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West Brom v Newcastle United – An FA Cup away fan’s guide.

Posted on January 22nd, 2010 | 128 Comments |

Destination Hawthorns!
Destination Hawthorns!
My next guide takes a look at this weeks FA Cup 4th round match against West Brom at The Hawthorns. We’ve kindly been given the entire Smethwick Road end which has an allocation of 5,500, and with tickets cheap at £20 for adults and just £5 for under-16’s, I’d expect us to fill that! Mind you, even if it was full price we would still fill it, such is the magnitude of our away following!

For the 200 hundred mile trip we’ll head again down the A1 out of the Toon, then down to Leeds where you’ll meet up with the M1. Continue south past Sheffield and Nottingham and leave at Junction 23a (A42/M42). Follow the A42 which turns into the M42 until you meet up with the M6 near to Birmingham airport. Head north on the M6 for a short while until you find the M5 (Junction 7). Join the M5 heading south briefly and leave at Junction 1. Take a left turn along the A41 towards Birmingham and you’ll find the ground is about half a mile up the road on your right hand side. Just be warned that traffic around Birmingham can be pretty sticky at times so it may be worthwile allowing some extra time for your journey.

For parking, there are a lot of industrial units on the right hand side before you hit the ground, with a majority of them offering parking. I even managed to find some free parking when I went on the first day of the season!

If you fancy a bite to eat, there are plenty of food vans on the way to the ground. Having a pint is more of a problem though. If you stay on the main road and pass the ground on your right, there is a pub a bit further up the road called The Royal Oak. It’s set back off the road but at least it welcomes away fans. Other than that, the options are limited to drinking in the ground itself.

As I mentioned above, we have the whole of the away end so getting served on the concourse shouldn’t be an issue as there are kiosks at both ends.

If you get there early enough and head towards the away turnstiles, you’ll see just across the road is the West Brom academy. The Baggies’ players park in there and walk across the road to the ground. Position yourself correctly and you have a great opportunity to barrack them as they are walking into the ground!

Trying to find your seat can be confusing. If your ticket says ‘Row B’ as an example, you’ll need to look for row B1. Basically all the rows of seats in the ground, have a number 1 at the end which isn’t on your ticket for some inexplicable reason.

Once the match is over, away fans get ushered away from the ground down a rather shady looking alley-way which takes you to West Bromwich station, or to meet up with the coaches. If you did come by car and parked where i said, just continue past the coaches up the hill and turn left when you get to the main road at the top. This will take you past the ground and back towards your car.

That’s about it! I’m personally still not overly fussed about the cup this year but as we are still in it would be nice to see us get through and maybe even get a home draw in round 5!

Howay the lads!

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128 Responses

  1. Last time I was at the Hawthorns was when Owen and Shearer scored…there was 1 barmaid on at halftime :)

  2. Off topic but if rumours are true that derby have put their entire sqaud up for sale, i’d like to see a bid made for kris commons.

  3. Quite a few clubs are struggling financially, we are in a better position than most so it’s disappointing to see some of the more interlectual bloggers still after big name trophy signings so they can rush out and get them printed on their shirts, very happy with the way things are going at the moment….
    Looking forward to West Brom, should be a good game.

  4. Hammy I don’t know anyone on here that has asked for trophy signings can you name the culprits that have disappointed you please?

  5. @hammy – yup totally agree, clubs are finding it extremely difficult to refinance debt and are getting royally screwed by high interest payments and the calling in of debt.

    We have to be realistic in terms of signings and wages

  6. Habib Beye to Sunderland, new news or old news?

    Haven’t got much time to get on here again but would be interested to see how that pans out, after all of his talk about the love of the Toon. Hard to maintain your credibility with that type of move.

  7. Steve Wraith made a comment the other day that we dont need multi million signings as we have been down that road and look what happened, they sucked the club dry, i agree in a way but we still need to be getting around and picking up players to improve the squad and i think the thats what most fans would settle for.
    Simpson and Williams are a start, some may say they are not top players but where did Cahill, Bellamy, Danny Murphy and Bullard all come from – picked up for nowt in the championship.
    At least the FCB is bringing players in for a change and not shipping them out, another couple of bodies in and we will be set up nicely for the run in.

