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These Two Local Lads Making The Grade At Newcastle

10:33 am, Thursday, August 1st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 354 Comments

Sammy Ameobi and Paul Dummett, two local lads born and bred in Newcastle,  started the game at St. Mirren on Tuesday night, and both looked good in the Newcastle shirt, and they seem to be doing very well so far in pre-season.

papiss scores st mirren

Sammy Ameobi in background celebrating Cisse’s goal

Sammy wants to stay on Tyneside with his older brother Shola this coming season, and doesn’t want to go out on local.

This is what the England U21 International had to say in the local press today:

“I don’t want to go out on loan this year, I want to play here.” “Going out will be a last resort if things don’t work out but this is where I want to be. I want to be a success in the Premier League, fingers crossed.

“This is a big season for me, it’s make of break. I will either be playing Premier League or further down the leagues. I want to be here at the top level, I’ve had a good start to pre-season I want to keep that going.”

“It’s been a great start to pre-season for me and (young left-back) Paul Dummett,” said Ameobi. “It’s been about the application we have both put in and that’s what it’s all about really.

“I’ve always been told I’ve got good ability but that’s not all you need. I have to apply it in the right way and I’m trying to put that in to my game.”

“I have always had that policy of keeping everyone motivated and everyone with the group and sometimes somebody pops out. At the minute Sammy and Paul Dummett have put their head above the parapet and now they have to stay there. That’s the hard bit, staying there. I want Sammy to do that.”

Alan Pardew seems to think the two local lads are impressing and getting the job done this pre-season, and a delighted Newcastle manager had this to say after the St. Mirren game:

“We had some great performances. Paul Dummett and Sammy have put themselves in a position to challenge.” “They’ve come out of the pack. Now they have to see it through to Manchester City.”

It’s so far so good for both Sammy and Paul,  and certainly the 21 year-old Ameobi looked very good on the left-wing and Pardew thought both wingers – Hatem Ben Arfa and Ameobi  - were very good at St. Mirren, so Sammy is in some good company there.

paul dummett in blue strip

Paul Dummett - improving all the time

And Paul Dummett seems to be settling in very well and he’s improving with almost every game, and the 21 year-old is starting to look the part at Newcastle, and he could well stay on Tyneside for the coming season.

Certainly that’s what Sammy Ameobi wants to do, and we definitely want to see some local lads like Sammy and Paul coming through the ranks at Newcastle.

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Tags: Friendlies · Newcastle News · Paul Dummett · Pre-Season · Sammy Ameobi


354 responses so far ↓

  • 1 IITianToon // Aug 1, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Talking the talk is Sammy.. but walking the walk is Dummett..

  • 2 IITianToon // Aug 1, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Ed.. when are you starting the NUFC Blog official Fantasy league.. it was superb last time out!

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Aug 1, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    I would like to thank everybody for your kind words of support in what was a very traumatic time for me, the eighteen or so hours I spent barred from the blog were some of the most harrowing of my life.

  • 4 JaxtheMag // Aug 1, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    see how good they look at man city.

  • 5 Noah Another Ameobi // Aug 1, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    i hope they both make it as dummett is good competition for santon and haidara and sammy can be annoying but also unplayable sometimes

  • 6 Toon_Tom // Aug 1, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    JFA – did you reflect and think about what you had done?

  • 7 sirjasontoon // Aug 1, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Sammy is Shite.

  • 8 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Aug 1, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    ed please start your fantasy premier league last time it was awesome I finished at 35th position

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Aug 1, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Toon Tom,
    I searched my soul.

  • 10 IITianToon // Aug 1, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Problem with Sammy is he will dribble past a couple, los steam and mishit a cross out of play.. so annoying!

  • 11 yo-yo // Aug 1, 2013 at 10:45 AM


    Reckon you’re spot on with MAsh and Rangers.
    1. They will be relatively cheap to buy and operate
    2. Huge Replica shirt profile and attendances similar to Toon
    3. Worldwide ‘brand’
    4. Big fish/small pond meand CL football on regular basis
    5. The newco doesn’t have the debts of the previous bodged regime
    6. Mash already has 10% plus marketing contracts with them

  • 12 jimmysmith // Aug 1, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Not for us pal, been more like a lovely little getaway in splendid Par ee or similar, but I guess all good things must come to an end.

  • 13 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 1, 2013 at 10:47 AM


    I set up a NUFC Blog league for fantasy football and we’ve got 56 people in it so far if you’re interested.

    The code is 3178-173427 and the site is if anyone wants to show off their football knowledge…

  • 14 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 1, 2013 at 10:49 AM


    Same for you. Feel free to pass it on. I don’t care whether this league counts as the “official” one or not, but we have 56 members from the blog so it’s doing ok. Feel free to pass it on. The league is called NUFC Blog anyway.

  • 15 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 1, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Right…some of you may be glad to hear that I’m going on holiday for a week and a half so will either be making no comments or very few comments on this blog…

    Hopefully when I come back, we’ll have a shiny new striker to bang in the goals…

  • 16 IITianToon // Aug 1, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    @TDS Already registered for ur league cheers.!! :)

  • 17 JaxtheMag // Aug 1, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    when is pardew going to start to think our transfer targets are slipping away. puppet

  • 18 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM


    Good man. How many did the “official” league have last year? I can’t remember. We’re doing pretty well with 56 so far I think.

    Shame we can’t add aliases for each league that we’re in, so we could reference back to our blog name!

  • 19 Tatty Bojangles // Aug 1, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    @ToonDarnSarf – joined.

    I won the Fantasy League last year. Hopefully someone can give me a run for my money this time around ;)

  • 20 IITianToon // Aug 1, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Hey guys, what odds would you put on Gutierrez starting against City??

  • 21 IITianToon // Aug 1, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    @TDS Ask Ed to make a post with your league being the official Blog league.. that would be great no?

  • 22 GeordieDan // Aug 1, 2013 at 10:56 AM


    If you can’t do the time don’t do the crime mate…. ;)

    Good to have you back lad.

  • 23 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 1, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Sure can.

    I didn’t even know there was an option to contact Ed directly on this blog…now I know there is, I know how I can complain for JfA to be banned permanently!

  • 24 plana // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Another day of Pardew, and that mythical crossed line.

  • 25 Belfast // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:14 AM


    Why did you banned lol ??

  • 26 ToonDanno // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    So we’re finally going to have a decent striker on the bench. About time too!

  • 27 Belfast // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    *Get banned*

  • 28 Belfast // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    I like Dummet, but not a fan of Ameobi. Seems to be an anorexic version of his brother. Also seems to be a bit of a knob going by some of his comments on twatter.

  • 29 Novocastrian66 // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Sammy needs to reign himself in. Far too full of him self for my liking especially as he has achieved nowt.

  • 30 naptoon // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    been a few weeks since I posted (silly season and what have you) but really peed off and demoralised now by this window … Glad I didn’t buy season ticket … Sad state of affairs.
    On bent … Well done JFK imo and I’m not jumping through hoops at Gomis and remy (just due to knocking us back before and popo investigation).
    Make or break for a lot of our young uns this season and has the blog gone mental JFA barred …. Sigh …. One voice of reason floating on a sea of madness … Keep up the good work fella.

  • 31 toonfan76 // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    ToonDanno. What’s the latest you’ve heard? Any sort of timescale on signings? Really need some good transfer news right now.

  • 32 Jail for Ashley // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    One of my last posts was telling pawl that I fell asleep reading one of his and then barred.

  • 33 naptoon // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    it’s not just me then JFA re pawl

  • 34 Joe Blog // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Harrowing for you, JFA, hallowing for the blog.

  • 35 ToonDanno // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Toonfan- in both Remy and Gomis deals it’s just sorting the small print so to speak. Main structure of both deals have been agreed

  • 36 plana // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Ameobi the younger is an Asthmatic poser. When the season kicks off for real he will revert to type and disappear from sight. He is a training ground messi that can’t do it on match days.

  • 37 toonfan76 // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    I’ve been reading this blog for a few years now and have to say that I have never really been offended by anyone on this blog, we all have our opinions to share. I say “agree to disagree.” The only people who bother me are the obvious trolls like viv yesterday on the SBR article. I think you should be free to express your opinions as long as your not throwing direct insults. The bulk of us bloggers want the same thing, for our beloved team to do well and hopefully win something. Glad to see your ban didn’t last too long.

  • 38 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM


    Got great feet, beats a player with ease, then urhhhh what do I do – football brain gone AWOL.

    Got potential but….
    Needs some red meat, Guinness to build him up and to go out on a season long loan.

  • 39 ted // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Im glad bents not signing.

  • 40 Belfast // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    I didn’t even know it was possible to get banned Jail.

  • 41 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Whoa hang on, after all the drivell jeff has been spouting, god knows how man offensive posts Re cisse and religion, certain posters wishing staff members of the NUFC staff dead, WUMS, fake ITK’s, people singling out other posters for abuse then intensifying it by creating multiple accounts etc….
    You actually got banned for saying somebody’s posts were boring????

    Ed c’mon lad we have idiots on here who post racial slurs man, to ban someone for saying someone is boring is plain ludicrous

    Right back on track!
    Good luck sammy n dummett, both good players with a great attitude
    Unfortunately for sammy many will judge purely because of his surname

  • 42 Indian Magpie // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Sammy ameobi – HAHAHAHa

  • 43 Belfast // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Novocastrian66 // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    I think the exact same about that Ameobi kid, seems to have a chip on his shoulder. Don’t know why like, because he’s done ferk all.

  • 44 Rowan Milsted // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    ‘Queens Park Rangers are closing in on the signing of Burnley striker Charlie Austin, Sky Sports understands.’

    Maybe a precursor to us signing Remy?

  • 45 toonfan76 // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Thanks for the reply ToonDanno. Do you think any of those deals today or are we to suffer some more agonising waiting?

  • 46 Indian Magpie // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:35 AM


    I don’t think Sammy will make it. but i thought same of his brother in 2002 and look that turned out

  • 47 WWYCD // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Didnt u say this stuff days ago and still nothing? My choice to not expect to see Remy seems to of been the correct one

  • 48 viv // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Sammy looks the part when he is tiptoeing past St Mirren players but falls apart when its the big lads. He could probably do a decent job at Carlisle or Hartlepool, thats his level.

