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2010 – A year of relative stability on Tyneside.

Posted on December 31st, 2010 | 265 Comments |

2010 - The year in review.
2010 - The year in review.
Well, that is pretty much it for 2010 as the cover begins to close on a relatively stable yearbook for Newcastle United.

Yes, that’s right, this year has been pretty stable for us in comparison to years gone by, although there have been brief moments of turmoil spread throughout the year, just to keep things interesting.

I thought it might be a good idea to look back on the year and recount some of the events that have made us tear our hair out in frustration, brought a smile to our face, made us angry and so on.

Things went pretty smoothly for us in the first quarter of 2010. The January transfer window saw us strengthen the squad and cement our position as league leaders. Results were good, performances were largely good, we were playing some decent stuff and we were hammering some teams, namely Barnsley and Cardiff.

Then came a bolt from the blue on March 22nd when it emerged that Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor had been involved in a bust up at the training ground, with the former leaving the latter requiring hospital treatment for a broken jaw.

Of course, it was all alleged at the time, and rumours were rife suggesting the reason behind the fallout was due to Steven Taylor texting Carroll’s girlfriend whilst bigger lad was away in Swansea playing football and Taylor was at home being injured. That remains speculation, but Taylor commented in an article later on in the year and pretty much confirmed that something had happened, although the extent of what happens remains a secret.

On a more positive note, April 5th saw us confirm our return to the Premier League at the first time of asking following a hard fought win against Sheffield United, whilst April 19th saw us confirmed as Champions following a 2-0 win away at Plymouth Argyle.

The general feeling was good as the season drew to a close. Newcastle could plan ahead and and begin to make provisions for life back in the Premier League, including recruiting some players which would allow us to compete. Then Mike Ashley put a spanner in the works by delivering the news that the club wouldn’t be going mad in the transfer market on May 9th.

The result of that poorly worded statement was that most of the feel-good factor that had been built up by gaining promotion and winning the league soon evaporated. The statement was misinterpreted by many and the words ‘capital outlay’ are now probably very well known to a lot of Newcastle fans now. Of course, as both myself and Workyticket said at the time, it meant that we would not be buying players on the never never, not that we would never be buying players. The arrivals of several new faces over the summer seemed to back our theories up. Still, it was a balls up from the club and could have been handle a whole lot better.

June and July passed without much going on at the club aside form the odd piece of transfer speculation. Players were linked, and inevitably were never heard of again. Pre-season came into play and Steven taylor got injured again, Leon Best looked to be our best striker as he was the only one who managed to score any goals, and panic started to set in as the fixture list revealed that we would be visiting Manchester United for our first fixture back in the big time.

We lost that game 3-0, which is probably as was expected, but the result of the next match was far from expected. On August 22nd, Aston Villa rocked up at St James’ Park, with their cocky fans in tow. They weren’t cocky for long after we sent them home on the end of a 6-0 hiding. That very same day saw the arrival of the unknown Cheik Tiote at Newcastle for a fee of around £3.5 million – a bargain in hindsight.

As far as transfer activity goes, we had already captured James Perch and Cheik Tiote, but the Hatem Ben Arfa deal was the one that most people wanted to see concluded. It was the most on/off of on/off deals deals and provided me with many articles, but it was eventually on and was confirmed on August 28th as I stood in the stands at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

We saw Benny at his best at Goodison Park in September when he scored the only goal of the game to give us a valuable 1-0 victory at a ground where we traditionally struggle. The start of October signalled the end of what was a promising start for Hatem Ben Arfa after he suffered a double leg break against Manchester City.

October persisted with rumours of Chris Hughton and a potential sacking after Colin Calderwood departed for pastures new, but three wins on the bounce against West Ham, this rather memorable victory of the great unwashed from down the road, and an equally memorable 1-0 win away at Arsenal at the start of November seem to put an end to those rumours, briefly.

November rolled on with no new assistant in sight for Hughton, who by his own admission was overworked, and no new contract for a man that had us sitting reasonably pretty in the Premier League. The sacking rumours persisted though, and wouldn’t go away despite the decent start to the season we had made. Poor results against Bolton and West Brom meant that media prophecy was fulfilled and Chris Hughton was shown the door, amidst widspread uproar from the fans, on December 6th.

The club acted swiftly to appoint a replacement, but the name wasn’t to everybody’s liking as Alan Pardew was shepherded in from the footballing wilderness to become our new boss. His first game was a 3-1 victory against Liverpool, although that result was marked as a tribute to Chris Hughton from the players. Defeats in our last two very tough matches against Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur have seen us slip down the league table and have put great importance on our next two games against Wigan and West Ham.

And here we are up to the current day. I hope you will share with us your memeries of 2010. All that is left for me to say now is all the best to all of you and I hope you all have a very happy new year.

Together, we’ve made it!

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265 Responses

  1. whey thank god,,, thort it myt av been true after he sed munths ago pardew wud b manager soon n he got that right lol

  2. If we are going keane then it will have to be a permanent one, we can’t get him on loan. Redknapp has said that for sure. So I would like to go elsewhere.

    Just about a year of stability! 2011 will be an interesting one in terms of stability we will see

    Bring on the transfer window!

  3. it has been a stable year of of sorts, we have ended it on a low though with two losses on the bounce and a pants manager on a three million year deal. of course they are against far superior teams than us so i am hoping we can get two results out of our next fixtures. if we dont i reckon pardew will not even see out february.

