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Posted on March 27th, 2010 | 97 Comments |

Kelly - Could he come back to haunt us?
Kelly - Could he come back to haunt us?
Monday nights game against Nottingham Forest will see one former Toon player coming back to his old stomping ground and hoping to make a dent in his old teams promotion charge. David Kelly, now assistant manager at Forest is targetting Monday evening as the game he believes will end the myth of Forest being in poor form away from home.

Kelly was an integral part of the last Newcastle side that won promotion back in 1993 and ended that season as the clubs top scorer with 25 goals to his name, not to mention the season before when he traded in the surroundings of Filbert Street and Leicester City for the bright lights of Newcastle, a club that were embroiled deep in a relegation battle to stay in the division. He scored 10 goals in the remainder of his first season with us and helped the club avoid a drop into the 3rd tier of English football. A very undervalued player nowadays as people look back at players like Beardsley, Cole, Lee, and with good reason, but his 1 goal every 2 appearances should not be forgotten. Without them who knows where we would be?

Despite still maintaining a strong connection with the Newcastle, Kelly insists that in his role at Nottingham Forest no quarter will be given. Looking on the outside it is easy to suggest that this fixture should be a home banker, Newcastle are unbeaten at home all season whereas in comparison Forest have not managed an away win since the start of January. Kelly believes the home banker tag that has been mooted could be premature though, and that his side have other ideas:

“The statement that we haven’t done well away from home is a myth,” Kelly insisted, “Albeit over the last few weeks we haven’t got the results we’ve deserved, the performances haven’t been so bad. Results haven’t been what we’ve wanted over the last couple of months but before then our home form was a match for anybody in the division.”

Obviously in his job at Nottingham Forest he has to come out with thses type of lines although it is crystal clear from the outside that results have dropped off. Granted, they are still winning games at home but gone are the times where teams are being swept aside by a young and attacking Forest to be replaced with nervy wins and unconvincing performances. David still believes an upset maybe on the cards though as he went on to say:

“Of course it will be a difficult game – Newcastle have a Premier League squad playing in the Championship while we are a very young side being brought together.”

“But we are talented and they’ve enjoyed their football and enjoyed going to the big stadiums this year.”

And he still maintains that his side have a chance of automatic promotion:

“As long as we’re still hanging on to Newcastle and West Brom’s coat tails we will keep fighting.”

Regardless of all his drum banging for the opposition, Kelly is not unlike a lot of former players and still has great affection for the North East. In fact he lists being applauded onto the pitch at St James’ Park whilst turning out for rivals Sunderland as one of his proudest moments.

“I love going back to Newcastle and although I will be doing everything in my power to help Nottingham Forest to win, there is a huge affection there,” he stated.

“My first child was born in Newcastle and it is a fantastic club and a fantastic city. I have nothing but respect for the supporters and the people at the football club.”

Thanks for the goals David, but I certainly wont be wishing any happy returns. Not until after the game anyway!

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97 Responses

  1. A proper legend, being 27 my first hero was micky quinn, but Kelly is certainly up there with some of my favourite players. Good luck in the play-offs David :lol:

  2. I allways wondered and slightly dissapointed why he didn’t get a well deserved crack with us after promotion. But I hope he will be well dissapointed come monday nite.

  3. Just read about that Russian lad on wiki, like the sound of him. Doubt he’d be cheap though!

  4. Russian FM wonderkid :lol:

    Nah, can’t see it. The Ruskies offer stupid money in wages, especially CSKA who are “sponsored” by Abramovich’s company ;)

    Good result an the West Brom game and I’m glad promotion could be sorted by the time we have to play Reading!

  5. toon_factor-Ameobis mar did the catering for my cousins wedding, she makes a canny carribean chicken dish like, haha.

  6. Well excuse me i only said that because I wrote ‘knew that would happen’, im going back to Eds blog, goodbye!

  7. haha Big Dave, And what do you mean by ‘again’ Its always certain individuals who start it. Speaking of c**t features is he still on here much, havnt been on in a while?

  8. “Toon, I’m in a bad mood with this blog. Sorry.”

    Why? I hope your not considering shutting down :(

  9. Toon_Factor:
    March 27th, 2010 at 6:46 pm
    haha Big Dave, And what do you mean by ‘again’ Its always certain individuals who start it. Speaking of c**t features is he still on here much, havnt been on in a while?

