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Whatever Newcastle Are DoIng On This – It’s Not Working

2:21 pm, Sunday, February 28th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 146 Comments

Newcastle are renowned for being at the top of the Injury Table in the Premier League almost every single season as injuries tend to decimate our squad, because it has never been very big to start with.

And at the Fans Forum meeting last Monday night a question was asked about the injuries we pick up every season and whether there was anything the club are doing to try to reduce the injuries.

lee charnley

Lee Charnley – Newcastle Managing Director

Here’s the question and answer from Monday night.



Alan Clark (AC): “We seem to be regularly top of the Premier League injury table. Are the club looking into this and also the players who are regularly injured?”


The club outlined the immense amount of data it gathers in order to analyse players’ performance on a daily basis.

While some injuries have been unlucky, the club pays very close attention to recurring injuries in order to lessen their frequency and ensure as many players are available to play as possible.


Well let’s just say what’s clear – whatever Newcastle are doing with that data on injuries – it’s certainly not helping to reduce the number of injuries we get in any way and we are well on top of the table this season.

Newcastle have been top of the Premier League Injury League for a long long time – so there’s something wrong somewhere.

Here’s is the latest Injury League for games so far in the Premier League.

injury league

It’s OK collecting all the data on injuries, but if we cannot reduce the number of injuries something else should be tried.

Maybe even get some experts in to review how the club handles injuries, how we train, how we warm up, how we warm down and the like.

And we saw recently it’s possible that Newcastle sustain injuries during a warm-down when Colo picked up his calf injury in La Manga and he didn’t even play in the game.

This is very important stuff because every season the team we can put out on the field is compromised because players are simply not available due to injury.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Injuries · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League

146 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron Knee // Feb 28, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Crikey. Marcus Rashford!

  • 2 beermonkey // Feb 28, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    most of injuries are down to the same people
    where would be in the injury table if we take dejong taylor good hadiara all the serial injured players out

  • 3 sing in the corner // Feb 28, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    Funny old game eh? If the toon had conceded those 2 Man U goals it would have been ‘take up the pitchforks’ time.

  • 4 Jib // Feb 28, 2016 at 2:44 PM

    Spurs 0 Swans 1
    Man U 2 Arsenal 0

  • 5 jane // Feb 28, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    “Crikey. Marcus Rashford!”

    Wayne who?

    Rooney will recover from injury in time for the Euros and will be first choice and will be rubbish…again!

  • 6 manxpie // Feb 28, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    Rotunda Wat is it exactly that i should be doing?
    Strange how when pardew was on a good run at the start of the season people mentioning him on here were told to shut up he’s not here anymore blah blah blah
    but now he’s on every thread lol
    I take it rotunda still doesn’t blame the poor squad poor running of the club toss pot of an owner not buying the right players at the right time? It was all pardews fault!

  • 7 Tsunki // Feb 28, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    I don’t think it could have been Lee who answered that question. I’m sure he was busy most of the night checking his trousers were on the right way round.

  • 8 sing in the corner // Feb 28, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    Don’t spoil it…

  • 9 Tsunki // Feb 28, 2016 at 2:51 PM

    Tbf I think it’s Ed who keeps bringing up the Average One.

  • 10 Tsunki // Feb 28, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    it’s nice to be in the position of waiting for other teams to do us favours isn’t it? 😐

  • 11 sing in the corner // Feb 28, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    But too often they don’t, the blackguards!

  • 12 bettyswallocks // Feb 28, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    Rashford showing that if they’re good enough , they’re old enough.

  • 13 beermonkey // Feb 28, 2016 at 3:13 PM


    and playing them in there best position

  • 14 BandB // Feb 28, 2016 at 3:14 PM


    With regard to your earlier point. I have always feared Ashley could bring about the end of this club. That’s the exact opposite of wishing for it.
    I know that makes me a Jeremiah in your view.
    The thing is though, Jeremiah was right.

  • 15 bettyswallocks // Feb 28, 2016 at 3:23 PM

    BandB……….. Fear of failure isn’t the same as hoping for it. Supporting NUFC is not for the faint hearted I know but when it’s a deep rooted obsession , acceptance of failure to spite the owner is not an option for me.

  • 16 Jib // Feb 28, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    B and B
    Yaweh was right
    Jeremiah was merely a prophet

  • 17 Jib // Feb 28, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    End to end stuff at Old Trafford
    3 – 2

  • 18 sing in the corner // Feb 28, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Tell yer what, cracking open game at ole Trafford..

