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Cisse Sent By The Gods To Wear Newcastle’s Number 9 Shirt

9:35 am, Monday, April 9th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 62 Comments

Newcastle fans are starting to come to terms with the fact we may have two of the best strikers in the Premier League.

Papiss Cisse – how did he do that for Newcastle’s second goal?

And that’s not an idle boast either,  with Cisse and Demba Ba firing 25 Premier League goals between them this season, and Cisse has only played 8 games.

The well has gone dry a bit for Demba Ba, but we are hoping he can get in among the goals this afternoon against Bolton.

Ba took a little bit of stick for looking so glum in the dugout,  after his Senegal team mate  Papiss Cisse scored that sensational second goal that gave Newcastle all 3  points at Swansea on Friday afternoon.

We didn’t see Ba looking so glum at first, although the TV commentators mentioned it,  but on looking at the TV replays my son Neil had said that Ba was looking daggers at Pardew, and he was.

Ba tried to clear that up on his Twitter account but hey, footballers get cheesed off at times when they are replaced in games – after all they’re only human.

But we’re not sure that’s necessarily true with Papiss Cisse. 😀

Papiss Cisse looks a super-star – and that may even be an understatement – let’s have another try – he’s a man sent by the Gods to wear the famous number 9 shirt of Newcastle that was worn in the past by past Gods Jackie Milburn and Alan Shearer.

We have a feeling we’ll see a rejuvenated Demba Ba play with Cisse this afternoon, and of course his all around play has improved significantly this season, and he seems such a great lad and usually so humble.

That’s not to say that Papiss Cisse isn’t already looking a better player since he’s been on Tyneside, and a couple of minutes before he scored his second goal on Friday, he was seen on the Newcastle bye-line in the left-back position, clearing the ball.

We saw that in our 5th viewing of the game on TV…..

So Alan Pardew has got everybody working their socks off for the Newcastle side, and Ben Arfa does so much more work these days than he used to, and he’s such a better player for it too.

Everybody has been going on about Norwich’s Paul Lambert and Swansea’s Brendan Rodgers for manager of the year, and they are two excellent managers and hardly ever make any excuses.

But Newcastle have recently beaten both Norwich and Swansea, and if we can garner lots of points from our last 6 games of the season, the award could well go to Newcastle’s Alan Pardew.

And that would be a great acknowledgement of the miracles the Londoner has performed at Newcastle over the last 16 months or so.

But let’s make sure we win the game this afternoon against Bolton first.

We’ll have all summer to celebrate,  once the season is over.

Howay The Lads!!

Tags: Demba Ba · Newcastle News · Papiss Cisse

62 responses so far ↓

  • 1 catchy in norway // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    king amongst the gods shearer and ferdy

  • 2 catchy in norway // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    i hope demba gets a hatrick today, he has help cisse achive this status by being selfless,

  • 3 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Whoever sent Cisse to Newcaslte, I have just one thing to say


  • 4 Tsunki // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Think Dembas foot will finally get on the end of HBA’s passes today. Expect bolton to have 11 men behind the ball all day to nick a point. With our team selection it’s chance to be dull or suicidal.

  • 5 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Catcy…I see a Ba assist and goal today. He’ll be back in the smiles 🙂

  • 6 Indian Magpie // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    i am an atheist

  • 7 Tsunki // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Catchy – agree Demba has been a big contributor to Cisse even by giving way to him positionally. However he hasn’t been far away from scoring so I am not worried he will crank it up again soon – he’s no Torres you know! 🙂

  • 8 Tom4Nufc // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Morning lads and ladesses,

    Anyone know whereabouts I can catch the game today? I’m gutted it’s not on sky!!!

  • 9 catchy in norway // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM


    id be happy with that, 🙂

    id still play with those 3 up front, but id give HBA a free roll, with both dembs in front of him,
    bolton will expect us to play with only 1 up top, and get 2 df on him all tthe time

  • 10 Hebburn Mag // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    And who would have thought it not long ago we didnt have a goal scoring striker to play and now look at us we cant stop scoring, things are only gunna get better! 3 top quality defenders through the door along with 2 midfielders, 1 young striker and one experienced one and I think we’ll be sorted for Europe next season, thats saying we still get it. We’ll just have to use some of the youngsters alot more earlier on in the competition, the likes of Inman, Streete if hes fit, Abied and Sammy. And Europe will give them game time early on.

