Progression is paramount: Newcastle United
The entire season that just passed, staggeringly, passed without any turmoil at Newcastle United. No big departures, no sackings - just victories, and special football.
July 4th, 2012
Not too many people – including myself – would have expected Newcastle United to secure a Top 5 finish in only their second season back in the Premier League. If that wasn’t memorable enough, some of the results recorded, and goals scored will go down in Premier League history, not just in the Geordie archives.
Beating reigning champions Manchester United 3-0 at home is a result that not many NUFC fans will forget any time soon. Ba with a spectacular volley, and Yohan Cabaye with one of the best freekicks I’ve ever seen at St.James’ Park capped a marvellous night. You won’t find two better goals in a game all season, or so they said.
Step forward Papiss Demba Cissé. Mention his name to any neutral football fan across the globe and they’ll more than likely assign him to that goal against Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge. Seemingly defying the law of physics; Cissé hit an absolute beauty with the outside of his right boot – over on the sideline – which curled into Petr Cech’s net. It was a worthy winner of the Goal of the Season, and quite frankly – it’ll be very near the top of contenders in the Goal of the Decade.
All of those goals; fantastic results; memorable moments watching Newcastle United were made possible by the hard work put in by Alan Pardew, John Carver, the players, and everyone associated with NUFC from 2011 pre-season right until the very end. Most people say we got ‘lucky’, most of those saw their team finish below Newcastle United this season. You make your own luck in this game, whatever about life in general.
As every football will know: the transfer window officially opened on July 1st. Endless rumours, various bids, countless ‘discussions’, will happen between now and the first of September. What players will be holding your team’s jersey when the window slams shut is certainly the most important thing.
Luckily at St.James’ Park, we expect the worst and welcome anything besides. The entire season that just passed, staggeringly, passed without any turmoil at Newcastle United. No big departures, no sackings – just victories, and special football.
As we approach the new 2012/13 Barclays Premier League season, we want to improve on our showing last season. The imminent arrival of a couple of new defenders and a probable striker signal that the hard-work is well and truly under way at the club.
Maybe we’ll lose some key men, but I cautiously doubt it. As a football team, and a football club – we are progressing in a very encouraging fashion. Any NUFC fan would snap your fingers off for a similar season again, but we have to be realistic and acknowledge that it will be even harder to reach the summits we did last campaign. You just never know though, especially if Papiss has any major say in matters.
The main thing is that Newcastle United is moving upwards, and long may that continue. For the first time in quite a few seasons, there’s big excitement on Tyneside. Mind you, we’re still trying to work out how good we actually were last season.
While we brainstorm, let’s hope the work behind the scenes at NUFC is preparing the lads for another storming Premier League season. More of the same please fellas.
Written by Kevin Doocey.