February 2011
Marlon HarewoodImage via Wikipedia
Barnsley Football Club have announced that Blackpool FC Striker, Marlon Harewood has joined the Reds on an emergency loan until May 7th 2010. His availabilty for selection is still dependent upon the deal being properly ratified by the relevant authorities.

It's another impressive capture by manager Mark Robins, backed to the hilt by the club's owner and guardian Patrick Cryne. Does this demonstrate a determined attempt to make a top ten finish on the part of the management team or more?

Harewood's credentials are impressive. In a career that began at Nottingham Forest (with loan spells at Haka and Ipswich Town), he has also enjoyed extended spells at West Ham United and Aston Villa, punctuated by short periods on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United.

This season in just 11 appearances, Harewood has clocked up 5 goals in the Premier League, which despite his 31 years is a fantastic goal ratio for a striker at that level. Having consistently played at Championship level and higher, this fella arrives with a pair of shooting boots and that is something that the Reds have been clearly lacking.

Another victory for the Reds too over the Blunts. Beleagured boss, Micky Adams has made no secret of his desire to swoop for Marlon Harewood in the press this week.

Perhaps Marlon, like the Oakwell faithful, know full well that Sheffield United are going down!

To finish off the week, we look ahead to this weekends clash at Oakwell between the Reds and the high flying Canaries, as Norwich City come to town.

Earlier today, I managed to contact "Girl in the City" to her readers, from the Norwich City Blog: Let's Be 'Avin You. AKA Rachel,  tackled the questions this week from OnThePontyEnd.com, as we find out a few things and more about the opposition.

You can also find Girl in the City on Twitter: @letsbeavinyou

Football is a simple game, complicated by idiots, Bill Shankly once said, and a greater truth has never been uttered about the working class' opera. Pundits, commentators, analysts and supporters alike pull apart every aspect of the game until it becomes unrecognisable from its original state – but it is an instrument as important as a referee’s whistle when it comes to understanding why a team are where they are in the league.

Barnsley, as ever, continue to excite and frustrate in equal proportions, this time as Keiran Trippier’s late goal secured a point for the Tykes. Football bets at the ready as to what might happen against promotion chaser’s Norwich.

A draw is always the trickiest scoreline to interpret. It leaves things open to interpretation. One man’s sitting back with eight men behind the ball with not an inkling of attacking intent is another’s spirit and determination, and one man’s two points dropped is another’s one gained.

Another factor that muddies the water is context. On the face of it a 3-3 draw with promotion chasing Leeds is an excellent result, but what might have been?

This week, I've been speaking to David Wilkinson, (no relation) from the Leeds United open Fan Forum, The Scratching Shed. David is the Founder and Editor of the site, a season ticket holder in the Kop, and regular at away games.

You can also find David on Twitter: @ScratchingShed1

Perhaps if you were thinking that I would be referring to today's performance versus Ipswich Town, you were wrong ... at least for now anyway!

No, I'm referring to an earlier experience today, which if you were following OnThePontyEnd via Twitter, ended in a disappointing Tweet about my under par performance on Howie Pressman's (Radio Sheffield) Saturday Quiz, the "Full Fans 90 Challenge".

Yep, there were some silly mistakes, but I can only put that down to nerves and the fact that I had been up earlier than usual for a Saturday, as the whole thing was pre-recorded.

And yes, I would expect that everybody else would have got them all right. Perhaps, this was a serious fail, but I thought I would share it with you all nonetheless. Enjoy :0)

Howard Pressman Quiz 12-02-2011 by OnThePontyEnd

Thank you to Howie Pressman and the team at Radio Sheffield for inviting me on, I appreciate the promotion that they gave to the site.

You can catch Howie's programme on Radio Sheffield from 3-7pm every weekday with great music, great guests and a look at the issues which matter to you. He's back from 10am-2pm on Saturday.

Hopefully, I won't receive any threats to remove the clip (I didn't receive an appearance fee or a mug, plus I pay my licence fee you know!!).