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Fringe Newcastle Players Impressive Last Night

2:53 pm, Thursday, October 31st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 197 Comments

We didn’t really expect Newcastle to get through last night against Manchester City, but as the game went on and the score remained at 0-0, our hopes started to rise, but it was not to be,  and after we missed some good chances, City scored twice in the first period of extra time, and that was it – they now meet Leicester City in the quarter finals.

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Massadio Haidara - looked a good player against City

It was a good performance by Newcastle last night and several players, who were getting a  rare game were impressive, not least of which was 20 year-old Massadio Haidara, who looked very good at left back, and maybe this lad could be the startling left back of the future on Tyneside.

Certainly he is very good at defending and can attack well down the wing and he has a good left foot, but he limped off at half time, and we’re not sure if he will be fit for Saturday.

Alan Pardew said he was impressed with a number of players last night, and talked about them after first talking about Papiss Cisse and the two chances he missed last night, the second one being just three minutes into extra time when he was clean through and one on one with the goalkeeper, but the goalkeeper made the save. :(

This is what Alan said on the Newcastle web-site today:

“I think it affected Papiss, that particular chance.” “He always gives everything for us but that seemed to hurt him, that he didn’t take that chance.”

“He wasn’t quite the same after that. But that’s what it’s like for strikers and he’s got to keep going.” “And if there’s ever an example of coming out of this spell, it’s Torres who’s suddenly come alive. We’ve got to hope that happens for Papiss.”

“I think individually it was an important night for a few people,” “Moussa Sissoko needed a good performance and he played well, Vurnon Anita played well again and I thought that Massadio was terrific against Jesus Navas who’s £30M or whatever he is.”

“It’s a shame we lost him. Bless him, since he’s been here it’s been one thing after another and it must be so frustrating for him.”

And it was heartening to see Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa have a solid game, after he’s looked just a little dodgy in one or two recent games, but his performance last night will give him a lot of confidence, and Alan Pardew could be right in saying once he gets to grips with the Premier League, he can become a very valuable player for the side.

And Vurnon Anita showed why Check Tiote will have to keep playing at his best to keep his place in defensive midfield, as the Dutchman had another fine game in a black and white strip.

It’s going to be a tough game against Chelsea on Saturday, and our hopes are not too high about getting anything out of the game.

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And maybe Mapou will be fit for the game, since Alan Pardew has not mentioned anything about him not being fit for Chelsea, so it could be the same back four that started last night, with Davide Santon coming in for Massadio at left back.

Comments welcome.

About the author:

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Dr. Ed Harrison is a retired IBM Executive, and was born and bred in St. Anthony’s estate in Newcastle, and joined IBM in 1970 after completing a PhD in Computing Science at Newcastle University.   
Ed was moved to America in 1973 by IBM, but now he is retired after 34 years at IBM,  he writes about his one passion in life – Newcastle United.

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197 responses so far ↓

  • 1 wolfshead@toon // Oct 31, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    hes waiting to see what offer they put on the table joes measuring up curtains right now :-)

  • 2 Ted Bundy // Oct 31, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Weren’t we in 11th place in the PL when Hughton got sacked in early December 2010?

    Will be interesting to see where we are placed after we lose our next 2 and Hughton rocks up with his Norwich side, almost 3 years on from his ignominious mistreatment.

    Would be rather poetic if his team were the ones to put the final nail in Pardew’s coffin.

    When you look at it like that too, our state now compared to then, some 3 years ago, we’re really going places people….

  • 3 Graeme // Oct 31, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Well, its looking more and more likely that our illustious owners requirement, of avoiding European Football at all costs, is likely to be achieved this season after all.

    I dont know whether to laugh or cry.

    Not at all sure about finishing in the top 10 either, in fact its far from certain. What a statement of intent from the rotund one eh.

  • 4 G // Oct 31, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    TB @ 2. Nothing official on this one, but lots of tongues wagging on f365′s forum that 3 defeats in a row gets AP his P45. Probably just banter, but I make that 2, or 1 league with Chelsea and Spurs to come. The only worry is who will MA appoint as his successor? Based on current form I would give Sean Dyche the job. Seems he can work miracles whilst having his best players sold, and no transfer money in. Even ticks MA’s boxes.

  • 5 Mint // Oct 31, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Its that sloped pitch at St James that’s causing all the injuries, its the only anamoly of being a nufc player.

  • 6 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 31, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Took kk

    Problem is, a lot more money comes from the PL and sponsors these days rather than the NUFC fans.

    From a purely business perspective, Ashley is mostly right, from a football perspective he’s about as helpful as diarrhea.

  • 7 Transfer Sage // Oct 31, 2013 at 3:07 PM


    From previous

    I think as fans we do have a right to have our say on how things are ran. There’s more in the club than just a product, it’s a passionate and emotional club, not a product.

    I don’t think that means we can demand we spend 100mil a year but I certainly think, as all money comes from us whether it’s tickets, merchandise or our tv subscriptions. I do think we can demand that the clubs money is spent in the best possible way. Not to spend his own money but certainly that we don’t waste money on managers, coaches, players and kinnears that we don’t need.

  • 8 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 31, 2013 at 3:08 PM


    Er…no, he didn’t. He employed an under qualified and unprofessional friend to do a job.

  • 9 Rotonda heights // Oct 31, 2013 at 3:08 PM


    Trouble is we the fans are as bad as Pardew for just taking it and not saying ”we’ve had enough” a long time ago.

    I haven’t been back for over 2 years now and have no intention of supplementing this s..t, but others will sadly keep blindly doing so and wonder why things are how they are.


    When my old man first took me as an 8 year old to SJP it was the biggest thing ever to me and I was hooked. It’s a horrible indictment that your lads found it boring and an awful commentary on a so-called entertainments business in the middle of a recession.

    I’m starting to think KK the first time round was really the pinnacle and will sadly now never be repeated under this shambolically run club with 52000 home fans!!

  • 10 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 31, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Mister Tuff

    It’s how Ashley thinks though.

