ARCHIVE NEWS - SEPTEMBER 2009
Marlon Harewood celebrates his first Newcastle goal
30th September 2009 - Newcastle United 1 Queens Park Rangers 1
Championship - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 7.45pm
Team: Harper, Simpson, Enrique, Butt (Gutierrez 46), Khizanishvili, S Taylor, Nolan, Smith, Carroll, Ranger (Harewood 61), Guthrie (Lovenkrands 88) - Subs not used: Krul, Kadar, Geremi, Donaldson.
Scorer: Harewood 70 - Attendance: 38,923
Chris Hughton: "We got back into the game and I think once we did if there was a side that was going to go on and win it, it was going to be us. We were up against a very good QPR side this evening, that played some good football and were very good in their movement. For periods of the game, we didn't get close enough to them. It's a big reminder of the quality in this league. If I look at the games we have played so far this season, we have had to fight hard for everything we have got."
29th September 2009 - I Love Kevin Keegan
The name of Kevin Keegan has been thrust back into the headlines recently. George Caulkin of The Times has just penned a column reminding everyone that despite the recent run of good results, Newcastle United Football Club is still being run by men asleep at the wheel, full of contradiction and questions.
George hates that a day before the Premier League arbitration panel which has been hearing Keegan’s case was due to break up and consider their verdict, a story leaked that Newcastle would be threatened with administration should their former employer win. Twelve months on - four after their demotion - and suddenly administration is an issue!
George says: "I loved him as a player, the belief that everything begins with hard work. I love him because of his approach to football, the freedom he nurtured in his teams, the self-respect. When he returned as manager, I love it that the first thing he did was fumigate the dressing-rooms. I loved 1992-93, when the side shimmered with neat, quick, triangular football and were promoted as champions. I loved his unshakeable faith in attacking football."
"I loved it when Keegan came back to Gallowgate in January 2008. Anybody who was present in the city on that heady day will have felt something similar; a veil lifting, eyes opening, hearts beating. It had not been that way for a very long time and this was a reminder that football could be fun, impetuous, beautiful, mad."
"I want people to dream about their football club."
In an interview with The Times, Keegan said: “I want people to dream about their football club. They should, we should all be dreamers at heart. Some people say ‘we can’t do that’, but when you ask them why, they can’t give a reason."
George goes on to say: "I detested the way Keegan was treated. Having embraced Geordie sentimentality and appointed a man who dealt in dreams, Ashley strapped his manager into a straitjacket. He brought in Dennis Wise as executive director (football), roles were not defined with any clarity, Keegan was slapped down in public and players were signed without his approval. It was nonsensical."
"The last 12 months have not been kind to Keegan. When Allardyce was sacked as manager, his contract was settled within days, but a dispute over whether Keegan resigned or was pushed has meant a long, bitter process. As Newcastle struggled and then suffered relegation, it was natural that some sympathy would swing against him, although he has not been able to speak out. He remained silent in the face of briefings against him."
"Keegan stood up for principle; managers should manage. He then stood up for what he thinks he is owed. I will love Kevin Keegan whatever result the independent panel come to. I will love him for reasons which Ashley and Llambias could never understand, because he gave uplift to Newcastle, hope and inspiration, he made a region sparkle and people smile. I do not, for a moment, suggest he is perfect, but his team came close to perfection."
26th September 2009 - Ipswich Town 0 Newcastle United 4
Championship - Portman Road, Ipswich - 5.30pm
Team: Harper, Khizanishvili, Coloccini (Lovenkrands 68), R Taylor (Donaldson 78), S Taylor, Enrique, Nolan, Butt, Smith, Carroll, Ranger (Harewood 65) - Subs not used: Krul, Tozer, Vuckic, Baheng.
Scorers: Nolan (30, 32, 51), R Taylor 34 - Attendance: 27,059
Chris Hughton: "Kevin's on fire at the moment and he was outstanding today. He is capable of scoring goals and at the moment he can't stop scoring - long may it continue. His first was a fantastic header - he had a similar chance at Blackpool but unfortunately missed that one - but this was a top-drawer finish. For his second he's found a turn of pace and it's a lovely hook inside the defender and a cool finish. His third was a little easier but capped a great team display and individual display from Kevin."
A great individual display from hat trick hero Kevin Nolan
25th September 2009 - Club Statement - Kevin Keegan
The Premier League tribunal considering Kevin Keegan's departure from the Club in September 2008 has today retired to consider its judgment. The Club will be making no further comment at this time.
The League Managers Association who have been representing Keegan also issued a statement. Chief Executive Richard Bevan said: "Having heard the evidence from both sides, the panel has reserved judgement, and there will be no further comment on the process until they have published their findings."
