Toon news round-up

Last updated : 10 October 2002 By Martyn Elliott

The club published its financial results this week and things are looking better as they reported a record turnover of £70.3 million and record profits of £15.3 million (excluding transfers).

Freddie Shepherd has outlined his plans to rely more on home grown talent in the future, so its certainly worth keeping an eye on the Academy’s results if you want to see how we might fare in the next few seasons.

The Worthington Cup third round tie at home to Everton has been confirmed for Wednesday November 6th at 7.45pm. No live TV coverage though.

Aaron Hughes has told The Journal that Northern Ireland will be aiming to avoid humiliation in Spain at the weekend.

Andy O’Brien may be the cause of a club versus country row, as he has reported for international duty with Ireland carrying a hamstring injury.

Steve Harper has told The Evening Chronicle that he hopes to get a first team recall in the Worthington Cup this season.

A reserve team, containing the likes of Carl Cort, Clarence Acuna, Marcelino and Olivier Bernard, drew 0-0 at West Brom.

The best news of the week heard Marcelino complaining about his treatment at Newcastle, before confirming that he will definitely leave at the end of the season. Did you have a choice Elena?

And the obligatory Craig Bellamy story has our Welsh Wizard saying he is delighted to have won against West Brom and pleased that he managed to come through the game without aggravating his knee injury. Quiet week by his own standards.