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Pardew – He’s A Lovely Little Kid From A Lovely Family

1:26 am, Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 78 Comments

Both Alan Pardew and John Carver have been on nufvTV and talked about 18 year-old North Shields local lad Adam Campbell, who made his second first team appearance for Newcastle on Sunday,  and his first in the Premier League.

adam campbell when younger

Adam Campbell when younger

The Newcastle manager thinks he’s a great representative of Newcastle United:

“”We’ve got such high hopes for him.” :He’s a terrific representative for this football club.” “Forget how good he’s going to be – he’s a lovely little kid, a lovely person from a lovely family and it was great for him.”

“Can you imagine coming on for eight minutes, he plays the simplest pass he’s ever played probably in his career to Sylvain Marveaux and Marveaux creates the goal.” “So the greatest pass he’ll ever play, he’s just played it.”

“But he’ll do something better than that. He’ll get a goal for us and smash one in the top corner one day and then hopefully we’ll have a real quality player on our hands.”

And Assistant Manager John Carver also spoke to nufcTV and talked about the 18 year-old 5’7″ striker:

“He loves this football club,” “He’s a proper local lad, he’s come through the system which is credit to Joe Joyce and all the staff that worked with him like Willie Donachie and Peter Beardsley.”

“He had a little bit of disappointment through the week because we pulled him out of the England squad to travel to Russia with us – which in a sense isn’t really that disappointing but he wasn’t able to represent his country.”

“And he almost got on on Thursday night at Anzhi Makhachkala, but the manager just changed his mind at the last minute. But to get on in a Premier League game at his age – we know he’s not the biggest but he’s got a lot of quality and that’s why he got his opportunity.”

“He deserves his opportunity. He’s been scoring goals in the under-21 team and I was so pleased for him.”

Adam Campbell is extremely well liked at Newcastle, and he seems to have a great chance of becoming a Newcastle star of the future.

We certainly hope so,  because we always need at least one player in the team who is a local lad with that Geordie accent.

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78 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mister Tuff // Mar 13, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Percy Panais has a way with words :-
    “he’s a lovely little kid”.
    Whilst John Carver states :-
    “we know he’s not the biggest”.
    I think young Campbell will now be having nightmares -waking up in the middle of the night convinced he has been born a midget.

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  • 12 Assam Toon // Mar 13, 2013 at 4:39 AM

    Ok the rumour of Hatem being on B.Rodgers wishlist is circulating again. this is very disruptive of them, and it wont be the first time. Plus I don’t understand why they need him, where will they fit him. And with his injuries no new team shud buy him. We have him in the club, so even when he is injured we know he will come back and fit in. but out there a few injury spells will ruin his career.

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  • 19 FloridaToon // Mar 13, 2013 at 5:11 AM

    robin // Mar 12, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Florida toon, Sounds like a gobshite that could give the Southerners a run for their money. Plus he knows nothing about football like most of the cretins that think Pardews, a top class coach. So belt up Florida you lead balloon!

    robin // Mar 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Old Florida, Straight in with the Industrial language, which is always a good indicator of a low IQ and a big waist band to match the low forehead. His nurse is probably trying coax him back into his rubber cell as I write. Anyway i digress, we all hope thursday is a day of triumph over the Russians.

    Poor robin, I as most on here have never said Pardew is a top class coach (please learn to read). As far as you and the rest of the cretins that can do nothing but slag him off, we (myself and most others on here) acutually have the ability to praise when he is right and criticize when he messes up.

    You, unfortunaely do not have the ability to do that since you cannot tell the difference, which speaks volumes about your football knowledge.

    You do realize that if NUFC keep doing well that AP won’t be sacked….but then maybe that is what you truly want. I mean if he wasn’t around you would have to stop posting so that others wouldn’t see how truly ignorant you really are.

  • 20 stephen1971 // Mar 13, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    i,d like to see the lad get warmed up on the pitch and get 1/2 hour here and there, see how he is

    the news on collo is worrying , he,s going to matches and stuff over in argentina and he,s supposed to have a broken back, broken back my ass, i,m sure he,d be ordered to rest up if his back was broken , poor excuses, he,s away

  • 21 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 13, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    If he had broken his back he would be in a hospital bed my friend 😉

    …it seems he has a back injury that just needs rest and time that’s why he has been allowed to return to Argentina (some say for a week only)

    There are alot of rumors floating around; you could always argue players injured should stay in Newcastle rehabilitate at Benton – would pro bably be the ideal solution (look at Benny)

    Maybe we don’t have the facilitiies or manpower do rehabilitate players!

