Demba Ba slots home the second of his three goals at Stoke
31st October 2011 - Stoke City 1 Newcastle United 3
Premier League - Britannia Stadium, Stoke - 8.00pm
Team: Krul, Simpson, R Taylor, Coloccini, S Taylor, Obertan, Guthrie (Gosling 90), Cabaye (Perch 78), Gutierrez, Best (Sammy Ameobi 86), Ba - Subs not used: Elliot, Santon, Ben Arfa, Marveaux.
Scorer: Ba (12, 40, 81 pen) - Attendance: 26,564
Alan Pardew: "This is a really good Stoke side who have a strong squad. The way they play makes it difficult. You have to show real character and my players did that. They showed another side to them, great resilience. It is important in the Premier League you have many sides to your team. We set ourselves to attack the game and we threatened on the break. We have Everton on Saturday. If we can get through that game and go to Manchester City unbeaten that would be fantastic. I hope we can fill the stadium. I think the players deserve that after these 10 games. They have been magnificent."
On Demba Ba: "Demba has played like that all year. I knew of him because of my connections at West Ham. I was confident of bringing him here. He did a great job at West Ham and I brought him to Newcastle and he has been absolutely terrific. He doesn't miss a day's training. His link up and all round ability, finishing and movement in the box, is excellent. We just want him to keep it up. He is always on the move in the box and if you do that you are going to score goals and that is why he got his first two."
Demba Ba: "I am very happy to score a hat-trick here because it is a place you come and struggle. We are just going to try to keep on doing the same things every week. We are really enjoying it and that gives us a lot of confidence. It is very important you have strikers who can run and defend. We did our best, we worked hard, the team at the back were very strong. I'm happy to tell you the truth. I am very happy. I am just going to enjoy it for the next few days."
Danny Guthrie: "It's a tough place to come, one of the very toughest, so to come away with a result like that is a great feeling. We're delighted. We've got a home game next so we'll look to get three points there. It's been tough with the amount of injuries I've had but I'm delighted with the way the last week's gone for me. I haven't played for a while but I've had two games this week. I'm really pleased."
A stunning Yohan Cabaye free kick takes the game into extra time
26th October 2011 - Blackburn Rovers 4 Newcastle United 3 (aet)
Carling Cup Round 4 - Ewood Park, Blackburn - 8.00pm
Team: Krul, Simpson (Sammy Ameobi 70), Perch, Coloccini, Santon, Marveaux (Obertan 77), Guthrie, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Ben Arfa (Lovenkrands 79), Ba - Subs not used: Elliot, Abeid, Gosling, Ranger.
Scorers: Guthrie (92), Cabaye (95), Lovenkrands (105 pen) - Attendance: 10,682
Alan Pardew: "I don’t like the tag of gallant losers but it was a fantastic effort. The fans would have appreciated the effort we put in. We lacked urgency in the first half and I was a little disappointed. After that I couldn’t fault my team, we were excellent. To go 2-0 down was galling as we were bossing the game at that point. I thought when Demba turned Samba it was a penalty, then at the other end Tim plays the ball and is penalised. But the players don’t know when to give in. We kept going and two great hits got us back into the game. Tiredness cost us at the end. We lacked concentration on that last set play. Samba is a massive threat, but unfortunately we just didn't react to him winning that header. I couldn't fault the players because they'd put in a magnificent effort by that stage. It just wasn't meant to be for us. Sometimes events go against you and tonight a lot of things seemed to go against us."
"I thought when Demba turned Samba it was a penalty."
Fabricio Coloccini: "We didn’t do what we knew we had to do on the pitch. We’re not happy. We didn’t play well in the first half. We have to look forward. It’s still positive. If we show that character every game, we’ll be okay. Our supporters, they’re always with us. We have to say thank you for coming and supporting us. We hope to take three points for them at Stoke."
Peter Lovenkrands:
"I thought we struggled a bit in the first half but in the second we did well. If a few decisions had gone our way it would have been a different game. Losing it in the last second, pretty much, is hard to take but that's football sometimes. We won't sit with our head in our lap and cry about it. We need to move on and focus on Stoke. That's an important game. A good result can take us further ahead in the league. It doesn't always go your way so we just need to focus now and get everyone ready for Monday."
25th October 2011 - QPR Home Fixture Moved
Our home meeting with Queens Park Rangers originally scheduled for Saturday 14th January 2011 is to be shown live on Sky Sports. The match will now be played on Sunday 15th January with a 1.30pm kick-off.
