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Quotes From Williamson, Krul And Pardew On Newcastle Win


Mike Williamson insists that Newcastle can still qualify for the European Champions League next season, following our 2-0 victory over Liverpool yesterday.

Mike Williamson marking Andy Carroll yesterday

A second Papiss Cisse brace of goals  in successive games for Newcastle,  left us level on 53 points with Chelsea.

Newcastle are in sixth place in the Premier League, five points behind Arsenal in third place, and now a full 11 points ahead of Liverpool in 8th place.

Mike Williamson said  this of Sunday’s win:

“It’s massive, it keeps the momentum going and the dream alive of as high a finish as possible”

“If we keep playing like that and working hard then anything’s possible.”

Newcastle’s Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul, who has conceded only one goal in the last three games,  paid some compliments to Williamson and James Perch in central defense, and James again played  great for the Magpies.

This is what Tim said:

“Williamson and Perchy were outstanding, they blocked everything – I didn’t have to make a proper save today.”

“Cisse is a fantastic striker, a proper goalscorer. He’s a typical number nine for Newcastle and I’m happy we signed a top-class player like him.”

The returning Andy Carroll’s miserable day – a very miserable day in truth,   started when he was booked for diving, as he tried to round goalkeeper Tim Krul in the penalty area.

And it ended with the former Newcastle number 9  being booked,  and then after 79 minutes he stormed off and down the tunnel ripping his Liverpool shirt off in the process, after being substituted.

This is what Tim Krul said about Carroll’s diving incident after 10 minutes:

“I never touched him,”“He dived. He was looking for a penalty which all strikers try and do, but the referee was in a good position and he made the right decision.”

And on the first half possible hand-ball by Danny Simpson,  which could have cost Newcastle a penalty and a sending off, this is what Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had to say about that one:

“It hit Simpson high on the shoulder, I’d be very surprised if the referee gives that – it’s not a hand sticking out, I thought it was fine.”

And was Papiss offside for that second goal?

Of course not – but it didn’t stop the TV commentators from trying to prove it was offside throughout the game, and this is what Alan Pardew had to say about the possible offside:

“That little touch, by that time the Liverpool player is level and he’s onside,” “It’s a rule none of us managers like but that’s how it is.”

And finally Alan tells us what they had to eat last Friday, as Pardew tries to put things on the menu for our players from the different parts of the world.

And it happened to be curried goat for Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote and Demba Ba, that all the players and coaches ate for Friday lunch.

This is what Alan said about that:

“We all had curried goat on Friday and delicious it was too. It was Africa Day and we enjoyed it. The curry helped!”

“It was Cisse’s best performance yet for us.”  “We have the new No.9 but I felt for Andy today,”  “He is a terrific lad and has had a tough year.”

“But from our side of the coin we have Cisse and long may his form continue. His hold-up play gave Carragher a tough day.”  “Two great goals, fantastic finishes and Cisse’s all-round performance was excellent.” 

“If someone said we’d be in the Europa League after this season, I would snap their hands off.”   “We have won three out of three now, and with seven games to go,  we have Swansea away next. We are in good shape.”

“Hopefully we will get enough points to get into Europe.”

Papiss Cisse is fast making a name for himself with 7 goals in 7 appearances for the Magpies.   And  we put out an article this morning on his goal-scoring prowess at the other clubs he’s played for,  and he has 122 goals at the rate of about one goal every two games,  in his 247 appearances.

That’s about what Alan Shearer managed throughout his career at Southampton, Blackburn and Newcastle,  with an amazing 379 goals in 733 total appearances.

Papiss looks a real star to us.

Comments welcome.


252 comments so far

  • Toon_Tom

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #41

    Spuggy – I am confident that we will get a fullback this summer and also confident that Santon will become a regular, hopefully at RB and we sign a left footed LB!

    Perch is a squad playor and I can not see him breaking into the first team when everyone is fit! He coul;d however feature alot in Europe next season 😉

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  • HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris)

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #42

    yeah raylor will definitely be a squad playrt. but what a versatile guy to have at our disposal. next season i predict obettan to come good. vuckic and fergy getting some appearances off the bench and maybe abeid too.
    in the summer we’ll make some fantastic signings to push the squad forward and youngsters good enough to keep the pressure on our subs bench

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  • Mings

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #43

    JAMSHA: Where can i find that pic? I have to upload it on Facebook hehe 😀

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  • HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris)

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #44

    @dannyo. guthrie wont make the england squad while employed by us. whomever selects the team always seems to think football ends in manchester/liverpool and london.
    we are treat with general distain and as basically a novelty by southern managers and press and pundits genrrally never rate us

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #45

    I’m not convinced that Santon will be given the RB birth and that’s IF we sign a LB – we may focus on CB, CM and CF given the next seasons absence of Tiote, Ba and Cisse to ACoN.

