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Jet Lag Catches Up With The Newcastle Players

5:21 pm, Sunday, July 26th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 275 Comments

It was asking a lot of the Newcastle squad to finish a game in California at 5:30 am local Newcastle time, and then get back over 47000 miles and deal with the jet lag of an 8 hour time difference – and then play the game today.

I did a lot of traveling around the world in my time at IBM, and it can be very tough, especially for the players – who are not used to long travels across multiple time zones – and they are athletes too.

Siem de Jong scores agaisnt sheffield united

Siem de Jong scores Newcastle’s second today

It takes it out on the body a lot,  so in that context it wasn’t too surprising the lads looked a little bit lackluster in the second half  today.

Steve McClaren was quick to point that  out after the game as he said this in the Chronicle:

“This was always going to be a difficult game. I remember watching a game at Sheffield Wednesday last year after coming back from New Zealand and I expected the same type of game with the players having a slow tempo and the travel in their legs.¨

“I think it showed in the second half at Sheffield  United. We started the game very well and looked very comfortable.¨

“Then at half-time, coming out you could see the effects of the travel.¨ “We (the staff and press who travelled) know how that is, although we don’t have to run around and express ourselves.¨

“So I am delighted with the attitude. It was a tough second half but we got through it and we have a few days to recover.¨

“We have Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday and we are looking forward to it.”

The team did well and Georginio Wijnaldum is already looking a very good player for us, and we look good going forward.

But as we know from over the last three seasons it’s our defense that needs reinforcing.

But it could be difficult to have new players on who can play in the first game at home to Southampton on August 9th – two weeks today.

Chancel Mbemba’s deal has been delayed with the FA will unable to give approval until next  Thursday when a meeting has been arranged.

With just over a week’s training as a Newcastle player its hard to think that Chancel would ready for the Saints.

We could see a Williamson – Taylor combination for that game, unless Jamaal Lascelles can fight his way into the side.

But today, it would be harsh to criticize the lads too much in that second half – they were all probably knackered.

And we’ll not even mention the coaches and the local journalists, who must have been suffering too.


Comments welcome.

Tags: Friendlies · Newcastle News · Pre-season · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours

275 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    I think we’ll get Abdennour from Monaco
    His agent Abdelkader Jilan has met with Barca (his preferred buyer) but of course Barca have a transfer embargo in place so the agent suggests a purchase and loan back to Monaco.
    However having put the idea into Jardim’s (Monaco’s manager ) head and already having an offer of €25 million from NUFC on the table Monaco are now trying to persuade the Tunisian into joining us.
    My personal opinion is that for not much more we could get Alessio Romagnoli (the new Nesta ) from Roma

  • 2 Blackley and Brownlie // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    You are truly a world football anorak. The blog should be grateful to have you on board.

  • 3 seantoon // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    I hope it was the jetlag because we where awful in possession most of the time. We knocked it about around defence ok but as we moved up the field it was bad. Fringe players such as Anita, Williamson were really really poor. People where laughing when Williamson got the ball asif to say wow what’s he going to do next! I don’t really find it funny I’d much rather him of played Lascelles or Satka our future players than someone we want rid of! Cisse is finished too he barely touched the ball. Sorry to moan but the game was just depressing. We’ve a lot of work to do this week especially on the training ground.. I know Sheff Utd have a week on us due to starting preseason early but there shouldn’t be as much difference as we saw today we was miles behind!

  • 4 switch365 // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    repost from last thread

    I desperately hope McC and Carr are at an advanced stage of talks to bring in 2 quality cb’s, or we really are in the brown stuff.
    It also needs to be impressed upon Cashley that they need to come in BEFORE sales are made, not contingent on sales.
    There should have been at least 2 cb’s, signed and bedded in for the past 3 weeks, yet once again we are way behind where we should be and may end up suffering for it.

    It’s all well and good being linked with the likes of Abdennour, Matip, Rüdiger, van Dijk etc. but linked doesn’t improve our team, only signings do.

  • 5 cyprus // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    He ain’t our player anymore and he did do his tantrum thing.

    But, all that aside, I still think he wasn’t as good as we believed. I may be proven wrong if he has a stellar career at… Palace 🙂

  • 6 cyprus // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    we should actually be brushing aside such teams.But, in fairness, this is a new coaching team, ALL players are been given a chance, superstars just blending.

    Let’s hope it works out because I’ve been thinking CL 😉

    Not on this kind of showing, I hear you say.

  • 7 Ian Toon // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Jib- We do always seem to drag our heels in the transfer market. We’ve known for some time that we need to revamp a mediocre squad. It does take time to blend and bed in particularly defenders. ST are more instinctive. We had Cabaye signed up in June- maybe matters were delayed by Macca having to assess the squad. Managers are still judged on the quality of their signings

  • 8 Sazzer // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Makes no sense giving Willo more time in pre-season than Lascelles.

  • 9 Tsunki // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Perhaps they shouldn’t have gone the entire circumference of the planet before starting their journey home again. That distance would jet lag anyone.

  • 10 croftus5678 // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    no excuses for our defence i’m afraid steevie !

    it shows our attacking midfielders are doing there jobs with rolando getting 2 and 2 assists wijnaldum getting 2 and siem getting one.

    cisse scored 2 but tbh they was penalty’s and hairdryer had 1 assist for the own goal and 1 assist for the penalty.

    7 goals from 5 games against pretty poor opposition tbh but the fact remains that if we had not given away so many soft goals the look of things would be a lot brighter.

    hopefully macca has the makings of his starters in his mind now and fingers crossed they wont include certain people.

  • 11 Tsunki // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    I fear that Williamson is the arch blackmailer from Sherlock the way he has some mysterious hold on coaches.

  • 12 seantoon // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Williamson just infuriates me! I was walking out of the ticket office today and the team bus pulled up! All the players jump out all the kids screaming there names. Williamson doesn’t even acknowledge anyone until he realises most of the rest have stopped to sign autographs then he suddenly turned back! I think he actually thinks he’s brilliant

  • 13 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Blah blah blah, multiple posters, blah blah blah!!!!

    People new to this blog are going to think its a multiple poster blog instead of a Newcastle United blog. That’s all everyone talks about!!!!


    Your obsession with Ian Toon is slightly worrying, that thing you posted about him was 3 YEARS AGO. Talk about keeping a grudge! That’s the main problem with this blog, arguments between posters last for f**king ever!!!

  • 14 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Well we know our defence is no better than last season, and that we will not get Mbemba until Thursday at the earliest, so therefore the simple answer is get someone else signed up now.

    We may look good going forward, and may even score plenty of goals, but all that counts for nothing if we cannot keep them out.

  • 15 Jib // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Arsenal yesterday looked really in the groove which surprised me because this season they are straight through to the group stages of the CL.
    It will be interesting to see if they have peaked too early.

