Whatever you think of Joey Barton, he is certainly more interesting than your average pundit.

Never afraid to share his opinions, the former Newcastle player has now had a go at glory hunters.

Joey Barton saying that fans should support their local teams, though he can understand why people abroad might pick a Premier League club to follow as well/instead of their local club.

Predictably there has been a big reaction, with no surprise – glory hunters having a go at Joey Barton whilst those supporting their local clubs agreeing with him.

As for Newcastle United, even if somebody say started supporting NUFC back in the Keegan days despite being from Torquay/Slough/Colchester or wherever, if they are still supporting Newcastle now after all the nonsense since then, including 10 years under Mike Ashley – then they are a very strange kind of ‘glory hunter’!!!

Joey Barton via Twitter:

‘Can’t take people serious who choose to support a team in higher division over their local club. Understand outside of UK but not in the UK.

‘Just my opinion. Not a universal fact, before all those who fall foul of that opinion get their ‘knickers in a twist’.

A glory hunter replies to Barton:

‘So fans have to stick to their local team, but players can go where ever the hell they want? Or have I misunderstood your point?’

Joey Barton:

‘No you haven’t. You get one club to support. Players are being paid to have a career. Actually very simple to understood really.’

Another glory hunter:

‘Lots of people chose their team when they are very young. I’m a LFC fan from Doncaster who saw LFC on tv long before I knew DRFC existed.’

Joey Barton:

‘Unlucky. Can’t take you seriously as a football fan. Got to draw the line somewhere. Get yourself down to the Keepmoat lad…’

A Man Utd glory hunter:

‘You didn’t seem to mind whilst it was making you a millionaire.’

Joey Barton:

‘City, Newcastle, QPR and Burnley… Guaranteed 90% of the fans of those clubs are all local so your point is invalid.’

More reactions from glory hunters and other fans to Joey Barton:

‘Ridiculous statement. People support clubs for all kinds of reasons. Location is unimportant.’

‘Would be a fair call if local team were ran by local people, players were all local. You choose who to play for let us choose who we support.’

‘Does it matter who u support..grow up barton..if everyone supported their local team do u think EPL would have such a global appeal.’

‘Totally agree with Joey, where I grew up Fulham was the nearest team so Fulham it is for ever.’

‘It would be far more interesting and a more level playing field in my opinion.’

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  • Steve Smith

    90% of toon fans aren’t local, but you definitely can’t be accused of being a plastic fan for willingly supporting the toon.

    Massive following in London and South East. Quite a bit of a following in the South West too. Plenty of fans outside of the country as well.

    • boredstiff

      Probably the most stupid thing I’ve read……
      90% of toon fans are from the area.

      • Steve Smith

        They’re not. I don’t think you quite grasp the reach and exposure of the premier league.

        • Alex

          I got a taxi in Bali just last Friday. Asked the driver if he liked English football and he said he was an Arsenal fan. Then he asked me who I support. Given our recent uneventful years in the EPL, relegation, and promotion back, I was pretty certain he’d know of Newcastle, but, these days, probably not that much detail about the club. Anyway, after telling him, he immediately replied back, “Ah, ‘The Toon’! Great club. Rafa, great manager.”

          Yes, EPL knowledge is far and wide, and sometimes better than we expect. (My driver hadn’t heard of Ashley, though. Now he has, and after I told him about our owner, he also thinks he’s a coont)

          • Steve Smith

            Brilliant

        • mark pearson

          they are, I dont think you quite grasp the size of the population of Newcastle, where everyone man woman and child, are black and white, nothing else, just black and white.

          • Leazes Ender

            One and a half million within a 50 minute bus ride….. some people are completely ignorant of the demographics of the Tyneside conurbation.

