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Bassong To Be Booed By Newcastle Fans – Why?

Sebastien Bassong was a great signing for the Newcastle United club, when the Magpies got him from Metz for £500K in the summer of 2008.

Seb Bassong – while on Tyneside

And before Kevin Keegan signed him, he had him on trial at Newcastle for a week, but when Seb got into the team he soon became a regular, and he was the Newcastle United Blog Player of the Season in our relegation season, with a massive 65% of the vote.

He was terrific and don’t forget he was getting peanuts in wages, and he was also gutted when Newcastle were relegated, unlike some other more famous players we could mention, who didn’t seem to give a damn.

This is what Seb had to say today to the Evening Chronicle:

“I know I will be booed again, but hopefully not too much.” “I was booed against Newcastle in the game at White Hart Lane.”“But really, can I expect anything else?”

“When you only play for a club for one year and then you leave I suppose that is part of football.”

“I will never forget what Newcastle United gave me though.” “They gave me my chance to play in the Premier League and, despite the boos, I still won’t forget that.”

“I appreciate what they did.”

Bassong had an interesting two seasons,  because before he came to Newcastle, he had been in the Metz side that had been relegated from French Ligue 1 in 2008, and of course he had a successive season of relegation when Newcastle went down.

If Newcastle had not been relegated Sebastien would still be with the club, but of all the players who left Newcastle in the summer of 2009, we understand why Bassong thought he had to leave.

And let’s not forget the club  got £8M from Spurs for him, so Newcastle made a profit of  £7.5M on the 24 year-old, and he played 30 times for Newcastle, and all in a short 10 months.

Just think that the fee Newcastle got for the Frenchman  paid for the players Newcastle brought in during January of last year,  that helped drive our promotion push, and also paid the the fee for a certain Cheick Tiote last August.

So that’s Simpson, Routledge, Williamson,  Best and Tiote for the fee Newcastle got for Bassong.

And the lad is going to get booed on Saturday – he should be applauded if anything. 😀

Yes, Bassong probably will be booed, if he plays, at least by some fans.

The now 14 times capped Cameroon International continued:

“Newcastle are a tough team, they have some hard players to play against like Andy Carroll, who I know well.”

“They are going to stay up for sure.”“They have proved in a lot of good games that they have the right amount of skill and ability.” “It will be hard for us.”

“Newcastle also have a new manager in Alan Pardew and they are looking well organized.”

One thing we like about Seb is that since he left,  he’s waxed lyrical about Newcastle and how the club give him his big chance, so he has been a good ambassador for the club, to be sure.

That’s unlike a certain Damien Duff, as just one example, who said some terrible things about his nightmare at Newcastle, and of course the Irishman cannot get into the Fulham first team these days.

There are a lot more players who left Newcastle in the summer of 209, that Newcastle fans can feel really disappointed at, but Seb was not one of them.

And we got through this article without even mentioning the Newcastle captain, Michael Owen, who left Newcastle via Helicopter just two days after the club was relegated, without saying one word to anybody.

Now he’s warming the bench at Manchester United, but only until the summer.

The bottom line is that Sebastien Bassong was just great when he was at Newcastle, and it’s hardly his fault Newcastle were relegated.

Comments welcome.

51 comments so far

  • Adssy Mccc

    Jan 20, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #1

    Pathetic to boo him.

    At the time – people expected him to take the move and it would have been a huge surprise if he didn’t!!

    Some players deserve it…. but he is NOT one of them!

  • chambersl

    Jan 20, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #2

    he give everything for the club when he was here he was one of the few that give everything in games and shouldnt be booed

  • nobby sol

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #3

    mostly a solid centre half, however something must be said about his marking, rather dodgey.
    if spurs have assou-ekotto at the back aswell i can see us pinching a goal.
    ill say 1-1

  • Ericles

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #4

    We should welcome Seb back even if he is playing for Spurs. He gave his all for us and was not disloyal at all. Wish he had stayed with us. Give him an ovation not cowardly boos.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #5

    Bullsh1t, he deserves all he gets tbh.
    HE did desert a sinking ship
    HE threatened to go on strike if he wasnt transferred

    Sorry but that is enough for me!!

    He was as bad as the rest of them, your Beye’s, your Martins, your Duffs………….

    Honestly, you are a bunch of fickle F8ckers on here mind. Stick by your guns man FFS. He left he didnt want to be here and all because we plucked him from obscurity, give him a snifter of EPL (Wages) and off he trotted at the first opportunity!!!

    GOOD RIDDANCE is what I say!

