First Test…Manchester City Away.

Bring it on...
Bring it on…
Newcastle will start the season with a tricky and rather daunting task away to Manchester City. The former Champions will have a new look and be under new management which will see Manuel Pellegrini in the dug out for his first Premier League game.

Alan Pardew’s side will hope to avoid a repeat of the previous trip to The Etihad, a diabolical performance which resulted in a 4-0 loss. Only a slight improvement on the prior visit in which we lost 3-1 with Dan Gosling netting a consolation goal for The Magpies.

Our second game will see former players Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan, as well as a rather fat headed former manager return to St James’ Park as we take on West Ham United. This will be the first of two home games on the bounce with Martin Jol bringing his Fulham team to Tyneside on the 31st of August. The full fixture list for the forthcoming Premier League season was officially announced today. Here is our full program, get your diaries at the ready:

Aug
17/08/2013 15:00 Manchester City (a)
24/08/2013 15:00 West Ham United (h)
31/08/2013 15:00 Fulham (h)

Sep
14/09/2013 15:00 Aston Villa (a)
21/09/2013 15:00 Hull City (h)
28/09/2013 15:00 Everton (a)



Oct
05/10/2013 15:00 Cardiff City (a)
19/10/2013 15:00 Liverpool (h)
26/10/2013 15:00 Mackems (a)

Nov
02/11/2013 15:00 Chelsea (h)
09/11/2013 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur (a)
23/11/2013 15:00 Norwich City (h)
30/11/2013 15:00 West Bromwich Albion (h)

Dec
03/12/2013 19:45 Swansea City (a)
07/12/2013 15:00 Manchester United (a)
14/12/2013 15:00 Southampton (h)
21/12/2013 15:00 Crystal Palace (a)
26/12/2013 15:00 Stoke City (h)
28/12/2013 15:00 Arsenal (h)

Jan
01/01/2014 15:00 West Bromwich Albion (a)
11/01/2014 15:00 Manchester City (h)
18/01/2014 15:00 West Ham United (a)
28/01/2014 19:45 Norwich City (a)

Feb
01/02/2014 15:00 Mackems (h)
08/02/2014 15:00 Chelsea (a)
12/02/2014 19:45 Tottenham Hotspur (h)
22/02/2014 15:00 Aston Villa (h)

Mar
01/03/2014 15:00 Hull City (a)
08/03/2014 15:00 Everton (h)
15/03/2014 15:00 Fulham (a)
22/03/2014 15:00 Crystal Palace (h)
29/03/2014 15:00 Southampton (a)

Apr
05/04/2014 15:00 Manchester United (h)
12/04/2014 15:00 Stoke City (a)
19/04/2014 15:00 Swansea City (h)
26/04/2014 15:00 Arsenal (a)

May
03/05/2014 15:00 Cardiff City (h)
11/05/2014 15:00 Liverpool (a)

We are penned in for a home fixture on boxing day against Stoke but will have to travel at New Year as we are down to face West Brom at The Hawthornes on New Years Day. We have to wait until late October before venturing to the land of filth to take on The Mackems, (keep Shola on ice until then) that’s before they have to come to us in February. Around the time I turn 28 may I add :/.

The season finishes with an away trip to Anfield, so we will have to hope we don’t get ourselves into another ridiculous position like we did this year. Although relegation didn’t come down to the last day of the season and we managed to secure safety a little earlier, I would hate it if hypothetically we had had to beat Liverpool away to ensure safety. By the way that isn’t me being pessimistic or getting ahead of myself, I’m merely being hypothetical, I’m not suggesting we will struggle before a ball is even kicked!

Although we have a huge challenge on the opening day of the season I think the fixtures have fallen quite kindly for us, back to back home games followed by two winnable games. It appears next season is a massive transition as there has been so many Managerial changes at Clubs…or in some cases the addition of a Director 🙄 Whatever happens I cant help but be excited if not a little cautious about next season.

Newcastle United are at times a frustration and they test my patients and loyalty, but one thing is for sure….. I bloody love that Football Club. What are your views on the fixtures and next season?

About MarkToon

I'm Mark, I live in a little town called Rugby. I go back a long way with Toonsy, we have traveled the country together watching the lads. I eat, breath and sleep Newcastle United! Follow me on Twitter-@ MRStockers or add me on Facebook- Mark Stockley.

56 thoughts on “First Test…Manchester City Away.

  1. Thick n fast now Mark lad. Your right though, there’s something about fixture day that gets you excited as a fan – first n last game of the season, then where’s the Mackem games then the Xmas games for me.
    I think we can realistically achieve between 10-14 points before the Mackem game which I think Pardew will see as a landmark game.

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  2. H p19 w 12 d 4 l 3 = 40pts
    A p19 w 4 d 8 l 7 = 20pts
    Total 16w 60pts finish 7th

    That is Par (dew?)

