Nicky Butt – One Of The Leaders At Newcastle


Nicky Butt will again captain Newcastle United in tomorrow’s home friendly with PSV Eindhoven – with the full backing of his manager Kevin Keegan.

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Nicky Butt – will captain Newcastle again tomorrow night

Kevin Keegan thinks there is still a lot of good football left in Butt for Newcastle United, and certainly after this summer’s rigorous training schedule, 33 year-old Nicky may be the fittest he’s been for many a season.

Butt was rested by Keegan for Sunday’s defeat by hosts Real Mallorca 1-0, in the Summer Cup tournament.

And with Michael Owen is still out injured, and may even miss out on our first league game of the season, Butt will be back to captain Newcastle again tomorrow night.

Keegan talked to the Evening Chronicle today:

“Nicky’s an experienced player. He’s got the respect of everyone at the club – staff and players alike – and he leads by example.”

“I like that type of skipper. He’s not one of those who shakes his fist at everybody – he just does his job and says: ‘Work as hard as I do’.”

“That’s why I also like Michael as captain. They’re the type of people who are good as captains.”

“There’s Geremi as well – he was captain against Doncaster. They’re good round the group – they care and they help the young players.”

Butt made 37 appearances for United last season, scoring three goals and he’s one of the leaders at the club, along with captain Michael Owen and Geremi.

Nicky has a great character and he’s proved that to Newcastle fans, by the way he has fought back from adversity over the last two seasons.

He has rightly earned the respect of the Newcastle fans, and Nicky will again be a vital player for the black and whites next season, and we’re sure he’ll do just fine for us – once again.

And Joey Barton can take the great example shown by Nicky, to fight back from the adversities he has brought on himself over the last couple of years or so – and we hope he’ll do just that, once he finally returns to the side.
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151 comments so far

  • Penalty-Spot

    Aug 5, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #1

    Pos his last season…A winning one 🙂 I do hope he does teach Barton a thing or two but I do remember Butt grabbing some opposition player by the throat a couple of seasons back, hmm.

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  • ObaFan2

    Aug 5, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #3

    Butt has generally played well for KK and long may it continue as I can’t see anyone better for his position yet at NUFC :/

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  • midlandstoon

    Aug 5, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Hope that butt does well but still think we need a replacement. Come on Veloso.

    Whats the crack with Fabrio?

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  • Matt Lacey

    Aug 5, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #5

    Hope he has a good season, especially since this season will be crucial for settling in a long-term replacement, e.g. Guthrie or Barton.

    Middle of last season I thought he was playing terribly and that he would be one of the first players we should be replacing now, but I think he turned it around towards the end, led by example and has become a key presence in midfield, we always look more assured when he plays.

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  • Penalty-Spot

    Aug 5, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #6

    by the looks of this Taylor will not make the start of the season!

    http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~1356519,00.html

    Ouch 🙂

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  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 5, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #7

    A born leader in the yellow card collecting..all this spin on players is just doing my head in..Nothing against Butt…is there nothing interesting to report?
    i.e transfers,spending,targets,ashley statement of intent,a dossier on what the three wise men have been upto?

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  • staffsmag

    Aug 5, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #8

    Slightly off topic – but !!! Has anyone seen the BBC web site saying they are going to be without Rooney, Ronaldo and Nani for the opening game on 17th August. Could be a good time to play them (if there is one) Also as I recall they don’t always start the season really well. What does anyone think ??

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  • Penalty-Spot

    Aug 5, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Yeh I read that too. 3 down, 10 more and we might scrape a draw. Seriously though we’l have to be sh!t hot to roll over Man U at OT on the opening day. Can you imagine, just imagine if we did, say 0-3. Oh to dream…

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  • ObaFan2

    Aug 5, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #10

    sirjasontoon, I know what ur saying but Butt did play well at the end of last season, he stood up and was counted and helped stear NUFC clear of relegation, also he played well on Friday too, one of our better players that night.

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  • Pete

    Aug 5, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #11

    Doesn’t matter who they put on the pitch, it’s a sure loss.

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  • ObaFan2

    Aug 5, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #12

    staffsmag, it could well be a good time to play at Old Trafford, even if it’s just a case of getting it outta the way but I’d love a result there and I do agree Man U are slow starters and KK is usually a good starter………. if ya naa what i mean lol.

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  • Matt Lacey

    Aug 5, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Hmm, you reckon if we sign Coloccini we might stand the slightest of chances against Man Utd? 🙂 Think… he knows Tevez from playing alongside him for Argentina…

    …nah, we’ll get thrashed…

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  • Penalty-Spot

    Aug 5, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #14

    Pete, Matt I pity you. No such thing as a sure loss in footy. Allow for the possibility old fruit. That’s why we fill the stadiums with our songs.

