31st August 2010 - Sunderland 1 Newcastle United 3
Premier Reserve League - Stadium of Light, Sunderland - 7.00pm
Team: Krul, Tavernier, Dummett, Donaldson (Airey 81), Campbell (Tozer 46), Grieve, R Taylor, Inman, Ranger, Xisco, Lovenkrands (McDermott 81) - Subs not used: Soderberg, Henderson - Sent off: Xisco.
Scorers: Ranger (8), Lovenkrands (10), R Taylor (58) - Attendance: 4,601
Sol Campbell: "Just being out there again is fantastic. It went really well and it was a great result. It soon comes back to you and it was good to feel the ball again in a competitive match. I'm working hard and these games help. I think 45 minutes was enough."
Debutant Sol Campbell at the Stadium of Light
31st August 2010 - LuaLua Rejoins Brighton
Newcastle youngster Kazenga LuaLua has rejoined Brighton on loan until the start of January 2011. Kazenga has already made 11 appearances for the club during a brief loan spell at Withdean Stadium last season.
31st August 2010 - A New Country To Conquer
Having signed a one year loan deal with Newcastle, the expectation is that Hatem Ben Arfa can show enough to turn a temporary stay at St. James' Park into a permanent one.
Hatem Ben Arfa: "There are so many positives about coming here. Newcastle was always my first choice. There are a lot of good players and they try to get the ball down and play good football. I have a new country to conquer and it’s a great challenge."
29th August 2010 - Pleased With Business
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is pleased with the business the club has done in the transfer market this summer.
Chris Hughton: "I have been backed 100 per cent by the board and Mike and Derek. We’ve been competitive. They have been very conscious of the fact we need to strengthen and they’ve supported me in that. We’re not far off from being where we want to be."
28th August 2010 - Calm And Composed
Chris Hughton has praised the composure shown by Joey Barton at Wolves today. Wolves manager Mick McCarthy and his coaching staff employed bully boy tactics as Joey endured 90 minutes of assaults at Molineux. Our number 7 appeared to be singled out by Wolves players who took it in turns to try to intimidate him. Joey showed great restraint despite being on the receiving end of a number of calculated fouls. Seven Wolves players received yellow cards during the 90 minutes meaning the club will now be the recipients of an FA fine for indiscipline.
Chris Hughton: "Did Barton do well to keep his cool? Yes. You've got to keep calm and composed. I think you accept that when you are a wholehearted midfield player yourself."
Four goals in two games for young Andy Carroll
28th August 2010 - Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Newcastle United 1
Premier League - Molineux, Wolverhampton - 3.00pm
Team: Harper, Coloccini, Enrique, Williamson, Perch, Nolan, Barton, Routledge, Smith, Gutierrez, Carroll (Ameobi 81) - Subs not used: Krul, R Taylor, Kadar, Vuckic, Lovenkrands, Ranger.
Scorer: Carroll (64) - Attendance: 27,745
Chris Hughton: "It was a very competitive game, but it's impossible to come here and not have that kind of game. We started very well, but we had to. You can't be on the back foot here, because Wolves are a side who play at a high tempo. I thought we were the better of the two teams so we’re disappointed not to have capitalised on that. We had the better of the chances over the 90 minutes. I’m a little bit disappointed but a point here is always a good point."
28th August 2010 - Hatem Ben Arfa Signs From Marseille
Newcastle have signed Hatem Ben Arfa on a season long loan from Marseille. The 23 year old French international will wear the number 37 shirt.
Hatem Ben Arfa: "I'm delighted to be here. I want to showcase my skills in Newcastle. It was always my first choice to come here. The stadium has an ambience that is unique and I feel very lucky to have this opportunity."
Chris Hughton: "Hatem is a player who we think he will add flair to the squad. We're confident he'll fit in well with the team that we have put together here. He is a young player who already has a great reputation in the game. I am sure he will prove to be a great addition. He will excite the fans."
Derek Llambias: "It has taken a lot of hard work behind the scenes to bring in a player of Hatem's quality, but we really are delighted that he is now here. His signing, along with that of Cheik Tiote, shows our commitment to bringing international class players to St. James' Park."
"I want to showcase my skills in Newcastle."
28th August 2010 - Carling Cup Third Round Draw
Newcastle will face Premier League Champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the third round of the Carling Cup. The game will be played the week commencing Monday 20th September 2010.
