The party's over on the streets of Billy Mill!

By Lee Ryder on Jan 30, 08 09:20 PM

Lee Ryder reports from Ralph Gardner Park, home of football

So in the end they weren't singing and dancing on the streets of Billy Mill as North Shields were put to the sword.

A 3-0 win for the reserves but most United fans were more concerned with the lack of new faces in January and the unusual new two tier management system which is now in place.

But Newcastle United's second string handed the travelling Toon fans in North Shields something to shout about against the Northern League Second Division side who gave it a good crack.

Kevin Keegan was present along with his main men Arthur Cox and Terry Mac as they witnessed a 3-0 stroll for the kids.

On show for United was recent signing Ben Tozer and Hungarian under-19 international Tamas Kadar but it was Academy kids Jonny Godsmark and Mark Doninger stole the show.

Godsmark finished from close range 10 minutes before the break and while Doninger's double put the lid on things with his second a long range screamer.

KK managed to sign an autograph for every kid in the ground and also knows exactly what he has below the main first team roster in reserve now.

And with the transfer window looking likley to deliver no new faces, he may well have no choice but to blood a few more of his young guns.

But as the crowd slipped away into Meadow Well's side streets tonight many Geordie fans had already thrown in the towel on the most unsuccessful transfer window so far.


Dave Graham said:

We should be trying to sign at least one player if only to give everyone around the club a boost, with the negativity surrounding the place at the minute, its hard to see how the players and the fans' fragile confidence can be restored!!


Hi Lee- i was at the match last night- keegan & terry mac left with about 15mins to go,i presume that was because his writing hand was worn out & it was a wintery cold night:)to be honest their was little on offer to give him food for thought also!!!.

Malcolm mcdonald was present, he gets to 4-5 games a year i gather, he has some input into north shields fc, i gather he is director or something.

Anyway what i would say about the game is besides newcastle looking like a youth team, is the second goal scored by newcastle was very similar to flamini's against newcastle 1st team other night,a 30yrd screamer across the box and into the top corner, top draw, keeper no chance.

On the prospect of signings, it doesnt look like a thing is going to happen does it mate, Ashley is hell bent on getting the boardroom he wants at moment, and to hell with the 1st team? how many players have we missed out on because of our inability to pay the asking price??!! in the current climate of spenders in the premier league, this does not bode well at all for us. His outlay so far for 1st team signings is minimal, meanwhile even our 2 neighbours down the road are quite comfortabley out spending us and are now 13th & 14th to our 12th, with only a few points seperating us.

Lets hope we put the boro to the sword & hence shut up fat bernie slavens gob!


Snapper said:

Lets not worry about what "them" down the road are doing. Have they signed anybody that one of the top six would sign? I thnk not. Anybody who pays £5 mil for Chopra and £9 mil for a Scottish goalkeeper, needs putting a rein on. Lets ride this season out and lets see what happens. Your judgement of Mike Ashley is just what has been the downfall of this club for the past 50 or so years. For Gods sake let see what happens over a period of time. I listened to the 3 Legends show last night, well 1 legend MacDonald and two wannabee's Slaven and somebody from Sunderland, and is obvious that their measurement of success is "Can we finish higher than the Toon".

John Best said:

Worrying time ahead, Bobby Moncur was optomistic, claiming that 50 % of the team were inadequate; more like 90 %. I would be ashamed to pick up my salary, after displays like this.The Allardyce input has done little to stem the slide; if all 4 return unscathed, from the African Farce, we might just have a chance but 40 points seems a long way off. This is worse than the Freddie Shepherd term of office.


Lee Ryder

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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