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It would be easy to get misty eyed about the departure of Jonas Gutierrez to Norwich City.

But while some of his performances in a Toon shirt split the opinions of supporters, nobody can deny he played his part during a crucial time at St James' Park.

Jonas was a player who gave his all for Newcastle in his five years at the club after joining from Real Mallorca.

Yet while there were a host of tributes this week from fans there were also supporters who said they'd drive him down to Norwich themselves when hearing of news of his departure.

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New year, new targets?

By Lee Ryder on Jan 1, 14 05:21 AM


Newcastle United have put themselves in a perfect position to kick on and make it a happy new year.

Sitting comfortably in eighth position they can maintain their challenge for a European place in the second half of the campaign, and let's be honest not many of us thought we'd be saying that a few games into the season.

In bagging 33 points at the half-way stage United have also allowed themselves to take the FA Cup a little bit more seriously - or at least that is the hope.

Mike Williamson - the song!

By Lee Ryder on Dec 23, 13 11:29 AM

You haven't seen the movie (yet), and there is no book - but thanks to the Toon Army, Mike Williamson finally has his own song.

Williamson has endured his fair share of critics down the years but he has always given Newcastle United an old school type of defender's game that you sometimes need in the top flight.

He doesn't over complicate things and knows how to use Row Z when it's needed.

But that's disrespectful to brand him as just a defensive clogger who once played in the lower leagues.

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Mathieu Debuchy was first class at Manchester United.

He put his body on the line for the team, motored up and down the right hand side, enjoyed 71 touches of the ball, almost scored a first half goal and never gave Man United moment of peace.

Even his own team-mates were chanting his name on the bus after the game!

When the possibility of United originally signing Debuchy from Lille began to grow in the summer of 2012 his performances at the Euros started to get fans excited.

He joined from Lille last January and after initial impact he seemed to struggle in the side, prompting criticism from some sections along the way.


I don't think any Newcastle United fan would put their house on Yohan Cabaye definitely staying at the club ahead of the next two transfer windows - regardless of your perception of his words to the French media in the last 24 hours.

He didn't make it clear he wanted to leave, but he also didn't make it crystal clear he sees his long-term future on Tyneside.

Obviously, the fact Cabaye refused to play in the first two games of the season suggests that he was more than prepared to quit the Magpies back in August.

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It was impossible for the Toon Army not to get carried away with the 1-0 at White Hart Lane yesterday.

Indeed,when I looked up to the away section at the famous old North London venue the scenes were akin to those at Old Trafford in 1999 when another great win over Tottenham Hotspur booked a place at Wembley in the FA Cup final!

This was only three points but after battling so hard for the supporters that made the journey it felt like much, much more.

And as we mull over another great win on a Monday morning you have to say that the response from Newcastle since losing to Sunderland has been nothing short of brilliant.

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The city is on a high this morning and rightly so after a great win over Chelsea.

The victory proved to offer fans some light relief after a tough few weeks for Newcastle United on and off the field.

For me, it was a great example of how things can be at St James' Park and for many people who have attended the stadium for decades how it should be on a match day.

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No battle, no victory

By Lee Ryder on Oct 28, 13 09:26 AM

So then the morning after the day before...

And the general feeling on Tyneside I picked up seems to be frustration as to why Newcastle United failed to match Sunderland when it came to motivation on derby day.

Certainly Sunderland didn't win it because they produced fantastic football on the day and Newcastle didn't lose it because they were really unlucky.

One team wanted it more.

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The calm before the storm...

By Lee Ryder on Oct 21, 13 08:17 PM


So it's the (relatively) calm period before Sunday's storm at the Stadium of Light.

Everybody knows what's at stake and everybody knows the consequences of losing, but what can we really expect from the 149th Tyne-Wear Derby?

Well, it won't be for the faint hearted that much is for sure, but even though we are six days away from the crunch clash already there have been plenty of conversations on just how important that first goal will be.

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In a season in which Alan Pardew said that Steven Taylor needs to play more, the former England Under-21skipper's campaign has so far amounted to just 48 minutes of action so far.

Taylor doesn't need to be told he got it wrong against Manchester City during the 4-0 defeat on the opening day of the season.

That night he was selected on merit alongside Fabricio Coloccini and handed the chance to stake his claim for the months ahead.

Instead, he found himself banned for three matches before being dealt with a hamstring injury that has now cleared up.

Do Newcastle need Taylor in the weeks ahead?

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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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