Tuesday, 30 August 2022

THE LIVERBIRDS v THE TOON **** TOMORROW NEET

 Posted from '1:00pm bells' onwards, Tuesday 30th August 2022

THE LAST TIME WE WERE THERE---LOST 3-1!-- DECEMBER 2021

For the thord time in a week we are on wor travels again, this time to mickeymouseland when we take on The Liverbirds at Anfield in an '8:00 bells' kick off for live telly!

The scousers had a very lucky 9-0 win at the weekend against Bournemoooth and we can anly hope that we can dee much better than them and get sommik at least!?

Wor 5 games unbeaten from the start of the season iz in jeopardy and with a few injuries in wor squad it won't be easy (It never iz at this place!)

NUFC havvint won there this century, so its aboot time we did!----but a draw iz probably the best we can hope for!👀

Aa forst went to Anfield in 1968 and we lost 2-1----since then av anly seen us win 3 times in those 54 years!----the last time in 1995, 27 years ago!

This really iz a jinx groond for us and the sooner this game iz oot the way the better!

Hopefully wor new record £62 million signing 'Alexander the Great' can play and that hiz work permit haz been sorted oot by then!? (He couldn't play at Wolves for that reason!) 

A brief Geordie Times match (and booze!) report will appear here on Thorzday on the way back from Lime Street (Livaapool train station) on mee mobile telling bone---once again! 

PS: Wor U21s are in action at Donny Rovers tooneet at '7:00 bells' in the EFL Trophy and we will bring the result az soon az we find oot--HERE!⬇⬇⬇

FT 0-0 ---lost 4-2 on pens for extra point

Az per usual, "Watch this space!"

Team line ups will appear here🠟🠟🠟 an hour before kick off!

Sunday, 28 August 2022

WOLVES WANABEEEZ 1 THE TOON 1 *** PREMYAA LEEGUE 2022-2023

 Posted on the trains back from Wolverhampton on mee mobile telling bone, Sunday 28th August 2022 and updated on Munday

TOON IN WHITE AND GREEN 3RD STRIP


"MAXIMUM EFFORT FROM MAXI"


A  brilliant 90th minute piledriver volley from Saint Maximin (from a skyed clearance from a Wolves defender) from ootside the box, earned a well deserved point for NUFC to keep wor unbeaten run from the start of the season gannin! (5 games includin' Leegue Cup!)



With key players like Callum Wilson and Bruno missin through injury (and record signing Alexander ineligible  coz hiz work permit hadn't came through in time), we struggled in the forst half and went behind in the 38th minute from a fierce shot from Neves and went in 1-0 doon at the break!

We played better in 2nd period and despite havin most of the play(64%), shots (21)and corners(13), we couldn't find the back of the net!



We thought we'd lost it in the 80th minute when Wolves went 2-0 UP! BUT! sub Ryan Fraser woz fouled near the halfway line in front of the Toon fans and VAR rightly disallowed the goal to loud cheers from the 3,000 who had travelled doon from Tyneside and beyond!

And then the moment of the game in the 90th minute!  (See above!---SEE ABOVE!!!)



Attendance: 31,311 (3,000 Toon fans)

PS: Before the game we had loads of problems when wor train unexpectedly torminated at Crewe to leave us stranded! We had nee choice but to get 2 taxis to Wolverhampton, which cost an extra £200 between 8 of us!(£25 each!)


We had travelled the day before the match and stopped in Stockport

1: The Wellington, Stockport

2:Town Hall Tavern, Stockport


On arrival in Wolverhampton (by taxi of course!) we made for The Great Western boozer near the train station!

3: The Great Western, Wolverhampton
Nee away fans---but we sneaked in! "HA HA!"


After the match we caught a train to Manchester Piccadilly (aye they were actually runnin by this time!)

4: Piccadilly Tap, Manchester
(Running total from 3 away games: 14 drinkin dens!)
(Running total includin 41 drinkin dens in pre season trip to Austria: 55 drinkin dens)

*Another train to York and then another train to 'The Central' to complete another hectic away trip!

(The Central=Newcasil Central train station)



Saturday, 27 August 2022

WOLVES WANABEEEZ V THE TOON *** TOMORROW AFTERNOOON!

