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Newcastle Bought A £23.5M Player In January Transfer Window

8:34 pm, Monday, February 8th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 121 Comments

Newcastle’s £12M acquisition of Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was deemed the best-value signing of the January transfer window, according to a study by the CIES Football Observatory.

The Observatory is a team that estimates transfer values based on over 1,500 deals in the top five European leagues since June of 2009.

jonjo shelvey in debut

Jonjo Shelvey – worth £23.5M

But we also overspent by about £4.5M on Andros Townsend as they estimate he was worth only £7.5M – it was that damned Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy!


Here are the best signings as tabled by the CIES Football Observatory.

Name               From         To                Fee   Underpaid by
Jonjo Shelvey      Swansea      Newcastle        £12M   £11.5M
Augusto Fernandez  Celta Vigo   Atletico Madrid   £5M    £2.48M
Mario Suarez       Fiorentina   Watford           £4M    £2.24M

Notice that Newcastle underpaid for Shelvey by £11.5M and yet the next best deal was underpaying by just £2.48M – so Newcastle seem to have got a fantastic deal.

Let’s hope Ashley doesn’t put Shelvey up for sale for £23.5M in the summer.

So hey – we overpaid £4.5M for Andros Townsend who we are almost sure is going to turn out to be a great signing for us and we underpaid £11.5M for Shelvey.

Now let’s think for a NY minute.

Well we are still £7M to the good and yes – that sounds good to us.

Especially when they could save Newcastle’s Premier League status this season and that approximately £140M we will get a in May next year should we survive.

As Albert Einstein was fond of saying – it’s all relative baby.


Howay The Lads!!!

Tags: Jonjo Shelvey · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

121 responses so far ↓

  • 1 aussiemag // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    Thats if we can stay up with Super Mac in charge.

  • 2 firebug666 // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Wow! Man U 7 – 0 Norwich

  • 3 firebug666 // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Damn you reality Newcastle 1 – 2 Stoke

  • 4 NoahJ // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    It appears that when Shelvey plays well, the whole team plays well- hardly surprising given that he’s the puppeteer of the midfield.

    If we master our home form (in which we play all of the teams around us, bar norwich), we will be fine!

  • 5 Blofal // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    For Shelvey to play well he needs time and space to pick out a pass

    He didn’t get that against Everton because they closed down our midfield really well. WBA were pinned in their own half most of the game which meant Shelvey could sit back and spray passes around at will.

  • 6 firebug666 // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    We came, we saw, and we lost again Newcastle 1 – 2 Stoke.

    Ahh well, we did all right considering we played 80 odd minutes with ten men, expected worse.

  • 7 CJ // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    Ed, You also overlooked that they also say we overpaid €2.7M for saivet as well. approx £2.2m

  • 8 Ian Toon // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    Shelvey to date has provided the best assist type possible. A through ball eliminates one or more defenders, forcing the remaining defenders into unwanted choices, and increasing the odds of scoring.

  • 9 Lindisfarne // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:04 PM


  • 10 HarriboNo9 // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    5 goals for will Keane today he’s a good player

  • 11 CJ // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    in fact net profit for us according to the report is €5.2 = £4.4M to the good

  • 12 Lindisfarne // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    Chroniclive: McClaren’s here

    Well, I’m not really sure what McClaren will have thought of Seydou Doumboa’s 45-minute cameo – probably, like that rest of us, that he isn’t ready to start in the Premier League yet.

    Not hitting the ground running then – another great move by Penfold – not!

  • 13 Ian Toon // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    Lindisfarne- He would have treated it as a pre season friendly. A fitness work out.

  • 14 chewbaccy // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    all forwards still want to score irrespective of what type of game it is

  • 15 Ian Toon // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    Alan Shearer ?

  • 16 MadisonToon // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    All forwards will find it difficult to play with a new team and a man down for the majority of your minutes on the field. I’m quite sure that his lack of a goal in this game doesn’t mean anything on its own.

