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Newcastle United bairns winning Hong Kong “Soccer Sevens” Championship (Full Match Video)

Posted on May 22nd, 2012 | 68 Comments |

Congratulations to the Newcastle United youth team players on winning the Hong Kong “Soccer Sevens” seven a side Championship in er, Hong Kong.

It was the first time Magpies had participted in the competition, and after beating Celtic and Blunderland on their path of glory, they triumphed 2-1 over a team of young Aston Villans in the final. Midfielder, Brad Inman, in particular seemed to have a very good game, assisting Adam Campbell’s opening goal for the Mags before banging one in himself.

If you want to see the Toon stars of the future, look no further!

Howay the bairns!

You can find out more about the competition here

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  1. I wonder if Lubomir Satka has been to Newcastle (the place) yet as he only signed for us on 14th May.

    Not a bad start for the young lad. Hope he gets to Red Lips as the old ladies will give him something to think about, that’s if the old place is still going.

  2. AndyMac:

    That explanation proves that really noboby knows why seahorses were chosen for the crest. A link to the sea?

  3. Andymac:

    I sort of do get it because horses were seen as strong, dependable and brave and we are by the sea. Just never saw a sea horse near Newcastle.

    From my experience we should have had two sea kippers.

  4. Over 200,000 dried seahorses used every year in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Sad but true!

    Don’t know if they use Kippers, probably would.

    Wonder how many of the “Bairns” will ever get anywhere near first team football, there seems to be a high attrition rate!

  5. AndyMac that’s quite a coincidence! We parked at Craster yesterday and walked to low newton, had a pint and a toastie at the Ship then walked back (8 miles in all).

    I like to take the boat up to Newton and anchor there for a few days sometimes too!

  6. Grumpy Old-Toon says:
    May 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    “Wonder how many of the “Bairns” will ever get anywhere near first team football, there seems to be a high attrition rate!”

    There always is though, Grumpy. That’s why the good ones are so expensive when they’re older.

  7. Pardew has done w double page exclusive with the Evening Standard & sadly he does himself no favors. I was just starting to warm to the fella bit statements such as “…I will educate our fans for next season. If they think we csn finish fifth with a European campaign and the finances we’ve got, its impossible.” It’s patronizing & the start of the off season is for dreaming not realism!

  8. So ! now we are celebrating seven a side football, played by a bunch of kids on the other side of the world.
    Jaysus! must be hard up for a bit o’ success

    And the silver supremo hits us with a reality check,
    “if they think we can finish fifth with a european campaign and the finances we’ve got, it’s impossible”
    Does he know summat we dont ?

    Perhaps he should call the Fenway Group and ask them how much dosh is on hand, for new players, might get a better deal, here’s hoping.

  9. Actually a cople of decent youngsters on both sides.
    Who was our no.2# right sided defender and the Villa guy with the natty dreads, both looked decent.
    could be the highlight of some’s careers, as it’s so tough nowadays to break into the big time.

  10. I read today that Spurs made 4.5 million from the Europa League. I can’t remember when they went out, but that doesn’t seem a lot.

    For us, it probably means prestige rather than cash and I am not sure how many moths will be flying out of Ashley’s wallet given the limited potential pay back.

  11. Sammy J says:

    “Pardew has done w double page exclusive with the Evening Standard & sadly he does himself no favors. I was just starting to warm to the fella bit statements such as “…I will educate our fans for next season. If they think we csn finish fifth with a European campaign and the finances we’ve got, its impossible.”

    I refer my learned blog colleague to the comments I posted yesterday from the great Bill Shankly.

    “We were always confident, but we were never over-confident. Being cocky is a form of ignorance. It means you are talking too much and if you are guilty of that, an opponent will bring you down to earth”

    Pardwho’s biggest problem is his ego and that will have been stoked by his MotS awards. I also wonder whether he feels he’s over achieved this season and is trying to lessen expectation in advance of next season ?

    The counter argument to that is we currently have the players to aim for a top four place albeit with some judicious additions (try saying that after a few Amstels). So is he therefore saying

    1. We’ll sell players
    2. We wont buy any new players so we’ll be stretched to the max
    3. I’ll get found out as a one season wonder ? :lol:

  12. GS says:

    “I read today that Spurs made 4.5 million from the Europa League. I can’t remember when they went out, but that doesn’t seem a lot”

    GS Arry didnt bother with the E L this season after they reached the group stage, playing reserves in several big games when they needed to win.

    OK you dont win bucket loads of cash with a Europa League campaign (etimated between £8m-£12m for eventual winners) but we need to up our UEFA ranking for a start plus we need the current squad to gain valuable European experience along the way.

