Derby day stalemate! – Middlesbrough 2-2 Newcastle United.

Posted on March 13th, 2010 | 108 Comments |

Does what it says on the card...
Does what it says on the card...
Middlesbrough and Newcastle played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Riverside Stadium this afternoon leaving both team’s with a share of the points from the Tees/Tyne derby. It was very much a case of a lucky escape today as the home were arguably the better and will feel that they did enough to grab the 3 points.

It was another abject performance from the lads today although it’s hard to tell whether our own short-comings or Middlesbrough’s crisp play and pressing ability were the main contributing factors to it. Regardless of that we yet again came away from a game which could easily have been lost with a point in the bag, and with third-placed Nottingham Forest slipping up at Preston means the gap between automatic promotion and the play-off places has been extended to nine points.

The shell of the team that done so well last week against Barnsley remained intact with the only surprise absentee being Mike Williamson, allegedly now out for a month with a broken hand, with Fitz Hall deputising and Tamas Kadar replacing the recovering Jose Enrique at left back.

The match started very much in favour of the home side with Newcastle looking unable to get a foothold in the game. Against the run of play it was Newcastle who drew first blood in what was our first attack of the match, some quick play between Kevin Nolan and Jonas Gutierrez enabled the Argentine to thread the ball through to Peter Lovenkrands who struck a first time left foot shot past Tommy Coyne and into the opposite corner of the ‘Boro net.

That didn’t stop the home side from playing some really nice football with players like Scott McDonald being a constant thorn in the sides of the Newcastle defence. Then around ten minutes before half-time, ‘Boro got the equaliser their industry and play deserved. Scott McDonald and Barry Robson exchanging a quick one-two before Robson smashed the ball past a stranded Steve Harper from 20 yards to equalise and make the score 1-1 going into half-time.

The second half started much like the first with the home side on top and pressing the game. On 50 minutes Newcastle were forced into making a substitution with Fabricio Coloccini limping out of action with a dead leg. Ryan Taylor replaced the Argie and that meant a defensive shuffle for the Toon with Taylor playing at right back, Simpson moved to left back and Kadar moved into the centre.

On 66 minutes, Tamas Kadar nearly put the away side ahead, his header from a Danny Guthrie corner stopped almost on the goal-line by Middlesbrough ‘keeper Coyne. The home side took a deserved lead on 74 minutes, Barry Robson’s right wing free kick was knocked down across the six yard box by Chris Killen allowing Scott McDonald to tap into an empty net from point blank range.

With only 8 minutes remaining, Andy Carroll somehow managed to miss-hit into the net from Ryan Taylor’s cross to make it 2-2, again whilst looking unlikely to snatch the equaliser. Both sides pressed for the winner in the final few minutes but it wasn’t to be and the 116th Tyne/Tees derby ended in stalemate.

More views and reaction from our fan at the match, bowburnmag, will follow in the fullness of time. That’s assuming he got out of Middlesbrough alive and without some form of third world disease from the River Tees.

‘BoroCoyne, Taylor, McManus, Wheater, Naughton, Williams, O’Neill, Arca, Robson, Killen, McDonald.

SubsJones, Hoyte, Riggott, Bennett, Lita, Franks, Miller

NewcastleHarper, Kadar, Hall, Coloccini, Simpson, Gutierrez, Nolan, Guthrie, Pancrate, Lovenkrands, Carroll.

SubsKrul, Enrique, Taylor, Routledge, Butt, Best, Ranger

Attendance27,342 (officially featuring 3,743 Mags)

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108 Responses

  1. got to admit boro!s first goal was a good!un never rated pancake but seems worse away from home we seemed one sided today,cannot belive williamson out a month,i think he will miss one game,then have a cast on, many have

  2. was disappointed to see butt come on to be honest, with the game at 1-1 we should of brought on some sort of attacking threat

