Lee Bowyer Is Economical With The Truth About His Newcastle United Days
Always interesting to hear Newcastle United heroes of the past talk about their playing days at St.James’ Park.
It is also occasionally revealing to hear the likes of Lee Bowyer reminisce about pulling on the black and white shirt.
“We were close you know, we went and played Sporting Lisbon (UEFA Cup quarter-final), we’d beaten them at home and were 1-0 up away.
So at 2-0 we were flying until the last twenty minutes when they scored from two set plays and knocked us out. I think we’d have made the final that year.
Then we had the semi-final in Cardiff against Manchester United and that was unfortunate to have it days later. We had good times. We were just unlucky.”
One small detail that Lee Bowyer has overlooked is that Newcastle United weren’t just ‘unlucky’. The team were flying in the cup competitions and then one of the most disgraceful incidents to ever grace St.James’ Park took place and wrecked our season.
It was of course when during a league match against Aston Villa, Bowyer initiated a fight with one of his own teammates! Yes, Lee Bowyer punched Kieron Dyer during the match, the punch-up leading to Newcastle reduced to nine men, losing that Villa match but more importantly wrecking the rest of our season.
Bowyer was banned for six matches and fined six weeks wages, Dyer wasn’t fined as Bowyer was perceived to have thrown the first punch. Northumbria Police also took action against Bowyer and he admitted a charge of using threatening behaviour.
On the pitch, Bowyer and Dyer did play in that Sporting Lisbon match but team morale must have been rock bottom after what those two players did.
Bowyer claims it was ‘unfortunate’ to have the Man Utd semi only days after Lisbon. I don’t know if that is how I would describe the actions of Bowyer who because of his stupidity, it meant United took on the Mancs without two key midfielders who were suspended, Newcastle never stood a chance.
Yes, it was all a little ‘unfortunate’.
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