore chins ect,trainer kicks his ar– if caught wearing trainers,dont know if that helps you m8

    ps.not saying you take boxing like lol

  69. CLINT,what used to me laugh was the line marking you being a winger like me,lineman would flag ball out,hadnt been a line for a bloody fornight, what the fu– you talking about,god how many yellow and red cards would we have got for foul lang

  70. icedog,
    Remember the square crossbar and posts, none of these going in off the bar/post goals that we see regularly now.
    Bah humbug lol.

  71. Aye mate,
    y’can hardly swear in the ground now, without a hoy oot.
    :)
    Soft as clarts mate.

  72. TGS
    & the stripy posts in europe.
    & the state of the pitches everywhere, battle fields.
    Not much carpetball then.

  73. 3-1 tomorrow for me.

    I would like to see Barton and Guthrie in centre of mid.

    I would also play Smith and Lovenkrands up front – Still think he’s a better striker than Mid.

    Suppose now is the time to try these things.

  74. TGS aye i do and those bloody refs about 20 stone,looked about 90yr old (to us them days)and the gear they wore god little hitlers,keeping up with play your having a laugh,i had time to have a fag before they caught up

  75. Meant to say earlier but my wi-fi cut out on the train.

    Of course, goes without saying that the posters make this site what it is. Some prolific, some astute, some amusing, some controversial, some all of those things.

    Worky probably has a good point about the boots. They’re far less rigid than they used to be and kicking someone’s studs is far more painful these days.

    Said it before my dad’s favourite player of all time was T Green, I did an article for the away game and wrote about Alan Suddick, who also played for both teams. Great bloke he was.

  76. The Baseball Ground at Derby, bloody mudbath.

    Remember the peanut seller at SJP walking alongside the pitchside and relying on the Pink to see the other scores.

    Happy days.

    BBM you young Wippasnaper. lol

  77. i can remember seeing kids being past over every bodys head from back to front so they could see better

  78. Aye BBM, you have still to get our age..

    icedog,
    Starting on me second cup of Horlicks as I am having such a good laugh that I thought I would push the boat out a little (only a little)

  79. Stu,
    How’s your fettle, upbeat or negative tonight?

    I think with steady investment we will be okay next season.

  80. I’m ok TGS, thanks.

    Fed up of arguing with the rose tinted brigade so I’m just going to wait and see. I just hope other peoples views are accepted better than mine as the blog would be pretty boring and would attract 1 comment a week!

    Always positive when there’s a game though – Always look forward to the games.

    Although I shouldn’t really according to some – I want NUFC to fail you know!

  81. Would you really stick Smith up top Stuart?
    Shola & Carroll are prolific compared, or are you just wanting him to score one before he dies?

  82. know what your saying clint,but if you shove a couple in when game is won even at this stage,he could have done it a few times at home ie cardiff,cov, etc etc when games are won great time to put them on, worrys me about ch at times

  83. Well it would be nice to see him score.

    I just don’t think he gives us anything in midfield. I think he could give us something in the PL as a striker.

  84. He did great for the first half of the season at DM.
    dropped off a bit later, then got injured.
    Hey, you could be right like.
    & it reall would be great if he did manage to put one in the net like.

  85. Stuart,
    See your point Re Smith in EPL, better as a second striker who will work the line and hold the ball up.
    He would worry me in the middle with his lack of pace and timing,he is also unable to create.
    However he has found his level in the CCC.

  86. No open top bus parade for me.
    The team/squad should take a bow after the Ipswich game and nothing more.
    The club should also thank the fans for their unstinting loyalty,
    It wasn’t good enough for the unwashed so why should it be good enough for us.

  87. Mission accomplished, with room to spare, no big shakes, back where we belong, what relegation?
    :)
    Nowt to see round here!
    Moving swiftly along…………………… :)

  88. ooof – just watched harrison sprott fight -harrison miles behind but came up with a huge KO in last round!

  89. stevep says:
    April 9, 2010 at 11:37 pm
    Smith should go – he’s no business in prem

    It’s that sort of attitude that will do the club no good at all.

    Totally agree though.

