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  • graysonavich 19 Mar 2013 11:08:21 6,802 posts
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    Spice Boys era seems like a lifetime ago. Unless you remember how much of a big deal it was for an 18 year old to be a (leading) Premiership footballer, his (post injury) stats probably aren't that amazing to read back on.
  • nickthegun 19 Mar 2013 11:09:06 55,853 posts
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    Owen is quite like Le Saux in that hes quite switched on, which can be a bit disarming when you are used to the average footballer being as thick as pigshit.

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  • nickthegun 19 Mar 2013 11:10:15 55,853 posts
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    graysonavich wrote:
    his (post injury) stats probably aren't that amazing to read back on.
    I would be willing to be that his goals per appearences post injury are as good as anyone else in the world.

    Its just that he didnt make that many..

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  • kalel 19 Mar 2013 11:13:35 83,875 posts
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    I'd agree that his Newcastle move was his biggest career misstep. The fact that Man U were happy to pick him up afterwards gives a hint of what might have been.
  • Deckard1 19 Mar 2013 11:19:28 25,414 posts
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    He was injured the whole time we had him. I don't think it would have mattered where he'd went after Real, he was crocked and a shadow of his former self by the time he got to us.

    Called it

  • Ka-blamo 19 Mar 2013 11:21:01 7,107 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    I'd agree that his Newcastle move was his biggest career misstep. The fact that Man U were happy to pick him up afterwards gives a hint of what might have been.
    The damage had been done at that point, if it hadn't he wouldn't have gone to fucking Newcastle. he can say he played for real madrid and everything, but living out of a suitcase in hotel rooms, coming on as a late substitute every other game.....the only person happy with it all would have been his agent.
  • nickthegun 19 Mar 2013 11:22:16 55,853 posts
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    Didnt the FA end up paying his wages after he did his ACL for england?

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  • speedofthepuma 19 Mar 2013 11:24:28 13,246 posts
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    I like him. I'm fed up of stupid people.

    I've turned off all the avatars and crap, so don't expect me to be impressed by yours.

  • nickthegun 19 Mar 2013 11:30:24 55,853 posts
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    Hah, just had a quick look at his wiki page and the FA and FIFA did pay part of his wages and give Newcastle almost 10m in compensation. In fact he was SO injured, FIFA doubled their insurance cover for players in international duty.

    The newcastle section is hilarious, its like someone had a voodoo doll of him and then, to cap it all off he got mumps. Its some read.

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  • SuperCoolEskimo 19 Mar 2013 11:33:01 9,529 posts
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    If Owen is so smart why is he always such a boring cunt on punditry and in interviews? Straight bats every question with his dull, monotone voice.
  • disusedgenius 19 Mar 2013 11:33:47 5,142 posts
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    SuperCoolEskimo wrote:
    If Owen is so smart why is he always such a boring cunt on punditry and in interviews? Straight bats every question with his dull, monotone voice.
    I'm struggling to get the logic here.
  • kalel 19 Mar 2013 11:39:05 83,875 posts
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    It's a well known fact that the most intelligent people have the most interesting voices.
  • Shikasama 19 Mar 2013 12:00:11 6,277 posts
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    I think he is referring to the fact that Owen has never said anything vaguely insightful in any interview or pundit stint he has ever done.
  • Shikasama 19 Mar 2013 12:00:53 6,277 posts
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    That said, if he hadn't broken into a shell of a human being he'd be England's top scorer by some margin by now
  • Deleted user 19 March 2013 12:38:25
    Being smart and offering insight on kicking a ball about on a field are different. Some smart people know about brain surgery but nothing about fixing a car.
  • Shikasama 19 Mar 2013 12:49:17 6,277 posts
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    But they'd probably be able to discuss brain surgery pretty well
  • Youthist 19 Mar 2013 12:51:36 9,897 posts
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    I too cannot remember a better buzz watching England play than a) That argentina goal and b) Munich. Possibly Gazza in every game during 1990. Or Beckham against Greece. That's it. Or maybe Hoddle's England in Italy in the final qualifier. Ok that's it. One of those.

