ARCHIVE NEWS - APRIL 2010
30th April 2010 - Carlisle United Friendly Announced
Our pre-season preparation for the 2010/11 season will include a friendly against Carlisle United. The game will be played at Brunton Park on Saturday 17th July 2010 with a 3.00pm kick-off.
29th April 2010 - Fixture Diary Dates
The 2010/11 Premier League season will get underway on Saturday 14th August. A full fixture list will be released on Thursday 17th June at 10.00am.
"I’m up to 19 now. I’m delighted with that."
26th April 2010 - Hungry For More
Lifting the Coca-Cola Championship trophy and netting his nineteenth goal of the season amid euphoric scenes at St. James' Park on Saturday meant an emotional afternoon for striker Andy Carroll.
Andy said: “It was the ultimate feeling for me so far in my career. To get my hands on such a famous trophy is incredible. To do it in front of 52,000 fans was brilliant. We got a taste of what St James’ Park can be like when the successful times are here. It gives you the taste for more."
A stunning first half header moved the youngster one ahead of Kevin Nolan at the top of the Newcastle scoring charts with just the Queens Park Rangers game at Loftus Road remaining.
"Wayne put in a great ball for me and I rose early and got my head on it. It was great to see it hit the back of the net. I’m up to 19 now. Needless to say I’m delighted with that with one game to go and the chance to get more."
Chris Hughton: "He has a wonderful leap. A very good technical header of the ball. He has proved that when he gets the right delivery. Wayne Routledge has helped him. When you get a player of his prowess in the air then you need to get the ball into the right areas."
26th April 2010 - Farewell To St. James' For Club Captain
Nicky Butt made his final St.James' Park appearance in the black and white of Newcastle on Saturday coming on as a substitute for Kevin Nolan with 14 minutes remaining. Nicky was appointed club captain at the start of the season. He proved to be an influential figure both on and off the field throughout the promotion campaign.
Nicky will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season but he has yet to decide on his future: "Coaching is something I want to do. I don't want to leave football. I've a few offers to play at other places. It only really sunk in at the end that it would be my last game at St.James’. This city and club will always be special to me and I’ll always follow them. I’ll be coming back next year to watch a few games and I think they’ll do well. This is a special club with special fans and I wish them all the best in the future. There was no better way to finish than by helping to put this club back where it belongs."
On relegation: "Getting relegated was the lowest point of my career. Last year was really bad and it was always in the back of our minds this season. It was terrible and we wanted to put it right. We have got the club where we want it to be. It is a massive thing for us."
On the city: "It is an amazing city. A tight place where everyone adores the club. It is a one city club and it is almost unique in the way everyone wears the shirts. You see women, kids, the whole family with their shirts on. It is a way of life here, in the fabric, something that makes the city tick."
Chris Hughton: "Nicky has been a wonderful footballer, a tremendous servant to this football club and a model professional throughout his career. I would like to thank him for all that he has done for both myself and for Newcastle United. It is fitting that he captains us to promotion in his final season. I would like to wish him all the very best for the future."
"I pride myself on having done my best in the job."
25th April 2010 - Chris Hughton: We Are In Good Shape
Having masterminded Newcastle’s Championship win manager Chris Hughton is confident the club can build on its success: "The squad will be better in the Premier League for what they have been through this season. There are areas that must be improved. Our aim must be to survive and consolidate. To become a permanent fixture. I am confident we are in good shape."
On management: "I have never been afraid of being in charge. Whatever role I have had on the management side I pride myself on having done my best in the job. I have never shied away from that responsibility. Taking Newcastle back to the Premier League won’t be any different for me. I know what’s required. We won’t underestimate the task we face."
On Mike Ashley: "It is testament to the owner that he kept a good enough squad for us to be able to compete. A squad that was good enough to get us back up. It would have been wrong to bring in someone completely new. It was best to have someone who knew the players. The players were hoping for a bit more continuity. The fact I was staying helped. We began to feel good about ourselves. The early results gave us a momentum we never lost."
