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Newcastle players off to Amsterdam – What could possibly go wrong…

9 years ago

The Newcastle players are heading off to Amsterdam for their Christmas Party this year.

The Mail report that Alan Pardew has given the players permission to head to the Dutch capital for their annual festive night out.

The choice of venue will have raised a few eyebrows, with many Newcastle fans having visited Amsterdam on their European match travels as well as the obligatory stag dos etc.

Of course that isn’t all that the City has to offer but any big group of footballers visiting does conjure up a number of mental images.

Christmas parties and other team bonding trips have occasionally not had a happy ending, such as the infamous Alan Shearer/Keith Gillespie episode in Dublin.

The thought of a trip to Amsterdam in the days of Dyer, Bellamy, Bramble and the rest would have looked a car crash waiting to happen, though hopefully the make-up of today’s squad will not be such an explosive mix waiting for the fuse to be lit.

Obviously United have a number of players who don’t drink alcohol due to their religion, while with four Dutch players (Krul, De Jong, Anita, Janmaat) the novelty of a trip to Amsterdam won’t be quite the novelty/attraction to your average player from these shores.

The changing face of the Premier League and the diverse make-up of the average squad is reflected no better than at St.James’ Park.

Let’s hope when they head off on their Christmas bash, we are all in just as good a mood as we are at the minute.


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