Newcastle United Women – History Makers!

Sunday 1st May 2022 a historic day for Newcastle United Women when they played at St James Park for the very first time. Everything about this event was truly exciting and the build up was really good to promote the history making event. I still I don’t really think though that anyone could have imagined just how utterly incredible it would turn out to be.

The attendance of 22,134 was out of this world!

A 4-0 victory was the icing on the cake with Katie Barker scoring the first goal to cement her place in history as the first female goalscorer at St James Park, wearing the number 9 shirt and bringing back a rather familiar celebration in the style of legend Alan Shearer.

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NUFC: Trippier Signs

The first signing of the new era at Newcastle United is 31 year old England International Kieran Trippier who has signed from Atletico Madrid on a 2.5 year deal for £12 million. A total steal and I actually cannot quite believe we are already signing a player of high quality, despite still being 19th in the Premier League.

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NUFC: Away Kit 2018/19 Season

This amazing strip has officially been announced today even though it was leaked a couple of weeks ago which in all honesty was very exciting considering it is a total throwback to the 1995/1996 season!

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Relegation – Newcastle United

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Failing to beat Aston Villa last week backfired for Newcastle as Sunderland went on to beat Everton on Wednesday night. That ended the Premier League run in what has been truly deserved after an awful season! Even with that though it was still very disappointing  to have it hit home on Wednesday that we will be leaving the top flight of English football (again).

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It was back in 2009 when Newcastle last suffered relegation but the difference with that time to this time has to be the players who stayed and played in the Championship. That is going to be very different this time. Shocking that a couple of days after relegation was confirmed that Moussa Sissoko has been called up to the France squad for Euro 2016. A player who has been truly shocking nearly all season and some how undroppable gets to go and represent his country in the summer makes it all even worse.

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Jonjo Shelvey is the perfect midfielder for Newcastle!

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A very positive signing and a midfielder with everything we have been missing since Yohan Cabaye left. I know that might be a very big assumption to make but we did shell out £12m for Shelvey. A few seasons ago I would not have been happy about this but after watching him play for Swansea at the Stadium of Light earlier in the season I was very impressed, he ran the game from midfield and was the standout player on the pitch that day.

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2015/16 Season: Newcastle 2-1 West Ham

Following on from the 3-3 draw against Manchester United on Tuesday it was a quick turnaround and back to St James Park for another match, which believe it or not was a 3pm Saturday kick off. It’s nice to know that those matches still actually exist. It’s been quite a long time since I have been looking forward to a match (let’s face it we have played awful football recently) but I really was up for this one yesterday.

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I was very eager and excited to see how Jonjo Shelvey would fit into the side as found his signing earlier on in the week to be very positive and exactly what we have been missing this season. It didn’t take long for the new man to make an impact being involved in well pretty much everything good in the first half.

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NUFC 2 – 1 Spurs

The first Premier League game of the 2012/2013 saw Tottenham Hotspur make the journey up to St James Park (I refuse to call it by that other name, you know the official name) for a 5:30pm kick off. Yes we had to wait until 5:30pm on a Saturday tea time instead of the traditional and much-loved 3pm kick off. But never mind there was a massive buzz just on the metro on the way to Newcastle for the game, nearly everyone kitted out in the new shirt and feeling very optimistic for the new season starting. And why not eh? We had a cracking season last year and should look to maintain that level of performance and attitude this season too.

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Newcastle 2 – 2 Spurs

Another game at St James Park against a Spurs side who have had a pretty good start to the season as well. Also a team we always play well against at home, usually producing some very good matches, this one was no different really. The first half we saw some good play, but lack of shots on goal by either side looked like the score was going to be 0-0 at half time.

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Wolves 1 – 2 Newcastle

Our fantastic start to the season continued with a 2-1 win over Wolves. Although the scoreline makes it sound a lot closer than it actually was. Although at the end of the game Wolves did have the ball in the back of the net which would have made it 2-2. But before that we really did outclass them all over the pitch. They seemed to completely crumble after scoring our first goal. Which saw Demba Ba get his 4th goal in 2 games, with a good header from a Cabaye corner.

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Transfer Window Closed!

The transfer window slammed shut last night at 11pm and we were left with no new number 9, or even a new striker for that matter. Was pretty quiet throughout the last day of the window, but surely into the last day any efforts were too little too late. We’ve had since the summer, actually know we’ve had since January to scout targets and get someone sorted out with the Andy Carroll money which has now well and truly disappeared.

I am not at all surprised that we have not brought in a new striker, but more left disappointed. Surely that had to be the main priority due to the lack of firepower our current forwards have. None of them looked premier league quality last season so it looks like we are in for another difficult season on the goalscoring front – although everyone was saying that at the start of last season and up popped Andy Carroll scoring goals for fun! Then after selling Carroll that question came again about where the goals would come from and we managed to score 4 against Arsenal!

So maybe it is to soon to write them all off, but I for one am not convinced by them at all. Lovenkrands by far the worst, just not good enough at all. When he is “playing” it is actually like having 10 men on the pitch. He doesn’t ever seem to be involved. Also selling our top scorer in midfielder Kevin Nolan takes away our goals from midfield, Joey Barton even bagged a few last season as well.

So a very quiet last day of the window with a little bit of speculation that we tried to steal the transfer of Bryan Ruiz who looked all but certain to be joining Fulham . . . and why would the club think he would pick us over Fulham when they are playing in Europe this season? Probably just so it looked like they were actually trying to bring someone in!

I would have taken a loan deal or two with a midfielder and a striker our squad is very thin. Especially when you see Sunderland taking Nicklas Bendtner on loan for the season. I would have easily taken him on loan! But again we didn’t even make any effort to bring him to the club.

I hope that they start working on it now to find some targets for January – hopefully it won’t be too late by then! We don’t want to have too much pressure put on the strikers we have at the moment when clearly they are not good enough – let’s hope I am wrong and can laugh at this blog post in the future!