For the first part of our Danny Simpson interview click here
The likes of yourself and Sammy Ameobi are big on the social networking, especially on Twitter, is that a kind of modern way for footballers to connect with fans, especially younger ones?
I think it is a useful way of connecting with people, though I understand it isn’t for everyone. I get a lot of replies from fans and get an insight into what they are generally thinking, while supporters maybe get a little bit of an idea about what the players’ daily life is like.
I heard Sammy upset a few people when he referred to St.James’ Park by that other name, does it show you how careful you have to be when you are on Twitter?
Everybody has their own opinions and you are at risk of upsetting somebody all the time, even if you’re watching Coronation Street and saying something about it.
Is Joey Barton looked upon by footballers as the king of Twitter, or a bit of an idiot?
There are a lot of opinions out there and you just have to be yourself. Joey Barton is obviously somebody who has become well known on Twitter but I know he has reined back on the Newcastle stuff now.
Would we be surprised to see you at centre-back against Norwich?
I’m not sure, obviously I’ve played there before for Newcastle so it is a possibility. The way the week breaks down though is that early on it is more about recovery and looking back at that previous match and analysing what happened.
Then maybe around Thursday the manager will be giving us his ideas of how we are going to approach the next match and take it from there.
When the defence has had such a good record is it extra painful when you concede 3 like against Man.City and Chelsea?
As part of the back five there obviously has been a lot of pride in keeping clean sheets and having such a good record. Those two teams are top class and we didn’t get the breaks on the day, then those two late Chelsea goals really rubbed it in, which I don’t think we deserved.
Is a realistic aim to be best of the rest in seventh and anything else would be a massive bonus?
Going into the season our definite aim was to finish higher than last season which was twelfth. As I said though, we do take it game by game and of course top seven is something we certainly would like.
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“It’s an avatar of me and he’s in the streets, sort of going along the way Mario does – going along the screen and trying to get to the end,” explained Simpson. “But he’s kicking a football and he’s trying to collect as many coins as he can, with various obstacles in his path”.
“There are four stages, with eight levels in each stage, so there are 32 different games to play on it in total. But if everything goes well then there’ll be other stages that people can download.”
“There are burgers, and if you eat burgers they’ll slow you down. But there are also power drinks, which speed you up, and the aim is to get to the end otherwise you lose a life and have to start again.
“You have to try to get as many coins as you can, as quickly as you can, and try to pick up stars along the way to move onto the next level.
“I’ve been involved in it a lot and it’s designed for kids and grown-ups to download and hopefully enjoy. To be involved in my own game was good fun and I was glad I got the opportunity to do it, so hopefully people will see that.”
‘Danny Boy’ will be available for all platforms including Android and Blackberry in early 2012.
Please note, ‘Danny Boy’ app requires the iOS 4.1 or later Software update or later.
You can follow Danny Simpson on Twitter @dannysimpson12