  4. Toonsy it has been a funny old year with lots of high’s and lows I just hope 2011 will have lots more Highs.
    Toonsy incase im not about have a good new year mate and all the best for 2011, same go’s to everyone else ;)

  5. pearceet…….

    maybe not but it seems to make logic to me, keane id sayign he wants to come, harry wants carroll and ashely is w***er. it all adds up. i hope i am wrong tho of course… i would not bet against it like.

  6. pearceet…….

    maybe not but it seems to make logic to me, keane id sayign he wants to come, harry wants carroll and ashely is wnker. it all adds up. i hope i am wrong tho of course… i would not bet against it like.

  7. Happy New Year lads and lasses.Hope we have some more to cheer about in this new year.Envy you guys for being able to see the lads in action whenever you want to….anyway,hopefully even i shall be screaming from the stands proudly wearing black and white one day..:-)

  8. Good balanced article as usual toonsy.

    All the best to you and everyone else on the blog.

    Hope we all have a good 2011 :)

  9. yep pearceet… ya prob right. i like keane though and think him and carroll would be a fine partnership.

  10. All the best lads. Keep up the good work in the new year toonsy son. Iv heard yannick djalo has been made available for 3.5 wot do u think. Winger and striker rolled into one?

  11. Webbo – I’d like him here, but I think he is a bit lightweight for the PL to be honest. A bit like Dos Santos at Spurs.

    Still, I think it is a rehashed story from the summer to be fair.

  12. Could well be toonsy. Get him down to laus that will beef him up. Whatever happens we need cover at left back and a decent striker whoever it may be. I also think jonas an routledge should be put in a room with Barton for an hour. He’ll get them crossing with both feet

  13. Webbo

    Completely agree mate about the LB but I think that the performance against Spuds (which was apparently surprisingly good) may convince Pardew that we have enough cover for now until the end of the season. But we will see hopefully we get someone in on loan till the end then buy someone in the summer

  14. stable compared to a drinks tray being served by an intoxicated michael j fox on a small boat, and the water’s choppy. Not much else though

  15. Not a momentous year perhap, but it had it`s usual amount of incidents from our genius footballing owner and his man friday.
    I realize most fans just want to get on with things, as they must be sick and tired of the drama that has taken place ever since the sacking of Sir Bobby, followed by the decline and fall of Newcastle United.
    It seems most have become exhausted and beyond caring.
    On one hand the signing`s of both Tiote and Ben Arfa, plus the emergence of Carroll, have provided some bright spots in a season of ups and downs.
    I wont go into the sacking of Hughton,other than to say it was both despicable and stupid.
    As for Pardew, all I can say is “what were they thinking”
    Had they brought in a big name, Jol or any of the Dutch masters OK, but f****g Pardew ?
    Anyway he`s here now and we gotta get on with it, so let`s see, I would be happy to eat humble pie and admitt to having been wrong more than once, so let`s see !
    We have a few good players in the side, but not enough quality, we will go nowhere with those one million and under buys from the second tier, none of which have shown the consistent level required in this division.
    It`s time a decission was made, improve the side or remain a mid tier club, constantly concerned about the drop.
    When we compare ourselves to the present Spurs side, recently built by Arry (I know Ashley talked to him and he would`nt have come all the way from Pompey if he had`nt been interested) too bad we did`nt get him, (probably did`nt offer enough)the fact is they have people like Kranjcar who are not even making the bench.
    It`s not rocket science to realize it takes money to build a good side and sure there are cetain bargains “Tiote” for instance and i have no problem with acquiring bargains, but there are times when the right player/s are available and will not come cheap.
    As for becoming a new Arsenal, first you gotta have top management not a refugee from a casino and a manager with a less than average history.
    But prhaps i`m behind the times, seems Spurs have become the new role model, dont think so, that takes money !
    Anyhow happy New Year to all, perhaps we can win something one of these days.

  16. Stability? I thought you were being sarcastic…

    All the best to the .orgers and NUFC for 2011. Let’s hope club and blog go from strength to strength.

  17. Dave – Nah mate. ust having a quiet one. Everywhere round here charges stupid money just to get in, and I hate paying for things like so don’t bother :lol:

  18. Craig Chisholm

    Pardew won’t see out February? What you on man? He is ashleys poker buddy. He will be there as long as Ashley is!

  19. Alreet, just about to go on the lash so Happy New Year to everyone involved in running the blog and who reads it.Toon V Wigan on tv owa here so happy days.Reet Madrid beckons. all the best lads…and lasses.HWTL

  20. Interesting stat ahead of the game:

    Newcastle have only won six times since returning to the Premier League and two good indicators of whether they’re going to add to that tally are for them to be winning at half-time with Kevin Nolan to be on the scoresheet. The Magpies have led at the interval in five of the games they’ve won, while they’ve been victorious on all four occasions that Nolan has netted from open play in the first half.”

  21. Toonsy & Worky-

    Great blog mates, I cannot tell ya how much I love this site. It’s a daily thing for me. Almost like a devotional haha! Keep up the good work lads!

    Happy New Year to everybody across the globe!!

  22. THANKS FOR THAT ONE TOONSY
    Very well thought out and balanced view and I just hope the second half of the season is as settled as CH had the first half. A couple of good wins and a bit more confidence within the team and we could be looking at a safe position.

  23. Good news on the ‘Ghandi’s revenge’ front! I’m starting to get a bit of shape back in the stools!

    Just in time, off on the piss tomorrow.

  24. Due to recent abuse, from now on, only registered members who are logged in can make comments on the ‘blog. Apologies for the inconvenience and a very happy new year!