  • 11 Tsunki // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Indian – I like blueberry pancakes.

    Did I miss something or is it random attribute day?

  • 12 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Tom…Wondering that myself. I’m sure as the day unfolds many links will be posted up on here.

    Tsunki…Torre’s isn’t fit to lick Demba’s boots!

  • 13 Tsunki // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Call me a complete madman but don’t you think Besty would have got a bag of goals with the service our attack gets these days? Just a thought.

  • 14 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Catchy…so something a little more like..









  • 15 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Tsunki…Perhaps, but no where near as many as 2 a game Cisse!

  • 16 lewytoon // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    i can see best scoring more, obviously not as much as cisse 😉 to be honest i had forgotten all about best haha

    anyways can anyone honestly say that when pardew was doing his first press conference for us, could anyone imagine this is where we’d be in 16 months time?? with the players we have, the style were playing and of course our league position!

  • 17 Klatoon // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Got a feeling the lads will keep the football much better today, they had so little of it against Swansea they’ll appreciate the value of possession and how tiring it is for the opposition.

  • 18 lewytoon // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Cisse is Newcastle United’s most prolific goals per game scorer of all time ahead of Hughie Gallacher.

  • 19 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Lewy…I don’t think Pardew could have imagined this is where we’d be. An absolutely amazing achievement. I just hope if we do hit a bad patch of form and don’t end up getting CL or Europe people don’t turn on him and / or the team / players. It is there for the taking, but win, lose or draw they all deserve credit for an amazing season which has put us back near where we belong and long may it last

  • 20 Tsunki // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Lewy – its like we’re walking in a PardewWonderland…

  • 21 NUFC FOR SALE // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    He reminds me so much of Andy Cole. You just feel he can score from anywhere and needs half a second to put it away.

    Really gives me that good old days feeling 🙂

  • 22 lewytoon // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    yeah CODARM if we don’t get europe ill be dissapointed but if we dont get it we cant complain as at the start of the season people were expecting a relegation fight

  • 23 toonbrother // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    the only line up available to Pardew is:

    Simpson Willo Perchinio Santon
    Raylor Jonas
    HBA Demba C DembaB

    Assuming Tiote is injured. The Sun contradicts this blog on his (and Cabaye’s) injury status

  • 24 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    “Cisse scores, are you watching?”

    “Perchy’s great, Are we dreaming?”

    “It’s a beautiful sight, above the stadium of shite, walking in a Pardew wonderland”

    Might have something there Tsunki

  • 25 toonbrother // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    One thing for sure if gosling starts today, Newcastle will lose!

  • 26 Tsunki // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Ibiza – perspective needed at all times. If we have a bad run in and lie outside euro placing I will be excited for next year. It’s win-win in my book.:)

  • 27 lewytoon // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    toonbrother, what about colo?

  • 28 NotAGhostToon // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Lewytoon, He’s apparently currently got the greatest goals to games (maybe minutes?) ratio in premiership history! As for the best comment, I think he’d definately be into double figures but part of the reason the service is so good is that the runs are so good…part of the reasons the runs are so good is that the service is good and part of……..well yeah its a good little cycle 😉

  • 29 lewytoon // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    in premier league history! thats quality, especially if you think of all the great strikers whos played here, how many braces in a row is the record? hopefully he could make it 4 today?

  • 30 Hatem's better than Messi // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    He scores from anywhere.
    With his left foot (first goal for us).
    With his head (bindippers – 1st).
    With his right foot (Swansea 2nd).

    All wonderful technique, executed perfectly.
    His composure is ice-cold.
    The man is class – sheer class.

    But was it a God or his agent who sent him to us?

