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The next Newcastle number 9?

June 21st, 2011 | 35 Comments |

Who is worthy of the Newcastle number 9 shirt?
Tough acts to follow
On arrival at Newcastle United Demba Ba was handed the number 19 shirt, leaving the number 9 shirt vacant. Does this indicate that there are plans to recruit another striker to fill it or is the shirt going to be retired for a while?

The Newcastle United number 9 shirt is of course sacred. Leaving it unfilled for a while – after Obafemi Martins moved to Wolfsburg – was a deliberate ploy by former manager Chris Hughton who said:

It’s something I’ve done deliberately. We have a lot of strikers here and I’m quite sure that every single one of them would have wanted to wear the No 9 shirt. As soon as I came to this club I knew what it meant and it’s both my decision and a combination of a few things.

It can be a heavy number to carry, a burden, and wearing it is an achievement which I want somebody to grow into. I want somebody to earn the right to be Newcastle’s No 9. I don’t want to suggest that the strikers here aren’t worthy of it because each of them has a real strong value.

I don’t anticipate years going by without one, but I know what the number nine is and I don’t want it to be an issue. The only issue I want is the normal stuff of the team performing well or not performing well, winning games or not winning games, and that’s very much team based.(more…)


Magic Magpie memories: FA Cup, 1955 (From the Pathe newsreel collection).

April 12th, 2010 | 87 Comments |

Magic Magpie Memories part two (FA Cup 1952)

Sixth Round F.A. Cup Replay – Newcastle v. Huddersfield

First part of a series of ‘Magic Magpie Memories’ features.

This one includes four Pathe newsreels covering Newcastle United’s winning 1955 FA Cup campaign, and features such United greats as Jimmy Scoular, Vic Keeble, Jackie Milburn, Bobby Mitchell, Len White et al. Includes round 6 replay v Huddersfield, semi final, semi final replay v York and the Wembley final against Manchester City, where a young Queen Elizabeth presents the trophy to victorious Newcastle United captain, Jimmy Scoular. Commentary by Mr Cholmondley-Warner.

Click on images to view videos.

Many thanks to NUFC Blog reader, Johnny for the idea.

F.A. Cup Semi-Finals – York City V. Newcastle United. (more…)