Newcastle’s Nicky Butt Approaching The End Of A Great Career


The Newcastle captain Nicky Butt, who was born in Gorton, Manchester,  is reaching the end of a tremendous football career.

Nicky Butt – a good player and a good guy

During that career, Nicky played for many years at one of the world’s top clubs Manchester United, before Bobby Robson brought him to Tyneside in the summer of 2004.

And Nicky didn’t find it easy at Newcastle initially, and was sent on loan to Birmingham, City during the 2005-2006 season, when Birmingham, who  were then managed by Geordie Steve Bruce, were relegated.

Graeme Souness had come in to manage Newcastle, and he didn’t seem to fancy Nicky too much, but then he was eventually fired in February 2006, after just17 months at the club.

Then in the summer of 2006 new Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder did a lot to bring Nicky back into the fold at the club, and the player has been good at Newcastle ever since, and done a good job for the Tyneside club.

Nicky talked to the Newcastle official site today:

“When you get to my age I accept that I won’t be playing every week,”  “I’ve also had various niggles which haven’t helped and the win at Doncaster was my first game since the end of January.”

“But the lads have done brilliantly this season and I’ve been more than happy to play the role I have.” “I love the gritty away games such as Doncaster and I’ve played in quite a few good games like that this season.”

“It’s been good to come in for those matches and it’s those sorts of games which have helped to put us where we are.” “Our home form has been outstanding but picking up points away from home has been the difference and that’s why we’re top.

“We’ve had to show character because every team wants to beat us on their home patch, we’ve enjoyed a few good battles and I’m delighted to have played a part in a lot of them.”

Nicky came in at Doncaster Rovers for one of his first starts for a while, and played very well, but he’s  been out of the side ever since with the terrific competition for places in the starting line-up.

We like Nicky, and think he’s a good man, and as we’ve said before, we do expect Nicky to hang up his boots at the end of this season, but we really hope he gets offered a coaching position at the club.

We think Nicky is just the type of experienced and respected player that we need to keep at Newcastle United – and if we can keep him as a coach next season, we think that would be great.

For the record Nicky played 387 times for the Red Devils with 26 goals, 29 times for Birmingham with 3 goals, and  171 times for the Magpies with 7 goals.

That’s a total of 587 first class appearances with 36 goals – and as we said – he’s had a tremendous football career.

Comments welcome.


15 comments so far

  • Newutd

    Apr 1, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #1

    By all means…Butt is a good guy and has had a good career.

    BUT:
    ” and the player has been good at Newcastle ever since”

    Come on…

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  • toonoholic

    Apr 1, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #2

    nicky has been hated a lot by us. Sometimes his passing is pi$$ poor, but his experience and tackling has saved us many a times.

    Great career and his bicycle kick goal against birmingham in the PL will never be forgotten.

    good luck to nicky and perhaps he will be a good manager some day

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  • listie

    Apr 1, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #3

    A good guy and was a good player, but lets be completely honest, he had one foot in the glue factory last season, and definatly this season

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  • Thump

    Apr 1, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #4

    @Newutd: You’re being too harsh on him. He’s steadied our midfield plenty of times and that’s something you have to give him credit for (Donny is a perfect example of what he can give us). I’m not a fan of his and think he should be used sparingly but he acknowledges this and is a model professional.

    I’d love to see him at Newcastle in a coaching role but his family is in Manchester he’s said a few times that once he retires from playing he’ll move back with them.

    He eats at Munchies in town, don’t you know?

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 1, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Though i thank butt for what he has done for the club,think the fellas had his day myself,cant carry people in the prem,Thank for what you done mr butt and wish you well for the future.

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  • spiderpig

    Apr 1, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #6

    you dont play 387 times for man u if your shite,do you.he should retire now yes,because his legs have gone.but he’s had a great career at 2 of the biggest clubs in the land.well done nicky and thanks.you stuck with us thru a lot of shite.

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  • Charlietoon

    Apr 2, 2010 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #7

    He could still do a decent job in the championship but I think beng part of the promotion winning Newcastle team may be a good way for him to go out on a high

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  • baro

    Apr 2, 2010 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #8

    http://www.greeksoccer.com/news/all_news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1270145476&archive=&start_from=&ucat=1

    Besides that he was a mackem before, would u guys like to go after him? I do and don’t.

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  • baro

    Apr 2, 2010 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Butt has a good history behind him, i hope him and some of the youngsters such as Haris Vuckic, Bradden Inman get a couple of chances on the pitch before season over.

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Apr 2, 2010 at 2:21 AM

    Comment #10

    I have nothing but respect for Mr. Butt and the games he has given newcastle united. He is definately premier league legend. You don’t play 500 plus premier league matches unless your good. He has been “steady eddy” in the midfield for the magpies alot of games and i would love to see him have some sort of coaching gig..

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 2, 2010 at 2:40 AM

    Comment #11

    sorry but have never really forgiven him for that FA cup semi final against his club . fergie got rid of him and how right he was .scholes is still there , giggs is still there , neville is still there WHY ? because they are class., for what he done that day was totally unprofessional, he should be ashamed,he was very wise to come to toon, the only place where he was guarenteed a start, He must have had good vision, he could see a black and white shirt , where no one else could,his passing was the worst ive seen up here ,sorry but good riddence

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  • nightfa11

    Apr 2, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #12

    stuart no9 – i agree, but as for neville..he’s shyte too. he’s still MUFC player cos there are only few good rb’s on the planet & they cost a looooot. his crosses are god, but he’s slow & awkward. dont really know why he’s so highly regarded with SAF – it’s interesting to see when fergie talks about club legends & he always mentions neville & giggs, but not scholes.

    as for butt – yeah sure he fights for the ball, but he also lost so many of them it’s unbelivable.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 2, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #13

    Baro- cisse’s ability is what we need, not his pig ignorant attitude.

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 2, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #14

    nightfa11
    yeah mate your right ” neville” dont know what i was thinking of mentioning his name in the same sentance as giggs and scholes, he is shyte but you get my drift.

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  • DJG

    Apr 2, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #15

    I respect him because of the way he came back from Birmingham and forced his way into the side. Yes his legs have gone now but howay hadn’t Shearers at 35!
    When he came back from Birmingham he was one of our best midfielders for the first couple of years he was here.
    Yes he will never be the best playmaker in the world and yes he came to us at the wrong end of his career but he has been more that decent midfield enforcer and ball winner for us on occasions and well done to him for turning it around. The fact remains that he is probably by far, (albiet from the bench some of the time) the most decorated player at the club. I personally think he will be a good manager some day.

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