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Ashley is a “decent fella”, says Nolan.

Posted on October 24th, 2009 | 176 Comments |

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Kevin Nolan has been chatting to the press and said that Newcastle United must win today against Doncaster Rovers or we could have another ‘crisis’ on our hands, then goes on to state that Mike Ashley isn’t so bad once you get to know him.

About today’s game, Nolan said:

I accept that if we don’t beat Doncaster at home then even some of our own fans might describe the situation as a crisis.

That is down to their expectation and there is nothing wrong with having expectations. The fans should have high expectations, especially in this league with the quality we have got in this squad.

We should not be losing three games on the run at Championship level anyway. It is an expectation that we put on ourselves.

If it does happen on Saturday then no one will be more disappointed than the 11 lads that leave the field in Newcastle shirts. We need a reaction.”

Which I suspect is exactly what there’ll be if we lose. I doubt our decent start has pleased the press much and they’ll be as eager as usual to carry reports of our demise (ooh, that’s bitter and cynical Hugh).

Nolan continues:

At the beginning of the season, this many games in, if you had said we’d be in this position, with this many points, we would have taken it. So would the fans. Everyone in Newcastle would have.

Seeing a lot of the fans around the town, that is exactly what they have said to me.

After some of the stuff we have been through in the last couple of years, they are enjoying where we are at the moment. But we have got to keep producing results.

I find it quite difficult when this club is slammed all the time. We have got a group of lads who want to do well.”

Fair points Kev, although I don’t think it will be a ‘crisis’ if we don’t win today – perhaps a ‘concern’ would be a better way to describe it. The thing is I never expected us to dominate this league and, as Nolan suggests, if someone had said we’d be second after 13 games I’d have taken it.

Nolan then goes on to talk a bit about Mike Ashley, saying:

We last saw Mike Ashley a few weeks ago. He comes around and has lunch with the lads, things like that. We do see him around the place. He is a decent fella.”

But does he eat all the pies? It would have made a much better story if Nolan had told us that he had lunch with Ashley and there was one pie left on the table and then added “but the greedy bastard scoffed it before we had a chance to tuck in”. I could have got my teeth into a story (or indeed a pie) like that. Anyway, Nolan goes on:

I can’t start coming out defending people because everyone has their own opinions but he has always been fine with me but you know, all we want him to do is back us in what we are doing, try to be professional and try and get us back where we belong as quickly as possible.

That is all we ask him to do and and if he can do that, he will always be OK in our eyes.

I think we could do with a few players in. But I think that Mike has been fair. He has spent a lot of money since he came to the club. I think he has brought in a lot of players even this season knowing that he going to be leaving or knowing that he is going to sell the club.

In an ideal world we would all like to see two or three more faces but at this moment in time it just doesn’t look as though it is going to happen.

Maybe a fresh start is needed. In an ideal world we want a squad or maybe two or three more and then if we get that I am sure there will be no qualms about us getting automatic promotion. I firmly believe that.

We are going to do it in my eyes but sometimes we need a bit of help, especially when you lose four players – Steven Taylor and Coloccini for four weeks – and then Joey Barton and Shola Ameobi with long-term injuries. It is going to be tough without them all.”

So there we go. Kevin Nolan will have to get used to Ashley eating all the pies (but he didn’t … I know, I know, I made that up) because I think he’s going to be the owner for at least the rest of this season. Who knows eh? Ashley certainly has the capacity to surprise us and maybe he’ll surprise us in a pleasant way before the end of the season. Maybe he will strengthen the squad. Maybe he will make sure we get promoted.

NUFCBlog Author: Hugh de Payen I'm a baby-boomer of the punk rock persuasion, currently exiled in Somerset for crimes committed in a previous life where locals keep trying to poison me with something called 'scrumpy'. Hates sprouts, coat-hangers, Cilla Black, ornaments, Steven Seagull movies and 50 Cent (he's not worth 10). Hugh de Payen has written 634 articles on this blog.

