Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0  – Sunday 13 May 3pm

We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.

Newcastle ending the season with a superb three goal win over Chelsea.

Newcastle dominating the first half and should have been more than one up, putting that right with two more either side of the hour mark.

Jack Lacey-Hatton:

“A dream finale to a brilliant season.

“How good is Ayoze Perez?

“Another brilliant display from our number 17.

“The noise from the stands hopefully convinces Rafa to have another season next year. It’s important to stay grounded- 40+ points again next season would be another good year.

“How important was it to finish with a flourish after tailing off after securing survival, today they were at it.

“Enjoy the summer, the world cup, and lets go again next season. Thank you Rafa.”

Davey Hat-Trick:

“A joyful day – great to end the season on a real high.

“I’m sure the Chelsea fans will bemoan their side’s lack of desire – and they’d be right – but Newcastle were great from front to back.

“The sponsors gave Perez and Shelvey a joint m-o-m award, but for me, Lejeune gave one of the finest defensive displays I have seen at SJP.

“There is much to be decided over the summer – and I’m sure The Mag will be full of articles discussing budgets, transfers, takeovers and all manner of other things.

“But right now, I’m basking in the glow of an excellent performance and a fantastic win.”

Jamie Smith:

“Brilliant end to an overall great season.

“Not without its ups and downs but better than anyone could have expected.

“Chelsea weren’t up for it today but some stellar performances from Perez and Shelvey in particular, set us up for a grandstand finale.

“Could be bittersweet if this proves to be Rafa’s swansong.

“The summer ahead is so huge for the club and with the season done and dusted it’s squeaky bum time as we wait for progress, good or bad.

“Good day again though.”

Nat Seaton:

“Saved the best til last!

“Change of tactics by Rafa paid dividends.

“Great performance all round against a team that had something to play for.

“Well done to Rafa and the lads who have done an amazing job finishing 10th in the circumstances that is Ashley’s NUFC.”

Ben Cooper:

“Excellent today, a team of lions hunting some startled antelope.

“Of that extra £10 million the club gets for finishing 10th, £4mill of it has to go on Dubravka, two amazing stops today. Not that he was the only one who played out of his skin.

“Whoever we play last game of next season better watch out. We know how to end a season alright!”

David Punton:

“Sublime. The perfect way to round of a season that sees us finish in tenth.

“Had anyone suggested back in August that we’d end the campaign in the top half on a £19m net spend you’d have laughed at them.

“But that is what Rafa Benitez and this group of players have achieved.

“Safe with five games to spare, the recent run of losses was a slight disappointment, before finishing in style today. Any win against Chelsea is very welcome indeed.

“The fact we did it by scoring three goals and bossing the game was the cherry on top of the cake.

“The message to Mr Ashley is clear: get the manager a new contract and give him a decent budget.

“Enjoy the summer.”

Paul Lyon:

“An absolute glorious afternoon at St. James Park

“What a performance!

“The spine of the team from Dubravka, Lejeune, through to Diame, Shelvey and Perez were excellent!

“What a way to sign off the season, hope Rafa gets what’s required in the summer.

“Ashley left the floodlights on through a gloriously sunny second half, maybe his penny pinching days are behind him…”

Jamie Swan:

“This is what NUFC is ALL about.

“When the stars align, the clouds part and the sun shines – three goals and three points against a s…. arsed (so called) celebrity team. Beauty personified.

“God smiles on the chosen, God smiles on those who believe without reward.

“Christ, never in my lifetime have we gotten what we deserved, but as fans, as a club, as a city with a team United by Rafa Benitez, we got what we deserved today.

“A monumental performance, an absolutely fantastic atmosphere and if THE one negative that surrounds this club doesn’t see the wood for the trees and backs the best thing to happen to NUFC in a generation, then may God strike him down brown bread.

“From 1 to 11 or whatever numbers they are these days, well played lads. MAGNIFICENT effort this season against Ashley’s odds.

“Let this be the beginning of something, not the end.

“Peace out, happy Sunday people – enjoy the world cup, see you on the other side.”

Toon Bano:

“Truly outstanding way to end the season.

“I always knew this group of players were better than a ‘Championship team’ but I didn’t expect to have a top half finish.

“Outstanding work from Rafa. Lascelles was an outstanding leader and defender all season.

“Shelvey, Diame and Perez came good when we needed it most. The two loan signings proved vital in January.

“Now we have to (somehow) make sure Ash gets the message that he must back Rafa and build a team for the future.

“It’s been emotional…”

Paul Patterson:

“What a day.

“Excellent performance and hell of an atmosphere.

“Well done Rafa and the lads.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0


Newcastle: Gayle 23, Perez 59, 63

Possession was Chelsea 58% Newcastle 42%

Total shots were  Chelsea 6 Newcastle 16

Shots on target were Chelsea 2 Newcastle 6

Corners were  Chelsea 2 Newcastle 4

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie (Hayden 72), Shelvey, Diame (Haidara 87), Murphy, Perez, Gayle (Joselu 48)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Manquillo, Gamez, Merino

Crowd: 52,294 (3,000 Chelsea)

(Alan Shearer reacts after end of season 3-0 hammering of Chelsea – Read HERE)

(Sunday night’s Match of the Day Running order is HERE)

  • robbersdog

    Great performance, great result and Ayoze Perez confirms that he’s come of age as a Premier League player.