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  3. Interesting, fun prediction Premand. Are you counting on several signings? I would think a striker and a right winger and more depth at the back at the very least. I’m assuming Colo has one more season for us but I would bring in another CB now. I would prefer 2 more strikers and push Shola down the selection list (or move him on). We still need to replace Ba and Best as far as I can see. And we also released Xisco and Ranger. That’s a lot of forwards missing.

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  4. Sharpy…But it’s also 5 points worse than the season before when we had arguably a better squad(on paper) 😉

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  5. Looking at the schedule I think Jk will fire pards and install himself as manager immediately following a 2-1 loss at man city

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  6. “When you come in as director of football it is expected that you go softly softly but it’s almost been the executive equivalent of a two-footed challenge.” An interesting comment from Shepard about Kinnear and also some concern about Kinnear’s age. I always take Shepard’s comments with a grain of salt but this time I think he makes some sense.

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  7. I don’t like the look of our last 6 games should it come down to a relegation scrap 🙄 .Hopefully things will get better over the next few weeks with some quality signings and a good season ahead.

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  8. Ritchie – based on last season and how this summer has started – if we can make up 5 points on LAST season I’d be happy so 20 I’d be cock-a-hoop 😛 😆

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  9. I think a lot is going to depend on what Kinnear does this summer Kimtoon. Will he be able to attract quality players to us? I could see him taking a closer look at some English players with Carr but Ashley won’t let him overspend so probably no big English names. Will he be happy with some of our current skill players who seem to be injured a lot? I’m thinking of Ben Arfa mainly but also a player like Cabaye who may not be gritty enough for Kinnear as a CM. Surely Obertan will be gone. I’m very interested to see what type of striker Kinnear goes after. That will be crucial for us.

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  10. Watching a bit of Brazil v Mexico. Brazil look absolutely terrifying. Neymar’s pace is electric. Think of him with Messi next season. I wish we were talking about players like that.

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  11. Kim – from you last post, I can’t remember to be honest but yours doesnt sound too appetizing like. All I can remember about mine is when I woke up I started taking the packing out my mouth and blood was running out my mouth so I went to rinse my mouth out with water and the nurse (type person) started bollocking me coz I could get infections. I was so spaced out I found it hilarious and was just laughing in her telling her to chill out and spitting blood everywhere (without meaning to) – I have to be honest, it was one of my better looks 😆 😆

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  12. Actually if you think about it, everyone has been calling for the club to have a more football related guy as chairman so replacing Llambias makes sense but I think it could be the wrong replacement. What does Joe know about finances? Mikes a brave boy…

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  13. Sharpy… I said on the last thread(maybe the one before) that I think we’ll be comfortable top 10, maybe even top 8 depending on the transfer window, no logic, just a feeling, oh and I’m an eternal optimist…to the point of it being sickly 😆

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  14. Stuart… I reckon Charnley will be the finance guy.

    …and Mark, good reads last few threads, keep up the good work but let them get to 300+ comments so we get a bit of a break from Sharpy 😉 😆

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  15. G2 – you can keep Messi and Neymar mate. Has no one told that Carlton Cole and Franco Di Santo are both available on a free – chi ching 😉

    Stu – I don’t think anyone has a problem with replacing DL with a more football minded or experienced person. For me though, if you run a business surely you want the best person for the job. Clearly he hasn’t done that and has just handed his pal the job over a pint and a spot of lunch – that’s mental IMO.

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  16. That’s what I think is needed to be 7th which is financially where we are.

    How we get there I leave to JPK & AP

    However, The 1st team needs a striker to get the best out of Cisse & HBA

    The bench needs another attacking midfielder, unless Vuckic is fit

    The squad needs replacements for Obertan, Gosling, Shola, & Willo

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  17. That’s a frightening thought Sharpy @18. I don’t mind Di Santo but Carlton Cole? Please no. As for Kinnear I would agree that Ashley didn’t exactly do a wide ranging search for the best DoF available. What a way to run a club. Bizarre but we should be used to it by now. Those moves @19 would help us enormously if the right players are brought in Premand. Let’s see what Joe actually does. And whether he decides Pardew is not good enough as manager.

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  18. Richie – you big tosser!. When yous get over 300 posts our lass is the one wanting the new article so SHE can get a break from me again! 🙁 🙄 😆

    Richie – as for your predictions for next season. As horrendous as we did last season we were actually only 8 points off 8th spot as it was. We could probably achieve 8-10th spot without any new signings.
    Mind that said, pretty much every other team is making improvements to their squads already, so we will absolutely need to do the same.

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  19. If we finish 7th or 8th next season I’ll be absolutely amazed but pleased as well. I would think with ongoing problems, including an unsettled manager, a new DoF and some extremely worrisome lack of depth (what do we say about our striker situation?) that 7th would be a small miracle. One that I would gladly accept but I’m not setting my expectations that high just yet.

