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Newcastle Make Move To Sign Long Term Center-Back Target

10:25 am, Thursday, August 13th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 106 Comments

There’s news today in the Mail that Newcastle want to do an exchange deal with Mike Williamson and cash for our long term center-back target – 23 year-old Lewis Dunk,

It was in January of 2102 that Newcastle were first linked with 6ft 4ins Brighton center-back, who was playing at his home town club.

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Lewis Dunk – 23 year-old 6ft 4ins Brighton center-back

And last October we were linked with the central defender, and it seems new Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren knows all about him from his two years at Derby County.

Dunk certainly fits the bill for players Newcastle like to sign – and he’s at the right age and looks a very promising player, who will only get better if Newcastle sign him.

Steve McClaren has also been interested in the big central defender while at Derby County, and perhaps there’s been a meeting of the minds between Graham Carr and Steve McClaren.

The Seagulls rejected a £4M offer from Fulham earlier in the summer for Dunk, and manager Chris Hughton spoke at that time of his determination to keep ‘one of his best players’.

But it looks like Newcastle want Lewis Dunk now according to the Mail, and we suppose the one thing to be agreed with Brighton is how much cash Brighton will they get for Dunk in addition to the 31 year-old Williamson.

Dunk has played 111 times for Brighton with 7 goals since he made his debut back in April of 2010 in the 0–0 draw at Milton Keynes Dons – at the time Lewis was just 18.

Former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton took over Brighton from Sami Hyypia at the end of last year, and he did a very good job of tightening the Brighton defense.

Brighton conceded only 54 goals in the Championship, even though they finished 5th bottom of the league, and that was the 5th best goals against record of the 24 teams in the Championship last season.

Lewis Dunk was a major figure in Brighton’s defense last season, and he would be a good signing for Newcastle,.

But how does he get games at Newcastle this season, with Coloccini, Mbemba, Taylor and Lascelles also at the club?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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106 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Slank // Aug 13, 2015 at 10:26 AM


    sparky55 @ 1

    Being ‘through and through’ doesn’t prevent a player moving from the club he has grown up with and supported.

    Quoting Lee Clarke in that context was a bit unfortunate as he joined Sunderland, possibly much to the shame of many..

  • 2 Slank // Aug 13, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    An exchange deal looks very appealing.

  • 3 WWSBRD // Aug 13, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    How many exchange deals actually happen?

  • 4 Jib // Aug 13, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Jan 2102

  • 5 Slank // Aug 13, 2015 at 10:36 AM


    Not many but this one looks attractive to both side.

    McClaren will know about Dunk when he was Derby manager. Hughton will know about Williamson from his Newcastle days. We will probably have to cough up some cash. I am sure Dunk would relish the opportunity to move up a league and possibly get a big pay rise.

  • 6 toon kk // Aug 13, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    What will he be like up against quality strikers in the premier league? Definitely an upgrade on Williamson.

  • 7 sparky55 // Aug 13, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Morning Slank

    Only used Lee as a casing example due to the fact he would have stayed at newcastle throughout all his career if only he had the choice and from what my nephew says that’s the case with Byram.

    From the sounds of it it won’t take much of an improved offer from Leeds and he’ll be staying put.

  • 8 Bobbybee // Aug 13, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    I watched Brighton play the other night on Sky and kept an eye on Dunk for obvious reasons. Looks a very tidy CB imo and always seemed to have time on the ball. I’d take him without question and it would be the other CB’s we have who would be asking ‘where do I fit in’, not him. An ideal partner for Mbemba. Club captain isn’t a guarantee of first team football, after all.

  • 9 Jib // Aug 13, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Williamson will defo go to Brighton
    He started his career at Torquay and then did 6 years at Soton and Portsmouth so he knows the South coast . Great place to end his footballing career , he’s only 31 and could squeeze out another 5 or 6 years , he’s certainly fit enough.
    Hughton gave him his biggest career move so I think it’s a no brainer and we should play hardball to get Dunk.

