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  • Rafa Benitez: Aren’t West Ham Being A Bit Arrogant Here?

    Rafa Benitez: Aren’t West Ham Being A Bit Arrogant Here?

    Newcastle United entertained West Ham at St James’ Park yesterday in front of the usual 50,000 plus faithful. The Premier League’s bottom club came to town being backed by the London-based “national” media to come away with all three points. The Sky pundits on Jeff Stelling’s “Gillette Soccer Saturday” in particular (why do they hate us?) wrote us off before this match – led by the usual anti-Newcastle garbage that spews constantly from the mouth of Paul Merson. Why is it that West Ham, bottom […]

     
  • Was Rafa Making A Statement With His Team Selection?

    Was Rafa Making A Statement With His Team Selection?

    Newcastle United exited the League Cup last night at the hands of Nottingham Forest at the cathedral on the hill. Forest scored the winning goal in extra time and go through to the next round on the back of a 3-2 victory. United had the biggest attendance of any clubs who played last night by a proverbial mile as just under 28,000 filed into St James’ Park. Not unexpected but little consolation. Reaction to the defeat from United fans on social media has been mixed […]

     
  • Will Rafa Walk?

    Will Rafa Walk?

    The situation at Newcastle United is never straightforward. And that has never been more true than at present. Years and years of underachieving, under-investment and constant high drama. It has become the norm at this basket case of a club. And yet, things could be so different. Let’s look at it this way. One of the biggest club’s in England, with one of the biggest and most passionate fanbases is managed by one of the best managers in the world. So far, so good. So […]

     
  • Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

    Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

    Welcome back to the UTD111 Blog after our much-deserved summer break! First day back at pre-season training today for our manager and players, so it’s a good time to be firing up the old blog for a new campaign back in the £PL. And, of course, a bit of a tough day for Rafa, who hasn’t been given any new players yet to introduce to his squad or the fans. And, if he hasn’t already done so, he has to interview a number of players […]

     
  • Sissoko To Arsenal? United Fans Are Distraught

    Sissoko To Arsenal? United Fans Are Distraught

    Newcastle United fans are bracing themselves for some bad news – the impending loss of one of our superstars. French international, and star of the France defeat against Portugal Moussa Sissoko has apparently said that, for some reason, he would rather play for Arsenal down in that there London. This news is obviously heartbreaking to most United fans who appreciate Sissoko’s incredible ability to run around the pitch, both up and down and also across it. And of course, there’s also his uncanny knack of […]

     
  • The Silence Is Deafening

    The Silence Is Deafening

    I wonder when we will get the next statement or club email from Newcastle United telling us, the long-suffering fans, how great things are? Telling us all is fine and as long as we all stick together through all of this the future will be bright. In the summer we got one telling us all about the bright future under the chosen one, Steve McClaren. About our investment in quality players and about the new footballing board that would oversee everything to make sure the […]

     
  • Let’s Keep The Clean Sheets Going Against Leicester City

    Let’s Keep The Clean Sheets Going Against Leicester City

    Newcastle United entertain high flying Leicester City on Saturday in a 3pm kick off at St James’ Park. Leicester are having a great season and after twelve games they are currently third in the Premier League table having won seven, drawn four and lost only one game so far this season – against Arsenal. They sit proudly just one point behind leaders Manchester City. Claudio Ranieri seems to have quickly transformed the team from battling relegation candidates under Nigel Pearson to a team that has […]

     
  • United v Arsenal: What Team Will Steve McClaren Put Out?

    United v Arsenal: What Team Will Steve McClaren Put Out?

    Newcastle United host Arsenal tomorrow in an early kick-off at 12.45pm which will be televised live on BT Sport 1. There has been much debate on The UTD111 Forum about what players will feature in Steve McClaren’s starting 11. It’s difficult to say with any certainty what the team will be as it’s too early for us to really know who McClaren sees as his best team. And maybe he’s still finding that out for himself, too. After all, we’ve only played 3 EPL games. […]

     
  • Sunderland Fans Stage Second Half Sit-In Protest

    Sunderland Fans Stage Second Half Sit-In Protest

    There were chaotic scenes on Wearside yesterday as thousands of Sunderland fans refused to leave the Stadium of Empty Pink Seats at half time as usual. Instead, they staged an unexpected second half sit-in protest which caused an administrative nightmare for the small, cash-starved football club which then had to leave all of the electric on and pay Crowd Control Stewards overtime. The fans, known throughout football for their fickle support and habit of buggering off at half time – if they actually bother to […]