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Newcastle United Blog Lives On

12:05 pm, Thursday, November 29th, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 27 Comments

The Newcastle United Blog is now back on the air. Unfortunately, after moving to new servers and coming back online yesterday, we had some problems with the DNS servers and the site totally crashed and was a bit of a mess :(

But that got sorted out by EZSiteMove, who did the move for us, and everything now seems to be in order.

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Unfortunately during the move some old articles flooded the Newsnow site for Newcastle United, and strangely were in the top 10 articles that are listed on the right hand side of NewsNow. Not sure exactly how that happened, but we have since sorted that out with NewsNow and they were just great – and we are forgiven :D

We have also updated the site design a little from yesterday, and while we still have a few things to do, we will now continue producing our articles as an independent site from SoccerLens – who helped us start out last April, and to whom we are very appreciative.

You can now sign up for an RSS feed for our articles here rss-feed.png and this also includes an email capability.

Thanks for your patience during our move – with any luck we should be OK from now on.

Can’t wait for the game at Ewood Park on Saturday – and the more we think of it – the more we think we have a good chance of collecting all 3 points. We’ll sign off now before we get too carried away :D

As always we really appreciate you, our readers.

Thanks,

Ed Harrison.



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27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Cyprus Mag // Nov 29, 2007 at 12:30 PM

    “A good chance of collecting all three points”?!
    Ed I wish I had your outlook on life, you must go around with a smile on your face permanently.
    I know Blackburn got a hammering last night but I’ve seen nothing in our last three games to give me cause to think we can collect three points from anyone home or away. However I hope you are right.

  • 2 sirjasontoon // Nov 29, 2007 at 12:52 PM

    Three points will keep the vultures away for a little while and Ashley might just keep his hatchet buried in the garden until the Arsenal result, a defeat will result in Big Sam getting the Axe without a doubt.

    I do feel sorry for Sam and pre season I was excited and full of hope,
    on Saturday I want him to get the lads fired up and full of hell, grab all three points and ease the pressure that both him and the players must be under right now.

    My advice organise the back 4, use your wingers and supply decent balls to Martins and The Duke if they get a decent service they will score, if we fight for every ball, pass like we know we can, we should get the 3 points and have a good weekend for a change.

  • 3 Alex Brett // Nov 29, 2007 at 1:02 PM

    Simple, play this team Sam!!

    Given
    Beye Taylor Rozenhal Enrique
    Milner Barton Emre N’Zogbia
    Viduka Martins

    Harper
    Faye
    Butt
    Smith
    Ameobi

  • 4 stjames // Nov 29, 2007 at 1:18 PM

    ***Welcome home Ed.*** :) :)

    Even if you vote labour e.g. you don’t have to agree with everything Gordon Brown says or does. Unlike in real politics one has a great change to have his voice heard and counted for in football politics. Thanks to Ed’s blog and a dozen others.

    Even if you don’t agree with everything Sam does, it doesn’t necessarily mean you want to get rid of him. Sam, Mike Ashley end Mort are doing a major job of club building at Newcastle. Attending games in a NU shirt, sitting with the fans and paying the drinks!!! They are also saying the right things and seem to have both enthusiasm and ability to turn around the short term politics of the Shepherd era. They are, in my opinion, really “talking the talks and moving the moves.”

    But I would certainly like to see some those positive signs on the pitch. In my book it means abandoning the more or less total 50/50 (75/25) long ball tactics.

    So, how are we on the markers Big Sam set for the Premiere League this season? I’m talking about 1) 10 clean sheets and 2) 60 points.

    1) At the moment we got 1 clean sheet. We should really have 3-4 to be on the marker, but you can never know with clean sheets. We have not been doing that well defensively but it can change virtually over night. We have seen things fall into place suddenly and seemingly without a clear reason.

    2) With 18 points we are almost on the marker here. The worrying thing is that our opponents until now have mostly been from the bottom side of the table. Collectively they have acquired an overall average of 1,13 points/game. The teams we have yet to play, on the other hand, have collected 1,75 points/game.

    Incidentally, we are in the middle with 1.5 points/game.

  • 5 nomis_jade // Nov 29, 2007 at 1:39 PM

    Being a fairly opportunistic person, id like to think we will at least get a draw from the blackburn game. On the one hand they are a good team and playing some quite nice football at the mo, and will be looking to put the villa defeat behind them. They are also hat home. However from our point of view, we should be well up for it following the poor result against liverpool. I wonder if playing away might be a good thing for once, maybe slightly less pressure. Also with sir Bobby’s visit we should be extra inspired. Incidently if we do win, blackburn will have lost their last two home games. I wonder if his fans will be calling for his sack, baring in mind they also got knocked out of the uefa cup well early. My team would be;
    beye, faye, roz, enrique
    milner,butt/barton, emre,zog
    oba, vids

  • 6 nomis_jade // Nov 29, 2007 at 1:40 PM

    opportunistic? i meant optimistic!

  • 7 Toon Chicken // Nov 29, 2007 at 2:04 PM

    “a defeat will result in Big Sam getting the Axe without a doubt.”

