Month: December 2016

31.12.2016… Barrow AFC (h)…

Gateshead 4 Barrow 1

Gateshead International Stadium… Saturday December 31st… 3pm

Attendance: 871

Ticket: £15Programme: £2

My final game of 2016, Gateshead ending Barrow’s 26 match unbeaten run in a pretty convincing fashion…

Barrow may have had their minds on next weekend’s FA Cup Third Round, but an impressive win nonetheless…

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First Half Action…

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Second Half Action…

Gateshead; Hanford, Hogan, Smith (YC), Mafuta, Fyfield, Bolton, York, McLaughlin (YC), Hannant (YC) (Ajalaat 77), Burrow, Bell (D.Johnson 87)

Not Used; S.Johnson, Jones, Wrightson

Goals; Hannant (26), Bell (39), Burrow (49), York (70)

Barrow; Coughlin, Beeley, Wilmer-Anderton, Wright (YC), Diarra, Livesey (YC), Harvey, Williams (YC), Bennett (YC) (Hughes 83), Meikle (Haworth 66), Harrison (Hannah 62)

Not Used; Anderson, Turnbull

Goals; Livesey (7)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

30.12.2016… Notts Forest (h)…

Newcastle United 3 Nottingham Forest 1

St. James’ Park… Friday December 30th… 7.45pm

Attendance: 52,228

Ticket: £30 – Programme: £3

A very welcome three points, and a little bit of payback in our final game of 2016. Forest finished the game with ten, rather than our nine men in the reverse fixture…

Not the most convincing of wins, but promotion is the goal and it’s the points that matter…

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Pre-Match: Newcastle Warm Up…

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Second Half Action: Newcastle Prepare to Take a Free Kick…

Newcastle United; Darlow, Yedlin (YC), Lascelles, Clark (YC), Dummett, Ritchie (Lazaar 83), Hayden, Colback (YC) (Diame 67), Atsu, Perez, Gayle (Mitrovic 88)

Not Used; Anita, Mbemba, Gouffran, Sels

Goals; Ritchie (4), Gayle (63, 80)

Nottingham Forest; Stojkovic, Mills (RC), Hobbs, Lam (YC) (Ahmedhodzic 84), Cash, Pereira (YC), Kasami, Osborn, Lichaj, Dumitru (Assombalonga 73), Bendtner (Vaughan 81)

Not Used; Carayol, Henderson, Grant, Vellios

Goals; Dumitru (29)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

26.12.2016… Sheff Wed (h)…

Newcastle United 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1photo

St. James’ Park… Monday December 26th… 7.45pm

Attendance: 52,179

Ticket: £35 – Programme: £3

Boxing Day service is resumed, it’s a fixture that we always struggle to win, and tonight followed a familiar post-Christmas pattern…

A very poor performance in all honesty, Karl Darlow being the massive exception…

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Pre Match: So That’s Why We’re All Here at 7.45pm on Boxing Day…

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Second Half: Newcastle Search in Vain for an Equaliser…

I’m not entirely sure what the whingers get from 90 minutes of continuous negavity though. If they must be thoroughly joy-sucking, can they not do it inwardly rather than feeling the need to share…?

Anyway, Friday Night, Nottingham Forest, we go again…

Newcastle United; Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Hayden (YC), Colback (Mitrovic 80), Gouffran (Perez 62), Diame (Atsu 68), Gayle

Not Used; Sels, Yedlin, Lazaar, Mbemba

Goals; None

Sheffield Wednesday; Westwood, Fletcher, Reach, Loovens, Lees, Palmer, Hutchinson, Wallace (Buhiu 90+4), Pudil, Bannan (Jones 81), Forestieri (Joao 77)

Not Used; Wildsmith, Abdi, Hunt, Sasso

Goals; Loovens (53)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

17.12.2016… Birm v Brighton…

Birmingham City 1 Brighton & HA 2

St. Andrew’s… December 17th… 5.30pm

Attendance: 17,287

Ticket: £30 – Programme: £3

With only 1,800 available, I never realistically expected that there were ever going to be any tickets available for Burton, so another trip to St. Andrew’s to cast an eye over our main rivals….

Gianfranco Zola’s first game in charge ending in a late and undeserved defeat for Birmingham. Brighton playing poorly but winning. They’re going to push us hard…

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Birmingham Celebrate Taking a 1-0 Lead…

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1-2… Brighton Celebrate After Scoring a Late Winner…

Birmingham City; Kuszczak, Spector (Robinson 90+2), Morrison, Shotton, Grounds, Gleeson (Tesche 81), Cotterill, Kieftenbeld, Davis, Stewart (Dacres-Cogley 73), Jutkiewicz

Not Used; Legzdins, Adams, Solomon-Otabor, Maghoma

Goals; Jutkiewicz (52)

Brighton & Hove Albion; Stockdale, Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Knockaert, Sidwell (Norwood 61), Stephens, Skalak (March 61), Murray, Baldock (Hemed 71)

Not Used; Ankergren, Pocognoli, Goldson, Towell

Goals; Knockaert (82′), Murray (90+5)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

10.12.2016… Birmingham (h)…

Newcastle United 4 Birmingham City 0

St. James’ Park… Saturday December 10th… 3pm

Attendance: 52,145

Ticket: £30 – Programme: £3

A straightforward win, and a unimpressive performance that took us back to the top of the table…

Dwight Gayle scoring his second hattrick of the season…

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Kick Off Approaching…

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Newcastle Take a Free Kick…

Newcastle United; Darlow, Anita, Clark, Lascelles, Dummatt; Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden (Lazaar 82), Gouffran (Atsu 70), Diame; Gayle (Mitrovic 79)

Not Used; Mbemba, Yedlin, Tiote, Sels

Goals; Gayle (18, 24, 77), Gouffran (47)

Birmingham City; Kuszczak, Dacres-Cogley, Morrison, Shotton, Grounds, Tesche (Kieftenbeld 45), Gleeson, Stewart (Jutkiewicz 45), Adams, Cotterill (O’Keeffe 75), Donaldson

Not Used; Legzdins, Robinson, Solomon-Otabor, Brown

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…