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Huge Percentage Expect A Win Against Stoke

9:54 am, Wednesday, December 25th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 64 Comments

The last time 80% of fans thought we’d win a league game was back in September,  when a massive 84% thought we’d (easily) beat Hull City and lo and behold we were beaten 3-2 after we had won our previous three games.

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Mark Hughes – Stoke City manager

So maybe there should be some caution about tomorrow’s game, since 80% think we’ll win and 12% think it will be a draw and only a minuscule 8% think Newcastle will lose tomorrow.

Here is the poll as it stands at the moment and there;s still time to vote.

How Will Newcastle Fare Against Stoke City?

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And this is the poll before the Hull City game on Saturday, September 21st, which we ended up losing. :(

How Will Newcastle Fare Against Hull City?

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Maybe Alan Pardew should remind his players not to be over-confident – be confident – but a win is by no means a certainly tomorrow against an improving Stoke City side.

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64 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Black and White with an army lol // Dec 25, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    there was similar % of votes to loss against Chelsea, Manure & Spurs and look how that turned out, there was also 70-80 % for us to win against Palace and that 3-0 smashing summed it all up ( should of been 6-0 though )

    honestly though i think we will draw but win against Arsenal


  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Dec 25, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Just read, I’m sick to death of hearing Pardew moan about Europa, he cites Swansea who are probably no better or worse than they were last season and Spurs who managed fifth last season with a good EL run, I am not doubting that the extra games have an effect but managed correctly teams can compete on both fronts, Pards is just too ……. to admit that our biggest downfall was that his boss(es) chose to weaken the squad rather than strengthen it before our last EL campaign.

  • 3 Black and White with an army lol // Dec 25, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Jail for Ashley

    it could be a way that AP is trying to get through to MA to get more players in for rotation for if or when we get back into Europe

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Dec 25, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    B andW
    I am at a loss as to what levels of complicity the Silver tongued lothario has in the inner workings of the club.

  • 5 scout // Dec 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Silver tongue haha brilliant, mate he’s not talking us down the table so he can keep talking for me

  • 6 Toonfan8 // Dec 25, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    we have to bring one striker…Giuseppe Rossi would be dream :D other options could be Benteke, Mitroglou, Aboubakar, Finbogasson…for winger my dream option is Antoine Griezman…great player

  • 7 croftus5678 // Dec 25, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    @6 toonfan

    you never know rossi could remember all the good times playing for us and re-sign ^^ hohoho

    as long as we sign atleast 2 players so we can see some sense about how ashley works and get us excited that we are aiming for better things.

  • 8 dogg // Dec 25, 2013 at 10:48 AM


  • 9 ethiomag // Dec 25, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    i go 4 5 man mf,ben in for cheick, leaving other winning members as they r.or mbiwa in to handle cheick’s job,later ben could come in to dance as they get tired after 70 or 75min,,this kind of games we need to win lads,it doesn’t matter if we don’t get a result agst gunners
    if we beat both ars and stk,i go for the title contenders

  • 10 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 25, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Morning everyone!

    Hope you had a wonderful christmas? (or is it the 25th where you are from)

    Isn’t it a bit cheeky expecting a win? I just expect a performance and a gameplan (and a plan B when needed ;) )

    …that’s all I wanted for Christmas!

  • 11 Ancientcoptic // Dec 25, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    If we are going to beat Stoke, it will probably be by a 1 goal margin, with us just about shading it.

    Yes we beat Palace 3-0, but we had a deflected goal, an own goal and a penalty… I really do not think we blew them away, but the possession stats were more then impressive.

    I am thrilled about where we are right now, but if we do not beat Stoke, then we go into the Arsenal game, staring at mid-table mediocrity for the season.

    Simply put, if we do not beat Stoke, our season is all but over.

    We are closer to the brink of nothing, than we are to the brink of a great season.

    I have no doubts that Man Utd are going to put together a strong run… Spurs next 2 fixtures look like winners for them too.

    I would take 3 points from 2 games.

    Our January games all look winnable, apart from Man City.

    Spurs have Man Utd, Arsenal and Man City in January – so, we should be aiming to mix it with Spurs for league position this season… but we are going to need those Stoke points. If we end the month 5/6 points behind Spurs, it will be a psychological blow, that will separate us from the top chasers.

  • 12 Mister Tuff // Dec 25, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Merry Christmas to everyone on the blog. A 4 -1 win to the Toon tomorrow will do quite nicely.

  • 13 Ancientcoptic // Dec 25, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Jail for Ashley:

    I remember our fringe players, playing in the earlier stages of the Europa league…

    ^ Take a look at the team in that particular fixture last season… makes you wonder how the Europa league would take its toll on our players, when the majority of our first team players were not playing in the group stages.