    Anyone who attended have anything noteworthy on his play?

  • 17 Munster Mag // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    Tuff, I believe the Leicester squad is valued at 55mill? They have a full back who cost nowt and he had Solva in his pocket all game. Bet old man carr didnt look there – too busy getting nicely priced Cabernet Sauvignan in France. Sadly, no jellied eels on sale in the Kings restaurant – it looked like a dump by the way ! 🙂

  • 18 Doumb & Doumbia // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Thank god for VPN’s

  • 19 Jail for Ashley // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:40 PM

    Ian Toon,
    For gawds sake, will you just decide on one bloody identity and stick to it. It’s over, at least try to regain a tiny bit of credibility and kill off your alter ego’s man!!!

  • 20 Ian Toon // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    Ha Ha. As it ever occurred to you that you might be wrong.
    I was going anyway.

  • 21 Jail for Ashley // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    Carr should not have the powe he does. It is a flawed system that supposedly has a 71 year old man with a less than stellar career chosing our players. What’s Leicesters head scout called, or Arsenal or Spurs for that matter?

  • 22 Ian Toon // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Incidentally I am advised to give you a wide berth. Must say I was impressed that you saw the WBA game. I have only just seen it.

  • 23 Laurent Robert 32 // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    Doumbia hardly had anything of note to him because Stoke had the better play. He generally stayed in the centre and laid a few balls off. Most of the time he was looking for someone to play a through ball to him but it rarely came. If it did, the defender seemed to cut off his path or get tangled up.

    I’m sure Shelvey will find him with some good passes. I liked the fact that he tried to get in behind as it’s an another attacking avenue. They weren’t really up to much in the middle and last third of the pitch, so Doumbia couldn’t really get into it too much.

    He applauded a couple of crosses, but there wasn’t much service to him. Not exactly a great game to judge him. I just wanted to see his pace and control. He’s got speed, not Henry or Ronaldo pace, but certainly a very useful amount to use. Difficult to tell against the younger lads. Their left back looked quick.

    Looking forward to seeing him in the first team. Hope he does well.

  • 24 Jail for Ashley // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    Incidentally Ian,
    Which carl was it that you knew?

  • 25 MadisonToon // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:52 PM


    Thanks for the updated analysis on his play – it’s much appreciated! Hopefully when he’s surrounded with a bit more quality his will show through as well.

    I didn’t know anything about him before we signed him so I’m hoping he turns out well for us but don’t have any assumptions right now. We definitely need to have a quicker option than Mitro – Perez didn’t seem to be filling that role well so Doumbia might be able to add something useful in that category. Wonder if he’ll get any time on Saturday.

  • 26 Jail for Ashley // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    Just flicking through the channels and there’s a programme on BBC four called addicted to sheep, if anyone was wondering where welsh was!

  • 27 Jail for Ashley // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    Did he seem to be up for it, some players sulk when they play with the young uns.

  • 28 Ian Toon // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:57 PM


  • 29 Jail for Ashley // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    carl Ian, he got you a job, remember yesterday ?

  • 30 Ian Toon // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    No I don’t know what you’re on about. I have only recently finished work and need some sleep.
    Enjoy your evening.

  • 31 welshgeordie9 // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    grow up jail there’s a good girl.

  • 32 2 goals 1 cup // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    has anybody got a link to watch the full game

  • 33 Mister Tuff // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    The greatest bloody bare faced, brass necked audacity I’ve seen in many a year has been witnessed on here tonight.

    Scheming, cunning, trickery, lies, false witness by the most desperate machiavellian mischief maker a blog has ever seen – and he has the arrogance to turn up tonight to test the waters again after finally being outed last night.

    begone you scally – the sulphur pit awaits you and your kind.
    As has just been posted -the words of the big “O” -Roy Orbison should be a signal to you.
    IT’S OVER .

  • 34 Laurent Robert 32 // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    Madison, no worries.