24th September 2009 - Marlon Harewood Completes Loan Move
Aston Villa centre forward Marlon Harewood has today signed a three month loan deal with Newcastle. Chris Hughton: "He brings with him both physical presence and experience, which is what we're looking for at the moment. Hopefully he will give us more options, which we need with Shola Ameobi still injured for the foreseeable future."
23rd September 2009 - Takeover May Be Close To A Conclusion
The Newcastle United takeover saga could finally close this weekend. Barry Moat is increasingly optimistic that his attempts to buy the club from Mike Ashley will prove successful. The mood among Moat and his associates is resolutely positive.
Moat has factored every possible outcome into his business plan. At issue has been the structure of payments for the £100m that Ashley has been demanding for Newcastle, possible bonuses in the event of promotion this season and the working overdraft that Barclays are prepared to provide.
22nd September 2009 - Peterborough United 2 Newcastle United 0
Carling Cup Round 3 - London Road Stadium, Peterborough - 7.45pm
Team: Krul, Tavernier, Tozer, S Taylor, R Taylor, Lovenkrands, Guthrie, Donaldson (Geremi 60), LuaLua (Smith 59), Vuckic (Nolan 59), Ranger - Subs not used: Baheng, Soderberg, Inman, Ferguson - Sent Off: Guthrie.
Attendance: 10,298
Chris Hughton: "I can have no complaints with the result on the balance of the 90 minutes. Peterborough had three good forwards and had an awful lot of chances and we rode our luck at times. We came here to win the game but maybe played too many youngsters against what was an experienced side. But we finished the game strongly and that was encouraging."
22nd September 2009 - Middlesbrough Home Live On BBC
Our home fixture against Middlesbrough originally scheduled for Saturday 19th December 2009 has been moved for live TV broadcast on BBC television. The match will now be played on Sunday 20th December with a 1.00pm kick-off.
Steven Taylor wins the ball ahead of Plymouth's Cillian Sheridan
19th September 2009 - Newcastle United 3 Plymouth Argyle 1
Championship - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm
Team: Harper, Simpson (R Taylor 30), Coloccini, S Taylor, Enrique, Geremi, Barton (Guthrie 59), Smith, Lovenkrands (Ranger 59), Nolan, Carroll - Subs not used: Krul, Khizanishvili, Butt, LuaLua.
Scorers: S Taylor 6, Nolan 61, Carroll 84 - Attendance: 42,898
Chris Hughton: "I think it's fair to say Danny and Nile have changed the game. When you make changes you hope they make an impact. Thankfully, they did make a major impact. We needed that Kevin Nolan goal and it encouraged the lads. There were periods of the game where we made hard work of it. I am disappointed because we started the game really well. Apart from the goal, we played at a very good tempo at the start of the game. For whatever reason, we weren't able to sustain it."
19th September 2009 - Moat Takeover Moves Closer
According to Telegraph Sport Barry Moat's takeover of Newcastle has moved closer to completion following his tabling of a bid which matches Mike Ashley's £100 million valuation. In addition Moat has finance in place to provide working capital to a new manager.
The club confirmed yesterday that it had received an offer of £100 million from an unnamed party and that negotiations had reached the 'sale and purchase' stage. Ashley now has until the end of the month to decide whether to accept a deal and end his unhappy and expensive two year association with the club.
18th September 2009 - League Allows Sir Bobby Tribute Kits
The Football League has given Newcastle and Ipswich dispensation to wear commemorative shirts when we meet at Portman Road on Saturday 26th September. The shirts will later be auctioned in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. Ipswich will also mark the contribution of their former manager by renaming the club's North Stand as the Sir Bobby Robson Stand.
"When Newcastle came it was a really big honour for me."
18th September 2009 - A Dream Move For Zurab
Zurab Khizanishvili is thrilled that his ambition to follow in the footsteps of compatriot Temuri Ketsbaia has been realised following his loan move to Tyneside.
Zurab said: "I remember watching Temuri all of the time for Newcastle. He was one of the first big names to make it in England and we all supported Newcastle because of that. Temuri is a very good man who is now one of my best friends. I played with him for the national team and then for a short time at Dundee. If I can be half as popular as him then I'll be happy."
"I'm looking forward to playing games for Newcastle. Sometimes a dream comes true - Newcastle is a massive club. I know they're in the Championship, but it doesn't matter, to be honest. It's a great club, and I'm sure they're going up. When Newcastle came it was a really big honour for me."
Khizanishvili is hoping to make his debut for Newcastle against Championship strugglers Plymouth. He said: "All players want to play in this kind of stadium. I hope for the best for myself and my team tomorrow. I'm looking forward to it."
