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Barton Substitute at Emirates Tomorrow

6:03 pm, Monday, January 28th, 2008 by Ed Harrison · 81 Comments

Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan has confirmed this afternoon that Joey Barton will return to the Newcastle United substitutes bench, for tomorrow night’s league game at Arsenal.


Joey Barton – on bench tomorrow night at the Emirates

The Liverpool born midfielder is currently awaiting trial over an alleged incident in Liverpool on December 27th, but it looks like there has been a change in Barton’s bail conditions, which now means he is able to play at the Emirates.

Previously, Joey had to report back to the Hampshire Clinic every night by 7:00 pm, where he is receiving treatment. That made it difficult for Joey to play in any games, although he has been training with the Newcastle squad in Newcastle every day, for at least the last week.

Kevin Keegan explained the situation today:

“Joey is in the squad for the Arsenal game and will start on the bench.” “We are very low on numbers at the minute and we might need Joey and I’d have no problems with bringing him on.”

“He has worked really hard in training and I do believe that we will make a plus out of a minus.”

“It’s not been a good time for him but if we can draw a line under this we can turn this into a positive.”

We think it’s almost a certainty that Joey will get some playing time tomorrow night, and if he does well, don’t be surprised if he could even be a starter against Middlesbrough.

We feel a bit uncomfortable with the position the club is taking with Joey, and while from a playing viewpoint we need him playing – Joey hardly deserves the chance he is being given by the club.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Joey Barton · Newcastle News


81 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cooldj // Jan 28, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    wall virginity.

  • 2 Penalty-Spot // Jan 28, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Yeh I fel a bit uncomfortable too. Oh to hell with it, lets give him one more chance under one more manager and see how he goes. Any more crap and he’s out (no payoff) and any jail term and he’s out (no payoff). If; and it’s another big if, Keegan can bring the lad round then all power to him. Wise might have some wise words for him too :-)

  • 3 yet_another_indian_toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 6:13 PM


  • 4 yet_another_indian_toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Wise will tell Barton how to bite off ‘gas’s ear clean…

  • 5 joe // Jan 28, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    he’ll probably get sent off

  • 6 Alex // Jan 28, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    My personal feeling is kick the thug out of the club ,but if keegan is going to give him playing time then let him start the game after all he is beter than butt.

  • 7 hanz-emre // Jan 28, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    yea okay on clean slate give him 1 more chance & lets him play in our CM/CAM to prove us wrong. Who knows if he has learned from his mistakes. Hopefullly he suits into that category of KK-style attacking football. Few more games will tell the better situation of his future with us.

  • 8 Tom_Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 6:25 PM

    Whats all this bull about Barton being that attacking, especially at the beginning of the seson, he’s more of a dm and much better there.

  • 9 keegan // Jan 28, 2008 at 6:30 PM

    barton is a box to box player who hopefully is going to be sent done cos he is scum

  • 10 Kash2 // Jan 28, 2008 at 6:34 PM

    Keegan – Do you live in Byker? Are you a Byker skiprat? Are you on the dole? Maybe the sick? Do you chat online regularly? When was the last time you had a job (excluding the paper round you did as a child when you went round and thieved shit loads of milk from peoples doorsteps)?

  • 11 Kash2 // Jan 28, 2008 at 6:34 PM


  • 12 Tom_Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    I like Barton simply because he can get Butt out of our team.

  • 13 Kash2 // Jan 28, 2008 at 6:41 PM

    I like him too even though he’s a racist axe wielding psycho!!!!!

    He ran the show at Man City and if he can play like that again he would definitely be an asset. Look at Jenas for Spurs, his running power has been immense for them, and if Barton can get his legs back then he’d be class for us!

  • 14 keegan // Jan 28, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    than coming from someone called cash going tell that to someone in byker and get your face jaw broken you probably a paki with a name like that

  • 15 ToonRich // Jan 28, 2008 at 6:47 PM

    Keegan – if you have nothing good to say about NUFC and other posters, then get the hell off of here… Your a disgrace to the toon army, you stupid prat

  • 16 Tom_Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 6:48 PM

    Keegan ive got a distinct felling that you are stuck with a mental disability, is this assesment correct?

