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Newcastle United fans pay homage to new French arrivals in Premier League match at Aston Villa

Vive la Revolu-TOON! Newcastle fans celebrate the new boys with French flags, berets and even a few onions

By
Adam Shergold

PUBLISHED:

20:42 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

01:09 GMT, 30 January 2013

It's not the most likely of places for a modern-day French Revolution – but the locals seem to be willing to give it a chance.

Newcastle United fans who have made the journey to Aston Villa for tonight's crucial Barclays Premier League match have certainly embraced the influx of FIVE French or French-speaking players in the January transfer window.

They've turned up at Villa Park armed with their Gallic Tricolores, berets, moustaches and onions to herald the new arrivals.

French fancy: These travelling Newcastle United fans heralded the arrival of their five new French signings in the away end at Villa Park tonight

French fancy: These travelling Newcastle United fans heralded the arrival of their five new French signings in the away end at Villa Park tonight

Enough to make you weep: This fan wore a string of onions while waving a French Tricolore

Enough to make you weep: This fan wore a string of onions while waving a French Tricolore

Gallic flair: These lads certainly looked the part in their berets and cravates

Gallic flair: These lads certainly looked the part in their berets and cravates

It started on January 4, when Mathieu
Debuchy arrived in a 5m move from Lille, but Alan Pardew's French
resistance against the threat of relegation has continued.

In the space of four days from January 22, four more cross-channel imports joined The Toon.

They were Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from
Montpellier, Yoan Gouffran from Bordeaux, Massadio Haidara from Nancy
and Moussa Sissoko from Toulouse.

Pardew will hope they will prove the difference between Premier League survival and a drop into the Championship.

Flag day: This fan holds up a French flag before kick-off at Villa Park

Flag day: This fan holds up a French flag before kick-off at Villa Park

‘When you’re looking for players and
you’re trying to find the secret ingredient for your team, it’s not
always easy for them to come and fit as well as they did in the first
half,’ he said.

‘I was a little bit surprised if I’m
honest. Sissoko really grabbed the game by the horns and that’s what we
needed because with Demba Ba’s departure from a team that hasn’t been
winning, we really needed him for this game.

‘We worked really hard this week on integrating the players. They’re not here to save us, they’re here to help us.’

'Allez': These supporters had a message for the boys as they chased three crucial points

'Allez': These supporters had a message for the boys as they chased three crucial points

New colours: Many French flags were in evidence in the Newcastle end

New colours: Many French flags were in evidence in the Newcastle end

He continued: ‘In the second half we got nervous and the French lads ran out of legs and steam but we hung on and showed the other side.

‘We know what we’ve been missing. Sissoko was magnificent in the first half and I have to pay tribute to the captain and the other established players for giving the new boys the welcome they got.

‘They (Gouffran and Sissoko) are both in wheelchairs at the minute – they’ve got cramp!

‘We lost such an important game against Reading, we couldn’t really afford to lose tonight; we couldn’t afford to draw, once we’d gone 2-0 up.’

England rugby players pose for Canterbury and Movember

Twickenham time machine! Can you recognise the England rugby stars behind the vintage gear and fake moustaches

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UPDATED:

16:58 GMT, 15 November 2012

Movember has been taking the world of rugby by storm once again this month – but nobody expected it to come to this.

England stars David Wilson, Brad Barritt, Joe Marler and Thomas Waldrom, James Haskell, Ben Youngs and Geoff Parling have been showing the new 1871 collection by Canterbury – and worn accompanying moustaches to boot. (Well, all except Marler that is!)

The name for the limited edition collection derives from the year that the RFU was inaugurated. It draws upon the history of the England kit and features a version of the famous red rose emblem inspired by the very first England shirts back in 1871.

Hats off: England rugby stars wearing the new '1871' collection from Canterbury

Hats off: England rugby stars wearing the new '1871' collection from Canterbury (Top row left to right: David Wilson, Brad Barritt, Joe Marler and Thomas Waldrom. Bottom row: James Haskell, Ben Youngs, Geoff Parling)

On Thursday Stuart Lancaster named his side for the Saturday's Test match against Australia and Chris Ashton's inclusion on the right wing, with Charlie Sharples switching to the left in place of Ugo Monye, is the only change to the side that beat Fiji 54-12 last week

The Saracens wing missed England's opening QBE autumn Test through suspension – but he returns to face the Wallabies, against whom he has scored three tries in three Tests.

