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We Are Not In America To Have Fun

6:33 pm, Thursday, July 21st, 2011 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 137 Comments

Demba Ba played his first game last night for Newcastle, against Sporting Kansas,  but he had a very quiet game.

Demba Ba - not fully fit yet

But the 26 year-old is still not fully fit physically, and certainly not match fit, and that’s the reason for the pre-season of course, to get sharpened up.

We’ve taken to Demba Ba quickly, because he seems such a a warm and down to earth guy, and we’re hoping we’ll take to him even more when he starts smashing in all those goals for Newcastle next season – hopefully.

The Senegal striker seemed a yard off the pace last night, and he needs to quickly get up to par as far as both his physical and match fitness are concerned.

But he’ll have a full three weeks come Saturday to do that, because that’s the first game of the season, when the lads take on Arsenal at St. James’ Park.

We have to hope that both  Fabregas and Nasri are not Gunners by then, and both seem to want out at the London club.

Demba Ba talked to the Evening Chronicle today about his aims:

“For me personally, the main thing is to work as hard as I can as an individual for the team.”

“I have to contribute as much as I can.” “It’s not just being focused on scoring goals.”

“Everything else must be right as well, and you have to be part of the team.”

“If I’m getting into the positions and getting chances, I know I’m doing the right thing.” “I just want to do my job.”

“Things have been going very well out here in America, and we are all working hard.”

“These are good, competitive games for us to start off with – we aren’t here to have fun.”

“We need to train hard, and make sure we win the games as well, even though they’re friendlies.”

And the Newcastle fans seemed to have quickly taken to the big man, who they are looking to for many goals next season, and it seems like a mutual admiration society.

The  10 times capped Senegal International continued:

“Fans in Newcastle have given me a very warm welcome, and I hope that continues.”

“I look forward to seeing more of them and the city.”  “We’re counting down to the start of the season.”

We are hoping that the news today that Newcastle have not given up on PSG striker Mevlut Erdinc is true, and that Newcastle can indeed sign this player some time in early August.

We need another striker to help Demba Ba get all those goals for the side next season.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Demba Ba · Newcastle News · Pre-Season


137 responses so far ↓

  • 1 DarloGeordie // Jul 21, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Looks better in black n white rather than west ham strip, needs to pull his finger out tho

  • 2 P.I. // Jul 21, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Indeed, Newcastle are not in America to have fun. They are in America to advertise NUFC as a brand, and ultimately make Mike Ashley money.

    Oooh i can be rather cynical when i want….


  • 3 JohnnyBrookes // Jul 21, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    I joined the league, name theEntertainers!!

    On a side not, someone on twitter who was at the game described BA as a “drunk shola” lol

    Hope not!

  • 4 WWJBD // Jul 21, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    In the bigger picture people should of expected our lads to struggle against US teams because this is our pre season whereas its mid season for the american teams they are fully match fit and very focus

    Our lads are still finding their grove and learning how each other play. Also the heat will play a huge part.

    Bring on the real season soon am having withdrawl issues here!

  • 5 P.I. // Jul 21, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Twitter updates last night had Marveaux sounding pretty tasty mind. If we can keep that lad fit and motivated then we may see some fireworks.
    Would love for him to steal the show against the dirty scousers.

  • 6 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jul 21, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Wwjbd im getting sick of not seeing any football mate this 3 weeks better be quick my season ticket is burning a hole in my wallet

  • 7 GeordieToon89 // Jul 21, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    aw am in the league man it did add me lmao.. NUFC Blog?

  • 8 WWJBD // Jul 21, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    eaststand honestly mate life it barely worth living without football haha

  • 9 kevymartins // Jul 21, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    There not in america to have fun there in america to fcuk up are squad and get players injurd…

    who’s next jonas? collo?

    you cant fire are lads into full force competitive football matches @ 50+ degrees

  • 10 BeeGuy // Jul 21, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    With the injuries mounting, AP make have to sign some N Americans, or bring them in “on trial”to get through this tour. Last night there were more substitutions allowed than Newcastle had players on the bench.