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  • staffsmag

    Aug 5, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #15

    ObaFan2 – I agree it is good to get it out of the way early in the season. Lesser teams have gone to ManUre and gotten results. I think KK will be able to rouse that team spirit we semed to be lacking so much last season! @ Pete – don’t be so pessimistic mate – every journey starts with the first step !!! 🙂

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  • Punk Skunk

    Aug 5, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #16

    but if they don’t have their ‘best’ team out, it clearly states in the manure/fa rules, that if we beat a depleated manure, we only get 1 point!..

    …Legend!.. 😀

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  • micepie

    Aug 5, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #17

    So what does “Coming Soon” on the official website mean again?

    I feel that Coloccini – if it happens – could be a massive lift for us and a catalyst to a further couple of signings in days/weeks ahead. It would also put cheeky clubs like Sunderland a little back in the shade after their peacock feathers outbursts of late.

    p.s – I like Butt and I don’t see why he can’t perform well for at least two more years

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  • staffsmag

    Aug 5, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #18

    Punk Skunk – LMFAO 🙂 does it also state that if we are only winning by 1 goal at full time they get 15 mins added time !!!! lol 🙂

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  • Penalty-Spot

    Aug 5, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #19

    coming soon..you’ve surely heard that before. Someone’s having a good time in the office 🙂

    No I think the web guys are preparing a story or have just put it there to get more hits.

    I hate the wait!

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  • Punk Skunk

    Aug 5, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #20

    Totally staffsmag!..
    …You know the ‘rules’!..

    😀

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  • staffsmag

    Aug 5, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #21

    Wey I man – it’s ManUre lol 😀

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  • 51times

    Aug 5, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #22

    Penalty-Spot – Excuse me, but children read this site, please try to be a bit more mindful of what you talk about.

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  • steve

    Aug 5, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #23

    Hopefully “coming soon” means collo has signed and Everton have coughed up 5 million for Smith –

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  • ObaFan2

    Aug 5, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #24

    Defo summit happening…….. SSN are just reporting on poor Man U without Roony, Ronaldo etc lol

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  • Liffyourd

    Aug 5, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #25

    a man ure team without ronaldo looses its edge
    but a man ure team without ronaldo, rooney, nani and anderson is just great luck

    then we’ know were super shit if we still get beat

    😛 jk

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  • DC Magpie

    Aug 5, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #26

    from a reliable source:

    KK’s number one AM target is Moutinho!

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  • where is the signings, we need the signings, we simply wont have a good enough squad for the prem season, even if man u are missing players, they will probavly still beat us with there reserves because our team doesnt look good enough at the minute, and where the hell is colochinni, not heard anything over last two days, come on man get him singed

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  • DC Magpie

    Aug 5, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #28

    5M for Smith…now that is optimism Steve

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  • dc magpie show us the link

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  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 5, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #30

    DC Magpie..this reliable source what has he predicted so far?
    your talking S@ite buddy sorry…too many people on here with reliable sources…all a load of Blx.

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  • staffsmag

    Aug 5, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #31

    Also just loooked on our official site and we have only lost once on the opening day in the last 7 seasons (2005 / 2006) and that was Arseen’hole away !!! A good omen ??? 🙂

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  • if it was near the transfer deadline and say colochinni wasnt singed they would get it done on the day, so why not do it quick, they are taking too long over this transfer

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  • CRAIGG

    Aug 5, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #33

    Well even without Rooney, Ronaldo, Nani and Anderson they will still probably play:

    ———————Van der sar——————–
    —Neville—–Ferdinand—-Vidic——Evra——
    ———Fletcher—-Scholes—-Hargreaves——-
    ————–Park—Tevez—-Giggs———–

    Ok Lads hows that but i will be quite surprised if they dont sign berbatov, and even without Carrick its still pretty impressive not unbeatable but impressive!

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  • carrick isnt ment to be fit either, just gt bk into trainng

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  • ObaFan2

    Aug 5, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #35

    Lol Craig just add Berba for the hell of it… why not stick Kaka in there too 🙂

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  • sweendog

    Aug 5, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #36

    dc magpie… if moutinho is true we’ll find out very soon ..

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/606/A39110762

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  • Liffyourd

    Aug 5, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #37

    maybe there’s some truth in DC’s source

    maybe its a huge transfer smokescreen, the biggest of its kind
    all the while we’ve been in cahoots with Everton is some sort of ‘decoy’ transfer

    maybe it was us who bid for moutinho and everton who took the cover, and in return (onces the deals done) we pay them some sort of cash fee to take Alan Smith

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  • harrier

    Aug 5, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #38

    dammit its gone 🙁 🙁

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  • steve

    Aug 5, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #39

    Craigg – personally I think it’s a disgrace that those Man U players haven’t gone to the Olympics to represent thier countries – they are all top class internationals whilst we just have average players and are therefore not obliged to send anyone to Beijing!

    I reckon “coming soon” in nufc terms means next week at this rate

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  • harrier

    Aug 5, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #40

    dc magpie i kind of believe you as the grapevine suggests we have been preparing a big money bid for a great AMF

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