NUFC awards 🏆 Unsung hero, player of the season, most improved, Bruce’s mark out of 10 & more

So, that’s it – the latest Premier League season is over for another year.

Most of it was spent on the edge of another avoidable relegation battle and fearing the worst in parts, but a surprise run of form over the run-in saw us finish 12th following our final-day win at Fulham last Sunday.

Here, our writers – myself, Charlie Bennett, Jake Jackman, Jeff King, Jamie Elliot and Jonny Dawson – give our awards for the 2020/21 season, covering everything from player of the year, to unsung hero, most improved, top team performance and best goal – as well as a mark out of 10 for Steve Bruce.

Without further ado, here’s our picks in full…

Olly Hawkins

1. Player of the season – Callum Wilson

Involved in 17 goals in 23 starts in his debut season (12 goals / 5 assists), which is outstanding in a struggling NUFC side, but he’s offered so much more than just that. He’s been a constant handful, has showed razor sharp movement, brings others into play and has that ice-cool confidence you need from your talisman. What a signing at £20m. He’s exactly what we needed and without him we’d be in big trouble.

2. Unsung hero – Karl Darlow

An alternative choice here as he’s not been on the scene for several months now, but what he did over the first half of 2020/21 was vital. I feared for us when Dubravka was ruled out, but he stepped up admirably, making some stunning saves, improving his all round game and keeping us in several matches we ended up picking up results in. Oh, and those 11 saves at Spurs were something else – the highest in a single PL game since 2013!

3. Most improved – Jacob Murphy

He’s gone from a rabbit in the headlights who’d found his level in the Championship to a first-team regular who looks a completely new man. Making the right wing-back slot his own, looking far more confident on the ball and scored a few crucial goals at Wolves and Burnley. Chuffed to bits for him.

4. Best individual performance – Miguel Almiron (Newcastle 3-2 Southampton)

Almost went for Wilson for his all round masterclass in that 2-0 win at Everton, but Almiron just edged him for his stunning display in that heroic 3-2 win over Southampton – a game we ended up winning with just 9 men! Not only did he take his two goals well – tearing the Saints apart with his pace on the break – his pressing forced errors, his link up play was outstanding and his work rate at both ends absolutely incredible. I remember giving him a fully deserved 10/10 in my player ratings that day, with him shining as a No.10 in that 4312 formation Jones introduced. A stunning display in every sense.

5. Best team performance – Leicester 2-4 Newcastle

Not just the win to make sure of Premier League survival but an emphatic one over a side who were 3rd in the table at the time and in good form. We found the perfect balance between attack and defence, cut through a top side like a knife through butter and took some of our goals brilliantly, too. A night that reminded us all what these players are capable of when set up correctly and scoreline that flattered the Foxes in the end!

6. Goal of the season – Allan Saint-Maximin (Burnley 1-2 Newcastle)

Not only was it a huge moment, handing us a monumental win over fellow relegation contenders, it was a moment of sheer brilliance from our game-changing Frenchman. After carrying the ball from his own to half to the edge of the Burnley box, he left Mee and Tarkwoski on the deck with a brilliant piece of footwork and fired a left-footed shot into the bottom corner. Absolute magic; and the celebration wasn’t bad either!

7. Steve Bruce – 5/10

The way I see it, he’s put out a fire he started in the first place. Had it not been for our end of season surge to 12th, this would’ve been a three at best, however Bruce does deserve some credit. Wilson was a superb signing, the loan move for Willock was an inspired one and his move to get help in the form of Graeme Jones was much needed – even if it’s a clear indication of his own limitations! Staying up and finishing 12th was way better than I expected a few months ago, but that’s only because Bruce set the bar so unacceptably low via an awful brand of football and ever-changing ‘tactics’ for 75% of the season. He’s done what Ashley asked of him and proven some wrong (me included) who said we’d go down, but it’s still a season that has season a talented squad. Tempted to say 4/10, but I’ll go with a 5 as injuries, COVID and an unprecedented year for football managers hasn’t helped.

