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Articles from August 14, 2012

Anita Wants Talks with Pardew before Signing; Anita Wants to Talk to Pardew
Byline: LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United transfer target Vurnon Anita wants a face-to-face meeting with Alan Pardew before deciding to quit Ajax. United and Ajax officials have agreed a fee for the player, but the 23-year-old wants assurances over...
At the Cinema
EMPIRE, NEWCASTLE The Gate, Newgate Street (0871 471 4714) A Dangerous Method (15): Wed 10.30am Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (U): Sat/Sun 10.30am Brave (PG): Mon-Thu 10.15am, 10.45am, 12.30pm, 1pm, 2.45pm, 3.15pm, 5pm, 5.30pm, 7.15pm, 9.40pm...
Big Assie Star with a Long United Conntract Isn't Short in Ambition; Recruit from Down under Has What It Takes to Make a Big Impression
CURTIS GOOD had the longest wait ever to see if he was going to be unveiled as a Newcastle United player - but after an agonising delay held up his move to St James' Park, he was quickly awarded with one of the longest contracts in recent history -...
Bigi Believing Magpies Move Was a Miracle and Trophy Is Club's Destiny; New United Midfielder Gael Just Can't Wait to Get out on to the Hallowed Ground of St James' Park
GAEL BIGIRIMANA is convinced that Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew's project of "building a new house" is destined for success and hopefully some silverware to put on the sideboard for the first time since 1969. And as one of the Magpies' new...
Bogie Warning on Hurt Stags; Mansfield Will Be Smarting, Says Heed Boss
Byline: JAMES HUNTER IAN BOGIE has warned Gateshead must beware of a Mansfield Town side still 'smarting' after conceding four goals at the weekend. The Heed kick-off their home Blue Square Bet Premier campaign against the Stags at the International...
City Are Focused on the Present Rather Than Last Season's Title-Winning Celebrations
VINCENT KOMPANY expects to hear people recalling the tale of Manchester City's dramatic last-day title success for decades to come, but has no intention of living on past glories himself. The inspirational City captain (left) will never forget the...
Consistency Will Be the Key for Magpies
Byline: MICK QUINN MICK QUINN reckons Newcastle United's biggest test this season is rediscovering their consistency from last term under Alan Pardew. The former Toon No 9 was delighted for his ex-club as they failed to drop out of the top 10...
Court Order Shuts Down Drugs Den
Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY NESTLED between two little palaces this smack-house became a magnet for addicts and made life a misery for everyone living nearby. But the long-suffering neighbours of the drugs den are today celebrating after a court shut...
[c]POEM OF THE DAY
I CRIED FOR THE LITTLE GIRL Amid the waves of smoke, From the ruined village, figures emerged, Heads down, running in through, blank face, In the dust and rubble, A tattered shift, she loped without a glance, Blindly on. Into oblivion. I'd seen...
[C] TWEETS & POSTS
A selection of your comments left on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages A dog fouling crackdown by Newcastle City Council, which would have seen fines for owners caught without a plastic bag has been shelved. It thought a new bylaw could be brought...
Deaths
DEATHS ATKINSON (Westerhope). Peacefully in hospital on 8th August, aged 82 years, Irene, beloved wife of the late Bob, dearly loved sister of Lilian and Albert. Will be sadly missed by all the family. A service will be held at St. John's Church, Whorlton...
Diffecult to Do It Better; Hard to Match Fourth
ANOTHER season at Newcastle United is upon us. But if I am to be totally honest, I think that Newcastle will struggle to beat what they achieved last season. If they do then they will have had an excellent season. My main concern is that they...
Dreams Can Become Reality, Says Dabizas; Exclusive
Byline: LEE RYDER GEORDIE HERO winning goal in NIKOS DABIZAS has a simple message for Newcastle United fans this season: "Don't be afraid to dream." The former Toon star is delighted to see the Magpies flying the flag on the continent again after...
Durham Will Keep Working So Hard; We Have to Keep the Form Going, Says Mustard
Byline: STUART RAYNER DURHAM make the tricky trip to Trent Bridge this week on the back of five straight wins, but Phil Mustard says there is no danger of complacency. The Riversiders have four games to save their Division One status in the County...