  • 10 Slank // Aug 13, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Morning to you sparky55

    I sometimes think that players can be persuaded by ‘loyalty’ to stay at their home town club often at the expense of their career.

    If Leeds were on the brink of taking the Championship by storm then I can accept the logic of staying put but Leeds appear to be a basket case of a club.

  • 11 WWSBRD // Aug 13, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Tbh I can barely think of any, I think this is just a very easy link for papers to make. Dunks agent is continuing to get his name out there and Williamson has let it be known he is up for sale, hoots now in charge of Brighton makes the perfect journalist storm

  • 12 WWSBRD // Aug 13, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    If Byram wants to stay at Leeds good luck to him his career may take a hit but maybe he is just content there for now playing week in week out few more seasons he will go to a newly promoted PL team then aim to impress a bigger team who will actually use him

    Probably better than coming here to play the odd cup game and sit on the bench

  • 13 Bobbybee // Aug 13, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Any player worth his salt should be looking to improve himself. Byram’s no different. PL football, wage increase, full stadium, tv exposure, international potential. All things a move to Newcastle would provide him with, that is lacking at Leeds right now. Loyalty to your home town club only takes you so far, before reality – in the shape of his agent – takes over.

  • 14 Slank // Aug 13, 2015 at 10:56 AM


    If necessary I’m sure we could match Fulham’s bid and add Williamson to the deal. There are a lot of ‘win win’ scenarios with a proposed player swap plus cash deal.

    Williamson would probably get into Brighton’s first team no bother but I’m not sure Dunk would edge out Colo or Chancel.

  • 15 JamesToon // Aug 13, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Dunks stats destroy Collo, Lascelles and Taylor’s:
    @DannyJGraham: Another comparison I’ve put together for Dunk. Good young CB who’s better than Willo & Lascelles. #NUFC

  • 16 Slank // Aug 13, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Bobbybee @ 13

    It’s not as if he is travelling to the other side of the world.

  • 17 banjax // Aug 13, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    At this stage buying another player ‘who can develop in the future’ is not what the club needs. Last Sunday we let two goals in and to me that means we need to spend and bring in a top class defender if we are to match our aspirations of a Top Eight even this year never mind next year. Hopefully this is another bout of journalistic froth and as such should dissipate as quickly as it appeared.

  • 18 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Is Dunk a good prospect? I dont know much about him to be honest!

    …but he’s 23 now so he’s one of the big boys! Can he cut it?

  • 19 WWSBRD // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Problem with exchange deals is that it doubles the amount of people that need to be happy with it so barely anyone attempts them. The win win side of it is really only on the club proposing it they get a player they want and get shot of one they don’t. Selling club lose they player and get a worse player in return

    I don’t see this happening at all

  • 20 WWSBRD // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Maybe he is just happy?

  • 21 toon kk // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    I know a lot of fans desperately want any player linked with us signed up. But we need to move forward. We should be looking at top quality players to build a solid team, not chancers in the lower league’s. We have plenty of them.

  • 22 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    beer…by the way I agree with your sentiment a few replies back!

  • 23 John Tudor // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    scored a cracker og he did

  • 24 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Agree completely Banjax. How many “one for the future” centre backs do we want? We already have Satka and Lascelles. (not that either of them will make it, in my view, but that’s another story). If the goals we conceded against Southampton didn’t highlight the fact that we need a quality player in that position I don’t know what will. If McClaren can’t convince the pinstriped pipsqueak to spend the money and sign a right proper centre half whatever it costs he’s just another Pardew with a northern accent.

  • 25 Sav // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Give them Lascelles as well. Where the heck is he? Hopefully, that Forest nonsense will be Ashley’s last venture into ‘player investment’.

  • 26 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    I debate football points. And if bloggers want to continue to debate them, I am happy to debate and debate and debate.