  • 11 Transfer Sage // Oct 31, 2013 at 3:11 PM


    Got to appreciate that a lot of people are just please we are in the prem league, a lot of other once great/big clubs have faded away down the leagues.

    I’m not saying they condone the owner but a lot of people do see that things could be much much worse, and they really could. Doesn’t mean we shouldn’t want more though.

  • 12 Belfast // Oct 31, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Sorry Pards but Cisse couldn’t even lace Torres’s boots…

  • 13 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 31, 2013 at 3:15 PM


    But we don’t have the right, we’re just minority customers.

    BUT…we bloody well should be given the right! Sadly, we’ve got an owner who sees our club as a business rather than a living breathing entity.

  • 14 Transfer Sage // Oct 31, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    For all people worry about Torres he still got close to 20 goals last season and always brought something else to the table, linked play and worked the channels a lot to give others space.

    Torres also has adapted to losing his pace, which has been his problem since his run of injures at end of Liverpool career.

  • 15 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 31, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Cisse is getting in good positions, just needs a few goals to boost his confidence!

  • 16 Transfer Sage // Oct 31, 2013 at 3:19 PM


    Well tickets a d merchandise is over 30 mil which is a big minority as well.

    I think we need to make sure our voices are heard, no matter how small they are.

    I’m just sick of our owner not taking the fans views into account. I know he can’t do everything we want but the way he does some things for what appear To be no benefit to the club makes him look like he does things out of spite.

  • 17 wolfshead@toon // Oct 31, 2013 at 3:23 PM


    @15 lol

  • 18 Fostino // Oct 31, 2013 at 3:25 PM


    santon cabaye tiote ben afra

    haidira dummett williamson debuchy


    i dunont knwo what our best 11 is right now..were so inconsistent. wheres marveaux?? id like to see him involved

  • 19 Transfer Sage // Oct 31, 2013 at 3:29 PM


    Marv isn’t injured so not sure where.

    Surely he’s worth an option on the bench, kind of player who can unlock doors when it’s tight

  • 20 wolfshead@toon // Oct 31, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    a reminder of what we had

  • 21 Dagga // Oct 31, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    If last night counted as an impressive display from Sissoko then jeez he must have put some shockers in to date.

  • 22 toon kk // Oct 31, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    MA is slowly but surely ruining our club. Fans on the whole must be fed up, its sad at how many games people expect us to loose and the ones we should be winning we often get beat. Not alot of fun and excitement for your money.
    Going to watch your team play used to be the highlight of the week. Now everyone is usually left feeling depressed.
    The United is being replaced by the MA effect. Sad..

  • 23 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 31, 2013 at 3:36 PM


    He’s never going to listen when just a few hundred fans are marching calling him a liar and demanding he leaves.

    £30M is a big minority but there’s no united voice.

  • 24 OhSholaAmeobi // Oct 31, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    what’s the point in getting rid of Pardew now? He should’ve went after the Reading game last January if anything.
    i don’t buy the idea that kinnear will definitely be the next manager, but you should know by now it will remain the same until ashley goes either by boredom or profit or mass protest (30000+ empty seats) and that’s provided we can find a buyer.

  • 25 Transfer Sage // Oct 31, 2013 at 3:42 PM


    Because it varies between wanting a few changes and wanting him out…you’ll never get everyone to agree on things.

    In my opinion it has gone too far to repair the relationship with a lot of fans.

    And the numbers of the march don’t represent exactly upset. You know like when they say 1,000 complaints to a tv channel represent a much bigger amount of people who are upset by the content who just won’t kick up a fuss either for whatever reason (time, don’t think it’s effective, etc)

  • 26 toonicle // Oct 31, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Who thought being compared to Torres could be such an insult!

  • 27 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 31, 2013 at 3:53 PM


    So, in a word, we’re “stuffed”…

  • 28 Dagga // Oct 31, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Rotonda Heights

    Yeah totally gutted about my boys. But the lack of atmosphere didn’t help – there were people around me who are obviously regular attenders that spent the whole of the first half chatting away,catching up with what each other had done since the last match they saw each other. Don’t know if they even noticed there was a match on. Really boiled my p*** but not my place to have a go at those who frequent the place far far more often than me. Early signs were encouraging when my youngest berated the ref for awarding a free kick when a Man City player fell over the ball but the interest just petered out

  • 29 Transfer Sage // Oct 31, 2013 at 3:56 PM


    Personally I think we are stuck until he pushes so hard that you get a big majority wanting him out, no idea what percentage is now though.

    Also I think in the meantime we really should be pushing to get a better manager who is suited to this squad of players.

  • 30 wolfshead@toon // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:01 PM


    yes that was the window of opportunity just another example of ash lack of ambition

  • 31 Black and White with an army lol // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    to hell with MA & JFK if crunch came to crunch i’d rather have a new manager rather than MA spending in January.

    no matter who we bring in AP will somehow f**k him up

  • 32 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    I think it is about prioritizing; it is quite obvious that neiter Mike Ashley or Alan Pardew are good for NUFC in the long run, but Mike is not going anywhere unless someone buys the club. We are stuck with him so to speak, but it doesn’t mean we shoudn’t make our voice being heard!

    Pardew on the other hand can be removed and I think as long as we are stuck with our current owner we might as well get the best out of the situation – meaning get a new manager :)

    Maybe even an overhaul of the backroom staff and a completely new academy setup.

  • 33 Black and White with an army lol // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    at the end of the day MA & JFK are staying so there’s no changing that BUT we can voice our concern towards Pardew, i respect Pardew’s passion for football and our club but it’s just not enough, he’s an below average manager that shouldn’t even be in the PL.

    mark my words if AP was ever to walk out our club and then MA brings in a good manager who know’s attacking style of play and a good tactician we will see our club hitting the high levels

  • 34 Transfer Sage // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:11 PM


    Well put. I agree with that

  • 35 catchy in norway // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:12 PM


    I fully agree with you

    we need a feel good factor very soon

  • 36 Black and White with an army lol // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    quick 2 question guys what would you’s go for!

    1 – a good manager?

    2 – new signing’s by Joke Kinnear?

