ARCHIVE NEWS - AUGUST
Danny Guthrie and Kevin Nolan celebrate versus Leicester City
31st August 2009 - Newcastle United 1 Leicester City 0
Championship - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 7.45pm
Team: Harper, R Taylor, Simpson, S Taylor, Enrique, Geremi, Barton (Kadar 89), Smith, Guthrie (Donaldson 85), Nolan, Ranger (Vuckic 85) - Subs not used: Krul, LuaLua, Baheng, Tozer.
Scorer: Guthrie 52 - Attendance: 38,813
Chris Hughton: "We didn't know the division, I never felt we would show anything less than we have shown, but whether that was going to bring up points, we didn't know. There's certainly a togetherness in this group of lads. All they could do was get on with the job in hand. If they don't have a big desire to want to get this club back into the Premier League then it's going to be doubly difficult. But they've got on with it and trained very well. I never felt there would be lack of effort or lack of conviction."
29th August 2009 - Carling Cup Third Round Draw
Newcastle have been drawn to play Peterborough United away from home in the Third Round of the Carling Cup. The game will be played the week commencing Monday 21st September 2009.
28th August 2009 - Forster Loaned To Norwich
Young goalkeeper Fraser Forster is to spend a month on loan with League One side Norwich City. Fraser has just completed a successful loan spell at Bristol Rovers, keeping two clean sheets from the opening five matches of the season, helping Rovers climb to fourth position in League One.
26th August 2009 - Carling Cup Third Round Draw
The Carling Cup Third Round draw will take place on Saturday August 29th 2009. A total of 32 teams will go into the draw which will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday programme at 12.15pm.
Danny Guthrie opens the scoring against Huddersfield Town
26th August 2009 - Newcastle United 4 Huddersfield Town 3
Carling Cup Round 2 - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 7.45pm
Team: Krul, R Taylor, Enrique, Kadar, Simpson, Geremi, Nolan, Butt (Ameobi 46, Vuckic 90), Guthrie, LuaLua (Gutierrez 65), Ranger - Subs not used: Harper, Smith, Tozer, Donaldson.
Scorers: Guthrie 36, Geremi 48, Ameobi 64 (pen), Nolan 84 - Attendance: 23,815
Chris Hughton: "Testament to Huddersfield - they pushed us all the way. And we didn't expect anything else. We always knew it was going to be a tough tie. But we felt that to go on and win the game we had to bring on some experience and quality. The neutrals would have thoroughly enjoyed that and the Newcastle supporters more because we came out on top at the end. It was a typical cup-tie but I was pleased that we came out winners - and I thought over the 90 minutes we were worthy winners."
24th August 2009 - Club Statement
Newcastle United Football Club confirms that it has extended its deadline to Barry Moat to table an offer for the Club. The extension has been granted in order to allow Barry Moat and his advisors to conclude funding arrangements with Barclays, current bankers, for the continuation of last season's £39m facility. This would allow a formal offer to be tabled.
22nd August 2009 - Crystal Palace 0 Newcastle United 2
Championship - Selhurst Park, London - 3.00pm
Team: Harper, Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, Enrique, R Taylor (Butt 65), Guthrie (Ranger 66), Nolan, Smith, Gutierrez (Geremi 90), Ameobi - Subs not used: Krul, Kadar, LuaLua, Xisco.
Scorers: Nolan (2), R Taylor (21) - Attendance: 20,643
Chris Hughton: "It was very pleasing to get the three points, and especially the clean sheet, away from home. We said to the players before the game that we expected a tough match, and that's what we got. But to get a goal after just two minutes was a dream start. It gave the players and the fans a massive lift. It was then a good time to get the second goal and again, like Kevin's, it was a very good finish. I thought the effort and desire was tremendous. We're going very well at the moment but we have to keep that going because all of the hard work is in front of us - but it's been a great start."
