ARCHIVE NEWS - FEBRUARY 2010
28th February 2010 - Patrick's Farewell Message
Patrick van Aanholt has completed his month long loan spell on Tyneside and the 19 year old left back has now returned to Chelsea. The youngster signed off with another impressive display against Watford yesterday. Following the final whistle he broke away from the rest of the players to wave farewell to the travelling support who responded by giving him an amazing reception.
Patrick said: "It has been an honour to play for Newcastle United. I really hope they win the league. I have loved my time here. It has been a brilliant experience. It was nice to get a win in my last game."
Reflecting on the reception from the fans: "They are brilliant fans. They have been important for me during my time here and I wanted to show them that at the end. It was nice when they responded like that. That meant a lot."
Fabricio Coloccini and Leon Best celebrate the opener at Watford
27th February 2010 - Watford 1 Newcastle United 2
Championship - Vicarage Road, Watford - 3.00pm

Team
: Harper, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Van Aanholt, Nolan, Guthrie (Pancrate 89), Smith, Gutierrez (R Taylor 88), Best (Ranger 74), Carroll - Subs not used: Krul, Hall, Kadar, Donaldson.
Scorers: Coloccini (4), Carroll (50) - Attendance: 17,120
Chris Hughton: "It's a tough place to come. The first goal obviously set us off and we had a period in the second half where we were very comfortable and probably the only disappointing note of the afternoon was conceding the goal when we did. The work rate and commitment of the players got the result. It's very nice to be back to winning ways away from home and I'm sure the fans would have enjoyed it too."
26th February 2010 - Focus Is On Getting Promotion
Chris Hughton is not getting carried away with the thought of returning to the Premier League. Firstly he has to oversee a successful finish to the promotion bid which currently sees the club 5 points clear at the top of the Championship with 14 games left to play.
Chris said: "I didn’t know how quickly I’d adapt. What I’ve been blessed with is a talented group of players in this division. We started to answer a few questions early on in the season. It was week by week because I didn’t have the job initially. I’ve enjoyed it to whatever extent you can. You enjoy it for ten minutes after a win then look ahead to the next game. The only focus I have is getting promotion."
25th February 2010 - Youth Cup Semi-Final Beckons
Tonight at St. James' Park our Academy side beat Crystal Palace 4-2 to reach the last four of the FA Youth Cup. Goals from Conor Newton, Samuel Adjei, Phil Airey and Samuel Ameobi saw the youngsters progress to the semi finals where they will now face the winners of next month’s tie between Aston Villa and Fulham.
A delighted Academy chief Joe Joyce said: "It was a great cup tie. Fortunately we were the team which came out on top. We're delighted to be into the last four and the boys can be proud of themselves."
Set out to protect the players who wanted to stay and fight on
25th February 2010 - We Shouldn’t Forget
Last summer with the club just relegated, the team was in disarray, negative news stories appeared on a daily basis, our owner didn’t know if he was staying or selling and the management team were unsure if they were going to have a job the next day. A combination of factors that led to us being ridiculed by fans of teams across the country and gave newspapers the opportunity to print almost any story they wanted.
Colin Calderwood has revealed how he and Chris Hughton set out to protect the players who wanted to stay and fight on after relegation from this ongoing hysteria. Being up for sale the situation was further complicated as the club found themselves way behind their rivals in terms of progress in the transfer market and in planning for the new season.
Colin says: "At the start of the season we were relegation candidates in a lot of people’s eyes. We shouldn’t forget that, and the fans shouldn’t forget that either. The rest of the country thought we might do a Leeds and go down again. People were laughing and scoffing and hoping we would fail. We’re still proving them wrong. It’s worked out well so far, and I hope no one would ever under estimate it and think, if we did cross the line, that it had been easy."
"We had to consolidate. Everyone had to pull together at some point. They did and we were left with a real good group of players with a solid attitude. They’ve really grasped the opportunity. But, as always, there’s got to be a leader and one voice, and that’s Chris Hughton."
22nd February 2010 - The Race Is On
The race is hotting up to become Newcastle’s top scorer for the season. Kevin Nolan currently leads the way with twelve goals. His strike on Saturday against Preston was his first since scoring against Sheffield Wednesday on Boxing Day last year.
Kevin said: "I am pleased to get back on the score sheet but more pleased with the win. It is a bit of a race to be top scorer but to be honest I don’t mind. Everyone is trying to make something of the fact that a midfielder is top scorer. The strikers are all biting at me. I think it is more important to them that they overtake me than it is for me to stay ahead of them."