  • 19 sing in the corner // Feb 28, 2016 at 3:33 PM


  • 20 bettyswallocks // Feb 28, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    Jib, i”m, enjoying, the, game, are, you;”(

  • 21 bettyswallocks // Feb 28, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    Only teasing Jib. Please don’t take offence.

  • 22 jane // Feb 28, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Spurs 2-1

  • 23 sing in the corner // Feb 28, 2016 at 3:40 PM

    Get in Danny Rose, Ye’d never believe it!

  • 24 Jib // Feb 28, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Yea’ th’ank’s B,tty
    It’s Geeet lu’ush

  • 25 sing in the corner // Feb 28, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    Swansea should be in the Welsh league anyway…

  • 26 Jib // Feb 28, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    Can anyone explain why LvG threw himself to the ground in front of Mike Dean (asst ref) ?

  • 27 jane // Feb 28, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    don’t know was wondering myself

  • 28 sing in the corner // Feb 28, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    I have an idea. There s a blogger shortage. How about a rota, sort of blogger rotation?

  • 29 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 28, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    Team v Stoke:


    Janmaat Mbemba Coloccini Mbabu

    Sissoko Wijnaldum Shelvey Townsend

    Doumbia Riviere


    Siem De Jong

  • 30 Jib // Feb 28, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    We’ll have to run that past Jesper

  • 31 bettyswallocks // Feb 28, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Sing……… Good idea but the rotation consultant seems to have relinquished his poition. He needs to be recalled to discuss the options.

  • 32 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 28, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    Forgot about Aarons. He’d make the bench. Got a feeling Riviere will do well. He did well against Man Utd last season and shouldve had 3 goals. His finishing is the problem. His general play is good.

  • 33 Rotonda heights // Feb 28, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    quite pleased for lvg. taken a lot of ott criticism but is he now doing his version of the class of 92.

  • 34 sing in the corner // Feb 28, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    He’s still a bit if a pratt though.
    Did anyone catch that little shot of him today when he raised a water bottle to his gob for a big swig and it was bang empty! Ha ha ha. He’s having a bad run with the drinks,after that one the other week when he took one in the eye opening his water bottle…

  • 35 Lindisfarne // Feb 28, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    On topic: never see pictures of the squad doing pilates/yoga or swimming, just endless running about putting excess pressure on ligaments, sinews and hamstrings.

  • 36 Rotonda heights // Feb 28, 2016 at 4:13 PM


    I think what you’re meant to do is have the good grace to admit that history shows us time and again that AP is ultimately a notoriously inconsistent failure, no matter where he is at.

    When we were being constantly told what a great job AP was doing at CP, most of us suggested it would be short lived.

    Munster was big enough to admit it and Ed did, albeit grudgingly. If AP had had continued success I would have had to acede to your better judgement. I guess that doesn’t work though if the opposite is true.

  • 37 Munster Mag // Feb 28, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Rotunda in fairness i merely said he was a lower mid table manager. I stick by that but am enjoying his current mess. I found catchys obsession worse than yours especially when he was pushing goons like ole gunnar as replacement.

  • 38 Rotonda heights // Feb 28, 2016 at 4:17 PM


    I think it’s ridiculous when people compare moyes to LVG.

    LVG got CL in his first season and they are still in Europe, the FA cup and are 5th.

    Moyes didn’t even make top 6, despite shelling out fortunes on Fellaini etc to play defensive hoofball.

  • 39 welshgeordie9 // Feb 28, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    sing inthe corner
    February 28, 2016
    Swansea should be in the Welsh league anyway…

    Is that right, well if that’s the case then in the ENGLISH premier league then there should only be ENGLISH players.

  • 40 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 28, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    I see the Mag is highlighting the rank bad results of NUFC at first team, under 21s and under 18s since January 2015. Truly dreadful. is saying similar and features the under 18s under the heading “Garbage”. The poor lad in the picture is unfortunate because he’s been given little chance this season and when he has, he’s been played out of position. He looks a shadow of his former self. The first time he comes to prominence with his photo, it’s under that sort of heading. Not good. I know the lad. I know his game. I’ve seen him many times before he joined NUFC. Very good player. NUFC aren’t getting the best from him. Not the lad’s fault.

  • 41 Lindisfarne // Feb 28, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    AP has a one track mind, me me me.

  • 42 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 28, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Under a heading like that, NUFC.COM should’ve pictured Dave Watson not one of the young lads.

