Tractor Boys dent trophy party! Newcastle United 2-2 Ipswich Town.

Posted on April 24th, 2010 | 31 Comments |

Coca-Cola Championship winners 2009/2010.
Coca-Cola Championship winners 2009/2010.
Newcastle United today finally had their chance to lift the Championship trophy that has appeared destined for Tyneside for the last few weeks.

A day of partying and festivities ensued on Tyneside as the lure of seeing our team lift a trophy for the first time in years finally got the better of the majority of fans who succumbed to at least a little party. Roy Keane’s Tractor Boys rolled into toon with the aim of spoiling the atmosphere and to their credit managed to take at least a bit of gloss off the celebrations as his side battled away for a 2-2 draw. The result wasn’t of massive importance and really you could say that the match took second stage to trophy precession. Today wasn’t about the football, or the result, although a win would have been nice. Today was about showing recognition to a bunch of players that have combined throughout the season to collectively drag the club back to the Premier League, headed by a manager in Chris Hughton who has guided them along the way and defied his critics many times throughout the course of the season.

A bumper crowd of 52,181 crammed inside the ground as the game kicked off, and despite the away side starting the stronger of the two teams and dominating the opening exchanges, the Newcastle fans were not to be denied their day in the sun and the songs kept on coming from the stands. Newcastle started to come into the game more as the half wore on but chances remained at a premium, until the 27th minute, when Andy Carroll headed them in front from a left-footed Wayne Routledge cross.

Spurred on by the goal, the crowd found another gear and turned the volume up on a particularly rousing rendition of ‘The Blaydon Races’. That mood was dampened somewhat when Connor Whickham lashed in an equaliser just before half-time.

Newcastle struggled to assert themselves in the second half as Ipswich seemed happy to let us have the ball whilst planting nine men on the edge of their own penalty area, a tactic that looked like working for a while until the introduction of Nicky Butt. Yes, Nicky Butt who was making his last appearance at St James’ Park, won the home side a penalty after being tripped by mackem Grant Leadbitter. In his role of club captain, Butt ordered Barton to hand over penalty taking duties to Shola Ameobi, a tactic that worked as the Fenham Eusebio stroked the ball past the keeper and into the net.

With only five minutes remaining it was a goal that looked likely to seal all three points and put the icing on the title winning cake. It wasn’t to be however as deep into stoppage time and with virtually the last kick off the game Ipswich broke forward and grabbed what was arguably a deserved equaliser through Jon Walters.

A slight disappointment on the day but it shouldn’t detract from the achievement’s of this season. We have remained unbeaten at home all season, the only professional team in England to do so, and broken a record that had previously stood for 103 years.

After having five minutes to themselves in the changing room, it was time for the party to begin as the players headed back onto the pitch to recieve the trophy and parade it to all corners of the ground via a lap of honour around the pitch.

You can say what you want about the achievement of becoming champions and dis-credit it anyway you want to. Days like this don’t happen very often for a Newcastle fan and it is something we should all enjoy. Next season will be a lot tougher and we wont win as many games next time around.

Enjoy it while you can!

Newcastle United: Harper, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique, Routledge, Guthrie (Barton, 77), Nolan (Butt, 77), Gutierrez, Carroll, Lovenkrands (Ameobi, 62).

Subs not used: Krul, Smith, R Taylor, Best.

Ipswich Town: B Murphy, D Wright, McAuley (Clark, 87), Smith, Peters, Walters, Leadbitter (Garvan, 87), Norris, Colback, D Murphy (Rosenior, 71), Whickham.

Subs not used: R Wright, Martin, Quinn, Eastman.

Attendance: 52,181.

Referee: Carl Boyeson.

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31 Responses

  1. Brilliant achievement. The lads can only play what is in front of them, and they have beaten what has been in front of them more often than not.

    Well played lads.

  2. Actually i believe Eusebio once played at St. James Park, could it have been during the 66 world cup ?

  3. Nah, I didn’t think we got any World Cup games due to the ground being below standard?

  4. played pretty poor today but suppose there was nothing really to play for, point at qpr would get us to 100 n make me very happy.. howay the lads also gotta laugh at the legend who was trying to get the keano is a peado song to take off constantly

  5. United didn’t host any world cup games in 1966 – the club were in dispute over the lease for the ground and it put off the organisers.