  • 16 Belfast // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    Are you a multiple poster Burnley? 😀

  • 17 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    I knew that was coming… -.-

  • 18 roblee7 // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Burnley = Multiple Poster

  • 19 Belfast // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    I was only joking though

  • 20 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Jet lagged, it’s a whole new defence that played today. Close to a whole new team

  • 21 Belfast // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Ian you better have been pulling my leg about Belfastmagpie.

    I’ve aged like a fine wine.

  • 22 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    I’m not a multiple poster 🙁

  • 23 Bobbybee // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Jib, they’re looking pretty good again today

  • 24 Ian Toon // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Belfast- it’s not your round.

  • 25 hibbit // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    jimmy smith have you been on the sherry

  • 26 Our Toon // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:55 PM


    I’m assuming that’s from an article you’ve read regarding the Monaco lad, firstly we won’t bid 25m euros for him and of its reported we have then to me it’s a lie. Barca have bought Arda Turan he’s going out on loan until January, if they buy Abdennour then the same will apply with him aswell.

    If barca are truly after him it’s best to move onto another target!!

  • 27 Belfast // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    I don’t actually think Sheff United are a week ahead of us this season Sean. The two divisions start on the same day this time.

  • 28 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Young magpie is not a multiple poster…. He’s just using a different name! 😀

  • 29 toonbrother // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Fabricio Coloccini on his way out as Newcastle draw with Sheffield United

    I pray he goes to palace and ruins pardew’s project over there

  • 30 jimmysmith // Jul 26, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    He’s managed at West Ham, Reading, Southampton, us under Ashley, and Palace. What has anyone achieved at those clubs over the last twenty years. His record is by no means bad for a guy whose never had the resources to win anything. The crowd should have been howling at Ashley, but Ashley of course, just wouldn’t have bothered to front.

  • 31 Belfast // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Let’s keep this short Burnley.

    What was your old name? Why did you change name? Have you changed your name before? Do you plan on changing your name again?


  • 32 Jib // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Our Toon
    It’s from Fernando Baquero who seems to have an inside line at Barca.
    Don’t shoot the messenger 😛

  • 33 Ian Toon // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Belfast – Your the only one still speaking to me. Can’t afford you to be identified. I will advise Ed that it’s an unfair accusation – you’ll need someone to confirm your innocence – mind that could be a problem. It’s a bit like McCarthyism in the 1950’s . It’s stopped raining maybe I can arrange a barbs for absent friends and former school mates of yours.

  • 34 WWSBRD // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Blog-itics mate

  • 35 Ian Toon // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Belfast at 31- hilarious.

  • 36 Our Toon // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:04 PM


    That’s why I didn’t shoot you mate. I have no doubt he has the inside scoop on barca but he clearly knows very little about us if he thinks we’ve made a 25m euro bid for him

  • 37 WWSBRD // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    The fact barca can sign players this window is an absolute joke

  • 38 Bobbybee // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Everybody’s opinion is valid. It’s when people refuse to respect that, that it turns into ‘yes it is, no it isn’t’ that drags on. You put your point, they put theirs. Discuss for a while then simply agree to disagree if it goes nowhere. With opinions, nobody is right or wrong – IT’S AN OPINION, whether right or wrong. If somebody won’t respect your opinions, walk away and don’t give them the pleasure of insisting they’re right and going on and on about it.

  • 39 croftus5678 // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    so…the bad news 😉

    steevie just done an interview with sky in which he said he’s happy with the squad he’s happy with the 3 new signings and he doesnt know if there will be anyone else and he’s happy with what he’s got !

    oh and he expects colo to stay as he says he wants him on the pitch.

  • 40 hibbit // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    jimmy smith you have been on the sherry

  • 41 Belfast // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    From what I’ve read he’s signing for Barcelona and they’re loaning him to Monaco for six months.

  • 42 croftus5678 // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    so…our team imo.



    to fall back on as subs

  • 43 will die for the toon army // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    It’s crazy to let barca make signings they didn’t have to sign at all thats more punishment

  • 44 toon kk // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Poor player’s been pushed into a friendly game after a long flight! Must be terrible! !!
    Let’s be more honest the majority of the squad are the same that almost got us relegated.
    A few more quality signings are required or expect a long hard season especially if a couple of key players are injured.

  • 45 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    So whats new today?

  • 46 Offkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    I love it how every year new posters come on and say what you are and are not allowed to talk about…….

  • 47 Our Toon // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:14 PM


    He’s also the man who’s managed to have 3 sets of different fans from 3 different clubs protest his reign as manager. He managed to break more unwanted records at NUFC than actual achievements even under Ashley that was some serious underachievement.

    He preferred Carlton Cole and Marlon Harewood to Carlos Tevez for the striking role, Tevez played as a left winger because he worked hard. He preferred Haydon Mullins and Reo Coker over Mascherano. He used Santon as a Defensive midfielder against the best team in the country (chelsea) he used Dummett as a RB. Cisse scored 13 goals in 14 games, hos reward for the next season was to play as a Right Winger. Caved in to Demba Ba demands to play upfront who pissed off 4 months later. Played HBA on a plastic pitch after a length layoff. Bought Aarons back to early and going against medical advice

    During his time here he embarrassed us by referring to Pellegrini in the distasteful manner he’s become accustomed to, pushing a linesman and headbutting Meyler. Get ya head out of pardews arse or go support palace, he’ll be there for 6 to 12 months and then back to the dole office….the place we plucked him from!!

  • 48 hibbit // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    crofts 3 you have named on the bench will be gone cisse sissoko tiote 1 you have named in the team will be gone where is this sky interview

  • 49 Offkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Croftus – Is that serious bout the Steve Mc interview?

  • 50 Jib // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Aye I think Barca are clear of restrictions at the next window.

  • 51 croftus5678 // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    @48 hibbit

  • 52 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    I love it when Offkey thinks I’m a new poster, hilarious mate :’)

  • 53 hibbit // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    our toon catch jimmy tomorrow he’s been on the sherry all afternoon

  • 54 Offkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    YMFB – Go and throw your dummy out of the pram about something else…..seen it happen a few times in the last few days….getting boring now

  • 55 Our Toon // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:19 PM


    Ahahaha multiple posters, sherry drinking etc just another day on the blog

  • 56 croftus5678 // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    @49 offkey

    yes mate see post @51

  • 57 Offkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    or toys even….you may want to spit the dummy out 🙂

  • 58 Bobbybee // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    Far be it for me to tell anybody what they can talk about and I certainly haven’t. I’m suggesting a grown up way of ending pointless arguments that drag on and go nowhere. My opinion only and nobody has to follow that advice if they choose not to. I promise I’ll lose no sleep over it!

  • 59 hibbit // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    thanks crofts…. not what i wanted …..i still think players will leave

  • 60 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    Offkey, hahaha. That’s pretty funny that you find it boring, considering that its a blog and there is always going to be complaining!

