ARCHIVE NEWS - MARCH 2010
"I had six people on my back. I could not breathe."
29th March 2010 - Jose The Goal Hero
A right foot shot against Nottingham Forest saw Jose Enrique open his scoring account for the club. His finish sparked an explosion of emotion inside St.James' Park. The celebrations which followed his Leazes End strike epitomised the team spirit at the club this season as Jose was mobbed by delighted team mates.
Jose said: "That is the best three points of the season. We are not there yet, but almost. The goal was very special. I couldn't believe it when I scored. It is for my wife. I am very happy. I had six people on my back. I could not breathe. I don't care because it was a celebration of my goal and it was amazing. To score in such an important game is incredible. The fans went crazy and I am very happy for that. It was an unbelievable feeling. I will shoot more often now."
Chris Hughton: "He’s been getting closer and closer. I’m really pleased for him. He's played such a big part this season. The lads’ celebration goes to show they’ve got a real bond there. They were delighted to see Jose score his first goal. It showed what a team we are. I can’t speak too highly of the spirit we’ve got. For myself, my celebration showed how much the win meant and the fans reacted in the same manner."
Jose shows a real affection for the club and fans and is already looking forward to next season. He says: "In the Premier League, we know the teams are a different level. We have a good team for the Championship and we need players for the Premier League, but that is normal for any side going up. Every team will need new players. Those who decided to stay after relegation decided it was better to try to help win promotion than to leave straight after the drop. Even last summer when I said I wanted to stay, I meant it. I don’t lie. People will now believe and realise why I did it."
"A lot of credit must go to Chris Hughton, who had a long career as a coach but has now proved what a good manager he is. He’s had one season and has grown into the job. People who say he will not be as good in the Premier League are being unfair. The club want him to stay, he’s very keen to stay and the players want to work with Chris next season. Everyone was so happy when he was given the manager’s job on a permanent basis because it was so well deserved. He is the man to take this club forward."
"I cannot believe how hard he works. He seems to spend 24 hours every day at the club. He is so dedicated to the job and gives his all. He is thinking about the games all the time, watches the videos and is so thorough in his preparations. The players respect him so much. He is the man to take charge of us in the Premier League."
"When Shola came on the quality of his finishing gave us the lead."
29th March 2010 - Newcastle United 2 Nottingham Forest 0
Championship - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 7.45pm
Team: Harper, Simpson, Enrique, Nolan, Coloccini, Williamson, Guthrie, Routledge, Carroll (Ameobi 48), Lovenkrands (Barton 93), Gutierrez - Subs not used: Krul, R Taylor, Kadar, Butt, Best.
Scorers: Ameobi (71), Enrique (91) - Attendance: 45,987
Chris Hughton: "It's a big win for us and against a side who have pushed us for a large chunk of this season. Forest showed the quality they have. They're a young side and they pressed the ball very well, made it very difficult for us but we were patient and when Shola came on the quality of his finishing gave us the lead. Shola is an excellent player and a wonderful finisher. It's really disappointing that we have missed out on his services for such a large chunk of the season. But Shola will always score goals."
"We were desperate for these three points. The nature of our business is you have to enjoy the wins and it will be a nice day tomorrow at the training ground. I'm quite sure everybody will have a spring in their step. I thought the best thing about it was that it was a really good team performance. We had to defend really well. It’s another clean sheet for us. Almost the best way to describe it was that in the end we wore them down. When you do that, you just hope you get the goals to go with it."
"It's an away game on Saturday which we have to make sure we prepare correctly for. It would be nice to go there and get a result. But we won't be taking any champagne down to Peterborough. When you start to count your chickens in this game you usually end up losing. We have to guard against that. We thoroughly deserve to be where we are and if it happens on Saturday, then no one will be more delighted than me. The only target we have is to get promotion. A points achievement that goes with it, any other accolades that go with it, we will gladly accept."
Celebrating rewriting the Newcastle record books
24th March 2010 - A New Club Record
Our 19th clean sheet of the season at Doncaster last night set a new club record. The shutout tally eclipses that amassed by the 1992/93 promotion winning side. Manager Chris Hughton was particularly pleased for goalkeeper Steve Harper: "I must say that I'm delighted for Steve. We've had to chop and change the back four this season but Steve has been a consistent member. That is testament to his season because he has been outstanding."
