In another Michael Owen article written in theMirror,he details how his biggest regret in his career was joining Newcastle United in August of 2005.
The article details the entire process of how he ended up, begrudgingly in his words, at Newcastle United. There is however, one part of the article that we find quite astonishing. It is when Michael reveals the exact moment that he gave up on the fans of Newcastle United.
This is what Owen writes of the incident that soured him against the fans:
The irony of all of this is that, once I actually arrived in Newcastle for the first time, all the excitement that came with being a record signing at a club with such a passionate fan base started counter-balancing my earlier reservations.
The day after signing, the club flew me up to be greeted by twenty thousand delighted fans at St. James’ Park. Instantly, I felt like a hero…
The fans never knew anything about any of the behind-the-scenes goings on which occurred during my time there but my relationship with them was damaged beyond repair when I was knocked out against Watford.
When I got home, I switched on Match Of The Day to watch the game and I could hear Newcastle fans, my fans, singing ‘what a waste of money!’ as I’m being stretchered off.
I can’t deny their actions that day changed things for me. No longer was I even going to attempt to ingratiate myself with the fans. Instead, I flipped it in a slightly more resentful way thinking, I don’t need to justify myself to f ****** Newcastle fans.
The game Michael is referencing was the final game of the 2006/07 season. It was a 1-1 draw at Watford in which Michael Owen was stretchered off in the 67th minute after colliding with teammate Matty Pattison (who went on to play for Gateshead, Blyth Spartans, and South Shields). He had suffered a mild concussion.
This moment was two years into Micheal Owen’s Newcastle career and was just his 14th appearance for the club. He had missed almost that entire season due to his cruciate ligament injury suffered during the World Cup. He had made his comeback just two weeks prior.
This was after he had only 11 appearances in his inaugural campaign. A season where his only appearance in the final 19 games was for 29 minutes against Birmingham. Those were the only minutes he played for Newcastle for the entirety of 2006.
So he has taken a few fans away at Watford to give up on the entire fan base. This is after our record signing on £120k a week has played only 14 games in two seasons. Yeah, that’s pretty much a waste of money. And that’s not meant to be a slight on Owen as he couldn’t control his injuries. But Newcastle did not get a good return on their investment.