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NUFC Blog - Wed Apr 11 12:00 PM
Going on recent history, it is of course understandable to expect the worst at St James’ Park, but whilst fears of another potential relegation for the Toon were somewhat exaggerated earlier in the season, three wins on the spin has taken things in the opposite direction, with the hyperbole start...
NUFC Blog - Mon Feb 12 11:57 AM
It’s fair to say Mike Ashley is not a popular man on Tyneside. The breakdown of £300 million takeover talks has given Newcastle United an uncertain future at a time when we should be celebrating our 125th anniversary. While the sporting-goods tycoon deserves credit for bringing in Rafa Benitez af...
NUFC Blog - Fri Feb 2 11:58 AM
Transfer deadline day saw Newcastle United welcome two new arrivals to Tyneside, plus a number of departures from St James’ Park. All of these deals were just temporary, though, and came late on with the January transfer window slamming shut at 23:00 GMT on January 31st. Magpies manager Rafa Beni...
NUFC Blog - Thu Dec 14 6:59 PM
Sunderland’s relegation from the Premier League last season means that there is no Tyne-Wear derby on the fixture list for a second consecutive season, unless we draw each other in the FA Cup. The Tyne-Wear derby is one of the oldest, with the first meeting between the two sides taking place in 1...
NUFC Blog - Fri Nov 10 12:00 PM
Rafa Benitez has been responsible for turning the fortunes of Newcastle United around, adding another promotion to his glittering CV in the process, but can the Spaniard continue moving the club in the right direction, and is there any possibility he could add further silverware to the St. James’...
NUFC Blog - Thu Nov 9 11:49 AM
Newcastle United will bid to return to form when they visit Manchester United on November 18. After a promising start to the season the Magpies have gone off the boil in their last two games, recording 1-0 defeats against Burnley and Bournemouth. Their last victory was a 1-0 success at home to Cr...
NUFC Blog - Thu Oct 26 12:15 PM
Newcastle United and Rafa Benitez have made a terrific start to life back in the Premier League, sitting in seventh position after just nine games and possessing a positive goal difference. The Magpies have been defensively solid so far, chalking up three clean sheets, with Jamal Lascelles impres...
NUFC Blog - Mon Oct 23 7:03 PM
Newcastle United’s return to the Premier League is just reward for their impressive Championship campaign last season when they finished as champions, one-point clear of second placed Brighton. Newcastle’s front line were on fire last campaign out scoring every other club with 85 goals, and yet i...
NUFC Blog - Thu Oct 19 7:05 PM
The latest England squad has been announced for the upcoming qualifiers at the beginning of October, with the usual array of names featuring. Gareth Southgate has been labelled as fairly predictable and safe with his selections in recent months, and the announcements regularly divide Premier Leag...
NUFC Blog - Tue Oct 10 8:42 PM
Since Newcastle United’s previous Premier League relegation, the club were in search of new heroes within their squad and latest Captain and Defender, Jamaal Lascelles, has appeared as just that. The solid centre back has been superb for the Toon in recent seasons and has become club skipper unde...
NUFC Blog - Wed Sep 27 8:59 PM
The start of the campaign was hardly the most inspiring for Newcastle United, following defeats against Tottenham, Huddersfield, and then perhaps most alarmingly, home elimination from the EFL Cup by Nottingham Forest. However, since then form improved until a narrow defeat to Brighton, and it se...
NUFC Blog - Tue Sep 12 8:15 PM
Rafa Benitez wasn’t able to hide his frustration at the end of August as Newcastle failed to land a number of their primary targets in the transfer window this summer. The Magpies were one of a number of top-flight clubs who voted for the window to be closed prior to the start of the season …
NUFC Blog - Sun Jul 9 12:56 PM
It is often said that no club is too big to go down and fallen giants such as Aston Villa and Leeds United are testament to that, but Newcastle’s relegation to the Championship in the 2015-16 season was unexpected, and a body blow for the Magpies’ faithful. However, with a passionate and talented...
NUFC Blog - Thu Apr 27 6:58 PM
Before last Monday evening, a run of one point from three games had seen Newcastle fall seven points behind Brighton. A convincing and confidence boosting 4-1 victory against Preston steadied nerves, assuring automatic promotion, but as a team feted as one of the best (or most expensive) ever to...
