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Newcastle Begin Clear Out Of Fringe Players

6:31 pm, Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 48 Comments

Newcastle have started a clear out of some of their fringe players with news today that 24 year-old 22 times capped Northern Ireland International Shane Ferguson has moved permanently for an undisclosed fee to Football League One club Milwall.

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Shane Ferguson – has moved to Milwall on a permanent basis

This is the statement Newcastle have issued on the web-site:

Newcastle United defender Shane Ferguson has joined Millwall on a permanent basis for an undisclosed fee.

The Northern Ireland international left-back, who can also play in midfield, has been on loan with the League One outfit since August, making 28 appearances in all competitions to date.

And Ferguson has now turned that into a full-time deal, signing an 18-month contract at the New Den.

Twenty-four-year-old Ferguson was born in Derry, in Northern Ireland, but came up through the ranks on Tyneside before making his Magpies’ debut in August 2010, at Accrington Stanley in the League Cup.

He made 32 appearances in all competitions for Newcastle, with 19 of those coming as a substitute, and also spent time on loan at Birmingham City and Glasgow Rangers over the last three seasons.

Everyone at Newcastle United wishes Shane well for his future at Millwall.

We add to that and wish Shane all the best for his football future – and that he has a good tournament with Northern Ireland at the Euro 2016 finals in France in June.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Shane Ferguson · Transfer News and Rumours

48 responses so far ↓

  • 1 GeordieTwo // Jan 26, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    Good question hazzy from the previous thread. I don’t know the exact amount but he depends on advertising to a huge extent like any retailer does. That’s why he wanted into Rangers as well. It’s all part of his growth strategy for his Shoddy Direct empire. If you think he isn’t worried about relegation then why do you think he just spent 28M pounds on 3 players mate?

  • 2 GeordieTwo // Jan 26, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    Off for a bit. See you all later lads and lasses.

  • 3 lochinvar // Jan 26, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    Selling on an International left back – isn’t that a bit risky ?

  • 4 Thump // Jan 26, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    It was clear he was never going to cut it here. Wish the lad the best, he certainly seems highly thought of at the Den.

  • 5 SUFCsunderland // Jan 26, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    Come to Sunderland, we get the best out of players

  • 6 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 26, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    Who do we throw on the sword against Everton? We always lose there no matter how we are playing. I actually say put our apparent best possible team out, and just go for it. Anything is a bonus from Goodison.

  • 7 Mister Tuff // Jan 26, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    Ferguson – good honest player but not of PL standard. Championship at best.

  • 8 Thump // Jan 26, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    To add to GeordieTwo’s comments on Ashley and NUFC: take a look at Sports Direct’s financial reports since he’s taken us on (and started advertising). Lest we forget that he has taken over the logistics of the club shop (brick and mortar as well as online and merchandise, and he’ll undeniably be making a few quid from the back of that.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we ended up with an Ashley owned shirt manufacturer when the Puma deal comes to an end tbh.

    Will it hit him massively? Potentially. With how competitive the Championship is at the moment, there’s absolutely no guarantee that we’ll bounce straight back up, so that means losing a slice of the new TV deal, as well as less eyes on his brand.

    Finances aren’t everything, mate.

  • 9 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 26, 2016 at 6:45 PM



    There are a few players who can take their turn out wide, and the swapping keeps defences guessing. Nowt to lose from a game which is always a write-off anyway

  • 10 Thump // Jan 26, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    Has Ian Toon made yet another account?

  • 11 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 26, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    And if he insists on the 4231 then those players can fit.

    Gk and def as before




    As long as we attack and at least try to win

  • 12 Mister Tuff // Jan 26, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    Ian Toon/Carl -previous post how do you lurch from me saying that Townsend likes to cut in onto his left – to me saying he is not two footed.

    More invention for the purposes of having a pop.
    Did you report to your doctor as Carl or Ian Toon. Did he diagnose that only one of you was mad.

  • 13 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 26, 2016 at 6:49 PM


    I was discussing our RB situation with him earlier, no idea if its a new account or not. I have been ignoring the arguments that others have been having anyway. It keeps my blood pressure normal 😀

  • 14 Jib // Jan 26, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    Thump // Has Ian Toon made yet another account?

    If you are referring to SUFCsunderland
    It’s Mr Tuff’s boyfriend

  • 15 Jib // Jan 26, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    He thinks his club is called Sunderland United
    Ha ha ha

  • 16 cyprus // Jan 26, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    Townsend is going to do a great job for us (I hope), I’m really glad he came, much more than Shelvey. On the latter, to my delight he proved me very wrong in his debut, and right in his follow up. May he blossom and be our star, we need every single one of those f——-s to step up.

    We’ll see on Townsend… expect some gold dust.

  • 17 banjax // Jan 26, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    Thauvin will be out on loan to Marseilles once Townsend has signed, along with Gouffran, Rivierre and one or two others to (hopefully) make way for Remy joining on loan.

