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Posted on November 29th, 2011 | 71 Comments |

Manchester United v Newcastle United.
Manchester United: Not getting all their own way for a change.
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester.
Date: Saturday 26 November, 2011
Kick-off: 3.00pm.
Referee: Mike Jones (replaced Phil Dowd).

After such a great result was over-shadowed by the deeply sad news of the death of a true Geordie Legend, Gary Speed, I’ve found it very hard to commit to a match report. It’s with a heavy heart that I put finger to keypad to type out something that pales into insignicance in such upsetting circumstances. It times like these that football takes a backseat.

The game:

Newcastle traveled to Manchester for the second week running to pit themselves against the current champions at Old Trafford. Having not won there in almost 40 years, every pundit and their dog probably had us down for a loss. But despite playing the final 15 minutes with ten men after the senidning off of Gutierrez, and receiving everything Manchester United had to throw at us including the kitchen sink, once again it was some great last ditch defending including a few more great saves from Tim Krul helped Newcastle to snatch a rare point from Old Trafford.

The game started at breakneck speed, Man U attacking from the off trying to gain an early advantage. After the first ten minutes though, Newcastle started to settle and you could see that we weren’t here to make up the numbers.

Obertan, playing against his former employers was having a great start to the game, constantly finding space on the right and once Newcastle found their feet, Man U knew they were in a game. In the 10th minute, a brilliant dink over the defence from into the path of the marauding Demba Ba could have given us the lead. Whilst his low shot forced David de Gea into making a good save, he could have got a bit more power into it if he had made a better connection. It was some good play from the lads though which brought us back into the game though after Manchester’s early dominance. Very soon after that, it was Gutierrez’s turn to release Ba once again but this time Ba was judged to be offside.

At the other end our defence was showing why they are one of the best in the league. Blocking, tackling and playing out to the midfield with confidence. Obertan wriggled clear and sent over a sweet cross that evaded everyone, finding Ryan Taylor unmarked at the back stick. Unfortunately though, it came onto his less favoured left foot and he could make a clean enough contact to worry the Man U goal.

It wasn’t going the home teams way and that was highlighted by yet another contentious temper tantrum by Rooney. As Colo tackled him, won the ball, whilst down on the turf, Rooney thought hacking away at our
Captain was a good idea. This upset Hatem Ben Arfa to the point of running the length of the pitch to remind Rooney of his mental deficiencies. The ref decided in his wisdom that Hatem was out of order, yellow carding him for dissent. It’s hardly surprizing Hatem was so bothered after what he’s been through in the last year, recovering from another trip to Manchester.

The Lads were holding their own in a pulsating and pretty even half of football. Krul was plucking balls out of the air, Guthrie and Cabaye finding willing runners in Jonas and Obertan However whilst both sides fashioned some reasonable chances forcing the odd save, neither Krul nor De Gea were greatly tested at this stage. Playing at the front for the Reds, Javier “Chicarito” Hernandez, though lively, his finishing was generally quite poor for a player of his stature, miscuing many of his chances when they came. Even when he scored later in the match, it was something of a fluke. Wayne Rooney, who joined Hernandez at the front in a somewhat unexpected 4-4-2 formation seemed to be playing in more of a supporting role, and was somewhat anonymous by his usual standards yesterday too, though it was his shot which ricoched off Hernandez for that later goal.

Half Time Manchester United 0 – 0 Newastle United.

The second half started much as the first with the home team on the attack. After just 4 minutes a very weak free kick decision was given against Steven Taylor just outside our box. I feared the worst. Rooney piled it into the wall that had stood tall. It bounced back into his path and he smashed it again, this time making it through the forest of legs. Krul looked to have it covered, it landed in front of Steven Taylor who hammered it out, only for it to riccochet off the poaching Hernandez, seemingly going beyond him but it did a 90 deegree turn and trickled over the line, leaving the helpless Krul with no chance. To this onlooker it seemed to have come off of his elbow, but anyway it was given. Manchester United 1 – 0 Newastle United

It looked as though it was going to be all one way traffic from then but Newcastle regrouped and started to show some of their first half form. Not unlike last season at SJP, the Lads rolled up their collective sleeves and took the sting out of Man U’s offence. It wasn’t all defence for the Magpies though. From a corner, a curving ball bounced invitingly for Coloccini who caught it really well on the half volley, hitting it down at the ground, it sprang up towards the net only for De Gea to tip it over the bar with a top save.

