Training with Fleetwood

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There’s been a lot of interest regarding me training with Fleetwood, it wasn’t something that I was so bothered to talk about and I’m surprised by the level of interest, naive of me maybe.

The simple fact is that on top of my much deserved punishment by the FA and then of course QPR, I’ve also been omitted from the senior QPR squad that are now out in Asia, which is of course even more gutting than the original punishment. I respect that Mark Hughes makes his own decisions of course, and fair play to him for doing what he believes is right.

QPR want me to train with the young guys and the reserves in the meantime. The possibility of a loan move has been mentioned, where there’s been interest from several European clubs and a lot of Championship clubs too, as you may expect.

So, why would I train with Fleetwood?

I have become a little disenchanted with the game in the last 6 months after what I have put myself through and I desperately want to fall back in love with the game. I feel that training in the lower leagues will give me a reality check and maybe help me become a better person, a little more humility will serve me well. The lower leagues is where the hunger for the game is at its greatest, at least where players are concerned.

I want to re-ignite that passion for the game, something that I ordinarily have an abundance of. No monetary bullshit. No media bollocks (though apparently there still is!). No prima donnas. Just pure, old school, mortgage/livelihoods on the line, balls-out football.

It’ll help me appreciate all that the Premier league offers me now and in the future.

What else can I do? Work hard, fall back in love with the game and keep my fingers crossed that I can once again earn my place in a QPR shirt.

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Spitchki
Spitchki

Welcome to Marseille Joey !

Here passionate football is waiting for you.

alempoli91
alempoli91

iron fist and velvet heart.... JB real man!!

guffyboy74
guffyboy74

I like it Joey. The back to basics approach is the way forward for you to rekindle your love for the game. I am not a QPR fan ( am a gunner) but I am a Barton fan and like watching you play at Newcastle and city, you wear your hart on your sleeve and you play for the jersey and you don't take anything for granted and each play each game is like a cup final  and give it your all.

keep working hard and look forward to catching you in a premier league game in the near future and also keeping up to date and and joining in discussions on your new site great work

markash
markash

looks like you have alot of Leeds fans, well another one ere! lol

MikeLeeds
MikeLeeds

Leeds United the club for you

DrNakano
DrNakano

I'm an LFC supporter and would have loved to see you turn out for the Reds.

GreigBrown
GreigBrown

I am a Toffee and i would have liked to see u in a Blue shirt. Think the game is missing players like you who give it there all and do proper tackles. Also i am liking ur new website m8...good stuff. COYB - ETID

Wisedom
Wisedom

Watch Ladies Football see REAL work-rate and passion and alot of skill too. Plus you dont see them rolling on the floor acting like two year olds who've drop their icecream! Why go to Fleetwood just join QPR Ladies! I dont mean your a big girl, far from it, just addreesing your comment about seeking to regain and put back the passion in your game.

Smudge1974
Smudge1974

You'd be more than welcome to sign for Leeds Utd once you fall back in love with the game, great player still with lots to offer!

D18bth
D18bth

How's it all going at fleetwood? Would be good to see you in tangerine colours! Every team needs a player with plenty passion / aggression!!!!

Matthew09
Matthew09

Good luck at Fleetwood, and hope your QPR return goes well.

 

- From a Leeds United Supporter.

phill1690
phill1690

Hi joey, im a Glasgow rangers fan i couldnt realy give a monkeys about premiership,dont get me wrong i like it but i have my team in scotland. You have always been one player i liked absolute battler on the pitch, never give up...Fair few bad tackles and sendings off..but when your passionate about the game these things are bound to happen. Good luck for the coming season tho! And maybe think about coming to Glasgow in a few years times once were back in the SPL, the fans would love a player like you !

benmilesjack
benmilesjack

although at times you can be a bit of a nob, there aren't many who can't be and fairplay to you for reflecting upon yourself and admitting more you need more humilty, I respect you for that

DonWood
DonWood

Hi Joey Well spoken I wish you well in training at Fleetwood if you fancy a change head on down to Margate we could do with you..

LG_
LG_

Hi Joey, I hope all goes well for you at Fleetwood, I'm sure the players and everyone involved will learn alot from you. I have learnt alot from you and I only know you as Joey Barton the footballer. I think you are quite inspirational and your the kind of person I look up to as you're strong willed and you say it as it is, unlike most footballers nowadays who are pure premadonna' s and love themselves. I have to say I enjoy your little rants you have on Twitter, especially the Alan Shearer one and your banter with Piers Morgan. Long may it continue. P.S - Your site is great by the way, keep it up. Alot of people can learn from you. 