  • 18 SUFCsunderland // Jan 26, 2016 at 6:59 PM

    Mr Andros will regret it when you are religated

  • 19 SUFCsunderland // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Andros Clownsend haha

  • 20 cyprus // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    You may well be right. I hope both teams stay up.

  • 21 Rotonda heights // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    literacy levels still as bad as ever in sunderland


  • 22 cyprus // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    Haven’t given up on Riviere

  • 23 Jail for Ashley // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    So at long last we can rest assured that this last
    8 1/2 years of dross, misery, relegations, near relegations and blatant disregard for any kind of silverware has been part of a bigger plan to push on 9 years later. In fact it has been so well thought out it even has a back up plan. Get a manager who couldn’t get his previous club promoted to get us promoted if things go wrong. Has it not crossed any of the apologists minds that we have been here before when facing relegation and that this latest splurge is simply to stay up. The last time we spent in January we didn’t make a single signing for 18 months. Next summer will really show what Mikeys intentions are…….. Yaaaawn.

  • 24 Jail for Ashley // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    Anybody thinking of interaction with the troll only has themselves to blame for his continued presence.

  • 25 hazzy // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    I do think he’s worried about relegation but not because he stands to lose money but because he hates failing at anything. Just as footballers hate losing a game of football he will hate failing a business

  • 26 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    Its not even a real makem. Just ignore it,everyone. Its popped up on here a few times before

  • 27 cyprus // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    You can never rest assured in football. Look at the sort of investment Liverpool and ManU made, and look where they are. Look at the ‘model club, Swansea. Chelsea…

    Hell, Palace got AP. Is that a recipe for disaster or what? And they have done well, although they will flirt with it given their current run.

    Football is not predictable, even with the best of intentions. I’m not saying MA’s aren’t evil mind you!

    I’m not saying they are either.

  • 28 SUFCsunderland // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Just because I support superior team means you pretend that I’m a troll. Can’t take a bit of banter. Beat you 5 times in a row

  • 29 Ian Toon // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Don’t encourage him.

  • 30 Jail for Ashley // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    He has failed every year here bar two, that is just over 75% of his time here, if he was bothered about that he would have given his double manager of the year award winner some money to capitalise on his success. He would not have gone 18 months without signing someone, he would not have allowed John Carver to run his team for six months.

  • 31 toon kk // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    The thing is no one can trust Ash, has he turned over a new leaf? Remains to be seen.
    But one thing for sure he wouldn’t be spending as much if we weren’t threatened with relegation. As for next summer IF we survive we’ll be told that the transfer money has been spent in this window.

  • 32 welshgeordie9 // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    It’s a pity it didn’t work out for Shane Ferguson, he showed glimpses of what he can do.

  • 33 SUTTY1978 // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    Ah, so Townsend is Fergie’s replacement. Ok, sounds about right.

  • 34 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    His trolling isnt even well thougt out. There are only 2 teams currently below nufc, and… well you can see where this is going.

  • 35 firebug666 // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:17 PM


    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha Ooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhh hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

    Nuff said

  • 36 hazzy // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    19 teams a season fail whichever way you look at it.

  • 37 SUFCsunderland // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    Any other club and he’d have florished

  • 38 Jail for Ashley // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    He’s a multi billionaire of course he doesn’t care about money, us being in the PL is worth a shed load more than selling off the clubs assets, closing the club shops and selling off all the catering and merchandising through MASH holdings.

  • 39 Jail for Ashley // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    Howay firebug, do you have to

  • 40 hazzy // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    In 2014 Sports Direct confirmed they made 3.4 million from Newcastle United advertisements. Can be found in the journal

  • 41 hazzy // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    Thanks Jail
    All my point is that relegation doesn’t really affect him financially does it?
    So Mike Ashleys motivation for spending all this money lies elsewhere

  • 42 firebug666 // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:25 PM


    Sorry mate just couldn’t resist.

  • 43 Mister Tuff // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    Jib Jibberish – the blog pest and general knacker – stop your mischief I suspect you are being bold as the boss of your group – Ian Toon is around.

    Thump – I do not think that Sunderland bloke is Ian Toon – not his style – he wants bloggers to believe his guff and cunning ways (very sly) so definitely not him.
    I stopped counting his aliases at about half a dozen.

  • 44 Thump // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    @Mister Tuff: The Ian Toon comment was made with my tongue firmly in cheek, mate.

    @Ian Toon: It’s been far too long since I’ve got into a bit of a chat on here, thought I’d throw something of substance out for a change!

  • 45 Ian Toon // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    I sometimes feel I am starring in Mr Tuff’s production of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
    No worries.

  • 46 SUFCsunderland // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    A city what worships Sherer and Scotty T won’t stay up

  • 47 Moonraker15 // Jan 26, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Please can you de-register SUFC…… as he’s just a pest!

  • 48 SUFCsunderland // Jan 26, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Freedom of speech. Move to North Korea if you don’t like it

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