  • 11 GeordieToon89 // Jul 21, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    GK – Hart/Given
    DEF – Jose/Sagna/Cahill/Shawcross/Jagielka
    MID – Marveaux/Ben Arfa/Pennant/Jarvis/Thomas
    ST – Rooney/Bent/Suarez

  • 12 BigKirky // Jul 21, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Remember everyone, pre-season is there to build up fitness again, therefore its an ongoing process, so whether players are playing good bad or indifferent, performances have to be taken with a pinch of salt i think. On a positive note, zero goals conceded so far! :-)

  • 13 GeordieTwo // Jul 21, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Yes with Ben Arfa already injured and out for 3 weeks minimum we definitely aren’t having any fun. Is Ashley enjoying the show? But we don’t have to worry even though we already have 3 or 4 injured players because we have such a deep, skilled team with the likes of Xisco, Smith, Routledge (whoops he is leaving), Guthrie (whoops he is injured), and Ferguson (whoops he is injured) ready to replace our first team regulars right Ashley? Ashley are you there?

  • 14 kevymartins // Jul 21, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    I played 5 mins off footy in turkey before and thought i was gona die.

    Before people start yapping im just saying its bad for the team

  • 15 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jul 21, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Spl starts this weekend so we get to see some football

  • 16 kevymartins // Jul 21, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    @eaststandgeordie1982 You call that football?

    Id rather watch my local league the dyfl haha

  • 17 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jul 21, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Its better than nowt

  • 18 TOONARMY4LIFE // Jul 21, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    how serious is arfa’s injury?

  • 19 WWJBD // Jul 21, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    Hmmm I will probably resort to watching some SPL then :( haha

  • 20 davybtoon // Jul 21, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    barton, cabaye, routledge, xisco, ranger, perch all started reserve game barton scored but getting beat 2-1 at half time

  • 21 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jul 21, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Cant believe they are putting it on 3D as if it wasnt bad enough

  • 22 davybtoon // Jul 21, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    think hba will back for arsenal or scum game

  • 23 WWJBD // Jul 21, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    Haha 3D SPL!? Thats a horrible thought

  • 24 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jul 21, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Damn right it is be better without the specs on lol

  • 25 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jul 21, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Does anyone watch legends of the game on espn classic shearer was on earlier le tissier is on now he was some player still remember them 2 goals against us pure class

  • 26 Colo2 // Jul 21, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Reserves are playing now they’re 2-1 down. Barton scored but he’s just hit the post with a penalty.

  • 27 JackButler // Jul 21, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    afternoon lads, anyone else injured in the hours that I’ve been in work?

  • 28 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jul 21, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Just pards arse ashleys been at it again

  • 29 JackButler // Jul 21, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    there’s a lot of weight behind that as well

  • 30 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jul 21, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    Barca agree dea to sign sanchez

  • 31 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jul 21, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Specially with del boy behind him

  • 32 JackButler // Jul 21, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    How long is HBA out for, has anything been said?

  • 33 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jul 21, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Not sure someone was saying 3 weeks earlier that brings it to the arsenal game

  • 34 JackButler // Jul 21, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    FFS, this is beyond a joke now, how many more players are we gonna lose before the season even starts?
    I know HBA’s injury was from a tackle but surely question need to be asked over the conditioning of our players

  • 35 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jul 21, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Just hope it makes ashley make a few more signings now its the worst time to get injured aswell cos theve got alot of catching up to do when they come back

  • 36 toonruz // Jul 21, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    so when our next game lol i would play shola and best up front for remainder games so we do get any more injurys

  • 37 toonruz // Jul 21, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    and keep the likes of ba safe

  • 38 JackButler // Jul 21, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Orlando city saturday night

  • 39 toonruz // Jul 21, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    cheers JackButler i lost intrest in the states since hba got injured but saying that he still looks fast on the ball so thats good for us

  • 40 toonruz // Jul 21, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    as long as he is fit for arsenal i be happy

  • 41 toonruz // Jul 21, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    and i all so think hba
    will rip sunderland apart

  • 42 rknufc // Jul 21, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    f.t 2-2 barton and donaldson scoring

  • 43 WWJBD // Jul 21, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    2 goals in 2 games for the reverend! :)

  • 44 JIMMYBOB33 // Jul 21, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    Just a thought but do u think HBA could do with beefing up he,s really skinny needs put some weight on i fear for him when the season starts games like wolves stoke in fact every team no player likes to be skined and HBA is master of it the tackles will be flying in i wonder how he copes when we play man city and hes up that bastard de jong it will intresting

  • 45 niafron // Jul 21, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Bonsoir messieurs.

