Steve Harper’s final game for Newcastle United was a fitting tribute to blind loyalty
Newcastle (from): Harper, Alnwick, Debuchy, Simpson, Santon, S. Taylor, Coloccini, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Perch, Tiote, Bigirimana, Cabaye, Anita, Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, Marveaux, Gosling, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Cisse, Gouffran, Campbell.
THERE was a message of support from one of Newcastle’s executioners on Saturday, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain backed Alan Pardew and Newcastle to come out fighting.
IT is a long way to go for Newcastle United’s young guns to learn home truths – 1,713 miles to be precise and almost to the tip of Africa.
ENGLAND boss Roy Hodgson insisted his side remained a work in progress after their draw with France last night.
England made a solid but unspectacular start to Euro 2012. For Newcastle fans, the performance of France right-back Mathieu Debuchy was equally concerning argues chief sports writer Mark Douglas
PETER Beardsley believes the hand of history is on Roy Hodgson’s shoulder this summer.
FROM the Football Association’s safe pair of hands, the safest of squads.
GABRIEL Obertan wants to be given a licence to attack this weekend – as he insists Newcastle should be looking to sign off their St James’ Park campaign with a flourish by winning five out of five.
IF Stuart Pearce’s reign as England manager comes to an abrupt end before Euro 2012, he will at least have the consolation of returning to his regular role with the Young Lions in rude health.
WHEN Sunderland last knocked Arsenal out of the FA Cup to set up a 1973 final with Leeds United, few gave the Second Division club a prayer.
THE Martin O’Neill feel-good factor at Sunderland continued with the long-awaited return of senior men Michael Turner and Craig Gordon in yesterday’s second-string victory over Arsenal.
SAMMY Ameobi wants to go one step further than brother Shola and win an England senior cap after receiving a shock call for the under-21s.
WHEN Mick Wadsworth says today’s game at Southampton is a big one he means it, which is why the teenage stars of Friday’s draw with Tranmere Rovers have been left at home.
INCONSISTENCY will probably rule Hartlepool United out of the League One promotion scrap but they remain more than capable of giving the division’s heavyweights a bloody nose.
CARLISLE manager Greg Abbott refused to be drawn on the referee at at St Mary’s despite a controversial second yellow card for left-back Gary Borrowdale proving to be the defining moment in the game.
NOVEMBER is rapidly becoming a month to remember for Greg Abbott and Carlisle United.
THE impressive St Mary’s stadium will have to settle for League One football again next season.
GREG Abbott admits picking a Wembley team is a "heavy burden" on any football manager - and no decision he makes over the next 24 hours will be taken lightly.
IT’S just one point from the last 30 available away from home for Hartlepool United, after they lost at Southampton last night.