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A Note About Comments On The Newcastle United Blog

12:34 am, Friday, July 19th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 101 Comments

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. :D

Dr. Ed Harrison.

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101 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sazzer // Jul 19, 2013 at 12:38 AM

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

  • 2 Novocastrian66 // Jul 19, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Well said Ed!

  • 3 geordie157 // Jul 19, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    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

  • 4 geordie157 // Jul 19, 2013 at 12:44 AM

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

  • 5 Rooster // Jul 19, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    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!

  • 6 evildick // Jul 19, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    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!

  • 7 AMEOBI // Jul 19, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    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!

  • 8 geordie157 // Jul 19, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    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.

  • 9 Tinman // Jul 19, 2013 at 12:54 AM

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

  • 10 reccerobbo // Jul 19, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    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

  • 11 Sazzer // Jul 19, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    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.

  • 12 Newtain // Jul 19, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    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.

  • 13 Levi // Jul 19, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    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

  • 14 lesh // Jul 19, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    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.

  • 15 Sazzer // Jul 19, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    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.

  • 16 thai-mag // Jul 19, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    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


  • 17 nut meg // Jul 19, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    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.

  • 18 Sazzer // Jul 19, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    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.

  • 19 glorygoh // Jul 19, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    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.

  • 20 terencelim // Jul 19, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    Best blog in the world.

  • 21 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 19, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    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.

  • 22 Mister Tuff // Jul 19, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    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”.

  • 23 Sazzer // Jul 19, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    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.

  • 24 Sazzer // Jul 19, 2013 at 1:55 AM

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

  • 25 runheed // Jul 19, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    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.

  • 26 Toon73 // Jul 19, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    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.

  • 27 matclarke4000 // Jul 19, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    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

  • 28 gazzaforever // Jul 19, 2013 at 2:27 AM

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

  • 29 jeff // Jul 19, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    couldnt agree more with this post.

  • 30 Zero // Jul 19, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    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.

  • 31 Bearsize // Jul 19, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Please keep it going ed!

  • 32 toonie // Jul 19, 2013 at 3:31 AM

    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.

  • 33 nut meg // Jul 19, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    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.

  • 34 argentoona // Jul 19, 2013 at 3:34 AM

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

  • 35 argentoona // Jul 19, 2013 at 3:36 AM

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

  • 36 Expat MAG // Jul 19, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    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!!!!

  • 37 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Jul 19, 2013 at 4:06 AM

    Thank you lads for joining my private league if anyone else interested to join below are the codes for private and head to head league

    Private league code 116239-33707
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  • 38 Moe // Jul 19, 2013 at 5:17 AM

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

  • 39 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Jul 19, 2013 at 5:18 AM

    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?

  • 40 Tubai // Jul 19, 2013 at 5:49 AM

    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

  • 41 cyprus // Jul 19, 2013 at 5:52 AM

    Good call Ed.
    Still, I must say that this blog is generally populated by well meaning die hard fans who want what’s good for this, well, wee team which should not be so.
    The thing is, it is easy from the safety of one’s room to become a bully. Thankfully, most posters quickly put that person in his place.
    Such blogs are about opinions and it would be boring if all agreed.
    Congrats Ed

  • 42 jeff // Jul 19, 2013 at 6:02 AM

    some big phonies on this site, thats for sure

  • 43 Toon_Tom // Jul 19, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    @41 – coming from the 13 year old living in India who speaks with Pardew’s receptionist on a daily basis?

  • 44 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 19, 2013 at 6:08 AM


  • 45 Klatoon // Jul 19, 2013 at 6:10 AM

    I live in Uganda and ve only ever met one other NUFC fan so this blog is a big big part of my life. Thanks Ed!

  • 46 Toon_Tom // Jul 19, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    This place is too important to us Ed!

    TADS, where do you go when your wife changes the locks?


    “Right – Jeff, Ibiza, what are you going to do if NUFC BLOG closes? You gonna work at the airport again?

    Say what? I ain’t working at no airport!

    No, ’cause you hated it! Jeff, Where is it you go to do… whatever it is that you do?

    Garrr! NUFC BLOG be the only place for Jeff!

  • 47 jeff // Jul 19, 2013 at 6:16 AM

    I don’t talk to Claire. My mate does.