          • Mark Potter

            Ah, the demographics. But what of the geography. South Shields is on Tyneside, but is nearer to Sunderland. Jarrow, Hebburn, Birtley, Washington, Chester-le-Street, Durham, Bishop Auckland…

            Where does the convicted criminal/banned from football/professional gobshite think the line should be drawn? Should we build a wall to make it clear whether you can support the Toon or not? What about family ties, people moving across the line for jobs etc. There are plenty of Mackems living around Ashington, ex-mining families who moved there when Durham pits closed. And the strange case of Consett, which is far from the Wear, definitely closer to Newcastle than Sunderland, but most there regard Sunderland as their local club.

          • Leazes Ender

            We don’t need a wall we have a river.

          • Albert Stubbins

            I work in Consett. That’s incorrect. Stanley possibly but not Consett. Twice as many mags in pubs on derby day.

          • Steve Smith

            HS1 puts travel from Brum to London at not much longer than that. Does this put Birmingham in Arsenal’s catchment area?

          • Jimblag23

            It takes 2/2.5 hours to get from London to Birmingham by car.

          • Leazes Ender

            Nice try.

          • Mark Potter

            Only 250,000 people live in Newcastle. Much smaller than say Leeds. And almost exactly the same size as Sunderland.

          • Steve Smith

            The official Newcastle united page on Facebook has over 2 million members (and thats with the club’s p**s poor marketing and media presence) . That alone exceeds the 1.5m figure aluded to below.

        • X,WHY,Y MAN.

          They are ,! If you look a at poll that was done a few years ago with Chelsea coming out on top with something like 96 % of their fans coming from the immediate area.
          Newcastle were quite high in the ranking though with something like the 90 % mentioned.

          • Steve Smith

            Chelski fans having 96% from the local area is absolute rubbish. I can’t believe you wouldn’t question that. Maybe 10 years ago when that literally meant 96 fans…

        • Albert Stubbins

          They are. A survey was done recently.over 80% from the Tyneside area which is only right now. I don’t want be be standing next to some cockney with absolutely no connection with the area mouthing off. He’d get a slap and told politely to leave.

          • Steve Smith

            Was the survey conducted on Tyneside?

  • Jimblag23

    It makes no sense, if you are foreign then obviously they too should support their local team.
    Why would this made up rule only apply to English people?

    Also, why would anyone care about Barton’s opinion of the team they support?

    On the twitter thread someone said, “Joey, you played for loads of clubs. Why should this not apply to players?”
    He replied, “because it was my job”

    Further down the thread he replied to someone else saying,
    “I never played the game for money, I just love football. I can’t believe I was paid for it”

    Well whoever he supports, probably Liverpool probably would of taken him on if he was offering to play for free.

    • Geordiegiants

      He was certainly good enough.

  • LeroyGibbs

    Does Alnwick count as local to my beloved Newcastle United? Or should I really be supporting Alnwick Town?

    • Leazes Ender

      I’ve always said that United are a Geordie Club, Northumbrian, Reiver…. like the Catalans or the Basques and a focus of what John Hall called the ‘Geordie Nation’…. it is in the genes this club…. if you have a Reiver name you are a member.

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        Yes we should have full autonomy full the old kingdom of Northumbria.
        Some bloke from up in Northumberland for one of the councils reckons Newcastle shouldn’t fly the flag because historically it was a county of it’s own.

        • Albert Stubbins

          He’s wrong. Newcastle before 1974 was the county capital of Northumberland I believe.

          • Mark Potter

            You are right. Before Tyne and Wear was formed, the boundary of Northumberland was the Tyne, apart from further inland. The Tyne Tunnel used to have the Northumberland crest on one side, the Durham crest on the other, to show you were passing the county boundary.

            Newcastle became a county corporate, or “county of itself”, in 1400. This gave it a certain autonomy from the county in terms of administrative affairs. Newcastle had it’s own sheriff and Lord lieutenant for example. But it was still part of Northumberland, and “From the 17th century the separate jurisdictions of the counties corporate were increasingly merged with that of the surrounding county, so that by the late 19th century the title was mostly a ceremonial one.”

          • Leazes Ender

            Are you related to funlovingexperess?