 

Liam

ConnorCarrington
ConnorCarrington

 @Joey B Alright Joey, Im a nufc season ticket holder and i would just like to say thanks for everything you did for our club, you stuck with us when we went down to the championship and then when we got back in the premiership you carried the squad through our 1st season back in the big time, the 'fans' who now decided to dislike you think you left for money and forget what you did for our team, i would like to wish you a great career with QPR and good health to your family and yourself & who knows maybe one day we might get you back in that black and white jersey. All the best Joey Connor ( im 16 year old, ive been a season ticket holder for 5 years havent missed a game)

LewiGill
LewiGill

Firstly, you're an idol, I completely see your logic behind the transaction you have made, and will support you the whole way. For me, I have often preferred the lower leagues, they seem to have more about them, more desire if you will. Also, on your videos, on this website, you previously said that you would help out QPR Off the pitch, in which i believe you are doing, by becoming a better player, possibly improving as a whole, you're not only helping yourself, but QPR which you said you would do from the start.

AndrewHunter
AndrewHunter

Joey whats your thoughts on Andy Carroll's situation?. Do you think it would be a good idea for the big man to return to St James or not?

JoeSlossPUP
JoeSlossPUP

As a very keen fan of your joey I think you have done the right thing here, football is not about how much money you make or what car you have it's about passion. I also think you point about how you need to fall back in love with the game is very true, sometimes watching matches you can see players that either cant be bothered or have just lost love in football. As me being a Portsmouth fan since they were relegated from the matches I have seen I can see that some people weren't in love with the game or playing with passion but with the use of money. Anyway best of luck to you joey think you have chosen a wise choice as your are a brilliant footballer, good luck and keep the website going!

ssaamm
ssaamm

Hope you enjoy Fleetwood and get something out of it. Your one of the few players who've left Newcastle who I still take an interest in.. Alot of your 'rebel' and 'thug' images are the media pushing them through to get more interesting stories, although that still doesn't really excuse the Man City bust up. Still hope next season is a good one for you wherever you end up :)

chaz197
chaz197

What is this points system?

kajstring24
kajstring24

I think what you've said is really valid and quite eye opening. I do respect that even if I don't buy the 'reformed character' act that you're trying to maintain. I also have a problem with Mark Hughes' decision to just omit you from the squad. In my line of work I would have been sacked if I had done what you did, and that's without bringing the Tweeting into the equation. You've got so lucky and I think that's why you meet so much hostility. Yes, the omission from the QPR squad is warranted, hopefully the experience at Fleetwood will help knock you down a few pegs, but I remain unconvinced. Time will tell I suppose, but if you want to really convince people you've changed you need to stop goading people, drop the arrogance and learn to show appreciation for how lucky you are in a more mature way.

GeordieBob75
GeordieBob75

From a Newcastle supporter,

Haven´t stopped following your ups and downs, though i have my fingers crossed and hope it to be all ups. You stuck with us when we went down and I was gutted to see you go. The stuff you just wrote is so true. The game in itself is pure when you strip away the money and the media. Hope you find yourself in Fleetwood and make a return to the PL.

 

Best of luck,

 

Robert

bradabez
bradabez

Good luck Joey, good to see you arn't off on holiday during your ban like some of the other footballers would be

AaronKernoghan
AaronKernoghan

All these haters getting on Joey's back for what he done Vs City last day of the season which he has publicly said was wrong i don't see why you need to keep getting at him? But my point is as much as what Joey Barton done that day was wrong wrongly or rightly it showed he had the commitment and desire for QPR to stay up that season (Something no one can say he hasn't got). Some of the worlds best have done worse E.g. Zidane headbutt, Rooney elbow on James Mccartney last season. We just have to remember sometimes that Barton isnt the only player ever to cause wrong and at least when he does he accepts the fact and speaks publicly about the incidents unlike other footballers. All the best in the future Joey and i hope all goes well next season with QPR.

bartonisamug
bartonisamug

"No prima donnas??" - Have a laugh - dont make me send Gervinho over there to put you on your arse again! LOL...

bartonisamug
bartonisamug

Joey Barton...balls out football? What a mug! Stick to what you are good at and go beat up another 11 year old chav...

