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CHRONICLE chief sports writer Lee Ryder is at the PSV match as Newcastle United continue their pre-season preparations.

It is sure to be an emotional night for both sets of fans as the day marks the one-year anniversary since the sad passing of Sir Bobby Robson.

Sir Bobby led both clubs with dignity and distinction, saving Newcastle United from the threat of relegation, and bringing through stars such as the Brazilian Ronaldo during his time with the Dutch side.

The game also promises to be a stern work-out for the Toon players as we edge closer to the opening Premier League game against Manchester United.

To get involved, come back here at 2.45pm on Saturday or click below to set a reminder.

NOTE: The format of the match blog has changed again after last week.

We know that some people were unhappy with the new way of doing things, and we have listened to your concerns.

This week, we will be accepting comments in the normal way but only before the match, at half-time, and at full-time. These will be moderated.

In between Lee will bring you blow-by-blow coverage of the game.

This is still a trial period for us ahead of the new season, and we welcome your feedback.

Any questions or thoughts on the new system please email

Thanks, and enjoy the game.

Doing it for Bobby

By Lee Ryder on Jul 30, 10 02:09 PM

As we reach the anniversary of the passing of Sir Bobby Robson it's clear that the benchmark set by the Geordie gentleman may well turn out to be the legacy of one of football's greatest men.

It took Robson just over two and a bit years to haul Newcastle from the bottom of the Premier League and into the Champions League.

People say that when Kevin Keegan hauled Newcastle from the old Second Division to third place it would be unfair to expect the same from the modern crop of players as standards have gone through the roof in terms of money and the top four.

Of course they're right.

Peter Beardsley and Steve Stone

IF Peter Beardsley can pass on even 5% of his contributions to the current Newcastle United young guns - then it can only be a major benefit to the current crop of Toon wannabes.

For many Beardo represented the Mags in arguably the best ever Newcastle side, even if he and the Entertainers came within a whisker of actually winning a trophy.

Now his experiences in the game can be passed on to those directly below the first team rung.

The Norwich think tank

By Lee Ryder on Jul 26, 10 01:38 PM

I don't usually wake up on a Sunday morning, open the curtains and look out to the scene of the crime - but when it comes to the friendly with Norwich residing at the Carrow Road hotel overlooking the pitch, you don't really have much choice!

The pre-season friendly argument certainly came into play once again after Norwich but what are you expectations of such a contest?

At this stage of the season, expecting players to be at full throttle and a perfect performance is asking a bit much amidst an environment of multiple substitutions, water breaks and younger players coming through ranks is unrealistic.

Andy Carroll

It would appear that Chris Hughton has got it right again when it comes to his timing in giving the number 9 shirt to Andy Carroll.

Last season Hughton opted against giving the coveted shirt out in the aftermath of relegation to the Championship, with enough hype surrounding the freshly relegated Magpies in the second tier.

It was a brave decision, but at that time with Carroll on just three senior goals, it would have been too early to place so much expectation on his shoulders.

Some might say it's too early now.

Joey BartonJoey Barton could probably write a book about how much his move to Newcastle United turned pear shaped since arriving from Manchester City three years ago - and it would be a book that would sell like a hot cake.

Since arriving at St James' Park, he's had the lot, he's been to jail, he's ended up in fights at McDonalds, he's had injury agony, rows with managers, suspensions and was almost binned out of Newcastle two years ago on transfer deadline night.

By his own admission he "owes Newcastle United" and is doing everything he can to try to repay the Toon Army.

Don't worry about it Steven Taylor you're in good company when it comes to getting injured during pre-season in a Newcastle United shirt.

Taylor gingerly trotted off at Brunton Park in the 3-0 win over Carlisle a little over 30 minutes into his comeback following a long lay off with a knee problem.

The unlucky defender has endured shoulder problems before after being rushed back from injury when he wasn't ready during the Graeme Souness era against Liverpool on Boxing Day 2005.

I'M back on the road again as Newcastle United make the trip to Brunton Park to play Carlisle in the first pre-season friendly.

The joy of last season's title winning push has now subsided and now the hard work starts for the Toon players ahead of the return to the Premier League.

And the task will be even more difficult when you consider the likes of Tottenham and Man City, and of course Arsenal, Man united and Chelsea will be looking to splash the cash.

Normally I can only bring you selected text highlights of the match due to FA rules but since this is a friendly I'll be bringing you every kick, tackle and goal from the match live as it happens.

To get involved, come back here at 12.45pm (it's a 1pm kick-off) or click below to set a reminder.

Come in number 9 your time is up

By Lee Ryder on Jul 16, 10 05:22 PM

It's a debate that won't go away but as talk grows on whether a new bearer of the number 9 shirt is about to emerge the question is just what does Chris Hughton do with the legendary black and white jersey.

Andy Carroll would probably take it, if offered but today has claimed that scoring goals is the most important thing to him next season.

Filling it with a new signing would also be a popular option to many Toon fans yet with funds supposedly limited at St James' Park, the question of finding a big name signing with the town halls to grace it may well be a hurdle for Hughton.

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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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