The Silence from Michael Owen is Deafening


When Sam Allardyce was introduced as the new Newcastle Manager last Monday – he said that talking to Michael Owen – to sort out his future at Newcastle (or otherwise) -was a priority.

Michael was in Ireland on personal business but we think Big Sam will have at least talked to Michael via phone by now.

The fact that we have heard nothing on this from either Sam or Michael – may not be good news for Newcastle fans.

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Michael Owen

We had hoped there would be an announcement this week on what Michael Owen’s intentions are – but it’s looking like this drama may now stretch into next week.

Freddy Shepherd also indicated last week that he would hold vital talks with Owen and his agents this week – to sort this out – but we don’t think those talks have taken place.

Of course Shepherd is angry that Owen’s agents are touting Michael to other clubs for a cut price ₤9M – which is an out clause in his contract.

We think this clause is activated only when Newcastle don’t qualify for European competition – which we didn’t – due to the disastrous last ten games of the season – when we gained a measly 7 points..

We don’t think Freddy Shepherd or Big Sam will allow this to go on much longer – the longer it goes the worse it looks for Newcastle.

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Sam Allardyce’s Press Conference last Monday

Allardyce also needs to know quickly whether Owen (and Martins) want to have Newcastle futures. If they don’t then Sam will need to look to bring in a couple of strikers (Viduka, Anelka …) – but he needs to know quickly.

In the cold light of day – if Michael wants to leave Newcastle through this clause – then so be it.

The last thing Big Sam wants is players who don’t want to play for Newcastle – in fact he will insist that every player in the squad come August is at Newcastle – only because they want to be – we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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87 comments so far

  • craig chisholm

    May 18, 2007 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #1

    its a very intersting situation with owen to be honest. i think he is kinda f*&^&*ked either way. i think he would love to go to manure etc but if he has any sort of brain in his head at all he also knows that by being with us for 2 years, doing f*&^&* all appart from getting re-built and paid ten million in salary counts for some sort of loyalty out of him. this is his dilema. plus lets look at his options, i dont think he wants liverpool otherwise he could have went there two years ago. chelski are making no noises at all and arse just dont do british players. that leaves manure. sir Alex is big on ethics etc and he has a good realationship with us for many reasons – would he want to f*&^&*k that up forever over an injury prone 27 year old who is now damaged goods either way you look at it?? it really is an interesting situation.
    i would be more pissed off if we lost martins to be honest and thats the truth. if owen goes we could get anelka and still have money left. plus i really do not think the combination of two short arse strikers is going to gel. Anelka is tall and everyone knows that he works flat out for sam. so what do you think – martins n owen or martins n anelka. i would want the latter and thats the truth. plus look at anelka, the bloke just does not get bad injuries. i would then sell ameobi and get viduka on a free. now thats more like it.

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  • Al Inshearah

    May 18, 2007 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    I don’t think we should to much into the silence. Big players get linked with other clubs all the time. There would be no time for football if Henry, Ronaldo, Dogba, et al. had a arrange a press conferance every time some hack made up a story about them leaving.

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  • lee

    May 18, 2007 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Absolutely spot on. There is no point keeping Owen if he doesn’t have his heart on being a Newcastle striker… it makes the club a laughing stock for being there for Owen when he couldn’t go to any of the other top clubs, and he in fact told everyone that he would only go to Newcastle if no one else wanted him. What are we… beggars?! Owen should not have been signed in the first place… he has no loyalty to any club except Liverpool, that’s where he belongs and if Liverpool doesn’t want him, he might as well quit professional football. No clubs with pride would want to be played around by a player of this attitude, no matter how good he is. Playing skill is only one ingredient that makes a complete player, the other half is an examplary attitude. Alan Shearer was a good example of a player with examplary attitude, that’s why he is so respected even today. Owen is not respected in world football, only admired for his footballing skills. he is a nomad with no loyalty at all to anyone, except Liverpool and England. So that’s where he truly belongs and no where else. Other clubs would be foolish to even consider him as part of their bench. Sell Owen to any of the of the top clubs NOW (Owen only wants to go to a ‘top’ club… whatever that is… ), and let his new club sort out his attitude problem. The sooner Newcastle does this, the better for the club’s future.

