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Top Young Talent Available in the Summer – Could NUFC Attract?



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Since the takeover, it’s easy to assume that NUFC are simply going to ‘buy the league’ and attract only the very best talent by spending the most money, however that isn’t the only way to breed success at a club.

The youth systems in the North East have produced some of the best English talent of all time and today we are going to be looking at the top young talent Newcastle United could sign this summer.


  1. Isaiah Jones (Middlesbrough)

Right sided trickster Isaiah Jones burst onto the scene last season for Middlesbrough with heaps of energy and blistering pace down the wing, quick feet and a deadly end product, Jones enjoyed a great season last year with 42 games and 9 assists with 1 goal. This season however, he seems to have fell out of favour and since Michael Carrick’s arrival in November, he has seen his game time cut short with him not being involved in the squad over the last few games. Still only 23 years old, Jones can definitely regain his old form and would be a great addition to Eddie Howe’s men as they push on with the hunt for silverware next season.


  1. Charlie Cresswell (Millwall)

6”2 centre back Charlie Cresswell is currently on loan at Millwall in the Championship from parent club Leeds United. A regular starter and having played a lot of minutes this season at The Den, Charlie Cresswell is not only showcasing solid defensive displays at the back but with 5 goals and an assist in 28 games in the league this season, you can see why there’s such hype around the 20-year-old. With Millwall currently sitting in the play off places in the Championship with Cresswell at the back, it seems the youngster could be ready for a jump up to the Premier League and Newcastle United could be just the place for him, adding competition to Schar and Botman whilst also learning from the best defence in the Premier League this season.


  1. Folarin Balogun (Stade Reims)

Born in New York, Arsenal loanee Folarin Balogun is currently enjoying a wonderful season in France with Stade Reims netting 17 goals in 28 games in the league. A technically gifted player with a great footballing brain, it is obvious to see why he has scored an abundance of goals this season. Having his place in the current England U21s team as they prepare for a European tournament in the summer, Eddie Howe should definitely be considering a move for Balogun and valued at £21 million, would add something different to Wilson and Isak up top and could further learn his trade at St. James.


4. Anthony Patterson (Sunderland)

Local lad Anthony Patterson is having a great debut season in the Championship with the black cats after having gained promotion with them last season from League One having made 20 appearances, this season however, 39 games with an impressive 12 clean sheets. With the goalkeeping department at St. James looking shallow next season and uncertain after the news that Gillespie will not be receiving a new contract and with Dubravka’s future up in the air, a young goalkeeper could be just what’s needed for Eddie Howe. At just 22, North Shields very own Anthony Patterson is already attracting interest from Leicester City and would be a great signing for Newcastle to make this summer.


  1. James McAtee (Sheffield United)

The engine for Sheffield United’s great season in the Championship, 20-year-old James McAtee is enjoying a fine season with 35 appearances, 6 goals and 3 assists this term. On loan from Man City, Salford native McAtee has been one of the best midfielders in the league this season and with him being able to be deployed as both an 8 and a 10 and only 20 years old, he has been a catalyst in the Blades success this year. Being named in the England U21 squad for this summer, Eddie Howe may look to the Man City youngster as an exciting prospect to add to the roster for next season as Newcastle will inevitably be playing a lot more games with European nights on the horizon.


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The fantastic ‘pad’ for seriously ill children and their families, opening in memory of Bradley Lowery



This is the incredible ‘pad’ where sick children can go for a well-deserved break with their families – and it is all in the name of Bradley Lowery.

‘Super Brad’s Pad’ is taking shape and could soon become a haven for people to ‘make memories’.

It will have five bedrooms, play rooms, a hot tub, enclosed garden and lots of other top-notch facilities.

It is all being made possible by the Bradley Lowery Foundation and the fantastic members of the public who are supporting it with donations.
But more help is needed to make sure fundraising targets are hit and here’s your chance to give support.
Bradley’s mum Gemma Lowery, who started the Foundation, said: “Families can spend days, weeks, months in hospital with a seriously ill child and being able to have a short getaway makes the world of difference to all of the families. 

“We want children to have the opportunities Bradley had when he wasn’t in hospital, we want parents to relax and enjoy each others company, away from the day to day life of being in hospital.”

Super Brad’s Pad will cater for up to 10 people per visit, so that ‘grandparents, aunties, uncles and cousins can also enjoy being a part of the experience’ said the Foundation.

The aim is for the home to host around 100 families per year.

Fundraising was paused, and the holiday build was put on hold, during the pandemic.

But it is back in full swing and Gemma said the build was ‘coming along nicely’.

She added: “Every donation no matter how big or small means everything to us.”

Bradley touched the hearts of people all over the world. In 2017, he won a Child of Courage trophy at the Best of Wearside Awards.