23rd October 2011 - Steve Harper Loaned Out
Goalkeeper Steve Harper has joined Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion on an initial one month loan deal. The 36 year old leaves after failing to make a first team appearance for Newcastle this season.
Alan Pardew: "Steve has been unfortunate. He's sat here behind Shay Given for so long and is unfortunate to have a top young goalie come through the ranks to push him to one side. Tim Krul will play at the top for years to come."
23rd October 2011 - Shola Sidelined Again
Shola Ameobi faces another spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury when he came on as a substitute in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Wigan.
Alan Pardew: "He pulled his hamstring within three minutes of coming on. We think he’ll be out for four to six weeks."
A magnificent finish from Yohan Cabaye
22nd October 2011 - Newcastle United 1 Wigan Athletic 0
Premier League - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm

Krul, Simpson, R Taylor, Coloccini, S Taylor, Obertan (Marveaux 76), Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Best (Ben Arfa 46), Ba (Ameobi 68 - Subs not used: Harper, Santon, Perch, Smith
Scorer: Cabaye (81) - Attendance: 48,321
Alan Pardew: "We weren’t brilliant. We've played some champagne football but not today. It was very difficult. One class moment won the game. This is a demanding public, they want to see good football, they want to see a win. They'll forgive everything if they see an honesty in the team and I think that's important. We talked all week about our attitude and application being the same as Spurs. Credit to Wigan in terms of their approach to the game. They caused us problems. Wigan were crisper and faster than us at times. It was resilience, a fantastic save from the goalie, some desperate defending, that kept us in the game. We dug in at times when they had possession, and kept it at 0-0. In the second half, I felt we’d score. It was late and it was tight, but I still thought we’d get one. I'm so pleased, 19 points after nine games is a fantastic effort and we go to the next game unbeaten."
On Yohan Cabaye: "What a cracking goal he got today. I didn’t expect him to score because it was a difficult position. That first time hit takes great technique. I felt he’d hit the target, and maybe we’d get something from the rebound, but it was such a clean hit, it gave the keeper no chance. His celebration showed how much it meant to him."
On Sylvain Marveaux: "Sylvain is a good player. He hasn't had the chance. He got a small opportunity and showed what a good player he is."
Yohan Cabaye: "I scored a few goals like that for Lille and it feels very special to score my first goal in English football, especially because it was the winner. It was an important goal for the team. This is a good team although against Wigan I thought we were lucky. We are getting used to looking at the league table and seeing ourselves in fourth place and it feels good. We will work hard to stay near the top of the league. In this league it is never easy beating anyone. To do well in a season you have to win games in different ways. You can see that the spirit of the team is very good. I have a good feeling with these fans and that is why at the end of the game I went round applauding them. They have made me feel very welcome here and that has helped me settle in quickly."
20th October 2011 - Open Training Session
The club are to hold an open training session for fans on Friday October 28 2011 at St. James' Park. Entry will be free with turnstiles opening at 9.30am. The entire first team squad will take part in the session which is expected to run from 10.30am through to 12.30pm.
Simon Esland, Head of Customer Operations: "We know some of our supporters can't come and watch the team every week, so this is a chance for people of all ages to come along to see the team in action for free."
16th October 2011 - From The Manager
Alan Pardew:
"I hope the owner is starting to get a little bit more respect. I don't think we are ever going to win everybody over, Mike, Derek and maybe even myself, but at least you can look at it and say we are in a much better position than most Premier League clubs in terms of our financial position. We have an owner who doesn't want to go away. He wants to invest in the team but do it in the right manner. We are working really hard, my scouting team and staff, to bring in the best players we can on the finances we have. Graham Carr, myself, John Carver, have assembled what we think is a team that is better than last year's. Let's hope we can improve from there."
16th October 2011 - Mission Statement
The matchday programme for the game against Tottenham Hotspur today, carried the following statement from the club:
Now that the summer transfer window has closed and the new Premier League season is underway, the board of Newcastle United Football Club wish to present this review of our progress and set out our aims for the 2011/12 campaign and beyond. Our return to top flight football was an exciting and successful one. Our target last season was to maintain Premier League status and we achieved that, and more. Finishing 12th in the Premier League was a significant achievement for a newly promoted club. Success requires real team effort and we witnessed that right across the club - from the spirit and determination in the dressing room and the passionate support in the stands, to the often unsung efforts of the hundreds of staff we have working for the Club through the week and on matchdays. Everyone associated with Newcastle United wants success for this Club and we can assure supporters that the board is fully committed to achieving that success. To make our ambitions clear to supporters and stakeholders, our aim for the 2011/12 season is at least a top ten finish in the Barclays Premier League.
