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Posted on March 12th, 2013 | 63 Comments |

NUFC Blog's latest blog on metro.co.uk is out now!
NUFC Blog’s latest blog on metro.co.uk is out now!
Just a quick note to let you know that my latest piece for metro.co.uk” has now been published.

Entitled “Alan Pardew says the funniest things sometimes,” it is a brief (they’re only supposed to be around 500 words in there) reflection on some of Pardew’s words after Newcastle’s victory against Stoke, where he marked the cards of foolish romantics who prattle on about how teams need a “fantastic spirit” to win a game once they’ve gone behind. Instead, he insisted that only teams with “world class players” like Yohan Cabaye can change a game once they are a goal behind.

Just to refresh your memory, his exact words were:

“People get them mixed up sometimes, they talk about the spirit of the side and ‘You must have a fantastic spirit to come back from a goal down’.

“You need world-class players.

“You need a world-class player to put that in the top corner from that free-kick to give you a foundation to win the game.”

Hope you like it (though possibly not!).

Alan Pardew says the funniest things sometimes.

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63 Responses

  1. Good article, Worky, but I wish you hadn’t mentioned “world class” player Ronnie Radford. Even after all this time it made me reach for the Gaviscon. Maybe when they trot Ronnie out again for the FA Cup Final (that goal was his bloody pension), Pards will realise that he’s the one getting ‘spirit’ and ‘skill’ mixed up.

    In fairness though, Pards obviously couldn’t see over the wall for the free kick or he’d realise that everyone would be talking about Saylor’s antics rather than anything else :)

  2. Worky, I read the article and penned a comment for it but couldn’t add it as I don’t use Yahoo and don’t want it.

    So I copied my comment and here it is.

    There are sometimes skill levellers pitched into the occasion, such as the horrible pitch and conditions for the Hereford match which, thankfully, isn’t being wheeled out on TV for every cup match where we are involved against the minnows anymore.

    Also whilst there are upsets the teams with the “Star” players invariably come out on top even against the most “spirited” teams. Whether you love or hate Pardew he does sometimes come out with sensible comments and I can actually see the sense in what he is saying in this instance.

    By the way I found your earlier discourse about malware very interesting and have downloaded the free malware programme. Thanks for the heads up.

  3. Is it a co-incidence that we suddenly have one of the shortest injury list for years, taken into account that we also have one of the biggest and best squads that we have had for years.

    The fact that the team can be rotated with confidence has to be a big factor in this.

  4. DarthBroon says:
    March 12, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    “Good article, Worky, but I wish you hadn’t mentioned “world class” player Ronnie Radford. Even after all this time it made me reach for the Gaviscon.”

    You must be even older than I am then Darth! :-)

  5. Grumpy Old-Toon says:
    March 12, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    “By the way I found your earlier discourse about malware very interesting and have downloaded the free malware programme. Thanks for the heads up.”

    Just to add to that Grumpy, AVG free is what I have used on my own machines for many years for everyday virus protection. Don’t touch Norton with a bargepole! Years ago, I used to spend quite alot of time uninstalling it from other people’s machines because they just couldn’t get rid of it themselves. Once it was installed, trying to get rid of it was like trying to get rid of syphillis!

    I only drag out stuff like Malware Bytes and Hijack This when things are FUBARed.

    I’m just meditating on the other part of your comment.

  6. workyticket says:
    March 12, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    “Just for you Darth:”

    Well, TA Worky :cry:

    Actually, it was well worth a watch if only for the clearance that whacked John Tudor on the head and bounced back onto the crossbar :)

  7. DarthBroon says:
    March 12, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    “I’ll be 52 later this month, Worky”

    You are then Darth. I was seven when that game was on so you can work it out from there.

  8. DarthBroon says:
    March 12, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    “Actually, it was well worth a watch if only for the clearance that whacked John Tudor on the head and bounced back onto the crossbar”

    It’s always good to see a bit of Tony Green though he was cut off in his prime just before I started getting into football. I’ve watched him subsequently and he seemed like a hell of a winger by our standards.

  9. Apropos PC virus checkers and security software: I’ve been using Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) for the past couple of years and it’s worked really well for me, on every Windows machine I have it installed it on.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Security_Essentials

    I’m entitled to a copy of McAfee Internet Security as a BT Infinity customer, but it’s a bit of a BEAST (like Norton) and it was really taking its toll on my ageing laptop and my desktop PC in terms of the processing requirements, so I switched to MSE and I’ve not looked back.

    It’s free. And it’s a Microsoft Product (which means it really AUGHT to work well with Windows!).

  10. workyticket says:
    March 12, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    “Tony Green or Hatem ben Arfa?”

