Barton – We Need the Fans Behind Us

Joey Barton has addressed the comments he made on Saturday morning, before the game against Blackburn Rovers.

Those comments were reported by the tabloids as Barton saying the Newcastle fans were vicious, but if you read what Joey actually said that was only a part of it – and we think it was a cry for unity from Barton, to our fans.


Joey Barton – his comments on Saturday were taken out of context and sensationalized

Joey talked this morning about the comments he made last Saturday morning:

“When I spoke about the atmosphere at our last home game against Liverpool, the point I was making was that, through results good or bad, we all need to stick together on and off the pitch,”

“There are a lot of new players at the club still finding their feet and there was a big summer of change at the club with a new manager and owners coming in.”

“So it is clear everyone needs time to come together and move the club on and that will happen much, much quicker if everyone is pulling together.

“Of course I never questioned any fan’s loyalty. Who could question the loyalty of any Newcastle United fan, or their right to be unhappy if performances are not going well?”

“In fact, I actually made the point that it is up to the players to lift the fans when results are not going our way.” “What I said was intended to be a rallying call after a defeat. It was not a blast or an attack.”

Joey will discover what kind of reaction he will face from the St James’s Park support when Newcastle host Arsenal tonight, but we expect it to be a good one. That’s especially true becasue Joey could be a very important player for the club tonight.

Newcastle have suffered two heavy defeats in their last two outings at home and have played very poorly, and that’s a huge understatement. But Joey wants the fans to support the team big time tonight, as he continued:

“Arsenal are going great at the top of the table right now and nobody’s beaten them in the Premier League yet this season, but with the fans behind us like they were at Blackburn we can use St. James’ Park to our advantage.”

There’s little doubt that the Newcastle fans are the best around. Nearly 7,000 Newcastle fans made the trip to Ewood Park despite Newcastle’s current poor form which has seen them lose four of their last five games. Where else would you get that kind of support? Nowhere.

Comments very welcome.

31 comments so far

  • indian toon

    Dec 5, 2007 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #1

    well to be frank ‘ the fans will be behind all other player’s except joey, after all the comments he’s made against the fans. patchin up wont work now but a goal or 2 certainly will. :”

  • alex

    Dec 5, 2007 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #2

    Come on – what he said was true. He should get a good reception. I don’t see what he did wrong – if the boo boys are upset because a player stood up to them then its their problem. Get behind the team – all of the team.

  • dobbo

    Dec 5, 2007 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #3

    keep ye fat scouse trap shut, do it on the pitch, not in the press, and then and only then will you get our respect.
    who the f**k do you think you are.

  • ToonKing

    Dec 5, 2007 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #4

    Mark my words: Joey will score tonight. 😉

  • steve c

    Dec 5, 2007 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Quite honestly i agreed with Barton when he made his comments. Iknow the players have been crap but the time too get on their backs is at the end of the game. During the game we have got to get behind the lads. In the last few years i have noticed the ground become quieter and quieter with the away support outsinging us week after week. Remamber its the colours we support, so while they are on the park lets get behind them and drive them on or stay the f***k away.

  • Alan

    Dec 5, 2007 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Well Put Steve C

  • dobbo

    Dec 5, 2007 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #7

    keep ye fat trap shut, do what ye get paid for, not spouting off to the press, earn our respect and then only then might we take your comments seriously.

  • Eve

    Dec 5, 2007 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #8

    He remids me a little bit (a very little bit) of Roy Keane.

    The fans, we do our best like but it’d help if we were given something to cheer about.

  • scotty

    Dec 5, 2007 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #9

    where i sit in the brown ale stand there are 2 women behind me who just talk about women stuff all the way through the game and it winds me up – they never sing! i also have a women next to me on my left who never does anything apart from moan. There is a man who sits in front of me with his little girl of about 10yrs – he sits with his earphone in one ear and has an apple and orange sitting on the wall for half time – he never says a word either.

    There are very few people who actually sing around me and the ones who do also get frustrated.

