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Ryan Fraser describes new Newcastle signing as a ‘Monster’



Ryan Fraser has described his new Newcastle teammate Kieran Trippier as a ‘monster’.

Trippier was the first player to arrive at St James’ Park under Newcastle’s new ownership. Signed in January, costing £12 million from Atletico Madrid. He was a bold signing, swapping Champions League football for a relegation scrap.

But the England international has been a class act since signing on the dotted line. Trippier has raised the bar both on and off the field.

He’s been outstanding at right-back, and he has made the kind of impact Eddie Howe would have wanted.

Tripper netted a trademark free kick to score his first Newcastle goal on Tuesday as Newcastle went on to beat Everton 3-1.

Trippier’s influence is clear for fans to see, as on the the pitch the team is benefiting. One player benefiting in particular is the player he shares the right side of the pitch with, Ryan Fraser.

The link up play down the right-hand side is proving beneficial to Newcastle, with both players scoring against Everton.

For Fraser, since the arrival of Eddie Howe, his performances have picked up and the standards are high from the new coach, this has only been helped by the arrival of Trippier.

Fraser spoke to the club’s official website after the win over Everton and gave his new team mate all the plaudits.

“I’ve got to say, Kieran, since he’s come to the club, with me, everyone, he’s been unbelievable,” he told NUFC TV.

“Not just on the pitch. Obviously his performances have been top, top top.

“But off the pitch, I can’t praise him any higher. Small things, getting the lads’ morale up, making everyone better.

“Obviously I’ve been playing with him for a short time on the right, two smallest players on the field but I feel like I’m playing with a monster beside me. That’s what he brings.”

Will Newcastle survive the drop? What do you think of Trippier’s performances? Let us know!


Sunderland suspend Jack Diamond after player is charged with rape and sexual assault



A Sunderland football player on loan to Lincoln FC has had his loan terminated after he was charged with rape.

Jack Diamond, 23, had been arrested after a sexual assault in Washington, Tyne and Wear, last year.

Northumbria Police launched an investigation, but have now charged him with one count of rape and one count of sexual assault.

Lincoln City FC said the player’s loan contract had been terminated “with immediate effect”.

His home club, Sunderland AFC, said he had been suspended pending the outcome of legal proceedings.

In a statement, it said: “Sunderland AFC has been notified that criminal charges have been brought against Jack Diamond by the Crown Prosecution Service.”

“As this matter is subject to a legal process, the club will not be making any further statement at this time”.

The incident is alleged to have happened in May last year.

Mr Diamond, of Fatfield, also Washington, is due to appear before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court in May.

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Paul O’Grady Dies Aged 67, Just Weeks After Newcastle Theatre Performance



TV presenter and comedian Paul O’Grady has died at the age of 67,  just weeks after starring in a Newcastle theatre production.

The TV star, who was from Birkenhead on Merseyside, died “unexpectedly but peacefully” on Tuesday evening, a statement said.

His partner Andre Portasio made this statement: “It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul has passed away unexpectedly but peacefully yesterday evening.”

“We ask, at this difficult time, that whilst you celebrate his life you also respect our privacy as we come to terms with this loss.

“He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humour, wit and compassion.

“I know that he would want me to thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years.”

The TV star, starred in a theatre prodution of Annie just weeks ago in Newcastle as it returned to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal from March 7-11.

O’Grady starred as the role of Miss Hannigan, the head of the orphanage who hates children. He had been due to perform the show across the UK up until November this year.

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Karen’s Diner on Tour is BACK IN NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE!!



Karens Diner on Tour Newcastle upon Tyne

Karen’s Diner on Tour coming to town on tour and ‘well if y’all show up in force we’ll either come as a longer term pop up or simply just stay put for a while until we’ve insulted everyone in the North East!’


Get your tickets here: Karens Diner Newcastle tickets


We have spoken to the top Karen who assures everyone who went last time that Bottomless means BOTTOMLESS!

At our pop-up Karen’s you will be greeted and waited upon by rude waiters who in return are expecting you to give it full Karen. A place where you can complain until the cows come home because we literally don’t care. You can expect good food, good fun and a dining experience like you’ve never had before. Let us know if it’s your birthday, if your name is Karen and for the love of Karen don’t ask to speak to the manager….

Your ticket includes a delicious BOTTOMLESS pizza and BOTTOMLESS prossecco or select spirits and mixers as well as select soft drinks drinks for a full 90mins

*We cater for all allergens

You will get full and authentic Karen experience – our games, our waitstaff and the full works. Decent food provided by the venue (we hope) and BOTTOMLESS booze for those who love a drink. This is a dining experience like no other – literally. Come enjoy the OG Karen’s from OG Karen’s.

Don’t accept imitations – book now to avoid missing out!

See our two below YouTube videos from the last time they were in the toon to see what to expect…

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