    As for your advice to get a Law degree, I don’t need to get one, and certainly not to be able to debate with you. Just stick to football and stop calling people knackers and undesirables and claiming you know more about football than them and their opinions are worthless.

  • 27 Jamseyd24 // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    if we sign another CB the Lascelles needs to go on loan to get some games. Not sure about Dunk, never seen him play. But we def need someone with good aerial ability in the back 4.

  • 28 Rotonda heights // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    If this exchange happened and maybe a LB it will have been an excellent window.

    As for Dunk getting games Ed:-

    Taylor : Won’t play a full season
    Lascelles: Doesn’t look ready yet
    Colo: Depends if we are conceding too many headers.
    MBemba ” ” ” ”

  • 29 WWSBRD // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Lascelles won’t make it now? How’s that?

  • 30 Rotonda heights // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:27 AM


    That’s where I think having McLaren on the board may be just what was needed

  • 31 Jamseyd24 // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    Slightly of topic, but did I read it right that there will be premier league fixtures on Fri nites this season?

  • 32 lesh // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    How, Ed asks, will Dunk get a game with us?

    No problem, especially as McClaren’ll be keen to rotate players to ensure success in challenging for each of the Prem, FA Cup and the League Cup this season. The need’ll be even greater next season when we’re competing in the ECL too.


  • 33 Jib // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Arsenal bid £5 million for Lascelles when he was 17 and Everton were fined £45000 for making an illegal approach for him in 2013 .
    Redknapps QPR tried many times to buy him.

    Some much more football savvy people than you or I , rate Jamaal very highly.

    However he needed to get away from Nottingham and his cronies .
    He will come good , Big Steve Black will sort him out.

  • 34 Rotonda heights // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    go lesh, go lesh. . . . . .

    love the optimism

  • 35 geordieboy83 // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Morning all,
    Banjax and overrated, I wouldn’t call dunk a prospect, if ever a player was playing above his standard it’s this lad. An immense talent and I’ll put my house on him being a regular international if he moves to premier league. I would have no hesitation putting him in the team

  • 36 Jamseyd24 // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:33 AM


    In fairness when we got the 2 boy from forest everyone was excited, flip Lascelles was even training with England last year so there has to be something somewhere?? Miss management not having a recall as he was wasted at forest for most of the season, due to the fact he was no longer their player. needs games me thinks

  • 37 Jib // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    Jamsey this Friday Man U v Aston Villa is a one off – However starting in 2016 there will be regular Friday night games aimed to increase the foreign market where it is more of a tradition to have sporting events on a Friday

  • 38 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    agreeing with JIB and WWS. I dont see how just because lac didnt start over colo hes considered a flop. Schteve is gonna take it slow with him which is the RIGHT move. Whether he makes it or not has yet to be seen. There is very little justification to right him off after being with the team a matter of weeks. Its a long season and there will be plenty of games colo will be out. Lets give the guy a season before we pass judgement.

  • 39 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    “write” him off!

  • 40 Bobbybee // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    WWSBRD, aye, maybe he is, but his knocking back a new deal – on less money – kinda suggests he’s not! 🙂 Are agents EVER happy? One of those situations where wait and see applies I suppose. Anyway, if his ambition only stretches as far as Elland Road, then he’s not the right player for us really, is he?

  • 41 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    Have you watched Lascelles? Do you understand the game? Can you not see that he’s a donkey?

  • 42 Rotonda heights // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    or even to WRITE him off

  • 43 Rotonda heights // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:48 AM


    beat me to it!!

  • 44 WWSBRD // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    Tbf being asked to sign up long term on less wages for someone so highly rated is rarely likely to happen even for someone who loves the club….plus I dont think he is on that much to begin with considering his age and the clubs stature

    Agents only make money with new contracts and moving clubs so nar they are always miserable unsettling helmets (for the most part anyway am sure there are some good ones) but they do work for the client so if Bryam was set against leaving not much he can do about it

    Ambition wise I have no idea, we are after a back up RB/prospect so we dont want someone who comes in thinking they can automatically start games. In all honesty I dont know too much about him maybe he is perfect for us I honestly haven’t got a clue

  • 45 Essex Geordie Bill // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    I don’t understand why Lascelles is getting so much grief. Perhaps we ought to wait and see how he performs in a few games before consigning him to the scrap heap of failed youngsters.