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  20. G2 – JFK has said something like “its my job to make sure that if me miss out on beef, we get meat anyway” – another strange thing to say but the way I interpret it was that if we miss out on plan A we’ll have a plan B. If thats what he meant by it then its an improvement on DL.
    We missed out on too many players with him and had no alternatives – hence why we started last season with a squad not strong enough.

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  21. G2 , Well I just want us to survive tbh. Not fussed where we finish just as long as it’s not bottom 3. I was optimistic before sunday even with Parsnip in place now I’m a worried bunny.

    Sharpy@13 ,Thanks mate ,though I’m pretty sure you got put to sleep and not the twilight stuff I’m getting .Apparently you are away with the fairys ,been reading up and a medic who works with the stuff reckons you will feel pain you just won’t remember (like the date rape drugs!!!!). HELLS BELLS ,I just wish the bugger could of came out today tbh,.

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  22. Dave ,What do you reckon on the last 6 fixtures if we are in a relegation scrap ? That last fixture could be better.

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  23. Sharpy 😉 …Aye, I think top 6 is out even without all the upheaval but after that it’s a free for all for the rest of the placings imo, but we need som decent signings, less injuries, better luck and much better performances from the players, Pards and the coaches. Time will tell if we get any of the above.

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  24. That’s another impressive statement from Kinnear Sharpy @23. I suppose it depends on what he means by meat? An average player who Ashley thinks we can afford? I assume the beef would be a top player? I’ll wait and see what he can do before judging too harshly. Just having to put up with his press ravings is a big negative for the club but if he brings in good players there will be a reason to forgive that shortcoming.

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  25. Kim I think we’ll be mid table coming into the last 6 games, so hopfully we will do well and finish further up the table 😉

    Jay Jay the dwarf chutney ferret 😯 what about ye where da hell have you been , whats the craic

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  26. So Llambias resigned because Kinnear pulled the plug on Douglas!!!! This is unbelievable! Carr next to resign!

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  27. Stu – where have you read that like mate?

    G2 – I agree, if beef is PEA and meat is Remy then that’s fine but if meat is Carlton Cole then no thank you. What the fuck am I doing man!!, beef n meat shit – it’s just like DLs purples n that 😳 😆

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  28. Firstly I never believe owt I read in the papers especially ones like the mirror and secondly if true at least Joe killed 2 birds with one stone…although wouldn’t be too happy to see Carr go.

    Dave… 😆

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  29. If true that Kinnear pulled the plug on Douglas we may end being grateful for 2 reasons: 1. we get rid of Llambeezee and 2. Douglas is supposed to be a bit of a nutter with no self control. Still we need to see what kind of player Kinnear intends to bring in (and whether he can get them over the line). Waiting is difficult.

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  30. If Kinnear forces Carr out I’d be apapleptic. Why would he pull the plug on the free transfer that was close to being finalised? Unless he’s had information that he’s not up to scratch OR that another player that he wants ( 🙄 ) is ‘available’.

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  31. I think I’m right in saying that on the last day, had results gone our way, we could have finished 10/11th? Show’s how tight it really was. Bring in some players and somehow keep the drama to a minimum (unlikely, I know) and we should be comfortable. Comfortable and some fucking progress in the cups would be nice, but I wanted a comfortable/boring summer and look where that went..

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  32. Andy ,apparently it was because he hadn’t heard of him and he rang Maclaren for info on him 😳

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  33. I’m all blessed big Dave with ever increasing girth on my throbbing great big piss stick. How’s yourself?

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  34. Kim
    Yeah I read the article. If the McClaren bit is true then why hasn’t Steve tried to get rid of him sooner? If he’s not good enough for us then why hasn’t he been sold and replaced at Twente.

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  35. Oliver Holts piece in the Mirror about Joes appointment is really well written and not a piss take article just a balanced view. (page 59).

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  36. It is understood … It is believed …

    When you see these words in a newspaper it means that the story has been made up to fit a few facts. There is no more truth to it than any of the stories made up in any average blog comment. Just because they are a national daily doesn’t add any weight to their fiction.

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  37. pardew gone on holiday, he needs a break from the mad house? mike ashley could of handled the situation a lot better. pulling the plug on douglas is unbelievable. two years of scouting down the drain. we will lose carr because of kinnear. i’m only hoping that ashley wants to piss us off before he sales or maybe i’m hoping. i just fear we are going to lose cabaye and cisse. i dont know what to think?

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  38. My opinion of Llambias has gone through the roof if he resigned on a point of principle. Sounds like he didn’t want Kinnear to ruin the good work that has been done the last two years.

    Good on him I say and if Carr and Pardew feel the same good on them too.

    In fact I would take relegation right now if it meant Ashley selling up. Fair trade off in my opinion.

    When you have an illness you need strong drugs to cure it.

    To Ashley its a joke, a play thing for him to fck about with. I wouldn’t mind but every other billionaire at least throws money at the club, buys success and trophies – they have the right to be silly.

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