Archive for tag: Newcastle United v Cardiff City.

Newcastle v Cardiff – Match Banter!

February 5th, 2010 | 239 Comments |

Taffs in Toon!
Taffs in Toon!
Newcastle face Cardiff City tonight with a chance to kickstart us after an indifferent spell in the New Year, though Cardiff are almost certain to prove difficult opponents. And there could be a chance for a number of changes, following a disappointing draw down at Leicester, which was seen as two points dropped rather than one gained.

Yours truly will be in attendance and off shortly to frequent a local establishment in search of sustenance before the match, so if anyone is around and wants to buy the beers, I’m your charity. No tv coverage this evening, so if anyone can find radio links etc to the game for people who don’t have it, I’m sure that would be appreciated.

As ever, this can be the place to come together during the match and p*ss and moan, as we usually do. (more…)

Will Magpies attack high flying Bluebirds at home?

February 5th, 2010 | 54 Comments |

Bluebirds flying into Toon!
Bluebirds flying into Toon!
With the disappointing performance against Leicester City behind us, we now look forward to the visit to St James Park of the second highest scorers in the Championship, and the team with the highest amount of away wins – Cardif City.

So, with David Jones’s men banging them in the net for fun up against the best defence in the league, let’s hope they dont just cancel each other out. Let’s face it, the team need to go for the home win and they’re not going to do that playing as negatively as they did last weekend. Hopefully Chris Hughton has learnt something from our last performance and will employ a much more positive approach this evening. I can’t remember when we last played on a Friday evening, but hopefully there will be a good atmosphere. Cardiff have sold their entire allocation and looking at their boards, it seems most of their fans are going to make a weekend of it up in Newcastle.

On the Magpies team news, apparently Simpson, Gutierrez and Ameobi are all fit and available for this game – with the only players still out with injury being Joey Barton, Steven Taylor and Jose Enrique. It will be great to see some of the new signings get a game and hopefully Best, the former Coventry striker and Wayne Routledge will add a bit of pace and fire power. (more…)

Keeping up appearances on a shift called Dignity.

September 12th, 2009 | 11 Comments |

Strength in numbers
Strength in numbers
The slant on this is two-fold. I’m talking both about the new found optimism and feel-good factor surrounding the team on the pitch, and also about our ability to keep that pitch chock-full of experienced professionals.

Clearly our start to the season has given cause for genuine surprise throughout the football world, none more so than up here. To land on our feet and start making progress in the right direction was probably the last thing we expected.

So we can also probably safely assume it was also the last thing the media and our detractors were expecting. Therefore a pleasant surprise, as it’s a bit of a two-fingered salute to them.

Sunday’s game against Cardiff City could well prove to be the biggest challenge yet but ultimately if we succeed, it’s yet another piece tacked onto our new-found and developing cloak of pride. Even if we manage a draw, our reputation will be upheld and so there is a lot to be look forward and much to be gained in that game. We just seem to have picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves down and started getting on with it, everyone putting in a hard, honest and decent shift. For every point we pick up that goes towards our tally in the league table, we also pick up a voucher of dignity that will hopefully be redeemed in the near future. A day when we hold our heads high and we’re regarded as a proper football club again, for the right reasons. (more…)

Magpies v Bluebirds match preview. Who will snatch the worm?

September 12th, 2009 | 10 Comments |

High flying Bluebirds. A tough test?
High flying Bluebirds. A tough test?
Kick-off: Sunday 13th September, 2.05PM, Cardiff City Stadium.

Referee: Andrew Hall (West Midlands).

Sunday’s away trip to the new Cardiff City Stadium sees Newcastle United missing Championship player of the month, Shola Ameobi, along with Andy Carroll and Jonas Guitierrez. However, despite the lack of senior strikers, young Nile Ranger has started to come to the fore with an excellent performance in our last game, and another one with the England under 19s during the week, where he scored and had another effort disallowed. He is widely expected to start as a ‘Lone Ranger’ (sorry) at the front, probably with Kevin Nolan dropping in behind in a supporting link role.

Holding midfielder, Nicky Butt, should finally be returning to the squad after his thumb problems, though it is doubtful whether the returning Peter Lovenkrands will be ‘match fit’ enough to start, though he may be on the bench, possibly getting a stint later on to bring him up to speed. (more…)