  • 22 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 7:34 AM


    It would purely depend on where exactly the breaks are, how serious, etc etc

    If they are in a less significant part of the back and also very minute fractures then he could be ok to recover at home…remember he did play on a while like that so he can move about with it, its not ideal maybe but possible.

    They might think an extra week of injury is ok as we have cover now and also it might allow him to return home and deal with the issues effecting him there. His mental health is just as important as his physical.

  • 23 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 7:37 AM


    It’s difficult with injuries, we have the club doctor and medical staff but anything specialist players often get sent to the best clinic in the world, never mind the best in the area or even country.

    Whilst there is slim chance of that clinic being in Argentina it might not be any worse than the doctors we have in the newcastle area for that particular problem….so maybe the club let him go then send a specialist out to see him over there for a weekly check or something.

    Either way I’m sure the club aren’t taking any unnecessary risks with him.

  • 24 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 13, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    TS…I am no doctor but I don’t think you can break a back and still be moving about :-)

    …not iff it is the spinal cord.

    If something is broken in the back there are chances of you could paralize yourself – so I have been told, so you won’t be flying anywhere for 10 hours I would think :-)

    Tsunki had a theori yesterday but what do I know :-)

  • 25 one Tony Green // Mar 13, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Here we go again. Chopra, Donaldson, Airey, Richardson, and even awful Sammi all local lads who failed to deliver after being bigged up by the local press and delusional fans. Leave him alone all this pressure will ruin him.
    He is not a Shearer, Scholes, Rooney, Owen, Wiltshire or Giggs all of whom were playing regularly at his age. I have watched him on many occasions in the Development Team this season and he is no world beater but maybe just maybe if we let him blossom without all the Geordie Nation carry on he may come good but he is nowhere near as good as Chopra was at his age.

  • 26 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 13, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    TS…I don’t really think the club are taking chances with players so to speak.

    …I just question the fact that we allow players to leave when injured or rehabilitate somewhere else.

    When you are send to a specialist you don’t stay there until you have recovered. Benny stayed almost 3 month in France.

    I disagree with that!

  • 27 Tsunki // Mar 13, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    As I said there’s nothing broken but enough damage to warrant some time out. Apart from some physio and a gentle exercise routine there’s not much except time that will help him. His problem will be lack of match fitness, it will still take time. I just hope it isn’t used to speed up his exit.

  • 28 one Tony Green // Mar 13, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    Hi Jesper we worked on Tony McCoy when he had two fractured vertebrae and got him ready for the Grand National and he was still able to walk around.
    I do agree though he should be here for treatment.

  • 29 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 13, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    One Tony Green
    Although I can’t comment on his performance’s as only seen snippets of him play, completely agree with everything else, we just need to let this lad get on and develop, for me on loan because a) more chance of an extended first team run and b) he’ll be able to do that without every cameo and interview being blown up and overhyped!
    As you say it’s happened too many time’s, remember sammy coming on vs chelsea at the end of our first season back in the prem and tearing Ashley cole to shreds everyone was calling for him to go straight into the first team now loads want him flogged!
    Same with streete despite 90% of fans never seeing him play they all thought he should start vs arsenal instead of willo
    Same with players like abied tavernier fegie etc to much hype before they have played at any real level!!

    As for colo, why are people surprised that he’s back in Argentina and watching san Lorenzo he’s made it clear he’s off in the summer, if he’s injured and doesn’t want to be here does it really matter where he is?

  • 30 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 8:06 AM


    Yeh I know they don’t stay with the specialist, merely check in every now and then to make sure progress is going as planned or to reassess if needed.

    Benny was just allowed to train and recover in france and going off how long he was out and the condition he came back in I agree we should keep closer tabs on players, the odd week back home to recover but not most of the time like benny did.

    One Tony Green

    Really? I see Adam Campbell in games as better than chopra at that age. I agree he isn’t the rooney/owen level but then again it’s hard to say until he is involved with the first team.

    With his pace and movement he needs good supply…..he will get much better passes off cabaye, ben arfa, marv, sissoko etc than he will off the lads in the reserve team.

