Joey Barton A Reformed Man From Two Years Ago

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.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    May 1, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed Barton’s had a good season this year, but he wasn’t around till the end of last season. Barton owes us at least 3 seasons for not being available for injury and suspensions. No one else would have stuck with him on those wages. We don’t owe him anything, it’s totally the other way round, because he’s probably stoppped good players coming here as well, especially a lot of French players.

  • Charlietoon

    May 1, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #2

    He’s not completely committed to the club he is waiting to sign a new contract. Lets not make a god of him

  • Partizan

    May 1, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #3
  • Tonytoon73

    May 1, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #4

    Rotonda you forgot to mention the time he spent in her majesty’s prison.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 1, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #5

    wat ever he done in the past was bad bt he is a changed person both in FOOTBALL and in his personal life so give the lad his chance

  • adamagpie

    May 1, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #6

    we should stop talking about barton “owing” us anything, that’s not how football works! let’s just hope that he gets the deal he wants, because he loves playing at SJP and i honestly do believe that he wants to go forward with nufc. pardew likes him, we like him, the team need/loves him and he loves the city. we need to prove to him (and jose) that we can move forward progressively over the next few seasons, and we really can’t prove him that right now. so let’s hope the fact that he’s loved will make him sign, and that this summer we can show him that we do have the proper ambition. but ofcourse, no one knows much about anything right now. hwtl.

  • clinton

    May 1, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #7

    its here, its coming soon…

    u cant wait i knw, i cant as well


  • clinta3

    May 1, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #8


    Stop putting up broken links lad!

    I agree with many here about Joey not being as wonderful as Ed, fans and well… he has been saying.

    His done well this season and been a major part of why we’re mid table but for most of the time his been with Newcastle his been either injured or in jail, so yeah finally were getting some value out of sticking with him, but he owes the club and should be taking a pay cut to stay.

    This at least would be the case if football was reality, but we know footballers these days don’t live in reality.


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