Cherries: Newson predicts a return of the Dean Court glory days

Bournemouth Echo: CAPTAIN FANTASTIC: Mark Newson CAPTAIN FANTASTIC: Mark Newson

MARK Newson – the man who captained Cherries during their finest hour – believes the glory days could be back on the horizon for the Dorset club.

Newson, who skippered Cherries into the second tier of the Football League for the first and only time in their history, tonight returns to Dean Court with Stevenage (7.45pm).

The 51-year-old, a popular goalscoring defender during his playing days with Cherries, was appointed as Gary Smith’s assistant at Broadhall Way when Graham Westley left for Preston in January.

Newson was a mainstay as Cherries rewrote the record books by claiming the old Division Three title under Harry Redknapp in 1987 and is one of only five men to have lifted silverware for the club.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily Echo, Newson said: “I don’t think you can fail to have noticed what has gone on at the club this season.

“They are the form team and have had some terrific results since Eddie Howe returned. We are expecting a tough game because their home form is excellent. They are playing some good stuff and are scoring goals.

“It is early days but they are on a terrific run. It is no secret they have some decent backing and, with their resources, I am sure they will be up there challenging with a few of the other teams with the big budgets in this division.

“I would imagine they are probably a little disappointed they are not there now. But maybe they will strengthen again in January so are expected to be there or thereabouts with the Sheffield Uniteds and Swindons.”

Newson, who made 177 league appearances for Cherries between 1985 and 1990, spoke recently with former Dean Court team-mate Shaun Brooks who, together with Paul Groves, was relieved of the managerial reins last month.

“I know Shaun very well and saw him last week when our youth team played their youth team,” added Newson. “I think what happened came as a shock to him. I asked him if there had been a massive turnaround since Eddie took over and he said there hadn’t been a huge difference in team selection.

“It appears to have been just the change which sometimes happens. Shaun and Paul have gone back to the youth team and you move on. I think they were a bit unfortunate with a few things and who is to say that, given a week or two, they may have got it right.

“We will never know. I would like to have seen them do well but that is the nature of the beast.”

Fifth-placed Stevenage started the season with an 11-match unbeaten run in the league but arrive at Goldsands Stadium having lost three of their past four games, including successive 4-1 defeats against Preston and Sheffield United.

Newson added: “We have had a great start but have had a few hiccups recently. We have got a tough November. We are the poor relation in the top six or seven and our start has kept us up there. We have been conceding goals recently and that isn’t like us. We need to address that.”

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7:35am Tue 20 Nov 12

fletch for manager says...

More than just a change mark, the fact Eddie plays to win unlike those idiots groves n brooks who set the team up not to lose.. Plus the fact groves n brooks were out their depth and failed to motivate the players or have the squads respect.. I feel sorry for the youth team now with those 2 losers involved again..
More than just a change mark, the fact Eddie plays to win unlike those idiots groves n brooks who set the team up not to lose.. Plus the fact groves n brooks were out their depth and failed to motivate the players or have the squads respect.. I feel sorry for the youth team now with those 2 losers involved again.. fletch for manager
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7:42am Tue 20 Nov 12

DansAFCB says...

fletch for manager wrote:
More than just a change mark, the fact Eddie plays to win unlike those idiots groves n brooks who set the team up not to lose.. Plus the fact groves n brooks were out their depth and failed to motivate the players or have the squads respect.. I feel sorry for the youth team now with those 2 losers involved again..
I agree with you!!!! Don't know so much re Brooks, but Groves is just a kno.b!!!
[quote][p][bold]fletch for manager[/bold] wrote: More than just a change mark, the fact Eddie plays to win unlike those idiots groves n brooks who set the team up not to lose.. Plus the fact groves n brooks were out their depth and failed to motivate the players or have the squads respect.. I feel sorry for the youth team now with those 2 losers involved again..[/p][/quote]I agree with you!!!! Don't know so much re Brooks, but Groves is just a kno.b!!! DansAFCB
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8:16am Tue 20 Nov 12

AFCBade says...

Good to hear from one of my favourite all time players for the cherries, his will to win provided great leadership and he had the knack of chipping in with vital goals for the team. Successful promotion teams need that sort of distribution of goals across the side. No doubt Stevenage will be determined to stop the rot so maybe a tough game despite recent heavy defeats
Good to hear from one of my favourite all time players for the cherries, his will to win provided great leadership and he had the knack of chipping in with vital goals for the team. Successful promotion teams need that sort of distribution of goals across the side. No doubt Stevenage will be determined to stop the rot so maybe a tough game despite recent heavy defeats AFCBade
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8:47am Tue 20 Nov 12

mrsrat says...