27th August 2010 - Cheick Tiote Transfer Confirmed
Newcastle have confirmed that the transfer of midfielder Cheik Tiote has been completed following a successful application for a work permit.
Cheick Tiote: "I'm really looking forward to testing myself against the best that the Premier League has to offer. This is a really proud moment for me. I can't wait to pull on the black and white shirt. It's a great thrill for me to be joining such a famous club."
27th August 2010 - Pushing For The Number One Jersey
Goalkeeper Tim Krul gained more valuable first team experience on Wednesday evening playing the full ninety minutes of the Carling Cup tie at Accrington Stanley. The youngster pulled off a number of top class saves to ensure Newcastle progressed to the next round.
Tim Krul: "My target is to make the breakthrough this season. I am getting older. I need to prove myself when I get the opportunities. I want to play at the highest level I can. I am hoping we stay in the Carling Cup as long as possible because that is where I can show what I can do."
"I think I am pushing Steve more and more. Hopefully, I can achieve my dream this season to play in the Premier League. Steve has been a fantastic goalkeeper but I am here to take his place as soon as I can. That is why I am here at Newcastle, to win that one place.”
Kazenga Lualua in action versus Accrington Stanley
25th August 2010 - Accrington Stanley 2 Newcastle United 3
Carling Cup Round 2 - The Crown Ground, Accrington - 7.45pm
Team: Krul, R Taylor, Kadar, Tavernier, Ferguson, Ranger, Donaldson, Vuckic (Nolan 90), LuaLua, Ameobi, Lovenkrands - Subs not used: Soderberg, Williamson, Barton, Routledge, Perch, Smith.
Scorers: R Taylor (36), Ameobi (48), Lovenkrands (67) - Attendance: 4,098
Chris Hughton: "I enjoyed the game. We came here with a young side and there was a risk in that but we felt we would have enough quality to get to the next round. We could have made it more comfortable for ourselves, particularly in the second half but it was the cup tie we expected. It was the tough game that we thought it would be."
25th August 2010 - Club Statement
Newcastle United have today placed defender Steven Taylor on the transfer list. The Club will be making no further comment at this time.
24th August 2010 - A City That Breathes Football
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, speaking in his role as an ambassador for the FA’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup has said: "When the FIFA delegation arrive in Newcastle, I hope they are stunned by the sight of St James' Park. It dominates the skyline in a city that breathes football. There, they have a love of the game that is remarkable."
24th August 2010 - Fraser Heads North
Goalkeeper Fraser Forster has today joined Celtic on a season long loan. The youngster has yet to make a competitive first team appearance for Newcastle but Fraser did appear 38 times for Norwich City whilst on loan at Carrow Road last season. The 22 year old has also had loan spells at Stockport County and Bristol Rovers.
22nd August 2010 - Sweet Six Nil
As the final whistle sounded at Villa Park back in May 2009 and our relegation was confirmed, Newcastle fans were witness to large numbers of home supporters indulging in totally over the top celebrations of our demise. The scenes continued outside the ground as travelling fans returned to cars, buses and trains. A poor display by a classless element of the Villa support. The six nil scoreline today was sweet.
Sheer joy as Newcastle hit Villa for six
22nd August 2010 - Newcastle United 6 Aston Villa 0
Premier League - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm
Team: Harper, Perch, Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, Smith (R Taylor 76), Barton, Routledge, Carroll, Nolan (Ameobi 77), Gutierrez (Xisco 81) - Subs not used: Krul, Lovenkrands, Vuckic, Tavernier.
Scorers: Barton (12), Nolan (31, 87), Carroll (34, 67, 93) - Attendance: 43,546
Chris Hughton: "To score six against the likes of Aston Villa is a wonderful achievement. These scorelines are normally reserved for your top six teams. We will spend the rest of today enjoying it but my job and my responsibility will be to bring everybody's feet firmly back to ground. We won’t have too many days like this but hopefully we can have similar performances."
On Andy Carroll: "Andy has developed his game. How far he can go depends on himself. That will be up to the environment he is in and the individual himself, but he has the attributes to improve even more. Centre forwards know it is about scoring goals. He was able to do that last season. Now the challenge for him is to do it in this division. He is certainly a handful for most defenders he plays against. Centre forwards know it is about scoring goals. Ultimately he will be judged on that."
