Archive for category: Referees.

Magical Magpie Memories: The 80s Part One (Promotion, Helicopters and Tearful Farewells)

February 10th, 2012 | 8 Comments |

“Going Up” – “Northern Life” special 1984.

30 minute Tyne Tees Television special programme from 1984, where David Burton reviews Newcastle United’s 1983-4 promotion season. Featuring Arthur Cox, Kevin Keegan, and some classic Keegan, Waddle and Beardsley goals from the days when the club had a front three that I’m sure quite a few Toon fans would happily include in their NUFC all time “Dream Team”. One telling point was the commentator looks back at when the club were ninth early in the season and had problems scoring goals, “but the signing of Tyneside born Peter Beardsley changed all that”. It certainly did. As well as being one of the club’s great goalscorers, he was also quite possibly the greatest goalmaker in the club’s history. Despite all the above though, the real star of the show for me is the old St James’ Park scoreboard with those daft little gadgies kicking a football across it.

Warning: As this is the eighties, these videos do feature lots of men running around in VERY tight shorts, and a streaker! (more…)

Newcastle United Vs Manchester United: Player ratings!

January 6th, 2012 | 32 Comments |

Alan Pardew and Yohan Cabaye.
The Silver Supremo and Dreamboat - My men of the match (apart from the Toon Army that is).
Firstly, let me just start by saying Newcastle thoroughly deserved their win and it was a win by United more than a loss by Manchester.

They were never allowed to settle on the ball, from the off. Newcastle also took the game to them, showed no fear whatsoever, gave no respect and pressed on with their own game regardless of what Man U brought to the party.

It wasn’t as if they had a depleted team, or even squad. When you looked at the team sheets, you would be forgiven for feeling pretty apprehensive, if not a little queasy. That didn’t seem to bother the Lads one iota though as they showed their intension to play a quick passing game, pushing forward as often as possible. The recent overuse of the long ball game was quelled, but it was used to good effect to catch the visitors on the break. (more…)

Newcastle United vs Manchester United match banter.

January 4th, 2012 | 132 Comments |

Newcastle United v Machester United.
Magpies host Grumpy's wounded animals this evening.
Good evening Geordies and welcome to our latest match banter feature, which sees the Magpies hosting the team who have almost certainly been our fiercest foes in the Premiership down the years. I am of course referring to Manchester United.

This match will be all the more difficult for the Mags too as Manchester United will be allowed to field their twelfth man for this match. I am of course referring to referee Howard Webb, who will be on penalty awarding, sending off and extra, extra time awarding duties for the Red Devils this afternoon. The Manchester club will also come into this game as wounded animals though, having gone down to a shock 2-3 home defeat to Premiership bottom feeders, Blackburn Rovers.

If you would care to peruse some in depth background to the game, I would exhort you to check out UTD111’s excellent and extensive match preview for the game, which really is a jolly good read! May we also remind you that we will also be posting our usual match report, along with match highlights and post match interviews from the game when they become available.

Prediction competition. (more…)

As Easy As AVB – Pardew’s lesson on managerial manners

December 13th, 2011 | 15 Comments |

Chelsea manager, Andre Villas Boas.
AVB: "Show a bit more respect" says Pardew.
I’ve always had my doubts about some Chelsea fans, most notably their intellectual ability and capacity for absorbing and understanding larger chunks of information. I mean, I can only speak as I find and the one’s I’ve met at various games haven’t really come across as the brightest buttons in the box.

Lately my fears have been confirmed by the London media, who have even had to dumb down the name of the Chelsea manager for them, as they just can’t cope with, never mind pronounce, his name. So the mightily named Luís André de Pina Cabral e Villas-Boas who is known in shorthand to the rest of the world as André Villas-Boas has had to be further shortened to simply AVB for the benefit of their poor fans.

Why is this significant?

Well, you may have noticed that there is a war of words going on at the moment between “AVB” and United manager Alan Pardew. If you have read some of the Chelsea fan blogs at the moment you will find the strangest, wierdest logic being applied to anything Alan Pardew has uttered on the subject. So my point is, when reading such blogs, bear in mind they are written by people who need to call their manager “AVB”. By the way, I’ve continued to use “AVB” here so that any Chelsea fans reading this can skip the big words and try to follow the story. (more…)

Lucky Luiz escapes justice from wonky-eyed Wirrall whistleblower: Newcastle 0-3 Chelsea

December 4th, 2011 | 29 Comments |

Mike Dean - Referee?
It's three fingers Mike.
Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Date: Saturday 3rd Dec, 2011.
Kick-off: 12.45pm.
Referee: Mike Dean.

Newcastle made just one change to the side that drew 1-1 at Old Trafford last weekend, with the suspended Jonas Gutierrez replaced by Peter Lovenkrands. For the 13th time this season, Newcastle United were able to field the same defence that has conceded the joint lowest total of goals so far in the Premier League (12).

Frank Lampard returned to the Chelsea midfield, in place of Raul Meireles, who dropped to the bench. This was the Blues only change, with striker Fernando Torres again having to settle for a place on the bench. Danger man Sturridge was chosen to play wide right with Drogba and Mata completing the front three.

The players took to the field in front of a full house at SJP and joined in with the crowd of 52,305 for a rousing minute of applause for Gary Speed. Newcastle coach John Carver was clearly upset as he had worked with Gary as recently as last season when they were at Sheffield United together. Incidentally Speed scored his first goal for Newcastle in this corresponding fixture in 1998 which ended in a 3-1 defeat of Chelsea. (more…)