  • 48 Santon03 // Jul 19, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    religion is a very sensitive issue, people with different religion might have wrong perception and could get offended even if you don’t mean anything in what you said. The best way is never talk about it or mention it especially using it as an excuse publicly.
    Ed, I think you need to be more careful with your articles especially involving religions. I know there is a thing called freedom of press or speech, but you need to be responsible and considerate. If it contain sensitive matters such as religion, don’t put it up.
    We are here to discuss football, not footballer’s religion.
    There is always some people in society with extreme attitudes toward race, religion, ethnic, etc. The best way is not to respond, you can’t make it dissapear by responding to it.
    Regarding Cisse with Wonga,
    I think Cisse has made things worse for himself, if his motive was trying to force a move then he is taking very bad move by using religon as an excuse.
    NUFC right now is in bad situation, whatever steps they take regarding Cisse, it will be bad for the club unless Cisse can make good statements for the club.
    Wonga sponsorship was announce in January if I’m not mistaken, why Cisse react now when the transfer window is open? It’s what I don’t understand and virginmoney is pretty much the same thing with wonga.

  • 49 cornishman // Jul 19, 2013 at 6:29 AM

    Thanks Ed. The threats to named people should go the same way as the swearing too. If you can,t be civil don,t bother.

  • 50 The Arizona Geordie Pizzicato // Jul 19, 2013 at 6:32 AM

    Hey Ed, you are doing a great great job. We will behave for sure. I have said that I would leave again and again after seeing the abusing comments, but I love this place so much that I would keep coming back again and again.

    As for the Cisse situation, we haven’t actually heard anything from the club or Cisse. Just a couple headless journalists? Forget about it.

  • 51 Owldman // Jul 19, 2013 at 6:35 AM

    @26 Seems to me that you are against any sponsoreship by companys that exploit people, it is the choice of the indvidual as to weather they use Wonga or not, is gambling not destructive betting shops are now more like mini casinos than somewhere you could go to have a wager gambling is strictly against the laws of Islam, yet the FA have just signed a long deal with Sky Bet, does this now mean that every muslim player in the football league will stop playing in protest at this sponsorship.Newcastle are now in a very awkward situation, perhaps in hindsight the deal with Wonga wasn’t very wise but no one could have foreseen the problems it has caused.It will be interesting to see if any muslim teams refuse to player England because we are sponsored by a gambling firm, and another point I dont recall any of our other muslim players refusing to wear the Wonga shirt, another point which I believe is valid, does it now mean that when a muslim footballer signs for a club that his agent must now check to see that the club is not connected with or supplies the club with services or goods that run contrary to his players faith.Cisse may well have opened a can of worms.

  • 52 sidecutter // Jul 19, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    Wow,just watched the video link providede by sazzer with boudebouz in it,this lad looks good,strong,fast feet,tricky and tall are we after him? I certainly hope so!!!!!
    Thank you ed for the reminder,let’s all act responsibly……

  • 53 Jamiemac // Jul 19, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    Good post Ed. It really is petty seeing grown men argue.

  • 54 jimmysmith // Jul 19, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    Yes, its true, sometimes we go too far, but really, we`re only human and our club, and to some extent our very lives, have been hijacked by an absolute lunatic, quite possibly even a psychopath. Little wonder we occasionally start to fray around the edges from the duress. Even so, I am determined to do better and resolve to watch me p`s and q`s from now on. Sorry Guv!

    (dips lid, doffs cap, tugs forelock, berates whippet….sorry, sorry, I`m forgettng myself again)

  • 55 Paps // Jul 19, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    What is a prickley pear?

  • 56 Santon03 // Jul 19, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    I think the best solution is to sell Cisse and it has nothing to do with religion or belief or whatever. Because it will bite us in the arse later on if he is not sold.
    Let’s say the club and wonga agreed to let Cisse not to wear wonga kits, his form dropped and other strikers are in good form, but if you bench him then there will be stories like Cisse is being bench because he doesn’t want to wear wonga, then religious issue will come out again and we will be forced to play out of form striker just for good publicity. There is no win win for the club in this situation. We may have bad publicity now if we sell him, but it will go away eventually but if we keep him, this will go on.

  • 57 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 19, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    Prickly pear
    Its a fruit of a type of cactus – tried one in Tenerife – quite nice.

    But the audio ad for peeling a prickly pear is driving me nuts every time I log on

  • 58 cyprus // Jul 19, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    Is this an impressive business man?