Jake Jackman

1. Player of the season – Callum Wilson

Not a difficult one for me. It has to be Callum Wilson. The team always looks more threatening when he is fit and available. His return of 12 goals and five assists isn’t to be sniffed at, especially as he earned key points with those returns. Wilson averages a goal involvement every 122.7 minutes. If we keep him fit next season, I’d expect even better numbers and a more comfortable season for the team.

2. Unsung hero – Jacob Murphy

Jacob Murphy has to win this award. He has contributed key goals and assists throughout the season. The assist for Dwight Gayle’s winner against West Brom was important. He scored pivotal goals against Wolves and Burnley. Murphy looks to be a player that stands up when it matters. Those that watched his loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday won’t be surprised to see the improvement in his game. Towards the end of the season, he made the wing-back role his own with contributions in both halves of the pitch. He has to be a starter next season.

3. Most improved – Joelinton

Joelinton gets unfairly criticised at times. He obviously isn’t a £40 million footballer, but he has started to make some progress towards the end of the season. When he has been used as part of a front two, he has looked a genuine threat. In the home match against Villa, he absolutely destroyed Tyrone Mings on two or three occasions. Finishing the season with three goals in eight matches, I hope we see even more improvement.  

4. Best individual performance – Callum Wilson (Everton 0-2 Newcastle)

There are a few notable mentions in this section, with Miguel Almiron causing chaos at home to Southampton, Karl Darlow being excellent away to Spurs and Allan Saint-Maximin destroying Burnley on two occasions. However, Callum Wilson was on another level against Everton away from home. He scored twice, but left the pitch feeling disappointed he didn’t score more. That showed the level he is capable of reaching. I mark it as more impressive than the Leicester performance, as we were in a terrible run of form at the time. 

5. Best team performance – Leicester 2-4 Newcastle

The match away to Leicester City has to be considered our best performance. We cut through them early with Saint-Maximin missing a massive chance. Many feared we missed our opportunity, but we continued to cut through them at will and were deserving of our four-goal lead. 

6. Goal of the season – Allan Saint-Maximin (Burnley 1-2 Newcastle)

Allan Saint-Maximin’s goal against Burnley was my favourite. He won us that game from the bench and this goal injected belief back into the team. The Frenchman picked the ball up in his own half, before dancing through the Burnley defence. It was a great finish to score too. 

7. Steve Bruce rating – 3/10

It was a poor season for the most part and the majority will agree that he is unsuitable to be the coach for the long term. There was improvement towards the back end, but that may have been in spite of Bruce, rather than due to him.

Jeff King

1. Player of the season – Allan Saint-Maximin

Because of his ability to lift players around him. We’re a much better team when he’s in it and fit and actually look dangerous. Plus he’s the only one that gets you off your seat time and time again. A class act.

2. Unsung hero – Paul Dummett

Ritchie, Murphy, ASM and Willock got the most credit for our turnaround but for me Dummett was always so solid and dependable. He understands what it is to play for NUFC and is in today’s game somewhat unique in that he is a defender that knows how to defend and loves doing it.

3. Most improved – Jacob Murphy

Let’s face it there aren’t many that thought he’d make it at NUFC and even less as a right wing-back. He just got better and better as the season progressed and now is someone that is an automatic choice. His defending improved and his attacking play showed more and more confidence as he grew into his role.

4. Best individual performance – Miguel Almiron (Newcastle 3-2 Southampton)

Down to nine men and desperately needing to hold on to the 3-2 he put in an unbelievable shift. Covered every inch of the pitch and then some. As determined a display as I’ve seen and one that spoke volumes about his professionalism and will to win.

5. Best team performance – Everton 0-2 Newcastle.

We actually looked like a top four team! Wilson was clinical in attack, the midfield won the battle convincingly, our back four were all outstanding and Darlow magnificent when called upon. Remember this performance came before Brighton and it was so good I think we all thought that was the potential we had coming finally to the fore. The consummate away performance.

6. Goal of the season – Allan Saint-Maximin (Burnley 1-2 Newcastle)

Not just because it was a brilliantly thrilling dribble and fabulous finish, not just because he only had one thing in his mind when he set off for goal, not because he ignored an unmarked Wilson. No, all of that and his absolute confidence in his own ability. Not forgetting the importance of the goal. I think it was the goal that turned our season around.

