Stoke Fans Should Boo Their Board And Not Me

What were Stoke City fans thinking last night, when they booed Demba Ba?

Newcastle hat-trick hero – Demba Ba

It wasn’t Ba’s fault that Stoke City didn’t sign him in January,  because he failed the Stoke medical, and he was very willing to join Stoke at the time.

But maybe it’s because he scored his second hat-trick of the season for Newcastle last night at the Britannia Stadium,  that ticked the Stoke fans off, because he could have been playing in the red and white striped shirt of Stoke City.

But he’s not, and he’s playing for Newcastle United, who singed him as a free agent in the summer, and he’s becoming a bit of a revelation in the Premier League this season with 8 goals for Newcastle in just 11 appearances.

And the Stoke City manager Tony Pulis made an attempt to explain why they didn’t sign the player in January:

“We really fancied Demba for a while but people have to remember we were paying £9M for him with his wages and everything else,”

“The medical people at this club are fantastic and they didn’t think his knee was a risk we could take at that time.”

“Taking him on a free is a different option and he has certainly done well at West Ham and at Newcastle.”

The Senegal striker has not missed any games for Newcastle this season or missed a training session with any injuries to that supposedly dodgy knee, so all is going very well for both Demba and for Newcastle United too, so far this season.

Demba Ba was rightly just a little mystified as to why he was booed last night, and he had this to say after the game:

“If they want to boo they should boo their board.”  

“I am very happy to score a hat-trick here because it is a place you come and struggle.”

“It’s very important when you have strikers who can run and defend.”  

Pardew was quick  to point out there was no animosity from Demba Ba to the Stoke City club, and the Senegal striker simply wanted to prove a point last night, which of course he did, in magnificent style.

This is what manager Alan Pardew said after the game:

“I don’t think there is any animosity between Demba and this club,” 

“Demba has played like that all year he has been brilliant for us and he doesn’t miss a days training. I knew him from my connections at West Ham. I was very confident of bringing him here.”

Stoke City have a tough week this week, and they have a long journey out to Israel on Thursday, to play in the Europa Cup, and manager Pulis admitted his side did not defend very well at all against Newcastle:

“It was disappointing – the goals we conceded were very poor goals,” he said. “Newcastle did not play through us, we contributed to the three goals.

“When get this week out of way will have played 21 games and in the first 10-15 minutes one or two players looked a little slow out of the blocks.

“It is the first time we have lost at home and I can honestly say certain things went against us, we have to take it on the chin and dust ourselves down.”

Newcastle were dominant in that first half, and could have put in their best 45 minutes of the season so far, as they contained Stoke City, and went ahead with two Demba Ba opportunist goals.

But in the second half Stoke came back well, and got their first goal via a penalty after 74 minutes, but Newcastle also got a penalty 6 minutes later that allowed Ba to get his hat-trick.

In truth both penalties were rather soft, and on another day would not have been given.

But you cannot take anything  away from Newcastle, who put in another hard working performance that deserved all 3 points last night.

That takes the Magpies up to 3rd place in the Premier League with 22 points from their first 10 games.

Some very tough games are coming up in November, so the lads will be concentrating on trying to get all 3 points again at home against Everton on Saturday afternoon, but we all know it’s never easy playing Everton.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Nov 1, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #1

    ya busy the night ed

  • VanIsle Geordie

    Nov 1, 2011 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Hey Guys,

    Not a regular poster on the site, but I’m on here all the time, great stories and banter! I’ve been a supporter since I was able to watch (I live on Vancouver Island, Canada) as a little kid, my pops was a huge fan, became a converted Geordie from Africa, as he has the greatest memories there in Newcastle. Anyways, I must say that today’s game has made me more proud than any other time to be a Newcastle Supporter.

    I always have the matches on in my office and converted my whole office into Newcastle Supporters. We came up with this song after Ba’s hat trick.

    His name is Demba Ba,
    He has a dodgy knee,
    When he traveled to the Britania,
    He made Swiss-Cheese out of Stoke FC!

    Onwards and upwards, HWTL!

  • NickeAlvaro

    Nov 1, 2011 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Where did Ba get all that curly hair from? Has he been out shagging wives?

  • AP's Black & White Army

    Nov 1, 2011 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #4

    Right, I’ve finally come down from cloud 9. Might be able to get some sleep now, I we’re so ‘stoked’ after that win. 😉

  • ontariomag

    Nov 1, 2011 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #5

    Fantastic best win of the season so far. Everton will be the toughest test as we feel we should win it.
    Whats Ranger all about he was arrested again on sunday night needs to go im afraid!!!!

  • niffnoff

    Nov 1, 2011 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #6


    You beat me to it! 😉

    Just seen this on a group and I reckon we should sing this on Sat to pards!