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176 Responses

  1. “….all we want him to do is back us in what we are doing, try to be professional and try and get us back where we belong as quickly as possible.”

    Now THAT really IS pie in the sky!!!

    Maybe if there’s a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow….

    Maybe if Santa Claus really DID exist….

    Maybe if the FCB stopped lying to the fans too…

  2. i wish nolan would keep his mouth shut when it comes to ashley and only speak about football matters. This man lied to a tribunal in an effort to fool the fans, betrayed keegan, accused toon fans of life threatening behaviour towards his family when it suited him but was quick to bring them back when he wanted their support again. Shamed the toon by drinking beer in the stands. When every fan was furious about the state of the club he has left us in, he and lambias have a bet resulting in the latter stripping off and streaking across the field in view of those in executive boxes. Thats what ashley thinks of the fans! So shut up nolan and concentrate on football and dont insult the intelligence of the fans!

  3. Troy
    He didn’t just lie to the Tribunal. The facts uncovered by the Tribunal also proved that he, and his cronies, had lied to the fans on a number of occasions.
    The FCB told the Tribunal this was OK because it was just a “public relations exercise”

    Unbelievable….

  4. That would be me batty.

    We welcome mackems with open arms on this blog (lol), but 10+ 10-page comments stating ‘NUFC are Shite’ is a bit much!

  5. Hugh de Payen says:
    October 24, 2009 at 9:07 am
    That would be me batty.

    We welcome mackems with open arms on this blog (lol), but 10+ 10-page comments stating ‘NUFC are Shite’ is a bit much!

    ————————————–
    Awwww C’mon Hugh

    Don’t be so hard on the little lad

    It’s not often you stumble across a mackem who can read and write

  6. Does Nolan think by calling Ashley a nice guy, that Asley’s going to put his hand in his pocket and pay for 3 more players to show how ‘nice’ he is? Stupid idiot. The man has been discredited and certainly won’t listen to someone like Kevin Nolan. I wish our players could be bl**dy well muzzled to stop them from mouthing off to the press.
    I’m sick to the back teeth of reading what a great group of lads they are, who only want to do well and get us back in the premier league. Well actions speak louder than words and they should start showing us how good and committed they are on the pitch at 3pm this afternoon. Then we might start believing this drivel they seem to excel at spouting.
    Good article Hugh, but it’s got me bl**dy well more wound up about this afternoon’s games.
    Chris Hughton, please stop them talking to the press. They are insulting our intelligence again.

  7. Utd111

    ‘Awwww C’mon Hugh

    Don’t be so hard on the little lad

    It’s not often you stumble across a mackem who can read and write’

    LOL

  8. Deb #17, I know what you mean about players yapping to the press. I found it particularly tiresome last season when they were continually saying they had to ‘improve their game’, ‘get some points’, ‘avoid relegation’ etc., yet concomitantly failed to do any of those things on the pitch.

  9. Players talking should be done on the pitch rather than off it.

    This just comes off as more bleating, hollow rhetoric from someone who should know better, you’d think they were slipped a few quid every-time some journo quotes them!

    In this case Fat Ash might have bunged Nolan some cash to big him up (allegedly, of course) in the press?

  10. What is Nolan thinking ?
    “Mike has been fair” ? Come On !
    “I think he has brought a lot of players in even this season knowing he is leaving” ?? Christ..Compare this to the number of players he has sold !

    For once I agree with Troy Stavers. Nolan should shut his mouth when it comes to the Politics of the Club and consentrate on his Football.

    I for one am not interested in the self preserving opinions of the players as they brown nose Ashley. It’s no coincidence that Nolan has come out with these comments on the eve of Ashleys ‘Yes man’ Hughton being made Manager…

    Please Nolan, Get your tongue out of Ashleys Arse !!

  11. Geordie Deb – Spot on, the phrase ” This group of lads” is getting on my wick together with the constant patronizing of the fans often after they have played crap.