  8. BBB;posted this point before,so i agree,guys this player wont handle epl that player,wont handle epl,there are many,many good players in lower lges,i dont think they have played the game themselves,toon have had good players from there,dont need to name them,there is also of epl cant handle the cc,i could name a few

  9. Just happy to see a team who are proud to wear the shirt and fight to the last minute of every game. When was the last time we could say that.

    Hopefully over the coming years we will see more investment in youth – like the schools initiative – and growth of an honest group of hard working talented pro’s who justify big salaries and arent given them in advance for “being prepared to live up North”

    Hopefully we will never sign the spineless cowards such as the likes of Owen and Viduka et al for a long long time.

  10. Agree Stardust-I don’t want big names,if we focus on developing youth as well as a good mix of experienced dedicated professionals we can’t go to wrong.

  11. Totally agree with Stardust, who many shot down in flames over a year ago for suggesting MA was the best thing to happen to NUFC, (in the long run) also SJT why are you the only person to ask about my trophy signings comment, worried you’ll get fingered?

  12. Hammy – you picked up the point I have always manitained that many missed. I wasnt commenting on short term goals – I want repeated long term success – and that only comes about by building from the bottom up over time by making small successful steps on the way.

    Ashleys made mistakes – but dont we all? Seems many firing arrows at him failed (and still fail) to recognise the difficulty of the task. Maybe its because they havent had to make similar difficult decisions themselves.

    All in all – and this is a strange thing to say – give me NUFC financially secure at the top of the CCC – progressing to the PL(whether this year or next or the year after etc) with team spirit and affordable development – I will take it any day over the cowardly mercenaries – who produced once every 20 games and hoped we didnt notice the lack of effort in between – and the “spend money now pay whenever” culture we had developed.

    I feel like I have my club back. (and dare I say it many more are starting to feel that way too – or have I misjudged the movement of opinion)

  13. I have to admit that when Ashley first bought the club and we all thought he was going to be a sugar daddy, I was putting in my own 2pennorth as to which trophy players we should get. I think we are all older and wiser (really) now and realise that not only are we not getting any but also appreciate that expensive isn’t always best. I’m happy to see the club getting younger players such as Simpson, Guthrie and hopefully Williamson see them progress to become much better and more committed team members. Trophy players are sometimes to far up their own *rses and often don’t even realise who they are signing for.

  14. Sorry SJT, I appear to have the wrong guy regarding trophy signings I saw something on.com and it riled me that some have still not learnt from past mistakes as Stardust rightly points out.

  15. Stardust, Hammy and others, I have been saying for some time (albeit a little tongue in cheek) that don’t be surprised if Ashley aint given the freedom of the city in 5 years time after our Euro Cup win!! ;)

  16. Funnier things have happened at sea Big Willy, I’ll certainly be very interested in how Liverpool and Man Utd cope with their crippling debts, can either afford a bad season?

  17. sorry to disturb the ashley love in – but the fat b@stard should be strung up from the nearest tree to sjp.

    get out of our club you FCB

  18. Certainly at least with Liverpool they seem to have very few saleable assets, at least on the playing front, Torres apart, Gerrard and Carragher are knocking on a bit and maybe past their best, Wenger would have sold both of those two by now.

  19. “hammy69 says:
    January 22, 2010 at 12:21 pm
    Funnier things have happened at sea Big Willy, I’ll certainly be very interested in how Liverpool and Man Utd cope with their crippling debts, can either afford a bad season?”

    The cumulative effect of one bad season wont be truly saw until 3 years down the line – you can afford one bad season – but unless you have improving players(usually youngsters) youre on a one way road to oblivion – As players cant be bought (no money) wages need to be offloaded (depletes squad) Squad quality reduced (less likelihood of top 4 the following year) etc – Once that cycle starts – its tough to stop – ask Leeds.

    Ashley got here in the nick of time – and though many hate him – I cant – I’m grateful for many things he has done – yes I recognise his mistakes (terrible communication) but as I say we have a future now – what will the future bring Liverpool et al – who knows – but when we do go up – we will be competitive and financially solvent and able to grow at a time when others are skint.

  20. I think everyone would like us to develop our youth system but we cannot ignore the brilliant players who come on the market over the age of 23.

    Unfortunately they cost a lot of money and I want us to be in a position to be buying them players.

    Stardust made a comment about him being happy even if we don’t go up this year, or the next, or the next after that! What drugs are you on?