    He will be up against better defenders though so that will make it harder…just need to give him a go and see if he can adapt to the pace and intensity and if he benefits from the better service enough to offset the better defending he will face.

    I’d like him involved in our remaining games quite a bit. See if he is able to get involved and perform, then if he does, keep him for the side next year. If he can’t look to get him a season on loan where he gets regular games.

  • 31 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 8:09 AM


    Yeh, players get overhyped all the time….just people want young lads, especially local ones, to do well.

    I think a long run is what he needs…he either needs to get that with us, but if he isn’t good enough he needs to get it somewhere else on loan like you say.

    Reserve football just stunts development as it is nothing like proper, competitive football.

  • 32 SuperShearer // Mar 13, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    There’s quite a funny article on a Liverpool blog stating that they no longer want Ben Arfa because he’s too inconsistent. They go on to say that if Liverpool do want him he’s likely to join them for around 10-15Million. Made me laugh. Honestly think that while Liverpool are looking good at the moment, if you take Suarez out of that side they are very average at best.

  • 33 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 13, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Super Shearer
    Sadly Liverpool are starting to look like there going somewhere and ate improving rapidly and could defiantly use a benny player, but I have to be honest I completely understand the consultancy issue, which if we’re honest is why we got him instead of a top 4 team

  • 34 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    super shearer

    I agree with that…i’d not pay over 10mil for hatem and he is very inconsistent. For somebody with the talent he has he should hit double figures with goals and assists easily every year. He struggles with injuries a lot too which knocks the price down.

    But yeh, liverpool aren’t great. They keep the ball well like swansea did last year but the difference is they have suarez, when the ball goes to him he makes something happen. They do look better with sturridge and coutinho though.

  • 35 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 13, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    one Tony Green…thanks for the heads up :)

    …and I am sure the club wouldn’t allow Colo to leave for a short period if his back was broken (doesn’t sound safe and sound to me)

    Tsunki’s story sounds more plausible to me :)

    TS…I agree mate 😉

  • 36 one Tony Green // Mar 13, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    @TDS I think you are most likely right about Colo I cannot see him coming back to us.

    @Transfer Sage you are joking when you say it hard to judge whether he as good as Owen or Rooney. They were both playing for England at his age and Owen was tearing up the Argentinian defence in the World Cup.
    The hype around this kid will ruin him and the fans will turn on him just like the are on Sammi now.

  • 37 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 13, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    We’ll he’s missed the loan window so have to assume we have plans for him and really hope we do, instead of just keeping him here because we’re worried about numbers!

  • 38 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 13, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Also think there are a few fans who don’t judge our young players on there actual ability but whether or not they look slightly better than an out of form first teamer!
    Remember loads of calls for fegie over jonas, and that’s with jonas on his worse career form compared to fergie on his top career form, and even then his performance’s were marginally better than jonas is that really a way to judge a player? Will players like that see us consitantly challenge for Europe??
    Not for me they won’t and don’t think we’ll see a major return from the youth academy for 3-4 years until the upgrading is complete

  • 39 Troy Stavers // Mar 13, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Regarding Colo;

    It’s absolutely astounding that the Toons Physio has announced Colo’s back problems have originated indirectly by the weight of his hair.

    Paul Ferris quote from the Journal;

    ” Colo has spinal injuries which many believe occurred two weeks ago when he did an overhead kick. This is not entirely true. He has suffered for several seasons now and only by a series of examinations under the Pro-Zone process have we identified that the weight of his hair has aggravated an old injury. Remarkably David Luiz suffers the same problems.
    What fans don’t realise is, these are top athletes and the slightest imbalance can affect the most important part of your body. Your spine.
    Colo has agreed to crop his hair and apologises to the fans as he realises there’s a terrace song that will now not be relevant.

    The club have confirmed that hopefully, with his hair cropped and personalised training will see Colo back within a week.

    It looks like this worry for Colo could be over!

    Thank goodness!!!

  • 40 Twatter // Mar 13, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Hatem is worth no less than 20m.

    Liverpool themselves have bought players for that price and over on little more than potential, and Hatem has bags of it.

    Saying “He doesn’t score X therefore he’s only worth X” is therefore rather silly.

  • 41 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    one tony

    No, sorry, didn’t word that too well. I mean he isn’t the level or rooney or owen but it’s difficult to know just how good he is until he plays in the first team with and against top players.