  • 43 sing in the corner // Feb 28, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Ha ha, alright pal? Just yanking the chain man, knew you would be on the end of it at some point 🙂

  • 44 sing in the corner // Feb 28, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Think I will back the bin-dippers for the evening. Nothing high brow, it’s just cos that makem plank donkey Niall Quim really wants City to win.

  • 45 hibbitt // Feb 28, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Blackley and Brownlie
    Dave Watson is only part of the problem Beardsley is the main part of the currant situation with the under 21s…. very poor coach very limited in his approach to games never ever has a plan b ………great player but just an arse licker to ashley should be no were near the kids should have been sacked after last season

  • 46 bettyswallocks // Feb 28, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    Blackly…….. I agree these kids need to be encouraged and instilled with confidence to have any chance of making it.

    Consistent failure in the divisions where the youngsters play surely has to reflect on the management and changes made.

  • 47 toontaff2 // Feb 28, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    They must have a special area full of sand in the boardroom, so the board can bury their heads, when the tough questions are asked.

  • 48 toon kk // Feb 28, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    Our injury list isn’t helped by the high number of soft weak players we possess. Also with our player’s fitness rates lower than other clubs the demands of football takes it’s toll.

  • 49 21st Century Schizoid Man // Feb 28, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    There was a radio programme a couple of weeks ago about football injuries and they focussed on the younger players getting repeat injuries, especially hip and groin injuries. It was Southampton at the cutting edge on this. Programme summary below.

    “Professional footballers are vulnerable to hip and groin injuries and much more likely to get arthritis as they get older. Southampton Football Club has introduced a new hip stretch and flexibility programme for all their players and the result is a dramatic reduction in injuries. Mark visits the club and meets Olufela Olomola, who, before his transfer to The Saints, spent a season on the bench with hip and groin injury at Arsenal. Just a season later he’s recovered and now captains The Saints under 18 team. Mo Gimpel, Director of Medical and Science Performance Support at Southampton FC says the decision to focus on hip flexibility came several years ago, after serious hip and groin injury was keeping key players off the pitch, and the club was losing matches. The new pre-activation sessions have transformed the club’s injury rates and research teams are partnering the club to find out how hip impingement develops in the first place. Professor Sion Glyn-Jones from the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences is leading a group tracking 110 young players from The Saints’ Footballing Academy, a league two club, a cricket club and pupils from local schools. Detailed mechanical and imaging studies of these young players’ hips will help to show exactly when hip injury, or femoroacetabular impingement, first appears, what causes it and most importantly, how to prevent it in the first place.”

    Oloma got interviewed and his treatment basically changed him from being a teenage crock with no long term career playing with pain all the time, to being a promising regular. I just wish we had the same level of organisation, commitment and determination at the Toon.

  • 50 Mister Tuff // Feb 28, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    Mr Tubbs great master plan of buying in prospects -then flog them for a tidy profit obviously has not worked. It was supposed to be supplemented by a conveyor belt of quality youngsters coming through.
    That has not worked either.
    And with the first team struggling – that has not worked either.
    Anywhere else there would have been a clear out – Wally keeps hoping/promising things will improve – they haven’t really.
    A last season I think it is hoping that there are worse team than us. Certainly Villa are doomed,
    Norwich look dodgy as do Bournemouth.
    Potentially however we could get 6 points from the Stoke and Bournemouth games and it appears Swans and Percys’ Palace might get drawn into the relegation zone. so next two games might give a different outlook as to who the favourites are for the drop.
    Third game coming up is Leicester – we will probably lose that.
    Summer outlook if we survive – no change in the hierarchy.

  • 51 sing in the corner // Feb 28, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    I’m still saying the makem game is as big as any derby game in many years. It’s possibly shaping up, with each game that passes, to be a proper relegation decider. If either team gets the 3 points, that is.
    The psychological effect on either of losing it will floor that team. The winner will survive in my opinion. A draw, then squeaky bum time runs on to the last game.

  • 52 toon kk // Feb 28, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    We are useless away from home and inconsistent at home also we are basically a poor lazy squad of no hopers, I just hope that we do better next season in the championship.