  • 49 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    He has said it about 5 times in the last 6 weeks. If Remy does join, I’d say it is more a case of sling enough *hit and some sticks…

  • 50 Unbelievable Tekkers // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Danno – not having a go dude but why do u keep saying things like this every prediction you have made so far has been incorrect.

  • 51 Jail for Ashley // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Apparently there was more than complaint, which could mean two or twenty, I went to that supportes meeting and went to post my question to that blonde lass and found my post blocked with an e mail from Ed later telling me of complaints, I trawled through yesterdays posts and nothing out of the ordinary ???

  • 52 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    @NUFC_Stats: According to EurosportCom_FR, NUFC have bid in excess of €8m for Bafetimbi Gomis, an offer exclusive of any bonuses or add ons #nufc

  • 53 Hatem's better than Messi // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Judge DrED
    JFA You have been found guilty of being a meanie and sentence 24 hour ban … go to the naughty step

  • 54 WWYCD // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    My thoughts exactly mate

  • 55 viv // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    All quiet at Benton, its overcast but very warm today. Maybe something will suddenly happen on the transfer front.

  • 56 Hatem's better than Messi // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:43 AM


    … and nothing out of the ordinary … lol
    Guilty everyday then?

  • 57 toonfan76 // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    I just hope after we get the first one in it gets the ball rolling so to speak. It feels to me like the Gomis and Remy deals are being used as leverage against one another.

  • 58 Belfast // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    This is a union matter Jail. Make no further comment !!

  • 59 low fell mag // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Thank god we have pawl on this site,,keeps me awake.
    Talks sense ,real supporter who actually goes to St James Park.
    Unlike the Saturday afternoon 55 inch plasma fans ,putting their money into the landlords pocket not into the club ,but feel they have the right,to scream abuse at the Regime.
    I do apologise to the fans who cannot get to the stadium for financial or work commitments ,but to the rest (and you who you are ) Give it a rest .
    Keep up the good work,Pawl .

  • 60 Ted Bundy // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Gomis and Remy deals seem to be coming to a head, there’s no more twists either story can take, is there? Ah, I’m forgetting MAs phantom chopper being spotted flying out from London with ‘Remy on board’.

  • 61 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Ah well at least the bans been lifted

    Didn’t think you posted anything OTT yesterday or any day tbf

    Perhaps if the blog was moderated in a better fashion

    How was the meeting? I was trying to keep up on twitter, sounded like emotions were running high maybe?

  • 62 blew // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Rowan @ 42
    Or West Ham signing Remy
    At the rate Joe is going………

  • 63 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    low fell mag

    Pawl and I both get abuse for stating facts about the current owners and the situation with our club.

    But pawl gets more because he does post essays that even I can’t be bothered to read! I think he’d get less stick if he stuck to shorter posts. I should probably tell him that…

  • 64 Belfast // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    I’m taking no notice of the latest Gomis news. It seems to change every couple of hours

  • 65 toonfan76 // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    That Eurosport thing could have been a ploy from Lyon to make it look like they haven’t accepted the lower offer. Last thing they will want is to look like they will buckle under pressure, it would weaken their negotiating position with other clubs trying to buy their players.

  • 66 Belfast // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Definitely the first time I’ve ever heard of anybody being banned on here. Maybe Pawl has friends in high places lol

  • 67 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    So is this 92live thing sky is doing a channel or just a txt feed on the SSN app?

  • 68 viv // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    I hope they give Bent, a miss he won’t bring anything to the team. Apart from injury and decline, and we have had enough of them characters. Owen for one springs to mind an out sorts England international trying and failing to recapture the glory days. We need players on the up.

  • 69 daztoon // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:53 AM


    No you get abuse for twisting facts to suit your argument against non supporters of Ashley

  • 70 jackostoon // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    tried copying and pasting the league pin but it keeps saying its incorrect kidda

  • 71 Belfast // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    It looks like the public pursuit of Bent was just a smokescreen. There’s no way we thought Villa would accept 2 million for a player they paid 24 million for.

    Oh and Darren we want you to drop your wage packet to 35k from 75k lol

  • 72 Ted Bundy // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:58 AM


    Your use of commas is intriguing.

  • 73 Jail for Ashley // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    I got there quite late but Iasked the question of who would be giving us information, be it true or false now that Llambias had gone and was told that  his ( Llambias) position wouldn’t be replaced and that Lee Charnley would be givng interviews, I then asked if JfK had been  officially gagged and the answer was side stepped.

  • 74 gazza85 // Aug 1, 2013 at 11:59 AM


    I just typed it in and it worked fine for me.

  • 75 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    @NUFCTheMag: Crying Over Darren Bent – Why? #nufc

  • 76 Rainrix // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Tads…. Supposedly they’re going to bring updates during the day from the training grounds and such of 92 clubs across the country. Some kind of record or something. Still seems largely pointless as there isn’t any schedule to see when your clubs going to be on.

  • 77 jackostoon // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    its on sky sports news bonnylad

  • 78 viv // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Cheers ted, whats the fascination with a serial killer?

  • 79 lesh // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Jail for Ashley, that was a very humble post @ 3 and let’s hope your period of reflection has helped you.

    Others have following a period of reflection and said they have recognised their mistakes. Llambias sis Ashley admitted to that following their failure to invest in new blood last summer.

    Now Jail, it’s up to you not to emulate them. Old habits can take some time to be rid of – be strong.

  • 80 yo-yo // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:04 PM


    I quite like Pawl’s shorter posts – usually well considered. I’d be surprised if it was that. I objected to Ed about Jeff’s racism/white supremacy twice before he got banned. Anyway glad yer back.

    Notice that Spuds have brought in Soldado for £26m ( 30 goals in 46 apps La Liga) to replace Bale – bargain basement price of £85m+. Now that is really good business – a net profit of about £55m much better than anything MAsh has achieved even with AC as they’ve got their replacement in BEFORE selling their biggest asset. Okay so Spuds needed a striker anyway but… they’re run much more professionally than we are…and have a better manager

  • 81 Ted Bundy // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:04 PM


    None, it’s my real name.

  • 82 yo-yo // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM


    be afraid, be very afraid and watch your punctuation.

  • 83 JaxtheMag // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    92 live is just on skysports news for today

  • 84 jackostoon // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    too late again, wor lass says i’m normally premature but what does she know

  • 85 viv // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Get away fancy being named after a mass murderer.

  • 86 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:09 PM


    Well, there’s 66 in the league now. so maybe it’s cursed?!

    Try again, it’s 3178-1625 to confirm.

  • 87 Mister Tuff // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Jail – pleased to see you back from the naughty step. With the lack of information on the transfer front to talk about, sadly I was looking forward to the next installment of you crossing swords with that Mr. Angry bloke, the mad greengrocer from the Heed.
    Do you have to be of good behaviour for a certain period or not.

  • 88 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM


    You mean I quote actual facts rather than just spouting complete garbage about Mike Ashley ripping the heart and soul out of the club, about how he’s taking so much money out of the club and he has no ambition?

    And you mean because I can list good things that he’s done and don’t demand that he sells up now to a non-existent buyer?

    Yeah…guilty as charged…

  • 89 jackostoon // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    cheers bud, it’s probably me man, i’ll try noo

  • 90 viv // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    I had the same trouble when i first joined LBAB. It looks terrible tats on your knuckles.

  • 91 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Sorry haven’t read the whole blog, but who got banned and am I right thinking people suspect me being the source of it?

    As for my essays, yeah I tend to go on, but I feel the more I explain my reason, or opinion etc. the more chance others have of understanding it.

    Plus as stated numerous times its better than the 1 line drivel that consist of “ASHLEY OUT” or “Why have we not signed anyone yet”. Atleast you can read (if you choose to, your choice I aint forcing you!) and respond to mine.

  • 92 foggonridiculous // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Glad to see JFA back …
    I don’t always agree with him but I DO (did?) enjoy his…

    ….is too good for… postings.

    Methinks maybe his question at the meeting last night may have been the cause….(insert conspiracy theory here)…MAYBE he annoyed JFK so much the order went out for JFA to be “silenced” and Ed was contacted by shadowy figures….?

    **If you’ve been affected by any issues raised in this post please call the Sports Direct Sales Desk and order the latest Home strip.
    Your call is important to us…please hold…


  • 93 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:14 PM


    You see…you ask a question about whether “JFK has been officially gagged” and you wonder why people have a problem with that?

    What’s the point in asking inflammatory questions that you know full well nobody will answer?

    If you’d asked whether Pardew is the official spokesman for the club and whether other staff members (Carr, JFK, Charnley, Stone, Joyce, Ashley etc.) would also be speaking to the media this season, then you might have had a proper reply.

  • 94 Ted Bundy // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:14 PM


    You wanna see how teachers react when I go to parents evening!

    “Evening Mr Bundy!”

    “No unnecessary formalities please, call me Ted.”

    Heebie-jeebies just from a name! That’s assuming I’m speaking to a teacher that knows anything about anything and has heard of him.

  • 95 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:17 PM


    I’m genuinely interested in your posts, but I have to say that I sometimes baulk at some of them and don’t bother to read them as I don’t always have the time. It’s also very difficult to respond to such an essay as there are often several points that someone wants to respond to and it just takes too long…by which point there are 30 new posts that you want to read…

    I know what you’re saying about explaining it more, but I think the very people you want to get through to wouldn’t read it anyway.

  • 96 Rowan Milsted // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    It’s just so hard to know what’s really going on at NUFC. Did JK really only offer £2m for Bent? If so, is that because he/MA are time wasting fools? Or is it because we don’t really want Bent and we’re ‘pursuing’ him in some kind of ploy to get other targets in, like Gomis? Are we really trying to loan Remy? And if so is that because of the rape charge? Are we actually after anyone now!? Is JK’s appointment a ploy to force Pardew out or does MA really believe he can do a good job? Or is it simply ‘jobs aofr boys’ as many have stated? I’m very, very confused. Following this team is like trying to be some kind of clairvoyant…

    On the subject of confusion, I too am surprised Jail got banned when many offensive keyboard warrior types do not (we all know who they are so no need to name names). Also many trolls/mackems/complete and utter turnips don’t seem to get banned (and again, we all know who they are and as I always say, ignoring them is the best way to get rid of them). At least without signing anyone we all still have plenty to talk about!

  • 97 viv // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    I tried to get the mother in law to change her doctor but she wasn’t having it. I tried to get her to see Harold Shipman.