  3. Another good report from what can best be described as a fortunate draw for The Toon.
    Becoming quite good at this Toonsy !
    Bit of a roller-coaster ride one week we bang in six, the next happy with the draw, exactly which team shows up is becoming the question ?
    I know injuries force us to play a weaker side at times, that`s the point, whereas many PL teams are able to field two equally good sides, our shortcomings are apparent following a couple of injuries.
    And i am aware that the likes of Joey, Enrique and Taylor,some of our best players are unavailable as is Williamson and Routledge ?
    Hopefully in Colo`s case it`s nothing serious as we could really be in trouble with our back line if he were out for any time.
    Getting down to the wire, we look in good shape for promotion, unless we stumble at the last few fences, a reminder to our owner, injuries can have a serious effect on sides (and this club has a history of more injuries than most)we need quality reinforcements and a clearout of the deadwood.
    I`l have O`Hara to start with (midfield engine room)and Dorrans (creative inside midfielder) voila! midfield solved and both under 26.

  4. Good result for us, we’ve now played away to all of the teams in the top 10.

    Win our remaining home games and we are as good as promoted.

  5. Always gonna be a tight match, hoped and prayed that butt was a thing of the past though

  6. chuck,go along with o!hara, dorrans i like v.much but got no chance with him, ash won!t slash the cash on that lad,whittingham not a bad bet cardiff need cash,cleverly not a bad player

  7. jay jay,butts been a thing of the past for 2seasons,def need 2 midfielders for next year,cannot do any job if you have not got the tools,still not sure of simpson yet

  8. PL team




    Thats unless we get a couple more in.
    Benchwarmers, come platoon guys,
    Van Aanholt

  9. Lads I dont doubt O’hara is a good-un but I honestly think Barton and Guthrie will make an excellent CM with Jonas and Routledge on the wings voila. I couldn’t understand Butt comeing on today I know folks will say he can help shut up shop but he is a f#king liability and gives so much away, I think if we keep pressing the other teams instead of trying to go for the draw we would give them far less time to press us. But overall well pleased with the draw but we we’re lucky as Boro played well.

  10. Chuck when you say Shola as a prem striker are you having a laugh :lol: and I take it then you dont rate Guthrie or young Ranger

  11. Never trust to dumb luck.
    The smogs gave it their best shot at hyem & still couldn’t beat us
    with half our team out (particularly in defense).
    So, top result, still coulda won with a bit more composure.
    The run continues: Keep it going lads!

  12. big dave,would not have barton any where near the club,iwill forgive any guy 1 mistake maybe even 2,but this guy just goes on one thing we have had for 5 months is team spirt how long has he been out 5 months mmmm,chuck if you think bambie is ever going to be epl standard you shock me big time

  13. Icedog what are we going to do with him then mate I know he has caused a lot of trouble but he is quality and we are stuck with him. I dont think you can say we have had team spirit just because Joey hasn’t been in the side.

  14. don!t know what to do with him m8,maybe he will solve it himself if things go with history,even when he played city the players hated him,when he got picked for england the other players openly said they did!nt want him in squad,so were do we go?

  15. How about buyng Wheater in the summer , big solid defender with premiership expierence . He was on the verge of the England squad a couple of seasons ago . He would proably want to leave the smogs in the summer , they wont make the playoffs and he will want to play at the top level again .

  16. good shout AXEL but do we need another c/h like him a lot if we are going to lose a c/h in summer (wages) go for him think ch will know all about him like (or should)

  17. barton aint good for the squad IMO.. too much attitude, not enough composure.

    looking at hull today, zayette and that young american kid they’ve got (who had arsenal split right open today) would be good acquisitions

    chuck, i wouldnt have baye back, no way, he showed his colours when he left to sit on villas bench and i’d rather have carroll than shola… well empressed with lovenkrands lately, shame to see him subbed… dont really rate best… didnt bring anything to the table today.

    impressed with boro, probably played their best match all season, but overall we were off our best but salvaged a result… which is something we never were able to do last few seasons

  18. Big Dave
    Hmm, it`s not a case of whether I think he`s a PL quality player or not it`s a matter of who I think is the better player of the group of CF`s we have at present.
    No, quite like young Ranger, just dont think he`s ready yet.

    Well you know i have seen him have great days and days he dissapeared (Shola)it`s about consistency i suppose, but on his day he`s better than what we have.

