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Papa John’s Trophy Report: AFC Sunderland 1-1 Bradford City



AFC Sunderland 1-1 Bradford City – the Black Cats secure top spot in group F as BCAFC claim a bonus point on penalties.

Following their 1-1 draw with Bradford City on Tuesday night, Sunderland will face a home fixture in the next round of the Papa John’s Trophy. 

The home side had a lot of the ball during the opening stages but having failed to take advantage of possession, Bradford took the lead in the 36th minute thanks to a tap-in from Theo Robinson.

The Bantams led at the break, but a brilliant effort from on-loan Everton striker Nathan Broadhead on 52 minutes levelled the game for the Black Cats after he fired a powerful half-volley into the bottom corner.

Sunderland searched for a winner in the closing stages but after a crucial last-ditch block stopped Will Harris’ shot heading towards the Bradford goal the game finished 1-1.

Despite both sides knowing their fate before the penalty shoot-out, the away side came out 4-2 winners courtesy of Gareth Evans’ spot-kick which was smashed into the back of the net – giving his side the bonus point. 

Manager Lee Johnson made seven changes from the home defeat to Mansfield in the FA cup and gave a number of opportunities for the younger players to impress. Ollie Younger, Harrison Sohna and Kenton Richardson all featured with last years final scorer Lyndon Gooch playing left-back.

German Under-20 Forward Dajaku did his best to give Sunderland a response to falling a goal behind but his well-struck effort wasn’t enough to beat the Bradford Goalkeeper.

Richardson went close on the stroke of half-time but the Bantams went into the break 1-0 up. Sunderland equalised quickly in the second half and continued to push for a winner.

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Midfielder Elloit Watt’s effort went wide for the visitors but the closest either side came to victory was when Alex Pritchard’s free-kick cannoned off the cross-bar in injury time.

Despite the away side already being out of the competition, Bradford went on to claim a bonus point having won the penalty shootout as Evans slammed his spot-kick home from 12 yards.

The Black Cats will play the next round at the Stadium Of Light as they are poised to continue their defence of the trophy. The draw for the last 32 takes place on Saturday. 

The next fixture for Sunderland sees Ipswich Town travel to Wearside on the 20th November – can the home side put an end to their disappointing form?

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Newcastle United to Reveal New Shirt Sponsor?



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footballinsider247 are reporting that the main shirt sponsor slot for Newcastle United is expected to be filled by airline SAUDI, who sponsored Newcastle’s mid-season tour of their owners’ homeland in December.

They state ‘This site revealed in February that there is frustration at St James’ Park that they have inherited a kit deal with Castore worth just £5m per year with no break clause and several seasons left to run.’

Newcastle’s recently appointed CEO Darren Eales has already previously expressed that the club at looking at all commercial opportunities and fans on Twitter were keen to mock up their expectation for the new shirts, see below and let us know your thoughts and also see our below video on how NUFC can increase commercial avenues..

Eddie Howe’s team are currently in a strong position to achieve a European slot which would increase revenue into the club allowing more spend whilst staying within Financial Fair Play which is something Howe has spoken about on several occasions as they look to stay within. If the club do reach a European slot it should help significantly with recruitment in the summer by making it a more attractive proposition to any incoming targets.

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Newcastle United Kit Idea - NUFC kits
Newcastle United Kit Idea - NUFC kits
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Amazon filming Newcastle United for “All or Nothing” style documentary



Amazon Prime are currently filming behind-the-scenes footage at Newcastle United for a new documentary.

The docu-series will provide an insight into the club and its efforts to secure a top-four finish and a piece of silverware in the 2022-23 season.

Reports today revealed that camera crews have been filming a four-part documentary for their All or Nothing series. Sky Sports’ Keith Downie confirmed that the series will cover the club and the new owners as they attempt to qualify for the Champions League and win a trophy.

The All or Nothing series has previously documented other Premier League Clubs including Manchester City, Arsenal, and Spurs as well as the Brazilian national team, Juventus, and the All Blacks of rugby.

Newcastle face Manchester United in the Carabao Cup final on February 26 at Wembley.

The Magpies have featured three times in Europe’s most prestigious competition.

Most recently in the 2003-04 season as they reached the third qualifying round, eventually losing on penalties to Serbian side FK Partizan.

The season before the Toon finished third in the 2002-03 Champions League group stages, winning twice against Bayer Leverkusen and drawing with Inter Milan 2-2 at the San Siro. The lineup that night; Given, Solano, O’Brien, Dyer, Shearer (C), Bellamy, Speed,  Griffin, Hughes, Dabizas and Viana.

The series is expected to air later this year and will be available on Amazon Prime.

Based on previous seasons, you can expect exclusive access to training sessions, team meetings and match days, giving fans an in-depth look at what goes on behind the scenes on a day-to-day basis at Newcastle United.

It is set to be an incredible storyline and one that should provide fans with some real insight into what it takes to compete at the top level of professional football.

What do you think Newcastle fans?

Does this excite you or do you stand more with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp who once said the cameras could be intrusive to the dressing room when he turned down the offer from Amazon In 2018?


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Newcastle target rejects Everton move following £45m bid.



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Everton have made a £40million bid with £5m in add-ons to sign Connor Gallagher from Chelsea.

This comes after Newcastle completed the signing of Anthony Gordon, the club’s second most expensive transfer behind Alexander Isak.

Everton received an initial fee of £40m plus add-ons that could increase the deal to £45m.

The Toffees currently sit 19th in the Premier League and are looking to reinvest the money from the Gordon deal to sign much-needed players under newly appointed manager Sean Dyche. 

But, multiple sources have reported today that Gallagher is not actively pushing for a move and has no intention of going to Goodison Park. However, with Chelsea having met the record-breaking €120m release clause for World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez, Gallagher may be forced to leave the club if the transfer is complete.

This leaves Newcastle an option as the player would prefer a move to a top-six club.

This morning, Eddie Howe said, “We’ll see what we can do to try & bring a player in. There’s no guarantees. In terms of permanent signings, it will be very difficult. We’ll look at a potential loan. But it’s got to be the right player & not one for the sake of it”.

Due to financial fair play, the only way Newcastle could sign the player is through a loan, with an obligation to buy the player for at least £45m, the same price they paid for Anthony Gordon.

Gallagher has been playing regular Premier League football over the last two seasons. Since returning to his parent club Chelsea, the 22-year-old has been linked with a move away to numerous Premier League clubs.

Last season he was named Crystal Palace’s Player of the Season by their fans. He also won the Player of the Month award twice, Goal of the Month once, and was awarded the Young Player of Year at the 2022 London Football Awards.

In the same season, he made 36 appearances scoring eight goals and registering three assists that earned Palace a 12th-place finish, one point behind Newcastle.

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