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Review of the week

Chris Charles | 14:23 UK time, Friday, 26 June 2009

They were just about coming to terms with relegation, but now the kit has really hit the fan.

Just when the Geordies thought life couldn't get any worse, along came the unveiling of Newcastle's new yellow strip, which prompted more scoffing than Big Sam at a doughnut convention.

One fan likened it to a deckchair on Blackpool beach, while another described it as "a side-on view of a custard cream". The official club website preferred to describe the strip as a "stylish new change kit", although it was unclear how many supporters had taken up the '20% off' introductory offer plastered all over the front page.

Newcastle Daffyd viralMark Jensen, editor of fanzine The Mag, was a model of diplomacy as he admitted: "It's certainly different!"

Jensen told The Daily Telegraph: "My take on kits is as long as they're not red and white, I'm not really that bothered. There's certainly no chance of getting lost in the snow when we play Barnsley in December."

Other fans were not so forgiving. Joe on the Tyne Talk messageboard said: "I think I just threw up a bit", while lostmekeys observed: "This from a guy who made a billion quid selling t-shirts."

But while the photoshop whizzkids had a field day (right) and The Sun quickly trotted out their worst kits of all time feature, it seemed the players were quite happy with the 'yellow peril'. A statement from kit makers Adidas read: "The feedback from both the players and the club has been extremely positive - vibrant colours are very popular at the moment."
Newcastle Hunny Monster viral
And the kit also had the backing of Ryan Jenkins, a (wait for it) Sunderland fan. He said: "It's really appalling - I love it. It looks like Norwich and Blackpool got into a fight and this was the leftovers. Newcastle will have to call themselves the Toongerines."

In the words of Coldplay's Chris Martin: "Oh what a thing to do - and it was all yellow."

Newcastle fans weren't the only ones getting shirty over their new strip. Man Utd supporters were demanding an inquest into their latest jersey, a month before it is due to hit the shops.

The traditional red shirt is emblazoned with a black chevron, apparently to mark the centenary of Old Trafford, although fans moaned it was more suited to rugby league. On the bright side, at least Paul Scholes will be allowed six tackles next season.

Fans on United forum Talking Reds were struggling to find any positives. Under the topic heading 'Who let a drunk person design the kit?', Gavinio suggested the new design was the real reason Ronaldo left (and with Real Madrid reportedly inserting a £1bn transfer clause into his contract, he's unlikely to be back in a hurry - chevron or no chevron).

But while the two Uniteds got in a lather about their strips, spare a thought for poor old Stockport County, who may not have a kit for the coming season due to an ongoing debt problem. Never mind, chaps, if the protests in Manchester and Newcastle grow any louder, you may have a couple to choose from come August.

Meanwhile over at Celtic there was a shirt problem of a different kind. When six-year-old fan Matthew Smith asked to get the name of new goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska on the back of his top, the staff in the club shop admitted they had never heard of the Pole.

Matthew said: "I told them he was joining in the summer from Dundee United and the shop manager had to go on the internet to find out how to spell his name." I must admit I've never heard of him either, but it will come in quite handy next time I play Scrabble.

Over at Wimbledon (yes it's been a slow news week) Roger Federer entered the fray wearing a gold-braided white military jacket with a giant matching handbag. According to Nike, the outfit "retained the stylistic cues which make him stand out from the other players." I prefer the shortened version - 'Emperor's New Clothes'.

Andy Murray was doing his best to lose his moody tag by turning up for practice wearing a cricket helmet and Twittering about snack names for tennis players. Prawn Borg, Egg Rusedski and Lleyton Chewit were among my favourites (incidentally Lleyton backwards is, curiously, 'Not yell') but Boris Double-decker might need a bit more work. I'll throw one in for the older viewers - Chilli Nastase anyone?

But the revelation of the tournament thus far came from John Kettley on Radio Wimbledon, who confessed his ringtone was...John Kettley Is A Weatherman.
Liverpool sign bent viral
Almost as funny as the 'Liverpool sign Bent' viral doing the rounds (above) and the joke Twittered by Gavin and Stacey star Matthew Horne: "Earlier today I saw a Newcastle season-ticket nailed to a tree. I thought 'I'm having that!' 'cos you can never have enough nails, can you?"

Before I go, a quick congratulations to John Terry, who has just been voted Daddy of the Year. Word of warning though, JT - last year's winner was...Peter Andre.

