Familiar faces return to the “goldfish bowl” tomorrow

The boys are back in town…
Sunday afternoon sees the return of several faces to St James’ Park as Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll and Sam Allardyce all come back to the club that once employed them.

For Nolan, it will be his first appearance since departing for West Ham in the summer transfer window of 2011. The Liverpudlian helped Chris Hughton’s side to gain promotion at the first time of asking and contributed towards making sure the team stayed up when back in the Premier League once again.

His comments about comparing the Tyneside city to a ‘fishbowl’ have been met with some disapproval among fans and it remains to be seen how he will be treated by the Geordie faithful.

Andy Carroll, currently on loan from Liverpool, will make his second trip back to the North East. Since linking back up with Nolan, Carroll has made an instant impression to highlight that he is still a top player. Certainly, he will feel that he has a point to prove with the £35 million price tag following him everywhere he goes.

Allardyce will show his face at the club he was only in charge for twenty-one games. He has spoken to the press about how he feels that his return is not important as that of Carroll’s and Nolan’s. The former Bolton manager was not a popular choice for Newcastle fans and he will likely feel the disapproval of the Geordie fans.



Both Demba Ba and Alan Pardew will be facing a club that once employed them. Alan Pardew has a strong record against the East End side and will make it his priority to keep it like that. The last time the Hammers visited the Tyne was back in January 2011, which saw Leon Best bag a hat-trick. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could pull off a result like that again?

Newcastle need to put sentiment aside in this one and focus on getting the job done. Allardyce will have his team fired up for this one, like he has done ever since he left us in fairness, and with Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll also with a point to prove, Newcastle will have to be wary of the threat they carry.

Hopefully we can cope with it all and grab the three points on offer.

About Zoë Vicarage

A lifelong Newcastle fan. Currently exiled in Sunderland studying Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland Follow me on Twitter: @ZoeVicarage

33 thoughts on “Familiar faces return to the “goldfish bowl” tomorrow

  1. Good read Zoe I just hope we give them a good beating, I don’t hold no grudges against BSA or Carroll but Nolan he’s a different matter he was a leach that said whatever he needed to buy the fan’s loyalty, how he loved the place because they were all like minded people that loved and lived footie, but now he thinks it’s a goldfish bowl. I wonder if h 😆 is bairn is still a Geordie or has he became a hammer

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  2. I think Carroll will be an obvious threat but I think it’s Nolan and Jarvis we need to be really aware of. We all know what Nolan can do, and Jarvis is a player who will get the ball into the box for both Carroll and Nolan. I haven’t seen much of West Ham this season, so I’m not entirely sure how they set up but I’m sure Big Sam will have them up for it.
    We have to make the home advantage count, and start quickly!. We did against Sunderland and looked brilliant. I’d go with:

    ————— Krul ————-
    Simmo-Saylor-Willo-Santon
    ——Anita-Cabs-Jonas——
    — Benny – Cisse – Ba —

    I’d have Jonas track Nolan’s every move and allow Cabs and Anita to work box to box.
    I think we have to stick with Cisse, but if he’s doing nowt then off and young Sammy on for me like.

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  3. Dave – You can’t say that against Nolan. He scored goals for us you know. Don’t forget that makes anything else a moot point 😯

    Also don’t forget his “words” with Carroll prior to Liverpool move 😉

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  4. Dave – I totally agree with you – Nolan’s a greedy prick who was full of shit.
    Big Sam wasn’t given a chance really, that’s life when a clubs taken over, I don’t really have an opinion on him to be honest.
    Again with Carroll, don’t hate him but think for the money he’d likely cost, there would be better value strikers out there, so for that reason I wouldn’t want him back at the toon.

    Just read SSN – Tino coming back home!!!! 😎 😛

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  5. Richie – 😆 never met or seen you before but I now have the image of ‘Bruno’ (Sasha Baron Cohen) – its not pretty mate 😆

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  6. …although, I have to say I’m a tad concerned why you and Toonsy are imagining me in hotpants at all 😯

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  7. 😳 I can only give you my word that I wasn’t til Toonsy mentioned it 🙄 – cant speak for Toonsy though 😛

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  8. Jay Jay – I think the bloke did exactly what he was handsomely paid for and little else, but that’s my opinion mate.

