Archive for the ‘Former players’ Category

Are we in danger of shooting ourselves in the foot over Kinnear?

Posted July 23rd, 2013 by workyticket | 22 Comments

Whilst searching for inspiration yesterday, this piece by Jackie Smithfield in Newcastle United blog The Mag caught my eye. Entitled ‘Newcastle fans help Mick Harford to decide Millwall is better bet’, it bragged of fan power scaring away Harford from his former club before he’d even started, claiming: ‘With an overwhelmingly negative reaction, no doubt […]

Who have been Newcastle United’s most lethal Premiership strikers? Here’s the answer…

Posted June 27th, 2013 by workyticket | 51 Comments

Below is a table comparing the main statistics of all of Newcastle United’s main strikers who have played in the Hughton / Pardew years. There are six, Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands, Andy Carroll, Leon Best, Demba Ba and most recently of course, Papiss Cisse. Please note that this is for Premier League games only. Championship […]

Mike Williamson the star of Newcastle United’s “team of the season”

Posted June 1st, 2013 by workyticket | 130 Comments

Below you can see two Newcastle United “teams of the season,” which I have assembled based on player statistics from whoscored.com, OPTA and transfermarkt.co.uk. The first (and most important) is based on performances in the Premier League, with the second based on performances in the Europa League. The figures below the player’s names are their […]

No sell on bonus for Toon if Carroll completes West Ham move

Posted May 22nd, 2013 by workyticket | 92 Comments

I thought that this one was done a long time ago. However, rumours have (re)surfaced that despite receiving an absurd fee of £35 million for Andy Carroll when he was sold to Liverpool in January 2011, Newcastle United would still be due to receive 25% of the agreed £15 million fee if he completes a […]

Pardew defends “inexperienced” and “overmotivated” players

Posted May 4th, 2013 by workyticket | 12 Comments

In his latest defence of his French players, this time against alleged criticism in the media, Alan Pardew’s continued with his latest “inexperience” offensive, which seems to have replaced injuries and Europa League fixtures as his main explaination for Newcastle United’s poor form, which now has the club in a relegation dogfight. Seemingly relishing the […]

S.L. Benfica – A complete guide for Geordies (part two)

Posted April 2nd, 2013 by workyticket | 45 Comments

With the Newcastle United being drawn against footballing aristocrats Benfica for their Europa League quarter final on Thursday, here is part two of my guide to Benfica. In part one, I took a look at some aspects of Benfica’s history, including it’s links to Newcastle United and the North East in general. In this one, […]

S.L. Benfica – A complete guide for Geordies (part one)

Posted March 29th, 2013 by workyticket | 7 Comments

As Newcastle United’s next Europa League opponents are the Portuguese footballing aristocrats of Benfica, I have been inspired to write a two part guide to the club. In this first part, I will taking a brief look at the history of the club, as well as taking a look at the links between Benfica, Newcastle […]

The Michael Owen non-contract offer kerfuffle – The facts and the figures

Posted March 25th, 2013 by workyticket | 18 Comments

“Newcastle fans, following my Football Focus interview, plenty of you tweeting me saying you don’t blame me for getting injured but for leaving when we got relegated.” “Despite the club saying they did, they didn’t ever offer me a new contract despite them putting it in the press that they did. How could they when […]

Guest Blog: Has Alan Pardew Finally Seen the Light?

Posted February 8th, 2013 by ToonBano | 48 Comments

Many thanks to “ToonBano” from the Toon blog www.toonbano.com for his sixth guest blog here – wt. As I get over the shock of actually winning a game from behind for the first time in over two years and trying to get my head around winning back to back victories for the first time this […]

Why Shearer is right, and wrong about Ashley’s lack of investment

Posted December 18th, 2012 by workyticket | 42 Comments

Writing in his column for the Sun, Alan Shearer has laid the blame squarely at the door of Mike Ashley for the Newcastle United’s current lack of form. “Newcastle missed a huge opportunity in the summer” he began, continuing: “Having punched above their weight last season and almost made it into the top four [sic], […]