    Jail, no sulking. He didn’t look mega sharp, but quick, he does have the Oba style about him. Difficult to tell his style and movement apart from the lack of much service in and around him. He wasn’t busting a gut sort of thing when running after defenders, he was closing them down though, but it’s probably a low intensity run out for him as he certainly doesn’t want to be getting injured in a game like that.

    He went and congratulated our penalty taker and applauded a couple of the lads who attempted to get the ball to him but the passes were over-hit/misplaced.

    Hopefully he’ll look the part with the pace of Sissoko and passes from Shelvey around him. He looked eager when the ball was in the final third, but the attacks seemed to fizzle out before it got to him so not exactly his fault. Lost ball on first couple of touches with 50/50s in tight areas.

    Ball went down the right and he ran into the six yard box the faded back to look for a cut back from the winger which was good to see as he found space. Think that’s when we got our penalty actually.

  • 35 Tsunki // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Oh, Ian Ian Ian. Don’t you feel just a little uncomfortable? 🙂 I read last night’s thread but laughed so much at the unfolding comedy I couldn’t add anything to it, although sorely tempted. Hats off to MacToon for his sterling work. The Carl that was a Carl but yet isn’t a Carl yet is actually an Ian. Scintillating and rewarding.

    You should be proud of your legacy. Or should I say you’re legacy?

    :D. 😀

  • 36 BandB // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:22 PM


    I doubt anyone has even noticed what you are on about.

  • 37 Online Guy // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    If Shelvey had hair he’d be worth £30 million.

  • 38 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    I always get one of his multiples on my back when I say something not so flattering about Ian and his mischief making!

    …who will it be tonight. Carl? John Irwing? Some other random new name…been a few of those!

  • 39 BandB // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    Ed clearly has a running battle on his hands tonight, with someone who makes Ian look like a choirboy.
    This really ain’t the night to be having another punt at Ian, unless you REALLY want to pee Ed off.

  • 40 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    Sorry Ed have to disagree I’m pretty sure townsend will turn out to be pants… Give him time though, and hopefully shelvey will turn out to be a good signing even if he is like an ugly Dr evil…

    By worries though that all the players I’ve seen us linked with since the end of the window are strikers and midfielder though.. Why oh why are we not looking at bloody defenders! Cb and lb should be the first ones through the door with Colo sent on his bike… Or on his unicycle as might be more appropriate!

  • 41 Ian Toon // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    You need the solidarity of Belfast rather than the flaky types. . Don’t believe everything you read. I never had you down as a fool.
    If your impressed by robmactoon all I’ll say is you’re easily impressed.
    Personally I see Belfast as someone you can rely upon.
    Don’t you understand that anyone can make claims about you on here or in the real world but it has to be substantiated which it wasn’t.
    Can I thank who ever the 23 bloggers were who stuck up for me.

  • 42 Ian Toon // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    Behave. Have you so easily forgotten your own disgraceful ” arrested development” language.

  • 43 Mister Tuff // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:38 PM

    BandB – you are probably right. Really did not want to replicate last nights proceedings as it might make others fed up with it continuing.
    But there again I was not anticipating an outrageous re-appearance so soon, and definitely not the next day.
    A bloody brass necked scally if I ever saw one.

  • 44 Mister Tuff // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    My God people now reporting more than a score of multiples.
    The Master/Alpha Dog has more fake people than Madame Tussauds.

  • 45 MacToon // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    Ian, you and your family have no reason to attack me, past or present. I have only ever reacted rather than initiate.
    You insinuated that I looked for you down the The Cradlewell, or was it The Punch Bowl, with my mate Belfast or did you mean Ciaran? Is this not true?
    You have a cheek pal, now you and your family move on.

  • 46 Online Guy // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    Shelvey the Slayer , That you Toonsend ? ..not for much longer kid. gingerly he treads ..initially ..easily outed .

