A bit of a look ahead at Darlington.

Kick-off time tonight!

Kick-off time tonight!
I’ve been asked by a few people now about just what the score is with regard to team news for the Darlington friendly this evening.

So to answer those questions I’ve kind of come up with a bi of match preview that isn’t really a match preview if you know what I mean?

I’ll not be going into the usual depth when it comes to a match preview this time around. Basically this is just to let you all know who is fit, who will feature, and, if they aren’t featuring, why not, along with a few other bits and bobs of interest or that may be handy for those who are going or are thinking of going.

Well to start with Joey Barton will feature. He’ll start the game in fact as he is our Captain for the evening in the absence of Fabricio Coloccini who is likely to sit out until the team head to America. Don’t panic, he’s not injured.

James Perch is out as he continues to recover from the ankle problem that ruled him out of action at the back end of last season. I’d write more about that but I’m still trying to decide whether or not James Perch being injured is a good or bad thing.

Cheik Tiote is unlikely to feature as he is apparently “a little short” on fitness. He may get a run out but he’ll not play a major part in proceedings. Xisco is another one who is not really in shape, which is abysmal in all honesty. Does the lad have no self respect? Does he not even want to try and be bothered to get himself in shape and at least try and show a bit of willingness to play football?

The other player missing tonight will be Sylvain Marveaux. He’s missed a lot of football so is not being rushed, but there is nothing wrong with him as such so don’t panic. His leg hasn’t fallen off or anything and it’s purely down to a bit of fitness and a bit more recovery time.

So that is the absentees out the way…… Now onto those who will be playing.

Hatem Ben Arfa is expected to make his first appearance in the black and white for nigh on ten months which will be nice for the travelling fans to see. Mike Williamson is fit again after recovering a month earlier than expected from a broken forearm whilst Dan Gosling looks set to feature for more than the few minutes he managed at the Stadium of Light back in January.

In terms of team selection, debuts will be handed to Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye although it is expected that two different sides will be fielded – one in each half – by Alan Pardew meaning that we should see a good mix of some of the fringe players, youth players, and of course the heavy hitters of the first team.

If you’re going then have a great one. The crowd is expected to be fairly large so if you are looking to go and haven’t yet got a ticket then make sure you get to the ground early to pay on the gate. The game will kick-off at 7:45pm (UK time) regardless so if you aren’t there by then well, tough!

For those who aren’t going, I’ve had a mooch and can’t find any online coverage anywhere so it’s unlikely we’ll get to watch it. Still, it’s early days so it might change.

Howay the lads!

30 thoughts on “A bit of a look ahead at Darlington.

  1. Army have we signed anyone yet 😀 .
    Batty look on the bright side if the Fatman sells tiote it means we will get rid of him a month or two sooner 😉


  2. 🙄 🙄 🙄

    😆 😆 😆 😆

    ya never gna drop that 1 are you 😆 , hey i havent asked 4 a while , why ? bcos ashleys a tight fecka 😆


  3. Do you guys know if they will be showing the game on tv by any chance? and if so on what channel?

    I really want to watch the games so I can see how HBA is doing after the injury and I am really interested in seeing our new players as well. Anyways, GO Newcastle!!!!! :mrgreen:


  4. im getting a name and number on me new toon top today , what number is cabaye and ben arfa gna be? i cant decide who i want 😯


  5. Army I think Benny will be 10 but I would hold tight until its confirmed, where were you going to get your top ? You could get the name and wait for the No.
    Pards did say last week that his No would be sorted by now 😕


  6. ARMY69, may I recommend HBA. I just think he is pure class and so talented, and the most important thing, I really feel like he love NUFC.


  7. Cabaye – 4
    HBA – 10

    Thats what I think. I think tonight will be a good game. Gosling/Guthrie may have to step into the CDM role when Tiote is sold in part ex for Sturridge


  8. Why is pardwho making it obvious thet we’d sell Tiote for 10Mill? 10mill are you having a laugh. Why doesnt he keep his slimey gob shut.

    Why can’t we compete, he signed a good contract and is happy so just refuse to sell him. We still have 35mill for grass seeds etc..and we reduced the wage bill by 30m per season so why even tout tiote about..

    didnt MA promise some giant screens at St James park last season?


  9. last week we had people on here saying but sturridge for 15mil + now we have others saying tiote for 10 mill + sturridge

    the fact is chelsea will be looking at bigger fish than tiote for an essien replacement, his disciplinary record and only 1 season in the premier is why they wont touch him

    we also seem to have a lot of pardew moaners on forums of late the fact is the team did better once he arrived and played better as well

    anyone who thinks hughton would not have sold carroll is in cloud cuckoo land. Ive said it a few times i think we have a manager who is better than we have had in a while who wants to play the game the correct way attacking and winning and who is going about his job well and he should be supported with a bit more backing

    as for the team im not bothered how much we spend its who we bring in thats more important, ranger, routledge to leave so what

    nolan personally id have kept him but he’s not pele and last season plenty were moaning about him, the players we have brought in are a better standard and add to the squad.

    as it stands now the squad is in better shape than when it ended last season and there will obviously be more to come

    im no ashley lover or indeed hater i can remember Lord Westwood, Seymour, McKeag,Hall and shepherd and the fact is some of those possibly all of them were worse than the current fellow, john hall made his oney got out and left the club in debt despite the roller coaseter few years he knew he was never going to have to pay up and is why he sold out

    it just seems the way of the world now that people like to have a moan rather than a laugh maybe im getting older …. but anyone who thinks its bad now should have grown up watching ateve hardwick in nets and the bill mcgarry days of the seccond division

    rant over


  10. Is it just me or do other people think that the ‘realists’ (aka doom & gloomers) will actually revel & enjoy it if their realist theories become fact…ha ha ha told you so, Ive always said, I told you back in 2003 that this would happen….

    That for me is just plain wrong…


  11. BB I agree but he just talks too much shyte…
    That’s why i can’t wait for the footy to start again so we can just concentrate on the performances. I feel like I’m listening to politicians when ever pardew or the club speak…


  12. Witters- I think that’s the case. They won’t admit it but I think they hate Ashley and to an extent pardew more than they love the club and at this point they are so stuck in with their theories that they dread being wrong.


  13. Only interested in the football.

    Can’t believe people still take notice of what they read on the internet, in newspapers and on twitter. Talk about gullible!

    Bring back the football.


  14. Dint really think it will be a rout tonite, the scoreline really aint that important its just a run out really get the players back in the swing of things


  15. would any 1 here be willing to take a hit on jose, dump the little twonk in with the reserves


  16. Heard it could be news reagrding remaining one of the stands after SBR, although thats coming from twatter. Hitman does he give any indication whether its positive news or as usual with this guy, negative!!


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