  • 37 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Thanks guys :D

    …felt very confident writing that lol

  • 38 Belgian // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    I have been reading this blog for a few years and i rarely
    post here. I also think AP needs to go.

    One possibility to let the board know how we feel is to wave white flags or handkerchiefs.
    They do so in Spain to let the manager know that they want him out.
    That way its easy to see how many fans feel the same.

    thought i share my idea with you guys

  • 39 catchy in norway // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    a good manager

    even JFK can sign anyone if he offers the right money a good manager can do very well with average players SAF did it last year with Man U

  • 40 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Belgian…so what has kept you the last few years? ;)

  • 41 wolfshead@toon // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    id rather have a goal magnet :-)

  • 42 John Tudor // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    we wave brown ale bottles

  • 43 Belgian // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    I just feel everything has been said.
    about 1000 times :)

    What do you think?

  • 44 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Some very good comments on here today. We’re keeping it real mates. I notice Ibiza hasn’t made an appearance yet jesper mate. He’s probably practicing his manly man pose. I think the lad has promise. Don’t tell him I said that or he’ll get over-confident though.

  • 45 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Belgian your idea is a good one. Another possibility was brought up on another blog which is 2 at 20. Everyone at the ground looks toward the owner and puts 2 thumbs down at the 20 minute mark.

  • 46 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:27 PM


    Seriously, some people are deluded if they think they can force Ashley to sack Pardew! This club isn’t a democracy you know. It’s completely irrelevant speculating about who would replace Pardew because it’s down to Ashley to decide whether to keep him or not.

    He made the decision in the summer to keep him and he set the target as top 10.

    It’s really that simple.

  • 47 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Also Belgian you sound like a proper manly man. You belong on this blog mate. We have some of the manliest men alive on here. Some of them are also quite wooly. Ask around if you don’t believe me.

  • 48 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    A lot of you have been asking when to use your manly man pose. It is highly useful at the pub. I recommend using it as you enter. Slam open the door, scan the entire room, then strike your pose. Others like to use it as they leave but I find I fall over tables and chairs if I try it at that point.

  • 49 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    PS If you’re looking to impress a lovely lass at the pub don’t stand next to DokToon’s mate as he is quite gassy.

  • 50 toon kk // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Let’s be honest JFK and Pards jobs are more in person than anything else.
    Mashley has the final say in everything. He owns the club and thinks he knows best.
    Pards is the manager, just on the pitch but do people really think our squad is going to win anything? No manager could with the players we have.
    No top manager would work under MA rules.

  • 51 Belgian // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    maybe i’ll post more often.

    The first time i was at St James Park was last year vs reading. I brought 5 mates and it hurt like hell to see the stadium so silent. There was such a negative atmosfere.
    I don’t blame ashley for that, i blame pardew.

    And no, i don’t like ashley but i guess were stuck with him for now. Pardew has decent enough players to make something happen.

  • 52 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Belgian…there are definitely alot of ups and downs :)

    …but the blog has been great the last few years genrally speaking; if not for the football banters I come for the relations I have created with some other posters!

  • 53 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Belgian…totally agree

  • 54 Partizan // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Its a do or die for AP against Chelsea,,,you win you stay you lose then bye bye.Funny how karma can do wonders sometimes,,Di Matteo got sacked by Chelsea and now could be hired cos of Chelsea.

  • 55 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    GT…plus he has no woolyness ;)

  • 56 Mister Tuff // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Geordie Two – ref the manley man stuff. I think Ibiza knows all about the “entry ploy” to get attention. I’ve managed to get some video of him -after his “grand entrance”. filmed in a night club in Ibiza. He’s wearing the blue shirt Link:-

  • 57 toonking // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    how much more will it take for you to understand why so many are furious with Ashley.

    story in the chronicle

    rangers united??

  • 58 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    I’ve just looked at that video Mr. Tuff. Hmmmmm. I’m not sure Ibiza has the right idea. He’s letting that other guy lead. I’ll have another word with him mate. As for his wooliness jesper, well we can only wait and see. Your friend Thongman.

  • 59 toon kk // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Do you really think Pards will go if we loose to Chelsea?
    As far as MA is concerned Pards is perfect for the job (great yes man) he agrees with everything, might be hard to replace.
    AP will be there for the foreseeable future.

  • 60 Mister Tuff // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    I see the Chronicle are going to do a reply to Ashley in Saturdays paper plus they are asking fans to submit their thoughts on what Newcastle means to them -with the best being published. Link:-

  • 61 Belgian // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Ashley has his money in this team. So if Pardew does this bad the value of our players goes way down, to the point they want to leave. At this point you’ll have to let them go for next to nothing. I don’t get why he lets this happen.
    There is no team in the world that wants to pay 15 million for any of our players. That just isn’t normal. We have plenty of quality. A good manager will have them all wanted by other teams. That way you can sell one or two players a year. The players will feel they are getting somewhere. For them this is there career, there lives.
    I also think some of them feel sentenced 5 years, as someone on here wrote.

    The club should be slowly building for the top, but everybody feels sentenced

  • 62 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    As you can see Belgian we discuss some very important topics on here. You don’t want to miss out. Also we have girls to impress such as BandB. We’re very busy and constructive. Always offering to help a mate become more manly, that kind of thing.

  • 63 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    And we occasionally discuss footy as well. :)

  • 64 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 31, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Belgian…and I even composed a song last night in honor of wooliness ;)

    GT…did you catch it by the way?

  • 65 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    As far as these allegations of unusual dating practices are concerned Mr. Tuff in all fairness we should let Ibiza respond. At least he could explain his casual attire at a leather bar.

  • 66 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    I did indeed jesper mate. I was just humming it while striking a manly pose. It was a beautiful moment.

  • 67 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    GT…I bet it was ;) lol

  • 68 JAMSHA // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Kick that fat burger out

  • 69 Belgian // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Indeed, this is important!

    In belgium the standard Liege owner wants to sell up after angry fans trashed his desk and some other little things :)
    His wife din’t dare coming to the stadium anymore.
    That was the last drop for him.