    With Sammi I think most are annoyed by his casual attitude on the pitch, not so much his ability. People give fergie more time as he is a busier player when he gets a go, same with bigi.


    Yeh we must do…but saying that we only have cisse and shola as strikers (gouff too but he seems to be preferred wide by pardew) so we need campbell in case of injuries really.

    I’d like him to get the odd 20/30 mins, maybe even a start when we are totally safe and have little to play for. Then we will have an idea if he needs a loan or can challenge shola to be a rotation option with cisse.

  • 42 one Tony Green // Mar 13, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    @Troy Paul Ferris left NUFC in 2006 and no longer works in Football he is the MD of Speedflex working with Mr Shearer and Graham Wylie who set up Sage software

  • 43 one Tony Green // Mar 13, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    @transfer sage no worries fella agree about Sammi he is bone idol. He was awful at Brighton but if you see him at training he is lazy there too

  • 44 Troy Stavers // Mar 13, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    @Tony Green

    According to today’s journal he’s back.

  • 45 Williamsonsuks // Mar 13, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Benny would be playing for anyone of the top teams in europe if his younger self had a better attitude. He had a lot of issues before he’d signed for us. Whether it was the injury or Pardews pep talks, he has definitely grown up. If he was in the current mind set when we’d bought him, I think Arsenal would’ve nicked him.

  • 46 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 8:42 AM


    On what basis is hatem worth over 20mil?

    He is my favourite player to watch…reminds me a lot of zidane in that he stays very upright when beating people and glides past them….different to most like messi, suarez etc who have head down and turnd sharply…hatem looks so much smoother and very good to watch.

    But the guy has a very inconsistent end product, doesn’t score many (never has) and doesn’t get that many assists either.

    I’d be annoyed if the club parted with 20mil to sign a player like that.

    And why is it stupid to say a player doesn’t score or assist many so is worth x amount. Hatem is a winger/number 10 and in that position you need a lot of assists and a decent number of goals.

  • 47 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    one tony green

    Yeh thats where sammy annoys me. I don’t want him tracking back to much, not his job when we play one up top, but he doesn’t pressure players around him, doesn’t make many runs to find space and seems way to casual with the ball, as if it’s a game with mates not a competitive match.

    Definitely hope for him and hoping being at boro and helping them get into the play offs will teach him some responsibility.

  • 48 Troy Stavers // Mar 13, 2013 at 8:48 AM


    If Barfa was put in a top quality side I imagine his worth worth would be a lot higher than £20m.

    Put Messi in the toons side over a period of 3 years and you would see Messi’s value plummet.

    Messi is extraordinary, an insult to him that Bale is being compared to him by some, but with ordinary players around him daily would make him change his game.

    He couldn’t play one touch/one twos with Obertan, Tiote, Shola.

    He would end up ball greedy as he wouldn’t trust those around him. He would still score spectacular goals, but not as often, maybe like Barfa does now.

  • 49 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 13, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    How often does benny play with obertan or shola?
    How about cabaye anita cisse ba these are the players he’s played with at the toon
    And I’m sorry but messi would be messi in any team, he’s just as greedy when he wants to be the difference being is end product, as sage points out not nearly enough assits or goals over his career to suggest he’s consistent at a top level
    He’s an exciting player no doubt but when people talk about benny and messi in the same sentence there dreaming

  • 50 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 8:58 AM


    I agree 100% messi would be worse in our team and ben arfa would be better in their team.

    However the old saying, the cream rises to the top. Thats why messi is at barca, ronaldo at madrid, van persie and man utd etc etc.

    Obviously some exceptions but usually the top players get to the top teams.

    I think ben arfa is a talent, he is so so god, gets past everyone with ease but his decision making costs him a lot.

    I think he will be much more effective working with better players we have now

  • 51 Rainrix // Mar 13, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    All this talk of HBA, is he even fir for anzhi? Absolutely cannot wait to see him in our full strength side.

  • 52 SuperShearer // Mar 13, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    My point about Ben Afra was that without injuries over the past two years he’s arguably the player with the most flair at Newcastle. That is worth more than £20 Mill to a club like us and Ashley will know that. Why? Because as fans we love to see a player beat not one, not two but often three men. People who quote assist and goals stats annoy me. So if a player takes three out of play, plays a simply pass to Cabaye who then sets up Cisse, he hasn’t played a key role in the goal? Sure he doesn’t get an assist but he’s created the space for others. Stats don’t tell the full story.

