A Note About Comments On The Newcastle United Blog

We have had a number of complaints recently about the comments on The Newcastle United Blog, and we’d like to bring you attention to the rules we have in place when you comment on the blog.

ed harrison and madeline

My wife Madeline and I in sunny Newcastle a few years ago

Here is what’s already on the blog relating to the comments:

“The purpose of the comments is simply to allow Newcastle supporters around the world to express their views on the news of the day regarding Newcastle United.”

“Please respect the views of others, even when those views are completely opposite to what you think and believe.”

“And please keep the language respectable, as we are proud to have young supporters reading this blog, and finally there’s no place for religion or politics in these discussions.”

I created this blog over six years ago and it was principally for people like myself, who are now away from home base, but we can all follow Newcastle on TV and over the internet, and a blog like this wouldn’t have been possible even a short ten years ago.

Please refrain from comments on religion and politics, and be respectful of other people’s views – be civil to other readers.

The comments have been the biggest problem we’ve had on the blog, but it’s not unique to this blog although we tend to get a lot of comments, and it’s always difficult when people leave comments on the Internet.

We try to monitor bad language and the like, but there’s only so much we can do, and I’ve even been asked to close down the blog because of some of the comments – but I don’t want to do that.

Please be responsible when you leave your comments – and keep them on the news of the day about the great Newcastle United Football Club.

Thanks very much for your help on this – and let’s hope we can make a major comeback next season and shock people big time. 😀

Dr. Ed Harrison.

101 comments so far

  • Sazzer

    Jul 19, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Here is one of Boudebouz against PSG. Last year on contract.

  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 19, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #2

    Well said Ed!

  • geordie157

    Jul 19, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Great post ed, there are few posters that take it too far. But in the main is place for friendly debate and a bit of banter too. Ooh and kets talking about Wigan and his upcoming holiday

  • geordie157

    Jul 19, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #4

    Ah boudebouz, from what I’ve seen of him would make a good signing, plus his teammate corchia too.

  • Rooster

    Jul 19, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #5

    Gud stuff Ed, it gets very hot on here at times to say the very least. There are some big characters both pro and anti MA who dont like to give any ground, thar of vourse causes friction and then the burn starts. As you say lets hope for two or three signings, and surprise a few people next season, i petsonally feel we will be better than last season by quite a way, just my opinion, and Gomis n Gignac would be just the job for me!

  • evildick

    Jul 19, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #6

    Good work Ed, love the blog. Reading now on the train to work downunder – like I do everyday!

    I don’t comment much, but I’m usually lurking 🙂

    It’d be great if there was some kind of upvoting system (like the guardian) for comments. That way a lot of the crap can be skipped over. I appreciate this is probably not possible with your resources however!

    Anyway racism has no place in modern society, and politics/religion are best left out of football.

    Howay the toon!


    Jul 19, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #7

    Ed, thanks for spending your time to please us fans. The views and some comments are indeed ridiculous and offensive, pleased you keep the blog running. I’d be wounded without it!

  • geordie157

    Jul 19, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #8


    Not a bad vid of gignac, if cheap then he’d be a decent addition. Similar style wise to giroud, not as good add him but an improvement on shola and could be useful alongside Cisse or as a target man.

  • Tinman

    Jul 19, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #9

    Cheers Ed, all the best. Do you want us to email you the names of the knackers?

  • reccerobbo

    Jul 19, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #10

    Well said ed I’m thankful that this blog exists as work away from home n love hearing all the news regarding our beloved newcastle

  • Sazzer

    Jul 19, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #11

    Yeah Corchia if we can afford it. I still think we have plenty of back up at RB. Especially if we get Kouyate.

    Strikers: Cisse, Rhodes, Gouffran, Campbell
    W: Menez, Arfa
    AM: Marv, Boudebouz, Vuckic
    CM: Sissoko, Cabaye, Anita, Tiote
    RB: Debuchy, (Santon)
    LB: Santon, Haidara, Mbiwa
    CB: Colo, Mbiwa, S.Taylor, Kouyate
    GK: Krul, Elliot, Alnwick

    Utility man: Jonas

    If you want overkill. Get Austin in and let Campbell go the other way on loan.

  • Newtain

    Jul 19, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #12

    I think i’ve posted a grand total of once on this blog but have been reading since the start. Ed you are a true credit to NUFC. Your views so often echo mine when it comes to the ever frequent trials and tribulations of our great club, but your dignified and well considered commentary sets you apart from the other blogs. Always first with the breaking news and you never seem to take a day off! Political debate has its place, so save it for your chosen paper’s website, or the pub with your mates, if you feel the need to spout it.