    But violence can probably never be a good thing, can it?

  • 70 Partizan // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    toon kk….Even Mike Ashley is not stupid believe me,,,this squad with 2-3 additions and a top manager is ready for a top 4 challenge.Having this expensive full international squad just to be safe in EPL makes no sense,,and those who are saying he don’t wanna win any domestic cups or finish 5,6, cos of Europa League that sound stupid to me.If we didnt care for the cup last night,how come we had 80% of the first team squad playing…plus Europa League is a perfect place to give players like Campbell,Vuckic,Mbabu and the rest a chance to see what they’re made off,since they can’t get a a chance in PL match.

  • 71 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Now to get back to less serious matters. Do we all still think Pardew is a twat? I for one am fairly convinced now. We should see some further evidence at the Chelsea and Spurs matches. Still we can also see how he does against Norwich for a more thorough evaluation.

  • 72 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    *where did Ibiza run off to by yhe way?

    …he is probably striking a manly pose somewhere!

  • 73 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    GT…if it wasn’t Newcastle I would both Ashley and Pardew deserve each other…no one deserve JFK though lol

  • 74 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:10 PM


  • 75 89Norcal // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:14 PM


    I lost most my faith in him last year but I don’t see any reason for calling him a twat after that display We played quite well but as usual didn’t capitalize on chances.

    When the team is well setup, our build up is solid, and it comes down to a player missing chances I don’t think you can levy the blame square on Pardews head.

    I have been consistent in putting blame on each of the 3 stooges. I find it prevents me from crafting a Voodoo doll of any 1 of them in particular and impaling it on a kitchen knife.

  • 76 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Trashing a man’s desk Belgian mate? That’s going too far. We can’t condone that on here. No, that’s not acceptable. What’s next, harsh language? Not on my watch mate.

  • 77 89Norcal // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Also I was pretty displeased with yesterday. We might have played well but I’m sick of us taking the fight to the better team only to end up ruing our multiple missed chances to win.

    But if you look in context at the two clubs: we were basically playing with the same team/subs that we had in January (plus some returned loanees i think) and did good against a team that invested a fortune in the summer.

  • 78 Graeme // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Why cant we make up chants that abuse Mr Asley’s pride and joy?

    If there are 10,000 chanting and singing about what crap he sells, what a shit owner he is, what a rip-off he is – and it is being broadcast all over the world – it will soon have an effect on his products and there is not a thing he can do about it.

    I really think the teddy would be out of the pram in a matter of minutes lol – just a thought!!

  • 79 Belgian // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Ok lads i’m off.
    Going abroad for a week of fishing.
    I hope we have some extra points when i’m back.
    And if we don’t, i hope MA is out of patience.

    Howay the lads!

  • 80 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Jesper after seeing that video of Ibiza I’m not so sure mate. We need answers. As for Pardew 89Norcal I didn’t see yesterday’s match but have to say that starting with Cisse and Shola made me wonder how we could say we have cup ambitions?

  • 81 Belgian // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    No you’re right Geordie two.
    But think about the white flags.

  • 82 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Some good points Partizan @60 but we’re talking about Ashley here not a man with football ambition. He’s not building to win anything. He’s marking time in the Prem while he gets his money back. Sad to say but we see it every season now.

  • 83 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    I do like the white flags idea Belgian. And gondoliers. I really like gondoliers.

  • 84 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Good luck with the fishing Belgian mate.

  • 85 lesh // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Let’s try to see something positive in the way the club’s being run at the moment.

    Ashley clearly give a monkey’s chuff about where we are in the league – as long as we’re not faced with relegation.

    He’ll spend only when necessary to avoid the drop.

    The money’ll come in season on season provided we stay in the Prem and the club’s accounts show an increasing cash surplus which could clear easily clear the debts he’s owed.

    Then up pops a potential buyer who sees a club that could be clear of debt and generating a healthy cash return, with potential to make a lot more if some ambition were supported by investment and good stewardship. Potential buyer sees potential for commercial prosperity and growth and the development of an internationally respected brand which attracts major sponsors such as Coca Cola or something of that ilk.

    All we need now is for that visionary buyer to come along, buy the club, get rid of the crap (Kinnear et al), communicate, build bridges and take us forward.

    One can but dream.

  • 86 toon kk // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    I agree with alot you say. But remember what you, I and most people think and know is best for the club MA has different views or we wouldn’t be in the situation we’re in. MA may not be daft but he simply doesn’t support NUFC we’re just a business every penny he saves counts.
    Also it would take at least four top top players to get anyway near the top four and stay there. Most of our squad simply aren’t good enough. Although I agree a new manager may help.

  • 87 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    On a side note, I just took over after after Pardew’s reign in FM 2013 – gotta say he didn’t leave NUFC in the best shape ;) lol

    …well a few other managers had tried to clean up the mess before I took over!

  • 88 Belgian // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Thanks GeordieTwo

    Good luck on saterday!

  • 89 spudzzz // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    3 games on the trot TIOTE has been best player on the pitch…so glad he is getting back to his brilliant best like he was the year we finished 5th.
    but more importantly so so so so so glad and happy he is shutting a few mouths up on this blog…..If he can keep this up for rest of season, then i will confidently say that relagation will be the last thing on my mind….possibly even top 8….Now all we need is for cisse to get his mojo back (he needs to ask tiote for his recipe)

  • 90 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Now back to this whole Ibiza video. Is Ibiza still wild and wooly? We don’t know anymore. We need answers Ibiza mate.

  • 91 John Tudor // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    i had him down to more of a bavarian thigh slapper

  • 92 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    GT…is wooliness is definitely on the line here! I’ll try to track him down ;)

  • 93 John Tudor // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:39 PM
    here his is kissing the fat bird

  • 94 lesh // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    jesperfuglsang – captain of the lemon crew and others who think that were Pardew to go, we’d even get a half decent manager.

    Would anyone that’s anyone in football take on a job that’s gonna do nothing for his/ her reputation.

    Anyone with any ambition is going to want to realise that but that would be impossible when there’s an owner whose only aim is to avoid relegation.

