Following on from Part 1 – The Singing Civil Servant

Rather than tales of Keeble, White and Allchurch (although he did love Milburn), I grew up in a house filled with Sinatra, Jack Jones, Dean Martin and Matt Munro (always a queue for the bathroom!). Not a professional singer grant you; Dad combined his moonlighting with a clerical job at the Ministry, as it was called back then – more Singing Civil Servant than Singing Detective, although he had marginally better skin – but not an ardent football fan either. Don’t ask me where I get it from.

So I will have gone along to my first match with a school friend unless Dad had been ‘paid off’ at the club the night before and decided to turn his back on the music business once and for all. If I had to put money on it, I’d claim that our 1-1 draw with West Ham in the 1973/74 season was the first match I attended (at 9 years and 163  days) and, although I couldn’t swear to it, I’d say Pat Howard played for us and Pat Holland for them, as I was struck by nothing more than the similarity of their names.

I don’t recall the stats or the match incidents. Again, the record shows, I took the blows on January 19th 1974, 15 weeks before the Cup Final, Supermac scored for us and I was there with 27,216 other hardy souls but, as I was only 9 years old, it was the sounds and the smells which struck me and stayed with me. The heavy, iron turnstiles, the long winding climb up the Gallowgate steps towards the deafening noise, passing the overpowering stench of those toilets along the way – toilets thankfully from another time, a time when Health and Safety were two words as far apart in our thinking as they were in the dictionary.

Then the mass of smelly blokes reeking of Tartan or Brown Ale, the lush, vivid green of the pitch, the rusty old West(wood) Stand and finally those magnificent Black and White stripes, black shorts and the classic hooped socks.

They say you never forget the first time. They are right.

Squintytoonarmy 5pts

Townsend, Austin, sigurdsson, Damial gray all gettable but not ones listed above

grantham mag
grantham mag 5pts

One two many son, why would any of these players want to drop in to the championship.

Scott Thompson
Scott Thompson 5pts

The hand would be snapped clean off..... You could buy Ronaldinho with that \U0001f602\U0001f602

Malcolm Johnson
Malcolm Johnson 5pts

13 million for sissoko kerching. I sign the cheques round here bonny lad. Ha ha

Malcolm Johnson
Malcolm Johnson 5pts

Yeah I agree. If we can get 7 million as reported for tiote I'd snap there hands off.

Moxytoon 5pts

Andros townsend no brainer, he's available probably about 10 million & get Carrick from man utd let him play in front of the back 4 give him a 2 year contract to finish his career at his home town club

Scott Thompson
Scott Thompson 5pts

Sissoko, Gouffran, Tiote.....not French but still shite!

Malcolm Johnson
Malcolm Johnson 5pts

Cabella, marveaux, haidara and thauvin to name a few

Malcolm Johnson
Malcolm Johnson 5pts

I'll have 2 of what this writers had. Never heard so much shite in my life. Newcastle don't buy players over 30 any more as there's no resale value. And why would a player from a team higher up the league want to join us? That's why were buying poor quality French players and not British.

scottpaige 5pts

None of the above will happen. Tired of the what might be. Yawn yawn. As a season ticket holder id love bold transfer window by Newcastle. But really is it gonna happen mmmmm????

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave 5pts

Inspirational read this, I've decided to get shot of my Mrs and get Michelle Keegan instead, no problem.

amacdee 5pts

The only problem with all of those options is why would they come to SJP with McWally at the helm and us in the bottom 3 by then ?

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave 5pts

Cracking read. Does anyone know if the author posts on here as "likely lad" ?

kenhomsbarmyarmy 5pts

utter lunancy, this is FIFA level stuff not realistic may aswell sign messi and ronaldo

Prateek Thammineni
Prateek Thammineni 5pts

Yeah because we can convince matip, rojo and bolasie to join us\U0001f602\U0001f602

tkSteveFOX 5pts

Man, you are dreaming and lots of those suggestions are bogus. Instead of Dinho we could get Pato, but that won't be a good transfer as well. Brazilians don`t tend to do that well in England.
We need EPL proven players or Championship TOP players who have experience in English football. Preferebly wide midfielders(wingers) and centre backs. Mbemba is doing pretty well, considering this is his first year in EPL football, but Dummett and Colo are slowing him down.
Bottom line is we need to get rid of as many players as possible in January instead of bringing so much, because I am convinced that they are bad influence in the dressing room. 
We are better of playing Reserve Team players and bring back our loanees than play - Tiote, Cisse, Anita, Colo and especially Gouffran.
We Siem De Jong, we have Armstrong, we have Ferguson and Bigirimana. Get those players back and give them a chance!

Paul Dent
Paul Dent 5pts

What exactly is the next level?


Selling Tiote means we have no defensive midfielder-unbalanced squad-a good striker is no1 priority, it was only Cisse goals in last 2 seasons that kept us up-Austin must be a priority.

Nastynorm 5pts

Disagree with u on hiadara, dummett is the worst left back I've seen in a long time, an oil tanker can turn quicker than him, all he does is get the ball & hoof it up the left wing 4 opponents r/b ! Would rather see him as a c/h. I can't see many players leaving or coming in in January or a change in management, championship here we come !

hettonmag 5pts

@Nastynorm  Dummett  is Willo in disguise  you either play him at CB or not at all.

NottsToon 5pts

I like it, what's Zidane up to these days? Or toothy fat Ronaldo? That Beckham lad can hoy a cross too, maybe a pay as you play.

Martins is on his way back so why not Viduka and Luque, or Owen?


UsmanManuDabos 5pts

Sigurdsson isn't starting at the moment for Swansea, he has one hell of a thunderbolt of a shot on him too, exactly what we could use. We would stand a better chance of getting Sigs than Shelvey anyway. On the subject of Swansea, it looks like passing on Gomis wasn't such a bad call after all. A good start, but Gomis is horrendous now. Terrible player.

Leemo 5pts

This piece is mad. 

And Mbabu isn't a left-back...

CladderJack 5pts

What the hell have you been drinking today? Was already in hysterics by the time I got to Bolasie for 18m in for Sasoko (frying pan and fire or what) but then you pull out the Ronaldinho thing and I'm on the floor by this time only to get up again and read the bit about buying the Leicester front line ... Oh my god my sides!,,,,