Alan Pardew And Players Aid Leukaemia Charity

We are very willing to help any good cause in the name of charity, especially when it includes people from Newcastle United.

Alan Pardew – on his bike

And Alan Pardew and three Newcastle players will aid tomorrow in a drive for Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov,  who was diagnosed with leukaemia last March.

They will help raise funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research by cycling from St. James’ Park tomorrow – details in the attached.

This is the press release from Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, a charity organization that receives no government funding and relies entirely on voluntary support:



Newcastle United Manager Alan Pardew and first team players Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson and Shola Ameobi, will join Aston Villa club masseurs Alex Butler and Andy Smith (Smudger) on the third leg of their cycle challenge Pedal for Petrov in support of popular club captain Stiliyan Petrov who was diagnosed with leukaemia in March. Former England international and leukaemia survivor Geoff Thomas will also cycle the whole route with them.

Pedal for Petrov will see the two colleagues, and friends of Stiliyan, cycle up to 80 miles a day over five days to raise £250K for blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Starting from the footballer’s former club, Celtic, on Tuesday 4 September, and finishing at Aston Villa 5 days later, Pedal for Petrov will have several stops to Premier League football clubs on route including Newcastle United, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool FC and Everton. 33-year-old Stiliyan Petrov, who was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in March 2012, has been at the club for six years following his transfer from Celtic in 2006, he has since put his football career on hold for life saving treatment.

Like many at the club Alex and Andy (Smudger) were devastated to hear of Stiliyan’s diagnosis, Alex said: “As masseurs for AVFC, we’ve grown to know and love Stan over the past 5 years and boy has he kept us busy during that time. We miss him in our little bat cave and we, like so many others, want him back as soon as possible.

“Stan has always been there for myself and Smudger and we will always be grateful for everything he has done for us and as a small token of our appreciation we have decided to embark on this epic challenge.”

Jonathan Andrews, Fundraising Director at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research said: “We are inspired by Alex and Andrew taking on this 400 mile Pedal for Petrov challenge. And we are so grateful that they are supporting Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s life saving work. The valuable funds they are raising will help us find better treatments and cures for patients with blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.”

To support Alex and Andrew in their challenge, donate via their JustGiving or text “STAN91 £3” to 70070. The duo aim to raise £250K for the charity.

The stages are as follows:

Tuesday 4 September Leave Celtic Stadium, Glasgow
Wednesday 5 September Leave Newton Saint Boswells
** Thursday 6 September Leave Sports Direct Arena, Newcastle FC
Friday 7 September Leave Hetton, North Yorks
Arrive Anfield, Liverpool FC
Sunday 9 September Leave Manchester Town Hall
Arrive Villa Park, Aston Villa FC

For further information, please contact Ruth Maurice at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Press Office on 020 7269 9019, press mobile 07824 375880, or email:

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is dedicated to saving the lives of blood cancer patients through the promotion and assistance of research into causes, diagnosis and treatment. We are committed to advancing the interests of patients and increasing public understanding of blood cancers.

Around 30,000 people of all ages, from children and teenagers to adults are diagnosed with blood cancers like leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma in the UK every year.

We receive no government funding and rely entirely on voluntary support. In the next five years we need to raise £120 million to continue our lifesaving work. Further information, including patient information booklets, is available from or on 020 7405 0101.


Note: One thing I found out is the difference in spelling of leukemia in the US and leukaemia in England, and I’ve used the latter, since it’s the name of the charity organisation.

See if you can support that charity – to help those people worse off than ourselves – it’s good for the soul – many thanks.

47 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Sep 5, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #1

    First team extended highlights, U-21 extended highlights, u get BBC Newcastle commentary on selected matches that may not be on tv anywhere. Early cup matches and those sorts.
    Post match interviews with AP and various players after all matches.
    Pre-Match pressers.
    Various “fun and games” with coaches and other staff.
    Pre-season diaries.
    Live interviews with new players.

    The list goes on.
    Absolutely without a doubt worth it!

  • TorqToon

    Sep 5, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #2

    Most important article of the day, Ed. Let’s hope they raise their target and more. I’ve done my donation and I hope others do the same. Get well soon, Stan !

  • Marty-Toon

    Sep 5, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Well done lads

  • Marty-Toon

    Sep 5, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Anyone know how i can get use this blog on my iPad without being on the main site?

