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Gary Neville praises Chris Wood’s start to life at Newcastle



Chris Wood’s contribution since joining Newcastle United has been complimented by Gary Neville, who explains why he’ll be a good signing for the club – even if he doesn’t score a lot.

In his first four games in a black and white shirt, Wood hasn’t scored a goal, but he’s still played a part as Newcastle have gone on to draw one game then subsequently winning three in a row.

His aerial supremacy and ability to keep the ball alive in the final third, according to the Sky Sports pundit, is priceless, providing Newcastle a focal point to play off and a ‘fixed presence’ up top.

He acknowledges that we overpaid to bring him in from Burnley, but maintains that you can’t find a half-decent Premier League striker for less than £20 million – and that Wood is a ‘reliable’ striker who can help the Toon stay up.

The former Manchester United defender said:

“I like the signing of Wood. Those little flick-ons that he wins in the final ten minutes, just keep that ball alive in the corners – it means it’s not coming back at you all of the time,”

“For me, Newcastle have not had that fixed presence, someone they can play up to.

“Yes, he isn’t going to score a great load of goals but I don’t care about that. It isn’t his job in this team – and I know he is a centre forward and people may think that’s a strange thing for me to say.

“When I was a full-back I wanted players who were always available, who I could hit, that would show for me, we could play off.

“Players who when it was difficult away they’d win the flick-ons, run the channels. It sounds really basic but that’s what Newcastle need in this predicament, people who are reliable and Wood is reliable.

“Yes, they paid a lot for him but you can’t get a half decent striker in the Premier League for less than £20million.

“He was signed to keep them in the Premier League and that’s a necessity due to the investment that has been made by the new owners.”

Neville also praised new boys, Kieran Trippier and Dan Burn, he stated:

“(Kieran) Trippier and (Dan) Burn are reliable players. They know the Premier League, they know their jobs.”


Raoul Moat Drama Coming Soon To ITV



It looks set to be one of ITV’s biggest dramas this year and The Hunt for Raoul Moat is being brought to screen by the same people responsible for smash hit shows Line of Duty, Bodyguard and Vigil.

It was confirmed last April that production on the series had commenced, nearly 12 years after Moat gunman shot ex girlfriend Samantha Stobbart and her new boyfriend Christopher Brown, with Brown dying from his injuries. After fleeing Samantha’s home in Birtley, Moat, who had been released from prison just days earlier, went on the run, shooting on duty policeman PC David Rathband in the face as he sat in a patrol car on the outskirts of Newcastle and leaving him blind.

From there, Moat headed for Northumberland, forcing the quiet village of Rothbury into a lockdown as police launched a frantic search for him. The hunt for Moat reached its conclusion with a tense stand-off between the killer and the police on a riverbank, with Moat eventually shooting himself and dying from his injuries as he was rushed to Newcastle General Hospital.

ITV announced three parter The Hunt for Raoul Moat almost a year ago, as filming got underway in Yorkshire, with a cast including ex Bodyguard star Matt Stokoe as Moat and Inspector George Gently actor Lee Ingeleby as police chief Neil Adamson.

ITV have yet to officially announce an release date for The Hunt for Raoul Moat, but is expected to be form part of the channel’s spring programming.

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Peter Kay halts Newcastle show and ‘rushes off stage to help as fans fall ill’



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Peter Kay’s Newcastle show was thrown into chaos when three audience members fell ill.

According to the Sun the Phoenix Nights star halted his latest show and rushed to assist when he spotted a fan on the front row had become unwell and needed assistance.

Minutes later, a member of the audience was escorted out of the venue in a wheelchair.

An onlooker told the Sun: People near the front started shouting for an ambulance.

‘Peter asked if they were being serious, then he asked for the big lights to go on and stewards ran over to see what was going on.

‘He then went off stage for around 10/15 mins and one person was seen getting wheel-chaired out.’

After the situation was under control he got on with his show, but two more audience members then reportedly become unwell.

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International Women’s Day – The North East’s Most Influential Women – North East Updates



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On this International Women’s Day, March 8, we highlight the extraordinary contributions made by women in the North East throughout history and the present. For hundreds of years, the women of the North East have shaped our world, and without them, things wouldn’t be the same.


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