    Edited by Youthist at 12:51:54 19-03-2013

    Think of how stupid the average person is, and realise half of them are stupider than that

  • kalel 19 Mar 2013 12:52:43 83,875 posts
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    Euro 96 had some moments, mostly from Gazza again (Scotland goal).
  • TheSaint 19 Mar 2013 12:53:29 13,629 posts
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    You probably need to be passionate about something to make a decent pundit. With that in mind Owen would probably be better suited to horse racing.
  • Ka-blamo 19 Mar 2013 12:54:08 7,107 posts
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    He might be fed up with it all. I remember him saying about sports journalists and how a professional footballer will forget more than a sports journalist will ever know about football.

    I also remember in a post match interview where he scored after a long goal draught, the interviewer brought it up and Owen said thats just idiots around the game that don't know what they're talking about.

    Cut back to the studio and Gary was like, thanks for that and laughed. Owen definitely has a bee in his bonnet about shitty pundits, commentators, writers(and maybe us) that don't know anything. Just a theory of mine.
  • Youthist 19 Mar 2013 12:54:42 9,897 posts
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    Ah yes - that goal get's in (and the celebration). And the Sun turning Gazza from public enemy number 1 to greatest guy that even lived over night as a direct result of him bamboozling Hendry so superbly.

    Think of how stupid the average person is, and realise half of them are stupider than that

  • Ultrasoundwave 19 Mar 2013 13:04:42 3,097 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    The newcastle section is hilarious, its like someone had a voodoo doll of him and then, to cap it all off he got mumps. Its some read.
    As a Newcastle fan i'm programmed to hate the guy, but the truth is that we looked a much better side when he was playing, especially in the earlier days of his stay with us.

    Back when he signed, i genuinely thought we were going to make a serious push for the title - we had Owen and Shearer up front, N'Zogbia and Milner on either wing, Scott Parker and Emre in the engine room - some serious ability there - unfortunately our back four was Boumsong, Bramble, Carr and Babayaro :cry:


    We also signed Luque, who had a lot of promise back then too.

    We did finish 7th that season, but if our back four had actually lived up to their respective hype and formed a solid unit, who knows what might have been.




    Who knows.......

    "Look at banner Michael!"

  • Youthist 19 Mar 2013 13:08:39 9,897 posts
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    Didn't you get rid of Bobby Robson then everything fell to shit?
    Or when was that.

    Think of how stupid the average person is, and realise half of them are stupider than that

  • King_Edward 19 Mar 2013 13:11:29 11,454 posts
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    That team didn't finish 7th. The team that finished 7th was a hodge podge of reserves and youth team players that, god knows how, saved our season after all the "real abilty" had buggered up the start so terribly, then all gotten injured.

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  • King_Edward 19 Mar 2013 13:12:47 11,454 posts
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    Youthist wrote:
    Didn't you get rid of Bobby Robson then everything fell to shit?
    Or when was that.
    It was the year Souness was sacked and Glenn Roeder came in as caretaker.

    Nobby Solano spent half the season at right back and Mourinho said he was jealous of our youth set up.

    Edited by King_Edward at 13:15:39 19-03-2013
  • Dougs 19 Mar 2013 13:17:30 64,903 posts
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    TBH, most of my memories of England in that period are bad. The highlights have been mentioned, but I went to way more games that were awful. Euro 2000 a particular low-light on the field. Great trip though
  • billythekid 19 Mar 2013 13:25:27 10,803 posts
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    Owen's hat trick in the 5-1 against Germany was a vivid highlight for me, especially as it was on my birthday.
  • graysonavich 19 Mar 2013 13:26:37 6,802 posts
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    The Sun's headline the next day was even better;

    "LIVERPOOL 5 - 1 GERMANY"
  • billythekid 19 Mar 2013 13:31:19 10,803 posts
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    I liked this bit from Owen thanking people in his retirement statement:

    "Last but not least, my Dad. We did it my old mate! From those freezing local parks to terrorising the best defenders in the World on the biggest stages of all. I couldn't have done it without you".
  • Dougs 19 Mar 2013 13:31:26 64,903 posts
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    billythekid wrote:
    Owen's hat trick in the 5-1 against Germany was a vivid highlight for me, especially as it was on my birthday.
    Me too, quite unbelievable. I may have mentioned once or twice being there
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