    Oh Alan Pardew, you are the love of my life, oh Alan Pardew you’ve probably shagged my wife, oh Alan Pardew, I want silver hair too…

  • Robby Bobson

    Nov 1, 2011 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #7

    Header, left foot, right foot

    Perfect hattrick, perfect withdrawn striker performance


    Nov 1, 2011 at 2:20 AM

    Comment #8

    Dear ED ..Don’t know what your going through mate with the radiation treatment . We all know your a fighter and WILL Get through this . Fight like hell and you WILL win ..its a given mate. Positivity . There’s a few Million over here rooting for ya !

    And just a thought on this Newcastle side Ed….

    I think Alan Pardew has modelled himself and this side on Cloughie’s sides !

    This is the closest side I’v seen to Nottingham Forest ‘s side that won the League and European cup ..Two good wide men Robertson (Guitterez) Obertan (O’Neil ?) (Obertan is so so young please give him a chance lads) What were you like at 21? …..Des Walker..( Collo) Kenny Burns..(Stephen Taylor)
    Tiote (Archie Gemmill) tenacious.! There’s more comparisons ..check out the Forest side of 1979.

    We are not getting the credit we deserve via media up to last night.

    Now people are taking a second look , watch out also for the Manchester ..Liverpool, London Press Bu**ers starting some mud slinging Journalistic Shite appearing this way any time soon …

    What a win at Stoke And what a horrible team Stoke City are. I love Tony Pulis and he has to get by however whichway he can with limited funds etc but to go against all he stood for in football .(.passing game for the purists) is hard to watch .

    They are Horrible to play against…We played Football and they were playing a version of Basketball !! really !!..

    They even flooded
    Tim Krul’s box at half time ! Jokes please this is a family Show ! ha ! And every throw in was like a free kick for them ..what an ugly ugly horrible way to play football/ Basketball ! Stoke City are one of the hardest sides to beat ever ..unbeaten at home, and we wiped the floor with them ..I Just cannot take it in how classy our defence is ..roll on Everton ..the dirtiest team in the league …prediction 2-1 to Us and at least one Everton player seeing red.

    Final observation …we get a bit nervy in the final 10 min’s we need to do what Sammy is good at and Shearer was good at ..take the Baaaaaaaaalll into the corners and compleatly blatantly, waste time …

    Do it with substitions and even wiping the ball with a towel ..Danny Simpson took The PI*s tonight with the ball drying !!! well Stoke could not complain ….

    ….could they ?… But Pulis did complain about it ! to the fourth Official.. Cheeky Get !. Great Night lads and I’m on Cloud Ten !!!

    Demba Ba looked freakish tonight ..his turn of speed and movement is fantastic . you gotta look twice as its hard to believe his movement and speed.

    yehaaaaaaa !

  • cupiddstunt

    Nov 1, 2011 at 2:41 AM

    Comment #9

    The expression on Danny Simpsons face tonight when he was using the towel was class.

  • thai-mag

    Nov 1, 2011 at 2:49 AM

    Comment #10

    Ba will get headlines for 3 goals but Leon Best put in a match winning performance. most improved player in one season I have seen

  • Robby Bobson

    Nov 1, 2011 at 3:00 AM

    Comment #11

    Online Guy….haha yes, highlight of the night was Danny simpson calling the towel boy over, holding the towel, give it him straight back and take a 2 yard throw.

    Also we won our penalty off what? A long throw by Ryan Taylor.

    It was kind of genius what Pardew did…they make their pitch small so they can harrass teams and play the long throw ins, so what pardew basically said was ok we will do that on the small pitch as well as it obviosuly works, but we have better footballers to win the match.

  • American Toon 13

    Nov 1, 2011 at 3:14 AM

    Comment #12

    Great result, good performance in the first half. I hate how Stoke play, you could see how much smaller the pitch was because the lines used for European play were visible. I thought it was funny that Stoke over hit many off their through balls, maybe if they didn’t shorten the pitch it would work out . . . Anyways, squad looked good, hopefully we can add even more depth next couple transfer windows. Stoke shows one of the negatives of playing in Europe. They’ve already played 21 games. that’s 8 more than us. Imagine some of our guys (especially Jonas with how much he works) with 8 more games on their legs. Make no mistake, Europe would be fantastic, but it really takes a toll on your star players. One of the reasons we are doing so well is the fact the only other competition we’ve been playing in is the Carling Cup and eventually FA Cup.


    Nov 1, 2011 at 5:56 AM

    Comment #13

    Great match, great Win!

    Collo was MOTM for me. Stoke were abyssmal ! Walters took Raylor out twice, should of had two yellows and a red but the Ref had a poor game!

    The two penalties were both soft, and after Huth charged down Krul late on, ( also at least a yellow ) i was starting to wonder why the Ref had left his cards in the dresssing room.
    Every club has had problems playing at the Brit stadium for years. So to go there and win is a feat in itself!

    Now three points against the Toffee,s next Sat to take us into what will be the most difficult series of games this year:
    Shitty away – Manure away – and Chelski home !!