7. Steve Bruce rating – 5/10

Massive underachievement with squad he had. Felt we would have been relegated without Jones coming in. Raised it towards the end of the season, but never clear if he had tactics or not, defended far too deeply far too often and always thought he thought opposition was better than us. So negative in pressers too.

Charlie Bennett

1. Player of the season – Joe Willock

Willock’s contribution ultimately saved our season in the short time he spent on Tyneside. His impact was the highlight of our campaign so, even though he only joined in January, he deserves the nod for me. We must resign him.

2. Unsung hero – Karl Darlow

Martin Dubravka’s injury could have crippled us at the start of the season, but Darlow stepped up in our time of need, saving us on multiple occasions. Unlucky to get dropped and should look to move on this summer.

3. Most improved – Jacob Murphy

A year ago, Murphy looked surplus to requirements and was one of Rafa Benitez’s worst signings at NUFC. Fast forward to now and he has made that right wing-back spot his own. One of the few players you could say has improved under Steve Bruce’s coaching.

4. Best individual performance – Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle 3-1 Burnley)

An electric performance that showed us everything that Saint-Maximin has at his disposal. A skilful goal and a a pinpoint assist; I could have picked his away performance against Burnley but he played the full 90 minutes in this one.

5. Best team performance – Newcastle 3-2 Southampton

A NINE-man Toon put in a gutsy display to hold on for a vital three points in the pouring rain at St James’ Park. This performance showed exactly what it means to play in those black-and-white colours

6. Goal of the season – Allan Saint-Maximin (Burnley 1-2 Newcastle)

Brought off the bench, at 1-0 down, in a team derived of all confidence, and Saint-Maximin takes on half the Burnley team to score a wonder solo goal. He probably doubled his price tag with this one and cemented his place as our team’s star player.

7. Steve Bruce rating – 6/10

Most of the season was unwatchable and performances against Brighton (twice), Sheff Utd and Brentford were sackable offences alone. However, he brought in Willock and managed to galvanise a divided squad when it mattered most, finishing 12th and playing some decent stuff in the end. He did his job. After all, we finished a huge 17 points above the drop zone, but there is a clear argument to say that our late run of form papered over some huge, undeniable cracks.

Jamie Elliott

1. Player of the season – Callum Wilson

he’s absolutely priceless and our most important player. Even more so than Allan Saint-Maximin, in my opinion. I knew we were buying a goalscorer but I didn’t realise how good his all sound game was.

2. Unsung hero – Federico Fernandez

He’s our best defender, and the importance of his return has been understated I think. I really hope we can tie him down to a new deal, as I don’t think we’ll replace him with like for like quality given the meagre budget we have this summer.

3. Most improved – Jacob Murphy

He’s been a revelation at right wing-back, and has made me eat humble pie. He always seems to make something happen in the final 3rd. Deserves a new deal and more game time next season. His equaliser at Burnley was a huge moment in the season.

4. Best individual performance – Callum Wilson (Everton 0-2 Newcastle)

It wasn’t just his two goals, his all round performance was the best centre forward display I’ve seen in from a Newcastle striker since Demba Ba. Honourable mention for ASM at Burnley, which features more later.

5. Best team performance – Leicester 2-4 Newcastle

Beating Southampton with 9 men, and Everton away also have to be considered, but Leicester pips it for me. To go to a top team, in form, and take the game to them and batter them in the way we did was truly amazing. It’s also the game that made me the saddest there were no fans present to see it, and there haven’t been many of those recently.

6. Goal of the season – Allan Saint-Maximin (Burnley 1-2 Newcastle)

Aesthetically it probably should be Wilson’s away at Leicester, with every player touching the ball and that filthy finish, but for sheer importance, this get my vote. It was a must win game, away at relegation rivals. We were in wretched form, seemingly only heading one way, and our star man came back from injury and won us the game with a brilliant solo goal. It’s proper Roy Of The Rovers stuff.

7. Steve Bruce rating – 4/10

It’s a 4 for me. He’s still underachieving from what he said he wanted to do. A good manager has this squad going for Europa. I struggle to be objective as the bloke has regularly thrown players and fans under the bus, but it’s not been very good on or off the pitch for 75% of the season, has it?