  • 17 ToonRich // Jan 28, 2008 at 6:49 PM

    Kash, chill out fella…

    I agree, we need someone with the ability to break as quick as Jenas has been doing for spurs. But who else is there?…

  • 18 Leo* // Jan 28, 2008 at 6:50 PM

    quit the wall virginity sh1t, getting old a bit. good stuff that barton has been training and may add to our team, but its a bit iffy

  • 19 Leo* // Jan 28, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    keegan your an idiot. dont be racist on hear, and if you think you can be, im sure you will end up being blocked, im sure i am not the only one who thinks that

  • 20 keegan 1 // Jan 28, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    that from tom toon the man who judges a player on youtube you idiot

  • 21 keegan 1 // Jan 28, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    paki isnt racist you clown

  • 22 Tom_Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    judges a player on youtube how unoffensive and untrue, half the players i name arent even on youtube. :)

  • 23 Leo* // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    what is calling some a paki then? the fact that i should have used a different word to describe how much an idiot you are, does it make it alright to call someone a paki then? no… nuff said

  • 24 Jinky Jim // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:03 PM

    I,m not so Wise !!
    I’m just so confused !!

  • 25 JP from The Rock of Gibraltar // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    Why is everyone slagging off Butt and saying Barton is better?? I am no real fan of Butt either, but he has been the only one in our team who can pick out a pass and not being afraid of being creative. It hurts me to say but Nicky Butt has been play better than some others in our first team. Barton is a good player IF he can fully concentrate on football and Newcastle. I don’t like the clubs stance at giving him another chance whilst his off-field problems are hanging around. Lets just hope this twat learns quickly to never do that sort of stuff again, lets hope he isn’t another pest like Bellamy or Dyer was giving a bad name to Newcastle United. IF he regains his form which once saw him compared to Steven Gerard then we have a great midfielder in the making. I just don’t feel confident that it’s gonna happen.

  • 26 keegan 1 // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    tom toon so where do you see them have you got swiss tv russian tv ukranian tv you prick

  • 27 Tom_Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:06 PM

    Butt and pick a pass now thats funny mate.

  • 28 keegan 1 // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:06 PM

    paki is short for pakistani

  • 29 Tom_Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:06 PM

    nob is short for keegan/keegan1

  • 30 keegan 1 // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    tom toon butt nufc player of the year last year

  • 31 Tom_Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    ive got the internet, good enough for you?

  • 32 keegan 1 // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    tom toon i can just tell you have a short nob

  • 33 Tom_Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    Whats a short keegan?

  • 34 Leo* // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    keegan/keegan 1…. yes it is racist.

    you meant paki in a derogatory way

    saying hey theres my paki friend. is not racist.

    saying your probably a paki is because you are implying that it is a bad thing… idiot

  • 35 keegan 1 // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    why have you not got a job as a scout if you know so much about these players just admit it you have only read about the players

  • 36 Tom_Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    what a dumb question. I also genereally name the sae players quite a lot, not millions of different names that you perceive. If i havent seen the player im not going to mention it because then if they are shit ill look a tool.

  • 37 keegan 1 // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    if the word paki is not racist so why keep saying it leo\kash2 you little prick

  • 38 Martin // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    What now? are we children or are we passionate Newcastle fans wishing the best for our club? Get back to the matter in hand will you! Barton is a Newcastle player like it or not. He may have a small brain and a quick temper but to be honest I have seen him play some great football. If he can find that kind of form again and keep his nose clean then maybe – and I mean maybe we could have a real asset on our hands.

  • 39 keegan 1 // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    so why if you mentioned them already why keep mentioning there names you parrot

  • 40 Leo* // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    the word paki is only racist when it is in context… as i explained before, or did you not understand it. what is the difference if tom toon reads what he does about players or watches them… he does know alot about players that many of us have not heard about… name calling is boring grow up and move on, i will say no more on the subject

  • 41 keegan 1 // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    i never said anything offensive to anybody then someone says you are a byker skiprat and never had a job that coming from someone that is on this site everyday

    kash2 i would love to meet you in a dark alley you little bell end ill show you a byker skip rat

  • 42 Tom_Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Ok then, im a parrot its better input than you contribute.

