Joey Disappointed at Newcastle’s Vicious Fans

Joey Barton has been rather critical of the behavior of the Newcastle fans over the last couple of home games, and Joey does not seem to hold back in saying that he expected the Newcastle United supporters to get behind the team.

But Joey says he hasn’t seen that. In fact he’s seen the exact opposite.


Joey Barton – disappointed at Newcastle fans

Let’s see what Joey has been saying as he talked to the Times today:

“I came to the club expecting this famous crowd getting behind us, but I’ve yet to see that. Instead, it’s been vicious,”

The St. James’ Park crowd was seen on TV around the world last Saturday viciously taunting Big Sam from less than 7 yards away. Sam looked straight ahead, chewing on his gum. This hardly showed the best side of the St. James’ faithful.

Last Saturday was the fourth match in succession without a victory in a run that has been been completely blown out of proportion by both the media and the fans. But it seems that Barton has been shocked by the negativity coming from the stands, and feels the need to tackle the issue head on.

Joey continued:

“I don’t think I’ve heard a crowd this vicious,” “There is a fear factor. During the Liverpool game Peter Crouch came up to me and said the same thing.”

“That shocked me. Our next home game is against Arsenal and if we go out there and are greeted with that sort of atmosphere we’ll lose again.”

It’s almost 40 years the club has gone without winning anything. With this lack of achievement at the club it really isn’t too surprising that the Newcastle faithful are beginning to lose faith that we can agin get back to being a very successful team. The fans will take a lot of convincing and any bad results along the way are being turned into crisis periods, as we have witnessed during this last week.

But this is what happens at a club when for the last 10 years the fans have been taken for granted and misused by the upper management at the club. Shepherd and Douglas Hall were at the club to serve themselves, let’s not beat about the bush. We’ll say no more than that.

But we believe we have the right management in place now both with the new Owner, the Chairman and yes, the Manager too. The owner Mike Ashley has shown himself to be a good man, and is already wrapped up in the passion that is Newcastle United. And Chairman Chris Mort has put a very professional face on the club and seems to be doing all the right things and is not one to panic and give knee-jerk reactions to results.

And Sam will be Sam, but you cannot accuse the man of not throwing himself into the job to try to bring success to Newcastle again. Sam knows this is his one big chance in football management, and he doesn’t want to lose that chance.

Joey continued of what he thinks is needed from the Newcastle crowd so that success can be brought back to the club.

“Without people behind us we can’t achieve anything and I know other players feel the same,” he said. “You look at the caliber of players here over the last ten years, like Patrick Kluivert, Jermaine Jenas and Scott Parker, and this crowd has been vicious enough to eat players up.”

“They are top, top players and they didn’t do so well here.”

Barton hopes to earn a recall today but we have a feeling that Big Sam will keep with Emre for the starting attacking midfield position, although there’s no doubt that Barton can be a key player for the club this season.

Joey continued:

“When you think about it, you can understand it. It’s easy for someone to buckle in that kind of atmosphere. If things don’t work out players move on and will just think it’s not for them. But if fans stay behind the team then you will get the players playing to their best.”

“I understand the fans’ frustration, but the foreign players hear the jeers and boos and it must be really difficult for them. They’ve come here and played 13 games and already the crowd are baying for blood.”

We think Joey is putting it out there in the hope that he can get through to the fans from a player’s perspective. He’s right tto say when fans boo the players it doesn’t help the player and it doesn’t help the team. No doubt about it. But the fans at Newcastle have been let down too many times in the past – mainly by the upper management at the club. It may take a little time for the fans to now realize they are front and center with the new management at Newcastle United.

We don’t want these comments to be taken as anything but Joey trying to get through to the fans of the club, and asking for their support. This will not be reported this way by the popular press of course. We read today on the popular and long serving Newcastle fans’ site calling on fans to support the team, and we encourage that attitude fully. Let’s support the team, even though it can be so very difficult at times.

Everybody at the club are now doing their very best to turn this situation around. We’re sure the fans can also help with that, starting tomorrow at Blackburn.

Howay the Lads!

Comments very welcome, but please keep the language decent – thanks.