    Simpson doesn’t get a lot of credit but I think he’s a decent no nonsense defensive RB who doesn’t stray out of position – is it 6-7 goal line clearances now?

    With Santon, Perch Raylor not to mention Jonas able to play LB Pardew may prioritise other areas first. I’ve never heard a peep about playing Santon at RB. Don’t get me wrong I’d like to give him a go there or even on the wing but don’t think it will happen.

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #46

    Arfa laughing at Enrique’s new costume

    http://newcastleunitedblog.tumblr.com/post/20304304194

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #47

    GHOSD

    I think the reality is when we went through a bad patch, some people wondered why we weren’t playing a 433 and involving Benny in a fluid passing style.

    Back then we seemed trapped in a 442 mentality and playing a lot of long ball football. Pardew was getting it wrong back then, he’s getting it right now, so there’s no issue.

    Like Perch was crap before, he’s getting it together now, so the justified previous criticism stops and we move on.

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  • Mings

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #48

    Thanx Spuggy….. Voila, now it’s posted on Facebook hehe…

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #49

    The Pardew haters,like myself, were right at that time. Nothing wrong to those who did that. He was playing a abysmal system which opponents always play us off the park.

    Pardew has now listened and changed it to a very fluid 4-3-3 which we all were crying for. And we no longer hoof it, now we play it on the floor.

    Pardew is learning at the same time. He’s gettting better and better as a manager.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #50

    Spuggy -“Simpson doesn’t get a lot of credit but I think he’s a decent no nonsense defensive RB who doesn’t stray out of position”

    Er..no. He’s a good rb but that is exactly what his game lacks – tends to let the blood rush to his head and surge forward – I recall a number of occasions when I saw HBA getting ready to do a couple of players for the umpteenth time, and the collective gasp around me as they saw simpson stranded in their penalty area – nobody to cover behind except Cabs and Guthrie. Not good imo. If he got this under more control he’d be about right.

    My final word on AC – got nothing really against the lad, well right up to the diving antics, but he wouldn’t have been wondering where his next meal came from if he had stayed, would he?

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #51

    It’s up on my facebook as well. HAHA! Great picture to see our ex players made to look like fools!

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  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #52

    I looked at the team at the start of the game and Saw Enrique and Suarez attacking Ben Arfa and Simpson and was worried, but they never got in down that side. HBA always tracked, Simpson was strong and when either of them wanted to cut inside, Tiote was a brick wall.

    Really like this system. Both goals came from HBA picking the ball up on the half way line due to his tracking. He even tracked back better than Demba.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #53

    Jay @30….Just for fun? Can’t see it happening then? 🙂

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  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #54

    And some twitter quotes from none other than Erik Pieters…

    Erik Pieters ?
    Now checking the match #newliv Go Magpies and @TimKrul #getthose3points / Already 1-0 Papiss Cisse #keepitgoing

    Doesnt look like the odds are against him being here in the summer.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #55

    Robby – I think it’s the collective awareness of tracking and covering that’s done the most to improve us.

    Still having a chuckle at ‘strawberry syrup testing’. 🙂

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #56

    Funny simpson wasn’t in there penalty area when he cleared six balls of the line saving us in probably 4-5 matches. He’s not world class but you could do a lot worse. Santon is caught out of position way more – fair do’s he’s still adapting.

    Rotonda – Give it a rest you’re boring me now. Our 442 suited us PERFECTLY the first 11 games, we lost Tiote, Collo, Saylor then the ACoN came along. This is the first time Pards has had all the players needed to play 433 with tiote and cabaye back together and now that Cisse is the front man Ba can play wide left. We simply didn’t have the quality of players and movement before so no, Pardew hasn’t just seen the light. Arfa has improved a lot. Why? Because now he knows if he doesn’t put the graft in, and play more to percentages then he’ll be dropped. Supreme handling by pards.

    Can’t beleive my eyes that some are still critical of Pardew – the guy is a bloody miracle worker along with his staff.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #57

    Robby….Interesting. He certainly seems interested in our progress!

    It’s time for players stalling contract renewals to have a little think about other players who have done the same the past 2 seasons. We are on the up and there are players wanting to come to this new feel Newcastle side. Anyone in any doubt just needed to look at our ex-players faces on Sunday.

    Mind you, they did win the Carling Cup and my god am I impressed!

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  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #58

    Rotonda

    I disagree, the “justified earlier criticism” was not justified. If you listen to Pardew’s interview after the game yesterday he has explained the HBA situation, he needed extra attention to focus his mind on what was expected of him for the benefit of the team. While he was getting himself up to speed AP had to play a formation that he felt would get us results. That was a 4-4-2 and it managed to get us results that propelled us to 6th in the league.