 Posted 'high noon bells' Saturday 27th August 2022



Made a rare excursion to Benton last neet to watch wor U21s play Derby U21s and I must have been a 'lucky charm' az we won 4-0 with 2 goals apiece from Dylan Stephenson and Kyle Crossley in front of 125 diehards, includin 8 Derby groundhoppers, who stood next to a 'Rams' flag behind the right hand goal from where we were standin near the halfway line!



This woz wor forst win of the season, so indeed I am a lucky charm! (Normally wor U21s play on a Munday, when I am workin--I don't work on Fridays) (PS: 'Blondie Alan the Morris Dancer', who gans to nearly aall U21s games, kept askin me who scored or had a shot----az I am not a regular at these games I struggle to put names to faces---and he knows this!---"The B*STARD!") ↓





Anyway! On to tomorrow's forst team game at Molineux----We set off for Wolves this afternooon, for an owerneet stay in Stockport, before travellin on to Wolves in the mornin (We cannit get there tomorrow on the train in time for the '2:00 bells' kick off!)

Wor new record signin 'Alexander the Great' will (hopefully?) be in the startin line up and yoo can guarantee that the team will be 'up for it' come '2:00 bells'!  

Wor forst team iz unbeaten in wor forst 4 games (So I MUST BE a lucky charm!) and hopefully we can make it 5 in a row at the final whistle!

A Geordie Times brief match report will appear here az we travel back so expect plenty of misstayks az I will be deein it on mee mobile tellin bone az the train rocks on the tracks!

Team news will appear here an hour before kick off---so az per usual "Watch this space!"🠟



Friday, 26 August 2022

BIG AL SIGNS!

 Posted from '2:44pm bells' onwards, Friday 26th August 2022

   ALEXANDER THE GREAT!


The Geordie Times iz very 😊 happy to annoonce that forward Alexander Isak haz signed for NUFC for a reported club record £63 million from Real Sociadad!  ⬅️(Hope av spelt that reet!)

He iz a 22 year old Swedish International and iz 6 foot 4ins taall! He will wear the number 14 shirt!

He haz 9 International goals in 37 appearances for Sweden and haz scored 44 times in 132 appearances for Sociadad! (That's an average of 1 goal in 3 games exactleeee!)

Hopefully he haz signed in time to play at Wolves on Sunday?

HAPPY DAYS!  😊 


AND SOMEWHERE IN WESTERHOPE --AALREADY!





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Thursday, 25 August 2022

TRANNY ROVERS 1 THE TOON 2 *** LEEGUE CUP 2ND ROOND

 Posted '1:30pm 🔔 bells' Thorzday 25th August 2022


CHRIS WOOD HEEDS THE WINNIN' GOAL! 
(Geordie Times excluuusive!)



"TOON WIN THE BATTLE OF BIRKENHEED!"

A broken nose for Lascelles, a horrendous tackle on Darlow and Krafth stretchered off, woz the result of this brusin battle at Tranmere last neet az 'aall in wrestlin' woz the order of the day !

10 changes were made to wor startin line up from the Man City game and anly Joe Willock survivin' az we torned oot in wor dark blue and yellow change kit!

From the word 'go' we looked lethargic 🠈(we naa aall the big words!) with wayward passes and lost possession! 

We paid the price for that when Tranny took the lead in the 21st minute when a cross from wor left foond Nevitt and he shot past Darlow az wor keeper deflected the shot with hiz leg into the goal!

This awoke the 8,000 Tranny fans into life az Nevitt taunted The Toon fans behind the goal!

To add insult to injury Nevitt then smashed Lascelles in the mush and broke hiz nose and he received lang treatment !

We just couldnt get started until Krafth woz injured when a Tranmere player fell on him and after a 6 minute delay he woz stretchered off to be replaced by Trippier, which torned oot to be a key moment in the match!



He sent in a corner at the far end from us and Lascelles heeded it towards goal, it woz chested doon to Lascelles who poked the baall into the net for the equaliser!  Lascelles then had to be treated az blood woz pourin from hiz nose!