  12. Dear Me..
    Nolan is even quoted in ‘The Times’ with the following little gem :

    “With Chris I just think we will start calling him gaffer and have a bit of a laugh with him,” Kevin Nolan, the midfield player, said.

    Is it too much to ask for Newcastle United to instruct the players to keep there mouths shut and not make statements to the press unless they are sanctioned by the club. I’m not sure how everyone else feels but I find the above comment unprofessional and condecending and it undermines not only Hughton but the Club as a whole. How can we proclaim to be a professional club when players are laughing at the Manager ? Can you imagine a player making comments such as these about Mourinho or Ferguson…. The player would be hung drawn and quartered.

    If you want credability as a professional Football Club please gag the players.. They’re public speaking skills are on a par with their football skills …
    Average to poor !

  13. i think it suits ashley to run newcastle under this siege mentality,he can keep this going for years.
    he is in a win win situation in the current climate,he doesn,t have to spend any money,doesn,t have to explain anything to the fans,if anything good happens it,s a bonus,if it goes pearshaped he,ll blame everybody bar himself.
    nolan must be desperate for new faces to,become an ashley cheerleader.

  14. “Seeing a lot of the fans around the town, that is exactly what they have said to me.” – Kevin Nolan

    Can the fans who see Kevin Nolan around the town, please tell him to keep his gob shut and suggest to his team mates that they follow suit. They are undermining the club, their credibility and any respect we may have for them.

  15. Agreed, “Group of lads” must be retired…along with the prefix “Honest, Hard-Working” etc etc.

    Who are these fans that keep bumping into Kevin Nolan (around town) and offering advice?

  16. it’s better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than open it and remove all doubt.

    dont talk to the papers about wanting more player – go and tell your fat chum you dine with.

  17. Troy not often do we agree but im 100% with what you said. This latest senior players comments have made me a lot less supportive of him it is allways the same old shite they are doing this and doing that, the only thing that is missing from this one is that he doesnt come out with the usual speel that we the fans must get behind the lads.

  18. Nolan > “After some of the stuff we have been through in the last couple of years, they are enjoying where we are at the moment. But we have got to keep producing results.

    I cant speak for anyone else but I know i’m not enjoying where we are FFS we are in the CCC

  19. what are the qualifications to be a toon player?is it to roll out the platitudes when things aren,t going well?
    sick of hearing the same tired excuses” put up or shut up”.

  20. Chucking it down!!! Platform is rammed, handful of Donnie fans. Train is going to be chocker. If it ever gets here!!! Gotta get my ticket yet…

    Howay Toon…….

  21. So far it’s so bad I’m lost for words. Gutierrez, Harewood, Butt and Carroll hang your heads. Woefully short of average!!! Can’t even get a beer up here, it’s rammed. Looking forward to the 2nd half………

  22. So that was the big comeback was it Kevin? At least he scored…had he not was “Battle Cry” would’ve sounded a little hollow. “Lucky three points” be damned….points is points!!

    I think we should start a blog campaign, in which we all pledge cash toward buying PROUD GEORDIE the dictionary (and new keyboard) he so desperately needs. Who’s with me?

  23. PROUD GEORDIE says:
    October 24, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    “Y R MY COMENTS NOT SHOWING”

    PG, for starters, most of them are peppered with obscenities. This alerts the site’s naughty word police and they put your messages in the ‘moderation’ queue. Hope this helps.

  24. Fecking trains!!!! Couldn’t get on the first one. Had to come back and have a beer on me own in Oneills. Just off to get the 18.41.

    Credit where it’s due Carroll scored a cracker and set up the winner and didn’t let his head go down as it quite easily could have. When you see the highlights you’ll know what I’m saying. Still a bit rosy-cheeked on his behalf. Long time since I’ve seen someone miss sitters like those. Twice on one game!!! There penalty was horrendous too!

    Getting the winner and stealing 3 points at the death can often paper over the cracks. It was really poor at times like. Still we’re hanging on in.