    Sure, you could blame the Europa league once we starting putting more effort at the knock-out stages, but we were not performing in the league long before that.

    I will not accept the Europa League as an excuse for our league form last season.

  • 14 jazzyp // Dec 25, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Happy christmas ed and thankyou for a cracking blog. Had its fair share of fall outs this year but to be expected i suppose with everyone having there own philosophy on nufc. But hey the sites still strong and full of cracking members who i wish you all the best for the new year.
    3-1 boys tommorow…………1-1 against the gunners and i’d be a happy man.
    Gomis contract can be bought out for a 1 mill euros if we still think hes worth a punt. Gomis in cisse out a maybe. ????

  • 15 Hatem's better than Messi // Dec 25, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Merry Christmas to NUFC fans everywhere!
    I hope everyone has a great day.

  • 16 county down magpie // Dec 25, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Merry Christmas folks, how did the man with the big sack treat you all today? Simply over the moon at our recent form, to think we’ve 30 points on the board at this stage is fantastic after all the doom mongering and naysayers had their meltdown at the seasons start. Im constantly grinning like a Cheshire cat! Anyway heres to a great and positive 2014 and whatever it may bring. To all the toon toon army out there, keep the faith and support the lads, who knows what we can achieve when we’re all together!


    PS IF west ham go down, would any of you consider a bid for Andy? I doubt they could continue to pay his wages without the extra revenue

  • 17 Toonfan8 // Dec 25, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Stoke is must win, we cant afford to lose any point to those type of opponents at home. We have all players availible, in form, so maybee i would go with this squad
    playing MYM allowed to play HBA because he is better defensively than Santon and help in defensive set pieces…

  • 18 Hatem's better than Messi // Dec 25, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    county down magpie

    No doubt he’s quality when fit and on form.
    He’s not done the job for Liverpool or WHU.
    Pay if he plays … ?

  • 19 Rotonda heights // Dec 25, 2013 at 12:19 PM


    exactly swansea are no better or worse than last year and spurs are around the same too.

  • 20 Rotonda heights // Dec 25, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    county down magpie

    stay away from carrol at all costs. guy’s never fit and means we go back to hoofball. no thanks. brendan Rodgers knew what he was doing getting rid as Liverpool are top of the table and west ham and dark age anti football allardyce are almost bottom 3.

  • 21 Rotonda heights // Dec 25, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    ancient coptic


  • 22 belgrade fan // Dec 25, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Merry Christmas lads from Serbia.

  • 23 Doocey // Dec 25, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Happy Christmas to everyone – from Ireland.

    Here’s hoping for a nice win against Stoke City!


  • 24 roy // Dec 25, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Nailed on three points tomorrow and Arsenal, aren’t as good as the pundits make out, so i expect the mighty Mags, to have a good Christmas, here in Geordie land!

  • 25 roy // Dec 25, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Merry Christmas, from Geordie land keep the faith!

  • 26 ilovetoon8788 // Dec 25, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    I agree with the poster who mentioned about our Europa.

    It’s a poor excuse really. Our poor performance in the league started long before that, and we used to put our fringe players in Europe. Not like our first teamers played twice every week.

    Poor excuse by Pardew. But who cares. We are doing brilliant now.

  • 27 Blackley and Brownlie // Dec 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    As it’s Christmas, I’d like to make a special mention and give thanks to two great, hearty performers this season: mike williamson and yoan gouffran. It’s what you want to see in the black and white. Hwtl.

  • 28 obatoyou // Dec 25, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    What Newcastle fan would predict a loss against Stoke?
    Seems we have some fans of other teams logging in to our blog..

  • 29 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 25, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Christmas is great, but as a sports lover you have to love the Boxing day.

  • 30 toonincheek // Dec 25, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    AP’s complaints about the effect of the Europa League are, as highlighted above, way off the mark, as we played a high percentage of fronge players in the early ties.
    (although the schedule does disrupt preparations for the league games)

    But – I recall that after we finished 5th (and AP never accepted we over-performed – it was always “we are where we deserve to be”) that many on this blog were complaining about not giving the youngsters a chance.

    That is EXACTLY what MA/AP and crew did – gave the youngsters a chance to play Europa and step it up to PL level.
    They failed, plus we had injuries and key players (Cabaye, Tiote) off form.
    Result – flirtation with relegation.

    IMO giving the younsters a chance to play/improve/prove themselves was a significant factor in not strengthening the squad that summer.

    And OK, MA will always look for the cheap/economic option.