Bradley lost his fight to neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive form of childhood cancer, in July of 2017.

Gemma founded the Bradley Lowery Foundation and started the charity which became a beacon of hope.

Since it was founded, it has raised more than £3million for dozens of poorly children.

It has also established a dedicated support line for the families of children with cancer, donated huge sums of money to researching childhood cancers and campaigned for new drugs to be introduced in the UK.

Gemma said: “Fundraising is hard for all charities at the moment. We appreciate every penny that is donated, especially because we still have £200,000 to finish the holiday home we are building in Scarborough.”

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Karl Darlow set for permanent move away from Newcastle United



After a successful loan spell to Hull City, Karl Darlow is poised for a permanent move away from St. James’.

Hull City manager Liam Rosenior has made it clear he wants to keep a hold of Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow.

Signing for the club in 2014 from Nottingham Forest, he went onto make 100 appearances for the magpies with his debut coming in 2015 under Steve McLaren. His best stint for the club was during the 2020/21 season making 25 appearances. He then saw himself fall out of favour when Martin Dubravka signed for the club and now with Nick Pope cementing the position as his own, Darlow saw himself drop down the pecking order.

Signing for Hull City on loan in January, he has since made 11 appearances keeping 5 clean sheets in the process, with three coming in the last four matches against good opposition in Millwall, Blackburn, and Watford.

“He’s been magnificent since he’s come in,” Rosenior said after Darlow’s clean sheet against Watford on Saturday. “I think he’s massively enjoying working here, I think he’s enjoying the club, he’s settled in with the players really really well.

“What I really like about Karl was as soon as he signed he had his young family come and join him and settle down in the area, and I think that’s helped him. Hopefully we’ll have discussions in the summer about his long-term future.”

Rosenior revealed earlier in the week his intention to keep Darlow at the club, and Hull are believed to be in discussions with Newcastle over making the goalkeeper’s stay at the MKM Stadium permanent – as his loan agreement is believed to have as an option.

Contracted at St. James’ until 2025, it seems as though a permanent move to Hull City would be the best thing for Darlow with his position at Newcastle United seemingly gone.


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Our Premier League Team of the Season 2022/2023



With the season drawing to a close, we have put together our Premier League Team of the Season.

In what has been a season that is set to go right down to the very end, it has been yet another spectacular campaign of football with players breaking out on to the scene and some very memorable moments.

Lets have a look at who we have decided is in the starting 11 for the Team of the Season.

The starting 11 was chosen in terms of not only who we think has been the best in those positions, but also who has either exceeded expectations but also who has done exactly what was expected of them in their position.

Nick Pope, Kieran Trippier and Sven Botman mean Newcastle United make up 60% of the defence in this team, but for good reason. This season, the magpies are currently bosting the best defence in the league conceding the least amount of goals, 24 to be precise.

William Saliba and Oleksandr Zinchenko make up the remaining two spots in the defence, the Arsenal duo have had a great campaign with the gunners still sat top of the league and looking to get their first league title in nearly 20 years.

A midfield three of Casemiro, Keving De Bruyne, and Martin Odegaard, three players so vital to their clubs and all having a wonderful season, it’s hard to put anyone else in there over them.

Up top, we have a front three of Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, and Erling Haaland as all three players have had goals, influence, and star power in their clubs to push them to the very top this season.

The substitutes include top of the league goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, which seems harsh to leave him out of the starting squad but up against Nick Pope, either could go in and it would be a good decision, but Ramsdale just makes it onto our bench.

Ben Mee has had a cracking season with Brentford seeing them looking set to enjoy a top half finish with him at the heart of defence. Luke Shaw gets on the bench after a solid season under Ten Hag at United.

Bruno Guimaraes, Gabriel Martinelli, and Harry Kane are the remaining players on the bench, all have had a fantastic season but unfortunately only make the bench for this squad.

Roberto De Zerbi is the manager of the season for us, having joined Brighton in September following Graham Potter’s departure, many thought this spelt the end of Brighton’s good fortunes in the Premier League, but not only did De Zerbi do better than expected of him, he has taken a very good Brighton and Hove Albion team and improved them navigating them to a top half finish.

Manchester City only see two players in this team, although they have had a great season, the rotation of the team sees a great team instead of individual players, which is a testament to how Pep Guardiola wants his teams to be.


Premier League 22/23 Team of the Season:

Nick Pope (GK), Kieran Trippier, William Saliba, Sven Botman, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Casemiro, Kevin De Bruyne, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, Erling Haaland.


Aaron Ramsdale (GK), Ben Mee, Luke Shaw, Bruno Guimaraes, Alexis Mac Allister, Gabriel Martinelli, Harry Kane

Manager: Roberto De Zerbi (Brighton)


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