    If we can get something out of those games we,ll be flying! I am pinching myself, ” 3rd place going into Nov” !

    We aint achieved anything like that since the glory days of the nineties!

    My joy is tinged, however, with the fact that Janary is coming quick and a dread that one by one all our first team will be sold off! Probably on the last day of the window, with no time to buy!

    Ashley really is only interested in Profit margins and Cassino.s! Still don,t trust either of our, Fat Ash or Llambiias!

    Bring on the Toffees! HWTL.


    Nov 1, 2011 at 5:59 AM

    Comment #14

    Oh and there is only one answer to being booed Demba!

    And that is to put the ball in their Nets!

  • Bao Zheng

    Nov 1, 2011 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #15

    The alternative view – what is a publicly funded university doing sponsoring Stokes stand? – just how small is TP’s head, he had a yard of adjuster hanging off the back? what is it with the cockney commentators who shouted Crouch’s blatent dive was a nailed on penalty while Huth two handed push was just part of the game? And how come the faithful kept their shirts on, wasn’t it cold enough for skin?

  • bills-son

    Nov 1, 2011 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #16

    NEWEXPATMAGPIE – there isnt a chance of Ashley selling off our best players “one by one” in January.

    Fans like you just dont get it do you? The ONLY player that Ashley has sold in the last 3 years who MIGHT have been a loss was Carroll – and we got a stupid £35M for him. He’s been replaced by Demba Ba who IMO is a much better all round player. Enrique wouldn’t sign a contract so we had to sell him, Ashley didnt flog him just to bring in dosh. Nolan and Barton have been replaced by younger, quicker, better player thats why we are 3rd FFS.

    We’ve signed crown jewels not sold them, tied Tiote, STaylor and Guti up on long term contracts and are trying to do the same with Collo. There will be more top signings in January and I bet the current crown jewels stay firmly within SJP.

    Ashley is doing an absolutely brilliant job now of running our club and Pardew an absolutely brilliant job of managing it.

    The club has never been more organised and professionally run in my 50 years as a Toon fanatic.

  • stephen1971

    Nov 1, 2011 at 7:00 AM

    Comment #17

    what a result eh lads, i was a bit optomistic when i heard tiote was out but guthrie done a fine job, and jonas was outstanding , he ran like a train all night long , (what an engine), taylor and colo played excellent together , but i think cabaye had his worst game so far to be honest, bring on everton

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 1, 2011 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #18

    Yesterday, I got Tired watching Gutierez, he put a great defensive display, pity it took its toll on his attacking play.

  • leefire

    Nov 1, 2011 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #19

    I think the fans should now as the Pardew to give this lovely man the No 9 shirt. I think he can do it.

  • leefire

    Nov 1, 2011 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #20

    Ba Ba Ba Ba BA Ba ran

    Ba Ba Ba Ba BA Ba ran

    Ba Ba Ba Ba BA Ba Scores

    Ba Ba Ba Ba BA Ba ran

    Ba Ba Ba Ba BA Ba scores again.

  • Sawbuck

    Nov 1, 2011 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #21

    Us with the best defensive record in the league? It’s incredible.

    I’ve been a harsh critic of Ashley, especially after relegation and the disposal of Hoots. But I’m not sure Hoots could have pulled this season off like Pard.

  • magpie6699

    Nov 1, 2011 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #22

    “Stoke had one eye on Europe”. “Stoke played poorly”. “Newcastle were lucky”.
    Just thought I’d get that crap out of the way first. Now for some interesting statistics:
    Calling it quits on QPR result, last year the corresponding 10 games brought us NO wins and 7 points, as opposed to 6 wins and 22 points!
    Incidentally, the next 3 games brought us “Nul Points” last year (can’t remember the Chelski home result – sorry)

  • Sawbuck

    Nov 1, 2011 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #23

    Ba Ba hot shot,
    Have you any goals?
    Yes Sir, yes Sir,
    Three long souls.

    One for Wor Bobby
    And one for the game,
    And one for the lousy Mackems,
    Who cry down the lane.

  • toonbrother

    Nov 1, 2011 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #24

    Danny Simpson was immense yesterday. One of the revelations of this season. Colocinni was also excellent but Jonas was my man of the match. Unlike many here I have always known Guthrie is class! If Tiote is fit for Everton I’m afraid Guthrie will need to drop back to the bench. Still cant believe we’re 3rd after 10 games though. Its a surreal feeling this

  • PaddyToon

    Nov 1, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #25

    So i loved the 1st half wen we played our game but in the 2nd half i feel we disappeared. however i was impressed with obertoon who decided to take players on for a change,his speed is immense, he doesnt need skill he can jus knock it past them and run.give him time for him to start making the right choices etc. guthrie IMO played extremely well. i dont kno wat perch was doing on the pitch at all. Great result, very pleased now everton…we mustn take anything for granted


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