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Make mine another Carling!

By Lee Ryder on Aug 30, 07 02:11 PM

You have to be happy with last night's 2-0 win over Barnsley, even though United made hard work of it.

A place in the third round, a confidence boosting goal for Michael Owen and another goal for Oba Martin to keep the crowd ticking over for the clash with Wigan.

Mike Ashley was back - complete with Alan Smith shirt - and the question is: Will he make it a hat-trick by wearing it again against Wigan?

If he does, he might just see United continue their unbeaten run under Sam Allardyce and see more goals from Mr Owen.

The owner was on his feet when Owen's goal went in and was spotted punching the air in his first game at St James' Park.

To be fair, Ashley's emergence from the woodwork is putting him in good light and unlike many stone faced owners - he looked like he was enjoying it - what next?

Will he be spotted in the Corner or up on Level 7?

Meanwhile the Toon Army Ultras were in fine voice in the corner and did themselves proud again on a night where they could be heard loud and clear from the Press box which is just a few seats away from Ashley and chairman Chris Mort.

Michael Owen goals, cup success and a happy owner!

My, we are being spoilt aren't we.

9 Comments

Mag proud to not be in Boro said:

Well, at least after this game, we've got something to talk about instead of Ashley's shirt and the Good Old Days.

Genghiz said:

I was thinking that a great story would be that Mr. Allardyce would rejuvinate Emre's career. A story 3-5 years from now would be that Allardyce was the coach to push Emre to his full potential. Emre has been known to be devout to his coaches and it seems that Allardyce pushed Emre back before Emre wanted to. Just what a player of his talent needs to be known as great again or even one of the world's best. I watched Emre play on the the Turkish team and Inter, and some Galatasaray. When he is on, he takes the whole game. Now a thigh knock. I'm just rooting for the guy because he can be the player who breaks open the success for Newcastle with a good supporting cast. Newcastle has become strong compared to the last 2 years and Emre in the middle can be just the fit this strong team needs. Hey, lets beat Wigan.

graeme wallace said:

I remember being on the scoreboard in the 70,s and 80,s with the kenton lads outsinging the corner, they never woke up until we were singing for them to sing

Scoreboard lads were the number ones

jackie w said:

Ultras? this the new name for the gremlins Lee? I am all for bringing back the chants and cranking up the volume but Ultras sound a bit sinister to me . We dont need hooligan name tags whats a matter with just being Geordies ? The name itself conjours up the image of freindly big drinking passionate supporters who will out sing you and die for the cause , and know a bit more than your average bear when it comes to Football. What next " Headhunters " .
On a lighter note its the end of the transfer window tonight and the normal will we wont we sign anyone that goes with it. The big name we were expecting is obviously not arriving this window and it looks like a couple of defenders is the order for the day , but you never know we may pick up a Sibierski at the eleventh hour...Jackie W

Ryder's reply: You'll be telling me that Stuart Pearce is actually a psychotic killer next or that or the darts player Martin Adams is actually a real wolf!

john gilroy said:

After the lack of creativity in the games prior to Wednesday I would like to see both Emre & Solano playing on Saterday

Mark Green said:

I'm starting to like Mike Ashley. So much for the reclusive businessman from down south.

Our last so-called geordie duo spent their time in Spain slagging off geordie women.

The latest southerner director/owner is out drinking with the lads in the toon wearing his toon shirt AND he got his round in.

If it was a 'reclusives' publicity stunt he sure looked like he was enjoying it =)

Mark Green said:

I'm starting to like Mike Ashley. So much for the reclusive businessman from down south.

Our last so-called geordie duo spent their time in Spain slagging off geordie women.

The latest southerner director/owner is out drinking with the lads in the toon wearing his toon shirt AND he got his round in.

If it was a 'reclusives' publicity stunt he sure looked like he was enjoying it =)

Sorry to hear that The Orient were knocked out though Lee ]:)

mag in boro(and damn proud to be) said:

we shouldnt have to be talking about bringing back the noise to st james
IT SHOULD NEVER HAVE BE A SUBJECT
we are the greatest fans in the country no matter what


and in response to earlier post
mag proud not to be in boro
halfwit no matter where on earth we may live the blood runs black n white and for the record i may live in the land of smog but am wallsend born and bred and will continue shouting down any smoggy who dares critise us.to wear the black n white with pride wherever whenever and to mess with the rest including yourself
Ryder's reply: Nowt like a bit of passion Mag in Boro, I know what it's like though, was in Preston in Scunthorpe as a Geordie and the Toon top went everywhere

mag in boro said:

cheers lee

away games to peterbough barnsley southend great tourist places, to millwall running the gauntlet sounds like some people have never lived
but would we change those memories hell
think some people should take their toon top out of toon now and again
i expect a response stating he never missed an away game for 20 year

BRITISH BY BIRTH
GEORDIE BY THE GRACE OF GOD

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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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