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01.10.2017… Liverpool (h)…

Newcastle United 1 Liverpool 1

St. James’ Park… Sunday October 1st… 4.30pm

Attendance: 52,303

Ticket: £48 – Programme: £3

An excellent team performance, and a fully deserved point…

A team that may be lacking in the expensive signings of its predecessors, but unlike those sides, one that is far greater than the sum of its parts……

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Pre-Match: Inside St. James’…

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Second Half Action…

Newcastle United; Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Manquillo, Shelvey, Merino (Hayden 74), Ritchie, Perez (YC) (Diame 90), Atsu, Joselu (Gayle 79)

Not Used; Darlow, Gamez, Lejeune, Murphy

Goals; Joselu (36)

Liverpool; Mignolet, Gomez (YC), Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Coutinho, Salah (Oxlade-Chamberlain 84), Sturridge (Firmino 74), Mane (Solanke 74)

Not Used; Klavan, Can, Karius, Milner

Goals; Coutinho (29)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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16.09.2017… Stoke (h)…

Newcastle United 2 Stoke City 1

St. James’ Park… Saturday September 16th… 3pm

Attendance: 51,795

Ticket: £41 – Programme: £3

Another great performance, from a team that pulls together…

Were it not for some poor finishing then we would have been out of sight by half time. But following Stoke’s equaliser, when heads could have dropped, we just kept going…

Jamaal Lascelles popped up with the winner for the second week running, another header from a corner. I really love zonal marking…

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A First Half Chance for Joselu…

Preparing for a Goal Kick…

Newcastle United; Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Mbemba, Hayden (Shelvey 69), Merino, Ritchie, Perez (Diame 86), Atsu, Joselu (Gayle 78)

Not Used; Woodman, Manquillo, Lejeune, Murphy

Goals; Atsu (19), Lascelles (68)

Stoke City; Butland, Zouma, Martins Indi, Wimmer, Diouf, Allen (Crouch 84), Fletcher, Pieters, Shaqiri, Choupo-Moting, Jese (Sobhi 62)

Not Used; Grant, Johnson, Tymon, Adam, Berahino

Goals; Shaqiri (57)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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…

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…

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…