Owen Attempts To Rally Troops


Michael Owen has done his best over the last two days to try to increase the morale on Tyneside, and today has called for our experienced players to step up to the plate (his words not mine).

Michael Owen – this is what we want to see Michael doing tonight

Newcastle’s top goalscorer has called on his experienced team-mates such as Shay Given, Steve Harper and Nicky Butt to lend their experience to the Newcastle cause during what we all know is a testing period for players and fans alike.

Michael told nufcTV today:

“My role is important obviously when we have not got a manager as a focal point,” “It’s important for the likes of myself, Shay Given, Steve Harper, Nicky Butt and obviously Chris Hughton to step up to the plate a little bit more.”

“But we can’t use excuses, we have to go out on the pitch and give 100% and get results.” “Spurs is a great chance to do that and a win would give everyone a lift.”

Michale can help things big time tonight because an early goal would give the lads the confidence they need to go on and win the game.

There are reports that Newcastle fans may stay away tonight, but we still expect them to support the players, since this mess at the club right now has nothing to do with them, and we’re certainly in this mess together.

There’s not much we can do right now, other than hope things will improve, and improve quickly.
Comments welcome.



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76 comments so far

  • MAG PIE

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #1

    Anyone interested in joining the supporter’s club register your interest for free on

    newcastle-united-supporters-club.co.uk

    The more that register the less leaflets I need to give out on saturday !

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Anyone interested in supporting the TEAM please leave your bedsheets at home tonight.

    The last thing we need is another shambolic show of support (round of applause for the cockeneye mafia banner) like the Hull debacle.

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  • greg

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #3

    let’s dick them.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Bout time MO stood up and said something to the press. He as captain has said nowt for weeks and then suddenly over 3 days its get behing the team, got to step up etc etc.

    Sorry but NUFC PR dept and press room telling him to do it – because the sales for tonight wont hit 20K by reports that are in circulation.

    Im a right negative git today.

    Agreed with prev post – need the boo boys to only target tottenham.

    I will be watching on the tele tonight as cant make it to SJP but am there in spirit.

    COME ON TOON!!!

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  • reillers

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #5

    As captain, don’t know how he’s captain but he is, and as captain it’s his responsibility to stand up and lead at the front. But he hasn’t been there, he hasn’t stood up and he definitly hasn’t lead this team. And no doubt he’ll be gone come January.

    It’s funny how the people he’s telling to stand up are all ready standing a whole head and shoulders above him.

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  • k k forever

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #6

    ashley sez the club cud be sold for the weeked

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  • Obafan

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #7

    He and the other experienced players are trying to get a positive feeling for the players and staff. Trying to find the confidence! I hope this works, cause a win is necessary to get the team going again.

    Thank God we’ve got Owen, Hughton and the press loving Taylor cause they talk to the fans via the press. If they were silence we would know less than nothing (cause Ashley and his monkeys are too busy with gambling and drinking and that is the reason they can not talk to the press).

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #8

    reilliers – sorry like but you are talking sh!te. a captain’s job is to lead on the field, not off it. every time Owen has played he has lead from the front and put in some excellent, committed performances – scoring crucial goals that have either won matches or saved our skins.

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  • Obafan

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #9

    k k forever

    Where did you read/hear that comment? And has Ashley really said something to the press??? That would be the 8th miracle of the world 😉 .

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  • Obafan

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Toon chicken

    I don’t always agree with your comments, but now you’re spot on. Some of the so called fans on here are only criticising the players. We should stick together and support the players and Hughton.

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  • k k forever

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #11

    sky sports news oba and the nigerian sed keegan is a big part if he wants to be

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  • k k forever

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #12

    toon chicken i agree with u on sumit u not all bad then

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #13

    with you 100% Obafan.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #14

    ah lads – am feelin the love.

    group hug?

    haha – ok maybe not. 😉

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  • Spitfire

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #15

    The players really have a chance to become heroes if they can only deliver on the pitch. Yes its not easy when the place is in turmoil – group dynamics are affected every time a group changes no matter what the change or how small it is. But the group has to recover and heal itself before achieving performance. Its been 20 or so days now. The players have to get themselves sorted and in truth if they do so and start getting results in the current climate they could become legends.

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  • Obafan

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #16

    k k forever

    Thanks for the confirmation m8.

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  • reillers

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #17

    Toon Chicken..Come on, we all know that he’s been waiting for a reason to leave, and now he will, he’ll probably be out the door come January.
    I just think he’s being a wee bit of a hypocrite saying the likes of Given and Harper and such have to stand up when they’re, like I said a whole head and shoulders above him all ready.
    Anyone can play well enough on the pitch but at the end of the day, he needs to do more then that. He needs to put the club first, when we all know that he’s been waiting for a reason to leave.

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  • The Entertainers

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #18

    Of course we should all support the team, the players, the manager.

    But they are not beyond critisim!

    I understand the players reluctence to speak out on the matter at the moment. That time will undoubtedly come later.

    But some of the performances like Hull and West Ham were terrible. Yes there was off field troubles, but that does not excuse those two performances and some of the players should expect critics on their backs. There are thousands of people who work with such horrendous pressures in everyday jobs and dont get the money or privileges these players do.