  25. batty says:
    December 31, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    “couldnt rememmer if i registerd so yhis is a test”

    Sorry batty, Stardust or “Edward Rogers” is up to his old tricks again.

  26. Happy New Year to all.

    My resolutions: Help keep everyone’s feet on the ground based on my long experience following outrageous team owners in the USA.

    Try to keep Ed in line since he is less than 200 miles from where I live.

    And for the third year running, not read those roadside church bulletin boards as drive by.

    Oh, and continue to not abuse anyone intentionally.

  27. batty says:
    December 31, 2010 at 10:17 pm
    djg aye stus right like ,as he still has too pay for it

    Aye, batty’s right like. Their expensive too these days.

  28. 70 batty says:
    December 31, 2010 at 10:20 pm
    peercat stu is 53 big dave 49 toonsy 47 stone iam 42

    Thicko!

    Thought my nickname might have gave it away!

    79

    Still shagging at 79 too, I live at 75 but not to worry.

  29. Pearce – 28.

    DJG – My old man told me to get it whilst I can, so I did, and still do. I suggest you do the same :)

  30. well boys this is all cosy worky by the sound of him is a spoilt teenager with a severe attitude problem that cant admit when he is wrong. Maybe when he bans everyone he will give them all a refund or maybe not

  31. DJG says:
    December 31, 2010 at 10:27 pm
    how old is worky?

    Dunno, but he’s been a grumpy old man recently.

    toonsy says:
    December 31, 2010 at 10:29 pm
    DJG – 73

    Stuart – True. I’m 29 in August!

    Ton?

  32. dave wen i know how too put 1 on lololol cannit even get me avatar working think i put me wrong email in , that happens when you have 30 diffrent 1s :)

  33. batty says:
    December 31, 2010 at 10:35 pm
    gotta go soon get me last shag of 2010

    Is the morgue still open at this time?

  34. batty says:
    December 31, 2010 at 10:39 pm
    stu your sick now we know what your job is

    When you get to your age it’s the only stiffy you’re likely to get!

  35. Reet Lads the wee lad is calling me down to wip me at fifa11 lol so all the best for the New Year lads and look after yersels take it easy.
    See you’s next year

  36. batty says:
    December 31, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    “howay man this site is working alot quicker now u have too log in”

    It’s because it’s New Year, batty. I’ve also trimmed the membership list down a little too. I’m not goiung to take this shit any more over Stardust’s lies. I have better things to do than put in thousands of hours making a ‘blog to be constantly insulted.

  37. workyticket says:
    December 31, 2010 at 10:45 pm
    batty says:
    December 31, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    “howay man this site is working alot quicker now u have too log in”

    It’s because it’s New Year, batty. I’ve also trimmed the membership list down a little too. I’m not goiung to take this shit any more over Stardust’s lies. I have better things to do than put in thousands of hours writing a ‘blog to be constantly insulted.

    What about all the people you’ve insulted?

  38. batty says:
    December 31, 2010 at 10:46 pm
    iam sound man stu divent get brewers droop ask ya missus

    Thought I had a Mr? But at least we know you like it both ways…

  39. there was me thinking that it was tonnsy that put most of the work into it and u just collected the money and insulted the bloggers, or am i wrong there

  40. tonnsy thanks for all ur hard work mate the blog wouldnt b the same without u and im sure it wont b long till u hit 100 mate.

  41. 1/1/11 start as you mean to go on…

    ..goals galore

    stoke-everton

    hull-leicester

    preston-derby

    watford-potsmouth

    …@ 9/1 with betfred

    money for old rope…as they say.

    ALL THE BEST!

  42. I wouldn’t be happy with Preston. No manager, no on loan players after Fergie senior took them back, and told Pulis to do the same…….

  43. aye toonsy you could be right but the..golden rule..when gambling is never change your bet .. so i’ll stay with my selections & keep my fingers crossed.

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  45. If Carroll is out for a month, what is fatty going to do? We know he likes a gamble, so will he gamble that there are three worse sides than us? Personally I don’t think there are three worse than us without Carroll.

    I can see the same happening as happened the last time we went down. We’ll be absolutley underwhelmed by two signings that won’t have any effect on the team until we’re in the Fizzy.

  46. I think carrolls absence can be dealt with, it won’t be easy but I think we will be ok. I also think the fat man will give some money to pardew too.

    At the risk of annoying people, I actually think the last few days have been sad for this blog. I like it, I made the move from uncle eds and I like the debate. I think people like stardust should be allowed on here as I think the more diverse the bloggers the better the debates, I enjoy talking with stu for example. I also think the stuff with worky and dave is just spoiling it a little and would hope that it is sorted.

  47. Read on twitter yesterday that carol is out for at least two games. Currently in London at a specialist.
    Pardew wants a striker on loan and something else I can’t remember. Had a few drinks last night and bad head has just subsided.

  48. Raffo – I tend to agree with the not banning anyone just because their opinion differs from others, but stardust is and always has been a trouble maker just for the sake of it. I mean his arguments aren’t even worth reading and are along the lines of my dad is bigger than your dad. Good, adult debate is always good, childish insults and pretend alter egos are just sad.

    kkforever is another stardust character. It’s just sad really.

  49. Raffo says:
    January 1, 2011 at 12:06 pm
    I think carrolls absence can be dealt with, it won’t be easy but I think we will be ok. I also think the fat man will give some money to pardew too.

