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CHN Links: Thursday Edition

Good evening, Toon Army.

Let's not see any more of this, okay?
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Mike Williamson is happy that his "dark days" are behind him. (Lee Ryder, The Chronicle)

Sol Campbell wants to play against Arsenal. (Lee Ryder, The Chronicle)

Joey Barton's name has been thrown around for selection on the England squad once again, but he insists that he is focusing on the club. (Lee Ryder, The Chronicle)

Another day, another player coming out in support of Chris Hughton. Today it's Steve Harper. (Luke Edwards, The Journal) Harper is hoping to come back before Christmas. (Paul Fraser, The Northern Echo)

Danny Simpson remembers what happened after Newcastle beat Aston Villa by a wide margin - they fell off the next week. He says the team is not taking anything for granted. (Mark Douglas, The Journal)

As we reported a couple of weeks ago, former Magpie Paul Gascoigne has had trouble with the law recently, and he appears to have made it worse by making bad jokes during his latest court appearance. (CaughtOffside)

Cheik Tiote answered fan questions on the NUFC Official Site. It's clear from his answers that he's nothing short of a class act.

Marc Duffy of ESPNSoccernet has a rather entertaining view of the Tyne-Wear Derby.

Toonsy of explores the differences between the new and old midfields.