Brighton v Newcastle – FA Cup 3rd round preview

Brighton v Newcastle It’s that time of the year again. The time of the year I love to hate. It’s FA Cup time!

Cue videos of Ronnie Radford and various other giant killings from over the years – Stevenage a couple of seasons ago will probably be there as well – and lots of talk about the “magic” of the cup. Pah!

The only real magic of the FA Cup I’ve experienced is the two finals at the turn of the millenium. You know, the ones where we got resoundingly turned over and gave not a mere whimper as Arsenal and Manchester United strolled past us. Magic indeed. In fact to experience the real magic of the cup from an NUFC perspective I reckon you need to be over the age of 60, and even then you’ll need to be at least five years over the age of 60 to really remember it. 1955 it was. Not many remember it well…

You see the cup has been filled with heartache all my life and I’m actually at the point of not caring about it. Especially this season when our need for Premier League points means we can’t really afford a cup run when you consider the relative lack of numbers in our squad and lengthly injury list we are having to contend with. So you see, you can poke that “magic” somewhere where the sun doesn’t shine, but we still have to play the game unfortunately.


New signing Mathieu Debuchy will not be considered for this one after his move from Lille yesterday. Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor are back in training but, like Debuchy, won’t be considered for this one. The next Premier League match against Norwich is supposedly the target for all three of them.

Hatem Ben Arfa, Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling, Haris Vuckic, Danny Simpson ad Jonas Gutierrez are all still sidelined for this one, and they will be joined by Gael Bigirimana, who is suffering from a dead leg, Fabricio Coloccini and Papiss Cisse who are both carrying slight knocks and won’t be risked.


Bruno, Inigo Calderon, Vicente and Marcos Painter are all currently in the treatment room while Will Buckley – scorer of the goal via a deflection off Mike Williamson last season – has missed the last two games with a hamstring problem and is unlikely to feature later today.


The most recent meeting between the sides happened just last season when Brighton sent us tumbling out of the FA Cup at the 4th round stage.

The two side have a remarkably similar record having won seven games each from 17 meetings in all competitions between the two sides. Only three of Brighton’s seven wins have come in Sussex compared to four for United.

Stats and facts…

Newcastle have been taken to a replay in a third round tie nine times in the past 20 years.

Brighton will be looking to knock us out of the FA Cup for a fourth time in their history.

The last time United won an away FA Cup tie was back in 2006 when we visited Cheltenham.

Final thought:

As I say I’m not too bothered about this one but I still want us to win it. I want us to win every game to be fair. However when you look at the team we’re going to be naming you have to say we’re there for the taking and I won’t be to bothered so long as it’s not stupidly embarrassing, like Cardiff in pre-season for example.

Sorry, but I just can’t get excited about this one.

Howay the lads!

Date: Saturday, 5th January, 2012

Time: 12:30 – Live on ITV1

Venue: Amex Stadium

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174 thoughts on “Brighton v Newcastle – FA Cup 3rd round preview

  1. Harry Redknapp clause-revealing update !

    “He’s a good player,” said Redknapp. “You’d love to have him here but he belongs to West Ham. If he has a clause in his contract, he’s a player we’d like to have.”

    He’s talking about Mohammed “i **** all over Tiote” Diame and supposedly the clause he’s alluding to is for 3.5m

    get him in! (although he’d blatantly be looking to ‘do a Demba’ at some point)


  2. Beats me how old plastacine face gets away with this constant name dropping about contracts and release clauses,mind you if ya can get away with screwing the inland revenue ,you can get away with pretty much anything,blokes obviously made of


  3. Well ,you would never tell the guy a secret would you 😉 Seriously it’s bad form again by Arry, where does he get off letting that out the bag ,feel for W.ham as know what it’s like. Fat Sam won’t be sending Arry a Xmas card next year then.