  90. Micky Quinn, David Kelly, Rob Lee, Andy Cole, peter beardsley, les Ferdinand, David ginola, alan shearer, tino asprilla, nikos dabizas, shay given are all legends in my life, you can tell I’m only 27 :)

  91. Stu – you’re right, that sort of attitude will see us in the top half, terrible idea – getting rid of the chaff and signing some half decent players tsk tsk supporters will be up in arms

  92. Feels Amazing got the lads on my mind….be working tomorrow with text updates from my Dad…come on lads get that trophy,put it in the closet and hopefully as a club and a geordie nation we can keep pushing forwards!

    Very proud what the team have done this season,got stuck in and grafted,we aint seen that for years with the prima donna pussy’s we where employing….HOWAY THE LADS !!

    I got a feeling we will run riot tomorrow !

  93. Sorry to upset all You pie in the sky divys….but get Yer money on Newcastle 1 Blackpool 3. Charlie Adam will show You what a class player realy is. Come on the mighty Seasiders same as at Bloomfield a win for the Pool. Howay the lads.

  94. Seasider – I totally agree about Charlie Adam. If you guys don’t get promoted via the play offs this year, you will not have him next season. However, while I respect your team and manager this season, I don’t agree with your predicted score line.

    Your team hasn’t experienced something like St James’ Park – against a team with no pressure – while you guys are in a must win. It is likely to be too much pressure.

  95. SEASIDER says:
    April 10, 2010 at 2:41 am

    “Sorry to upset all You pie in the sky divys….but get Yer money on Newcastle 1 Blackpool 3. Charlie Adam will show You what a class player realy is. Come on the mighty Seasiders same as at Bloomfield a win for the Pool. Howay the lads.”

    Make sure you pop back later on and we can see if your right ;)

  96. SEASIDER says:
    April 10, 2010 at 2:41 am
    Sorry to upset all You pie in the sky divys….but get Yer money on Newcastle 1 Blackpool 3. Charlie Adam will show You what a class player realy is. Come on the mighty Seasiders same as at Bloomfield a win for the Pool.
    <<<<< fuk off ya tramp ya gonna hammerd today u stick too sellin ya cheap lighters and fake watches ya fukin blackpool skank

  97. What a bloody stupid time of the morning. Never have kids.

    Anyway – nice to see Batty hasn’t lost his subtle, almost lyrical way with words. That finishing school is paying off nicely.

  98. I’m almost looking forward to the Blackpool managers comments as much as the game. The fella is pure entertainment. Pretty good at his job too.

    Won’t win, mind. Sorry seasider but I think yer gonna get skunked.

  99. hahaha batty 156
    you just made me laugh, couple of nice replies to the Blackpool fan and then you just came out with “fuk off ya tramp”
    hahaha class!

  100. Enjoyed the trip down memory lane on the blog today. I think my all time fav players were Beardsley, Supermac, Solano and Shearer. Although two moments that stick in my mind involved
    Albert and Parker. The one with Albert was a great photo in the newspapers of him standing over and looking down with a bemused look on his face at little Juninhio who was obviously remonstrating with Albert and wagging his finger at him. The size difference between them was immense and the look on Albert’s face was priceless.
    Then in the match that Scott Parker got a couple of teeth knocked out and continued playing whilst biting down on a hankie until he received a second blow to the face. The poor guy was lying on the ground in agony and waved the white hankie like a white flag, surrendering at last. Brave guy. Priceless moment.

  101. stu @ 160
    “our ambitions are to stay in the PL for the next few seasons and not to become a yo-yo club”
    completely reasoned assessment from Houghton I think, the past is littered with yo yo clubs, sustain, then build (isn’t that what the American’s said about Iraq?) is common sense and practical and SHOULD be the aim for the next two seasons.

    “Seriously though, this isn’t a way to sell season tickets. A couple of years of mediocrity and attendances will drop right off”
    Disagree. What evidence do you have to support such an assertion? In case you haven’t been watching, the past 6 seasons in the Premiership were mediocre, did attendances wane? No. Average attendances this season were 48,000, largely thanks to season ticket sales, did relegation effect attendances? NO.

    Back in the real world, priorities are, winning the championship, getting a few signings, couple of loans and consolidating our position in the Premiership for a couple of years,THEN build, plain and simple.

  102. Didn’t take long for wickywoowoo to stick his tongue in Charlie Adams anus, I wonder why? If Scottish footballers are so great why is the national team utter shite?