22nd February 2010 - Fans Acclaim Chris Hughton
Saturday afternoon finally saw Newcastle supporters chanting the name of manager Chris Hughton from the St James’ Park stands. They were acclaiming a man who has led Newcastle through a difficult season that currently sees them sitting top of the Championship table.
Chris said: "I didn’t recognise the chants at first. Someone had to tell me that it was me they were shouting for. It was nice but nicer that we won the game."
Two goals in two games for a delighted Ryan Taylor
20th February 2010 - Newcastle United 3 Preston North End 0
Championship - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm

Team
: Harper, Van Aanholt, Coloccini, Williamson, Simpson, Guthrie (Pancrate 89), Smith, Nolan, Gutierrez (R Taylor 75), Carroll, Lovenkrands (Best 14) - Subs not used: Krul, Hall, Kadar, Ranger.
Scorers: Lovenkrands (3), Nolan (55), R Taylor (90) - Attendance: 45,525
Chris Hughton: "We can't be complacent. We know we are one or two losses away from our rivals being a lot closer to us or being above us. Our preparation has to be the same and our mental attitude going into every game has to be the same every time. The league is too good to just sit back."
"We are on the back of a couple of real free flowing performances here and it is difficult to achieve that every time you play. There are going to be the games where you are not going to get everything your own way. You are going to get games where they are tighter affairs. I thought for a decent chunk of this game it was very tight."
19th February 2010 - Always Newcastle For Andy Carroll
Striker Andy Carroll has been speaking about his beginning at Newcastle and his recent goal scoring run of six goals in seven games.
"I joined Newcastle when I was nine, and I was a ball boy between the ages of 12 and 14. I used to love it. Once I became too old to be a ball boy I got a season ticket. I was at Redheugh Boys' Club, then moved to Low Fell Juniors. I got invited to go to Sunderland and Newcastle. I was training on a Tuesday at Newcastle and a Thursday at Sunderland. It came down to the end of the season and I had to pick one. It was always Newcastle for me."
"Wearing the number nine shirt was what I dreamed of all the time. I think everyone does that. It was Alan Shearer I always modelled myself on. He was class, scoring every week with his head and feet. It was his hold up play and his influence on everyone around him. I would like to be known as an all round striker but if I score all the rest of my goals with headers I will take them."
"I am not the finished article but I feel I am getting better with every game. It is just down to playing regularly. I am not trying to be more selfish in front of goals, the ball is coming to me where I want it and I have been putting them away. I am playing regularly and the other players are helping to carry me along. They are showing me how to progress."
Wayne Routledge scores with a stunning volley against Coventry
17th February 2010 - Newcastle United 4 Coventry City 1
Championship - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 7.45pm

Team
: Harper, Simpson, Van Aanholt, Nolan, Coloccini, Williamson, Routledge (R Taylor 83), Guthrie, Carroll, Lovenkrands (Best 72), Gutierrez (Pancrate 82) - Subs not used: Krul, Hall, Smith, Ranger.
Scorers: Routledge (37), Carroll (53), Lovenkrands (70 pen), R Taylor (92) - Attendance: 39,334
Chris Hughton: "The formations we have played at home in the last couple of games have been more offensive. The last two away games, especially Derby, have not shown us at our best. You hope you can nick something, which we were able to do at Swansea. We will need to take some of our home form into our away form to achieve what we want this season."
"It was a smashing goal. What Wayne has is old fashioned wing play. You look to him to provide crosses into the box. They like old fashioned wingers at St James’ Park. We’ve got him at a good age. We can develop his game further."
16th February 2010 - Leon Best On Life At Newcastle
New signing Leon Best is relishing life at St James' Park and has been talking about life as a Newcastle United player and the pressures the club are having to cope with as they attempt to win promotion back to the Premier League.
Leon says: "I've noticed in the couple of games I've played here everyone wants to play well against Newcastle and be the one to score or to beat Newcastle. We just have to go into every single game looking to win it, but when teams are giving their all and maybe that extra bit, we've got to put up with it and try and get as many points as we can."
On the draw at Swansea: "When you look at that match it was a point gained. We're top of the league now. We got a draw and were happy with that. We fought back and got the point, so it's a positive in the end. You've got to look at a point as a good result."