  4. Dave ,Them tatts were quite something ,must of took some time too ,it only caught my eye as at one time Iwas gonna have my chilhood cats face done as she was stunning. Tortie and white long hair but without the flat face so really pretty like a main coon cat, people always stopped to admire her and she was like a dog followed me everywhere ,still miss her .My second cat runs a close second but the one I have now is a physcopath . 😉


  5. Well I think it would be just right if Harry triggered the clause but someone else jumped in and took him 😆 and then he would maybe have to take Tiote of us 😉


  6. Reports QPR could land Remy with huge wage offer and about to bid £8m for Lescott too .Has Lescott actually gone to Villa on loan or what?.


  7. Harry is a ****house rat!!. It’s a disgrace that he keeps discussing other clubs players the way he does. Fair enough saying its a player they are interested in but to tell every other club in the world about buy out clauses is bad crack.

    If there was a choice between Diame now for £3.5m, or Sissoko for free in the summer then I’d take Siss every time.


  8. United have sent a delegation to France this weekend as they look to close in on new blood.

    It is believed that a party of top-ranked Toon officials are heading to France this weekend to speak to representatives over possible January deals for two or three players.

    lol only in the Chron.. more egg on face at the ready


  9. Kim – I’ve never seen anything official to say Lescott has gone to Villa, but the way everyone is taking about it (press wise) it sounds like its as good as a done deal. I’d still have him on loan til the summer with us if there was chance though.

    Mark – hopefully it’s not the same group of toon officials that went to Holland in the summer – and came back empty handed!! 🙁
    Sounds promising though – 2/3 players, well Remy, Sissoko and Sakho would do very nicely thank you.


  10. For me, no club deserves to get relegated more than QPR.

    I would love them to set the example of clubs not being able to afford to BUY their way to the top.

    What happened to the fair play rules not allowing clubs to buy players out of the price range? QPR only have a 18 000 seater stadium! Yet they are paying numerous players around 80k a week in wages.

    Its ridiculous.

    I really hope they go down and have to carry these wages.


  11. Mark ,I just read on another site that a Newcastle delegation were in Holland where they were met by a big delegation from a top Dutch club 🙄 😆 Amazing how we can be in two places at one time ,does my head in all this pap. Reckon Debuchy is our lot this window tbh ,our incompetent owner seems to think we no longer need a Cb reading between the lines and only need a forward at the right price. 🙄


  12. Anyone hoping we get more than two players in this window is seriously deluded.

    Pardew has already said that we will only bring in a centre back if we don’t have to spend too much on a striker.

    So its two at most, and probably just a replacement for Demba Ba.


  13. @Sharpy aye, its the same motley crew that went to United Arab Emirates to sell to Rashid Al Maktoum for 480mill, apart from Dennis wise and Jimenez 🙄

    I’m sure it’ll end with Liambias telling them all to **** off!


  14. JJ – I share your dislike of QPR, but I can’t help drawing similarities with NUFC. They have an over enthusiastic owner who wants to be a fan as much as an owner. Thought he was doing the right thing splashing the cash and winning popularity with the fans, only to find he’s been given bad advice and left with a squad full of players who most don’t give a **** about the club.
    Remind you of anyone?
    I hope they go down, to learn a lesson. But I’d hate to see them go the way of Portsmouth.


  15. Mark – wont hold me breath then mate, reckon they’ll piss afew more Frenchies off, burn afew more bridges. I hope they remember where they left their big book of excuses, it was well worn in the summer but there may be one or two still not used yet.
    To be honest, I’d be happy with loan deals with options to buy til the summer. Remy isn’t playing regularly and neither is Sakho so perhaps that would be an option. If they can’t agree fees now, but would have more money available in the summer when they then could afford them, why not try and get them in now on loan, then buy them.


  16. I’m sure there will be money available in the summer. Its always the next window that money will be spent 🙄


  17. Mark – I’m reckoning that Remy would be about £10m and Sakho about £8-9m. I don’t see Ashley handing over best part of £20m in this window like. But if we buy one now and loan the other with the option to buy in the summer, then we will have the Wonga money and new TV money to cover the cost, but in the meantime have the players we need to try and get out of this mess.


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