Game on! Newcastle v Fulham #bringbackthescarves

Once upon a time there was atmosphere....

Bringing back the scarves against Fulham.
Newcastle take on Fulham today knowing that a win would see the home side have their best start to a Premier League season for 16 years.

Not since the title challenging days of Kevin Keegan have we been in with a chance of making a start like this, and with the international break coming up this home match gives the players a chance to send the fans into the two week break knowing that despite everything else that is going at the moment the results have stacked up.

Today will also signal the start of the ‘bring back the scarves’ campaign which has been set up by various fan groups using social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook to spread the word. The aim is to create a vociferous atmosphere to spur our players on and strike fear into the opposition, which has of course had the backing of this site and has attracted interest from the press along the way. It will be interesting to see how it pans out.

Back to the match today, and it’s fair to say that Fulham are a bogey team of ours. We’ve not beaten them in four attempts although their results art St James’ Park are being somewhat overstated in my opinion – they have won here three times.

It will still be a tough game of course as Fulham are good, well organised side, but at least it’s at home. Last season that ‘home’ comment would have been laughed off such was our awful home record, but today gives us a chance to try and put the right. Quite simply you need to win your home games, and we failed to do that enough last season. Will we see an improvement on that front?

If you haven’t already had a read of the match report you can do so by clicking here. It was published yesterday but I didn’t leave it up long enough thanks to the Carling Cup draw which needed covering so feel free to take a look at some potential team selections, injury news and some facts and stats ahead of the match.

As far as viewing the match goes, there is no UK TV coverage although there are plenty of channels overseas that are showing the match. I sometimes feel we get a raw when it comes to TV coverage in the UK but still… This means tnat those who can’t make the game today will have to make do with an internet stream. The closure of MyP2P doesn’t help the cause so if any of you guys and gals manage to find a decent one on your travels make sure you share it with the rest of us and leave a link in the ‘comments’ section below.

That’s about it really. Kick-off is at 1pm UK time so make sure you adjust your clocks/watches accordingly so you don’t have to miss any of the match. Team news is below.

Howay the lads!

Newcastle: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Ryan Taylor, Gabriel Obertan, Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez, Peter Lovenkrands, Leon Best.

Subs: Ole Soderberg, Shane Ferguson, Alan Smith, Haris Vuckic, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Demba Ba.

Fulham: Mark Schwrazer, Chris Baird, Brede Hangeland, Aaron Hughes, Matt Briggs, Clint Dempsey, Steve Sidwell, Danny Murphy, Damien Duff, Patjim Kasami, Mousa Dembele.

Subs Neil Etheridge, Stephen Kelly, Philippe Senderos, Marcel Gecov, Dickson Etuhu, Karim Frei, Andrew Johnson.

468 thoughts on “Game on! Newcastle v Fulham #bringbackthescarves

  1. Shit penalty from van Persie 😯

    Micky – Thought Ba did well. Much improved. Didn;t do bad to set up the second did he? 🙄

    And as for Smith, would he have come on of Haris hadn’t had to go off?

    Also agree with Stuart about closing out a game. if anyone but Pardew did it they’d be a genius. If Hughton did it then some would be suckling on his turds and basking in the sun shining out of his arse 🙄


  2. Hitman, should have put a smiley next to that. Ba wasn’t that hot today but it’s harsh to call him a joke. 🙂

    Without supporters like me, there would be no Ashley. Oh right… 😳 😀


  3. Err, I happen to think that pardew got most of it right today, apart from taking best off.
    Why take someone off when they are on a hat trick?


  4. Micky – It’s the price of the posh seats aswell. They are far too expensive for people.they’ll pay it if the demand is there but at the moment there are cheaper seats available so they will sit there.

    Having a whacking great big away fan area for a team like Fulham (no disrespect) is a joke aswell. Still, Premier league rules blah blah blah….


  5. got to think re the empty seats.. it’s still peak time holiday season. I was in a bar on the costa del sol for the Arsenal game and there was about 15 other Geordies in there on holiday watching it.. if that was similar in loads of other bars round Europe etc then adds up to a fair few.. if people are not on holiday, then they are just back and skint also… would expect gates to pick up mid to end of September when people get paid again.


  6. Excuses, excuses. People are finally fcked off with the abject way the club is being run and aren’t happy buying tickets to watch a team that’s only ambition is to stay in the PL.


  7. spot on stu as always..the bum lickers just dont get it,ashley expects the fans to spend there hard earned why he justs sits back and does fk all,even tho the man is richer than all toon fans put together…


  8. Thank god this is the last season of Smith. I wonder how many more times Pardew is gonna bring him on to give away suicidal freekicks on the edge of the box.

    Sounds like Krul had another epic performance. Some big positives but also some huge cracks being painted over methinks. Will Ashley think we are good enough as it is because I don’t. Pardew deserves a medal the job he is doing at the moment. In a different class to the last bunch of managers.


  9. Stuart79, you are a negative soul. This team isn’t just built to stay in the league it is being built to build on last year, and to improve over the next year or so, then we’ll see.

    Anybody, that didn’t get too bogged down with Barton and Enrique’s negative Tweets on the un-spent Carroll money would see that we have been buying some canny players, who will develop together, probably creating some decent camaraderie along the way.

    A country with holidaying people and skint people is probably a better explanation for the empty seats, and if we keep pulling results like this out of the bag and keep improving its looking not bad.

    I raise a glass to a left back, and a few of the young lads coming through more this year.

    You may not like it Stu but we are actually one of the few clubs at the moment building nicely while keeping our debt in order. 💡


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