On setting up the equaliser for Andy Carroll: "I was pleased to make a contribution. I want to be part of it and part of a winning team. To come on and set Andy up is a pleasure. We need to do that more. We need to get balls in the box. We've got strikers who can score goals."
15th February 2010 - New Date Set For Reading Away
Our twice postoned league meeting with Reading at the Madejski Stadium has now been confirmed for Tuesday 13th April 2010 with an 8.00pm kick-off.
13th February 2010 - Reading Away Postponed Again
Our Championship fixture with Reading which had been rescheduled for Tuesday February 23rd 2010 has had to be postponed for a second time. Reading drew 2-2 with West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup this afternoon and the sides will now have to replay the tie the week commencing February 22nd.
A delighted Andy Carroll after heading the equaliser at Swansea
13th February 2010 - Swansea City 1 Newcastle United 1
Championship - Liberty Stadium, Swansea - 3.00pm

Team
: Harper, Coloccini, Hall, Simpson, Van Aanholt, Guthrie, Nolan, Routledge, Smith, Lovenkrands (Best 66), Carroll - Subs not used: Krul, Williamson, R Taylor, Pancrate, Kadar, Ranger.
Scorer: Carroll (87) - Attendance: 15,188
Chris Hughton: "That was a massive point. We showed a great attitude in that last period of the game to go for the equaliser. After that we might have even won because we continued to push forward. But we certainly weren't at our best and it was a just a case of sticking at it and hoping you get a chance. I have to praise the players for that perseverance."
"You always want substitutes to have an impact. Leon came on at a stage when we were trailing and he put himself about. The cross for the goal was excellent. It's one of those which is begging to be put in and Andy done that."
"It was a difficult game for Andy and the service could have been better. He put in a shift for the team hoping for that one chance. When it came I was delighted for him and it was a very good finish. We challenged him to add goals to his game and he has certainly done that of late."
12th February 2010 - Get Back To Winning Ways
Chris Hughton has told his players he expects them to respond to the disappointing 3-0 reverse at Derby County on Tuesday by beating Swansea City in Wales tomorrow. The result at Derby ended our record run of 15 unbeaten league games and the manager has admitted that the team owe the fans a good performance.
Chris Hughton: "They must know that we appreciate the sacrifices that they are making to support us. We want to reward them for their efforts. It’s something we certainly don’t take for granted. We very much have them in our thoughts. Now we've got to capitalise on the feeling of defeat and make sure that we get back to winning ways."
A heavy loss at Derby as a third goal is conceded
9th February 2010 - Derby County 3 Newcastle United 0
Championship - Pride Park, Derby - 7.45pm

Team
: Harper, Simpson, Williamson, Hall, Van Aanholt (Smith 67), Routledge, Nolan, Guthrie, Gutierrez, Carroll (Ameobi 67), Best (Lovenkrands 67) - Subs not used: Krul, Pancrate, Kadar, Donaldson.
Attendance: 28,607
Chris Hughton: "I'm quite sure there'll be a desire to turn this around. I thought their penalty for their second goal was very soft. That came at a crucial time in the game and it was a turning point. Our strength this season is that we've been solid and had a good defensive record. We've done something that we haven't done all season and that's concede three goals. On the balance of play I didn't see it as a 3-0 deficit. It was an even game in terms of chances. I didn’t think they were better than us but they put the ball in the back of the net and we didn’t. We didn’t get that little bit of fortune you need. If we've got ambitions to get promotion we've got to go to places like here and get something. We have to take it on the chin, congratulate Derby on a victory and make sure that it doesn't happen again."
8th February 2010 - LuaLua Goes Out On Loan
Brighton and Hove Albion have signed 19 year old Kazenga LuaLua on a month long loan. The youngster has made 12 appearances for Newcastle. He made his debut against Stoke City in an FA Cup tie back in January 2008. Kazenga spent part of last season on loan at Doncaster Rovers.
6th February 2010 - Doing Their Best For The Club
As Newcastle went 15 games unbeaten to claim a club record which has stood since 1950, Kevin Nolan spoke about the initiation ceremony which impresses upon new signings the importance of the newfound sense of squad unity.
“We had a good meeting with the new players to tell them what this club is all about now, to tell them what we set up at the beginning of the season, what we expect. We want it so they buy into what Newcastle is all about and from their first display you can see they have done that. We are doing well but we won’t get carried away. We have a spirit and determination to stay where we are and get promoted and we don’t want to give it up."
