Month: August 2017

26.08.2017… West Ham (h)…

Newcastle United 3 West Ham United 0

St. James’ Park… Saturday August 26th… 3pm

Attendance: 52,093

Ticket: £41 – Programme: £3

A great performance, both on and off the pitch. Three points, three goals, a clean sheet; and Mike Ashley left in absolutely no doubt (if he ever had any) as to where we stand…

Not that I’m foolish enough to believe that anything that we can do or say will have any impact on the eventual outcome, but at least a point was made…

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A Simple Point, Very Well Made…

Considering the importance of the game to both sides, even at this early stage of the season, we ended up winning quite comfortably. We just appeared to want it more, something which is going to have to be the case in every game for the remainder of the season if we’re to stand any chance of staying up…

Mikel Merino is a class act though, far too good for us in our current state…

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Daylight… A 2-0 Lead…

Anyway, the transfer window closed on the following Thursday, and (in an outcome that was no real surprise to anyone) no new recruits arrived…

Conclusions, following another summer of empty promises and half-truths from Mike Ashley and his cohorts? With Rafa, it’s going to be a long hard season. Without Rafa, it’s going to be a car crash…

Newcastle United; Elliot, Manquillo, Lascelles, Clark, Mbemba, Merino (YC), Hayden (Diame 82), Ritchie (Murphy 88), Perez, Atsu, Joselu (Mitrovic 72)

Not Used; Woodman, Gamez, Saivet, Aarons

Goals; Joselu (36), Clark (72), Mitrovic (86)

West Ham United; Hart, Zabaleta, Collins, Ogbanna, Creswell, Rice (Lanzini 45), Noble (Kouyate 71), Antonio, Ayew (Sakho 70 (YC)), Fernandes (YC), Hernandez (YC)

Not Used; Adrian, Fonte, Obiang, Masuaku

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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22.08.2017… Bournemouth (h)…

Birmingham City 1 AFC Bournemouth 2

St. Andrew’s… Tuesday August 22nd… 7.45pm

Attendance: 8,245

Ticket: £15 – Programme: £2

Carabao, Thailand’s second most popular energy drink (according to Wikipedia), and the latest sponsors of the League Cup…

Birmingham let a 1-0 half-time lead slip, a lead which could have been two were it not for a specatuclar goal line clearance from Tyrone Mings. But Bournemouth’s had first half chances too, Thomas Kuszczak being forced into action on a number of occasions…

Into the second half though, and the extra class told…

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First Half: Birmingham Take The Lead…

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Second Half: A Rare Birmingham Attack…

Birmingham City; Kuszczak, Nsue (Harding 23), Roberts, Shotton, Grounds, Bramall (Robinson 78), Davis, Kieftenbeld, Gleeson, Maghoma, Vassell (Jutkiewicz 46)

Not Used; Stockdale, Tesche, Gardner, Cotterill

Goals; Kieftenbeld (11)

AFC Bournemouth; Boruc, Smith, S Cook, Mings, Smith, Fraser, L Cook, Gosling, Pugh, Defoe, Mousset

Not Used; Ramsdale, Ake, Mahoney, Hyndman, Afobe, Ibe, Simpson

Goals; Fraser (46), Pugh (68)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

17.08.2017… Eng v WI (D1)…

England v Pakistanengcric

Edgbaston… Day 1 – Thursday August 17th…

England 348 for 3 (90 overs)

Ticket: £41 – Programme: £6

Day One of the first ever Day/Night test match to be played in the UK…

After the loss of a couple of early wickets (39/2 after 7.3), England dominated, moving to 348/3 by the close. Alistair Cook batted through, finishing the day on 153 not out; Joe Root made 136, sharing a partnership of 248 with Cook…

The only disappointment being that the runs continue to come from the usual suspects…

Day 2: Alistair Cook was finally dismissed for 243 as England went on to make 514/8 before declaring. West Indies progressed to 44/1 from 16 overs before rain stopped play…