54 comments so far

  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 1, 2007 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #1

    absolutely right Joey, i have really been disgusted with the way our fans have acted this season, and to be honest its pretty embarrasing we used to be known as the best fans in the world because we would stay behind the team 100% through thick and thin, and we was the best 12th man around. i know people will say we still sell out all our home matches week in week out but thats no good if its just 52000 boo’s is it, lets sort it out and get behind the team. we are not the only ones suffering right now im sure the players are feeling just as bad

  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 1, 2007 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #2

    team v blackburn should be…






  • Hadrian

    Dec 1, 2007 at 2:08 AM

    Comment #3

    and yet there are 5-6k toon fans away at blackburn tommorow….
    maybe the crowd were so pissed off cos the performance was pathetic?
    i also belive the high wage’s players get these days breed’s contempt .
    some of us graft our arse’s off day in day out for pitances of a wage packet . newcastles is an (or maybe was 🙁 ) industrial town , miner’s , sheet metal workers 😉 , people who graft there arse off day in day out , buy season tickets and the shirts and do this all year for what some of the lowest paid players get in a week. so watching these guys wear our black and white shirt and let teams walk all over us can be insulting.
    it’s not the defeats , its the manner of defeats , not just the last home game’s , but dropping points to teams we should be getting stuck into .
    this isnt derby or wigan or the mackems , yet there guy’s seem to work alot harder for what i imagine is less than half the wage packet’s our ‘stars’ are getting paid .

  • Bill f

    Dec 1, 2007 at 2:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Give him his due he knows how to endear himself to the fans, Not.

    Give us something to cheer and you will have all the cheers you can handle.

  • Craig

    Dec 1, 2007 at 3:40 AM

    Comment #5

    I can understand, Mr. Barton but only to a certain extent.

    Yes, our fans have become a little impatient recently and it is somewhat embarrassing. However, the performance against Liverpool was unacceptable. I agree with both comments above; some of these players are earning 50-80k a week, they should be giving more! We pay a price for a ticket and are entitled to have our say. Secondly, if we actually played decent football, the fans would cheer the team on!

    Our performances have been pretty ugly so far. Even the wins against West Ham, Everton and Tottenham weren’t particular outstanding displays.

    If I don’t see a reaction tomorrow then these players don’t deserve their pay cheques!

  • geordiejordan

    Dec 1, 2007 at 6:01 AM

    Comment #6

    i wasn’t one of the boo boys last saturday, and i never will be. but i understand those who want to be and respect their decision. we pay good money for seats at sjp. but what bo****ks is this (paraphrasing) “if the fans don’t back us we’ll lose against arsenal”. YOU ARE A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLER QUIT CRYING INTO YOUR MILK AND GET ON WITH IT. give us something to support.

  • Craig Allen

    Dec 1, 2007 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #7

    WELCOME to Newcastle, Joey. Now get on with your job as a paid footballer and the rest will fall into place, instead of scapegoating the fans.

    It really pees me off when players say – if the fans …. then we will lose again.


    Get on with the job, Joey!

  • Cyprus Mag

    Dec 1, 2007 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #8

    I don’t remember Jenas being least not while he played for us.
    Barton has a nerve to call anyone vicious. I think he has done more harm than good, I’m sure the 6ooo fans travelling would have no thought but to get behind their team but many will be angered by his remarks.
    Although I’m not a fan of FSA I think he has acted really well this week.

  • Stocksy

    Dec 1, 2007 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #9

    I dont think Joey is using the fans as a scapegoat! I believe he is attempting to tell us all that it takes time to build a good football team and that the 13 games so far this season dont warrant fans shouting for Allardyce to go to England! Yes Liverpool was pathetic but the reaction of the fans was terrible and over the top, to listen to some of those so called fans we need to change the manager again!!!!! I really hope that Newcastle can get a good run going so that those fickle fans can start singing Big Sam’s Black and White Army……………..fickle!

  • Paul

    Dec 1, 2007 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #10

    It’s like the kettle calling the pan black Barton saying the fans are vicious. He has only been at Newcastle five minutes and not like the rest of us watch season after season of poor uncommitted players. We had some good results at the start of the season but I carn’t remember Barton’s name on the team sheet.

  • Mick G

    Dec 1, 2007 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Joey I’ll tell you whats vicious putting a cigar out in someones face .or beating one of your team mates up. No one needs a lecture from Joey Barton about being vicious

  • Mick G

    Dec 1, 2007 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #12

    I think putting a cigar out one someones face is vicious no one needs a lecture from Joey Barton about being vicious

  • Mick G

    Dec 1, 2007 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #13

    Ed why are you not showing my postings?Is it because I’m stating the obvious? OK I’ll tone it down a bit.No one needs a lecture from Joey Barton about being vicious.Or is the reason you are not showing them is because my computor is clapped

  • Bev

    Dec 1, 2007 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #14

    Well Joey, you pay £500 (more like £5,000 to him) to watch that Liverpool game and all the other rubbish we have watched this season and see how you would react to a team that don’t play with passion or skill. we wouldn’t boo if we thought that the team was really trying their best or that big sam actually played a team instead of a mixup.