    Well, this tour seems to be pretty disapointing. Which is not a good news considering how hard is the start of the season.

  • 46 niafron // Jul 21, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    Nothing in France about Erding.

  • 47 mr.T...iote // Jul 21, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    oryt lads, bak on,, walkn a bit with crutches now, but gettn there ahead of schedule lol,, aniihhuu, dont worry bwt benny boy, i reckon he’ll get a run out agenst leeds n florentina, also good to see our new signings are looking good like,, demba was aparently a bit of but he’ll get there,,
    marveaux was a threat 2 last nyt,
    gosling seems in good condition
    sick of enrique saga now tbh
    also 0-0 agenst a team half way thru the season hu are used to the conditions with us having 5 starters not starting is a good result
    n is it just me but duz any1 think the lads hu joined the reserves for holland (except of corse ranger joey n cabaye) have bin told they have no newcastle future
    perch, routy xisco

  • 48 ilovetoon8788 // Jul 21, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    not to worry abt ben arfa. pardew said we have a very big squad. no problem. hehe…

  • 49 mr.T...iote // Jul 21, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    n has gervinho signed for us yet lads,,, seems to have gone all quiet,,,, the orange kit has bin released n he wasnt modeling it??…….. ow wait… yer a remember whats happening now,,,

  • 50 Tonytoon73 // Jul 21, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    f@cking mr T where you been hiding like.

  • 51 Mancgeordie // Jul 21, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    ok lads any news on anything?

  • 52 mr.T...iote // Jul 21, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    lol tonytoon,, av bin doin phisio n wen a get hme am srite tah bed lol, hard work

  • 53 niafron // Jul 21, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    Well, i’m not pesimistic for the whole season, but the month of August risk to be difficult.

  • 54 Tonytoon73 // Jul 21, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    So is the physio going alright then, I have missed your jamaican slang. lol

  • 55 mr.T...iote // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    aye its good,, a can walk a few feet with crutches n finally since tha crash a can shag ma wife,,, wierd as owt tho coz shes about 5 munths preggers lol

  • 56 Tonytoon73 // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Good to here that mate, that you are walking not humping your lass, lol. Do you still think of imogen you dirty c@nt. ha ha ha

  • 57 WWJBD // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    Wey mr.T is knocking about again….been too long since I needed a decoder ring to come on here hahaha

    Good to hear your healing quick mate youve been missing off here for too long

  • 58 mr.T...iote // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    hah m8 am thrilled about both lol,, n hah aye a certainly do lol,, nw a can finally hobble to the paper shop n get nuts n it usually has a few pics of her in lol,, n bloody hell,, has every 1 joined sum sort of mass suicide group after bennys injury lol,, theres anly me n you on lol

  • 59 mr.T...iote // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    whey heres sum1 else thank god lol,, n am not that bad WWJBD lol,, a am trying to make sense lol,, n a was hopin by the time a came bak wed have shane long in but nee luck eh lol ,, n boys dyah reckon paoul de ceglie is a realistic replacement for jose, a remember watchin him b4 n he was class,, italian so hed have a good chemistry with colo(am sure colo is half italian)

  • 60 WWJBD // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    Haha nar its not that bad mate am quite used to reading text talk anyway ;)

    Aye still hung up on Erding at present apparently but Long’s name does keep getting mentioned on the odd occasion.

    As for the name you brought up I have never heard of him so havent a clue haha

  • 61 Tonytoon73 // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    mr T WWJBD has finally come over to the darkside and is nearly as negative as me. lol

  • 62 burnsie // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    Honey…….IM HOME!!!!!!!!!!! Bonjour Messers! papa burnsie is back from twitterland and here to stay….love this blog and love u all lads like brothers…….

  • 63 belfastmagpie87 // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    whats happening?? did i miss anything? lol
    reading all the comments takes about a year. :)

  • 64 WWJBD // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    hahaha aye thats not far from the truth like Tony though I have a shred of hope that I will be proven wrong!

    burnsie have you been drinking fella?