And finally, you may have heard about the release of the BBC bigwigs' expenses claims (no I haven't, before anyone asks). The one that particularly caught my eye was the invoice for £14.99 submitted by Deputy Director-General Mark Byford for a QPR history book. Shocking I'm sure you'll agree - £14.99 for that?! I could have provided him with what he needed for free, using one sentence - League Cup winners 1967.


Gattuso loses his shorts against Egypt
Italy 0-3 Brazil - young spectator rubs ice cream in his face

Courtesy off Off The Post football blog


  • 1. At 3:34pm on 26 Jun 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    I seem to recollect that there was a Spangles Olde English that looked like this. The taste was revolting.

    Some things don't change

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  • 2. At 3:42pm on 26 Jun 2009, Chris Charles wrote:

    1. Zootmac: We'll have to agree to disagree on that one - I was a massive fan of the Olde English Spangles and have a sudden craving for a packet right now.

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  • 3. At 3:43pm on 26 Jun 2009, WeshleyCoOL wrote: what pal?

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  • 4. At 3:45pm on 26 Jun 2009, Stand Up And Be County'd wrote:

    Can I advise that Stockport County have NOT auctioned off their kit to pay bills. It's an annual event by the kit man to auction off OLD kit, OK, Diadora may have still to recieve their bill off us, but as the 2007-09 kit has now officially expired, there is nothing to stop us playing in that kit.

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  • 5. At 3:51pm on 26 Jun 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    1 and 2, i just googled Olde English Spangles... they sound confusing, liquorishy/aniseedy and also i have read of a butterscotchness (that may not be a word? but it should be) i feel like a tiny part of my life has been robbed by never having had them...

    Oh and chris good read as ever mate! The "Liverpool sign Bent" pic is quality...

    Zootmac, if you do get them shillings off robbo for me it would be appreciated... never trust a boro man!

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  • 6. At 4:03pm on 26 Jun 2009, Chris Charles wrote:

    4. Stand Up And Be County'd: Fair enough - I've amended the copy accordingly. And all the best for next season.

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  • 7. At 4:10pm on 26 Jun 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    Apparently the ManU chevron is designed to deceive opposition defences by making Barbatov appear to be moving.

    Lukasz Zaluska CAN be made in Scrabble, but only in the English addition, and by using both blank tiles. There's only one K and one L, you see.

    I'm having a quiet afternoon.

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  • 8. At 4:12pm on 26 Jun 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    That should be one K and one Z, of course.

    I'll get me 'at.

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  • 9. At 4:12pm on 26 Jun 2009, iMike_The_Blue wrote:

    I don't get the Liverpool sign Bent picture, anyone want to help?

    Fantastic blog Chris, I always look out for this one!

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  • 10. At 4:12pm on 26 Jun 2009, Gianfranco_Cando wrote:

    Why is it BBC journalists always say "but it will come in quite handy next time I play Scrabble" every time an Eastern European with a Z in his name is mentioned? Not only is it lazy and boring, but according to the rules of Scrabble you wouldn't get any points for it because people's names aren't allowed...

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  • 11. At 4:18pm on 26 Jun 2009, yoponz wrote:

    Hey Chris loved the blog (as always)! Certainly brightens up the Friday afternoon (and Wimbledon most certainly DOESN'T)

    Keep up the good work!

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  • 12. At 4:20pm on 26 Jun 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    The liverpool sign in the picture is bent, but also thier is a player called Bent (Darren) and when a player joins a club he signs a contract... This is called signing... So when you hear or read "Liverpool sign bent", a football fan might think "oh my, what a shock signing didn't see that coming" but then looking at the picture they would see a liverpool sign, which is bent... Its very funny stuff...

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  • 13. At 4:22pm on 26 Jun 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    10: You are right... you're not allowed names in scrabble... but it was a six year old boy being quoted, not Chris's comment...

    And come on man, he's only six.. cut him some slack.

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  • 14. At 4:27pm on 26 Jun 2009, Chris Charles wrote:

    10. Gianfranco_Cando: Yes, you've got me bang to rights there guv - it's lazy journalism at best and I was waiting for the first Viz letters page-style rebuke about bending the rules of Scrabble. Of course I knew that, I was just being, well, lazy.

