Newcastle United’s trip to Everton on Thursday evening has been postponed by the Premier League due to covid cases and a growing list of injuries in Howe’s squad.
The Magpies made a formal request for the game to be called-off yesterday afternoon, with the Premier League announcing the fixture had been postponed just hours later.
Newcastle were unable to field a side and meet the requirements of having 13 outfield players, plus a goalkeeper, available for the fixture.
Callum Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin and Ryan Fraser all picked up injuries last time out as Javi Manquillo received his fifth yellow of the season leaving him suspended for the game at Goodison Park.
After the draw with Manchester United, the Newcastle manager was asked about the trip to Merseyside:
“We will try and get the game on. We will see what the situation is with the injured players we have and the Covid we have in the camp. Then it’ll be a simple process of counting the players.”
The match, which was scheduled to kick off at 7:30pm on Thursday, will now be rescheduled and a new date and time will be confirmed by the Premier League in due course.
This is the first fixture Newcastle have had postponed since the Omicron variant disrupted the Premier League schedule in December.
Newcastle will not be naming individuals who have contracted Covid-19 or their vaccination status.
The postponement means that Newcastle head into the New Year second bottom of the Premier League having won just once in theIr opening 19 games.
However, as the January Transfer Window fast approaches, the Magpies will be expecting to have a much improved second half to the season. The Toon have been tipped to bring major reinforcements to the club in January, especially in defensive areas and we could see a completely different back four in weeks to come.
Callum Wilson’s injury (calf) could keep him out for months, as Saint-Maximin also hobbled off injured with a calf problem. The extent of the injuries are yet to be confirmed but Newcastle may have to change their transfer policy if the pair are out for an extended period.
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Police Alerted After Newcastle United Fan Urinates On Statue Devoted to Sunderland Legend
Police have been alerted about social media footage which appears to show a Newcastle United fan urinating on a statue of Sunderland football legend Bob Stokoe.
The tribute, outside Sunderland’s Stadium of Light ground, recreates the late Stokoe’s famous dance across Wembley’s turf after he had masterminded the club’s 1-0 FA Cup final victory over Leeds United.
Footage has now emerged on social media of a male wearing a Newcastle United change shirt while apparently urinating on the statue.
In response to the images, a Sunderland Football Club spokesperson said on Monday: “This matter has been referred to the police and we will not be making any further comment at this moment in time.”
Stokoe, ironically, is also a hero and an FA Cup winner on Tyneside. Born in 1930 in Mickley, in Northumberland, the central defender made 261 appearances for Newcastle United and was a member of their 1955 FA Cup final winning team.
Arriving at Sunderland in November 1972 while they were struggling towards the bottom of Division Two, he plotted the club’s FA Cup final triumph in May the following year before guiding the Black Cats back to the top flight in 1976.
He resigned just months later following a poor start to their Division One. Stokoe died at the age of 73 in 2004 in Hartlepool after suffering from pneumonia.
Newcastle Fan Gets ‘Attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in Bar With Sunderland First Team
A video was published to Twitter which shows a Newcastle fan get ‘attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in a bar with the Sunderland first team.
Twitter user @rheppellhardy, who has since deleted his account following backlash, wrote a tweet on Wednesday night explaining what happened in a Stack venue, before the post started to gain traction.
He said: “Why the fuck has the actual Sunderland first team come and started on me and big Premier League Aiden McGeady ripped me top in the stack 🤣🤣🤣.
He issued the above video before captioning it with: “Someone who I’ve never heard of said how much are yous on ur skint 🤣 league 1 yina”
Again he wrote in another post: “Scuse me mate can a have a word, do you know who I am” 🤣🤣 No fucking clue mate”
There were plenty of reaction tweets too….
@worthy_noah: “I remember my first pint aswell mate”
@worthy_noah: “Not sure I went on like this much of a cock like”
@MackemTalk_: “You saw the state of you lad he’d Snap you in half But again You had to act like the Big man Because Your boyfriends where with you”
Did you see what happened?
Fans urged to clap at Newcastle match in memory of teen
Fans are being encouraged to clap at Newcastle match on Saturday in memory of teen who died from cancer.
Mason Kirk passed away suddenly from a rare form of cancer in January – ITV reports.
The family of the 17-year-old are urging people to clap at the 17th minute of the Newcastle vs Brighton match.
His dad Michael told ITV News Tyne Tees: “After complaining about back pain for several weeks and unsuccessful trips to a walk-in centre, and his GP, I took him to A&E where he received an MRI scan that showed lesions in his spine.
“We were transferred to the RVI, which is where we received a diagnosis no parent wants to hear – aggressive and inoperable late-stage ATRT cancer in his spine and brainstem”
“Mason died on the 27 January, just nine days after he was diagnosed.
“It’s took awhile for me to pull myself round (as I suffer from severe mental illness). So I decided to begin organising something to raise awareness of ATRT and teen cancer, and to pay tribute to our beautiful brave son.
“Mason was an avid Newcastle United fan, I took him to his first game when he was 6 and he caught the NUFC bug. Later, he and his friends bought season tickets.”
Michael continues: “Mason’s memory will live on through myself, his Mam Leanne, his little brother Alfy, cousin Liam and the rest of our family.
“He was the nucleus of our lives…our world is shattered but we cannot let our courageous son’s story go untold.”
“We realise things are tight for a lot of us at the minute but we’d like any donations to go to Great North Children’s Hospital or the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.”
ITV also said that Mason will feature in the programme.
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