Michael Owen Likened To Legendary Jimmy Greaves


Interim Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear has likened Michael Owen to the ormer great English goalscorer Jimmy Greaves.

Michael Owen – likened to the great Jimmy Greaves

The first time we saw Jimmy Greaves was when a very young Chelsea side visited St. James Park – think it was around October, 1960, and they tore us apart – I think 6-0 – and 20 year old Greaves got four.  Chlesea  wore blue of course and shiny satin white pants.

19 year old Peter Bonnetti was in goal, and a certain Terry Venables, then 17 was in midfield. Any other old timers at that game? 😀

Greaves was sublime, and the thing that was said about him, was that in the penalty area, when chances came, he actually got cooler and more composed, and he could certainly could slot the ball home.

Of course that was the season we were relegated when Charlie Mitten was manager and my first season as an amateur at the club, when I was 15, and it was also Bobby Moncur and David Craig’s first season, and they were the same age. So it was little bit more painful, although in 1962 Newcastle won the FA Youth Cup with Moncur and Craig in the side.

Greaves of course moved to Tottenham in 1961, when he was 21, and is Tottenham’s club record goalscorer, having scored a fantastic 266 goals in 379 games. But also realize that when he was at Chelsea, until he was just 21 years old, he played 157 games and scored 124 goals for The Blues. Incredible.

Our own Michael Owen is on Sunday looking to score for a fourth consecutive game, and surely he’ll make the England side for the World Cup games coming up. The 28-year-old has scored five goals there on his last four visits with Newcastle United and Liverpool.

Joe Kinnear played alongside Greaves at White Hart Lane for five seasons – and thinks that Michael Owen has few equals in the modern game.

Kinnear talked about the comparison between Owen and Greaves:

“Michael can have a serious impact – everything about him is quality, from his demeanor to his approach to the game.” “We know he’s one of the best finishers. I played with somebody like Michael in my time, and that was Jimmy Greaves.”

“He’s sharp, has a very quick brain, sees the opportunity and reads the game well. He’s exactly what Jimmy Greaves was all about.” “It’s nice to have somebody of such importance in the dressing room, and this week Michael’s been a great help around the ground.”

“Damien Duff’s a great player and an Irish international, and there’s Nicky Butt as well.” “These players have wonderful technique, and they approach the game in a professional way. I like that in a player.”

Micheal is a natural goalscorer, and he”ll never lose that, as he has been proving this year since Keegan arrived back at Newcastle, and one reason we want him to stay at the club. We believe that if the SA consortium buys Newcastle, and then brings Keegan back, Michael will sign an extended contract for our club – hope so anyway.

In around 55 appearances for Newcastle he’s scored 25 goals, and given the last 3 years of injury and stop start appearances, that’s really good. It shows you how good he really is and just imagine how many he would have scored in say 150 appearances over these last 3 seasons.

That’s of course what we were all hoping for, when he signed from Real Madrid, but hey – maybe the next 3 seasons.

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163 comments so far

  • The Corner

    Oct 3, 2008 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #1

    I hate jimmy greaves, arrogant cockney midget!

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  • neeraj

    Oct 3, 2008 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #2

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/n/newcastle_united/7649200.stm

    the story is out for such a long time and now he says that they were not interested at all……

    something’s cooking at ashley’s board room

    1. he never communicates to media so much, yet with jo k he is releasing club statement twice everyday…

    2. jo kerinear having a transfer list….

    3. shearer and kk offerd jobs by new owners, when one of them(shearer) has denied the news
    strange!!!

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  • 51times

    Oct 3, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Jimmy Greaves hates us Ed, why would you be praising him? Have you not seen some of the things he’s written about us? Dirty cockney drunk.

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  • hitman

    Oct 3, 2008 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #4

    wheres everyone gone,jimmy greeves total geordie hater fu*k um.

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  • daydeburt

    Oct 3, 2008 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #5

    yeah neeraj you could be spot on, is ashley just riding the storm and kinnear is our new manager and ashley will stay in charge, it all sound very very strange. its a bit like ashley has told him to tell the fans what they want to hear so it looks as though they are trying to sell and bring back keegan, and the fans will just sit back and wait, until all the dust settles, kinnear gets a few wins and players back from injury, and everyone forgets the whole thing. HERES HOPING HE ISNT AND GETS OUT A.S.A.P
    HE IS TO BLAME FOR DENNIS WISE,DEREK LAMB-ASSS,AND EVEN KEEGAN!