  • 98 jackostoon // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    still not having it my friend, wor lass whinging that we’re on holiday and i’m sitting at the laptop, i’ll try again later kidda as have to go out, au revoir

  • 99 low fell mag // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Spurs fans would probably disagree Yo yo.
    They think they are a selling club ,certainly not a professional club.
    One point off the Champion league last year,then they are letting go of the man that put them in that spot.
    Some how I cannot see they would agree with you yo yo

  • 100 Jackel001 // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Got a feeling we could have our first signing today gents!

  • 101 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:22 PM


    Very strange mate…so you’ve registered your team and you just can’t add yourself to the league? Might be a problem with the website at the moment, you’re the first to mention a problem and I haven’t set any restrictions.

    Good luck later on. Enjoy your holiday!

  • 102 LooneyToon41 // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Apologies if posted already:-
    Eurosport France reporting NUFC have made new €8m + add ons bid to Lyon for Gomis

  • 103 Toon_Army // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    adam campbell joining st mirren…. :(

  • 104 naptoon // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    How about these facts TSS
    1 relegation
    1 near relegation
    A constructive dismissal case lost against a club legend where the judge branded Ashley and llambiase as liars
    renaming of a city institute and world renowned name in St James park to advertise a taccy sport shop
    Sponsorship by a company less than reputable that exploits the needy
    The selling of or release of 8 strikers and the purchase of 3 though one of those was free and later sold
    The fact he took 11 million last year out of the club toward his loans and prevent us showing a profit
    The fact we are the ONLY prem club not to buy this window despite near relegation and sold released 4 players
    I could go on but no point you see what you want to see and claim ash is our saviour due to SPECULATION we MAY have done a Leeds us who don’t favour Ashley also see facts facts it appears you choose to ignore

  • 105 Ted Bundy // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Soldado will be the flop of the season. Bigger flop than Mike Ashley being pushed off a 10m board, with his hands glued to the inside of his pockets, which incidentally would be too good for him.

  • 106 Jail for Ashley // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    I got a proper answer which I have included in my post, my question on the official gagging of the much loved JfK was met with laughter, which was the response I antcipated as I tried injecting a bit of humour.

  • 107 Rowan Milsted // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:24 PM


    Really? All season? Source? If that’s true we must have a striker signing ASAP… I hope. If so I’m not against loaning Campbell out but he should be joining a Championship team.

  • 108 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:25 PM


    That is a fair point.

    Personally though it does not bother me if people read them or not, if they choose to great, if not it really does not effect me.

    I kind of use the blog as a place to vent or discuss what I feel key points are. If people wish to read it, or not its up to them.

    I understand they are sometimes too long winded though. And responding can be an issue, even now this may have taken me a minute to write, and you will already have a few posts to view upon posting.

    Sometimes its easy to miss a post that responded to your comment. I have said many times, perhaps this blog would benefit from a forum like area, to more effectively discuss what we wish.

  • 109 JackButler // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Campbell off to St Mirren on loan

  • 110 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:27 PM


    This is a good thing, if true.

    He needs first team experience, it obviously benefited Dummett.

    AND of course it must me we have incoming replacements!

  • 111 JackButler // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    St Mirren boss Danny Lennon wants Campbell on loan but nothing has been agreed, it’s just talk at this point, but the lad needs to get first team games under his belt otherwise he’s get no where sat on our bench for another season

  • 112 Hatem's better than Messi // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    The club must be really confident of getting a striker if they´ve loaned out Campbell … or really stupid

  • 113 Rowan Milsted // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:30 PM


    I for one like your posts. They’re long because you have a lot to say and often your points are too complex to be reduced to a headline statement.

    I do agree with TDS that they can be hard to reply to though but as you say, people don’t have to read them.

    A forum area would be excellent. Maybe we should ask Ed..?

  • 114 viv // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Summits off they must be going to sign a few shortly. It will beef that young campbell up playing at St Mirren.

  • 115 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    I would send Street and Campbell to St Mirren personally I feel it would benefit them.

  • 116 LooneyToon41 // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    @110 Pawl. That would be the logical conclusion, but….
    + rumours already coming out of France about Gomis…

    Hope springs eternal!

  • 117 Santon03 // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    guys, we don’t know for sure that it was the arguement with pawl that got JFA banned. So let’s not pointing fingers, just need JFA to atone for his sins :P

  • 118 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:32 PM


    Fair enough then…at least you didn’t mean the gagging question literally! I figured we wouldn’t be hiring a new MD though. Looks like we’ve got that covered for now.

  • 119 Toon_Army // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:32 PM

  • 120 Rowan Milsted // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:33 PM


    Thanks for clarifying. If he has a real chance at getting in our starting lineup in the next couple of seasons I can’t help feeling that we should be loaning him to a Championship side – maybe a lower Championship side so he can get plenty of game time. I don’t think the SPL is as lowly as some people but the Championship would be better for Campbell.

  • 121 Thump // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Good to see Campbell going out on loan. He’s not going to make an impact on our first team (maybe the odd cup game) and it seems we have an agreement or relationship with St. Mirren which is ideal for our fringe players. They’ve done a superb job with Dummet and Newton so here’s hoping they can repeat their success with young Campbell.

  • 122 Markaccus // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Would be interesting to know who actually complained about jfa, and what it was they found so offensive. If they were so badly injured, then surely we should be told what it was so we can avoid doing the same. They probably wont have the guts to admit it though.

  • 123 terencelim // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    @pawl This blog is beautiful for the way it is – it’s a blog. If you prefer forum I would recommend Bye and enjoy your time there.

  • 124 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    If JFA did get banned by his ‘argument’ (if you would call it that) with me, I would be shocked?!

    I mean it did not even cross my mind, I can’t recall anything offensive unless I missed it.

  • 125 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:37 PM


    Your comments are really tiresome because you decide to make out that I have the same opinions as anyone else who doesn’t think Ashley is a complete scumbag. We all have different opinions you know! Firstly, I have never referred to him as our “saviour” and secondly the only way I think we’d have gone the way of Leeds would have been if we’d either continued to spend at the levels we were for several more years without getting CL football or if we’d been relegated and couldn’t sell enough of our top earners and didn’t have an owner to bail us out.

    As it happens, we did have an owner to bail us out, so we got promoted straight away rather than having to sell out top earners and put together a new team in (a probably futile) attempt to get promoted at the first attempt. If MA hadn’t loaned the club the money at that point then I honestly believe we would have spend several seasons in the Championship rather than coming straight back up.

  • 126 viv // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    The bunce is out in Long Benton and the bar is open.

  • 127 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:38 PM


    Thanks for the comment.

    I think a few have already asked Ed, but given this is a blog not a website about NUFC, I suppose a forum would render it pointless.

    I do not know. Am sure someone has asked before though.

  • 128 Santon03 // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    From all of those so called our targets, it sounds like we are the only ones who found or watched them played and the other clubs don’t have scouts of their own. From their point of view it could also sounds like we are trying to hijack their targets.
    anyway from those targets, I only interested in Niang if he’s available for loan or permanent move.

  • 129 JackButler // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:39 PM


  • 130 Thump // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Hang on… what’s this with JfA?

  • 131 JackButler // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Robert Elliot ?@the_dilsh 2m
    So I get a cut lip in training 3 days ago so,where does papis power driver from 2 yards hit me?? That’s right same place!! Great save tho!!

  • 132 Papiss9 // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    I’ve just made my fantasy team at

    Does anybody have the code for the nufcblog league?

  • 133 daztoon // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:40 PM


    No you twist facts like your drivel about Ashley bowing down to appointing KK when like i told you Redknapp was Ashley`s choice.KK wasn`t even approched until Redknapp turned us down, but you try and state that as a fact when it isn`t.Then dismiss it as not been reliant when you are pulled up on a twisted fact.

  • 134 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:42 PM


    As for your other points…

    Relegation – sure. But that’s the job of the manager

    Case with KK – yep. And I bet this happens all the time, there was controversy the first time with KK too. It was dumb, but then so was re-hiring KK in the first place.

    Renaming – come on…it was only for a short period of time and nobody used it. Other clubs have done this and are looking at it. It really didn’t mean much.

    Sponsorship – I completely agree here but they must have been the highest bidder. What annoys me about so called “true fans” who hate Wonga being our sponsor, why didn’t they turn up to protest against them and try to do what Bolton did?

    Strikers – your stats are somewhat irrelevant. We need one striker and one striker/attacking midfidler/winger now and that is all that is important.

    £11M – so what? Our previous owners took million from the club and charged 11% interest on loans. He loaned the club £40M INTEREST FREE and took some of it back when we made a profit. That’s better than most owners do.

    Transfer window – Agreed. But then Arsenal and Utd are 2 teams also not happy with their dealings so far. Judge at the end of the window. If we signed Gomis and Remy today then anything else would be a bonus in my eyes.

  • 135 Dannyo // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Oh come on. The article says nothing about Campbell going, it only says St. Mirren are interested.
    At the same time AP has said he needs strikers signed up before Campbell goes.
    So unless we’re about to unveil one, Campbell is going nowhere.

  • 136 viv // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    The Police helicopter has just flew over Casa Viv maybe Remy is on board.

  • 137 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:45 PM


    There’s 66+ in the NUFC Blog that I set up a few days ago. Code is 3178-173427

  • 138 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:47 PM


    I have never portrayed that as a fact. It’s my opinion and one that is shared by lots of fans. And I’ve told you before, it’s totally irrelevant if KK was MA’s 1st, 2nd or 100th choice. My opinion is that his appointment was based on wanting to be popular with the fans rather than a cold calculated view on who would be the best fit for the club.

    At the time, if you asked the average football fan on the most personable and fun managers, then Redknapp and KK would be pretty damn high on the list. Both chatty, both passionate and both proper football men. I didn’t want either.

  • 139 WWYCD // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Campbell’s meant to be going on loan to the championship I seem to recall an interview saying as much anyway

  • 140 Papiss9 // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:49 PM


    Thanks :) I’m in ;)

  • 141 Jail for Ashley // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    I was barred for about 18 hours yesterday through to this morning while my comments were moderated as two people or one person with multiple accounts had complained.

  • 142 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:49 PM


    I agree with most of your comment however I do disagree with some.

    I agree that I think under our previous regime Shepard and co we would have been the next Leeds, or Portsmouth. Totally agree, I mean we had the 5th-6th highest wage bill in the PL when relegated. Its unacceptable as a good idea of where a team will finish is the amount of wages. Its not definitive but should give you a rough idea.