    After all CBs don’t often reach their peak till they are hitting their late twenties.

    Regardless of this I would love us to get Dunk I know you can’t judge a player on one game but he did look very good last week.

  • 46 WWSBRD // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    The overrated Frenchman
    Barely, yes and no

  • 47 Bobbybee // Aug 13, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    WWSBRD. From what little i’ve seen of him he looks a very good player, but like yourself, I haven’t really seen enough of him to pass fair judgement. I thought it an insult to try and use his loyalty to get him to sign for less money – and we think Ashley’s bad! 😉 The fact that Carr and Cathro went to watch him suggests there is genuine interest, so a case of watch this space i suppose

  • 48 WWSBRD // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    Aye thats very poor from Leeds but their owner is pretty much on par with Ashley isnt he?

    Isnt he currently playing RW? Suppose that fits in with the wing back that we are intending to play with similar to that Portuguese LB we were linked with who often plays LW

  • 49 expatmag // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    If we signed Byrams and Dunk for says Williamson and 10 million, what great business and what a very good young side we could have.

    Darlow Lascelles Dunk Mbemba Haidara Byrams Dummett Wijnaldum Woodman Ameobi Armstrong Aarons Mitrovic Sissoko Perez Janmaat Colback all under 26 or under.

  • 50 Jib // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    You win nowt with kids 😎 wink wink

  • 51 Brian Pinas // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    Everton have snapped up Holgate then…

  • 52 Bobbybee // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    WWSBRD I believe he’s able to play anywhere down the right and played right wing when Carr and Cathro went to watch him. By all accounts he had a good game. Gonna watch tonight when Leeds are at Donny, so we might know more after that.

  • 53 Bobbybee // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    Jib, and who trained those kids at Utd? Macca! 🙂

  • 54 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    No he didn’t! Macca was only there from 99-01, all the ‘kids’ were established by then.

    On Lascelles, he isn’t ready yet. It isn’t that he is a bad player, just needs time. Dunk is further along, but I’m not so sure he is the answer. We need someone with experience who can lead and organise the defence.

  • 55 Malackay // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    Jose Fonte potentially leaving for Villa? Exactly the sort of defender we need, but is he too old for us at 31? I’d have him in a heart beat.

  • 56 toon kk // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    Dunk, Haidara, Dummet, Ameobi, Lascellas, Darlow and Armstrong not forgetting Williamson are all championship quality players and no more.

  • 57 Jib // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    Cabella making a good recovery
    Back training with the squad as soon as next week

  • 58 John Tudor // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    you get what you pay for

  • 59 bettyswallocks // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    From what I’ve seen of Lascelles, he seems very ponderous and not very mobile.

    We have had enough slow thinking donkeys at CB and maybe it would be best to get rid now and free up a space in the squad before he gets exposed as useless and becomes worthless.

  • 60 Bobbybee // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:20 PM

    Lil, he coached the 99 treble winners, and we all know Fergie hardly got involved with training. He delegated, like a good manager does. All those ‘kids’ gave Macca immense credit for the treble, of that there’s little doubt. Not many coaches around who can say they coached the treble winners. Credit where it’s due.

  • 61 Bobbybee // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    Toon kk. Arma will make you eat those words matey. He’s destined for great things.