  • 53 mindshaft // Feb 28, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    Funny , Just returned from Bali where I was drinking in a bar with some aussies watching footy, I mentioned I supported the Toon and they were all saying they bet I was sorry we chased Pardew out – despite me telling him his awful record for us and the terrible footy we played when we got 5th they still thought he did well for us… unfortunately we have had worse managers since so hard to argue against their views 🙁
    Guess I was coming across as a bitter toon supporter when I kept mentioning his LLLLDLLLWLL , worst record in derby matches etc… oh well

  • 54 Lindisfarne // Feb 28, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    Nice one Schzoid

  • 55 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 28, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    Coaches fall into a “trap” of having their favourites. (I follow a few other lads at other clubs.) For example, one 17 y.o. struggled to get any game time for the early part of the season. When he was given a chance, he started to find his feet and do just enough to keep his place. Then he scored a cracking goal against the league leaders a couple of months ago and is now a regular. A midfielder, he scored a hat trick yesterday. He really looks the part now. It’s amazing what a bit of belief and backing from coaches can do.

    Incidentally, I’m told I’ve watched Hirst at SWFC this season. He clearly didn’t stand out to me and didn’t score. That’s probably more a reflection on me than him.

  • 56 SPRINGY // Feb 28, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    looks like pardew has started influencing the palace players…there first half last night reminded so much of the dire performance we had under him…….guess palace are now startin to get to know what we mean by being pardewd!lol

  • 57 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    If you’re going to run a piece headed “garbage”, you should picture Beardsley and Watson not one of the young lads, who are working really hard and looking forward to achieving some positive recognition.

  • 58 Tsunki // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    Sorry mindshaft, just to be clear, you were entertaining football management critique from…Australians? That was what you were saying, wasn’t it?


  • 59 Online Guy // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    Mister Tuff

    Have you noticed how JIB is behaving himself and not dishing out his usual vile abuse to folk ?

    Well he is being moderated by Ed and has had a warning to that effect from Ed. Many people have complained about him recently and Ed has acted..

    People are tired of his abuse and trouble making .

    Have you noticed how he abuses someone then keeps his nose clean the next day ..until the next line of abuse from him, which inevitably comes .

    He has been warned .

    . I mean calling me a Stupid C@nt in an unprovoked attack drags the blog down to a level where we have to address him for his abuse ..thus taking our minds away from football matters and concentrating on the abuse received from Him .

    Well he’s been warned as to his behaviour and abuse

    Let’s hope he has learned his lesson and there is no more of it .

  • 60 SPRINGY // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    if colo’s out and mbemba back….would anyone on here fancy playing mbabu instead of taylor at cb?

  • 61 Tsunki // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    I personally think the Pardew was no more than a middling, adequate, average, also – ran, run-of-the-mill, common-or-garden, vanilla, stock,nothing fancy, no-frills, middle-of-the-road at best, nothing more nothing less, what you see is what you get kinda Manager, sort of.

  • 62 JamesToon // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    Quite worried about the Derby, Sunderland have actually looked pretty decent in their last few games

  • 63 bettyswallocks // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    Blackley ………. Our under 21 s surely can’t be as bad as Beardsley is making them look. That kid for Manure was only 18 and has come in and made an immediate impac. What’s the point of having a youth team where none are looking like being good enough for the first team?

  • 64 SPRINGY // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    james toon
    i have’nt seen any of sunderlands play so cant comment…my worry is there players seem alot stronger mentally…we’ve looked soft in the head this season…playing with little intelligence at times and not learning from mistake after mistake after mistake…that makes me very weary of playing them….no doubt some will criticise my lack belief against the enemy,but if offered the draw now… i might take it just to stop the rot in the derby tbh.

  • 65 bettyswallocks // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Online guy……. It’s a football blog man. Why don’t you sue him for slander or deformation of character if it bothers you so much.

  • 66 bettyswallocks // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    I’m sure Ed is sick and tired of bloggers running to him to tell tales every time someone calls them a name.

  • 67 Jail for Ashley // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    Sweaty bolloks,
    What’s your problem?

  • 68 SPRINGY // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    there seems to be a lot of back biting bitchyness this season,i dont get involved in any of it tbh,like u say…its a footballing blog….more importantly a blog for a team we all supposed to support.

  • 69 toon kk // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    We’re the second worst team in the premier league.
    I don’t like admitting it but unfortunately it’s true.
    On paper we should be much stronger, but we basically can’t defend and have no class striker.

  • 70 spitfire_ // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    Whatever Newcastle Are DoIng On This – It’s Not Working

    Actually Ed, it works perfectly. Perfectly in a way for follow the pattern, not perfectly for the club. When you have incompetence at the highest levels, you have incompetence at the lower levels too.