    Just explain to me why we will cope without Carroll? Lovenkrands has scored 4 PL goals in his career, Ameobi’s a liability and Ranger and Best haven’t even scored one between them.

  50. workys on a power trip he thinks hes the dogs nuts because he owns this blog,he likes to dish out abuse to other bloggers but dosnt like to take it..look at what hes doing with big dave,its a fkin disgrace…if anyone should be banned its you worky

  51. I don’t think it will be easy but we aren’t a one man team. We will have to play a different way but I am a glass half full guy. I’d like ranger to play and he hasn’t had too much playing time hence lack of goals. I don’t think we will get max points but he will be a massive loss, but we can’t rely on big man all the time. Happy new year to all btw!

  52. Let’s hope AP doesn’t make the same mistake as Chrissy and turn to the likes of Guthrie, Shoala and Lovenkrands. These have had their chance and are all failures. Ranger, Best and Xisco even Airey must be given an opportunity.
    Often i think we slaughter our strikers but what service do they get. Routledge and Spidey haven’t delivered a decent pass all season

  53. It’s disappointing to lose Carroll because teams are so aware of him and at the least he takes pressure away from others e.g. Nolan. But we can’t be a one-man team – and really until the middle of last season we weren’t even sure of our first-choice strike combination. We will have to play to our strikers – whoever we have. I think we will go with Shola plus Nolan – with Ranger coming on for half-an-hour. Loven has slipped down the pecking order and Best and Xisco don’t even rate a peck at all.

  54. From the start of this season our biggest asset was “team spirit” How much of a knock has that had with CH going?Pardew has not got anytime to settle in we are in the relegation fight.Another defeat injuries and that team spirit will be under real threat.Now he really has got to prove his worth!

  55. Micky Toon says:
    January 1, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    “kkforever is another stardust character. It’s just sad really.”

    and ‘Edward Rogers’, and ‘hitman’, and several others. He wants to destroy the ‘blog, and he probably will because I really don’t give a feck about it any more.

  56. Don’t agree with everything you say worky, but that’s the beauty of this blog, with everyone able to express their own views.

    Have a good 2011 and hopefully with the blog intact.

  57. Worky hope that everything works out, and you keep the blog rolling. If however the hassle factor becomes too much it’s a real pity. Hope everything works out though..

  58. As it stands at half time results are all going in our favour. I have never known it before when i’ve wanted manure, spuds and the unwashed all to win. I hope it isn’t going to be like that all year

  59. Fcuk me how hard was that to get on here, Half expecting a bloke to knock on me door and request a cavity search…

    Not the worst set of results ever could have done with Wham and Wolves drawing but Blackburn, Everton, West Brom, Fulham and Blackpool all losing takes a bit of pressure of tomorrow, Heres hoping Arsenal beat brum.

  60. Worky, keep at it mate, this is a football forum and whilst the odd wind up does no harm, the stardusts of this world have serious personality disorders which not only disrupt the flow but get bedded in and begin to dominate, someone has to have authority and you are doing nothing wrong.
    Right to an opinion should not be abused, feck them.

  61. batty says:
    January 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    “any chance of a new blog”

    batty, I’ve investigated and it appears that Toonsy has something in the pipeline.

  62. Been reading this blog for quite some time now and its quite sad that Dave and Worky have had words, shit happens, shake hands and carry on, lifes too short and the Toon is too important to fall out over, could be worse say if you found out your son was a closet mackem!

  63. Has anybody got news on who is going to start tomorrow.
    Really after the official squad and not personal preferences. Is captain tugboat available? Is Jose available? Is Smudger to keep his place, might be worth a shout on what is an awful playing surface

    Not happy with Taylor Collocini partnership it doesn’t seem to work. Big Mike with one of them.
    Spidey and Routledge will both be lucky to keep their places but we have nothing else out wide. Maybe don’t need much width with Carroll not playing could go narrow with Ranger partnered by either Xisco or Best.

  64. batty says:
    January 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    “no cc but dave was sort of accused”

    I just asked him a question, batty. Though I did accuse him of something else when he threatened to bring out his memory stick exposing my web of deceit.

  65. worky if your truthfull with yourself ,you know the only reason you got onto dave was because you havent likedhim since the stardust fall out

  66. decent set of results today, end of the day we need to worry about winning games more than worrying about other teams results
    Carroll out tomorrow will be a big miss but at least we’ll have to find another tactic other than booting up to Carroll

    BTW: Happy New Year to all Toon fans out there

  67. workyticket says:
    January 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    If you let a Walter Mitty like Fantasist get to you to that extent I would have almost no respect left for you, man!

  68. batty says:
    January 1, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    “worky if your truthfull with yourself ,you know the only reason you got onto dave was because you havent likedhim since the stardust fall out”

    Honestly, batty, it’s not that I dislike Dave, I just dislike the way he lets himself be used by Stardust and all his other characters. I do admit that it makes me radgie. However I DO dislike Stardust intensely. He’s a really nasty piece of work who has an agenda. I got on to Dave this time because I just got sick of him making really unfair comments about Chris Hughton. I never accused him of being a racist, but Dave seems to think that I did. I’ve never altered any of my comments in the way Dave said I did either.

  69. Stuart79 says:
    January 1, 2011 at 6:27 pm (Edit)
    workyticket says:
    January 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    “If you let a Walter Mitty like Fantasist get to you to that extent I would have almost no respect left for you, man!”

    I just don’t have the time to deal with people like him on top of all the other stuff, Stuart. I still have over 3000 spam members of this site to sift through and delete as appropriate and I still have swine ‘flu, so I’m not in the best of moods!