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  • joe

    May 18, 2007 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #4

    personally, if one of the strikers goes, I would like us to make a big effort to get Crouch from Liverpool. rated as the hardest working striker in the prem. Also, despite Liverpools rotation policy where you only play every other game, has scored 19 in all competitions. Less minutes on the pitch than Martins and scored more. Crouch and Owen or Crouch and Martins. Personally, I would love to see Owen stay.

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  • joe

    May 18, 2007 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #5

    p.s. What evidence do we have of Owen having an ‘attitude problem’? Have we forgotten who was instrumental in bringing owen to the club? Shearer. If owen had an attitude problem would Big Al seriously have made such an effort? Hardly. Give the bloke a chance. Injuries were freakish and he can’t be blamed. The only interviews seen have him talking of his guilt at NUFC missing out. If he says he wants to leave then fair enough but until then why can’t we be happy that we’ve got Englands number one striker and one of Europe’s finest?

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  • lee

    May 18, 2007 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Let Owen go, and take in someone in the mould of Alan Shearer…maybe Berbatov, Anelka, Viduka or Van Nistelrooy (if he wants to come back to the Premiership). Plus we need to need another back-up striker to complement Ameobi. Four or five quality strikers are needed if we want to double our scoring tally next season… this will ensure us getting into the top four and CL, and perhaps win one of the domestic cups as well. We also need to get Campbell, Hyppia and Bridge… solid defence and already solid midfield… we might even win the Premiership come May 2008!

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  • Arthur Prince

    May 18, 2007 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #7

    Now Berbatov would be great but I think Spurs might want to keep him !! He has been linked with Man U . I think he was one of the best players in the Premiersghip last season . Shane he couldnt come to us as apparently NUFC was his dream club .
    I agree re EMO if he doesnt want to put his all in to NUFC then sell him on but he is a class striker as long as he stays fit .Not keen on Viduka . I like Darren Bent though. Poss Anelka because of his relationship with big Sam . Would he fit in though . I suppose Sib and the Zog could make him feel at home on Tyneside ,assuming the ZOG stays

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  • lee

    May 18, 2007 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #8

    p.s. Owen is silent on his Newcastle future because he is waiting for one of the top 4 of 2006-7 season to prise him away from Newcastle… don’t underestimate Owen… he is an intelligent lad and only thinks for his own future and legacy in football. Don’t be played round by this kand of player, more so in an important department like the club’s main striker. Owen must state his intention now or we will miss out of the summer transfer window for a replacement striker completely. Fat Freddy is correct to ask Owen to state his intention… otherwise Owen can just wasit and wait until the last minute… Man Utd or Liverpool will make last day bid and Newcastle will have to accept according to the get-out clause… and Owen will jump ship… say good bye and thank you Geordies for all your support… and we have only Martins and Ameobi next season!!!

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  • Shaz

    May 18, 2007 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Owen does want to got to Liverpool.It is a question of whether Rafa will take a chance on him with him having had so many injuries of late.No amount of guilt will stop Michael going to Liverpool if Rafa puts in a bid.Stevie can pick out passes for Michael Owen in his sleep as opposed to the scraps he would have to put up with at Newcastle.The best strikers are know for being selfish and ruthless with their decisions.If owen is back at Anfield, i will look forward to Premiership season with optimism.

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  • pete

    May 18, 2007 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #10

    owen is goin nowhere

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 18, 2007 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Al – reading something into the silence only because Sam wanted to handle it quickly – as he mentioned last Monday. We may still be alright but it’s worrisome.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 18, 2007 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #12

    Lee – good point – but that’s the last thing we want – for this thing to drag on – with a possibility he jumps ship on Aug 31st. 🙁

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 18, 2007 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #13

    Joe – don’t think Owen has an attitude problem – certainly not – apparently he trains like crazy. If Owen did go to Liverpool – maybe we could swap him for Crouch. He’s a difficult player to mark – and at times seems to score goals with abandon – not sure what Sam thinks of him though – we know Roeder liked him.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 18, 2007 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #14

    Shaz – if Rafa puts in bid think you’re right – Owen will find it almost impossible to turn it down – unless he’s pledged his future to Newcastle before that time.
    But it’s interesting – nothing stopping Rafa putting in a bid at any time.
    But Steve G would be on the phone to him constantly – as he probably is now.

