That’s entertainment.

Shola Ameobi

Shola Ameobi
Shola the Mackem Slayer does his stuff.
I was pondering Newcastle’s season so far earlier, and one thing struck me about it. It’s been entertaining, hasn’t it?

I mean we’ve scored the second highest amount of home goals in the Premier League, which is more than the likes of Arsenal and their brand™ of attacking football. We’ve had some cracking highs and cruel lows on the pitch, and we’ve had our share of off-field trouble with the sacking of Chris Hughton and then the sale of Andy Carroll. There is always something to be talking about, that’s for sure!

First up we had the 6-0 thumping of Aston Villa in our first home game back in the big time. It was certainly unexpected, but it was very welcome given how the Aston Villa fans reacted when we got relegated. The Chelsea cup game was another highlight, as was the away victory at Everton.

The 5-1 beating of Sunderland has to get a mention as does the away victory against Arsenal, with the home draw against The Gunners last weekend being up there with the best of them as well. West Ham have been on the end of a double defeat against us, with one of those being a 5-0 thumping. The 3-1 victory over Liverpool was also a good result.

Can you honestly remember us having so many good games in one season? Perhaps it’s because we have been the underdogs and not much has been expected of us? Perhaps it’s because we have been largely garbage in the Premier League since Sir Bobby? Whatever the reason, it’s clear that we can beat anyone on our day.

But with the up’s there are also the inevitable down’s. The disappointing home defeats to Blackburn, Blackpool and Stoke immediately spring to mind. If we’d have won them we’d be safe by now.

The sale of Andy Carroll, was a blow, although £35 million big ones plus a seemingly fairly long-term injury have softened the blow, for me anyway. Losing Chris Hughton was another blow, although in fairness Alan Pardew hasn’t done too badly as a replacement when you consider he was viewed as only a sideways step at the time of his appointment.

There is always something going on at Newcastle. No other team is like it and I wouldn’t change it for anything. Sure the scandal can get on your wick at times, but it’s something that has always happened, and will always continue to happen at Newcastle. Don’t ask me why, it just does.

I just thought that I would point out that amongst the doom and gloom that has surfaced at times this season, there has actually been some belting results. At times I think that can get lost so it’s worth dragging those good results back up.

After all of that though, what is YOUR moment of the season?

P.S. Be aware that there is a fake Cheik Tiote lurking on Twitter. Danny Simpson has confirmed that the account is not real.

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43 thoughts on “That’s entertainment.

  1. Got to be last week for me, unbelievable moment when Cheik hit that volley, but I think when we confirm we’re staying up we could see some good sights

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  2. @mark – know what you mean, got in at 03:00 up at 06:30, heads banging and am proper fooked – am watching seconds go by but they’re going so slow I keep thinking time has come to a standstill – roll on 17:30

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  3. perfect results tomorrow

    Man Utd vs Man City – who gives a shit
    Arsenal vs Wolverhampton – Home Win
    Birmingham vs Stoke – Draw
    Blackburn vs Newcastle – Away Win
    Blackpool vs Aston Villa – Draw
    Liverpool vs Wigan – Home Win
    West Brom vs West Ham – Draw
    Sunderland vs Tottenham – Away win

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  4. 4411-
    i was celebrating my 25th, got messy!
    im patiently awaiting for my morning after booze pooh to come along

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  5. I was just thinking yesterday that I can’t wait for the Season Review DVD to come out – and I don’t normally bother with them.

    Also looking forward to making Stu and the rest of the moaning bar stewards eat their words when we comfortably avoid relegation!! 😀

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  6. Barton vs Villa, Just a massive relief after months of being told how we werent good enough, Even though ive always believed we would finish about half way up, The doubts creep in.

    It was just one of the biggest weights being lifted and the rest of the match was as sweet as any ive attended in recent years… 🙂

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  7. Its hard viewing a lot of previous results with the same feeling now as i had back then…The Villa game was awesome entertainment, Carroll’s hattrick was brilliant but its now a sour memory due to what’s gone on lately…for getting the heart beat truly racing it has to be the Arsenal comeback and Tiote’s screamer.

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  8. To me,the best moment to Newcastle isn’t all about the results. Is about 1 player.

    Barton.

    Finally,he gets to cool down,and acknowledge his past mistakes.