  70. Not wanting to make light of something that is very sensitive to others but does all this disharmony mean we won’t be having a bloggers day out at a match. Just think it would be great to see as many as possible before the season ends

  71. budalovesa patsy says:
    January 1, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    “Not wanting to make light of something that is very sensitive to others but does all this disharmony mean we won’t be having a bloggers day out at a match.”

    DJG’s the expert on that one, but I don’t think anything’s changed if it was happening. It’s me who everyone hates ATM, and I won’t be able to attend anyway.

    TonyGreenSupreme says:
    January 1, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    “Worky,
    Don’t let the likes of Stardust beat ya!!”

    Thanks, and glad to see you’ve got yourself sorted out now. Sorry about the registration thing.

  72. batty, are you in league with Stardust and hitman now? :lol:

    Stardust // Jan 1, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    BATTY – if youre reading this fellas give me a shout.

    Looks like Worky has finally gone mad, unfortunately for him – he is telling provable lies.

    I think I sense Worky what he is doing, I need to bounce something off you.

    Cheers

    hitman // Jan 1, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    stardust,i see ive been draged into it by worky,,the mans on one massive ego trip,the way he went on with big dave is a total disgrace….

    Stardust // Jan 1, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Aye Hitman – the man is an outright Liar.

    I was howling when he said I was all those people and some are lapping it up – still think a few of my mates are behind it as they are mental and would do out for a laugh lol.

    He is now stating I am trying to bring the blog down, I may do but inadvertently as its the last thing I want.

    Toonsy is spot on he deserves the best.

    How on earth he can say we are one and the same is beyond me – you hated me for years! (still do probably but we are on a truce anyway lol)

    Anyway I wouldnt be surprised if he is looking to do a smash an grab with the cash he “raised” – and blame me for it? HE could leave and say I forced him into it, but I am aware, so are many others of the evidence at hand and are wise to it.

    What I dont want to do is help him by pursuing him for libel or similar. He could then claim that he had to close the blog, we all know he has said he is in financial difficulty, but he may be wanting to have to go into Voluntary Bankruptcy – but I wont play his tune, I will bide my time and clear my name with the evidence and facts at hand.

    He is as mad as a box of frogs isnt he lol!

    Stardust // Jan 1, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    Hitman – Big Dave is a real decent sort, worky hunts him down at every chance for nothing.

    He is now telling Dave I have been back editing blogs when Worky was slagging Dave – meaning I was taking all Workys nasty stuff out to make him look a better person!

    Dave saw straight through it and he is now consumed with hate for me – he must have a miserable life to transfer his misery and hate onto me, its hilarious he is squirming and telling lies trying to get everyone onside.

    Everyone can see he is not balanced – surely?

  73. Stuart79 says:
    January 1, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    “Worky – Now that we have to sign in, what’s to stop Walter Mitty just doing the same?”

    I’ve just had to tighten things up from a number of angles, Stuart. Stardust’s existing memberships have been locked, and hitman’s. I’ll keep checking regularly for any new attempts to break in.

  74. Stu,
    Don’t know about you but I have a horrible feeling for tomorrow’s match at the souless shite stadium.

    We have an awful record at Wigan which is very reminiscent of our time playing away to Wimbledon during the 80’s and 90’s.

    At this moment I would gratefully take a point and hope we can beat WHU on Wed.

  75. TGS – I cannot see us getting anything against anyone without Carroll. We rely on him for absolutley everything. His goals, his hold up play and his assists.

    Our whole style of play revolves round him and we cannot change that overnight. We’ll continue hitting the long balls and diagonal balls even when he’s not playing and it will be a waste of time.

  76. Stuart79 says:
    January 1, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    “It’s getting a bit like a James Bond movie this.

    ‘Blog Wars’!”

    Hell hath no fury like a Stardust scorned.

  77. TonyGreenSupreme

    My first toon game was Wimbledon away…….. Lost 2-0 couldnt believe it!

    but I think out of the next 3 league games we cannot afford to lose any of them. WWD for me has to be.

    Although I would love to beat the scum at the stadium of shite I think it will be a draw.

  78. workyticket says:
    January 1, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Well he has just admited he was wrong on Ashley and Carroll, so there is prgress.

  79. Stuart79 says:
    January 1, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    “Our whole style of play revolves round him and we cannot change that overnight. We’ll continue hitting the long balls and diagonal balls even when he’s not playing and it will be a waste of time.”

    Stuart, I think that one thing about Carroll, one of the main reasons why he has really improved so much recently is that he has become something more than a big lump upfront to hoof balls to. He has been encouraged to work on his technique.

  80. A belated happy new year. Hope 2011 is kind to everyone.

    I actually had a dream about the Wigan game last night. Unfortunately I can’t remember what happened. I woke up, knew I’d been dreaming about Wigan v Newcastle and the dream immediately disppeared out of grasp.

    It’s annoying when that happens, particularly when it’s that dream with the nurses and the syrup sponge.

  81. workyticket says:
    January 1, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I agree but if he’s not playing the others players will still lump the ball up front and it will come straight back with Strolla and Ranger there.

  82. Hugh de Payen says:
    January 1, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    “particularly when it’s that dream with the nurses and the syrup sponge.”

    Have you told Deb about that one, Hugh? :-)

  83. Alas, Worky, real nurses tend not to live up to the fantasy of dream nurses. The ones I’ve met are usually sticking needles in me rather than placating me with liberal amounts of syrup sponge.