As he celebrates rewriting the Newcastle record books the 35 year old who has been an ever present in the league this season said: "it's nice we've broken the record. My name might go in the record books but it's a real team effort. Everybody in that dressing room deserves praise for that because it is a team effort. It's about everybody who gets out on to the pitch, as well as the staff who put so much work in behind the scenes to get us organised. It does give us a lot of satisfaction because this is a tough league, especially away from home. As a team we've beaten the record and hopefully we can extend it before the rest of the season. We've had some fabulous defenders through the years and some quality goalkeepers. The poor defence thing has been thrown at Newcastle for years and it has stuck. So it's nice to get some recognition for how good we have been defensively this season.”
"The new record is nice, yes, but all that mattered tonight was the three points and that was a massive win. It's the sort of win that defines a season. It's come at a very good time for us and it's a win we take a lot of heart from. But you have to give credit to the manager and the coaching staff for choosing that system and it worked well. We got our game plan spot on and we're delighted with the win."
The current season has been the best to date for Steve Harper in his lengthy Newcastle career. Prior to this season the 1999/2000 campaign was his most memorable. Bobby Robson replaced Ruud Gullit as manager and after a narrow defeat away to Chelsea the fans eagerly awaited his first match in charge at St. James' Park. Newcastle faced Sheffield Wednesday on 19th September 1999.
Steve recalls: "I was back in goal and we won 8-0 with Alan Shearer scoring five. Bobby’s secret was he bought pace and he bought good people. The combination made Newcastle. He was a special man, everyone loved him from players and managers to fans and even grandmas. For us he was fabulous. Bobby was fiercely protective of his players and we appreciated that."
Steve went on to play 18 matches in the Premier League plus four in the FA Cup, one in the League Cup and six in Europe for a grand total of 29. His best ever season until this one.
"We needed a matchwinner. He's a vital player for us."
23rd March 2010 - Doncaster Rovers 0 Newcastle United 1
Championship - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster - 7.45pm
Team: Harper, R Taylor, Coloccini, Kadar, Simpson, Routledge (Pancrate 88), Butt, Guthrie (Barton 75), Gutierrez, Nolan, Carroll - Subs not used: Krul, Enrique, Best, Ranger, Tozer.
Scorer: Carroll (59) - Attendance: 14,850
Chris Hughton: "It's a very, very big win for us. Any win away from home is always huge, but at this stage of the season it's massive. It was a very difficult match and that was what we expected. They tried to play football and on the balance of play it was an even match. We knew they would cause us problems, but we defended well and when you do that you always know, with the quality we’ve got, that we’ve got a chance of going up the other end and getting a goal. I thought we had the better chances but we still had to grind out the result and it was a real team performance. I'm delighted with the application and I thought it was a terrific win."
"The team have been focused all season. We know we are never going to get an easy game in this league. Every one of the ones we have left will be tough. We are looking forward to the time when the games run out for the clubs chasing us, but we are not there yet."
"Andy Carroll is a player in very good goalscoring form at the moment. During a game like that, a very tight affair, we needed a matchwinner. Again that has proved to be Andy. He's one that we've continually said had to add goals to his game and he's certainly providing that. He is now scoring important goals at important times for us. He's a vital player for us."
"It was a really good goal. We capitalized on a mistake, but Andy still had a lot of work to do. One: Andy had to make that run. Two: he had to have the mobility to get himself away from the defender. But the hard bit was getting around the keeper and putting it away. He showed good pace and good composure. It was another very good finish. He has scored a lot of important goals for us along with Peter Lovenkrands and he is still very much developing as a player. He did very well for us tonight. Wayne Routledge has done very well also."
23rd March 2010 - Jonas Hoping To Spark Jubilant Scenes
The away end at the Keepmoat Stadium will be packed out this evening as more than 3.500 Newcastle fans make the trip to Doncaster. Having netted his first league goal away from St. James' Park at Bristol City on Saturday, Argentine international Jonas Gutierrez says he would love to be the man to spark the celebrations among the travelling faithful tonight.
"The fans are magnificent away from home. The best I've seen. They are always there. I love to have these supporters at every away game right behind you. It was my first away goal at Bristol but I did not have time to celebrate because we wanted to win the game. When we scored the second you could see what it meant to the fans and players by the way we celebrated."
"I have always tried to add goals to my game. My main role is to help the team and try to provide for other people. But scoring goals is one of the greatest feelings in football and I want to do it more often. I have been lucky in recent weeks against Barnsley and then Bristol to do that. Obviously winning is the important thing. The only thing really. But if I score more goals then it can only help the team to do well. I hope my next away goal can be a winner and that I can enjoy it with the supporters."
