Archive for the ‘NUFC’s coverage in the media’ Category

The truth of the Patrick Vieira and Steve McClaren to Newcastle stories

Posted June 5th, 2015 by workyticket | 23 Comments

I couldn’t help feeling there was something odd about the story of Patrick Vieira coming to Newcastle, as there is about most unsubstantiated football stories. Some fans seemed to believe it though, even embroidering it further to their own tastes as it gathered a momentum of its own in a few short days. My curiosity […]

Bashing the Bishop: Newcastle United, Derek Llambias and the Z-list PR guru

Posted October 22nd, 2014 by workyticket | 120 Comments

Most Newcastle United fans are now familiar with the sight of Newcastle United’s PR consultant, Keith Bishop, who seems to have become a permanent figure at the right hand side of Mike Ashley. But who is he? And how did Keith Bishop PR get the job despite being a small celebrity PR company that would […]

Have ‘Time4Change’ lost their chance to seize the day?

Posted November 17th, 2013 by workyticket | 74 Comments

My latest piece on was published earlier today. Entitled ‘Have two Newcastle United victories cost ‘Time4Change’ their momentum?,’ as you might have guessed from the title, it takes a look at the Newcastle United ‘Time4Change’ movement. In the piece I ask if they are now in danger of losing their momentum after their first […]

Did the Kinnear scouting Shane Ferguson story start with a Sunderland fan?

Posted November 4th, 2013 by workyticket | 47 Comments

My latest story on is now up! Entitled “Is Kinnear scouting Ferguson a Sunderland spoof?” or alternatively “Did the Joe Kinnear scouting Shane Ferguson story come from a mischievous Sunderland fan?” (they seem to think that two titles are better than one over there), it originally had the same title as this piece but […]

Newcastle United vs Chelsea match banter!

Posted November 2nd, 2013 by workyticket | 46 Comments

Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle. Date: Sat 2nd Nov, 2013. Kick off: 12.45pm. Referee: Lee Mason. UK TV: BT Sport. Of course, the Chelsea Pensioners will be huge favourites for this one, just as the Manchester Citizens were in Wednesday evening’s League Cup clash. However the Magpies weren’t too shabby at all in that one […]

If 1000 fans can scare Ashley, what could 50,000 do?

Posted October 29th, 2013 by workyticket | 29 Comments

Dear reader, if you haven’t seen it yet, my latest piece on Mike Ashley’s childish and pathetic attempt at censorship was published yesterday on and you can read it by following the link below: Why Newcastle United’s media ban is a bigger issue than the Sunderland defeat. Just for the record though, the titles […]

Cabaye challenges Kinnear to come clean on Cabayegate (the full exchange translated)

Posted October 8th, 2013 by workyticket | 79 Comments

As I wrote at the time, with Newcastle United, the club of smoke, mirrors and downright lies under current owner, Mike Ashley, there are things we still do not know about the Yohan Cabaye kerfuffle at the start of the season. In an interview as part of the France squad at the side’s Clairefontaine HQ, […]

Who told BBC’s James Pearce about Cabaye listening to negotiations and why?

Posted September 2nd, 2013 by workyticket | 112 Comments

Tweeting on his Twitter page earlier today, the BBC’s James Pearce claimed the following: I’m told Mike Ashley let Cabaye listen to phone negotiations last week + he heard Arsenal say: “25 million a lot for a reserve” #moodchanger” Of course, it was rapidly retweeted all over the Tooniverse, with the story being repeated on […]

The lending game: Newcastle United and Wonga

Posted August 14th, 2013 by workyticket | 34 Comments

A radio programme which is well worth listening to if you’re a Newcastle United fan is BBC Radio Four’s “the Lending Game,” a 40 minute look at Wonga’s controversial sponsorship of Newcastle United. This is what the online blurb for the programme says: “As Wonga moves into the mainstream with its sponsorship of Newcastle United, […]

Papiss in our time?

Posted July 31st, 2013 by workyticket | 19 Comments

It seems there’s a grand conspiracy to make me look like a complete arse at the moment. Just before I finally had my most recent blog, “We’re still in the dark about Cisse and Wongagate” published on, Cisse came out and spoke for the first time on his war on Wonga, saying: “It has […]