Rob85_
Rob85_

Quite frankly alot of people commenting on here are just looking for a reply, trolling like the sad people they are. If only they could channel this energy into something useful. They confuse anger on a football pitch in a pumped up physical encounter with what they perceive could be anger they generate by punching plastic buttons on there keyboard.

 

Joey, I genuinly hope your time a Fleetwood serves you well. I can imagine its very easy to get carried away being a premiership footballer. Even on my meagre salary going to Thailand showed me how lucky I was and I came back to London a much more humble person, I believe everyone should have a reality check every now and then.

 

Best of luck for the season I hope you can come back to QPR and concentrate on getting us as high up the league as possible. I hope that the newspapers in the future will contain articles on how we beat Fulham and Chelsea convincingly and not focus on individuals. Although I unfortunately realise there stupid desire to paint everyone with a 'good guy' or 'bad guy' brush, and the public naivety to not realise good guys do bad things and bad guys do good things, it's a grey world.

BKinstry
BKinstry

Joey write a book, whether people like you or not I'm sure everybody would be interested. I know I am, I really hope your temper snaps can be fixed coz under that I think your somewhat smart and I wish you luck

thesamball
thesamball

Obviously as a footballer at the top level your financially set for life, so with that in mind I was wondering if perhaps you could maybe see yourself playing in the lower leagues for the later stages of your career? As you seem to be enjoying your time at fleetwood. Also with regards to your behaviour on the final day of the season, in my opinion I think you're getting too much stick for it, you just snapped, we all do it and all it was was your passion coming through, I also think that it's characters like yourself that make the premier league the best in the world. I also admire how you've accepted the consequences without complaint. Finally I just wanted to say I don't support any of the clubs you've ever played at (I'm an arsenal fan) but your still one of my favourite footballers, I also think your made out to be a far worse person than you actually are and it annoys me how people judge you when they don't even know you. Also I follow you on twitter (my usernames @thesamball ) and a tweet or follow back from you would be incredible. Thank you for reading what I have to say :)

JohnMcBrideIRE
JohnMcBrideIRE

The bottom line is Joey, is that you are trying new things & for that you should be both encouraged & applauded for doing so. Good Luck to you fella, you’ll get there.

OldBlueLady
OldBlueLady

No-one in L2 will be a winner here except Fleetwood, for Crawley last season read Fleetwood this - a promoted conference side with big ambitions, not caring who they trample on in their quest for a higher league status.  Personally I think this is an outrageous attempt to circumnavigate a much deserved ban that should only be served with the club holding his registration - punish the player, punish the club.  All this b*****ks about becoming disenchanted and wanting to go back to lower leagues to help him appreciate things more is simply that....b*****ks.  It's an eloquent appeasement to the fans of QPR and Fleetwood and totally a middle finger up at the FA/Premier League who meted out the punishment.  This loophole needs closing NOW, it is a grossly unfair scenario to all the genuinely hardworking sides in L2. [edited by admin]

Avinalaff
Avinalaff

I thought this was about 'training with Fleetwood Town ? Not much reference in the comments below regarding Fleetwood Town and Joey but I have a comment that needs to be answered ........ What made you choose Fleetwood Town Joey ?

Billboswaggins
Billboswaggins

I truly believe that if you hadn't lost your cool on the last day of the season, you would have warranted a place in the Euro squad. Do you think you'll ever be capped again for England or will the negative aspects of your career so far make it impossible to select you?

 

JamesMullarkey
JamesMullarkey

If Newcastle had gone about 4 months or so without winning a game at the start of the 2010/2011 season, would you seriously have kept that moustache?

Steve Ford
Steve Ford

Joey, if you are ever to fulfil your potential as a footballer you need to forget twitter, forget all the bullshit writing and concentrate on your football. You need to play outside of the UK for a while and play in a league as an unknown where you wont get deliberately  wound up. Players in the EPL and Football league know you and your rep, you are a target and a disadvantage to any team that plays you. Think,  listen and say nothing, its the only way you will get out of this rut. Joe Cole went to France and benefited no end, you should try playing abroad for a season or two.

Steve Ford

jdee4qpr
jdee4qpr

Joey when QPR signed you from the Toon I was quite excited but to be honest apart from a few good games I have been disappointed with your attitude and desire to do what you are capable of in a QPR shirt. Maybe you might get the chance to prove yourself. Just one other thing which does get up peoples noses is how you seem to think that you are smarter than everyone else and you may well be but don't keep banging on about it.. this is not a dig just an observation. Cheers hope you find what you need.