  103. “Batty

    JJ, its not bullshit ya either are or arnt a geordie and if ya not u will never know what it feels like too have the passion of a geordie”

    Not saying you arn’t more passionate about the club – of course you are, its were you’re born and raised… What I’m saying, though, is that just because supporters don’t come from Newcastle, doesn’t mean they don’t have passion for the club. And people that call us “Plastic Geordies” are the idiots that give Newcastle’s “Geordie” fans a bad name… We may not be Geordies, but we are passionate Newcastle supporters, that you as Geordies should be proud to have following the team.

    However, I do think its only a small minority that think that way.

    Also, don’t assume there arn’t areas in the world were passions are felt greatly. For sport, for human rights, for conservation or whatever it may be. I know what passion is about. And its the “Geordie Passion” that drews us to the your club! Don’t use that attachment to be derogatory towards non-Geordie supporters.

  104. Mike Ashley hasn’t had much luck with sponsorship projects recently, but he has hit the jackpot now. Lee Westwood has been leading the ‘Master’s’ golf championship in Augusta while sponsored by Ashley’s Dunlop brand. As well as the massive exposure in a world market, it also helps to restore Dunlop’s reputation somewhat as a ‘quality’ brand.

    Statler, I await your heckling about discussing financial issues on this ‘blog.

  105. Stuart79 says:
    April 10, 2010 at 10:27 am

    “A couple of years of mediocrity and attendances will drop right off”

    If that were true, all that stuff about being the “loyalest supporters in the land” would be complete guff, Stuart.

  106. We really should be flush for cash sponsorship wise next season actually.

    – We have supposedly agreed a new kit sponsorship with Puma.
    – Then we have nenewed a deal with Northern Rock (money we weren’t getting because we spent it on Owen).
    – Then they still have the Stadium name @St James Park.
    – Then all the corperate sponsorships lost during the relegation year will come back.
    – Gate receipts should be up around 4 000 seats a game.
    – We no longer have to pay the high wages of Nicky Butt, Casapa, Owen, Martins, Beye, Viduka, Duff, etc, that we we paying previously.
    – We get tv rights cash which we never had last season.
    – And surely we get a couple million if we win the Championship.

    Surely with that extra income, we should have enough to invest in three or four quality players without having to pay off big loans.

    Not many other teams have that luxury after promotion.

    We really should be finishing top 12 comfortably (resource wise)- even as early as next season.

  107. Worky

    I would assume its the box seats and corperate seats that the loyalty doesn’t lie that well.
    For the general public I’d have expected those seats to be full this year. The extra 4 000 or so (80%) would be corperate seats being filled again.
    The Premiership is a big pull in the business world. So you’d get overseas support, or just loads of businessman trying to catch a premier league game on their travels… etc. Nothing to do with general support really.

  108. I reckon 2 – 1 or 3 – 1

    I can’t see us keeping a clean sheet against them – especially as Harps is struggling a little bit at the moment. Not quite sure what it is, but he’s entitled to a bit of leeway after a hard season.

  109. I know no-one is going to believe me but i am going to tell you guys anyways, i post on here regulary so am not one of those who is just coming on to make something up out of the blue, but my mates cousin is Pete Graves (who works and presents on sky sports news) and he like texts my mate when he finds out anything about Newcastle but were all Nufc fans, and he text him last night saying, Hughton is going to bid 6 million for Martins, he text back aksing how he knew and he said the chief of like the transfer watch thing on sky sports said a strong wolfsburg source said that we made the call a few days ago asking how much and they would be willing to sell. Believe me or not i’m just passing it on.

  110. Daan4tooN @ 171,

    I hope your wrong mate, we are better off without him.
    No one can play alongside him and his finishing can be suspect, save for the odd screamer or two.

  111. Mick says:
    April 10, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Yeah attendances did go down mate.

    We used to get 52k every home game, even when Souness was here. Our last two seasons in the PL we didn’t.

  112. JJ – We dont get any money from the Championship mate, regardless of whether we finish 1st or 2nd. Also, the shirt sponsoership deal only pays if we are in the PL and even then it is only £2.5 million.

  113. Stu – Do you not think that maybe the protests last season had an impact? The 25k against Hull plus a couple of others all impacted the average.

  114. workyticket says:
    April 10, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Would agree totally with that Worky – Although I don’t know many supporters who spout that rubbish. Mainly the media.

    Same as all the Messiah stuff and the ‘big club’ rubbish that is spoken about in the media.

    It was only last week I heard on the radio that some fans were already asking for KK and Shearer to come back now we were promoted. I haven’t heard one single supporter say anything of the sort. But it helps get people to call up and gets the debate going so they think it’s ok.