Club Finances
When Mike Ashley bought Newcastle United in 2007 he arrived with a clear five year plan to get Newcastle United on a sound financial footing and the Club is now in far better shape financially than it has been for many years. Our aim is to make Newcastle United self-financing. We cannot continue to acquire debt year after year and rely on additional financial support from the owner. In 2008/09 we reported an operating loss before player trading of £37.7 million. In 2009/10 that loss was £33.5 million. Once audited, our accounts for 2010/11 are expected to show an operating loss of just £4.7 million and this year we hope we will be close to breaking even. We are pleased that the Club is working towards being able to operate within the boundaries of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules, even during these challenging economic times. Over the coming year we will continue to build the Club sustainably - on and off the field. We have a realistic view of what we can achieve at Newcastle and the time frame required to achieve it. We have a strict spending policy and will not take a reckless approach which permits spending beyond our means. It is a sensible long term plan for success and we have absolute confidence that this is the right model for Newcastle United.
Summer transfers
Our priority during the summer transfer window was to secure exciting young players with huge potential that add real strength to the squad. There are certain perceived ‘big’ clubs that have no financial constraints whatsoever. But for us as a club, rash, short term spending is not the answer and the days of Newcastle United acquiring ‘trophy’ signings who command huge salaries for past successes on the pitch are over. Such players have generated excitement and anticipation in the past, of course, but ultimately they have left the Club poorer and with little to show for it in terms of our standing in the league and cup competitions.
Our focus now is to bring in players who can develop and fulfil their potential at Newcastle United. This does not however discount players of any age who we feel can add experience to the squad. The board, the manager, our technical staff and our scouting team worked very well together to ensure we brought in seven top class players who represented excellent potential for the Club. Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux, Demba Ba and Gabriel Obertan were all brought in early in the window and they have settled quickly into the squad and performed well on the pitch. Medhi Abeid, another early signing, is already showing that he is a great prospect and we hope he will be pushing for a place in the first team this year. We were delighted to bring Davide Santon from Inter Milan to the Club towards the end of the window and we are looking forward to seeing him perform over the coming weeks. We also brought in goalkeeper Rob Elliot from Charlton Athletic who is ensuring we have healthy competition for the number one spot.
Unlike many clubs in England, we endeavour to pay transfer fees in a timely manner rather than spreading payments over an unrealistic number of years. This is a far healthier financial model which gives us greater certainty over spending in future years. When Mike Ashley took over the Club, we were still paying fees for players who had already left. This is now, thankfully, a thing of the past. However, the same cannot be said for all of the players we sell to other clubs, for whom we ordinarily receive dated payments over a period of years. The Club’s considerable wage bill this season has risen by seven per cent as a result of the salaries of our new signings and the wage increases awarded to existing players on new deals, such as the six and a half year deal we agreed with Cheik Tiote in February.
Manager and coaching staff
The board was pleased to appoint Alan Pardew as the manager of Newcastle United in December 2010. Since arriving at the Club, Alan has strengthened the coaching and backroom staff and has implemented a number of new techniques which have transformed training procedures at the Club. Alan Pardew, John Carver and the rest of our senior coaching staff, together with Graham Carr, our chief scout, are all on long term contracts. This brings stability to the Club and shows the faith we have in these individuals.
Youth development
We have some excellent young players amongst our current crop who have come through the Club’s Academy system, some of whom have now broken into the first team, including Sammy Ameobi, Shane Ferguson and James Tavernier. The board will continue to focus on strengthening the Development Squad to make sure we identify and nurture the region’s wealth of talented youngsters, as well as bringing some of Europe’s most exciting young prospects to Newcastle.
Training facilities
Last year the team experienced interruptions to their training schedule due to heavy snowfall and freezing conditions. Over the summer months we installed undersoil heating at the training ground which will ensure that winter training schedules this season are less adversely affected by bad weather. Investment in our analytical equipment and staffing is reaping benefits too. We now have far greater statistical information about the team thanks to high tech monitoring equipment and computer analysis, which means we can tailor training programmes to individual players and get the maximum performance from the team.