  84. Hugh de Payen says:
    January 1, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    “The ones I’ve met are usually sticking needles in me rather than placating me with liberal amounts of syrup sponge.”

    It’s the consultants I dread, Hugh. They’re like butchers. I have nightmares about a chap called Dr. Wong now. He has all the finesse of an all-in wrestler after 20 pints when he’s shoving things in me!

  85. Nice to see Krul’s been kicked to the curb after doing nowt wrong in the last game. Nice touch that like. And if people think Harper never makes any mistakes their in for a shock when the first cross comes in or someone shoots from their own half.

  86. batty says:
    January 1, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    “worky i have loads of email addresses ,has big dave been banned ?”

    I know you do, batty, or should that be ‘Judas’ :lol: No, I haven’t banned Dave.

  87. Evening lads, happy new year and all that. Woke up early feeling horrendous in a desperate attempt to get home for 3 the day, only to find out that we played tomorrow, brilliant.

    Off topic, but was browsing nufc.com and they mentioned the Jan transfer window. It was obviously all speculation, but they seem to think we’ve had scouts at Championship games this season watching Taarabt?..wouldn’t need him if Ben Arfa is snapped up like but interesting none the less.

  88. Doubt very much that like Ross. It would be like someone signing our best player midway through last season. They surely will want to hold onto him to not jeprodize promotion.

  89. DJG-Aye mate I’d never expect us to take him in Jan. Like you say he’s their star man and they’re currently nailed on for promotion. I was just surprised we’ve apparently had scouts watching him. He’s very hit and miss anyway and apparently has a shocking attitude if he doesn’t get his own way. Not what we want.

  90. budalovesa patsy says:
    January 1, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    “Not wanting to make light of something that is very sensitive to others but does all this disharmony mean we won’t be having a bloggers day out at a match.”

    It will happen if there is enough interest. But it will take some organising and I don’t think it’ll be worth it for about 3-4 people!

  91. Ross. Maybe they were looking at one of their ‘lesser lights’ Eeek!

    As for tomorow, it’s probably been done to death already but I will add it is imperative that we don’t lose either of the next 2 games but I don’t have much confidence in that. We seem to have picked a rotton time to play West Ham with their form greatly improved of late. What worries me is that these teams like Wigan and Wet Spam have been around the block a few times and seem to be perennial bullet dodgers. They will fight tooth and nail and we can not expect them to just roll over and croak. I think it might need to be ‘tash time again and for some transfer activity coz this squad is bare bones without 1 player. Captain pugwash and Strolla Ameobi will need to pull their fingers out in the next two games although Nolan doesn’t look as good without his big mate to start with.

  92. DJG says:
    January 1, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    “It will happen if there is enough interest. But it will take some organising and I don’t think it’ll be worth it for about 3-4 people!”

    What happened about the ‘blog, DJG? That should drum up enough interest.

  93. DJG, How about if I make you a temporary contributor, you can just paste what you have in the edit window, I’ll brush it all up and put an image of a bus in there or something like that then I’ll get it oot. That way it will have your name on it. Let me know.

  94. DJG, done.

    batty says:
    January 1, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    “fckin dead on here tonight any body there ?”

    Toonsy’s gone AWOL, and I’m on maintainance duties, batty.

  95. Batty Im still here mate I think just been a full on family day mate but that should be me for a while.
    Worky I have allways got the feeling that you didn’t like me and thats fine with me because im not worried, But I can honestly say I have never tried to hurt or abuse you or your Blog. As I allready said but you never actually got round to answering me, this has all started again because I took offence to you basically accusing me of being racist and even if as you say it was only a question, I still take offence to someone that dosn’t even know me asking me a deeply personal question like that on an open Blog.

  96. And Worky talking to someone in the know today and they agreed that your comment was totally out of order and could be construed as libel.
    But before you jump to conclusion yet again that is not a threat to you or the Blog

  97. If anybody is interested about the awayday. (To leave SJP on the sat morning 12th feb for the Blackburn game) Please send me an email at this address with your idea’s. There are no plans at this point it’s just to see who’s interested. A thread will go up about it though, (tomorow now worky and toonsy arn’t on.) The address is

    nufcblog.awayday@yahoo.com

    please don’t spam/abuse this cheers. Happy New year everybody.

  98. Stuart79 says:

    “TGS – I cannot see us getting anything against anyone without Carroll. We rely on him for absolutley everything. His goals, his hold up play and his assists.

    Our whole style of play revolves round him and we cannot change that overnight. We’ll continue hitting the long balls and diagonal balls even when he’s not playing and it will be a waste of time”

    Even though its a new year I see Stu baby is still at the valium :)

    We can get a result if we play positively, with Ranger up front ?

    BTW Worky/Toonsy couldnt log on with old user name as WordPress didnt recognise my email address ? Used the same email but changed the user name as I’m wi fi ing on French network.

  99. I’m here, batty.

    Big D – Are you still waiting for your apology from Worky? good luck with that one!

    Phil Taylor is finished now.

  100. Stuart79 says:
    January 1, 2011 at 11:00 pm
    I’m here, batty.

    Big D – Are you still waiting for your apology from Worky? good luck with that one!<<<< 2nd that stu it takes a man too admit when hes wrong

  101. OH!
    A new year, a new order.
    :)

    Happy new year y’bastards.

