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This ridiculous Cisse farce has been going on for too long now

Posted November 26th, 2013 by workyticket | 114 Comments

In case you missed it, Papiss Cisse had yet another perfectly good goal ruled out as offside against Norwich on Saturday, yet another linesman seemingly judging Cisse on his reputation, rather than what he could actually see. Luckily for Newcastle United, they still won 2-1 and got the three points so all was well that […]

Newcastle United with and without Williamson

Posted November 12th, 2013 by workyticket | 184 Comments

Despite the heroics of Tim Krul on Saturday, as well as those of other more ‘glamorous’ Newcastle United players such as Loic Remy, Yohan Cabaye etc throughout the season, if we look at the results both before and after he came into the team, it could be argued that Newcastle United’s most important player this […]

Krul’s record-breaking performance against Tottenham [video]

Posted November 11th, 2013 by workyticket | 7 Comments

My latest piece on was published earlier today. Called ‘Tim Krul – the best performance by any goalkeeper this season?,’ it is my usual look back over the week-end’s game on my other Newcastle United blog. As the title suggests, it is mostly about Tim Krul’s performance in goal on Sunday, which pretty much […]

Will Pardew find the right way to rescue Cisse?

Posted October 24th, 2013 by workyticket | 77 Comments

My latest blog on is now published. In my last piece on there I looked at Yohan Cabaye and Mike Williamson, and specifically, their perfomance against Liverpool in our last game. In this one however, I take a look at a player who was relegated to the bench in that game, Papiss Cisse. In […]

Newcastle United vs Liverpool: The two key Toon performances

Posted October 21st, 2013 by workyticket | 29 Comments

My latest blog on was published yesterday. Usually I would just write a few words about it and post a link. However, I am getting so sick of them being hacked to pieces by trainee Metro sub-eds that I have now decided to publish the original version on here, complete with the original title. […]

Cisse gets a real winger to break his scoring duck at last

Posted September 26th, 2013 by workyticket | 71 Comments

My latest blog at is now up! Now entitled “Left-field selection Sammy Ameobi helps Papiss Cisse break his Newcastle scoring duck,” it orignally had the same title as this piece until a sub-editor got his or her hands on it. Thankfully though, they seem to have left the story intact this time, apart from […]

Ben Arfa vs Aston Villa and Fulham kick by kick (HD video).

Posted September 15th, 2013 by workyticket | 17 Comments

Benny crucifying the Villans on 14th September 2013. Two nine minute videos courtesy of “BenArfa10x.”. The one above shows every kick of Hatem Ben Arfa’s excellent performances against Aston Villa last Saturday. The second (below) highlights his similarly excellent performance aginst Fulham two weeks before.

And the NUFC Blog player of the season is…

Posted July 9th, 2013 by workyticket | 95 Comments

Well, 1732 of you voted at the time of writing, and for the second time in a row NUFC Blog’s player of the season is (drumroll): Fabricio Coloccini! He beat off Tim Krul into second for the second time in a row too, with Davide Santon replacing Yohan Cabaye on the bottom siep of the […]

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 […]

Probing Graham Carr’s scouting targets – Christopher Jullien (AJ Auxerre)

Posted June 13th, 2013 by workyticket | 40 Comments

Well, I hadn’t seen a great deal of the previous subject of my little mini series of players being followed by Graham Carr, EA Guingamp’s Gilbert Imbula Wanga, but I have seen even less of this tall (6’5″) Centre Back from another Ligue 2 side, AJ Auxerre. I have only seen the compilation below and […]