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  • 15. At 4:28pm on 26 Jun 2009, Gianfranco_Cando wrote:

    I think you'll find the Scrabble bit is outside the quotation marks which means the 6 year old didn't say it - if he had i'd have been impressed that a 6 year old had even heard of Scrabble...

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  • 16. At 4:29pm on 26 Jun 2009, Chris Charles wrote:

    Talking of lazy - I neglected to add on the vids at the bottom, which are now in place. Oops.

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  • 17. At 4:30pm on 26 Jun 2009, Gianfranco_Cando wrote:

    Chris, glad i could oblige, Viz letters is what i was aiming for!!

    Keep up the good work son!

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  • 18. At 4:32pm on 26 Jun 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    point taken... comment withdrawn, apology offered, humble pie eaten....

    though to be honest i'm impressed that the lad went to buy the top by himself, and that he's so devoted to the club, he wanted thier newest signing on the jersey!

    If he has heard of scrabble, i bet he's dead good!

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  • 19. At 4:41pm on 26 Jun 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    Just looked at the Gattuso video. Very educational. I can now say "Best tackle we've seen all night" in Egyptian.

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  • 20. At 4:55pm on 26 Jun 2009, kuba_manunited121 wrote:

    I didn't get that "Liverpool sign Bent" until realising its actually bent.
    A side-on view would help :P

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  • 21. At 5:09pm on 26 Jun 2009, Zootmac wrote:




    Can't see how it helps, myself.

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  • 22. At 5:10pm on 26 Jun 2009, couch_potato_peeler wrote:

    Great blog as always Chris, made me smile on a wet afternoon.

    That Geordie kit might be a bit of a problem when they play Hull or Wolves next season. Oh hang on.....

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  • 23. At 5:44pm on 26 Jun 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    This Newcastle kit appears to have been cut from the old Giorgio Beverly Hills Boutique canopy on Rodeo Drive in LA (very expensive and now out of business).

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  • 24. At 5:50pm on 26 Jun 2009, Cantanker wrote:

    Newcastle have more pressing issues with avoiding relegation to worry about this year. Besides if they were that nostalgic they might have put more effort in staying up last season.

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  • 25. At 5:58pm on 26 Jun 2009, CockneyCov wrote:

    Just to tie in the blog and comments - the mention of Spangles made me all nostalgic for those sweets of my childhood - then it came to me what the new Newcastle kit reminds me of - FLYING SAUCERS !! - the colours are just the same (so bright they hurt your eyes)

    Who could forget the fizz on the tongue followed by the heady rush as it hit your brain (the flying saucers - not Newcastle)- forget class A drugs just hit the saucers (

    I guess there-in lies the difference - flying saucers a delightful heady rush of joy leaving you wanting more and the other a Newcastle player !!

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  • 26. At 6:46pm on 26 Jun 2009, bu11etm4gnet wrote:

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  • 27. At 6:54pm on 26 Jun 2009, blazevxi wrote:

    To be fair to newcastle (of what dignity they have left from this season) Hull's kits from the early-mid 90s were really bad.

    Looks like they just nicked a carpet and put it on the shirt.

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  • 28. At 7:32pm on 26 Jun 2009, offertonhatter wrote:

    Us county fans may no longer have a kit, but if Newcastle don't want the away kit, we will have it, as next season we will probably need all the help we can get. Nothing like putting off the opposition.....
    Now if we can find the truly awful red zigzag number as well, that could mean 30 points instantly lol.

    Great blog by the way.

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  • 29. At 8:01pm on 26 Jun 2009, gopherboy wrote:

    Talking of spangles has anyone seen they've changed Sherbet Fountains? They are now in a plastic container and the liquorice isn't hollow! Kind of defeating the fountain bit of the name :(

    On a football note I quite like the design of the new Man Utd kit - isn't it based on an old kit they had in the 50s or something?

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  • 30. At 8:06pm on 26 Jun 2009, andrewtheboom wrote:

    Some great stuff on here Chris.

    Liverpool sign Bent - genius.