  • 31 Sgt. Heagerty // Dec 25, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    So thankful for the way the season has played out… Alot of the pressure that was mounting on the players and especially the gaffer from last year has evaporated… Negative pressure that is, there is still pressure but pardew is not managing each match for his job. Also happy we locked him down long term because he has proven he is a solid manager when he has a squad to work with, he also seems to learn from his mistakes and is so passionate and proud to be manager of newcastle united. With all these clubs sacking managers, if pards wasn’t on a lifetime deal lol, they would be coming after him. Also I think he is still improving as a manager… But mainly his passion for the toon matches the Geordies in the stands and Round the world and that’s just outstanding for me… I am a huge pardew fan always have been even last year, just because I think that the 3 ring circus that has been newcastle united over the last 8 years or so needed some consistency, needed a manager to stay 10 years to invest personally into the club and bring stability to the club… No one can argue that he hasn’t done that… Granted nobody wanted to see Chrissy go, and pards came in under a terrible circumstance, but he has fought through that and brought newcastle united back to where we belong, with the big boys in England, and growing the club as well… 2014 hopefully will be special and the start of a new golden era in newcastle united history and when it’s all said and done the gaffer should get a gentlemans dose of the credit… Hwtl merry Christmas

  • 32 Sazzer // Dec 25, 2013 at 5:02 PM by Pardew.

    I’m till not convince we have solved all the issues from last years bad form. But we are moving in the right direction.

    The players have better fitness this season and hopefully that is because of the new fitness coach and not because the coinflipped.

    We have squad now rather than barely a first team.

    We have more settle squad this season.

    And Pardew was forced into letting go some of his core ideas because of certain players became inavailable.

    And who can really deny the influence of JF**K have had on our results. =)

  • 33 jazzyp // Dec 25, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    I hope you all stood to attention for the queens speech lol.
    Im praying big time we have a transfer window like last jan and please get rid of the dead wood. Although if the papers are to believed we had slapped a £ 22 mill price tag on cabs head. Would be gutted if he left personally but i suppose every player has his price.

  • 34 Rotonda heights // Dec 25, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Roy at 24

    please stop saying that. As Ed said, everyone was saying that v Hull and we crashed and burned big time.

  • 35 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 25, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    So do you have a Queen’s speech at Christams? We only have that at New Year!

  • 36 scout // Dec 25, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Very nice to hear from you sgt
    Have a great day sir

    Hears to the servicemen and servicewomen, serving around the world away from their families this Christmas. Big respect to each and every one of you.

  • 37 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 25, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    A Trivial Persuit question for you:

    Which is the oldest Monarchy in Europe?

    There will be no optiions ;-)

  • 38 jazzyp // Dec 25, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Good evening mate, hope youve had a cracking christmas day. Yes we are lucky enough to have a queens speech every year god bless her socks

  • 39 Sazzer // Dec 25, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    I don’t think Arsenal will go after him in this window. Psg might do it if they can’t get Pogba. If they do get Pogba then Juventus might look to add Cabaye and so on.

  • 40 jazzyp // Dec 25, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Mmmmmmmmm lets see would it be a scandinavian country by any chance lol

  • 41 jazzyp // Dec 25, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Happy christmas pal. In a strange way if he was to leave us then i would hope psg or any team outside the prem to be his destination. I dont know why but i always feel less betrayed when they play outside the pl then when they go another pl team………. If that makes sense

  • 42 potski // Dec 25, 2013 at 6:05 PM


    The problem with using that particular Europa match against Bordeaux the facts slightly get in the way of your theory.

    First, the game was the last in the group format and we had already qualified (well) for the next round. It wasn’t a nothing game, winning our group would have supposedly helped in the next round, avoiding CL drop outs. But in the end it didn’t make any real difference, we still progressed against Anzhi.

    Secondly, we had played Wigan on Monday night, only three days before the EL game. This was the team that night:
    01 Krul
    02 Coloccini
    03 Santon (Ferguson – 49′ )
    05 Simpson
    06 Williamson
    08 Anita
    18 Gutierrez (Sa Ameobi – 75′ Booked )
    22 Marveaux
    24 Tiote (Bigirimana – 46′ )
    09 Cisse
    19 Ba

    So you can see our first choice team was already weakened, no Cabaye or HBA. And during the game both Tiote and Santon were taken off with knocks. Ba finished the game but also was reported not to be fit afterwards. So all three were not played on the Thursday EL game only three days after the Wigan game. Pards was reported as preferring not to risk his already fragile first team squad in a relatively unimportant game, hoping that some of these players would be fully fit for the next PL game (away at Fulham on the following Monday). So Abeid, Tavernier, Elliott and Ranger got to start in the EL game.