      • Mark Potter

        The Basques have their own language, which is not even related to the European languages. It tells of an ancient group of people who remained in the area despite the Romans and the mass migrations of Germanic and Slavic tribes in the Dark Ages. Nothing remotely similar to our region. The “native people” were Anglo-Saxons, ie. migrants from Germany, speaking Old English, a highly Germanic language, which then transformed to Middle English under the Normans with influence from French/Latin. The only distinct feature of people from the area is that the local dialect includes some pronunciation and the occasional word from Scandinavian, from the time when the Vikings ruled Northumbria (the Danelaw). “Toon” is from the Vikings, for example.

        The region has then, as part of the British Empire, been part of successive waves of immigration, bringing people from all over the world. But the biggest cultural effect was probably all of the Irish who came to the region to work in the mines and shipyards in the late 19th/20th centuries.

        So the DNA of the “geordie nation” is a very mixed bag, with little trace of the original tribes of Celts. And their language reflects this. We remain English, because we have spoke English for well over a 1,000 years, even before there was a King of England. We don’t have a distinct history or culture from the rest of the country. Even the Danelaw was not a specific geordie period. The Vikings ruled the whole of Northumbria down to the Humber and north of the Scottish border, and at times much further south into East Anglia and the Midlands. The capital was York. Newcastle was a small town of little consequence at that time. Durham and Bamburgh were the powerful places in the north.

        • Jimblag23

          I think you’ll actually find Newcastle is the centre of a flat earth.

          • Leazes Ender

            That’s Norwich you’re thinking about.

        • Leazes Ender

          Yes absolutely…. but modern Yorkshire folk aren’t our people.
          We are not distinct but we do have what I think may be a Bernician DNA marker.

          The genetic marker for our region ‘Northern British’ covers the modern counties of Northumberland, Durham, Lothian, Fife, Cumberland and the Isle of Man.

      • Jimblag23

        I’m Bristol born and bred but Dads from Whitley Bay, so yaaaay I pass the test.

        (Which is great cos City & Rovers are abysmal)

        • Leazes Ender

          I thought that I don’t recognise the surname ‘Blag’

          • Jimblag23

            😂 it’s actually Scottish.

      • paul mclaughlan

        My great grandparents on my mothers side were Elliot’s. So I’m ok(ish).

      • Mark Davies

        Interestingly ender is of cornish origin so be seeing you haha

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      Alnwick Town are a cracking club run by good people with a good clubhouse.
      Are they still selling back issue Newcastle United programmes in the clubhouse ?

      • Whickhamrobbie

        agree re Alnwick town their u16 have just played us in a friendly coming all the way down to do so (they won 6-2 ) .
        I follow gateshead (my local team ) but support Newcastle .
        But my nephews kids all 6 of em (He,s from newcastle ) all northampton born and bred are all die hard toon fans so Barton is only half correct as family history has a lot to do with the team you support.

        • Geordiegiants

          It’s an exception to the rule I think.

  • Jimbo Jones

    Barton is a try hard who is desperate to appear as a great “footballing mind”. When in reality, he’s always let himself down with his temper and finished his career off doing stupid bets- majority of which he lost.

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      It doesn’t mean he is not true in what he is saying here though does it ?

    • East Durham Mag

      There’s nowt wrong with Joey. He speaks the truth.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    I agree with Joey Barton fully and it’s this type of behaviour that has allowed scum like “Sky Sports” to push this ridiculous agenda from day one.

    There are two words that back up that brainless glory hunting group of knackers :

    EAMONN HOLMES !

    • Leazes Ender

      I hate Eamonn Holmes, he epitomises glory hunters totally!

      • Mark Potter

        He’s from Belfast, and grew up during “the troubles”. There were no local teams of note in Northern Ireland. It’s not surprising that most followed Man Utd at the time when their local hero George Best was playing there. Many others in the North supported Celtic or Rangers, and in the south supported Liverpool. There were massive family connections with Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester, with many Irish people moving to those cities for work over the years. They had every right to regard them as their clubs.

        • Leazes Ender

          I still hate him.

        • Albert Stubbins

          Linfield. Crusaders etc etc. My grandad still followed linfield after he came to the toon in 1973. Holmes is a glory hunter of the worst kind.

