The Number 9 Shirt Is A Monumental Honor For Me

Papiss Cisse is well aware of what the Newcastle number 9 shirt means.

Papiss Cisse slots one home against Bolton on Monday

There have been some excellent strikers down the years wear the famous number 9 shirt, including Hughie Gallagher, Malcolm MacDonald, Les Ferdinand and of course Alan Shearer.

And Papiss has made such a great start to his Newcastle career and looks a natural goalscorer that Newcastle fans are starting to see just how good Newcastle are at getting top players for minimum fees to Tyneside.

Newcastle have spent £10M to get Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse to Newcastle, if you count the £2M we are said to have paid Ba’s agent last summer to secure the deal.

That’s good business in anybody’s book, and we still have £25M from the fee we received from Liverpool for Andy Carroll, who scored the very late winner for Liverpool last night in their 3-2 win at Blackburn.

This is what Papiss Cisse said about the number 9 jersey at Newcastle, which was worn before him by Andy Carroll:

“I know that the No. 9 shirt is a huge thing in Newcastle, a monumental honor for me,” “Alan Shearer has set the bar very high and I have to try and follow the path that he has set down.”

“I need to be aware of the past and what the shirt means. I am doing all I can to be worthy. Alan Shearer is the example I have to try and follow.”

 “Everyone is trying to stay calm,” “Of course it would be fantastic for this club to be in the Champions League. We don’t really want to talk about it as we have to take everything match by match, but, of course, it is difficult not to think about it.”

“We are now so close. It is within touching distance and yet still there are five games to go.”

He’s right about everybody trying to stay calm, but it seems that if Newcastle can take their form of the last five games into the final five games of the season we could shock a lot of people, including ourselves. 😀

And Liverpool won last night and hopefully are coming into some form because if they beat Everton on Saturday at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final Newcastle will be in the Europa League next season.

But Liverpool still looked a poor side last night, even though a lot of their top players were rested with an eye on Saturday, and they had gone down to 10 men in the first half when 2-0 up.

Brazilian goalkeeper Doni was sent off and former Middlesbrough  goalkeeper  Brad Jones  came on and immediately saved a poor penalty kick from Yakubu.

And Brad will now be the goalkeeper on Saturday when Liverpool take on Everton at Wembley on Saturday, and he even gave away a penalty in the second half too,  and it was a calamity of errors by the Liverpool goalkeepers last night, with the suspended Pepe Reina looking on.

We have to hope that Liverpool can reach the FA Cup final, but if not then Newcastle will just need to keep winning their games, and hopefully Papiss Cisse can keep firing those goals in for us.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • obatoyou

    Apr 11, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #1


  • obatoyou

    Apr 11, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Obafemi looked like a good player at first, but i think that ben arfa and cisse are better

  • Dannyo

    Apr 11, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #3

    It’s so good to have a proper nr. 9, and what a nr. 9 he is 😉

  • sirtoongospel

    Apr 11, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Top scorer for NUFC this season? That would be outrageous if he does. Really hope Demba knocks 3 or 4 in though and gets to 20

  • Tsunki

    Apr 11, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #5

    He’ll need to speak Geordie first! I hope he does get the No.9 thing. Carroll probably didn’t and he’s a local lad. I suppose if Cisse keeps bangin’ them in the fans will let him know what that shirt is about!

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 11, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #6

    So maybe we can expect a Cisse’s Cafe at SJP in the future? The special will obviously be curried goat.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 11, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #7

    If he wants a statue next to Wor Jackies outside Shearer’s bar then he’s gannin the reet way boot it bonny lad! Someone mentioned Martins in the same sentence as Papiss – chortle chortle 🙂

  • coccolini

    Apr 11, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Thanks for all the responses people, sitting in gallogate west I think. Cannot wait, hopefully ben arfa will be on his game!

  • Tsunki

    Apr 11, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #9

    Mornin’ Ibiza – weather nice where you are? Hossin’ doon here 🙂 K, I’ll speak propa English now. Like.

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 11, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Tsunki….Rather than Ranger English?

    Weather is beautiful today – Blue skies, blue oceans, not a single cloud. Beautiful women starting to wonder the island in their bikinis, Newcastle pushing for CL…I definitely am dreaming aren’t I?

  • Tsunki

    Apr 11, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #11

    You Git 🙂

  • ArtyH

    Apr 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #12

    CODARM you lucky bastridge, am extremely jealous, its been raining here near Alnwick and its quite cold. Have a great day.

  • martoon

    Apr 11, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #13

    out of toon – the article you linked to on last blog was good but I’m no cookery expert but I think the writer has her curried goat mixed up with her chicken yassa – get me 🙂

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 11, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #14

    ArtyH…Have a great day too. It’s one of the reasons I left the UK, can’t do the weather at any cost

  • ArtyH

    Apr 11, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #15

    Its great that Cisse is aware about the #9 shirt, he will come to full realisation after a year or two, I think he is still in the honeymoon phase of his stay at the toon. Just wish Demba could get back on the goal trail feel for him at this time as he is mainly responsible for where we are today, nobody should forget that. Love them both and they need to keep it going for the next five games.

  • bob

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #16

    Cisse’s sound best signing since shearer!

  • Carroll99

    Apr 11, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #17

    Cisse is a much much better NO.9 than Carroll
    Cisse 10 goals (since February)
    Carroll 1 goal (since February)

  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 11, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #18

    What a great signing Papiss Cisse is proving to be. I know he won’t keep going a goal a game forever, the best have their drought. But the way he’s been playing, he looks like he can score goals against any team, and doesn’t look to have much of a weakness to his game.

  • HBA

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Unfortunately Ba is having a goal drought But Cisse is bangin in goals every game

  • HBA

    Apr 11, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #20

    Totally agree, he scores amazing goals eg. swansea

  • CAToon

    Apr 12, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Comment #21

    Cisse demonstrates the changed attitude on Tyneside. Not once in the interview did he praise how fortunate the club is to have him, nor that the No. 9 was his by right. He knows what it means to carry that number. Players that embrace the history, passion, and responsibility of the club now dominate the dressing room. Results speak for themselves.


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