25th April 2010 - A Record Day
The 2-2 draw at home to Ipswich yesterday means that the 2009/10 squad have gone through the season unbeaten at St. James' Park. This is only the second time in the club's history that this feat has been acheived. The club also set a new attendance record for the Coca Cola Championship with a crowd of 52,181 cheering on their favourites.
Kevin Nolan gets the aftermatch celebrations underway
24th April 2010 - Newcastle United 2 Ipswich Town 2
Championship - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm
Team: Harper, Simpson, Enrique, Nolan (Butt 76), Coloccini, Williamson, Routledge, Guthrie (Barton 76), Gutierrez, Carroll, Lovenkrands (Ameobi 66) - Subs not used: Krul, R Taylor, Smith, Best.
Scorers: Carroll (26), Ameobi (84 pen) - Attendance: 52,181
Chris Hughton: "It was a great moment to see the trophy being handed over. To have gone through the season unbeaten at home is fantastic. It's an outstanding achievement. We haven't done it for 103 years. Our home form has been the foundation of our success this season and we have to try and take that into next year. Days like this are what you are in the game for. It was always about gaining promotion and the opportunity to win it. You have to enjoy every moment of success and that is what we are going to do tonight."
23rd April 2010 - It's Going To Be Emotional
Wayne Routledge is preparing for an emotional afternoon in front of more than 50,000 adoring fans at St. James' Park tomorrow.
Wayne said: "It’s an unbelievable club. I can’t really describe my feelings at the moment. We have to keep on doing a professional job. We did that at Plymouth. We’re looking for another good show and three more points. We want to stay unbeaten at home."
On promotion: "It’s a massive buzz to be heading back to the Premier League. I’ve been promoted before as a player. To be champions is a different level. It meant everything to the boys who have been here from the start."
On the support: "Playing in front of the Newcastle fans has been brilliant. Every time you run out the fans give you their all. It’s great. It’s always an unbelievable crowd that follows us."
On Saturday: "It is going to be an amazing atmosphere when Ipswich come to town. Hopefully we can win the game. The boys are all looking forward to it. It’s sold out. There’ll be a party atmosphere. It’s going to be emotional."
21st April 2010 - 2009/10 Man Of The Season Award
Congratulations to Jose Enrique who has been voted the Scottish Mags Man of the Season for 2009/10. The award will be presented to Jose prior to the final home match of the season against Ipswich Town on Saturday. Runner up was Kevin Nolan with Fabricio Coloccini coming third.
Celebrating on the pitch at Home Park
20th April 2010 - Plymouth Celebrations
Whilst the Newcastle management team, players and supporters celebrated on the pitch at Home Park last night, spare a thought for our hosts who were relegated after a six year stay in the Championship.
The sporting behaviour of Plymouth Argyle Football Club and their fans should not be forgotten. Prior to kick-off a banner was paraded on the pitch congratulating Newcastle on winning promotion. Following the final whistle with home fans coming to terms with relegation to League One and our support celebrating on the pitch the announcer played 'We Are The Champions', 'Blaydon Races' and 'Local Hero' over the loudspeaker system. A terrific gesture. We wish our friends at Plymouth the best of luck for next season.
19th April 2010 - Champions!
Congratulations to Chris Hughton, Colin Calderwood, the players and staff on winning the Championship. Credit goes to everyone connected with the club. The trophy will be presented to the squad at St. James' Park following the final home fixture of the season against Ipswich Town this Saturday.
19th April 2010 - Plymouth Argyle 0 Newcastle United 2
Championship - Home Park, Plymouth - 7.45pm
Team: Harper, Simpson, Enrique, Smith, Hall (Kadar 83), Williamson, Routledge, Guthrie, Nolan (Best 70), Carroll (Ameobi 70). Barton - Subs not used: Krul, Lovenkrands, R Taylor, Pancrate.
Scorers: Carroll (20), Routledge (28) - Attendance: 13,111
Chris Hughton: "For a while it's been about winning the title. This almost means as much as going up. It has been a long and tough season. I can’t be more proud of the players than I am now. We have been able to go to difficult places and grind out results. We have not been the prettiest at times but we have got the results that we needed. We wanted to win it at the first opportunity and we are now looking forward to a full house at home. Hopefully we can keep our home record and reach the 100 point mark."