    Who do you mean by that TF

  10. Big Dave says:
    March 27, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    “Worky whats up buddy ?”

    Russian and Israeli spammers mostly, Dave. They waste hours of my life every week.

  11. Big Dave:
    March 27th, 2010 at 6:46 pm
    Jay Jay were you born over here in Norn Iron or just lived here

    I was born over here mate, but it’s where my mother is from, got pissed off over here so moved over for a couple of years. Lived in glengormley for a while before moving to cliftonville, still miss the place, hoping to get over soon, still got loads of family over there.

  12. Jay Jay I live 5mins from the Glens of Gormley and work there :)

    Worky I take it there is nowt you can do except sift through them manually ?

  13. Big Dave says:
    March 27, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    “Worky I take it there is nowt you can do except sift through them manually ?”

    I have lots of things to deal with spam automatically, Dave, including on here. But I have had several sites, and even with those, it still becomes a time consuming PITA. I get thousands of spam e.mails every day too.

  14. Spam = reformed ham, possibly the only thing that will last a nuclear war :lol:

    Horrible stuff!

    Either that or it’s just like junk e-mail and such ;)

  15. Toonsy no harm to ye mate a spam and brown sauce sarnie is hard to beat. By the way you might be interested in knowing it is a common fishing bait :lol:

  16. Toon_Factor says:
    March 27, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    “im unfamilier with the word ’spam’ what does it mean?”

    Unsolicited E.mails, blog comments and other things sent by the million through automatic software. It is usually trying to sell something or rip you off and much of it is obscene and has to be stopped before it get on to the pages here. When you run websites, it is a major problem, Toon.

  17. cheers for the explanation worky, the adress I use for this isnt my usual one but I never deleted ‘spam’ anyway because i never new what it was, I hope that doesnt effect anything, It wasnt mine in the first place so theres hundreds & hundereds of them

  18. Speakinf of websites, I’m a wee bit hacked off with CSS scrpits and trying to translate the sodding stuff!

    If that goes straight over anyones head then dont worry, it’s going over mine aswell :(

    Dave – Dynamtic works equally as good for fishing bait :lol:

  19. toonsy says:
    March 27, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    “Speakinf of websites, I’m a wee bit hacked off with CSS scrpits and trying to translate the sodding stuff!”

    Toonsy, CSS is the best thing since sliced bread, web design wise. It simplifies because it locates everything in one place. Ideally though, it should be located in a separate file which is linked from the main document.

  20. OHurley Toonsy being a minger = My definition is a bit of a dirty old Tramp that never gets washed and smells bad :lol: very simular to a mackem

  21. OHurley says:
    March 27, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    “workyticket, TF-

    How ya been, m8s? It’s been too long!”

    Not too bad considering, OHurley. Everything been a right old mess recently, but I’m working through it and keeping my chin up.

    What have you been up to? And why aren’t you on here more often? ;-)

  22. Good, how my best American friend doing? lol, I havnt been on here much either because of Uni

  23. Toon_Factor says:
    March 27, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    “cheers for the explanation worky”

    Toon F, the best way to get lots of e.mail spam is to put your email online alot, or give it to sites which you don’t trust. If you’re e.mail is diplayed directly on a webpage, it can be read by something called “Spam Bots” which will collect it, send you spam then sell it on to others to send you even more spam. I have to do that sometimes. Never ever give your e.mail to a porn mailing list either, that’s probably the worst of all. You may as well write off your e.mail and get another one if you do that.

  24. workyticket

    “give it to sites which you don’t trust”

    Thats why I didnt put my proper one on this blog ;)

    “Never ever give your e.mail to a porn mailing list either, that’s probably the worst of all.”

    I can assure you I wont be doing that lol

  25. Nah, I mean there are plenty of places to find porn for free that dont require e-mail addresses.

  26. Obviously no game to-day.
    In which case Toonsy has CH “waxing lyrical”, are managers allowed to do that ?
    From the joys of “The Percy Arms” in the Haymarket, to “The Glen Inn” in the Glens of Antrim is it ?
    Sheldrake,
    Kierkegaard,
    Socrates,
    Jung,
    Only one i would sign is Socrates, though he may be a bit long in the tooth by now.
    A lecture from the Big Kahoona, on the joys of spam.
    rounded off with an unsolicited explanation from “The Spotlight Kid’ on “morphic resonance”, thank`s kid !
    Oh almost forgot add BBM`s entire knowledge of German
    and there you have it, the best footballing blog on or about Tyneside.