Darlow woz then fouled by an horrendous two footed tackle by Tranmere's Blackhouse----a sendin off for certain!---but NO! the ref pulled oot a yellow card instead and very luckily Darlow wosnt seriously injured with a broken leg!

We went in level at half time!

Chris Wood comleted the comeback with a heeded goal from a cross in the 52nd minute and The Geordie Times paparazzi camereman (me!) captured the moment hiz heed connected with the baall ! (See top photos)

More wrestling and some shirt pullin were captured by mee camera phone az the home side tried to kick us off the park! (Nee wonder Eddie sent oot a 2nd eleven at the start!)


TRANNY'S NUMBER 14 PULLS A TOON PLAYERS SHIRT
A CERTAIN PENALTY WHICH THE REF MISSED!



Forst team re-enforcements then came on in the shape of Botman, Joelinton and Bruno and we managed to haad on az the 4th official indicated 6 minutes of stoppage time!



Not a classic for certain, but we entered the hat for the 3rd roond draw and listened on mee Tranny Van's radio az we negotiated motorway closures for roadworks etc!----Palace at home came oot of the hat---which woz just az well az it took nearly 5 hours to get back to Tyneside because of the roadworks!----A 3 mile jorney from wor hoose to SJP iz much preferable to the 400 mile roond trip to Birkenheed! (Where Tranmere play) 




Attendance: 10,961 (2,200 Toon fans in 'The Cowshed End')


*Tranmere pub crawl (whey 2 drinkin' dens anyway!) 

CAN YOO SPOT THE HARTLEPOOL MONKEY?


2: ABOVE PHOTOS FROM THE TRANMERE 'FAN ZONE' BEER TENT

1: The Mersey Clipper----WOR FORST 'PORT O CALL'!
(Running total from 2 away games: 10 drinkin dens!)



Tuesday, 23 August 2022

TRANNY ROVERS V THE TOON **** LEEGUE CUP 2ND ROOND

 Posted from '1:30pm bells' onwards, Tuesday 23rd August 2022



The games are comin up thick n fast and tomorrow neet we heed to Birkenheed to take on Tranny in the Leegue Cup!

Prenton Park (or whatever its caalled now?) woz mee 100th groond watchin The Toon, way back in 1991 when we lost 3-2 in the old 2nd Division!

It will be very interestin to see just who we will play in this game, bearin in mind that most teams play their near 2nd elevens in this compitition!

Aall 2,200 away tickets have been sold!

Hopefully Steady Eddie will send a strong team so we can progress to the next roond!

We will soon find oot an hour before the '7:45 bells' kick off and this will be posted below az soon az we find oot! ⬇️



Monday, 22 August 2022

THE TOON 3 THE BLUE MOONIES 3 *** PREMYA LEEGUE 2022-2023

 Posted 'high noon bells' Munday 22nd August 2022

TRIPPIER'S SPECTACULAR FREE KICK GOAL TO PUT NUFC 3-1 UP!
(Geordie Times excluuusive photo fro The Milburn Stand balcony)
Tripper iz number 2 nearest to the 'D' if yoo have good 👁 eye sight!


"THE NEW ENTERTAINERS!"

A breathtakin 6 goal thriller woz the outcome at SJP against the current champions of Ing-er-land---and for once it wasnt a hidin' for us az the game ended aall square!



This woz a great game to watch for the neutrals az Man City took the lead in the 6th minute at The Gallowgate End through Gundogan and it looked az though a cricket score might be on the cards az they pounded wor goal!

But The Toon are made of sterner stuff theeeze days and we fought back with goals from Miggy Almiron in the 28th minute and Callum Wilson in the 39th minute to send the SJP crowd wild with delight!

(Almiron's goals woz chalked off for offside, but woz finally given after a very lang VAR check showed that he woz ONSIDE!)



The 2nd half got even better for us az a Kieran Trippier free kick from the edge of the box woz porfectly executed and flew into the far corner of the net in the 54th minute to put NUFC 3-1 up---Unbelievable stuff! (See pix at top of page!)

And unlike previous seasons when we would have then 'parked the bus' with 11 men behind the baall, we actually tried to score a 4th goal!----'The New Entertainers' are in Toon!



