Damien Duff Having Best Season Ever For Newcastle

Damien Duff is having his best season ever at Newcastle, and has 3 goals this season, after getting his 3rd goal after just 64 seconds at The Hawthorns on Saturday.


Damien Duff – had another good game on Saturday

And Damien’s improved form has not gone unnoticed by the Ireland management, and Marco Tardelli, who is assistant manager to Giovanni Trapattoni, has been impressed.

Marco said today:

“I have spoken to him and, for me, Damien Duff is a very good player and he is in great form.”

“It’s very important because he is a player with good experience. We need Damien Duff and the young players need Damien Duff.”

After just 64 seconds against WBA, Duff found himself clean through on goal, when a through ball from the impressive Ameobi, was not cut out by the WBA defenders,  and the Irishman hit the ball first time past Scott Carson, when it would have been so easy to miss.

That goal gave Newcastle a terrific start to the vital relegation 6 pointer on Saturday.

Duff will be playing against Georgia tomorrow night in the World Cup qualifier in Dublin, where he was born, so let’s hope he doesn’t get injured, that’s the main thing for Newcastle fans.

The last thing we want right now is any of our players participating in the Internationals to return injured – that would  be too much.

Comments welcome.

50 comments so far

  • Danish_Magpie

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #1

    No he isn’t!!

    He is having his best season yet OF HIS NEWCASTLE career, but do you not remember his last season at Blackburn and first season at Chelsea? He was absolutely incredible then. The Chelsea-Barca game when Chelsea went up 3-0 in 21 mins springs to mind. I also remember him pissing all over the Danish national team for Ireland. He is having his best season for a few years, but certainly not ever!

  • Nick D

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Calm down Ed. So he’s had a couple of decent games against the worst teams in the league. No more, no less. He hardly terrifies the top 6, that is when he’s not almost permanently injured.

    Still needs to be on his way in May along with the other usual suspects.

    Maybe he has only now just realised the gravy train ain’t going to be running any more and needs to get his finger out a bit more often for his 70K a week.

  • Jonas18

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Duff is one of the few players who looks up for the fight.


    he chooses the wrong option a bit too much. Opting to shoot when he should pass, taking a player on when the best choice is to pass.

    He is worth keeping.


    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #4

    He gives 100% week in week out and IS playing well. Why is it that some on here always give him stick? I see every home game live and some away too. He’s been our most consistent performer, in my opinion.

  • reillers

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #5

    If he manages to score a goal for us on Weds against Georgia I wont complain, that is if he starts. He always give 110% now if he can just transfer his form to the international stage then I’ll be even happier.

  • batty

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #6

    MAG PIE you beat me to it m8 tottally agree with you

  • Johno Toon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #7

    I like duff think he is a good player , but agree with nick d he aint worth the 70k a week he is picking up and if we want to get our wage bill down we would need to get rid, but i do think duff could be a solution to our lack of creativty in the centre of midfield, he still got a good eye for a pass he has a good work ethic onbly problem is he is a bit leight weight but think what ever club he is with duff’s future should be down the middle

  • ginkoh

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #8

    He got consistent but need to rise his standard also. maybe we need some of players who have the football sense to play with him.

  • stu

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #9

    when does the chronicle come out? not from newcastle

  • Kash

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #10

    He’s still proper pony!!!

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #11

    Stu, about 12- 1 o clock mate GMT

  • stu

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #12

    cheers, hopefully make from interesting reading

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #13

    Stu – Im waiting with anticipation and almost a sense of pre arranged soft ar$e questioning.

    I really hope the proper questions have been asked and answered!!!!

    I will be on Chronicle website later.

    Im sure Ed will be on it in a flash and get it on here too!

  • damostoon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #14

    duffs doing a savare job,he might have an off game and when he does evereone freaks out about him, what about Bambi,Butt and S.Taylor,,if Duffer goes before them that would be a fair shame !!

  • Archie Brand

    Feb 10, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #15

    Danish Magpie
    “Damien Duff is having his best season ever at Newcastle” means this is the best season he has ever had while he has been AT NEWCASTLE.

    I agree with Magpie that Duffer is giving his all which seems to be significantly more than some of the others’ “all”.

    Not sure why we are getting excited about his goal though. It was a lucky shot that sneaked between Carsons legs. He could try that another 99 times and not make it.
    A bit like Shola’s miss hit chip a few weeks ago.

    Nick D – you’re spot on. The likes of Man U and Liverpool will hardly be quaking at the thought of having Duff running at them.
    Same goes for Jonas. Looking fast against a bunch of Donkeys at Hull is one thing but they have possibly the slowest team in the league.

    I cant get too excited about the Chronicle exclusive.
    It’ll be “Mike has lost enough money to buy the entire Coca Cola Championship but remains committed to the team” “JFK is doing a great job and is there for the long haul” and “Dennis continues to find us undiscovered diamonds”

    Pretty much the same old crap.

    Now I’d be really impressed if Wise turned up for a question and answer session at the Bigg Market.

  • Sav

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #16

    I can’t help but wonder whether some of the same people who come on here and start off on the likes of Duff who has played well and caused no hassle, are the same ones who say they won’t get involved in the NUSC protest because, ‘We should all just forget about the past and get behind the team… etc. etc.’
    Can’t you find owt better to do than knock the ginger ninja or any other players who are putting in a consistent shift?

  • ObaMartins

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #17

    Sven-Goran Eriksson seem’s to be up for Grabs, why dont Newcastle make a move for him ?????would do a Good job here!!!!!!

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #18

    Sav – its always the same mate. There is always someone on the receiving end on here.

    Take the lift we got from Saturdays win – next day it was doom and gloom again.

    Alot of differing opinion on here. One persons Shearer is another persons Ameobi.