  • 47 BandB // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:46 PM


    I stopped responding to you a while ago.
    Nor do I care if you have 20 aliases or none.
    They don’t amount to a hill of beans, singularly or collectively.
    I wish people would leave you to post what you like, as they are your opinions.
    If they didn’t engage you, few would.


  • 48 Belfast // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    I can’t help you Ian they’ve tied me to a chair and wrapped me in cling film.

  • 49 Ian Toon // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    Band B
    Yes. But what about your disgraceful ” arrested development ” language. A little more than a row of beans!

  • 50 firebug666 // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    Belfast @53

    PMSL: Brilliant!

  • 51 Ian Toon // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    Ha ha . You always make me laugh.
    Best regards to you and yours.
    Back on Thursday. Enjoy my absence.

  • 52 MacToon // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    Problem with these new multiples, I’m guessing the whole of the NUFC team will be banned before long if blocking names is the main game! Colo, Shelvey, Saivet, Sissoko and…….?…… so far

  • 53 firebug666 // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:54 PM


    I agree, it’s the IP address that need to be blocked.

  • 54 lesh // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:55 PM


  • 55 jane // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    i remember the goals Doumbia scored when CSKA beat Man City 2-1 at Man City in the Champions league.

  • 56 lesh // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    I’ve a phone that’s that smart it can tap on Publish’ a comment before I’ve made one!


    Ed, if we had ‘…..that damned Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy!’ at the Club instead of Charmey, we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in now.

  • 57 Belfast // Feb 8, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    Must get a bit confusing when you’re asked what your email address is though ?

    Must be like carrying the yellow pages in your pocket.

  • 58 BandB // Feb 8, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    Phew….thought we’d lost you there again, Lesh!

  • 59 lesh // Feb 8, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    Departure lounge for Shelvey The Slayer?

  • 60 magscar // Feb 8, 2016 at 11:08 PM


    Various ways around ip address – use McDonald’s etc or VPN. If someone is determined can make Ed’s job really difficult.Stop engaging them

  • 61 cyprus // Feb 8, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    What’s this observatory. Bullxxxx

  • 62 jane // Feb 8, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    the reason I think Sunderland will be relegated because they have hard home games apart from Palace and WBA.

    Man U

    I’m not anti Sunderland I would like them to stay up.

  • 63 welshgeordie9 // Feb 8, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Thought i would never say this but there’s more annoying people on here than me, Shelvey The Slayer enjoy championship next season.

    Ha ha ha

  • 64 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 8, 2016 at 11:22 PM

    The multiples blog

  • 65 jane // Feb 8, 2016 at 11:22 PM

    Welsh you’re not annoying 🙂

  • 66 Swansea Magpie // Feb 8, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Thought i would never say this but there’s more annoying people on here than me, Shelvey The Slayer enjoy championship next season.

    Ha ha ha

  • 67 magscar // Feb 8, 2016 at 11:26 PM

    It seems the troll(s) are winning by setting the agenda. Posters should carry on regardless with their thoughts and not be sidetracked or put off altogether. It is our blog if we want it

  • 68 Online Guy // Feb 8, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    If you had not noticed ,,Shelvey the Slayer has left the building ..along with all his comments ..

    Bye Toonsend ..dont come back ..your IP address is now noted.

    I can put up with Newcastle Fans acting daft and causing a little disruption but not someone causing embarrassment to decent Sunder*and Fans.on another Clubs Website

  • 69 MacToon // Feb 8, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Shelvey The Slayer’s comments have disappeared. But already back I guess.

    It’s an uphill struggle Online but a worthy cause.

  • 70 magscar // Feb 8, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    Online Guy
    And so has everyone else apparently.

  • 71 welshgeordie9 // Feb 8, 2016 at 11:33 PM

    Oh great I’ve got some smart arse trying to be me, nice one Swansea Magpie.

  • 72 Online Guy // Feb 8, 2016 at 11:39 PM

    Aye , Mac …We are dealing with an Idiot whos intention is to disrupt and get away with it, thus dragging the blog down to something I’m not keen on. .. Should not be happening .

