This Is Why Demba Ba Will Miss Newcastle – Pardew

We had wondered what Demba Ba had thought of the game on Saturday, after he had to go off in the first half after sustaining what looked like a badly broken nose – but Newcastle went ahead 1-0 at the break with a terrific header from Jonas Gutierrez, were behind 2-1 in the second half after two great Chelsea goals, but then Newcastle and Moussa Sissoko came storming back with two goals to win a wonderful game of football.

demba ba - broken nose

Demba Ba – looked in a sorry state on Saturday

And Demba Ba will have once again experienced the atmosphere at Newcastle, which we all know is not replicated at some big clubs, with Manchester United fans more worried about their prawn sandwiches than what may be happening on the pitch – unless United are not winning of course – but that’s not very often.

And certainly the atmosphere and crowds at Stamford Bridge don’t come anywhere close to the atmosphere 52,000 mad screaming Geordies regularly generate at the venerable St. James’ Park, and if Ba didn’t know that when he signed on January 4th – he soon will.

And Alan Pardew has talked about what Newcastle fans have known for decades:

“It was unbelievable.” “That’s what we’ve got. Demba’s going to miss it at Chelsea, trust me.” “I’ve been at some big clubs where you don’t get an atmosphere like that. Big, big clubs…. even at Manchester United.”

“You can go to three quarters of their home games and you don’t get an atmosphere like that. It was unbelievable.” “That’s what we’ve got. Demba’s going to miss it at Chelsea, trust me.”

Of course Chelsea do have other attractions for a player – like they won the European Champions League for the first time last May,  and they have won the Premier League title three times since 2005, and they pay out big wages – and Newcastle haven’t won anything since we won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup back in 1969.

But now I’m just being picky. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

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19 comments so far

  • bollance

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Gutted that I no longer live in the uk because experiencing the sjp atmosphere really does make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up on end


    Let’s hope he has suiters in the championship. Some players have been too proud to drop down to championship and I believe gosling was one of them. If someone like Ramsey does it on his comeback then our players need to take notice. That is desire to make it as a footballer.


    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #2


  • Graeme

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Oh, and that other minor attraction – they pay silly sums into your bank account every week – that must be such a bummer to deal with lol

  • saxonfenken

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #4

    From last blog
    Perhaps if Cisse did not speak English he would go back to scoring wonder goals. It is great to see this togetherness, led it seems by the irrepressible Cabaye, not only a leader but instrumental in getting these French lads to Newcastle in the fist place

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #5

    @Jamsha, in response to your post about

    Reports also claim that Liverpool struggled to win in that game. Rofl.

  • bills-son

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #6

    The very thought that he might not be a guaranteed first team starter will fire up Tiote no end. I bet he puts in some monster performances between now and the end of the season.

    I’ve met Tiote a few times and he is a smashing lad but I think he has let the fame go to his head just a little bit. That has been part of the reason for his poor form imo. Sissoko playing allows Tiote and Cabaye to play a far more specific role and Tiote will be at his best in front of the back four breaking play down and passing it short to Cabaye or Sissoko. These three players will transform us as a team – there is strength, skill, goals and leadership in this trio, potentially the best midfield trio we’ve ever had.


    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #7

    Phoenix Warrior Perch

    lol mate… but whish they are involved… jst hate ma frnds who are livefool fans hea…

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #8

    Hope M’Biwa gets a game at Spurs.

    Debuchy Coloccini Saylor Santon
    M’Biwa Cabaye
    Gouffran Sissoko Marveaux

    That Holtby guy will get absolutely ruined by Yohan! Only concern for me is keeping Bale quiet!

  • JackButler

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Barring illness and injury we’ll see the same starting 11 at Spurs

  • TorqToon

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #10

    No place like SJP for Atmosphere!! No place like it in the world!

    Good morning gents. 🙂

    Very fortunate to have been invited to the France vs Germany friendly tomorrow night. Was bought a France international shirt as a gift last weekend, but I reckon my black and white would look better! 🙂

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #11

    I – St.James’ was bouncing second half. Best atmosphere for many a game

  • dillondog

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #12

    When I lived in North Carolina ,I showed some of my American friends DVDs of Newcastle in particular the atmosphere created within sjp during stand out matches,they couldn’t believe the passion of the fans ,made me proud to be a Geordie

  • rainrix

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #13

    Bills-son… I dont think tiote has let fame go to his head. Every interview i’ve seen he looks quiet and introversive. I think he’s just trying a bit too hard. He’s a born winner and when we aren’t doing well i cant imagine that would sit right with him and he starts making silly challenges etc.

    Like you say when he comes back into the fold i think we’ll get better performances out of him in a team playing with confidence.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #14

    Morning lads, how is spirits?

    Im not really expecting anything from the game at the weekend with Spurs. A good performance that shows where carrying on the turn around and building and i’ll be happy. If we manage a draw ill be overjoyed to be honest.

    Southampton, swansea, stoke, wigan. I expect big points to be taken from these games. And then the same as Spurs in regards to the following fixture at Man City.

  • Nick 69

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #15

    there is no atmosphere in St James Park for 80% of home games. The only time there is a decent atmosphere is when we play the scum, or we play one of the big teams and are winning.

    Yes the atmosphere was class on Sat, but the is the ONLY game this season that has been like that so i don’t know why Pardew is suggesting it is like that week in week out

  • Somerset Mag

    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #16

    Nick 69 – I agree. As with most big grounds, total seating has destroyed the atmosphere. Bring back standing!

  • Jonas's better than Messi

    Feb 5, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #17


    I was just going to write something similar.
    The atmosphere isn’t great for most matches.

    I watch a lot of NFL games, the atmosphere those fans generate week in week out is phenomenal.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 5, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #18

    Nice dig at Chelsea and ManUre by Pardew. I bet this is because of Demba leaving for the cash and Alex Ferguson claiming we’re a ‘wee club’.

    You tell ’em Alan!! Stick it to ’em! Gotta love him! 😀

  • AndyMac

    Feb 5, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #19

    I agree with Nick and Somerset mage. There are two reasons for a lack of atmosphere at SJP.

    1. Pardwho’s pathetic team selections and tactical naivety have given us some of the worst football at home since Souness the Clueless was around !

    2, Fatman’s decision to close down Level 7 to the real fans has meant that pockets of “singers” are now spread all over the ground.

    With these new imports hopefully Pardwho wont continue screwing things up and maybe Fatman will rethink the plan at the end of this season ? Ideally he should at least support the “Safe Standing” initiative.


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