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The return of Agent Bruce! Newcastle United vs Hull City match preview

Posted on September 20th, 2013 | 32 Comments |

Steve Bruce.
Steve “Dreamboat” Bruce returns to SJP.
Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle United.
Date: Sat 21st Sep, 2013.
Kick off: 3.00pm.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (Bradford).
UK TV: None.

This week, the Magpies welcome Steve Bruce back to St James’ Park, this time with his promoted Hull City side.

After a long, long run of poor form, somehow, Alan Pardew goes into this game looking for his third Premier League victory in a row after two one goal victories over toothless Fulham and Aston Villa sides. The last time Pardew and Newcastle managed this feat was almost a year and a half ago back in April 2012. It was actually SIX victories in a row, over Norwich City, West Brom, Liverpool, Swansea City, Bolton Wanderers and finally, Stoke City. That was towards the end of the season when we finished fifth and it’s been pretty much downhill ever since! Here’s hoping we can get the same result as the last time Bruce was at St James’ Park. Of course, that time “Agent” Bruce brought his his Blunderland side to St James’ Park for a comprehensive 5-1 stuffing at the hands of Chris Hughton.

This game could also see the return of two Toon old faces too. Firtly there is Steve Harper, who just can’t seem to get away from St James’ Park since he played his last game for Newcastle United at the end of last season. It was only last week when he was playing in his wildly succesful testimonial game at St James’ Park. Secondly there is Abdoulaye Fayé, who was brought to St James’ Park for a season by Sam Allardyce back in 2007. Even at Hull though, the 35 year old Faye is seemingly a reserve for the reserves nowadays.

Previous results.

Looking at previous results between the Magpies and the Tigers (Grrrr), we have to go back to our dreadful relegation season in 2008-9, where we lost 1-2 at St James’ Park, and also lost 0-1 in the FA Cup, though we did manage a 1-1 draw at their place under the aforementioned Hughton in the same season.

Looking at more more recent times, you can see the Premier League form in the last six games for Newcastle, and the last four for Hull as in their case they have only played that many Premier League games since they were promoted from the Championship.

Team Results Pts
Newcastle United W|W|D|L|L|W 10/18
Hull City D|L|W|L| 4/12

Team news.

Newcastle United.

Jonas Gutierrez will continue to be out of contention with his hamstring. Steven Taylor, after making a brief return from a 3 match suspension will also be out after picking up another hamstring problem in training. Shola Ameobi picked up a knock on tour with the Nigerian Super Eagles so he’ll be out too, as will Massadio Haidara with his knacked knee. Finally, I’m sick of mentioning Ryan Taylor!

Injured: Jonas Gutierrez (hamstring), Steven Taylor (hamstring), Shola Ameobi (knock), Massadio Haidara (knee), Ryan Taylor (Anterior Cruciate Ligament).

Provsional squad: Tim Krul (G), Rob Elliot (G), Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Curtis Good, Davide Santon, Paul Dummett, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux, Moussa Sissoko, Hatem Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi, Gael Bigirimana, Dan Gosling, Haris Vuckic, Papiss Cisse, Loic Remy, Yoan Gouffran.

Hull City.

Steve Bruce’s Captain and mainstay, Robert Koren, broke a bone in his right foot very recently in the run up to this game and Maynor Figueroa, who was battling with a groin problem anyway, has been allowed compassionate leave to go back to the Honduras and sort out a family problem apparently.

Injured: Robert Koren (foot), Maynor Figueroa (compassionate leave).

Provsional squad: Allan McGregor (G), Steve Harper (G), Robbie Brady, James Chester, Abdoulaye Fayé, Curtis Davies, Liam Rosenior, Ahmed Elmohamady, Alex Bruce, George Boyd, Stephen Quinn, Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, David Meyler, Danny Graham, Sone Aluko, Yannick Sagbo, Nick Proschwitz.

What the managers have been saying…

Alan Pardew: “What Steve done [sic] was unbelievable and nobody fancied them. They are ahead of schedule. I think our fans will remember that he managed Sunderland, and will be reminding him of that. He’s done a fabulous job at Hull. It is a different scenario for him now, but I don’t think those memories will leave him. He’s a local boy and he knows how important the football is up here.”

Steve Bruce: “We knew the first few weeks away were going to be pretty special – Chelsea, Manchester City and Newcastle, but that’s the Premier League. The squad are still looking forward to the challenge. We’ve proved so far that we can play at this level, but we have to be at our best to do that. If Newcastle get a head of steam, it’s a very passionate place to play football. We have to handle that atmosphere.”

On the abovementioned 5-1 Mackem stuffing on his last visit, Bruce also had the following to say:

“I’m a Geordie at the end of the day but they won’t forget where I managed once upon a time. It’s always nice to go back even if I get a bit of stick, it’s the team I followed as a boy and it’s good to go home and play against them. When they get a head of steam up it’s a passionate place to play football. I just hope it’s better than last time I went there and got beaten 5-1. I remember that vividly and hopefully it’s a better time for me.”

Which just about wraps thing up for now, except to say I will be posing the usual “match banter” piece tomorrow, with the final team sheets, links to watch the game online and the rest. Finally, I will also be posting match highlights, post match interviews and possibly a video of the whole game when it’s all over!


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32 Responses

  1. And perhaps the next manager of NUFC.
    That’s of course when Pardew reluctantly acquiesces and accepts the Engerland job.

  2. That picture is actually being kind to him, To what he is like today.
    That black eye is just another normal day in Daisy Hill, Where he is from, Originally.

  3. Hi worky and bloggas,

    Coming to Uk Feb /March next year , for me wifes bro’s wedding !