    Be realistic, it ain’t gonna happen so just accept that we’re stuck with what we’ve got unless of course we go down.

    Yup, you’ll get your wish with Pardew gone but the club’s stuck with the current ownership and of course, Joe Kinnear! Would Kinnear get the boot? Nope. Would we get a new manager? Yup and no doubt’ll he or she would be recruited from Ashley’s inner circle and probably from among those who prop the bar of his local pub – the Orange Tree is it.

    He and Kinnear could even go for broke by signing up bar bullshitter, someone in the sane mould ad Kinnear!

  • 95 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    You see where this video is leading us now Mr. Tuff? Chaos. Is Ibiza still a manly man? Is he a Bavarian thigh slapper? We don’t know. There has been no response. I’m personally horrified. I’m sure Ibiza has a reasonable explanation. He was on holiday with some mates and just got carried away. Something like that. Please Ibiza mate speak up now. Your friend aka Mr. Tufties.

  • 96 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Does anybody really understand the Germans JT @93?

  • 97 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    lash…I am very proud and happy you addressed me as Capt’n and the rest as just “the others” :D

    …to answer your question: Yes!

    *You probably want more of and answer than that right? ;) Well, I would think most foreign managers down even though who either Ashley, Kinnear or Pardew are – and probably think Newcastle is a great, big club with the best fanbase in the entire UK! Not bad, not bad at all!

  • 98 Partizan // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    How many of you think that Cisse will be sold in Jan and if so how much do you think he’ll be worth by then with this form atm….hope to god he’ll start banging some goals till then so we can get an extra mill for him.

  • 99 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Never give up hope lesh. Never! Jesper has it right. We can get a decent manager in who could turn things around for us. We have to be bold now. Bold and sassy even. I feel the energy mate. It is there. We will persevere and triumph. Your friend Thongman.

  • 100 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    I seems Ibiza has gone missing. Here is a checklist of what to do if a loved one goes missing:

    * First and foremost, do not panic. Be kind to yourself, nothing will be gained by beating yourself up.

    *When you have sufficient reason to believe your loved one is missing, keep a record (name, time, phone number) of everyone to whom you speak …you may need to phone them later to call-off the search and thank them.

    * Contact friends or family of the mp and ask if they have any knowledge of
    the missing person’s whereabouts. Ask them to phone around and widen the search, don’t take on everything yourself. Have someone stay by the phone. Try to keep the house phone free for the missing person to contact you. Use your mobile phone or another line to receive incoming reports.

    * Report person missing to the Police

    * Internet… place photo and appeal on websites.

    *Collect your thoughts … make a note of clothes missing person was wearing when last seen, any belongings they took (passport, credit cards, bank books, suitcase, cash etc.). That youtube vid, might be handy there ;)

    * Check phone … to whom did they last speak? Request itemized bill from phone company.

    * Bank account … are they withdrawing money? Where?

    * Ask your fellow bloggers for help :)

    Now get on with it! Lets find Ibiza shall we?

  • 101 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    I think we could still get a very nice Indian takeaway for 6 for Cisse Partizan mate. With an extra portion of naan bread. Beautiful.

  • 102 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 31, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    lesh…it should have said:

    …”most foreign managers don’t even know who either Ashley, Kinnear or Pardew are”

  • 103 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Jesper mate thank you for that check list. I have already started on it.
    1. I am not panicking or beating myself up yet. Plenty of time for that.
    2.I have such a record right here on this blog.
    3.All of Ibiza’s mates are on here so that one’s done. His family have disowned him after watching the videos.
    4.I tried to report it but they just laughed and referred me to the videos. Of course he’s gone missing they say.
    5.Ibiza’s phone has been disconnected.
    6.The bank account is empty. He needed all 7 euros in it.
    7. I am reaching out to all of you now in our hour of need. Please let’s find Ibiza before it’s too late and he goes into another leather bar.
    We’re all saying a few prayers for you now Ibiza. Where are you lad?

  • 104 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 31, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Great news everyone – IBIZA has been found :) and he is as wooly and wild as always!

    …definitely not a Bavarian thigh slapper ;) lol

  • 105 Partizan // Oct 31, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    He is simply made for our style of playing,a total beast of a player,Andy Carroll type but with more technique and flair.

  • 106 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Thank god Jesper. Ibiza are you there mate?

  • 107 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 31, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    *wait for it!…wait for it…

  • 108 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Had a look at that clip Partizan. Gigliotti looks interesting.

  • 109 Ibizatoon // Oct 31, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Where to start lads?

    I am alive and please don’t rule out Me being a Bavarian thigh slapper quite yet. You only live once.

    I haven’t had a chance to review the posted videos yet…I guess I have that to look forward to later :)

    Anyway, back to work. As G2 rightly pointed out, I have blown my last €7

  • 110 89Norcal // Oct 31, 2013 at 6:23 PM


    I couldn’t think of a more suited player for us lol. Great find.

  • 111 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 31, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    …and here he comes to wreck the DAAAAY!!

  • 112 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    I am hugely relieved Ibiza mate. We didn’t know what to think. The video evidence is fairly damning but Jesper and I have been standing firm by your side. You may want a few words with Mr. Tuff and JT however.

  • 113 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Ibiza have you considered going over to fish dancing instead of Bavarian thigh slapping? Monty Python have an instructional video on You Tube. I would consider being your partner.

  • 114 Ibizatoon // Oct 31, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    G2…I appreciate that mate. You’Ve once again proved yourself to be a true friend. As for MrTuff, one must question his manliness as he feels the need to try and portray it in his name. Wooly!

  • 115 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Yes I have had my own suspicions about Mr. Tuff for a while now Ibiza mate. What do we know about his own activities? We know he likes to take videos in leather bars. Hmmmmm. What else? What do we really know about Mr. Tuff? Is he manly enough for us? We’ve just taken Belgian into the fold. Certainly Mr. Tuff is wooly. I think we would all accept that but what else does he bring to the table mates?

  • 116 Ibizatoon // Oct 31, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    G2…You had me at Monty Python. How are we going to about practice sessions? Maybe Mr Tuff could rig us up some sort of video conferencing facility?