    Descends into a childish place to be. An embarrassment.

  • 73 Tsunki // Feb 8, 2016 at 11:41 PM

    You know, if all the multiple accounts did nothing more than predict differing match results or offer alternate views on various players, nobody would notice. They only become like the proverbial sore thumb when they collectively home in on the same people and gang together to make the same inane observations about others.

    Perhaps, Ian,carl,sack llambias, etc you should invent a person with a completely different agenda, it might slip under the radar for a bit longer.

  • 74 Mister Tuff // Feb 8, 2016 at 11:43 PM

    We need to reflect on todays and yesterdays events.
    Yesterday in my guise as Reverend Tuff I delivered some words from the Good Book to the assembled blog flock about the awaiting sulphur pit.

    Todays sermon to those gathered here this evening is to explore, with the aid of the Good Book whether there is any relevance to the beast earlier mentioning the number 23.
    I can tell all you sinners that the 23rd verse of Genesis 1 completes the fifth day of creation when God says to the creatures of the earth :-
    “Be Fruitful and MULTIPLY”.
    The beast has taken what the Lord has said and has created multiples.

    Here endeth todays lesson.
    Hallelujah. Amen.

  • 75 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 8, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    This blog has way more wums now then it did back when I was 15. I miss the Welsh and Jeff days… 🙁

  • 76 Tsunki // Feb 8, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    Oh and Ian I’ve got to ask but what is this thing you’re doing with me and Belfast? I don’t get it. Are you trying to matchmake? 🙂 what am I supposed to be learning from Belfast? How to be more diplomatic to a troubled bedroom prisoner?

  • 77 Online Guy // Feb 8, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    Dont forget Fake Ruddy.

  • 78 MacToon // Feb 8, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    Tsunki, who says that isn’t already the case 😉
    and thanks for dropping my name into the melting pot again 😀

    btw, Jizz has been quiet today!

  • 79 Online Guy // Feb 8, 2016 at 11:50 PM

    Have I got that right ..was there a fake Ruddy ? or , am I going mad ?

    It seemed hilarious at the time .

  • 80 Online Guy // Feb 8, 2016 at 11:51 PM


    If your reading …post me an address when you get back to Europe and I can send you some stuff.

  • 81 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 8, 2016 at 11:52 PM

    Online guy

    You are quite correct sir.

  • 82 Belfast // Feb 8, 2016 at 11:52 PM

    Yeah send the sinners to hell send the sinners to hell.

    Sorry Skunki it’s not that bad really once you get used to the hot climate it’s fine.

  • 83 MacToon // Feb 8, 2016 at 11:52 PM

    There was a fake Ruddy and he’d have been even funnier but for the fact he was too intimidating and the reason Ruddy changed his name.

  • 84 Belfast // Feb 8, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    The fake Ruddy was quite funny to be fair couldn’t tell the difference most of the time lol

  • 85 jane // Feb 8, 2016 at 11:58 PM

    ah the days when I was a multiple

  • 86 Online Guy // Feb 9, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    Young Mag , Ta .

    I was once threatened by a gang of nutters with a knife ..on the back of a bus going from Leeds To Rochdale
    They all got on at Burnley bus depo.., Always loved Burnley Football though..Nearly had a team of Geordie’s one time .

  • 87 jane // Feb 9, 2016 at 12:03 AM

    under the radar now

  • 88 Swansea Magpie // Feb 9, 2016 at 12:04 AM

    Ha Ha Ha

  • 89 BandB // Feb 9, 2016 at 12:06 AM


    Not quite.

  • 90 Ibizatoon // Feb 9, 2016 at 12:09 AM

    Online…Thanks, I am a little wary of putting an address up on here though.

    Are the artists searchable online, Online Guy?

  • 91 Mister Tuff // Feb 9, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    Repent your sins or the sulphur pit awaits you!