    Realise the only toon game i can capture is the March 8th game , NUFC v Everton ?

    How can I buy advanced sale tickets for me and the 7 year old ??

    AND what if they re-schedule it closer to the time ie Sunday or Monday ? What is my rights if this happens and I have bought advanced sales tickets ??

    Any answers ??

    HTFL ! Nzedddd!

  4. Yo ! the guy is a born Geordie, who would love to be managing the side.
    Question is, would you prefer him to the future Engerland manager Al Pardew.
    I know it’s a difficult choice, but we have to do the best we can, in order to fill the trophy shelves of NUFC.
    so please vote your choice of either present or future primo of the club.
    So please place your preferences from the following. below.
    (1) I want Steve to be our next manager.
    (2) I want to keep the same w*nker even though he has an eight year deal.
    (3) I want Parker
    (4) I don’t give a rats ass who takes over as long as this cretin moves on.
    (5) We need a Frenchie, nobody understands Pardew, including me !
    (6) OK ! then who should we hire, i’m sure most of you have some kinda favorite ?


  5. every time i pop me head in here always some big girls blouse haveing a pop at pards let the results do the talking

  6. Never have the Toon on an accumulator anymore but today I have threw caution to the wind and I am going for a win.

    Howay the Lads.

  7. I have also stuck us on an accumulator today. I’ve just gotten carried away by Pardew’s new found confidence and his stated “excellent home form” since he’s been here waffle.

  8. nzedtoonman says:
    September 21, 2013 at 2:49 am

    “How can I buy advanced sale tickets for me and the 7 year old ??

    “AND what if they re-schedule it closer to the time ie Sunday or Monday ? What is my rights if this happens and I have bought advanced sales tickets ??

    “Any answers ??”

    Oh cripes. I live in London and I haven’t dealt with the box office for ages TBH. I get more away tickets than home tickets and they’d make me pay £30 membership and only let me have one ticket (I always need two) if I did it that way. Hence, I usually get them through people I know.

    Contact the box office (the number is in the side bar of this site but add +44 from NZ). I’ll ask around for you as well if you have any problems. There are also ticket agencies where people sell unwanted tickets like viagogo too.

    If they move the dates your tickets should still be valid for the new dates, but as you’ll be over from NZ I suppose it’s a question of whther you would be able to make the revised date.

  9. sirjasontoon says:
    September 21, 2013 at 8:20 am

    “I think I would stick with Pardew if Bruce was the only option….I dislike him that much”

    You must be kidding, SJT. Even if Mike Ashley issued a statement that he was replacing Pardew with a cardboard box I’d be pleased, anything to stop that patter of his. I’d take Bruce straight away as in the world of the blind, the one eyed man is king.

    One place where I would draw the the line however is Iain Dowie.

  10. I am Worky, I did Thailand and Laos, I’m now in China, near Hong Kong. Just thought I’d try extend my funds. Got decent net so I’ll watch the game later.

  11. Jimbob, you certainly seem to like your S.E Asia and Australasia. Hope you’re having a nice time over there!

    China near Hong Kong, er, does that mean Shenzhen or Guangzhou or somewhere like that?

  12. Worky ,

    Thanks for that will e mail ticketing office SJP , but will keep other avenues open so if you hear of any other ways will be obliged!

    Otherwise I watched Ed Chamberlains pre-match thoughts on game , and totally agree with his version..

    I think we will stuff HULL , Fower Nowt !! Nee problem !

  13. Shenzhen or Guangzhou been to both….get yourself to commercial city jimbob next to the shezun border get as much snide gear as you can carry mate :lol:

  14. workyticket says:
    September 21, 2013 at 9:53 am

    “Even if Mike Ashley issued a statement that he was replacing Pardew with a cardboard box I’d be pleased, anything to stop that patter of his. I’d take Bruce straight away as in the world of the blind, the one eyed man is king.

    “One place where I would draw the the line however is Iain Dowie.”

    Chuck, take that as my answer to your questionnaire thing. :-)

    chuck says:
    September 21, 2013 at 4:46 am

    “(3) I want Parker”

    Evil Gus Parker the manager of Grimthorpe City, Chuck?

  15. nzedtoonman says:
    September 21, 2013 at 10:28 am

    “Worky ,

    “Thanks for that will e mail ticketing office SJP , but will keep other avenues open so if you hear of any other ways will be obliged!”

    Aye NZ, let me know how you get on and if you have any problems.

  16. I think i would even put up with “Monkey’s Heed” Peter Reid, And listen to his, “Second Best, All Over The F**king Park, Men Against Boys”!, Spiel.
    I’d rather listen to that, Than put in ten minutes listening to, “The Wimbledon Poisoner”!

  17. Cheers Worky, Yeah I’m in Guangzhou now. My girlfriend is teaching here. Once she’s saved up enough in a month or two we can head to New Zealand.

  18. SJT, I’ll be heading that way eventually. Maybe even this week if the immigration here don’t extend my visa I’ll have to exit and re-enter. What you reckon to both the cities? I started in Nanjing which was awful. Worst city I’ve been to, outside the UK :)

  19. Jimbob says:
    September 21, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    “Worst city I’ve been to, outside the UK”

    Haven’t been to China but the worst place I went to over in SE Asia was the island of Phu Quoc in Vietnam. It was the capital of rotting fish sauce and also a military base. I don’t know why the f**k we went but it might be better now.

    Here’s a picture of it, it looks beautiful but it’s a friggin’ lie!

  20. I was told Nanjing would be good. That was a fu*king lie… Same goes for Laos in general. I thought it couldn’t get any worse when I was there, then I