On the fans: "I want the supporters to get a medal, because I think they deserve one. There were 2,000 odd fortunate ones who were here to see us win the title. They've been outstanding all season. We have a magnificent support that have made every stadium that we have gone to a big occasion."
Wayne Routledge rounds the keeper to slot home the second
18th April 2010 - One Point Needed
Newcastle head for Plymouth tomorrow night knowing that a single point will be enough to secure the Championship Trophy. We are currently six points clear of second placed West Brom who beat Middlesbrough 2-0 last night. We have three games left to play whilst West Brom have two games remaining.

It has now been confirmed that no flights will operate in the UK on Monday following last week's eruption in Iceland which resulted in volcanic ash sweeping across the United Kingdom. As a consequence the Newcastle squad will now be making the lengthy trip to Plymouth by coach.
Chris Hughton: "It's one of those things. We have to get on with it. We will be doing everything we can to make sure it doesn't affect our preparations for the game. Our fans will be making the same journey as well so we're all in this one together really."
17th April 2010 - Chris Hughton Looks Ahead
Manager Chris Hughton has been speaking about the importance of finishing the current campaign on a high and carrying forward the ongoing momentum and development of the squad to next season.
On this season:
"It’s important we end the season well. It’s about professionalism and momentum going into these last three games. The biggest target we had, we have achieved, gaining promotion. What we would like to do is win this division now. There are also personal targets for the players, goals and appearances. We also haven’t lost at home this season. It would be a wonderful achievement to go through a whole season without losing a match at your home stadium."
On next season: "What we have is a dedicated group of lads and real competition. We’ve gained momentum, we’ve seen players develop. You have to assess the areas that need strengthening but we have a squad that deserves an opportunity. We know how tough it is for any team that gains promotion to the Premier League. We've got to make sure we’ve got a good enough squad to be able to compete with what will be a very difficult period."
16th April 2010 - FA Youth Cup Semi-Final Second Leg
Our Under 18 side lost 1-0 to Aston Villa in the second leg of the FA Youth Cup semi-final at St. James' Park tonight. The youngsters played out the closing stages with ten men. Striker Phil Airey was sent off after receiving a second yellow card on 76 minutes. Newcastle miss out on the final having gone down 2-1 on aggregate. A crowd of 4,959 were in attendance.
Wayne Routledge celebrates with two goal hero Kevin Nolan
13th April 2010 - Reading 1 Newcastle United 2
Championship - Madejski Stadium, Reading - 8.00pm
Team: Harper, R Taylor, Simpson, Smith, Williamson, Coloccini (Enrique 46), Routledge (Barton 75), Guthrie (Carroll 75), Ameobi, Nolan, Gutierrez - Subs not used: Pancrate, Best, Krul, Lovenkrands.
Scorer: Nolan (20, 42) - Attendance: 23,163
Chris Hughton: "This was a big win tonight. We showed real desire to win the game. It was a very pleasing victory which moves us very close to the title. Reading showed why they haven't been beaten here for a long time. We got goals at good times and even when Reading got one back we kept at it and were strong. These lads get emotionally and physically drained. They put in a lot of blocks, particularly late on. There are a few sore bodies. It’s a real hard stint they did. To win was nice. It’s always nice."
On Kevin Nolan: "We played him in a role just off the striker. He is so lethal in those goalscoring positions. He gets into those areas on a regular basis and more often than not finishes those chances off. He's been a really big player for us this season and has shown a real desire to get this club back in the Premier League. He's been a big influence both on and off the pitch."
13th April 2010 - Final Home Fixture Sold Out
Tickets for home fans for the final match of the season at St. James' Park are now completely sold out. Ipswich Town are the visitors on Saturday 24th April. This fixture will not be televised live.
Jonas Gutierrez heads for goal versus Blackpool
10th April 2010 - Newcastle United 4 Blackpool 1
Championship - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm
Team: Harper, Simpson (Ameobi 75), Kadar (R Taylor 37), Nolan (Barton 69), Williamson, Coloccini, Routledge, Guthrie, Carroll, Lovenkrands, Gutierrez - Subs not used: Krul, Pancrate, Smith, Best.
