And the winner of the NUFC Blog Player of the Season award is….

Barton: Great player, poor attitude.

Barton wins.
Well seeing as The Chronicle has unveiled their results for their own Player of the Season Award I guess it’s about time I got my arse into gear and announced ours.

Those who have read The Chronicle today will know that Joey Barton was selected by their readers as their choice of Player of the Season, and in a carbon copy of that result I can reveal that the winner of of the NUFC Blog Player of the Season Award, as voted for by you lot, is none other than……. Joey Barton.

Barton managed to secure 33% of the vote to put him well ahead of Cheik Tiote who finished second on 26%. Rounding off the top was Fabricio Coloccini who managed to secure 17% of the vote.

It’s a defiant message to the club who have announced that they will not be offering a player who has been voted to be the best of the bunch a new deal and is a mark of just how far Joey has come this year and how he has impacted on the first team.

Barton made 35 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring five goals in the process whilst being played mainly in an unfamiliar right-wing role. He was also the source of many an assist last season and set up almost half of Andy Carroll’s goals before his move to Liverpool.

The leadership that Barton displayed was a huge help to the team as they set about securing survival on their return to the Premier League and his performances even saw the midfielder being linked with a return to international football with England at some points. Unfortunately we all know that an England call up is unlikely to happen for Barton, which is a crying shame but I guess some people are unwilling to give people a chance.

Of course there is the now dominant news of Barton’s contract wrangle. It’s been talked about a lot in the last few days and perhaps this poll represents a part of the reason why the news has been so disappointing to many fans.

Anyway, well done Joey Barton – NUFC Blog Player of the Season for the 2010/2011 Premier League season.

In other news…… The Premier League line up for next season is complete as Swansea beat Reading 4-2 in the Championship play-off final this afternoon. That means that the three promoted teams are QPR, Norwich and, obviously, Swansea. We now know what we are up against next season.

Well done Joey. Well done Swansea.

161 thoughts on “And the winner of the NUFC Blog Player of the Season award is….

  1. ‘It makes no sense opening up SJP and paying all the costs involved just to sell cheap tickets and make a loss. They may aswell let the other clubs take the hit of paying to host the match’


    Do you seriously think they make a loss from friendlys??

    At Carlisle their ground was nearly full and it was about £11 a ticket! It is a proper money spinner for them!


  2. 16,981

    Say 80% full.

    13,584 x 11 = £149432

    They had money to spare to pay the ground staff, police no probs and make a tidy sum.


  3. DJG
    Posted May 30, 2011 at 10:28 PM

    “At Carlisle their ground was nearly full and it was about £11 a ticket! It is a proper money spinner for them!”

    True, for them it would be.

    Off that though the away team will take a chunk of gate receipts (no such thing as a free meal), then there are staffing costs, policing, stewarding etc etc. What was left from that may make Carlisle a bit of cash, but it would make Newcastle virtually nothing if it was at SJP when you consider what are ougoings are and compare them to Carlisle’s


  4. How much does it cost to play a reserve game at SJP?

    Not much.

    They only upen up various parts of the ground for friendlys. Therefore costs are kept down. 😉


  5. And the crowd for that days was 7,412 😉

    x 11 = 81,532.

    Say minus 20% for the away side takes it to £65,000. A tidy sum for Carlisle, but it would only pay one of our top earners for a week. Is that really worth it?

    You may aswell not organise anything, turn up, and £16k for it. Not a lot of cash, but it’s infintely less hassle!


  6. I voted Barton and I stand by that! Though from Colo, Tiote and Nolan it really was an impossible task.


  7. But when reserve games are played it’s only really home support which is there with a crowd of like 1,000 which would cost nowt to police as it gets charged depending on the attendance.

    Unless someone premium is coming to SJP, or unless there is a pre-season tournament then it just isn’t worth the bother of opening it up, even parts of the ground.

    I mean last season our only home game was against PSV, a pretty big opponent, and that got 16.118 attending. Hardly worth it.

    Most Premier League teams play away from home aswell in pre-season so it doesn’t knacker the pitch etc etc


  8. Shit. I could have easly found that out nevermind. It was still a tidy profit. I seriously thought there was more than that though. The ground felt about three quarters full.


  9. I still think it would be worth having a pre season friendly at SJP just so people could go and maybe take their family ect with cheaper tickets. It wouldn’t ‘knacker’ the pitch that much, considering they train and play other games on it. Look at the wembley pitch it’s had about 5 games in 2 weeks and looks suiberb! 🙂


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