    I do disagree with this statement though.

    As it happens, we did have an owner to bail us out, so we got promoted straight away rather than having to sell out top earners and put together a new team in (a probably futile) attempt to get promoted at the first attempt.

    It was my impression ALL of our players were for sale in the Championship, but simply no one came for the top earners due to the wage demands, much like QPR and some of their players this season.

    We managed to remove some of those owners, Owen on a free, Viduka retired, Martins was sold.

    I do feel under Shepard and co the ship would have kept sinking though, as MA funded 30 million+ worth of wages, from his own pocket I am lead to believe during that season.

    I suppose I agree with most of your comment, but I do know the squad had a for sale sign on them that season, we did not keep our better players to get promoted.

  • 143 Thump // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    My opinion is that his appointment was based on wanting to be popular with the fans rather than a cold calculated view on who would be the best fit for the club.

    Same with Shearer, really. More about getting bums on the seats and hoping the atmosphere will pick the lads up.

  • 144 KensingToon // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Hi all,

    Long time blog reader but not really an active poster anywhere. Don’t regularly get to travel to SJP but I’m up in town for work during the week of September 7th to 12th so I thought I might catch the Steve Harper testimonial – just wondering if we reckon it will be a decent crowd/atmosphere?

  • 145 bollance // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Campbell – will get games in league one or Scottish Prem but is not to standard of Championship yet.

    Sammy – Struggled to play regularly for Boro which suggests he is still championship standard. Not sure why he thinks he is ready for Prem? Big season for him. If he stays he wont get many games.

  • 146 Rowan Milsted // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:53 PM


    Yeah as terencelim alreday (somewhat curtly) pointed out, a blog’s a blog and a forum’s a forum. I was thinking of a forum section on the blog but that would require a lot of work for Ed and I imagine the blog already keeps him busy as it is. I’ve not really thought this through to be honest…


    Cheers, I read the article. I guess it all depends on whether we get new strikers in. Sounds like St Mirren are definitely up for it and we do have a good relationship formed with them now. I’d just rather he was loaned at a higher level if possible.

  • 147 JackButler // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Ashley has gone from doing things to make us happy to sitting at the boardroom table stroking his pussy cat like a Bond villan

    And to be honest I don’t like either version

  • 148 Thump // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    @WWYCD: Pardew did mention letting St. Mirren look at the squad to improve theirs and they’re our affiliate so they get first pick.

  • 149 DokToon // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    gmorning all

    JfA… glad to see you back here.. esp since i do read your posts alot.. amazing though, you, a great contributor, imo, gets a ban, while several here have never been, for racist posts…

    anyway, glad to have you back sir :)

    now, tell us, what do you think of the days of our toon?

  • 150 daztoon // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:55 PM


    That`s crap you stated it as fact for the anti-Ashley crowd and it is relevant as you stated Big Sam was sacked for the fans choice Keegan.
    Your also wrong on the ground re-naming issue it was used by both tv and even on the fifa 13 game which is played worlwide.

  • 151 bollance // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:56 PM


    Your posts were not anti Ashley enough so there were concerns someone had hacked your account.

  • 152 viv // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    The likes of Sammy and co are only here because Orthodox tight arse wont spend the conkers.

  • 153 bollance // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:57 PM


    Richardson is another player under consideration of St Mirren

  • 154 JackButler // Aug 1, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Haven’t seen enough of young Campbell to be able to tell what level he’d be best served going out on loan to, but our affiliation with St Mirren makes it very likely that thats where he’ll end up……………………assuming we do actually sign a striker ourselves

  • 155 WWYCD // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Only if we agree to it though mate and if we are eyeing championship teams for Campbell they won’t be top of the list for him. Though tbf we are laughably run so we might just send him on his way without looking at the standard of football he will be playing its less work that way

  • 156 JackButler // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Anyone know if Gallowgate Gossip is reliable on twitter?

    As he’s claiming to work inside SJP and that Remy deal is very close to being agreed

  • 157 ENNYOUEFFSEE // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Personally I would keep Campbell as our back up striker, give the boy a chance.

  • 158 Rowan Milsted // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Maybe that’s the trouble. Nobody has seen enough of him as he got pulled into the first team to sit on the bench last season. Aside from that, and about 25 minutes on Tuesday evening, most people will have only seen him play 2 or 3 minutes at the end of games. Pardew has spoken very highly of him in the past but it’s hard to make a conclusion based on that. My thinking is that if he is to become a first team regular in the PL then a loan move to the Championship would serve him better than the SPL.

  • 159 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Odd that we loan players to the SPL and St Mirren. In Pardew’s first 6 months here did he not ridicule the SPL as being of an awful standard?

    Pardew was quoted as saying: “I think he’s coming back to a completely different level of football, I’ll tell you that now.
    “We have watched that division and watched him all year.
    “We’ve been disappointed with the quality of the games, other than the occasional Rangers versus Celtic game, and even some of those have been poor.”

  • 160 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:06 PM


    Q. 1 relegation

    A. It was coming under the previous regime also, I feel our club was always on its way.

    Q. 1 near relegation

    A. And how many “near” relegations did we have previously, did we just sack our managers for the sake of it before because they did well? In my lifetime we have been more mid table than table toppers, I mean under Keegan (1st time) and Robson is the only time we really mounted any challenge until Pardew finishing 5th which you failed to mention.

    Q. A constructive dismissal case lost against a club legend where the judge branded Ashley and llambiase as liars

    A. I think it was constructive dismissal, I would say Keegan was looking for the exit at the time, and simply used it as an excuse. Obviously he was pushed, but he simply left willingly, as he always has done. Nice pay day from it too!

    Q. renaming of a city institute and world renowned name in St James park to advertise a taccy sport shop

    A. Hey it kills me to have to say this but I feel its the future. Emirates Stadium, the Etihad ….. it will be a way to bring in sponsorship money. It maybe incorrect and disrespectful but I feel times have changed and soon most clubs will be selling, or attempting to sell a stadium, it could allow them to buy an extra player by doing so.

    Q.Sponsorship by a company less than reputable that exploits the needy

    A. Brown Ale, a company that damages liver, kills people and makes the majority of drunkards unbearable to be in the same vicinity. Yet no complaints.

    OR Virgin Money/Northern Rock, although not as bad as Wonga in terms of interest, they still attempt to make a profit from those without money, as do all banks. No complaints.

    Q. The selling of or release of 8 strikers and the purchase of 3 though one of those was free and later sold

    A. Name them 8 strikers and tell me if they were good enough to be in a black and white top? If the exception of Ba we have arguably been happy to see the back or been paid extreme amounts of money to do so if we aren’t.

    Q. The fact he took 11 million last year out of the club toward his loans and prevent us showing a profit

    A. This is an accounting technique, to get money returned to him. I bet if you had 100m+ invested somewhere and seen a potential opportunity to take it out without causing any damage you would too.

    Q. The fact we are the ONLY prem club not to buy this window despite near relegation and sold released 4 players

    A. Perch, Harper, Simpson and who? If you are talking youngsters then please stop, these are not good enough for the club. Harper is too old, Simpson was slated nearly every week on here and Perch was a standard average squad player not good enough to challenge those infront of him. We have not bought anyone yet but would you say it is equally as poor as Arsenal with the CL money have not invested yet year upon year fail to challenge for the PL? They have bought one FREE player.

    Your points are mostly invalid as you are blind with hate. You focus on ALL the bad points and forget or refuse to admit any good points.

    The only negative to come out of MA so far is the fact we have Joe Kinnear as DoF but I am willing to see how that goes….. time will tell.

  • 161 viv // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Ashley falls into the “big hat no cattle” bracket of iffy billionaires. You will find that is a remarkable comparison.

  • 162 WWYCD // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Remy will be confirmed in the QPR out column today or tomorrow

  • 163 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    He was the one who claimed the other day that Remy was done and that we had tabled a 12 million bid for McCarthy from Wigan. Is he reliable? In a word, No.

  • 164 JackButler // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:08 PM


    He did ridicule the Scottish football, but then again I don’t believe he has any say in where the players go

  • 165 JackButler // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:09 PM


    I’ll take what he’s saying with a pinch of salt then

  • 166 Markaccus // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:11 PM


    Someome has just accused him of being colin, and looking back through his posts they could be right. A few days ago he has bent to fulham, gomis to om and remy to us, and later he is saying gomis is coming here.

  • 167 daztoon // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Can“t see Campbell getting much playing time at the Toon.not in his preferred position anyway.Send him out on loan in the Champioship or div 1.
    Send Gosling out on loan too till Jan, let the lad have a decent run of playing time before we just give up on him.

  • 168 Sir Braveheart // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Point for discussion:

    If you look at the squad we had when we came up from the Championship and compare it to the squad we have now do people think we’re better than we were then or worse? And if we’re better does that not indicate we’re making progress as a club?

    My view is that we’re stronger in all positions than we were at that point in time. We’ve further reduced the clubs debts which is also a good thing and we’ve ploughed more money into our academy which should bode well for the future.

    Are we where I’d like us to be? No….I’d like to see at least one striker come in who can play as a starter. I think Gouffran will get us between 7-10 goals a season and I’ll take that as back up right now. We missed Ba’s goals the second half of the season and thats the area we really need to strengthen, but overall I think the squad is stronger than 2-3 seasons ago.

    I would say I think the club is moving forward. It may not be quickly but it is steady progress.

  • 169 Rowan Milsted // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Ha, you’re right there, I’d forgotten that. Quite a turnaround. I wonder what some of the SPL managers would have made of some of our performances last season, especially the cup game against Brighton.

  • 170 Rowan Milsted // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    QPR sign Austin!

  • 171 Jackel001 // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Campbell going out on loan and pards said he wouldn’t be if we didn’t have another striker “over the line” those immortal words!

  • 172 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Daztoon -

    Not a bad shout with Gosling, it would serve him well to get some games instead of sulking on the bench.

    It would also prove his fitness a long sustained run in a first team would do him good.

    Totally agree, nice shout!

  • 173 expatmag // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:15 PM


    Welcome back from your errrrrr…….sabbatical

    In the words of JGA:

    Being lowered inch by inch into a sea full of man eating great white sharks is too good for those complainants against JFA

    Is this acceptable, mate?

  • 174 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Sir Braveheart -

    I agree, I feel the team is better in terms of quality than that of when MA first took charge, or on our return to the PL.