    I never agree with complaining or booing etc during a match. This is reserved for after the game, only if deserved.

    During a match it should be 100% support though.

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  • reillers

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #19

    He’s a good player, just not a good captin is all I’m saying.

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  • k k forever

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #20

    we wud have been relagated last season if we dint have owen and we wud be below spurs now

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  • Toon Graeme

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #21

    With Oba and MO and playing we should do well attacking wise. If the mid can feed up to the front.

    I dont have one problem with the front.
    Its the back that worries me.

    When we palyed against Manure I was concerned when they were attacking the box – now its butterflies whenever another team does.

    I hope CH was worked on that this week.

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  • Tom....

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #22

    Does anyone know anywhere i could watch the match online, other than justin.tv? (has been driving me crazy recently)

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #23

    reilliers – You know nowt like the rest of us. Yes, there has been speculation surrounding owen since his arrival but a lot of that was due to stupid buy out clause FFS was responsible for.

    Owen has always said he doesn’t feel the need to deny speculation – he does his talking on the pitch – and I for one have been very impressed with that.

    The only thing you can really knock him for is his terrible fitness record – but that is hardly his fault – i doubt he wanted to get injured.

    I think you need to read his comments again though – he wasn’t criticising Given or anyone else – it was a rallying call.

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  • bowburnmag

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #24

    I’m with Toon Chicken (did I really just type that?) and ObaFan on this one. Part of the captain’s job is to lead by example. Owen hasn’t hidden on the pitch yet. Technically, you want eleven captains on the pitch anyway, talking, praising, criticising, lifting, informing. One player can’t do it all. But one player can be the one they look to for inspiration. 100% committed, doing the right things, trying and trying again if at first it doesn’t work. Micky Owen will do for me, even if his future lies elsewhere eventually.

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  • reillers

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #25

    Owen scored two goals since he came back. He’s played well against Bolton, that’s it. He may have scored last week, but he was poor.
    There have been better players then him, Spidey and Given for instance who have shared the MOTM awards between them. Without them we would be sitting bang on the bottom.

    We should stand together but the players aren’t passed criticism.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #26

    Sorry mis-keyed – was not concerned with the defense against Man U

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  • k k forever

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #27

    riellers ur a muppet and u know nowt

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  • reillers

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #28

    Aren’t you a mature young man. FFS grow up. I can have an oppinion without it matching yours, because God forbid somebody critizies Owen.

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  • k k forever

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #29

    well u are a muppet u shud be shot for treason dck

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #30

    reilliers – he also scored the winner in the last round of the carling cup.

    look mate – you are entitled to your opinion and you’re right – the players shouldn’t be beyond crtiticism, but I think in this case yours is slightly misplaced. Owen has without doubt been a key player for NUFC when fit.

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  • ObaFan2

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #31

    Owen has worked his socks off recently imo, shame the rest of team hasn’t. We looked much better on Saturday when Bassong came on and Zog n Duff on either wing.

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  • reillers

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #32

    Just because I follow a club doesn’t mean I’ve to praise every single player if I doing think they’re doing well. He’s a good player, but he’s not a good captain. Relax for God sakes. Grow up. In the real world people have different opinons.

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  • k k forever

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #33

    I SAY AGEN OWEN KEPT US UP LAST SEASON AND WILL DO AGEN THIS HE CUD STILL BECOME A LEGEND IF HE STAYS INJURY FREE

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  • reillers

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #34

    ToonChicken, aye he has been but he’s not a good captain, that’s all I’m trying to say. Apparently that’s treason though.

    He’s worked very hard to get back to where he is and I praise him for that, but like I said, I don’t think he’s a good captain.

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  • Aussie Toon

    Sep 24, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #35

    Toon Chicken agree with ya mate 🙂

    Reillers—– something you have not identified is the supply to Owen from a creative midfielder. We have not had one so any striker in the world struggles without supply and in Owen’s case he has delivered when given the limited chances provided

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  • bowburnmag

    Sep 24, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #36

    reillers – I think the key point might be in one of your posts. There may have been better players but nobody with a better attitiude or application. You can’t always expect 100% quality from a captain but you should always expect 100% endeavour. Do you not agree?

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  • reillers

    Sep 24, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #37

    k k forever, that was last season, this is this season. And he may become a legend if he actually stays and not run for the door at the first sign of trouble come January. He’s a lot to prove.

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Sep 24, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #38

    Alot of people knock owen and his wage packet, and maybe rigthly so (i knock every footballer and their wage packet, its out of control!).
    But, when it comes to owen, it is impossible to deny that he has scored some vital goals for us. he’s nicked winners, forced draws, and got us back into games that we’ve went on to win, regardless of what people think about him, he has been vital for us.

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  • Geordie Jayne

    Sep 24, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #39

    Listening to Skysports – NUFC has a lot of interested parties, NUFC are welcoming bid.

    ASHLEY just put us on EBAY and see what you get.

    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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  • Geordie Jayne

    Sep 24, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #40

    *bids

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