  • 61 jimmysmith // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    Took a ton of stick and never shirked……and left us well placed in the league, despite clearly being short at the back and up top.

    Why does a low key description like “capable and hard working” offend?

    Or was it the suggestion that a percentage of the fan base are knuckledragging, dunderheaded, and drunken oafs, from time to time, when that’s true of any club.

    They got it wrong.

  • 62 Our Toon // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    On the friendlies I really couldn’t give 2 hoots about the result, it’s important now to have both mitrovic and Chancer get some serious game time next Saturday.

    Can we not arrange a behind closed doors friendly in a couple of days time to let these lads play?

  • 63 Offkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    Croftus – Think he may just be managing expectations….or I hope he is……..

  • 64 Offkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    YMFB – You just try to censor people though, that’s what’s boring.

  • 65 Belfast // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    Well It’s fairly obvious even to the most optimistic poster that these three signings won’t be enough

  • 66 croftus5678 // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    @59 hibbit

    np buddy me either 🙁 we was 2 signings away from a top6 challenge imo !

    now we just better hope colo finds his best for ever and finds some pace from somewhere and stays fit ! they did say mission impossible 3 was out soon didnt they ?

  • 67 Noel Worst // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    It’s glaringly obvious that CB is our major weakness.
    Mbemba needs to be cleared on Thursday or Friday – hopefully he is allowed to train with the squad from tomorrow – so we can pair him up with whoever Schteve prefers in the BMG match for the full 90mins. Wouldn’t be comfortable throwing him in against Southampton without at least 1 preparatory match beforehand, particularly as he’s said not to speak a word of English as of yet, although I’m sure he’s already working on that.

    How I see us against Southampton –


  • 68 WWSBRD // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    McClaren surely can’t be serious with the transfer business, all that good will undone if he is

  • 69 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    Well if that’s it for the signings; may I please go back to the doom and gloom now?

  • 70 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:29 PM


    Censor people? What are you on about lmao 🙂

  • 71 croftus5678 // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    @63 offkey

    i really hope your right mate but i cant really recall a time when they played down expectations and we came off for the better….not under ashley anyways.

  • 72 Offkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    Croftus – He seemed to be being a bit evasive on the incomings and on Collo right at the end… thats what I am hanging on to…

  • 73 Offkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    YMFB – You cried the other night because people stated that Obertan was ugly……talking about how he could have been bullied as a child and this should not be said……really.

    Now its telling people that they cant post about Ian (allegedly) being a Multiple…

    How about you just dont post at all 🙂

  • 74 Bobbybee // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    So sorry offkey, I thought that was aimed at me being a new poster lmao! Just trying to help 🙂 .

    Our toon. Right about the friendlies and good idea about a closed door match. Would help all round.

  • 75 hibbit // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    jimmy….been season ticket holder for thirty five years love the club………. but please don’t talk about drunks with the user name jimmy smith the biggest pisshead to have ever played for our club a great player mind…… on pardue he’s gone let it go poor manager one season wonder a lie and a cheat not good enough but most of all just remember he walked

  • 76 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:38 PM


    Put yourself in Obertan’s shoes and you wouldn’t find it funny, you heartless barsteward!

    The Ian toon saga has gone on for 3 YEARS!! Sorry for getting a little bit bored!

  • 77 Jib // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:39 PM


    I think Gazza could be the biggest pisshead actually

  • 78 Moonraker15 // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Our toon

    Well said re Pardew!

  • 79 Bobbybee // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Just watched the interview. Not sure he’s saying no more, just reiterating that they need to be the right ones. Would be a waste of the windfall if we just brought in any old player to make up the numbers. I too am more than happy with the three we’ve brought in, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t take any more if they did a job required. I’m happy to wait and see as I fancy we haven’t finished.

  • 80 Offkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    YMFB – Come on……really……I think you may be taking a position that you would not take in real life….a bit of playing devils advocate…….people joking about anothers appearance as long as not discriminatory in any way seems perfectly normal behaviour to me……maybe not virtuous……but certainly normal

    Bobby – 😉

  • 81 Noel Worst // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Obertan might have a subjectively ugly face to some, but he could objectively pump their missus better than they could with his physique, the average chunky manlets that are so prevalent today.

  • 82 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:53 PM


    Discussing how ugly someone is is something that shouldn’t be happening on a Newcastle blog, what has his face got to do with football. Pisses me off!!

  • 83 Offkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Noel – He also has a fair bit of cash…..I said I would take that face for his job and money…… may even be an improvement 🙂

  • 84 Bobbybee // Jul 26, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Why would anybody call obertan for his looks? He’s considered quite good looking on his own planet 🙂

  • 85 Offkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    YMFB – So what… dont like it… offends your sensibilities…….doesn’t mean it should not be mentioned……your just another Mary Whitehouse

  • 86 Rotonda heights // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:03 PM


    carver and pardew thought they were brilliant too!!

  • 87 Bobbybee // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Offkey, good point but not sure he’ll have a clue who mary whitehouse was 🙂 the young bit?

  • 88 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Offkey your stupidity is actually too FUNNY!

    It’s a Newcastle United Blog, hence, football talk, I didn’t come to this blog too see people discussing how ugly someone is, I didn’t come to this blog to see someone having an argument with someone which started over 3 years ago! I came to this blog because I wanted to talk about Newcastle football club with fellow Newcastle supporters due to the lack of Geordies in my area! But no, I find immature adults laughing about someone’s face, constant talk about Wums. Therefore this blog doesn’t fulfil what it says on the tin! The comment section sucks, the articles are ok. But people with your attitude is what makes this blog bad.

  • 89 Offkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Bobby – That wiki page has just got a hit or two 🙂

  • 90 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Mary Whitehouse? Look at my username, use your ‘brain’, and honestly tell me that you think I know who that it is! Your attempt at an insult is pathetic, should have seen it coming from your immature persona, she’s not worth the google search!

  • 91 switch365 // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    The BIG picture – Not only are our defensive frailties all too aparent.
    The most important factor surely has to be the final year of contracts for 3 cb’s who aren’t good enough.

    None will be given an extension, which leaves us in a perilous position to which solutions need to be addressed sooner rather than later.
    It’s all well and good building on a good side, but there has to be something to build upon, and Lascalles has already shown that he’s not up to standard yet.
    Should Colo not be sold, but aggravate his achilles problem before he’s fully fit, we could be forced to play Willo and that would be a travesty.

  • 92 Rotonda heights // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:10 PM


    he was on an 8 year contract ffs, the biggest break he was ever going to get . As for hard work you’d never imagine that from his alleged ”training sessions”

  • 93 Offkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    YMFB – Grow up……or the real world may actually be very troubling for you

    I commented on Obertan being Moody in the 24/7 videos, people then stated ‘wouldn’t you be moody if you looked like him’ and ‘he looks like squidward here’s a video’. Seriously, if people cant respond to another in a light hearted tone on a blog in response to anothers comment…….there should be no discussions at all.