    Barton, strange guy, think he`s a bit of a sociopath, least has acted like one.
    As far as football, think he`s talented, probably a lot better than a lot of the squad and if he can keep himself under control and use his natural aggression in a positive way, could turn out to be an excellent footballer.
    He has had a lot of time out with injuries, for him this latest return could be critical both for his career and future at this club.

  19. chuck m8 i see your thinking but would,rather play with boreing one up front than have him on pitch was bloody awful when we in epl,loaned him out going cheap even they didnt want him

  20. Eastend Toon
    As far as Beye is concerned, still believe he has a season left and think he could be got cheap, he could mentor and be platooned with young Simpson, give us a bit of depth cheaply.
    As for his leaving, as the wise guys say, it`s only business, dont take it personally.

  21. icedog if we were to bring Wheater in then that frees S Taylor up too play RB which imo is his best position that would leave us with
    S Taylor RB/CB
    Simpson RB
    Colo CB
    Williamson CB
    Wheater CB (if we could get him )
    Kadar CB/LB
    Enrique LB

    That is a defence with enough quality and cover to keep us in the premiership . We could then let R Taylor leave to fund the Wheater deal .

  22. 1st post on here, I watched the game today and from what I saw, boro were by far the better side, more hunger, more inventive, great tempo. We played very lethargically today and the lads didn’t have a clue at certain points of the game. Pancrate was shocking, but one thing I did notice is we gave away needless free kick in important danger zones, with the way robson’s delivery was spot on it was inevitable we would concede from a free kick. We have the game in hand though and with forest losing we’ll be ok. I thought the introduction of Butt and Best was a good idea by hughton, I know Butt has his critics, me being one of them at times, however it allowed us to kick on in a frantic finale with him sitting and breaking boro’s counter attack up. I think we will go up, this team can survive in the premier league, however I would like to see some good, creative players bought or even possibly loaned in. Players in my mind which I feel are possible to attract would be, Drenthe- real madrid, highly effective as a left back or left winger, very fast and full of trickery, also very strong and powerful. O’hara- Spuds, very good player, a box to box midfielder who has done very well in a poor pompey side, can score goals. Piquionne- Pompey/Lyon?- I have been very impressed with him this season, it seems all his goals have been made by himself, imagine what he could do with some bullets provided by a creative midfield? These are a few players I have had in mind, I’m sure they wouldn’t cost much and would be great investments. Hopefully ashley puts his hand atleast half way into his pocket!

  23. chuck, see what your saying fella re barton he does have talent but has never showed it for us… i cant recall one moment where i’ve been impressed with him, i think he’s lost whatever ability he used to have and has never redeemed himself.

    re losing high earners, sorry, cant see it happening to any player who’s a regular starter. our wage limit should be between 60-80K/week and even then only a maximum of 4/5 players able to earn that. squad players, 30 odd K and go from there.

    come our return to the prem, i feel comfortable with our chosen back four, simpson, tayls colo and enrique. routledge i think brings more than jonas so would like hulls american lad to fight jonas for right wing, guthrie nolan and smith i like as a midfield but need to bring in another. up front, carroll, lovenkrands and shola but need a canny signing upfront i reckon, ranger hasit all as a player but hasnt taken the chances he was given so needs more time

  24. aye axel m8 what a great defence would go long way to keep us up, nowt stops us dreaming like :)

  25. so chuck, you’d rather have someone playing for the team because of business rather than the pride of playing for the toon.

    dont get me wrong, a good player, loved him when hewas with us… but to tell the fans he’s staying and then jump ship is unacceptable… we all loved him, even more so when he said he’d stay and fight to get us back up only to leave.

    football isnt about business… any football fan, anywhere in the world, a supporter of any sport and any team will balk at such a comment

  26. further to that chuck, the players i want to see playing for any team, are playing because they love football, not business.. surely you agree?

  27. welcome to the blog Flash, we definitly didnt play well today, btu we showed our strength as a team… our back four was disjointed and looked uncomfortable with the reshuffle but we were able to salvage a point against a strong display from boro.

    not familiar with the real madrid chap you mentioned… is he available? more importantly, could we afford him?!

