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07 November 2017 10:31 Post ID: #484338
This sort of thing is long overdue and maybe another rung on the ladder of thought that change could be ahead.

https://www.nufc.co.uk/news/latest-news/united-launch-former-players...
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07 November 2017 11:02 Post ID: #484341 - in reply to #484338
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Not before time mind. Now I'm wallowing in nostalgia. Down to 3 in who's who in the photo.
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07 November 2017 11:25 Post ID: #484343 - in reply to #484341


Who cant you get Mac?

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07 November 2017 11:39 Post ID: #484344 - in reply to #484338
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Looking at the picture. The two lads to the left of McDonald and the lad between McDonald and Willie McFaul.
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07 November 2017 11:46 Post ID: #484346 - in reply to #484338
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Willie Mcfaul hasnt aged well that photo makes me feel youthful
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07 November 2017 11:55 Post ID: #484347 - in reply to #484338
I didn't even think it was McFaul, I thought it was that bloke who played for Boro. Name on the tip of my tongue. John somebody.

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07 November 2017 12:41 Post ID: #484348 - in reply to #484347
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Toon_NoMatterWot - 7/11/2017 11:55

I didn't even think it was McFaul, I thought it was that bloke who played for Boro. Name on the tip of my tongue. John somebody.


Hendrie ?
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07 November 2017 13:36 Post ID: #484349 - in reply to #484348
No. I'm sure he ended up being a co commentator on the telly or somewhere. Always spoke highly of us. Then again, the surname Mills seems to come to mind but he's not called John Mills
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07 November 2017 13:40 Post ID: #484350 - in reply to #484338
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David Mills, curly perm.
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07 November 2017 14:06 Post ID: #484351 - in reply to #484338
Aye. Remembered it was David Mills but not sure if that is him or that he's even still alive
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07 November 2017 19:29 Post ID: #484355 - in reply to #484338
Some things are starting to be released now ahead of the 125 year thing. Tonight there's a dinner on with all the players and Rafa plus one or two oldies.

Aside from launching a nigh on impossible pick the best Newcastle XI ever, they have released info on the plans for the foundation in the shadow of St James'

https://nufoundation.org.uk/teamup/
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07 November 2017 23:18 Post ID: #484359 - in reply to #484338
The dinner is still on and after an awards ceremony, they have started inducting more names into the hall of fame.

Les Ferdinand was and then Shola has. He was holding back the tears and said he is embarrassed to be associated with so many other greats who are in as he doesn't feel worthy.
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07 November 2017 23:51 Post ID: #484360 - in reply to #484338
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08 November 2017 12:54 Post ID: #484367 - in reply to #484338
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Sir Les obviously. But Shola? Really? Did no one else want to turn up?
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08 November 2017 16:40 Post ID: #484371 - in reply to #484338
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08 November 2017 21:47 Post ID: #484380 - in reply to #484338
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I hope you don't mind a little plug for another site, just in the subject of Shola:
http://www.toontoon.co.uk/shola-hof.php
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08 November 2017 22:45 Post ID: #484381 - in reply to #484380
Rexn - 8/11/2017 21:47

I hope you don't mind a little plug for another site, just in the subject of Shola:
http://www.toontoon.co.uk/shola-hof.php


Just good to see you writing again.
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09 November 2017 13:42 Post ID: #484401 - in reply to #484338
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Aye, a good read Rexn. But in truth, he never liked getting a sweat on. I take all of your statistical evidence because they're undebatable. He may become a great coach - I hope he does. And I believe he's a truly decent man. But he's in the hall of fame for longevity.
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09 November 2017 14:21 Post ID: #484402 - in reply to #484338
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Never rated him. Could never understand why so many managers kept him in the squad let alone the first team.
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09 November 2017 16:21 Post ID: #484403 - in reply to #484401
Harry's Boy - 9/11/2017 13:42

Aye, a good read Rexn. But in truth, he never liked getting a sweat on. I take all of your statistical evidence because they're undebatable. He may become a great coach - I hope he does. And I believe he's a truly decent man. But he's in the hall of fame for longevity.


I agree he had a career here far longer than he should have done, which in turn has allowed the honour to come around, but on reflection before his hip issues became an issue, he was better than he's been given credit for. I include myself in that.