    There’s a real platform to build on at our club, and I’m just hoping that the owner realises it and doesn’t f*ck it up.

    • Coach Clagnut

      It’s what Fatty does best. He’s not had his pound of flesh out of the fans yet.

      • robbersdog

        Yeah, I know. The man’s a complete buffoon.

        • Coach Clagnut

          A thin-skinned tyrannical sociopath who only wants to be loved.

  • Coach Clagnut

    Jamie…there is no such thing as god. Wind it in!

  • Tony

    To coach clag – how do you know there’s no god? Anyway, Rafa comes close

    • Coach Clagnut

      You cannot prove or disprove the existence of a supernatural entity. You can only weigh up the evidence accumulated that dinosaurs existed and the earth is older than 6000 years.
      Disputation of those 2 facts alone in favour of the scribblings of nomadic tribes who thought the earth was flat, kinda convinces me. Rafa, on the other hand, is the closest we’ll ever see to a deity at this club so, in that respect, you’re correct my friend.

    • Peter

      It depends what you mean by God….

      • Coach Clagnut

        No, it really doesn’t.

      • nufcslf

        The Dead Kennedys track, ‘Religious Vomit’ sums it up for me.
        All religions make me wanna throw up
        All religions make me sick
        All religions make me wanna throw up
        All religions suck
        They all claim that they have the truth
        That’ll set you free
        Just give ’em all your money and they’ll set you free
        Free for a fee
        Makes a great ringtone and sums up fatty in there somewhere.

        • Rich Lawson

          No,Fatty would be ”To drunk to f##k”

          • nufcslf

            That as well.

  • Leazes.

    Ambition at a football club is driven by the desire of the fans for success…. and all I see amongst these ‘instant fans’ and Mag writers is short term drunken euphoria at beating next weeks cup finalists, I can’t honestly put my hand on heart and say its genuine, probably as genuine as Ryder’s credentials.

    How easy it is to fool a Geordie…. although when I say ‘Geordie’ it doesn’t apply to Mag writers above (Bano excepted) because there’s not one of them from Newcastle is there? mostly ignorant Soccer fans or Mark Jensen’s mates with media qualifications!

    Why does Newcastle United fail again and again….. look above at Mr Porters contact book and weep!

    • Coach Clagnut

      We’ve always attracted undesirables. Hard to say why they attach themselves to our club in particular seeing as we’ve had a distinct lack of success.
      Maybe they enjoy exploiting the gullibility of ” team not regime” boneheads as there’s not another set of fans I can think of who would regularly take a dry one from the bloated billionaire while he happily golden showers the lot of them.

    • Phil

      Beat Chelsea 3-0. Finish 10th in the premier league. Everybody is happy except of course good old leazes! What a boring old drip you really are 😴😴😴

      • Leazes.

        Boring…. I don’t think so! Who knows?

        I’m blocking you.

        • Phil

          Oh no! Please don’t! I take it all back. I enjoy reading your constant negative tripe. Your boring digs about people paying taxes and your ability to put down anybody who dares to praise the team, manager or club. I find it all so enjoyable to read. Enjoy match of the day. Or enjoy finding fault with our win. Whatever makes you tick

        • Coach Clagnut

          You certainly provoke mixed reactions which makes you interesting enough to get the various juices flowing from the hoi-poloi (myself included).
          Provocative? Undoubtedly.
          Boring? Only to those not paying attention.

          • Leazes.

            Cheers….Certainly interesting enough to attract a load of effing trolls

          • Phil

            You make controversial comments. Call anybody you disagree with either an idiot, troll or mackem and then spit your dummy out when you get told what a pain in the ar$e you are!

            Shock…. Seeking attention brings attention! 😳

          • Leazes.

            I could write an essay backing up the hypothesis but I’ll stick with the brief synopsis, as life is too short to waste on morons.

          • Coach Clagnut

            Cockroaches, wasps, midges, birdshyt & trolls. Unavoidable.

      • Billmag

        He’s the original Grim Reaper.

    • nufcslf

      Far too many happy clapper’s that over a hand full of results…one in this case…forget what an absolute sh*t club Cashley has turned a once proud one into over 11 years of pure pig ignorance, stupdity and greed.

      • panther

        cant see him leaving his cash cow either

      • Leazes.

        You know what I don’t think Porter or Smithfield are United fans… they don’t go to games at all because they are putting articles up as the game ends…. you cant do that from an iphone…..

        …. they are media people attached to football and doing this professionally for the owner.

        • nufcslf

          Very true.

        • Coach Clagnut

          Usually doing it badly and getting paid to boot!

          • Rich Lawson

            Love to know how much they are paid for this drivel ? Draper claims to receive nothing at all ?