The dream wasnt to last however and 2 goals in quick succession at The Leazes End for wor visitors through Haaland on the hour mark and Silva 4 mins later braught the game back to 3-3! 

Tripper woz red carded for a trip on De Bruyne, but woz owertorned to a yellow after VAR intervened! (That's TWO VAR decisions that went in wor favour for a change!) 

The Blue Moonies went for the winner and went close several times, but the NUFC defence held firm with goalie Nick Pope in great form!---A new era iz definatly upon us, that's for certain!

The draw leaves us in 6th position in the table----Last season on the same date we lost 2-0 at Villa and were in 19th place!



Attendance: 52,258 (3,000 Blue Moons!)

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Friday, 19 August 2022

THE TOON V THE BLUE MOONS *** SUNDAY AFTERNOOONSSS

 Posted from '1:01pm bells' onwards, Friday 19th August 2022

SJP FROM 'THE JUNCTION BAR' NEXT TO 'THE HAYMARKET BUS STATION'

NUFC face wor biggest test of the season so far, when we take on current Premyaa Leegue champions Man City at SJP at '4:30 bells' on Sunday

It wont be easy az wor visitors are by far and away the best team in the leegue (and probably Europe!) and a draw iz the best outcome we can hope for! (me 'finks'?) Both us and City are the anly teams in the top flight not to concede a goal----yet!

We shall soon find oot of course, but if 'The Blue Moons' are on top form then there will anly be one winner---and it wont be 'us'! (We are still in the transition stage and it will be a while yet, til we can compete with them!)

Aall tickets were sold oot weeks ago and indeed wor next 5 games home and away are aall taken! (Man C(H), Tranmere(A), Wolves (A), Livaapool(A) and Palace(H). Tickets are now on sale for West Ham away and Bournemoooth at home and will both be sold oot soon, nee doubt!

NUFC have anly been beaten at home in the Prem once since Man City beat us in December last year! That's 11 games ago

(8 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss!)

Az we have a blank Saturday, a'm off to Bridlington for a bit of non leegue groundhoppin' tomorrow to see 'The Bad Blue Boys of Dunston' in an FA Cup qualifyin'  roond tie! (Match report of sorts on that---eventually!) 

Update Saturday mornin

'The Bad Blue Boys' won 3-0!

Meeenwhile, team news on the NUFC game will appear here an hour before kick off on Sunday, when the line ups are annoonced!

Az per usual---"Watch this space!" 🢃

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Thursday, 18 August 2022

IZ BRUCEY TRYIN' TO BEAT HIZ TOON RECORD?

 Posted '5:00pm bells' Thorzday 18th August 2022


"THE HONEYMOON PERIOD IZ OVER!"

West Brom's dire goalless draw v Cardiff last neet, meenz that they drop into the relegation zone in The Championship with nee wins in their forst 4 games!

The question IZ?   Iz 'Broken Nose Bruce' tryin' to beat hiz record at NUFC of nee wins in 8 leegue games from the start of a season? (He woz finally sacked after wor 3-2 defeat to Sporz last season!)

He iz halfway there aalready and the West Brom fans are not happy bunnies---ie: They thought he said that he'd get them oot of The Championship----He could well be reet on that score!!!

The commentator on mee truck radio said: "No game of football is boring----but this game has given me second thoughts!"

Wednesday, 17 August 2022

"USA AALL THE WAY!"

 Posted '1:50pm bells' Wedinzday 17th August 2022

MILE HIGH MAGS!

*In a survey, NUFC are the SIXTH best supported Premyaa Leegue club in the USA!  And 'The Geordie Times' can confirm that the USA are in 2nd place behind the UK for aall time pageviews, with a staggerin' 164 THOOOSAND 'hits' (164,000) and we thank each and everyone of yoo for loggin into this daft Toon website!



Below iz a list of the top countries to visit 'geordietimes.com'




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SACRAMENTO MAGS!


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DALLAS MAGS!


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MIAMI MAGS!


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NEW YORK CITY MAGS!

AND FROM THE TOP OF THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING IN NEW YORK!
"TOON!--TOON!---BLACK N WHITE ARMY!"


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