Scorers: Gutierrez (12), Carroll (36), Nolan (62) Routledge (77) - Attendance: 47,010
Chris Hughton:Chris Hughton: "I never felt for one moment the players might relax. The target is to win this division. It would be a real disappointment if we weren’t able to go on and win it. We are aware that a win on Tuesday night makes it almost there."
"What we have done is enjoy this season. We have been the best team this season so far. I am quite sure I won’t see a group of lads looking to tail off towards the end of the season."
"I am mindful that we are doing it in a lesser division than we will be doing it in next season, when we will be up against teams of really high quality with quality players, proven Premier League players, and it is a different level."
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway: "Gutierrez just ran down the line, went past two of my people and the next thing I knew he was putting his little mask on. I’d like to set fire to that, to be honest."
10th April 2010 - Relegation Made Newcastle A Better Club
Kevin Nolan has been talking about relegation and the determination of the players to survive in the Premier League next season.
"Relegation brought us all closer together. It made Newcastle United a better club. Newcastle will be stronger for it in the long term, I really believe that. What this club can achieve is phenomenal, but we have to do it slowly. There cannot be any quick fixes."
“Newcastle United has to learn from the mistakes which put us in this situation in the first place. We are not going to be a soap opera anymore. We are a family and we are together, we are all together. If we keep that, nobody is going to fancy coming here next season."
"You’ve always got to be together. It’s the main thing with the team. It’s something we’ve built on throughout the season. We’ve got to make sure that we bring the right type of players in, and that when they come in, they know what Newcastle United’s all about."
"After what happened last season there are a few of us who feel we have a point to prove in the Premier League. When we come back in pre-season we are going to come back with the bit between our teeth. I am sure the supporters are already wondering whether we are good enough to stay in the Premier League and that will be our ultimate aim."
"We have already proved you are never too good to go down, and we have to make sure that does not happen again. We have to keep our feet on the ground. Staying up is all that matters. Who knows, we might be able to do better than that"
"We are looking forward to being back in the Premier League and every team will gain our respect. What I have been part of this season has been fantastic. When you have 50,000 screaming fans making it horrible for the opposition, it is fantastic to play for this football club."
8th April 2010 - FA Youth Cup Semi-Final First Leg
Our Under 18 side drew 1-1 with Aston Villa in the first leg of the FA Youth Cup semi-final at Villa Park tonight. Striker Phil Airey scored for Newcastle with nine minutes gone. The second leg will be played at St. James' Park on Friday 16th April with the winners facing Chelsea home and away in the final.
Ready to lead the top flight challenge
6th April 2010 - On Promotion
Easter Monday saw the lads secure their return to the Premier League after just a season away.
Jose Enrique: ‘I want to make history at Newcastle. I want to stay here. I’ve got two years left on my contract and I want to renew. I am very happy and promotion is an incredible feeling. It’s been a great season. We’ve done something great for the club and the fans. We’re returning to the Premier League to ruffle some feathers. Before that, we want to win the Championship title. That’s important for us."
Steve Harper: "It’s fantastic. We will have a good summer now. The memories of last May are still very vivid from Villa Park. But to bounce back at the first opportunity is fantastic. People can say what they want about this division. It’s had its knockers but mentally and physically it’s a very tough league with some very good players in it. To get up with so many games to go is a big achievement."
Fabricio Coloccini: "At last we have achieved our objective. We have had to battle and scrap for every point. This club belongs in the top half of the Premier League. We wanted to win even though we knew it was already confirmed that we were promoted. The fans were brilliant. They are possibly the best fans in the world. I have a lot of affection for them. My aim is to stay at the club and help us climb up the Premier League next season."
Jonas Gutierrez: "It was difficult. The team and the club were all together and that was important. We were all going the same way and all the team had to do was play football. We needed to finish in first or second place to get automatic promotion. That is what we have done. We have the opportunity to win something. We like to fight and win the Championship."
Peter Lovenkrands: "It has been a tough season for me and I am just pleased to end it in such a good way. It helps a lot to bring a smile back knowing we are going back to the Premier League. It has been a great achievement and we are delighted. Of course this does help make amends for relegation."
