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Does Steven Taylor deserve to be starting?

November 18th, 2010 | 56 Comments |

Taylor: Return imminent?
Taylor: Return imminent?
Steven Taylor spoke yesterday about being patient in his attempts to force his way back into the first team fold at Newcastle United.

Steven made him comeback from injury on Tuesday in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Manchester City. He got through the full 90 minutes in the 1-0 victory and paired up with Sol Cambell in the heart of defence.

This is following an injury set back the defender suffered during a pre-season fixture against Carlisle. Steven hasn’t a played a competitive game of football in 10 months. His last game with the first team was during a Championship fixture against West Bromwich Albion last season.

Steven seems to feel better for the run out and is seemingly ready to step in if selected for first team action. He spoke to The Chronicle after the match; (more…)

Newcastle concerned over Carroll’s fitness.

November 17th, 2010 | 148 Comments |

Carroll: At the heart of a club v country battle.
Carroll: At the heart of a club v country battle.
Newcastle have expressed their concerns to The FA about Andy Carroll making his senior England debut this evening at Wembley.

The club have e-mailed the FA today to voice their fears over the 21-year-old’s fitness. Manager Chris Hughton and co just don’t feel that Andy is fit enough to face France tonight.

Carroll will undergo further tests before a final decision is made, and although Fabio Capello has been full of praise for Andy and appears to be a fan, stating just yesterday that Carroll would start this evening, concerns over the player’s groin injury could very well put a dampener on the Gateshead lads international debut. Naturally Andy will want to play tonight. Representing your country is an honour and Andy will be looking to try and duplicate Alan Shearer’s success at international level I’m sure.

As Newcastle fans we should all be really proud of the lad for getting called up, and it’s been a couple of years since one of ours has earned an England call up. (more…)

Pedersen praises Joey.

November 16th, 2010 | 61 Comments |

Joey is forgiven.
Joey is forgiven.
Morten Gamst Pedersen has revealed that he has received a personal phone call from Joey Barton apologising for the punching incident last Wednesday evening.

The well documented incident has been a talking point since it occurred, as Joey was caught clearly punching Pedersen in the stomach during Newcastle’s home loss to Blackburn.

Pedersen said he was happy to accept Barton’s apology and now wants to put it behind him. He spoke about his conversation with Joey;

“I couldn’t answer the phone at that moment but he left a nice message on my answering machine and I called him up the minute we had finished our team meeting.”

“Joey shows that there is more to him than what came out on the pitch the other day, and I really appreciate it. It’s not everyone who has the courage to call to apologise after such an episode, but Joey did without hesitation.” (more…)

Carroll: “This is the club and the city for me, and always will be.”

November 15th, 2010 | 62 Comments |

Happy Andy will stay forever!
Happy Andy will stay forever!
Andy Carroll has made quite a name for himself already this season.

He caught the eye with a fantastic season in The Championship last season, bagging an impressive 19 goals.

However, the Premier League is a different kettle of fish with tougher opposition.

I remember speaking to a lad in pre-season who said Andy would struggle to score more than three goals all season in the Premier League. Well good sir, we are only 13 games in and the lad has managed 7 already, making him joint top goalscorer. The term ‘eat your words’ come to mind!

It seems that Andy’s great form has caught the attention not only of the England manager, Fabio Capello. but also of other top flight teams. (more…)

Great expectations?

November 14th, 2010 | 86 Comments |

Is it a case of classic Great Expectations?
Is it a case of classic Great Expectations?
First and foremost, you may not recognise the name above this article. I visit the ‘blog every day, I rarely comment but always read with great interest. I thought I’d start by introducing myself.

I’m Mark, and I’m good friends with Mr .org himself, Toonsy! I often go to the games with him. Like Toonsy, I currently live in The Midlands in a dive which is known as Rugby. I bleed black and white and Newcastle United are my life.

Its always been Sunderland or Newcastle in my family. Luckily when I chose my team I had the sense to stay away from the dark and unwashed side and opt for The Toon. Much like our No.9, who has a Sunderland supporting Grandma I think!

Anyway, I’m going to attempt this ‘blogging malarky in the hope that I can match Toonsy’s, Workyticket’s, and the rest of the gang’s good work with this great blog. But enough about me as I’m beginning to make this article sound like a lonely hearts ad….. (more…)