Garth Crooks repeats embarrassing comments on Newcastle United fans – Totally unacceptable

Garth Crooks has chosen his top 11 performers from the weekend’s competition.

The weekend’s Premier League team that has most impressed him.

Two Newcastle United players from the game at St James’ Park are among his top 11.

Garth Crooks explains why he chose Jamaal Lascelles and Anthony Gordon for his Premier League team of the week, and the entire squad is presented below:

Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle):

“I don’t think I’ve seen anything quite like it: Reece James sent off for two of the most pathetic and unnecessary bookings you will ever see, Thiago Silva playing as though his head was somewhere else and Chelsea sent packing, having had four goals put past them.

“One of those goals was scored by Jamaal Lascelles who has waited patiently to not just get back into this Newcastle side but is now featuring as one of their main contributors.

“Against Bournemouth, just before the international break, some Newcastle fans were questioning the team’s commitment amid a catalogue of injuries.

“I wonder what they are saying this week?”

Anthony Gordon: (Newcastle):

“The ball for Jamaal Lascelles to head home was fabulous, while his finish to put Newcastle 4-1 up was taken brilliantly.

“The former Everton player looks like he was born to play for the Geordies and has taken to his new environment like a duck to water.

“However, the Magpies have the most punishing schedule ahead of them. They play Paris St-Germain on Tuesday and return to face Manchester United at home on Saturday. They then travel to Everton, Tottenham, host Milan and then play Chelsea again in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

“If you want to be a big club that’s the price you have to pay.”

I have no complaints about the two NUFC players Garth Crooks did pick, however… his comments about Newcastle United fans are totally out of order, completely unacceptable, just as they were two weeks earlier. Garth Crooks once again totally distorting what the actual truth is / was.

This is what Garth Crooks said after Newcastle lost 2-0 at Bournemouth:


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“I was amazed to see some Newcastle fans complaining to Kieran Trippier after the game about their defeat.

“Have they lost their minds?

“Not only are their team suffering from a long list of injuries, they have encountered three brutal matches in seven days.

“You’d expect your own fans, better than anyone, to understand their team’s situation.

“What jaw-dropping audacity that any Newcastle supporter would question the effort of this current team.

“Perhaps they should bring Mike Ashley back.

“Remember those days?”

The recent incident involving Kieran Trippier and a single Newcastle fan has been misrepresented in the media. The confrontation was between Trippier and one supporter, not an attack by numerous Newcastle fans. Contrary to the exaggerated reports, other Newcastle supporters actually turned on the individual, showing support for Trippier.

Videos posted after the incident depict the away section rallying in favor of Trippier, not against him. Moreover, the fan involved apologized later, acknowledging their behavior was out of line due to frustration over the team’s performance.

The problem lies in modern media’s tendency to magnify and distort events, perpetuating falsehoods. Garth Crooks’ suggestion of penalizing all Newcastle United fans due to the actions of one individual is unfair. It’s frustrating when journalists construct entire narratives based on selective social media comments, knowing that online platforms can easily be manipulated.

The situation is worsened by the fact that Crooks, funded by the BBC license fee, continues to propagate these inaccuracies. His initial comments were unacceptable, and it’s disgraceful that he persists in repeating these falsehoods two weeks later.

The Garth Crooks Premier League team of the week in full:

Ederson (Manchester City)

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle)

Nathan Ake (Manchester City)

Declan Rice (Arsenal)

Michael Olise (Crystal Palace)

Mohammed Kudus (West Ham)

Anthony Gordon: (Newcastle)

Alejandro Garnacho (Man Utd)

Joao Pedro (Brighton)

Erling Haaland (Man City)

Stats via BBC Sport:

Newcastle 4 Chelsea 1 – Saturday 25 November 3pm


Newcastle United:

Isak 13, Lascelles 60, Joelinton 61, Gordon 83


Sterling 23, James 73 red card

(Half-time stats in brackets)

Possession was Chelsea 45% (44%)  Newcastle 55% (56%)

Total shots were Chelsea 7 (6) Newcastle 14 (6)

Shots on target were Chelsea 4 (4) Newcastle 5 (1)

Corners were Chelsea 2 (2) Newcastle 4 (1)

Referee: Simon Hooper

Attendance: 52,227 (Chelsea 3,000)

Newcastle team v Chelsea:

Pope, Trippier, Lascelles (Dummett 86), Schar, Livramento, Bruno, Lewis Miley (Diallo 90+2), Joelinton, Almiron (Alex Murphy 87), Gordon (Ndiweni 90+2), Isak (Ritchie 81)


Dubravka, Gillespie, Karius, Parkinson

Newcastle United confirmed matches to mid-January 2024:

Tuesday 28 November 2023 – PSG v Newcastle (8pm) TNT Sports

Saturday 2 December 2023 – Newcastle United v Man U (8pm) TNT Sports

Thursday 7 December 2023 – Everton v Newcastle (7.30pm) Amazon

Sunday 10 December 2023 – Tottenham v Newcastle (4.30pm) Sky Sports

Wednesday 13 December 2023 – Newcastle v AC Milan (8pm) TNT Sports

Saturday 16 December 2023 – Newcastle v Fulham (3pm)

Tuesday 18 December 2023 – Chelsea v Newcastle (8pm) Sky Sports

Saturday 23 December 2023 – Luton v Newcastle (3pm)

Tuesday 26 December 2023 – Newcastle v Forest (12.30pm) Amazon

Monday 1 January 2024 – Liverpool v Newcastle (8pm) Sky Sports

(Weekend of Saturday 6 January 2024 – FA Cup third round matches)

Saturday 13 January 2024 – Newcastle v Man City (5.30pm) TNT Sports

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