    If we don’t go up this year we will have to sell the likes of Colo, Enrique, Taylor, Nolan, Smith, Jonas, Guthrie and Harper because our finances would be ina complete and utter mess.

    Couldn’t see us getting promotion without them players.

    Think we’d be in the wilderness for a while then.

    But as long as you’re happy Stardust.

  21. Cool Hammy-I have not seen many people if any request trophy signings so I just wondered who it could be.

  22. Somebody help please, i want to book tickets for the preston game, where’s the best place to sit, help!

  23. Stuart

    Fans like you were the ones clapping when the Boumsongs, Marcelinos, Luques and Owens of this world came riding into town and destroyed the fabric of our club. We are paying the cost of that right now.

    Whilst I agree with signing talent – it has to be affordable talent – your constant rhetoric ignores the reality of life – you have to deal with it not ignore it.

  24. i dont really care if we dont sign top talent this window,we should be looking in the summer to splash the cash if we go up like,its a must if were to stay in the prem,but ashleys track record dosnt fill me with confidence.

  25. Stardust,

    I always applaud signings. Were you not excited when we were signing players for more than £5m? It’s not the supporters fault that the manager buys bad players for more money than their worth is it?

    We should be able to compete with the likes of Villa and Spurs in the transfer market in the short term and in my opinion we have the potential to compete with the Liverpool’s and Arsenal’s of this world.

    Using your ideals Liverpool would never have signed Torres for £29m for fear of him being a flop. Every transfer is a gamble, you just have to hope that the clubs scouting network is good enough and the manager is a good judge of a player.

    We have just had bad managers buying bad players for more than their worth – Not the fans fault.

    Good players cost money and alot of it, unless you have Wenger as the manager and there is only one like him I’m afraid.

  26. Our last major trophy signings (Apart from Collo) were Martins and Owens if they are examples, then no thank you! I assume we are talking about players costing over 10m
    It’s easy to Ashley bash, I’ve done my share, but he ought to be given some credit for trying to run the club sensibly. If things had gone differently from the start and we had been still in the EPL and doing ok, a lot of the hate would be pats on the back for us having a loveable rascal at the helm, a bit like Berlusconni perhaps.

  27. how much wedge will it take to keep us in the prem(thats if we go up like)a fkin lot will ashley spend x amount of millions i very much doubt it,i see ashley putting the club up for sale when were garunteed to go up.

  28. jay jay says:
    January 22, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    “Somebody help please, i want to book tickets for the preston game, where’s the best place to sit, help!”

    It depends what you’re looking for jay jay. Do you want ‘atmosphere’? With lots of big, sweaty men singing ditties like “You FCB, get oot of wor club!” or do you want a superb view of the game?

  29. Worky

    a good view of the game would be nice mate, something to savour, last time i was in the northeast i was buzzing about the spud gun i got from the metro centre.

  30. “Were you not excited when we were signing players for more than £5m? It’s not the supporters fault that the manager buys bad players for more money than their worth is it?”

    There you go again Stuart – arguments and thought processes have to be consistent – that one sentence highlights your narrow mindedness.

    I have always said _ I do not care less about the cost of a player. I care about the player. I would prefer all free signings.

    The latter part of your argument underlies your great hypocrisy – In appointing a DOF Ashley was trying to prevent that – to have balance – to have a long term future – you campaigned vehemently against this principle. Whereas now you have the perfect scenario. Chris Hughton – working alongside the club – in accordance with our predicament and parameters.

    Its is for managers to sign players in accordance with our financial constraints for long term success NOT to gamble the whole clubs future by seeking short term gratification.

  31. Muck Fee jay jay you wanna be going to Shearers to get pissed if ya get that excited over a spud gun!

  32. Well we’ll just give up all hope of ever competing at the top end of the Prem then eh?

    Bizarre. Clubs who invest the least money are the ones who achieve nothing in todays football – That’s the facts so you cannot argue.

    If you have a good scouting network you will pick up the odd good player for next to nothing. But you need to spend decent money on established good players – That’s a fact too.

    As for DOF role – Why should a manager have players forced on him? What if their no good? Who gets sacked? The manager.

    I would have had no problem with Wise if he was JUST looking at bringing youth players in, that’s a good idea, but not to be bringing in every player for the first team under a manager.