'Emotions Must Not Rue Verdict; Judge Advises Jury to Be Dispassionate
Byline: ROB KENNEDY MURDER jurors must put aside their emotions in deciding whether Stephen Streener killed his lover, a judge said. Streener is alleged to have strangled Jacqueline Grant then set her body on fire at his home, which he denies....
Europe Makes It a Harder Season but It Is Still a Big Adventure; Playing on the Continent Gives United a Global Audience - and Opposition Players Will Love to Run out at St James'
IT'S great to see Newcastle United back in Europe again, although it would have been nice for it to have been the Champions League. As the captain of the team which won the 1969 Fairs Cup, European football is very special to me. I don't know...
Explosion Survivor Don Is 'Lucky to Be Alive; 'I Never Lost Consciousness, I Remember Everything'
Byline: KETE PROCTOR WHERE his home once stood is now just an empty space, but grandad Don Robertson feels like the luckiest man in the world. Don defied death in a gas explosion which destroyed his bungalow but left him with only a broken leg....
Flying Bubble Mystery
WHATEVER happened to the "flying bubble", which was to revolutionise US army weaponry? Conceived and designed at Newcastle University in the early 1970s, the US Army was negotiating to buy the craft, but it now seems to have disappeared from history....
Fresh Start for Reserves; Europa League Places Up for Grabs
Byline: LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United reserves will start life in the new Professional Development League with the big prize of being on the plane with the first team for the Europa League up for grabs this season. United will have to use their...
Geordies Gear UPN for Gosling Champing at Bit as Europe; Magpies Midfielder Relishing Prospect of Return to Europa League Action after Sampling Competition with Everton
DAN GOSLING has a simple message for his team-mates ahead of Newcastle United's Europa League challenge this summer: "Let's do the Geordies proud." England Under-21 midfielder Gosling is excited by the thought of the Toon Army taking over Europe...
Homes Set to Replace Derelict Pub Eyesore; Plans for 10 Houses Are Submitted
Byline: SARA NICHOL A NOTORIOUS Tyneside pub could be flattened and turned into houses. Plans have been submitted to demolish the derelict John Gilpin Inn, in West Denton, Newcastle, and replace it with 10 four-bedroom homes. The pub, which...
How Lennox Opened Up to Me on a Run in Miami
WHEN Lennox Lewis ruled the heavyweight division with devastating punching power, there was only one question repeatedly asked. Not was Britain's finest better than Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield or Joe Louis, but was he gay? The biggest selling...
I Couldn't Tell O'Neill No-Carlos
CARLOS CUELLAR had no hesitation in heading for Sunderland when the opportunity arose to renew his acquaintance with Martin O'Neill. The 30-year-old Spaniard faced a big decision when his contract at Aston Villa, where he had first worked with the...
I'm Backing Toon to Go Fourth - Stelling; Presenter Convinced United Can Better Last Season's Finish
Byline: STUART RAYNER BEFORE Jeff Stelling will even talk to you about what he expects from Newcastle United this season, he is quick to issue a health warning. "Bearing in mind this time last year I tipped Newcastle to go down, any prediction...
It Feels like I'm Home - Pienaar
STEVEN PIENAAR is hopeful returning to the club he considers home will improve both his and Everton's fortunes. The South Africa international finally completed his permanent move back to Goodison Park 18 months after leaving to find greater success...
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Dear Parenting Panel, My teenage daughter is out of control. She's 13 years old and has a vicious temper, is always getting into fights and gets terrible marks for her school work. I'm at my wits end with her and am constantly getting called in to...
It's a Privilege to Play for United, but I Want More This Season, Says Sammy; Big Brother Shola Is Watching as Ameobi Jnr Looks to Kick on This Term
Byline: LEE RYDER SAMMY AMEOBI doesn't mind a bit of surveillance during his fledgling years with Newcastle United. And it's just as well - because whether the 20-year-old Toon forward likes it or not, he admits the threat of a clip around the...
It's Hard to Make a Call on Boxes When I Am Such a Big Fan; Sky's Head of Boxing on the Difficult Task of Working Closely with His Heroes - and His Relationship with Some Greats
ADAM SMITH is the head of boxing at Sky Television and as such is one of the most powerful men in the fistic profession making, and occasionally breaking, promoters and fighters. He has the clout of Carl Froch and Lennox Lewis yet, despite his power,...