    Our last European game was against AZ in March 2007 and of the squad that night

    Given
    Solano
    Bramble
    Taylor
    Huntington
    Dyer
    Butt
    Parker
    Duff
    Sibierski
    Martins
    Substitutes:
    Emre for Duff (59)
    N’Zogbia for Huntington (86)
    Subs not used:
    Harper
    Luque
    Milner
    Moore
    Carroll

    only Saylor survives so there’s a pretty steep learning curve for most of this squad plus of course our silver haired manager of the season :(

  13. UTD111 says:

    “AndyMac that’s quite a coincidence! We parked at Craster yesterday and walked to low newton, had a pint and a toastie at the Ship then walked back (8 miles in all).

    I like to take the boat up to Newton and anchor there for a few days sometimes too!”

    Shudda had the boat up there today UTD would have been glorious ! I’ve windsurfed in the bay a cuppla times and went, with my mate from London, to try my hand at kite surfing once. Wasn’t the best day I ever had but the booze made up for it :)

  14. chuck says:

    “Actually a cople of decent youngsters on both sides.
    Who was our no.2# right sided defender and the Villa guy with the natty dreads, both looked decent”

    Our right back was Captain Tavernier Chuck. Maybe one of the reasons why Pardwho wants rid of Simmo ? Their No. 8 was Johnson

    http://www.avfc.co.uk/page/PlayerProfiles/0,,10265~53989,00.html

  15. Sammy J says:
    May 22, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    “I was just starting to warm to the fella bit statements such as “…I will educate our fans for next season. If they think we csn finish fifth with a European campaign and the finances we’ve got, its impossible.””

    Well we just have finished fifth, therefore it isn’t “impossible,” Sammy.

    Along with Everton, another team who moan about finances alot, we have about the seventh or eighth most valuable squad in the league, and it’s perhaps the most highly undervalued ATM with the potential of players such as Ben Arfa, Cisse and several others who’s values are leaping hugely after exposure in the Premiership (and Benny finally getting his heed together at 25). So although we’ve undoubtedly done well last season, it isn’t quite the “miracle” that some are claiming it is.

    As both Newcastle and Everton prate on so much about their supposed lack of finances, their managers are thought of as miracle workers, but Moyes usually ends up roughly where he should with to the squad at his disposal, and Pardew’s finishes of 12th and 5th have been so much different.

  16. Alan has also revealed that we ingrates have now finally got the message that everything Mike Ashley has sacrificed has been for the club’s benefit, and we have now taken Ashley into our hearts. :lol:

  17. Yep good points WT. We are good enough to be in 5th place. So unless Pardwho seriously fecks things up we should be there or thereabouts next year, assuming we dont sell the family silver and do buy in some quality additions.

    Those who claim that we have to sell before we can buy are generally those who obviously spend time licking the Fatman’s toad. :) However if you do the Math (as our US brethren are wont to say) we have significantly reduced the wage bill in the last three years while at the same time increasing our revenues by some 100%.

    Therefore I’d like to hear the argument, from the pro Fatman brigade, of justifying the sale of top players when money is clearly not an immediate issue and bearing in mind Fatman’s promise of pumping £20m a season into the club.

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  19. AndyMac @27: everything you said there suggests we are now a well run club, including the fact that (former and future) fatty doesn’t have to pump in 20 mil a year.

    Also, from Clint’s post it looks like we are still looking for value in the transfer market.

    Lastly, Pardew’s interview with the Evening Standard was quite restrained considering how much the national press have talked him up. Good politics from Pardew to dampen expectations, all Managers do it – look at Mancini.

  20. Pardew had just started to learn to swim then somehow found himself riding a wave of success. Are his surfing days over, will he now wipeout? Dogleash fell foul as much for his media faux pas as the league form will Pardew suffer the same fate. Football management may nor be rocket science, instead more like working the big top high wire what with the media circus, & balancing act of keeping players, board & fans happy Pardew could be in for a hefty fall or be thrown to the lions. Either way he’s treading a fine line!

  21. AndyMac says:

    May 22, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    “However if you do the Math (as our US brethren are wont to say) we have significantly reduced the wage bill in the last three years while at the same time increasing our revenues by some 100%.”

    Well, we didn’t “double” our turnover Andy (£52.4 million to £88.5 million) but of course, it increased considerably on promotion and point taken.

    However, you omitted to mention that the club made a £32.6 million pre tax profit because of Carroll, much of which has been placed “in the club’s reserves” (financial reserves not the second team).