    Ever since HBA has come to the fore we are now able to play the formation that AP has probably always wanted to play. Any criticism of this team, our tactics or our manager were certainly not justified and I would wager that many would agree with me.

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  • JRP1970

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #59

    Best atmosphere of the season at St James’ Park yesterday, less hostile than against that Wearside bunch, more positive towards our team and of course the brilliant taunting of Enrique!
    We need more of that positive support in the ground, you can tell the team enjoy it and we’re starting to get home decisions as everything is met with a wall of noise!
    Good work Geordie boys….

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  • HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris)

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #60

    speakin of twittor i got that joke from @alan__pardew

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #61

    Spuggy…What you don’t realize is that Pardew has been reading this blog and taking the advise of posters…at last. The guy doesn’t have a clue 😉

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #62

    Yea some of HBA assists and goals came from him running from inside the half. That boy has some fantastic acceleration. Not pace i’m talking about, but his small frame allows him to accelerate in short distance so quickly even Enrique who has fantastic pace can’t match up with his acceleration.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #63

    Rotonda…I can agree that at the beginning everyone was entitled to be wary of Pardew as manager. But on the basis that he was playing a 4-4-2 as a reason to call him a bad manager is crazy. There have been some frustrating games, there always will be. From day one the signs have looked good and that we’re a team in progress, still collecting points along the way. I still feel the stick Pardew has received is well over the top and certainly not justified…just my opinion

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #64

    Paying Ba, Cisse and Arfa as a front three is IMO one of the main reasons we’re now able to play a 433. Take Cisse away, then what are you gonna do? Shola, Ba and Arfa. Don’t think so – you’d play 442.

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #65

    *Playing haha Freudian slip!

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  • HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris)

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #66

    i believe we are now able to play 4-3-3 as cisse is settled and ben arfa has become a team player. before that it wasnt a viable option really. so i agree with spuggy

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  • Szarka

    Apr 2, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #67

    I dobt admire Pardew as I said a few times, but this 4-3-3 with HBA is a good choice, and once i feel AP did something good . Dont know if Santon and HBA could have been as good as now if they were playing all season from the start, maybe we could be even closer to the CL start. Mainly I think we got a really good squad , and I see even more potencial in them. How much is APs work i dont know, but must give credit for the table position we have. Maybe even Pardew could have developed trow the season.

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  • jayphoto

    Apr 2, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #68

    4-3-3 suits tiote and cabaye as well as the front 3! Cabaye is looking a better player in the last 3 games! A good attacking leftback ( would love to see shane ferguson getting a run) and davide santon remembering how to defend at right back and we’d be lethal going forward! Also think 4-3-3 would suit fringe players like sammy ameobi (currently injured i know) and Gabriel Obertan! The only player i struggle to fit in is jonas (maybe right back?)

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  • jayphoto

    Apr 2, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #69

    szarka – not being funny mate but pardews treatment of ben arfa is why we’re getting this hard working little magician and not the liability that played against blackburn and chelsea! Pardew deserves all the credit that goes his way, ive watched benny at lyon, and marseille, i never thought he could be this kind of team player! Before he played for himself, pardew, carver or whoever has got him playing his ass off for the team!

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  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 2, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #70

    Well we had 433 before, for example against Brighton and it didnt work because Hatem was trying to link up with Shola and Best, so really 442 had been the best option until now really. You cant really say it was a bad choice when that got us 6th and Ba 16 goals.

    But now we have a front three who all can play the same type of football, its working a treat.

    I hope Pardew has the balls to keep the 433 away at Chelsea and Man City and just match them up.

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  • toonLYF

    Apr 2, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #71

    areet lads, a while ago somebody linked me with a site where you can download recent full matches from (newcastle 3-0 manu) wondering if anyone has the link cause i want sundays match for future enjoyment

    i’ve also been thinking about this new 4-3-3, and what about this for bolton…and maybe even swansea (obviously replacing a cb for colo, imo williamson, when fit)

    ———————-Krul———————-

    Simpson—–Williamson—–Perch—–Santon

    ————-Cabaye—–Tiote——————

    ——————-Ben Arfa———————

    Gutierrez———–Cisse—————-Ba—-

    i know benny has been playing really well out on the right, but since hitting full fitness we’re yet to give him a run out in his favourite role, i think he could really step up this time

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 2, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #72

    Jay…I think Gutti played well in the center against WBA. Personally if our main defenders are back I’d drop Guthrie for Gutti as part of the middle 3 any day…but that’s me.

    Szarka…Don’t think I’m bashing on you, but can I ask what you would have liked Newcaslte / Pardew to have achieved this season to make you admire him? I get the feeling from a lot of people as we’re not top 4 he’s not done a good enough job, which frankly is insane imo.

