Season 2012-13 Result
Newcastle United 1-0 Norwich City
 Ba 19.
Date: 23/09/2012  Venue: St.James' Park  Competition: Premiership
Crowd: 49,402
Match Report Submitted on 25/09/2012 by Trapper
Another Sunday kick off owing to our participation in Europe, after my birthday on Friday I was really looking forward to my first return journey of the season on the bus.

The Kriv family weren’t going so Doola and Connor had taken two tickets, and Smikes mate Joe took the other, so I agreed to move seats over to the East Stand.

A slow walk round to the Sporties with Studs led to him getting the beers in again (I think he needs to see a Doctor) Joe and Studs recognised each other and Joe had us all howling as he entertained us with the story of how he’d injured himself whilst goalkeeping at a New College penalty competition, resulting in a trip to hospital with blood clots in his leg and that “Baldy Bastard” and his mate told everyone he had died.

As we were leaving I spotted Scott the SMB, I consoled him and said they may win a game in the next six months, he replied “We’ve only lost three times”, I didn’t have the heart to tell him that that was relegation form. Almost as bad as the thick mackem who wrote on Twitter “another draw, if we carry on until the end of the season, we’ll have 39 points”.
The journey through had the usual delays for no apparent reason and Blakey was wandering around gathering numbers for his 80th birthday party and the next European home match against Bordeaux, it was just decided that a visit to Tilleys was on the cards when Johna rang and invited me into his box. I accepted the offer and stayed on the bus when there was a mass exodus when the bus stopped at a redlight at Westgate Road. I had to take off my new Toon top to get into the executive boxes, doesn’t make much sense that you can get in wearing a £2.99 t-shirt from Matalan, but you cant wear a £45 top bought from the club shop!

Chris Hughton got a great reception from the home crowd and rightly so, the match got underway with Hatem Ben Arfa being the outstanding performer, his pass through to Dembe Ba for what turned out to be the only goal was absolute perfection, when he nutmegged Andy Surman it looked like he was going to have an afternoon to remember for everyone except the Norwich defence. This prompted a discussion on whether he will join Barcelona or Real Madrid next season.
With a penalty right on half time, Newcastle had the chance to wrap up the points, but for some bizarre reason Jonas gave the ball to Cisse who blazed the ball over the bar. Demba Ba did not look happy as he left the field.

The second half started and only an outstanding one on one save by Steve Harper kept the lead. Harps had taken some criticism for the goals he let in against Everton, but he is still a quality keeper who could perhaps have had a very lucrative career (trophies and cap wise, I thinks he’s probably earned a bob or two!) had he moved on when other clubs came calling.

Cisse had two further chances which he would have buried last season, but nothing seems to be going right for him at the minute however the crowd warmly applauded him when he was substituted, Obertan replacing him who was also wasteful when an opportunity came his way. Tiote came on for Anita and then promptly went round in circles on the edge of our box in a manner that would have a junior school PE teacher going mental, but fortunately he retained possession. He managed to get himself in the referees book, which didn’t surprise anyone because he was kicking and barging into everything above grass height. Norwich put us under a bit of pressure in the dying minutes, but never actually looked like scoring.

A good three points when we still havn’t managed to play well this season, but we should be burying teams like Norwich and improving our goal difference.

Ryan Taylor and Dan Gosling were in the box next to us, Raylor has had his brace removed, but still looks in a bit of pain and spent most of the game rubbing his sore knee.