  • 43 keegan 1 // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    tom toon you say that

    you contribute saying everyday that butt is shit who knows better you or the manager. you keep saying smith is shit he is a current english international who knows best you or england managers

    i forgot you know everything and you never get anything wrong chikhiou chikhiou chikhiou

  • 44 Martin // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Oh dear, my dad’s bigger than your dad!
    Here’s a question for you. What the feck does Terry Mac do? That bloke should put the lottery on because he’smanaged to avoid the sack no matter who the manager is and what state the club is in. I’m not saying i dislike the bloke, i’d just love to know exactly what the hell he does!

  • 45 Tom_Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    not me, the fans in general.

  • 46 CJ // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    What has happened to this site there is kick offs. Keegan, Tom Toon, Leo you are commenting on totally none footballing matters.

  • 47 Penalty-Spot // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    Keegan 1: Get off man, go on, leave. Your comments, both abusive and racist are not welcome. Paki – yes, used as you used it, is racist.

    This is a good site that people of al ages and races enjoy.

    Ed, help us out here.

  • 48 Ashton // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Com on guys give the lad a chance ffs !

  • 49 hanz-emre // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:34 PM

    peace no war…let’s Barton case aside, we want to build a good team from now on.Either give him a go of games or lets release him now/soon after he’s guilty of the charges then.

  • 50 JP from The Rock of Gibraltar // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:34 PM

    Tom Toon- I know it’s funny and at the same time sad to say, but unfortunately it’s the truth. Take a close look at Butt when (or if) he plays again, you will see that he does try to pick out a pass. Sometimes it comes off brilliantly either to the flanks or through the middle, and even sometimes over the oppositions defense. I know it’s hard to believe but he does try it. Many times it goes too long or too short but he has the vision and experience to know what sort of pass can change a game. Sadly though his quality usually lets us down and I just hope this is what Barton can pick up and start doing himself. If so then we can wave goodbye to Butt and bring in another player, preferably an attacking midfielder with excellent technique on the ball.

  • 51 CJ // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    Everybody just needs to calm down.

  • 52 CJ // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:41 PM

    Joey Barton at his best is one of the top player’s in the league if he never had all the baggage teams like Arsenal and Man utd would have tried to sign a player of his quality.

  • 53 cooldj // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    leo. if i get in there first i’m going to brag.

    you can always call “sloppy seconds” but it could be worse- i could have opened with a racist comment….

  • 54 Dragoner // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    Keegan why dont you find out if it is racist or not straight from the horses mouth? go to your nearest Asian community, call someone a “paki” and see what happens, i don’t think you will make it home mate

  • 55 Dragoner // Jan 28, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    “wall virginity” how old are people on here? serious question.

  • 56 CJ // Jan 28, 2008 at 8:01 PM

    Dragoner are you a cockney mate you always say mate or are you ausralian mate.

  • 57 cooldj // Jan 28, 2008 at 8:15 PM


  • 58 the Northern Monkey // Jan 28, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    evening fellow toon fans-just been reading through the petits arguments and it’s quite embarassing, we are all fans of the club we love wether Barton deserves another chance or not is OUR Clubs decision and one that we must stand by if he scored the winner tom night we would all be shouting his name. Although he is currently dragging the good name of our club through the dirt 2 wrongs don’t make a right,, we will need all 14 of our players to beat the Gooners so lets big them up and give the team our Uited backing

  • 59 Reading Mag // Jan 28, 2008 at 8:40 PM

    Here we go again…..

    Lets slag off our… Players, Manager and own fans…were half the reason the press slate us, no players (decent come) and we all have some thing in common. Back the black and white together and hope and pray Kev gets it right

  • 60 stjames // Jan 28, 2008 at 8:41 PM

    Joey on the bench. Utterly unbelievable and stupid if you ask me.

  • 61 Reading Mag // Jan 28, 2008 at 8:44 PM

    Aged old enough to have children, and watched the current management play.

    Think your right -Dragoner – is it half term

  • 62 petworth magpie // Jan 28, 2008 at 8:49 PM

    pretty sure you can only lose your virginity once

  • 63 ObaFan2 // Jan 28, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Last chance saloon for Barton and if KK has given him a blank slate then so have I.

    If you’ve noticed that Ed’s had to put a polite warning up because one or two have been abusive and now racist on this blog. Plz give it a rest and grow up maybe!

