Toon Talk Articles- Peter Mann

Continental Travels – The 1997-98 Champions League

A SEASON THAT WILL BE FOREVER REMEMBERED FOR THAT ONE NIGHT AGAINST BARCELONA. A SEASON THAT WILL FOREVER BEG THE QUESTION OF – WHERE WERE YOU THE NIGHT THE MAGPIES, AND WOR TINO, BEAT THE MIGHTY BARCELONA AT ST. JAMES’ PARK? Having finished as Premier League runners-up to Manchester United for the second successive season, the Magpies would be granted their first ever assault on ....


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Judge Me On My Signings

  An Article from the summer...shows why Kinnear was always on a hiding to nothing   Well guess what, one of the well-used quotes in recent footballing history backfired massively on Newcastle United’s so-called Director of Football.  Some £624,560,000 was spent by Premier League clubs during the transfer window – Newcastle’s outlay a paltry zero. The ....


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The Number Nines – Hughie Gallacher

THE NUMBER NINES – HUGHIE GALLACHER ONE OF THE FIRST PLAYERS TO NOT ONLY DON A BLACK & WHITE JERSEY, BUT ALSO THE FAMED NUMBER NINE, WAS TO BE THE WEE SCOTSMAN HIMSELF, HUGHIE GALLACHER. The diminutive addition to the United frontline arrived on Tyneside from Scottish side Airdrieonians in 1925. By the time he left five years later the £6500 fee paid would be an absolute ....


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Newcastle United – A History: The 1902-03 Season

After consecutive top six finishes throughout the previous three seasons, that which surrounded the 1902-03 season would become something of a damp squib for followers of Newcastle United. Surprising as it was, the club made their best start to a league season when winning five out of their opening six matches and scoring some eighteen goals. However, it was to be the problems that were arising ....


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The Number Nines

Just as the Tyne Bridge, Greys Monument and the Town Moor are all enduring symbols of Newcastle –upon-Tyne, so too is the simple phrase ‘The No. 9’ It stands for so much more than merely a number on a black and white striped football shirt. It is the symbol of a sportsman who has come to represent the hope and glory of the football fans of Tyneside. (Alan Shearer’s ....


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Newcastle United: A History The 1900-01 Season

PROGRESSION BOTH ON AN OFF THE FIELD OF PLAY IS USUALLY QUITE BENEFICIAL WITHIN MOST ENVIRONMENTS, INCLUDING THOSE OF A SPORTING NATURE. IN FOOTBALLING TERMS THIS IS SEEN AS BEEN THE CASE. WHERE NEWCASTLE UNITED ARE CONCERNED THOUGH THEY WOULD VERY MUCH BE DEEMED AS BEING THE PROVERBIAL INCONSISTENCY. NOT ONE SEASON IS EVER THE SAME OR EVEN REMOTELY SIMILAR TO THE ONE THAT HAS GONE ....


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The Bogie Years Ii: 2008-09

THE BOGIE YEARS II: 2008-09 CONFERENCE NORTH HAVING CLAIMED PROMOTION VIA THE PLAYOFFS FROM THE NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE THE PREVIOUS SEASON, HOPES WERE UNDERSTANDABLY HIGH FOR BOGIE’S GATESHEAD GOING INTO THE 2008-09 CONFERENCE NORTH SEASON.  Come the end of that season the International Stadium would be rocking again as the Heed Army would be celebrating consecutive promotions. ....


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Nufc & 2013-14 Premier League

So the fixtures have been released for the upcoming season for Newcastle United, and others, within the whole of English Football. Throughout the Premier League years there has been a vast array of opening day fixtures, the main focal point of every new season, and with Newcastle this has been the same. Since their initial promotion to English football’s top flight in the early nineties ....


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Should United Look At The Released Players? Who’s A Possible?

With over a dozen players leaving the nest last summer, including a vast majority of youngsters, Newcastle United surely cannot afford to make the same mistake this time around. Last season was, without doubt, as poor as they come, and, bar the relegation season a few years back, and the fact there was a run to the quarter finals of the Europa League this time around, it could easily have been ....


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Magpies Claim Unexpected European Adventure: The Knockout Stages

In reaching the final 32 of the Europa League, United faced a tough double header to the Ukraine when they were drawn with the Group K winners, Metalist Kharkiv (who narrowly edged German side Bayer Leverkusen for top spot). In a bid to acclimatise themselves to the regions constantly changing weather conditions, Kharkiv made a hastily arranged mid-season friendly with nearby non-league outfit ....


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Magpies Claim Unexpected European Adventure: The Group Stages

At the end of the 2011-12 season Alan Pardew’s Newcastle United were flying high at the top of the Barclays Premier League. So much so that even European qualification was achieved for the first time in a number of years. Granted the Magpies had to overcome a tricky final qualifying round tie, but Europe beckoned. With the twin strike force still intact as the new season began hopes were ....