  25. We are back on top despite playing crap football,surreal!
    Hey, good to hear from our players, everyone should be given an opportunity to have their say, perhaps the blog could afford them the opportunity to contribute on a weekly basis.
    Being we hear little from the management side perhaps the players could let us in on whats going on.
    Why`s everyone so upset about Nolans opinions, I have heard a lot dumber stuff on these blogs.
    Guys entitled to an opinion, last I heard we still have freedom of speech (for those that want the players gagged)
    Does`nt take much to upset you folks, take a valume and chill,were top a the league, enjoy it !

  26. Nice to see an informed comment from someone who knows the man.

    Never heard anyone who knows Ashley (Dave Whelan aside) who doesn’t like him.

  27. stardust i respect your stance on ashley,but we all know we need investment in the first team, so we can make the final push to get us back up,do you think ashley will give the money to do this.

  28. Stardust says:
    October 24, 2009 at 7:48 pm
    Nice to see an informed comment from someone who knows the man.

    Never heard anyone who knows Ashley (Dave Whelan aside) who doesn’t like him.
    <<<<<< aye he just dusent know how to run a football club never met him so cant say i hate him as a person

  29. hitman says:
    October 24, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    “i see the shead and star group bare no longer in talks.”

    Of course they aren’t, hitman. Any Sheff Wed fan will tell you that Uncle Fester is a comedy routine. He was probably never in talks with the Star, or Starr group anyway. Both sales of this club have been a magnet for complete clowns, and a potential disaster area for serious owners.

  30. Hitman – in honesty I havent got a clue. If I had to nail my colours either way – I think it’ll be more loan signings.

    It was his last interview in the Times that he seemed like he got to the point he didnt care what people thought any more – probably thinking he cant do right for doing wrong.

    We can only hope that collectively we give him encouragement – without it I can see it.

  31. what worries me like,ashley will knee cap us out of spite,this man is the worst ever thing to happen to our club,hes spat his dummy reet oot.

  32. We can only hope that collectively we give him encouragement – without it I can see it<<<<i was just thinking that maybe we should star singing nice songs aboot him and he might get us some decent players in :lol:

  33. the team looks and plays better when ranger is on i know he hasent scored yet but he keeps opposition on there toes

  34. hitman says:
    October 24, 2009 at 8:28 pm
    batty behave
    <<<< supose iam abit doon and feellin sorry for meself and others including ashley

  35. Batty – 58 – well put.

    I agree wholeheartedly about ranger – he is a class act – he brings others into play and makes the team function as a team. I like him a lot (but not in the way Excelsior seems to like me lol – feel like I have my own lovesick stalker)

  36. stardust excelsior isant a stalker he is someone that goes toe too toe with you,but a nice call out. :lol:

  37. stardust think u have a few stalkers they must sit at there computer waiting for u to comment why do u think eds blog dusent get many hits no more its you :lol:

  38. see wot a mean :lol: no dave not converted but a think were stuck with him and cannit do nowt aboot it m8

  39. batty says:
    October 24, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    “a kna and i dont think we have a hope n hells chance of gannin up”

    Divven’t worry batty, we have psychic help. It’s sorted. ;-)

  40. “hitman says:
    October 24, 2009 at 8:44 pm
    stardust excelsior isant a stalker he is someone that goes toe too toe with you,but a nice call out. ”

    Trouble is Hitman if I am honest I am scared to go toe to toe with Excelsior – I am 100% certain that if I do – he will take the opportunity and kiss me or kill me Dando style.

  41. UTD111 says:
    October 24, 2009 at 8:50 pm
    Batty
    Dunno when you last looked – but Ed’s blog is doing fine mate…
    <<<<<where some days worky gets more hits than eds and eds has been going a lot longer m8

  42. Stardust says:
    October 24, 2009 at 8:51 pm
    “hitman says:
    October 24, 2009 at 8:44 pm
    stardust excelsior isant a stalker he is someone that goes toe too toe with you,but a nice call out. ”

    Trouble is Hitman if I am honest I am scared to go toe to toe with Excelsior – I am 100% certain that if I do – he will take the opportunity and kiss me or kill me Dando style.
    <<<<< dont beleive that for 1 min you normaly go toe to toe aganst 90% of the blog

  43. batty divint slag eds blog m8,the lad does his best,he gets up at all hours.even worky can respect that.

