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NUFC Blog prediction competition – festive schedule

Posted on December 14th, 2011 | 32 Comments |

NUFC Blog competition 2011
Like winning the World Cup

News regarding the NUFC Blog prediction competition in relation to the Christmas/New Year fixture schedules.

GeordieMagpie and El Toro hold the number one and two league positions in our prediction competition, but with 4 sets of predictions still to go there’s still a lot of points up for grabs. There’s still scope for an exciting finale.

I do, however, need to clarify some things because they faff around with the fixtures lists a lot over Christmas and New Year, which means there’ll be some odd times by when you need to make sure you’ve done your predictions.

This weekend – Week 16 of the prediction competition – is a normal weekend and predictions need to be made by midday on Saturday (17th) as usual.

Week 17 covers the games on Tues 20th, Weds 21st and Thus 22nd of December and predictions for those games need to be completed by 19:00 on Tuesday 20th.

Week 18 covers the games on Mon 26th and Tues 27th December and predictions for those games need to be completed by midday on Monday 26th December.

Week 19 covers the games on Fri 30th and Sat 31st December and predictions for those games need to be completed by 19:00 on Friday 30th December.

The last games in this competition are played on Sat 31st December, with no 2012 games in this particular competition.

We will then be running a new competition, the first game of which will take place on Saturday 14th January 2012, which gives us time to sort ourselves out between the two competitions.

As part of the sterling service you’ve come to expect from NUFCBlog.org, I’ve created the following predicto-chronograph with dates/times predictions need to be made by marked.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
12 13 14 15 16 17
12:00
18
19 20
19:00
21 22 23 24 25
26
12:00
27 28 29 30
19:00
31  

Good luck (as long as you’re nowhere near me in the competition!).

NUFCBlog Author: Hugh de Payen

I’m a baby-boomer of the punk rock persuasion, currently exiled in Somerset for crimes committed in a previous life where locals keep trying to poison me with something called ‘scrumpy’. Hates sprouts, coat-hangers, Cilla Black, ornaments, Steven Seagull movies and 50 Cent (he’s not worth 10).

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32 Responses

  1. At the risk of making a slightly daft comment, a couple more defeats pre Xmas might actually be a good thing in the greater scheme of things. It might just convince our own Dickens character to show some post seasonal benificence and open up the coffers a little?

    The reserve game against Bolton had some interesting inclusions. Willo had 45 minutes pitch time, also playing was Kadar, Vukic, Mhedi ( don’t think I’ve got that right but you’s ken who I mean) Elliot and Remi Streete (new name to me,CB apparently).

    Wonder if there might be some new names starting against Swansea?

    And despite the rumours and gossip I am expecting Tiote to still be a Newcastle player after January, possibly
    p!ssing to windward though. :)

  2. Grumpy Old-Toon says:
    December 14, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    “The reserve game against Bolton had some interesting inclusions. Willo had 45 minutes pitch time, also playing was Kadar, Vukic, Mhedi ( don’t think I’ve got that right but you’s ken who I mean) Elliot and Remi Streete (new name to me,CB apparently).”

    It’s wor Mehdi Grumpy, and Haris? who the **** is Haris? Vučkić. Remi Streere’s a centre back, they’ve also tried him on the right too.

    maze202 says:
    December 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    “Gutted that I missed a week. Could well be in for third! City 3-2 Arsenal 3 points right there.”

    Maze. I don’t think you’re alone there.

  3. FINALLY got signed up on here, phone not been letin me for ages. Have perviously wrote as geordie glen. Thought id av go at comp see if can match up to any of u lads.

  4. glentoon says:
    December 14, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    “FINALLY got signed up on here, phone not been letin me for ages.”

    Nice one Glen. The last few games on this one should give you some practice for the next one anyway.

    What was the problem with registering on your phone? It would be good to know in case it’s something we can fix at this end.

  5. How worky/Hugh,

    caught the Rezzillos down in Camden on sunday, great fun!

    Antisect, tomorrow at the Garage, Punk Rock!

    :)

  6. CLiNT FLiCK says:
    December 14, 2011 at 8:26 pm(Edit)

    “Antisect, tomorrow at the Garage, Punk Rock!”

    That name rings a bell vaguely, but weren’t they more 80s hardcore Clint? Thought they’d split up ages back.

  7. worky,

    aye, mid 80’s punk/squatter/crustcore type of thing.
    But i know them from back in the day.
    They haven’t played in england for 23/4 years or so.
    The main guy has refused to ‘comeback’ for years, but the pressure got to him.
    :)
    Top guy!
    A bit of ‘Anarchy ‘n all that’.
    Some me other mates are backing them up tomorra, should be a laugh.

  8. Hi, just back after 4 days of no power after the gales! Not even a radio (batteries flat) so didn’t know the result until monday’s papers.
    this item in the Daily Wail caught my eye “Andy Carroll will pick up a staggering £150,000 loyalty bonus from Liverpool next month despite making only 13 starts since his £35million move from Newcastle.

    Carroll negotiated the windfall, which will be paid in each year of his contract at Anfield, when he signed last January.

    The 22-year-old striker, who has scored only four times for his new club, has a deal worth £60,000 a week basic but he is also paid an additional £10,000 for his image rights and a further £5,000 for each appearance”

    – I wish I’d gone with him!