Newcastle continued going about their business until the ball was worked up to the tricky Hatem Ben Arfa. He took the ball about 35 yards out and started to wind his way towards the Stretford end goal. Jinking past their defence, he made his way into the box, pushed for the by-line, Ferdinand slid in when shephearding him out may have been a better, safer option. Clattering into Ben Arfa, Hatem rolled from the collision, looking for something from the ref. It seemed as if he was pointing for a corner, but it became apparent that the ref’s Ass. was flagging for something else. The usual surrounding of the ref ensued, all respect given over to moaning.

Penalty!

Unbelievable!

Probably for the first time in, well, forever that a ‘debateable’ Penalty has been given to an away team at Old Trafford. I can tell you, this humble narrator was er, quite pleased!

Ba took the responsibility, placed the ball, checked, re-placed the ball, found a nice tuft on the penalty spot, gathered himself and calmly dispatched the ball into the right hand corner, sending De Gea the wrong way.

Get in!

Manchester United 1 – 1 Newastle United.

The game was ebbing and flowing now, Manchester United were crying for every decision and mostly, the ref was going along with their protestations. Jonas slid into a tackle and picked up a yellow. That was our third of the game. A few short minutes later, Jonas was drawn into another tackle on Nani. A bad move. Whilst he did clip Nani, Nani then leapt like a man shot down in his prime and there was only going to be one outcome.

Red card Jonas…Off!

The red horde sensed blood, maybe for the first time since the first 5 minutes of the game. Everything, including the kitchen sink, was now thrown our way. With 15 minutes plus OT (Old Trafford) time, there was little let up. A series of shots, crosses, deflections, saves, abuse were directed towards the Newcastle goal.

Krul made fine stops from point blank, curved shots and the like. Steven Taylor got inbetween numerous chances, Ryan Taylor hacked away for a corner. Danny Simpson then made the ‘old boy’ save of the day, stopping a seemingly certain goal on the line with an amazing foot in, Krul beaten. They even hit the post, but nothing was going to breach this heroic defensive display of 11 v 10 away from home Lads a share of the spoils.

They kept coming and coming, and Hernandez even managed to get the ball in the back of the net in the very last knockings of the game, only to be correctly ruled offside by the other ref’s Ass. A little help on from Carrick forced Hernandez into an offside position.

No goal!

That was with literally seconds to go in the fourth minute of extra time. On any other day at Old Trafford, the ref would have seen fit to give in to virtually insurmountable pressure from 70 odd thousand expectant glory hunters; but not this time, no dice!

Final score: Manchester United 1 – 1 Newastle United.

What a defensive performance, against all odds at probaly the hardest place to get any ‘luck’. It’s no fluke though that we have the best back 5 currently. I always thought we had a chance in this game and so it proved. Well done to all involved, manager, coaches, fans but mostly the team.

I’d like to finish by dedicating this article to the late, great Gary Speed, a TRUE Geordie Legend, you will be missed, but never forgotten. Thanks for all your fantastic service to N.U.F.C.

My deepest condolances go out to his family (especially his bairns) and friends. Rest in peace.

Howay the Lads!

Man of the match: Tim Krul for several more matchsaving saves

Teams, Stats etc…

Teams

Manchester United (4-4-2): David De Gea, Fabio, Patrice Evra (Federico Macheda 88), Nemanja Vidić, Rio Ferdinand, Nani, Ashley Young, Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick, Javier Hernandez, Wayne Rooney.

Subs: Anders Lindegaard (G), Frederico Macheda, Chris Smalling, Ji-Sung Park, Darron Gibson, Antonio Valencia, Jonathan Evans.

Newcastle United (4-4-1-1): Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Ryan Taylor, Gabriel Obertan, Yohan Cabaye, Danny Guthrie (James Perch 74), Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa (Lovenkrands 80); Demba Ba.

Subs: Rob Elliot (G), Davide Santon, James Perch, Dan Gosling, Sammy Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi.

Stats.