'It Was Easy to Scam Rock' Jailed Fraudster Asks for Shorter Sentence Because
Byline: GEORGE COLLINS A CONMAN has failed to convince top judges he should have got a shorter sentence because it was too easy to scam Northern Rock. Stewart Douglas Pettigrew, 65, of Windy Nook, Gateshead, was jailed for two years and eight...
It Will Be a Big Learning Curve, but We Can Do It, Says Willo
MIKE WILLIAMSON can't wait to pull on Newcastle United jersey in Europe - but has admitted this summer has been a real education for the Magpies. The unassuming 28-year-old is still living the dream at St James' Park after making the move to Tyneside...
Kids Have Their Chance to Shine; Academy
Byline: PAUL REECE NEWCASTLE United Under-18s begin their defence of the FA Premier League Academy Group D this weekend against Tottenham. On the same day as Alan Pardew's men kick-off against Andre Villas-Boas' side in the Premier League, Dave...
Legal Action Threat on GP Takeover Plan; Campaigners Demand Proper Consultation
Byline: HELEN RAE HEALTH campaigners are threatening legal action over allegations a health trust failed to carry out a consultation on plans for a private company to take over a GP practice. The management of Grainger Medical Group in Benwell,...
Let's See BA the Hitman Return ... and Not Demba the Miss Man
Byline: MALCOLM MACDONALD ONE player above all others holds the key to how United will perform this coming season and that man is Demba Ba. Let me say straight away I am pleased he stayed and did not activate the get-out clause in his contract....
Magnificent No 7 Valencia Eager to Get Back to Winging Ways with the Red Devils
ANTONIO VALENCIA is not feeling an additional burden of expectation now he has inherited the famed Manchester United No 7 shirt. Following Michael Owen's exit at the end of last season, United's most famous shirt became available. Prior to Owen,...
Magpies Made It out of the Darkness and into the Light. but Where D They Go Next? Timeline of Transformation: United 2009-2012
Byline: JOHN GIBSON RELEGATION was a time of deep gloom on Tyneside. The place was in pitch darkness, not a pinprick of light anywhere. Managers came and went with such rapidity their names were scrawled on the office door in chalk to save time....
Magpies Must Keep Their Heads -Harps; Veteran Shotstopper Fires a Euro Warning
Byline: LEE RYDER STEVE HARPER has warned Newcastle United can take nothing for granted in the Europa League playoff draw against Greek side Atromitos - but the Toon goalkeeper has backed his team-mates to negotiate their ws ay into the group stages....
Mam Is a Key Figure by the Ring
SKY'S head of boxing takes his mother to most fights he is covering. But then so did Lennox Lewis when he was blitzing the heavyweight scene and no one took the mick out of him. In fact, Lennox's autobiography was called Mama's Boy! "Yeah I'm...
Manchester Will Lead the Chase Once More; Chronicle Columnist Mick Quinn Runs His Eye over the Runners and Riders for This Year's Premier League Battle
CHRONICLE columnist MICK QUINN has always had a love of horse racing as well as football. So who better to ask who the favourites are for the 2013 Premier League title, and who are just the also-rans? Here, Quinny looks through the runners and riders...
Manfred's Men Back on Tour; Top British R&B Band the Manfreds Will Celebrate Their 50th Anniversary This Year with a Gig on Tyneside, as Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Reports
THEY'VE been performing for half a century and to celebrate the Manfreds are to embark on a nationwide tour. The R&B group will be at The Sage Gateshead on November 29, with tickets now on sale. Original Manfred Mann members Paul Jones, Mike...
Man Killed in Drunken Row over Spilt Drink; Court Is Told How Brutal Attack Was Launched during Boozing Session
Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER A DRUNKEN row over a spilt drink spiraled into a brutal assault which left a man dead, a court heard. Paul McGeorge was found beaten to death inside a flat on Wingrove Avenue, Arthur's Hill, Newcastle. The 37-year-old...
McClean Can Attack from Either Side for Black Cats
Byline: JEMES HUNTER MARTIN O'NEILL believes James McClean can be a threat from either flank, after trying him out on the right-wing during pre-season. McClean made a huge impact in his natural wide left position after being plucked from the...