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  • jayphoto

    Apr 2, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #73

    codarm – yeah some fans expectations are pure ridiculous! Would have taken 7th after watching that first game of the season with arsenal in a heartbeat! Think people need to judge pardew on the performances of players like ryan taylor, james perch,danny simpson, even danny guthrie! Our squad is the weakest in the top 7, we should be nowhere near the likes of spurs and chelsea! Watch chelsea for example, when they make a sub, they bring on didier drogba, or michael essien, or bosingwa, compare those 3 to ameobi, james perch and ryan taylor! Mike williamson has played half our games and i honestly can only think of 1 or 2 other premier league teams he would get a game at! Yet we’re still challenging for top 4! Pardew deserves a medal!

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 2, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #74

    I love how people think being a manager is a simple case of choosing the players and the formation.

    Pardew had to contend with the fans (who didn’t like him at all when he arrived), win the respect of the players, help himself and his players cope with the devastation of losing Carroll at the 11th hour, as well as Nolan, Enrique and Barton (who he was desperate to keep).

    He then had to bring in on a budget a host of new faces and integrate them quickly into the squad and help them settle.

    In addition on a daily basis he had to:

    – ensure players are settled, motivate and instil confidence, especially when you don’t play them
    – Employ the right blend of backroom staff
    – Ensure the training regime and facilities is top notch (we couldn’t train for two winters before heating went in).
    – Give them specific instructions about their role in any formation
    – Research the other team thoroughly and point out their strengths and weaknesses, both to your team, and each team member.
    – Bring in the right players who will gel with the team
    – Do it at a bargain price in a competitive market
    – Handle the media well
    – Handle Derek and Ashley (no easy task) and convince them to spend money

    In spite of these tremendous odds against, Pardew has kept us in the top 6 all season and we’re now looking solid for Europe or at least a top 6 finish. We have one of the best young squads for many a year, we’re financially sound and looking forward to an exciting summer.

    Anyone who reads the above and sis still critical of Pardew wants there head checking. Has he always been right no – no one gets it right 100%, but he’s been right more often than not, and when he’s got it wrong he’s held his hand up.

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 2, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #75

    @ jayphoto

    Spot on – we have maxed out the potential of all our 2nd string players – the way people talk on here you’d think we had Cabaye, Tiote, Cisse and Ba available all season.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 2, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #76

    Jay…The same fans would have taken 7th at the start of the season too. I understand there have been games we should have done better in and if we had we’d be higher up in the league and be looking at CL, but come on, there will always be “thrown” games. This season has been one hell of a success for us and a great platform to build from.

    I’ve seen people saying that Chelsea and Liverpool will throw loads of money at their teams this season and we will struggle to get top 6 next season. Well both of those teams have constantly thrown money at their teams and we’ve managed it. The secret? One would have to be Carr, he’s finding gem’s left, right and center and I expect that will continue. The second for me is the team spirit Pardew has going through everyone (except maybe Ranger). If we can keep up with the “Big Clubs” for the next 3 seasons whilst sticking to the current system set by Ashely and Llambias, then would be the time to re-look at our aims, targets and approach. For now, we need to give it time

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  • jayphoto

    Apr 2, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #77

    anyone think ashley/llambias deserve any credit?? I mean, 3 years ago they said this was there 5 year plan….and its obviously working! They brought graham carr to the club, and Alan Pardew! We’re possibly the most efficiently run club in the country and are performing on the field too! Success isnt just stopping at playing level! ive knocked ashley and llambias enough when theyve made mistakes, only fair we say fair does when theyre work pays off!

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  • AlwaysTOON

    Apr 2, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #78

    Hey guys

    Do you think we could be worried about losing our best players this summer? I mean, we always have some star players, who’s ending up going to other top 6 teams. But now, we should without any problems be top 6, maybe 4 if thing get perfect.
    – Ben Arfa is coming back to perfect form, and I can see top teams try to get to him, and Ba is world class, and we always hear roumors about top teams want him.
    .. But if the qual to EL or CL, I don’t think we should be worried… Just me ?

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 2, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #79

    Are people for real when they say Pardew could have had us in CL if he’d played more positively.

    OMG.

    Two seasons ago before this one we were in the championship. Everyone loses games they should have won, and wins games they should have lost. It’s called football.

    You know that Pardew puts up the player stats for them all to see after every match, including how many metres they have all run – genius idea as if you’re letting the team down it’s their for all to see.

    Sometimes it’s the little things 😉

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  • AlwaysTOON

    Apr 2, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #80

    But one other fact.. Jonas is the greatest man, a true magpie.. He turn down barcelona when we played in the championship!

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