  • 53 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 9:03 AM


    Benny’s qualities are what symbolize all french sport for me. It’s all very technical, graceful, nice to watch, never boring but unfortunately for him he never gets this across consistently in 90 minutes of a game.

    If he could then we would have a genuine world talent on our hands, not messi level but a top top player. Hopefully it all clicks into place as it has with van persie since he turned 26/7 and his injuries cleared up.

  • 54 Rainrix // Mar 13, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Regardless of how much ben arfa is worth i honestly see mike playing hard ball. If HBA goes he wont go cheap. I just hope to christ we dont sell him to the cesspool, that’d be heartbreaking.

  • 55 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    super shearer

    I agree on stats…they dont tell a full story unless you use every stat possible which isn’t possible (can’t have stats for beating people and how much space that creates then creates…we just need to see that ourselves).

    But the point is still valid as he doesn’t assist or score enough, with his talent he should be doing a lot more than he does.

    I’m in no way trying to slag him off or say we should sell just that I think he isn’t as valuable as people make out. If he was that good a few top teams would have come calling by now.

    He does some amazing things but he hasn’t ‘ran the show’ enough like very top players do.

  • 56 Troy Stavers // Mar 13, 2013 at 9:08 AM


    We agree. 😉


    We disagree 😉

    Barfa has had to play with Oba, Williamson, Shola, Jonas, Tiote, Perch Simpson on many many occasions. Messi never has.

    Even if Messi played alongside Cabaye, Anita, Debuchy, its not like playing alongside Iniesta, Villa, Pedro,

    Howay fella. Lets be realistic.

    Not one single player from the toons squad could play in Barcas side. Barfa is the only one who could get near.

  • 57 tooninspain // Mar 13, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Transfer Sage…..if that’s your opinion of Benny, what about the rest of our French players? So they’re all posers then, in a nutshell?

  • 58 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 9:10 AM


    I don’t want to see him go but i don’t see him going to liverpool.

    Sure they have more history but things aren’t looking better for the future there than they are with us. When they lose suarez this summer they will take a huge step back again.

    I think if he moved it would be to a much higher level club, regular champs league etc. Ashley would also ask top money too, but he needs to get a new contract signed…only has 2 years left after this one i think.

  • 59 SuperShearer // Mar 13, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Transfer Sage, I see your point sir. But I suspect that if Afra plays between now and the end of the season we will see some top clubs come in for him in the summer. I’m sure part of the reason they haven’t is because they now know we’re a club who won’t sell on the cheap. In other words to Newcastle, Afra is worth in the region of 15-20 Million. I’d be amazed if we sold him for less than that.

  • 60 Rotonda heights // Mar 13, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    So glad for Barca last night.
    A triumph for the beautiful game
    and total football against the likes of Allardyce, Pulis and co.

  • 61 Troy Stavers // Mar 13, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    If Liverpool reach the Europa league this season then I can see Barfa’s head turning if they come in for him.

    Like it or not, Liverpool are still more of an attractive club to players than the Toon.

    Unless we have a barn storming finish to the season then I can see him going if a big club comes in offering big money and wages.

  • 62 Rainrix // Mar 13, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Sage… Agreed, i think its simply the press rehashing the old ba – carroll swap story, only now ba’s gone they’re replacing his name with HBA. I can see PSG coming in for him eventually but thankfully they have silly money to spend.

    Also isnt it 3 years left? Signed his 5 year one in jan 2011, either way that time has flown over 😐

  • 63 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 9:15 AM


    I’m not saying they are posers at all. I was saying that they are technical players in all sports. It’s more about pace and skill than strength..even in sports like rugby etc.

    Ben arfa being a little inconsistent is not to do with him being french, it’s to do with him.

    It was a compliment to french boys that most of them (and coaches, fans, etc) focus on technical quality above physical attributes which is the opposite to england which is why the england national side has been made up of strong players who can’t keep the ball.

  • 64 Troy Stavers // Mar 13, 2013 at 9:17 AM


    You make a good point.

    Barfa is worth more than £20m to a club like us but whether he’s worth more to other clubs is another matter.

  • 65 Rotonda heights // Mar 13, 2013 at 9:17 AM


    Not that long ago France were joint Euro and world champs

  • 66 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 9:19 AM


    Not sure they PSG will go for him. They shop in a higher bracket I think…ibrahimovich, and others.


