After being number one keeper since the last promotion, Tim Krul found things very different after this latest bounce back to the Premier League.

This summer saw the Dutch keeper totally sidelined and rarely, if ever, mentioned.

Still number one keeper until his injury in October 2015, Krul went to get fully fit and play some football on loan in Holland last season but things haven’t quite worked out for him on returning to St James Park.

The 16th of 16 departures, Tim Krul was confirmed as joining Brighton just minutes before the transfer window closed last night (see below).

Friday has seen the keeper pay tribute to the supporters he is now leaving behind.

Tim Krul via Twitter:

“To all the Geordies, I just want to say a massive thank you for your support over the last 11 years.

“You guys are the foundation of the club.

“It’s been an amazing an unforgettable journey.

“I arrived at Newcastle as a 17 year old boy and leaving as a man, with too many memories to mention.

“Thank you for making me feel like an adopted Geordie.

“I’m proud and honoured to have served this great club, you will always be in my heart.”

The Mag – 31 August 2017:

Tim Krul became the 16th and final player to leave Newcastle in this summer transfer window.

Just before the window shut, loan deals for Lazaar (to Benevento) and Tim Krul (to Brighton – see below) were announced.

Claims that Newcastle had any intention of backing Rafa Benitez with further signings in the later stages of the window proved as hollow as they could possibly be.

In the final 34 days of this transfer window, only one signing arrived, Joselu a bargain £5m buy after Rafa Benitez was blocked from bringing in the signings he wanted/needed.

Many Newcastle fans now dreading what may happen in the aftermath of this latest joke of a window under Mike Ashley.



Christian Atsu, Florian Lejeune, Jacob Murphy, Javier Manquillo, Joselu


Mikel Merino (loan)



Florian Thauvin, Kevin Mbabu, Daryl Murphy, Emmanuel Riviere, Siem De Jong, Grant Hanley

Loaned out

Adam Armstrong, Matz Sels, Ivan Toney, Achraf Lazaar, Tim Krul


Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Yoan Gouffran, Haris Vuckic, Lubo Satka

Official Brighton announcement:

‘Brighton & Hove Albion have signed Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul on a season-long loan deal from Newcastle United.

The 29-year-old, who played under Albion manager Chris Hughton at St James’ Park, travelled down from the North East this afternoon and completed the deal at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre this evening.

Krul has made 157 appearances for the Magpies in the Premier League and provides Albion with another option between the posts alongside summer signing Mathew Ryan and Niki Maenpaa.

The shot-stopper joined Ajax on loan last season, before switching to fellow Dutch side AZ Alkmaar for the remainder of the campaign, where he featured 16 times and helped them to a sixth-placed finish in Eredivisie.

Hughton said, “I know Tim from my time at Newcastle and he is an excellent professional that has a vast amount of experience at both club and international level.

“He’s played an extensive amount of games in the Premier League, as well as playing in the Europa League and his experience will also help benefit the other keepers in the squad.”

After beginning his career with Dutch side ADO Den Haag, Krul moved to Newcastle in the summer of 2005, before keeping a clean sheet on his his first-team debut against Palermo in the UEFA Cup the following year.

The Dutchman then won the Under-21 European Championships in 2007, after signing a new four-year contract with the Magpies.

Between 2007 and 2009, Krul spent time on loan at Falkirk and Carlisle United, before returning to Tyneside, where he made his Premier League debut in 2010 and ended the season as Newcastle’s first-choice goalkeeper.

Krul kept a clean sheet against Brazil on his international debut for Netherlands in 2011, and has made seven appearances for his country to date.’

Newcastle United official confirmation:

Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has joined Brighton & Hove Albion on a season-long loan deal.

Krul, 29, has linked up with former Magpies boss Chris Hughton at the AMEX Stadium, where he will remain until the end of the Seagulls’ first season in the Premier League.

The Dutch international stopper – one of United’s longest serving players, having arrived at St. James’ Park in 2005 – also spent time out on loan at Ajax and AZ Alkmaar last season.

Krul, who has played 185 times for United, was part of Hughton’s Championship title-winning squad in 2010, during the Seagulls boss’ time on Tyneside.

  • Gareth Marshall

    He ought to have been treated better. He seems like a good lad and a top pro. I hope he can return to the form he’s capable of. Good luck to him.

  • Jezza

    Hartstikke bedankt, Tim. Je bent een echte Geordie.

    • HappyToons

      Roughly (very roughly) translated it means: ‘You were never a big girl’s blouse Tim. As they say in Byker you were a canny ‘Gholie’ or Ashington a canny ‘girlie’, or in American an awesome ‘Goal Minder’.

      • Jezza

        It simply says “Thanks so much, Tim, you’re a true Geordie”.

  • brin mcardle

    I thought he was a terrific Goalie(one of the best)…better than Elliott

    • Clarko

      Keywords being “he was”.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        the super computers up & running then, great we`ve missed your inane snide comments

        • Clarko

          I can’t say I’ve missed your stupidity.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Thought the Mackems had put a late bid in for you last night😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

          • Clarko

            You would be the one to know about any Sunderland bid, right?