Goals: Javier Hernandez 49, Demba Ba (Pen) 63.
Yellow cards: Hatem Ben Arfa (26), Fabio (54), Jonas Gutierrez (65), Danny Guthrie (67).
Red cards: Jonas Gutierrez (79).
Possession: Manchester United 59.9%, Newcastle United 40.1%.
Shots on target: Manchester United 7, Newcastle United 5.
Shots off target: Manchester United 12, Newcastle United 1.
Corners: Manchester United 11, Newcastle United 3.
Passes: Manchester United 421, Newcastle United 280.
Pass Success: Manchester United 81.2%, Newcastle United 66.1%.
Territorial advantage: Manchester United 53.6%, Newcastle United 46.4%.

Match highlights and post match interviews

Unfortunately, the half hour highlights we posted on Saturday are no longer available, however there are still some shorter ones (below) along with the post match interviews from Alan Pardew and an absolutely livid Alex Ferguson. :lol:

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71 Responses

  1. Thanx worky,

    nice ‘tickle’ too.

    :)

    Forgot to call hernandez ‘petit pois’.
    :lol:

    BTW, do ya’ get ‘big peas’?
    ;)

  2. WHY IS NO-ONE MENTIONING ROONEYS DISGRACEFUL KICKING OF COLLOCINI. IF THAT WAS JOEY BARTON HE WOULD HAV HAD A 5 MATCH BAN PLUS FINE. DONT THE FA LOOK UP ON THE THINGS THE REFS MISS. PURE DISGRACE, ROONY SHOULD BE BANNED FOR 3 GANES, THEN WE CAN GO ABOVE MANURE. HWTL

  3. justice 4 Geordies,

    It’s in my report mate, as i felt it was being conveniently overlooked too.
    Typical bias in the media.
    Shawcross, Barton, clattermole & the like would be lynched, hey?

  4. Justice 4 Geordies – it has been largely overlooked that real praise should go to Collo who not only did not react (or act injured as many would) or complain to the ref (inciting a minor riot would be routine for some)

    – indeed he shook rooney’s hand and defused the situation and got on with his excellent job as solid defender and revealing his outstanding influence as captain.

    Look again at his role in this match and his record this season – he does not seek publicity or shout his mouth off and its time he got the praise and credit he deserves at the centre of the PL’s best defence and as captain of a top team.

    This player is becoming one of the best I have have seen playing for NUFC! Sign him up now!

    Haway Collo
    HWTL

  5. Clint – superb report! better than the sunday papers! Just printed it off for a leisurely read with my coffee.

  6. Justice 4 Geordies – should also add – thank christ Barton wasn’t on the pitch! we would have gone to pot and lost that match. Shows how we have changed for the better.

  7. ps…I totally concur with your appraisal of Colo too.

    A model Pro, not unlike a certain Gary Speed, hey?

    4 more years!

  8. Almost as pleasing as the deserved point was seeing poor hard done by Fergy crying his eyes out at the injustice done to his team by the ref. It has the be the managerial version of taking a dive. Poor ManU they never get owt do they!!

    Collo and Saylor have been immense for us, ably assisted despite some shortcomings by Simpson and Raylor. I wouldn’t be surprised if Saylor got an England call up, deserves it IMO.

  9. Having watched the game again on ESPN3, it seems that NUFC would have been much more equal to MANU if NUFC had better control of getting “head tennis” balls out of the air and onto the feet of NUFC players. MANU completely dominated this area of the game. They used the time the ball was in the air to get into position to receive a headed down pass or get on a Newcastle man. MANU players are also very adept at working themselves into position to get the high headed balls. AP, the task is before you…

  10. BeeGuy, i found that there were loads of misjudged, mistimed headers – both teams were guilty i thought, i guessed it was down to rain getting in players faces.

    who do we think will replace Jonas on the left wing, come sat?

    SAMMY?

  11. grumpy,
    probably mate, people should really oughta look before they leap.

    we can always pick up things that weren’t done well or didn’t come off. But after a great result it’s a bit churlish to say the league champs at home forced some of our players into the odd mistake.
    It’s not science, 100% doesn’t exist in football, only in stats.

  12. grumpy,

    i think the UN have been informed about the travesty at ot at the weekend & are gathering a task force as we speak.

    :lol:

  13. seriously – Ferguson is a bully and an a*sehole – just how does he get away with it? – waving his watch about and spitting blood at the officials.
    he was a shit player and he’s not much better as a man

    i’m not the violent sort but id like to punch his big red nose

  14. Yea sammu will replace jonas on sat. AP wont change is formula nw nt until we hit dwnward sprial(hpein we dnt). Great result on wkend nw lookin forward to chelsea.

