Joey Barton Returns On The Bench Today

News last night that Joey Barton will make his return to the first team today against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, as a substitute.

Joey Barton – on subs bench today at Arsenal

And Joey’s inclusion, with that of Shola Ameobi, shows how Newcastle are already down to the bare bones of their squad, and it’s only their 4th game of the season.

Shola failed a medical, which derailed his proposed move to Ipswich Town last week, because of a hamstring injury, but he still included on the bench.

Kevin told the Newcastle Journal today:

“I’ve got three kids to make up my 17 so I’ve got 14 senior players available and two of those, Joey Barton and Shola Ameobi will be on the bench,”

“Joey is in the squad ahead of schedule, it’s probably a week to 10 days earlier than is ideal, but common sense will prevail with him, we just needed to have seven subs.”

Kevin will attend an FA disciplinary hearing this coming Friday, to try to help his player Joey Barton, and he would not be surprised if Joey is suspended for a number of games, after admitting to assault on his former Manchester City team-mate Ousmane Dabo during a training-ground incident last May.

Keegan added:

“We don’t know what is going to happen on September 5. A group of people have got to sit down at the FA and do whatever they’ve got to do.”

“Some people think he might get 15 games, which sounds ridiculous, but it wouldn’t be unbelievable if he got a few games.”

“His frame of mind is good though, there is no problem there. It’s quicker than we wanted, but he’s not going to start, he’s only going to play for 10 or 15 minutes at most.”

The last thing we wanted before the end of the transfer window is to lose players which we did yesterday, rather dramatically with James Milner.

But Keegan probably has been promised one or two additional players in to compensate for that, with the ?10M we received from the deal, but the recruitment team led by Dennis Wise now has only 2 days to bring in new players, and right now, as witnessed by the youngsters who will be on the bench today, our strength in depth is just not there.

Comments welcome.

38 comments so far

  • Oh yeah, this is going to be superb. Guthrie and Butt…then later in 2nd half, Barton take over Guthrie to aid Owen

  • Davies

    Aug 30, 2008 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #2


  • I still think we should get a more offensive midfielder (moutinho) and a holding midfielder like Veloso or Xabi Alonso.

  • Oleg G

    Aug 30, 2008 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #4

    At some point, did anyone said to himself- lets show our feeling for the club by not showing to a home game? but I mean in big numbers.

    Altough KK did said yesterday that everything is good, I think that is part of his proffesionalism and loyalty to the club and MA, and not 100% because everything is really ok.

    I just hope that today we will not get any of the players Injured. thats all !!!

    Good luck !

  • Matt

    Aug 30, 2008 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #5

    The strength in depth is currently all injured! I have faith that by Monday we will have a pretty good squad.

    Good luck today Mr Barton, show us your worth please.

  • Geordie SPIDERMAN18 (GG7)

    Aug 30, 2008 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #6



    Aug 30, 2008 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #7


  • ToonKing

    Aug 30, 2008 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #8

    great news, can’t wait for Joey to get back into form…hope he doesn’t get suspended.

    we just have to weather this game today, what happens happens…..we’ll be in a much better position in 2 weeks time for Hull.

  • mitch

    Aug 30, 2008 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #9

    HA way joey you served your time and you are a toon player lets get behind this lad now he will be great for us this season If this was a manure player he would only get a 3 match ban so joey you know how much they love the toon 12 match ban


    Aug 30, 2008 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #10

    If we get Joey fit and his head is sorted then we have one of the best midfielders in the country. Lets give him his last chance. Legend Barton

  • wsq

    Aug 30, 2008 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #11

    away da lads! lets whip arsenal’s buttocks


    Aug 30, 2008 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #12



    Aug 30, 2008 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #13

    t henry will be a toon player before monday , now thats a wow mr cashley

  • Mr McGee

    Aug 30, 2008 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #14

    “I’ve got three kids to make up my 17 so I’ve got 14 senior players available and two of those, Joey Barton and Shola Ameobi will be on the bench,”

    So who’s the other player? 11 players + 7 subs = 18!!

    Haha classic keegan!!!

  • The Entertainers

    Aug 30, 2008 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #15

    Whether you tolerate him or cant stand him, hes a Newcastle United player.

    We all knew this day would come and when hes wearing the black and white i wish him well.

    Good luck Joey, i think you’ll need it!

  • Frankieboy

    Aug 30, 2008 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #16

    Will be his only chance as he may get a ban till December.
    then he will be depressed and frustrated cos he’s not playing, go out on town, get pissed and have a go at somebody with or without a reason and here we go again.

  • wilko

    Aug 30, 2008 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #17

    Joey we are all behind you and will support 100%. The road back will be tough at times but JUST READ THE POEM “IF ” BY KIPLING – TRUE INSIPIRATION

  • Will

    Aug 30, 2008 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #18

    Very Happy to see him back.

    Welcome back Joey!

  • Ericles

    Aug 30, 2008 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #19

    At least Barton wants to play for NUFC. Milner obviously did not. Barton for all his trials and tribulations still wears black and white. Milner now plays for a club of a lesser colour, and a lesser future.

