Newcastle United vs Sunderland match banter!
Posted on April 14th, 2013 | 120 Comments |
Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Date: Sun 14th April, 2013.
Kick off: 12.00.
Referee: Howard Webb.
UK TV: Sky Sports.
Well it’s that time again, the time when we simply must beat the Mackems, especially so as it’s our home soil that will be sullied by the visiting vagrants of Wearside, and of course their new Fascist manager, Paolo di Canio.
Di Canio’s fascist past has even made the national news, not to mention topical news shows like “Have I got News for You,” and fans have been told that any Roman saluting at St James’ will ruthlessly stamped out by the local Gestapo, but I daresay there’ll be a few give us a wave Paolo’s being shouted this afternoon.
However, the controversy preceding this match has come from other quarters, most notably the revelation that the Mackems’ Texan owner, Ellis Short, was overheard saying “Why don’t you just f off?” to Magpie Silver Supremo, Alan Pardew, at our last game back in October when Pardew tried to shake Short’s hand. This was probably in response to Pardew’s handbags with Paulo di Canio’s predecessor, Martin O’Neill. Bairns will be Bairns.
However, this hasn’t stopped the usual pre-match mutual appreciation society between Pardew and di Canio, with the latter expressing admiration for the former with a reference to Pardew’s passion, not for player’s WaGs but for football. Referring to Pardew’s exuberant celebration of Cisse’s late winner against Fulham, Il Duce said:
“Alan Pardew izza passionate man. I like him, we donna havva to fight. We saw him celebrate with the fans when Newcastle scored a late winner in the last game against Fulham atta da weekend.
“When I ussa to do this inna League Two atta Swindon, people say: ‘he cannota do this – heesa mad’. But why can’t I, or Alan Pardew, celebrate a goal? As long as you don’ta do anything against da other team, izza fine.”
Meanwhile, Pardew was highly complimentary about this afternoon’s Fascist foe, even comparing him to Eric Cantona. The Grey Gaffer gushed:
“I loved Di Canio as a player. At West Ham and Celtic Paolo did what Cantona did at Manchester United. I just missed Paolo when I managed West Ham but I know that he was out working on the training ground long after the British players had gone.” amongst other things.
So, with all that lovey dovey stuff out of the way, I’d best crack on with my usual reminders that I shall be posting the team sheets soon, along with links to watch the game if you don’t have Sky, as well as post match highlights and a video of the whole game.
So with that I sahll say “Auf Wiedersehen,” but not for long, and not without saying:
Howay the Lads (not “Ha’way the Lads)!
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul (G), Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Jonas Gutierrez, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (C), Sylvain Marveaux, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Papiss Cisse.
Subs: Rob Elliot (G), Massadio Haidara, James Perch, Vurnon Anita, Hatem Ben Arfa, Adam Campbell, Shola Ameobi.
Sunderland (4-2-3-1): Simon Mignolet (G), Phil Bardsley, Carlos Cuellar, John O’Shea (C), Danny Rose, Alfred N’Diaye, Sebastian Larsson, Adam Johnson, Stephane Sessegnon, James McClean, Danny Graham.
Subs: Kieren Westwood (G), Matthew Kilgallon, Jack Colback, David Vaughan, Jordan Laidler, Kader Mangane, Mikael Mandron.