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  • 31. At 8:15pm on 26 Jun 2009, Simon Mahon wrote:

    i reckon i wud rather hav rusty nails hammered into my never regions than wear that newcastle shirt

    great blog as ever

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  • 32. At 8:42pm on 26 Jun 2009, the-deluded-granny-magnet wrote:

    Ah well, if you have another 'slow news week' Chris, just google 'Newcastle United' and you'll find enough material to keep you going for the rest of your, erm, career, or it's P45 time for you!! Apparently, people with a christian surname make good van/delivery drivers;)

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  • 33. At 9:14pm on 26 Jun 2009, sparkly79 wrote:

    The custard cream reference made me chuckle and as for "Toongerines" that had me laughing out loud! Liverpool sign bent - if only they (or anyone else) would!!!

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  • 34. At 9:26pm on 26 Jun 2009, LincsKopite wrote:

    Love the Newcastle ticket and nail joke- lmao!!!!!!!!!
    The Newcastle away strip does look kinda..................... different. Ummmmmmmmmmmmmm...................

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  • 35. At 10:13pm on 26 Jun 2009, RedWhiteandermblue wrote:

    Newcastle should be saluted for adjusting so gracefully to life in the fizzy pop league. Though to me it just screams "creamsicle." They're going to bounce right back up with this, you realize. The other teams will never be able to stop laughing.

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  • 36. At 11:26pm on 26 Jun 2009, Sam_Red_Galactico wrote:

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  • 37. At 11:40pm on 26 Jun 2009, Sam_Red_Galactico wrote:

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  • 38. At 00:09am on 27 Jun 2009, MulvanyStrasse wrote:

    The yellow strip reminds me of Borussia Dortmund (BVB), very sad considering Newcastle-Upon-Tyne is twinned with Gelsenkirchen, home of Schalke 04.

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  • 39. At 03:13am on 27 Jun 2009, Teiam - problem solved wrote:

    Liverpool sign Bent, classic, I bet there are a few people wondering what it's all about. As for the United strip, I love it! A few fans moaned it was too American, for a start, Mexico had a similar kit 2 years back and also, it's supposed to be a modern replica of a kit we had a 100 years ago!

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  • 40. At 05:39am on 27 Jun 2009, Bladesman wrote:

    It was interesting to read the comment about the similarity of the new 'toon shirt' - or 'shirtoon' as I prefer to think of it - and a Blackpool deck chair and I certainly agree that it may indeed have been styled on this. There are after all a number of similarities giving common ground to the two items.

    They both look their best in warm weather - or is that the players?
    They're both expensive and aren't useful for long - or is that the players?
    Neither are much use when it rains - or is that the players?
    They're no use at all in the winter and the good ones are put into storage - or is that the players?
    You line them up at weekends and although popular for a few hours it's not a comfortable experience for anyone - or is that the players?

    There are other similarities which you may suggest but at the end of it all - Will they go down well?

    Another popular theory being mooted in my local is that they're actually a promotion for next season (and probably the only one) and it's going to be a little like recent films at the cinema. Simply, it's a gimmick and you're overcharged when you attend but are given some cheap 3D style glasses to view the game and these glasses make the players look as if they're taking part in an 'action-packed' performance etc etc.

    Another theory is that Ashley was totally p....d when he designed them - but who'd believe that of such a sartorially elegant guy like him!

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  • 41. At 07:56am on 27 Jun 2009, Bladesman wrote:

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  • 42. At 07:58am on 27 Jun 2009, Bladesman wrote:

    Of course I forgot the obvious one when you compare it to a deckchair..........

    They both fold up easily - or is that the players?

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  • 43. At 08:04am on 27 Jun 2009, frankfromyork wrote:

    I take it that the 2 pictures are of the latest Newcastle signings. The honey monster looks like the ideal striker but I think the Gazza look alike (Matt Lucas) needs to cut down on the pies and Mars bars before the season starts

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  • 44. At 08:58am on 27 Jun 2009, Rovers Return - HKR AWAY DAYS wrote:

    This article had me in stitches right from the off. Charlie, this is one of the best reviews I've ready and your previous stuff has been really good. 'When the kit hits the fan' love it.

    Always great to see Rugby League get a mention, even if it is in passing. Great Paul Scholes gag, thumbs up. Well work my TV licence fee. (Do I heck pay TV licence, and am I heck reading this on a TV) ha!

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  • 45. At 10:58am on 27 Jun 2009, tooncastle wrote:

    I won't lie, I absolutely love our Newcastle away strip. Away strips are always so ridiculously insipid and mondane, why not have a change? Anyone who is offended by its garish nature is taking themselves too seriously. I'll be the first to buy it. And while it may be a bit of a joke, at least it's not red and white, that would be a complete laugh.

