Taylor Warns Chopra Of Rough Reception

Steven Taylor has warned his friend Michael Chropra that he’s in for a rough reception from the Newcastle crowd on Sunday.


Michael Chopra – local lad who never made it at Newcastle

Steven Taylor talked about Michael Chopra today:

“I’ve spoken to Michael a few times this season and I’m sure he’ll be looking forward to coming back.” “But I just hope he knows what he’s got coming to him.”

“It won’t be a happy return for him – in fact, it could be a fairly rough reception from his point of view, but that’s what playing in a derby is all about.”

“He did well for Newcastle when he was here, but that’s all forgotten once he pulls on a Sunderland strip. We’re focused on what we want to do – and that’s beating Sunderland.”

Michael of course went to Gosforth High School like Alan Shearer, and played for every England team up to Under-21, but when he got to around 20 years old he just couldn’t make that final leap into Newcastle’s first team.

He was transferred to Cardiff City and then after one season there joined Sunderland last season for a reported fee of around £5M, which seemed quite high. But he hasn’t quite hit it off at Sunderland, although he still gets regular playing time. He’s appeared 28 times for Sunderland this season and scored 5 goals.

It just shows how a teenager who looks all over like being a huge future star, can fall by the wayside, for whatever reason. Don’t get us wrong, Michael is still a good player and could come good again, but he hasn’t fulfilled his initial promise.

And he hardly deserves a rough reception from the Newcastle crowd since he wanted more than anything to get a contract at Newcastle but only a one year deal was offered which is why he decided to finally leave his home town club, a couple of seasons ago.

That hardly deserves a rough reception, but there again, he is playing for Sunderland now.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 18, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #1

    taylor will nail him first few minutes, and get us cheering louder than ever before.

  • Bobby Ollox

    Apr 18, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #2

    My Aunty’s next door neighbour used to go drinking with the bloke who cleaned Chopra’s Mam and Dad’s windows – and he says that she says that he says that he says that she says, That he said he was planning to score a spectacular own goal, and then do a lap of honour in a black and white t shirt which says ” please bring me back from this hell hole”
    Sounds reasonable – you heard it hear first.

  • Bobby Ollox

    Apr 18, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #3

    and Ive jost had a phone call from my brother in law who works in Express T-Shirts printed while you wait, who confirms that Michael was in this morning getting the t shirt printed – so it must be true……

  • Maverick

    Apr 18, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #4

    I work in the executive boxes at st james and i still see Michael there now and then when hes not with the mackems. hes still a fan and i have respect for him…just like i did for Lee Clark

  • HeronMag

    Apr 18, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #5

    To be fair to Chopra, because of injuries the Mackems have had to play him on the right wing most of the season. When he has started up front he’s tended to score!

  • Leo

    Apr 18, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #6

    well i know he is away to the scum but i wont boo him, he wanted to stay, i obviously will not clap him though.

  • shearer4pm

    Apr 18, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #7

    haha that sounds like a good plan he’s got there apart from 1 thing

    he’s got to score a spectacular goal haha
    best get a refund for that shirt ehh? haha

  • Micky Toon

    Apr 18, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #8

    I can’t remember this much hostility when Lee Clarke joined the SMB’s. Granted he did pay back any grievences with *that* t-shirt.
    Chopra shouldn’t be singled out for any special treatment over and above the rest of the unclean.

    Anyway Kenwyne Jones is the one we need to watch out for, I really rate him.

  • Matthew Tom

    Apr 18, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #9

    Chopra can say what he likes. It’s not about him, it’s about his shirt.

    Does anyone have any cleaning products that can get the dirty marks off the inside of my TV screen after the match this weekend?

  • ScottyT

    Apr 18, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #10

    agree leo been talkin wit mates about what they’re goin to about the chopra thing nd i dont think he will get as many boo’s as you would think. a mean tbh we never rly gave the lad a chance and we kind of forced him out.

    but yh obviously we wont give him any sort of good reception cos hes plays for the smb’s now. gotta love the atmosphere for tyne wear derbies if only it was like that every week.

  • nufctj

    Apr 18, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #11

    my aunties brother’s proctologist, knows a guy who works as an attendant at a car park, which is owned by a chineese millionaire who knows a woman that was once an accquaintance of prince phillip, whom once waved at a man whom was walking past another bloke who used to work with Chopra’s grandpapa’s neighbor. At any rate, he says that young Mike has definitely stated publicly that he plans on scoring an own goal in this match. Plus the chineese millionaire knows another guy who was in the t-shirt shop and can verify the story.

    Howay the lads!

  • shanghaitoon

    Apr 18, 2008 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #12

    I went to Gosforth high too!! Not that anybody cares … Just thought I’d throw it in…

    4-1 to the toon… hat trick for michael Owen!! 🙂

  • Bill F

    Apr 18, 2008 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #13

    Matthew, google Area 51, then go to the alien artifacts page. I believe there is TV internal screen cleaning transmogrifier listed. Hope that helps.

  • Gilly

    Apr 19, 2008 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Bill F… get a life eh mate

  • Leo

    Apr 20, 2008 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #15

    gilly lighten up man, bill was having a laugh with that comment, if you read the blog on a regular basis you would realise that, failing that read the rest of the comments and understand why he said it


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