Joey Barton Keen To Put Smiles On Fans’ Faces

The two big leaders of the Newcastle squad are captain Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton.

Joey Barton – in action last Sunday

And we really hope both of them will soon sign new extended contracts at Newcastle.

Joey has been in very good form for Newcastle this season, out on the right wing of all places, and it’s been his best season ever at Newcastle, and his 4th season at the club.

Barton has played 35 times with 5 goals this season, yet in the previous 3 seasons on Tyneside, he was dogged with injury, and played only 46 times with 3 goals.

Joey is hoping to put the icing on the cake on Sunday with a win in the last game of the season against West Brom, and Man City’s rather comfortable 3-0 win over Stoke last night kept Newcastle in with a chance of overhauling the Potters in the league.

Stoke are one point ahead of Newcastle with the exact same goal difference of -1.

This is what Joey said today:

“It would be nice to send the fans away for the summer with a win.” “It is a conundrum really for me. Sometimes you cannot wait for a season to be over and done with.”

“From my own perspective, though, I am enjoying playing my football again and do not want the season to end.” “It is one of those situations, but hopefully results go our way on Sunday and we can finish in a respectable league position.”

We are hoping the Newcastle team will come out of their starting blocks like the proverbial steam train on Sunday afternoon, and make the final game of  this Premier League season a lot better than it was two years ago.

The fans deserve that, and from what we saw at Chelsea, there is no let-up coming from the Newcastle side, and we must have a decent chance of getting all 3 points on Sunday with another good display.

Joey continued:

“I don’t think it needs me to say how good our fans are.” “We saw it again at Chelsea. They scored late on and our fans were facing a five-hour journey back from the capital.”

“However, they all stayed until the end to applaud us, and we were able to reward them with a late equalizer which we deserved.” “Considering we went to Chelsea with a lot of young lads who had not played a lot this season, it was a good result.

“We had Tiote, Nobby Nolan, Bestie and Danny Guthrie all out – and the list goes on and on.” “Hopefully, we will have them all back next season, add to the squad and be able to kick on.”

“The foundations are there, and there is a chance, if we beat West Brom, to finish in quite a healthy league position.” “We have to build on that next season. There is no point resting on our laurels.”

“We have done well this season and now we need to kick on to give the fans and this club the success it deserves.”

It was such a satisfying performance for Newcastle fans on Sunday,  in a game I thought we could possibly have been taken a hammering in.

Wrong again, thank goodness.

And those words from Joey don’t seem to be coming from a player who is looking to leave Newcastle anytime soon – do they?

Joey has been great for Newcastle this season, and he’s now rightly getting the plaudits for putting his career, both off and and on the pitch,  back together.

We all know about some of the serious episodes of the past, but Joey deserves great credit for getting his life  back together.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • JohnnyBrookes

    May 18, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #1

    ome of Barton’s comments at the talk-in last night:
    – Loves playing here. Will sign if Nolan does, real spirit in the camp and Nolan responsible.
    – Said to Smith the Leyton Orient game and was the best thing that’s happened to us.
    – With investment this club can go far, came here to win things, still his ambition. The club needs to stop doing stupid stuff like ‘selling your best striker and not replacing him’.

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  • alex84

    May 18, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Only one Joey Barton!!

  • Azrail Malaysia

    May 18, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Let’s make St James Park, the noisiest stadium ever!! Can’t wait to be there… Hoping for a big win!! See you there!!

  • Andy

    May 18, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #4

    We do need to make the stadium bigger on match days. Move the singing section closer to the pitch as atm they are stuck right up at the top. The closer to the pitch they are the better the atmosphere as it’ll spread around the stadium much more. We need to make SJP back in to a fortress!

  • JohnnyBrookes

    May 18, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #5

    – Admitted he’s not the most gifted footballer in the world, but will work his b******* off for the club.
    – Would move up here after career if it wasn’t for his family.
    – Spoke alot about the spirit, thanked Hughton, Calderwood and Barron.
    – Makes it clear to young lads and new players if they don’t like it, to p*** off.


  • GeordieTwo

    May 18, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Nolan is an excellent captain. Wish he had more pace, his heart and head are fantastic. Hope he trains hard in the summer and has a great start next season, but we still need a creator in the midfield. Joey is good but also short on pace so difficult to put both Joey and Nolan in at the same time unless we play 4-5-1 which doesn’t suit our game at home. Bring in a pacy midfielder and striker pair and improve the right side and we will rise in the standings.

  • leazes upper

    May 18, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Re Andy.singin section being scrapped all together.we still not been told where our new seats will be but there’s not a big enough space for us all to move to

  • Chaz

    May 18, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Joey Barton’s contribution to the whole team ethic this season has been exemplary in my opinion.

    I’ve sit in the Gallowgate all season from well before kick off. I like to see players in their preparations because it gives me (an ex PE teacher) a good indication about the fitness, sharpness and state of mind. I’ve spent a lifetime looking for these things with children and I can usually spot things quickly.

    Every single game, once the main warm up is over and the team are going through their regular practice of spraying the ball wide to be crossed in, Joey ‘gees’ virtually every player up – goes up to them has a few words; often with a tap on the shoulder or with a quick demo to get the message over clearly.

    After coming out and the teams have shaken hands he again goes around every single Newcastle player to shake hands and speak. He is a leader of men without any doubt.

    He has been subjected to some of the worst abuse of every kind during the season and many times have we all seen misdemeanours directed at him that have gone completely unpunished or dealt with by a quick ‘telling’ from the ref that would have brought Joey himself, as a perpetrator, with certain bookings and sending offs.

    I think our two ‘scouse scallies’ (Barton & Nolan) have made an incredibly powerful axis within out team that has continued to act and behave month by month as a stronger and more ‘together’ unit.

    I share Joey’s mild frustration at not being selected by Capello to join any England squad this season. It is a travesty.

    If I were picking the team he’d be my very first name on the team sheet every single time.

    I find him to have a perceptive mind and view of what happens in this crazy world of football. He commands an eloquence and reason rarely heard from a footballer. Yes he’s got another vocabulary subset that is far more ‘industrial’ and functional on the pitch – That is an essential.

    This man has been through the ‘the mill’ – admittedly a mill that has largely been of his own making BUT if ever there was an example of someone who has grasped control of their life and destiny again – it is Joey.

    In just a few short weeks time I will be saying goodbye to a cohort of amazing kids who face the sorts of daily challenges that Joey probably had to contend with as he was growing up on the other side of the country. I can think of no other person who I would wish could help me say goodbye and ‘gee up’ a year group before they set out on the next set of adventures in their lives.

  • sweendog

    May 18, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #9

    chaz.. well said


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