  • 64 Graham // Jan 28, 2008 at 9:22 PM

    I was gonna say something football related but it seems ive wandered into one of those sites where 14 year olds slag off each other just because they can – come on get a grip you turds.

  • 65 Graham // Jan 28, 2008 at 9:24 PM

    Once again i’m with you Obafan2 – its a new regime so lets get behind barton and give him a chance. As far as i’m concerned, the score tomorrow night is more important than personal feelings towards one man. Not that Keegan / Keegan1 or Kash2 would know anything about that…

  • 66 scott9 // Jan 28, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    jp from the rock that could not be anymore spot on completely agree he has the vision and they awareness just shame about the accuracy and hes just a bit to old to improve it
    and barton is our best midfileder no question just a really really big shame about his anger problem as someone said earlier if he sorts it out we could have a real asset on or hands i would say what the hell give him a chance he has great ability and composure he doesnt deserve a chance but his ability does

  • 67 LoonyToon // Jan 28, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    blooming heck…whats been going on here then!!!!!….lets get behind the lads 2morro night…. if young Joseph gets on the pitch he will give nothing short of 110%…. I am sure thats what every NUFC supporter wants from EVERY player…

  • 68 daiv // Jan 28, 2008 at 10:32 PM

    This is a fotball blog and all we are doing is discussing a racist remark. Pathetic. It is racist. End of. Ed you must bar that idiot from the blog otherwise its goodnight from me. I await confirmation from you Ed in writing. Now lets get talking football.

  • 69 Dragoner // Jan 28, 2008 at 10:37 PM

    Yes i am a londoner, which is why i don’t understand why you lot slag off southerners so much, there are newcastle fans down here aswell you know

  • 70 CJ // Jan 28, 2008 at 10:40 PM

    Brigthen up lads thing could be worse we could have the world class Prica and Bardsley ha ha.

  • 71 CJ // Jan 28, 2008 at 10:48 PM

    Dragoner- Thats not the way you put it YOU LOT sound’s a bit harsh.

  • 72 Tom_Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 10:49 PM

    I suppose you’d classify me as a londoner aswell, cambridge, not london.

    Prica isnt actually that bad!

  • 73 CJ // Jan 28, 2008 at 11:04 PM

    Tom Toon- Would you have liked the Toon to sign Prica?

  • 74 CJ // Jan 28, 2008 at 11:05 PM

    Is Cambridge next to London

  • 75 Tom_Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 11:06 PM

    No way hes not good enough for us but im just saying hes not as crap as people are going to think, probs one of the mackems best players.

    Not really but close.

  • 76 CJ // Jan 28, 2008 at 11:13 PM

    The macslums are just Man Utd’s reserves. Every time i see the Macslums i have to laugh at Mcshane he is worse than Tit Bramble.

  • 77 Leo* // Jan 28, 2008 at 11:18 PM

    cooldj, sloppy seconds isnt bad as long as clean— works for the blog and sex haha…

    yes racist comments arnt welcome lol

  • 78 ChrisL // Jan 28, 2008 at 11:31 PM

    Ed, I know it’s your site & you can run it how you see fit, but I’m starting to choke because of the way you shoving your opinions down our thoughts! Let people make up their own mind, rather then making a one sided statement followed by running a pole. It just makes the pole a waste of time.

  • 79 ELFER // Jan 29, 2008 at 9:20 AM

    well, blinding all thes bad racist talks I think that BARTON deserves one more chance and we should stand behind him for what he makes on the field (and I’m only talking about playing football of course!!).

    All other things are BARTON’s personal problems and he needs to sort them out and get help! If he starts to damage our football club on the field he needs to get fired. But as long as he plays good football he should receive our support I think.

  • 80 Graeme // Jan 29, 2008 at 9:31 AM

    Ed, how can you say in your third paragraph that Barton has to be back at the clinic by 1900 every night, if he’s going to be on the bench for us, in London, with a kick-off later than his curfew????

    As far as I’m concerned, he shouldnt be anywhere near the team until he clears his name or goes down.

  • 81 evildick // Jan 29, 2008 at 9:40 AM

    everything i know about barton’s life outside football i read in the papers. which are really just entertaining short stories.

    until he’s proved guilty we should use him as he is our asset.

    and i do think he’s more exciting than butt.

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