    If you really want to try and pretend that there is something more there you can………why cry about that, seriously.

  • 94 Rotonda heights // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:13 PM


    i think most people are v happy to see us going into a season without pardew, carver and stone

  • 95 Offkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    YMFB – Look how delicate you are……were you also bullied as a child….

  • 96 cole the goal // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    Fans who jeered Williamson today are absolutely pathetic. No wonder he is s bag of nerves, morons. Great football club but so many idiotic fans who are sheep and know very little about the game

  • 97 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Offkey, ah go on use my age against me. At least I have an excuse for being immature at times.

    You can gloss over the obertan situation as much as you want I just don’t agree with it!!

    That’s my last piece that will be wasted on you!

  • 98 overtheline // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    I really do hope Colo does go. I’d keep Willo as backup and sell Saylor the injury prone. Willo is just as likely to improve with better coaching as anybody else and he has had some decent games and is reliable as 3rd or 4th choice backup. Def not first choice as we need another Van Dijk / Rudiger quality player alongside Mbemba.

  • 99 Offkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    YMFB – Toys out of the pram x3 for YMFB now……..I will keep count..

  • 100 JackButler // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Nice to see everyone getting along so well and that the bitchyness of the past few seasons has been put behind us 😉

  • 101 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    I agree that people shouldn’t be mocked on how they look, it’s the quality of their play.
    Obertan looked awesome in America but no doubt his play will drop unless Steve Black can keep his confidence up.

    Willo and Saylor should be gonners, they collided with each other this afternoon thus gifting Sheff Utd a goal

  • 102 Bobbybee // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    There ya go! Agree to disagree and move on. Saves all the bitterness. God, i’m such a wise old owl 🙂

  • 103 Offkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    ToonfromLeeds – It is fine as long as its not discriminatory…..end of…..

  • 104 croftus5678 // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    @98 over

    from the under par friendly teams we have been playing and conceeding against i wouldnt be happy with williamson/saylor or satka as 3rd/4th/or even 5th choice cb !

    i’ll excuse jamaal as he tbf has looked decent with the obv mistake here and there but over all a better quality than the rest. (not seen sheffield game yet so cant comment on that)

    tbh i can see colo being better than those 4 as he reads the game well and is pretty much only his speed and heading/marking that lets him down where as the others have a hell of a lot more faults to them.

  • 105 Bobbybee // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    Sheeeeeet! Missing the darts final. Later chaps.

  • 106 Rotonda heights // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:24 PM


    ask yourself why in 20 years he’s never got a sniff of managing a top team. We are not knuckle draggers we just want to see decent football.

  • 107 JackButler // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Obertan has always flattered to decieve, how many seasons has be been in the EPL? and how many consistant seasons has he had?

    The guy is a sprinter and little more and I think we should cut our loses and look to replace him sooner rather than later

  • 108 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    Oh yeah sure Offkey
    I am sure Gabriel will be highly delighted he is being compared to a Cartoon Character and a creature from outer space. Gordon bennett

  • 109 Rotonda heights // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    ”only his speed and heading/marking that lets him down”

    that’s alright then, who would think that was crucial for a CB!!!!!

  • 110 croftus5678 // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    @101 tfl

    omg you said “Obertan looked awesome in America”

    and the line before you said ” people shouldn’t be mocked on how they look”

    now thats country descrimination ! you cant say a person looks good in one country but not in the other 😉

  • 111 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    I think he could be a good player if he could be consistant and I’m not sure that is possible but who is likely to buy him?

  • 112 Rotonda heights // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:28 PM


    That sheffield goal said everything about willo and saylor!!

  • 113 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    PMSL croftus
    I meant he played well hahaha

  • 114 Offkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    TFL – The point is people have the right to do it and should not be censored……unless it amounts to harassment or another criminal act otherwise you might as well abolish free speech…..thats the point

  • 115 AMEOBI // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Too many childish comments on here recently. Just a blog to talk about Newcastle. Not to argue, time to grow up I think..

  • 116 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Too true hope we get another CB in with Mbemba

  • 117 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Offkey trying to make me bite, waste of spunk that man! Anything better to do then argue with someone who still needs to ‘grow up’.

  • 118 croftus5678 // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    @109 rotonda

    lol as opposed to willo and saylor who have little speed / /no brains /cant mark / cant head /cant buy a snickers from the corner shop ect ect i was comparing him to our other cb’s

  • 119 Rotonda heights // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    cole the gooal

    i suggest they are very good judges and know a hell of a lot more than you. willo is as arrogant as they come so little sympathy there.

  • 120 croftus5678 // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    @113 tfl

    hehe i know bud.

  • 121 GeordieTwo // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    I’m not a multiple poster.
    The Official Blog Hobbit
    Senior Official Club Journo
    President, CEO, Odd Job Man Manly Men Inc.

  • 122 JackButler // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:32 PM


    He’s had plenty of time at NUFC and with MUFC to show what he’s about and to be honest I dont think he’s up to it as if you were to take away his pace you would be left with very little else.

    As for who would buy him?

    We could either offer him as part of a deal to bring in one of our other targets or admit defeat and allow him to leave for a reasonable fee

  • 123 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Still on form I see 🙂

  • 124 GeordieTwo // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Is Captain Cabbage gone then? Colo to Crystal Palace for a bag of crisps and some Monopoly money?

  • 125 welshgeordie9 // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Is it true that we might not get any more players in, if that’s the case I hope the following players don’t get injured or we are screwed.

    Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat, Massadio Haidara; Vurnon Anita, Chancel Mbemba, Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum, Ayoze Perez; Papiss Cisse, Siem de Jong, Rolando Aarons, Aleksandar Mitrovic.

  • 126 croftus5678 // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    @124 g2

    nope and not likely to go either judging by steevie’s interview.

  • 127 Offkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    YMFB – I dont want to argue with you, its boring….especially as I am right and you are wrong

  • 128 Jail for Ashley // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    Young mapie from ……
    I suggest you research your blog history before stating that I have an obsession with the multiple fraudster, known as carl, John Irving, Mr funk, pushy pardew and most commonly Ian Toon optical advisor to the silver haired wearer of silly glasses.

  • 129 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    Tbf Obertan was playing excellent and was one of our best players in the 8 game winning streak last season, he just seems to lack confidence.

  • 130 GeordieTwo // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    Yes, I’m still lurking about TFL mate. 🙂

  • 131 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    Good evening TFL, how was your day?

    My thoughts are, we will still sign a couple more players, I think McClaren is simply trying to keep the press of the scent.

    Secret signings and all that 😀

  • 132 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    It’s not about free speech if you said that to someone in the street you would end up scrapping.
    Yes I agree Gabriel did sulk in the 24/7 video but the likening him to other things is insulting.