    I imagine there are many more like me who generally read the blog without comment, take it from me that we all appreciate the massive effort you put in. Thanks Ed.

  • Levi

    Jul 19, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #13

    Hopefully a signing will sort the hostility out a bit. I grant that it must be hard at the moment not commenting on the religious aspect as it is a huge topic over Newcastle united. I still believe every one should be respectful in all their posts however

  • lesh

    Jul 19, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Been told that Joe Kinnear wrote Ed’s plea to the masses. Well, that’s what he told my sources in SJP anyway

    No matter and reading between the lines, please respect Ed’s wishes.

  • Sazzer

    Jul 19, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #15

    If we are going to spend 8-10 ish m £ on striker, why not on Rhodes as this stage? He has more resale value cause he’s only 23 years old. If we buy Bent 5 m £ and I can’t see us getting back those. Rhodes on the other hand is proven goal-scorer in Championsship so we can always sell him back for at least 6 m £ until he’s 28 or something. So we could possible lose 5 m on Bent and 4 m on Rhodes.

    Of course speculative.

  • thai-mag

    Jul 19, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #16

    I used to use this site regularly but lately there’s been to many kids and a***h***s on here so I don’t bother now, I just hope it gets back to where it was, thank you ed


  • nut meg

    Jul 19, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #17

    I live abroad as do a lot of people on here & this blog gives me a feeling of being that little bit closer to what i hold dear to my heart….NEWCASTLE UNITED. C’mon guys listen to what Ed is saying please,we all want the same thing.

  • Sazzer

    Jul 19, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #18

    There is also the possiblity that Rhodes turns into regular 20+ player in PL that makes is possible for us to sell him for 15-40 m £ in three years time if we need to moneywise. He will most likely be on lower wages as well.

  • glorygoh

    Jul 19, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #19

    Ed, I can help but think that you keep repeating the seriousness of a problem with your personal feelings involved. Don’t forget nufc players and staff are reading your blog too (judging frm the popularity of ur blog) eg the wonga/ciSse insignia, you may directly or indirectly influence the decision/judgment of players/coach.

    Matt Duffy, our espn nufc blogger is doing a great job over there, knowing that his blog is being read by everyone.

  • terencelim

    Jul 19, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #20

    Best blog in the world.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 19, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #21

    Good call Ed. I’ve suggested a way of blocking or filtering posts before. Could be worth looking at.

    One problem is, you can’t really avoid comments on politics or religion when you’re posting articles on topics like Cisse. His standpoint makes people want to know more about his religious reasons and then the EDL getting involved means that politics enters the arena too.

    Another suggestion is that you could close comments on some articles. Some people may still post their comments on another article, but others may get the hint that that topics is off limits on this blog.

    Once one idiot posts something racist/homophobic etc. you know there are loads of decent people on this blog who can’t help but point out the error of their ways.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 19, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #22

    TDS – good point about the Cisse situation -religion and politics are the story – so really cannot be avoided.
    There was a good post earlier by a poster which listed in detail the issues involved -from which I learned a lot. I now take the view that the Toon have probably failed Cisse in respect of religious beliefs/human rights issues. Again all part of the “Cisse story”.

  • Sazzer

    Jul 19, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #23

    Gignac looks better now I must admit. I thought he scored mostly tap ins from Valbuena, and Ayew brothers to make him look better than he is. Still think it’s cheaper to go for Rhodes than him at 12 m £.

    I have mostly watched St.Etienne and PSG this season.

  • Sazzer

    Jul 19, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #24

    I just sa that Fulham are targeting Ronaldinho. Jol keeping it creative as usual.

  • runheed

    Jul 19, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #25

    Thanks Ed. For all your efforts. I do appreciate that you have provided this blog with some intention to help us expats be a little bit closer to home. It certainly helps. Thanks.

  • Toon73

    Jul 19, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Comment #26

    Thanks Ed.

    Too many self righteous gits in here make the blog almost unreadable.

    Should have a character limit as well as these bloated self important posters feel the need to post essays on crap that have limited knowledge on.

