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It’s that time of year again, when we start talking about our hopes for the first of the 2
domestic cup competitions. The League Cup (under various sponsors) down the years has never been particularly kind to Newcastle United. Even when we used to get a bye into the 3rd round due to playing in Europe we rarely threatened to break out the Black & White ribbons.
The cup continues to suffer an inferiority complex to the more esteemed FA cup and there are a couple of theories about why that is. One, is that from a financial perspective, this competition is not a lucrative one. The Football League does not have a big pile of cash to throw around and as such, the eventual winners of the cup will receive £100,000 in prize money with the runners up getting £50,000. Sky Sports recently agreed an exclusive 3 year UK broadcasting deal with the Football League which covered all 3 Football League division matches, the Johnstone’s Paints Trophy and the League (Capital One) Cup. The deal is thought to be around the £200m mark, compared with the £3bn Premier League deal, would suggest that even appearing live on Sky in the League Cup won’t earn a club a great deal. Net Gate receipt money is split 45% each to the 2 clubs and 10% goes into the Competition Pool Pot so even a home tie with 50k attendance isn’t that appealing.
But, this shouldn’t be about the money, what about the prestige of lifting a cup? Here’s the 2nd problem. The timing. By the time the FA cup comes along, in January, clubs can be well on their way to clicking 40 points and league safety, they will fancy a good crack at the FA cup, those that are struggling tend to duck out of the FA cup too, but the League Cup starts now, the priority is get league points on the board in a brand new season and at this stage clubs may think, just putting out a side to get through the early round(s) and save the best players for the league game is a calculation of risk they want to take. Certainly, given the seeded nature of the draw in the early rounds, a Premier League club should feel that those players just outside the first team should be capable of knocking out lower league clubs, otherwise what’s the point of them being at Premier League clubs?
I expect Newcastle United feel this way too. For EG, what use to us is Obertan in the league if he cant excel vs a 3rd division team? Mbiwa, Taylor, Elliot, Haidara too?
Also, we are constantly craving the likes of Rolando Aarons, Adam Campbell and Adam Armstrong are given a chance, well, given the majority of their Newcastle careers to date will have been in front of a handful of people at Whitley Park, then the League Cup offers a chance to introduce these lads to the first team stage, why would you use them vs Man Utd if you would not use them against Gillingham?
Peter Taylor’s Gillingham have had a bit of a mixed start to their League One campaign. They’re 7th bottom after 4 games, with 1 win, 1 draw coming at Preistfield Stadium and 2 defeats on the road. They triumphed over the 10 men of Yeovil 2-1, away, in the first round. Danny Kedwell has 4 goals so far.
I imagine Pardew is confident that he could name a youthful side and turn over the Gills and certainly, if they can’t then their futures surely lie away from NE1.
Mike Williamson serves a ban for his red card at Villa Park. Siem De Jong could probably do with a game, Riviere could do with a goal but so could Ferreyra and Perez.
Cheick Tiote – Hamstring – next month
Papiss Cisse – Knee – no return date
Davide Santon – Knee – no return date
Curtis Good – Groin – no return date
Ryan Taylor – Knee – no return date
Mike Williamson 1 game
Out of favour
Hatem Ben Arfa
Possible Team (4-2-3-1)
1.Rob Elliot: 2. Lubmir Satka, 6. Steven Taylor, 5. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, 3. Massadio Haidara: 4. Vurnon Anita, 8. Mehdi Abeid: 7. Gabriel Obertan. 10. Siem De Jong: 11. Rolando Aarons: 9. Facundo Ferreyra
Tim Krul, Remi Streete, Haris Vuckic, Moussa Sissoko, Sammy Ameobi, Ayoze Perez, Adam Armstrong
Referee: Oliver Langford
History in the League Cup 2nd Round
1983-84 A short stay in the competition, Having draw 1-1 at SJP with Oxford in the 1st leg, with Terry Mc netting for us, we lost 2-1 at the Manor Ground with Keegan notching a consolation goal. (Agg 2-3)
1984-85 Business was taken care of in the home leg vs Bradford City as Wharton, Neil McDonald and Paul Ferris saw us head to Valley Parade 3-1 up. Chris Waddle settled the away leg (Agg 4-1)
1985-86 Having benefitted from the “away goals count double” rule we sneaked past Barnsley thanks to Tony Cunningham. 0-0 at home and 1-1 at Oakwell.
1986-87 Revenge for Bradford City. Having lost 2-0 in the away leg, a Reoder winner on Tyneside wasn’t enough. (Agg 2-1)
1987-88 Blackpool had turned us over 1-0 on the Seaside but United bounced back at SJP with a 4-1 win. We had to come back from 1-0 down though. Paul “Sarge” Goddard started the comeback, Gazza completed it with Mirandinha and Darren Jackson adding goals for good measure. (Agg 4-2)
1988-89 Didn’t hang around very long, having been humped 3-0 at Sheff Utd we won 2-0 at SJP, Hendrie and Mirandinha on target (Agg 2-3)
1989-90 Having went down 3-1 at Reading (John Gallacher) we recovered to win 4-0 at SJP, with Gary Brazil (pen), Kevin Brock, Andy Thorn and Mark McGhee on target. (Agg 5-3)
1990-91 a 2-0 defeat at Ayresome Park left us with too much to do back at home, where a John Anderson goal wasn’t enough to force extra time against Boro. (agg 1-2)
1991-92 A crazy 4-3 win at Crewe (3 down at one point) with a hat trick for Gavin Peacock and 1 for Andy Hunt, was followed up with a Steve Howey winner at SJP. (Agg 5-3)
1992-93 We squeezed past Mansfield. Having won 2-1 on Tynesie thanks to 2 Gavin Peacock goals we drew 0-0 at Field Mill. (Agg 2-1)
1993-94 Absolutely battered Notts County. 4-1 at home and 7-1 at their place. Andy Cole got hat tricks in both games (Agg 7-2)
1994-95 Barnsley were knocked out 3-1 on aggregate after a 2-1 win at SJP through Cole and Fox and then a 1-0 win in Yorkshire thanks to Cole again.
1995-96 Bristol City wiped the floor with 5-0 and 3-1 to give a huge 8-1 aggregate win. Ferdinand and Ginola catching the eye
2000-01 Leyton Orient were done over 2 legs (2-0 up here Carl Cort & Gary Speed 1-1 down there (Gallacher) and a very long mini bus journey home.
2001-02 Brentford eventually beaten 4-1 AET (Bellamy 3 & Shola Ameobi)
2007-08 A laboured 2-0 win over Barnsley with goals from Michael Owen and Obafemi Martins
2008-09 More AET fun, this time we beat Coventry City 3-2 Milner’s last goal for the club, plus others from Owen and Charles N’Zogbia.
2009-10 Huddersfield taking us to extra time again before we triumphed 4-3 at SJP. Guthrie, Geremi, Shola Ameobi and Kevin Nolan.
2010-11 Accrington Stanley were eliminated 3-2 thanks to Ryan Taylor, Shola Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands
2011-12 Scunthorpe United were accounted for, 2-1 AET at Glandford Park with late goals from Sammy Ameobi and Ryan Taylor after we’d trailed 65 minutes.
2013-14 We made very hard work of Morecambe with the Shrimpers putting up a gallant show. The Ameobi brothers saw us home with goals on 85 and 90 mins
The strangest name ever, for anything, – Brian Moore’s Head Looks Uncannily Like London Planetarium
We’ll go through, with something to spare too, but scoring goals vs Crystal palace and ending the transfer window in a stronger position are my primary concerns this week
Opposition Danger Man
That 4 goal striker, forgotten his name already
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