    Your argument about working within the parameters I totally agree with, so I expect us to be competing with Spurs, Villa, Liverpool (If they fail to qualify for CL) Everton ect come the summer if were a PL club. Our turnover will be more than Villa’s, approximately the same as Spurs and more than Everton. Liverpool without CL money would also be close to us.

    Interesting if we go how much we spend in comparison to every other club in the PL excluding Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Man Utd. Their the only clubs who have a bigger turnover or finance than us.

  33. anyone think matty fryatt would be worth a punt up front?
    if all else fails what about heider helgusson?

  34. Stuart “Well we’ll just give up all hope of ever competing at the top end of the Prem then eh?” Who said that – you made it up and lied.

    It goes without saying that the ambition should be to get there – to never stop working to achieve it but never gamble on success. Make sure of success by baby steps in the right direction

    “Bizarre. Clubs who invest the least money are the ones who achieve nothing in todays football – That’s the facts so you cannot argue.” Again TOTAL LIES – Arsenal have to make a profit every year and they are top of the Premier League.

    Back to your hypocritical self I see.

  35. @jay jay: I always sit in Level 7 (Leazes corner) where the noise and banter is. Gallowgate is a great place to sit but the stewards can be absolute c**ts (two people ejected from the WBA game because they stood up – from what I hear they weren’t even given a chance to sit down!), plus the tickets are a tad pricier than the corner.

  36. Stardust says:
    January 22, 2010 at 1:44 pm
    Stuart “Well we’ll just give up all hope of ever competing at the top end of the Prem then eh?” Who said that – you made it up and lied.

    How’s that lie? I have said that!

    “Bizarre. Clubs who invest the least money are the ones who achieve nothing in todays football – That’s the facts so you cannot argue.” Again TOTAL LIES – Arsenal have to make a profit every year and they are top of the Premier League.

    As I said earlier Arsenal are a different club all together because of one man – Wenger. Although I remember them recently buying Arshavin for £17m and Vermulein for £10m. Big money buys, now their top! Amazing!

    Chelsea have stopped spending big amounts recently and haven’t competed for the league for the last 3 years. They stood still while Man Utd were buying Berbatov ect…

    Spurs where in real danger of being relegateduntil they spent nearly £50m on Keane, Defoe and Palacious.

    Villa have spent about £100m in the last three years and their now challenging for top 4.

    Then there’s Man City – Totally different I know, but the same princable.

    I guess what I’m saying is that only one club has been challenging consitantly in the top 4 without spending, massesand that’s Arsenal because of Wenger – But won nothing it has to be said.

    Buying within our means should mean having more financial muscle than most teams in the PL. That will be the interesting thing next year if promoted.

  37. Roy Cropper says:
    January 22, 2010 at 12:25 pm
    sorry to disturb the ashley love in – but the fat b@stard should be strung up from the nearest tree to sjp.

    get out of our club you FCB
    <<<<<< here here roy

  38. stu says >>>> Buying within our means should mean having more financial muscle than most teams in the PL. That will be the interesting thing next year if promoted.<<<< it should stu and will be very intresting but we know what will happen dont we

  39. stu,if you look at bolton,everton they spend nowt but do okay europa cup,champoins league.
    if we are going down this route,then you have to be prepared for one good season followed by one bad season.
    i find it ironic,that keegan was hauled over the coals by ashley for suggesting the same thing,when a year and half later we,re doing the same.
    i also find it doubly ironic that big sams style of play was deemed bad,yet hughton,s football is equally as bad,at a lower level.THE MIND BOGGLES,IT,S TRUE SAYING BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.

  40. Well I know what should happen batty, and I know and understand why over the last couple of years we haven’t spent any money. But next season if in the PL there will be no excuses.

  41. I think we’d all prefer to have a youth system like Arsenals but even they buy the odd expensive player – @Stardust – if we stuck to your “free transfers” we’d end up in league 2 and would never of seen the likes of Ginola, Robert, Shearer, Ferdinand, Speed, Dyer, Bellamy, etc obviously on the up side we wouldn’t have spunked a load of cash on Bassedas, Luque, Marcelino, Barton, Boumsong, Cort etc etc

    Think we need a mix of good experienced players + young uns coming through the ranks, it’s easy to spot a failure once we’ve bought one but a lot harder beforehand

  42. jay jay says:
    January 22, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    “Worky

    a good view of the game would be nice mate, something to savour, last time i was in the northeast i was buzzing about the spud gun i got from the metro centre.”