A stunning left foot strike from Ryan Taylor at Crystal Palace
21st August 2009 - Sale Could Be Nearing Conclusion
Negotiations between Barry Moat and Mike Ashley are understood to be at an advanced stage and a deal could be closed next week. The two sides are said to be close to agreeing a price and Moat's finance is thought to be in place.
Newcastle currently rely on a £40 million facility from the bank to operate day-to-day, and Barclays would like to see it reduced as part of the deal. Reducing the wage bill is a priority and the departure of more players from Premier League wages may ease the bank's concerns.
21st August 2009 - Fanbase 410
A group calling themselves Fanbase 410, fronted by ex Rangers and Tottenham star Graham Roberts are interested in taking the club over. The consortium would introduce a fans ownership system by means of a share issue. Roberts said: "We want to get the fans involved. We don't want to run the football club, we want to put it together, the company that I'm working with will set it all up, but the fans will run the club."
Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias commented: "They met with the board of directors, they're well intentioned, but it was made clear they need proof of funds before we can continue negotiations. They're way behind, we've got parties more or less at signing stage, so for them it's about getting money in the bank, but banks and money are very tight at the moment."
20th August 2009 - Sensational Support
Newcastle United fans have been demonstrating their loyalty to the club in impressive numbers. A crowd of just under 44,000 for the midweek visit of Sheffield Wednesday was sensational by any standards and followed on from a crowd of almost 37,000 for the televised game against Reading on Saturday evening. In the space of four days an amazing figure of more than 80,000 fans have packed St. James' Park to watch a club which has been demoralised by the disastrous stewardship of current owner Mike Ashley.
Jonas Gutierrez centres against Sheffield Wednesday
19th August 2009 - Newcastle United 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Championship - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 7.45pm
Team: Harper, Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, Enrique, R Taylor (Guthrie 89), Nolan, Smith, Gutierrez, Ameobi (Ranger 87), Carroll (Xisco 58) - Subs not used: Krul, Geremi, LuaLua, Kadar.
Scorer: Ameobi (15) - Attendance: 43,904
Chris Hughton: "It was a wonderful finish. Shola struck the ball very early. You can see the confidence in him. Saturday's victory was a better performance. But I thought we showed enough battling qualities to keep a clean sheet. It's a wonderful crowd and one we most definitely don't want to take for granted. What we do know is we have got to give them something to turn up in their thousands for."
18th August 2009 - Fulham Complete Duff Signing
Republic of Ireland winger Damien Duff has signed for Fulham for an undisclosed fee. Newcastle signed the 30 year old from Chelsea in July 2006. A three year spell with Newcastle saw him score 6 goals in 86 outings.
16th August 2009 - A Shola Treble
Shola Ameobi on his Reading hat trick: "Considering the man we were remembering today, I think its only fitting I dedicate my goals to Sir Bobby. He was a great influence on my career and for me it was a fantastic way to repay him. It was a great way to open my account for the season and a great way to start our home programme. This was a tremendous team effort."
15th August 2009 - Newcastle United 3 Reading 0
Championship - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 5.20pm
Team: Harper, R Taylor, Coloccini, Enrique, S Taylor, Barton (LuaLua, 82), Gutierrez, Nolan, Ameobi (Xisco 77), Smith (Geremi 78), Carroll - Subs not used: Krul, Kadar, Ranger, Donaldson.
Scorer: Ameobi (38, 61, 75 pen) - Attendance: 36,944
Chris Hughton: "I am absolutely delighted. What we wanted first and foremost was to win the game, and if we were able to do that by scoring goals and putting in a performance, that was certainly going to be a bonus. The first goal was important because before that we'd seen a couple of good chances go to waste. But I was always confident that goal would come. I was able to relax a little bit more after the second and the third was the icing on the cake, for Shola, for all the lads and for the fans."
Shola Ameobi completes his treble from the penalty spot
15th August 2009 - Takeover Deadline Extended
The Times are reporting that Mike Ashley has agreed to extend his takeover deadline as Barry Moat awaits a response from Barclays Bank regarding a request to borrow funds to enable his purchase of the club. The news confirms that the two parties remain in negotiation and raises hopes that a positive outcome may be found.
