As it is now half-term, The Vicar has set Newcastle fans a half-term examination.

If you are to matriculate at the end of the season, you must answer both questions, each of which comprise 50% of your final mark.

Those found cheating will be made to re-sit the examination, or may in extreme cases be rusticated. No talking at the back.

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Q1. It is said that we have sold all our best players during the recent transfers windows.

Which ones would you have back?

Below is a list of the five most significant outbound transfers in recent times. Mark each transfer ‘yes’, I would have done the deal, or ‘no’ I would not have done the deal.

  • Yohan Cabaye
  • Andrew Carroll
  • Mathieu Debuchy
  • Jose Enrique
  • Fraser Forster

For extra marks, name TWO players not included in the above who were sold during the reign of Alan Pardew, whom you would not have sold and state your reasons.

Q2 As many of our fanbase would like to see Michael Ashley sell our club, we should have in mind an owner who would fit our requirements.

To give an indication of our direction, please mark all current Premier League club owners out of 10 for suitability, 0 being extremely poor and 10 being excellent.

Thank you for your attention and may you all see NUFC win the Champions League soon.

Comments (and answers…) welcome below.



  • LeazesEnder

    Are you drunk?

  • Billy bob three teeth

    What the hell is this shite?

  • supermacsnewname

    LeazesEnder wish I was

  • NatTurner

    I would’ve sold all 5 players but replaced Cabaye in the same transfer window.  Newcastle still haven’t replaced him.  I also wouldn’t have sold MYM so cheaply since our defense is abominable.

  • SGM

    LeazesEnder  I’m surprised you haven’t spotted yourself in that picture, Perhaps that’s you with the rattle on your head.

  • SGM

    You wont get many one here that could honestly answer your questions, It is going to leave them all a little perplexed.
    No-one would have any of those players back but dare not admit it.

  • The Vicar

    SGM I think you are right. Loads of people moan on about outgoing transfers and Ashley, but what would they have done? Turn down £35m for Andy? Get Randy Lerner or the guy at Hull to buy the club? 

    Fine to complain, perhaps right to complain, but what are the practical alternatives. Rip off Russia? become the second largest oil produced in the world?

  • The Vicar

    Billy bob three teeth  OK. What would you do? Who would you buy? Who would you sell? How much would you pay in transfers? What would you pay these guys? Assume you have £50m squirrelled away for funding – what we think Ashley has not invested.

  • The Vicar

    LeazesEnder  OK. What would you do? Who would you buy? Who would you sell? How much would you pay in transfers? What would you pay these guys? Assume you have £50m squirrelled away for funding – what we think Ashley has squirrelled away by not spending.