    Whose your source sirjasontoon? I’m sure we’d all love to know :)

  • 8 sirjasontoon // Nov 29, 2007 at 2:06 PM

    Toon Chicken
    My sauce with chicken is usuallay ketchup..but if its a big breast I like a splash of mayo.

  • 9 God // Nov 29, 2007 at 2:06 PM

    The blog managed to resurrect itself, now it’s the Toons turn.

  • 10 Bill f // Nov 29, 2007 at 2:13 PM

    Oops.

  • 11 Bill f // Nov 29, 2007 at 2:14 PM

    Sorry that wasnt aimed at anyone it was an incomplete message that shouldn’t have gone.

  • 12 Toon Chicken // Nov 29, 2007 at 2:19 PM

    Urgh, mayo?

    I prefer gravy, but then I am a northern boy, and we all know northern boys love gravy.

  • 13 steve // Nov 29, 2007 at 2:23 PM

    sirjastoon – in that case Sam will be sacked as we are unlikley to get anything form Blackburn game – anyway I’ll be there cheering the lads on as usual – anyone else going to the game, what say we nominate a boozer to meet up in, sort of a nufcblog meetup

    sauce = barbecue

  • 14 sirjasontoon // Nov 29, 2007 at 2:28 PM

    I am a northern boy and I can’t stand gravy..born wallsend, just goes to show all northern boys are individual.

  • 15 steve // Nov 29, 2007 at 2:32 PM

    Although my favorite all time sauce is http://www.chilliworld.com/SP6.asp?p_id=41 – give it a go if you think you’re hatf enough :-)

  • 16 steve // Nov 29, 2007 at 2:32 PM

    err that should have read give it a go if you think you’re hard enough

  • 17 Toon Chicken // Nov 29, 2007 at 2:40 PM

    Haha – Newcastle United Blog Lives On – but we’d rather talk about our favourite condiments – brilliant!!!

  • 18 sirjasontoon // Nov 29, 2007 at 2:40 PM

    steve that looks like an incredible sauce “insanity” be nice splashed in a chilli/mexican dish or perhaps a nice wrap with grilled chicken insanity strips : ) ..beats gravy anytime I bet !

  • 19 sirjasontoon // Nov 29, 2007 at 2:48 PM

    Toon Chicken lets sod the football and on every blog just discuss something completly un-football until we get our next 3 points..a football stand off.

  • 20 sirjasontoon // Nov 29, 2007 at 2:57 PM

    Mexican Chicken

    Ingredients
    1 chicken breast
    1 tsp chilli flakes or Insanity sauce.
    1 tsp paprika
    1 tsp cumin
    1 tsp oregano
    salt and freshly ground black pepper
    1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for cooking
    ¼ red pepper, sliced
    ¼ red onion, sliced
    1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    85g/3oz spinach

    Method
    1. Preheat a medium frying pan and a griddle pan.
    2. Combine the spices and seasoning in a small bowl.
    3. Cover the chicken breast in the spices.
    4. Heat the olive oil in the frying pan.
    5. Add the chicken and sauté for at least 10 minutes or until the breast is well cooked and the juices run clear.
    6. While the chicken is cooking place a little olive oil in the griddle pan.
    7. Add the pepper and onion and griddle for 4 minutes.
    8. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar over the pepper and onion and remove from the heat.
    9. Place the spinach on a serving plate.
    10. Place the chicken on the spinach. Serve the griddled vegetables on the side

  • 21 steve // Nov 29, 2007 at 3:31 PM

    if we wait for our next 3 points before we start discussing football we’ll probably have written a cookery book!!
    nice recipe btw, might just try that out

  • 22 steve // Nov 29, 2007 at 3:36 PM

    The insanity sauce is quite mild, if you prefer something hotter to spice up your life try this http://www.chilliworld.com/SP6.asp?p_id=100

    “Should you actually attempt to make use of this product EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION! This is not a sauce! Avoid any and all skin contact! ”

    maybe we should throw some of this at opposing players :)

  • 23 sirjasontoon // Nov 29, 2007 at 3:36 PM

    Good idea..that sauce sounds great can you get it in the supermarket or is it strictly top shelf or under the counter material..might be nice in a festive bloody mary too !

  • 24 sirjasontoon // Nov 29, 2007 at 3:42 PM

    That would be danger in my hands I was eating some chilli snacks at work-later on rubbed my eye and I was in agony : )

    Whats your predictions for saturday I am going 2-1 blackburn and sam to get the old heave ho.

    Bet he likes a good splash of chilli on his frankfurters does Sam.

  • 25 Bill f // Nov 29, 2007 at 4:37 PM

    Or stick it up the a**se of our lads just before they go on the pitch.

  • 26 steve // Nov 29, 2007 at 9:46 PM

    prediction for the weekend, 2-0 blackburn – really can’t see us scoring if we continue with current tactics

    c’mon lads – prove me wrong

  • 27 true // Nov 30, 2007 at 7:55 AM

    from team selections to predictions to how to cook mexican chicken! what a FANTASTIC SITE.
    On saturday I am looking for a performance as mich as the points.




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