    Let’s not write him off quite yet.

    I’m sorry I missed your new recruit. Seems extraordinarily manly. Talk of smashing up desks…I think I still have a lot to learn.

  • 117 Assam Toon // Oct 31, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    After days of disinterest, the rumours of palace and pardew has really come as a welcome breeze..
    I sincerely hope he leaves. Obviously we think we are better off without him. But what palace brings for him? One,he can be a proper manager again after being a puppet for ashley. He has proved himself with a european finish, so even if he flops at palace, he will win his bread with championship or relegation candidates of epl. Two,he will be motivated as it is his home,sort of.
    He might lose out on money and long term security. If he doesn’t like challenges he should stick to newcastle…steady money, stable job for atleast five years. And he doesn’t like challenges,does he?

  • 118 Mister Tuff // Oct 31, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    In my defence I can only say I submit reasonable posts, and provide “evidence” for others to judge. Plus I have to say quality gags.

  • 119 Mister Tuff // Oct 31, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Checking back on the posts I note there are no denials of membership of the Blue Oyster Club. I rest my case.

  • 120 Ibizatoon // Oct 31, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Tuff…Just checked out that video. You know, if you’re going to continue this surveillance, you don’t need to be so secretive.

    You could have joined in, there were plenty of strong strapping men in leather willing to spin you around too.

  • 121 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Ok we can take that into consideration Mister Tuff. Hrrumph. Well this may take some time. Checking references and such. We will get back to you. As for Belgian, yes he is incredibly manly Ibiza. there is no doubt about that. He is off on a fishing trip for a week and I’m sure he will practice his manly man pose also. Yes we will need to work on the fish dancing as well. I have a very nice salmon in mind. Also I would like to wear my nipple armour and thong if at all possible. What do you think of keeping Mr Tuff in our group?

  • 122 solano38 // Oct 31, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    If for some strange reason Ashley got rid of Pardew, which would be his first open-eyed decision since being here – who’d he get as a replacement? None of the good managers want to come up here, they think Newcastle is just north of civilisation.
    Mind you, I could send him my CV, I couldn’t do any worse than that tosser!

  • 123 jackostoon // Oct 31, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Because I’m not an anti Ashley extremist, I don’t love the club as much as they do, absolute bollocks, born, bred, live and love Newcastle, the city, the club and everything else about the area, for someone who doesn’t even come from here to suggest otherwise must be a complete mugwump.
    Munster, I normally read what you have to say because you usually make valid points but that little piece was utter shite, sorry if I offend, but you obviously weren’t bothered if you did.

  • 124 Assam Toon // Oct 31, 2013 at 7:04 PM
    Very relevant article,often wonder how it would have been had Nolan was not shipped off.

  • 125 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    I think if people are unhappy with the way the club is run they have the right to peacefully protest and the press has the right to cover it. Ashley had better get used to that or move to somewhere more in line with his own attitudes. Surely Russia and Putin must be more appealing to him? He could even buy a club there.

  • 126 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Jackostoon you sound like a solid supporter with every right to your opinion. Munster is usually very considerate on here so perhaps give him another chance mate.

  • 127 Jail for Ashley // Oct 31, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Jeff from benwell,
    Those 50K harcore fans that love the Toon how many are now made up from unfortunate fathers who couldn’t previously make the match and are now taking their two kids and their next door neighbours for a fiver each, you tried getting a chant going in there these days.

  • 128 Jail for Ashley // Oct 31, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Surely extremist is a word borrowed from the popular press, aren’t they prepared to die for their cause.

  • 129 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 31, 2013 at 7:26 PM


    Rangers stuff sold on nufcdirect website…big deal! Some people are really over-sensitive about things. Perhaps it was a mistake (since corrected)? It’s not as if it takes any money from our club and maybe some people will buy some NUFC merchandise while they’re there?

  • 130 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Assam Toon that’s an excellent article. Thanks for the link mate. It points out the importance of chemistry and leadership in a team. How much of that do we have now? Tiote seems to be trying to take on a leadership role but we’ll need to see far more of it having a positive influence on our results.

  • 131 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 31, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Can you back that up? Because it’s sports direct who bought the rights to sell rangers gear, so how do you know what merchandising money goes to the club
    As for being to sensitive, not at all, MA has enough of his shops around town to sell that stuff, the club shop is for, wait for it, CLUB MERCHANDISE
    How can someone accidentally order stock from another club?

  • 132 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 31, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    People are constantly pointing back to the KK and SBR days like that’s the norm for our club. They’re not.

    Look back to where we were before SJH and we had decades of crap.

    That’s not to say we can’t expect more but some people need to know their own club better.

  • 133 catchy in norway // Oct 31, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    I have a serious question

    where is a realistic place you think we could finish , if we had sir alex in charge

    ham on my heart I honestly believe we could 5th or 6th, and I think he could do that with ease ,

    squad wise Chelsea are miles ahead , then man c

    I honestly don’t rate Man U , ars,tot, fool , as title contenders and I really don’t think we are that far behind them ,

    I think we have a very balanced squad, and I do rate our kids , not as world beaters or the next best thing , but good solid pros that could do very well with the right guidance,

    we are most def a top 8 team

    what’s your thoughts

  • 134 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 31, 2013 at 7:43 PM


    What do I have to back up?

    Who says anyone has accidentally ordered stock? Incorrect products have been advertised on websites often. So what. What harm was done?

  • 135 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    As I have spoken many times on here of maintaining a high level of seriosity many of you have asked am I keeping my end up? Rest assured my end is completely up. I am a manly man after all. I hope that reassures everyone.

  • 136 jackostoon // Oct 31, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Geordie Two,
    I’m with you on that one kidda, took it to heart, certainly no hard feelings, it just winds the 5under1and out of me when someone, anyone, suggests that just because you don’t think the same as others do, you don’t hold the club with the same affection, I’m not one for confrontation on a blog, real life, now that’s debatable, but everyone’s entitled to there own opinion, of which I respect, I just wish more people would do the same, I’m a young 47 but I must have old people’s values lol.