  • matclarke4000

    Jul 19, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Comment #27

    I think everyone here appreciates the good work that goes into this blog, and is thankful for the space where we can air our views.
    However, I suspect this post relates to the Cisse situation.
    Many on here claim that it is a non-story, made up by the press etc. It seems that this is not the case, and that the story has a degree of truth behind it.
    Personally, I strongly back Cisse in his actions. People argue that the other Muslims in our squad have no problem with it, so why should Cisse? But Islam is not a monolithic religion; different followers will have different beliefs on the matter. I think it comes down to personal ethics. NUFC have been sponsored by moneylenders before, but not ones that charge 5853% APR. Virgin, like other proper banks, charge something close to the Bank of England set rate. People argue that we have been sponsored by alcoholic drinks in the past. But alcohol, whilst clearly bad in excess, does not prey on the weak in the same manner as Wonga. In times of recession such as these, loan sharks like Wonga make a killing, especially in hard-hit areas like the north east of England. They managed to win over most of our supporters with the stadium name change, but they will never win over me. I shall not buy a Wonga branded shirt or attend a match until they are gone. I strongly believe that the government should take action on loan sharks such as Wonga, but without that, it is up to the fans of the club to demonstrate their opposition. It is clear that Ashley does not care, and the fans should make their opposition clear. Cisse’s protest is not about Islam, it is about the basic morality of such an extortionate rate of interest. Nevertheless, Ed, I am afraid that as long as this saga goes on it is completely unavoidable that we should discuss religion and politics in relation to this issue. I for one wish Cisse and the PFA luck with their fight against the club regarding this matter

  • gazzaforever

    Jul 19, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Comment #28

    Ed , that would be mint if we could connect with our facebook account. Is this possible in the future?

  • jeff

    Jul 19, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    Comment #29

    couldnt agree more with this post.

  • Zero

    Jul 19, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Comment #30

    Currently in the States, this blog and a local Irish bar that does a good fry up breakfast is the only thing keeping me sane lol

    Keep up the good work ED, and a note to those who complain about articles and other posters…. theres plenty other blogs, or even better try creating your own … see how long before you get sick of maintaining it.

  • Bearsize

    Jul 19, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Comment #31

    Please keep it going ed!

  • toonie

    Jul 19, 2013 at 3:31 AM

    Comment #32

    Well said Ed.
    Hope you keep well. I am now living in Arkansas but originally from Gosforth. I have had similar health problems as you, but on the mend. Just looking forward to enjoying the new season and appreciate your blog.

  • nut meg

    Jul 19, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    Comment #33

    Geordie 157
    Just had a look at the 2 videos you put on. Hadman looks well worth keeping a eye on & cheap, Gignac looked better than i was led to believe.You tube only gives us an idea of players capabilities but at least it lifted my spirits a wee bit.

  • argentoona

    Jul 19, 2013 at 3:34 AM

    Comment #34

    @ nut meg well said
    We all love nufc simples ????

  • argentoona

    Jul 19, 2013 at 3:36 AM

    Comment #35

    Igonore ???? Question marks i tried leaving a pic of a simples emoticon lol

  • Expat MAG

    Jul 19, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    Comment #36

    Ed, it’s such a shame that you had to spend your time preparing this article as being civil towards people especially fellow Geordies and Newcastle fans should come natural.

    Unfortunately, there’s always the few who spoil things for the majority, but that’s life so let’s not respond to the few bloggers who continuously want to insult others…

    There is no room for racism on this blog or in life so please accept this…..

    Thanks Ed for this fantastic website, have a great day to you, yours and all fellow Geordies and Newcastle fans throughout the world!!!!


    Jul 19, 2013 at 4:06 AM

    Comment #37

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  • Moe

    Jul 19, 2013 at 5:17 AM

    Comment #38

    Just another blogger here saying .. Thank You Dr. Ed Harrison for your continuous efforts toward this great website and us NUFC fans!

  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    Jul 19, 2013 at 5:18 AM

    Comment #39

    I agree the comments have been a little more… reactionary than usual primarily because of the Cisse issue. But I still think this blog is relatively well behaved in terms of the internet- though that’s a pretty low bar set!

    A few posters seem to come on here just to insult people and that gets pretty tiresome very quickly. But there’s not many and usually everyone tells them what they think.

    I seriously hope we don’t sign any of the 3 strikers we’ve been linked with lately (Darren Bent, Bafe Gomis and Gignac)- I don’t think any of them are either good enough or the type of player we should be looking at. They are all penalty box strikers who are extremely limited in terms of technique and overall ability. They all have loose, clumsy touches and, in the case of Bent and Gomis, often make really poor decisions.

    I would much rather we went for someone who can play up front or wide left and is quick and tricky rather than big and strong!

    It really worries me that we are looking at this type of one dimensional player.

    Do Pardew and Joe just want big players?

  • Tubai

    Jul 19, 2013 at 5:49 AM

    Comment #40

    Please Ed, don’t even think of closing this blog.This is the only place which i trust to get authentic news about our beloved club.just find a way to delete those scraps


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