Mike Millican
Byline: MIKE MILLICAN [c] WHEN did punk rock become slipper-wearing, respectable and middle-aged? The new Kia advert has a bunch of smart and trendy 20-somethings who look like they work in Gap and drink on Osborne Road, singing a fluffy version...
More Exciting Than THAT Palermo Night; Goalie Krul Can't Wait to Get Going with Greek Side Up First in Europe
WHEN TIM Krul stepped between the posts for the first time at senior level for Newcastle United, within 90 minutes against Palermo the Toon Army knew they had something special on their hands. Krul was just a raw 18-year-old when he performed wonders...
Neglected Pool Could Make a Big Splash Again
Byline: SONIA SHARMA TIME was thousands of families flocked there... but today Tynemouth outdoor pool is a derelict reminder of a more innocent age. In its heyday, bathers lined up to take a plunge at the open air pool, with queues stretching...
Pards Doesn't Do It Just His Way., but Ensures That It's the RIGHT Way
Byline: LEE RYDER GETTING IT RIGHT (pictured below), ALAN PARDEW will always be remembered as the man who handed back two things to Newcastle United fans last season. Firstly, he became the first manager at St James' Park to deliver European...
Paying Back the Aid We Had for Jayden
Byline: LEE LAWSON HIS life was cut short at just six months old, but Jayden Culyer is still inspiring his family. Parents Donna Leggett and Craig Culyer had to say goodbye to their little boy just two months after he was diagnosed with a debilitating...
Publics School Origin of Sport
THE controversy about the perceived elitism in the background of our Olympic athletes has endured for some time. It is not surprising there is a predominance of private school high achievers as this is but a reflection of the development of sport...
Queen to Reign on Trip to Salisbury
EMIRATES QUEEN looked an unlucky loser last time but she can enjoy her moment in the sun at Salisbury. Lining up in the Listed EBF Upavon Fillies' Stakes, this Group One-entered filly must surely be thereabouts after narrowly missing out at York...
Rangers Denied by Late, Late Winner
A STOPPAGE-TIME goal denied Silksworth Rangers a point at Willington, who have won all four games to move into second place behind Jarrow on goal difference. Dean Hanson fired the south west Durham side ahead. However, a minute before the interval...
Relishing New Boss' Arrival; Tu'ifua Is Looking Forward to Richards
Byline: MARK SMITH TAIASINA Tu'ifua is among the Newcastle Falcons players relishing this week's arrival of Dean Richards. The former Leicester Tigers and Harlequins boss finally assumes the reins for Friday night's home friendly against Edinburgh,...
Romain Conquest as New Boy Wows Fans; French Ace Amalfitano Shows He Is One for the Future at United with Quality Display in His First Outing for the Club
Byline: ROMAIN AMALFITANO ROMAIN AMALFITANO will not forget his first runout on Tyneside soil in a hurry - and nor will the Gateshead defence. It may have only been a preseason friendly and it may have been in front of a crowd of just over 1,000...
Six of the Best from Amble Delights Boss
AMBLE United boss Derek Atwell could not conceal his delight after watching his side slam in six on the opening day. He said: "I was chuffed to bits with the performance." United were five up by the break at shell-shocked Rutherford and added...
Son Killed His Father in Hammer Attack; Retired Chronicle Reporter Suffered Gruesome Death
Byline: LIZ WALKER THE son of a former Chronicle reporter has admitted killing his father in a brutal hammer attack. Retired journalist Winton Cooper was beaten to death with a hammer in a "shocking and gruesome" attack at the country cottage...
Starlet Ferguson Has the World at His Feet Says Old Boy Cassidy
SHANE FERGUSON has a huge future ahead of him for both club and country - according to Northern Ireland World Cup star Tommy Cassidy. The left-sided Newcastle United star has endured a summer of frustration with the Magpies after picking up a groin...
Sunderland Can Cash in on Chaos; Wolves Woe Can Help Wearsiders over Fletcher
Byline: JAMES HUNTER SUNDERLAND are hoping the growing sense of turmoil at Wolves will convince the Midlanders to cash in on wantaway striker Steven Fletcher. Molineux boss Stale Solbakken has admitted that the whole club is 'unsettled' as players...