    O’hara seems to be well liked and think its possible, would be a good addition, as for Piquionne and your point regarding a creative midfield… a creative midfield is something we’ve lacked for years. lets hope CH is working with getting the defence right (which is his speciality) and working up from there.

    cant wait to see the back of butt, smith and nolan i like, not great but capable, strong, passionate and team players with the right attitude and mentality, a credit to the team i believe

  28. piquionne is a good player i like him,but as toonsy pointed out he is 31 not in ashleys age group like

  29. Thanx for the warm welcome lads. We did stick in today but just felt we were rather disjointed. As you said east end toon, the reshuffle probably contributed to this. Butt is past it and we should get rid of him when we get promoted, his wages alone would get us two good players in on loan. Dare i say it, i dont think Smith will cut it in the premier league as a holding midfield player, there will be games against the ‘lesser’ teams if you like where he will dominate, however against the real hussle and bussle of the premier league i cant see him being as effective. Still he shows great passion which is nice to see. I know Barton has his critics but i am a fan, if he can curb his bad attitude, he is actually a very good footballer of premier league quality. Drenthe would definitely be available this summer, he was told by madrid that his services will no longer be needed but he wanted to stay and fight, he has hardly seen any action this season and will leave, i suspect on loan, if not his transfer fee will not be more than £5m. Maybe that is too much, who knows though? He is lightning quick, very tenacious and aggresive but also very intricate and skillful. I have followed him from feyenoord and in the u21 euro championships with holland and he’s great.

    We’ll also need a striker of real quality, i would look into signing Saviola from Benfica. With Colo and Jonas here already, we could attract him. I would also have a word with sir alex at man utd and ask on the availability of Darren Gibson, he’s a tremendous player who would do a great job on loan, i see him as a young paul scholes, he’s a very good talent who would jump at first team premier league football for a season on loan. My ‘dream team’ for next season.


    Simpson Colo Tayls Enrique

    Barton O’Hara

    Jonas Nolan Drenthe


  30. so im drunk, however, just wanted to sy a couple of things,
    mike williamson at 1m, a steal
    4 points of boro this season, good crack
    dont dwell on the game too much, we will be promoted soon
    love and freedom xx

  31. Ohhh and another thing
    Sorry to descend this blog into homoeroticism, but walked past leon best today, anyone seen him in the flesh? he’s massive like! I think when he scores a couple he will score a load

  32. With a bit of luck the mackems will go down and we can pinch Darren Bent, that would be an immense signing!

  33. our problem is flash, is that we wont be able to compete against the top of the prem, but against any team below your likely top 8, smith asa holding/defensive midfielder, i think he will hold his own, atleast better than butt!

    least butts contract is up so we know he’s gone!

  34. FLASH,have not seen drenthe play so will have to go with your judgement on that could he handle the epl thats the thing, butt is out of contract at end of season so he is gone,smith has addmited he has lost a yard and might stuggle in some positions in epl,saviola well once again good if he can handle epl

  35. chuck how many bloody dodgy pens have they had this year 6 that i remember refs must like there play or ——–

  36. agreed re, bent, although with prospective signings, after ability i’m always looking at mentality and attitude.

    one thing that is guaranteed over the next couple of seasons, english football will change dramatically in relation to the financing of football teams and in that regard, there’s something to thank MA for. although its beena painful journey, we are in a stronger position now. i’m willing to meet him half way now, but he’s walking a tight rope, but of late things are positive, it’ll be different come promotion and we’ll see his mind set then

  37. eastend toon like huskys too, my sod is 50ke aways takes me out when dark ha, def off now

  38. Drenthe is a class player, i doubt he would come to us. I remember watching him a few years back playing for Holland U21’s when Channel 5 were showing the U21 championships. He stole the show, he had the strength and drive of a young Edgar Davids and dribbling skills of Ronaldinio. He was that good. Not sure how his career has gone though since going to Madrid, i don’t think he’s played much at all.

  39. Drenthe would look like a God at Newcastle. He looks poor at Madrid because he gets about 90 minutes match time per season and he always comes on as a desperation sub. Messi would look crap with that treatment.

