Andy Carroll to Liverpool, my 2 cents

I went to bed the other night,  happy that Newcastle were in a good position in the premier league. We were unbeaten for 2011 (2 wins and 2 draws) and we were doing it without our best striker in Andy Carroll. Both draws should have been wins too with heartbreaking injury time equalisers coming from the opposition. So things were only going to get better right?

Wrong. This is Newcastle United after all.

Fat Cockney Bastard

Fat Cockney Bastard

Mike Ashley AKA the Fat Controller, AKA Fat Cockney Bastard etc etc. Doesn’t seem to enjoy success, in fact I am almost convinced he bought the club because as a Spurs supporter he hated us and wanted to destroy us. Now he has discovered there is money to be made selling off your best players and that also serves his purpose of killing the club. Next will be Nile Ranger, he will get more game time now and will eventually hit some form. FCB will see us as player factory for the big clubs and like his sports direct company the hard workers get paid a pittance only to be shown the door (CH).

I put most of the blame for this on FCB but Andy Carroll is not blameless in this either. He had a 5 year contract with NUFC. He could have dug his heals in. At least could had ridden it out till the summer. I’m not sure I believe what has been written about how he didn’t want to leave and was pushed etc etc. In the end it all comes down to money. Both parties wanted it more than they cared about the club.

So I have a AC #9 shirt for sale, really cheap, only wore it once (down to the pub to watch us draw with the Mackems). I think from now on I’ll have to keep them blank, or maybe get my own name on it.

It will be hard to watch him running around in the scouser red. Lets just hope he doesn’t score against us. Life goes on and NUFC will go on long after FCB leaves (hopefully it can survive him). As has been said on twitter, at least we arn’t Mackems.


Newcastle United 3-1 Barnsley (FIFA 10)

Barnsley travelled to St James’ Park this weekend to face championship leaders Newcastle United.
Newcastle was always going to be the favourites and the 52000 strong crowd wasn’t disappointed.
Newcastle with the bulk of possession dominated proceedings from the outset. Lovenkrands scoring in the 22nd minute and then Jonas in the 28th minute to give the home side a commanding 2-0 lead both goals coming after some terrible defensive mistakes.
Newcastle didn’t have it all their own way however, as Barnsley pulled one goal back in the 32nd minute courtesy of a brilliant strike from the edge of the box by Hume.
The contest was again dominated by Newcastle after that and Lovenkrands added another goal on 43 minutes after getting onto a brilliant through ball and sliding it past the keeper for his second of the match.
In the second half it could have been far worse for Barnsley if it wasn’t for some exceptional saves from the keeper. They would have been very happy to keep Newcastle goaless.
Newcastle Manager Dante Hicks was delighted with his team’s performance but said they need to be scoring more from situations where they find themselves one-on-one with the keeper. He said they were improving but were still really at semi-pro difficulty.
Next Newcastle travel to the Emirates stadium to face Arsenal in the 4th round of the league cup.

Match Facts:

Newcastle United                                                                                            Barnsley

3                                                              Goals                                                     1

14                                                           Shots                                                     4

10                                                           On Target                                            4

54%                                                        Possession                                          46%

13                                                           Tackles                                                 15

1                                                              Fouls                                                     1

0                                                              Yellow Cards                                      1

0                                                              Red Cards                                            0

71%                                                        Shot Accuracy                                    100%

80%                                                        Passing                                                 78%

Lovenkrands 2 (22’,43’)                                                                                 Hume 32’
Jonas 28’



Man of the Match: Peter Lovenkrands, Newcastle United

Crowd: 51,987 at St James’ Park Newcastle