Tackling Teen Crime Will Be a Major Priority; Tory Commissioner Candidate Pledge
Byline: ADRIAN PEARSON POLITICAL wannabe Phil Butler has vowed to create a "young commissioner" to tackle youth crime if he's put in charge of the police. The Tories police commissioner candidate said a Wallsend youth project inspired him to...
The Team Spirit Here Is Simply Fab-Ulous ,Says United Skipper; Coloccini Hails Toon's Togeth Herness as Confident Magpies Prepare Well for a New League Campaign
Byline: LEE RYDER FABRICIO COLOCCINI goes into the new campaign with Newcastle United with a simple message: "We have never been so together." The Argentinian international is referring to his own life and times on Tyneside as he Rmarks the four-year...
Tiote:I Just Want to Win Evey Single Thing We Do!
Byline: LEE RYDER CHEICK TIOTE believes Newcastle United's "summer to remember" has laid the foundations for yet more success in the Premier League and perhaps beyond next season. The Ivory Coast warrior starts his third season at St James' Park...
'Trains for Toffs' If Fares Rise; Fears over Ticket Prices
Byline: ADRIAN PEARSON RAIL fare increases will see Newcastle Central Station home to a "train toffs' club" campaigners have warned. Ticket increases of some 6% are in due in January, prompting warning that prices are growing far faster than...
United Will Be Too Strong for Atromitos, and the Future Is Positive
Byline: LEE RYDER NIKOS DABIZAS reckons that it could be a case of Mission Impossible for Greek minnows Atromitos to see off the challenge of his old club Newcastle United. The ex-Greece international has backed the Magpies to make it to the...
Voice of Darts - and a Geordie Legend; Tributes Pour in for the Master of the One-Liner
Byline: GEORGE COLLINS HIS comical one-liners lit up the world of darts and now the late Sid Waddell is being celebrated on Tyneside. Hundreds of tributes have been paid to the eccentric voice of darts since he passed away from cancer on Saturday,...
Wad I Would Love Is to See United Enjoy Euro Success
CHRIS WADDLE has urged Newcastle United to end their 43-year trophy drought by winning the Europa League this season. The former Marseille and Toon star has hit out at English clubs who he believes do not take the competition seriously - and he...
We Can Match Any Side Next Season. We Will Have No Fear JAMES PERCH; Versatile Star Insists Magpies Have Nothing to Be Afraid of in Europe
Byline: LEE RYDER JAMES PERCH feels the passion that burns ferociously for Newcastle United on Tyneside can fuel their aspirations to become European kingpins. The United hero won over hearts and minds at St James' Park after playing his part...
WE'LL BE FOCUSED FOE SPURS; Magpies Left Hurt by Wales Setback
Byline: LEE RYDER STEVEN TAYLOR says a "wounded" Newcastle United go into their Premier League opener against Tottenham Hotspur determined to prove a point to the Toon Army. The United defender was hurt by the 4-1 loss to Cardiff City, and has...
You'd Better Fasten Your Seatbelts Because Thrills and Spills Will Soon Be Unleashed Again; the League Cup Would Do Us and, for Once, Wouldn't It Be Nice to See a Manager of Newcastle United Take the Competition Seriously?
Byline: LEE RYDER IT may seem like a lifetime ago, but when Geordie fans unfurled a banner at Villa Park just seconds after being relegated from the Premier League in 2009, it neatly summed up what Newcastle United are really all about. For all...
You Never Knew What You Would Get with 'Iron Mike'
MIKE TYSON was once the most recognisable sporting icon on the planet. Feared, ferocious, a frightening fighting machine. Meeting him, admits Adam Smith, was, shall we say, an unpredictable experience. That's why Smith often famously took along...
YOU TELL US; the Most Popular Baby Names for 2011 Has Been Released. RICHARD WELCH Spoke to a Group in Bar Bannatyne to Gather Their Thoughts about the List
Byline: RICHARD WELCH EVERY year the Office for National Statistics publishes a list of the top 100 most popular baby names. The list this year revealed Jack and Lily are the most popular names for North East newborns. Topping the national...
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