    His quality is too high for Newcastle at the moment. Plus his arrival would mean either Jonas, Routledge or Enrique would need to be dropped.

    We could never afford him anyway so lets just forget it, lol.

  40. Butt and Smith will both be gone next season,Barton and Guthrie will run central midfield for toon next season.Barton will be a great player for us if the doughnuts get off his case.As for Drenthe gents, dream on his wage demands will be 2 high.We will beat Scunthope on wednesday, and round the weekend off with i win over forest which will virtual send us back to the big leagues.

  41. We can dream www :lol:

    Drenthe is one qho could make it in the Premier League. He is built like a tank. As wickywoowoo says though, it’s unlikely we would get him.

  42. Of course, rumours are that Fernando Torres is unsettled at Liverpool, perhaps that could be worth a cheeky bid :lol:

  43. My best mates uncles grandads dog walker has been shagging sergio agueros favorites restaraunt waitress big sister, and she says he’s desperate to link up with jonas and colo.

  44. Good morning Toon-folk
    long time no blog
    After all these years following football I still do not know what a “dead leg” is !
    Can someone explain please

  45. Heavy impact to the quadriceps causing the muscle to be crushed against the bone.

    This causes a tearing of the muscle within the sheath that surrounds it.
    Job done tom :)

  46. Cheers jay jay
    For something that is often described as “only” a dead leg that seems rather nasty (and painfull) to me!

  47. It can last for days but sometimes weeks in bad cases, they can take many different levels. Hopefully colo is not too bad.

  48. jay jay, it can last even longer,i am sure butt must have had one for at least 2 seasons and still playing :)

  49. As I’ve said before, he reminds me of the old fellas dog in the film of mice and men :)

  50. Good result, never turn ya nose up at an away point.

    Although I have to say our slow, lumbering midfield were exposed.

    Also though Simpson was exposed.

    But still a point and I’d have taken it before the game. Just got to beat Scunny next week and we should be ok.

  51. Stu – Scunny is on Weds night mate.

    Forest are away at Barnsley and West Brom are away at Swansea on Tuesday.

  52. Derby my ass, they can’t even rustle up a full stadium.
    27 odd k. Puffs crowd!
    Bit like wba’s ‘massive’ 21.5k yesterday, what support.

  53. I’m impressed that we got a point – and also that (unlike other clubs), there’s been no bleating about our injury situation which for many squads would have been disastrous. Even Boro went on before the match that they wished they had been able to have a stable team like we have! Stable, that is, apart from losing Steven Taylor (young star / future captain) long-term, Enrique (best LB in championship) for a few weeks, Alan Smith (leader / anchor), Williamson (solid centre half) for a few weeks, Colo (possibly star of the season – previously out for a few weeks, now for how long?), Ameobi (yes, I know – but he was playing well / scoring early on when he got injured), Barton (errm – keep my thoughts to myself – but an international midielder) – and Routledge.
    I don’t think anyone would have put Ryan Taylor, Fitz Hall, Kadar (yet), Butt or Pancrate as our first choice.
    So yet another opposition manager/ captain ( not to mention our own fans) goes on about how they were unlucky to only draw / lose / be hammered 6-1! It’s becoming a bit tedious – we must be doing something right or we’d have been found out long ago and we wouldn’t have the 2nd best goals for and goals against in the league! Ah well, long may it continue. Maybe Hughton is lucky – but who was it said he would rather have lucky generals than good ones – or something like that?

  54. Depends when the week starts, for me the new week starts Sunday, the same as on a calendar.

  55. toonsy,
    it’s still sunday mate, therefore wed IS next week, officially.

    I can’t believe people/pundits still claim it’s a derby when only half a crowd turns up. Why don’t they just allocate us more ‘seats’, Ah, probably cos we’d have more there than them?
    :) Can’t have that like. & they’re too stupid to make some more cash.

  56. CLiNT – Actually, the calendar week starts on a Sunday. The working start’s at 00:00 on a Monday.

  57. Aye,
    but sunday is still part of the week ‘end’
    & didn’t that god gadj have a little rest on sunday,
    after building the sky, or whatever it was he was supposed to have built.