    Yeh it was very good by barca. Do you not think it’s a little boring though at times?

    They keep the ball so well but until they really turn it on around the box once they have made space it’s too slow paced and a bit dull?

    Technically it is fantastic to watch it terms of the skill, patience and movement involved but as a spectacle it’s a little slow for too much of the game? (can’t ask them to change as it works though).

    I preferred arsenal of 4/5 years ago….they kept the ball but move it forward a lot quicker, not as effective but more entertaining.

  • 67 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 9:21 AM


    I know. I’m not criticising France in anyway.

    I’m saying they are a very technical side, they favour technical qualities over strength in all sports. Just like the spanish do.

  • 68 Rotonda heights // Mar 13, 2013 at 9:23 AM


    not such a bad thing is it. brazil and spain must be doing something right

  • 69 Troy Stavers // Mar 13, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Not only was I impressed with Barca last night but I was also impressed with the inflatable supporters behind the goal blustering about when the goals went in.

    The Toon should install those!! 😀

  • 70 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 9:29 AM


    I never said it was a bad thing. It works very well…I just find it a little dull sometimes. It’s just a bit slow paced and not as good as a quicker passing game which arsenal have used. But like I say, can’t fault them for using it as it works very well for them.

    I still prefer a slow build up passing game to watching stoke though haha.

  • 71 Rotonda heights // Mar 13, 2013 at 9:29 AM


    They beat AC Milan 4-0. How in any shape or form could that be considered boring against a notoriously difficult Italian team to break down.

    Continental teams are far superior technically and intelligently whereas here there’s very little method, more hit and hope and the likes of Allardyce and Pulis still make a living.

    I would far rather see the ball being passed and players moving in to space, than the good old British hoof.

    Ironically our most successful teams in Europe the Liverpools, Uniteds, Forest etc all played passing football.

  • 72 Rotonda heights // Mar 13, 2013 at 9:31 AM


    I’m sure you’re opening that up for ” we have our own real life editions!!

  • 73 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 13, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    At the end of the day isn’t Benny worth what we value him?

    …Liverpool valued Torres £15M higher than Carroll which amounted to £50M! Is he worth that?

    …about Messi, who can tell how he would have evolved if he didn’t have signed for Barca and who knows who he would be playing if he played for another team.

    When Laudrup was young he was the best in the world when he played for Barca and Real, but when he played for lesser teams it was hard to get the same out of him on a consistent basic.

    Even on the National team he struggled to deliver at times (he seemed to thrive among peers – if the level dropped his performance dropped?

    Maybe Benny and Messi are the same?

  • 74 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 9:38 AM


    It sound a stupid thing to say that a 4-0 win is boring but for me it was.

    Barca create plenty chances which is good to watch but its just they way they build up to them. Other then the last 5 seconds of a move, which is highly skilled and intricate around the box the rest of the play is slow (very good technically but not entertaining watching teams keep the ball until they see some space, stretching teams etc).

    I appreciate the skill and difficulty of it I just think it’s not that exciting build up play but the final few passes are exciting and very good to watch.

    They also have too much of the ball which ruins the contest as teams have to totally adapt there game to play most of the time.

    Not there fault, its bloomin effective.

  • 75 Troy Stavers // Mar 13, 2013 at 9:40 AM


    No, I go to the match and we have the best supporters in the country.

    I just think they would look good. I know some would hate them tho.

    Miserable bastards. 😀

  • 76 Troy Stavers // Mar 13, 2013 at 9:43 AM


    You say;
    It sound a stupid thing to say that a 4-0 win is boring but for me it was.

    How can that be boring? It was a work of art in play. Something that no other club side have ever done. Only Brazil in the 70’s came come close.

    Boring? Anything but in my opinion.

  • 77 Sav // Mar 13, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    The thing to do with lads like Campbell is loan them out for serious football at a lower level and away from all the hype at home. If they come home heroes, great. If not, we won’t have made anybody’s life a misery or a disappointment unnecessarily.
    I can’t help the thought that the hype about Campbell, rather like the bigging up of Taylor’s England credentials is a salve to the nagging disappointment as we come to terms with the fact that our team is full of foreigners. Of course they are great but there’s an ‘if only…’ in there somewhere.

  • 78 one Tony Green // Mar 13, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Well put Sav

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