14th August 2009 - Danny Simpson Arrives On Loan
Newcastle have signed 22 year old right back Danny Simpson on loan from Manchester United. The youngster has made eight first team appearances for the Old Trafford club and will be with us until January 2010.
13th August 2009 - Carling Cup Date Confirmed
Our Carling Cup Second Round tie at home to Huddersfield Town will be played on Wednesday 26th August 2009 with a 7.45pm kick-off. The game will be decided on the night with extra time and penalties if required.
12th August 2009 - Carling Cup Second Round Draw
Newcastle have been drawn at home to play Huddersfield Town in tonights Carling Cup Second Round draw. The game will be played the week commencing Monday 24th August 2009.
8th August 2009 - West Bromwich Albion 1 Newcastle United 1
Championship - The Hawthorns, Birmingham - 5.30pm
Team: Harper (Krul 46), R Taylor, Coloccini, S Taylor, Enrique, Nolan, Smith, Duff, Gutierrez, Carroll (Barton 75), Ameobi (Ranger 90) - Subs not used: Kadar, Geremi, LuaLua, Xisco
Scorer: Duff (55) - Attendance: 23,502
Chris Hughton: "I think on the balance of chances it was a fair result. It was certainly an entertaining, end-to-end game. I was delighted with the players’ response after going in 1-0 down at half-time. They came out for the second half and got the equaliser they deserved and after that we had West Brom on the back foot. We had a couple of good chances to take the lead and on another day I think we would have left here with three points. But let’s not forget that Tim Krul has made some outstanding saves at the other end.”
Damien Duff slots home the equaliser at The Hawthorns
8th August 2009 - We Want A Manager And A Bit Of Stability
Steven Taylor is the latest player to hit out at current owner Mike Ashley. He says: "The players are very frustrated, because all we want to do is have a manager and a bit of stability. The new manager should be given time to do it his way and if he wants something just give it to him. The chairman, if he loves this football club, would do that."
"I am devastated Alan Shearer has not got the job. As players we don't have a clue what is going on. I have read every week that next week Alan is going to be named manager. Then Joe Kinnear is going to get the job, then Kevin Keegan and then Alan Shearer again. I don't get it."
"We thought it might take two weeks but then Alan would be the manager. That is why I missed the European Under 21 Championship. He wanted me right for the start of the season and of course I was happy to do it. He commands that much respect and he would take us straight back up."
7th August 2009 - Beye Signs For Villa
Habib Beye, signed from Marseille in August 2007 has today signed a three year contract with Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee. The 31 year old right-back said: "Newcastle are a massive club but everybody knows the problems at the moment."
7th August 2009 - North East Minister Urges Ashley To Call It A Day
Government minister Nick Brown has expressed his concern over the current situation at St. James' Park. He said: “It breaks my heart. Mike Ashley hasn’t made a go of it. He should call it a day, sell up to somebody who can make a go of it and who has sufficient money to give it a decent go this year and have an exciting campaign to get back in the Premiership where we belong.”
“Every day that goes by makes this harder. The uncertainty is damaging the club. The club personifies the city. It is one of our great corporate citizens. How many other cities our size could regularly deliver a gate of over 50,000 for a home game? They have got to get that passion and sense of commitment, which I think has never gone away, rallied behind something that has got a chance of succeeding as the present set-up is disastrous.”
6th August 2009 - Bassong Leaves Toon
Sebastien Bassong has signed for Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee. Signed from FC Metz at the start of last season he made 34 appearances for Newcastle. He said: "Playing for Newcastle was a real honour in front of the supporters at St James' Park. It has been an unbelievable experience for me. But I have always said that I wanted to play in the Premier League and that wasn't possible with Newcastle."
6th August 2009 - Carling Cup Second Round Draw
The Carling Cup Second Round draw will take place on Wednesday August 12th 2009. It will be broadcast live on Sky Sports News around 10.00pm. Newcastle received a bye in the first round.