    That first goal was just brilliant. George Best would have been proud of that one, never mind HBA.

    It’s a shame he didn’t really get a chance to do anything for us.

  11. Darth, I use MSE as well, you just have to make sure it is updated often. I do it daily and also do a quick scan daily.

    I also use Crap Cleaner. It works a treat to get rid of unwanted cookies and other unwanted rubbish.

    I used to have AVG and Spybot but the problem with having too many anti virus/anti spam progs is that they sometimes conflict with each other and identify each other as problems.

  12. Grumpy Old-Toon says:
    March 12, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    “Darth, I use MSE as well, you just have to make sure it is updated often. I do it daily and also do a quick scan daily.”

    Same here, Grumpy, with a full scan on a Saturday night on my home laptop. I use CCleaner as well.

    I occasionally have a poke around with things like RootkitRevealer when I see the odd glitch and I can’t work out what’s happened – but it’s all been paranoia on my part so far, touch wood ;)

    I use Trusteer Rapport as well on my laptop for my online banking

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trusteer

  13. Nowt wrong with a bit of paranoia as far as the internet is concerned, it’s a very hostile environment. Especially with certain countries actively trying to hack into everthing possible and with their full government’s backing.

  14. DarthBroon says:In fairness though, Pards obviously couldn’t see over the wall for the free kick or he’d realise that everyone would be talking about Saylor’s antics rather than anything else
    whys that bud nothing in the rules say ya cant block the keepers view and the stoke players pointed it out and ref said nothing why was that

  15. TOONARMYELITE says:
    March 12, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    “whys that bud nothing in the rules say ya cant block the keepers view and the stoke players pointed it out and ref said nothing why was that”

    I thought it was great, TAE. When someone posted the link, I laughed till I got a sore throat – I didn’t see it at the time, and I don’t suppose Pards did either. It was still a neat tap over the wall into the top corner so it was a good goal in anyone’s book, but it was a bit more of a team effort than Pards originally thought ;)

  16. <<<<<<<<< thinks its a great tactic meself ya disrupt them with there wall, if they put a player back to stop him doing it, if the ball comes back off bar or keeper that man that droped back to stop him doing that plays every 1 onside :) and from a photo i saw caybeye loved it to i took it with the way hes laughing

  17. I think it’s great, TAE, as long as it works for us and nobody else ;) Saylor’s great at this sort of thing though, isn’t he? He doesn’t just have a sly word with penalty takers, keepers – he stands in front of them, hands on hips (or over his nads), and has a gives them the eye.

  18. He always has a good old rap with the ref whenever he gets a chance, as well. Even if he’s just been carded. Always a cheery grin.

    That’s why he gets away with a lot of the gamesmanship :)

  19. DarthBroon ive noticed that with him and if he stays fit he should get an england call up soon in my opion

  20. DarthBroon would rather it did not come til the end of the season meself, see if he can stay injury free :)

  21. Grumpy Old-Toon says:
    March 12, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    “Nowt wrong with a bit of paranoia as far as the internet is concerned”

    Well I hope so because you two are completely and utterly paranoid! Obviously an general antivirus such as AVG is essential, and there’s a firewall already built into Windows. Apart from that the main thing is NOT TO BE DAFT. If you don’t know what you’re clicking on and it looks like it could be a bit dicey, divven’t click on it!

    Grumpy Old-Toon says:
    March 12, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    “Oh and by the way Worky, Malwarebytes appears to be only a 14 day free trial!”

    It’s a 14 day trial of the PRO version Grumpy.

    http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free/

  22. workyticket says:
    March 13, 2013 at 10:38 am

    “Well I hope so because you two are completely and utterly paranoid!”

    Is that so? :)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_BMG_copy_protection_rootkit_scandal

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/markrussinovich/archive/2006/01/15/rootkits-in-commercial-software.aspx

    Some of the latest threats in the wild at the moment aren’t nearly as sophisticated as the ones above (that have managed to get onto a machine by taking control of root) but they’ll check to see if there’s one of these already in place (even PART of it left after a removal) and exploit bits of it.

    I have a works laptop I need to use with varying degrees of connectivity to the networks on our clients’ sites and you’d be amazed what I find lurking on their systems of a Trojan nature (some stuff that’s been there for years!). I take great care not to bring any of this crap home with me!

    We use Sophos UTM at work (just about every element of it), and some of the alerts and warnings we get from Sophos would make your hair go curly ;)

  23. This time we’re definitely going to get the “attacking football” we were threatened with before the game last week.

    They’ve got no choice, have they?

  24. DarthBroon says:
    March 13, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    “Is that so?”

    Darth, networks in work environments, public computers, servers and such like are very different obviously.

