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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 in the exactly same place that we left off 15 months ago, unfortunately there was to be no repeat of the score from the last time of asking…

We were comfortable in the first half, the game finally turning in the 48th minute when Jonjo Shelvey was sent off…

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Pre-Match…

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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 to follow on flickr…

12.08.2017… Torquay (h)…

Gateshead 3 Torquay United 0

Gateshead International Stadium… Saturday August 12th… 3pm

Attendance: 756

Ticket: £15 – Programme: £2.50

A comfortable win for Gateshead, and one which moved them up to third place in the National League…

Torquay contributed to their own downfall with two own goals either side of a Richard Peniket strike…

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First Half: Gateshead Press…

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Second Half: Richard Peniket Scores Gateshead’s Second…

Gateshead; Montgomery, Williams, Vassell, Byrne, Fyfield, Barrow (Kerr 24 (Preston 46)), Penn, McLaughlin, Tinkler, Burrow, Johnson (Peniket 72)

Not Used; Hanford, Green

Goals; Higgins (19 og), Peniket (78), Anderson (82 og)

Torquay United; Clarke, Lathrope (Keating 65), McGinty, Chaney, Young, Gosling, Anderson, Klukowski, Higgins, Pittman (Gray 65), Reid (Haworth 37)

Not Used; Fallon, Osborn

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures to follow on flickr…

08.08.2017… Kidderminster (h)…

Nuneaton Town 1 Kidderminster Harriers 0kidh

The LDJ Solicitors Stadium… Tuesday August 8th… 7.45pm

Attendance: 781

Ticket: £14 – Programme: £2.50

A last gasp winner for Nuneaton on a damp night at Liberty Way…

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First Half: Nuneaton Defend a Corner…

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Second Half: Nuneaton Press…

Nuneaton Town; Lyness, Trotman, Wildin.C, Wildin.L, Ashton (Collins 74), Heaton, Beswick, Daniels, Chambers, Hickey, Nicholson (YC)

Not Used; Glover, Taylor, Tweed, Ball

Goals; Chambers (90+2)

Kidderminster Harriers; Hall, Webb, Keane, Croasdale, Daly, Williams (YC), Nti, McQuilkin, Ironside, Weeks (Bradley 46), Austin (Ngwatala 68)

Not Used; Brown, Truslove, Digie

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

22.07.2017… Leicester (h)…

Nuneaton Town 3 Leicester City XI 3

Liberty Way… Saturday July 22nd…

Attendance:

Ticket: £10 – Programme: £1.50

My first game of 2017/18,  and  a pretty entertaining one. A typical friendly in one respect, multiple substitutions being the order of the day…

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First Half Action…

Nuneaton were two up inside the first ten minutes but Leicester levelled by half time. The heavens opened early in the second half, and Nuneaton soon found themselves 3-2 down. They recovered though, and Ashley Chambers earnt them a draw late on…

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Second Half Action…

Nuneaton Town; Elliott Taylor (Tyrell Belford 45), Tom Elliott (Jean Paul Jhonnes-Ramos 90), Courtney Wildin, Kristian Scott (Michael Tweed 45 (Mitchell Glover 85)), Brad Gascoigne (Danny Brennan 45), Niall Heaton, Alex Henshall (Luther Wildin 45), Ryan Beswick (Luke Trotman 45), Ashley Chambers, Brady Hickey, Callum Ball (Lewis Collins 90)

Not Used; Ryan Richmond, Josh Steele, Charlie Chechlacz

Goals; Callum Ball (3), Ashley Chambers (8, 70)

Leicester City; Daniel Iversen (Maz Bramley, 45), Joseph Knight (Calvin Bassey 54), Connor Wood, Hamza Choudhury, Sam Hughes, Fred Neilsen (Alex Pascanu 31), Liandra Martins (Lamine Kaba Sherif), Dylan Watts (Khanya Leshabele 80), Joseph Eppiah (Layton Ndwuku 54), Andnai Muskwe, Josh Gordon

Not Used; Faiq Bolkiah

Goals; Josh Gordon (40), Joseph Eppiah (43), Sam Hughes (54)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

07.05.2017… Barnsley (h)…

Newcastle United 3 Barnsley 0

St. James’ Park… Sunday May 7th… 3pm

Attendance: 52,276

Ticket: £35 – Programme: £3

Those last five crazy minutes. That’s why we do it….

Dwight Gayle was wandering back to the halfway line for the restart as the the news came through. The noise was incredible. Laughing one minute, crying the next, utter hysteria…

Then the final whistle and the wait for word from Villa Park; and then, for the second time, the noise…

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Second Half: 3-0 Up, All Eyes On Villa Park…

It feels like more of an achievement than 1993 or 2010. It was harder earned, there were setbacks along the way…

After wins at Brighton and Huddersfield, the title looked like a foregone conclusion. However, leaving Portman road last month, there were real doubts as to whether automatic promotion would be achieved at all. But when it mattered, into the last three games and seven points behind, the players pulled it off. Brighton didn’t bottle it, the league table doesn’t lie, we were just that little bit better…

Newcastle United, EFL Champions 2017, and a small taste of what could have happened on the last day in 1996, if only the stars had aligned…

Thank You Rafa…

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Champions…

Newcastle United; Elliot, Yedlin, Hayden (Haidara 13), Mbemba, Dummett, Atsu, Shelvey (Diame 72), Colback, Gouffran, Perez (Gayle 80), Mitrovic

Not Used; Lazaar, Anita, Darlow, Murphy

Goals; Perez (23), Mbemba (59), Gayle (90)

Barnsley; Davies, Janko, Jackson, MacDonald, Elder, James, Hedges (Watkins 54), Scowen, Moncur, Kent (Williams 74), Bradshaw (Lee 74)

Not Used; Townsend, Evans, Mowatt, Jones

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…