    In a nutshell there are too many women and kids dotted around the ground. Why can’t they just be contained in one stand so us guys can sing and swear til our hearts are content!!!

    i’d love to bring back the noise in my section!!! but it looks as though i’ll be opting for a seat in the SJH stand next season.

  • billy

    Dec 5, 2007 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #10

    no need for players to go mouthing off in the press .do your talking on the pitch doing what you get paid fortunes to do.

  • bennit3b

    Dec 5, 2007 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #11

    steve c – The fans wernt having ago at the players, but the managers decisions

  • Leo

    Dec 5, 2007 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #12

    thats what i thought when he released the comments earlier in the week, it was always going to be sensationalised by the wank papers

  • Craig Allen

    Dec 5, 2007 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Why do our players talk so much to the press? Am I just being biased since I couldn’t be bothered reading other clubs news? It seems every other week, some NUFC player’s making some statement somewhere. Is it just part of the club culture or do other players at other clubs also chit chat to the press as frequent? Not taking anything away from Joey or any other NUFC player’s intentions I just think less should be given to papers to blow out of proportion instead of more – which seems to be the norm at NUFC. Please tell me I’m wrong and that other clubs players do this as frequent as we do.


    I’m really nervous about tonight’s game – I just hope the fighters turn up to play.
    Anyone seen the starting lineup?

  • Craig Allen

    Dec 5, 2007 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #14

    lol @ fruit on wall guy – Scotty – looks like the dynamics sure are fun in your immediate vicinity. Instead of a move – maybe a kick up the arse is required (not you, for those not participating in creating atmosphere). Maybe you should just go around smacking people to get them to focus on the game and/or join in song.

  • Bosck

    Dec 5, 2007 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #15

    bennit3b – To be fair who they were aiming the boos and vitriol at is irrelevant. Whoever they are aiming it at if they are booing during the game it will affect the players.

    Dobbo, grow up mate you seem to be the kind of fan we don’t need.

    Billy, Barton isnt mouthing off, he is simply clarifying what he said that has been twisted totally out of context by the press. but however he worded it he was right the fans need to back the team otherwise they will have no incentive to pick up there performances.

    Think about it; if you’re going out playing for a team week in week out and you’re not playing well, but the fans there to watch you are cheering you along all the time, you’re gonna think “i really want to pay these guys back for all their support by getting back to my best.” on the other hand if they are in the crowd booing and shouting at people then you’ll think “well sod you then, why should i try hard for someone who gives me no support at all”.

    SUPPORT is the key word here. Noone needs support when things are going well, all the fans are doing then is enjoying the results. You need support when things are going badly when you need EVERYONE (players, fans, manager, chairman, owner) to stick together to turn things round. The players, manager, chairman, and owner are all publicly sticking together at the moment so every single one of us fans should stick with them as well.

    i agree with alex and steve c in that i agree 100% with what Barton said. In my opinion he should be on pitch captain at minimum. while everyone else is trying to be all nicey nicey about things barton is “doing a keane” and saying the hard truth, what needs to be said. we are always going on about wanting to see hard work and honesty from players well thats what you’ve got from barton and now some of you don’t like the honesty. THE TRUTH HURTS, recently we have not been behaving like the worlds greatest supporters that we claim to be.

    worlds worst maybe…..

  • Hadrian

    Dec 5, 2007 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #16

    we all understood that joey , we just thought you were a moron for not saying it like that and labeling us as something were not .

  • Toon Chicken

    Dec 5, 2007 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Joey Barton captain of Newcastle? Don’t make me laugh.

    What sort of example does that set to kids… “now stub your cigar out in the lads eye like a good boy or you’ll never be captain of the toon”.

    Was it just me or did anyone else hear the violins in the background during his Inside Sport interview??

