By Adam Tones
Wednesday 13 Apr 2011 10:12:00
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On the 14th June 2007 English football received a mixed reaction as the announcement of the transfer of English midfielder Joey Barton from Manchester City to Barclays Premier league rivals Newcastle United. A mixed reaction came from the Newcastle supporters due to Joey Barton’s previous behaviour off and on the pitch.  The transfer was held up for a little while as Barton’s previous club Manchester City refused to pay Joey the £300,000 compensation that he was owed. Finally the club completed the £5.8m transfer as Newcastle agreed to pay the compensation owed to Joey raising the fee from £5.5m to £5.8m. Joey Barton’s said the reason he decided to join the Geordie club was his desire to win trophies and had much admiration for then manager Sam Allardyce. Newcastle United were not the only club interested in the talented midfielder, at the same time Newcastle’s placed there offer so did East London club West Ham United. Where did he want to continue his footballing career? St.James Park or Upton Park? These were questions that needed to be answered. As many of you will know Joey opted to join Newcastle and play in front of 52,000 fans week in and week out. The fact that Joey Barton decided to chose to join the club showed good reading and a positive outcome for the clubs future, as Joey Barton was a young talented determined sort after player who chose to join a team that finished 13th in a disappointing season, proving Joey believed in Newcastle and where the club are heading in the future.


Joey Barton started his career in 2002 at Manchester City were he came through there youth system, Barton stood out with his passion, skill and determination to make it into a professional footballer and perform in front of thousands of fans weekly. Barton made his senior debut on the 5thApril 2003 against Bolton Wanderers, it didn’t take Joey long to get on the score sheet just two weeks later on Good Friday when he scored in a 2-0 win against Tottenham Hotspurs. Joey then became more of a regular in the squad coming towards the end of 2002-2003 season, when he started the final seven games of that campaign. Each chance the Huyton born midfielder was given, he preformed well, which resulted in him keeping his place the following match. After a string of impressive performances manager Kevin Keegan awarded Joey with a new one-year contract, which Joey Barton accepted and signed in April 2003. After scoring his second Premier League goal Joey Barton was again rewarded but this time with a call up to the England U21 team for qualifies against Portugal and Macedonia.


After having a successful start to his footballing career many people know and have heard about Joey Barton downside. Joey received his first red card of his career in an F.A.Cup match against Tottenham, whom he had previously scored his first ever Premier League goal against. The sending off was controversial and unusual as he was sent his marching orders in the tunnel at half time, when he argued with referee Rob Styles. The unlikely happened and City game out fighting in the second half and overturned a three goal defecate to progress to the next round of the F.A Cup winning 4-3 thanks to goals from Sylvain Distin, Paul Bosvelt, Shaun Wright-Phillips and a 90th minute winner from Jonathan Macken. Joey Barton picked up the young player of the year award at the end of season awards after a season of impressive performances playing thirty-nine times, scoring one goal. Once again Joey Barton agreed a new deal, which would tie him down to the club until 2007. The club were close to sacking Mr Barton after outrageous behaviour at the clubs Christmas party. Joey Barton ended up stumping a lit cigarette into the eye of youth teammate Jamie Tandy’s eye, after catching the youth player trying to set his top on fire. Manchester City later announced that the club had fined there midfield star 6 weeks wages. Once again Barton just couldn’t keep him self out of the news headlines for bad behaviour, after attacking a young supporter on there pre season tour of Thailand. The English midfielder ended up being sent home from the tour and later was fined £120,000 in club fines, Barton later attended anger management lessons. In early days of 2006 Joey Barton handed in a written transfer request, which was later rejected by the club. Joey then made a u-turn on his transfer request and instead decided to sign a new four-year contract with the club. After a pleasant change in his behaviour on and off the pitch it soon decreased when the he was caught revealing his backside to the Everton supporters during their league match at Goodison Park. After the game the incident was said to be a ‘light hearted’ joke. The Merseyside police looked into the incident but the police took no further action. Although the Football Association fined Joey £2,000 for bring the football game into distribute. December produced Joey his second career red card after a dangerous two-footed tackle on Bolton defender Abdoulaye Faye. News came out in early 2007, which suggested that if any team placed a bid of £5.5m for his services, the bid would trigger a release clause in his contract. Everton manger David Moyes reportedly enquired about his availability but nothing came from their reported interest. Joey Barton finally got called up to the England senior squad for their friendly game against Spain replacing Frank Lampard as a second half substitution at Old Trafford. Stuart Peace later banned Joey Barton from speaking to the media after describing the players signed by the club as ‘substandard’ during the 2006-2007 campaign. Joey Barton’s behaviour deteriorated again and was later banned by the club for the remainder of the clubs season, following a training ground bust up with then teammate Ousmane Dabo when he assaulted his fellow midfielder who was later taken to hospital after suffering injuries to his head. Barton who was later charged with assault and was sentenced too four months suspended sentence, 200 hours of community sentence and ordered to pay £3,000 compensation. The FA also charged Joey Barton with violent conduct and banned him for six matches with a further six game ban, a two years suspension and fined £25,000 for his training ground incident.


In the summer of 2007 Newcastle United in my opinion took a gamble and signed the controversial midfield from Manchester City. Just over one month after signing, Joey Barton pull on the famous Black and White stripes and made his debut in a preseason friendly with near rivals Hartlepool. During his second game for Newcastle against Carlisle he picked up an injury to his metatarsal, which ruled him out for around six weeks. Once again Barton was involved in  a disturbing incident in December 2007 when he was arrested on suspicion of assault in Liverpool, when Joey was seen to be attacking a teenager and adult on CCTV cameras. In May 2008 he was sentenced to six months in jail, which he served just over two months of his six-month sentence. Barton returned to the Newcastle fold in an away game defeat to Arsenal when he appeared as a second half substitute. After coming on he received a chorus of boo’s every time he received the ball. Joey was involved in a couple of minor incidents with Arsenals Samir Nasri but nothing serious happened. Joey’s twelve game ban then came into play following his bust-up with ex teammate Dabo. Joey Barton’s Newcastle career has never really taken off yet after a succession of injuries resulting in months on the sidelines. The start of the 2010-2011 season has started and has carried on very promising with Joey turning in outstanding man of the match performances, and being a vital part of Newcastle’s team. Scoring, assisting, defending and being and all round top performer, who in my opinion deserves an international call up, as he is England’s player in form. Joey also only has 18 months left on his contract with the club and there’s been talk of his contract getting renewed, lets just hope the club and Joey can agree terms for Barton to stay at the club for the foreseeable future as he is an important part of the Newcastle squad.

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