    This, no doubt, will be Pardew’s Euro war chest. :-)

    But, to my main point. Increased with promotion or not, commercial revenue is actually a big problem with Newcastle United. Most of the advertising is for Sports Direct and hence the club doesn’t receive anything for it. The shirt sponsorship revenue is low too, comparatively speaking. This is possibly because of the negative connotations of being associated with Sports Direct, the Virgin thing being something of an exception because of their particular situation in taking over a primarily North East based bank which was the old sponsor etc. Both NR and it’s latest incarnation got it for far less than thay would have at another club of similar stature.

    But here’s what seems slightly odd. The revenue from shirt sales and other merchandise is also far lower than it should be. From looking at the figures, you would almost think that the fans have become averse to wearing the team’s colours. Either that or the club’s merchandising arm “Newcastle United Direct” has been outsourced to another company?

  22. sammy j,
    as are all managers/coaches/players/people/us/you/me.

    GS,
    enjoy the good times, moan in the bad sounds kinda reasonable.

    I applaud your attitude of just not trying to second guess every move the club makes, whether it’s players contracts/transfers/tactics or otherwise.

    Obviously, we all coulda/shoulda learned some basic humility when we were relegated, it was always gonna be just a matter of time before some totally forgot that ‘lesson’ & let circumstances run away with expectations.
    We have a tougher job next season with potentially more games to play & a year farther into the premier league fold.

  23. Getting Smith off the wage bill must bring a few quid back in for wages too.
    Plus one or two ‘offloads’ .

  24. Clint: I am not a blind optimist. For example, I would be wary of going out with a girl who had recently lost 3 stone because as soon she feels comfortable she would put the weight back on.

    Similarly, Fat Man will probably put the weight back on and probably f@ck up again because we are not his main business and he has proven that when things get tough he will want to sell.

    I think if things go well he will want to sell as well.

  25. GS,

    never thought you were mate, more, just being realistic, but enjoying the good.

    I don’t think he tried very hard to sell it back when & said as much at the time. Here we are chugging along.
    It all just has his M.O. all over it.

    If he thinks there’s a great opportunity at some point in the future, as a businessman, he’ll no doubt make that deal.
    But to ‘clock watch’ every second ’til such time is a waste of perfectly good time that one will never get back.
    :)

    Not accusing you of such mate, just saying!
    ;)

  26. GS says:
    May 22, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    “Clint: I am not a blind optimist. For example, I would be wary of going out with a girl who had recently lost 3 stone because as soon she feels comfortable she would put the weight back on.

    Similarly, Fat Man will probably put the weight back on and probably f@ck up again because we are not his main business and he has proven that when things get tough he will want to sell.”

    You old romantic, GS.

    Ashley’s nightmare is relegation. the club is of no use to Sports Direct outside of the Premiership.

    Stephen, I was just wondering where you were. What do you know about Newcastle United Direct?

  27. CLiNT FLiCK says:
    May 22, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    “looks like Amalfitano is on Tyneside.”

    Of course he is, clint. That was done and dusted some time ago.

  28. GS

    I do like the balloon girl analogy for Fat Mike. Shame we cent just untie the knot & watch him fart off into the distance.

  29. Clint: not accusing you of anything, mate. I reserve my ire for that curmudgeon Chuck!!! Not really, he says some interesting things in his Amstel haze.

  30. Sammy J says:
    May 22, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    “Football management may nor be rocket science”

    But there are far more rocket scientists than there are top class football managers, Sammy. Shaka Hislop was a rocket scientist as well as a Toon goalkeeper. He had degrees, worked for NASA on jet propulsion systems and everything.

  31. WT
    Newcastle United Direct theory is an interesting one. Pure speculation or some substance?

  32. The one thing I don’t get about this and other blogs is if Pardew goes who do we get?

    We had a good manager and fired him – Hughton.

    We had total insanity before that, so who would come.

    Supposedly Rodgers is snubbing Liverpool. Rodgers, with one Premier League season is snubbing LIVERPOOL. One of the most storied football teams of the past 50 years. To-stay-at-Swansea!!! At least have an interview, you jumped up piece of shite.

    So, who would we get???

  33. Sammy J says:
    May 22, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    “Newcastle United Direct theory is an interesting one. Pure speculation or some substance?”

    Pure speculation, Sammy. I keep meaning to look into it, but it seems to be highly opaque on casual inspection.

    Firstly, the club shop became “Newcastle United Direct,” then there was a Sports Direct style “24 hour Delivery!” sign appearing on the side of the club shop. The figures in the accounts for retail and commercial revenue seem to be piss poor bearing in mind that we Geordies are noted for our fondness for wearing the club’s colours in their different forms and also purchasing other merchandise. Although we aren’t anything like Manchester United, Liverpool or Arsenal as far as the international market goes, we still have a fairly remarkable world reach considering. I know, I’ve seen it for myself in various parts of the world.

