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Wonga – Giveaway Uproar

Wonga – Derby Ticket Giveaway

Earlier in the week Wonga released the details on how to enter their competition which sees 10 pairs of tickets for the Sunderland away game up for grabs.

Fans simply have to take a selfie infront of some cardboard cut outs of NUFC players outside of the ground before the Arsenal game at SJP on Saturday.

This has caused a fair bit of anger amongst Newcastle fans who go to away games acquiring loyalty points to attend this sort of high demand fixture but what people are completely forgetting is that as official sponsor to the club Wonga get a handful of tickets for every single game, what they do with them is entirely up to those in charge of the company.

Wonga have rightfully decided to give NUFC fans a chance of winning the twenty tickets mentioned which are like gold dust in the footballing world. They could have kept quiet and gave them out to their own staff, business men and woman in London that have no affiliation or passion for the club who would most likely not even attend the game, letting the tickets go to waste.

It’s less than 2% of the allocated seats that are available to Newcastle fans with the appropriate amount of loyalty points.

In my eyes having hundreds of loyalty points doesn’t make you anymore of a fan than someone sitting on zero points, someone that could have owned a season ticket for the last 20 + years but never attending an away game to have gained any points.

The loyalty point system is massively flawed and always will be.

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Everton – Preview

Newcastle are set to return to action after a disappointing loss to Manchester United a fortnight ago.

The Magpies travel to Goodison Park tomorrow to face Everton, a side that have dropped off significantly after last year’s 5th place finish, similar to ourselves not long ago.

Everton are coming off the back of another impressive Europa league performance, beating Dynamo Kiev 2-1 on Thursday. However they remain without key man Leighton Baines through injury, with Aiden McGeady and Bryan Oviedo also missing out. Gareth Barry is suspended and young centre half John Stones faces a late fitness test. Everton sit 14th in the league trying to claw their way out of a relegation fight.

Newcastle top the injury league table yet again with Mehdi Abeid and Massadio Haidara picking up injuries recently. Newcastle are also still without Rolando Aarons, Paul Dummett, Steven Taylor and Cheick Tiote, with De Jong ruled out for the season. Papiss Cisse also begins his 7 match ban after his spitting match with Johnny Evans.

Remy Cabella is set to return to the squad, with Jack Colback returning from suspension. Hopefully both will continue the good form they showed prior to their absence.
Everton have won just 3 of their 13 home games this season, drawing their last 4 in the Premier league. Newcastle have been equally poor away from home this season, winning just 1 of the last 8 games on road.

It looks like we are set for a tight affair tomorrow, hopefully Everton’s Europa League excursions coupled with our 2 week break will give us the edge.

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Cabella – Return To The Squad

Remy Cabella returned to training on Tuesday this week after a month on the sidelines with a knee injury.

The French playmaker  has missed the last three games in the Premier League leaving Newcastle short of options in midfield.

John Carver has the tough decision of deciding whether Cabella merits a place in the starting XI or just a place on the bench when NUFC take on Everton on Sunday afternoon.

 

Cabella’s injury came at a tough time for the 25 year old as he had only just reached his best form yet wearing the famous black and white striped shirt after a tough start in the Premier League under ex manager Alan Pardew.

 

Lets hope Cabella picks up from where he left off.

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Jonas – Back In Action

A fortnight ago Jonas Gutierrez made a long awaited and emotional return to St James’ Park after a lengthy battle with testicular cancer, but his future remains uncertain.

 
Gutierrez, 31, had an operation to have his testicle removed in September, and hadn’t appeared for Newcastle since a win at Cardiff in October 2013. After fearing the worst at the start of the season, the Newcastle fans got a chance to welcome back the Argentine, appearing on the bench against Aston Villa and coming on in the second half against Manchester United.

 
The Aston Villa match will have been many fans first opportunity to see Jonas since his absence. On 18 minutes he came out running down the touchline to receive a roaring welcome, but remained on the bench for the entire 90 minutes. I don’t think I was alone in thinking that would be the only send off for Jonas, with John Carver questioning whether Jonas was actually up to required first team fitness.
However in the 65th minute against Manchester United Jonas made his return to the St James’ turf, replacing Ryan Taylor. His ovation was probably the loudest cheer we have had all year. In a season full of apathy it was great to see fans rally behind something with a bit of passion, and gave us a glimpse into what a St James’ atmosphere could be like if the club had the same drive that Jonas has shown in recent months.
As for his performance on the pitch; I feel I’d forgotten he was actually a very decent footballer. His crunching tackle within minutes of his arrival (which drew him a yellow card) showed more determination to get stuck in than the majority of the squad had all season. And as the game went on we saw some nice touches and dribbles, as well as the trademark soft foul he always manages to draw. Unfortunately that comical mistake in the dying minutes against Manchester United put a bit of a downer on what was a memorable return.

 
The question now has to be asked: What is next for Jonas? I would like to think that his appearance on Saturday was more than a mere cameo, but with Jonas’ contract expiring this year we may not see much more of him in a black and white shirt, or in the Premier League at all. I would personally love to see him given another year; an experienced squad player giving 100% is perfect for any team, especially when Gutierrez has consistently shown his commitment to Newcastle and the fans.
However it is probably realistic to assume any remaining appearances for Jonas this season are his last, and hopefully we can give him the send off he deserves in the coming weeks.

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Cissé – Suspension Imminent

Newcastle’s top goal scorer could be facing a 7 game suspension if found guilty of spitting at Manchester United’s Jonny Evans.

An off the ball incident saw Jonny Evans have a sly kick at the Senegalese striker, which was quickly followed by him also spitting in the direction of Papiss Cissé who was climbing to his feet.
The Newcastle frontman saw red and retaliated by also spitting in the direction of Evans.

 
Last season the FA enforced a six-match ban rather than the previous three-match suspension for spitting in the direction of an opponent, which clearly both players did.

If found guilty Cissé will have an additional match added to his ban due to his previous suspension earlier in the season where he was found guilty of violent conduct after he threw an elbow at Seamus Coleman when NUFC played Everton back in December. He picked up a three-match ban but spent the majority of that away from the Premier League playing in the African Cup of Nations.

The proposed suspension would see Cissé miss the following games Everton (A), Arsenal (H), Sunderland (A), Liverpool (A), Tottenham (H), Swansea (H), Leicester (A).

That will see Cissé pick up a total of a 10 game suspension in one season which is an absolute embarrassment for the Striker.