Our supporters yet again demonstrated tremendous loyalty and commitment to the team last season, with attendances at St. James’ Park averaging close on 48,000. This support is greatly appreciated and is the envy of many clubs up and down the country. It would be impressive in any year, but during a recession when personal finances are still so stretched, it is even more so. The board, the manager and the players would like to thank fans sincerely for their support. The board introduced a groundbreaking ten year fixed price deal for season tickets this year, for the first time payable in 12 monthly instalments. This was a genuine initiative aimed at rewarding fans’ loyalty, providing them with some long term certainty on ticket pricing, and offering more manageable monthly payments so that fans could continue to support the team at a time when the economic climate is making financial decisions even tougher for our supporters and their families. It has proved extremely popular, with more than two thirds of all season tickets holders having taken advantage of this deal.
The capacity of the Family Enclosure has been increased from 5,000 to 6,500 seats, making it the largest dedicated family area in the Premier League. Demand for tickets in this area during the 2010/11 season regularly outstripped supply, and we wanted to ensure that all families who wished to enjoy football at St. James’ Park could do so in a family friendly environment. As a result of this initiative we now have an additional 1,000 children and their parents as season ticket holders in the Family Enclosure this year. There is also now a new section of seating for supporters aged between 18 and 21 years old. Season ticket prices in this section are more than £200 cheaper than a full adult season ticket in order to help young adults make the transition from the family enclosure to full adult seating at a price they can afford. These initiatives are our way of thanking the fans for their support and making their visits to Newcastle United Football Club more accessible and affordable.
The 2010/11 season was a positive one for Newcastle United on and off the pitch. Our targets for the season were exceeded as the Club consolidated its position in the Premier League. We have set ourselves the target of at least a top ten finish this season and all our efforts will go into achieving that. The excellent start the team has already made in our first few fixtures bodes very well. We are fully aware that Newcastle United holds a unique place in the lives of Geordies around the world. Our supporters are the lifeblood of the Club and the board understands that it has been charged with ensuring their Club is properly run and continues its growth both on and off the field over the next year and beyond. In declaring our aims for this season we are demonstrating our commitment to taking this Club forward from what is now becoming a stronger and more healthy position.
Newcastle players celebrate another Demba Ba goal
16th October 2011 - Newcastle United 2 Tottenham Hotspur 2
Premier League - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 4.00pm
Team: Krul, R Taylor, Simpson (Santon 77), S Taylor, Coloccini, Obertan, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Best (Ameobi 71), Ba (Ben Arfa 71) - Subs not used: Elliot, Lovenkrands, Gosling, Marveaux.
Scorers: Ba (48), Ameobi (86) - Attendance: 46,420
Alan Pardew: "You can never have complete control over a team like Tottenham with such flair and such individual brilliance. I thought we started to get ourselves into the game and get a good foothold after a poor start and then their goal came and that gave us something to climb. We deserved something today. It was important for the stadium and the fans. We might surprise everybody and maybe we might surprise ourselves. Last year there was a fair distance between us and the top sides but I think we have closed that gap. Can we sustain it? We are going to need our key players to stay fit but we have players in the background who can make an impact as well. Harry changed his team to give him that extra midfield player and that worked well for them at times. We stuck with two strikers and Demba did a great job helping out in midfield for us and in the end it was probably a fair result. It was good to get the draw and keep the unbeaten run going."
Fabricio Coloccini: "I think a lot of people wanted to know today if Newcastle can play against big teams and play the same as them. I thought we showed great character. It's good that we kept going and played well. We try to get the three points every game. When we have the ball we go forward and we try to get crosses in. Sometimes we can score and sometimes we can't but we try always. It's normal when you play against big teams like Tottenham that you will concede goals. We want to work to not concede but we're happy because a draw is a good result."
Cheik Tiote: "It was a hard game because Spurs are a really good team. We were focused all the way through. We never gave up and it was another game unbeaten which is good for the confidence. We need to play every game like we played today. We have an important game against Wigan next week and we'll do everything to win that also."
Tim Krul: "The manager said at half-time the game was there to be won but we had to start believing it. He wanted us scoring early in the second half and that happened perfectly. He really fired us up at half-time. We played some great football today and we can be really pleased with our performance. We came through very well."
Davide Santon: "It is really good to finally get on the pitch. It was frustrating having my knee problems so early after I joined. Now I just want to do my best, get more games and try to help Newcastle continue our fantastic start."
15th October 2011 - Two Promotions
Reserve Team Coach Peter Beardsley has been appointed to the new role of Football Development Manager at the club. Whilst retaining his involvement in coaching young players, Peter will assist in driving forward the recruitment of talented youngsters into the Academy and Development Squad. Willie Donachie will take up the post vacated by Peter Beardsley.
Peter Beardsley: "A large part of our club's future rests with our youth. Helping bring exciting young talent to Newcastle will make me very proud."
