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What a wonderful season it has been for us on Tyneside. Newcastle United have brought the fans European football once again, the U18’s reached the FA Youth Cup Quarter Finals and the Semi Finals of the Youth League.

Mike Ashley has also committed to investing £15m on improving the youth system at the club, bringing in the best talents from across the globe. But the most successful team this season has been Newcastle United’s Women, who completed the league and cup double in April, a fantastic achievement for the self-funded club.

Many players also had success at University and College levels during the 2011/12 season. Captain Sarah Wilson, along with Hannah Marshall, won the BUCS Premier League North. Gateshead College, featuring NUWFC first team regulars such as Courtney Lock and Carla Armstrong lifted the league title too, as well as reaching two national cup finals.

A tremendous achievement, multiple players winning leagues with multiple teams, it shows the commitment and passion our girls have for the game of football, yet they get lambasted because football is a ‘man’s’ game. I urge all Mag readers to try and get down to at least one NUWFC game next season and to see the level of football these women play at.

The women are also making a name for themselves off the pitch. NUWFC have a participant in this year’s Miss Newcastle competition, as Stephanie Lorraine will take to the catwalk on May 18th. The extremely talented Miss Lorraine has captained Newcastle City School’s at both U14 and U16 level and will look to break into the first eleven next season after winning Woman of the Match for the Reserves in the County Cup final.

So what is next for the women of Newcastle United?

The side have taken part in the Robson Fives tournament in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation for the last two years, and will look to defend their title on the 1st July as they send two teams to the tournament.

There will also be many fundraising events taking place over the summer, with the aim to raise money for the club’s necessities, such as kit, facilities and transport to games.

So whilst the Newcastle’s male players will be at the Euros, or sipping it up on a beach, Newcastle’s women will be back on the training pitch working towards the challenges ahead. They will be playing in the Premier League North, the second tier of English Women’s football, and the girls must step up their game to compete at that level.

Whilst the girls will be battling on the pitch, a new sponsor is still needed for the club off it. If you can help the girls in anyway, follow @NUWFC on twitter and drop them a message.

Hope to see many of you at a game next season.

 

 

19 comments
G Dubz
G Dubz

Signing is some 19yr old kid for 300k from the second division, I'm not excited are u?

wor monga
wor monga

It’s not easy…the selling club has to be satisfied first…then the agent (agents) has to be satisfied…and most importantly the Player has to also want to come…he’s in demand, and he may have certain preferences which means a club like ours might have to sell themselves very dearly…


...it’s not as easy as buying an ice cream although to read some of the offerings on here there’s quite a few think it is!!

Duke Fame
Duke Fame

@phillstinchy The bids will be matched to the highest bid, Leicester are more than likely creating a smokesceen for another target, there is no advantage in going public and they know Austin will not go to them.


He's on honeymoon, I suspect he's weighing up the chances of getting a game at Chelsea as that's the 'ambitious' move, moving his family oop norf again, the difficult but could be rewarding move or taking Saints of West Ham which will be the easy compromise. 


I suspect Chelsea will make him richer, us & the others will be similar wages.


No it's not as east as just paying the £15m. Qpr will prefer to sell to us or Chelsea simply we will pay the fee in one go.  

phillstinchy
phillstinchy

@Duke Fame I do agree with you with the potential choices and dilemmas he has.

I used him as an example as to how to progress a transfer in response to @Wor Monga,

But with him we won't know 100% if he will or not if we don't offer what they want. Chris Ramsey was interviewed on talkSPORT yesterday and sai they haven't received a single bid at the asking price.

We are not going to get to the negotiating table with anyone decent not paying what his club wants, or at least close,like the Monaco centre back ( I cant spell his name sorry), we bid £12m, they value him around £21m. (I'm not saying pay £21m for him before I get slaughtered, its another example of the way they are conducting business)

In Sports Direct if I take a pair of £70 trainers to the counter and instead of paying the cashier that amount only give her £40, what do you think will happen?

Jezza_NUFC
Jezza_NUFC

@wor monga  It's not easy you say? Well how comes all the other clubs in the Premiership seem to manage to sign new players during the transfer window?


It's only not easy to sign players when your club has got an owner who's policy for the past 8 years has been to sacrifice footballing success to line his own pockets.


phillstinchy
phillstinchy

I agree that its not as easy as buying ice cream (although that was a very good/funny analogy)

But it is not rocket science either !!

1, Have a list

2, Enquire with Club (If you agree with valuation, then pay it, if not move on to next name!)

3, If bid is excepted, then negotiate with agent and player and pay him what's he worth. If he doesn't want to come, same as above applies.... Move on to next name!)

4, If point 2 and 3 has gone well you have a new transfer!

Take the Charlie Austin example,

Leicester bid 12m and it was

rejected,why?? Because QPR want 15m.

If you believe what has been heavily rumoured and we want him then i have a simple tip for the board.... Pay the f@#king 15m !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Americanmag
Americanmag

Are there 70£ trainers in sports direct?

Jezza_NUFC
Jezza_NUFC

I think he has been misquoted. What he meant new signs rather than signings are imminent at St James's Park. As in yet more awful red and blue signs emblazoned all over the stadium to advertise the fat parasite's horrible business. 

mactoon
mactoon

Whether it is intentionally misleading information from the club or just premature announcements of deals that take longer than intended it still shows you shouldn't take any notice of the press speculation. It's well recorded Newcastle do not discuss their targets or transfer kitty so the stories of 90 + targets we have been linked with are obviously wide of the mark. We will see players when they are signed

WilliamCarney
WilliamCarney

@mactoon Your right about Newcastle not sharing info to the press about transfers until they are actually done and dusted, a lot of the speculations that come from the press are more accurate than what you might think, the reason for this is because the press know who our agents are and follow them, so when the press see one of our agents going to a certain city or talking to another agent they know what our most likely candidates are in that city or from that agent, however a lot of transfer dealings are done primarily over a phonel.

TonnekToon
TonnekToon

I'm sure there will be signings . But of what caliber ?

Duke Fame
Duke Fame

@TonnekToon Well, Georginio Wijnaldum should be announced this week, he is almost perfect for us.



Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

Not sure why people are fretting over signings, they will be coming as the sole objective of them arriving is to keep the gullible and the curious content.

Duke Fame
Duke Fame

@Chemical Dave heads the moaners win, tails the optimists lose?


We'll see, as ever but I get the feeling that you and a few others are determined that NUFC fails just so you can say "I told you so". 

Americanmag
Americanmag

I think you have a point there and wor Dave is leading the pessimist drive by a mile- I think he may work for the mag! I'll take it all back if there are no signings that will improve the team but I suspect things may happen this week

Americanmag
Americanmag

Ashley doesn't really care about the " curious and gullible" if by that you mean the fan base who continue to attend( and don't agree with you but he is very interested in staying in the premier league end of story- he is a pragmatist par excellence like it or lump it- personally I'd like him and his right hand men hounded out of town but sadly it ain't going to happen soon. He has the economic power and a board in his pocket.Developing a critique to challenge this regime ain't easy and will need more than a split fan base shouting at each other and some painted bed sheets. Most of the national press know what's going on but even their criticisms such as in the telegraph and more recently the guardian seems to be able to drive change or influence others to buy the club. We're in this for the long haul

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

Haha, you've got me there like. My mind about mike Ashley was made up very early on but having said that, would love to think he'd wake up one day and decide he'd like to make good his desire to win a trophy but its not going to happen is it ? Which ons do you optimists fancy first ? Or do you agree with fat boy, champions league is just as good as ?

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

Of course signings are imminent.... so is the start of the season!