    Think well av the beatin of thm, there nt the side they were.

    HWTL

  15. Im headin over newcastle on monda any no where r gt good meal n nyc pint? Missis sed she wud treat me as it my bday.

  16. Could’ve lost that game 4-0 (given that the penalty was pretty much a travesty of a decision), but the defence and, in particular Tim Krul, did everything to stop the red horde from scoring.

    Pretty much the main difference this season so far: NUFC may not be prolific scorers but they let few in. 12 so far, only Man. City have a better ‘Goals Against’ record in the top four of the EPL.

    Not that stats mean feck all, I suppose.

    Which is what matters.

  17. Saturday, I reckon we might see Shola (presume he’s fit) up front with Ba and HBA slotting in for Jonas. There’s a few options available to AP, Ferguson as well as Sammy perhaps?

  18. Kilgore_D_Sprout says:

    November 29, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    “only Man. City have a better ‘Goals Against’ record in the top four of the EPL.”

    We haven’t let any more in than Man City or Liverpool Kilgore, so we’re still joint top with those two teams in the goals against league with 12 goals against in 13 games.

    Which is what matters.

  19. Have to say it was nice to get the point at Old Trafford.
    I can understand Fergies outrage, but have to say i enjoyed the fact that finally somehow, an undeserved penalty was awarded to a team other than Man.U.

    Looking at the rumors section, appears we are very interested in Montpellier’s striker Giroud, who is valued at around 14m.
    Find it difficult to believe Ashley would spend that kind of money, after all i thought we had a done deal with Miaga ?
    Of course it could be we are looking at Girouds, team-mate the Central African Republic, defender.
    Then again who the hell knows ?
    Looks like Ridgewell could be had for around 2m. big tough defender, a good deal imo, need a bit of muscle back there, keep em honest.

    My fear is either Cabaye or Tiote, our engine room,( one defending the other laying on the killer pass) may be sold, face it who would,nt like to have the pair or either one in their midfield?

    Could it be that Ashley has had a change of plan, now he knows the feeling of a bit of success and could be willing to invest a bit of cash, with the idea of earning some extra tv revenue, in European competition?

    Or will he revert to kind, sell off our best players, reinvest in (in Joey’s words) “younger, cheaper and better” ?

    Whey the hell knaas?, cause ah divent!

  20. Chuck says:

    November 29, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    “Looks like Ridgewell could be had for around 2m. big tough defender, a good deal imo, need a bit of muscle back there, keep em honest.”

    Aye that would be a good deal Chuck, but in reality he would be more like double that if he were for sale.

  21. Geordie Glen
    Finally figured you were going to Newcastle and were, interested in finding a decent meal and pint, did i get it right ?
    My point is not everyone understands or can be bothered to figure out text abbreviations, nyc i figured means nice, but originally thought it was new york city.
    Hey it only takes a couple of extra seconds, to write it longhand or chance most people will ignore you, having neither the time or interest to figure out what it is you are saying.

  22. Worky
    You may very well be right,that’s just a figure i heard being bandied about, but if he could be had for that amount
    would be a deal.
    Gonna be an interesting window, perhaps an indication of which way Ashley wants to take the club ?
    Will he sell or buy ?
    We may miss out on Jr. Hoilett, believe Spurs are prepared to pay a good price for him, though who knows how much truth there is in that !
    He’s a talent though !

  23. Oh, angry SAF. Will you ever stop being entertaining?

    Some of the action may have been described above in a somewhat partisan light, but hey-it’s an NUFC blog!

    Good point about their goal coming off Chicharito’s elbow-I thought the same.

    I’ll bet a few pints it’s Lovenkrands for Jonas this weekend.

  24. Great work Clint. Must have felt a little fruitless after the news on Sunday, but you’ve produced a top report mate!

    Nice one man.

  25. WORKY
    Thanks for link will sure find somewhere.

    Sorry to all it bothered about writing short hand was at work didnt really have much time.

  26. geordie glen says:

    November 29, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    “WORKY
    Thanks for link will sure find somewhere.”

