January 2012 Archives
Newcastle United went into the transfer window on January 1 looking for a defender and as we go into the final 24 hours - their brief hasn't changed.
True enough, the addition of Papiss Cisse has to be a welcome one with few expecting - including Mike Ashley and the United top brass - the Senegal star to become available this month.
Don't forget, it was United that decided to sell their number 9 this time last year, sparking the unsettlement of Joey Barton and Jose Enrique.
They say for some the light will never go out, and for Andy Carroll and Newcastle United I think it's safe to suggest that will always be the case as long he's on the professional football circuit.
We're well into football's silly season now as far as the transfer window is concerned, and after waking up to a round of speculation that Carroll is to be offered the chance to head back to Newcastle, no sooner had many of us finished off our cereal, the claims had been denied by sources at both Liverpool and United.
It hasn't been a bed of roses for Carroll at Liverpool.
Football has a funny way of spouting out unwritten rules - not least in the wacky world of sports journalism.
Not for the first time, I found myself involved in a conversation of just who gets the priority of being called United when two Uniteds play each other in the same game.
And not for the first time, the recurring discussion erupted in the Press room during a game between Newcastle United and Manchester United.
It was six years ago when I was first asked to begin blogging about Newcastle United with the Evening Chronicle.
Back then going digital was still regarded as a bold and brave step as quite simply no Chronicle NUFC reporter had ever done it - but six years on, we're all still here in a world that uses technology more and more to bring news to football fans even quicker.
I have to say those six years have flown by and through it all the popularity of this little blog has been nothing short of overwhelming.