Lee Bowyer…well, well, well.
The 2000s were a fairly miserable period for Newcastle United fans who were just emerging from their glory years into a state of unbearable averageness. Nothing too good, nothing too bad: just existence.
Lee Bowyer embodied this period of football. He was nowhere near the player he had once been at Leeds United, but he had not yet crumbled into obscurity.
Like Newcastle, he was just existing.
There are certain players in this world that are remembered for all the wrong reasons, and Bowyer in one of them. His 2003 move to St. James’ Park had the potential to be a very good move – one that made sense for both parties – an opportunity for him to rekindle his career alongside a fallen giant and etch his name in the history books as a great saviour. Which he sort of did…for all the wrong reasons.
Bowyer spent three years at the club yet will be remembered for one thing and thing only, his spat with teammate Keiron Dyer.
Blimey – what a thing that was to see. Two professional footballers, paid thousands a week, throwing handbags in front of a packed home crowd. The reason why? Pretty childish if you ask us.
Lee Bowyer was apparently frustrated with Dyer as he believed he was intentionally not giving him the ball. Dyer’s response, when confronted, was to insult him.
Playground stuff. Indeed, we half expected an air floater to be booted into Nicky Butt’s face, or someone to receive a wedgie halfway through.
Lee Bowyer left Newcastle soon after, first returning to West Ham before spending time with Birmingham City and Ipswich Town. He was actually relatively successful with Birmingham, winning the League Cup and even notched a few goals along the way, but his bad boy days were not over, and that seriously impeded any real chance of further progress.
Bowyer manages Charlton Athletic now after inheriting the position from Karl Robinson who left in 2018 and has guided them, quite successfully, to a spot in the play-offs for a shot at Championship football.
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