    Glen, last time I was back in the old town I went to Marco Polos on Dean street ’cause it’s been there since I was a bairn. I think it’s one of the first restaurants I ever remember going to and I used to take lasses there back in the early Jurassic period. I also went to some Tapas place called “El Torero” in the same area, near the Theatre Royal. They’re both very OK, maybe not the best in the world ever but very nice nonetheless if my last experiences were anything to go by.

  27. jimbob,

    cheers mate,
    aye it was tough to get the will to do it after Speedo’s sad death.

    tunyc,

    from an NUFC perspective maybe, i try to be objective, without toe-ing some crappy pundit line hopefully.
    I thought it was just me that thought hernandez handled it like, nice one.

  28. I remember going to an “Italian” restaurant with my missus in the 70s in the Toon on a short visit. Asked for sphagetti and after some blank looks and head scratching they served up heinz tinned sphagetti. We were both too dumbfounded to even question why.
    This is a true story.

    Hopefully there are some proper Italian restaurants there now that Glen might be able to enjoy?

  29. Grumpy there are hundreds

    around the back of St. James park on the corner next to teh watch repair shop.

    and there is an italians down the quay side near the arena.

    just depends on the budget i could probably name a few decent restraunts and depends what you mean by newcastle? city center or further afield?.

  30. Glen,

    News coming in, I was just speaking with someone on the phone who’s still up north and knows what’s gannin’ on so bearing in mind your question I mentioned good retaurants in Toon.

    He said Cafe 21 by the Quayside so I looked up the website for you.

    http://www.cafetwentyone.co.uk/

    I’d go with his advice if I were you.

    Here to help! :-)

  31. Grumpy Old-Toon says:

    November 29, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    “I remember going to an “Italian” restaurant with my missus in the 70s in the Toon on a short visit. Asked for sphagetti and after some blank looks and head scratching they served up heinz tinned sphagetti. We were both too dumbfounded to even question why.
    This is a true story.”

    Grumpy, that Marco Polo’s I mentioned above was there in the 70s I’m sure when Italian restaurants in Newcastle were highly exotic. They had propa Spaghetti like.

  32. Ha ha. As I said in my drunken tirades on Sat night, sod Manure. They get so much “generosity” from the officiating staff you’d think they were Juventus.

  33. Thanks again worky. Looks rather posh to me will find out how much the missis loves me when she the one paying. We dont get restraunts like that over here in carlisle. Full of cheap cheap tasteless ones here.

    Ill cetainly remember not to order the spaghetti from any italians. (Or does it come on toast)

  34. grumpy – i went for a meal on board the tuxedo when it opened. – must have been in the 70s. i ordered a steak with vegetables – one of which was spaghetti!

    i kid you not :-)

  35. Haha spaghetti and steak i think these chefs need abit more training.
    I take it anywhere you go going to end up with spaghetti somewhere down the line, will take this into consideration when ordering.

  36. Glen, I think you’ll find them ok now, the Geordie palate is a bit more sophisticated and would probably do a Michael Winner if rubbish was served.

    Tattyheed, hope it wasn’t of the tinned variety. By the way doesn’t spaghetti grow on trees? I seem to remember seeing something about the sphagetti harvest on TV!!

  37. Worky, just looked at the Cafe 21 website. If Glen’s missus treats him to a meal there, then she thinks the Sun shines from somewhere very special!!

    The prices aren’t exactly the cheapest in Toon I would think!!

    We recently went to a swish restaurant in Woodbridge, Suffolk. Highly rated, highly expensive. Came out feeling hungry and it was so ordinary that we wondered what all the fuss was about. Won’t mention the name but it was by the quayside!!

  38. grumpy,

    i think that ‘spag on trees’ thing was an april fool gag that people bought into, back in the 50/60′ on bbc.

    Geordie glen,
    just tell ’em to hold the spag no matter what you order mate.

    :)

  39. cafe 21,
    bit crap on the old veggie menu, all fluff & nee veggies.
    The prices seem ok, though compared with doon here owt does.
    Desserts & starters are a bit ott price wise though.

    :)

  40. CLiNT, Yeah it was. :) Quite funny at time and a lot of people fell for it. It was a serious presenter delivered with loads of gravitas, or was it gravy, blimey back to food again.