Danny Simpson: "I came at the start of the season as a loan player and signed. I am now a Newcastle player. It’s where you want to be. We’ve come off after a lot of the games this season saying it’s been hard, but we’ve pulled through it, and that’s the main thing. In the last two games we’ve all showed our character and shown what the season’s been based on - togetherness."
"It was fitting that Kevin Nolan scored the winning goal."
5th April 2010 - Newcastle United 2 Sheffield United 1
Championship - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 7.45pm
Team: Harper, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Enrique, Routledge (R Taylor 90), Guthrie (Barton 87), Nolan, Gutierrez, Carroll, Lovenkrands (Ameobi 83) - Subs not used: Krul, Best, Butt, Kadar.
Scorers: Lovenkrands (45 pen), Nolan (73) - Attendance: 48,270
Chris Hughton: "This is my first achievement as a manager and it is a very proud moment for me. We deserve to be back where we were. That we have secured promotion with six games to spare is a testament to this set of players and how good a season they have had. To be standing there on the pitch at the end as manager of this great football club was a very, very proud moment. We have five games left and our aim is to win the Championship. It would be a really big disappointment if we didn’t win it."
"Ever since we came back in during the summer this set of players have been first class. They have shown a real desire to get back in the Premier League and atone for what happened last season. Their application, attitude and enthusiasm has been outstanding and has made my job a lot easier. There are a lot of people to thank for their part in this promotion, but number one has to be the players and I'm delighted for them. They deserve it."
"I'm so proud and it's a proud moment for my family as well. You're always aware of the fact that there have been a lot of people involved in this. I've worked very closely with Colin Calderwood all season, who has been brilliant for the club, as has Paul Barron. They have to take a lot of the credit as well. We've had to really dig deep to find the spirit. That is real testament to the team ethos here."
"A lot of the players felt that their best option was to take this team back to the Premier League. It was fitting that Kevin Nolan scored the winning goal as he has been such a good player for us this season. Mike Ashley came into the changing room and said congratulations but it was chaotic in there. It's an incredible feeling. I might have something stronger than a cup of coffee!"
Kevin Nolan: "It’s been a long 10 months but we always believed that we could do it. Now we want to win all our games and finish the season in style. We are after that unbeaten home record. Not only do we want promotion, we want to go and win the title. You just have to look at what it means to the fans. They've turned out all season. We can't thank them enough."
A delighted Joey Barton celebrates his free-kick strike
3rd April 2010 - Peterborough United 2 Newcastle United 3
Championship - London Road, Peterborough - 3.00pm
Team: Harper, Simpson, Enrique, Smith, Coloccini, Williamson, Barton (Gutierez 87), Nolan, Best, Ameobi (Butt 83), Pancrate (Routledge 46) - Subs not used: Krul, Lovenkrands, R Taylor, Kadar.
Scorers: Nolan (45), Barton (48), Ameobi (59) - Attendance: 12,877
Chris Hughton: "You always want to wrap up promotion at the first available opportunity and while that didn't happen today, we know we are nearly there. We have shown all season that we have the character and resilience to come from behind and pick up results, and that is something we did again. There’s a sense of relief in the dressing room."
"I told them at half-time that we needed to press the ball more and be a threat in the final third. There’s a big relief that we got the result today. It was a game which could have gone either way. Now it’s in our hands back at St James’. It will be fitting to do it in front of our own fans. We look forward to that.”
"I was delighted with today's win and the manner in which we came back. It wasn't the greatest first-half performance. We came out after half-time and were a lot better as we got used to the pitch. Joey Barton has scored a great free-kick and Shola has once again shown his quality with a super finish. Credit to Peterborough they came back and had a go but I thought we dug in and showed a lot of spirit. I'm delighted with the win. No celebrations tonight, we'll be back in tomorrow ahead of another big game on Monday."
On Joey Barton: "From a fitness point of view he's good but when you've been out of the game for a while the feel of the ball and the touches probably take a little longer to come. He's put in a great shift though and I thought his goal was excellent."