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Sean Longstaff Accepts His Award With Dignified Humility

Rafa has praised the parents of Sean and Matty Longstaff for the way they have brought up their sons.

It has helped Sean take the chance he got in December in the Newcastle first team and he has learned quickly from Rafa Benitez.

One reason Sean has done so well is that his success has not gone to his head one little bit, and his feet remain firmly on the ground.

It’s becasue of that and his maturity for one so young that Rafa believes he will continue to improve this season as he gets more first-team games for his home town club.

And it should be an eye-opener for Mike Ashley.

Sean Longstaff – a mature young 21-year-old

If the owner backs Rafa with investment in the Youth Academy, then the manager and his expert coaching staff can start bringing other players through the ranks and save Newcastle some big money.

That should interest Ashley.

The arrival of Sean on the scene is a massive boost for everybody concerned.

And his younger brother Matty is not too bad either and currently starring for the U23 side.

The 21-year-old has started the club’s last eight games and is expected to keep his place against Huddersfield on Saturday in the relegation 8 pointer at St. James’ Park

Longstaff has been named Match of the Day Magazine’s young player of the month for January.

This is what Sean has said about the award:

“The last month or so has been great for me – I’ve managed to play some games and played at some top grounds, against some top players,”

“The lads in the changing room have been great – they’ve helped me loads – and so have the staff.”

“So as much as it’s my award, it’s a culmination of a lot of people helping me to get to this stage.”

Classy stuff there from young Sean Longstaff – it’s exciting to think how good this lad can become under the tutelage of Mr. Benitez.

Sean is nothing less than a credit to himself and to his family.

Keep it up, Sean.

Comments welcome.

114 comments so far

  • toon22

    Feb 18, 2019 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Rangers and Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley back in court as strip row flares again


    I shudder to think what horrible mess he has us in

  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2019 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Are you a victim of PCSD (Pseudo Club Sale Disorder)?

    Have you been repeatedly traumatised by false alarms?

    Do you live in fear of being overwhelmed by ITK (Inflammatory Transaction Knowledge)?

    If so, don’t suffer in silence. Dr Edward Harrisons self-help and intervention refuge has been specifically set up to help you through this debilitating condition, which can last for years, even decades. Advice on where to go if you don’t like it, where you can shove or insert things by fellow sufferers, and constant and unrelenting reminders that you are not alone by our friendly frog mascot will help you through your ordeal.

    Act now. It’s happening. 😉

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 18, 2019 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Thanks Tsunki.
    I no longer have to feel alone.
    It crept up on me, and suddenly I was obsessed.
    Before I knew it I had done crazy things.
    I even unwittingly changed the name of my house to ‘Companies’.
    Thank God I didn’t sign up the 50 year season ticket deal, although girl a minute I was tempted!

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 18, 2019 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #4

    Girl a minute?
    Is nothing sacred Ashley??

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 18, 2019 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #5

    So did Amanda Staveley and Peter (Is he still alive) Kenyon really spend all that money to look over the books without a serious intent of buying OR has Mikey got the contracts of every decent revenue stream bar tickets and TV so tightly sewn up that the 300M price tag makes us a totally unviable investment.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 18, 2019 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #6


    The way he had Rangers after a relatively small time period and involvement, makes you wonder how much he has woven his interests into our club.

    The man is like a cancer spreading through everything that makes up the club. I feel it will take a lot to get him gone.

  • martoon

    Feb 18, 2019 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Jail @5 – I’ve said before – I don’t think the asking price is the problem but it’s unwrapping Ashley’s grasping fingers from Free Stadium Advertising, Catering, Club Shops, Club Logos and Trademarks and other revenue streams that we don’t know about.

  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    Feb 18, 2019 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Tsunki @ 2 – back to your best there… That had me in a link of laughter! Bravo sir

    Jail @ 5 – nail on head there imo. The thing is when any serious bidder knows of no one 2 consortiums walking away for ‘unknown’ reasons is more than likely going to put them off even contemplating the £100-200k fee to get the books looked at as the breakdowns obviously point to something in the books that is being gagged down by the previous NDAs.

    IMHO it’s the ‘for sale’ sign that’s for sale, not the club!!!

  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2019 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Ashley is the guy selling you a gallon of hot noodles, then when you’ve paid you find out it doesn’t include a container or eating utensils.

    Just hold out your hands, sir……

  • estechco

    Feb 18, 2019 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #10

    Jail @5 – Then surely it’s not really an asking price. If he’s only selling a fraction of the original asset he bought, then he needs to be bloody clearer and stop wasting everyone’s time. If he’s only selling a postage stamp sized piece of the turf, then advertise it as that

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 18, 2019 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Unless he sees sense and gives Rafa what he needs to make us successful then I think the protest movement will take it’s own course because as it stands nobody seems to be paying a blind bit of notice to TMG.