  • 59 FatmanJoe // Jul 19, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    Ed, I’ve been commenting on this blog since the beginning (I hadn’t realised that until recently – I didn’t realise the blog was so young!) and I have to say a lot of these comments could have been nipped in the bud so to speak if you also commented on here like you used to.

    I’ve been sitting back observing without commenting for quite a while now and some of the comments have been dreadful. I’ve kept waiting for Ed to come in and put a stop to it but alas no.

    I don’t know why you don’t comment anymore but this is your blog and I think you could have done a better job of policing it personally.

  • 60 magpie6699 // Jul 19, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    Cheers Ed – couldn’t agree more. But even if I disagreed surely we can agree to disagree!

  • 61 beddersmag // Jul 19, 2013 at 7:32 AM


    If this is true there is no way its down to religion. It would be total hypocracy given other lenders, alchohol sponsorship etc. Its simply money and he wants more of it, here or probably elsewhere. For all those who cite his moral compass and the fact he gives half his money to his village- well then money is even more of a driver for him as he has many mouths to feed. You might even accept that if it was the reason provided but im not buying the one we are getting. As i say, might all be made up im stil waiting on a direct quote from someone of importance.

    On the bad comments. I dont know who is worse the idiots writing them or the people telling Ed to close the blog. For crying out loud this is a global problem with online media why would you shut a good blog for a few idiots comments? Get a grip, idiots will always find a place to spout off. Lets ban Facebook and twitter eh?

  • 62 Ian Toon // Jul 19, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Ed – As we’ve discussed before contributors can make multiple incursions. This can be fairly light touch ; tolerant of vituperation,
    tedious repetition, obvious inaccuracy and babble of every kind.
    It is appealingly democratic like the walls in communist China which
    became the place for subversive posters by anonymous citizens.

    A place for a thousand flowers to bloom . If a few malodorous weeds appear among the flowers , that’s the price of free speech. Whilst I am an enthusiast for liberty of expression this is a football blog. It has unfortunately become a reminder why the less time spent reading clueless drivel the more enriched lives will become. In a glorious summer it is hard for one who dips in and out to appreciate those wanting to be forever entering the fray on line.

    I have spent a large part of the summer on a working holiday and I editorially filter the online posts into a slimmed down digest of the thoughtful from the embittered mutters. The wheat from the chaff.
    The football wise and the football foolish.

    Anonymity brings out many contributors most unpleasant side with sheer nastiness unaccompanied by any argument just a boring read.
    These people are not representative of toon fans around the world who have much to contribute to the football debate.

  • 63 Ian Toon // Jul 19, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    For mutters read nutters- LOL

  • 64 Spoof // Jul 19, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Nice post Ed, hopefully people will take heed and be civil and respectful from now on.

  • 65 woodsee // Jul 19, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Read this blog daily,dont post that often,best toon blog by a country mile,you should be very proud ED of what you’ve produced.
    Incidentally the swearing on the blog seemed to coincide with the appointment of Joe f……n Kinnear

  • 66 Jail for Ashley // Jul 19, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Go and boil ya heed !

  • 67 Jail for Ashley // Jul 19, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    A lot of people are saying we need two strikers, so if Cisse leaves we’d need three surely if we had three strikers on our radar then we’d have at least one of them over the line by now.

  • 68 Slank // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:00 AM


    Well said. There is no need for bad language. I was always told by my great aunt that politics, religion and sex shouldn’t be discussed in public as there would always be arguments. But why sex, what’s there to argue against.

    I’ve noticed that almost all the comments before 0800 GMT (and therefore I presume exiled fans like myself) tend to be quite civil. Anybody else notice that?

  • 69 Slank // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Ian @ 60

    The beauty of the Internet is that everyone can contribute.

    The downside is that some who contribute you wouldn’t be seen dead with.

  • 70 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Agreed, if Cisse leaves, which I think i beginning to look more likely, unless Danno is right and he flies out tomorrow, then we need 3 strikers. Haven’t they been saying we would have one in by the weekend? That means someone will be arriving today, or is that a bit hopeful?

  • 71 elpaso_geordie // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    Gomis and Gignac don’t get me to excited id rather have Bent.

    We are crying out for pace in the team and Gomis and Gignac are anything but

    f**king depressing man

  • 72 Rotonda heights // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    ah pseudo intellectuals don’t you just love em.

