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In front of nearly 3,000 people Adam Sadler's lads showed just why the hardcore of the Toon Army have had plenty of things to smile about during a disappointing season with the first team.

A 1-1 draw in their final Premier League Reserve game with Man U showed the young guns have made big strides this term.

Kids like Tamas Kadar, Wesley Ngo Baheng, Ben Tozer, Fraser Forster, Kazenga LuaLua and slightly more senior figures like Andy Carroll, David Edgar and Jonny Godsmark have given the Geordie faithful some hope for the future.

They couldn't finish with a win tonight and had to rely on an Emre strike to save a point.

But with a huge contingent of Junior Magpies at St James's Park chanting the name of Kevin Keegan the move to appoint the man who seems to bring a smile to every face is paying off.

Gan on man get carried away!

By Lee Ryder on Mar 31, 08 08:14 AM

The crazy world of Newcastle United will always mean that life as a Toon fan is always either really, really bad or like the trip to Spurs really, really good.

In fact Spurs summed up exactly what Newcastle were all about after the gung ho display at White Hart Lane left Tottenham rattled and with no answers to a superb attacking display.

A couple of people have said: "Don't get carried away."

But if you can't enjoy a rare away battering of Spurs and look ahead to a brighter future, exactly what is the point in following football?

Newcastle United put in a wonderful display in the capital today as they pulled off an emphatic win over Tottenham Hotspur.

Nicky Butt’s equaliser on the stroke of half-time cancelled out Darren Bent’s opener with second half goals from Geremi, Michael Owen and Oba Martins making it a terrific day for the black and whites.

KK stuck with the team that had beaten Fulham last weekend with Owen, Mark Viudka and Martins all starting the game up front in an adventurous formation away from home – and it paid off in real style.

If you had a pound for every conversation that takes place this weekend in the pubs and clubs of Tyneside about Newcastle United and their trip to Spurs on Sunday, you'd probably be a canny rich Geordie!

Yet Toon fans in super Seghill had a priceless surprise visit from the King on Friday night as Kevin Keegan proved just why the Geordie nation love him to bits.

In Newcastle, KK is a figure that commands respect in every room he enters.

Or at least judging by the superb reception he received that is and being in Seghill to witness that triggered the usual question of just what would it be like if we actually win something?

KK shocked locals at Seghill Social Club to mingle with fans and help raise funds for Seghill Juniors FC, the club in which reserve team coach Adam Sadler began his own football education.

Stoke are doing the Ameobi

By Lee Ryder on Mar 27, 08 06:15 PM

Shola AmeobiEver since lanky Toon striker Shola Ameobi burst on to the scene at Newcastle United, Geordie fans have been divided over exactly what the Nigerian has to offer the black and whites.

The man who has his own personal song is certainly larger than life itself at times but has also been guilty of failing to make the cut during his Tyneside career.

Some fans absolutely love him, of which I am in that group, and some will be pleased to see him on the bus to Stoke on loan.

With Michael Owen, Oba Martins, Alan Smith, Mark Viduka and rookie striker Andy Carroll all ahead of him, plus the promise of new faces in the summer, it's difficult to see where Shola fits in to United these days.

We're not out of the woods yet

By Lee Ryder on Mar 27, 08 08:42 AM

If such a thing as time travel existed I'd certainly be tempted to go back to almost 16 years ago to March 29 when Newcastle United had just scrapped it out with Sunderland to take three points many people felt were enough to keep the Magpies in the old Second Division.

Back then there was a feeling of relief in the air on Tyneside and that with more than a month left of the season, Newcastle were pretty much safe and they'd turned the corner - but it still came down to a white knuckle ride in the last two games against Pompey and Leicester City before you could rest properly.

Before you start, this isn't a negative rant to fuel any doom and gloom merchants but merely a reality check ahead of the vital game with Spurs.

The naked truth for Toon fans

By Lee Ryder on Mar 25, 08 07:06 AM

The tired old cliche about waiting for a bus before two come out at once could well be the case on Sunday for Newcastle United at Spurs.

I mean after the dizzy heights of beating Fulham at the weekend the Geordie nation rediscovered what it was like to taste that winning feeling once more after a steady performance against the Cottagers.

Mike Ashley reportedly said: "Let's get naked and have a party!" as he entered the director's suite after the win before Toon fans drank the Bigg Market and the Quayside dry!

All smiles for the Geordie boys!

By Lee Ryder on Mar 22, 08 07:03 PM

If you're a Geordie right now you'll probably have a smile stretching from ear to ear.

It's been a long wait but finally we can all stop talking about December 15.

Make no mistake United were full value for three points today and it could have been a better scoreline, but we'll take this gratefully with both hands.

Mike Ashley and Chris Mort were both delighted and KK's reaction said it all on the final whistle.

NEWCASTLE UNITED finally recorded their first win under Kevin Keegan as Fulham left St James’s Park empty handed tonight.

Goals from Mark Viduka and Michael Owen sealed the three points as United took another step closer to safety in the Premier League.

United boss Kevin Keegan named an unchanged line up following the 1-1 draw with Fulham meaning Alan Smith was only a sub with Damien Duff not selected.

The first step to safety?

By Lee Ryder on Mar 20, 08 09:47 PM

Doom and gloom merchants have had a field day at Newcastle United this season but enough has to be enough.

Surely the time has come to stick it right up those who have been revelling in the club's demise of late and make that first step to security.

Yes, Newcastle United shouldn't be talking about the words relegation but the cold facts are that this is a club going through a period of change (the umpteenth period of change maybe) and that a new owner, new managerial appointment and a clutch of new players signed by the previous manager, were always prone to struggle this season.

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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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