  • 92 The American // Feb 9, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    No doubt that Shelvey is a talented lad, but worth 23.5 million pounds? I would have rated around £15M. I’m actually pretty interested in how they got these numbers.

  • 93 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 9, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    This is just ridiculous now… I don’t even care if you think I’m a multiple the amount is pathetic, petty and childish. Stop killing this blog, appreciate it!!

  • 94 BandB // Feb 9, 2016 at 12:23 AM

    Young Magpie

    I remember you telling me you were from Barnoldswick and used to post under that name.
    Not many posts in the history of the blog mention Barnoldswick.
    Nice place, is it?

  • 95 Swansea Magpie // Feb 9, 2016 at 12:24 AM

    Wah Wah

    Ha ha ha

  • 96 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 9, 2016 at 12:30 AM


    My first ever name bandb, I think it was like three years ago. When I was 15. I barely posted though. Barnoldswick is nice, but also really small and quiet. Peaceful.

  • 97 BandB // Feb 9, 2016 at 12:32 AM

    Rob Vollens lives there you mentioned.
    Do you know him?
    What with it being so small.

  • 98 lesh // Feb 9, 2016 at 12:34 AM


    Nah, you didn’t lose me…… 🙂

  • 99 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 9, 2016 at 12:51 AM


    I never mentioned he lived there, I’ve never heard of him before until Mr observant called me him.

  • 100 BandB // Feb 9, 2016 at 12:56 AM

    He didn’t mention he was from Barnoldswick.
    You did.
    Two of you, both rabid Toon fans, living in a small and peaceful place far from Newcastle.
    Amazing coincidence.
    Did you never spot another Toon shirt on a lad your own age?
    I’m beginning to think you must spend all your time in your parent’s basement.

  • 101 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 9, 2016 at 1:00 AM


    I’m really confused, I never said he was from Barnoldswick. Who is rob Vollens? I support the toon, but I’m just an 18 year old kid. Where do you get the name ‘rob vollens’ from?

  • 102 BandB // Feb 9, 2016 at 1:01 AM

    Goodnight then.
    School tomorrow.

  • 103 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 9, 2016 at 1:06 AM


    Finished school, you trying to belittle me? I guess that’s what I get for being honest about my age.

  • 104 BandB // Feb 9, 2016 at 1:07 AM

    I have a school run…..

  • 105 expatmag // Feb 9, 2016 at 1:13 AM

    Jeez….the forum gas turned into a meeting place for fannies, fairies and mackem loving religious freaks.

    I reckon the ladies wrestling forum is now more interesting.

  • 106 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 9, 2016 at 1:20 AM


    I fell into that setup. GG.

  • 107 Mister Tuff // Feb 9, 2016 at 1:44 AM

    expat – so you’ve checked out the ladies wrestling forum – I knew you would gravitate there someday -thanks for letting us know your blog of choice.

  • 108 expatmag // Feb 9, 2016 at 3:18 AM


    I only went there once and that was when the lovely Mrs. T was performing.

    Quite impressed with her Bulgarian head jammers.

    Dies she practise on you?

  • 109 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 9, 2016 at 5:52 AM

    Morning…this blog is as bad as on Sunday Wum night!

    …and Tsunski wants to be more diplomatic to Belfast who he describes as a troubled bedroom prisoner!…suppose we all knew that 😉

    Morning Ron…

  • 110 Ron Knee // Feb 9, 2016 at 5:59 AM

    Morning jesper

    Was the blog infested again last night? Did Ed remove some posts?

  • 111 expatmag // Feb 9, 2016 at 6:44 AM


    Too many danish pastries make you fart

  • 112 firebug666 // Feb 9, 2016 at 6:57 AM

    Morning all.

    Well Doumbia didn’t show much last night as the U21’s went down 2-1 to Stoke.

    He started the game but was subbed off at the interval.

    Sterry sent off on 11 minutes and gifted them a penalty so we played 80+ minutes with ten men so that at least makes the scoreline a little more bearable I suppose.

