Owen Praises World Renowned Newcastle Fans

Michael Owen thinks there is no better place to be than Newcastle upon Tyne, when the team are winning football matches. Isn’t that true!


Michael Owen – delighted after scoring Newcastle’s 3rd goal last Sunday

That hasn’t been too many times this season but with two wins in a row things are looking up in Newcastle and at the club.

Michael Owen at last is being taken to the hearts of the Newcastle fans as he has shown, since Kevin Keegan made him captain, that he has the club at heart now.

Michael also got a standing ovation from the traveling Newcastle faithful last Sunday, when he was replaced during the closing stages of the 4-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

Michael talked to Newcastle World TV this week.

“The fans are world renowned for being very vocal and very supportive,” “We have had a poor season over all, let’s not forget that.”

“But when things are going poorly even, they still turn up in their droves and when you’re winning there is no place like Newcastle.

“You can go out with your friends and family and feel good about yourself and the whole place is buzzing.” “Hopefully now, looking towards the end of the season, we can still get good results and finish on a high.”

“If that’s the case then I’m sure it will be exciting and everyone won’t be able to wait for next season.”

It’s obvious Michael is going to be a key player for Kevin Keegan in the seasons ahead, and we expect Michael to sign an extended contract at the club in the summer.

We also expect Michael to hold onto the captaincy next season, as he’s done a really good job since he took over, and obviously has the respect of his team mates.

In fact Michael has done really really well this year, after a very tough initial period at the club. Good for him.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 4, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Love the bloke, class player and professional.

    Keep up the good work Owen


  • Egar

    Apr 4, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Always was, still is and forever will be real class.

  • Kieran hatten

    Apr 4, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #3

    Owen is a class player and i hope that from now on he is injury free and can challange for a top spot in goals next year??

  • bailey

    Apr 4, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Many people including me have tried to vilify him and whilst I am in no doubt he never wanted to come here and would have left if circumstances permitted I cannot deny he is a class player. Now I also think it has dawned on him just what he has here and the potential KK can give to him and NUFC.

  • chuck

    Apr 4, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #5

    Yeah sure, hmmm zzzzzzzz

  • Obafan

    Apr 4, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #6

    GIve him a new deal ASAP!! He has completely found his rhythm for the first time since he arrived on Tyneside. Let us hope he will continue his form like he did in his Liverpool days.

    Great attitude from a world class player!!!

  • craig f

    Apr 4, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #7

    the best player we’ve got, i really do hope he is enjoyin his time in the north east now and his football. offer him a new contract asap

  • Hadrian

    Apr 4, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #8

    really on a mission to sell next seasons allocation of tickets aint they .
    heres a hint ashley , give them big names and they will come !!

  • oioi

    Apr 4, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #9

    owens class -full stop.
    anyone who has been calling him on here (the usual slag everyone off brigade) want to remember back to the forlorn figure of shearer ploughing a lone farrow upfront under souness.
    owen (when not injured) was doing much the same under souness and allardyce.
    course now under keegan he’s thriving.
    dont know bout the soccer circus,keegan wants to set up a business teaching mouthy managers with heads bigger than their bellys the art of man management.
    30 goals for owen next season…and much as i hate to agree with him andy gray was spot on bout oba,15 goals-but more spectacular ones.
    top 8 next year.

  • Markus

    Apr 4, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #10

    Cant see Owen being here next season. He will want Champions League football and thats at least 2 to 3 seasons off, even if everything comes off for KK. Still when he leaves its best done this close summer when we will get a little bit of money back with him having a year under contract and showing his prospective employers he is still scoring goals.

  • domtoon

    Apr 4, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #11

    How many times will Owen talk about how good it is to go out with his friends and family after a win before the season’s over? Your guess is as good as mine but i bet it’s at least another half dozen!

    I’ve always been a bit sceptical of Owen but he seems to be coming through for us now. A rediculously bad set of circumstances, really out of his control has plagued his time on Tyne-Side, but now the Messiah is back in Toon I think there is a good chance he will stay with us for maybe another season and hopefully, hopefully, hopefully bang in 20+ for us before he sets sail for another club.