    I suppose you want to be as close to the half way line as possible then. Quite alot of the big, newer, Milburn stand is taken up by directors, press, members of the ‘prawn stottie brigade’ (like Stardust), and fancy seats generally (Platinum Club, 1892 bar) unless you go very high up, and that’s the ‘family area’. The top ends of the newer stands are VERY high, especially ‘Level 7’ so bear this in mind. There is also the smaller East stand on the other side. There’s a full seating guide and pricing etc on the site, but generally, if you want the best view, get as close to the half way line as you can. Hope this helps, jay jay.

  43. Steve – I never said that I wanted only free transfers at all. I said if I have a choice of paying big money or getting free transfers and as long as the quality is the same what does it matter? Yes I would take free every time.

    Free is sustainable – splashing cash out ALL of the time is not.

    Even Ashley has shown he will spend for player – eg Collo but timing and affordability are crucial.

    You add players that you can afford – thats all I am saying – and if every Chairman and manager adhered to this – we will have a long successful future. Liverpool however have gambled on it – where will they be in 5 years? Who knows?

    I know these are boring facts – but they are the fundamentals that underwrite a clubs long term future and success.

  44. Trojan,

    Agree with your point on Sam’s football and Hughton’s.

    Regarding Bolton and Everton, Bolton haven’t been in the top half for three or four years now. Football has changed since when they were finishing top 6. Villa are spending a lot, Spurs are too, there is City and Chelsea with money and Birmingham and Mackems also have cash to spend.

    Everton have also spend a fair bit too in the last few years – Yakubu, Fellini and Saha ect… Not as much as the others but they’ve been over taken now and look where they are now.

    Money talks and whatever Stardust says everyone involved in football proffesionall know this too.

  45. Stuart – you persistently bit part select rationale. I state for long term success investment in the team has to be affordable every year – otherwise its a gamble on success that when it fails – implodes.

    AFFORDABLE. That does not prevent spending it just means that you bear in mind the long term impace of every penny spent.

    I can see you struggle with that concept – but to be fair it doesnt take a genius to sit and cry saying “I wanna spend billions today and dont care who pays for it tomorrow” You apply as much thought process as an abacus without anyone too operate it.

  46. batty stu,as soon as the last ball is kicked this season,if we find ourselves promoted,then the for sale signs will go up.
    we,ll then go through the summer with orville telling us it could be local money,the south africans are interested,we have a group from china making a bid,the zeta reticulans are borrowing from the galactic federation bank,we are just trying to push them over the line,as the bidding process is like the grand national.
    chris will be told no money will be available as the new owners may want their own man.
    31st of august,press release from derek llambias=mike has been unsuccessful in his attempts to sell newcastle united football club,during this recession there is just not the money available to buy football clubs,mike is desperate for newcastle to do well this coming season,as a fan mike knows the club needs stability.
    for this reason mike will invest another twenty million this season,we are entering exciting times with our new scoreboard,the fans will enjoy the first half highlights at half time,with your continued support mike believes we can drive this club forward together.

  47. Stardust,

    Where and when have I said “I wanna spend billions today and dont care who pays for it tomorrow”.

    Talking of selective rationale – You keep ignoring my main point in all this. A club our size should have more financial muscle than Villa and at least the same as Spurs and Sunderland.

    That’s affordable in my opinion – Is it not in yours?

    On an steady financial footing in the PL we should never fall behind teams like them – After all we will be in great shape.

    We’ll see though.

  48. Trojan – what happened in previous windows IF we are promoted will have no bearing on the next. We will be promoted solvent – a huge thing – with larger revenues, less outgoings, the future – however bleak the pessimists see it – is far brighter than at any time in our recent past.

  49. Stuart – affordability isnt subjective as you state – it is objective and linked to the financials of the company – get a grip man.

  50. Can you hear me over your trousers?

    I said we should have fabulous financial figures in the PL. Low wages, higher turnover ect..

    That means we should be in a position to spend money the likes of Sunderland, Villa and Spurs have spent in the last couple of seasons.

    Our club will be slimline and solvent as you say, so we should spend the money everyone wants to see.

  51. stardust,i,m just a bit cynical towards them after everything that,s occured,it will be a long time before i trust them,if they are still here.

  52. “so we should spend the money everyone wants to see.” Incorrect – we should spend money the financials dictate we can afford.