  • admin

    Dec 1, 2007 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #15

    Mick G – I just had to moderate your comments – no problem. 😀

  • Michael

    Dec 1, 2007 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #16

    The way I see it, we are collectively as much a part of the team as the players. Admittedly we dont get paid but we should still get behind the team when were playing shit. Its times like this that we have to show our true colours. All this ‘give us something to cheer’ stuff is just bollocks because its accelerating a vicious circle. The away fans know how it should be done and in my opinion are easily the best in the country. Conversely we probably have the worst home support in the country.

  • valle

    Dec 1, 2007 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #17

    As i foreigner, im not raised to support NUFC. Its rather a choice u make… Many ppl in Denmark where i live, support Man utd and Liverpool, cause its easy for the mood i guess. They usually win something each season and dont see the kind of crisis we have been served.
    But when i fell in love with NUFC it was partly because i could relate to the passion of the supporters, always screaming their hearts out for the team… Well my heart sank when i saw those two monkeys scream at Sam on tv, and when Smith got booed, just because he had the NERVE to get the motm award… The fans of NUFC dosnt seem like the same fans 15 years ago, thats for sure.

  • Rob Kirton

    Dec 1, 2007 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #18

    Valle: It was not just those two monkeys as you put it. It was infact thousands of people singing “you don’t know what you’re doing”. I personally don’t agree with booing (NUFC) players, especially onto the pitch. When at the match I always give it my best shot with cheering the team on; however I don’t actually see anything wrong with the songs that were being sung last week. They were clearly aimed at Sam Allardyce and his strange decisions.

    Being manager of Newcastle United must be an incredibly easy job on one level.

    a) We actually didn’t even have a manager for the first 50 years or so of the clubs existance.
    b) The manager doesn’t have to pay exhorbitant sums of money to go to the game.
    c) The manager doesn’t have to turn it on, when on the pitch

    OK the manager is under pressure to get results. Infact about as much pressure as each store manager for Mike Ashley’s sports direct shops. I guess they only have to answer to Mike Ashley, where as manager of NUFC has both him and 50,000 others to answer to. Hey ho so is life. The NUFC manager is being paid millions of pounds a year to sufer this pressure.

    so for this afternoon it is

    Howay the lads…….

    …. and get off your @rse Allardyce !!!!

  • iain

    Dec 1, 2007 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #19

    ed – could you delete the swears out my lost post and post it please. i feel really strongly about this.

  • Swanx

    Dec 1, 2007 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #20

    Who does he think he is. Sitting on his arse picking up £50k a week doing SFA. Maybe if he showed a bit of commitment and not wanting to kick everyone in sight (bringing even more disgrace on our team and city),then the team might do a bit better. Ifthe team showed a bit of passion and actually looked like they wanted to win, or even if the manager looked like he knew what he wanted the players to do, then we would back them.

    Ok I know its going to take a while for the team to gel, but if they even looked liked they were going in the right direction, we would be behind them even if they did get beat.

  • iain

    Dec 1, 2007 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #21

    also id belive what hes aying to be true if it wernt for the performance gerrard put in.

    if our lot though that had something to with them they need there heads checkings, whether you agree with oposition players have been booed by fans round the world for years for various reasons.

    whilst im annoyed gerrard did so well against us anyone who thinks he wouldnt have played that well if he hadnt been booed is daft. its exactly the reason he got booed becuase everyone recognised he would peform for liverpool, when he let england down so badly.

  • big pea ov the weab

    Dec 1, 2007 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #22

    if the team starts to play proper footy instead ov that shit they called footy and germi wants sackin hes shit god y r we cursed so much

  • big pea ov the weab

    Dec 1, 2007 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #23

    any 1 got a link 2 thisafternoons game ?

  • admin

    Dec 1, 2007 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #24

    iain – this is Ed – I haven’t deleted any comments – just changed some of the swear words – is your comment up?

  • Bill f

    Dec 1, 2007 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #25

    Well all I can say to Valles comments is that he feels Newcastle are not worth following anymore then put some more names into the hat and pull out the one you like. I’m sure that is how a lot of the non geordies select the team they want to follow.

    As for myself I was born on Tyneside and would still be a fan even if they had gone into the 3rd Division ( which they almost did but for Keegan).

    The recent booing is a culmination of years of dissappointment not a sudden phenomena. One success (actual silverware) will see the Sun come out again and the boos dissapearing as long as there is half decent football as well.

    The true geordie followers will endure.

  • Leo

    Dec 1, 2007 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #26

    my team is…


    beye faye taylor enrique

    milner butt emre nzogbia

    martins smith

    i will be hugely suprised and mightly pleased if that is the team

  • andy court

    Dec 1, 2007 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #27

    Its time for the players to do what they get paid for. Play football and not critisise how their fans make themselves known. We graft our arses off day in day out in our thousands to see them football, and when they dont perform, we have every right to let the know.

