Referee Howard Webb and his team of officials swapped shirts at half-time during yesterday’s match between Newcastle and Arsenal amid fears that their yellow jerseys were irresistible to Tyneside’s insect life.
After being bitten by midges in the first-half, Webb and his assistants swapped to green shirts at half-time. read more »
It’s not the last day of the season without the odd false rumour or two.
Yesterday, someone at White Hart Lane started a very cruel rumour that Newcastle had equalised against Arsenal. Spurs needed the Gunners to drop points to have any hope of qualifying for the Champions League, so you can understand why their supporters were only to happy to believe the reports. read more »
Long-serving Newcastle keeper Steve Harper plays his final game for the club against Arsenal this afternoon.
The St James’ Park crowd marked the occasion with a minute’s applause and chanting for Harper in the 37th minute in recognition of Harper’s squad number. The veteran goalie was clearly moved by the tribute and was seen crying.
Fortunately, Arsenal didn’t mount any significant attacks during the 37th minute!
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is offering his non-playing staff a share of a £1million bonus if they beat Arsenal in this afternoon’s match.
Ashley is reported to be a Spurs fan, and a Newcastle win would secure Champions League football for Andre Villas Boas’ side providing they are able to beat Sunderland in today’s other North London/North East clash. He reportedly landed at the club’s training ground in his helicopter to announce his offer on Friday. read more »