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  • 46. At 11:21am on 27 Jun 2009, liverpoolrulesyeah wrote:

    the yellow and white reminds me of custard and ice cream. Ugh!

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  • 47. At 12:01pm on 27 Jun 2009, arundini wrote:

    Surely there must be a better candidate for Dad of the year ?! JT parking his Bentley in a disabled space - great example !

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  • 48. At 12:44pm on 27 Jun 2009, NickReadingLiverpool wrote:

    Newcastle have just got relegated, and now they've got to wear that kit...serves you right :D

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  • 49. At 12:52pm on 27 Jun 2009, MonkeyNutz133 wrote:

    Personally I think the newcastle kit is very appropriate, the players deserve a yellow streak down the back after last seasons efforts.

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  • 50. At 1:58pm on 27 Jun 2009, gringo Loco wrote:

    "Earlier today I saw a Newcastle season-ticket nailed to a tree. I thought 'I'm having that!' 'cos you can never have enough nails, can you?"

    Did Robbo write that for you???

    If the Toon hadn't sacked Sam or sold the goalie, they'd still be in the premier league.

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  • 51. At 4:06pm on 27 Jun 2009, U14046889 wrote:

    Us county fans may no longer have a kit, but if Newcastle don't want the away kit, we will have it, as next season we will probably need all the help we can get. Nothing like putting off the opposition.....

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  • 52. At 4:12pm on 27 Jun 2009, SaintJack wrote:

    That's actually a good kit for Newcastle, dunno what the fuss is about. They're usually dark murky colours with loads of bits of weird trim.

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  • 53. At 4:58pm on 27 Jun 2009, The_Toonster wrote:

    Haven't we suffered enough? Do us Newcastle fans really need you kicking us while we're down too? Less of the overused jokes please. If it was more original I'd be laughing too. But the same tired old jokes again and again, and now the mods on 606 aren't bothering anymore and the Newcastle forum is being flooded with abuse and repeated jokes from rival fans. I really feel like just leaving 606 and returning to only pub banter if things don't improve.

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  • 54. At 5:15pm on 27 Jun 2009, Multisitio wrote:

    Well guys, it may look like a deckchair cover but it's come a season too late.

    Owen and co seemingly spent LAST season sitting in a deckchair!!!

    At least add green shorts and then we will be back with our 1970s traditions.

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  • 55. At 6:52pm on 27 Jun 2009, RFCFirstto50 wrote:

    Good read first of all

    The same zaluska who before the last game of the SPL season said he couldnt wait to stop Rangers winning the title and become a Celtic hero, before joining them. Some hero he turned out to be!! Celtic's employees don't even know who he is! HAHA

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  • 56. At 8:58pm on 27 Jun 2009, Ruaraidh Gillies wrote:

    The Geordie fanzine editor who said "There's certainly no chance of getting lost in the snow when we play Barnsley in December," is forgetting one minor detail - Barnsley's kit is red, so Newcastle will be wearing black-and-white stripes as usual.

    Incidentally, why do Newcastle invariably choose an away kit which clashes with either black or white? You put that yellow shirt next to a all-white one and it'll be just as hard to distinguish between the teams!

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  • 57. At 11:00pm on 27 Jun 2009, Wot Kuyt 'e did wrote:

    Hahaha- Ok, I'm a bit slow, but I just got that pic! Haha still laughing (The slow ones are the best!)


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  • 58. At 11:13pm on 27 Jun 2009, Wot Kuyt 'e did wrote:

    On jerseys, I just ordered a retro 1950 Mayo All-Ireland GAA jersey. Didn't know they still existed. Look at that collar! Really chuffed.

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  • 59. At 11:19pm on 27 Jun 2009, Krakpool wrote:

    I am a bit bemused about Celtic's new Polish goalie, Lukasz Zaluska. IS HE A GIRL? Sorry, but I can't help it. The ending ---ska is reserved for the female members of a family whose menfolk's surnames end in ---ski like Lukasz Fabianski of Arsenal

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  • 60. At 11:24pm on 27 Jun 2009, Krakpool wrote:

    Zootmac and Chris Charles YES. Mention of Old English Spangles does bring back memories.Whatever happened to them?