  • 65 Tonytoon73 // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    burnsie have you been winding the f@ckers up on twatter like. lol

  • 66 craig bell // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    I like the players we’v brought in. they all talk sense and are good players. but two more players is needed really bad

  • 67 mr.T...iote // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    lol am just so used to text talkn lol,, n either erding, long, bendtner or even vela wud be good enuf for me,, n hes a canny player,, 25, regular at juve,, he wudnt be too expensive,, hes more of an attacking left back than defencive but a reckon pards wants to bring back fast attacking football so hed it in perfik lol,, aniway am of lads,, the wife is gaggin for it lol,, jokes,, but still gotta go lol tarra boys

  • 68 WWJBD // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    Sounds good mate but if he costs money then no chance of him coming in haha plus he sounds far to un-injured for our current tastes!

    Have a good un you dirty devil hahaha

  • 69 belfastmagpie87 // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    f*** me,see how many people are on that fantasy league now?? haha.

    im gona win it like lol

  • 70 Tonytoon73 // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    aye see ya later mate

  • 71 Tonytoon73 // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    belfast what fantasy league ???

  • 72 WWJBD // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:38 PM



    Am confident of top 10 like

  • 73 WWJBD // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    Tony this one mate

    Andy // Jul 21, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Good man. Trying to get ed to advertise it as it’ll be a good laugh. For anyone interested website is

    league code is 26808-13480

  • 74 belfastmagpie87 // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:39 PM


  • 75 belfastmagpie87 // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:41 PM


    how do you get your defenders in there proper postitions??
    ive got kyle walker & vincent kompany playing in the wrong positions….???

  • 76 WWJBD // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    Dont think you can mate not without a load of pulling one out and putting one in for about a hour haha

    Doesnt matter though as long as they are in your starting 11 the points still come in….tbf you could have 4 CBs, 4 RBs or 4 LBs so just leave it the way it is

  • 77 WWJBD // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    In my starting 11 I have 1 LB and 3 CBs with another LB on the bench

  • 78 Barras // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    I’m hoping for a European spot in the Fantasy League. Going for a top 6 finish but we’ll see. People who have published their team on this blog must be crazy now everyone could go after the player you have put in your team. I refuse to do that hahaha.

  • 79 belfastmagpie87 // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    o happy days then.
    bent & hernandez up front.
    big demba ba is on the

  • 80 manxpie // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    Yeah wat fantasy league belfast an also wen ya talk about arfa can ya spell it right ya keep puttin AFRA its not a biggie but it pissin me of lol coz i read it as its spelt lol

  • 81 WWJBD // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    I published my first one but I have amended a fair bit since then and will probably chance them up before August anyhow.

    belfast haha that would be a very poacher attacking force you have there

  • 82 belfastmagpie87 // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:52 PM


    thats what happens when you have a shit education m8,ya cant spell properly.haha

  • 83 manxpie // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    Lol wwjbd wat happend 2 ya rightback is simpson not good enough 4 ya hey? Lol

  • 84 WWJBD // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    We should bid for Cissokho Liverpool havent yet drop 7 mill on him quick as Lyon are looking to sell and offer Jose to Liverpool after that for Aqualiani (sp?)

  • 85 WWJBD // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    haha manxpie see I thought about it strategically but I dont want to give my workings out to my opponents haha

  • 86 manxpie // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    Haha belfast i’m wit ya there i’m just glad your not dyslexic i wudda felt pretty bad lol

  • 87 belfastmagpie87 // Jul 21, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    ben ARFA

  • 88 belfastmagpie87 // Jul 21, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    not dyslexic like m8.haha.
    my eyesight is not the best like,but i refuse to wear

  • 89 manxpie // Jul 21, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    Ah i see your thinkin wwjbd well i’m gonna pick 11 strikers at least 3 of them r gonna score quite a few n i’ve heard agbonlahor’s a pretty gd keeper how’s that 4 a stratergy lol

  • 90 WWJBD // Jul 21, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    Ohhh risky I would struggle to find 11 strikers I would want in my team mate….PL is packed with crap strikers haha

  • 91 belfastmagpie87 // Jul 21, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    my strike force will score 20 goals a season each. :)
    what do you get if you win???
    ive already started to prepare my end of season speech!!! lol

  • 92 GeordieToon89 // Jul 21, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    can someone post the link again for the fantasy league ive lost it.. jus wana check me team