Andy Carroll: "I was looking forward to coming out at home with the No.9 on. It was a great game and a great performance by all the lads. Getting a hat-trick in the first game of the season at home was fanastic. There were no headers, they were all left-footed, but really it was all about the quality of the balls that went into the box for me to score the goals. I know I can play football and score goals like I did but I'm just happy with three points. We proved a point to anybody who was doubting us."
22nd August 2010 - Terms Agreed For Cheick Tiote
Newcastle have agreed terms with FC Twente for the transfer of 24 year old Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote. Cheick has agreed personal terms and successfully completed a medical. The move is now subject to the club being granted a work permit for the player.
Chris Hughton: "We have Alan Smith, who has been excellent in the last two games, but he is the only defensive midfielder here. We want real competition for places. Tote’s arrival gives us another option. He can bring a lot to this club. We are delighted to have him."
Andy Carroll goes close in the first half at Old Trafford
16th August 2010 - Manchester United 3 Newcastle United 0
Premier League - Old Trafford, Manchester - 8.00pm
Team: Harper, Perch, Coloccini, Williamson, Enrique, Routledge, Smith, Nolan (Ameobi 71), Barton, Gutierrez (Xisco 80), Carroll - Subs not used: Krul, R Taylor, Vuckic, Ranger, Tavernier.
Attendance: 75,221
Chris Hughton: "I thought we had our moments. I think the supporters saw a side that was prepared to have a real go. We had periods of the game where we competed and passed the ball quite well. I was delighted with that first 30 minutes until they got the goal. Arguably the best opportunity of the period was Andy Carroll’s. If he scores that, you don’t know. I thought Andy was a real handful up front. There were aspects of the game that I was pleased about. We’ve got to take the positives from it."
14th August 2010 - Kevin Nolan Appointed Club Captain
Manager Chris Hughton has appointed Kevin Nolan club captain and Alan Smith vice-captain for the 2010/11 season.
Kevin Nolan: "It really is an honour to be made captain of a club like Newcastle United. I'm delighted to have been given the responsibility. Last season I wore the armband for a couple of games towards the end of the campaign, but to do so on a regular basis will be a special feeling. We have a great set of lads here and I'm relishing the prospect of leading them out."
Chris Hughton: "We're all aware of what an honour it is to wear the armband and Kevin will, I am sure, make a great captain. Both he and Alan have a big role to play for us both on and off the pitch and that's a continuation of what they both did last season in what was a great campaign."
12th August 2010 - Accrington Stanley Tie Live
Our second round Carling Cup tie against Accrington Stanley will be shown live on Sky Sports. The game will take place on Wednesday 25th August at The Crown Ground with a 7.45pm kick-off.
Fans packed the East Stand to watch their favourites train
11th August 2010 - Fans Flock To Open Training Session
An open training session at St James' Park today proved hugely popular as an estimated 6,000 fans packed into the East Stand to see Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood put the team through their paces.
11th August 2010 - Expectation Levels Dampened
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is still hopeful of making further additions to his squad before the close of the transfer window at the end of the month.
Chris Hughton: "We are aware we have to work around a financial structure. We have to bring in the right type of players. People have to realise where we are. We have had a season in the Championship. Without a huge outlay you can’t expect a team outside the top flight to then finish in a European spot. We have to build again as a football club."
"The feel of our own supporters is that expectations levels have been dampened and we are grateful for that. We will get to the stage where we will work with what we have got and hopefully by then there will be other additions. Any specific positions I would not mention but we have to add to the squad."
11th August 2010 - Carling Cup Second Round Draw
Newcastle have been drawn to play Accrington Stanley away from home in the Second Round of the Carling Cup. The game will be played the week commencing Monday 23rd August 2010.
9th August 2010 - Fantastic Following
Newcastle were backed by almost 4,000 travelling fans at Ibrox on Saturday. Though the result was disappointing, the support from the away contingent wasn't, something that the players acknowledged at the final whistle.
Kevin Nolan: "The fans were brilliant. To take so many with us shows what they’re expecting this year. We know it’s going to be tough. We’re going to need them. They sang their hearts out, and they saw how happy the lads were with them. We all went over at the end. Hopefully they’ll be seeing a lot more winning football again come the season."