  • 31 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  • 32 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    I forgot to say, ha ha ha

  • 33 lewytoon // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    hatems better than messi
    cisses better than rooney


  • 34 Tsunki // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    How mad would a Cisse HT at home plus Ba and a HBA mazy wonder be? 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • 35 jesperfuglsang // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    We all know Pardew is a bit conservative, so I don’t think we’ll see that many changes today. It all of cause depends on who’s injured and who’s not.

    Regardless of that I would like to see Abeid at some point; I know if Colo is back, Perch will be pushed into midfield – Pardew does reward a good performance on most occasions, and rightly so, but I think it would be a great opportunity ever there ever was one to try someone else in midfield.

    Perch doesn’t add much in our 4-3-3 formation; he’s suppose to link up the defense and midfield, but Guthrie has been doing that for him and he’s injured.

    So if some solid displays from Perch should be rewarded then keep him in central defense and try Abeid in the linkup position in midfield with Jonas and Cabaye/Gosling in front.

    Something like this:

    _________________ Krul _____________________

    Simmo _____ Colo/Willo ____ Perch ________ Santon

    ________________ Abeid _____________________

    ___________ Cabaye/Gosling ___ Jonas __________

    _______ HBA _______ Papisto ______ Ba ________

    Well that’s just my take on it 🙂

  • 36 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Well I am off to meet some clients for a bit, then preparing for some amazing viewing this afternoon.

    Everyone enjoy the game…anyone lucky enough to be going sing your heart out lads and lasses!

  • 37 lewytoon // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    this may be suprising, and ill probably get griefed, but i wouldnt put colo back in tonight, we’ve had two clean sheets in a row so why fix something that isnt broken

  • 38 Indian Magpie // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:08 AM


    You did not miss anything, random attribute,

    sometimes bosses call u in their office all of a sudden

  • 39 Tsunki // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Ibiza – and can I just add HA HA HA HA HA?

    I predict their sorry wallet-picking Krew to fall to a desperate Blackburn. It’s like a dream! 🙂

    Looks like Dreamboat is going to be forward facing link-up today – no defensive dustpan and brush for him today! I expect this to be one of his best games.

  • 40 Tsunki // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Indian – ha ha I get it well done! 🙂

  • 41 Oleg G // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    sent by who?

  • 42 Hatem's better than Messi // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    I can’t see Abeid playing.
    He hasn’t all season, so why now when it really counts.

    If Colo, Cabaye and Tiote don’t make it I think he’ll play Raylor, Gosling & Jonas in midfield.
    He could even play Raylar, Jonas & Ferguson, with Jonas as a DM. Abeid might come on as sub.

  • 43 sirtoongospel // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    To be honest, the goals that Cisse has scored, no one else in the club would have scored most of them. His movement is exceptional. He is so switched on, and gets in behind like no other striker at the club.

    Ba can dress it up all he wants but we all know a huff when we see one. Everyone on the bench was thrilled with the second goal, apart from Demba.Hopefully he can score and get a smile back on his face. He says it is because he wants to play more, but at the start of the season he never once acted like that when subbed or not starting.

  • 44 Tsunki // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Santon to be MoM today. Why? Bolton is an anagram of Toon LB 🙂

  • 45 munch27 // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Taking my 6 yr old godson too his 1st match today he’s excited bless , any way been reading the comments and seen the words “pardew wonderland” bandied about .
    Really hope we can start singing that when were 7 up Ba 3 Cisse 3 HBA 1 lol if you don’t dream how will they come true.

  • 46 redondo77 // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:19 AM


    I believe we are going to finished 4th.
    Chelsea will be concentrating on UCL and FA, they will probably have some slips.
    Tottenham’s form lately is not really good, I think they can’t handle the pressures, they were expected to finish 3rd and Arsenal already beat them, now they are under pressure from us and Chelsea. They will crumble and I think there is problem inside since the issue of Redknapp predicted to be next England manager, the players are worried who will stay and go if Redknapp goes.
    NUFC is an underdog, no expectations, less pressure.

  • 47 redondo77 // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    If Arsenal also slips in the last 6 games like vs QPR, that will be a bonus for us.