"It’s a slow process of getting Newcastle back to where they belong. It’s not going to happen overnight. We intend to build this club and get it to where it fully deserves to be. If we can do that in the next five years that will put us back on the map and bring superstars back to the club with European football. We want to make sure what happened last season never happens again."
“We had to make new signings and fair play to Mike he has put his hand in his pocket and done that. It is the best camaraderie I have experienced. It is what this club needed. I don’t think it has been here for a long, long time. They haven’t had it since Alan Shearer, Gary Speed and Rob Lee were here. I spoke to Speedo about it and he said there is nothing better than being up here with a group of lads who are doing their best for the club. He said the fans would love you."
Celebration time for two goal hero Andy Carroll
5th February 2010 - Newcastle United 5 Cardiff City 1
Championship - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 7.45pm

Team
: Harper, Simpson, Williamson, Hall (Kadar 82), Van Aanholt, Routledge, Guthrie, Nolan, Gutierrez (R Taylor 79), Carroll, Best (Lovenkrands 60) - Subs not used: Krul, Pancrate, Ameobi, Ranger.
Scorers: Carroll (3, 15), Gyepes (6 og), Lovenkrands (69, 82) - Attendance: 44,028
Chris Hughton: "It was the dream start, beyond your wildest dreams probably. To be three up after fifteen minutes was superb. We had a good day today against a very good side that hadn't lost for a while. There have been some really good performances. With five new faces, to get that response is very pleasing. It was a very enjoyable win and I am delighted with the lads."
5th February 2010 - Number 9 Incentive
In a break with tradition Chris Hughton has decided to withhold the coveted number 9 shirt from his strikers this season. This will be the first season since shirt numbers were introduced that there has been no number 9 in the Newcastle ranks.
Chris said: "It's one of the most iconic shirts around and it's something I've done deliberately. We have a lot of strikers here and I'm sure every single one would want to wear the number 9. I don't want to suggest the strikers we've got here aren't worthy of that number. It isn't that. I want somebody to earn the right to be Newcastle's number 9."
3rd February 2010 - Easter Fixture To Be Broadcast Live
Our Easter Monday Championship fixture at home to Sheffield United is to be broadcast live on Sky Sports. Kick-off was originally scheduled for 3.00pm on Monday 5th April 2010 but the game will now commence at 7.45pm.
2nd February 2010 - Chris Hughton On Recent Transfer Activity
"We have got good value for money and I believe the squad is in better shape now. It’s a difficult market to operate in. If you want to bring in established Premier League players it is going to cost you a lot of money. But I am delighted with what we have done. I have no complaints about the backing I got from the owner."
"It was not a case of bringing in players who will only do a job for us in the Championship. Wayne Routledge has Premier League experience but Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson and Leon Best are players we feel can develop at the club. Can they become regular Premier League players? That is up to the individual and how they develop, but they are all a good age and for me, the most important thing is they all have ability and potential to develop into that kind of player."
"It is up to us as well, of course. We have to coach them right and make sure we use them in the right way, but the most important thing is they have the ability. For me it is more exciting to bring in players where you can see the potential. And of course they are very excited about being at Newcastle, because it is a fantastic club. The chance to establish themselves here is a big motivation."
"Of course, the most important thing is to get into the Premier League. We know we’re going into the business end of the season and have to be able to compete on all fronts. I can’t see too much change in the squad between now and the end of the season at the moment. I think we will just have to get a feel for the team now that we have added the new players."
New signing Leon Best
1st February 2010 - Leon Best Arrives On Transfer Deadline Day
Newcastle completed the signing of Leon Best from Coventry City this afternoon. The 23 year old Republic of Ireland international has agreed a three and a half year deal at St. James' Park after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms today. Leon will wear the number 20 shirt.
Leon Best: "I can't wait for my chance to play in a winning team with so much quality. I'm definitely coming here in what has been my best season yet. This is a huge chance for me to show what I can do in a top team. It's a dream come true to play for this football club. I'm so excited, over excited really."
Chris Hughton: "I think he will bring more options in attack and I'm delighted to complete the deal. What people forget is how young Leon is because he has been around for a few years now. He is at a good age and certainly has his best years ahead of him. He has a lot of development left in him and we hope to see that here at Newcastle. This season has also been his best in terms of goals and he's into double figures."