Jonas Gutierrez battles it out with Bristol City's Bradley Orr
20th March 2010 - Bristol City 2 Newcastle United 2
Championship - Ashton Gate, Bristol - 5.20pm
Team: Harper, Enrique, Hall (Kadar 51), Coloccini, Simpson, Routledge, Guthrie, Nolan, Gutierrez, Carroll, Best - Subs not used: Krul, R Taylor, Pancrate, Butt, Ranger, Donaldson.
Scorers: Gutierrez (71), Carroll (75) - Attendance: 19,144
Chris Hughton: "If you're offered a draw at half-time then you would take that. But we came back and got level with 15 minutes remaining. I thought we could go on and win it. We had chances to get another. I was delighted with the second half performance and the response was very pleasing. There has never been any question about the spirit in our squad and we had to demonstrate it again. It preserves our unbeaten run and it's another point towards promotion."
"I am not setting any points target. What we have said to the lads is that we have to keep focusing on the next game. You can’t afford to think too far ahead. If ever there was proof of that it was here. It was very tough and we haven’t the win we wanted. But we showed great spirit, which is one of our assets.”
19th March 2010 - Something Great Happening To Newcastle United
Out for the last six months due to injury Joey Barton is hoping to help Newcastle over the finishing line in the promotion race.
"My first priority is to get myself in this team. I'm more than confident in my own ability to do that if I stay fit. I know it won't be easy. I want to help get us back into the Premier League. Not playing for six months is the worst. Being out there at Hartlepool, for me was fantastic. That's the light at the end of the tunnel for me. Being part of something great happening to Newcastle United was always my motivation."
"I love Newcastle United. The people around the city and the fans have been incredible with me. I really appreciate it. I don't deserve it with some of the things I've been up to since I signed for Newcastle. I'm determined to repay them. A lot of people have stuck by me at this football club and in this region. People think I take that support for granted, but I don't. A lot has changed in me in the last couple of years."
"We've got some tough games coming up. Maybe I can come in and freshen it up a little bit. I will put my hand up for selection. Maybe I won't be needed, who knows, that's down to Chris Hughton. I want to play every game between now and the end of the season because I want to take a bit of the workload off getting this club back where it belongs. We won't take our foot off the pedal."
"I love Newcastle United."
19th March 2010 - Andy In Race To Be Top Scorer
Striker Andy Carroll has his sights set on ending the season at the top of the Newcastle scoring charts. Following a double in the 3-0 defeat of Scunthorpe on Wednesday night the youngster moved into top spot alongside Peter Lovenkrands. Both are currently on 14 goals with Kevin Nolan one behind on 13. It is the first time the youngster has led the way this season and he is determined to stay there.
Andy said: "I haven't been top yet this season so that's a good feeling. As a striker you are all about goals. That might sound selfish but if strikers are scoring then the chances are the team is winning, so I'm happy with that. It would be good to get that top scorer position though. That’s an aim."
On the Scunthorpe game: "In the first half it should have been more than two. It should have been five or six. Myself and Peter worked well together up top. They didn’t know where we were going to run next. I thought our movement throughout the team was brilliant."
On his two goals: "Danny put a great ball in for me for the first. The type of cross he puts in during training every day. I lost my man and got a free header which I hit across goal and it went in. For the second one I was able to pull off my man again. It was a great long ball from Danny. My touch was good, the keeper came rushing out so the only place to put it was over his head."
On ending up in the Gallowgate end: "I couldn’t stop myself. I didn’t want to jump into the crowd. It was hard to take getting a yellow card."
On being substituted:
"I didn’t want to come off. I told Chris that after the game, but he said it was with the Bristol game in mind. However, I’m happy with the two goals and the win. We’ve got a couple of days to recover and I know that you can’t play every game or every minute."
18th March 2010 - FA Youth Cup Semi-Final Dates Confirmed
Dates have been announced for our Under 18's FA Youth Cup Semi-Final matches with Aston Villa. The youngsters will travel to Villa Park next month for the first leg on Thursday 8th April with the return at St. James' Park on Friday 16th April. Both games will get underway at 7.00pm.
"The quality of his finish was superb."
17th March 2010 - Newcastle United 3 Scunthorpe United 0
Championship - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 7.45pm
Team
: Harper, Simpson, Enrique (Kadar 75), Nolan, Coloccini, Hall, Routledge, Guthrie, Carroll (Best 75), Lovenkrands (Ranger 82), Gutierrez - Subs not used: Krul, R Taylor, Pancrate, Butt.