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  • Shaz

    May 18, 2007 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Ed-You are forgetting a little matter of the European Cup final in Athens next week.That is more than enough to keep Rafa occupied.And what significance does a pledge have if his boyhood club come calling for him when he probabley thought that chance had gone.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 18, 2007 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Shaz – understand – now maybe I’m old fashioned – (certainly old) – but doesn’t your word count these days – whatever business you’re in ? 😀

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  • Shaz

    May 18, 2007 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #17

    I don’t think it does .Take the dreaded vote of confidence from chairmans.24 hours laters they are showing them the door.That is why i keep insisting that there is no such thing as loyalty in football.And i don’t expect Michael to show Newcastle any.It is not just players that screw clubs over.I hate saying a bad word against Rafa but he dropped Dudek after Istanbul final and he has hardly played since.One minute he was a hero the next he finds hmself being dropped from the poland squad as a result of his club predicament,Football is not about sentiment, infact the ruthless nature scares me!

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 18, 2007 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Shaz – sounds like Football is big business – and things will get worse – or better (whichever way you look at it).

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  • craig chisholm

    May 18, 2007 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #19

    hey shaz, you and i are both on different thought trains over owen. i think everyone or at least the majority probably feel like owen wants to leave at he minute. i have no idea if he will or not. alot will come down to the manager and how good sam’s sweet talking is. do you remember back in shearers early years – we did used to get it worse than this all the time in the press about hin also going also……yes, thats right, joining manure. shearer also never said anything to quell the spectulation – but un-beknown to us at the time, have we ever had a more commited palyer for the cause than Al. now owen and shearer are BIG mates, bigger than owen and stevie G. Shearer has already came out and said owen is staying but feels he has no need to answer all of this press speculation. Do we believe Al? MAybe. Either way though Shaz, i think that owen is not intersted in a return back to liverpool. Owen does not see eye to eye wih benitez, otherwise why would benitez have sold him in his prime – with no injuries for a a head scrtaching 8 mllion?? Imagine if someone you deeply cared for stuck it up ya arse and shafted you and then four years later came crawling back asking you to come back, would you forgive and forget. i wouldnt – and neither will owen. If he goes its to manure. no-one else.

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  • Shaz

    May 18, 2007 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #20

    Craig,Stevie and Michael have known each other since they were eleven.Owen and Shearer are not that close.The guy owns a helicopter for heaven’s sake.He can’t bear living in the North East and wants to get out of there asap.Newcastle fans hear and see what they want to.I watched the news conference the day he signed for Newcastle.He said going to St.James was not the first choice hence the reason he made sure that there was a £9 million clause in there,a figure Liverpool were prepared to pay.As for selling him for £8 million, anyone who follows football knows that when a player is in the last year of his contract,his value is significantly less than it would be if he had three years left. Are you really telling me he would not want to go back to Liverpool where Gerrard and Carragher are?.If Newcastle didn’t outbid Liverpool 2 years ago,Michael would be at Anfield where many people believe he belongs.

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  • craig chisholm

    May 18, 2007 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #21

    well shaz – you are obviously only telling one side of the story. you have to tell the whole story and not just your selected bits and bobs. it is true that owen said we were ‘initially’ his second choice behind liverpoo. On that day in question he had contract talks with your lot first and then came to us next. The fact that we bid alot more than the reds did not mean that we had out priced him. madrid openly said that he was ok to go to either one – proof of this being that he had talks with raffa. madrid gave rafa permission to talk. why did owen not sign for liverpool then??? he COULD HAVE. we were 17th in the league when he signed and in turmoil as per usual. He said that after he met with our delagation that he was swayed by how much more we made it clear that we REALLY wanted him. The simple fact is that he was never convinced of rafa’s real desire to sign him. Obviously rafa does not rate him OR has issues with him otherwise WHY GIVE HIM AWAY FOR NOTHING. do you recall that just after he was given awaycon a virtual free (in comparison to his ability) that it was leaked out of the liverpool camp that own was hard to work with and that everything always had to be done ‘owens way’. you seem pretty knowledgable so you must be able to remember it and put 2 and 2 together. Owen wanted liverpool for sure, i never doubted that or have said otherwise – ITS RAFA THAT DOES NOT WANT OWEN. wot do you think??