  • 133 GeordieTwo // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    Can we not clear out some vegetables then croftus mate? Do we have to keep an entire salad in the squad? What use is Willo? And how many games has Saylor missed due to injury? I’m just fed up of this! I want action!!! Fongings!!! Signings!!! Harrumph.

  • 134 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Firebug glad to be home but in varying amounts of pain, the morphine is helping though 🙂

    I agree with you I think there will be a couple more through the door.

  • 135 WWSBRD // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Did Willo really get booed today?

  • 136 croftus5678 // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    @133 g2


  • 137 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Agree with you Willo and Saylor are pants and we need a few more through the door before the season starts

  • 138 GeordieTwo // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Obertan has a huge heed and I respect him for that. Now if he could only cross a ball or something useful we could possibly justify having given him millions of pounds in wages. Harrumph.

  • 139 JackButler // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:40 PM


    I think its more than just confidence tbh, he’s had six years in the country and has still to prove himself, personally think we need to move him on at some point, but to be honest the centre half position worries far more at this point in time

  • 140 Jail for Ashley // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    If you had a toy robot as a kid that done fcuk all except move it’s arms and move slowly back and forward. Then one day it starts doing some really cool shit like backflips and wheeling up the walls before completely burning out and falling to bits because it’s not meant to do that, that was Obertron last season.

  • 141 GeordieTwo // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    BMG will give us a good whacking if we play as we have so far. Get a move on Lee!!!

  • 142 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:43 PM

    JB…I don’t think it’s the past few seasons that is coursing the bitchyness 😉

    I know a few posters on here who were like that before! lol

  • 143 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:43 PM

    At the risk of getting slated, nobody was screaming for the injustice of it all went Squidward, err I mean Obertan was getting call Obertron, Obertan kanobee etc.

    All players in fact all celebrities get slated and called names at some point, it part and parcel of being who they are. The only time it becomes an issue is when someone like IrishGeordie9 jumps on his soap box in a different guise and bleats on about the injustices of the world.

    It’s a blogg ffs, if you don’t like a post ignore it and move on.

  • 144 JackButler // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:44 PM


    Think you could be right there mate 😉

  • 145 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:44 PM


    Oh sorry, too hard to finish my username? Or more likely you trying to suggest I’m not from Burnley…


    Could your head get any further up your a**ehole?

    ‘Im right and your wrong’

    Get over yourself, as bobby stated, opinions are opinions, none are right or wrong, something your minuscule brain can’t handle? F**king jerks like yourself are the scum of this earth. Egotistical pr*ck!

  • 146 Offkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    TFL – Ha… you go out in Leeds..on a night out…people dont comment on other people……are you serious…. it may not be nice but people have that right……people refer to MA as fat…..if its so horrendous then YMFB and you should be on it every time someone mentions something like that….both of you need to stop being soooo delicate

  • 147 croftus5678 // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    @140 jail


    tbf ober aint as bad as we give him stick for esp if you look at his stats and compare them with someone we class in high reguard like sissoko ! imo i’d say he’s prob the most effective right winger we have tbh (not left as rolando blows him away) but he tends to be more effective than sissoko/cabella !

    still he’s far far far from a winger who should be playing in a prem team which makes me think we should scrap cabella and either move sissoko inside or scrap him also !!!!

  • 148 Noel Worst // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    People proclaiming freedom of speech whilst telling others that disagree with them to shut up and move on, accept their world view, like it or lump it. Got to laugh.

  • 149 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:50 PM


    I had too change username because I lost my password.

  • 150 toon22 // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    GeordieTwo @ 138


  • 151 Jail for Ashley // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    I would say that rapists and burglars are the scum of the earth not posters like offkey.
    I am not suggesting you are from anywhere but didn’t you spend days on here messing up the blog because nobody would speak to you. Try saying something interesting.

  • 152 OneAlanShearer // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:51 PM


    I hope we don’t sell any key players now. I think sdj may end up being a sub along with Perez this season. But we are definitely short a striker, centre back and possibly a holding midfielder. I don’t think out left back options are great even though both are ok neither is good in both directions. I think we could also do with another winger. As usual I think we are going to be let down by the master of disaster…Always cuts the spending short. Sickening really…such great progress. The thing is players will cost even more next season with the even better TV deal so not spending more is actually false economy. He doesn’t even have to explain himself to shareholders but I’d behaving like it. I bet he sells sissoko to offset the spending. Ashley you have a long way to go…This was your last chance…do not let us down now

  • 153 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    Offkey in my condition I find it highly impossible to go out at the mo lol.

    Firebug I agree with you and I know it happens my point is it isn’t a godgiven right as offkey said.

    Croftus I agree with you ober isn’t as bad as people make out

  • 154 Offkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    YMFB – Opinions can be right and wrong 🙂 you are being silly now

  • 155 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:53 PM


    It’s hilarious. 🙂

  • 156 switch365 // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    There is a world of difference between an insult and humor, and the main basis of the difference is intent.

    Saying that Obertan looks like Squidward, is not only humorous it’s actually quite accurate.

    Is the disagreement something to do with you living in a pinapple under the sea? 😀

  • 157 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    In other news this World Matchplay final is good

    We play York on Wednesday and Monchengladbach next weekend, wonder when we will see Mitrovic?

  • 158 Offkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    Noel – did you see the smiley……he can comment and say what he likes but he shouldn’t try to censor others

  • 159 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 7:58 PM


    You don’t get it!!!

    I talk football almost every time on here, I’m not suprised you find it boring since your expertise is in arguments which last over three years.


    You think your smart dont you? I can see it in your posts. Opinions are a persons feelings towards something, how they feel isn’t wrong, if they are discussing it as factual evidence then yes, they can be wrong. But how something is seen in there eyes is obviously not wrong to them!

  • 160 hibbit // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    one alan shearer dont think you will get your wish colo and sissoko will leave

  • 161 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    TFL My post was not directed at you marra, you have enough to deal with.

    I was getting annoyed at the fledgling Magpie who wants to talk football but has spent the evening bleating moralities at Offkey.

    I think something else in his life must be upsetting him, and he has come here to vent his anger.

    He is only 17 I think he said so has a long way to go in life and much to learn.

    Maybe he just found out that the gas meter isn’t really his money box.

    Fledgling Magpie if you want to talk football there are plenty here who will oblige, but your foul mouth rant at Offkey is out of order.

  • 162 Mag52 // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    Pardew – a decent man and a capable manager, appallingly treated by the club owner and a number of fans.
    Just hope SM, another decent footballing man, is not subjected to the same embarrassing abuse as his predecessor as soon as results don’t got to (over inflated) expectations.

  • 163 Offkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    YMFB – 🙂 Opinions are not feelings!

  • 164 Mister Tuff // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    ymfb – you have just demonstrated with your foul abuse -that really you cannot lecture anyone about what should or should not be said on the blog.
    Double standards old bean!

  • 165 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    many apologies Fire I didn’t see that post and as I now have I will remove myself from the argument those comments were beyond the pale from YMFB.