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            stop being a dik & give me Saturdays lotto numbers

          • Clarko

            What would be the point in that? You would still put the wrong ones on.

    • Paul Patterson

      Sadly the club never built a defence to adequately protect him.

    • Cuh

      Miles ahead of Elliot.

  • Paul Patterson

    A quality goal keeper totally let down by mismanagement over the last five years. And what’s he gone for? Nowt, he’d be worth 15m at his 2011/12 peak.

  • Tony Mann

    He will save the penalty that sends us down.

    • Buck Blacket

      Yes, in February! lol

      • Peaky Magpie


  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    He`s to good a keeper not to regain form. treat like schitt by Nufc, but then again who isn`t
    Best of luck to him

    • Jezza

      A fantastic keeper. Like Shay Given before him, Tim Krul was almost singlehandedly responsible for keeping us in the Premiership several seasons running.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        i had my ticket in those days he was brilliant

    • Cuh

      Rafa Benitez very culpable for this. Makes less sense without the “experienced” replacement

  • Peaky Magpie

    The feeling is mutual Tim,for all the lost days and nights I’ve spent in Amsterdam’s “coffee” shops I consider myself an honoury Dutchman.Good Luck.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      window shopping were you

      • Peaky Magpie

        As I said “lost”.Strange & weird flashbacks every now & then.🤐

  • Monksaton Magpies

    When Tim first arrived my mate used to put him up in Monkseaton and used to take him to the Black Horse to watch the football a true gent who only drank orange. My mate said he was a lot better behaved than Niel Ranger.For some reason Rafa did not fancy him so not Ashley’s fault this time.

  • Mrkgw

    Should never have been moved out. Disgrace to the core – our rotten club.

    • Mrkgw

      Of course, best of luck Tim – I hope that you return to the club at the end of your loan deal.

  • Leazes Ender

    Elliot will never see European football here.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Apart from the highlights late on a Tuesday night ITV.

  • Cuh

    Cruel treatment for our best goalie. Looking forward to Darlow and Woodman now, last hope for us.

  • Peaky Magpie

    And to think we used to have Lionel Perez & Mike Hooper 😱

    • Danimal

      The fat scummy fireplace vandal tried to sign both of them back on again,mistaking them for Perez at Arsenal and Hooper at Sheff Wed. Fortunately Penfold couldn’t be stirred from his hibernation long enough to put the plan in action.

  • magpiefifer

    Really sorry to see Tim depart – always liked him as a player and a person.
    Rafa has not been too convincing with his goalkeeping decisions so far (Sels!), and I hope this decision doesn’t come back to bite him!?

  • 1957

    Being forced out of the club by Benitez is a sad end to Tim’s time with us, is he really worse than Elliot or Darlow.

    His contract is up at the end of the season so I doubt we will see him playing for Newcastle again. A good goalkeeper and a genuinely nice person, I’ve seen him stay around and spend time talking to young goalkeepers at promotional event, long after he could have left.

  • hetonmag

    Why didn’t either of the Dutch sides sign him up unfortunately injury has caught up with the boy and by the way how much has any of you seen of him for the last couple of seasons, Rafa sees players day in and day out had he been top notch I’m quite sure Rafa would have kept him.

    • Danimal

      He won’t be seeing as many players day in and day out from now on, after fatty’s latest fire sale.

      • hetonmag

        Correct unfortunately.

  • Rich Lawson

    Great goalie,bad injury, but shabbily treated,especially training with the kids,i’m sure he leaves with every fans best wishes for the future.

  • Essex_Toon

    k bye, Tim.

  • nevfur

    All managers are entitled to move players on. You can’t afford to be too emotional in football. Times move on, he served us well but it’s time to go with our thanks though of course and we wish him well, apart from if he plays us

    • Cuh

      There are better ways to do it! Sending him to train with kids, not even a minute I. Pre-season, not even in the carabao cup which Rafa threw away to the second squad!! Its unacceptable the way we part with our players!

  • Cuh

    This is why we say the team lacks character, doesnt play for the shirt etc. The players who did play for the shirt, we parted with on bad terms. How many ex NUFC players come to visit the team? Inspire them? Build a mentality, a culture to uphold?

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Training with the kids is not nasty. Its because Rafa coaches to the players who will serve the club. Its a balance of getting teams set correctly in training and drilled. If you have weird numbers its very difficult to do it. You’re handicapping yourself. Its like school class sizes. If more kids you don’t have as much time to coach each player if you have to watch too many, advise too many etc.. If you keep it tight it means you get on top of it. Krul went out on loan and also wasnt up to speed with how Rafa coached etc so to teach him to get up to speed would have been fruitless if not the future of the club. He was also on a large salary which Rafa probably thought needed shifting to put into a more important area of the squad to compete but he was not backed and thats another story.

  • Mal

    We’ll give him a belated Geordie ‘send off’ when we’re down at the Amex later this month.

  • Geordiegiants

    Lets be honest here, he was a good servant and a decent player on his day. He wasn’t any sort of super star or top class keeper, good luck in th future to him, but I’m sure Rafa knows what he is doing regards players he wants to keep and move out.