  • 71 ilovetoon8788 // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Pardew is a dinosaur. He’s coaching skills are better suited at championship level or lower. It’s horrible when he plays adebayor and Wickham upfront and launches long balls all game.

    Pardew is clueless and a 2nd rate manager. Good riddance.

  • 72 bettyswallocks // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Jail….. I don’t like people running to Ed to try and get them banned even if the banter does sometimes get out of hand!

  • 73 Jail for Ashley // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:34 PM

    I think everyone at the club follows the mantra that Mikey is a self made billionaire so he must be right, there is also the fact that if they lost there jobs here they would struggle to find work anywhere else with their level of competence. Very telling that one of our most qualified blue collar workers went to work at the airport. I mean who would lrave the glamour of a PL club to work at an airport?

  • 74 BandB // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    Proper football fans should sort these things out by arranging a ruck behind the station.
    Isn’t that right betty?

  • 75 SPRINGY // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    toon kk
    like you mate,i begrudgingly agree we are where we deserve to be, and anyone who believes we should be higher and that we are have just been unlucky are deluding themselves….yes we’ve had bad luck at times, but every team over the course of a full season has good and bad luck,it normally levels out by the end of the season,….poor last season and again this season….maybe these players cant get any better then what they are showing now…unfortunately……
    on another topic…what do you think of playing mbemba and mbabu at cb?

  • 76 toonking // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:38 PM


    I’ve always said myself he’s the world class puppet and relegation battling manager in the general world but the palace fans can’t be fully against him just yet, wembley itself is ready and waiting for palace thanks to a victory away at spurs last week and a great home draw against reading.

    His time as palace manager is like an exact replication of his time with us, he begins with a form like that of a top 5 team up till christmas then he shows form like a team certain for relegation making him look like a league 2 manager.

    Something tells me he’s like a short term helper switching clubs every winter to help another club survive relegation before getting the sack again the following winter .

    I remember stories which once said he likes morineo’s route of football, Has a great start in club management but can turn bad.

  • 77 bettyswallocks // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    BandB…….. No . But when it’s a late night exchange people are likely to have had a few drinks and the banter is obviously more forthright.
    I just think grown up adults should take this into account and make allowances.

    Alternatively a watershed could perhaps be introduced for the more sensitive blogger.

  • 78 BandB // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:41 PM

    None thugs you mean?

  • 79 Lindisfarne // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:42 PM

    U21s – 2nd rate, 2nd division and you can not second guess what kind of decisions are being made.

  • 80 Jail for Ashley // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    It is bang smack out of order trying to get someone banned because you don’t like their comments, people trying to get Blackley banned because he’s a bit of a bore is down right wretch worthy, I honestly don’t give a fcuk if someone says I’ve got a face like a mouldy potato, some of them were quite funny, but when someone is deliberately trying to ruin the blog then it needs reporting. low full meg and pawl90613 once had me banned because they didn’t like my views on Ashley. TDSarf imo was probably the biggest to$$er ever to have posted on here regarding his views on how the club is run, I wouldn’t want to see him banned although I’m glad he mow posts at

  • 81 bettyswallocks // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    Maybe the blog should be made tea total then. That’ll stop em.

  • 82 Ron Knee // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    Mignolet is having the game of his life.

  • 83 Lindisfarne // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    I thought proper football fans pleaded for polls, so they could unanimously vote for the most obvious outcome.

  • 84 bettyswallocks // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    I agree that someone trying to ruin the blog ought to be banned and I corresponded with Ed myself to help get rid of you know who last week.
    However telling tales about the odd bit of late night abuse from Jib doesn’t Seem right. He is what he is but if we had a vote on it I think more would prefer him not to be banned. The place wouldn’t be the same without him.

  • 85 BandB // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:55 PM


    He’s one of my favourite posters, and of course, I’m one is his 🙂
    At least he names his targets.

    Hi Lindisfarne.

  • 86 Ron Knee // Feb 28, 2016 at 6:58 PM


    The Mick McManus of the blog, as it were?

  • 87 BandB // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:02 PM


    Who is Mick McManus? He sounds tough.

    I like this idea of a curfew for decent people so they don’t get hurt while the drunks and thugs are allowed out on the prowl.

  • 88 Online Guy // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    Bettyswolloks ..

    I see the blog going downhill each time I return, its still not rid of its trouble makers ..they do it for no good reason and it drags the blog down,

    Last week I rid the blog of toonsend who was posting absolute drivel ..and abuse ..he came back a few times with different names and I got him banned. I dont care what you think about that.