    And whether you like it or not at that time – we NEED Mike Ashleys generosity. He can choose to either A – pay back his loans from the new super profits or B – invest in the team or C – a bit of both.

    So every FCB song puts a potential nail in the coffin of point A. But those fans “love” their club dont they.

  53. I don’t forsee us spending too much if promoted as we still have a big wage bill with a lot of very average players. He won’t want to add another £20m on to it. Some of the players we have would have to go too.

    It’s his right to want some of his money back, and I think he will probably do that.

    Although I think it’s more likely he’ll sell.

  54. Nah we don’t want to ne loading the club with too many who are not proven or cannot do it in the Prem.

    Loans only on a striker me thinks.

  55. @StarDust – I agree about affordability

    The trouble is that it’s extremely difficult for any manager to know how a player will perform, someone like Luque looked excellent in Spain and i’m sure he/his agent were saying all the right things about how he wanted to play for us and had heard about the crowd etc etc, once he got there however he prob realised it was a bit cold, the football too fast, the accent indicipherable and then just decided to go on the sick and pick his wages up, in Owens case he just jumped in his helicopter after training!!

    It’s really easy just to spunk money up the wall on players who once in just go through the motions, all managers do it, the big four aren’t immune to it and Liverpool seem to be experts

    Killgalon is a perfect example – I love the club / fans and want to stay to help them – oh Sunderland have offerred me a load of cash ….. bye

    We can probably forget the idea that players have allegiance to the club, fans etc and I think thats prob fair enough – it’s a short career and they need to make as much as they can and hopefully win trophys / medals etc along the way

  56. Stardust says:
    January 22, 2010 at 2:31 pm
    Trojan – what happened in previous windows IF we are promoted will have no bearing on the next. We will be promoted solvent
    <<<< stardy u would think ashley was sniffing solvents the way he runs the club :lol:

  57. Yeah Steve – thats what I like about our current crop of players – for the first time in years they are playing for each other and for the shirt.

    Long may that continue.

  58. Stardust says:
    January 22, 2010 at 3:04 pm
    Yeah Steve – thats what I like about our current crop of players – for the first time in years they are playing for each other and for the shirt.
    <<<< ile wait till we have had a season in the prem untill i decide on that 1

  59. Big Dave says:
    January 22, 2010 at 3:09 pm
    good afternoon lads Stardust @ 75 agree and I would add to that that this is the 1st time in along time that we are a TEAM
    <<< its the 1st time in a long time we have been in the lower division dave

  60. Batty I understand where your coming from, I just think for know we are doing ok in the CCC. When we get promoted things will be a lot clearer as to wether Ma is keeping us or selling up again.;)

  61. Batyy I think its a case as a club we have to take a step back to take two forward ( I hope atleast )

  62. Big Dave,

    You and I could manage these players successfully in this league.

    Whatever Worky says these players are head and shoulders above the other players in this league – A look at the value and salaries will confirm that.

  63. Stuart – you could demotivate any living being and turn them into stone overnight – delusions of grandeur me thinks

  64. Johno Toon says:
    January 22, 2010 at 3:18 pm
    Batyy I think its a case as a club we have to take a step back to take two forward ( I hope atleast )
    <<< aye johno but how many backward steps are we willing too take m8

  65. Stuart79 says:
    January 22, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    “Big Dave,

    You and I could manage these players successfully in this league.”

    Don’t tbe silly, Stuart. Of course you couldn’t.

  66. Stu – Salaries have nowt to do with it. By that reckoning, Owen should have been head and shoulders above everyone else in the team last season…… he wasn’t!

  67. Lads different players have came out and said that the players were in 3 teams last year the younguns the old geezers and the foreigners. To me that spells trouble which it did. IMO 11 players all united and playing for each other is better than 12 skilled individuals

  68. Well anyone who’s scored 40 goals in less than 100 England games could justify saying he is head and shoulders above the dross we had last season. Injuries fcked him up.

    I’m not on my own in the opinion that these players could pretty much manage themselves. I take nothin away from Hughton he did very well under extremely trying circumstances.

    Stardust says:
    January 22, 2010 at 3:22 pm
    Stuart – you could demotivate any living being and turn them into stone overnight – delusions of grandeur me thinks

    What’s point?

