UK time is: 02:22:44
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

NUFC vs. Hull

St James Park

13th September 2008

3pm

What about on the pitch?

In the midst of all the protestations and recriminations there is actually a game taking place on the field this weekend at St James`, with Premier League new boys making their top-flight bow against NUFC in a normal Saturday 3pm kick off. With that much focus off the pitch there is the chance to forget that, by May at least, this could become an essential match for NUFC to win.

Chris Hughton

'What have I done to be here?'

NUFC Team News:

Chris Hughton handles the managerial reigns for this one, with his experience of the situation probably being akin to coping with a runaway horse and cart. Rumours fly over whether Ashley will be at the game given the rozzers won`t offer him extra protection but the caretaker is being tipped for at least four games in the hotseat.

In squad terms he`s taken a kicking. Ignoring the blatant unrest within the camp caused by the w***ers in charge trying to sell players unbeknown to them, he has a comprehensive injury list headed by key men Gutierrez and Martins along with Viduka, Duff and Carroll. A list of niggles also emerges, with the likes of Beye (Achilles), Enrique (thigh), Geremi and Cacapa. Smith and Stroller Ameobi both remain suspects to accompany Owen up front depending on their current fitness levels.

As for our new signings Nacho and Xisco - who haven`t had more than 24 hours with their new colleagues prior to the match - we`ll have to wait and see. Barton is of course suspended.

Alarming this is what the worst case scenario team looks like, should all the suspects above fail fitness tests and not be considered after international duty:

Given,

Coloccini, Taylor, Edgar, Bassong

Butt, Guthrie, N`Zogbia

Owen

That is a nine man team. I honestly can`t pick two players, should the rest be ruled out / declared not ready, who could come in. Possibly Ryan Donaldson or Nile Ranger - but that just sums up the club at the moment that we are down to literally the untried youth teamers one game after the transfer deadline.

More balanced however and we`re probably looking at:

Given,

Beye, Colo, Taylor, Bassong (or Edgar)

Geremi, Butt, Guthrie, N`Zogbia

Owen, Xisco

God help Hughton to pick 7 players for the bench.

Player to watch: Mike Ashley

'Player' in the loosest sense of the word, having had his Cristal popping earlier in the month in NYC. Will he turn up?

Hull Team News:

As for Hull - given the state of play at our place they look a shoo-in for a mackem guided win under Phil Brown. The likes of Boateng, Windass, Gardner, Barmby, Geovanni, Fagan and Mendy all have PL experience.

Squad from: Myhill, Ricketts, Turner, Gardner, Dawson, Garcia, Ashbee, Barmby, Geovanni, Fagan, Halmosi, Folan, King, Windass, Mendy, Marney, Duke, Brown, Boateng, Zayatte, McShane.

Player to watch: Geovanni

Undoubtedly talented but lazier than Laurent Robert.

Previous Post-War Hull Tussles

League Cup - 1997/1998 - won 2-0 (Rush, Sir Disco Des Hamilton)
Division Two - 1990/1991 - lost 1-2 (Clark)
Division Two - 1989/1990 - won 2-0 (McGhee 2)

Ref Watch:

Andre Marriner

Match Prediction:

1-0 loss. Typical Bolton-esque hit and run by Allardyce wannabe Phil Brown.

Next Fixtures:

West Ham (away) - Premier League
Spurs (home) - League Cup




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Ross Molyneux Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 12 2008

Time: 9:32AM

Your Comments

Those team line ups make frightening reading. Imagine if Owen gets crocked...
SirLes
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

The NUFC Gospel According To Tyler (Wednesday April 16 2014)

From Fortress To F*ck This (Tuesday April 15 2014)

Sacking form? Pardew v Press (Tuesday April 15 2014)

Who Could We Get? Gimme A Name! (Monday April 14 2014)

Stoke v NUFC Line Ups (Saturday April 12 2014)

Stoke v NUFC Match Thread (Saturday April 12 2014)

NUFC's Real Policy (Friday April 11 2014)

Krul Intentions (Friday April 11 2014)

French Dictating The Play (Friday April 11 2014)

Archived Articles

List All TOTT Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Toon_NoMatterWot 236
2. officemonkey 235
3. Rexn 178
4. BLACKBOB 167
5. Platinii 124
6. nufc_carl88 108
7. OldLeazes 87
8. Bruce68 85
9. ukrocks0007 82
10. Chief_Brody 73

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
6. Spurs 34 18 6 10 0 60
7. Man Utd 33 17 6 10 18 57
8. Southampton 34 13 9 12 5 48
9. Newcastle 34 14 4 16 -14 46
10. Stoke 34 11 10 13 -10 43
11. Crystal Palace 34 12 4 18 -14 40
12. West Ham 34 10 7 17 -9 37

Breaking League News

The NUFC Gospel According To Tyler
Newcastle : 16/04/2014 23:36:00
Sunderland Halt Citeh's Charge
Sunderland : 16/04/2014 23:24:00
Crystal Palace : 16/04/2014 22:18:00
Sunderland : 16/04/2014 22:17:00
Liverpool: Manchester City Drop Points!
Liverpool : 16/04/2014 22:14:00
Velikonja Excited By Cardiff Future
Cardiff : 16/04/2014 21:59:00
Man City : 16/04/2014 21:56:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Are we stronger than when we finished 5th?
Suggested By:  TNMW
Yes, there's absolutely no doubt we are 21%
Divvent be stupid man, what planet yee from? 79%