Owen and Viduka can finally say thanks for the memories millions?

Posted on July 1st, 2009 | 39 Comments |

Money, money, money, must be funny, in a rich man's world.
Money, money, money, must be funny, in a rich man's world.
While we await the dawn of a new era, some of our former staff will be looking to carve out a new career elsewhere. We’ve had more than our fair share of expensive disappointments over the years but they don’t come much bigger than The Damaged Duo.

Arriving with great expectations, between them they have caused more gnashing of teeth than many who have gone before or those who will follow them onto that hallowed turf.

I leave you with an all-too-infrequent sight of the pair celebrating a goal. One of a handful of fleeting glimpses and empty promises of what could and should have been a great partnership. Both have undoubtedly had their injury problems which have plagued Newcastle careers which should have seen them projected to hero status. Owen for his undoubted goalscoring ability and overall professionalism earlier in his career and Viduka simply because of his genius, when he decides to turn it on.

However, for many fans, a glance back to their time at Newcastle United will be marred with massive disappointment. Not only because injuries and circumstance helped prevent whatever relative success they could have enjoyed here. But mainly because of the respective lack of desire shown by both over the course of their tenure at St James’. Viduka appeared to have lost his appetite for the game altogether and appeared to pick and choose when he could be bothered to play. Owen just seemed inexplicably detached from the club and the supporters from day one. Neither appeared to wish for any affinity with the people who could become their adoring fans. Both looked more comfortable keeping their distance and at the lowest points, Owen in particular, treating supporters with barely concealed contempt and appearing like he could smell something vaguely unpleasant. Perhaps that was his stinking attitude?

I spent months and months, sticking up for this pair but frankly with hindsight it’s clear that the main motivator for these two was the stuff which keeps them in horses and fine cuisine. Motivated by the money and rarely moved to treat this club as anything other than a means to an end. Money makes you do funny things. It encouraged Owen to sign for a club he clearly never wanted anything to do with and it has allowed Viduka to sell his football soul to the devil in extending a career that was finished some years ago because without desire to get out on that pitch he became a passenger and an expensive one which helped bleed us of money and aided our descent to the depths of The Championship.

I wouldn’t have been surprised to see Owen’s brochure coin the phrase “Because he’s worth it” on the front. Though perhaps even they concede you can stretch the truth only so far before you begin forming a genuine parody.

And so the end has arrived and these two are finally off to who knows where. And just to rub salt into the wound it’s understood that the squad, these two included, have been awarded loyalty bonuses. Fairly staggering really. So it’s time to say our farewells and thank yous. I’d love to say thanks for the memories but the ones involving Owen and Viduka bear witness to a sad tale with a bitter end. I’m sure Michael and Mark will know what to thank Newcastle United for next time they open their wallet. Money for nothing.

Goodbye, good luck and good riddance.

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39 Responses

  1. Well said BBM. A case of over the hill already when we received them. One trophy signing we couldn’t afford, the other a has been on big wages waiting to be put out to grass at the St James Paddock for retired donkeys before being transported to some sunny beach in Oz to wind down his days. Hopefully this will be a good reminder of the spendthrift ways instigated by the great Freddy

  2. I see Fenerbahce are ‘monitoring’ the Steven Taylor situation. If things don’t start to resolve themselves soon they might just tempt him away.

    Still, at least Joey Barton’s keen to keep his £60,000/week salary!

  3. 52times says:
    July 1, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    “Well I lasted a month or so and that’s longer than I expected.”

    But you’re still here, 52.

  4. 52times says:
    July 1, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    “I get the message, though.”

    52, you are very welcome here, and some of your contributions are great. For instance, I am very grateful for you for helping to dust the cobwebs from my memory of Northumbrian history.

    However you know that some of things you write, as well as being intentionally offensive, will cause great problems for the site. Some of us have put alot of work into it. Please don’t ruin it.

  5. I have put a new list of NUFC televised fixtures on the fixtures list for anyone who is interested. There’s three so far, two on the BBC and one on Sky.

    WBA, Ipswich and Cardiff.

  6. Seems De La Red has to miss this season too. That’s really too bad, I’ve always thought he looked promising.

  7. I’m going to try and make the WBA game, if only to see the debut of that awful new strip.

  8. gibe? … I mean ‘given’. Sorry I slipped into 10th century Pygmy there, in which I’m en expert of course.

  9. My choice for idiotic Toon story of the Millenium so far.

    Is Freddy Shepherd Newcastle’s knight in shining armour?

    “The speculation circulating that the Magpies’ former chief is leading a consortium to regain control of the club will be music to Newcastle supporters ears…

    “Shepherd understands the city, the club and most important of all – its supporters. Furthermore, he has always backed his managers with cash in the transfer market, unlike his predecessor, and allowed his team bosses get on with the job in hand, while he ran the financial side of the business – despite one or two disputing this…

    It gets worse too! Without a hint of irony

    “…But he was worth every penny of the reported £500,000 and £750,000 he paid himself a year in wages – and indeed deserved the £34 million pay off from Ashley in the sell off – as he worked his socks off for the club.

    He could justify his and his colleagues exuberant wages because they were Geordies and they cared for the club. The same could not be said about the Cockney Mafia of Ashley, Dennis Wise and Derek Llambias.”


  10. Yes I did read it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more glowing report of the man.

  11. Hugh de Payen says:
    July 1, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    “Yes I did read it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more glowing report of the man.”

    That story just doesn’t smell right, though I suspect that Will Scott may have had several thousand good reasons for writing it.

  12. bowburnmag says:
    July 1, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Hopefully it’s subtlely laced with irony.


    If it is, it’s very, very subtle indeed. Too subtle for me in fact and I usually get irony.

  13. I am dumbfounded(for once). Call himself a journalist? Even by their standards the man should hang his head in shame. Whatever has caused him to write such a complete and utter load of contemptuous rubbish I would only like to hazard a guess at and what is his editor thinking of to print it.

  14. Actually I think there will be quite a few supporters who would agree with what was written.

    Personally I’m not one of them but I reckon the majority of supporters would be happy to see him back.

    Is that because he was so good and popular or is it because of what Mike Ashley has put them through in the last two years?

    I suspect the latter.

  15. It’s all a bit tense and stressful right now isn’t it?

    Come to think of it, it was for most of last season too.

  16. I think we will be bought by a very wealthy Yank with Jewish heritage who will be hell bent on beating the Arabs at City!

  17. will we succeed where Manchester City failed and sign Ronaldinho then Stuart?

  18. Niall and Biffa are echoing our thoughts, it’s “doing their heads in” too apparently as per .com.

    Maybe they’re reading wor blog? :o

    Aye reet….

  19. Ever seen a mackem in Milan says:
    July 1, 2009 at 9:16 pm
    will we succeed where Manchester City failed and sign Ronaldinho then Stuart?

    No we’ll be trying to buy Steven Spielberg and Jerry Springer!

  20. BBM

    Damn is it hot!!! I can hardly breathe.

    Too right. Thought I would cool off in the garden but midgies are trying to have breakfast, lunch and dinner off my skin so had to take refuge in doors again bl88dy things