  • 62 Jib // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:23 PM

    Lilo and Bobby
    Unbelievably Hansen made that comment 20 years ago next Wednesday (19Aug1995)
    WhereTF have the years gone (stifles sob)

  • 63 WWSBRD // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    From what I have read on him ur right mate, as for watching him I will leave that up to u haha

  • 64 John Tudor // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    font to villa cos van dick goes soton

  • 65 ronjohno // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    Cannot believe NUFC not after Justin Rhodes-scored goals wherever he has been.
    Still what do I know eh.

  • 66 Bobbybee // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    Jib. Twenty years? Really? Wow, how time really does fly. I would never have thought it was that long ago. Mind you, my memory ain’t worth a toss these days. I remember things, just rarely in the right order! 😉

  • 67 Mister Tuff // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    Blackley – you cannot help yourself you’ll always want to argue and cause a ruck. You need to stop twisting and giving a deliberately false representation of what people say. You do it all the time.
    I know that you are obviously targetting me to further your spite after I informed you of the correct legal position about the King Percy headbutt incident – an opinion you did not want to hear – to keep a grudge for so long really reveals what you are all about. Give it a rest and stop your shenanigans.

  • 68 toon kk // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    Bobby bee
    we’ll see, because players wear black and white it doesn’t mean they’re all quality. How many of our squad would BR and KK signed up today?

  • 69 Bobbybee // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    WWSBRD If it’s on tv, I’m watching it regardless of who it is. Watched Pompey v Derby last night! Pompey to win Div 2 at a canter, if ya want a tip lol.

  • 70 bettyswallocks // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    I think hanging on to all these younger players in the hope that they might come good is not going to be a successful policy.

    Obviously there are players that are late to mature and that can continue to improve but they need to show the odd spark of brilliance to warrant keeping them for years .

    Most players that are going to hit the heights show some signs of this no matter how young. If they’re good enough they’re old enough to show us something.

  • 71 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    They weren’t kids though at that stage. Wasn’t knocking his coaching ability, just that they were pretty established and international players when he arrived.Beckham only stayed 2 more years after. Ferguson was still a training ground coach then.

  • 72 Our Toon // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    The best youth player or youngster we have at the club Kemen. He’s by far the standout player, Arma has alot of hype about him, mainly from the locals.

    Arma is more likely to go down the same path as Chopra, Campbell, Vuckic etc. The best thing for him is game time but from the little impact he’s disappointed with the very little impact he’s made so far in the 1st team. Look at youngsters from other clubs and they’ve kicked on, look at the 16 year old West ham lad, bentleb of spurs, Arsenal’s RB (name escapes me), Barkley, Grealish etc. Arma hasn’t taken his limited opportunities unlike these lads

  • 73 Bobbybee // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    Toon kk. Seriously mate, I’ve watched this kid through the Academy and U21’s and he the best prospect we’ve produced since gazza. He’s still only 18 remember and he’s stood out for England U17’s and U18’s. He scores goals from everywhere and his movement mocks his age. His debut at Coventry scored him their all time record ratings for a player. This loan will be the making of him and he’ll come back even better for it. He’s the real deal I assure you. I’m already excited by the prospect of him eventually teaming up with Mitrovic. They’ll terrorise defences 😉

  • 74 bettyswallocks // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    Our toon…… The problem is finding the ones that are likely to cut it at PL level.

    Vuckic impressed me the other day with his goal for the under 21s and arma took his two goals well for Coventry, however neither of these have impressed in the PL where there is far less space and time on the ball.

  • 75 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    The only way Armstrong is going to be ready is playing games the club is doing the right thing by loaning him out

    Kane , Barkley , Beckham etc all had loan spells before coming back a more mature player so I think it will work for him

  • 76 Bobbybee // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    Our toon, for someone who doesn’t go to games, all your info on Arma is based on other’s opionions. His chances for our first eleven were short cameo’s, where he was bombarded with high long balls and totally wasted. Throughout his period with the Academy and U21’s – and his England youth games – he plays through the channels and scores for fun. I’ve spent many evenings watching the Academy and U21’s and picked out four prospects: Arma, Aarons, Roberts and Kemen. And unless Kemen improves his first touch, he won’t make it. Milan’s interest has upped his profile, but he’s got a lot to prove yet imo.