Day 3: West Indies were dismissed in their first innings for 168. They followed on, making an even smaller 137, and losing by an innings and 209 runs. 19 wickets fell on the day, among them being Stuart Broad’s 384th test wicket. A dismissal which took him past Ian Botham to become England’s second highest Test wicket taker of all time…

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Edgbaston: Pre-Lights…

Teams…

England; Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, Tom Westley, Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Toby Roland-Jones, James Anderson

West Indies; Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich, Jason Holder, Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Miguel Cummins

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Edgbaston: Post-Lights…

Stats…

1st Innings

England; Cook (248 – n.o.), Stoneman (8 – b Roach), Westley (8 – lbw Cummins), Root (136 – b Roach), Malan (28 – n.o.)

Did Not Bat; Stokes, Bairstow, Ali, Broad, Roland-Jones, Anderson

Extras; 4nb 3w 0b 8lb – 15

348 for 3 (90 overs)

Bowling; Roach (20 / 72 / 2), Joseph (17 / 85 / 0), Cummins (19 / 61 / 1), Holder (15.3 / 58 / 0), Chase (12.3 / 58 / 0), Brathwaite (6 / 6 / 0)

FOW; 14 – 39 – 287

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

15.08.2017… Bolton (h)…

Birmingham City 0 Bolton Wanderers 0

St. Andrew’s… Tuesday August 15th… 7.45pm

Attendance: 20,215

Ticket: £25 – Programme: £3

Definitely not a game to live very long in the memory, barely a shot on target from either side across the space of what seemed like a very long 90 minutes…

Newcastle loanee Adam Armstrong started for Bolton. New signing Isaac Vassell made his debut for Birmingham, coming off the bench in the second half…

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Outside St. Andrew’s: Pre_Match…

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Inside St. Andrew’s: The First Half…

Birmingham City; Stockdale, Nsue, Roberts, Morrison (Shotton 25), Grounds, Kieftenbeld, Ndoye, (46 Jutkiewicz), Gardner, Maghoma (YC), Cotterill, Donaldson (Vassell 72)

Not Used; Kuszczak, Robinson, Gleeson, Tesche

Goals; None

Bolton Wanderers; Howard, Taylor, Dervite, Beevers, Karacan, Madine (Wilbraham 83), Cullen, Armstrong (Le Fondre 69), Pratley, Morais (YC), Burke

Not Used; Little, Buckley, Alnwick, Robinson, Derik

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

13.08.2017… Spurs (h)…

Newcastle United 0 Tottenham Hotspur 2

St. James’ Park… Sunday August 13th… 1.30pm

Attendance: 52,077

Ticket: £45 – Programme: £3

We picked up in the Premiership exactly where we left some 15 months ago, unfortunately there was to be no repeat of the score from the last meeting…

Although we offered little going forward, we were comfortable in the first half. In fact, Tottenham were lucky to end the half with eleven men, as Harry Kane should have beeb sent off for a two footed tackle from behind that it was subsequently confirmed has put Florian Lejeune out of action for a month…

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Pre-Match…

The game finally turned in Spurs’ favour in the 48th minute when Jonjo Shelvey was sent off for standing on Dele Alli, in full view of the referee. Alli subsequently put Spurs in front, tucking home unmarked from an Eriksen cross. Ben Davies then made the game safe with 20 minutes left to play…

And just an observation, but when are the FA finally going to do something about the anti-semitic Tottenham songbook? I’m guessing that it won’t be while they’re rent paying tenants at Wembley…

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First Half Action…

Newcastle United; Elliot, Manquillo, Lejeune (Mbemba 34), Clark, Dummett (Lascelles 7), Shelvey (so 48), Hayden, Ritchie (YC), Perez, Atsu, Gayle (Merino 76)

Not Used; Darlow, Murphy, Aarons, Mitrovic

Goals; None

Tottenham Hotspur; Lloris, Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies (YC), Dier, Dembele (Winks 90), Sissoko (Son Heung-min 58), Alli (Wanyama 82), Eriksen, Kane (YC)

Not Used; Vorm, Janssen, Wimmer, Carter-Vickers

Goals; Alli (61), Davies (70)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…