 

jdee qpr

FawnyQPR
FawnyQPR

Good luck @ Fleetwood Joey, hope you get out of it what you want/need. Site looks great by the way

Disappointedinthescouser
Disappointedinthescouser

Joey, read that again mate. Have a month on the hod, then tell me why you need to be motivated to play in the premiership? I really related to you until that comment. You're a toby. Ask them at your insepid job what that is.

connorj92
connorj92

You know what joey, just let the talent on the pitch and your actions do the talking if you really want to change your mind set on the game and your behavior on and off the pitch you will do just have faith in your self and always remember were you grew up. 

clifford41160
clifford41160

who wrote all this rubbish cause it was not you joey 

DanielBleanMoss
DanielBleanMoss

Joey I hope you find The love for the game sir I think your a brilliant player when your head is right and love the passion the flows through your blood, even though I am such a hipacrit though as I occasionally get sent off losing my temper. good luck mate p.s I'm a Leeds fan aswell ........

davidlines17
davidlines17

Mr Barton. I am not a premiership footballer, i have never been in prison and nor have any of my family. We lead very different lives. The frw things i think we have in common is we bpth use twitter and prrsumably bot watch sky sports news/read/watch the media. One big difference between us is you are in the media on a regular basis. I think you are a intelligent man and a interesting watch. I like the fact that you share your views. However... I THINK you like being in the media and have something of a self obsession. I'm sure you will have a career after football where you share your wise wise words. However, when you are in the media spotlight do you think it is right to share these opinions with young misfuided people who can grow up thinking you are a messiah. You have a lot of quotes, high intellect and (im sure) a very high opinion of yourself. Do you see someone like 'im not a racist' john terry airing his views on social media. You are certainly compelling but i wonder if your kids will grow up with respect for the law, referees, their team mates etc etc. So what is my important message to you??? Why not try growing up, behaving and shutting your mouth even jist for one season. I thibk that way people might remember you for what you are not who you are. (A good footballer) when your career finishes and you have headbutted/burnt with a cigar a few more people there will be plenty of time to use websites and social media to air your so so important views.

Allan Redman
Allan Redman

Mr Barton, I'm a massive fan of yours and wish you look at fleetwood as I live here, the town is buzzing in the fact that you will be coming to train and give your knowledge to the players. wishing you good luck Allan

Steve Hall
Steve Hall

I'll be fascinated to see how you perform when you come back JB - I'm sure Sparky will have you back in the team, after all the one thing there's little doubt about in the media or (most) fans opinions is your ability as a footballer. The last game incident wasn't good, but then of course there's always two sides to a story....

 

Do your comments mean you don't love the game any more then?

 

PS I loved the shorts down joke against Everton fans a few years ago, wish more players would have a sense of humour like that :D

pind
pind

Firstly, i think this site is a great idea Joey. It really is a breath of fresh air to see a modern day footballer show your passion about the game in blogs such as these, ignore the mongs that pop up to post uneducated and idol thoughts.

The news to train with Fleetwood is one that surprised me, i must say. After seeing the rumours in the papers and their new takeover deal, I was expecting you to make a loan move to Forest. In saying that, training with Fleetwood does seem to make sense. Good luck with it and hopefully we'll see you back in the Premiership sooner rather than later.

LewiGill
LewiGill

Firstly, you're an idol, I completely see your logic behind the transaction you have made, and will support you the whole way. For me, I have often preferred the lower leagues, they seem to have more about them, more desire if you will. Also, on your videos, on this website, you previously said that you would help out QPR Off the pitch, in which i believe you are doing, by becoming a better player, possibly improving as a whole, you're not only helping yourself, but QPR which you said you would do from the start. I worship your action Sir Barton.

BlairWalker
BlairWalker

Joey howz the horses dont hear much about them from u my propeller started like usain bolt but hasnt been as good this year think u should get spencer back on board haha u should maybe put a section on ur site for horses just a suggestion as to going to fleetwood ur better than that u should go to rangers and help them out

ConorMcelligott
ConorMcelligott

 @Joey B joey stop telling people that you've changed and your anger problem has become better,you showed against city it clearly has not. Stop acting the innocent with your excuses and trying to shorten your ban which you no that you should be serving, other than that thrive of your aggression and the way you play should be in team GB squad.