        • Rich Lawson

          Conspiracy theorists might even believe they are one and the same ?

      • Lhc

        I’m no happy clapper say it as I see it but today’s result must be killing you the fact we’ve finished comfortably beating Chelsea 3 nil, honestly think some ppl on here love it when there’s something to moan about yourself included. Have a day off man you’ll feel better.

        • Leazes.

          You sound like a happy clappy to me.

          • Damon Horner

            Thought I’d seen last week you are a season ticket holder yourself?

        • nufcslf

          Thoroughly enjoyed the match today funnily enough, just not convinced by the stupid f**king owner and those that choose to finance his destruction of a club I used to love. If he does not back Rafa causing him to walk and that ground is full come next August, something is very wrong with those that think there is a future and show up. Cashley is a cancer and needs to be told by starving him of money, it is all that he cares about. Not rocket science and f**k all to do with football.

          • Damon Horner

            Good to see people want to do something about it but I can’t see how a man who loves money above all else and as thick skinned as him would do anything other than half Rafa’s budget and blame the loss of match day revenue for it. He’s already cited the lack of demand for tickets means they won’t look at capacity increases.

  • 1957

    We started well, put pressure on Chelsea and with the cup final coming up next week Chelsea didn’t compete, they were happy to pass the ball around but avoided the 50/50 challenges whenever possible.

    A good all round team performance with a last outing in a black and white shirt for a couple of players I suspect.

    • Coach Clagnut

      Damned with faint praise. We didn’t allow the cockerney ruskie mafia a sniff.

    • Billmag

      Bet that hurt.

    • Leazes.

      Nobody wants to get injured, Willian on the bench.

  • ghostrider

    A great end to the season.
    We almost entirely bossed Chelsea and played some very good football.
    Chelsea let their manager down big style and their fans for not being focused or interested most of the game.
    As soon as Liverpool went 1 -0 up against Brighton they downed nearly all their tools, but had downed half of them before Liverpool’s goal.

    Chelsea were a team that had no belief they could sneak 4th and a big belief in making sure they were fit for the FA cup final, it seemed to me.

    Take nothing away from us though. We took advantaged of it all and gave them a spanking that was 100% deserved even at 6-0.

  • Jate Legend

    The bottom line is regardless of what we think about Ashley, Rafa, whatever, finishing tenth first season back is a great performance by this set of players, we all would have took that at the start. End of. I for one am buzzing with that for right now. Supporting a footy team is largely about speculation and opinions when the season is going on. Fans, the media, the players, the managers etc. Its about results though and at the end of the year you’ve got to take a minute to just reflect on and accept the result. Which is a mint result for us, regardless of what happens next.

    • Paul Patterson

      If someone had said to me that with half an hour to go against the Champions on the last day of the season we’d be 3-0 up and we’d beat Man Utd and Arsenal, I’d be happy.

  • Angelswithdirtyfaces

    Man U, Arsenal and Chelski. Not a bad tally of wins. Great to finish the season on a high

  • Leicester Mag

    In my mind Ashley is sat in his chubby Lonsdale Speedos on the banks of the Rubicon. Choice is his grasp the opportunity or revert to type. Sadly I fear he’ll gamble again and not in a positive way.

    • Coach Clagnut

      Ashley in Speedo’s. An image I can’t shake off. Cheers mate!

      • Leicester Mag

        Maybe this helps 🐳

  • If we can only get 2-3 more quality players to this squad and give a performance like this 3/4 of the season and any Newcastle fan will be happy.
    I don’t believe we’ll end up in the top 6 next year but a stay in the top 10 would be welcome. If there is something this club lacks is a real go at the cup.
    Fans deserve another cup final after SO MANY YEARS and ONLY BENITEZ can achieve this!
    This is the first season in a long time (since we finished 5th under Pardew) that I’ve felt proud of the team.
    HWTL! Howay RAFA!

    • Coach Clagnut

      Reminds me of the old Heineken ads….” Only Rafa Benitez can do this”.

      • Rich Lawson

        Or Carlsberg,”Probably the best Manager in the world”

    • Leazes.


      • No mate, just being realistic. We all want more, but under Ashley it won’t happen. Mine is the best case scenario, if the club gets sold which I highly doubt we can talk again.

        • Leazes.

          No HWTL is the mackem spelling and its a grammatical aberration.

  • nevfur

    20 pop ups to steer around to read one article. Ffs sort it out mag

  • Wor Monga

    We beat Chelsea in a game that was memorable for everything that makes football memorable…the standard of both sides, the goals, the saves, the passion of the massive crowd, the flags…and all you get on here is the usual doom laden diarrhoea from the Leazes-bender who never has a good word to say about the club, or the local news rag, or it’s hacks, or scousers, or the Mag writers…but now it’s us Geordies as well…

    …I reckon he wants to crawl out from under his bridge, and see just how much a game like the one yesterday can put a smile on a lot of Geordie faces…that’s true supporters mind… who don’t spent all their waking hours totally wrapped up in misery, and spent dreaming of days past that were over, and gone all too quickly!!!