  • 48 sirtoongospel // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    lewytoon, i agree to an extent, but if Tiote is missing, then Perch will be moved to CM.

    Guthrie and Tiote defo out, so if Colo is fit then he will play for sure. And despite the other two doing brilliantly, Colo has been one of the top 3 centre halves in the Prem this season.

  • 49 Tsunki // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Munch27 – my lads first game was the KK return against ……. Bolton! He was a bit overawed but gt the calling & he’s 17 now and will be sat next to me in the gallowgate today. It’ll be loud – where are you going to be sitting?

  • 50 Howden Mag // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    IMO Pardew will pick the best team available to win the game before he considers bringing in squad players mentioned. Have continued faith in the manager he has done a decent job up to now and deserves a lot of credit. Please do not write Obertan off, look at what Perchinio has achieved with help and faith from the manager and coaching staff. The future is bright and sometimes wears orange. HWTL

  • 51 ArtyH // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Ba is a professional but also human, he is missing the adulation of the crowd when he scores, simple as that. When a forward scores his elation is for himself and not the team, he is saying look at me not that’s one for the team! Its not just our forwards its the same for all, then after they have satisfied their own ego by milking the crowd they will think yes that’s us in front or level or that’s the winner or whatever, think that’s no true, look how many times a player who scores goes to great lengths to point to the back of his shirt where his name is printed! Its simple the more goals they score the more their ego is massaged and the more they get adulation and money. Just MHO.

  • 52 bills-son // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Tsunki // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:47 AM – Call me a complete madman but don’t you think Besty would have got a bag of goals with the service our attack gets these days? Just a thought.

    Your no madman – Best is a very decent back-up striker. Fans are forgetting about him with Ba and Cisse in the headlines, but he is a very good squad man.

  • 53 jesperfuglsang // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Best team available, what does that mean. Isn’t that quite subjective?

    Pardew has been giving squad players a chance all season – if he hadn’t neither Raylor or Perch would have have had a run in. Maybe only in cup games.

    At this stage of the season with the injuries we have I think everyone has a part to play. Is this a better or worse game to gibe players should as Tav or Abeid a chance to shine? I don’t know, maybe.

    I hope Abeid gets a chance tonite; especially if both Guthrie, Cabaye and Colo is out.

    We’ll know soon enough.

  • 54 jonobbad // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Hey guys, if anyone has an android phone, you can download a free app called sport tv original. You can watch live toon games. Its a lifesaver app for when I work weekends. Easy to use aswell

  • 55 jesperfuglsang // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    I gotta try that on my tablet 🙂

  • 56 Cool Hand Luke // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Demba is a better footballer and Papiss is a better goalscorer. You wont likely see papiss set a goal up with a great through ball or pass like Demba, but he is frightening when given a half sniff of a goal.

  • 57 cupiddstunt // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Lewytoon @ # 18

    As good as Papiss’s start is I think you will find he has quite a way to go to be in with a chance of catching Shuggie’s shirt tails.

    Hughie Gallacher scored 15 goals in his first 9 games so Papiss having 9 goals in 8 games has to score 6 today to be on level terms with Shug.

    My info comes from the team he started his career with.

  • 58 jesperfuglsang // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    how does it work, cause I don’t seem to be able to click on the newcastle game?

  • 59 jonobbad // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:27 PM


    The links dont become activve till 5 minutes before the match starts, if you’re looking now it will show 1 ‘bookmark’ link which is not yet active, but at five to 3, there will be 7 or 8 links to choose from. Oh and make sure you have latest version of flash ( which you probably do already)

  • 60 cupiddstunt // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Tsunki @ # 44

    Ha ha you have too much spare time on your hand bud just too much spare time. 🙂

  • 61 cupiddstunt // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    ArtyH @ # 51

    You are spot on there see how they shrug off the other players and run to the crowd, for most that short period of time it is “look at me”

  • 62 jesperfuglsang // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Thanks jonobbad 😉

    I have an Eee Pad so this is gonna be fun 😉

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