  • Hadrian

    Dec 5, 2007 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #18

    looks lads , i think some of you need to stop having ago at fellow geordies for expressing there opinion on match day . you’ll have everyone eating prawn sandwiches come next season .
    booing’s part of the game , just like calling mido out at the smoggys was .
    nasty tackles are part of the game and those defending joey now ,went at him after the mackems match .
    if there is supporters there tonight who voice there opinion (please god let there be no reason to) thats fine , there allowed .
    without them and you, nufc wouldnt be nufc 😉
    haway the lads !! , got a tenna on 2-1 , martins first goal

  • Bosck

    Dec 5, 2007 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #19

    as opposed to roy keane? he wasnt a great role model for kids, but he was a damn good captain. thats not what he is there to do. he is there to lead the team to get the results. there are plenty of other people in the team and the rest of the world who can be role models to kids.

    our own legend shearer was hardly an angel. i saw the game he stamped on that player tho i cant remember what the match was now, and he often used his elbows very excessively.

    Being a captain of a succesful team has nothing to do with being a good role model for kids the best captains are often not the nicest characters or with the greatest past records, but they are there to lead the team and get the job done.

    adams was a great captain for england and arsenal and he was an alcoholic.

  • Bosck

    Dec 5, 2007 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #20

    hadrian, don’t get me wrong i have far less issue with booing/expressing opinion after the game if the performance wasnt up to scratch or the players showed little effort. what i do have a problem with is the booing during the game. for the 90 minutes they are out there we should be behind them 100%.

  • Toon Chicken

    Dec 5, 2007 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #21

    Think you mean the Leicester game where he swung round and volleyed that guy in the face.
    Agreed, it is not a footballers job to be a role model to kids, just like it’s not Britney Spears job or whoever.
    The fact is though they are. And while Roy Keane, and to a degree Shearer, were nasty b*stards on the pitch they didn’t get in too much bother with the law off it.
    Joey Barton is a nasty, horrible piece of work. I’ve never liked him, and I probably never will (although I’m prepared to give him a chance). I was gutted and dissapointed when we signed him, and so far he’s done nothing that wants to make me change my mind.

  • JOHN W

    Dec 5, 2007 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #22

    Listen have to be honest i only get to half the games i want to or used due to work commitments. But I have to say that SJP is like a morgue apart from the boo boys!
    The team are playing crap, granted but we have had crap before and always encouraged and supported them. There is nowt worse than hearing the away team outsing us at home.
    Get behind the lads for the next few games no mater what the results / performances are like and if they still don’t respond then the Press,the Pundits nor the Players can complain!

  • Toon Chicken

    Dec 5, 2007 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #23

    *makes me want to change my mind.*

  • yet_another_indian_toon

    Dec 5, 2007 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #24

    As I have always maintained…. a superb effort deserves applause. A terrible, off-colour, dis-interested effort truly deserves to be booed.

    Its the way they play that matters. They play well, the results will always follow.

  • billy

    Dec 5, 2007 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #25

    bosck he wouldnt have to clarify anything if he didnt give the press a story to twist in the first place. i like barton just wish players would get on with playing.

  • yet_another_indian_toon

    Dec 5, 2007 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #26


    Given making wild forays into his own half, aye. This Ars team are more talented, and will make NUFC pay dearly if Given does something crazy like that….

    The difference between the 2 teams can’t be more than 1/2 goals. Madness like that may result in a soft goal (read:more booing 😉

  • yet_another_indian_toon

    Dec 5, 2007 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #27

    oh dear, the previous post should have been on another article. Apologies to one and all.

  • Bosck

    Dec 5, 2007 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #28

    toon chicken guess we’ll have to agree to disagree on barton, cos we seem to agree about most other things!!!

    Billy, i agree about most of the player interviews but to me there are 2 that were ok. Given and harpers joint statement, and joey bartons comment, as i think it was something which needed to be said and i honestly think we’ll all be thanking him for saying if we all get behind the team and bring them out of this bad phase/

  • Toon Chicken

    Dec 5, 2007 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #29

    Reet off to the pub!

    I’ll take a draw right now.

    Haway the lads!!

  • ToonUSA

    Dec 5, 2007 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #30

    Hey does anyone know if the live comentary will be on for the game. It currently says error on the page.

    I will be gutted if i can’t listen to the game. 🙁

  • ToonKing

    Dec 5, 2007 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #31

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