Toon Talk Articles- Barry Hindmarch

The Ups And Downs Of Having Your Very Own Billionaire!

The first I heard of the arrival of Mike Ashley was when my friend Smog Monster texted me to say, “You have been taken over by a billionaire.”  That was all.  At first I thought it was a joke of some sort, especially as it came from a Middlesbrough fan, but a quick check soon showed it to be true. It seemed that the long suffering Newcastle fans finally had their wish ....


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They Were Shite In Red And White – Those Who Crossed To The Dark Side!

Usually in this column, we take the time to destroy the reputations of some of those men who have been fortunate enough to pull on the black and white shirt, but then seemed to under-perform while wearing it.  In the wake of the recent derby, where our old enemies had two former mags in their ranks, we thought it would be an idea to bring up a few players who have left God’s own team ....


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Hindsight

  “To fulfil your vision, you must have hindsight, insight and foresight.” ― Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha I’m glad Hindsight is included in there somewhere. _______________________________________________________________________ Michael Schumacher, the arrogant German superstar of Formula 1, has recently shown himself to very knowledgeable about football.  As well ....


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Under-rated Classics #6 Heart – Bad Animals

In May 1987 “Alone “ by Heart rocketed up to number 3 in the UK charts, and established the band in Britain, where their previous success had been somewhat underwhelming.  It was the first single from their 10th album (9th studio album), and finally got them a foothold on this side of the water. Despite gaining early success in Canada, the band are in fact American, but formed ....


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The Bazza Blog #55

The saying, ‘a game of two halves’ is often used in football, but here at Newcastle we seem to be having a season of two halves.  Before Christmas, the side seemed to be struggling to cope – with expectation following last season’s 5th place finish; with a regular schedule of two games per week due to Europa League fixtures; and with injuries sustained to many of the ....


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Is Appy Arry Anti Newcastle?

Harry Redknapp is the darling of the southern football press and supporters.  He’s the cheeky chappie of English football, a wheeler and dealer and all round good sport.  He speaks the truth as he sees it, is straight down the line and one of the people, never forgetting his roots as one of the working class football fans.  Or so he would have us believe. Portsmouth fans who ....


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Is ‘appy ‘arry A Bit Anti-newcastle?

    Harry Redknapp is the darling of the southern football press and supporters.  He’s the cheeky chappie of English football, a wheeler and dealer and all round good sport.  He speaks the truth as he sees it, is straight down the line and one of the people, never forgetting his roots as one of the working class football fans.  Or so he would have us ....


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Dawn Thewlis – First Lady Of North East Sport

For two decades now, Dawn Thewlis has been the Queen of North East Sports and news, presenting the local evening sports news on both BBC and ITV. After 20 years at Tyne Tees, she has now transferred to BBC, and looks to be a good signing! Toon Talk managed to persuade her to take a few minutes out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions. Hi Dawn, were you always interested in sport as a ....


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The Bazza Blog #54

In the summer  when the fixtures come out, after checking the dates of the derby, then the big teams like Man Utd and Arsenal,  the next things most fans do is run the rule over when the hard runs of fixtures are and when the easier spells are.  Unfortunately, a run of games that include West Ham, Swansea and Wigan at home, with Stoke and Southampton away chucked in, looked on ....


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The Bazza Blog #53 Nowhere To Run, Nowhere To Hide

It’s coming. You can’t avoid it. You can’t resist it. You hate it, and yet you love it! It’s the derby. The first of the season, and for the second year running it’s at SOS first.  Last year it was Ryan Taylor Over The Wall, and our season was up and running.  They hated that over at the dark side, but I think they hated it even more when The Mackem ....


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Hindsight 10

“I didn’t make the most of my time at Sunderland, but Hindsight is a wonderful thing”. Former mackem,  Michael Reddy states two obvious facts in Seventy3  issue 8   ____________________________________________________________________   After qualifying for Europe for the first time in a few years, it was nice to see Newcastle bring out a new strip the ....


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They Were Shite In Black And White – The Loanees

  Loan signings tend to be done as a quick fix, to cover for injuries or to provide a little extra to the team when a permanent deal isn’t possible.  Like all clubs, the loan system is something Newcastle have used many times in the past, to varying degrees of success.  Here are some of the players at the shite end of the slippery slope of loans..... Stephen Ireland On the ....


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The Bazza Blog #52 Striking Parners

The Bazza Blog #52 Striking Parners What has happened to Cisse?  As a centre forward in a previous incarnation, I know how sometimes the ball runs for you and sometimes it doesn’t, but Cisse’s transformation over the summer has been incredible. Following his signing in January, every time Cisse seemed to hit the ball it would fly into the net, and yet now (apart from his ....