    The days of the toot and the schoolboy reporting to the teacher are long gone Betty , this is the real world and if you see something wrong go put it right .

    Betty I can take dogs abuse and let it go right over my head ..but there is banter and there is Banter and JIB and IAN TOON crossed the line with me ..

    Question ..Will you still take the same stance if ED closes the blog down because it goes too far down hill ?

    Will you then reflect on what we could have done to make it better ? , By embracing Football matters and rooting out the trouble makers ,? instead of letting the abusers get away with it .

    Remember Betty there is banter and there is banter ..I don’t mind a lot of it even the nasty stuff ,,but it got far too personal and nasty 2 days back and I for one think its wrong and unjust to Call someone a Stupid C@nt and also be accused of taking Illegal drugs and injecting myself unprovoked attack by JIB and his cronie IAN TOON .. they went to far

    I embrace argument as long as its kept at a half decent level ..dodgy language is fair enough also..

    I do draw the line on someone casting aspersions that I’m Drug Addict.

  • 89 SPRINGY // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    with us having a few players out or just comin back from injury,whats the team and formation for wed?

  • 90 tequilamag // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    I can confirm that I for one have never been addicted to Heroin, I just preferred it to food.

  • 91 GeordieTwo // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    A lot of you have been asking me “G2 what direction is wor team headed in?” Well, I’ve just found out mates. It’s North by NorthWest… When I find out why we’re headed in that direction I’ll let you all know….. Harrumph.

  • 92 Ron Knee // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:08 PM


    He was a professional wrestler. Always played the villain.

  • 93 toonking // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:08 PM


    You’ll have to recosider your wording about long ball because at the minute you’ve got a team sitting in first place , certain to get top4 finish and in with a great shout of chmpions, had marez scored those penalties against bournmouthe and villa they’d be sitting 6 points ahead of spurs in 2nd.

    Any form of football is useful long ball is just a more simple game and players with great speed, team play and work rate. To play like a barcalona you need alot more, the back 4 needs to very good at stopping goals without as much help, you can’t afford to miss all those chances you get because general attack will be much harder becuase of a box being more well packed and most of all you need goalscorers all over your team making the opposition make greater space when marking.

    We’ve got non of these we keep missing chances are constantly conceding goals from the break and have very little goal threat at all making a barcalona style of play very difficult to see results.

  • 94 welshgeordie9 // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    I bet Liverpol will win the shoot out, what is it with them and penalties.

  • 95 Jib // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Moderated ?
    I think not
    However I am watching a penalty shootout

  • 96 GeordieTwo // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Why is it we never get down to a good old fashioned fonging for poor play? Many of our players could benefit from one. Harrumph….

  • 97 bettyswallocks // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    Online Guy………. Without taking sides, I was referring to your altercation with Jib and you telling him he was now being monitored and moderated for abusive behaviour. Not that I am in a position to pass judgement but the comment from Ian Toon does appear to be OTT and out of context.
    I would just hate the idea that we have to constantly mind our P’s andQ’s for fear of being banned. This is supposed to be what we do to relax and let off steam not to be obsessed with political correctness.

  • 98 Lindisfarne // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    [tip my hat]

  • 99 GeordieTwo // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    My favourite wrestler was Andy Kaufman. There wasn’t a lass out there who could beat him in the mud wrestling pit…..

  • 100 GeordieTwo // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    I too am obsessed with political correctness mates. Yet I get no end of stick from people on here. I mean, where do you lot turn for your seriosity if it’s not to me? Think about that mates……

  • 101 welshgeordie9 // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    Get in, nice one city.

  • 102 GeordieTwo // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    I like the idea of us catching Stoke on a down day and giving them a good walloping. I like the idea, but I don’t think it will happen…… 🙁

  • 103 bettyswallocks // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    BandB?…… You’re not as square as you’re pretending to be. I know that for sure. Get the contrary head off and behave yourself.

  • 104 Online Guy // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    Well done City

  • 105 GeordieTwo // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    Just learning Ghost Riders in the Sky on my guitar. Wow, I believe I’m now ready to compete for the title of World’s Worst Guitar Player……

  • 106 GeordieTwo // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    I’m not square either bettys mate. I’m more of a plump oblong…… 😯

  • 107 GeordieTwo // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    Ron Knee what are you up to today mate?

  • 108 GeordieTwo // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    As I’ve been saying, Spurs are very easy on the eye these days. Pochettino has really come good.