  58. Anyhoo,
    let’s hope we get a better ref v scunny than we did last time at their yard.
    Wasn’t it that mackem get that skanked Nolan’s goal off him?

  59. Not much news about today, I shall have to get my creative writing cap on! Any suggestions?

  60. toonsy try and get some gen on this french kid,is it true we are looking or some decent midfielders to look at

  61. Diakite? The one in the Sunday Sun? If I write about him I may get accused of regurgatating tabloid rubbish, like the wage cap story in the Mirror and Mail the other day ;)

  62. toonsy – you’ll have to learn from the “professional” journalists how to put out a story.
    1. Go to the pub
    2. Get plastered
    3. Talk to the local brain-pickled next to you – then you can have your headline begin with “Toon fans concerned…” or “Toon fans want Drogba and Torres”, or “Toon fans think they will win the Premiership next season!”
    4. Make something up.

  63. toonsy,i meant midfielders in general we might be looking at (fans like) as press saying smith ect looking to take wage cut,might be on his way

  64. with all these defensive injurys,i hope we dont get more shit from liambias ie if ashley had not put money in to club we blah blah blah

  65. toonsy see ed!s blog has done one on french kid,along with 4 other blogs only 6 to go from him today ha,dont know what about like havent read them.jay-jay i dont if wed game on tv m8

  66. Anyone notice that the referee who gave WBA a soft winning penalty was none other than Jonathon Moss?
    Reason i am mentioning this is that he was outed as a sunlin fan before he took charge of one of our away defeats, either Scunthorpe or Blackpool, by He is listed as coming from West Yorks but is an avid mackem by all accounts.
    Come on Citeh!

  67. In reply to players good enough for the Premiership – I thought Danny Simpson would do well if we got promoted but lately he seems to be lacking concentration. Arca had a very good game against him and there are times when he switches off for a second a he lets passes go out of play. I think a new right back would be need if we are promoted.

  68. It’s hard to tell whether Simpson has been carrying a knock or whether he is suffering a dip in form or, conversely, if he was playing above himself earlier in the season.

  69. No Stu, it was just a boring converstaion so I didn’t pursue it. Thumbs up for bringing it up again though.

  70. always was a bit iffy with simpson defe,been skinned a couple times,good going forward might learn like,talking defenders my mates been to game sat,said wheater was bad couldnt head,could not even trap a ball,(off day maybe)always thought he was canny player like

  71. icedog,

    It’s more than obvious to those who know about football that 90% of our team isn’t good enough for PL football.

    Simpson only cost 500,000k – Why did no PL clubs go in for him? Why did Manu Utd prefer to play Carrick and Fletcher in defence rather than call him back from his loan?

    Nolan and Smith are just too slow and give the ball away too much – They just don’t get punished for it in this league.

    We still allow teams to create chances against us, but again don’t get punished.

    Were definitely too good for this league but the gap is just so big between this league and the PL it’s frightening.

  72. Stu – Your confusing the gap between Premier League and us with the gap between the top 8 and us. Are we really any worse than Bolton, Blackburn, Stoke, Birmingham? Throw West Brom and whoever comes up through the play-off into the mix aswell.

    There seems to be a small expectation that Premier League = top 10. It doesn’t, there are 20 teams in it and next season we have to better than 3 of them. We aren’t playing Man , Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool every week. Survival should very much be our only motive for next season.

  73. stuart79,i would agree with most you say,butnot 90%,def 40%,to me we at the moment in time we are between hull and wovles,which says a lot m8

  74. I think we have enough to survive and certainly compete with the bottom half of the table with what we got , depending on who comes in and goes we could get more out of the season , but its going to be a long hard road back to competing for a european spot

  75. see moses had v poor game for wigan sat,and bexford spent 70% of game on his arse,mmmmmmmmm,one offs maybe

  76. Below is based on my true hard-thinking of who needs to come in and who needs to be out.ALL is based on my opinion.Comments are gladly welcome.

    I think some blogs have totally forgotten Xisco. And in the next transfer market,if any players needed to be ship out. The first department would be Striker’s. Way too Many,IMO.Some Redundant.