Managing Director Derek Llambias: "Peter has been an exceptional ambassador for our club for many years. His international standing within the industry, together with the skills he brings to the training field, make him the perfect appointment for this vital new role. We are delighted to appoint Peter to help us develop a truly world-class development programme."
"If they get a bit of luck, who knows?"
7th October 2011 - Kevin Keegan
On the current side: "Long may their good start continue. They haven’t played too many of the big teams yet, but if you’re a Newcastle fan, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how they’ve started, and you’d hope they can continue it. They haven’t got a massive squad. They don’t want injuries but if they get a bit of luck, who knows? They might finish up and around the top six, which would be an amazing achievement."
On his first spell as Newcastle manager: "We didn’t win a title, but people still talk about it. Those players are the fans’ favourites, those times were those they remember best. They enjoyed it. Our instinct was to go forward. It wasn’t planned, but every time we bought a player they seemed to be better going forward than defending. If you look now at football, Barcelona, Manchester City and Manchester United are playing that way. The centre halves are coming out and the full backs are bombing on. Had we won the championship that year, that would have changed a lot of people’s minds earlier."
"We were probably just a bit ahead of our time. Everyone said at the time you can’t win a league playing like this, and unfortunately they were proved right. We should have won it, but we just couldn’t get home. To be honest, only Darren Peacock was a defender. Philippe Albert used to like scoring goals more than stopping them. We had goals in us. I remember telling John Beresford to defend once, and he swore at me so I took him off. We trained to go forward. People were a bit unkind at the time saying we didn’t do defensive work, but we did."
7th October 2011 - Live TV Update
Three Newcastle fixtures have been chosen for live television coverage during December and January, two at home and one away. Sky Sports will be covering all three matches. Revisions now read:
03/12/2011 - Chelsea (home) Saturday 12.45pm
30/12/2011 - Liverpool (away) Friday 7.45pm
04/01/2012 - Manchester United (home) Wednesday 8.00pm
7th October 2011 - Not Answering The Call
Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington has expressed his frustration at Shane Ferguson failing to answer a senior international callup. The youngster remains eligible to represent the Republic of Ireland as he has not yet played a competitive game for Northern Ireland. His one senior appearance for Northern Ireland to date came in a friendly.
Nigel Worthington: "It beggars belief that there's no willingness or manners. I can only do what I've done. People at the Irish Football Association have done what they do and we can't do any more. The club has been notified but we've had no contact. Sometimes you make young people aware of things that would make them a better player, whether that's upset him in some way or another I don't know. If I'm not here and he wants to come in after that, that's up to him. When I was a young man, if you were selected for your country you were on the first plane over."
Shane Ferguson on Twitter: "Some of these comments make me laugh. There’s two sides to every story."
4th October 2011 - Awaiting The Call
Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has told Leon Best he needs to work harder on the pitch if he is to win a return to the international stage.
Giovanni Trapattoni: "On the pitch there is only one ball. Winning football is about 11 players running for 90 minutes with a winning mentality. I cannot afford to have players standing there waiting for the ball. The whole team must work. That is football. We need this mentality. Leon knows I don't forget him but Leon knows why he is not here."
Four goals in two games for in form striker Demba Ba
1st October 2011 - Wolves 1 Newcastle United 2
Premier League - Molineux, Wolverhampton - 3.00pm
Team: Krul, Simpson, R Taylor, Coloccini, S Taylor, Obertan (Marveaux 90), Cabaye (Guthrie 89), Tiote, Gutierrez, Best, Ba (Lovenkrands 71) - Subs not used: Elliot, Santon, Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi.
Scorers: Ba (17), Gutierrez (38) - Attendance: 26,561
Alan Pardew: "We played very well in the first half. We lost control of the second half at times. At half-time, you’re 2-0 up, the psychology of the dressing room is different. I think we felt like we were comfortable. We were over eager and making mistakes. We need to see games out better than we did. We’re a young team, we got nervous, that’s to be expected. We had two really good chances to get a third goal half way through that second half. Then there is no grandstand finish. You’re never comfortable at Molineux. We've not won here since 1990. It's never an easy place to win. We did play well in the first half which gave us a platform to win the game. They deserved something from the game themselves. We were a little fortunate."
On Tim Krul: "Our keeper was brilliant. The best player today. He had more to do than he has in our last three games. We didn’t defend as well as we have in previous games. That's why you need a good goalie."
Tim Krul: "The confidence has grown game by game and we have two home games now. We don't have to be scared of anyone."