Newcastle United Quiz: Test your Toon Trivia!

Newcastle United Quiz

Quiz – Test your knowledge of everything Newcastle United with this ten question quiz!

It’s Thursday evening and let’s be honest – there isn’t much to do aside from refreshing Twitter with the hope that Newcastle United have sensationally unveiled Frank de Boer as their new head-coach. Either that, or you could read the countless, substanceless rumours about Newcastle United’s transfer ambitions this January. You might even want to read about Moussa Sissoko’s impending departure from St. James’ Park, or the news that Jonas Gutierrez seems set for a move back to his native Argentina, soon to be followed by Fabricio Coloccini when the summertime calls. Enough of all that — instead, take a couple of minutes to test your knowledge of Newcastle United both past and present. Unlike most quizzes out there, you may be left scratching your head at some of these questions, because they’re intended to be quite random.

Take a breath, and see how well you fare out in Tyne Time’s Toon Trivia. Feel free to share your scores on the social networks, and if you’re feeling very proud or even ashamed of your final result – tweet yours truly @KevinDoocey with how you … Continue Reading …

An honest assessment of interim head-coach John Carver

John Carver down through the years at Newcastle United

Carver – Been at Newcastle United during Sir Bobby’s era and indeed Pardew’s reign

Few Newcastle United fans will forget Sir Bobby Robson’s era. It was filled with great memories, from De Kuip to the San Siro – Stadium of Light to Elland Road. During the height of his reign, we were one of strongest teams in the Premier League and at one stage, looked like a contender for the title. Those were the days; Alan Shearer in his finest form, a back four that didn’t concede goals by the bucket load, but more importantly, a club that every single NUFC fan could be proud of, led by a gentleman who also happened to be an incredibly astute coach. One man who worked alongside Bobby was John Carver and twelve of years on, the 50 year-old finds himself as the club’s head coach for the month of January, I’m sure SBR would be proud of him, to a certain extent. There have been dark days in Carver’s blotted copy book no doubt, but it is only fair we assess his performance over the past year.

Shameful at Southampton

As the travelling Magpies funneled into St Mary’s Stadium with bad memories of their last trip to Southampton they expected a better showing. It couldn’t have been worse. For a second year running Newcastle were trounced 0-4 against a Southampton side that looked like didn’t even reach fourth gear. Depressing was one word for it, but the behaviour … Continue Reading …

Is Romelu Lukaku to Newcastle United that unrealistic?

Romelu Lukaku scores for Everton against Newcastle at Goodison Park

Lukaku – Scoring one of many goals against Newcastle United last season

I posed a question on Twitter a couple of days ago about what direction Newcastle United can now go in their pursuit of another forward. Their main targets this summer: Loic Rémy and Alexandre Lacazette have all confirmed that their futures lie elsewhere, and Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, who has long been admired by officials at St. James’ Park, does not look any closer to an exit from the Bundesliga despite reports that he could be obtained for as little as £7m this summer. This leads me to another man who Alan Pardew has wanted for quite some time: Romelu Lukaku of Chelsea. The Belgian was subject to an loan-bid from Newcastle last season only for the club to be told that he wasn’t allowed to leave. As we know all know, Lukaku later pushed through a loan-move which saw him end up at Goodison Park and do very well.

The eyes of world football were fixed on Romelu Lukaku at the 2014 World Cup and he had a very frustrating tournament, nabbing just one goal, in extra-time, against a United States out on their feet. Apart from that, he was rather disappointing – but that hardly comes as a shock as there was too much expectation on his own shoulders, and that of his nation, Belgium.

Lukaku’s future has been up in the air ever since he joined Everton on loan, and with the arrival of Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge in a big-money … Continue Reading …

This NUFC youngster could make big breakthrough this season

Rolando Aarons in a training session with Newcastle United

Aarons – In training keeping 2014 World Cup star Tim Krul on his toes

In a summer that has been dominated – and thankfully so – by in the impressive, swift action taken by Newcastle United’s in the transfer window, the club’s latest pre-season outing in New Zealand against saw 18 year-old Rolando Aarons earn a starting role. The Jamaican winger was named in a line-up dominated by new faces, including summer arrivals Jack Colback, Siem de Jong, and indeed Emmanuel Rivière. It was very pleasing to see manager Alan Pardew start the midfielder in such an encounter, an early indication of the intentions to finally bring through some youth on Tyneside. Thankfully, it seems that there could well be a very good crop of young players coming through, as fellow 18 year-old Adam Armstrong scored an excellent goal in their 4-0 demolition of their opponents Sydney FC, on Sunday morning.

Of course, many of you will know Armstrong from his first team appearances in the Premier League last campaign, but Aarons in a new face to the team, and his involvement has been coming for the past few months.

On that note, let’s take a look at him. … Continue Reading …