    Ayresome Park Middlesboro was selected and guess what? had the lowest world cup crowds. Now there’s a surprise LOL

  6. TOON TOON Black and White Army!
    Howay lads, a fantastic achievement against all odds!
    Bring on the Premier League!!

  7. UTD111 says:
    April 24, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    “Ayresome Park Middlesboro was selected and guess what? had the lowest world cup crowds. Now there’s a surprise LOL”

    No doubt they will use the current economic climate as an excuse 8O ;)

  8. Guess it`s almost all over now with one game to go.
    Both Hull and Pompey are gone as are Burnley from the PL,
    with Man U.& Chelsea to yet decide who will be the division champ`s.
    Another five teams are vying for the third and fourth spots and eventual European post season silverware.
    Which begs the question, which of the two above groups will we be closest too,this coming season ?
    All depends on the amount of dosh and who we spend it on I guess.
    Was watching the Wigan game to day, where they were beaten by a desperate W/Ham side.
    Building a nice side there, with Rodalega, N`zogbia, McCarthy and a coupla others, good young team.
    So on surviving next season, Wigan may be the team we have to beat, as we know we are better than the two teams going up with us, well Wigan, W/ham or Wolves and Bolton.

  9. Seemed like a lot of players got medals – certainly more than just 16. Anyone keep a check on who did (and who didn’t)?

  10. Oh! yeah the medal police had everything under control, it was reported, by an as yet unidentified source.

  11. What a shame we couldn’t get the satisfaction of the double over dog walker. Keane is mocking the newcastle celebration of winning the title, but make no mistake about it, he would love to lift the league jugg with Ipswich and they would be riding around the town on an open top tractor allright!

    The lads looked pretty sloppy and laid back today from the off, but that is to be expected from a team that has already won the league. Take nothing away from Ispswich, Keano came to spoil and for 90 mins they played 4-5-1 with only the one guy in our half.

    At the end of the day it doesnt matter but the get 100 points and end the season on a high we will need to play better than that at QPR.

    Congrats to Gateshead who stay up in the blue square premier league on goal difference today!

  12. Chuffed for the Heed aswell. That should mean that they turn professional next season now. Fair play to them.

  13. Toonsy.

    I heard that they are planning to build their own ground and move out of the international stadium. They made £1M from selling Lee Novak and then loaned him back!

  14. toonsy.

    Was talikg to another gateshead lad today who watches both the toon and gateshead like. I will have to get mysll along to watch them some time. Im so pleased they stayed up. Their only 1 league off the football league. I dont think they will get 9,000. That would be like league 1 mate.

  15. Well done Newcastle United,
    Unbeaten at home all season, a fine achievement, unmatched for over a century.
    We were amazing, back then, for about the next 50 years.

  16. Kessler never won thatlike. As the old saying goes you have to knock them out in their own back yard.

  17. Looked like Froch would do it early-to middle. I thought he’d knock Kessler out in the sixth (after a brilliant round five) but he didn’t seem able to up the pace.

    Oh well. Football League Show in a minute.

    Sounds like Frankie Boyle’s doing the commentary on the MOTD ‘other matches’ roundup :)

  18. That Connor Wickham from Ipswich looks the part like, only just turned 17 as well and playing upfront on his own, his goal was quality, wouldn’t mind us going after him like …..

  19. Daan4tooN – Aye, hear that Whickham was a handful all game. Kepping 2 defenders on their toes all game whilst playing up front on his own at only 17 years old. Could be one for the future.

  20. Gutted I missed it but had a good weekend in Keswick and the weather has been cracking.

    Sounded like a fair result but like as has been said, not getting beat was enough.

    I’ve got a pretty grim trip to QPR next week so hope we can turn them over.

    The birthday boy over here with me is mackem and reckons they’re after that Connor Whickham.

  21. Well done Newcastle United,
    Unbeaten at home all season, a fine achievement, unmatched for over a century.
    We were amazing, back then, for about the next 50 years.