HBA0002_Hatem_Ben_Arfa_Newcastle_United_NUFCFollowing the unlucky defeat at Swansea, Alan Pardew updated everybody on the fitness of Fabricio Coloccini and Hatem Ben Arfa.

The manager made it clear to the club’s official TV channel that he expects Ben Arfa to be available on Thursday but that Coloccini will be ruled out because of the astroturf pitch potentially aggravating his back injury, though he could return next Sunday for the Stoke match.

Alan Pardew;

“I think Hatem will feature on Thursday (v Anzhi) but not sure Colo will as it is on Astroturf and he’s obviously got  aback injury, so that would be foolish on everybody’s part. I think there is half a chance for Colo on Sunday (v Stoke)”.

With the Russian team second favourites to win the Europa League, it would be a massive help if Hatem ben Arfa is available, even if it is only to come on for the last twenty or so minutes and have  ago at them.

Things appear more complicated with Coloccini, as reports this weekend had stated he was expected to be out for at least a month, as always with these injuries we believe it when we see players back out on the pitch.

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1957
1957

As much as I can see your point and could agree with its logic, It is the logic of the loser, the nearly men, a defence mechanism against supporters of those teams viewed as inferior but who have won something in recent years. I am of the generation who have experienced the ultimate glory of winning something and that feeling surpasses the Juventus, Barcalona games or cup semi final moments, big signings, Shearer doesn't even register.

I feel for those who may not experience what I have and may not again in my lifetime.

DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

In terms of measured success it was indeed a failure.  But given that or what we have now, I know which I would prefer to watch, what the TV companies would prefer to be showing and what would net us a lot more interest from ethical companies for association with advertising etc. Keegan's side was actually a big factor in what brought the big money in and I firmly believe that the season we just missed out on the title was what sparked a lot of interest in the English game and I also think it is still very much living on that past glory.  English football these days is actually rather boring, it's the same teams winning everything, and yet still claimed to be the most entertaining league in the world...when in actual fact far too many teams play defensively because they fear losing the TV money.

Kenny Dalglish has an awful lot to answer for!  Even when Keegan left, if he had just put his ego to one side and built upon what Keegan had then we could have built up a huge base to grow the club and been one of the biggest clubs in the world.  Instead, he dismantled it and brought in a lot of rubbish and struggled, all because he refused to win something with anyone elses team.  It's something the club never recovered from until Sir Bobby and then it didn't take long for Souness to ruin all THAT good work.  

Porciestreet
Porciestreet

Yeh, right,  As much as I know exactly what you're saying, I would gladly give it all away to be known as a winner instead of an also-ran which my friend, is exactly what we are.  Glory is for winners  and sadly, Ive missed it all.

ArtyH
ArtyH

Well put together, good article. But oh how the mighty have fallen. As I have said before big club is relative, in terms of fan base and wealth yes we are, in terms of investment and intent, no we are not. We could be so easily with the backing of the owner as he has money to burn. He has the chance to make over 50k fans happy and a city too for that matter, but chooses to fatten his bank balance and cause misery. So imho at this time and because of the way we are run NUFC is probably a small club getting smaller each year.

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

Spurs away in the fa cup circa 1988 ? One of the proudest I've ever felt as a Newcastle fan...we took more to whl than arsenal.

Squintytoonarmy
Squintytoonarmy

Ditto this. 1987 wasn't all ticket and fighting up the seven sisters road til 7pm. Awesome support especially as the team was very average but at least they had a go.

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

Keegan didn't unveil Shearer....  Keegan didn't want Shearer..... Keegan was given Shearer.....


The day I knew we hadn't crossed the rubicon was the day the club brought out a Video Cassette in time for Christmas... it was the Newcastle 5- 0 victory over the Mancs...


.... a memento they knew it wasn't going to happen again for a long time...//., and I thought  to myself... would they have made a video of them beating us.... no!


Small time

Andgeo
Andgeo

Glory is getting rid of the fat man.