  115. toonsy,

    Did we really only get 25k against Hull? I thought there was over 40k there…

    But even before that. I rememeber thinking why wasn’t there 50k at our first home game against Bolton last season, under KK and we had just got a good draw at Man Utd.

    Attendances had been on the drift I think in general, but if we started climbing the table and started doing well we would be back at 52k. If we struggle they will drop – Much like everywhere else.

  116. Stuart79 says:
    April 10, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    “It was only last week I heard on the radio that some fans were already asking for KK and Shearer to come back now we were promoted.”

    It was probably Stardust and his gang, Stuart. :-)

  117. Stu – I agree, up to a point, but we still avreaged 48k plus last season which is the first season it had dipped under 50k since the ground was redeveloped.

    Your right that fans would drift over time but we have always had a good support so are less likely to have massive drops.

  118. on the comments about the crowds,they couldn,t sell out on monday night,when promotion was assured.
    i think some fans will still need convincing,about the ashley regime i,m afraid.
    as for hughton alot of what he has said about expectation levels is commendable on first view,but one has to always think about how much of this are actually ashley,s words.
    my worry is hughton just another friendly face of ashley,s regime?,putting spin on everything and coming across like the thule society,s propaganda machine?.
    could chris hughton be the willie mcfaul of the tens?.

  119. TROJAN – If the Sheffield Utd game was on a Saturday it would have sold out, I have no doubt about that. There would have been too many people wanting to be there to see it that could actually make the trip as they didn’t have to worry about work the next day.

  120. TROJAN 69

    I think the expensive seating ie platinum club are where were struggling at the moment – They might come back in the prem, but they’ll be soon out again if we just potter along without any progression or if they don’t see any attempt to invest and improve.

    That’s in a supporters DNA.

  121. oioi Komfort and crew, where’s the grand national tips eh? I’ve already placed a few bets but I wouldn’t mind another from a seasoned gambler ;)

    FOOTY:

    3-1 the toon. I hope. Anything could happen as I rate Blackpool and especially Holloway. Who is, as well as a shrewd manager, a pure comedy genius. That’s how they make em in the Westcountry! ;)

  122. TROJAN 69 says:
    April 10, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    “might have known worky would try and turn it into some racist undertone”

    No, just insane, Trojan. Why are you attempting to smear Hughton by comparing him with Nazi sympathisers? Are you Louise Taylor in disguise? Are you even a supporter of this club?

  123. Not bothered about that toonsy, I just want to know what the most important man at the club is thinking and what his plans are.

    It would appear he has learnt nothing!

    Anyway, off to the match and I will be back this evening after a 4-0 win!

    Smith to score! Now how’s that for positive!!!!!!!!

  124. worky the thule society were responsible for some of the worst propaganda ever,if you want to be an anti racist we have to know the enemy.
    UP THE ANTIFA HOOLIGANS FOR EVER
    GOD BLESS ST PAULI.

  125. TROJAN 69 says:
    April 10, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    “worky the thule society were responsible for some of the worst propaganda ever”

    Trojan, I am perfectly aware of who the Thule society were, their proto nazist views and their links with the rise of National Socialism in Germany. To smear Chris Hughton, a black man, with comparisons to them is rather tasteless and disgusting.

  126. therein lies the paradox i,m trying to get across,but if you want to take it in that context that,s your perogative worky,but i am not a racist full stop.

  127. TROJAN 69 says:
    April 10, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    “but i am not a racist full stop.”

    I am also perfectly aware that you aren’t a racist, Trojan, but why are you trying to smear Hughton? Is that what you call supporting your club?

  128. Harper, Simposon, Coloccini, Williamson, Kadar, Routledge, Guthrie, Nolan, Jonas, Carroll, Lovenkrands.

    Subs: Krul, Taylor, Smith, Best, Pancrate, Ameobi, Barton

  129. Worky – I’m eagerly awaiting you bit on Louise Taylor.

    If you get it our early enough it might make tomorrows paper ;)

  130. toonsy says:
    April 10, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    “Worky – I’m eagerly awaiting you bit on Louise Taylor.”

    I’m doing the match banter, Toonsy. Lets get the match stuff out of the way, then I’ll sort Louise out. ;-)

  131. May i know what time is it now over at UK????

    My time converter seems to be screwed up~~~~

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