    It just doesn’t seem right that the club’s total retail and commercial revenue was only £15.8 million including all commercial sponsorship too. Sponsorship apart, it’s not like Mike Ashley to be unable to turn a decent profit from retailing replica shirts and other sports merchandising!!!!!

    I do know that after Ashley took over, stuff like catering and stewarding was outsourced to outside organisations, and that the club employ less than a third of the personnel that they used to. That was another thing which helped pique my curiousity as to where the money from the club’s merchandising goes since the club’s online shop was Sports Directified.

  34. ps: To add a bit of perspective, Tottenham get more for just their shirt sponsorships alone than NUFC do from all merchandising / sponsorships etc put together, even though they’ll only be in the Europa League like us now.

  35. Clint @ 24#
    What did you expect Santon to say ?
    The cnut never gave me a chance to play, but he’s a great manager and i think Newcastle is a great toon.

    ANDYMAC @27#
    Think our silver supremo, was refering to the amount of extra games involved, which could effect our league performance.

    GS sez @35
    Clint i’m not a blind optomist !
    So what are you then ? just blind ?
    Or just an optomist ?

  36. GS
    So ! you got something against rubenesque women, i mean what the fcuk if your blind whats the difference, or was it you were optomistic, cant remember which it was now?

    Workey
    Those were Juventus shirts you saw overseas, NUFC shirts have yet to cross Hadrians Wall or Offas Dyke.

    CLINTON
    Moi ! invent things? you must be confusing me with someone else.
    I only state the facts, most of the time.

    GS @ 49#
    I think Rodgers made a good judgement call on turning down Liverpool, a poison chalice, who are unprerared to pay for unreal fan expectations.
    Gotta give Martinez credit, the guys got cojones to go after the job, wish him luck if he gets it.
    But might take more time than he will be allowed…

  37. So whats the delay, how come we aint got anyone in yet ?
    Amalfitano, fugedaboudit !
    Wheres the big centerback and fullbacks, not to mention the new striker and the Tiote backup or replacement.
    Lets see some action here, not like a year ago when we were scrambling to find a guy to replace Enrique,before the window closed.
    And hey, we sign em, we play em, no more sitting collecting hemorrhoids on a cold ass bench.

  38. Clint @ 21#
    Yeah talked to Jose the other day, said he got a better offer from RM and mentioned he wouldda never got the Man U. job if he was at Citeh.
    Wey ah said, howeh man Jose a allready told the lads ye wer gannin teh Citeh.
    Wey he apologised anall like, but made is look bad like, y’kna.

  39. “Supposedly Rodgers is snubbing Liverpool. Rodgers, with one Premier League season is snubbing LIVERPOOL. One of the most storied football teams of the past 50 years. To-stay-at-Swansea!!! At least have an interview, you jumped up piece of shite.”

    I for one think its nice to see a bit of loyalty for a change.

  40. Derek: compare it to if you are a player at Swansea and Liverpool came in for you. You would probably at least talk to them.

    Still, I may have been a bit over the top in my critcism of Rodgers and I take your point.

  41. workyticket says:

    AndyMac says:

    “However if you do the Math (as our US brethren are wont to say) we have significantly reduced the wage bill in the last three years while at the same time increasing our revenues by some 100%.”

    “Well, we didn’t “double” our turnover Andy (£52.4 million to £88.5 million) but of course, it increased considerably on promotion and point taken.”

    Soz WT but up to the end of this current financial year (July 2012) I am pretty sure we will have topped the £100m mark thus doubling our turnover in the last three years !!!

    However I am also perplexed about the situation with commercial revenues particularly in relation to other clubs. If you recall I specifically wanted to know why the terms of the updated kit deal with Puma was “undisclosed” ? Normally clubs love to show off their commercial coups (Manc training kit for example or RBD’s Warrior deal) so why have we said nowt about the money involved ?

    I’m assuming Puma and SD have some form of relationship so IMO there’s a rabbit off somewhere !

  42. So,
    i’ll take it that Amalfitano wasn’t ‘on Tyneside’ ’til very recently then?

    ;)

  43. So, I’m on this intenet dating website now, and trying to chat up a bird, like. I think I should do the opposite of anything anybody does on this blog and try to be nice to her, right? Or should I try to seduce her with the sweet siren song of Catenaccio?

  44. “but up to the end of this current financial year (July 2012)”

    are you making up your own financial year AndyMac ? Everyone elses, including football clubs, Financial years end at the beginning of April…

  45. Derek,

    making up your ‘own shit’ is allowed on here mate.

    ;)

    Have a go man!

    :)

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