  69. Has Hughton actually seen Williamson play – I’m not sure about the quote attributed to him by the chronicle

    “The fact that he attracted interest from Portsmouth before the season had really got under way shows that he has been regarded as a player who is capable of playing in the Premier League – He must have been doing something right”

    I’m presuming the rag has mistranslated it again :-)

    @Stardust – maybe “players playing for the shirt” is down to the fact that we only have grafters at the club now and are very short on prem quality players – we’ll find out soon enough – lets enjoy it while it lasts

  70. Stuart79 says:
    January 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    “I’m not on my own in the opinion that these players could pretty much manage themselves.”

    Yes, but I’ll bet that none of them have ever been football managers themselves.

  71. Big Dave says:
    January 22, 2010 at 3:35 pm
    Batty @ 84 did you’s two get banned lol
    <<<< i have i divent kna aboot him he reckons i pinched his nick dave i wouldnt do that lol but a did lend stu,s for a couple of comments ha but he was fine aboot it wernt u stu

  72. I know you wouldnt do that :) mate has any heard if we have got Mike Williamson yet or is it still ongoing ? oh and do we still have Geremi or what

  73. Stuart79 says:
    January 22, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    “I woodn’t kno how to spel so porly batty.”

    Stuart, you berated batty yesterday for his poor spelling and grammar (or as you put it, “grammer”), yet your own message was positively riddled with errors itself! :-)

  74. workyticket says:
    January 22, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Please tell me you’re joking Worky…

    I know computer people aren’t renowned for having a sense of humour but even you must have got the irony of that little joke.

  75. batty when I was davidkerr15 on Ed’s someone used my name and harrased people it wasn’t you by any chance ? was it. As for spelling I dont think it matters much as most people know what someone’s trying to say anyway, the only problem I ever had was some local sayings ie Radge etc

  76. Aye, care in the community I suppose.

    He deserves credit for that and helping age concern out for you.

  77. Stuart79 says:
    January 22, 2010 at 4:16 pm
    Aye, care in the community I suppose.

    He deserves credit for that and helping age concern out for you.
    <<<< dusent make sense so ur not that after all if thats ur sense of humour

  78. Stuart79 says:
    January 22, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    “Please tell me you’re joking Worky…

    I know computer people aren’t renowned for having a sense of humour but even you must have got the irony of that little joke.”

    Firstly, I’m not a computer person!

    Secondly, I wasn’t referring to your message above, which was, obviously, somewhat ironic.

  79. Worky man!

    The ‘grammer’ comment had a touch of irony too!

    That was hardly riddled with errors.

    N E way am off oot wi the dog

    TTFN

  80. ATTACK OF THE COMPUTER PEOPLE.
    REVENGE OF THE COMPUTER PEOPLE.
    THE ABOMNIBLE COMPUTER PEOPLE.
    THE COMPUTER PEOPLE,S LAST REVENGE.

  81. Worky cheers for the advise re: tickets and seating mate, much appreciated. I was told tickets arn’t on sale till the 31st by some charmless bird. gonna be a long day, journey starts at 06:25 and ends at 23:40, but it’ll be worth it.

  82. jay jay says:
    January 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    “Worky cheers for the advise re: tickets and seating mate, much appreciated. I was told tickets arn’t on sale till the 31st by some charmless bird. gonna be a long day, journey starts at 06:25 and ends at 23:40, but it’ll be worth it.”

    Nee botha, jay jay. One last piece of advise, if you want a good seat close to the middle and not too high, get on to the ticket office the minute they go on sale and don’t hang around!

    BTW, There is a link to the online ticket office on the sidebar of this site. You can buy tickets on there too.

  83. jay jay – East stand mate, thats where i sit. You get both sides of the atmosphere then, from the Gallowgate and Leazes.

    Really though, if it’s atmosphere you wan’t, then away days are by far the best.

    Roll on Leicester!

  84. toonsy says:
    January 22, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    “jay jay – East stand mate, thats where i sit. You get both sides of the atmosphere then, from the Gallowgate and Leazes.”

    I agree. I tend to prefer the East Stand too, toonsy.

  85. Nee atmosphere in the East Stand anymore man!!

    Get yourselves up in Level 7 with the radgies and we’ll arl gan daft.

    How’s it going gentlefolk of the blog?

    Looooooong week for me and a bit sh*t, so looking forward to home time in half an hour.

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