  • 77 Jib // Aug 13, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    Anita MIRACULOUSLY fully recovered from back injury

  • 78 Phatoon // Aug 13, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    Can’t see Fonte going to Villa.

    If they get Van Dijk, he will just be a replacement for Alderweireld. They have Gardos (out injured for a while), Yoshida and Caulker (on loan).

    So I would see that Van Dijk and Fonte as their starting pair

  • 79 Essex Geordie Bill // Aug 13, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    I think that ‘The Management’ will be self *rse kicking in the same way that Jose probably is after letting DeBruyne go, if we let Abeid go.

    Still as someone else what do I know about football, I’ve only been watching it for over sixty years.

  • 80 Phatoon // Aug 13, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    I thought Vuckic played well against West Brom that time..

  • 81 Bobbybee // Aug 13, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    Jib, it was only an impact injury after all. Bit of bruising and discomfort. Might have been a problem last season, but with first team places at a premium, i reckon there’ll be more than one ‘miraculous recoveries’ this season. 🙂

  • 82 Essex Geordie Bill // Aug 13, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    This is a repost of a comment I made several threads ago but in view of some of the comments today is worth repeating.

    ‘I really don’t see why the club keep buying promising young players as most of the time they don’t step up to the first team as regulars. How many actually have?

    Personally I’d rather see them follow the ‘big clubs’ example and invest in older experienced players, say 28/29 + They might not have the same potential re-sale value but could be a better asset in terms of success on the field.’

    For example what happened to that Hungarian kid?

  • 83 Essex Geordie Bill // Aug 13, 2015 at 1:17 PM


    I missed that out the sentence, I’ll have to get my minder to proof read my comments. 🙂

  • 84 John Tudor // Aug 13, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    starved to death of soccer

  • 85 Essex Geordie Bill // Aug 13, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    And the last sentence in comment 82 is in the wrong place, dohh!

  • 86 hibbit // Aug 13, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    the kids will never come through with beardsley in charge great player no good as a coach

  • 87 Essex Geordie Bill // Aug 13, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    I was talking to someone today about the amazing ball playing skills of Jimmy Scoular, the man was a genius.

  • 88 Bobbybee // Aug 13, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    Lil, yeah, i know mate, but even Fergie gave Macca great praise for the treble. He’s got the best cv of anybody at the Toon since Ashley took over by a mile. People seem keen to point out his failures, when the reality is, his successes far outweigh them. Best we’ve had since Sir Bobby by far, and ably assisted by Cathro I fancy we’ll do well under the pair.

  • 89 hibbit // Aug 13, 2015 at 1:26 PM

    bobby only if they get the backing they need

  • 90 bettyswallocks // Aug 13, 2015 at 1:28 PM

    I agree the coaching needs re assessing for these youngsters. For none to make it through cant be right.
    Maybe the new guys will take a look at this fairly soon.

  • 91 Bobbybee // Aug 13, 2015 at 1:34 PM

    Hibbet, aye, that will help like! 🙂 The first game on Sunday augurs well though, because we outplayed a very good Southampton team until we tired towards the end. They had played a good few competitive matches before, so that wasn’t unexpected. The style has already improved vastly from the last few seasons. It won’t happen overnight though and shouldn’t be expected to. I’m liking what I’m seeing though. 🙂

  • 92 toon kk // Aug 13, 2015 at 1:34 PM

    who do you think is our best player to have come on up through the ranks?, so too speak.

  • 93 bills-son // Aug 13, 2015 at 1:37 PM

    Essex Geordie,

    Jimmy Scoular, there’s a blast from the past.

    One of the hardest men ever in football.