Scorers: Carroll (10, 55), Lovenkrands (22) - Attendance: 39,301
Chris Hughton:
"It was a fantastic start. We could have had four or five inside the first 20 minutes but I am delighted with the clean sheet and our application. I hoped we would kick on after half time and we got another good start with Andy's goal, unfortunately we couldn't find any more after that. Kevin Nolan’s goal was for some reason disallowed. We couldn’t see why that was. But when you have that number of chances it’s important that you make the most of them. I was delighted with the application today. The overall display was very pleasing and we always looked strong and in control. We are looking very confident but if we need anything to bring us back down to earth is that we have very tough away games coming up at Bristol City and Doncaster. It's a wonderful position we have worked hard to put ourselves into. We have got a healthy advantage."
On Andy Carroll: "Andy's all round game was good and he is still developing. He's a real out and out centre forward and we are looking forward to continued improvements from him. His first goal, I don't think, will have been too much of a surprise to anybody because he has a quality in the air. But I also thought his overall game was very good. From his goals to his hold up play and work rate, I was delighted. The second typifies the sort of form he is in right now. It was a great ball from Danny Guthrie and he had to show some real pace to get on it, and the quality of his finish was superb. That was the finish of somebody who is in really confident mood at the moment."
On the race to finish top scorer: "If you’re someone whose scoring goals it’s important that you keep getting them. It is healthy competition, but all that matters is that we keep on winning. The obvious one for me is it doesn’t matter who scores but I know it matters to them."
16th March 2010 - Joey On The Way Back
Joey Barton returned to competitive action tonight following his friendly appearance against Hibernian last week. Joey played 75 minutes for the reserves as they went down 2-0 to Hartlepool United at Victoria Park. He came through the game unscathed but failed to get his name on the scoresheet after missing a second half penalty.
Joey said: "I was disappointed to miss the penalty. I apologised to Alan Thompson and the lads afterwards because if I score it goes to 2-1 and we can make a game of it. I tried to go for the chip because the pitch wasn't the best and I didn't really want to go for power and slip. It didn't come off and you look a bit stupid and no doubt I'll get some stick for it."
"I'm still hoping to play a part this season. We've taken our time with my comeback because of my history with injuries and I feel strong and fresh having done that. It was a good workout. I felt sharp and my touch was there. I wasn't going full throttle into challenges. You've got to protect yourself because I'm building towards a return to the first team squad.
"I want to do my bit to deliver Premier League football back to the fans. I love it here and want to stay for a long time. I'm hoping to be back up for selection by the weekend. I came here to do well and challenge for honours and that’s still my intention. There’s certainly none of my ability lost. I feel a better player now. It will be tough getting back into the team but I am looking forward to it."
Kevin Nolan named best player in The Football League
16th March 2010 - Star Performer Kevin Nolan
Kevin Nolan has has been named the best player outside the Premier League at the 2010 Football League Awards. Kevin received his award at a gala dinner at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London on Sunday having been ranked first in FourFourTwo’s Top 50 Football League Players list. He currently leads the Newcastle goal scoring charts with 13 goals which, together with his battling qualities, have won him many admirers throughout The Football League.
Kevin said: "I am delighted to pick this up. I want to thank my teammates, Chris Hughton, all of his backroom staff and the supporters and of course my family. It is going to be nice to take home and see my daughter run around with it."
16th March 2010 - Fans Have Been Great To Joey
Joey Barton will play for the reserves at Hartlepool tonight as he continues his recovery from the foot operation he had back at the start of October. Joey said: "The fans have been brilliant and as players we just want to help deliver Premier League football back to them. The team have done a great job this season, and so have Chris Hughton, Colin Calderwood and the rest of the backroom lads. During my injury the fans have been great to me and have wished me all the best. Now I just want to get back and play a part. I just want to focus on playing football now."
16th March 2010 - No Red And White For Alan
Alan Shearer appeared on the One Show on BBC television last night where he declined to wear a Sunderland shirt to raise money for Sport Relief. The thought of wearing red and white stripes was too much. He said: "I will rather give you a lot of money. My life wont be worth living if I go back to Newcastle and had that on. Sorry."
