This week we’ve been trying to come to terms with the derby defeat. All sorts of stuff in the press, contradictory and hypocritical.
Loads to say about Balotelli. Nothing about Rooney escaping being sent off. Nothing about Atkinson pulling Ya Ya back when through on goal, but lots on the rags having a goal wrongly disallowed. Lots on Nasri but I don’t recall similar criticism of Rio when he gave the ball to Bellamy for the 3rd that time and when he gave that lazy backpass out for a corner which led to our 4th in the 6-1. Nothing about how we went gung ho at 0-2 and nearly succeeded whereas when they lost 6-1 it was because they went gung ho at 1-3. Nothing on Atkinson not adding 7 minutes of added time. Also it’s now OK for players to taunt opposition fans and not have repercussions ie Crerand on 5Live and Martin Samuel reporting that Neville was right to taunt Liverpool fans (he did this to us also) but when Adebayor did this after he was racially abused all match by Arsenal fans he was condemned countrywide and received a ban. Finally Gareth Barry has had a one match ban for things he said to Clattenburg. WTF is going on?
Looks like Vinny’s out tomorrow here’s the It’s A fix extract :
17) SATURDAY DECEMBER 15TH NEWCASTLE (AWAY) KO 12.45PM
Third season back in the Prem. Last pot the 1969 Inter Cities Fairs Cup, recent connection is Shay Given, and this is the 153rd league meeting.
Last season, at The Etihad in November it was a 3-1 City win, Balotelli (41 pen) Richards (44), Aguero (72 pen) with Gosling (89) getting Toon’s consolation.
Crowd was 47,408 with 1685 Geordies.
Up at Newcastle it was, of course, the penultimate game in the title race, the Blues winning 2-0 with YaYa (70.89) scoring the goals to take us to the formality of a home game v QPR and the title or so we thought though it all came good in the end.
Crowd was 52,389 with 3,176 Blues
This season so far : They’re currently in 14th place with 17 points from 16 games and 3 wins 1 draw and 3 losses at home.
In the Capital One Cup they went out 2-1 at O/T in the 3rd rd
In the Europa league they’ve played teams you’d expect in the rags Chimps league group - Atromitas 1-1A, 1-0 H; Maritimo 0-0A, 1-1H; Brugge 2-2A, 1-0H: Bordeaux H 3-0 and lost 2-0 away.
In the FA Cup they’ve drawn Brighton away, again, in the 3rd rd.
Form at Newcastle : In the last five we’ve won 4 and drawn 1.
For City it’s : WWDWW
Groundwise: No change to the Sports Direct Arena now renamed St James’ Park (where did that come from - Exeter?) not Wonga Park though!
We’re again in the corner of the Sir John Hall stand, level 7 very high up. Tickets are : £42/34
St. James Park Capacity: 52,387 (3,000 for City)
Comment: Makes a nice change to go North but the early kick off means an early start. The Europa league seems to be taking its toll and they’ve slumped after the highs of last season which resulted in giving Pardew an 8 year contract. Ba and Cisse are still dangerous but you’d expect City to continue their good form up there and take the 3 points. As for the departed Andy Carroll, he’s never looked right in anything other than a Newcastle kit.
WWTWTWShite: Averaged 16,001 in 1980/81 and are up to 50,460 this season – a few thousand higher than ours, which no doubt they’ll remind us of.
Away day Zines : The Mag (swaps with KK and is later passed on to Geordie Bryan in The Oddfellows) They reckon we were the most smug and arrogant fans to visit St James’s last season, so not always on the ball as I recall us singing “we never win at home, and we never win away……..”
True Faith, Talk of the Tyne
Pubs/Parking: Plenty of pubs, on street parking, and local car parks.
Sat Nav: NE1 4ST