    Where am i?
    ;)

    Yea, right,
    Anyone think that AC is just on injury duty now that the window’s open?
    Keep the mutts away like?
    ;)

  102. batty,
    did ya’ have a good one mate?
    Just cos you don’t drink doesn’t mean you don’t get a head change, hey?
    Or are ya’ total teetotal, like buddha or something?

  103. FSOTC,
    aye mate,
    Shellac supporting too, they were awesome & can’t even begin to describe how amazing SY were. Best i’ve seen ’em.
    Best gig this year. :)
    You a fan?
    I’m guessing you’re state side?

  104. batty,
    did ya’ wing anyone of the pissed monkies mate?
    So you totally ‘straight edge’ then?

  105. Shellac? Steve Albini’s band? Dang, that’s some combo.

    I’m in New York. Seen SY twice and they were great both times.

    I’m actually heading out now to see some experimental music at The Stone–Jonn Zorn’s performance venue… that is, if I can ever get the wife out the fecking door…….

  106. FSOTC,
    Cool man.
    Love John Zorn too, naked city-yeah!
    You like Bungle/Famtomas/Secret Chiefs et al?

    Enjoy the gig man, sounds great.
    ;)

  107. Free shit always tastes better mate.
    :)

    batty,
    with your ‘will of steel’, good lad, keep it up mate.
    ;)
    I’m generally a good lad these days.
    ;)

  108. Are we ever going to sign anyone this window or what?

    There’s only another 30 days left!

    Bentley won’t be coming up here either. I heard Sunderland were in for him, and putting biased to one side, who do you think he’d rather go to? They’ll offer him more money and their in Europa place, we’re in relegation battle.

  109. batty,
    i admire ya’ resolve mate.
    Good attitude man.
    Like a guy that knows when ‘enough is enough’ like.
    ;)

  110. Stu,
    aye mate, but he’d have to go & stay in 5’1and.
    That’s a bitter pill, even for money.
    :)

  111. Bentley can go to Sunderland. When players like Aaron Lennon are well ahead of him in the pecking order, you know all you need to know.
    And aye, Lennon scored against us just days ago, but i just dont rate him. Pace to burn and not much else the majority of the time.

  112. Stuart79

    Wouldn’t want him anyway m8 he’s fell off the wagon last few years and not what we need at all.

  113. DJG – Say what you like about him but he can sure cross a ball. He’d be fcking perfect for AC. He might have not done it for Spurs but he can do it, he might just need a change of club.

    We need a right winger that’s for sure and I’m not too sure there’s many about. Him or SWP. I’d take Bentley everytime.

  114. Some decent results for us today-would have preffered a draw in wolves/west ham but we can’t have it all! Still its mad how a couple of weeks ago they looked fecked and now they’re 15th. Aghhhh! Glad the mancs fluked their win with WBA as well.

  115. Stuart79 says:

    “Andre – I assume you don’t agree that our entire game plan surrounds Carroll?”

    Maybe it does when he’s playing :)

    However Sunday’s a great opportunity for Pardwho to show his managerial expertise and tactical nous by selecting a team to take on Wigan rather than contain them.

    However taking a leaf out of your book Stu, maybe we shouldnt hold our collective breath waiting for that to happen ? :(

    Bonne année !

  116. Andre – My point being that if a way of playing is so engraved in the players mind its very difficult to get them to change in such a short time. the chances are we’ll still be lumping it up front tomorrow, but it will be coming straight back.

  117. Big Dave says:
    January 1, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    “And Worky talking to someone in the know today and they agreed that your comment was totally out of order and could be construed as libel.
    But before you jump to conclusion yet again that is not a threat to you or the Blog”

    Dave, it wasn’t libel, so your “friend” is no expert. Just give it a rest now and stop lying.

  118. Stuart @ 223 No is the answer mate but I dont really expect one, It takes a big man to admit when they were in the wrong, and going by past experience that could take a while.
    Worky for your information I didn’t once say my “friend” was an expert. But off course you would know if it was Libel or not as you are an “expert” So get your facts straight.
    As for lying I dont need to lie I have proof to back up what ever I say.

  119. DAVE you having trouble getting water in your area m8?we tend to take things for granted until we havent got it like

  120. Big Dave says:
    January 2, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    “Worky for your information I didn’t once say my “friend” was an expert. But off course you would know if it was Libel or not as you are an “expert” So get your facts straight.”
    As for lying I dont need to lie I have proof to back up what ever I say.”

    Dave, you said “in the know” if you want to be pedantic. Was it Stardust by any chance? You have no proof and this is getting really tedious now. I have been very patient with you, so either shape up or ship out.

  121. Worky you dont need to tell me its getting tedious I allready know.
    Just out of interest do you not think you over stepped the line by asking me on an open Blog did I dislike CH because he was Black.
    Also can you tell me why you removed the Stupid Doylem bit of the end of your original comment >>

    93 workyticket says:
    May 17, 2010 at 10:21 pm
    bowburnmag says:
    May 17, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    “Big Dave is like a founder member of this blog and you’re going to turf him out?”

    Any excuse for you and Deb to stick your nose into something which is none of your business,
    so long as it undermines me in some way.

    If he’s going to keep trolling me, lying, insulting me and “demanding” that I apolgise when
    it is him that should be doing the apologising, then he’s gone because I am not putting hours
    into this ‘blog every day just to be insulted and lied about by a stupid doylem.

    End of story.

    As it has been removed if you check the present one>

    http://www.nufcblog.org/2010/05/newcastle-in-the-premiership-how-do-we-measure-up-with-the-rest/#comment-67007

    93 workyticket says:
    May 17, 2010 at 10:21 pm
    bowburnmag says:
    May 17, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    “Big Dave is like a founder member of this blog and you’re going to turf him out?”