  • boater

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Booing or not. Let me say this. I am delighted he isn’t in our team anymore. His positional play and concentration were/are pretty shocking at times. He has the pace to recover ground, but his game is error strewn and he was hugely over-hyped when he was with us.

  • toonarmy1986

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #7

    He couldn’t wait to get out of Newcastle the second we got relegated which is why people took a disliking to him. He wasn’t prepared to stay and fight to get the club back up as he had made his mind up long before Spurs came in. I see he still makes the same careless errors now that he made with us like holding on to someone in the box and bringing them down for a pen.

  • Steady.

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Why boo him? are you kiddin… he’s a selfish, greedy, unloyal c**nt… he wanted out as soon as we were relegated, with the oppourtunity, backing and support we gave him he could of at least gave us a season to get promoted THEN, if not, move on.. Al be booin ma frickin heed off!

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #9

    Hey gave everything ??? Oh aye, he gave great LOYALTY for the one season!!!

    PMSL ffs!!

    Habib Beye was twice the player of this lad, but he done exactly the same!!

    F8ck em!!

  • nobby sol

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #10

    im with you on that boater

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Posts 6, 7, 8 are all spot on !!

    Honestly, these friggas on here have rose tinted glasses with fookin diamond frames!!

    They have no idea!!!

    I will never condone booing our own players, NEVER, i will also not condone booing players whi have been sold against their wills, no matter how good or bad they were, but players who say, Relegated, Im off, F8ck em all!!!

    1 season, he could have stayed for 1 more season.

  • toonarmy1986

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #12

    There was to many players who got us relegated and couldn’t wait to get out and walk away without a care in the world for the mess they left behind so why the hell should we be cheering these people. Relegation was the best thing that ever happened to us as it allowed us to get rid of these shit players who didn’t care about the club and rebuild a new team with players who want to be here.

  • jwheelie12

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #13

    He was a good player for us, a poor mans Collocini these days 😀

    He doesnt deserve to be booed, I would even welcome him back in the summer if he gets frustrated about not being in the Spurs team, for about £4 million.

    Also remember that it was his sending off (not blaming him at all just pointing out), that just about doomed us to relegation, because we were well and truly battering Fulham in that second half

  • rwpoynter

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #14

    Did Bassong ask to leave or was he sold on? The one occasion I saw him he looked class goods. Booing ex players is naive and we should rise above it. I don’t think anyone booed Aaron Hughes and I can’t think why they did Charles N’Zogbia.
    On another point, to people who buy football clubs. If you do it only to make money you will probably be disappointed. Firstly do it to WIN TROPHIES. Then if you are lucky, you may make some money, but you won’t achieve the trophies by selling your best players. If someone offers you stupid money for an under performer (e.g. Woodgate), take it, but if they are good keep them. In the past we have sold Suddick, MacDonald, Gascoigne, Waddle, Beardsley, McDermot, Pop Robson, Andy Cole etc:etc: ad nauseam and where has it got us? Forty years without a trophy.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #15

    What a surprise
    Last post not on because I have a point!

  • boater

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #16

    He is football phenonema otherwise knows as – players that always look good in a losing team, scott Parker is another one.

  • I_I_I

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #17

    Why boo someone that actually tried to keep us up! I know that he left us but to be honest did anyone really thougt we could keep everyone?! So everyone that want to boo him on saturday wich I cant understand, keep in mind that we probaly didnt have ben arfa or tiote for example if he stayed.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #18

    rwpoynter, A.Hughes didnt get booed because he was a very good servant who never once asked to leave!!

    N,Zogbia got booed because he was asking to leave every other week !! Wanted to join a bigger club….WIGAN!

    This is my point. I dont condone booing former players if they dont deserve it.

    Sadly Bassong and all the other RATS deserve all they get!!!

  • Mac

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Smith out for 2 months……..SO

  • bazzer

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #20

    He’s not going to get booed from the bench is he. I think he’s 5th choice CB for Spurs behind King (I know he never plays), Gallas, Dawson and Kaboul.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #21

    I_I_I ,
    I would hazard the likes of Martins, Beye tried to keep us up, they didnt and they deserted, Like Rats!! The only onese worth their salt were the people who stayed and got us back up!!

    Bassong was first out the door if I remember rightly and if im wrong, fact remains he still whinged to be away!!

  • chambersl

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #22

    when he was here he was a good player im not surprised he wanted out of the club when tottenham came in playing champions league and he had ambition to be in his national team which wouldnt of happened if he kept playing for us when we got relagated so i dont blame him for going i was more angry at duff and beye because they both said they wanted to stay and help us back up but as soon as a club came in the left

  • liam85

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #23

    I_I_I – “So everyone that want to boo him on saturday wich I cant understand, keep in mind that we probaly didnt have ben arfa or tiote for example if he stayed.” – Agreed!