  44. stardust the only person who scares you is me and thats because i know you and know your past if only every 1 else did they wouldnt slag u :lol:

  45. Your right we are stuck with him and there is nowt anyone can do except give him the money he wants. I often wonder what it feel like to Ma to be stuck with the club, does anyone know if he got much abuse today

  46. hitman says:
    October 24, 2009 at 8:56 pm
    batty divint slag eds blog m8,the lad does his best,he gets up at all hours.even worky can respect that.
    <<<<< eds a c@nt he slagged my m8 sir kevin keegan a dont even think hes a geordie and i wasent slagging his blog any way

  47. Stardust I was just thinking the same plus we more than likely wouldn’t know eachother if it wasnt for Ed ;)

  48. hitman says:
    October 24, 2009 at 8:59 pm
    batty we all no stardust is a ginga ninja
    <<<if only u knew he bleeds black and white blood iam telling y

  49. I suppose I have criticised the fact Eds blog seems more about making money, sensationalist edlines at times.

    But Ed is respected by all for what he has done Hitman – myself included.

  50. Batty – thats only because I post so much lol – leave it out will ya – its got nothing to do with me – its probably his Ad software and the fact he posts too many threads thats seen it decrease lately.

  51. batty says:
    October 24, 2009 at 9:03 pm
    UTD111 so your saying wen stardust is on eds blog it dusent get more hits

    When did I say that Batty mate???

  52. it was me that got ed too change his logging in system commet 34b 37 43 not me can any 1 remember :lol:

  53. UTD111 says:
    October 24, 2009 at 9:09 pm
    batty says:
    October 24, 2009 at 9:03 pm
    UTD111 so your saying wen stardust is on eds blog it dusent get more hits

    When did I say that Batty mate???
    <<<<<well thats wot iam saying it dusent get as many hits now he dusent go on think worky has him on a retainer :lol:

  54. UTD111 says:
    October 24, 2009 at 9:11 pm
    10p and 1p

    (the other one’s a 10p then?)
    <<<< aye beating stardust bets that made y day :lol:

  55. Aye Batty – but Ed’s blog is more representative of fans views because people don’t spend loads of time arguing with spin mate

  56. batty says:
    October 24, 2009 at 9:13 pm
    UTD111 says:
    October 24, 2009 at 9:11 pm
    10p and 1p

    (the other one’s a 10p then?)
    <<<< aye beating stardust bets that made y day

    —————————

    I always do LOL

  57. Stardust says:
    October 24, 2009 at 9:09 pm
    Batty – thats only because I post so much lol – leave it out will ya – its got nothing to do with me – its probably his Ad software and the fact he posts too many threads thats seen it decrease lately.
    <<<<<well go post 1 of ur top notch comments and watch

  58. UTD111 says:
    October 24, 2009 at 9:13 pm
    Aye Batty – but Ed’s blog is more representative of fans views because people don’t spend loads of time arguing with spin mate
    <<<<once he turned one king kev that was it for me m8 hes atraitor of the highest order

  59. UTD111 says:
    October 24, 2009 at 9:17 pm
    And you don’t know anyone else who’s turned on Sir Kevin then Batty??
    <<<<<yes but i know his real feelings for the guy m8

  60. batty says:
    October 24, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    “once he turned one king kev that was it for me m8 hes atraitor of the highest order”

    Well you’ll never get any criticism of King Kev on this ‘blog batty. :-)

  61. UTD111 if it come out who he is stardust it would be headlines in all the papers and he would get the sack

  62. workyticket says:
    October 24, 2009 at 9:20 pm
    batty says:
    October 24, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    “once he turned one king kev that was it for me m8 hes atraitor of the highest order”