A left foot strike secures a point at Middlesbrough
13th March 2010 - Middlesbrough 2 Newcastle United 2
Championship - Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough - 3.00pm
Team
: Harper, Kadar, Hall, Coloccini (R Taylor 50), Simpson, Gutierrez, Nolan, Guthrie, Pancrate (Best 78), Lovenkrands (Butt 70), Carroll - Subs not used: Krul, Enrique, Routledge, Ranger.
Scorers: Lovenkrands (16), Carroll (82) - Attendance: 27,342
Chris Hughton: “Middlesbrough had very good periods during the first half and the second half, but we came on strong late in the game and might have nicked it. They’re a good side, and we caught them on the ascendancy. But we have a real desire not to lose games. What we have always had this season is we are never out of a game. The fact we were away from home, had gone 2-1 down and had defensive problems means we have to be delighted to have pulled it back to 2-2."
On Andy Carroll: "W
hat you saw in Andy today was a player who is in good goalscoring form. By our admission and his own it wasn't one of his better games today and the chance he had was very much a half chance. But this is a lad who is in good goalscoring form and when you are in that type of form, they are the type of goals you score."
13th March 2010 - Mike Williamson Could Be Out For A Month
Mike Williamson will miss the match with Middlesbrough this afternoon after suffering a broken bone in his hand. He will be out for somewhere in the region of three to four weeks.
Chris Hughton: "It’s one I need to think about. Losing Mike is a big blow, because he’s going to be out for that period of time. Steven Taylor’s still the same period of time away from being fit. I’ve got a lot of thinking to do over the next day or so. I’ve got to think about what we’ve got and whether we can cope with what we’ve got."
12th March 2010 - A Routine Visit
In what was described as a routine visit, owner Mike Ashley watched the players train yesterday, ahead of our clash with Middlesbrough this weekend. He is reported to have told manager Chris Hughton of his appreciation for the job he’s done so far. He was keen to see how training was going and was clearly enjoying the session and a bit of banter with the players. Looking forward to the Middlesbrough game he took the opportunity to wish Chris and the players the best of luck.
Mike Ashley enjoying the session and a bit of banter
8th March 2010 - Newcastle United XI 4 Hibernian XI 1
Friendly - Benton, Newcastle - 2.00pm

A strong Newcastle side ran out 4-1 winners against Hibernian this afternoon in a behind closed doors friendly. Reserve team coach Alan Thompson took charge of the side. First team squad members Tim Krul, Ryan Taylor, Fitz Hall, Nile Ranger, Leon Best and Joey Barton all started. Joey had not played since September following surgery on his injured foot. He played the first 45 minutes watched by manager Chris Hughton. It was a good performance from the home side with Best, Ranger, Edmundsson and an own goal securing victory.
Team: Krul, R Taylor (Leadbitter 67), Hall (Tozer 80), Morris, Lough, McCrudden (Godsmark 67), Barton (McLaughin 46), Donaldson, Edmundsson (Ferguson 75), Best (Danquah 67), Ranger.
Chris Hughton on Joey Barton: "He came through with no ill effects. He was involved in a lot of the action and that will be good for his confidence. It was a good workout for him."
8th March 2010 - Even More From The MD
Mike Ashley has stated that should we win promotion back to the Premier League this season he does not intend to buy big name players and risk putting the club back in financial difficulty.
Managing director Derek Llambias explains: "Hopefully we will be there and we will have to have a squad that will keep us there. But that needs to grow. The nucleus is there, there might be one or two positions we might need to review which is Chris Hughton's job. If he is going to ask for a forward or a creative midfielder then we will have to go out there and look for them."
Huge transfer fees: "They are a thing of the past for us at the moment because we just can't afford it. If you look at the players we bought in January we have changed our attitude to how we buy our players and how we deal with agents. Our negotiations skills with agents are a lot stronger. You need to take a realistic look at your books and say this is the way we are going. It is cut to the bone. And it has to be to secure the future. We are now in a position where we are quite healthy but it is all about promotion for us."
Transfers:
"Once we were relegated Mike made the decision not to fire sell. When we lost that advantage we had in December we decided to have a final push and freshen up the squad. Chris needed some more players and Mike put the money in again. People have to appreciate that he has put his money where his mouth is and he is committed to getting this club back where it belongs. It is too big a club to stay in the Championship."
Young players:
"We are still investing in our development squad. We are keen on home grown players and the academy is working well. We might get one or two players at a million who in two or three years will be in the first team. We have some good players coming through which you can see with our youth squad in the FA Cup."
