History tells us party KO makes sense

Last updated : 15 December 2004 By Craig Hope (website editor)

Graeme Souness has told his players that there will be no official Christmas party. Souness believes that trouble would be waiting for the players no matter where they ended up.

He told The Sun newspaper: “I cannot stop the players from having a quiet drink together but there will be NO official Christmas party for them.
“Word would leak out where they were going and all sorts of people would be up there waiting for them.”

Trouble and Newcastle United seem to go hand in hand when it comes to players’ social lives. Who can forget the Dublin break and subsequent player fights and cone throwing antics? Or Clarence Acuna being arrested whilst dressed as Captain Hook?

As much amusement as we take from their capers, such publicity at this time would be most unwelcome. Five points from a possible twenty one does not make good reading, let us hope that a good Christmas period can generate a little festive cheer despite the absence of the annual party.