  27. Worky-

    Glad to hear you’re workin’ through it m8! That’s all we can ever do like!

    TF-

    I’m doin great m8!! I’ll try to get on here more often like!!

  28. OHurley says:
    March 27, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    “I’m doin great m8!! I’ll try to get on here more often like!!”

    Great to hear O’Hurley! Though you’ll never make a proper Geordie unless you piss and moan all the time! ;-)

    Chuck, I think it’s about time we covered Chomsky’s thoughts on mentalism in linguistics on this ‘blog. Whaddya say?

  29. toonsy says:
    March 27, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    “O’Hurley – Good to see you man.

    Chuck – Not so much.”

    Have you and Statler had another barney then, Toonsy?

  30. toonsy says:
    March 27, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    “I’m up for a bit of quantum physics 101 if anyone else is?”

    Ah! now that is football related, Toonsy. Niels Bohr was a goalkeeper!

  31. Goalkeeper’s are usually the brainiest so they say. Did anyone here know that as well as being a goalkeeper, Shaka Hislop was also a rocket scientist who worked for NASA?

  32. Interesting workey,
    i always saw ‘keepers like drummers, the mad one at the back.
    What a turn up.
    :)

  33. On the subject of spam:
    The head-hunters of Papua New Guinea, when been coaxed away from
    cannibalism by the ‘civilized’ west, were offered all kinds of ‘meat’ to get them a satisfying substitute. It turned out the one they took to was, you guessed it, SPAM.

    Apparently,
    it tasted the most like human.

    Toon Toon
    :)

  34. workyticket says:
    March 27, 2010 at 6:43 pm
    Toon_Factor says:
    March 27, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    “jay jay

    Worky knows im joinkig… i hope”

    Toon, I’m in a bad mood with this blog. Sorry.
    <<<<< hope your not thinking of closing it doon because ile hunt ya doon and show ya what a real radgie is works

  35. worky I didn’t know you were a fan of Noam Chomsky! (Understandable as I don’t know you or anything about you) He was a bit of an authority for me during my A Levels but having discontinued Philosophy & Ethics at uni I haven’t researched him for a while. What a legend eh?

    How rubbish is it when we don’t play on the weekend? Well boring. Feel sorry for Villa today…

  36. Devon mag – I agree, it’s horrible. Not playing on Saturday has completely messed my weekend routine up to the point where I had no excuse to refuse to go round the in-laws for a visit.

  37. DevonMag says:
    March 28, 2010 at 12:35 am

    “worky I didn’t know you were a fan of Noam Chomsky!”

    Aye Devon. I first came across his work in linguistics, cognition etc when I was a student, but I tend to read his political stuff nowadays mostly.

  38. Workey
    You got that right, yes have to admit to having read a number of Chomsky`s books and have a great deal of respect for the man.
    Teaches linguistics I believe @ MIT.
    Believe it it aint easy being politically in opposition to capitalism in these here US, especially in print.
    If you have an interest, there`s a quite informative trilogy by an author named “Chalmers Johnson”, who is not exactly a fan of the “American Empire” or the “Military industrial Complex”
    And just to keep that thin skinned but talented wordsmith Toonsy quiet and keep this a kosher fitba blog.
    Wonder about Taylor, in the words of The Clash, Will he stay or will he go ?
    Have a feeling he will be off and if we can go by his track record MA wont hesitate to sell for the right price.
    This town is not big enough for two Geordie heroes and Carroll has appeared to have supplanted Taylor in that role, something that could have played a part in the recent sparring bout.
    I feel most fans have never warmed to-wards Taylor, for whatever reason and he has been criticized at times.
    Perhaps we could have a poll in that regard, who to go and who to stay ?

  39. Sorry, that doesn’t cut it. There should be no mention of anything other than football.

    What is fitba?

    Is it an attempt at humour? I’d stop trying, it aint working.

  40. Chuck,

    Yup, I’ve heard of Chalmers Johnson. He’s an ex CIA guy who defected to the other side, so to speak. Wasn’t that trilogy called “Blowback”?