    It seems to me people have short memories if they forget how much the extra games had on the squad, when we were suffering some key injuries. And also how much our squad has come on since then. Bigi, Tavernier, Marv, Perch and Sammy were regularly getting starts in important games in EL and PL because of injuries. And we were still relying on Simpson and Guti playing nearly every game.

    The only significant loss from the squad from then to now is Ba. But we have added Sissoko, Gouffran, MYM, Remy, Debuchy and Haiddara.

    Take Gouffran, Sissoko, Debuchy, Cabs and HBA out of the squad for Stoke because of injury and Tiote banned, and see how confident we would feel. And where we would be in the league if that situation had lasted for a couple of months?

    As to Swansea, lol they have been fairly unimpressive this season, and have missed Michu (who hardly missed a game last season) and Bony. Maybe the extra games EL wouldn’t have impacted them, but they “strengthened” their team (depending on your view of Bony and Shelvey) spending quite a bit of money, but have failed to build on last season. If they are in a slightly better position in the PL than we were last year it’s because there have been three really bad teams (Fulham, Palace, W.Ham) and a dreadful team that can’t keep 11 players on the pitch.

  • 43 Sazzer // Dec 25, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Jesper – Is it the kingdom of Bendtnerland by any chance?

    I wouldn’t say it strange to feel that way but it’s rather the natural preference. We will see what happens if Cabaye go or not but if we reinvest the money in great way then we will be better as team in the long run.

    Merry Chrismas to both of you.

  • 44 Sazzer // Dec 25, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Preferably I would like us add players and sell deadwood in this window and try to push for top finish while we can attract top talent.

    Then sell players in the summer window if necessary because of bad form.

  • 45 Krul To Be Kind // Dec 25, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Merry Christmas to all you lads from the Emerald Isle, especially Ed for his efforts throughout.

    I’ll take a 1 nil all day tomorrow, if we play like we did at Palace with the philosophy of ‘they can’t score if you have the ball’… I’ll take 64% possession and 1 nil all day long against awkward opposition at best, no footballing side but a bunch of gangsters that Stoke side is, but our boys can give a bit back too these days.


  • 46 Krul To Be Kind // Dec 25, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Love the reference of Ashley being ‘economic’… first thing I thought of was – I wonder what kind of white goods he has in his kitchen… are they A+ energy rated… but hey I’m sure his dish dish washer is for sure… bet the big lad goes through some plates ;-)

  • 47 theartfuldodger // Dec 25, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Merry Christmas everyone !

  • 48 Toastie // Dec 25, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Only real credit I give to Parsnip is that he has started playing the best players he has at his disposal (apart from Shola), after that then Graham Carr gets all the credit as he has supplied Parsnip with 11 full internationals and a team full of footballing talent that should be in the top 8 and should be capable of playing smart quick attractive football.

    That smart quick attractive attacking football will never come whilst Pardew is in charge however clearly results may as we have a squad full of super players, I believe my nan could manage this squad into the top eight personally.

    And Cisse should start every time rather than Shola, just because Pardew is still inept on getting his team to play quick incisive football in the opposition half he relies on a player who should have been out the club donkeys years ago.

    Ben Arfa is a star and should defo start tomoro instead of Shola, the team then would be proper Gravy, however Pardew will go with Shola and play it safe, we will continue to pick up points but flatter to deceive until the rot sets in again.

    However the results have been great, yet to see why we would be expected to be ‘Champions League’ as so many on here preach about. We will continue to hang on in games rather than impose ourselves on teams. Obviously Palace excluded.

    Hope im wrong tomorrow mind, in the posh seats. :)

  • 49 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 25, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    First post today and I would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas .

    On tomorrow, we should win but there are no easy games in the PL and we shouldn’t be counting our chickens . My saying to stick with as an NUFC fan is:

    “expect the unexpected and you’ll never be surprised” .

    Having said that I think we will stiff them 3-1 ;) .

  • 50 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 25, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    And here I start a Trivial Persuit competition and I have to run…that is not cool ;-) lol

    Jazzup…you might be very close there mate – can you be more precise? lol

  • 51 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 25, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Stuff them rather :) .

  • 52 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 25, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Sazzer…that as well sounds very correct mate :-D

    …you can both collect a brown cheese! (I think that is history right?)

  • 53 jazzyp // Dec 25, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    A certain CF from this country played for our beloved toon I think between 96-97 season.
    Just read an interesting article on benny. Has admitted Liverpool did make contact pre season but believes he has more to give at nufc before he moves on.

  • 54 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 25, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Jazzup…I actually read that as well today…and how nice it was to hear :-D

    …have to collected your brown cheese?