    DarthBroon says:
    March 13, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    “We use Sophos UTM at work (just about every element of it), and some of the alerts and warnings we get from Sophos would make your hair go curly”

    Of course they do, it’s in their interest to scare you shitless and turn you into a paranoid wreck to make you realise how invaluable their product is.

  25. workyticket says:
    March 13, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    “Darth, networks in work environments, public computers, servers and such like are very different obviously.”

    Absolutely, worky. And if you work in these environments, or use a data stick on a PC at the library, there’s always a chance you’ll take something nasty home.

    “Of course they do, it’s in their interest to scare you shitless and turn you into a paranoid wreck to make you realise how invaluable their product is.”

    You mean there was no such thing as ‘Melissa’ or ‘MyDoom’? See, now you’re touching on another popular paranoid theory – maybe these companies are writing these viruses themselves ;)

  26. DarthBroon says:
    March 13, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    “You mean there was no such thing as ‘Melissa’ or ‘MyDoom’?”

    Darth, how many infectable machines were there in the world when they were around? Billions. How many machines did they infect? hundreds of thousands. When I say “infect” I don’t mean that they were brought to a screeching halt or that years of work was lost, I don’t mean that hundreds of thousands of people had their bank accounts cleaned out or whatever, I mean that a few hundred thousands of users had their machines used as zombies to send spam, or launch D/DOS attacks on more specific corporate or Government targets. in other words these viruses rope in all these zombies as peripheral actors to launch much more specific attacks on one or a few targets, or as suggested above, or to send annoying spam messages and perpetuate through your contacts list.

    Viruses and computer espionage can indeed be very serious in the corporate world, the more specific targets, but they can also be the geeks equivalent of macho war stories or fishing tales, and they are spiced up even further by the media to make good “doomsday” stories. As a domestic user, you only to run one general (good) antivirus and a firewall generally. As Grumpy pointed out above, using too many can actually be counterproductive.

  27. “Viruses and computer espionage can indeed be very serious in the corporate world, but they’re also the geeks equivalent of macho war stories or fishing tales.”

    True. But keeping viruses, trojans, worms, rootkits etc at bay is part of the job description of some of these ‘geeks’, worky.

    It would bore me rigid (I’m a programmer – it’s someone else’s job), but shortcomings in the efforts to stop propagation of these things between sites (as demanded by banks, government depts, YOUR ISP, etc.) cause downtime. Downtime is the biggest problem they cause these days. It costs a fortune.

    “…I mean that a few hundred thousands of users had their machines used as zombies to send spam.”

    ISP’s give away free AV software now to combat botnets. They’re a serious problem, and ISP’s all over the globe have been warned to cure their infected customers, or cut them adrift (or face sanctions themselves from a number of regulatory bodies)

    “Darth, how many infectable machines were there in the world when they were around? Billions.”

    There’s around 1 billion computer around the world today, worky, and less than 70% of these are web-connected PC’s. Some people actually do take notice of the warnings and update their virus profiles.

  28. Darth, nothing you write is untrue, for a computing professional who’s working with corporate networks and all that shit. That isn’t what I’m on about though. An average home user shouldn’t have to stuff his machine full of often conflicting software or spend big chunks of their day running several different scans and generally pulling their hair out and losing sleep. So long as they have a good antivirus and a good firewall which they run properly, the best tool against online nasties is just not being daft and clicking on everything, and to learn the difference between what looks dodgy and what doesn’t. That has been the cause of most of the shagged machines I’ve encountered, with the hapless user saying something like “Oooh was that e.mail attachment from a complete stranger in Russia a bad thing to click on then?”

  29. I take your point, worky. And you’re quite right, of course. As for that “Oooh was that e.mail attachment from a complete stranger in Russia a bad thing to click on then?”:

    You should also never open an email that has “STINKY CHEESE” in the subject line

  30. Darth @39: Hiddink is right. We have half the French national team and the rest all play for their country. Taylor is on the verge of the England squad and Simpson wouldn’t look out of place there either.

    What we are missing is Hiddink as manager :)

    Although, since Pardew has cut back on his long ball tactics and his tinkering we are doing better.

    I really hope he has learned his lesson and understands he is not Mourihno.

  31. Do you think Jorge Mario Bergoglio will move to Rome and sign that massive Papal contract and then miss his family and push for a move back to Argentina?

  32. GS says:
    March 13, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    “Darth @39: Hiddink is right. We have half the French national team and the rest all play for their country. Taylor is on the verge of the England squad and Simpson wouldn’t look out of place there either.”

    Perhaps it is, but it’s also just the usual pre match managerial mutual backslapping guff you get before most games.