    Mag52 Pardew was an appaling manager

  • 166 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:07 PM


    Why do you care what is happening in my life? And nothing to make me angry has, by the way. I just find egotistical jerks very infuriating and the way he conducts himself has made me angry. He is doing it on purpose it is so obvious.

  • 167 Tsunki // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    I think it’s appalling all this nonsense about multiple posters. The multiples should own up and let it go, everyone can move on. Far more worrying things to bitch and whine about.

  • 168 Yorkfan // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:09 PM


    First post although I have been reading for years. Yes Williamson was booed today. What’s more, most toon fans were calling for him to be sent off when he put a tackle in at the end of the game! I don’t get to too many games. Probably three a season at St James Park. My wife landed me some tickets for today. They looked knackered. Williamson has never shown anything to warrant a place and if the rumours of collo to palace are true we need two centre backs in asap. I was sat with Lascelles brother and family. He looked good when he came on and I think he could do well if given the chance.

  • 169 colwell // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Although on his day Sissoko is brilliant and one of my favorite players, he needs to be sold. He doesn’t fit into the team very well now. As a winger he has the pace but very limited dribbling ability and his delivery is poor. When he plays in the middle he can’t one touch pass and tends to miss place his passes alot. I’d now be happy if we sold him and brought in a winger thats going to provide the service Mitrovic needs. Fingers crossed we still bring in the players we need as it stands the way Saints have played in pre season they’ll hammer us.

  • 170 Jail for Ashley // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Have you got a poster with Pardews head on Justin Beibers body on your wall.

  • 171 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:11 PM


    No need for the apology mate.

    I agree, Pardew was possibly the worst manager ever at Newcastle, and his record here says it all.

    His biggest problem is his ego, everything has to be about him.

    I don’t dislike Palace because of Pardew, I just don’t like them, and think Pardew is exactly what they need. Like everywhere else he went, it won’t be long before the wheels come off.

  • 172 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    Oh that’s right, everybody preach to me how wrong I am to get wound up over someone who has been trying to do that all this time. Sorry my ‘fledgling’ self- how patronising can you get??- cant handle an obvious invitation to get infuriated.

  • 173 Pokat // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    I’m with you there Tsunki mate lol that’s the most sensible post I’ve seen on here. Ever.

  • 174 Offkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    YMFB – I will think you will find you are the unreasonable one here…….have a read through and you will see…

  • 175 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    hey up Pokat long time no see 🙂

  • 176 Offkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    YMFB -Would you like to put this to bed? I certainly would

  • 177 Tsunki // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Thanks Pokat. Good too see some like minded individual talking great sense there. Keep it up. 🙂

  • 178 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Fledgling Magpie

    You are no saint yourself, in fact you are worse, Still you are young so I will give you this advise.

    If you want to talk football with the big boys then stick to football, it’s not your place to be judge, jury and executioner on others posts, you can discuss and debate them, but you cannot lecture or resort to name calling.

    Have fun on the blog, and if you see a post you don’t like, (like this one perhaps), then just ignore it and move on.

  • 179 Tsunki // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Ashley Out! Btw

  • 180 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    naughty naughty Tsunki pmsl 🙂

  • 181 jane // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    saying Pardew is a capable manager, which is correct, is not being overly positive. a lot of managers are capable.

  • 182 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    PMSL @ Pokat / Tsunki

    Double trouble from a single mindedness. 😀

  • 183 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    Where have I stated that I’m a saint ffs? Yes, my language has been of a poor standard and it isn’t necessary but this clown has been winding me up for a while. Yes Offkey I can’t be bothered to paint myself in a bad light much longer, but that doesn’t mean you were right!! Sorry for the inconvenience caused. God! I need a drink…

  • 184 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    I kinda like that user name now “Fledgling Magpie” it’s sorta nice and innocent, Tsunki keep off it, it’s mine.

  • 185 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    arrrrggggggggh! Iv’e killed the blog!

  • 186 Jail for Ashley // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    Pardew slept with a players wife, Pardew called one of the PL’s gentlemen a effing old cnut, he took an eight year deal knowing full well he was not allowed to win a cup, he took that while he had two manager of the year awards. He might be a capable manager but I don’t think he’s a good man.

  • 187 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Fledgling magpie?

    Is your goal to be a patronising ……….?

  • 188 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Dont forget he nicked some other poor blokes dinner because it looked better than his.

    I do hope that, even if he does ok with Palace, that this blog doesnt go into melt down over him. I hope everyone can eventually stop talking about him mostly.

  • 189 worthing magpiee // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Evening chaps! New poster!
    Anyone think we will buy another cb after mbemba? Getting pretty nervous going to the new season with this mob at the back,surley the club must realise this….

  • 190 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:36 PM


    Not at all my old fruit, but you are young, as your user name suggests, and it’s not in any way derogatory in it’s use, if anything it’s a fun name.

    If you wish to take offence that is entirely up to you.

    I have been called, Fire, Firebugg, and Bug by posters in the past and more recently, I take no offence as none is intended.

  • 191 beermonkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:38 PM


    its good to be the KING

  • 192 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    YMFB and Offkey…

    Having been untrigued by your argument, and having qyickly had a look at the start of it…

    YMFB…it seems you have kind of over reacted about stuff that had nowt to do with you. You should be able to ignore things that have no bearing on yourself

    Offkey….you seem to have over reacted by claiming censorship! It’s not as if YMFB put a big black marker pan over your comments 😀

    Just calm down, guys. Gini and de jong scored today, and our CBs were again proven useless. They are almost sure to be replaced now. All is working out nicely! 😀

  • 193 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:41 PM



  • 194 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:43 PM


    I prefer pan. 😀

  • 195 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:43 PM


    Haha. Yep. Mel brookes wrote the script to APs life.

  • 196 Mag52 // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:47 PM


    Can you, or indeed anyone on the blog, with hand on heart say they are good men/ women ?

  • 197 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:49 PM


    I can!

    I am a very good man, and enjoy life such as it is.

  • 198 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    I can, with hand on heart,honestly say that I TRY to be a good man. Trying to be a good person is the best anyone can do. I5 doesnt mean you always get it right, but its better than being a bit of a b@stard and acting like your the bees knees.

  • 199 cole the goal // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    I wouldn’t play sissoko, typical frenchy, plays when he wants to play. Complete lack of effort at times today. Rarely scores or gets assists too, not good enough. He can simply run with the bank and just goes for the nut Meg every time

  • 200 beermonkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:52 PM


    mel brooks is a legend love his films

  • 201 WWSBRD // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    Ur all good men? I try my hardest to not be a good man I just seem to mess it up

  • 202 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:54 PM



    Nothing ever works!

  • 203 welshgeordie9 // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:54 PM


    I can, I’m the quietest person on this blog and also never argued with anyone on here.

  • 204 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:55 PM


    You can what? Man or woman…..