....we'll have a few injuries after the game, they don't play pretty football, they certainly play to win at all costs. It is no surprise to me that they get suspensions and have one of their star players missing this evening.
Pughey and Josh will have to watch themselves as they will be 'taken out' when they start to tease their full backs.
....and as for Newson, PG and SB may be mates of his but he doesn't have a clue about their managing skills...or lack of them.
....we'll have a few injuries after the game, they don't play pretty football, they certainly play to win at all costs. It is no surprise to me that they get suspensions and have one of their star players missing this evening. Pughey and Josh will have to watch themselves as they will be 'taken out' when they start to tease their full backs. ....and as for Newson, PG and SB may be mates of his but he doesn't have a clue about their managing skills...or lack of them. mrsrat
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9:11am Tue 20 Nov 12

bigfatsteve says...

Nice bloke Mark Newson remember meeting him at club presentation back in the early eighties. Same players maybe, the big difference is though, that Eddie has chosen what he sees as his best side and stuck with it. This has given the team stability, the players work rate and desire to attack the opposition has increased massively. We still have players chomping at the bit to get into the team, which will keep everyone on their toes. Another 3 points tonight will really make the top six take notice.
Nice bloke Mark Newson remember meeting him at club presentation back in the early eighties. Same players maybe, the big difference is though, that Eddie has chosen what he sees as his best side and stuck with it. This has given the team stability, the players work rate and desire to attack the opposition has increased massively. We still have players chomping at the bit to get into the team, which will keep everyone on their toes. Another 3 points tonight will really make the top six take notice. bigfatsteve
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9:14am Tue 20 Nov 12

Red Sky says...

No, given another week or two he would have persisted with the same negative approach, used an ineffective diamond formation and not motivated the players to fight for the shirt. All credit to him for some decent purchases but he is no leader of men.
No, given another week or two he would have persisted with the same negative approach, used an ineffective diamond formation and not motivated the players to fight for the shirt. All credit to him for some decent purchases but he is no leader of men. Red Sky
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10:54am Tue 20 Nov 12

RED LETTER DAY says...

. . . Mark Newson says that given a bit more time the previous management may have go it right. . . No Chance!. . . . Under P G it was 1 pass forward and 3 passes backwards.......... It was totally negative and boring.... In fact I gave up watching it until E Howe came home.............
. . . Mark Newson says that given a bit more time the previous management may have go it right. . . No Chance!. . . . Under P G it was 1 pass forward and 3 passes backwards.......... It was totally negative and boring.... In fact I gave up watching it until E Howe came home............. RED LETTER DAY
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11:33am Tue 20 Nov 12

Court Side says...

If AFCB were a film production then Groves was the casting agent,choosing good players to play their parts,but unfotunately no more than that.It needed a master director in the shape of Eddie Howe,with no small help from his AD Jason Tindall,to bring the pieces together to create the whole.And thanks to the big Ruski/Hollywood producer Max,(Eddie Mitchell you may have your finders fee),who knows the true talent we had, then lost,but managed to bring it back again so that everything could conclude in a happy ever after ending.......possibl
y?(The Mitchell's are still here after all and it only ever takes one drink too many...and then you start saying things you regret....and then you start trying to get in the dressing room....and then you start trying to get your mates missus in the dressing room.....and then you come staggering across the pitch and grab hold of a microphone)....but i digress......
If AFCB were a film production then Groves was the casting agent,choosing good players to play their parts,but unfotunately no more than that.It needed a master director in the shape of Eddie Howe,with no small help from his AD Jason Tindall,to bring the pieces together to create the whole.And thanks to the big Ruski/Hollywood producer Max,(Eddie Mitchell you may have your finders fee),who knows the true talent we had, then lost,but managed to bring it back again so that everything could conclude in a happy ever after ending.......possibl y?(The Mitchell's are still here after all and it only ever takes one drink too many...and then you start saying things you regret....and then you start trying to get in the dressing room....and then you start trying to get your mates missus in the dressing room.....and then you come staggering across the pitch and grab hold of a microphone)....but i digress...... Court Side
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11:46am Tue 20 Nov 12

cherriesfan says...

Who remembers the corner routine, Newson flick on Willo scores. What a team we had that won promotion to the old league two, now just perhaps those days are about to return with EH and JT.
Who remembers the corner routine, Newson flick on Willo scores. What a team we had that won promotion to the old league two, now just perhaps those days are about to return with EH and JT. cherriesfan
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4:29pm Tue 20 Nov 12

pehf1rules says...

Cherriesfan it was the other way round!!!!! Willo was at the near post for the flick on and Newson would ghost in at the back to knock it in !!!
Cherriesfan it was the other way round!!!!! Willo was at the near post for the flick on and Newson would ghost in at the back to knock it in !!! pehf1rules
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6:22pm Tue 20 Nov 12

abc100 says...

Would be nice to give Mark Newson a good reception before kick off, not many cherries players have lifted the league championship, I remember like yesterday winning at Fulham for promotion and beating Rotherham the next week to win the league, blimey I was only 11!!!!
Would be nice to give Mark Newson a good reception before kick off, not many cherries players have lifted the league championship, I remember like yesterday winning at Fulham for promotion and beating Rotherham the next week to win the league, blimey I was only 11!!!! abc100
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