    Ice – One image is bad enough thank you very much mate 😕

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  9. The fishbowl comment was part of a much larger interview where Nolan said he loved his time at Newcastle and that it was a great place to play football, he then went on to say how he used to hate London but now enjoyed the anonymity it gives you – also said he was hoping to go out after the game and that he was expecting some good banter from the fans
    Can’t understand people skating him, he’s a footballer who’s getting on a bit and wanted security if 5 year contract which we all said fuck off too
    Was a good player for toon and a very good captain – I’ll give him a clap and then boo him when he touches the ball

    As for Carroll – I’ll just boo the fucker, greedy bastard

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  10. Jay jay aye he did a lot for us when he talked our best player into going to liverpool, I can remember you saying that Nolan was one of our most loyal players and Saylor was just a greedy fuker that was trying to screw the club for money or a move because he had no loyalty to us 😆 😉
    So who was it that tried to screw the club then when it didn’t work fuked of to the hammers and showed how much his loyalty was 😀 ? Was it our Captain :mrgreen:

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  11. Rich – I was just watching on old episode of Little Britain and that fat woman that is always naked, Bubbles De Vere I think her name is, came on. Just reminded me of you that is all 😆

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  12. Steve so Carrol was a greedy bastad but Nolan wasn’t he was a good captain ❓ so the fact that he adviced a silly youngun with no real sense to move to another club makes him a good captain ?

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  13. Think we need to start Shola in this one to combat Carroll at set pieces and play Ba and HBA either side of him in a 433 with Anita , Cabaye and Bigi / Marveaux the midfielders .

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  14. Stevep – Nolan was offered a 4yr deal with optional extra year. The contract included a reduction in wage should we be relegated again – and there was the problem.
    The fact is that he had 2yrs left on the contract he had with us, which would have covered last year and expired this coming summer – so this season would have been his last.
    If you’re a footballer, I don’t understand why you would leave a premier league side to move to a Championship side? – you can’t tell me that was a footballing decision!.
    As for looking after his family – Jonas and Colo also have families, and they were happy to sign a contract with the new terms in.
    Nolan could have stayed with us last season and earned around £2.5m, then left for West Ham in the summer if he still wanted to leave.
    Instead he chose to leave the club and area he ‘loved’ so much, for a Championship club.
    He’s a greedy scouse prick in my opinion.

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  15. Steve – also regarding Carroll being a greedy bastard. I get the feeling that deal was agreed by all parties. Carroll did not hand a transfer request so wasn’t looking to leave and Lpool kept coming back, until £35m cash up front with a % of the sell on fee was too good for US to turn down.
    Carroll will have got a higher wage moving to Lpool but we turned down £25m and held out for £35m – arguably WE were the greedy bastards. Thank god we were coz that money has made us a strong team with the players bought with it.

    Back to Nolan – he did exactly what Ba could have done in the summer, walk away from Newcastle. Nolan’s a legend and Ba is a huffy bastard making ridiculous demands to Pardew – I don’t think so!. Some people have a strange understand of loyalty.

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  16. Aussie – everything I said about Nolan you can cut and paste for what I’d say about Barton and Enrique. Those 3 are everything I hate about football and footballers.
    Enrique is the only one that could argue he left for footballing reasons – but he fired a few parting shots that have came back and bitten him on the arse as well hasn’t he – dick!

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  17. Sharpy, Nolan , Carroll and Jose left for better contracts….apparently 🙂 🙂 Barton was shit stiring with all his tweets and had become nothing more than a distraction. But he would offset this with his well publicized love of all things Toon. Couldn’t stand the guy to be honest.. He was the only one of the 4 that I was happy to see go…

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  18. Aussie so you didn’t think Nolan was out of order by trying to get a pension out of the club and this was after he as captain helped convince our best player that he should move to another club ? so your alright with that ❓ as for JB what makes him the biggest Tanker

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  19. Nolan was a good player but certainly not loyal imo. I don’t understand why he advised AC to leave us for Liverpool , he would of known it would of significantly weakened us for the immediate future and that to me is not the actions of a loyal servant of the club. I don’t really have a problem with AC ,as I said I would like him back at the Toon and in truth I really believe he would of prefered to stay here . And as for fat Sam ,again no real problem as long as his boring footie is elsewhere at not at the Toon. 😉 .

    I don’t see this as an easily winnable game,big Sam has the Hammers playing very direct longball game and they have a number of dangerous players and provide their frontmen well from the wings and midfield. We need to mark Nolan out the game aswell as that one will be looking to prove a point for sure.

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  20. I know i will get slated for this , but one of the biggest [email protected]’s was Given it was fine for him when we were playing European football but when things went bad he was the first to fook off and remember the few times Harper got in ahead of him he did start chucking his toys oot o the pram . While Harper is still here .

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  21. Barton may be a bit of a twat but I don’t doubt how much he loved it at the Toon and in fairness was a very good player for us.

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  22. Kim – But was Barton good enough often for us? How many games did he play in four years? And of those how many were actually good games?

    I swear that time he got sent off at Anfield I’d have tried to kick seven shades of shit out of him for his sheer stupidity. Mind I was in the crowd which made it difficult 😆

    As for Shay I agree with Axel. It always gets glossed over the fact, yes FACT, as used in a court case by his former agent, the he instructed his agent to find him a new club, but only certain new clubs, way before the “final straw” against Liverpool.

    Great player for us but also huffed when he couldn’t get his own way when Harper got in the team ahead of him.

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