  • big pea ov the weab

    Dec 1, 2007 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #28

    well said m8 true geordie to the end

  • Bob

    Dec 1, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #29

    Bill F:

    Valle didn’t say anything of the sort.

    He was expressing his disappointment that he feels the fans are not as good as they used to be 15 yrs ago, which was one of the reasons why he started to support NUFC.

  • stjames

    Dec 1, 2007 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Seems to me that mr. Joey Barton has a lot to learn about life. It’s my understanding that he gets paid an enormous fee to play football and that in the end it’s the supporters that pay him.

    Am I right or am I right???

    The sooner he understands that and starts to show some respect the better change he has to survive in this game. That goes for his behavior on the personal level too.

  • A geordiedoonsooth

    Dec 1, 2007 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #31

    Can someone tell Barton to wake up if the team played exciting football & we had some exciting players then the fans would be booing. Also it looks like BSA doesn’t know what he is doing playing Smith on the right wing etc. All we want is to be ab;le to say that our team is a good footballing side with some great players.

  • big pea ov the weab

    Dec 1, 2007 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #32

    @geordie doonsouth its no longer BSA its now FSA

  • big pea ov the weab

    Dec 1, 2007 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #33


  • Obafan

    Dec 1, 2007 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #34

    The Toon army always sticks with their team, but if the team performs on such a low level, it is hard for every fan to be optimistic, some people start to boo the players to let them know they aren’t happy with the play. If this is the good way to express your disappointment I don’t know. I do know that the team needs to be supported in a positive way, but let’s be honnes last week it was very difficult to be optimistic and positive to the team. The fans pay to see the team fight and that didin’t happen at all.

    I’m from Belgium and I hope I can come and watch a game this season, but if they play like that I think I would start booing aswell, because I will not be travelling to the north of ENgland to see a bunch of players who play really bad and who lack of confidence (IMO the fact in which SA is responsible).

    Joey Barton is not my favourite player (how good he might be), and he will never be my favourite player, but I can imagine that the players don’t like fans who are booing, but on the other hand players need to be aware that it is hard to support a team who can’t reach the opposite goal.

    To Joay and the players: proove those who booed last week wrong by giving a fantastic performance today at Ewood Park.

    C’mon NUFC!!!

  • Obafan

    Dec 1, 2007 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #35

    big pea ov the weab

    Here is a link m8:

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 1, 2007 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #36

    I had to sleep on this b4 commenting:

    Barton…… if you don’t like it then go…………

    Like Bill F says we don’t choose our team it’s in our blood, you get paid well to perform not to get injured in a warm up game then have maybe 20 minutes of good play since!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My advice to you mate is think it maybe but don’t slag off the hands that feed you and to the press fgs…………………………

    Only 2 people have earned the right to be untouchable in black n white in recent years….Shearer and Given, they’ve done the business……………….

    Anyone else can **** right *** if the heats too much, we don’t want ya or need ya.

    As for BSA negative tactics all the time, stiffle the oposition, long ball rubbish ………. we want to watch a decent game, let the players play in their best positions:

    pick 4-4-2 and put the right players in these positions. BSA is turning into BS BSA to me!!!!

    I’m not a boo boy but i respect every toon fans opinion even if I don’t agree with it. I am also happy to give our manager time but not if he’s spouting rubbish to the press every 5 minutes. You’re not even talking a good game !!!!!!!!

    PLAY FOOTBALL please, entertain us please 🙂

    GL for Blackburn

    game link:

  • evildick

    Dec 1, 2007 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #37

    well i have my beers ready, counting down! I feel optimistic, howay!

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 1, 2007 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #38

    lol@Obafan 🙂 great minds………..

    that was GL 4 Blackburn game not to Blackburn ha ha ha ha……

  • MickC

    Dec 1, 2007 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #39

    I’ve been supporting the TOON since the late 60’s both home and away and believe me i’ve seen some CR@P in that time. Last saturday was the first time i have seen a NUFC team so devoid of idea’s and tactics. We were the home team yet we played with a formation the player’s did not know and were unhappy with. I felt sorry for our front two because they did not get any service and we only had ONE shot at goal the whole game. Liverpool were not the invincible team everyone is making them out to be but we made them look fantastic. football is all about opinions and Joey Barton is quite entitled to his but i suggest he has done himself a diservice criticising the toon army he should instead be rallying the players to at least show some passion when playing at SJP. I do not Boo the team but i would not criticise those that do. Lets just get on with the job of winning matches and getting behind the team. LONG LIVE THE TOON.

  • iain

    Dec 1, 2007 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #40

    obafan id throw in speed/solano into the untouchables.


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