Toon Talk Articles- Simon Gallagher

Armchair Tactician

Looking Ahead...   It might sound like an empty cliché, but 2012/13 will be a massive season for Newcastle United. Thanks to a stellar first full season in charge at United, Alan Pardew now faces the monumental challenge of juggling the same duties and restrictions from last year as well as the consequent new heightened expectations.   In terms of the first team, there are ....


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Toon Talk At The Bar Revolution

The bar that kicked off the horribly named Diamond Strip a good few years ago is still pulling the punters in, with the queues on a weekend night evidence of the vodka bar’s popularity. There was a time, many years ago now, when you’d go to a bar and drink nothing more varied than a pint, or a glass of wine for the missus, followed by the few shorts that would sufficiently lubricate ....


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Gary Speed A Football Fans Tribute

Today’s news that former Newcastle United and Leeds United midfielder and Wales manager Gary Speed was found dead left what I believe will be a lasting emotional scar on the footballing world, as well as having a profound personal effect. Speed was part of the team under Sir Bobby Robson who threatened to bring the good times of Kevin Keegan’s Entertainers back to St James Park, and ....


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Armchair Tactician Old Fashioned Wing Play

  Tune into any television or radio commentary of Man Utd and you'll hear the commentators waxing lyrical about how Ryan Giggs is a proper “old fashioned winger”, getting to the byline and whipping the ball across. They'll usually go on to say how you just don't see his kind very often any more, or that he is a “dying breed,” and that much is true, which is why ....


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  As late as 1964 the idea of a manager being able to bring two or three players on in the last twenty minutes of a match to chase a victory would have met with amused bewilderment, since the substitution wasn't introduced in English League Football until the 1965/66 season, and only then to cover injury. The accolade of being the League's first substitute went to Charlton's Keith Peacock ....


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Toon Talk At The Bar... The Dog And Parrot

If you're a nipper, you might not believe it these days, but not that long ago Newcastle as a city has a proud musical tradition. Venues like The Mayfair attracted the musical cream, and people still talk about legendary gigs they attended back in the day that would embarrass the new culture of supergroups playing soulless caverns like the Arena. Sadly, nowadays there isn't an iconic venue for ....


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