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  • craig chisholm

    May 18, 2007 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #22

    a couple more points Shaz:

    the way you are talking makes me think that you think we want to keep owen. you say we only hear and see what we want – well, perhaps you should re-read many of the articles on what we say about owen. the simple fact is that while everyone the world over knows owen’s ability to score goals, the vast majourity of us mags are saying that if owen dont want to be here then so what – pack your bags and go. we are not bothered if he stays or not. i atually think that Martins is a much bigger prospect than a 27 year old, money orientated, injury prone owen – and i have said that in numerous postings.
    Secondly, ‘anyone who knows anything about football’ as you put it, knows that you dont even let your best players get any where near their last year of contract if you can help it. owen has two years left, if i was sam , i would not just be happy with owen coming out and stating his loyalty t newcastle, i would offer him a new contract now (and i think they will). when he refuses it (which he will) i would put him on the transfer list and say bye bye michael.

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  • Shaz

    May 18, 2007 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #23

    If your fans are happy to let him leave then why don’t they just say that instead of ‘he owes Newcastle ‘.It is so infuriating.If he is money oriented that is because your club offer him nothing else.Madrid were not willing to accept Liverpool’s bid,Newcastle offered £18 million and Liverpool only £12 million because Rafa didn’t want to pay double what he sold him for.So don’t say Madrid gave him a choice because the choice was go to Newcastle if Liverpool don’t match their bid or rot in the reserves.Those are the facts stated by many and not just myself.If you are going to make points ,make accurate ones please.The reason his contract was run down to one year was because Gerard Houllier was in charge.I am glad you think he will be put on the transfer list because i for one can’t wait.

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  • craig chisholm

    May 18, 2007 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #24

    hez Shaz, you take him. it sounds like you want to have his babies or something anyway. So let me get this straight what you are saying: you say that Liverpool offered 12 million for him when he was at madrid – madrid said no – and then said to owen, look micky, do us a favour, when you pop across to have a chat with newcastle, swing by rafa and ask him if he will up his offer by 5 million will you. Is that what you are trying to say, you are saying madrid rejected the 12 million offer and then gave michael permission to go and talk to pool anyway- what would be the point of that. you are talking pap. as for his house and helicopter bit, you obviously chose to mention what you wanted again instead of the full facts (as usaual) – you have to be a woman, only a woman could be so blinkered. He had the house for years, he had it at liverpool and he kept it on when he went to madrid. He has stayed in the same area and never moved (after buying the whole bloody street appart from one house) and that is in Hawarden. yes he is bloody Welsh! For obvious reasons, you can not drive from wales every day for training can you? the helicopter was bought in order to get him to and from the training ground primarily plus he also uses it for going to the races up and down the country. USing your logic, you could say that he hates where he lives and thats why he has a helicopter to escape to newcastle – it works both ways.

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  • Shaz

    May 18, 2007 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #25

    Craig-That is exactly what i am saying and if you don’t want to take my word for it, read the countless articles that were written at the time.FYI-I don’t want to have his babies.I am quite happy with seeing him score goals at Anfield.Stop being so sexiest.I might be a woman but i know just as much about football as you do.If not more.

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  • craig chisholm

    May 18, 2007 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #26

    shaz – you are off your rocker and obviously mentally unstable – you are meant to laugh at that by the way. lets continue this: email me on craigschisholm@hotmail.com

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 18, 2007 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #27

    OK guys – let’s cool it 😀
    The quicker Michael Owen makes some decision the better.
    Sam will not let him sit on the fence much longer.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 18, 2007 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #28

    As far as we’re concerned he signed with Newcastle – IF he doesn’t want to play for us – then he should go – and go quickly – we couldn’t care less where he goes – as long as gets out of Toon – then we’ll get on with our rebuilding – so there.

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  • craig chisholm

    May 18, 2007 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #29

    yes i agree Ed, this needs to be resolved. was it just me or did Shaz not listen to a word i said though. i think every geordie wants a commited owen (on a new contract though – a must if he is to stay) and on the other hand, if not then cest la vie, be bye, its no big deal. also, i have been at pains to state to Shaz that everyone always knew he wanted liverpool. rafa clearly has issues with the man. i think martins is far bigger prospect and owen and martins will never gel, they are both too short. we need martins and a taller striker

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  • Shaz

    May 18, 2007 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #30

    Craig-just to point out to you i have been listening
    Point 1 by craig-i dont think he wants liverpool otherwise he could have went there two years ago.
    Point 2 by craig-i have been at pains to state to Shaz that everyone always knew he wanted liverpool.