  • 73 Spoof // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:09 AM


    I was told the same thing by my gran, sadly she used a few choice words when she was telling me, so the message never really got home.
    Sex, whats that again, can someone remind me, I’ve been married to long to remember what it is lol.

    Seriously though, like yourself I try to keep away from certain subjects because they are a tinder box which is a shame, as all subjects could be discussed if respect and self discipline were used, sadly I cannot see that happening with some people.

  • 74 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Sissoko’s position has been a bit of a topic for debate, but he seems to think that he is a No.10.

    “For me, my position is No10,” said Sissoko. “But if the manager says I must play in midfield, no problem for me”

  • 75 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    I doubt Bent has pace anymore. He certainly didn’t show it in his brief outings last year. But agreed, I don’t think either of the French lads are top drawer or 20 goal a year strikers.

    If they were they would cost a lot more then what is being reported.

  • 76 John Tudor // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    its friday, is this a day to sign any players

  • 77 John Tudor // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    lilo these two lads could be a feint for the real target

  • 78 martoon // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Well said Ed – I don’t post very often now because of some of the idiots on here – especially the ones who use ex NUFC footballer names!!!

  • 79 Spoof // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    John Tudor

    Today is a good day to sign a player, but I’m not too sure whether it will be a good day for us to sign one though !!!

  • 80 Jail for Ashley // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Friday is as good a day as any, but it looks like we’ve got a real mess on our hands with the Cisse affair, the only reasom Mikey splashed out a whopping 9M is it was because he was valued at 17M a few months earlier, I can’t see anybody paying that and Mikey won’t want to sell for less so if he refuses to play we’re screwed.

  • 81 John Tudor // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    just the comment i and ed expected to see well done pal

  • 82 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Love the blog really do always check it first for all NUFC news and have enjoyed being able to discuss/agree/disagree and have general banter with toon fans from all over

    But in all fairness you can’t ask people not to talk about religion or politics when most the articles this week have been heavily based around religion racism and politics!!

    Post articles such as the cisse/ wonga situation is always going to bring heated debate as sadly is racism
    Perhaps the best way to avoid such conflict is to simply reduce the amount of articles on the issue

    Anyway mate keep up the good work, and please email a response to that idiot NUFCmad about your “yank plastic geordie” site!!!

  • 83 Spoof // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:21 AM


    perhaps you should post more often and other sensible posters should do likewise, we could try and drive those who spoil it out, sending them to Coventry could be enough to get rid of them.

  • 84 John Tudor // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    thats ashley all over though isn’t it,
    i expected nothing but trouble when he took over.
    you can only bite your tongue for so long.

  • 85 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    They could be, or they might be a smokescreen to get our hopes up and no one is on their way!

    An NUFC account on facebook saying Bent is due for a medical today…

  • 86 John Tudor // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    lilo ,i’m sure torq is is about in some guise i’m sure he’ll shed light at some point

  • 87 John Tudor // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    respect martoon

  • 88 JAMSHA // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    wen do v play our nxt game ????

  • 89 SeanNufc87 // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Dunno about you lads but this is the only blog I read now? The rest are all filled with hate mongering time wasters articles, sure the mag is okay but the rest is all white noise to me. Ed has provided a place for discussion on the one thing thats close to all our hearts and THAT should be the only thing discussed, sure a peppering of Kets very open sex life is acceptable but racism and creedism(?) Shouldn’t exist anywhere in the world, least of all on a site dedicated to a multicultural and diverse team.

    If cancer cant shut this blog down then those narrow minded people haven’t got a hope in hell.

    Keep up the good work ed and thanks.

  • 90 Ian Toon // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Rotonda – Mate, I clearly don’t share the vast majority of your views. However, I would never suggest that your not highly knowledgeable of all things football related. I respect you but not always your opinion.


  • 91 Ian Toon // Jul 19, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Tads- Vuckic had a good game and linked well with the key players.
    He was given a lot of room in a largely uncompetive game. It was good that he looked sharp and got through without a problem. He does look extremely fit and has clearly put in a lot of gym time.
    Dummett and Sissoko were outstanding. Sissoko really is a beast of a player and I am looking forward to seeing him marauding through opposition midfields.
    Hope your having a good summer.

