What happened to Adam Campbell’s Newcastle career?

Adam Campbell celebrates with Papiss Cissé after scoring a late winner against Fulham

Campbell – Was an encouraging breakthrough in Newcastle United’s underwhelming 2012/13 season

As Newcastle United supporters begrudgingly prepare for the dreaded international break, it gives us all time to look back on what has been a superb return to form. 5 straight victories, including four successive Premier League wins has left Toon fans wondering where it all went right. The majority will heap praise on manager Alan Pardew for turning things around, but when I say majority, I mean the media and onlookers outside of the north-east. Truth is, plenty of Newcastle fans – myself included – would have Pardew replaced in the morning if given the choice, however we are all smart enough to realise that once he retained Mike Ashley’s backing following a dire loss to Stoke City, his sacking just wasn’t going to happen. Anyway, in a season so far that has been filled with local lads giving their all for the Black and White cause, I want to take a look at another Geordie in Adam Campbell, and ask the question – what has happened to this guy?

Before you interject and cite his recent hernia and the fact he has just returned to regular, full-on training – I know, but there is something more to his story than just that injury.

Many will remember Papiss Cissé’s last-gasp winner against Stoke City two seasons ago, a no-nonsense finish to say the least. However, it may well be forgotten that … Continue Reading …

Sammy Ameobi beginning to take his chance on Tyneside

Sammy Ameobi scores Newcastle's equaliser against Spurs at White Hart Lane

Ameobi – Rifled home an absolute beauty 7 seconds into the second half at White Hart Lane

When Newcastle United scampered down the tunnel after a ridiculously poor first half showing against Tottenham Hotspur, Toon fans began to ask the question – what kind of gameplan did NUFC really bring to White Hart Lane? Whatever the idea of the first 45 minutes happened to be, it was nothing short of appalling. We didn’t create a chance, and the majority of the players didn’t look bothered about representing the shirt they were wearing. The second half however, was brilliant. As many of you will know, I – alongside thousands of other Newcastle fans – find it quite difficult to get excited about the Toon these days, but the second half was refreshing to the say the least. We looked a proper Premier League team. The players worked tirelessly, and actually went at the Spurs defence for the kill, a tie which was eventually settled by the highly-talented Ayoze Perez on his first league start.

The arrival of Sammy Ameobi and Rémy Cabella changed the game. They both added a dynamic to our forward line that didn’t exist in the first half. Just 7 seconds into the second period, Jack Colback pulled off the pass of the season so far from inside his own half to set up Ameobi for NUFC’s equaliser.

The lanky winger took it in his strike before sending a bullet past Hugo Lloris into the bottom corner – a fantastic finish, and a response that had Spurs reeling from the … Continue Reading …

Cheick Tioté wants out as Pardew limps on

Cheick Tioté celebrates by sprinting to the substitutes bench

Tioté – Even he has begun to point the finger at the extremely poor manager in charge of Newcastle United

When Peter Crouch easily rose above captain Fabricio Coloccini to nod home what turned out to be Stoke City’s winner, it was all too familiar for Newcastle United fans. There wasn’t despair, no head in hands, no tears. A sense of acceptance swept through a wet Brittania Stadium. Then, as per the last few games, chants and banners dominated the TV screens as the majority of Newcastle supporters voiced their anger, and demands to the away dugout. The message was clear, Alan Pardew is finished, his relationship with the real fans of this club, irreparable. Lining out in their third kit, the eleven Toon players on the pitch tried desperately to garner an equaliser. Our right-back, Daryl Janmaat coming closest with a fierce effort from outside the area. Our forward line was blunt, a certain chemistry nowhere to be seen. Rémy Cabella tried to show his creativity by running around Stoke players, but alas, nothing gave. At half-time, in typical Pardew style, he didn’t go offensive, merely replaced an anonymous cog in the Toon forward line, bringing on an unfit Papiss Cissé for an underwhelming Emmanuel Rivière.

The men in Navy and Green battled on, desperately seeking to restore parity. It was the energetic, and clearly passionate local lad, Jack Colback that summed up the night in Stoke with a rasping left-footed strike from four yards out. It smashed against the … Continue Reading …

Hull City collapse prolongs Pardew’s painful stay

Alan Pardew paints a distressed figure on the sideline at St. James' Park

Pardew – Has publicly thanked players for helping temporarily save his job after mounting two goal comeback

The atmosphere promised to be toxic. That very word had been bandied around the offices of every media outlet covering Newcastle United ahead of their home encounter with Hull City. The SackPardew campaign had gone down seamlessly and was going nicely up until kick-off. As crowds filtered into St. James’ Park, security guards confiscated hundreds of banners and posters, despite the protesters being given a written go-ahead from the club and the local police. In true Mike Ashley style, promises were broken and in the end, the protest did not achieve its full capacity within the stadium. The 5th minute was greeted with some murmurs for the crowd, whilst at various intervals during the game, Pardew was reminded of his place. However, even when trailing 0-2, Newcastle supporters never caused huge uproar. Dare I say, it probably didn’t even reach the levels of the side’s last win at St. James’ Park, when they saw off a beleaguered Cardiff City.

Perhaps it was the true nature of the Newcastle United supporters that shone through. They urged the players on and acted as the infamous ’12th man’ when Papiss Cissé grabbed one back with just minutes remaining. When the Senegalese forward tapped home his second to restore parity, for the most part, SJP erupted. It was a spirited comeback … Continue Reading …

Fabricio Coloccini acts as Pardew’s mouth-piece ahead of crunch clash

Fabricio Coloccini looks dejected as Newcastle crumble against Manchester City

Coloccini – Spouting more nonsense ahead of a make or break day for Alan Pardew at St. James’ Park

With less than 20 hours till Newcastle United play host to what is expected to be the most toxic atmosphere in the club’s history, club ‘captain’ Fabricio Coloccini has called on supporters to come out and give the team their full backing when they take to St. James’ Park against Hull City. Coloccini, who arrived on Tyneside in 2008 under Kevin Keegan has gone on to become on of Newcastle’s finest defenders in recent years, however, over the past 12 months, the Argentine has lost the respect of a considerable number of supporters, including myself. A failed attempt at forcing a move back to his native Argentina was the start of rocky road for Fabricio, but today he has reached new levels ahead of the clash with Steve Bruce’s men at 3pm on Saturday.

As manager Alan Pardew potentially prepares for his final ever game as manager of this fantastic football club, Coloccini has taken time to urge supporters to come out in force tomorrow and provide a positive atmosphere.

The 32 year-old has called on fans to rise above the planned anti-Pardew protests and emit encouraging vibes as the Magpies attempt to secure their first three points … Continue Reading …