  • 137 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    So you do jackostoon. You’re a young lad with the right attitude mate. Respect each others’ opinions. Each should make his point and enjoy the debate.

  • 138 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Should have said his or her point there.

  • 139 toon kk // Oct 31, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    You want our squad to do better, which I agree a better manager would get more out of them but our current squad has a limit. We are just average so mid table will be a great achievement with any manager.

  • 140 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 31, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    It wasn’t being advertised it was being sold, so how do you accidentally sell another clubs merchandise through your clubs website?

  • 141 Tsunki // Oct 31, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    seriosity. Nice word that.

  • 142 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 31, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Well tbf I don’t think the squads well balanced, we lack any serious attacking threat and have absolutely no width

    Could a better manager do better with the squad? I have no doubt we’d certainly see a honeymoon period but working under JFK and Ashley with no real aim and ambition? I’d say 8th tops

  • 143 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 31, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Love that word, not as much as bird but everyone knows that the bird is the word

  • 144 theartfuldodger // Oct 31, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    The merchandise thingy isnt outrageous, its bizzare.

    Either ways I do expect it to be a mistake, however there should be an apology issued.

  • 145 Belfast // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Funny enough when I was buying my son the strip a few weeks ago on fattys website there was Rangers gear in the Newcastle section.

    Shame on me for buying from sports direct I know, but I’m poor.

  • 146 Belfast // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Me not got many dollars

  • 147 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    In all seriosity I like the word tiffin. Yes, it’s tiffin for me mates.

  • 148 Tsunki // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Maybe Mike has a plan to merge us with his other team, so we can be Toon Rangers and rehouse us in the new Sports Direct St Ibrox Stadium in Berwick Upon Tweed. Then we could be a mid-table cheapie club that gets into the groups of the CL every year.

  • 149 Belfast // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Look at you learning new words skunki.

    You clever Skunk you…

  • 150 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Dear Mr. Tuff
    Ahem. Having read your appeal of the punishment of banishment from the Manly Mens’ Club and considered references submitted on your behalf, we the board of the club have reached a very important conclusion.
    Thank you
    G2 aka Thongman
    Chairman of the Board
    Manly Mens’ Club.

  • 151 Tsunki // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    I love that word tiffin, dont make words like that any more. Discombobulated yep I used that on the blog once good un, once got seriously ticked off for saying comport because it went against blog IQ rules. I keep trying to fit in antidisestablishmentarianism but its way way too long. I will crack it one day though.

  • 152 Belfast // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Rangers are in a complete mess again at the moment of the pitch btw

  • 153 Tsunki // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    the word I dont like is Belfast. It means ‘Clanging, brash, irritating noise seemingly originatng from somewhere inside ones own head’ :)

  • 154 Belfast // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    A great time for the fat man to strike.

    If dirty Dekka gets the ceo job, I’ll give it a month before somebody breaks his jaw lol

  • 155 Belfast // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Skunki you know me. I just like the short words, and the swear ones.

  • 156 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Many of you on here have pointed out that the decision regarding Mr. Tuff’s fate in the Manly Mens’ Club is not readily apparent in post 150. Harumph…… Ah yes I see that now. Hmmmmm. We’ll have to get back to you Mr. Tuff.
    Chairman of the Board
    Yadda yadda yadda

  • 157 Tsunki // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Actually these days I am running out of words for Ashley and his bumbling crowd of yes men. I am not looking forward to yet another end of season slagging it out with the bottom feeders, but I can’t see us avoiding it.

  • 158 Jail for Ashley // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    TDsarf, what you see as logical others actually care
    ”What has always intrigued us though on our travels is the absence of NUFC merchandise in Sports Direct outlets outside the UK – surely an obvious opportunity missed to build brand awareness in the football club sharing the same owner, unless you really just don’t give a toss… 

  • 159 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:22 PM


    And you can back up that they were sold? The screenshot shows them up for sales, but did anyone buy them? They were taken down pretty quickly too. Does that strike you as anything other than a mistake?

  • 160 Tsunki // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Simple explanation for the lack of NUFC merch abroad, NUFC exists to serve SD’s marketing interests, not the other way round. Yes Jaily boy, you are correct, Ashley does not give one.

  • 161 Belfast // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Just sit back and enjoy the ride on the broken clapped out roller coaster Tsunki,

  • 162 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:25 PM


    I agree with that and I think it’s a shame. But Ashley is about money, not football. We’ve known that for years, what’s the point in whinging about it?

  • 163 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Actually I’m more interested in how we play against Norwich than Chelsea or Spurs. They are too far above us in terms of performances and ambition to be of concern. It’s how we do against bottom 10 sides that really matters, especially at home. I keep harkening back to the loss to Hull and the draw with West Ham.

  • 164 Jail for Ashley // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    I’m not just whinging TDsarf, I’m trying to do something about it.

  • 165 Tsunki // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    G2 well as a barometer we have already handed out fabulous stats to the
    a team at the bottom with 1 point.

  • 166 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Secret Call for Second Emergency Meeting of the Manly Mens’ Club (To be read only by Club members)
    We messed up mates. We had better get together again. It’s all the fault of Mr. Tuff of course. PS Don’t forget to wear your club regalia, including thongs and nipple armour.
    Your Chairman

  • 167 Jail for Ashley // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Geordie Two,
    Are you really being serious, is that what it has come to, defeatist resignation.

  • 168 Jail for Ashley // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    And I’m not on about your weird fetish I’m on about post 163.

  • 169 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Excellent point Tsunki mate. And we’ve been very generous to Hull as well. I know they’re not in the bottom 10 yet but still.

  • 170 Tsunki // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    He is the epitome of seriosity. Epitome ha thats not bad.

  • 171 Belfast // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    I’m expecting nowt from these next two games to be honest. Anything will be a bonus.

    I still hold some hope that Palace want Pardew and he’ll be gone in a few weeks.