17th September 2009 - Zurab Khizanishvili Signs Up
Newcastle have signed 27 year old Georgian international Zurab Khizanishvili on a three month loan deal. The 27 year old defender arrives from Blackburn Rovers. Chris Hughton said: "Zurab is an experienced defender and we're very pleased to get him on board. He knows English football very well and will be a valuable addition to the squad over the coming months."
16th September 2009 - Kevin Keegan Compensation Bid
Various newspapers have been reporting that Kevin Keegan's case for constructive dismissal is finally underway in the form of a Premier League arbitration tribunal. The compensation claim against Mike Ashley’s Newcastle regime is said to be in the region of £8 million and is being heard by an independent panel.
Central to our former managers case is the role of Newcastle’s then Executive Director (Football) - Dennis Wise and his level of involvement with regard to the acquisition of players. Keegan left the club last year following transfer activity which took place, allegedly without his approval. The Ashley regimes counter argument is that Keegan breached his three and a half year contract by resigning.
Goalscorer Andy Carroll in action at Blackpool
16th September 2009 - Blackpool 2 Newcastle United 1
Championship - Bloomfield Road, Blackpool - 7.45pm
Team: Harper, Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, Enrique, Guthrie (Lovenkrands 66), Barton (Ranger 83), Butt, R Taylor (Geremi 66), Nolan, Carroll - Subs not used: Krul, LuaLua, Kadar, Donaldson.
Scorer: Carroll 40 - Attendance: 9,647
Chris Hughton: "I am bitterly disappointed, Blackpool were better than us in every department, especially in the first half. We need to regroup quickly, as we have another big game at the weekend. I thought we came into the game a lot more strongly after the break and we finished quite well and were perhaps unlucky not to have grabbed an equaliser. But over the course of 90 minutes we were not the better side on the night."
14th September 2009 - Fabricio Coloccini: A Perfect Day
Fabricio Coloccini was delighted to net his first Newcastle goal at Cardiff on Sunday: “It was good to turn round and see the fans celebrating my goal. It was a great feeling to score the winner and a perfect day for me. We’ve not conceded for five games now, which is fantastic.”
The Argentine defender has also cleared up stories which circulated during the summer linking him with moves to a host of Spanish sides: “A lot of things were written in the newspapers about me over the summer, saying I wanted to leave the club. But that was not true at all. I am happy here and happy to help the club get back into the Premier League."

13th September 2009 - Cardiff City 0 Newcastle United 1
Championship - Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff - 2.05pm
Team: Harper, Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, Enrique, R Taylor (Butt 76), Smith, Nolan, Guthrie (Lovenkrands 62), Barton (Geremi 87), Ranger - Subs not used: Krul, Kadar, Donaldson, LuaLua - Sent off: Smith.
Scorer: Coloccini 18 - Attendance: 25,630
Chris Hughton: "It wasn't the prettiest win. We knew it was always going to be tough here today and it certainly was that. We didn't create a great deal going forward but I thought we defended superbly. It was backs to the wall at times, but we were strong and got the win I thought we deserved."
"I think it was a harsh sending off because we felt the first yellow card should never have been given. But the second foul we can have no complaints. I thought Alan was excellent today before the sending off. He's in the middle of a run of games for the first time in a long time and that is showing in how well he's playing."

Fabricio Coloccini celebrates his first Newcastle goal at Cardiff
12th September 2009 - Kevin Nolan: The Fans Have Taken To Us
On Chris Hughton: “From the first day we got back in training, Chris didn’t know what was going on and he brought us together and told us that. He said, ‘I don’t know if I’ll be here next week and neither do you. Half the lads in this room could be gone’. You’ve got to take your hat off to the man for saying that he is just one huge, genuine fella.”
On the team: “What we are is a decent bunch of lads who are trying our best and the fans have taken to us. We are getting some respect back and if we can get back into the Barclays Premier League, we have such a good core of lads that you’d only have to bring in five or six players and you could continue to build. After we went down, we all sat around a table and asked ourselves, ‘where do we want to go?’ We all agreed that while we are here, we have to give 110 per cent. We said, ‘anyone who wants to leave, tell us now and you can go’. But everyone stuck their hand up and said ‘no - we want to be a part of this’. It has brought us tighter together."
On the Villa game: "When we lost against Aston Villa and were relegated, I went out with my dad on the Monday and had a few pints. We had a talk and I said, ‘I still can’t believe it’. He said, ‘What are you going to do, son?’ I said, ‘I’m going to get us back up as quickly as possible’. The only thing that matters to me is what goes on in the dressing room, nothing else. Everyone in there wants to come to work. I was part of the team that took us down, and nobody thinks they deserve to be in the Premier League in our dressing room right now. They need to prove it. There is something in the dressing room this season. I think it is going to be very hard to break us."