    It looks stronger, its younger and it has massive potential in a couple of years time when some players reach their so called peak.

    I have always said we only need 2-3 players this window.

    For me 2 strikers, and a versatile defender.

    The strikers being more important, I did feel that a versatile striker i.e. Remy playing wide would benefit more than an all out striker only.

  • 175 JackButler // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Now that the Austin deal to QPR has been completed that should mean that we will soon announce Remy has singed for us……………..shouldn’t we???

  • 176 daztoon // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:18 PM


    Just feel giving up on the lad so easily could come back to bite us on the ass.Fair enough if he fails to improve just put him up for sale.

  • 177 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Rowan -

    If true surely allows the option for Remy to leave.

    A 6 month loan deal would be ideal, with the intention of buying in Jan if he does not get criminal charges, or serious injuries.

  • 178 Indian Magpie // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    QPR have Signed Charlie Austin

  • 179 viv // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    By theres some grim buggers on here the football season hasnt’ even started and your sounding like you want to top yersels.

  • 180 expatmag // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:20 PM


    Or West Ham

  • 181 JackButler // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:20 PM


    Gosling has never had a chance to show us what he’s capable of because of his injury nightmare. I honestly believe that a fit and on form Gosling would be a very useful member of our squad

  • 182 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:21 PM


    I always felt Gosling had potential but he lost any pace that he did have. He is very slow. Not that it means anything, I mean Lampard is hardly Usain Bolt, and is the most prolific English midfielder we have had in the PL.

    I think the Championship would suit him well for 6 month, it will also advertise his name if needs be, the club have nothing to lose providing we feel adequate cover is available. And with Anita, Cabaye, Tiote and Sissoko it should be. Possibly Bigi too!

  • 183 Markaccus // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    In honour of JFAs return, should we not all try to come up with a “too good for ashley-ism”?

    Being sprayed with molecular acid and then drowned in a pool of his own urine and excrement, is too good for ashley.

  • 184 JackButler // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:24 PM


    Sssshhhhhhhhhh…………. don’t mention West Ham ……..allow me to dream of us actually doing something during this window for a while before you spoil it :(

  • 185 jackostoon // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Whey heyyyy, I’m in kidda, reet I’m away back oot

  • 186 expatmag // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Re: Some issues raised above


    He is currently not good enough for the PL. That was evidenced last season when he looked like a lost little boy when he came on.


    Even if he has the potential to be lampardesque, who is he going to replace in the midfield,

    Comparisons to the promotion winning team

    That team had spirit, heart and organisation and Hughtron played a style to the teams strengths The current team is undoubtedly more skilful but lacks the spirit of the promotion team plus the manager does not play a system that suits the players styles,

  • 187 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:27 PM


    Being put in a room with JFA is too ……..

    Wait a minute, that is probably abit on harsh on Ashley, having to listen to most of that drivel.

    No wonder he was banned ;) lol ….. TAKE A JOKE THOSE OFFENDED!

  • 188 plana // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    I have always found Jfa, to be an obnoxious little turd!

  • 189 expatmag // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:29 PM


    Sorry mate, just playing the devils advocate…..LOL

  • 190 daztoon // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:29 PM


    Well we made a big effort to get him in even while still injured,so would be silly just to discard him so quickly.
    The lad needs a good few months playing regular first team games then make a decision either way.

  • 191 expatmag // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:30 PM



  • 192 Markaccus // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    And there we have a prime example.

    How can jfa get in trouble for nowt, and plana is allowed to get away with direct insults? Theres no need for that at all.

  • 193 Dannyo // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    I think Championship is at a similar level as the SPL, but at the same time, there’s more games to be played in the Championship, and there’s a more consistant level of opponents.
    It’s not odd we’re sending to St. Mirren though, don’t we have some sort of agreement with them? Dummets earning rave reviews from coaches and pundits alike atm.
    Sometimes all it takes is that level of experience.

  • 194 Rowan Milsted // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    I agree with a lot that pawl/sir braveheart/toondarnsarf have to say and I feel many of the same things myself.
    However, it must be noted that MA has made a series of embarrassing and mind-boggling errors in his time running the club. The pint-swigging vs Arsenal, the treatment of Hughton, the banana slit kit (OK, can’t blame him for that); appointing JK is probably the worst of the lot.

    I was horrified and embarrassed by the SportsDirect thing but I also understand that we have to be inventive to keep up with (or at least near) the likes of City and Chelski. As Pawl says, this might be the future of stadium names.

    In my opinion, MA has done many things to help the club and put us on a firm financial footing, for which I am very grateful. BUT… every time I let myself believe that he has learned from his past mistakes he does something else to confound and infuriate us fans.

    I can appreciate the many good things he has done and I would rather he was in charge than selling us to… erm… nobody. I find it hard to forgive him for some of the embarrassment and negative attention he has drawn, however.

  • 195 expatmag // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:32 PM


    Too true mate. Some posters are on a different PLANAT

  • 196 JackButler // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Chelsea said to have offered between 37-40 million for Rooney

  • 197 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Expat -

    Campbell I agree, but he is a 17 year old lad. or he was last season. When he did come on it was for maybe 10 minutes max, have you ever attempted to change a game in 10 minutes? Cut him some slack, he has potential, and would benefit from first team football, no matter where it is this season aslong as its competitive.

    Gosling, never will be Lampard, he has a similar style dashing in or around end of the box though and could easily get you around 10 goals in 1 full season. I feel a full pre season would benefit him, and he could do with a loan move as someone has already stated. Our midfield would be Anita, Sissoko, Tiote, Cabaye, Jonas, Bigirmana its pretty strong in that area. Then you have the youth lads who can come in beyond the above.

    Comparisons, yep I would agree with most of that. I feel they are a better team now, but you are right lack the Nolan push, the bite. Now I feel that could have been to morale, as we seemed to keep it in the season we finished 5th. Hopefully we can find that bite again, Tiote certainly needs to! As for Pardew that is 100% true, although I am willing to give him a chance for a sign of stability he sets the team up, and instructs them to bypass the great technical players we have. It renders having those players in your team pointless. Hopefully it changes, but that could just be false hope!

  • 198 Rowan Milsted // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:34 PM


  • 199 Markaccus // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:34 PM


    (One liner drum shot) ba-dum tsss

  • 200 expatmag // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:34 PM


    Rooney to Chelsea
    Ronaldo to Man Utd
    Bale to Real Madrid

  • 201 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:35 PM


    Is it a insult if he speaks the truth? lol

    Yet I agree no need. Time to move on from the topic of the day….. pretty sad its about a blog member and not the club lol.

  • 202 plana // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Obnoxious little turd is quite acceptable compared to jfa various rants. I suggest you consult a dictionary if your easily offended.

  • 203 JackButler // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:36 PM


    He has done a lot of good things at the club.

    Our scouting network is top class, we now sign players for decent money on realistic wages instead of the way things worked under Sheppard and co which was not sustainable.

    But then to offer Pardew an 8 year deal and making Kinnear Director of Football undermines everything good thing he’s done

  • 204 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    I randomly ended up on a night out with Freddie Eastwood, David Bell (Both Coventry players), Trevor Benjamin, Dan Gosling and Stephen Folan a couple of years ago through a lad who I played footy with and coached with Olly Bernard. Anyway, Gosling had been dropped from the squad for the match that day, can’t remember who we had played, and he was due to meet up with England U21′s the next day (A Monday).

    Gosling spent most of the night hammering down Vodka Red bull and Sambuca. Told me all I needed to know about his level of professionalism. Let him be moved on.

  • 205 expatmag // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:38 PM


    I am all for giving the lad a chance but not in a possible struggling side which we were last season and could possibly be next season,

    He needs first team experience without the added pressure of expectation at a big club.

    Furthermore, I would rather have seen him go to a Blackpool, Derby or Birmingham than the SPL.

  • 206 Rowan Milsted // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:40 PM


    There are a few even worse than plana/viv (pretty sure it’s the same person). Mind-boggling… guess some people felt compelled to complain about JfA for some reason… maybe MA reads the blog and is signed in right now!

  • 207 DokToon // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    being a mackem is too good for ashley.. or is it?

  • 208 Ted Bundy // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Campbell on his way out, Austin to QPR – I think JFK has finally used the lube he’s been using on Mash’s ringer, to grease up the transfer cogs! Remy inbound!

  • 209 expatmag // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    For those who take pleasure in throwing insults around, may you be reminded of the age old saying:

    If you don’t have anything useful to say, say nothing.

    Simple and easy to understand. Discussion is one thing but downright antagonism and insult is another. Totally unnecessary and spoils the blog for the more sensible posters on this forum.

  • 210 plana // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    You think the summit of stupidity as been scaled then Rowan Milsap appears.

  • 211 Rowan Milsted // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:45 PM


    Well said… so why did you say “snap?”

  • 212 Rowan Milsted // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Or Rowan Milsted, even.

  • 213 DokToon // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    well said expat

  • 214 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Rowan and JB

    I agree somewhat, alhough I am pro-Ashley right now….. I feel I have been somewhat let down when standing up for him.

    It almost feels like he has a sensible patch, improves the club and attempts to wreck in 1 movement all his hard work to alienate those who have accepted or already liked him.

    The Joe Kinnear bemused me, I remember reading it and shaking my head in disgust as I was. Its embarrassing. I work in an office where ALL of my fellow work mates are Mackems, and it was just a “shake head, stay silent” moment for me.

    Pardew 8 years, well hes on buttons, it would not cost much to end his contract, probably no more than previous managers. I feel this was an attempt to stop potential suitors after his 5th place finish. Or atleast an attempt for a decent compensation package to the club if someone was interested and acted. It back fired, simple.

    The pint swigging, well we have all done that, he got caught at the wrong time. Tell me you have not snuck a pint up into the stands if it had restarted and you did not finish….. think its the fact it was on TV people were bothered.

    Bottom line he has ultimately done more positives, but they are not labelled infront of you by the media in comparison to the handful of negatives he has done splashed about on papers and TV.

  • 215 Sir Braveheart // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:47 PM


    I agree with your thoughts on Ashley. He seems incapable of stringing two good decisions together. He’s brought a lot of stability but then make JK director of football, which however you want to spin it is a questionable decision.

    We’re all ambitious people, we want our club to be at the top level, so I understand the frustrations people feel and vent on this blog. However I think we have a strong foundation, unlike say a QPR, and I think we have more potential to improve than say an Aston Villa or a Stoke City. We might only be taking small steps, but those small steps are at least moving us forward.