  • 172 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Excellent comments Jail for Ashley. I would only point out that I’m always serious. Please refer to my other points for evidence. Now. Ahem. Where were we? Oh yes defeatist resignation you say? Harumph. Poppycock. If and when I resign I will never consider it a defeat. It will be the will of the club members. And no I don’t wish a loss on us against either Chelsea or Spurs. I hope we win both. But I think right now we have to be prepared to judge ourselves against bottom 10 sides. At least until we get a new owner.

  • 173 Tsunki // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    The problem is that we areas likel to edge a win against Chelsea as we are to get hammered 5-0 by Cardiff. You never know what NUFC is going to turn up.

  • 174 jackostoon // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Good night folks, oriental cuisine expected shortly, good wishes to you all.

  • 175 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Oh by the way what weird fetish Jail mate? All clubs have regalia.

  • 176 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Enjoy your nosh jacko mate.

  • 177 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Does anybody else like the word poppycock? I think I’ll stick with tiffin though.

  • 178 Jail for Ashley // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Yes you’re right I was given a Panathanikos banner about thirty years ago on holiday in Spetses.

  • 179 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Excellent Jail mate! I know a man who is itching to join the club when I read his posts. You are itchy aren’t you Jail? Admit it.

  • 180 Jail for Ashley // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    No, itch free

  • 181 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Don’t worry Mr. Tuff mate. Your decision is still pending. We all have our fingers (or some other appendage) crossed for you. Can you feel the love? Even Ibiza has put in a good word for you despite your unwillingness to join in at that leather bar.

  • 182 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 31, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    The fact they were for sale proves they were put up for sale mate ffs!
    Doubt many were sold as doubt rangers fans would look there
    They were taken down due to an overwhelming amount if complaints hence the notice that went up that the customer service team was slightly busier than usual!
    You seem to be missing the overall point, rangers are brand exclusive to SD, not NUFC, just like the boot room, hence us the club shop turning into a fcuking SD store, if so where’s the money going

  • 183 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Ah, I see Jail. Well I suppose we can hold a position open for you for a short time. Our current membership drive has been wildly successful however so be forewarned. Why just today Belgian joined us before going fishing. Incredible isn’t it? Now you’re beginning to suspect you may have passed up a golden opportunity aren’t you?

  • 184 Jail for Ashley // Oct 31, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Have you read the piece in, with my time at home limited I normally wouldn’t have missed an opportunity to go like last night or Saturday, I just can’t bring myself to put any money in his pocket anymore, away games only for me.

  • 185 GeordieTwo // Oct 31, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Interesting read that Jail. It sounds like Ashley has big plans for Rangers on our website shop. Sad to say the least. And why doesn’t he sell our kit in SD outlets outside the UK? Is this man sane? This goes against his own business sense surely if nothing else?

  • 186 Jail for Ashley // Oct 31, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    I hate to say this but not many would probably buy them, but you’d think imo a large part of his success is his association with a club of our stature then at least he could have a token NUFC section, or even a circular rail.

  • 187 Jail for Ashley // Oct 31, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    I’m off to China at the end of the month and my local club Tianjin Teda, their season ends this week hows ya luck, they’re mid table as well so just up my street.

  • 188 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 31, 2013 at 9:40 PM


    Where’s the money going? Well, when NUFC branded good are sold then the money goes to NUFC.

    Why would it make any bloody sense for Ashley to siphon off money from NUFC to SD??? Some of you guys are bonkers!

    Ashley owns 100% of NUFC but only part of SD. It doesn’t make any sense to transfer money that you 100% to a company that you don’t 100% own.

  • 189 jimiley // Oct 31, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    I cannot believe fans still turn up to put money in the bandit’s pocket. Wonga, the renaming of the ground, pocketing all the transfer money, selling Rangers stuff in our shop, banning the press, no ambition to win anything (4th bottom is better than a Cup) etc etc. What are you lot hoping to achieve under this muppet except more pain and embarrassment. Stay away and embarrass him to sell up. I shall not return until he has gone and I have been watching the Toon for 50 years so do not mention loyalty to me.

  • 190 jimiley // Oct 31, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    The only consistent thing about the Toon over the last few years is that we are a poor team. When we win we scratch a win. Cannot recall the last time we really stuffed a good team. Liverpool 3 nil anybody? We always lose to the top teams and it is anybody’s guess what can happen against the weaker teams. We have a crap manager and owner (do not mention JFK) and we do not want to win a Cup. What is our purpose? It is dire lads I tell you.

  • 191 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 31, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    So were just ignoring the fact that SD own a stake in rangers and that they have the exclusive right to rangers kits and training wear then yeah?
    Good glad that’s clear
    How about because the club shop is one of the largest earners in terms of revenue and probably make twice as much as any SD store, keeping the profits high and the stocks high which is all money to him whilst he can carry on claiming poverty at the club

    But your right it’s bonkers we’ll add to the free advertising and just ignore it

  • 192 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 31, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    No mate haven’t read it you got a link?

  • 193 Jail for Ashley // Oct 31, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Just go on, don’t you read it, very informative, no rumours just pure news from acouple of erudite lads who don’t miss a game home or away, great site.

  • 194 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 31, 2013 at 10:07 PM


    You completely failed to read and understand my last post because you’re too blinkered and believe anything that could be construed negatively against Ashley.

    You’re like a damn conspiracy theorist. Crop circles appear in a field, must be damn aliens, strange light in the sky, must be damn aliens. Blah blah. Don’t know why I bother talking sense with some of you.

  • 195 Jail for Ashley // Oct 31, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Conspiracy theorist, we have broken every single PL record under Ashley which is fact, all you can say is we ‘might’ have done a Leeds.

  • 196 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 31, 2013 at 10:24 PM


    What damn records?

    I’m not one to go on about “doing a Leeds”, you’ve got me mixed up with someone else. That would only happen if one of those idiots demanding that we should splash out £80M or so a year to get back into the CL places got their way. The only other time that could have happened is when we got relegated. Either Ashley subsidised us or he let the club slide down into administration and it would be worth nothing.

  • 197 Jail for Ashley // Oct 31, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    What damn records, points, GD, worst home defeat most goals conceded……….. etc.

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