    See what a player he is now? 😯

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  9. i was thinking bout end of season review dvd
    horrible thing is i cant watch my derby dvd bow cuz i feel sick watching carroll

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  10. no ive moved on from carroll to be honest.
    just affects me wanting to watch, last time i did though was on deadline day. i got pretty much all the dvds

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  11. Fair enough-you may aswell just rewatch em all and look at all the things we won’t miss from him…like his amazing shot against the mackems that turned into a pass for Nolan… ha

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  12. My moment of the season?

    HAS to be Steve Bruce’s face getting progressively more hilarious with each goal in the derby day mauling of 5under1and :mrgreen:

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  13. LoL! We really have been the cause of many great looks of pain and panic on some managers’ faces this season. A certain Arsene Wenger comes immediately to mind hehehe

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  14. newkie- fair point buddy,haha.
    obv i wrote an article like this one a week or so back and my moments is probs joey’s villa goal.
    joey in genreal this season

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  15. For some reason, Carroll’s winner against the Arse sticks in my mind. There’s always something about a single winning goal when you’re underdogs.

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  16. A ton of great moments to remember, but just maybe the most important was Barton letting Diaby go at him without retaliation. That red card event was not the first time Diaby barged into Barton in the game & Barton’s restraint really laid the groundwork for the comeback.

    At this point though, I’m putting Titoe’s goal up there with the Pittsburgh Steelers Immaculate Reception for sheer drama.

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  17. My personal highlight of the season was singing “That’s why we’re Champions” back at the Chelsea fans after Shola scored a last minute winner in the Carling Cup at Stamford Bridge.

    I’ve still got the footage of me ganning mental on Sky+ 😀

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  18. It’s amazing that in a season where we destroyed the Scum 5-1, there are possibly even better moments. For me, the HBA goal against Everton was a great moment, the quality that he had brought to the team was so exciting.

    On a side note, anyone catch the Superbowl? My hometown Green Bay Packers are champions after dismantling the Steelers. Green Bay are the only fan-owned franchise in the NFL, have perhaps the most storied stadium and best fans in the league. Additionally, as a cold-weather team in the North of the country, Newcastle fans could do far worse than the Pack f choosing a NFL team to follow.

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  19. FSS – Not being funny mate, but NFL is not for me. Proper football all the way, followed by golf and snooker (maybe billiards aswell). 😉

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  20. toonsy golf ffs ever likley u have a cap like that 😉 i like a good game of cribb ,even better when theres cash on it 🙂

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  21. I watched the match FSS but for whatever reason I can’t get into yank football…I’m a big fan of Rugby and I played a fair bit of Aussie rules when I lived out there but the american code just doesn’t appeal unfortunately 🙁 Not to mention there were no cheerleaders and instead they had a terrible black eyed peas performance at half time? Really had nothing going for it 😀

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  22. Second sport has gotta be cricket. Especially after the way we smashed the Aussies in their own back yard!!! 😀

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  23. Free Scorin’ Smudger-

    I’m a Pack fan too, bro! Always was my first team until Nashville got the Titans. I’ve actually got a cheesehead hehe :mrgreen:

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  24. “Tougher sport than ruggers could ever hope for”

    OHurley-oooh controversial. Is that why they feel the need to pad themselves up incase they fall over? 😀

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  25. NewkieBrown-

    They pad themselves to avoid weekly deaths. Ever seen a linebacker put a solid hit on a running back, both players at a full sprint? Freakin’ epic. But without pads, they’d break their necks constantly

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  26. Well, I do believe we Yanks have now christened the site with the Football vs. Rugby conversation.

    I will not add…to each his own…Other than to say, 49ers first team. 😥

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  27. NorCal-

    Dude, Joe Montana and Jerry Rice are STILL my favorite QB/WR combo. Holy crap, they were freakin’ epic. Always liked the ‘9ers 😉

    And yeah, football vs rugby. Gridiron = tougher, harder, more rules, more strategy. Rugby = a bit more elegant (as weird as that sounds), flows better, still tough, probably more painful as there are no pads, but certainly not as potentially lethal.

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  28. American football used to be OK when the total time from kick-off to final whistle was 2 and 1/2 hours. Now it takes 3 and 1/4 hours and I go blind from the stupid commercials. I got better things to do than suffer that shite.

    If you want a second sport National Hockey League offers fast “stick soccer” with a minimum of commercials. Those lads give full measure from their performance.

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