Writer: Ross Molyneux
Date:Thursday June 7 2007
To be honest Joey Barton has had that much column space over his indiscretions I nearly didn`t bother to write this article. However despite what`s gone on off the field, he`s still managed to squeeze in a decent amount of stuff on the pitch. Vital Newcastle breaks down some of his facts and figures:
Early Days & City Stuff
Joey was born in Huyton, Phil 'Snecker` Thompson`s neck of the woods, in 2 September 1982 He made his first team debut for Manchester City against Bolton Wanderers on 5 April 2003. His first senior goal came in a 2-0 win over Spurs at White Hart Lane on Good Friday, and he ended his first season with a run of seven consecutive starts.
Barton began the 2003-04 season as a first team regular. Following his second Premiership goal (against Blackburn Rovers), he was rewarded with a call up to the England U21 squad for their Euro qualifiers against Macedonia and Portugal.
In September 2004 Barton signed a new contract that kept him at Manchester City until 2007. However, on 30 January 2006, Barton handed in a written transfer request, which we believe had the hallmarks of Willy McKay daubed all over it. The next day, Manchester City rejected a verbal offer for Barton from the Smoggies. Barton quickly admitted he`d ballsed up apologised to the club. On 25 July 06 he signed a new four-year deal ending speculation about his future.
On 16 January 2007, the Monaco meddler McKay stated that if any team offered at least £5.5 million for Barton, then Manchester City must allow Barton to talk to that club, and Everton F.C. manager David Moyes then asked City about Barton's availability. However, the next day Barton stated 'People are trying to unsettle me but I'm happy to stay here', and Pearce added 'I'm not sure if Willie McKay is his agent'
On 2 February 2007, following his recent impressive form, Barton received his first call-up to the full England squad for the friendly match against Spain, despite his recent criticism of some of the England squad turning out autobiographies after an unimpressive 2006 World Cup, summarizing it as 'I played like shit. Here's my book'. He made his international debut on 7 February 2007 replacing Frank Lampard in the 78th minute of the 1-0 defeat to Spain at Old Trafford.
The Not so Good, the Bad and the downright Ugly
Manchester City considered sacking Barton after an incident at a Christmas party where he poked a cigar in junior player Jamie Tandy's eye. The following summer Barton was sent home from a pre-season tournament in Thailand after assaulting a young Everton supporting child in an incident which also saw team-mate Richard Dunne injuring his foot after kicking a wall in anger. These incidents resulted in Barton undergoing anger management therapy at the request of Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce and paying out £120,000 in club fines.
On 30 September 2006, he was captured by MOTD flashing his arse to Everton fans following Manchester City's injury-time equaliser in a game at Goodison Park. On October 10, Merseyside Police looked into it but took no further action, but Barton was fined £2,000 and warned about his future conduct by the FA, escaping a ban.
On 13 March 2007, Barton was arrested on suspicion of criminal assault and criminal damage after an alleged argument with a taxi driver in Liverpool, while going to his hotel after a match.
On 1 May 2007, Barton was suspended by Manchester City until the end of the 2006/07 season, after a training ground incident during which he assaulted his team mate Ousmane Dabo. Dabo stated that he had been hit several times, and had to go to hospital after suffering injuries to his head during the incident, including a suspected detached retina. Dabo requested that the police press charges against Barton, and as a result, on 16 May 2007, Barton was arrested and questioned by Greater Manchester Police. Barton has since been bailed until July.
Current club totals
Apps As sub Goals Yellow Red
Total (Club) 153 (11) 17 44 3
League 130 (7) 15 40 2
FA Cup 14 (1) 1 4 1
League Cup 4 (0) 1 0 0
European/Others 5 (3) 0 0 0
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Date:Thursday June 7 2007
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