NUFC Blog - Thu Apr 6 7:16 PM
Newcastle are hurtling back towards the Premiership after opening up a commanding lead at the top of the Championship and they could seal promotion in their upcoming home game against Leeds Utd. Gary Monk’s men have enjoyed a strong season and will make life difficult for Newcastle, but the Magpi...
NUFC Blog - Fri Mar 3 2:24 PM
I know similar comparisons have been made elsewhere between Benitez’s current Magpies team and Chris Hughton’s 2009-10 side. However, Tuesday evening’s game against Hughton’s Brighton has finally inspired me to throw in some of my own thoughts on the matter. As we go into another crunch game agai...
NUFC Blog - Thu Jan 19 7:21 PM
If you took a straw poll of Toon fans, I’m pretty sure that most would agree that Dwight Gayle has been Newcastle United’s player of the season so far, and by some distance for 20 obvious reasons. Signed for around £10 million from Crystal Palace, it might have seemed like quite alot for a player...
NUFC Blog - Fri Dec 16 2:58 PM
As Newcastle United travel to the 6900 capacity Pirelli Stadium to face Burton Albion, one of the smallest teams in the Championship, I thought it would be a good opportunity to look at how the spectrum of teams in the Championship is as wide, and maybe even wider as it is in the Premiership with...
NUFC Blog - Thu Oct 20 8:06 AM
It isn’t very often that I venture off the highway of football to enter the arena of art criticism here on NUFC Blog, but this is one of those occaisions and I am actually more qualified. Having been a figurative artist, a designer and also an art dealer in a very modest sense, I hope …
NUFC Blog - Thu Oct 20 8:06 AM
Like the NHS and the British education system, Newcastle United under Mike Ashley has undoubtedly been the victim of too many top down reorganisations inflicted by those who didn’t have a clue what they were doing. Yet, despite living with the consequences for a second time under Mike Ashley in t...
NUFC Blog - Thu Jul 28 7:13 AM
Following a disastrous season to forget at Newcastle United, thoughts among some might be turning to the European Championships starting tomorrow. Moussa Sissoko (France) and Rob Elliot (Republic of Ireland) will be Newcastle United’s only representatives there, though bearing in mind that this w...
NUFC Blog - Wed Jun 8 7:26 AM
Presuming you are Newcastle United fan, or a football fan of some sort at least as you are reading this football blog, you’ll know the usual clichés about Newcastle United – passionate, impulsive, living in the moment and pretty much the exact opposite of new(ish) manager, Rafael Benitez. Words l...
NUFC Blog - Wed Jun 8 7:26 AM
As relegation struggling Newcastle United face Leicester City at this evening at the King Power stadium, all eyes will be on new manager, Rafael Benitez, and what he can do to turn things around. Although starting against the League leaders riding a wave is tough, Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City...
NUFC Blog - Tue Mar 8 12:35 PM
Could it be that Steve McLaren’s future depends on what happens on Saturday? After we play Chelsea we have 17 days without a game and that might be the ideal time to change managers. Of all the things Ashley’s bad at when it comes to running a football club – and there are many – …
NUFC Blog - Tue Jan 12 3:07 PM
Looking forward to Newcastle United’s next five league games, against Leicester, Crystal Palace, Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa respectively, usually one would be forgiven for thinking that the Magpies should have a good chance in three of those games, against two smaller sides and another...
NUFC Blog - Thu Jul 16 2:13 PM
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NUFC Blog - Wed Jul 1 3:03 PM
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NUFC Blog - Tue Jun 9 3:05 PM
In the misery and inertia of Mike Ashley’s Newcastle United, it is good to try and look for the flowers in the cracks of the concrete from time to time to keep oneself sane. With this in mind, I could have written about younger players like Ayoze Perez, Rolando Aarons etc but then I thought …
NUFC Blog - Fri Jun 5 2:02 PM
I couldn’t help feeling there was something odd about the story of Patrick Vieira coming to Newcastle, as there is about most unsubstantiated football stories. Some fans seemed to believe it though, even embroidering it further to their own tastes as it gathered a momentum of its own in a few sho...