Jonny Dawson

1. Player of the season – Callum Wilson

Without Wilson then I’m convinced our season would have played out in a very different way. His potency and confidence in front of goal is something that we’ve been missing for a while. His injuries have been disappointing but have also shown that we’re a completely different animal when he’s missing.

2. Unsung hero – Paul Dummett

There were a few who I could have placed here because I think we had a few instances of players simply putting their head down and sorting everything out. Dummett, for me, is the player who really just went about his job without much fanfare and improved our form. I’m glad he scored his goal against Leicester because he deserved it.

3. Most improved – Jacob Murphy

One of my picks for the Unsung Hero choice because I think his inclusion into the side was overshadowed by Ritchie’s performances on the other side of the pitch. When he was first picked over Manquillo for the Right Back position, I thought it was ridiculous but he really proved himself and he became invaluable.

4. Best individual performance – Allan Saint-Maximin (Burnley 1-2 Newcastle)

Quite possibly the needed catalyst to saving ourselves from danger at the end of the season. After a spirited draw against Spurs following the awful Brighton loss, if we lost to Burnley then our terrible form would have probably continued right until the end but Saint-Maximin decided that he didn’t want that to happen, so he decided to win the match. The match was going in its usual fashion until Saint-Maximin was deployed and he tore them apart. A fantastic solo performance.

5. Best team performance – Leicester 2-4 Newcastle

Being a Newcastle fan based in Leicester, I have a constant reminder of how much more ambitious they are than us and it’s draining. So, to see us roll up to the King Power Stadium, a few streets away from my house, and absolutely destroy a fantastic team was extremely satisfying.

6. Goal of the season – Callum Wilson (Leicester 2-4 Newcastle)

His second was stunning that night. 11 players touching the ball in the build-up to this goal was absolutely fantastic and hinted at how good we could be if we were allowed to. It was a beautiful goal to watch and it will no doubt be reposted and shown for years to come.

7. Steve Bruce rating – 3/10

Subjected us to some absolute dross but I’ll give him some credit for bringing in the likes of Wilson, Willock and Jones so that everything wasn’t lost. He loses tons of points for the awful run, dreadful tactics and his incendiary comments throughout the season. Still want him gone.

Most votes:

  1. Player of the season – Callum Wilson (6)
  2. Unsung hero – Karl Darlow & Paul Dummett (2)
  3. Most improved – Jacob Murphy (6)
  4. Best individual performance – Almiron vs Southampton and Wilson vs Everton (2)
  5. Best team performance – Leicester 2-4 Newcastle (3)
  6. Goal of the season – Allan Saint-Maximin at Burnley (5)
  7. Steve Bruce rating – 5/10 and 3/10 (2)

Let us know your picks for all seven ‘awards’ in the comments below!

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

116 thoughts on “NUFC awards 🏆 Unsung hero, player of the season, most improved, Bruce’s mark out of 10 & more

  1. What confuses me on this transfer sh.ite is the Rueben brothers… they have enough money to buy us by themselves 100 times over… but they only want to put in 10%. They have other business interest in the region. Why not buy us outright then gradually sell shares to the Saudis if they wish later? Odd

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  2. Going back to New Orleans in less than a week and what is stuck in my head is House of the Rising Sun by The Animals. It is the home of jazz FFS but this is the song that resonates. A bunch of Geordies!!!

    It has a Louis Armstrong Park but I am thinking more Alan Price and Eric Burden.

    been a couple of times before and will check out a couple of jazz clubs because I am not sure if Eric and Alan are still alive!

    I did see an interview once with Eric Burden in the 90s in a pub in Newcastle where he was talking about his Mam telling him off for singing in an American accent. He said that his mam would keep telling him to “sing proper” – meaning Geordie.

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  3. Talking about Geordie singers. If anybody hasnt seen it, Brian Johnson has a Youtube channel. You should check it out. He is just an incredibly charming man and interviews some rock legends.

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  4. Eric:
    Talking about Geordie singers. If anybody hasnt seen it, Brian Johnson has a Youtube channel. You should check it out. He is just an incredibly charming man and interviews some rock legends.