  • 55 jazzyp // Dec 25, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    I think I’ll leave the brown cheese alone thank you,Im as stuffed as a kipper from over indulging at the dinner table today.
    If only ben arfa could be of a consistent nature rather than the rare glimpses of magic he can produce, We would surely have an all time great on our hands

  • 56 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 25, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Jazzup…yes that is the big called Newcastle…consistentcy that is ;-)

    …maybe it call for a New Year resulution – more consistentcy for Newcastle and all its players ;-)

  • 57 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 25, 2013 at 8:31 PM


  • 58 Sazzer // Dec 25, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    I will give my brown cheese as consolation prize to Stoke player cause it is time that we beat them badly.

  • 59 potski // Dec 25, 2013 at 8:47 PM


    Is it England? We had kings here when your lot were still indulging in bad behaviour when away from home. First football hooligans:). England was united when the Danes ruling in the north of England were finally overthrown around 860, about hundred years before the first recorded king of Denmark.

  • 60 potski // Dec 25, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Sorry Æthelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great, became the first king to rule the whole of England when he finally conquered Northumbria. It wasn’t until 927, defeating the Danelaw.

    Still before the first king of Denmark though:)

  • 61 rivettCatcher // Dec 25, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Happy Xmas to all (from Vancouver),

    Don’t post often enough, but hope we all have a great 2014.

    And well done to Ashley & Pardew! Yer, Cashley keeps dropping clangers but he’s a smart guy who will get it right (eventually).

    2 yrs ago we had 8 good players, last yr a good team (full of injuries), this year we have half a good bench too (with an excellent fitness coach). We have announced new training facility recently too!

    Next challenge is to have more diamonds in the team like Cabaye & to increase the stadium by 10k. Increasing our annual turn over from the current ~£90M + the extra 30M is more of a long term target. We need to match the top 6 off the pitch to challenge them long term on the pitch.

    Hopefully Ashely will continue to buck the trend in January (clever culver boy) and we can start rotating out the numbers & increase the quality too.

    My NY resolution is to make the Derby match!!! :D

    Take care all x

  • 62 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 25, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Potski….well according to history books the Monarchy of Denmark was founded by the Viking kings Gorm the Old and Harald Bluetooth in the 10th century (c. 935), making it the oldest in Europe.

    The Japanese is apparently the oldest in the world :)

    The British monarchy traces its origins from the kings of the Angles and the early Scottish kings. By the year 1000, the kingdoms of England and Scotland had developed from the petty kingdoms of early medieval Britain. The last Anglo-Saxon monarch (Harold II) was defeated and killed in the Norman invasion of 1066 and the English monarchy passed to the Norman conquerors (Wiki)

    The monarchy of the Kingdom of England began with Alfred the Great; Offa, king of Mercia, and Egbert, king of Wessex, are sometimes described as kings of England by popular writers, but not by all historians.

    In the late eighth century Offa achieved a dominance over southern England which did not survive his death. In 829 Egbert conquered Mercia, but he soon lost control of it. In the late ninth century Wessex was the dominant Anglo-Saxon kingdom. Its king, Alfred the Great, was overlord of western Mercia, with the title King of the Angles and Saxons, but he never ruled eastern and northern England, which was then the Danelaw. His son Edward the Elder conquered the eastern Danelaw, but his son Æthelstan became the first king to rule the whole of England when he conquered Northumbria in 927, and he is regarded by some modern historians as the first king of England. (also Wiki)

    There is some evidence that Ælfweard of Wessex may have been king for four weeks in 924, between his father Edward the Elder and his brother Athelstan, although he was not crowned.[5] However this is not accepted by all historians. Also it is unclear whether Ælfweard was declared king of the whole kingdom or of Wessex only: there is evidence that when Edward died, Ælfweard was declared king in Wessex and Æthelstan in Mercia.

    So potski…I conclude you won’t get a brown cheese for your answer even though in some way you are very right indeed :D

  • 63 Graeme // Dec 25, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    The one historical fact you both come up with -

    The last man down was a Geordie Boy!!!! It took them until 927 to beat us but it was never declared official. Home rule for Geordieland has to be next – especially if the sheepherds to the North and Wales get their Independance.

    There will be a shortage of brickies if Hadrian’s wall is going back up lol.

  • 64 lesh // Dec 25, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    So the bindippers made an approach for Benny?

    Parasitic scouse gits but thankfully Hatem showed loyalty to us and still does, despite not being played as often as he’d like.

    Let’s hope Pardew manages to keep him sweet and get even more out if him. Great lad is Mr Ben Arfa, great lad

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