    Any excuse for you and Deb to stick your nose into something which is none of your business, so long as it undermines me in some way.

    If he’s going to keep trolling me, lying, insulting me and “demanding” that I apolgise when it is him that should be doing the apologising, then he’s gone because I am not putting hours into this ‘blog every day just to be insulted and lied about.

    End of story.

    Or was it Stardust that removed it ?
    As you stated the other night to me and Stuart that you havn’t re-edited anything

  122. I cant understand how it could be Stardust with his admin preveledges as he was banned a month before >>

    159 workyticket says:
    April 19, 2010 at 9:27 pm
    Stardust says:
    April 19, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    “Big Dave – maybe Worky was just saying “simples” as in the Meerkat advert?
    Or Simple in a kind way, or simple in an intelligent way – looks like Worky was just
    misunderstood”

    Stardust, I’ve had just about enough of you you pathetic, nasty, arrogant, childish
    little shit.
    Go somewhere else.

    160 Stardust says:
    April 19, 2010 at 9:27 pm
    Shut up even lol.

    Worky – why have you gone ape on Dave – it was easy to see “in context” why Dave and Deb
    thought you had called them thicko’s.
    To be fair I thought it was funny and could have been laughed about but youve gone off on
    a tangent. You havent caught Stuitis have you?

    161 workyticket says:
    April 19, 2010 at 9:30 pm
    No more Stardust.

    162 workyticket says:
    April 19, 2010 at 9:37 pm
    “simples”

    If you check the present version you will see there is a different comment added @161 >

    http://www.nufcblog.org/2010/04/title-time-plymouth-v-newcastle-united-match-preview/#comment-58538

    159 workyticket says:
    April 19, 2010 at 9:27 pm
    Stardust says:
    April 19, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    “Big Dave – maybe Worky was just saying “simples” as in the Meerkat advert?

    Or Simple in a kind way, or simple in an intelligent way – looks like Worky was just misunderstood”

    Stardust, I’ve had just about enough of you you pathetic, nasty, arrogant, childish little shit. Go somewhere else.

    160 Stardust says:
    April 19, 2010 at 9:27 pm
    Shut up even lol.

    Worky – why have you gone ape on Dave – it was easy to see “in context” why Dave and Deb thought you had called them thicko’s.

    To be fair I thought it was funny and could have been laughed about but youve gone off on a tangent.

    You havent caught Stuitis have you?

    161 Stardust says:
    April 19, 2010 at 9:29 pm
    How to make an idiot of yourself in one easy step

    Worky > “Stardust, I’ve had just about enough of you you pathetic, nasty, arrogant, childish little shit. Go somewhere else.”

    Learn to laugh at yourself fella – you might find others find it an endearing quality. (mind you – you might have to laugh hard for a few years to make up for lost time lol)

    162 workyticket says:
    April 19, 2010 at 9:30 pm
    No more Stardust.

    163 workyticket says:
    April 19, 2010 at 9:37 pm
    “simples”

    off course there might be a genuine excuse but this still proves that I wasn’t lying. And I am being told that I will get banned, for what sticking up for myself and proving I havn’t lied

  123. Big Dave says:
    January 2, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    “I cant understand how it could be Stardust with his admin preveledges as he was banned a month before >>”

    I have to admit that it does look alot like my style, but there are two things to be going on with.

    First thing, Stardust HADN’T been banned for a month, he was banned on 2010/04/19 at 9:30pm, around the same time as the comments you have regurgitated, so that’s another falsehood I’m afraid.

    Second thing, although I’m a Geordie, I tend to spell “Doylem” in the traditional Yorkshire way, “Doylum”, possibly because I lived in Yorkshire from the time when I was a teenager. It is also the original, and I tend to be kind of a traditionalist like that. The devil is in the details sometimes ;-)

    As I wrote much earlier, I definitely think that you’ve been had.

  124. Big Dave says:
    January 2, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    “I cant understand how it could be Stardust with his admin preveledges as he was banned a month before >>”

    I have to admit that it does look alot like my style, but there are two things to be going on with.

    First thing, Stardust HADN’T been banned for a month, he was banned on 2010/04/19 at 9:30pm, just after the comments you have regurgitated, so that’s another falsehood I’m afraid. And if he was, why was he making comments in his own name when I was there? You didn’t think of that, Dave?

    Second thing, although I’m a Geordie, I tend to spell “Doylem” in the traditional Yorkshire way, “Doylum”, possibly because I lived in Yorkshire from the time when I was a teenager. It is also the original, and I tend to be kind of a traditionalist like that. The devil is in the details sometimes ;-)

    As I wrote much earlier, I definitely think that you’ve been had, Dave.

  125. Worky even if as you say I have been had by Stardust,
    That in my eyes proves I am not a Liar which you have called me numerous times
    As for “Doylem” or “Doylum” it has still been removed and it was posted (May 17, 2010 at 10:21 pm)
    as You yourself stated Stardust was banned from (2010/04/19 at 9:30pm) which is almost a month after he was banned.

    It is really sad to think that all this has started again because you overstepped the mark when you implied that I didn’t like CH because he was black, or even if it was just a question in my eyes and others you still overstepped the mark by asking that on an open blog.
    Maybe I just see it different but I wouldn’t even dream of asking you what Religion you are or even your Sexuality on an open blog as they are personal to you, and in my eyes asking am I racist is a lot more damaging

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