    From what I have read Doumbia may be a while before he is fit enough for the PL.

  • 113 Ron Knee // Feb 9, 2016 at 7:09 AM

    Morning firebug

    Let’s hope it’s not a repeat of the Ferreyra saga.

  • 114 expatmag // Feb 9, 2016 at 7:10 AM

    Having just watched the WBA game today for the first time in its entirety, my observations were as follows:

    We dominated them from the first kick to almost last.

    Considering Townsend hasnt kicked a ball in anger in the PL since October, I thought he was outstanding. Having hit the post and created several opportunities most notably for Wijnaldum and Sissoko, he was continually looking to get our front men in.

    They were only allowed to play as well as we let them. Our closing down on their midfield was excellent and we hunted in packs which funnily enough, is the mainstay on Leicesters recent success.

    Tiote and Shelvey really compliment each other and if it continues, we may have found a lethal combination.

    Some people on here were ridiculously comparing Townsend to Obertan which leads me to believe if they come from the planet Zog. Rather than castigating the new lad, how about blaming the so called undropables like Sissoko and Wijnaldum for their wastefulness in front of goal.

    For the first time in a long time, I thought we looked like a team and despite our wastfulness in front of goal, some of our lead up play was nice to watch. Everyone was working for each other.

    Finally, I see no reason why we should be afraid of Chelsea and totally agree that we should attack them from the start especially as Terry Cahill and Ivanovic are slow.

  • 115 expatmag // Feb 9, 2016 at 7:11 AM


    Belated congratulations on the lad for his most excellent achievement. I have only just read it from previous threads.

  • 116 firebug666 // Feb 9, 2016 at 7:20 AM


    Thanks mate.

    I think the game V WBA was probably the easiest game we will have all season, my worry is; we are still not taking our chances, when we should have won the game comfortably we couldn’t get the final part right….Put the ball in the onion bag.


    Yeah Chucky spung to my mind, I still harbour hopes that we will see the best of him but that spark is starting to dim.

  • 117 Jail for Ashley // Feb 9, 2016 at 7:24 AM

    Where abouts are the U21s in the league?

  • 118 firebug666 // Feb 9, 2016 at 7:25 AM


    We are third bottom of division 2

  • 119 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 9, 2016 at 7:27 AM

    Doumbia won’t have played competitive football for the best part of three months. He is bound to be rusty and was always going to need time to settle. It probably won’t be until after the 18 day break (provided we have U21 or friendlies) that he will be up to speed.

    Shelvey needs Tiote or Colback, no real coincidence that his two best games have come when he is paired with them, rather than Saivet or Sissoko/Gini.

    Great to see Mitro get a goal, and a good one as well. Hopefully he will start to get a few more. He has 5 now, another 5 and that would make it a pretty impressive debut season for him. Still, only half way there for him.

    Townsend did okay, wouldn’t say much more than that, he gave protection to Aarons. Aarons also did well. I really wasn’t keen on him playing left back, in fact I think I said prior to the game he “can’t” but he did well considering. One excellent defensive header at the back post as well. Not that West Brom threatened much, and I’d still prefer not to see him line up there against Chelsea.

    Finally, had a flick back through yesterdays posts, congrats Firebug, great stuff from your lad. You have every reason to be proud of him! Sure you are still buzzing from it!

  • 120 firebug666 // Feb 9, 2016 at 7:35 AM


    Thanks mate I appreciate it.

    On topic, My view is against WBA we had very little to do, it was fairly easy to pass the ball about as they did a lot of running and falling over around our box but very little else.

    We should have had four or five goals, and it’s a worry we only managed to score one.

    I’m over the moon we won the match, we needed those point’s, but we are still deep in trouble, and our remaining games will not be so easy.

  • 121 hibbitt // Feb 9, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    Lilongwe / firebug
    one thing i would add i have never seen a Pulis team with no organisation or fight never pretty but always give a 100% very very poor on saturday

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