    When Billy Bremner, a fellow Scot, was making one of his first ever starts for Leeds as a young lad Scoular wandered over to him in the kick about and asked him if his parents had come down from Scotland to watch him play …

    “Aye” said Billy

    “Whereabouts are they sitting” asked Scoular

    “Up there in the stand” said Billy pointing over

    “well listen closely son” said Scoular “come anywhere fkn near me during the game and you’ll fkn end up there with them”


  • 94 mindshaft // Aug 13, 2015 at 1:37 PM

    what’s happened with Kemen – by all accounts the best youngster we have by miles yet can’t seem to get near the first team

  • 95 Bobbybee // Aug 13, 2015 at 1:38 PM

    Betty, that’s why Arma needed this loan mate – the only way is first team football. Not all doom n gloom though, with Arma, Aarons, Kemen and Roberts all looking prospective first teamers. I think Cathro will change a few things further down the line, as youth appears to be his forte.

  • 96 Bobbybee // Aug 13, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    Right, seriously lads. Who do YOU want in the 2nd round draw tonight? Sunderland would make a nice interesting evening imo. 🙂

  • 97 hibbit // Aug 13, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    toonkk…… paul gascoigne best player through the club….. alan shearer best geordie…….. best play to wear the shirt in my time tony green

  • 98 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 13, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    I would refer you to my previous comments on the King Percy headbutt incident. Please move on. Nobody wants to read us bickering. Try to talk football on here.

  • 99 Jib // Aug 13, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    Westergaarde on Werder Bremen
    “I’ve only been here a short time , I’m a first team regular , I’m gan naewhere”
    Plus their Sportschef Thomas Eichen said there has been no contact.

  • 100 Bobbybee // Aug 13, 2015 at 1:53 PM

    Hibbet, the sad thing about Tony Green is that, had he suffered that career ending injury now, they could’ve fixed it good as new.

  • 101 Bobbybee // Aug 13, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    Howay lads, surely I’m not the only one looking forward to tonight’s draw? Given a choice, who would you like to see us get? Home or away?

  • 102 hibbit // Aug 13, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    bobby met the guy years later at a test match proper gent and he was telling me the pfa had paid for it to be done about 15 years later

  • 103 Bobbybee // Aug 13, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    Hib, definitely the greatest player never to make it. Years ahead of his time. Didn’t know he’d had it fixed since though, but then, what’s the PFA’s job but to look after current and ex players? How much would he have been worth in the current climate, had he not been forced to quit? Never seen a player have so much time on the ball. Time slowed down when he was in possession. Crying shame. For a player to be classed a legend after such little time playing, says it all I reckon.

  • 104 nut meg // Aug 13, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    I used to go to a old guy who used to treat people from all walks of life with all sorts of injuries that doctors & hospitals couldn’t really do much with.He used to treat Tony Green & he told me he could have got him back to full fitness but the club had him operated on too quick, he said probably for the insurance money as was not uncommon in those days and one of the directors was a surgeon ! A truly brilliant player who tragically only had one season with us but is a true LEGEND.

  • 105 Spotlight Kid // Aug 13, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    I watched Brighton v Forest live last weekend and Dunk was impressive. He also looked good (and consistent) in the Brighton games I caught last season. Like Albert in the Entertainers., he’s not averse to moving forward with purpose, but is arguably better at the back than Philippe was at times.

    I suspect Brighton fans smelled a rat yesterday when Uwe Hunemeier was signed. It would be a very good bit of business if LC pulled this one off.

  • 106 Spotlight Kid // Aug 13, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Nut Meg & Bobby

    Green was a superb player. I was lucky enough to see many of his NUFC performances, and on his day no-one could touch him. I remember in1978 there was an end of season testimonial game (it might have even been Green’s benefit match?), and despite being out of the game for years Green ran rings around the just relegated first team.

    The Old Boys XI (including Jinky as I recall) trounced the current First XI in the end, and Green scored an absolute rocket just to top it off. And no, they didn’t let the Old Boys win, they were simply outclassed. Marvellous and depressing at the same time.

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