Month: December 2014

28.12.2014… Everton (h)…

Newcastle United 3 Everton 2

St. James’ Park… Sunday December 28th… 4.15pm

Attendance: 52,313

Ticket: £33 – Programme: £3

So… Since my last attendance, dumped out of the Capital One Cup by Spurs and beaten at home (again) by Sunderland. A season effectively over before the New Year, as we’ll no doubt field a weakened team in the FA Cup due to the ‘injuries’ we’ll pick up over the ‘busy Christmas period’…

This was also Alan Pardew’s final game as manager of Newcastle United Football Club…

Outside St. James' Park...

Outside St. James’ Park…

His time at Newcastle; one fifth place finish, followed up by a near-relegation (the pundits seem to forget about that one). A 2014 to forget; Cabaye / Debuchy gone, too many defeats, too many of them being hammerings.. oh, and embarrassing swears… and head butts…

Let’s make it clear though, he wasn’t ‘hounded out’ by the fans, most of whom realised long ago that neither him or Ashley were up to their jobs but also long since lost the motivation to be annoyed. The simple fact of the matter is, he left because he was offered twice as much money to work with a club (with which he has an affinity) much closer to home…

I won’t shed any tears over his exit, he finally lost me after the Southampton 0-4 debacle. From the day he walked in the door he was always an apologist for Ashley, and smug with it. Like the vast majority of Newcastle United fan’s though, I’m not naive enough to think that this will solve any of our problems, or that we’ll replace him with anyone with any more ability or ambition…

Inside St. James' Park...

Inside St. James’ Park…

Anyway, the game… Everton scored early, we woke up and scored three in reply including a first goal at St. James’ for Jack Colback.

Before anyone gets too excited though, I think I should mention at this point that Everton’s defending was woeful.

We could have kicked on and won comfortably but we did what we’ve always done under Pardew and tried to hold on to what we had. As a result, Mirallas pulled one back and we nearly threw it away…

So 26 points… Probably just enough for Mike Ashley to think about selling some players….

Newcastle United; Alnwick, Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett (YC), TiotéColback, Sissoko, Pérez, Gouffran (YC) (Cabella 91), Cissé (Riviere 73)

Not Used; Santon, Anita, Taylor S, Armstrong, Woodman

Goals; Cisse (34), Perez (51), Colback (68)

Everton;  Robles, Coleman, Alcaraz (YC), Distin, Garbutt, McCarthy (YC) (Barkley 45), Barry, McGeady (Mirallas 61), Eto’o, Baines, Koné (Lukaku 72)

Not Used; Oviedo, Besic, Browning, Griffiths

Goals; Koné (5), Mirallas (84)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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26.12.2014… FC Halifax (h)…

Gateshead 2 FC Halifax Town 2

Gateshead International Stadium… Friday December 26th… 3pm

Attendance: 1,216

Ticket: £15Programme: £3

A Boxing Day draw for Gateshead that saw them continue their slide towards mid-table…

Gateshead International Stadium...

Gateshead International Stadium…

An improved second-half performance should have seen them take all three points but, as has been the case on a number of occasions this season, they were unable to take their chances…

Second Half Action...

Second Half Action…

Gateshead;  Bartlett, Curtis (YC), Clark, Oster, Turnbull, Ramshaw, Allan, Baxter, Pattison (Guy 46), Gjokaj, Wright

Not Used; Jones, Chandler, Shaw, Rankine

Goals; Oster (12), Wright (39 pen)

FC Halifax Town; Glennon, McManus, Bolton, Roberts, Pearson (Smith 58), Boden (Peniket 76), Jackson, Schofield, Williams, Maynard, Hatfield

Not Used; Senior, Ainge, Marshall

Goals; Maynard (10,25)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

13.12.2014… Arsenal (a)…

Arsenal 4 Newcastle United 1

The Emirates Stadium… Saturday December 13th… 5.30pm

Attendance: 59,949

Ticket: £36.50 – Programme: £3.50

The memory bit first; first trip to Arsenal since a 3-0 defeat in front of 38,102 supporters way back in 1998…

Had plenty of time prior to the match for a wander (adding huge amounts of travelling contingency at the moment after recent mishaps), so took the opportunity to pay a visit to my favourite away ground; cliched I know, but it’s Highbury. Conclusions…? As good as the Emirates is, it just isn’t the same…

The match… After last weekend, this was almost inevitable really. Slightly puzzled by the suggestion from some sections of the press that we didn’t play too badly; from the opening exchanges it felt very much like a foregone conclusion…

Next game… Taking a weekend off due to BT Sport’s rescheduling of the Bristol Rovers versus Gateshead game to Friday night; so, the International Stadium on Boxing Day…

arsenal v newcastle...

Outside The Emirates…

arsenal v newcastle...

Inside The Emirates…

Arsenal;  Szczesny, Bellerin (YC), Debuchy, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain (YC) (Maitland-Niles 91), Sánchez (Coquelin 87), Cazorla, Welbeck, Giroud (Podolski 73)

Not Used; Sanogo, Martinez, Ramires, Campbell, Ajayi

Goals; Giroud (15,58), Cazorla (54, 88 pen)

Newcastle United; Alnwick, Janmaat (YC), Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett, Tioté (YC), Colback, Pérez (Armstrong 82), Ameobi (Cabella 56), Gouffran, Cissé (Riviere 56)

Not Used; Anita, Haidara, Vuckic, Woodman

Goals; Pérez (63)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…