Style icon: Second row Geoff Parling poses in the Canterbury gear

Style icon: Second row Geoff Parling poses in the Canterbury gear

Ashton scored his first Test try in England's 21-20 victory in Sydney on the 2010 summer tour and he touched down twice in a record 35-18 win at Twickenham the following autumn.

The second of those efforts, finished by Ashton after England launched a counter-attack from behind their own line, has gone down in the annals as one of the great Twickenham tries.

Ashton is England's most potent attacking threat and he will consider a game against the injury-hit Wallabies as the perfect opportunity to break his international try duck for 2012.

High ball: England winger Chris Ashton shields an aerial delivery in training

High ball: England winger Chris Ashton shields an aerial delivery in training

Lancaster said: 'We were pleased with lots of aspects of our performance last week, but we know we need to improve this week and, by having some consistency in selection, we allow those players to demonstrate we can step up to the next level against what will be a very tough Australian side.'

Lancaster will be interested to see how Alex Goode fares at full-back against the Wallabies after an impressive showing against Fiji.

'He's a great footballer and he provides us with extra organisation in our backline. He's a great communicator with the backs and he has the ability to move defenders around and make breaks himself,' Lancaster said. 'It's a step up for him but he's playing well at the moment.'

Goode to talk: Full back Alex (left) gets ready for the Wallabies with a chat with Danny Care and Chris Ashton (right)

Goode to talk: Full back Alex (left) gets ready for the Wallabies with a chat with Danny Care and Chris Ashton (right)

Lancaster plans to keep faith with the back row from the Fiji match so Tom Wood will begin on the replacements' bench.

'The back row played well at the weekend. Tom Wood was good when he came off the bench but we want to give them another shot this week,' he explained.

On the potential for an Australia backlash after their Paris defeat, Lancaster added: 'We will need to step up and our training this week has reflected that. The Aussies will have done a lot of work on their own performance this week after losing against the French.

'But the game before that they pushed the All Blacks to 18-18 and they are a very experienced side who have played some very good rugby over the last six months.'

Michael Owen"s Movember compared with best moustaches in sport

Hogan, Hughes, Souness… Owen! Stoke striker shows off spectacular Movember effort

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19:46 GMT, 9 November 2012

Real men can grow a moustache. From Hulk Hogan to the suave and sophisticated Tom Selleck, a thick wedge of hair above a man's top lip is a sign of power, though probably not style.

And now 'Movember' gives the rest of us a chance to try it for one month only. If we look ridiculous, so what Charity is the winner.

So step forward Michael Owen, the Stoke City striker who's managed to become the envy of wispy facial-haired men everywhere with a spectacular ode to the probably never fashionable 'handlebar' moustache.

Handle it: Michael Owen showed off his brilliant Movember effort on Twitter

Handle it: Michael Owen showed off his brilliant Movember effort on Twitter

The Movember movement has really gained mo-mentum in recent years and a number of celebs have jumped on board. Even Theo Walcott's giving it a go this year.

Owen's fantashtic effort puts him among some illustrious sporting company, including cricketer Merv Hughes, Olympic legend Mark Spitz, and Liverpool great Graeme Souness.

So here, Sportsmail pays tribute to the 'real men' of the sporting world… and Joey Barton.

Known for it: Merv Hughes, the Australian cricketer was famous for his tash

Known for it: Merv Hughes, the Australian cricketer was famous for his tash

Trend setter: David Beckham

Trend setter: David Beckham

Making his Mark: Lawrenson

Making his Mark: Lawrenson

Legend: Hulk Hogan had one of the most famous moustaches in showbiz

Legend: Hulk Hogan had one of the most famous moustaches in showbiz

Model moustache: Graeme Souness followed the trend of the 80s with his

Model moustache: Graeme Souness followed the trend of the 80s with his

Iconic: Mark Spitz poses with the seven gold medals he won at Munich

Iconic: Mark Spitz poses with the seven gold medals he won at Munich

A Ok: Rollie Fingers gave his a continental twirl for added style

A Ok: Rollie Fingers gave his a continental twirl for added style

But not all who try can pull it off, can they Joey

Wispy: Joey Barton did his bit for the Movember charity last year

Wispy: Joey Barton did his bit for the Movember charity last year