    Ranger(Off to loan at other clubs)
    Shola(Time to sell Him,if any interested Clubs)
    Xisco( Not much needed to say,as he already saw he forced himself out)

    Beckford(CH MIGHT bring Him in,Since is free,even though he is “over-aged”.)

    Mid-field wise,Butt retirement.So that’s One.Pancrate,don’t offer a contract pls.That two’s. Either A new CDM with Smith,or a new winger who can play both flanks.


    New CDM? (Inler)hahas. jkjk.for example.
    New Left/right winger.
    Jamie O Hara???


    I don’t see anyone leaving,Even though Colo’s Might be the first Target.Ryan Taylor Might be the 2nd target.So we hope to see Newer defenders coming in. Hall will not come in permanently.So A cover for left and right back is needed.

    Hall(Back to QPR)
    Ryan Taylor(Unknown)

    Left Back(Patrick back on loan???)
    Right Back?????

    Lastly GoalKeepers.

    Well,I can proudly say,Newcastle is the best club for this department wise. Just Look at Man United,Chelsea,Liverpool,Arsenal. Hahahas.

    For Our GoalKeepers, Forster is back.And i don’t he wanna be loan out again.So Krul might be off to loan at some clubs.Hopefully a top club??? I don’t see any newer goalkeepers coming in though.


    TIM KRUL (Out On loan)

    Fraser Forster(Back from Loan)

  77. toonsy where’s this extra blog then? I don’t care what the haters say I’m always down with some healthy speculation ;)

  78. Eastend Toon
    Do I believe it`s business ? (football)
    Is that a serious question?
    What are you saying people play for love of the game or club ?
    I think it`s time you realized it`s all about, money !
    Sure some prefer their childhood clubs (Shearer) but on saying that, he was well rewarded.
    Wayne Rooney came through the Everton system and was a childhood supporter, did that prevent him from heading down the road to Manchester ?
    I`m afraid you may be influenced by the badge kissing crowd and the spin, either that or it`s something you wished were true about the game.
    Face it the PL is a league full of mercenaries from around the globe 99% of who`s interest is in making as much dosh as possible.

  79. a.o.d.not a bad opinion seen worse,cant see anybody taking sick note bambi,we tryed once on loan,they didnt want him,xisco has scored once in 18 games i think in a poor team in spain who will want him,imo colo will go (wages),bexford has signed pre-contrct at everton so they say,def need 2 midfielders to start with

  80. chuck @95 its sad to say m8 but your dead right money rules the world not just not footy,they always say (players)we only have 15yrs life need as much as we can.does that mean lifes gone at 35,bullshit,sad but true m8 :(

  81. Was wondering, why shy given was boooo by sunderland everytime he touches the ball.

  82. Citeh look terrible – how much money did they spend!!
    what a waste, they’ll be lucky to finish top 7 on this showing, if tevez / bellamy aren’t on thier game man city are really average – jeez they’re making the sh!te mackems look top half material when in reality they’re relegation fodder

  83. Obviously missing Ireland in the play-maker/scorer role, Wright Phillips is awful, Young Adam Johnson should be the England choice @ right wing.

    Wish we still had Bellamy.

    Citeh seem like a team that just met each other last week, talented players but no cohesion.

    Expect big changes there at the end of the season, perhaps we could get lucky, with a bid for Anuoha, M. johnson, or Ireland, prhaps even Santa Cruz, all very doubtful of course but who knows.

    Ah! what am i saying, aint gonna spend that kinda dough.

    Guess were gonna be stuck with the two scousers, Joey & Guthrie, problem is their games are very similar, not a real problem, nice to have two guys who can track back, pass and score.
    Actually they would be perfect to platoon against various clubs.

    Anyone know anything about the young French guy we are watching ?

    Whatever, would be nice to see some quality come in, bring Beye back, another Pedro for the midfield partnered up by another Batty (no not you Batty) and we do need at least one quality striker, not someone for down the road, for now !

  84. chuck,another pedro we wish,would cost to much if there was one so thats out,quality striker would cost to much even we and many others could find one,so we have to keep trying nice to dream m8 i never stop