We remember well the game at Liverpool on 3rd May, 2009, which was also the fourth last game of the season, back in the relegation season.
Joey Barton – done well these last two seasons
Newcastle were hammered 3-0 by Liverpool, and in the 77th minute Joey Barton was shown a straight red card by referee Phil Dowd for a high lunge on Xabi Alonso.
That was just one defeat of eight in the last 12 games of the season when Newcastle picked up only six points – one win against Middlesbrough at home and three draws – no wonder we were relegated.
In the last 12 league games this season, Newcastle have 11 points, just two wins and 6 draws and four defeats, which is not great either.
And of course there was a big dressing room row between Joey and then manager Alan Shearer after Joey’s sending off, and Joey missed the last three games of the season.
There’s also little doubt if Alan had got the job full time Newcastle manager job, Joey would have beens sent packing in the summer of 2009.
But that didn’t happen, and Joey has since resurrected his career on Tyneside, and seems ready to sign a new long term deal to stay at the club.
Joey is a changed character from those days, and we’re sure that sending off will hardly affect his game today, and we have to hope Joey is back to his best form.
Alan Pardew knew all about Joey’s past when he arrived on Tyneside, but was smart enough to take Joey as he saw him, and not based on his past.
This is what Alan said today about Joey:
“I made my mind up from the day I walked in that I’d take Joey at face value,” “When you enter a football club reputations go before you.”
“You’ve got to take stock of them but you’ve still got to give players the opportunity to see how they react under your management or guidance. I can’t fault Joey under mine.”
“Knowing Joey, that incident at Anfield in 2009 won’t play on his mind; I don’t think he’ll forget it though.”
Joey Barton will hardly like being remembered of these times of the past, but it says a lot for the man that he stuck by the club, and has almost been a model pro on and off the field this season.
Joey has also become hugely popular with Newcastle fans, who stuck by him during the bad times, because it’s obvious that he’s completely committed to the Newcastle club, unlike a lot of our players of two years ago.
For the record Joey has 78 total appearances and 8 goals for the club, and 31 appearances and 5 goals in this, his best season ever on Tyneside.