Peter Lovenkrands is congratulated on his Ibrox strike
7th August 2010 - Glasgow Rangers 2 Newcastle United 1
Friendly - Ibrox Park, Glasgow - 1.00pm
Team: Harper, Perch (Ferguson 81), Enrique (R Taylor 55), Coloccini (Tavernier 81), Williamson, Routledge (Xisco 83), Barton, Guthrie, Gutierrez (Lovenkrands 69), Nolan, Carroll (Ameobi 46 - Sub not used: Krul.
Scorer: Lovenkrands (70) - Attendance: 30,220
Chris Hughton: "Defensively we coped, but in the areas where it matters most, we weren't clinical. It is never nice losing football matches. We don’t like losing. I have said to this group of lads they are all playing for starting places. They are all still fighting but that is the nucleus of our starting line-up for certain."
6th August 2010 - Open Training Session
A record turn out of fans resulted in massive queues forming outside St. James' Park yesterday as the new black and white home kit went on sale. Organisers were forced to call time on the event at 4.00pm resulting in many fans being unable to meet the players in attendance.
To try to compensate for this disappointment the club have organised an open training session, scheduled for Wednesday 11th August at 11.00am. Turnstiles will open at 10am and admission is free.
Kevin Nolan: "Me and the lads were amazed by the number of fans who turned up at the shirt signing. It’s a shame to let any of them down. Wednesday’s session will be a great chance for supporters to watch us in action before the season starts."
5th August 2010 - The Rangers Connection
Both Alan Smith and Peter Lovenkrands are desperate to play in the pre-season friendly against Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday. Alan has never hidden his admiration for the Glasgow giants whilst Peter anticipates an emotional return to the club where he made his name. With both so keen to perform, manager Chris Hughton is hopeful the duo can inspire his side to victory.
Chris Hughton: "It'll be a special return for both players. This will be a good test for us. We're very much looking towards the start of the season now. Rangers will be a good occasion for us."
Peter Lovenkrands: "It's going to be strange going through the front doors at Ibrox and walking left, not right. I just can't wait to run down the tunnel. The first thing I look for after our matches is their results. I still love Rangers. I'm really looking forward to the match."
5th August 2010 - Spot On Joey
Newcastle continued their pre-season preparations at the Riazor Stadium in La Coruna on Tuesday night, beating Deportivo 5-3 in a penalty shoot out to lift the Teresa Herrera Trophy. The spot kicks followed a well contested encounter which had seen both sides spurn good chances to win the game in regulation time.
Joey Barton experienced contrasting fortunes on the night, missing a penalty awarded with just four minutes of normal time remaining, then making amends by converting the winning strike in the shoot out which followed.
Joey Barton: "To be honest, the first one was a lousy penalty. I was desperate to get a goal. I felt confident. I missed and looked a bit stupid. I was tired by that time and I thought I could get the rebound. But as I slid for it my leg just locked up and cramp kicked in. But I got the chance to redeem myself and knocked the fifth one in to win it."
Joey was delighted for the loyal band of 50 or so supporters who made the trip to La Coruna to support the team: "I don’t know if that one quite counts as winning a big trophy. It was great for the fans who came over here, though."
Kevin Nolan and Fabricio Coloccini with the Teresa Herrera Trophy
3rd August 2010 - Deportivo de La Coruna 0 Newcastle United 0
(Newcastle won 5-3 on penalties)
Friendly - Riazor Stadium, La Coruna, Spain - 9.00pm (local time)
Team: Harper (Krul 46), R Taylor, Enrique, Perch (Tavernier 51), Coloccini, Barton, Xisco (Gutierrez 46), Guthrie (Nolan 46), Carroll, Best (Lovenkrands 73), Routledge - Subs Not Used: Williamson, Ferguson, Smith.
Scorers: Lovenkrands, Nolan, Carroll, R Taylor, Barton - Attendance: 6,000
Chris Hughton: "It was a very good workout for us. Deportivo threatened a fair amount. Defensively as a unit we worked really well. Even though they had a good retention and good possession, we had the better chances and we got stronger in the second half. I thought the performance was very good. We deserved the clean sheet. We’ve come to a big team in La Liga and got a result. Of course it’s great to win a trophy of any sort."