    Well you’ll never get any criticism of King Kev on this ‘blog batty
    <<<<funny enough with bowburn and hugh weve had some good reads m8

  63. batty says:
    October 24, 2009 at 9:21 pm
    UTD111 if it come out who he is stardust it would be headlines in all the papers and he would get the sack

    ——————————–

    Batty – if it came out who you really are – what would YOU get? LOL

  64. batty says:
    October 24, 2009 at 9:23 pm
    ex toon who still works at the club

    ——————————

    Batty mate – if that’s true (and I don’t believe it for a minute) – think you should stop there pal

    This is just a blog – a bit of fun

  65. Sure thats were we all came from. I havent been on it but im not bashing him.

    Batty why you banned?

  66. UTD111 says:
    October 24, 2009 at 9:27 pm
    batty says:
    October 24, 2009 at 9:23 pm
    ex toon who still works at the club

    ——————————

    Batty mate – if that’s true (and I don’t believe it for a minute) – think you should stop there pal
    aye it is and i will

  67. Batty “<<<<once he turned one king kev that was it for me m8 hes atraitor of the highest order”

    And what about when Sir Kevin the Traitor Keegan turned and abandoned us?

    Maybe Ed and Kev are related?

  68. Norn Iron Mag says:
    October 24, 2009 at 9:27 pm
    Sure thats were we all came from. I havent been on it but im not bashing him.

    Batty why you banned?
    <<<<< iam not banned m8 all i sed is it dusent get as many hits because stardust dusent go on much now and ive tured on ed just like he tured on king kev

  69. Stardust says:
    October 24, 2009 at 9:29 pm
    Batty “<<<<once he turned one king kev that was it for me m8 hes atraitor of the highest order”

    And what about when Sir Kevin the Traitor Keegan turned and abandoned us?

    ——————————

    He didn’t.

    As the Tribunal showed, his position was made impossible by the mismanagement, ineptitude and lying of the regime.

    But you know that, really……

  70. Cheers Batty

    Much as I disagree with a lot of what Stardust spouts – I would never want to see someone lose their livelihood because of daft arguments on a public blog….

  71. Batty
    He only gets the hits because everyone wants to bash stardust??????
    Utd 111 spot on there m8

  72. batty says:
    October 24, 2009 at 9:33 pm
    you called him sir kevin and kev see what a mean unt111
    —————————

    Aye – he slipped up there Batty LOL ;)

  73. There’s only one way you can truly get under the skin of Kevin Joseph Keegan, Stardust, and that is to steal the Brut advertisement contract from under his nose. He wouldn’t like that. He wouldn’t like that at all.

  74. Norn Iron Mag says:
    October 24, 2009 at 9:36 pm
    Batty
    He only gets the hits because everyone wants to bash stardust??????

    <<<<aye a kna :lol:

  75. we all have to remember eds in his 60s and retired but he still takes time out to post,we should never forget that lads,this blog wouldnt be here.

  76. hitman can u remember that nite some 1 was pinching peoples nicks and were saying comment 45 48 49 not me and so and so

  77. hitman says:
    October 24, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    we all have to remember eds in his 60s and retired but he still takes time out to post,we should never forget that lads,this blog wouldnt be here.

    >>>>>> AYE M8 thats my point.

  78. all i want to know,if ashley takes the club off the market,is he going to step up and take us back to the premieship.i have me doubts

  79. well lads we have found a way to shut stardust up,all we have to do is talk about ashley opening his wallet. :lol:

  80. Lol – just been watching X factor lol – saddo what I am – I cant add more than my comment at 52 really.

  81. hitman says:
    October 24, 2009 at 10:05 pm
    well lads we have found a way to shut stardust up,all we have to do is talk about ashley opening his wallet.

    ——————————

    LOL

  82. stardust before you start with he paid 100mill of debt,most of that was the morgage for the ground,he had to pay that when sir john hall give up his major share in the club.