  • Tripp

    Apr 4, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #12

    I don’t think so. I think he’s enjoying this role he’s in. Both his new position and the captaincy. He’s not going to get that going to a top 4 club and would they want him anyways? I really doubt it. He ain’t gettin’ any younger and his fitness is still questionable. I really hope he stays and helps lay the foundations for a much more consistent, performing team. I’m guessing that’s what he’ll do.

  • Vitorbarbosa

    Apr 4, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #13

    As long as he doesn’t get injured, he will be fine. It seems there are a lot of effort from whole NUFC to make us, as fans to accept Owen in our team. A lot of people coming up and backs him, no matter it’s up or down. I think, we might be too critical of him, that’s why the club need to do so many things in order for us to welcome Owen in our team.

  • Leo

    Apr 4, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #14

    owen has defo pulled me round, he wont leave newcastle, the only team i seem him goin to wud be pool

  • Reb

    Apr 4, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #15

    ‘pool won’t want him, Leo, so no worries on that front. Not unless/until Benitez leaves and a new manager wants to partner Torres with another striker — and I’m not sure Owen would want to return to Liverpool anyway. Aside from the ability to live at “home” in N. Wales, what’s the appeal now? In 2005 (one year into Benitez) a lot of his old teammates were still at the club, same with the backroom staff. That’s less true now, with new owners and Benitez’s men in the backroom. Most of Owen’s old mates are gone : Murphy, Hamann, etc., likely to be joined by Hyypia & Riise this summer. It’d just be Carra and Stevie still there from Owen’s old playing days — the only reason Benitez hasn’t replaced them with Spanish-speaking versions is fan pressure. Even Steve Heighway has left the club (brought Owen through the academy) and Phil Thompson (former coach). It’s not like the Liverpool fans have ever loved Owen so he’d not return to a hero’s welcome or anything.

    That’s the reason, I think, so many at Newcastle are pressing for the fans to warm up to Owen. The lad lights up like a Christmas tree when he gets his name sung — it’s been rare for him throughout his career. He admitted in his book that his reception on signing made his wife cry (in happiness, unlike his reception at Anfield on the following Boxing Day) and his mum as well. He’s often spoken of loving to play in front of the vocal & supportive Toon fans, and also said that it hurt when he was getting heckled earlier this season before England matches by Toon fans — he had a good response to the heckling from the Everton fans though (GOAL!).

    Newcastle can’t offer Michael Owen medals or European football (at least, not until he’s around 30 and Keegan’s had some time) but to be honest, as competitive as he is, Owen HAS medals — from Youth Cup to FA Cup and UEFA Cup, two Carling Cups, and of course the Ballon d’Or. His trophy cabinet is hardly empty. What Newcastle CAN offer Michael Owen is the chance to be the one who gets his name sung, a chance to be a fans’ favorite (few fan-bases appreciate/love a goalscorer like the Geordies) and lead the club back to a solid spot on the table maybe even back to Europe in a couple seasons. The club, especially Keegan, seem to understand what Newcastle CAN offer Owen — the adoration & respect of the fans, and the chance to shine as the “flagship” player of the club.

  • Thomas

    Apr 4, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #16

    oioi, first off, owen getting 30 goals? (has he ever achieved that in his career?) very unlikely, especially since we won’t even have european football. and martins only 15 goals? on his debut season he got 17, and i imagine that he’ll only improve year upon year, his and owen’s goal should be 20+ for the season.

  • Luke

    Apr 4, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #17

    cracking comment reb

    owen is home

  • ObaFan2

    Apr 4, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #18

    You’d be mad if as a player you didn’t want to play for KK’s team. So if people (maybe like Zog) want to go and miss the fun then so be it! Not our loss!

    We are so lucky to have a second chance at watching an entertaining team, OK maybe we won’t win as many cups as Man U, Chelski or Pool but we’ll more than likely have fun every weekend during the next season and seasons to come.

  • hanzemre

    Apr 5, 2008 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #19

    MO is as ever a world-class striker when he is match fit & has top services from other players. Just keep him fit & happy & all will always goes well no problem. I still think we need a team of specialists to take care on our players’ diet, well-being varies to injury-preventation. hmm something like that i assume.


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