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The Bazza Blog #51

The Bazza Blog #51 STICKY TOFFEE THUDDING The result against Everton was most welcome, especially after a first half in which we were outclassed in every area of the pitch.  Baines and Fellaini terrorised us, and my prediction of a 3-1 defeat was looking very optimistic at half time. However, Pardew is showing again that he can adapt tactics, line up and formations to good effect, and the ....


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The Bazza Blog #50 My 50th blog for Toon Talk comes before a potentially sticky task, Everton away on a Monday night.  The Mags are not hitting top speed yet this season, and with Krul, Tiote, Simpson and Curly-cini all doubtful or out, a repeat of our win there a couple of season ago is doubtful, although you never know. Everton are always a tough team to play, and also a tough team to ....


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The Bazza Blog #49 Spurs

As predicted, my predictions for the Spurs match were wrong.  To be fair, I wasn’t that far off with my 1-1 guess, and for four minutes it looked like I would be right. Spurs are a good side, and so three points are not to be sniffed at, even if the woodwork came to our rescue early on.  Newcastle, though, are a tough side to beat as we showed last season (usually), and even ....


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The Bazza Blog #49 Spurs

  As predicted, my predictions for the Spurs match were wrong.  To be fair, I wasn’t that far off with my 1-1 guess, and for four minutes it looked like I would be right. Spurs are a good side, and so three points are not to be sniffed at, even if the woodwork came to our rescue early on.  Newcastle, though, are a tough side to beat as we showed last season (usually), and ....


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The Bazza Blog #48 New Season – New Hopes

  After the surprising and exciting season just gone, the hopes of the Geordie Nation as we enter the new season have changed dramatically over the last 12 months.  A year ago, we were expecting mid-table mediocrity at best, and a long hard relegation battle at worst.  In the end, to finish above Champions League Winners Chelski, and Jose Enriquepool  while qualifying for the ....


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You Big Cissé!

    On 17th January 2012, completely out of the blue, Newcastle United were reported to be in talks with Senegalese striker, Pappis Dembe Cissé.  As all previous muttering from St James’ Park had said that we were not even looking for a striker, this was a great bit of news.  Previously in the transfer window we had taken Jason Prior of Bognor Regis on trial, ....


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You Big Cissé!

  On 17th January 2012, completely out of the blue, Newcastle United were reported to be in talks with Senegalese striker, Pappis Dembe Cissé.  As all previous muttering from St James’ Park had said that we were not even looking for a striker, this was a great bit of news.  Previously in the transfer window we had taken Jason Prior of Bognor Regis on trial, and that ....


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The Bazza Blog # 47

  BLIMEY! In my last blog I wrote about the upcoming West Brom and Liverpool games... “That would set up what will constitute our first “six pointer” of the season.  A win this weekend to keep the gap at five points would then mean a win against Liverpool could see us eight points (or even eleven if Wigan pull off a shock) above them” How prophetic! While I ....


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Hindsight 8

Chris Sutton said “Hindsight is a wonderful thing”, on Soccer AM on 22 October 2011.  I said “Cheers Chris, your SAS partnership with Alan Shearer was pretty good too!”     It was sad to see that Agent Bruce’s cover at Sunlun was compromised and he was sadly removed.  His big mistake was of course, to accidently finish in the top half of ....


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The Bazza Blog # 46

It’s been a while since I blogged, and since the s*****land game, while we haven’t exactly set the world alight, a point against Wolves and the hard-fought win against Norwich have kept us ticking along.  More importantly, Liverpool and Chelsea, who are now the teams we are fighting with for the 5th, 6th and 7th spots, seem to be in no hurry to take advantage of our slip ....


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The Bazza Blog # 45 Nufc V Safc – The Facts

As we start preparing for the Newcastle-Sunderland derby in a couple of weeks, once again the mackems are jumping up and down, rattling their sabres while trying not to vomit on Fawcett Street. Once again, they are going to destroy us, they are the best side, they are the bigger club, they always have us in their shadow, blah blah blah. Since Martin O’Leprechaun took over, it’s been ....


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The Bazza Blog #45 Ashley Is A Genius!

Bet that got your attention! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that in a good way, though it is hard to make it sound anything but.  The reason I say that is because yesterday, Mike Ashley symbolically took away the last remaining official sign that Newcastle’s ground was (officially) called St James’ Park. What did this achieve?  Very simple.  Media ....


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