    Eric, they’ve shown quite. Few on sky arts tv here. I’ve seen a few. Very good.

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  5. Should we make a move for Big Fat Sam instead of Medium Sized Fat Steve? Asshley has mooted that he would have him back. A parnternship, perhaps? Then we could have the 2 most annoying men in football.

    If anybody thinks we will have a takeover before the start of next season they are out of their mind.

    We are stuck with Steve.

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  6. I’m starting to get a bit sick of these wealthy people telling supporters who boo the taking of the knee they’re knuckle dragging racists. This will over shadow the Euros and it won’t just be us who boo. I noticed ROI did it too. We can’t all be racists ffs! Maybe people just want to see a game of football without being told they’re racists and live in a racist country when clearly we don’t.

    This is now starting to achieve the absolute opposite of what they wanted it to achieve so it’s time they stopped it. I just wish some people were brave enough to admit it.

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  7. Gilly Toon: Eric, they’ve shown quite. Few on sky arts tv here. I’ve seen a few. Very good.

    As smooth as a gravy sandwich 😂😂😂

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  8. I can’t get my head around Nuno leaving Wolves and going to Palace like – that has to be a step down doesn’t it?!?!!!.

    I know they struggled a bit last season but Wolves definitely have the better squad – and when Jimenez comes back in they get better for sure. As much as they struggled they still finished high than Palace.

    There must be more to it – are Wolves about to become a selling club?! – they lost Jota last season & it looks very possible that Neves could be going to Arsenal.

    It’s a strange one coz they looked to be building something good with Nuno.

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  9. Sharpy17:
    I can’t get my head around Nuno leaving Wolves and going to Palace like – that has to be a step down doesn’t it?!?!!!.

    I know they struggled a bit last season but Wolves definitely have the better squad – and when Jimenez comes back in they get better for sure.As much as they struggled they still finished high than Palace.

    There must be more to it – are Wolves about to become a selling club?! – they lost Jota last season & it looks very possible that Neves could be going to Arsenal.

    It’s a strange one coz they looked to be building something good with Nuno.

    Nuno to Palace is now OFF

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  10. we must be really finding it tough in the transfer market to offer Carroll another contract ffs

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  11. Please make the Wout Weghorst transfer happen, Just for the name alone.

    I have no idea who the hell he is BTW 🙂

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  12. icedog:
    mightas well done nowt its a joke ffs
    https://www.themag.co.uk/2021/06/the-punishment-for-premier-league-6-clubs-involvement-in-super-league-embarrassing-newcastle-united/

    Ice – it’s pathetic isn’t it?!. It why I’m certain nothing will come of our takeover.
    They are still clearly sat firmly in the pockets of this ‘big 6’ – they aren’t punishing them, so why would they antagonise them allowing the Saudis in.

    Where’s the points deduction?.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if they aren’t working on a similar plan. Let them go as far as I’m concerned – can’t stand any of them & their vulgar spending, then the fans twist & complain about their owners – they have no clue!!.

    Let them go, coz I’m sure that the ESL will destroy those clubs within 10 years.

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  13. icedog:
    mightas well done nowt its a joke ffs
    https://www.themag.co.uk/2021/06/the-punishment-for-premier-league-6-clubs-involvement-in-super-league-embarrassing-newcastle-united/

    Proof if ever it was needed that the PL chiefs are beholden to the top six. Ridiculous punishment when you consider what fees these clubs are paying for players. Some of these clubs up to their eyes in debt and still spending huge amounts.
    Manure make more matchday revenue than the fine they now have to pay.
    I mean £20m between the 6 of them, really it’s a joke .

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  14. kimtoon: Proof if ever it was needed that the PL chiefs are beholden to the top six. Ridiculous punishment when you consider what fees these clubs are paying for players. Some of these clubs up to their eyes in debt and still spending huge amounts.
    Manure make more matchday revenue than the fine they now have to pay.
    I mean £20m between the 6 of them, really it’s a joke .

    BETWEEN THEM???, hell I’ve read that wrong them – I thought it each!!.
    What’s the point in that?!, there is no put off for future attempts at all there – tail is definitely wagging the dog!!. No wonder Gary Neville keeps going on about regulation – these clowns have lost so much ground to the top 6.