    Just asking!

    ha ha ha

  • 205 Tsunki // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    I think Tsunki’s the best poster on here by a long wa…oh hang in need to just log off for a tick…

  • 206 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:59 PM


  • 207 welshgeordie9 // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:00 PM


    You might be the best poster but I’m the best comedian.

  • 208 Tsunki // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Ctg – you stopped just short of ” cheese eating surrender monkey ” there which was nice. 🙂

  • 209 Tsunki // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Welsh @201 that post might just convince me you are indeed a comedian of note.

  • 210 welshgeordie9 // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Don’t really want to brag but i think i am in the top 1.

    Ha ha ha

  • 211 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:03 PM


    That’s like saying I shouldn’t try and help someone who is getting bullied because it has nothing to do with me smh!

  • 212 Tsunki // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    Post @162 deserves a “Flat Earth” award all right. Clap.clap.clap.

  • 213 Mag52 // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    You couldn’t……

    Most people try, but most people will fail, especially if the yardstick is not swearing at someone in a moment of extreme pressure/tension. I wonder if you have resisted that temptation all your life Firebug?

  • 214 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:05 PM


    I thought you wanted to talk football?

  • 215 Tsunki // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Youngmag – hey ho son this is looking like that time you were chucking bangers through letterboxes because you thought nobody was talking to you 🙂

  • 216 Tsunki // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Anyway, we are not too many friendlies away from fielding the usual suspects at the back door against Southampton. Should we be worried?

  • 217 Bri // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    We WILL struggle if our transfer business is over because this squad is nowhere near good enough.
    Prepare for another long disappointing season me thinks.

  • 218 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:13 PM


    Who me?

    Swearing does not make you a bad person, sticks and stones and all that.

    Everyone will get angry at some point in their life, and most will use some bad language.

    It’s how you deal with a given situation, I like to try ans stay calm in difficult circumstances, getting angry and shouting at the world is not going to help.

    I am a very good father to my kids, never and I mean never had to raise my hands to them, I am a very good husband, and all round good egg.

    I am a very good neighbour, and well liked around the village where I live.

    I will talk to anyone on any subject, and if I don’t know much about a subject I am always willing to listen and learn.

    I will not do anybody a bad turn if I cannot do them a good one, and I am not vindictive.

    am I a good man?

  • 219 Graeme // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    A good report on the Sheffield match. I didn’t see itso no idea how accurate it is. If it is accurate – maybe somebody who was there could confirm – we appear to be in a spot of bother. The season kicks off in 2 weeks and we still effectively have the defence that conceeded a shed load of goals and almost got us relegated.

    In his Sky interview Schteve was anything but positive, having no idea if he is getting more players or not. He actually looked rather downbeat about the whole situation. Hopefully, he wont repeat his antics from Forrest and walk due to lack of investment / failure to meet promises. That would leave us right in the SH one T!!!

  • 220 Graeme // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    And the link is

    Sorry about that!!

  • 221 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    That’s it, Light the torches and grab the pitch forks, we have work to do……..

    Oh wait…..

    I’m a good man!


  • 222 cole the goal // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Firebug this is a footy forum not Jeremy Kyle

  • 223 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:22 PM


    Really? Thats the way you want to be? Mr over reaction. Shake your head as much as you like. With any luck it’ll fall off.

  • 224 Mag52 // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:23 PM


    Not according to Jail.

  • 225 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:24 PM


    Swearing doesnt make somebody a bad person. Stealing food and humping another blokes wife probably qualifies more.

  • 226 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    I don’t see the problem with my previous episode with the fact that the wums were spoken to more then the people who actually wanted to talk about football. That was a legitimate reason for me to speak about. My language hasn’t been the best today and I have apologised. My last comment on this thread was also reasonable.

  • 227 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    cole the goal

    Thank you for enlightening me, however I was answering a question put to me by Mag52, that is related to his idea of Pardew being a good man.

    I was presumptuous of me to go ahead and answer his question before first seeking out your permission, but as I am willing to learn, I will offer you my humblest apologies and endeavour to seek your guidance in the future.

  • 228 doofa the loofa // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Think a few peeps on here need to hook up..
    young love eh..
    there ain’t nothing wrongggg with a little bump and grind.. 😉

  • 229 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:28 PM


    That probably wasn’t the best choice od song, given who R Kelly allegedly bumped and ground with 😀

  • 230 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:28 PM


    Ok, don’t need to get all defensive it was a valid point to what you said.

    ‘With any luck it will fall off’

    Nice, real smooth!!

  • 231 cole the goal // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Ha ha no probs mate.

    Nice reply, I’ve only read two of your posts and I can tell your not half as clever as you think you are.


  • 232 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:33 PM


    Yeah,nice try. An attempt to make ME look like the over reactive one. For somebody who doesn’t like the arguments, you certainly have a penchant for keeping the kettle boiling.

  • 233 jane // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    firebug it’s a shame you are not a football manager as you have all the other qualities.

  • 234 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    But being clever is not such a great attribute, I prefer to be humble. I haven’t read any of your posts till they were directed at me.

    I doubt I will bother in the future, I can read most things, but insults for insults sake is not one of my favourites.

  • 235 Mag52 // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    You couldn’t…….

    Allegedly stealing……..humping…….etc.

  • 236 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:38 PM


    What are you talking about? I’m not trying to make you look like your over-reacting. I think there is enough evidence on this blog today to suggest that I’m the one who has been out of order. I’ts not my fault that you can’t handle a valid response with an answer back, instead wishing that my head falls off. One could suggest that you was wishing that I died?! Strange.

  • 237 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:39 PM


    Nice of you to say so. 😀

  • 238 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    Oh ffs.

    Think i will come back tomorow. There are too many insufferable morons tonight.

    To the people who are not intent on arguments… goodnight, take care.

  • 239 cole the goal // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Ok mate, chill.

  • 240 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:42 PM


    I handled it perfectly well. It is clear you want to keep arguing. You over reacted to the stuff on here, and offkey over reacted to you. Its clear to see. Like i said. Goodnight.

    Stop being so high and mighty.

  • 241 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    cole the goal

    Totally chilled mate, third can of Ice cold Carling, and a cheese toastie, chatting on the blog, what more can a person ask for.

  • 242 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    Running off? Can’t handle the debate? Ok, night! 🙂

  • 243 jane // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    are YoungMagpieFromBurnley and YouCouldn’tMakeItUp multiples?

  • 244 cole the goal // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Swap the carling for Heineken and it’s sounds like a good night

  • 245 sing in the corner // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Hopes for this week:
    – Mbemba holds up the shirt.
    – Colo has an easy medical at Selhurst and signs on for 2million, half current wages with bonuses written in based on wether he spends much of the year in South America or not
    – Willo switches career to become team leader at SD Northumberland St
    – Shakiri somehow arrives?

