In my review of Reading v Newcastle, I totally forgot to mention the best incident of the evening, namely the moment when ref Mike Riley sent off Reading mascot Kingsley in the first half (a massive cuddly lion who wears a Reading home kit). Apparently, Riley was confused by the presence of Kingsley. Steve Coppell joked: ‘I can see where the referee was getting confused, you know he does look like so many of my players.’ Perhaps this video helps explain Riley’s decision:
Newcastle were truly dire last night and should have lost by at least two goals – they are stuck on 42 points and in danger of registering their lowest ever tally in the Premiership. On the bright side, little Michael Owen returned from injury, the first time Glenn Roeder has been able to pick him.
Michael Owen has a 50/50 chance of appearing against Chelsea on Sunday, according to Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder. Owen has been out of action since picking up a knee ligament injury in England’s World Cup match against Sweden last June. Roeder said: “He is 50-50, but he will not return until in my opinion he [...]
Excellent news for both Newcastle and England is that Little Mickey Owen found the net on his return to action. The 27-year-old scored 10 minutes into his comeback against mighty Gretna in a behind-closed-doors friendly. Owen has been out of action since sustaining a sickening knee injury against Sweden in last summer’s World Cup. He [...]
The Guardian, amongst others, reports that wee Michael Owen â€“ how England & Newcastle have missed his goals â€“ will take part in a Newcastle reserves match today against a junior team from Hartlepool United. Owen is expected to play at least 45 minutes but it’s extremely doubtful that he will play for anything like [...]
The release dates for the new kits seems to get earlier and earlier each season. Newcastle’s home shirt for next season is already available for pre-order ahead a 2 May launch. Out go the traditional stripy sleeves in favour of an a much more black affair. Think more zebra than bar-code for the 2007-08 season! [...]
Backheels, superlative flicks, diving heads, jinking runs, six goals… prior, you wouldn’t have thought that we were talking about a Newcastle match would you? Well, for those of you who missed last nights UEFA Cup match between the Magpies and AZ Alkmaar, have (most of) the goals here. Newcastle V AZ Alkmaar first half goalsUploaded [...]
News reaches us that Premiership chairmen are going to be forced into cutting ‘obscene’ ticket prices because fans have just about had enough of being the victims of daylight robbery every weekend, and as a result, football has reached a tipping point. Two top-flight chairmen have expressed the same view, both of whom predict price [...]
With the Liverpool camp enlivened by a bit of swinging (of a golf club admittedly), it’s worth looking back at another famous spat between team mates. There have been a few, but probably the best is the fine work of Lee Bowyer and Keiran Dyer who both earned themselves red cards after belting the crap [...]
Gazza, G8, Paul Gascoigne… whatever you call him these days… has apparently agreed to appear in and turn his hand to producing new movie Final Run. Gazza will make his big-screen debut as a survivor of an alien invasion alongside the oh so very lovely Lois Winstone (daughter of Ray). According to production company SjB [...]
The FA are to launch a second investigation into claims that Newcastle midfielder Emre used racist language. A newspaper report today alleged the Turkey international, who has already been charged by the FA with using racially-aggravated language during the defeat at Everton on December 30, made a comment to Bolton striker El-Hadji Diouf during a [...]
Belgian outfit Zulte Waregem are Newcastle’s opponents in the Uefa Cup tonight. Expect them to take to the pitch in this white with red and green trim shirt. Click here to buy it from the official website. Click here to see them in action against Sparta Prague. [Rob Parker]
USA centre-back Oguchi ‘Gooch’ Onyewu is expected to complete a loan move to Newcastle later today. The Standard Liege player is undergoing a medical at St James’ Park and will sign for the club if he passes. Moves to Chelsea and Fulham have not materialised, but the 24-year-old seems to have secured a move to [...]
So, Keith Hackett wants the BBC to stop criticizing his referees eh? Well, like I said last week, if that’s going to happen, we need the match officials to sharpen up a bit. This weekend, much like any other footballing weekend, has seen a couple of incidents that have really stuck in my throat. The [...]
Fans who have experienced the thrill of an away match will know how addictive it is. The trip down, the pre-match pints in a strange pub, being in a strange ground. It’s like a holiday with a football match stuck in the middle of it! However, loads give it a wide berth because they can’t [...]
With Obafemi Martins being touted to Chelsea (and why not?), it’s worth noting that, in essence, Obi Martins has always been ace. Want proof? Watch his first goal for Nigeria against Ireland when he was just a slip of a lad at 19 years old. Great pace and sweet finish with the outside of the [...]
When I heard that Graham Souness was to take control of Wolves, I naturally thought it would be something like a fight to the death with an entire pack. Well, it isn’t. Old pig heart, Graeme Souness, has claimed that he’s made a Â£20m bid to take control of Wolves, despite the club denying the [...]
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/41757000/jpg/_41757802_robocrouch_getty270.jpg With Liverpool being decidedly average so far this season, January sees Rafa Benitez given the opportunity to flex his Spanish muscle in the transfer market… and with his sights set on David Villa from Valencia, someone will have to make way. It appears that Peter Crouch is all set to be shipped out for a reported Â£12million… but who is daft enough to pay an inflated price like that?
During his time at Glasgow Rangers up in Bonnie Scotland, Paul Gascoigne, already known as ‘troubled genius’ by this point, was followed by a film crew. We all know that former Spuds and Newcastle player Gazza (or G8) likes a joke, so see what happens when he took the film crew back to his new [...]
Tottenham have been drawn against Feyenoord in the last 32 of the Uefa Cup – a repeat of the 1974 final that the Dutch side won 4-2 on aggregate, but may not be able attend the away match. The Uefa Cup game could be held behind closed doors because of possible disciplinary action against the [...]
http://www.4thegame.com/media/00/03/21/bramble_titus_nufc_profile_2005.jpg Newcastle United ditherer Glenn Roeder has revealed that the Titus Bramble has spent eight days in hospital after an alarming flare-up in his injured calf. The 25-year-old’s lower leg swelled to twice its normal size days after he picked up a knock during the 0-0 UEFA Cup draw with Eintracht Frankfurt.
Manchester United defenders Wes Brown and Mikael Silvestre are considering their futures at Old Trafford, according to The Sun. The form of January signings Nemanja Vidic (who has been, let’s be honest here, immense) and Patrice Evra plus Gabriel Heinze’s return after injury, have left Brown and Silvestre on the fringes of Sir Alex Ferguson’s [...]
Is this is oddest Alan Shearer related thing in the entire world? Some oddball Mackem (I think) called Hoolio has sent an email to Alan Shearer claiming (in a spooky deadpan voice) that he gets "a lump when I think of what you’ve done for this great club". In fairness, he cracks up at the [...]
With the West Ham takeover seemingly a done deal, attention is now turning to the Belgravia Group’s plans to buy Newcastle United. The Guardian reports that the company is preparing to pounce before Freddy Shepherd has chance to tuck into his Christmas pudding. Apart from an increased amount of perspiration on Shepherd’s forehead, the main [...]
WIth news that Michael Owen will be "back to the top" according to his knee tickler surgeon Dr Richard Steadman, it may be worth reminding ourselves what an ‘on top’ Owen looks like.