  • 109 bettyswallocks // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    G2. You’re not the messiah either, you’re a very naughty boy.

  • 110 Jib // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    That’s Man City’s deputy goalie !!!!!

  • 111 Online Guy // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:25 PM


    I agree with you , we can fight and argue but not the real bad personal stuff.,.that’s a bit wrong. we can all be a little bit wicked, that’s healthy enough .. I enjoy a healthy debate and will take abuse and forgive .. if its unprovoked and its below the belt ..its just not cricket .

    Drags the blog down ,,but I know what your saying and what you mean.

  • 112 GeordieTwo // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    If we keep heading in a north by northwest direction won’t we eventually hit Iceland? Possibly that’s where we would prefer to play if we get relegated?

  • 113 Online Guy // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:28 PM


    Your in room 101.

  • 114 GeordieTwo // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    Naughty boy bettys mate? Top guitar player yes. Senior Official Club Journo who asks all the hard questions, yes. Blog Hobbit yes. But naughty boy? Never!!!!
    Pardew for England!
    Boom, boom, boom boom boom!!!

  • 115 Jib // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Mr Tuff / Online guy
    Did you enjoy the Cap1 cup final ?

  • 116 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Has anyone read the book on football called “The Numbers Game”? I just saw it in Smiths this afternoon. Looks like it could be a decent read.

  • 117 Online Guy // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:31 PM


    Good cup final ..the best team on the day won..deservedly.

  • 118 bettyswallocks // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    BandB………… If things get too rough and tough for you on here I’m sure they have a football discussion at the Nell Gwynne tea rooms on a Thursday afternoon , followed by an embroidery session.

  • 119 GeordieTwo // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    No, I’m still reading the updated Newcastle United Football Operating Manual B&B mate. It’s all I can handle right now. In fact whenever I read it I feel a bit queasy and have to play some guitar to calm myself down……

  • 120 GeordieTwo // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    BandB has a sharp tongue for those that deserve it bettys mate. I’ve personally felt her lash. Forewarned is forearmed mate……

  • 121 martoon // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    Good game for the neutral, I think City were the better team overall. Mind you I’d be disappointed spending £49m on a player who can’t kick a ball straight 🙂

  • 122 GeordieTwo // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    Here’s another interesting bit from the Operating Manual: “when in doubt lash out at Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer. The supporters always love that…..” 😯

  • 123 GeordieTwo // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Does any else wonder why there are no Chair, Tea, and Supper establishments to go along with the Bed and Breakfasts? I mean who wants to just eat one meal every day? Harrumph….

  • 124 GeordieTwo // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Beermonkey and I may open a Chair, Tea and Supper house. But you have to be out by 11 p.m. You can’t sleep in the chair…..

  • 125 bettyswallocks // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:42 PM

    Geordie 2……… She wouldn’t unleash on me, we have a mutual understanding as of late. She does as she’s told.

  • 126 Mister Tuff // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    I think most folk expect the “banter” to sometimes become robust on a football blog and for some bawdy and not so PC humour to take place as well. However, surely right thinking people should draw the line at down right filthy abuse. There is no need for it.
    As for one off comments suggested earlier – some of us know the reality is probably not one off abuse but a regular stream going back years – by the same people.
    Might be OK for some to say I do not want to get involved – but surely it is more correct for folk to stand up and say at least that was out of order.

    Kids read this as well – should they be reading filthy abuse – ……….they might hear it in your house – but they do not hear it in mine!!!!!

    I sometimes wonder though whether it is worth while trying to get things better – when probably most on here (well quite a few) could not give a damn. They may say they do – but do nothing about it – and next they are having jolly old chats with those causing the aggro/abuse apparently not aware of what has gone on before -OR SO THEY SAY. Some real hypocrites on here.

  • 127 Jib // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Ian Wright and Toon fans having a ruck

  • 128 Mister Tuff // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Woah – just seen Jib – goading – I anticipate some immediatre rebukes for him for goading a fellow poster. Waiting ……….waiting …….waiting.

    Alright it’ll never come – just another example of the one sided hypocracy on some on here.

  • 129 Jib // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    You tell ’em Mr Tuff/Onlineguy
    Every blog need a fine fellow like you to guard our morals – well done old chap – damn fine job.

    “damn” is OK isn’t it ?

  • 130 Mister Tuff // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    error – of some on here.