  • Marty

    Aug 30, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #20

    ERIC C M,T HENRY would be a oh no signing.
    He will just want more cash than Owen so that will not happen

  • Marty

    Aug 30, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #21

    Mr Mc gee,Two of those(meaning 2 of the 14 senior players)will be on the bench along with 3 kids
    but i agree KK mathematics aint the best but he is an absolute GEM


    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #22

    marty its happening ashley has been over there all week ,needs to fill the corperate boxes and the seats for that matter

  • Spyro

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #23

    I hope he is given a good reception by our fans if he comes on, he has done his time and now its time for him to get his head down, i will be cheering him on today

  • Spyro

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #24

    no its not happening Crammy, how can people believe such nonsense, how old are some of you?

  • Shola Ameobi

    Aug 30, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #25

    Probably the only bit of half decent news we’ve had all week.

    ‘mod the lads.

  • magpie6699

    Aug 30, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #26

    I misread the headline – “Joey Barton returns to the Bench today” – and assumed that he was again in trouble.
    I struggle to understand how so many people are so happy – although they’re entitled to their opinions. Said it before – I only ever saw a fairly good midfielder on his good days and a poor one on his bad ones, not the world-beating creative genius that some seem to make him out to be. When did he have a game that was better than (say) Guthrie has had so far? I must have missed it last season.
    Bottom line for me though – he’s already had about 3 chances to change and blown all of them – unlike some of the other players in the past who messed up but turned themselves round. I don’t think his behaviour problems will go away, the Toon will again be in the news for the wrong reasons and I really wish we had never signed him.
    As for loyalty and wanting to play for Newcastle, he is loyal to the £60 a week he’s managed to hang on to and if some reports are to be believed (are they ever??), he’s told other players that he’s on a promise from Portsmouth that they’ll pick him up anytime he / we decide.

  • Sav

    Aug 30, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #27

    If he’s going down for 15 matches he may as well be unleashed to clean out Fabregas and Adi today and go for the jackpot.
    If we get any kind or result tonight, KK will be a hero and all will be rosy. If we get lamped, the knives will be out and the doom merchants will have all of Sunday to prophecy.

  • nightfall

    Aug 30, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #28

    Ericles – “At least Barton wants to play for NUFC. Milner obviously did not.” ????

    barton has no choice…but to play…and smile in front of cameras….

  • BenjiToon

    Aug 30, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #29

    This shows the state we’re in doesn’t it? I don’t mean all the panic some on here have about lack of transfers – of the players we might have wanted to keep only Milner’s left and 4 good players have already come in. What I mean is that our injuries have once again forced us to do something we didn’t want to.

    KK said quite clearly he wanted to wait till after the FA hearing to decide when to bring Joey back. So this is unplanned and a bit rushed.

    BUT…this might actually be a good thing. If Joey comes on and does well, if he behaves himself today and during the ban he’s bound to get on Friday, if he keeps fit…then he can come back having already made a gesture of his commimtent to the club at the Emirates today.

    Huge ‘ifs’ of course. But here’s hoping.

  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 30, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #30

    Absolutely disgusted with this. If he never wears the black and white again it will be too soon. This really is the putrid icing on the rotten cake after a shambolic week.

  • Ashton

    Aug 30, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #31

    Joey is our best midfielder
    can’t wait to see him again !

  • BenjiToon

    Aug 30, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #32

    Blimey – usually bland BBC reporter on Football Focus just gave us a right going over about Barton being on our bench! Said it wasn’t appropriate and that he hopes FA throw book at him.

    Chicken – I agreed with your gut, same as that BBC blokey does. But the reality is that Barton has served hs time in prison and will take his FA ban without contesting it. So he should. He’s been a disgrace and deserves his punishment. But once tht’s done its done and he then has to live up to that fat contract he’s earning…as we’re never going to sack him…sadly.

  • Leo

    Aug 30, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #33

    absolutly agree with you sav, lets hope eh

  • Paul

    Aug 30, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #34

    toonchicken are u a magpie??? cuz ya neva seem ta have anythin gd ta say bout the club…prob a fookin mackem…or spu


    gr8 ta hear joeys back…gna b rippin the arse apart

  • silverwear this year

    Aug 30, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #35

    i think joey once he’s back from the ban will be one of the first names on kks team sheet.
    im fairly f**ked off over this whole ban thing… if anyone should be punished it should be man city or he should just be fined. its not fair on us as we bought him after the incident and he hasnt done anything of the sort (inside the training ground) with us.
    howay we can beat the arse today come on!

  • Big Dave

    Aug 30, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #36

    I really hope joey gets on today and if so i hope he doesnt get any abuse as we all knew when he signed what had allready happened and when played he gives his all.

  • Jimi

    Aug 30, 2008 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #37

    Let’s just cast off our systematic hyprocrisy for one moment lads and imagine walking into a merseyside MD’s at 4 in the morning….Jesus…yep….we’d have all probably done the same thing as Joey and given the young, cocky twat a slap. Has anyone seen this youth, cockey, gang wannabe mentality lately. I know a few people who been on the wrong end of it whilst being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Joey aint no saint as his history tells but his crimes have been blown out of all proportion by the media and some of our own hyprocrite egos.
    C’mon Joey, the fields yours now, it’s make or break time…
    1 – 2 to the Toon!!!

  • Seymour Butts

    Aug 30, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #38

    No doubt he’ll be showing youngster Nile Ranger the ropes and i’m not talking about football!


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