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09 November 2017 17:40 Post ID: #484404 - in reply to #484338
Shola was a symptom of the malaise that affects the club to this day . He was a promising youngster who never developed beyond that promise . Think the likes of Macheda who was at Manchester United, he never developed so was loaned out repeatedly then let go. The high watermark of Ameobi's career was the Champion's League campaign of 02/03. That was as good as he got. Everything after that was a decline. Some of that wasn't Bambi's fault. Under Roeder he first became dogged by a hip injury , successive managers in Allardyce and Keegan tried to shift him on but his ability to pass a medical was up there with his ability to pass a football and he stayed to find his level somewhat in The Championship.

He stayed because we couldn't sell him, he was cut a lot of slack because he's a nice lad and a local that came through the development system. It also helped that the club was a mess and the squad was by and large shite for the majority of his Newcastle career. A striker who never scored double figures in the Premier League in any season of his career means he's certainly not worthy of much of a mention let alone a hall of fame award .
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09 November 2017 17:51 Post ID: #484405 - in reply to #484338
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He kept players, natural goalscorers like Kluivert out of the first eleven.

Souness. FFS.
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09 November 2017 17:59 Post ID: #484406 - in reply to #484338
The worst thing about it all is that the singing about him was only started off as a joke. The changed words to the hokey kokey song is the biggest clue to those who didn't know of the real thoughts of his final ability level.

It's this joking that has seen him reach cult status with some as if they believe some sort of legend was here.

As I said, his younger years saw him reach a level which was unsung but instead of stagnating, the injury and training issues turned him into a one moment a season man.
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09 November 2017 18:45 Post ID: #484410 - in reply to #484338
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I used to look at the teamsheet in disbelief:

Playing: Ameobi
Sub: Kluivert

Pooness. Destroyed Liverpool, in a single season by shifting out good quality players, and bringing in players like Dicks - blatant thugs, ala himself in his heyday.

If he'd have stopped there, fine - but the cunt had to come to Newcastle; Play Ameobi instead of Kluivert, and bring that cunt Owen to the club as well.
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10 November 2017 14:37 Post ID: #484424 - in reply to #484338
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Cheers for the comment Toony.

Good to see the Shola debate continuing. He must be one of our most talked about players over the years. For me, it is part of the essence of football that people like Shola and Graham Taylor give more ordinary folk the chance to dream.

On a different debate, which was the better goal, Supermac or Shearer. Supermac's can be seen here after 1.40:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyckt3H6I6Y
(You may not want to watch the 1st goal but a couple of pieces of magic from the underrated Tommy Cassidy)

Shearer's is here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgNObY2nqTY

For me, Supermac has the edge, starting with his back to goal and on his wrong foot.
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10 November 2017 17:18 Post ID: #484430 - in reply to #484424
Rexn - 10/11/2017 14:37

Cheers for the comment Toony.

Good to see the Shola debate continuing. He must be one of our most talked about players over the years. For me, it is part of the essence of football that people like Shola and Graham Taylor give more ordinary folk the chance to dream.

On a different debate, which was the better goal, Supermac or Shearer. Supermac's can be seen here after 1.40:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyckt3H6I6Y
(You may not want to watch the 1st goal but a couple of pieces of magic from the underrated Tommy Cassidy)

Shearer's is here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgNObY2nqTY

For me, Supermac has the edge, starting with his back to goal and on his wrong foot.


Supermac's . Shearer had more time and as you mentioned it's on his right .
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10 November 2017 17:47 Post ID: #484431 - in reply to #484338
Shearer's is better by an absolute mile for me. I agree, Supermac's was hard enough and worthy of any compilation video but recreating either of these goals by Joe Public on the local pitches would see Shearer's be replicated less.

I reckon most of us have scored a goal like Supermac's, whether that be in the school yard or at the garages but you'll be hard pressed for anyone to have hit a shot like Shearer's and that's before you talk about it actually going in.

It's easier to judge the goals with no sound on because if the Barry Davies commentary was switched round then I reckon Shearer's would be even better.

Whilst we're on it, Shearer's at home to Chelsea was a bit McDonald-esque.....

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