  • 131 bettyswallocks // Feb 28, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Mister Tuff……. I agree that Ian Toon and whoever else he might post as does seem to have a strange agenda and comes across a bit creepy . I haven’t had much engagement with him and he’s never done anything to offend me.
    As for Jib , he is what he is and has also never offended me personally so as in all aspects of life you can only speak as you find.
    You obviously become very angry and upset with both of them so they have obviously pi…d you off big time.

  • 132 Online Guy // Feb 28, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    Cowards Unite

  • 133 Tsunki // Feb 28, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    I understand how someone can watch as one blogger decides to single out a few others for relentless and petty comments over a sustained period but not feel the need to get involved or upset about it. I mean, if it’s not harming me personally, why should I care whether someone is being routinely offensive to others?

    I fully understand. Fully.

  • 134 welshgeordie9 // Feb 28, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    I feel love is in the air.

  • 135 welshgeordie9 // Feb 28, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    Words words words, it’s all it is.

  • 136 Jib // Feb 28, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    The only one I’ve seen relentlessly singled out is Welshie.
    It has eased off of late
    That was probably ( I cannot speak for Iantoon ) why I was a bit OTT with Online guy.

  • 137 Mister Tuff // Feb 28, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    betty – no no – I do not get angry or upset at other bloggers – may be towards becoming annoyed possibly.
    But it is the same folk/mischief makers who have caused most of the squabbles on here for years.
    If you pardon the expression my take on it would probably be ” ya shyte and scumbags” spoil it for the majority.

    As for not getting involved – surely if you see a wrong you should say woah – that is out of order.

  • 138 bettyswallocks // Feb 28, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    Maybe we should all sit in judgement of each other and if someone steps out of line organise a witch hunt.

  • 139 Jail for Ashley // Feb 28, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    Are you on about the same welshgeordie9 that regularly calls posters muppets, says bring back Pardew as a wind up rather than meaningful comment and has his tongue up every trolls ar$e except the ones having a go at him?

  • 140 bettyswallocks // Feb 28, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    Mister Tuff….. I do concede that Ian Toon was way OTT yesterday with his nasty comment to Online Guy but nobody likes to think they are being policed by others so it ibecomes a tricky situation if everyone gets involved.

  • 141 Mister Tuff // Feb 28, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    betty – the only time I can recall when a lot of folk jumped in to protest about comments made was the Downs Syndrome and then the Spastics exchanges.
    Most boggers jumped in straight away to express their outrage – mind some did not – just posted away as if nothing had occured.

    no need for witch hunts – stand up and be counted

    Mr Tubbs …………………………………………OOT
    Sly dog and his multiple gang…………………OOT

  • 142 Jail for Ashley // Feb 28, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    Ian Toon was accused of being Pushy Pardew long before his infamous slip up one Sunday morning, he’s been at it ever since. He fancies himself as some kind of psuedo/journo/script writer, he’s a creep@

  • 143 Mister Tuff // Feb 28, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    jail -you make a fair point – there is some rather abhorrent and fawning jacksie tonguing displays on here.

  • 144 tequilamag // Feb 28, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Mister Tuff, still trying to drum up support for your brand of vigilante justice ?
    You ask” I sometimes wonder though whether it is worth while trying to get things better ”
    Do us all a favour and not bother. The stink of hypocrisy is overwhelming. You obsess about Jib accusing him of amongst other things homophobia yet you also accused Munster of having a manlove thing for Pardew.
    Of course it`s quality humour when you do it eh.

  • 145 21st Century Schizoid Man // Feb 28, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Mr T
    There were also the “F@ck off and die” and “Norwegian nig-nog” comments from the Mr Hyde who hijacks Dr Jeff Jekyll’s account on such a regular basis.

    There’s robust banter and there’s offensive wummery. It really isn’t that thin a dividing line. If we supported different teams then fair enough, I’d agree with you, but we are all supposed to have more uniting us than dividing us.

    Anyway, there has been precious little opinion on our dismal injury record on this thread. So obviously the blog is getting dragged into the mire. I think we ought to make some serious links with the top end of the sports injury research like Southampton – FFS there are enough medics in Newcastle and plenty of University level R&D – why doesn’t that nice Mr Ashley fund a research project ?

  • 146 welshgeordie9 // Feb 28, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Jail for Ashley
    February 28, 2016
    Are you on about the same welshgeordie9 that regularly calls posters muppets, says bring back Pardew as a wind up rather than meaningful comment and has his tongue up every trolls ar$e except the ones having a go at him?

    Apart from the muppet comment because there are a few, yet again Sherlock you are wrong.

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