  • Marty-Toon

    Sep 5, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #5

    Ok,found it at the bottom of the page…..
    Thanks for your help all the same lol


    Sep 5, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Top blokes!! Restecpa

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Sep 5, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #7

    is the blog deid ?

  • toonLYF

    Sep 5, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #8

    MagpiesFlyHigh…not dead mate, just the reaction of alot of people after the Villa game was ridiculous, and i think alot of frequent posters have decided to just not bother commenting for a week or two whilst the blog is coated in it’s monthly doom and gloom.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Sep 5, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #9

    Ther’s certain people who seem to simply use the blog as an outlet for how depressed they are.

    If football never makes you happy, why bother with it?

    It’s difficult to read, let alone post on, the blog when it’s full of people like that.

  • poon army

    Sep 5, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #10

    anyone else hoping that strolla will snack on a delicious apple during this bike ride?

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 5, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #11

    Yeah that about sums it up havent really been on at all since the villa game it was truly painful on here what with ppl celebrating simmo getting injured then wishing the same on ba and calling for pardiola to be sacked despite it only being 3 games in to the season in fact i think i remember someone who wanted pards out and redknapp in!
    Was like a loony bin!

  • Dannyo

    Sep 5, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #12

    They celebrated Simmo getting injured?
    I’m impressed, and not in a good way.
    Dear God this forum needs moderation…
    But that’s just it isn’t it? This isn’t a forum. It’s a blog…

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 5, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Tads- it’s pretty rich you criticising others with your track record . You were the first person I recall telling me I would be no loss if I ……….of.. You also have made an art form out of changing your views depending on who’s posting particularly late at night. Pot and kettle spring to mind. And no I haven’t confused you with anyone else.

  • pbNcl

    Sep 5, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #14

    Hope the aston villa captain makes a full recovery, God bless him

    I think the villa game was a season changer, not many teams are gonna have that intensity, they had us ran ragged!

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 5, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #15

    Dannyo – I agree it’s only a handful of people who play silly games and lose sight of the fact that the common denominator is a love for NUFC. There is a tendency to confuse Opinions with facts and. Just to be abusive which usually means losing any debate.

  • Marty-Toon

    Sep 5, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #16

    Well said Ian
    Now let’s talk football lads 😀

    Michael sick note Owen says he’s ready and delighted to start playing for Stoke.
    He said he’s always liked the club and manager….lol
    He’s had to say that to get fans to think he’s interested in their little club.
    Give him 2 games before he needs 6 months on the medics table

  • pbNcl

    Sep 5, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Word is sammy ameobi is back… From his ”facebook account” which is probably a fake, although I dunno

  • magpie6699

    Sep 5, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #18

    On a totally different note – just back from a week’s holiday in Madeira – fabulous place. Couldn’t believe it when found out when we were there that we were drawn against one of their teams (Maritimo). Can’t afford the time or money to go back but would thoroughly recommend it, even if Ronaldo was born there!
    The thing is, we visited this bar in a village, which had walls covered in footy scarves – lots of Portuguese ones, Real Madrid etc, Polish, Norwegian, Arsenal, Liverpuddle, Manure, Citeh – but no Toon scarves! (I didn’t have mine with me as the temperature was about 28C). If anybody is planning to go, please can they make sure they leave a Toon memento there. Now if I could only remember the name of the village……..

  • Dannyo

    Sep 5, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #19

    Him and Fergy are back in training.
    Vuckic is out again with a groind injury tho…

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 5, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #20

    At the beginning of the transfer window when I first started posting
    The atmosphere was buoyant and. the chat was of multi signings which was never a realistic proposition. As the realisation that this was not going to happen dawned on many so the general mood changed . Let’s get back to general club issues and lift the moral so that we get a better cross section of our fan base on here again.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 5, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Ah ian toon the blog hypocrite
    You recall cery wrongly when did i tell you to fcuk off?
    And are you sure because you managed to confuse an entire days worth of posts by TDS with me and criticised them to point that you and friends *cough cough manikins down the pub were saying his posts were so laughably depressing and that his “deceptivly defensive” post made him the worst fan ever, the worst part is you never even apologised!