  • 216 Indian Magpie // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:47 PM


    U are right

    and whenever he has been given a chance

  • 217 Indian Magpie // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    From 215

    It has been very little with too much pressure

  • 218 Rowan Milsted // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Steve out on a free… looks like Southampton have got de rid (one in a row!)

  • 219 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    @cwarr07: #NUFC #92Live feature between 5pm-6pm on @SkySportsNews with David Craig Live at Benton

  • 220 Mister Tuff // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    expatmag afternoon/evening. I see you are on about great white sharks again. I must say I originally doubted your encounter with one, but I think I’ve found evidence, as below, to support your case. Apologies for doubting you in the first place (snigger, snigger).

  • 221 expatmag // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:52 PM


    The comment was not in ridicule of JFA but more a reply to the poster who made the derogatory comment about JFA……………if you get my drift.

  • 222 JackButler // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    NUFCfans ?@nufcfans 3s
    Claims from @Independent that #NUFC will have to stomp up the £8M clause to get their hands on Remy.

  • 223 JackButler // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:53 PM

  • 224 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    LOL Mister Tuff…..

    You have to take a joke…..

    Good stuff! Bit of humor to stop all this negativeness consuming me!

  • 225 expatmag // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM


    I daren’t open that file for fear of bugs to my computer……..LOL

    Needless to say, in your research, check out websites regarding swimming with GWSs off Kangaroo Island and it might give you an insight into my experience.

    How the hell are ya mate?

  • 226 plana // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Very droll expat you seem not to be getting funnier with age.

  • 227 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    8m is not too bad considering it would have been 11m in Jan.

    Of course any permanent deal is dead until further notice with this impending rape charge.

    Time will tell but 6 month loan, then activating the clause would be a sensible option, of course it allows others to do the same!!

  • 228 Dannyo // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    I just put that out there, they use old quotes and local journos say the clause is £6.8M.
    Also, the Independent are becoming highly unreliable if you ask me.
    With their anticemtic talk and complete and utter misses on our transfer targets at times.

  • 229 JackButler // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:58 PM


    As it stands now Ashley has bought a Ferrari, restorred the body work but put a 1.1 Reliant Robin diesel engine in it

  • 230 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:59 PM


    its not a “file” merely a link to a photo on the net.

    Your computer should be safe unless its made of cardboard with no anti virus detection software ….. and lets be honest you can get it free these days simply browsing the net.

    Am sure it will be fine….. live a little! Viruses tend to come from emails DOWNLOADED onto your computer, not opening a web page.

  • 231 JackButler // Aug 1, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    8 million for a guy who could being doing time very soon will never happen and QPR know that, he’ll go out on loan before the window closes

  • 232 MichaelMac // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Good feeling that Newcastle will sign Remy soon, now that QPR have signed his replacement Austin.

    I believe that if we get Remy and one other striker, that we will be in a good position for the season ahead.

    We signed well in January, therefore do not need to go crazy this Summer.

    Possibly pick up one or more players in Jan again, should their contracts be coming to an end and the clubs wanting some cash instead of losing the player for free.

    I disagree with all of the doom and gloom talk about this been a terrible transfer window, we have held onto our best players (so far) and offloaded fringe players.

  • 233 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:01 PM


    He has the money and tools to improve though…. merely needs to keep doing positive things rather than the negatives that seem to outdo any of them in 1 foul stroke!

    Shame really as it causes discontent not only amongst the fans buts behind closed doors at the club.

  • 234 DokToon // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:02 PM


    how about a ban for viv/plana/jeff?

    turnabouts fair play…

  • 235 expatmag // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:04 PM


    Yes, mate, I know

    I was being flippant

  • 236 viv // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Remy and Gomis in before the weekend sound!

  • 237 JackButler // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:05 PM


    All he has to do is install a better manager and coaching staff and replace Kinnear and most fans would stand back and give him a break…………..adding two or three players to the squad wouldn’t hurt either

  • 238 Rowan Milsted // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:05 PM


    I think the media have long recognised the fact that NUFC fans are, by and large (some very large!) zealous and passionate and that football is like a religion in Newcastle, so they use these facts to stir up a poo-storm as often as possible. it’s a l;ot of fun for them to drag NUFC through the gutter as they know it will invoke a strong reaction. Also, ans as you say, there is no balance with the positive aspects of MA’s tenure. After all, “Ashley’s sensible business approach steadies the Tyne waters” does not make such an impact on the back pages of The Sun as “JK back – Ash-shame for the Toon” or Newcastle out of Toon” does (I just made those up by the way!).

    Sir Braveheart

    I think ‘a questionable decision’ is the most polite and refrained way of putting it! Yeah, it just seems like 1 step forward, 2 backward, 1 forward again, and on and on. If he stopped making these ludicrous decisions and improved communication with the fans I think a lot of us would be a lot happier.


    I think you’ve hit the nail on the head with the word ‘sustainable.’ I know a few people disagree with this but I was concerned at one point that we were heading the same way as Leeds, which is something I don’t have to worry about now. Now, I just worry that JK is the next manager and MA will hire Venebles as his DoF!


    Ha, I had to think about it for a while but I get it now!

  • 239 viv // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Who Doktoon if you get me barred ill come round and decorate the house with you radgie.

  • 240 expatmag // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:07 PM


    Good man. It seems someone else got it before you……..LOL

  • 241 Rotonda heights // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:09 PM


    a long way to texas bro

  • 242 expatmag // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:09 PM


    New manager? New Coaches? New DOF? NEW PLAYERS?

    Do you really think Ashley is Abramavich?


  • 243 viv // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Rotunda is that wear that knacker hides out Texas?

  • 244 Rotonda heights // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    I think the squad is great now, Remy would be the icing on the cake. If we could get a manager to play to the squad’s strengths and not worry about the opposition all the time we are in business.

  • 245 JackButler // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:14 PM


    not asking for Wenger, Jose or that level of manager, someone like Rudi Garcia who just joined Roma would have been a massive step up on Pardew. We need at least one more added to our coaching staff imo and Kinnear needs to be locked in a cupboard and forgotten about.

    As for the players 3 will do, two strikers and one wide man = Remy, Gomis and Sinclair and we will be good to go

  • 246 DokToon // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:15 PM


    see right there.. a physical threat to me… quite effed up, and not the first time said either…

  • 247 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:15 PM


    I would take new DoF and 2 Strikers, not that I need any convincing right now that MA has done more good than bad for our beloved club, as simply put he has.

    As stated the positives are never broadcast on a grand scale therefore it is inevitable those that do not look, will simply follow the flow of cr@p the papers print on a daily basis.

    I for one do not believe everything I read in the papers as half, if not three quarters of it is tripe!

  • 248 viv // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Pardew will be gone before October make no bones about that.

  • 249 DokToon // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    you know…. i dont need this.. al lim here is to hear about the toon…. maybe ill be back later when certain internet wanna be tough guys are barred…

    peace to all the good ones here…

  • 250 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:17 PM


    You write and sound like a chav mate, would people consider this an insult, or a statement of truth?

    I base the statement on that fact he used the word “radgie”

  • 251 expatmag // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:18 PM


    I t would be nice but unfortunately, our owner likes to do his shopping at primark rather than up market stores.

  • 252 Mister Tuff // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    expat – you need to leave the jokes to me. Anyway, things are OK ish. Will get around to sending my promised email this week – trying to get some jobs on the roof done before were off to France in a couple of weeks for our holis, but its drizzling a bit here so I’m stuck a bit on the external diy jobs.

  • 253 Ted Bundy // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Mike Ashley is the best thing that has happened to this club. Gave everyone a nice dose of reality, that once you strip away the reckless spending and borrowing until the banks own the club, we aren’t the ‘massive’ club we’d all like to believe, although some still live in that world, which is the crux of a lot of the friction.

    The club was in a right state:

    Mercenaries on whopping contracts for very little return on the pitch, so little they took us down.

    Crummy academy, that has now finally been rectified and should start bearing real fruit within a few years.

    Mike Ashley is the hero NUFC deserves, some would say not the one it needs right now, so they hunt him, but he can take it, because he actually isn’t a hero, he’s a watchful protector, a silent guardian. A dark knight.

    Yours sincerely

    Mike Ashley.

  • 254 Incentino // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Honestly, our only hope for this transfer window is that Kinnear might be negotiating with non-English speaking agents. In that case, a translator would be needed. We should pray that the translator for some reason wants the deal to go through, so he’ll twist Kinnear’s words to an extent, where the words seems less outrageous, or dare I say, even acceptable.

  • 255 Rowan Milsted // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:19 PM


    Any idea what a ‘radgie’ is? A derogatory term/part of your anatomy/a typo?

  • 256 Burni // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:19 PM



  • 257 expatmag // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:20 PM


    I reckon you should send Chuck Norris in after him.

  • 258 Rowan Milsted // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    ‘Shock transfer of the day – Doncaster have announced a deal for One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson. Don’t worry 1D fans, he’s not leaving the band. He’s been given the squad number 28 and will reportedly play for the reserves at least once in the coming campaign.’

    Erm… Really!?

  • 259 viv // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    There there you delicate Texas rose and grow up before you get belted with a sock full of diarrhoea.

  • 260 expatmag // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:22 PM


    What? Raining in Northumberland? Never

    Whilst you are over in France on holiday, any chance you can pick up a couple of strikers?

  • 261 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:22 PM


    Primark is not all bad ….

    Players like Sissoko, Cabaye, Mbiwa, Ben Arfa are “top market” material but different brand, sometimes brand is overrated.

    …… I am not ashamed to say I have bought a couple of holiday t-shirts from Primark that have lasted longer than the TopMan, River Island brands that you pay sometimes 10x the amount of money for.

    Nothing wrong with a bargain, but every now and then you still need to buy a brand product if you know what I mean……. Cisse was our last brand product, given the amount of money spent on him alone.

  • 262 Rowan Milsted // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM


    What the hell is a radgie? Is that like what Nile Ranger is..?

  • 263 JackButler // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:24 PM


    It’s fact of the human condition that we latch onto the negatives before the positives and it will always be the case.

    I’ve stated Ashley left, right and centre and no doubt will continue to do so as I don’t believe his ambition for this club matches the fans.

    If in time he proves me wrong and does indeed take us to the next level then I’ll be the first one to hold my hands up and admit that I was wrong about the man.

