Nicky Butt – Newcastle Players Must Win Back Fans

Newcastle United captain Nicky Butt has said today that the players have to win over the fans, after their poor play and lack of fight was a major reason the club was relegated last season.

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Nicky Butt – players must win back fans

Newcastle captain Nicky Butt has been out of the team since breaking a bone in his left hand at Darlington on July 18th.

In his absence Alan Smith had done an excellent job of leading the team to four points in our first two games.

An amazing 36,944 Newcastle fans turned up on Saturday for our first home game, to see an easy 3-0 win over Reading, and a Shola Ameobi hat-trick, the first of his career.

Nicky told the Telegraph today:

“Whatever has been happening off the pitch we players have to concentrate on getting it right on the pitch and as captain I’ve sensed a new togetherness as we seek to put right what went wrong last season,”

“Two matches in four days following our opening day draw at West Brom will now be crucial in getting us off to the sort of start to the season that can open the way to a sustained promotion challenge.”

“I believe that making home games count will be the key to a full-scale promotion drive between now and May.”  “We have the biggest and best ground in the Championship and potentially at least the biggest support which at its best can be worth a heck of a lot of points.”

“The early indications are that following the huge disappointment of relegation, fans are going to be right behind us in the months ahead but we as players have to earn that support.”

“We did that at West Brom in front of a national TV audience. Even though we fell behind we were the better team at that stage and we were still the better team when Duffer [Damien Duff] grabbed that excellent equaliser.”

“Both Reading and Sheffield Wednesday will give us a stiff test but our confidence is high after a largely decent pre-season and that encouraging performance at the Hawthorns,”

“For my part, frustratingly I have been sidelined since breaking a bone in my left hand at Darlington on July 18 and it will probably be another week or two before I’m ready to return to action.”

“Alan Smith has led the lads well in my absence and got the BBC’s Man of the Match award at West Brom, but sitting on the sidelines is not my favourite occupation and I can hardly wait to get back into action, hopefully in time for the match at Crystal Palace.”

In fact right now we are well positioned in central midfield, with Butt, Smith, Barton, Geremi  and Guthrie all available.

We need some wingers and full backs before the month is out, to balance the squad, and maybe an experienced striker.

Great words from Nicky above though, and we can now hope that Barry Moat’s offer is accepted by Mike Ashley, Alan Shearer comes back, and we’ll be on our way.

Howay The Lads!!

24 comments so far

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Aug 18, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Butt can follow Duffer, Collo and Barton out of the door, he is past it and does not contribute a great deal.


  • M.Stockley

    Aug 18, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #2

    i wouldnt drop nolan or smith for this has been… hes awful, get him out
    i agree KEEP SMITH AS CAPTAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Darling27

    Aug 18, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Smith as captain i agree!!!

  • Darling27

    Aug 18, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Please Please Wolves stick a bid in for him. He’s useless!!!

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Aug 18, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #5

    We have better youngsters I would prefer as backup to our midfield than this joker, sorry Nicky but, like Ca$hley, your time at NUFC is through!

  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 18, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Butt will win me back by not playing.

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Aug 18, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Owls 7/2 to beat us, what a fecking cheak!

  • M.Stockley

    Aug 18, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #8

    we have alot of center mids at the club, this useless twat would be way down in my pecking order
    smith nolan barton and guthrie id play in front of him, but for some bizarre reason anyone who takes our team loves butt

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Aug 18, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #9


    “anyone who takes our team loves butt”

    You saying whoever takes our club bats for the home team?


  • M.Stockley

    Aug 18, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #10

    haha lmao. i mean anyone who is picking the team, everyone since roeder has been a fan

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 18, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Get off the players backs, haven’t we learned yet?..

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Aug 18, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #12

    I dont see the appeal, think they just assume he is good enough because he used to do it for ManUre!

  • lesh

    Aug 18, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Headline in Team talk blog….

    ‘Andre gets on his Bikey to Burnley’

    So Jordan’s dumped the cage boxer has she?

  • Jan Stavik

    Aug 18, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #14

    Butt was disgraceful last season, I truely hope I don’t have to see him play for Toon this year.

    I’m praying for Wolves to take him, 1m and I bet a lot of Geordies would drive him down A1!

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 18, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #15

    Ho’way lads,
    there’s nearly always someone in the team not havin’ a good game, but also, there are always games when players like Butt have a blinder!..

    …Swings & roundabouts!..

  • Tanzy

    Aug 18, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #16

    my newcastle team
    simpson s.taylor campbell ramage

    commons smith (c) stiljbred gunnarsson

    beckford carroll

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Aug 18, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #17


    I dont think you can discregard Enrique and Jonas, they are forming a brilliant partnership down the left

  • Fans Should Own The Club

    Aug 18, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #18

    All the Smith love is a bit much. He played well at WBA but those two rash challenges in rapid succession against Reading, it must be remembered, will happen again and at great cost. He was lucky not to be sent off and he does that habitually.

    The lad works hard, make no mistake, but sometimes he needs to use his noggin more.

  • premier

    Aug 18, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #19


  • Ashton

    Aug 18, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #20

    sod off to wolves ya sack of shite

  • RyanToon

    Aug 18, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #21

    eff off premier

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 18, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #22

    premier should be called ‘conference’ really!..

  • jonny

    Aug 18, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #23

    how was this to the telegraph? it was all in his programme notes for the reading match

  • Macas35

    Aug 18, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #24

    Butt didn’t do too badly last season. And it’s interesting how many on here were slagging Smith off before the game against West Brom. This is an easier league and Butt could be very effective if we don’t sell him on to ease the wages situation.


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