    Maybe it is me Craig but isn’t this a contradiction?

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  • craig chisholm

    May 18, 2007 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #31

    Shaz, i am having trouble locating this point one you mention – which one is it. why do you never listen to what i keep saying – ITS RAFA THAT DOES NOT WANT OWEN – PHEW!!!

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  • Shaz

    May 18, 2007 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #32

    it is at the top of the page.6th line.By the way i have emailed you.I don’t think ed appreciates the tension.

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  • craig chisholm

    May 18, 2007 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #33

    ah yes i see what you saw now but alas Shaz you ahve to look at things inthe context in thay it was said. once statement regards past, one regards present. you must also be a lawyer Shaz! you pick and choose the words you only wish to see too. i will word it differently for you, every one know we were his second choice to liverpool (knew – as in before he signed and before he met rafa). after the meetings with both clubs etc he dicided he did not want to go back to liverpool as he was not impressed with rafa’s sales pitch or if rafa wanted him as much as we did – get it now, past and present.

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  • craig chisholm

    May 18, 2007 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #34

    shaz, no email arrived. did i say it right (or did i get that wrong too, ha) craigschisholm@hotmail.com

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  • Shaz

    May 18, 2007 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #35

    that is the address i have sent it to.

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  • lee

    May 19, 2007 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #36

    Ed and Craig, you are both spot on. Owen is not important.. our club is more imporatant. To start rebuilding uner Big Sam, we need to know that all the players are committed to playing for Newcastle, and we need to know this as sson as possible. The transfer window is already open, and a lot of clubs will be looking for the best players they can afford. Owen must state his intention this week because he is occupying the club’s main striker position and the big wages he gets can otherwise go to another top striker, perhaps Ronaldo or Van Nistelrooy. Why do we want to keep Owen if he sits on the fence too long… force him to commit lonr-term or leave, that simple. There’s plety of top strikers in Europe for the money we are paying Owen. But we need to get his replacement soon, this week if possible. Two more squad strikers are also needed to back up Ameobi. Two top experienced central defenders and a left-back also needed. Under Big Sam, we should be looking at the top 3, if not winning the Preniership next season.

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  • lee

    May 19, 2007 at 2:28 AM

    Comment #37

    p.s. If we sell Owen, we should go after Samuel Eto’o who is leaving Barcelona this summer. We should also prise John Terry from Chelsea who is not happy with his contract there. If we can pay Owen, surely we can pay Eto’o and Terry the same wages. Go for it!

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  • Ahmed Bilal

    May 19, 2007 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #38

    Did anyone notice that the moment shaz said:

    I might be a woman but i know just as much about football as you do.If not more.

    Craig immediately dropped in his email address and tried to take it offline?

    Ed, i didn’t know we could pick up chicks here! dammit, why didn’t you tell me? 😛

    Shaz, you don’t need to take this ‘off-site’ – in fact, I’m sure that as long as both parties remained civil there’s no problems with having this discussion here.

    My take – Shaz rates Owen, Craig thinks he’s shit. And to think that all this arguing boils down to just that (of course, until craig started hitting on shaz).

    Can we move on now? No Craig, you may not ask a woman out here, especially if you have to go back and ask her to mail you again because you don’t know how to get it done right the first time.

    And Shaz – don’t you know a pickup when you see one? 😛

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  • craig chisholm

    May 19, 2007 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #39

    admin you are wrong, me and Shaz took it off the board as we thought Ed thought it was turning into a proper row and was not happy with it. FYI – i am still bloody rowing over this it. i am more than happy to continue this on the board mate.
    cheer craig. anyway admin – whats your view on owen???

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  • Shaz

    May 19, 2007 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #40

    Sorry to dissappoint you ,Ahmed. You still can’t pick up chicks on this site.
    I am not about to get picked up by anyone unless one of you is a younger spitting image of Brad Pitt.I took it off line because i thought i should respect Ed’s site. Owen is being linked to the manc scum again.He better not go there!Not after all the arguing i have done on here.

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