    But to do that he has to show ambition to succeed and not to simply survive in the Premier League

  • 264 Burni // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Plus… The way he looks on the pic in that link….. I just wanna slap him twice as hard!

  • 265 Rotonda heights // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Dok toon

    hang in there bud. it’s good hearing from the usa.
    Don’t know what Viv’s problem with you was so
    can’t really comment but don’t be driven away by one person.

  • 266 expatmag // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:26 PM


    Not living in the UK, I am not up on the local stores anymore.

    Maybe I should have said “everythings a pound” instead.

  • 267 Burni // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Jb you know he will never take us to the next level…. Consistently…

  • 268 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:27 PM


    I think that was in reference to Bent and Gomis…..

    I don’t see a host of clubs lining up to sign Bent at this supposedly amazing deal of 6m, so why should we?

    OR in Gomis case why pay 10m when you can pay NOTHING in 1 years time, or less than half in 6 months. I think the club are right to walk away from the stupid amounts Lyon want for him. They have no real bargaining power in the matter with 11 month remaining on his contract.

    I personally think the 7m price offered, was a fantastic deal for them. They would be stupid to think they can get more, or we would be stupid to pay more!

  • 269 viv // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Whats wrong with being chav like? I own two homes one in Spain drive a Bmw X5 own my own steel fabrication business.

  • 270 Rotonda heights // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:28 PM


    I am reliably informed that primark is the number one clothing store of choice for pikeys and chavs. I didn’t call them that btw.

  • 271 Sir Braveheart // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:29 PM


    I use the term “questionable decision” merely out of politeness, and the fact that although I cannot fathom the reasoning behind it I am willing to withold judgement on JK until he’s been in the job a while. Whilst I don’t think he has the skill set to be a good director of football I am willing to be proven wrong. i’m not going to write him off just because I don’t like him…I have a feeling his actions will provide enough reasons for that!

  • 272 expatmag // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    In all honesty, Ashley;s recent dealings has all the hallmarks of a business sale, especially now that Rangers have come into the picture.

  • 273 JackButler // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    The one massive positive of today is that Mark Lawrenson has been linked as a regular on Match of The Day :D

  • 274 Rotonda heights // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:29 PM


    I don’t think that qualifies you as a chav, more nouveau riche.

  • 275 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:31 PM


    In translation its means you are “an angry person!” LOL

    Charvs, or if you are from the South Chavs use the word “radgie” all the time.

    “Here man ya radgiiiiiie!”

    “What ya deeing ya radgieeee!”

    Its pretty serious aggressive lingo, and to us normal folk its automatically translated to –

    “I AM A WASTE OF SPACE!” …..

  • 276 oldbobaycliffe // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    the reason campbell might be going to st.mirren is because pardew is pleased with the improvement made by the two players he sent on loan to st.mirren last year especially dummett.some smaller clubs look after the younger players better than others for example crewe

  • 277 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:32 PM


    I didn’t actually say that it was Ashley’s intention to keep so many of our players…though we really don’t know how many he wanted to sell at the time.

    But, if we didn’t have an owner who was willing to stump up his own cash to keep paying the wages, then we’d either have gone into administration or we would have had to sell our top players at a loss AND subsidise their wages for years. There were offers for some of our players (I remember Bolton were in for Carroll) and we were able to turn those down. Even before Leeds were relegated to the Championship, they had to sell players at discounted rates because they needed the money.

  • 278 Rowan Milsted // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Doncaster Rovers FC @drfc_officialOne Direction star @Louis_Tomlinson has signed for #drfc to raise vital money for local charity @BluebellWoodCH

    Maybe Newcastle should sign Ant & Dec to raise money for a striker.

  • 279 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:33 PM


    It probably is, but as with Aldi, because it is so cheap you will ALWAYS find the rich folk in the shop.

    Why?! Because they are too tight with money so they look for the cheapest option available…..

    You just need to look past the riff raff.

  • 280 Burni // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Pawl…. Its not just them to me though…. Its every failed promise of ppl over the line. Quotes of price has to be right. We have to spend sometimes!!

  • 281 archaeomag // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    A Radgie
    . . .a colloquial term used in the North East to describe an individual who is short tempered or given to violent outbursts.
    Derived from the English word Rage.

  • 282 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:34 PM


    I don’t recall saying that Big Sam was sacked to get Keegan in. I said Big Sam was sacked because he wasn’t popular with the fans. Ashley wanted to get his own man in, so he got rid of “long ball” Big Sam and brought in someone he thought would be more popular.

  • 283 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:36 PM


    And like I say, big deal! We renamed our stadium for a few months to try and get a new sponsor in. We got a new sponsor, we have our name back and you’re still complaining.

    I don’t care what some TV stations called it or what FIFA 13 called it, I really don’t. We all called it what we’ve always called it and so did every true football person I know.

  • 284 nut meg // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Rowan @262
    If you know what a worky ticket is, radgie is usually a bit worse the that. Not a pleasant person.

  • 285 viv // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    The waste of space probably keeps half you bums in food with all the taxes they screw out of me.

  • 286 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:38 PM


    As stated above “an angry person”

    It is used down South of England too…… I used to live in Northampton for a short period and heard it numerous times…. I assure you.

  • 287 archaeomag // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    . . as in; Joey Barton is a bit radgie like,
    or Joey Barton is a bit of a radgie;
    either is acceptable usage.

  • 288 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:40 PM


    I think the question is how much tax do you pay? or what percentage?

    Without looking it up.

  • 289 expatmag // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    More to the point, who gives a fat rats clacker anyway

  • 290 Thump // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    We should sign Iron Maiden.

  • 291 archaeomag // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Take you word for it -I must get out more
    . . I lived in leicester once – but only for short period !

  • 292 nut meg // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Pawl 1250 @286
    I used to drink real ale & worky ticket was one beer i used to like.I can’t remember the name of the small brewery who made it but later they brought another one out & it was described as Radgie cadgie ,worky ticket’s big brother.great stuff lol

  • 293 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Well Expat

    My guess is someone who used the word “radgie” would normally possibly be linked to words such as “dishonest”

    If that is correct (trust me 99% of the time it is), Viv here, has most likely bought his BMW and Spanish second home via money he did not declare.

    Just my two cents, of course he could be honest as a button, but words like “radgie”, or atleast the person who uses it and “BMW” rarely go hand in hand.

    This is pure speculation of course.

  • 294 archaeomag // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Good hair idea – easy to spot who was who at a distance.

  • 295 joeinthecheapseats // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    The patter about the bums n taxes no need to be blurting that garbage out really
    Football chat on here son

  • 296 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Nut Meg

    I have never heard of that lol …… sounds like interesting stuff!

    NOW only to convince good ol’ Mike Worky Ticket brewery company is to be our next sponsor at any cost…..

    I could imagine it would go down well with our fanbase lol

  • 297 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Nut Meg,
    Mordue breweries I think it is for those 2.

  • 298 archaeomag // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    BMW – the preferred choice of 99% of pimps and dealers,; very sadly their spanish property is probably now worth a goat and half a donkey.

  • 299 Rowan Milsted // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:51 PM


    First and last time I’ll bother with you. Keep your short-sighted, blinkered and ignorant pseudo-political views off a football blog. ‘Keeps half you bums in food’ – That doesn’t even make sense. I assume you’re talking about those on benefits and you believe they’re all scumbags and scroungers. Got that from the Daily Mail and The Sun, did you? Don’t believe the trash they spout, and go regurgitating such ignorance on a NUFC blog. Most of the people on benefits are disabled, ill or single parents struggling to make ends meet, despite the tripe you fill your head with. I’m glad you feel the need to boast about your car and job on here – says an awful lot about you. And I’m so, so sorry you have to pay taxes for all those ‘bums’. I guess your salary can buy you a BMW but not an education. Or perhaps I’m just a big, fat radgie. Psyche.

  • 300 nut meg // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Pawl 1250 @293
    That’s correct.You beat me to it lol………oh by the way VIV i’m from longbenton & i might just know you……..i was a tax man !!

  • 301 expatmag // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:52 PM


    Without casting aspersions regarding personal wealth, it doesn’t matter whether someone is an eccentric millionaire or a beggar in the street, this forum is for NUFC supporters of all status worldwide to discuss club matters without having to resort to or experience any degrees of ignorance and arrogance.

  • 302 Jail for Ashley // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Fat Sam got sacked because he played shte football, was in danger of getting us relegated and he didn’t have an eight year contract.

  • 303 lesh // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Jail. Recognising that you a the master of all things good for Ashley but if I may offer a poor attempt at emulating your wit:

    Being forced to listen to Jail for Ashley’s apology (@3)
    all day and every day for a week’s too good for Ashley.

    We can only but try and never succeed! Hail Jail!

  • 304 Mister Tuff // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    pawl/rowan — ref the word radgie.
    In the north east and Scotland it refers to someone who is mad. I believe it’s origins are from the French word for rabies ie “la rage”. Symptoms for rabies were frothing at the mouth and violent actions – madness. Mispronunciation of rage – as in la rage (g has j sound in French and last letter is not pronounced) led to the word “radjie”.

  • 305 nut meg // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Thanks Lilo,i had to write quick & couldn’t think.My typing finger isn’nt the quickest ,but i’m not young anymore.Did you ever drink it ? bloody good stuff made by 2 young kids if my memory serves me right.

  • 306 daztoon // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    There you go mate

    ToonDarnSarf // Jul 30, 2013 at 12:07 PM


    Whether he was first choice or second choice is irrelevant, I can’t believe that he was on any other PL clubs shortlist!

    He was on ours purely because he will always hold legendary status for his time as manager the first time around. Big Sam was doing ok and should only have been sacked for an absolute top manager, not someone whose tactics and management style died out around the turn of the millennium.

    Like i said you can`t claim you only talk facts about Ashley when you clearly bent the truth with saying Ashley bowed down to fans choice KK. He was only approached after Ashley`s choice Redknapp turned us down.

    Anyways enjoy your hols

  • 307 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:57 PM


    hmmmm I always thought Chavs were associated with small little hatchbacks with massive spoilers, ALLOYS!!, racing stripes and oh do not forget the big ol’EXHAUST that makes a horrendous noise as it goes down the street seeking attention in the process trying to show off.

    They also wear socks over their tracksuit bottoms and wear caps on their heads that point up into the sky opposed to what they were designed for shading of the eyes from the sun, this is the style of a classic Charv.