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  15. These sanctions are a joke really aren’t they?!.

    When you consider Chelsea had a transfer embargo, which saw them sign Ziyech while it was still in place & then a further quarter of a billion as soon as it lapsed … going on to win the Champions League.

    What what impact did it actually have on them??!!. When you think the likes of Reece James, Mason Mount & Tammy Abrahams broke into the first team squad during that time too – you could argue the embargo actually did them a favour over punished them.

    Then this nonsense of less than £4m fee on the day they agreeed a £54m fee for a wing back.

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  16. We all know how corrupt the “Big 6”, the PL and UEFA are. There was total collusion in the Project Big Picture scam and also the blocking of the NUFC takeover. Now they get a slap on the wrist. The main point is that the corrupt UEFA and PL fatcats need these clubs for revenue so they can only go so far in punishments. This is where they get most of their money and why Masters and Hoffman get paid 7 figure salaries. What NUFC fan is really going to watch Burnley against Palace? We might watch Liverpool v Burnley so that is why the PL know how their bread is buttered and do all they can to protect the “Big 6”.

    This is also why I keep going back and forth on what will happen with the takeover. There are constant stories on Blogs and the Chronic but I still smell coverup. Will the anticompetition lawsuit ever be explained? I dont know. How open is the arbitration hearing and who does the arbitrating? I would suspect they are in the pockets of the PL.

    It is all so hypocritical anyway given who they have already allowed to own PL clubs. I will only bring up 1 – Abramovich.

    As I say, this is all very confusing and I keep vascillating on which way it will go.

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  17. My one hope is remembering Keegan went to arbitration against the Fatman and won millions in damages. They also issued a statement explaining how NUFC had lied to him. That is what I am hoping for here but I dont think it is the same process with NUFC versus the PL.

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  18. Pledge is up to 100k. it sounds like a lot of money until you realise that they are adding about 20k a month or 240k a year. That means it will take 12 years to buy 1% of the club at Asshley’s price of 300 million. I think it is a decent gesture that was always doomed to fail. And the pledgers will soon stop their debits.

    I know I am a cynical Bstard but I think them saying the money would go to charity if it failed was a total cop out.

    I would have said, if this goes t!ts up we will have made a gesture and anybody who contributed can come to a giant barbeque on the town moor. And if there is money left over then we can have another giant barbeque. Bring your family. 2 free beers each. And get Greggs to sponsor it with a few free pies.

    Visibility is what matters and sending money to charity no matter how worthy the cause does not create visibility.

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  19. So now you can call in sick at work and then go to the pub without rebuke from your employer. Can this world get any weirder?

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  20. Stuart79:
    So now you can call in sick at work and then go to the pub without rebuke from your employer. Can this world get any weirder?

    Stu – what have I missed here mate??

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  21. I read Olly’s article on The Pledge.

    Me and Olly might disagree on this one. Mainly because he thinks it was all noble and I think it was/is a bit of a gimmick. The charity aspect was a get out so they could all say they did it for the right reasons and really it all turned out well in the end. It was doomed to failure from day 1.

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  22. What a mess the PL is. Those so called punishments are absolutely pathetic, enforced on the six clubs who elected the useless buggers. No wonder they won’t OK our takeover. Ashley should just sell the club to the Saudis. We’ll get fined a few million and that will be that.

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  23. georgio:
    Whata mess the PL is. Those so called punishments are absolutely pathetic, enforced on the six clubs who elected the useless buggers. No wonder they won’t OK our takeover. Ashley should just sell the club to the Saudis. We’ll get fined a few million and that will be that.

    I have read the articles, listened to the talk and am still no further forward on how our takeover will turn out. What I have learnt though is that Masters and Hoffman are corrupt.

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  24. I have worked in finance, but mainly insurance, for 30 years in Chicago. Believe me when I say that most are scum and that is what I think Masters and Hoffman are. The further you get up on the chain of money the worse they are. That is what I have found in the finance industry. They would cut off their own mother’s thumbs and feed them to rats for an extra 10% commission.

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  25. Eric:
    I read Olly’s article on The Pledge.

