Newcastle News, Features and Match Reports

12 New England Internationals For 2015

18th December 2014, 16:09:08

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The next generation of English talent pushing for Euro 2016.

As often happens after England’s biennial tournament humiliation, the British press and public call for an injection of young blood. This was perhaps louder than ever following this summer’s World Cup in Brazil. The problem is, there isn’t always a hotbed of talent to pick from, especially when the domestic league is full of so much money and foreign purchases.

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5 Goals That Could Have Changed Newcastle United Forever

16th December 2014, 10:01:38

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There's nothing harder on football fans than a "what if...".

Highs and lows elicit any emotion you’d care to mention, but they’re all matter of fact. They go into the record books, and in 100 years time they’ll still be there, completely unchanged, for you happily or therapeutically reminisce over. But the near-misses, they come only with a thick fog of interpretation that means they’ll be debated for as long as arguing in pubs is considered a valid use of one’s time. All without an definitive answer ever being found.

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10 Players You Didn't Know Were On Trial At Newcastle United

10th December 2014, 10:06:48

SCOTT HEPPELL/AP
Pop stars, internationals and Newcastle's most prolific ever goalscorer.

When you hear the word “trial” in the same sentence as “Newcastle United” your mind can go one of two places. Either you’re instantly transported back to the plot of the movie Goal! and the image of young Santiago Munez getting dumped on his backside in a muddy and ferocious kick-about at the training ground, or you roll your eyes and wonder what Nile Ranger’s done this time.

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5 Emergency Goalkeepers Newcastle Need To Consider

9th December 2014, 15:53:50

Chris Radburn/PA Archive
Alan Pardew needs a big present delivered before Christmas.

Not for the first time in the club’s history, Newcastle United have a problem. With their first team squad already being down to its bare bones, they’ve now also lost their only two senior goalkeepers to fairly serious looking injuries. Tim Krul’s out until mid January, and Rob Elliott has made an existing thigh strain worse by playing through it.

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10 Newcastle Heroes Whose Careers Nosedived Since Leaving

4th December 2014, 15:18:54

SCOTT HEPPELL/AP
Sometimes, the grass isn't always greener...

Players leave football clubs – that is just a fact of life. For some, they can’t have gotten away from St. James’ Park faster – having fallen afoul of managers, being forced to play out of position and generally enduring a miserable time at Newcastle United. Once away from the cauldron of chaos up north, they were allowed to thrive and force their way into the reckoning for international call-ups and Champions League football.

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Newcastle: Alan Pardew Is The King Of Wishful Thinking

20th November 2014, 09:08:08

King Of Wishful Thinking
Yes, he genuinely did say Newcastle are inspired by Bayern Munich.

Alan Pardew comes out with some corkers. The man who flip-flops on pretty much everything he says about Newcastle United, welcoming contradiction into his life like an old friend has given everyone something to talk about this morning after the revelation that he has said that his side are inspired by – and even built on the same principles as – Bayern Munich.

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Newcastle: Stats Are Apparently Only Important When You're Losing

18th November 2014, 09:38:47

David Davies/PA Archive
Pardew logic.

All power to Pardew, his approach to not playing football and beating teams on the break has paid dividends in the past month and a bit: Newcastle are inside the top half of the table and within touching distance of the top four, with three very winnable games to come. And typically, analysts have started to assess precise what has turned the club’s fortunes around.

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Newcastle: Don't Forget, Ben Arfa Was Perfect For 4-3-3

18th November 2014, 09:33:44

Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport
The scapegoat would have been mighty useful right about now.

It’s funny how wins change things. A couple of months ago, a massive section of the Newcastle fan base were up in arms at the loan of Hatem Ben Arfa to Hull City: it was senseless, pointless and seemed vindictive against the player and the fan-base who were doing their level best to martyr him. Now though, according to a poll run by The Chronicle at least, everyone has forgotten about the French wizard, because who needs him when we’re 8th and winning?

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