  41. grumpy,

    it’s amazing how people’s taste’s have changed.
    :)

    Just look how the pundits are starting to salivate over manc all of a sudden.
    True fair weather/glory hunter behaviour.
    No accounting for bad taste, hey?
    :)

  42. “Just look how the pundits are starting to salivate over manc all of a sudden.
    True fair weather/glory hunter behaviour.
    No accounting for bad taste, hey?”

    Indeed. I much prefer the our side have earned what we’ve got. Esp being a foreign fan, I’d feel like a complete tosser walking around in a ManC strip these days. Even if I’d followed them for 20 years, people would just assume that I was a glory hunter… like all of the Chelsea and ManUre “fans” you see over here.

  43. FourFourOne, It’s not just about cafes, we were responding to a fellow Toon supporter in a time of need. :) Suppose we need a bit of salivat–, oops sorry salvation and get back to our real religion, ie football.

    See gossip is connecting us with Scott Brown (think thats right) of Celtic, he’s just getting over an injury and could be relatively cheap so fits the profile nicely.

  44. fourfouroneone says:

    November 30, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    “whats happened to this blog …. no news other than which cafe to go to !!!”

    Hugh’s been away and I haven’t been very well for the last few days fouofouroneone.

  45. And “Cafes” do you mind, we Geordies are a bit more sophisticated on our Neets oot noo.
    Restaurants!!!

  46. Also he would be a good signing in as much he could introduce us to some fine Scottish fare. Deep Fried Battered Mars-bars, mmmmmmmmmmm.

  47. Tripp,

    i agree mate, built beats bought, hey?

    It’s a more satisfying feeling when it works.
    Any mug can buy something!
    ;)

  48. scotty brown £1.5m they reckon, i’d only imagine this would be cover for tiptoe leaving us…as we’re pretty well stocked in def mids…

  49. From the three hundred odd restaurants listed for the area, surely there has to be some who turn out authentic quisine, of whatever area they advertise /
    Though have to say, been a bit dissapointed for the most part when visiting.
    Willing to settle for a good feed of fresh cod or haddock n’ chips, heavy on the salt and vinegar.
    Guess i’ve been spoiled here in NYC, where the choices are enough to make anyone jaded.

    The rumor mill’s are begining to link teams with players, for the comming window and especially NUFC as they seem to think we have thirty five million to spend, little do they know ?
    Compiled a list of players we have been associated with,
    Ridgewell- 2m. ?
    De Jong- 10m. ?
    Miaga- 5/6 M. ?
    Giroud- 10/14 m.?
    Pieters- 3m. ?
    Houlett- Free agent in summer
    Brown- ” ” ” ”
    Sissokho-5/6m. ?
    Did i miss anyone, oh yeah ! Girouds Club-mate the defender, damned if i can remember his name.
    I cant help thinking of Brown as a cheap replacement for Tiote, who seems to have impressed a number of clubs this season,hope i’m wrong.
    But all in all i got no problem with the above lot , all decent players, who would strengthen the side, of course we cant expect them all but perhaps as many as three ?
    Or am i being too optomistic, we live in hope and die in despair !

  50. CLINT @31#
    Whats rhe difference, whether you build a team with cheap or expensive players, i dont get what your point is ?
    Are you saying, because Ashley is a cheap-ass owner and has spent considerably less than the Citeh owners, that there’s some ethical, moral or righteousness involved ?

  51. chuck,

    did ya’ mean @61?

    Mate, what i meant is: there’s always something more satisfying about building a team, than just buying a team cos ya’ loaded.
    Bit like working for something rather than having it handed on a plate.
    Nowt to do with ashley or whoever being tight/rich or whatever.

  52. CLiNT FLiCK says: there’s always something more satisfying about building a team, than just buying a team cos ya’ loaded. Bit like working for something rather than having it handed on a plate.
    Except of course when Keegan did it for us!

  53. Clint “that was ‘chicken feed’ mate” – might look that way now, but at the time we set world a record (Shearer) bought over priced ordinary players (Warren Barton etc) and shipped out youngsters & locals (Huckerby, Clarke etc) including scrapping the reserve team. We did a lot to create the crazy world of modern football.
    And for all the excitement we won absolutely nowt!
    But it was great for a while wasn’t it!

  54. supermac,
    aye on Shearer, & the dumb plan of scrapping the reserves, pure madness that.
    But at least Shearer was actually worth that.

    We also sold players too though.

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