    • HarryHype59

      It winds me up when Man U fan “Gary from Harlow” speaks on Talk Sport!

  • HarryHype59

    Agree with Joey! I used to work in Essex for years and there were more plastic Man U fans than WHU supporters. Most of these glory hunters have never even been to Manchester let alone Old Trafford!

  • toonterrier

    In my younger days I travelled the world due to my work and watched football everywhere but I only supported one team. Newcastle United. When I eventually moved back up north the first thing I did was get a season ticket. Unfortunately having an owner who doesn’t support the team means we are now just a business with no ambition other than to make money to be spent elsewhere. That’s why over the last few years many supporters including myself have walked away from the club they love due to lack of ambition from a tight owner. Joey is right what he says. Support your team but don’t put your money in the fat mans bank account.

    • anyobrien

      If you watch on sky your linning fatties pockets….. He wins alround

      • Geordiegiants

        If you watch on a fire stick though, your f’cking the lot of them.

        • Albert Stubbins

          Ha ha

  • Thom Ridley

    I can see his point and on the whole agree. But I think he’s missing connection to an area and family history. I have supported Newcastle since I can remember. Why, because my dad is from Newcastle and his family stretching back generations. I grew up in a small village about an hours drive away from the nearest town which is darlington. I went to Darlington maybe once a year and knew no one from there with no connections to the place. I now live in Leeds and will be watching the game today as a fan. Maybe next he will say only real catholic people must live in Rome.

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      I think if you asked Barton he would include you into the sound as a pound category.

    • Leazes Ender

      You do have a Reiver Surname so you are a member of the Nation Thom.

  • anyobrien

    Totally agree mind you the epl /Keegan era at the toon drew many a glory hunting plastic to Ne1…… Who even though we have won nowt in the 40 odd years I’ve followed the lads demand success….. Ktf

    • Geordiegiants

      You know what, is not sure it gained glory hunters, I think we had that many fans but they didn’t go as often, then a bit of entertainment and the tie in of a season ticket bought them all in.

      • anyobrien

        Bollox it wasn’t trendy then it was hard graft

        • Geordiegiants

          Your not kidding, i was there with 6000 fans for the zenith data systems cup, sining in the benches, where were the other 10,000 that normally went then?

          • anyobrien

            Exactly mate

          • anyobrien

            Exactly against Shrewsbury I think…. Loved the benches got my first season ticket there 32 years ago

  • Peter Stabler

    Glory fans don’t go through the same pain we do and when they win owt it is a pale shadow of what will happen here…Well done glory fans you can keep it.

  • Geordiegiants

    I have never got glory hunters, the name of the club speaks for it self.
    An example, you live in say a council estate in the east end of Newcastle, and there is a tender up to win a contract to get new fences to go around the gardens in your area. The competition is the west end, why would you as an east ender want the west end to win the contract? There is no gain for anyone, it’s the same with glory hunters, only the people or place gains. What gain is there for anyone from Newcastle if Manure win, it just doesn’t make sense.

  • Marveauxless

    If you have absolutely no affiliation with the cities of Liverpool or Manchester why would you choose to support a team that represents them?

  • paul mclaughlan

    I was a Liverpool fan from the age 8 until I was 10. Was gutted when they got beat off Manure in the 77 FA cup final. A few months later I went to my first Toon match and the misery has pretty much continued (barring a few seasons her and there).

  • paul mclaughlan

    I was a Liverpool fan from the age 8 until I was 10. Was gutted when they got beat off Manure in the 77 FA cup final. A few months later I went to my first Toon match and the misery has pretty much continued (barring a few seasons here and there).

  • HappyToons

    I have been a glory hunter since my first match at 7, nearly 50 years of travelling with the toon I haven’t seen much glory though; although I was there when we won the Texaco cup against Burnley, and the two semi defeats the previous seasons, and against Ayr when we were expelled form the Anglo Scottish cup. I deserve medal or trophy myself after 50 years???