  • toon22

    Feb 18, 2019 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #12

    Careful now

    Watch your plural of decade


  • geordietom

    Feb 18, 2019 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #13

    jail … this morning your monkey comment …

    you said no offence but you meant to be offensive i know you cant help it … i know you mean everything you say whilst be sarcastic… i know you put put people down for being NEWBIES on this blog with you being a oldie and all that … its called little man syndrome imho …

  • geordietom

    Feb 18, 2019 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #14

    frog you just cant leave it can you …

    please dont feed the frog …

  • geordietom

    Feb 18, 2019 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #15

    “one decade” is a singular thing. ” 10 years” is plural.

  • toon22

    Feb 18, 2019 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #16


  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 18, 2019 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #17

    I can’t imagine in too many walks of life someone buying something with the seller’s free advertising still in situ.
    Pay for it like anyone else would!

    Ronaldo Aarons

    I just can’t help myself. . . . . .more takeover rumours??

  • toon22

    Feb 18, 2019 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #18

    The only reason the fakeover is back is because Rafa won’t sign a new contract

    MA needs a reason for that

    Right on que last years lie shows up

    Who do you think he will find to pretend to buy us next time ?

  • Jib

    Feb 18, 2019 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #19

    Dear Dr Tsunki
    This morning while doing my normal morning ritual
    of scouring Tesco for the cheapest lager on offer I
    suddenly found myself screaming at the top of my
    voice “IT’S HAPPENING !!!!!!!!!!”

    Very embarrassing

    Any suggestions ?

    Yours (Desperate) Jib

  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2019 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #20

    Hmmm. Some important questions to answer first Jib.

    1/ what lager?
    2/ was it 2 for 1?
    3/ have you got any left?

  • geordietom

    Feb 18, 2019 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #21

    jib … cheers mate you just reminded me time for my meds …

  • Jib

    Feb 18, 2019 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #22

    without giving too much away on a public forum
    I send one of the grand bairns in to split the 4 packs
    and they have to sell the individual cans at a reduced
    rate on the bargain trolley.
    I prefer Stella but I’m barred cos it makes us spit on the
    missus when we make love.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2019 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #23

    This is what PCSD does to a human being. 🙁

  • toon22

    Feb 18, 2019 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #24

    The takeover saga, or should that be sagas now, seem never-ending and as someone as passionate as anyone to see Mike Ashley go, like many others I am finding it all a little tedious.


  • toon22

    Feb 18, 2019 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #25

    People over at the chronicle are also suffering from sale fatigue

    Or MASF

    The need help fast

  • toon22

    Feb 18, 2019 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Or as Tsunki thinks PCSD

    Ether way its spreading fast,they need help

  • Jib

    Feb 18, 2019 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #27

    The Chelsea / Man U F.A. cup match is on
    the Beeb in a couple of hours preceded by
    the quarter final draw
    For those outside our shores it is viewable here


  • NY Mag

    Feb 18, 2019 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #28

    Cheers jib,

    It’s on ESPN also…

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 18, 2019 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #29


    Sadly the takeover talks drag on with no real substance behind them, hopefully sports media start realising how “fake” these are and question Ashley when he does his routine interview.

    I don’t share your optimism with HMRC, we rarely jail people of his kind for tax evasion, we often just give them the chance to pay. There’s cases in the states where people have gotten 100+ years for tax offences. If only he could branch out there… we can dream.

  • Jib

    Feb 18, 2019 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #31

    The only way the US authorities could
    stop Alfonse Caponé was through tax

  • NY Mag

    Feb 18, 2019 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #32

    Transfer Sage,

    He has branched out in the US, both through sports direct and personally

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 18, 2019 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #33


    I guess he’ll be much more careful over your way. Authorities there do not take kindly to people who don’t pay taxes.

  • NY Mag

    Feb 18, 2019 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #34

    Yes…….very true 😀

  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Feb 18, 2019 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #35

    NY Mag – I just checked ESPN and can’t see it on my channel guide. Is that game online only or something? I assume you’re in the States the same as me.

  • Online Guy

    Feb 18, 2019 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #36

    Been told the Ruben brothers have acquired the land at Strawberry place (Marrico?) although I did mention it a few days back ..I recall there was some link to the pair (Ruben bros’) when Amanda made her £250 million cash offer to the rotund one.

    NYMAG do you have those planning refs at hand ? As speaking with Ncc Tuesday.

  • NY Mag

    Feb 18, 2019 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #37


    My apologies, it’s on ESPN+ (you need a subscription)

  • NY Mag

    Feb 18, 2019 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #38



  • jane

    Feb 18, 2019 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #39

    “He has branched out in the US, both through sports direct and personally”

    do you think it is possible that it could be tied in with the Almiron deal at all in some way?

  • toon22

    Feb 18, 2019 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #40

    Yes it a forlorn hope

    But all that is needed is for him to be charged with dishonesty

    In November 2009, Stephen Vaughan, then owner of Chester City, became the first owner to fail the test, after he was legally disqualified from being a director of any company. This was a result of VAT fraud as owner of Widnes Vikings rugby club. He transferred control of Chester to his son, Stephen Vaughan, Jr


    But still possible


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