    I havent changed my opinion on nout buddy and the only time you seemed to of had a disagreement with me is when i said you had double standars about what bullying is turns out i couldnt have been more right!
    Let it go and try to apologise to ToonDownSouth while your at it

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 5, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #22

    Since Pardew wont drop Ba or Cisse I would go for this formation against Everton







  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 5, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #23

    Aye sammys back in training happy days!
    And share your sentiments about petrov great player will be great to see him on the pitch again, was a real shame when muamba had to retire

  • pbNcl

    Sep 5, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #24

    Aaaa man vuckic is quite prone to the odd niggle like. Top youngster aswell so its a shame

    I’m disapointed so many people voted against the belief we’ll be top 6!

    I voted yes

  • pbNcl

    Sep 5, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #25

    Yeah I know really sad about muamba. One of the best moments in football ever when he came round and was in tears on the pitch applauding the fans. Proper heartwarming that, bet he felt so loved

  • Dannyo

    Sep 5, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #26

    Ohhh, getting popcorn ready!

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 5, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #27

    Marty-Toon – I am surprised Owen hasn’t ‘t said he supported Stoke as a boy. I wonder what Shearer thinks of Owen. His contribution to the cause for those 8 games Shearer was the manager was negligible.

  • Dannyo

    Sep 5, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #28

    I voted yes too. I think people may be underestimating our u-21s too much.
    But hey, maybe i’m overestimating them, lol.
    Vuckic, i feel for the lad. I fear he’ll never get to his full potential due to injuries.
    He’ll be good when he plays, but he won’t play much. He could’ve been awesome.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 5, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #29

    I would personally play






    I would rotate Ba & Cisse as they will get plenty of playing time with our schedule and lack of options upfront. I love Gutierrez as much as the next guy but he just does not give us the spark that he used to. Marveaux looks like a better all round footballer and can cross a decent ball aswell

  • Dannyo

    Sep 5, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #30

    Not a good day for international injuries. Coloccini out of Argentina training with muscle problem….


  • Ian Toon

    Sep 5, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #31

    Dannyo- A young Gerrard was always injured- particularly muscle injuries .

  • pbNcl

    Sep 5, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #32

    Good stuff dannyo lad, I like the positive one’s me

    And I’m with you, I’ve got great faith in our youth… And pardew,, and, well, everybody at the club.

    One thing regarding all the neggers saying we now have no ambition seeing as we didn’t sign messi, or scharner. One thing that means more than ambition is resolve, and we have bags of that. So instead of wanting to get somewhere else, how’s about we concentrate on the now. And getting the house in financial order is the game of the year. Ask the clubs platini has warned

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 5, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Completly agree about the young lads we got coming through we have some real talent and was unbelievably impressed with bigi vs villa,
    But im the same about vuckic i really worry that his injuries have stunted his development the lad needs a solid season personally i’d like to see him go on loan again but its whether his inuries make it possible

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Sep 5, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #34

    What if …..

    The transfer window went exactly as planned.

    We bid for the players we wanted at pretty much the exact price we were prepared to pay.
    There are still targets on the list we didn’t bid for, or who didn’t come to light.

    The gamble is that the team will be okay till January.
    We will use the upandcoming players like Bigi, Good Amalfi, Tav Abeid (?) to fill any gaps and give them first team experience.
    We will bring in the required targets in January having set the scene in terms of size of bids etc., and the shorter times till ends of contracts.

    We will bring in the 3rd CF then, (when we will need him most). We will strengthen the defence then with a view to a big push on the run in. January to March is always the defining time for final finishing position.

    So only time will tell if the gamble comes off…

    The risk is there, that we will have already blown our chances with injuries etc…

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 5, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #35

    MagpiesFlyHigh- I think much will depend on where we are in the league come January. If we are well placed then I can see Ashley pushing the boat out to try to secure a CL spot.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 5, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #36

    Agree its shame so many ppl have written off so many of our youngsters without really seeing them play and im glad we dont splash millions on marquee signings we dont need the egos they bring anyway!

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 5, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #37

    I rate Bigirimana,Sammy and Fergusson as our best youngsters

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 5, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #38

    Ben Arfa’s screamer against Villa from the Gallowgate end

  • pbNcl

    Sep 5, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #39

    Well I’m gonna go and do actual life stuff and get off me bloody phone! So big up the crew

  • nicktoon

    Sep 5, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #40

    colloccini injured on international duty- hamstring strain. (


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