Archive for the ‘Thoughts and reflections’ Category

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 [...]

What was Newcastle United’s £498,000 payment to Sports Direct for?

Posted November 21st, 2013 by workyticket | 47 Comments

Firstly, I should declare that this piece was originally inspired by another, one of several on Newcastle United’s finances by a brace of accountants who also happen to be Toon fans in the latest issue of fanzine, ‘True Faith.’ It’s a very good read. Of course, it has been known for quite some time that [...]

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

Posted November 17th, 2013 by workyticket | 74 Comments

My latest piece on metro.co.uk 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 [...]

Sports Direct get free advertising, but what about Dunlop, Firetrap, Cruise etc?

Posted November 6th, 2013 by workyticket | 61 Comments

My latest story on metro.co.uk is now up! As is usual with the Metro, it now has a veritable cornucopia of titles chosen my their crack team of headline writers, sub-eds or whatever. However, my original title for it was the same as this piece, ie “Sports Direct get free advertising, but what about Dunlop, [...]

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 metro.co.uk 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 [...]

Sunderland vs Newcastle United mega match preview

Posted October 26th, 2013 by workyticket | 17 Comments

Venue: Stadium of Blight, Blunderland. Date: Sun 27th Oct, 2013. Kick off: 1.30pm. Referee: Lee Probert. UK TV: Sky Sports. “They’re an odd lot let me tell you; ideas above their station yet supporting a team who are nothing more than a hindrance even when at their best under Peter Reid.” Wrote Sir Alex Grumpyface [...]

Will Pardew find the right way to rescue Cisse?

Posted October 24th, 2013 by workyticket | 77 Comments

My latest blog on metro.co.uk 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 metro.co.uk 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. [...]

Who is right? Patronising Pardew or revolting, self destructive fans?

Posted October 18th, 2013 by workyticket | 13 Comments

As many of you will be aware, a motley collection of fan groups angered by Mike Ashley’s mismanagement, repeated dishonesty, a perceived lack of ambition and Newcastle United’s general underperformance on the pitch will be on the march before Saturday’s early kick-off against Liverpool. On the other side, Alan Pardew in his recent interview with [...]

Dressing room rift or merely a population shift?

Posted October 11th, 2013 by Hugh de Payen | 99 Comments

What is it with Newcastle? First there is the Cabaye debacle and then there are constant mutterings about a rift in the dressing room. One of the French contingent, Mathieu Debuchy denied any rift of course, saying: “It’s true that in the dressing room we talk a lot in French. We have a big group [...]

 
 

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