  • 93 WWJBD // Jul 21, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    only 20 belfast? I am aiming for atleast 35 and 20 from midfield….even fancy a good 10 from CBs haha

    Am sure Andy was offering up 10 grand to the winner didnt he? hahahaha :D

  • 94 WWJBD // Jul 21, 2011 at 10:14 PM

  • 95 GeordieToon89 // Jul 21, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    am aiming for 40/50 from strikers then poss 10/20 midfield nd defence about 10 but will be hard to score past me defence

  • 96 GeordieToon89 // Jul 21, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    WWJBD – cheers mate

  • 97 WWJBD // Jul 21, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    No bother GT89

    I would be shocked if my Midfield doesnt get into the high 20s tbh

  • 98 belfastmagpie87 // Jul 21, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    i thought my management days were over like.haha.
    i used to be lma manager & championship manager king.
    back in the day,when the woman in my life was my mother.haha

  • 99 bosamuelson // Jul 21, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    One football related photo, if you like the pics please vote. Sorry for random message.

    On another note, would be cool if Mehdi turned out to be our Jack Wilkshire!

  • 100 GeordieToon89 // Jul 21, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    is it wrong to have a mackem player in the team :\

  • 101 belfastmagpie87 // Jul 21, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    ive only one nufc player in the starting 11.
    the other two are on the bench.

  • 102 WWJBD // Jul 21, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    Yes GT89 I was too embarrassed to put one in haha

    belfast thats shameful I have 2 in my starting 11

  • 103 belfastmagpie87 // Jul 21, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    cheik tiote is the man.
    unfortunatly for the other two players they aren’t good enough for the starting 11.haha

    Ive the got winners speech prepared already. :)

  • 104 belfastmagpie87 // Jul 21, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    cheik tiote is the man.
    unfortunatly for the other two players they aren’t good enough for the starting 11.haha

    Ive got the winners speech prepared already. :)

  • 105 ToonDownSouth // Jul 21, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    I won £50 on a fantasy league table last year haha. Pretty much purely because I had Carroll & Nolan in at the start though!

    So I’ll definitely be in!

    The BPL is full of really crap players though init? Gerrard & Lampard used to be a sure fire few hundred points, and now they’re both cack! Torres has decided he doesn’t like scoring any more, Rooney plays more of a midfield role, Van Persie (possibly the best striker in the world when fit?) spend 6 months injured every year, and Drogba’s past it!

  • 106 Andy // Jul 21, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    I’ve two mackens! Gyan and bardsley because he is cheap. Benny expected to be just about fit for arsenal. Good news

  • 107 belfastmagpie87 // Jul 21, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    right boys.goodnight. ;)

  • 108 cousto // Jul 21, 2011 at 10:51 PM

    Mehdi is going to be class.

    According to rumours Ben Arfa is going to a clinic tomorrow for full assessment, most likely even if it’s just a slight twist/sprain (hopefully it is) since it’s his “dodgy” leg he’ll be rested until Arsenal game.

  • 109 Andy // Jul 21, 2011 at 10:51 PM

    No point havin a dm who don’t assist or score as you’ll barely get points. Not to mention the y cards! My mf is strong modric yaya wilshere nd zog

  • 110 WWJBD // Jul 21, 2011 at 10:53 PM


    Bent is a crap squad so he is limited, Tevez is on his bike this summer, Carroll will get crocked no doubt, Defoe cant score regularly and Berbatov wont get games

    Honestly when you look at it the strikers in the PL arent up to much

  • 111 GeordieToon89 // Jul 21, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    av got Sessegnon thts all a think hel b class this year.. btw how.. got 2 newcastle players..

    how do u change ur formation a did it before but a forgot to save it grr dunno how i did it

  • 112 WWJBD // Jul 21, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    Damn you Andy why did you tell him that! haha there is no room for friendship in this

    By the way I MIGHT of said you had offered up 10 grand prize money for this fantasy league ;) hahaha

  • 113 rknufc // Jul 21, 2011 at 10:56 PM

    @ belfast shame on you

  • 114 Andy // Jul 21, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    I err mean err that tiote is the vest player err to have in your team. And I told you the money was a surprise!