    Steven Taylor might well get into the England squad at some stage (though probably not a starting place in the team unless it’s a a friendly), but I think most of the stuff about it ATM is mostly the kind of Geordie to Geordie wishful thinking which has happened in the past TBH, with possibly the odd local journalist stoking the flames.

    There’s the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Gary Cahill, Michael Dawson and several others in his way, several of whom have a better chance.

  33. In fact, Francis (yes, missus) might take his toys and go home like Chuck did and Colo and Tevez wanted to (ooh, er).

  34. Really Worky? Cahill’s out of form and the jury is definitely out on the others even though they play for more high profile teams. Jones and Smalling don’t even have regular spots/positions and ‘Arry wanted to sell Dawson.

    Wees Kees Louise was even writing about Taylor.

  35. GS says:
    March 13, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    “In fact, Francis (yes, missus) might take his toys and go home like Chuck did”

    That’s one thing I actually admired Chuck for GS, not doing that. It’s usually Geordies like AndyMac, UTD111 and others who carry on like big soft bairns and flounce off over not much, though in Chuck’s case it was pretty bad. He genuinely didn’t seem to realise how nasty and personal some of his own stuff was too though.

  36. Worky: It wasn’t that bad what was said to Chuck. I always thought he was asking for the rebuttal comments they way he would write.

    If you were new to this blog I am sure you would think he was trying to be controversial and looking for an internet fight.

    I hope he comes back on because he always has a different viewpoint.

  37. workyticket says:
    March 13, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I only ever took issue with chuck when he abused me personally, worky, or when he trotted out one of his deliberately provocative anti-brit posts, which I just don’t like – it’s trolling in anyone’s book. I certainly never took a shot at him for sport.

    If he decides to post here again, I’ll follow your instructions and play nice ;)

  38. GS says:
    March 13, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    “Do you think Jorge Mario Bergoglio will move to Rome and sign that massive Papal contract and then miss his family and push for a move back to Argentina?” :lol:

    He’ll have an L of a time finding another team, GS!

  39. f**k the new pope, the owld cnut!, because of him, i just had an e-mail, saying their changing the terms of my “paypal account”, owld twat!

    your know when the smoke comes out of the tower, they should just blow it up the new popes jacksy!

  40. DarthBroon says:
    March 13, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    “I only ever took issue with chuck when he abused me personally, worky, or when he trotted out one of his deliberately provocative anti-brit posts, which I just don’t like”

    Darth, I’m with Samuel Johnson on patriotism, hence I wouldn’t have been that bothered by his anti British comments in principle. What did bother me though was that the attacks he did choose to make were invariably incorrect in all aspects.

  41. joe hawkins says:
    March 13, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    “f**k the new pope, the owld cnut!, because of him, i just had an e-mail, saying their changing the terms of my “paypal account”, owld twat!”

    How does that one work Joe? Or was it the start of some kind of joke with a punchline to follow?

  42. darth, divvent give him any stick, because he’ll get his lass onto ye!, “the bride of chucky”.

  43. Darth @51: with the sex scandals over here and I think in Scotland you never knew which team the Priests were playing for.

    Actually, you did, as the abuse was 99% boys.

  44. workyticket says:
    March 13, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    “Darth, I’m with Samuel Johnson on patriotism, hence I wouldn’t have been that bothered by his anti British comments in principle.”

    I don’t consider myself that much of a patriot, worky, (hence my ‘club before country’ comments in the past) and I hope no one else considers me a scoundrel. I just don’t like the idea of being deliberately trolled – which chuck admitted he did for his own amusement when he was bored with other people on the blog.

  45. Worky has talked about Young Boys at the Wankdorf many times. I don’t know what that means, you will have to ask him.

  46. Two or three times GS. Young Boys represent the Wankdorf Quarter in Bern, Switzerland and their old home was called the Wankdorf Stadium too. They’ve built a new one now called the “Stade de Suisse,” but it’s still in Wankdorf.

  47. On the Champions League, of course, many people were gushing about Barcelona’s performance, but did anyone watch the Galatasaray game? That Fatih Terim is a very good manager who plays very entertaining, very attacking football.

  48. GS says:
    March 13, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    “Really Worky? Cahill’s out of form and the jury is definitely out on the others even though they play for more high profile teams. Jones and Smalling don’t even have regular spots/positions and ‘Arry wanted to sell Dawson.

    Wees Kees Louise was even writing about Taylor.”

    I telt ye man! Weez Keez is always wrong, I am always right ;-)

    “But Taylor was overlooked in favour of Man United defender Rio Ferdinand.

    “Michael Dawson is also recalled while Gary Cahill also got the nod.”

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/newcastle-united-defender-steven-taylor-1745973

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