On last season: “You can’t have an ego if you’ve just been relegated from the Premier League. Some people say, ‘You’re not to blame’, but I was the one that got sent off against Everton and I played ten games or so after I came here in January. So I was a major part of what happened last season. I’ve told the players that we will always be remembered as the players that took Newcastle out of the Premier League. After we had come back after the summer, I said to them, ‘Now, we can be remembered as the players that took the club back’. That is my view of where we are at.”
On the fans: “I just admire them for the loyalty they’ve shown the club and the passion they bring. We’re averaging over 40,000 and we sell out every away ground wherever we go. That’s the way these fanatical fans are. They work hard to come and watch us and to try to have a good weekend and they’ve probably not had many of those for a while. Hopefully, in the last month, they’ve had something to smile about. I hope things get sorted and we can get this great football club back to where it belongs.”
"We can be remembered as the players that took the club back."
11th September 2009 - Congratulations Shola
Shola Ameobi has won the Coca-Cola Championship Player of the Month Award for August. Shola who scored five goals in the opening month of the season said: "We've had a magnificent start to the season and it really has been a team effort. For me, it was the perfect start until I injured my foot. Hopefully I can play my part in getting us back into the Premier League."
10th September 2009 - Congratulations Chris
Chris Hughton has been voted Coca-Cola Championship Manager of the Month for August. Chris has led an unbeaten Newcastle side to top spot in the league following completion of the first month of fixtures. The opening day draw away to West Brom was followed up with successive wins over Reading, Sheffield Wednesday, Crystal Palace and Leicester City.
6th September 2009 - Takeover Deal Imminent?
Telegraph Sport are reporting that a deal between the Barry Moat consortium and Mike Ashley could be agreed imminently. Moat has been the front-runner to buy the club since July and has been in advanced negotiations with Ashley, via his advisers investment bank Seymour Pierce. Further talks between the parties are scheduled. Negotiations continued throughout August with Ashley extending his sale deadline to allow the businessman to put the deal together. A takeover would please supporters who have grown tired of Ashley's chaotic management of the club.
3rd September 2009 - Danny Guthrie Could Not Be Happier
Despite all the off-field turmoil currently enveloping St James' Park, Danny Guthrie could not be happier. The former Liverpool midfielder, signed by then manager Kevin Keegan from the Anfield club a year ago is playing a key role in reviving Newcastle's fortunes. His goal on Monday night against Leicester City propelled the team to the top of the Championship table.
Danny says: "It seems a funny thing to say given everything that has happened but this is probably the happiest I've been at Newcastle United. It's always a happy place when a football team is winning and that is what we're doing at the moment."
"I know things have not been ideal, but the dressing room has a completely different atmosphere to last year. We've all pulled together and it's a good place to be. It's been a good start to the season. From day one we've said we can't do anything about what is happening upstairs in the boardroom."
Playing a key role in reviving Newcastle's fortunes
"We have pulled close together as a group and I think that has shown on the pitch. We have found strength in adversity as a football club and I have to say the fans have been brilliant. They have made it really tough for sides to come up here and they have turned up in their thousands. It's definitely had a big impact on the players. They have been fantastic and as long as we keep putting in performances they will be happy."
"They just want to see players giving everything to the team and they are getting that with this bunch of lads. It really should be the minimum requirement that you give your all and we have a group of players who will always do that. I think that has been noticed and the fans are getting behind us as a result."
2nd September 2009 - Preston Away Live On Sky
Our away fixture at Preston North End originally scheduled for Saturday 21st November 2009 has been moved for live TV broadcast on Sky Sports. The match will now be played on Monday 23rd November with a 7.45pm kick-off.
2nd September 2009 - Forster Loan Deal Extended
Agreement has been reached between Newcastle and Norwich City for Fraser Forster to extend his loan period with the Canaries until the New Year. Fraser made his Norwich debut on Saturday in the 2-0 victory at Hartlepool United and will now remain in East Anglia until January.
1st September 2009 - Peter Lovenkrands Is Back
Newcastle have re-signed Peter Lovenkrands on a three-year deal. Peter who will wear the number 11 shirt said: "I'm really pleased to be back at Newcastle. My aim is to help the club get back up."
1st September 2009 - Carling Cup Date Confirmed
Our away Carling Cup tie at Peterborough United has now been confirmed as a 7.45pm kick-off on Tuesday September 22nd 2009.