Barry Moat is a recognisable figure at St James' Park
6th August 2009 - Barry Moat
George Caulkin of The Times analyses Barry Moat's attempted takeover and what it could mean for our club.
Barry Moat is a recognisable figure at St James' Park and has never made any secret of his affiliation to Newcastle United. He was on Alan Shearer's testimonial committee and is a local businessmen who has been involved in telecommunications and property. He has a box at the club where he regularly attends matches with his family and he has contributed money to the club's academy.
A bid led by Barry Moat has been recommended to Mike Ashley by Seymour Pierce. Talks are ongoing at the moment. Moat's consortium has been secretly negotiating with Ashley and Seymour Pierce for several weeks. They have gone through a pretty exhaustive due diligence process and spoken at length about the wage bill and the overdraft the club has.
If this takeover goes through it would definitely see Shearer come back as manager.
My understanding is that talks between Newcastle, the consortium and Seymour Pierce are ongoing and my hope would be that a deal could be done by late tomorrow or Saturday. There is a long way to go and it is very frustrating for the supporters, but there is a chance that something could happen in the next 48 hours.
Newcastle are behind almost every other club in the division because for the entire summer they haven't had a manager and as a result they have had no players going out and no one coming in. They are trailing the other teams in terms of preparation and just about everything else.
If it was to happen by Saturday it would mean Newcastle would have a fresh start, it would mean Alan Shearer coming back to the club and it would mean at least a degree of optimism. At this stage we don't how much money would be available for new players. It is time for Mike Ashley to go and with a bit of luck we are not too far away from that point.
5th August 2009 - No FA Investigation
Following consultation with the match referee The Football Association have decided against an investigation into incidents alleged to have taken place during the pre-season friendly between Newcastle United and Huddersfield Town at the Galpharm Stadium on 21st July 2009.
4th August 2009 - Keith Harris On Radio 5 Live
Chairman of Seymour Pierce, Keith Harris, the man charged with trying to sell the club for Mike Ashley, has been speaking on Radio 5 Live tonight: "We're doing quite well on finding a buyer, though I wish there'd been an announcement. The delay is not through lack of interest but a reflection of people taking painstaking care in due diligence. It's frustrating for Mike, the executive management, the football management and me. This is a daily grind. I know it's frustrating for the fans. I thought the timescale was set"
"It's not a shocking guess to say that during the course of this month something positive will come out of it. It would have been ideal for it to have happened before 5.30pm on Saturday but that's obviously not going to happen."
Kevin Nolan in a battle for possession at Tannadice
2nd August 2009 - Dundee United 1 Newcastle United 1
Friendly - Tannadice Park, Dundee - 3.00pm
Team: Harper, Enrique, Kadar, R Taylor, S Taylor, Nolan, Gutierrez, Smith, Barton (LuaLua 75), Carroll, Duff (Geremi 87) - Subs not used: Krul, Donaldson, Tozer, Vuckic.
Scorer: Carroll (60) - Attendance: 8,876
Chris Hughton: "It's been an emotional weekend for players, staff and fans at the club. The support we had today was tremendous and at the end of the game the players made a point of thanking the fans for that. They have travelled in great number in memory of Sir Bobby and that shows how much he meant to the Geordie people."
2nd August 2009 - Scottish Mags Get Together
12.15pm - The Centenary Bar, Clepington Road, Dundee. DD3 7UE.
Tel: 01382 827719 - Only a few minutes walk to the ground.
Meet up with the Scottish Mags prior to the pre-season friendly fixture with Dundee United. All welcome.
1st August 2009 - The Exiles
Newcastle United fans Tim Readman and Alan Millen, better known as 'The Exiles' have set out to celebrate their team and the Toon Army in song. To date the lads have penned and released 30 songs which are available on their two albums "The First Eleven (And Three On The Bench)" released in 2003 and the follow up from 2007 "And 50,000 In The Stands."
The boys have very kindly gifted a copy of both of the albums to the club. Thanks lads, very much appreciated.