Abuse:
"I do find it foolish. It is offensive. I don't think they actually understand what Mike has done for the club. We have been honest. Mike has admitted he has made mistakes with some of his appointments which have caused all sorts of problems within the club and the city. We are where we are. He is staying."
20th richest club in the world:
"Those figures are from 2008-09 when we were Premier League. The drop from Premier league to Championship is huge. Our revenue would be more like the 48th figure now. We have a huge wage bill that dominates that figure. You need to be up around the £100 million revenue mark to be able to afford the wage bill we have. Mike pumped in £25 million in December for running costs and we bought players in January and Mike has just paid for that. He is focused on getting the club back to the Premier League and make sure it stays there. There has not been a penny taken out of the club by Mike."
Jonas (Spiderman) Gutierrez celebrates his goal against Barnsley
6th March 2010 - Newcastle United 6 Barnsley 1
Championship - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm

Team
: Harper, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Enrique (Kadar 33), Pancrate, Guthrie, Nolan (R Taylor 73), Gutierrez, Carroll (Best 72), Lovenkrands - Subs not used: Krul, Hall, Butt, Ranger.
Scorers: Lovenkrands (44 pen, 48), Guthrie (50, 69), Gutierrez (60), Nolan (71) - Attendance: 44,464
Chris Hughton:
"We have built up a gap at the top. We may be eight points clear but we can’t take anything for granted. It is too early to be complacent. We have some very tough games coming up. We are unbeaten at home. We need to keep that going. Games hinge on certain things. This one was the penalty. Once we got that goal and their goalkeeper was sent off things opened up for us. After that we showed a real desire to get more goals."
5th March 2010 - Chris Hughton: We Are Grateful To The Fans
Another huge crowd is expected at St James’ Park tomorrow for the match against Barnsley. Manager Chris Hughton believes that home attendances this season have been nothing short of sensational. He said: "I can honestly say that I don’t think you will ever see the like again. If we get a 50,000 plus crowd this season then I don’t think it will ever be beaten. We are grateful to the fans this season. They are really something else.”
On the travelling support: "They have been brilliant, they’ve followed us all over the country and spent a lot of money. We can’t say how much the lads appreciate their support. It is tough because of finances these days but they have followed us in numbers and showed why people value them so highly."
4th March 2010 - More From The MD
BBC Look North spoke with managing director Derek Llambias earlier this week. Asked for his opinion on the continued fan discontent: "That needs to stop. Enough's enough. Let's call it a day. We know what we've done behind the scenes and what Mike's committed to financially. We'd like to be able to go out on the town after a win but now it's very difficult for us to do that. We understand that we've made mistakes. We need to move forward. We've tried to communicate. It's always backfired somewhere along the line."
"The club's not for sale. Mike took it off the market. He's committed to getting the club back up to the Premier League. That's why we spent so much money in the January window. He's going to back it as much as he can. We need to get that promotion. With that promotion we'll be able to grow and two years down the line we'll have a much better pot for buying players."
4th March 2010 - Plymouth Away Live On TV
Our third last league fixture of the season away to Plymouth at Home Park has been chosen for live broadcast on Sky Television. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday 17th April 2010 with a 3.00pm kick-off but has now been moved to Monday 19th April 2010 with a 7.45pm start.
3rd March 2010 - Season Ticket Renewal Information
The club have announced that existing season ticket holders who renew for next season before the end of March will be able to buy their ticket at the same cost as this year. Prices will rise back to those from the 2008/09 season for anyone signing up after that date.
The club says the price freeze is aimed at rewarding fans for their support during the current Championship campaign. Renewal packs should start arriving with supporters from the end of this week. Fans on the three year advance purchase scheme will also be contacted by post later this month.
"If Mike had not taken the club we would be in a mess."
3rd March 2010 - Owner Has Proved His Committment Says MD
Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias believes owner Mike Ashley has proved his commitment to supporters this season and should be given credit for his financial backing. He says: "You can't lose the income we have lost in relegation and still be where we are. Mike put in £25 million in December. He has put in another £5 milllion this week, so he is committed. We bought £5.5 million worth of players in January. We needed to freshen up the team and support our manager."
He also believes that the owner has won over the majority of the supporters who he feels now realise where the club could be without him: "The reality is that if Mike had not taken the club we would be in a mess. There is a very small section of fans that are basically not reasonable, there is no reality to where they are."
Confirmation was also given that the club is not presently on the market: "No it is not up for sale. There is no money out there. Football is not what it was. We had two possible buyers and they didn't put their money up so at the end of the day they are not real."