Newcastle’s Checkatrade campaign: Some hope from a struggling academy

Newcastle’s Checkatrade campaign: Some hope from a struggling academy

It’s not often that a 4-0 loss to local rivals Sunderland would have any cause for celebration for those in the Toon faithful, but in many ways Newcastle’s third round Checkatrade Trophy defeat on Tuesday night had just that about it.

After all, this was Newcastle United’s academy prospects battling it out against the senior team of the club’s closest (geographically speaking) rival. These are the faces that make up United’s woefully underfunded and underdeveloped academy setup, and despite the heavy 4-0 final score, they proved themselves to have at least something about them.

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Newcastle United takeover: Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t

Newcastle United takeover: Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t

It’s fair to say Mike Ashley’s time owning Newcastle United has been somewhat turbulent. Fan discontent is at an all-time high, and there seems now to be an unbridgeable gap between the club’s fan base and its want-away financier.

That has created a situation whereby fans are stuck eagerly awaiting the day that news arrives saying Ashley has sold the club and permanently departed Tyneside. For many it’ll be a day of rejoice.

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