  • 246 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:44 PM


    what you are calling debate sounds more like you whinging. All night you have been at it, saying you want to talk football, but instead creating argument.

    Good posters are leaving now. Well done kidder!

  • 247 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    cole the goal

    I agree, but I was given these cans, and apart from home brew they are all I have.

  • 248 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:49 PM


    Look, blame me ‘for the decent posters going’ like I’m now not going to be able to sleep tonight! But my original comments before the ‘over-reacting’ we’re completely feasable. It’s not like I just started being a djck. I didn’t like the fact people were laughing at Obertan’s face, there’s nothing wrong with that.

  • 249 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    firebug well said I’ve been waiting for a football debate all night lol, Still hope we get to see Mitrovic play in the next 2 friendlies

  • 250 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Just starting to get a little worried that we end up getting smashed against Southampton in the first game!?

    Why are we taking so long to get the players in we need or is that us spent all the money we will ? Do we have to sell now before anyone else is in ?

    That interview with Mclaren on Sky Sports did not fill me with hope

  • 251 doofa the loofa // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Knew those carling adds must be working on some poor bugger!! 😉

  • 252 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    I have been getting the same worries mate

  • 253 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:55 PM


    Good to know your back on the blog mate !!!

    Next pre season we need to start organising games against teams at premiership level although by the looks of things we have been lucky to not get beat tonight !

  • 254 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Sooooo, haha, ermmmmm…. Wijnaldum seems like a breath of fresh air, I know it’s pre-season but he seems to get a lot of chances. That’s a good trait for someone as good as him. I kind if fear that he will be sold at the end of our first season because he already seems too good for us!

  • 255 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:56 PM


    I’m sure Obertan appreciates you sticking up for him, but I would suggest he is old enough to look after himself.

    I would think that having been on the blog for a long time under different names you would have learned by now that players will get slated and called names.

    It’s the nature of the blog, not just the players get it either, other blogger suffer to, you yourself gave some abuse out earlier.

    Having an opinion is one thing, trying to lecture or dictate to others is another. You have been on here long enough to be blog wise, and should be able to debate much better than you have been.

    When you were IrishGerodie9 you handled things much better so what has changed?

  • 256 Bobbybee // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Well I’m the nicest person you could ever meet – except when I’m lying of course. 🙂

  • 257 Jail for Ashley // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    I apologise for my childish post earlier.

  • 258 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:58 PM


    Can we just talk football? 😉

  • 259 Belfast // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Hi Pokat missed your input lately.

  • 260 The Newcastle Armchair // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:59 PM


    Christ thats the most sensible post I’ve ever saw from you.

    You ran out of crack or something?

  • 261 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:59 PM


    I am very worried, I still think that another couple of players will come in, but I don’t think we have the time to be ready for Southampton. If we start with a defeat, it will not be so bad providing we shore up the defence in the next game, but if we get hammered…………..

  • 262 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:01 PM


    Yes: What is your take on our defensive situation

  • 263 jane // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    at least Southampton haven’t strengthened this transfer window. their main activity so far seems to be:

    Morgan Schneiderlin to Man Utd for £24.5m
    Nathaniel Clyne to Liverpool for £12.4m

    replaced with

    Jordy Clasie from Feyenoord for £8.4m
    Cédric Soares from Sporting for £4.5m

  • 264 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    My take?

    Well, it’s extremely worrying. Having already shipped 8 goals in 4 games(albeit pre-season) it seems like nothing has changed. With the Mbemba deal delayed due to the incompetence of the F.A I can only presume that he won’t feature in any game for us before the start of the season. Mix that with McClarens mighty words of wisdom one can only assume that our transfer business is done, when surely we are still crying out for a commanding CB. One which preferably gets one pre-season game under there belt. If we go into the new season with just these three signed then I think we will concede more then last year, given that Colo and Willo are only going to get worse due to age and Lascelles looking too raw. Mbemba will still need to adapt!! Scary times…

  • 265 The Newcastle Armchair // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:09 PM


    I can’t tell if that post is sarcasm in saying they haven’t strengthened.

    If you’d seen Clasie play, you’d see he’s going to be 10x the player Schneiderlin could ever be

  • 266 Belfast // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    worthing magpiee
    July 26, 2015
    Evening chaps! New poster!
    Anyone think we will buy another cb after mbemba? Getting pretty nervous going to the new season with this mob at the back,surley the club must realise this….

    Hi welcome to the blog. It’s normally like this honestly.

    I don’t think we’ll buy another centre back, although we really need too. I would be worried if we didn’t sign anybody else.

  • 267 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:11 PM


    We looked poor today, I seen one of their goals on twitter, and Williamson was chugging (and I use that word generously) back trying to catch their striker, who was four yards ahead by the time he shot for goal.

    Slow is not the word.

    If we do not get this defence sorted out now, we are in big trouble.

  • 268 beermonkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:11 PM


    how are you

    I don’t pay that much attention to the results in friendlies
    but I am looking forward to the last one good opposition and should provide some answers as to how we will set against Southampton

    hopefully it will be on tv

  • 269 jane // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    it was complete ignorance as I’d never heard of him.

  • 270 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:15 PM


    Agreed, we should bring in another CB now who has premiership experience and get him bedded in, Chancel can then take the time he will need to customise himself to the premiership.

  • 271 headtheball // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    Defending the King again?
    When you stated “despite clearly being short up top ” did you mean he has a kangaroo loose in the top paddock? If so I agree mate.

  • 272 Belfast // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    You’d think strengthening the defence would have been the number one priority when you can’t defend for toffee.

  • 273 Mister Tuff // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    I do think that the time has come to stop calling Obertan. Apparently he is aware of the name calling and has had enough – he specifically hates being called the alien and alien heed.
    He has asked the manager for a few days off so he can go home to gather his thoughts about his future.
    He was photographed by a fan on his way home.,1228937801,6/stock-photo-man-driving-a-spaceship-21844417.jpg

  • 274 Bobbybee // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    There was plenty talk about other players coming in even after Mbemba flew over, including talk of surprise ones. It’s possible he was talking about before the season starts. We were still very much interested in Austin before his silly wage demands and repeatedly tried to convince thauvin to come over, so the money must be still available. I’m thinking another two at least. Macca can see the defence is dangerous and he’s the one who has to explain performances if he sticks to what we’ve got. He wants the right players, which I think was his point. Like he said, we’re talking to players nobody has suggested, knowing that just talking isn’t going to cut it. He won’t waste good money on buying the wrong players or he has to carry the can. I’m not panicking just yet.

  • 275 bettyswallocks // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Ymfburnley………… People come on this blog for various reasons , the main one being to share all things NUFC. Also for a bit of light hearted relief from the stress and pressures of every day life.
    This includes having the craic and sharing a bit of banter and humour.
    For someone your age to take the moral high ground and try to make people feel guilty for their choice of humour is the reason this country is becoming so politically over correct.
    FFS lighten up and don’t be so square.

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