    Me and Olly might disagree on this one. Mainly because he thinks it was all noble and I think it was/is a bit of a gimmick. The charity aspect was a get out so they could all say they did it for the right reasons and really it all turned out well inthe end. It was doomed to failure from day 1.

    Eric – we totally agree on this one. Pie in the sky nonsense I’m afraid, delusional.

    I hate to say this coz I’m not one to stick the boot in, but £100k in 9 weeks is nothing to celebrate.

    Not when you consider theirs 52k season tickets sold & lining Ashley’s pockets every season – the cheapest being £86 and most expensive being over over £1000.

    52k … that’s not even £2 each in 9 weeks.

    I understand people want changes & want Ashley out – I’m all in on that. But this was wishful thinking.

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  26. Sharpy mate, I think we are the only 2 fans who think The Pledge was a waste of time.

    Everybody else thinks it is so noble and a fight against the big dictator or a statement of how fans can be heard in this time of greed. Total Bollox. It was a meaningless and pathetic gesture. Nothing was ever going to come of it.

    As I said on here earlier, they really should just set up a giant BBQ to use the funds that they conned out of gullible fans. Just give it back to them! No empty charity gestures.That would be the best use.

    The fact they had the backstop of a charity out meant they knew this was going nowhere from the very beginning. But well played NUST lads. You have proved yourselves idiots once again.

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  27. Only 4 days until I get gloriously drunk in a Jazz Club in New Orleans and totally forget about Lee Ryder, Mike Ashley and NUST.

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  28. Eric:
    Sharpy mate, I think we are the only 2 fans who think The Pledge was a waste of time.

    Everybody else thinks it is so noble and a fight against the big dictator or a statement of how fans can be heard in this time of greed. Total Bollox. It was a meaningless and pathetic gesture. Nothing was ever going to come of it.

    As I said on here earlier, they really should just set up a giant BBQ to use the funds that they conned out of gullible fans. Just give it back to them! No empty charity gestures.That would be the best use.

    The fact they had the backstop of a charity out meant they knew this was going nowhere from the very beginning. But well played NUST lads. You have proved yourselves idiots once again.

    Eric – I think it’s foolhardy mate. It’s an idea not thoroughly thought out because actually all it does is highlight Ashley’s strength of position when it comes to finances.

    It’s like David standing toe to toe with Goliath – some may see it as brave or noble – but everyone knows the outcome. You can either applaud the effort or say no, you should have thought it through & acted smarter.

    We can be accused of being negative or happy to stand by and do nothing, but neither are the case as far as I’m concerned. I’m just trying to be realistic here. NUST aren’t the 300 Spartans & movies won’t be made about them 🤷🏼‍♂️.

    Finances is our weakest weapon against Ashley. I dare bet he’s spent far more than £100k in the last 9 weeks in his world – he wouldn’t blink at it.

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  29. Eric:
    Sharpy: the David against Goliath analogy is not a good one because David won 🙂

    He won coz he used his loaf mate, not by standing toe to toe and using braun – it’s exactly the right analogy.

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  30. I also pointed out at the time that having money is not a lot of use if the owner wont sell. Ashley wont sell, and there is no reason to assume whoever takes over will either.

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  31. Premandup: Ashley wont give them a say in anything even if he grants them a stake which will take 12 years to get to 1 percent at the current rate. We have seen him ban journalists when he disagrees with them, stab Keegan in the back, ignore Shearer, ignore Rafa, disband the board, say Charnley would be more transparent about club afairs never to be heard from again!

    And much more.

    I just dont get the point of The Pledge. There are other ways to “make a statement” without conning people into sending you money for something that will never happen.

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  32. It is much more likely that NUST will get 50,000 steak bakes from Greggs with their Pledge money than Ashley giving them a stake in the club. Of course, that assumes that Ashley and Bruce have not already been shopping that day and swooped in to purchase the whole inventory.

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  33. The pledge, the takeover, both a waste of any journalist time and energy, both are on a mission to nowhere. Don’t bother clicking on any of it .

    Stuck with fat lad
    Bring on the Euros and we can all laugh at Southgate and England and give the Toon a break from ridicule .

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