    ALTHOUGH I WOULDNT MING KEEGAN BACK OR GUS HIDDINK

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  • daydeburt

    Oct 3, 2008 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #6

    MIND NOT MING!

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  • Greg B

    Oct 3, 2008 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #7

    Rupert apparently very unhappy with the rumours that he was part of the South African bid, not very happy with where the rumour started.
    Now I believe it was one oof the readers of this blog that (mis?)informed Ed about this so I wouldnt be surprised if nufcblog gets the blame.

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  • tom_toon doofus

    Oct 3, 2008 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #8

    i think something stinks about this whole takeover thing!!

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  • Greg B

    Oct 3, 2008 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Oh, and I agree with burt, the only person I would prefer to Keegan would be Hiddink.
    Obviously Id like Wenger, Mourinho or Ferguson but thats not going to happen either.

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  • 51times

    Oct 3, 2008 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #10

    Van Gaal is far superior to Hiddink. The latter’s recent club record isn’t that impressive, he’d be better off sticking to national teams.

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  • micknufc

    Oct 3, 2008 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #11

    hope he doesnt end up talking the same spiteful anti geordie shit as greves then

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  • daydeburt

    Oct 3, 2008 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #12

    Van gaal is also a very good choice as next manager, he has to be considered. i just want a new direction and some decent down to earth owners who want to take the club forward in the right way.
    what would be nice if iam being greedy is for the new owners to have a good sized wealth and to be able to compete near the top, and also to put entetaining players on the pitch,
    (just a team we can all be happy to watch).

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  • Shot Bru!

    Oct 3, 2008 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #13

    Here, Here, Daydeburt, the only change i would make to your comments is get Van Basten in charge.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 3, 2008 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Van Basten is a pants manager.

    Van Gaal in recent times has been very, very poor! Hiddink is far superior but we have no chance in getting him.

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  • Shot Bru!

    Oct 3, 2008 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #15

    Relax tom toon, was Hiddink not responsible for relegating Real Betis in the 90’s. Apart from Spain, the Dutch played some of the most entertaining and attacking football in the Euros.

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  • mozza

    Oct 3, 2008 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #16

    feckin hell its deed on here tonight

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  • Ganiyu

    Oct 3, 2008 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #17

    Owen owen owen.when he gets injured i wonder who be the next talk of topic on this blog

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  • micknufc

    Oct 3, 2008 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #18

    slow on here tonight lads n lasses,probably alredy been discussed at length today,but kinnears outburst….all against making the club looking even more stupid(if thats possible).
    but howay these tossers in the press have had this coming for far to long. the thing about it with me is i think the lad that copped it is always pretty decent towards the toon. never mind though..i wish that raggy arsed mackem cow from the gaurdian had been there louise taylor..nasty bitch.

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  • mozza

    Oct 3, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #19

    can’t stand her mick she makes my feckin blood boil as do the guardian for letting a mackem cover toon news

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  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 3, 2008 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #20

    alreet mozza – how’s it gannin?

    not much happening here the night like.

    thought JK’s outburst was bloody hilarious me self.

    makes a change to have the rest of the country laughing with us instead of at us n’all. 🙂

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  • micknufc

    Oct 3, 2008 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #21

    alreet mate
    aye it’s all wrong she is so anti nufc it’s shameful.
    i trust you follow true faith’s coverage of the bitch and the awful editor of the rag mozz

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  • mozza

    Oct 3, 2008 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #22

    alreet mick-chicken, that outburst had me laughing me balls of chicken lol long time overdue, am a big fan of true faith mick, speak the truth for a lot of the fans imo

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  • mozza

    Oct 3, 2008 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #23

    lol just talkin aboot that press conference has lifted me mood chicken, he didn’t give the slimeballs a feckin inch lol

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  • Ganiyu

    Oct 3, 2008 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #24

    Yeah everyone one on this blog getting a little bit tired of the trouble going on.