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  • 61. At 10:09am on 28 Jun 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    Ref 60

    Putting on my anorak for a moment...

    Spangles Old English went put of production in the early 1980s, along with the rest of the Spangles range. An attempt to relaunch fruit Spangles, in 1995, was unsuccessful. No attempt has ever been made to relaunch Old English.

    I actually tried to track down a packet of Old English, on ebay, to send to young Charles, and allow him a Proustian Madeleine moment. He makes me laugh, so I thought it was worth the effort.

    No success, I'm afraid. Anyway, there would have been no sell-by date on the packet, and it would probably have killed him.

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  • 62. At 10:25am on 28 Jun 2009, WesSport wrote:

    OXO have just announced a new product.
    It has black and white stripes.
    It's called the Laughing Stock

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  • 63. At 10:26am on 28 Jun 2009, The Duke wrote:

    Must be a slow week at the office for a lot of papers (and this blog) to write so much on an away kit.

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  • 64. At 10:39am on 28 Jun 2009, markebradshaw wrote:

    Andy Murray was doing his best to lose his moody tag by turning up for practice wearing a cricket helmet and Twittering about snack names for tennis players. Prawn Borg, Egg Rusedski and Lleyton Chewit were among my favourites (incidentally Lleyton backwards is, curiously, 'Not yell') but Boris Double-decker might need a bit more work. I'll throw one in for the older viewers - Chilli Nastase anyone?

    How about Ivan Lentil?
    or Jelly Bean King?

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  • 65. At 1:27pm on 28 Jun 2009, Riggadon wrote:

    @ 64

    Martina Haggis (heheheh)

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  • 66. At 2:40pm on 28 Jun 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    Is it true that the Williams girls wore different dresses in last year's final so that Motty could tell which one was serving?

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  • 67. At 3:22pm on 28 Jun 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    And, on a much less serious note,

    Ref 59 Krakpool

    Apparently, there are many male Polish surnames which end in "ska". This is particularly the case when the surname comes from a noun (such as a trade, or skill) ending in "ka".

    Not a lot of people know this, but the surname Zaluska can be traced back to 1410, in the Karpie region of Poland.

    And, in 1982, there were 3582 Poles called Laska - a half of whom were male.

    Too many comments on this blog are frivalous and lightweight. I feel that you and I have considerably raised the tone with this dialogue.

    But we won't be appreciated.

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  • 68. At 3:24pm on 28 Jun 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    But I could have raised it even more by correctly spelling "frivolous".


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  • 69. At 3:50pm on 28 Jun 2009, HoustonOwl4 wrote:

    I thought it was April 1 when I first saw the pictures of the shirts. Almost as good as the great spaghetti hoax

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  • 70. At 5:48pm on 28 Jun 2009, TheNiceman wrote:

    Nice one. I thought you were funnier in Red Dwarf but crepe in Corro though.I want to wash those Spangles down with Cresta.

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  • 71. At 1:40pm on 29 Jun 2009, CypriotJohn wrote:

    Don`t know what is funniest...Toons kit or JT parent of the year! The kit reminds me of some sort of confectionery but cant think what, and JT must get his parenting skills from his dear old mum!!

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  • 72. At 11:12am on 03 Jul 2009, zougathefist wrote:

    Didn't know that the 'toon had taken their name literally and started signing muppets and wearing outfits that wouldn't look out of place in a Warner Bros cartoon.
    Still if everyone else is laughing at you ....

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  • 73. At 11:07am on 04 Jul 2009, ShineyHappyChappy wrote:

    Excellent read Chris and hilarious pictures of Daffyd & Hunny.
    If Newcastle wear their yellow deck chair strip even once this season, they should be automatically relegated to League Two for unsporting behaviour.
    Regarding John Kettley having John Kettley is a Weatherman as his ringtone, does anyone know who sang this tune please? I thought it may have been Half Man Half Biscuit but not entirely sure. Also does Robert De Niro have Bananarama's famous hit as his ringtone?

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  • 74. At 2:23pm on 05 Jul 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    ref 73

    A Tribe of Toffs recorded "John Kettley... " in 1988. They were from Sunderland, unlike the Tribe of Toffees, who were from Liverpool.

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  • 75. At 2:26pm on 05 Jul 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    Ref 73

    I believe that Robert De Niro's ansaphone goes "You talkin' to me?", but I have no information about his ringtone.


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