  • 92 LooneyToon41 // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Well said Ed. Great blog. We may have different opinions, but there’s no need for bad language or race,religious,homophobic posts!

    We need to police ourselves, and that particularly is aimed at the volume/senior bloggers!
    We are all on the same side!

  • 93 Byker Boy // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Could not agree more with your sentiments Ed it has always been a creditable site and should be kept that way, free from Morons and smarmy incomprehensible but deluded so called wordsmiths .With all due respect to Morons and delusionists of course!

  • 94 eltoon // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Well said Ed, lets keep it civil.
    Newtain sums it up well for me.
    As I live in Spain, this blog is a lifeline for me. As I am semi-retired, I check your blog around a dozen times a day for news – not for religious or political views but purely for NUFC gossip and NUFC banter. keep up the good work :)

  • 95 geordiesteve520 // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Really sad it has come to this but inevitable given some of the ridiculous comments of late. I’ve been away for a week and flicked through a couple of articles and saw some idiot advocating violence and talking about knifing Mike Ashley…like I said moronic.

  • 96 wynsleap // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Well said Ed. Unfortunately with a great open forum like this you’ll always get the madly demented keyboard warriors, those who insult others’ opinions and the downright nasty.
    Then there’s the meek type who accept everything that’s thrown at them without complaint.
    Regrettably a lot of this wouldn’t exist if we had an ownership that treated fans with respect, ran the club in a professional, thoughtful way, showed some ambition and actually looked as if the image and standing of the club mattered to them as much as it does to us.
    We can only dream of the day that will happen or that some white knight will ride in and rescue us all from this nightmare.
    In the meantime Ed, carry on with this fabulous blog. Don’t know what we’d all do without it.

  • 97 PennStateToon // Jul 19, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Ed just wanted to drop by and thank you for running this blog. Like many others have said, this blog is a big part of my life and gets me through the mornings! I don’t post very often but being from the states this is the best way to keep up with the club. Again I appreciate what you do and keep up the good work!

  • 98 toonicle // Jul 19, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Well put Ed, read the blog every day it’s a great way to stay on top of what’s happening.

  • 99 Spotlight Kid // Jul 19, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Sorry Ed, I disagree with your patronising tone here. To ask folks to ‘Please refrain from comments on religion and politics’ is an insult to free speech.

    To support a club is often a political decision (some would say it then becomes a religion). Politics is part of grown up life, folks have to deal with it, you can’t wish it away. It is how we hummin-beens organise our moral & ethical systems.

    The key is not censorship, although I accept being respectful to readers of whatever persuasion, and moderate in the language used is the least we could expect of ourselves. Hatred has no part in the blog, I agree, or anywhere else in life – but passion and conviction do; and on the whole the folks on here of all persuasions are a sensible lot.

    There are many posters I vehemently disagree with, but I would 100% defend their right to say what they say. These are often complex issues that cannot be neatly/clinically/conveniently separated from football. Ed, you should know that! This is not a kindergarten.

    It’s a good blog only because of the variety of comments and shades of opinion on here. For example Matt@27 states his perspective on this, this is his political/moral standpoint – you cannot and should not prevent this. After all it is this conviction (and passion) that drives your ad revenues, and also drives 50,000 optimistic souls through the turnstiles every other week.

    If it’s too hot, Ed, get outa the kitchen. This is life.

  • 100 hadthetshirt // Jul 19, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Ed due to the time difference,have you ever thought about moderators.It may make things easier for yourself.
    Also It’s hard to follow when people keep reposting,or answering on a new thread with what was on an older one,keep up the good work

  • 101 count // Jul 21, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Well said spotlight kid.

    I was utterly shocked to see one of my posts deleted, yet xenophobic and ignorant posts left undeleted.
    I was arguing in the name of tolerance against some incredibly ignorant posters. It was just utterly bizarre to see my comment deleted given that it was a retort to someone who was obviously devoid of any moral sensibilities.
    All I can think is that the irony contained in my post was lost on some people.

    To ask people to never comment about religion or politics is to perpetuate the ignorance of certain posters. What is the point in that?

    People go on about “the Internet” as if it is something other than a mere means of communication. As if views expressed on here are less valuable than those expressed in “real life”.
    I believe the opposite is true. In real life when a little guy disagrees with a big guy he may hide his disagreement if the big guy is an aggressive moron. On the Internet there is no need for the little guy to be scared of anyone.

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