  • 308 expatmag // Aug 1, 2013 at 2:58 PM


    Wikipedia is a damn fine search engine

  • 309 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:01 PM


    Sounds logical too me…..

    Yet I do not get it. The words is most commonly used by Chavs yet they are angry all the time, therefore its ironic when the call everyone else it!?

    Still nice source info.

  • 310 Rowan Milsted // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Sorry for the rant everyone; thanks for the various ‘radgie’ definitions. Makes more interesting discussion than our lack of signings! Sir Braveheart – I’m sure his actions will speak louder than our words ever could!

    In a cloud of keyboard smoke, I’m off. I gotta go chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool and all shootin some b-ball outside of the school…

  • 311 joeinthecheapseats // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Your right about Fat Shams football was dire to watch
    It’s the only time I ever thought about not going to the games
    Faye with the blue suede boots got to have been the worst midfielder in the league

  • 312 Rowan Milsted // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Final thought :

    BREAKING NEWS – Stanley sign Newcastle midfielder Michael Richardson on loan

    And who says we’ve been quiet in the transfer activity!?

  • 313 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:04 PM


    Thanks for the holiday wishes. I need to close this page down so I can finish my packing so this will be my last post for a while!

    I still maintain that he was only on our shortlist because of his performance the first time around. I don’t care if Redknapp was first choice and turned us down, MA should then have gone to another manager and not KK.

    I can think of no logical explanation of why MA chose KK other than he wanted to be popular.

    That’s me out anyway…

  • 314 pawl250 // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Hopefully we sign Remy and Gomis before the weekend,

    Would give us something to actually be excited about. Our biggest named signing so far is non playing staff and its Joe Kinnear lol

    Worrying *Shakes head in disgrace whilst typing this*

  • 315 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Nut Meg,
    Yeah, the Pub I worked in used to sell beer from Mordue and Wylam as guest ales. Worky was always a favourite. I wasn’t as keen on the Radgie Gadgie. Wylam had a good one called Gold Tankard. Worth trying if you get the chance. Jarrow Rivetcatcher is another popular local brew.

  • 316 daztoon // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Anyone else got a bad feeling about our opening game at City after the way they played yesterday.

  • 317 Ted Bundy // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Radgie – Joe Kinnear – loose cannon – all interchangeable.

    Profiling someone based on their use of a certain word, is just as bad as making sweeping assumptions about people on benefits.

  • 318 DokToon // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:11 PM


    i dont, or itll be another day off ive taken that is wasted, im optomistic for the opener….

  • 319 daztoon // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:13 PM


    Just worries me as in last two games with city Pardew started off in defensive mode and they ripped us apart.

  • 320 JackButler // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Sergio Agüero likely to miss the opening game of the season with a knee injury, that’ll mean that City will have to rely on one of the other 20 or so striker they currently have on their books

  • 321 DokToon // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    but its ok to use that term towards me? i had to look it up, and one site said a radgie was a “queer hoooligan”

    either way, ill not be talked to like that by a juvenile delinquent.. and i did email ed, with post numbers… im just hear to hear what you all say in ref to the toon, since its nigfh impossible to get any info here stateside…

    so thanks to the good people here…

  • 322 AmeriToon // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Can anyone explain to me how the transfer system works on the fantasy league? I have joined the blogs league but I’ve only played fantasy on espn before so im not sure how the premier leagues website does it differently

  • 323 DokToon // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:19 PM


    maybe thjis year, if we get (-insert striker name here), well attack more… and have a better result this go round…

  • 324 nut meg // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    If you don’t mind me asking what’s the name of the pub,you might have served me beer……..did you ever try the one from cumbria called snek lifter lol

  • 325 JackButler // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:19 PM


    People like viv simply try to wind everyone up with their pathetic, small minded comments and ‘Claims’ that they have money etc, etc, just ignore him mate and let Ed sort the fool out and don’t allow the likes of him to drive you off a blog like this

  • 326 Rainrix // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Dok… If he gets banned because of you i’ll give you a cookie, good work :)

  • 327 nut meg // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Brewed by Jennings

  • 328 DokToon // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:25 PM


    chocolate chip? with a big glass of milk?? please?? :)

    JB , thanks for sorting me out…

  • 329 DokToon // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    and btw i have money too… the issue is, my wife wont tell me where she hides it….

  • 330 wolfshead@toon // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    this is sad

  • 331 JackButler // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:27 PM


    Seems we have the same type of wife mate :D

    Can’t find mine anywhere either

  • 332 GeordieAnt // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    You know…thinking about the latest news from Doncaster…what a smart move. Think about the amount of cash they’re going to make in merchandise…half of the worlds population of teenage girls are going to want Doncaster shirts with his name on it. Smart move Doncaster….smart move

  • 333 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Nut Meg,
    I was at the North Terrace, just by Exhibition Park, Collingwood and the Brandling as well.

    Ha, don’t remember that one, and I’m sure if I had seen it I would with a name like that!

  • 334 plana // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Remy is joining West ham.

  • 335 DokToon // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:32 PM


    knowing us sad toon fans, we married sisters…

  • 336 gazza85 // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Infuriating this transfer malarkey is!

    A few squad players out and plenty of youngsters starting to head out on loan seems very sensible indeed.

    On the other hand where on earth is that bleeding striker or two we need or even anyone else for that matter? How come everyone and their granny can see what we need to improve yet the ‘professionals’ at the club can’t seem to manage it?

    I think most people agree we don’t need a huge overhaul (although there may be some disagreement if it was concerning the management) and we don’t need to spend hundreds of millions but can anyone seriously say we can’t afford even 20mil on 3 or 4 new players?

    20 millionish is definately not going to break the bank and destroy our stability and whilst at times I laud our hardnosed approach to deals there is only so many times it’ll work in football.

    Frustrating times atm that could easily be solved with a minimum of 2 signings….. we’re not asking for too much are we?

  • 337 Ted Bundy // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:35 PM


    Smart move, but just another indication of football going commercial to the detriment of sporting integrity. The lower leagues are supposedly the preserve of ‘proper football’ – the avaricious appetite for cash, by any means, is trickling down.

  • 338 ~Joke-innear~ // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    The day JFK finally leaves his position as DoF should be turned into a national holiday.

  • 339 NUFC 1892 // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    If we don’t buy or sell anyone here is my1st team, subs, and reserves (number next to player is how many appearances in pre-season) Let me know your thoughts please

    Krul 0
    Santon 4
    Yanga-Mbiwa 5
    Coloccini 2
    Debuchy 3
    Tiote 3
    Sissoko 4
    Cabaye 3
    Gouffran 5
    Ben Arfa 2
    Cisse 1

    Elliot 5
    S.Taylor 4
    Haidara 0
    Anita 3
    Vuckic 5
    Marveaux 4
    Gutierrez 3

    Alnwick 2
    Williamson 5
    Streete 2
    R.Taylor 0
    Dummett 5
    Tavernier 1
    Gosling 1
    Newton 1
    Bigirimana 0
    Sammy Ameobi 4
    Obertan 2
    Amalfitano 1
    Shola Ameobi 3
    Campbell 5

  • 340 viv // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Butler you welsh windbag I’m well wedged. I don’t need to prove myself to the likes of you. Coming on blabbermouth because you’ve got nowt. Me and the lads are creasing at you.

  • 341 check the toastie // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Pardew doesnt give two shits, happy picking up his salary that he doesnt earn. French international footballers for 8million pound, paying over the odds. pfffffftttttttttt. Remember Andy Carroll you balloon.


  • 342 Rowan Milsted // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:45 PM


    Fair point. Personally I took massive offence to the benefits reference (it’s one of my buttons) and, combined with the BMW & cash boast, as well as the insults, made a picture in my mind. Not a pretty one at that. I wouldn’t go judging someone just because of a single word choice. In retrospect I should have just left it – not worth it at the end of the day.

    Re the Donnie thing – at least they’re raising money for charity.


    Yup, you’re right. I broke my own golden rule by biting back. For shame.Never again, I say!

    Anyway, enough of that and back to football matters…

  • 343 viv // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Rowans a benefit hound get a job.

  • 344 Mister Tuff // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    expatmag – I assure you my explanation of “la rage” does not come from Wikepaedia – you are a cheeky fellow in your old age. Please refer me to the pages – aha can’t do it.
    I noted that a couple of days ago you mentioned a player/someone called Noone – I believe you were asked by another poster to explain -which I believe you failed to do.
    I may take this opportunity on your behalf to explain -seeing that I knew you years ago.
    Whilst expatmag may claim a typing error ie he meant no-one instead of Noone. I can reveal to fellow bloggers that expatmag in the sixties was a fan of a group called Hermins Hermits whose lead singer was a guy called Peter Noone (still on the go now). They were a teeny bopper type of group mostly supported by teenage girls (and obviously expatmag) I recall expatmag had posters of the band in his bedroom. There, I believe that is a satisfactory explanation.

  • 345 viv // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Rowan come round and clean WOR lasses convertible man.

  • 346 Rowan Milsted // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    You gotta love the blog sometimes…

  • 347 mattnufc // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Pardew doesn’t have control over transfers, though?

  • 348 viv // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    That’ll be no then milsop?

  • 349 belgrade fan // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:53 PM


    YES. finally somebody to say real thing. We could be in 5th division this worm would keep saying how happy is he. Only money he cares. Little ugly insect of a man

  • 350 Ted Bundy // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Ok, providing we get Remy before the Man City game and he gets to play at least 1 friendly, given AP is apparently opting for 2 STs in a 4-4-2 – with this criteria, what should be our team, what would be our team?

    Should be:

    Ben Arfa_____Sissoko__Cabaye____Santon/Gouff

    Probably would be:

    (probably say that Remy hasn’t had enough time to gel)

  • 351 Belfast // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Anybody know what happened to Catchy ?
    Has he got a new name or what ? He just seemed to disappear lol

  • 352 viv // Aug 1, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Belfast he fell foul of the old women on here censored

  • 353 hadthetshirt // Aug 1, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Well he’s certainly taking after his brother 23 all wind and no sail

  • 354 RedMissionBells // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    These youngsters are not going to help us climb the league table.

    We need quality players who can make a difference when our chips are down.

    Sure, we have a decent squad. But with Cisse, Gouffran and Ameobi, we simply do not have enough firepower up front.

    We need to start signing quality players and stop being stingy.

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