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The Tyne-wear Derby Chronicles #5

THE GOOD FRIDAY RIOT, AND THE CLOSURE OF ROKER PAYS A HEAVY COST TENSION BETWEEN BOTH SETS OF SUPPORTS HAS ALWAYS BEEN SOMEWHAT FRACTIOUS TO SAY THE LEAST, BUT, IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THE TYNE-WEAR DERBIES IT WAS TO BE MORE SO, RIOTS BEING COMMONPLACE. Two of the main talking points arrived around the early 1900’s of which the first was that of the Good Friday riot (April 1901), and the ....


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The Mackem Slayer Returns To Haunt The Enemy

  Not one man, including United legend Alan Shearer, has had as much an effect on those from Sunderland in recent times than that which has been afforded by one Shola Ameobi, the Toon Army’s ‘Mackem Slayer.’ And, come Sunday’s eagerly anticipated, some fifty thousand baying Geordies inside the cauldron of St. James’ Park, will be hoping he strikes ....


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That Derby Massacre

It will live long in the hearts, minds and eyes of everyone, whether you are black and white, or red and white, albeit for different reasons. It was the afternoon all of Newcastle United’s dreams, and Sunderland’s nightmares, were made of. For near half a century supporters had waited for a destruction of such ferocity, but nobody expected it coming, no body at all and the quote in ....


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Tyne-wear Derbies: The Premier League Years Ii

  So United were in a rich vein of derby form, they had won three on the spin and not conceded in any of them, but there had been a two and a half year gap since the sides last met. A 52,000 plus crowd meandered into St. James’ Park in October 2005 for what turned out to be a five goal thriller. Both sides had been rocked with injuries, and both had also been enmeshed in relegation ....


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Tyne-wear Derbies: The Premier League Years I

Tyne-Wear Derbies: The Premier League Years I What both sets of supporters would give for victory in the upcoming derby. Both sides have had well-publicised problems on and off the field this season and, winning this will be make or break for either side as the season hones in on the final straight. Not only this past season, but throughout both sides respective sojourns in the Premier League, ....


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United Heading To The Stadium Of Light (estadio Da Luz)

United heading to the Stadium of Light (Estadio da Luz) So the Magpies will fly to the real Stadium of Light for their last sixteen tie of the Europa League, no not the home of the little neighbours up the road as they should be extremely lucky to have got into a competition like this, let alone this far. No, Newcastle United has been drawn against Portuguese giants Benfica as they continue ....


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Toon Heading To Russia With Love

Following on from Newcastle’s narrow, two-legged, 1-0 aggregate success (Shola Ameobi netting a penalty in the second half), over Ukrainian side, Metalist Kharkiv, the Black and White hordes will head to Russia for a last sixteen tie with Anzhi Makhachkala, of the Russian Premier League. The two time Russian League winners (1999 and 2009) are in their first season in the UEFA Europa ....


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Toon Experience Transfer Success In January Window

Recent transfer windows have not been kind for those connected to Newcastle United and the current one looked to be going the same direction when the month of January began with the early sale of star striker, Demba Ba to Chelsea. Then there was the ongoing saga surrounding captain and Argentine international, Fabriccio Coloccini. Hearts were in mouths for the faithful Toon Army. Then came a ....


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Newcastle United, A History: 1899-1900 Season

Having finished their debut season in the First Division in a lowly, but credible thirteenth place, there would be much improvement needed. The back-line wasn’t overly impressive and in losing fifteen of their thirty four matches, the form was closer to relegation than anything else. Times were changing and those at Newcastle United needed to realise that fact. Jack Ostler had retired and ....


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The Coloccini Saga

  The sudden, ongoing saga, which surrounds the status of Newcastle United’s iconic captain, Fabriccio Coloccini, has been global news for the past few weeks now. A will he or won’t he situation surrounding the defenders citation of ‘personal problems following the departure of his ill wife and their two children’ as the reason behind the need for him to return to ....


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Festive Football For The Mighty Magpies

  Way back when it was seemingly commonplace for footballing sides at all levels of the game to play three, four, even five times over the festive period, Within that of the Football League you would more often than not, find sides playing on Christmas, Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing, along with games in the days before and after. Looking further down and into those plying their trades in ....


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Eastern Bloc Beckons For The Toon Army By The Exiled Geordie

  Well who would have thought it? With teams of the calibre of Internazionale, Ajax, Dynamo Kiev, Lazio and company in the Europa League draw for the New Year, Newcastle United could have had a much tougher draw than the one which beckons now. To get to the Europa League final in the Amsterdam Arena, Holland, the Magpies will look to traverse the Eastern Bloc first. Having finished ....


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Newcastle 0-1 West Ham

Attendance - 51,855Referee - Mike Dean  Kevin Nolan came back to haunt Newcastle as his West Ham side took all three points from Tyneside. This was Newcastle's first defeat in six games.     Nolan was on hand to turn in Joey O'Brien's miscued shot from close range and that proved to be enough to separate the sides at St. James' Park.     Another ....


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Santon Earns Azzuri Call-up For France Friendly

Newcastle United defender, David Santon, 21, has appeared thirteen times for the Magpies already this season, including twice in their Europa League campaign. The former product of the Internazionale youth system has a strong set of defenders alongside him from which to continue his learning curve in which he has slowly progressed. Since joining the Magpies in the summer of 2011, when he signed ....


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