  83. Not starting anything Hitman – all thats water under the bridge now.

    To be honest I still think our wage bill is far to high for the squad we have – my perfect scenario would be a Wenger type and building with genuine talented youth – with a little bit of experience, I had liked Ashleys intentions – but I dont think we will ever see that delivered now.

  84. you have to be in the prem for that to work,arsenal are one of the biggest clubs in the world,for fk sake the top clubs cherry pick,ashleys plan was floored from the start.are you joking me

  85. I totally accept what youre saying – but if you extend your logic – by the same token we cant compete for the best players either – so we end up paying top prices for 4th or 5th choice players.

    Id rather find youngsters and who want to play not just sit in the reserves – a good balance of all.

  86. Young european talent will always go to Arsenal before us we dont have the pulling power. So that was fcuked from the start.

  87. Hitman

    ‘stardust joe is me misses second cuz’

    What a lovely kid he is and great singer. Howay Joe

  88. I totally accept what youre saying – but if you extend your logic – by the same token we cant compete for the best players either – so we end up paying top prices for 4th or 5th choice players.

    thats what where doing now,stardust do you know much about football.

  89. lol – but I say we were overpaying years ago under FFS – thats why we are still hurting today.

    Arsenal Man U etc cant sign all of the players….anyway I know a couple of South American Agents who can get us some deals ….but we have to sign a player on loan first lol

    Thought Lucy was head and shoulders tonight – Joe was good as always but Big Band needs a bit more presence – but he is safe and in it for the long run.

    Ive got it – “Hitman and Batty ” = “John and Edward” backed up by Louis “UTD111” Walsh

  90. Any idea why I have a comment awaiting moderation?
    I posted with a link to NOTW article regarding Ashley being saved from the fans by stewards allegedly at Scunnie midweek

  91. Just been reading that Deb – disgraceful – kind of puts a damper on those who said Ashley was safe to come to the ground post KK walking.

  92. deb it was shite lads that were there says it,plus ashley dosnt go into the away end like he dosnt go into the home end,THINK ABOUT IT

  93. Hitman

    I just glanced through it. Does it say he was in the away end? He would definetley have had to have undergone a lobotomy to have done that? I just assumed they coloured him on entering/exiting the ground. Not exactly a massive place so probably easier to get at I would have thought.

  94. Probably scrutinising my new article and putting his ‘red pen’ through it!!! Just watching MOTD, first time I’ve watched Premiership footy this season! Just realised, mental.

  95. geordie deb says:
    October 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    “Any idea why I have a comment awaiting moderation?”

    Deb, I’ve telt ye already, it’s all that dirty language when you’ve been on the Malibu.

  96. I think Wilde said it best (Oscar not Jack) when he said: “The only thing worse than being talked about….is NOT being talked about.”

    Dusty: A love-sick stalker? Busted….I guess! I think your writing is fantastic, it’s literate, witty, smug (in a nice way) and the best kind of arrogance….an unapologetic one. Certain posters herein seem to think that i’m some crazed hermit skulking about propagating an Ashley vendetta;a dour, humourless, po-faced crab who takes his blog “seriously”?

    I started blogging (not dogging as Mrs Excelsior doesn’t like that) just over a year ago to assuage my frustration at the situation in general. First on TeamTalk (where I encountered the splendid fellow that is Bowburnmag) and then, at BBM’s suggestion, on this fantastic site.

    Being marooned in London, as I am, only accentuates the frustration I feel. It’s added to by having to explain to my autistic son, who’s also a massive Toon fan (despite being born in the South) why the club is the way it is.

    He’s enjoying this season enormously; we were at the Sheff Wed game in August where he topped up his essential Geordieness; and put money in Fat Ash’s sky rocket when I bought him the new home shirt. Worth it though as he only takes it off to go to school.

    I think you guys would be proud of him as, in a school that’s 99% Southern teams (Chelsea in particular) he stands, as a lone Toon fan, against the various brickbats meted out to him . It’s tough sometimes, for us both, but we’re muddling through.