  • lesh

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #24

    Who says he’s gonna be booed? Him and of course the media.

    Why? Because if our fans do boo him, it’ll make him all tyhe more determined to show just what he can do and more to the point, distract our players too.

    So, what to do when he comes on? Give him a respectful round of applause (not a tghuderous welcome) and most imortantly, reserve all Toon energy for cheering the lads on.

    That should show Seb and our Spuds guests that Newcastle United fans don’t rise to media bait, have risen above pettiness and more importantly, are 110% focussed on the lads.

  • lesh

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #25

    * tghuderous = thunderous even

  • chambersl

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #26

    110% agreed lesh mate

  • neil

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #27

    I cannot go along with the fact Ed says we wouldn’t have certain players if it wasn’t for the sale of Bassong – WTF?
    He will rightly be booed for most of the reasons given by the folk on here with any common sense. He asked/agitated for a move away when he thought about playing in the Championship. No doubt he thinks he’s above that level when infact it may well have done him the world of good.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Bassong and Beye hurt me most when they left. I really did not think these two would leave as they seemed proud and honored to wear the shirt. How wrong was I!! They are both really good players and both would o doubt improve the team but they can take their big egos elsewhere as I don’t want them back. Boos or no boos he should accept what he gets for using us as a stepping stone. At least he speks fondly of us unlike Beye who is nowhere to be seen or heard of. Same with Martins and co. Just shows that many players have us fans in their pockets when they keep talking us up saying we’re the best fans in the world bla bla bla, now look at them they were the first to jump ship! They hurt me and many fans so if the booing is disappointing to them they can f**k off!!!

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #29

    I will cheer the lads and join the Chorus of Boos for Bassong!!
    Thats my perogative!!!

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #30

    “number 19…sebastion Bassong ….’Boooooooooooooooo Fek off you Rat’ ”
    Just practising

  • davis_toons

    Jan 20, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #31

    I think each fans have their own rights to choose what is right to them.

    When i think of how he wanted to strike to leave Newcastle. (True? Cant remb) i will surly boo him.

    But its some good facts that he can still think back and remb Newcastle Utd was the one that discover him and bring him to England.


    Jan 20, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #32

    Bassong is not important enough to boo, we have better centre halfs now anyhow! Who cares about Bassong? We should be cheering him for the crazy money we received for him!

  • Flair:20

    Jan 20, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #33

    After he was sent off against Fulham, he promptly announced that he would leave if we were relegated. He then did exactly that. There’s two reasons why he deserves booing.

    The fact that we bought several players out of the money we got for him says nothing whatsoever about his character – it’s not Bassong who signed those players. He joined us, commited to us then f*cked off. Boo him.

  • Schmoodley

    Jan 20, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #34

    Wake up call to the booers – he’s probably on four times wages we were paying him, so he did the logical thing, not the “loyal” thing. If someone offered you 40k a week to play for the Mackems you’d take it – and he’s a French lad that was barely here a year – why should he stick around? Wasn’t his fault we went down. The man has done nothing to deserve disrespect.

  • Shot Bru

    Jan 20, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #35

    Agree with boaters assessment…..we should be cheering him because of the huge profit we made on a distinctly average CB.

  • JoseEnrique

    Jan 20, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #36

    TBH i would definitely have him back! Habib Beye was awesome, very similar to the bull. If them two stayed, instead of sitting on the bench at villa and everton, our back four could be:


    However, i like the english feel to our team at the moment.

  • al

    Jan 20, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #37

    Anyone who says he shouldnt be booed its bullshit, it’s part of the banter of the game, we can like him as a player but why the he’ll shouldn’t we boo a player who was once ours n is now tryin to stop us scoring???

    Even he says it’s part of the game it’s not personal hatred it’s banter

  • JoseEnrique

    Jan 20, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #38


  • al

    Jan 20, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #39


  • Toontastico

    Jan 20, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #40

    chambersl – ur talkin shit mate – Spurs finished 8th the season we went down so didnt get into Europe that yea, also at 22 I hardly think a season in the championship wouldav done his international career much harm especially as Cameroon have plenty in thier squad not playing top European football.

    Personally I say Boo him – considering it was NUFC who took the chance on him and gave him his big shot (as he says whilst “waxing lyrical”) the least he could av done was give it a season in the champ and then move if we didnt get up.


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