    Im a member of the NUSC and am in two minds on going to the rally or going as usual to SJP for a bit of pre match atmosphere.

    Maybe the press release will go someway of answering some of the questions they are asking?? Who knows.

    How many people on here know about the protests that happen at every home Liverpool match about Gillet & Hicks?

    Doesnt make media news all the time does it – why – because Liverpool are second.

    My understanding of the NUSC is that they are not a mob with mob mentality – there are as passionate about NUFC as we all are and are frustrated by the wall of silence.

  • Sav

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #19

    We’ve enough oleagenous nancys on the board to make it very attractive.

  • bennytoon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #20

    Still shite though!

  • bennytoon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #21

    We certainly dodged a bullet when duff chose the geordie money over playing for a better team.

  • ObaMartins

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #22

    Duff has been a flop if we are to be honest, he seems to be in the spotlight as we have somany other Out injured….

  • Sav

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #23

    Is it a face-to-face interview with the Bingo-caller, or have the Q.s been submitted in advance so the Ministry of Misinformation can have a team of lawyers on the job?

    Hope someone asks, ‘What qualification does a WestHam supporting Bingo-Caller have for the job of Managing Director of a massive club like NUFC, other than, obviously, being Ashley’s mate ?
    They should also list the many contradictiory statements and ‘It is a Fact’ codswallop for Silence of the Llambias to comment upon. But I have a sinking feeling that the ‘Exclusive’ to be published over 2 days will guarantee the hacks are on their best behaviour.

  • Sav

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #24

    Llambias is certainly one oleagenous nancy if Sven was sniffing around the Toon.

  • RyanToon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #25

    well tbh it isnt hard for duff to be better than last season, is it? 🙂

  • Bill F

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #26

    Problem is that like many of our “star buys” he has had a lot of injuries. Any one who does sport at any level knows just how much that affects your form and confidence. The last few games he is starting to look as if he is getting back his self belief andf it is starting to show in his play, more like the player we were expecting when he came to us.

  • Sav

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #27

    ‘Duff has been a flop if we are to be honest’.

    I’m being honest and I disagree.

    What’s all this ‘we’ business, paleface?

  • Pons Aelius

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #28

    I just wish Duff could recapture the form of his Blackburn days. He was phenomenal at Ewood and I hope he can find that extra yard of pace and that little bit of confidence to remember just how easily he can skip past his man when he wants to.

    Could be a cracking player if he keeps training hard.

  • workyticket

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #29

    Sav // Feb 10, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    “I can’t help but wonder whether some of the same people who come on here and start off on the likes of Duff who has played well and caused no hassle, are the same ones who say they won’t get involved in the NUSC protest”

    No, it will be the exact opposite Sav. The rally will be mostly the nihilistic haters who come on here and insult the team constantly.

  • Micky Toon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #30

    When we aren’t in a relegation battle then we can look to the fancy flicks and bag of tricks type of players, at the moment, I’ll take the thlood and bunder(thanks JFK) players like Duff to help us get out of this mess.
    I’m not a big fan, but Smith could really make up for a lot if he can take his chance and show some of that passion he often showed in his prime at Leeds.
    Ideally we would be a team of solid, experienced players mixed with the younger, faster, more skillful players.

  • Micky Toon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #31

    Worky – Agreed. But it’s been nice to see that we aren’t the only team with a group of idiots. Those Chelsea mugs with the Scolari our, Zola and DiMatteo in banner made me laugh. 4th Place and still in with a shout of winning everything and they complain and want the manager out? Idiots.

  • ObaMartins

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #32

    Sav…so you think Duff has done a good job since he came to Newcastle ??? i bet you rated “Albert Luque ” a hit also sav

  • ObaMartins

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #33

    sav…and why the Paleface remark , you got somthing against white people ???

  • RyanToon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #34

    Hiddink in talks with Chelsea

  • Whumpie

    Feb 10, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #35

    I just watched the longer highlights of Saturday’s match on NUFC TV. Duff had a blinder, and yes, he would cause problems for Man-U or any other team. Yes, WBA were slow, but Duff consistently skinned 2 or 3 of them at a time and had he been called ‘Wright-Phillips’ everyone would be gasping at the brilliance.

    Duff has shown that he still has it. We should support him in continuing that, not take childish pot-shots at him.

  • lesh

    Feb 10, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #36

    Llambias breaks the silnce…… the excitemnt mounts and here are the Chron’s Highlights of the interview which includes…..

    1 Derek Llambias apologising to Toon fans and admitting that the board’s silence since Kevin Keegan left was wrong.

    2 A promise to give the fans a voice at the club.

    3 Predicting that Newcastle will lose millions this year but maintaining “we are not a selling club”.

    4 Revealing that Mike Ashley believes Newcastle can challenge for EVERYTHING within the next five years.

    Ho hum. Asheley’ll give the fans a voice eh? He certainly hasn’t listened so far as Wise’s concerned has he?

  • Whumpie

    Feb 10, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #37

    Micky Toon – spot on. If we were trying to get a European spot, we’d need to take risks on flair players, but right now we need experienced battlers. That’s Duff, Nolan, Smith, and (I know I’ll get stick for this) Butt and possibly Geremi.

  • Derek The Bingo Caller Llambias

    Feb 10, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #38

    Jump and Jive, Number 35!

  • workyticket

    Feb 10, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #39

    Whumpie // Feb 10, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    “…Duff has shown that he still has it. We should support him in continuing that, not take childish pot-shots at him.”

    Butt also. He gets an even harder time than Duff.

  • Bill F

    Feb 10, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #40

    As a Martian, I have to say I fnd the Earthpeoples obession with PC so childish, it’s no wonder we havn’t invited you into the Galactic Union. Please all grow up.


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