    I can’t speak for you guys but I blog here purely for pleasure. I write the way I write…because that’s how I feel about my club. If someone doesn’t agree, or takes a contrary, argumentative position I think that’s fantastic! It gives me something to respond to; so Stardust if you want to go “Toe to Toe” with me I’d love that. Arguing point to point, line to line about Newcastle, with you, would be a challenge I would not shirk.I’ll be at work all next week but can set aside a little time each day to blog.

    You call it….i’ll show up. It starts when you say, and it doesn’t stop until an independent adjudicator decides one of us has run out of stuff to say? Good enough? I’ll name Bowburnmag as my “Second”….who’s yours? This could be the first “Blog Duel”……cool!

    In the meantime, I’m having the Blog equivalent of “the time of my life” here…long may it continue.

  97. excelsior, i know stardust personally. It is no achievement to beat him on any subject. He is constantly ridiculed by our mutual mates as being the most clueless man around town. Seriously, i cant believe you take him seriously! Woo hoo hoooo hoo

  98. “troy stavers says:
    October 25, 2009 at 10:37 am

    “Seriously, i cant believe you take him seriously! Woo hoo hoooo hoo”

    In all seriousness, Troy, I don’t. Woo hoo hoooo hoo…yourself?

  99. Excelsior

    “Certain posters herein seem to think that i’m some crazed hermit skulking about propagating an Ashley vendetta;a dour, humourless, po-faced crab who takes his blog “seriously” – As you have said since you arrived Excelsior – many posting on this site are astute after all – I gather Worky got you after one post lol.

    And as for your kind offer of a blog duel – before this offer is accepted can you please provide me with the evidence I need to make sure you are not or are not related to Barry George? I have a morbid fear of been bummed to death on my doorstep – and in the days of health and safety I am sure you appreciate my need for reassurance.

    And having provided that reassurance I insist on only one rule when toe to toe – no tongues.

  100. If you’re too chicken to accept the challenge, Dusty, you should really just come out and say so.

    The “Gay” allusions….very funny by the way.

  101. “And as for your kind offer of a blog duel – before this offer is accepted can you please provide me with the evidence I need to make sure you are not or are not related to Barry George? I have a morbid fear of been bummed to death on my doorstep – and in the days of health and safety I am sure you appreciate my need for reassurance.”

    A morbid fear of being bummed to death on your doorstep? Doesn’t say much for your neighbours, does it? When did this deep seated (Hee Hee) homo-erotic fantasy first surface, Stardust? Is it something you need to share with the group? I’m sure all concerned here wouldn’t “Cock-a-Deaf-un!” should you wish to unburden yourself of this fevered concern. Sadly, your reliance on homo-phobic subtext all points to a latency period coming to an end, it’s classic Freud (Sigmond not Clement) though.

    I’ll expect your closet doors are bulging to the point of revelation, just about now.

    You’ve nothing to fear from me, except being made to look a fool….although, hang on, you don’t need me for that do you.

  102. Excelsior

    You display the classic psychopathic traits – not the stereotypical horror movie version – but a far deeper everyday psychopathic type – grounded in insecurity, the need to find control, feelings and vindication. You roam football blogs, full of man prey, like Dennis Nilsen looking for victims attach yourself to – to groom, abuse and ultimately violate – to find the very things you need to vindicate your being.

    Now when confronted – it is the worlds fault – others fault – that they have latent tendencies – not you.

    Of course – on this occassion youve been rumbled so you attempt to kill your foe in a dual of words. Again a classic psychopathic trait. The parallels with Denis Nilsen et al are far to obvious for this writer to fall for.

    Well Mr Nilsen – rule number one of dealing when with psychopaths is to take them off their chosen route and into a domain they cant control – for that is where they are uncomforatble and can not function properly – especially when they can inflict no violence or control.

    Our debate will remain unorchestrated, in the public forum – I and others will dictate the terms – you on the other hand can sit in your newspaper clip strewn room and fantasise about how to find your next victim and await our call.

    May I suggest another blog for your next victim Mr Nielsen – you have been outed on this.

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