  9. they sound a bit like crass,
    wattie buchan, “anybody here like crass?, crass are a big bunch of w**kers, ya c**ts”.
    then they played “dead cities”, on top of the pops lol, i still love the exploited though.
    i’m still a skin into oi and street punk, and ska, not the racist s**t, that stuart donaldson used to spout.

  10. clint, wattie said conflict were taking money from their fans under the premise of getting A.L.F members, out of jail.
    wattie reckons they just spent the money on themselves, to buy drugs and clothes.

  11. Clint/Worky

    We’re spoilt for choice over in Belfast for good Punk bands. I went to see a band called Outcasts last week, really big in late 70’s and Stiff Little Fingers do a yearly outing at the Ulster Hall. Check out some cheap flights and I’ll look after you.

    There will be some pub visits involved! (it is Belfast after all!)

  12. I hate to rain on anyone’s parade, but I must report that Hugh de Pain is not the slack-jawed, wasted punk that you may believe him to be.

    He is actually a closet lover of 80’s rock, and big hair.

    Me (and the boys at the News of the World) have tangible, verifiable, evidence that he last year, attended a Bon Jovi concert at Ashton Gate, Bristol. All the more galling as your reporter is a Gashead, but to the point: G de P jiggled, rocked his head, and sang along.

    Sadly the hidden mic failed to work so the severally utterances of “Rock on, Jon” can’t be produced as evidence. Nor “I really wish I was a woman, ‘cos I fancy him and his coiffeur” are admissable in a Court of Law according to the Levenson Enquiry.

    He does wear a hat though.

    Rather coquettishly.

    Which is what matters.

  13. Belfast Toon says:
    December 15, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    “Clint/Worky

    We’re spoilt for choice over in Belfast for good Punk bands. I went to see a band called Outcasts last week, really big in late 70′s and Stiff Little Fingers do a yearly outing at the Ulster Hall. Check out some cheap flights and I’ll look after you.

    There will be some pub visits involved! (it is Belfast after all!)”

    Cheers for the offer Belfast! I had the first single by the Outcasts until recently so I know who you mean, and I think I still have all the early Stiff little Fingers stuff. One of mates worked on an album with Feargal Sharkey once. He told me that he ended up nearly throttling him because he was such a twat to work with! The friend I mentioned was a twat to work with too though. :-)

  14. Ive been sitting pretty in top spot for weeks now guys. El toro your sure pushing me all the way now. ive had some poor weeks as of late. i reckon one good set of results will see me scoop top prize.

    ps. it would be alot more exciting to have a full season competition with double the prize money.. i could really do with £200 ;)

  15. Worky,

    As G de P would have it:-

    “Appy-polly-loggies. I had something of a pain in the gulliver so had to sleep. I was not awakened when I gave orders for wakening.”

    Which is what matters.

  16. Worky – Hannah Hauxwell ! a blast from the past, I only dimly remember that she was famous for a few months! I had a good laugh at her getting water from the pond – we have a private water supply & resort to the burn when the pipes freeze !

    And I see that Arsenal have ruled out a move for Chelsea’s Alex – so might we be in for a surprise ? Big wages but a class act that would be magic for us !

  17. Just seen this thought it was worth a post

    THE North East has become the first place in Europe to get a £1.2m cancer scanner – thanks in part to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

    The charity set up by the late Newcastle United manager has given £625,000 to buy the ABT Molecular Imaging Biomarker Generator, which is being installed at Newcastle University this week.

    The machine is only the second of its type in the world, and the first in Europe, and will help with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other serious diseases including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

    Newcastle University has invested £600,000 in the machinery, which is hoped will play a significant role in the development of new cancer treatments.

    Sir Bobby’s widow Lady Robson said: “It’s wonderful to see this piece of equipment actually becoming a reality and being prepared for use.

    “We rely on the cancer expertise of our medical trustees who are always looking for promising new treatments which could make a real difference to people currently fighting cancer as well as helping with research into the disease. And when they explained the benefits of the Biomarker Generator to my family and I we shared their enthusiasm.

    “It’s a very significant investment for our charity, the largest we’ve made so far, and something we simply couldn’t have done without the incredible support we receive.

    “It’s truly humbling when you think about the many thousands of donations and fundraising events which have gone into making this happen.”

    The Biomarker Generator creates radioactive tracers which are given to patients who then undergo scans.

    The information collected through this imaging helps doctors understand where the disease is in each patient, how serious the disease is, and the underlying processes and pathways that are sustaining the illness.

    The tracers can also be used to see whether a new drug has penetrated a tumour and whether a new treatment is damaging the tumour cells and stopping them growing.

    Herbie Newell, professor of cancer therapeutics at the Newcastle Cancer Centre at the Northern Institute for Cancer Research, said: “The Biomarker Generator is cutting-edge technology that will allow us to make sure that we deliver the best possible care for each patient we treat, whilst learning at the same time as much as possible about our new drugs.”

    In addition to funding the new equipment, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has also equipped the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care and funded a specialist clinical research nurse and research doctor within the centre.

  18. GeordieMagpie says:
    December 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    “Ive been sitting pretty in top spot for weeks now guys. El toro your sure pushing me all the way now. ive had some poor weeks as of late. i reckon one good set of results will see me scoop top prize.

    ps. it would be alot more exciting to have a full season competition with double the prize money.. i could really do with £200”

    GeordieMagpie, It isn’t over ’til the fat lady sings, don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched and various other cliches.

    If you get overtaken on the final straight, then you’ll still have another chance to win the way things are ATM. Or, if you’re really that confident and you need the £200, why not just win both? ;-)