  • 115 rknufc // Jul 21, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    fantasy team
    coloccini huth kompany vidic
    modric ben arfa nzogbia
    hernandez ba bent
    bench: kenny song samba buszaky

  • 116 WWJBD // Jul 21, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    Hahaha thats better Tiote is fantastic to have in your team….will get 10s of points off him ;) Haha sorry I just couldnt keep it in anymore but if the numbers vastly jump up you know why

    My team will rip that team apart haha

  • 117 ToonDownSouth // Jul 21, 2011 at 11:04 PM

    I promise that I’ll send the winner an autograph.

    Then one day, when I’m minted & famous, you can flog it (;

  • 118 GeordieToon89 // Jul 21, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    my midfield is more than capable of getting 40 goals like just need to stay fit lmao

  • 119 Andy // Jul 21, 2011 at 11:06 PM

    My team are aimin for a mid table finish. I got a budget of 100m but i wheeled and dealed to make sure I broke even. Some money spent on wages but I also took the lads bowling to help the team gel.

  • 120 Andy // Jul 21, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    Think we have about 80 in the league. Didn’t think there would be that much interest

  • 121 rknufc // Jul 21, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    @ wwjbd haha wait and see
    whos in ur team

  • 122 WWJBD // Jul 21, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    My front line is now (and this is true) capable of 60+goals this season, midfield I still reckon 30ish and defence probably 15+

    My boys are going to tear the league up if their form stays high and they dont get benched for naughty words directed towards me….I aim to win but I will not accept back chat hahahaha

  • 123 WWJBD // Jul 21, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    Andy its gonna be a hottly contested event this like haha

    rknufc ooooh that would be telling haha keeping my game plan close to the chest now :) haha people are going to get the hint am a bit competative haha

  • 124 GeordieToon89 // Jul 21, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    am guna miss the first game so am guna have to check my team when am away in egypt lol al go on the 11th when the scout reports for duty ha

  • 125 ToonDownSouth // Jul 21, 2011 at 11:19 PM


    Guess I should just send you the prize now ‘ey? Never any doubt haha.

    The one I won last year was a work one, using the Sun’s setup. There’s just 3 transfer windows, and you can make 3 changes. I really don’t think I’ll be motivated enough to do it every f’ing week!

  • 126 GeordieToon89 // Jul 21, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    my team is now officially open for the league title ha.. what happens if teams have same players does it matter? few lads at work used to do this league.. they made it private and just they mates in everyone put £20 in at start then winnner of league gets the lot

  • 127 WWJBD // Jul 21, 2011 at 11:28 PM


    Haha maybe not the prize just yet but easy top 10 haha

    Yeah I will set mine up and leave it unless I remember someone has gotten a injury or suspension like

  • 128 ToonAndy // Jul 21, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    I chose tiote but i’ll lose a lot of points on his yellow cards!!… still couldn’t not have the fella in my team:




    ———————ROONEY— VAN PERSIE——————–

  • 129 ross armstrong // Jul 21, 2011 at 11:54 PM

    whers this fantasy league at lads , cant find it

  • 130 AMEOBI // Jul 22, 2011 at 12:15 AM

    Well I’ve sorted my team out! Can say gunna win it mind lads..
    Can’t believe am saying this – WATCH OUT FOR AMEOBI;)

  • 131 The-Ciaran8 // Jul 22, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    @toon Andy

    Samba at left back?

  • 132 sheznufc // Jul 22, 2011 at 12:28 AM

    Finally got my fantasy team sorted, looks like a big league, guna be awesome.

    Vidic – Jagielka – Cahill – Clichy
    HBA – Silva – Nzogbia – Bale
    Bent – Van persie

    subs. De vries, Monk, Tiote, Best

  • 133 Eastander // Jul 22, 2011 at 8:09 AM

    I know it will be in the articles somewhere but anyone got the code for the fantasy league handy?

  • 134 Need_More_Ameobis // Jul 22, 2011 at 8:13 AM

    Oh my…. Xisco just scored a brace!

  • 135 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jul 22, 2011 at 8:18 AM


  • 136 Indian Magpie // Jul 22, 2011 at 8:49 AM

  • 137 the knowledge // Jul 22, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Yes u are there to have fun, training should be hard work, and pushing u, but it should be enjoyable otherwise we won’t get the best out of u! Enjoy the trip and work hard.

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