Newcastle’s worst team of the decade!

Boumsong - One of the worst?
The other day I looked at what I thought our team of the decade was, so I thought that it would only be right if I looked over our worst team of the decade, in the interest of balance of course.

If you haven’t already taken a look then why not take a peek at the NUFC Blog team of the decade. Of course those are my choices, but there are also some great nominations in the comments that you guys have put forward with your own reasons as to why they should be included.

Back on subject, and there is only one place to start – goalkeeper!

With only Shay Given, Steve Harper, Tim Krul, Pavel Srnicek and John Karelse having played in goal for us over the last ten years, with the latter three having only played a few games in that time, by the process of elimination I could only really put Steve Harper in. He doesn’t deserve it in any way, shape or form though so I’m going to say to no-one because none of them deserve it in my opinion.

At right-back, again like the goalkeeper, there hasn’t been too many players that have played in this position, but I’m going to go with Stephen Carr. A £2 million pound buy who actually scored on his debut, but that was as good as it got for Carr who was ravaged with injuries and just didn’t play enough games. When he did play he was constantly caught out, although he did make a few surging runs down the right wing.

I think everyone will agree with the centre backs, Titus Bramble and Jean Alain Boumsong – Boumsong in particular was shocking!

Six months good work for Rangers earned his big money move to us and he was just plain and simply a liability. I may be wrong but I can’t actually remember him having a good game for us.

Bramble on the other hand was not as bad as Boumsong, but that wouldn’t be too hard to achieve. To be fair to Bramble he actually had some good games for us, but there was just too many bad games and glaring errors for him to make a good impression to us fans.

Moving on to left-back now, and I’ve gone for Celestine Babayaro. It may be unfair on him but when you consider we had Bernard before him and Enrique after it’s hard to argue, and with 47 appearances in three seasons it wasn’t a great record. I recall Freddy Shepherd calling him a disgrace for wanting a huge pay rise as well, then again this is Shepherd were talking about.

My right midfield spot is going to have to be Geremi. He may have been a free, but he earned a reported £60,000-a-week. For me he was that bad he should of been paying us! He was meant to be a crossing and dead ball specialist but apart from his cross for Owen in the derby he didn’t do too much. He was one of the slowest outfield players I have ever seen and it was no surprise really after Sir Bobby Robson said his legs had gone years ago.

My two centre midfielders are Amdy Faye and Nicky Butt.

Faye was another one of Souness’s great buys and I suppose at £2 million pounds big things weren’t really expected. He was a very poor player though, with no pace, couldn’t pass, couldn’t score and just generally had no ability, a typical signing under the Souness/Shepherd reign.

Nicky Butt on the other hand might be a controversial choice. He was, apparently, a good influence off the pitch, which is fair enough, but on it he just couldn’t cut it. If he just stuck to his job – which was protecting the back four – he would have been a decent signing, but he always tried those ‘Hollywood’ balls which never came off. I know off the pitch circumstances didn’t help but on the pitch I feel Butt had a major influence in taking us down with his needless fouls and countless penalties given away.

Just after the final whistle went against Aston Villa and we were condemned to relegation, our fans were at their brilliant best signing their hearts out but I’ll never forget AndrewNUFC, who was there, telling me how Butt got booed when he went over to clap the fans. Rightly so in my opinion.

For left midfield am going to go with Christian Bassedas, but it was a close call between him and Diego Gavilan.

This was around the time when we were buying South American players left, right and centre. With Bassedas and Gavilan came Nobby Solano and Clarence Acuna as well. We paid £3.5 million pounds for Christian and in three years he played twenty four times and scored once. He did get loaned out for a season to Tenerife but things just never got going for him, as they never for Gavilan and Acuna either. Bassedas actually retired at the age of thirty.

The strikers now…. Together these two add up to a reported £16.5 million pound and their names, although many people will want to forget them, are Carl Cort and Albert Luque.

Cort was one of Sir Bobby Robson’s rare mistakes, but things actually started off bright for Carl with him scoring on his home debut. That’s about as good as it got as injuries got the better of him and in four years he ended up with a measly seven goals.

We also expected big things of Albert Luque. A £9.5 million pound buy from Deportivo, Luque was one of the top scorers in Spain the previous season but yet again injuries curtailed his career with us and he never really got going. He did score the fourth goal in the famous 1-4 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, which has give us a terrace song. Maybe he did contribute something after all?

So there’s my eleven, but before you say who your eleven would be;


107 thoughts on “Newcastle’s worst team of the decade!

  1. Forgot to say good article Dan…..the sad thing is that that worst 11 was probably better than the best 11 was when I started going to watch the Toon 😆 ………ya don’t know ya born you young uns 😉 😆


  2. Andrew @ 71

    We appear 9 times!!! Each time for the wrong reason, 9 out 0 is very impressive indeed!


  3. Right who got any of these players on the back of their shirt?

    haha, i remember the hype and tales of grandeur that preceded these players, especially Boumsong, we where all singing his praises, he was going to be our new golden boy who would sure us to success. Same for Luque!

    Faye wasnt that bad, Xisco should be up there with worst strikers ever!


  4. Not to drone on or dwell about the whole Enrique/liverpool thing but…if Liverpool sign Enrique don’t they also have that sylvian marveux bloke whos a left wing/full back ready to come this summer, and also have that young Martin Kelly whos been looking really sharp every time i’ve seen him this season, does it really make sense for them to go after Enrique?

    If they do and they don’t go for Marvuex we should definitely go in for him…or if they want him for left wing then we should try and get Kelly and cash for Enrique imo, he’s looked good so far this season, still young, and would allow fergie to be pushed up if we wanted. Would still want an experienced left back around probably but kelly has been doing well this season…besides if he come’s good we can sell him back to liverpool in a couple of years and make ourselves a tastey profit. Woo 🙄


  5. scariest thing is the defence you chose all played together at the same time under sourness.
    my god that man was poor in the transfer market. he brought in emre and parker- the rest were utter gash.


  6. There’s not one player still here who he bought, says it all really considering how many he bought!


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