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  • dubsea

    Oct 3, 2008 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #25

    joe kinnear said what many managers are scared to say….because he hasnt got much too lose…he’s back out of the game gone november… i reckon he might be a good gee up merchant for the lads

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  • micknufc

    Oct 3, 2008 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #26

    same here ,i think theyre lads from our era and a little before so i can totally relate..
    i like the idea of a siege mentality,thet kinnear could provoke with this outburst.have’nt we been looking for that for a long time??
    hello t.c. never had the pleasure ..but admired your work from an onlooker. lol

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  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 3, 2008 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #27

    was saying over on the previous article – i reckon the players would have found it funny as fook n’all – bet it’s given them a lift – stopped them moping around feeling sorry for themselves.

    am confident if they weren’t already totally with Wor Joe they will be now.

    reckon they’ll be reet up for scrap with the scousers on sunday! 🙂

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  • mozza

    Oct 3, 2008 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #28

    to be honest ganiyu, we’re all double worried to say the least,if joe lifts spirits and we move up the table with some good results then great, tension eased somewhat, if not then we’re looking at yet another relegation battle, biting our feckin fingernails right till the last game

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  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 3, 2008 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #29

    haha – alreet mick.

    you must be one of the few regular bloggers I haven’t crossed swords with yet – nice to meet ya mate. 🙂

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  • micknufc

    Oct 3, 2008 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #30

    had a couple of ales the neet mozz?
    she’s owa the toon the neet so i’m gettig a bit crack afore she gets in and calls me a sad c”%t for been on here!!
    i only come on ,on a friday…coooow

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  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 3, 2008 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #31

    i was saying on the previous article earlier – i reckon the players would have been pishing themselves when they heard that press conference.

    should lift the mood round the place i reckon – stop them moping about feeling sorry for themselves – takes the pressure off them a bit too. all eyes on joe now – at least from the media.

    If the players weren’t already totally behind wor joe i reckon they will be now – 100%!

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  • mozza

    Oct 3, 2008 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #32

    good point dubsea, i have never heard a manager give a rant like that lol and it was great to hear those low life hacks snivelling away in the background lol, chickens a good kid mick, mind we have conflicting views on some things lol but thats healthy

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  • mozza

    Oct 3, 2008 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #33

    lol mick am on a lot less now am doin this feckin degree, am on the wine pal, dosen’t mess with me gut as much and it gets yer pished double quick

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  • Brave New Toon - Taylor is a legend

    Oct 3, 2008 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #34

    completely off topic, but just found this which i posted on blog on the tyne.. in June… Seems a long long time ago!!

    He’s a Idea Mike… slash the wage bill,. cut loose the 3 million a year we pay our ‘expert’ scouting team..
    All we keep hearing is that we will wait until after euro 08 to make any significant moves, how does that make sense? and what excactly are we paying this full time scouting team for? We can all sit and watch all the matches at home and pick out a few decent larkers, surely this Wise and his mates should have identified the outstanding players in europe already??!! let’s wait until everyone see’s the good players.. price inflates, and spurs/pompy/etc nick them. It doesn’t ,make sense.
    The Dos Santos deal to spurs taday was amazing.. it’s been said before, but these are excactly the type of players (apparently) the new regime are after, so where were we?? (not even dotting the i’s on tayl’s new contract!
    Ashton lost, Gomis lost,modric lost, dunne lost,dos santos lost… the list goes on.
    as we stand the top ten are well in front of us,. investing well, investing early.. and all the nufc board are doing is worrying the toon.
    if only for the sake of pr, we need to make a move… KK needs to abandon his holidays stand on the steps and tell his people whats going on… I fear something is amiss, and we need the truth!
    However.. patance IS a vertue, and maybe we are all jumping the gun.. maybe we will all be proved wrong, but until then,. I maintain my serious doubts over the motives of Wise/Jimenez etc.

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  • Ganiyu

    Oct 3, 2008 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #35

    Mozza-im not sacred of relegation cos i believe that by the time 99percent of the real boys recover from injuries.we would have another topic to talk about

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  • mozza

    Oct 3, 2008 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #36

    eeh man that press conference was the bollocks right enough, a was glued to it, i feckin hate the press

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  • micknufc

    Oct 3, 2008 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #37

    tc
    nah i read most days,but im not the argumentative type,unless im really pis£ed.. or some one is so arragont toward me,that i feel in person i would twat..at the end the day i only want to crack on about the club ive broke me heart ower since i was a bairn in the 70’s..
    sure me and yee will get on just dandy..mozz will vouch for me marra!

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  • Brave New Toon - Taylor is a legend

    Oct 3, 2008 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #38

    well.. we wern’t proved wrong

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  • mozza

    Oct 3, 2008 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #39

    spidey will make a big difference ganiyu and to be honest as unfashionable as it sounds, so will barton, people are quick to forget he was finding form towards the end of the season last yea

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  • Killy Mans Giro

    Oct 3, 2008 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #40

    Wot a day av ad an intavew for sansbries, blag an blag ask if i cud work wiv wmen.nah man a say a hate them . wey ah dint get the job… ger in! howay the toon sooth africa whteva woeva..ger in.

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