Season 2007-08 Result
Newcastle United 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur
 O.Martins 45,
 Cacapa 51,
 J.Milner 73.
 N.Butt,
 Beye.
 R.Keane 57.
 Bale,
 Chimbonda.
Date: 22/10/2007  Venue: St.James' Park  Competition: Premiership
Crowd: 51,411
Match Report Submitted on 28/10/2007 by ?
3-1 In The Goldfish Bowl.

Spurs at home?

This fixture rekindles some fondest memories. Two games immediately spring to mind.

The first being Jan 21st 1976.……..the League Cup Semi-Final second leg. I’ve still yet to witness an atmosphere like it, anywhere. Yeah, Barcelona in The Champions League a few years back was great, so was that night in The San Siro, yet somehow neither were as good at the Spurs semi-final. It was certainly something special – we were 1-0 down from the first leg but managed to win the second leg 3-1 to reach Wembley. As a very impressionable 11 year old I was totally overwhelmed by the occasion, the atmosphere inside SJP and the celebrations – I thought it was always going to be like that……..how wrong I was.

The second is Aug 14th 1993…….our first game in the Premiership. We’d looked forward to this game since the final whistle of the previous season. The whole of the North-East seemed to be buzzing, not just Newcastle. We were down Durham on the Friday night before and everywhere seemed to be alive with anticipation. Pre-match we went to The Toon early to sample the atmosphere. The pubs seemed busier than ever before. The place was bouncing. With that sort of atmosphere and support prior to the game we were ready to defeat everyone and go on to win the league……………Spurs won 1-0. MOTD highlights that evening opened with the words, ‘There’s Black and White and total enthusiasm everywhere’.

That’s without mentioning the 7-1 victory, Christmas 1996.

I had today off work and got into The Sporties early. I still wasn’t first in – George was there. He began to tell me about his weekend antics:

• After being to The Sporties on Friday night he tried to get into a neighbours house that was FOUR DOORS AWAY, and wondered why his key wouldn’t work. Another neighbour intervened and pointed him in the right direction.

• Saturday night was spent having a ‘lovely meal’ at The Blacksmiths. When the waitress asked him how he’d like his steak, he replied, ‘With chips’.

• And next time you see him ask him about the dog – he’ll tell you the story far better than I can.

Greavsie didn’t show – someone suggested that he may be saving his money for Cliff Richards tickets.

Tonight’s result means that we have now recorded our best start to a Premier League campaign since 1996 and the crowd, 51,411, is the highest of the season so far. Cacapa lined up along side Faye for the second game in succession. On the face of it Martins would hardly appear to be the ideal partner for Owen, yet strangely enough, they seem to work well together. Faye nearly opened the scoring with our first corner - N’Zogbia swung it in, only for Faye’s powerful header to come back off the corner of post and bar. Beye needed to hack away a clearance from inside our six yard box after Spurs had taken a quick free kick. Having ran Dawson ragged for the majority of the first half Martins nearly scored when Enrique played a long ball through, he charged onto it and unfortunately drove his shot straight at the legs of their keeper Cerny. Two minutes later, on the stroke of half time he managed to open the scoring. He out muscled the Spurs centre-half, swivelled, and unleashed a shot that flew into the top left-hand corner.

I missed the goal. I was giving George a hand with the half time beers. He got the order correct and got himself a pie without too much commotion. That was until he realised that he’d left his change on the counter, remarkably it was still there!!

Capaca doubled the lead on 51 mins when he headed home from Emre’s corner. However Spurs were still a threat. They scored 57 mins when Bent flicked on a cross from the right against the post and Keane was left with the easiest of tap-ins. A nervous five minutes followed as Spurs looked more dangerous than they’d looked all night. However, the introduction of Barton afforded The Toon some respite and we soon restored the two goal advantage. Spurs failed to clear Enrique’s cross, Milner made a mess of his first attempt on goal with his right foot before drilling home a powerful half-volley with his left. Rozehnal then replaced Owen to ensure we didn’t concede any late goals.

I’m pleased with our centre halves at present. Faye & Capaca look like forming a good partnership as our back line looks better than at any time over the last few seasons. These two are also proving a threat at the other end at set pieces. But I’m most pleased with Martins – for me he was man of the match tonight. I’m getting to like him more and more. He’s a fine finisher, is making good runs, has good close control, two powerful feet and a deceptively good leap. What more can you ask for?

It was another sorry return to SJP for Jenas, as the players left the field the faithful sang, “3-1 in the goldfish bowl”.

We’ve now scored 9 goals in our last 3 home games, they’ll soon be calling The Entertainers Mk 2! My prediction for the next home game?………Toon 3v1 Pompy.