Pardew's First Trophy
By Footy Mad - Editor
Updated Monday, 30th July 2012
The trophy looked like a 1970s television antennae, the local population snubbed it on cost grounds and the rules required a Phd in mathematics to untangle. But ...
It's a trophy!
But for all the quirky eccentricities of the 12th annual Guadiana Trophy, Newcastle United will quite happily settle for a winning start to their Continental endeavours this season.
Their tournament victory was Taylor-made in the end - Ryan’s exquisite free-kick earning all three points after Steven’s comeback goal gave them a share of the points against Olympiakos in the first game on Friday.
And for Newcastle supporters licking their lips in anticipation at European football again this season, the sight of a United player lifting a trophy on foreign lands is nothing to be scoffed at.