THE SUGARMAN SAYS
If you wait by the river long enough, eventually you will see the bodies of your enemies float by
In this country you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power, and then when you get the power you get the women”.
Well, Newcastle United Chairman Freddie Shepherd certainly has the first two, and if scuttling around the globe rattling prostitutes counts, then I suppose in some respects he also has the third. It’s an interesting little quote that. You might recognize it from a film you’ve no doubt seen.
Craig Bellamy faces Newcastle today for the first time since his unceremonious exit from St. James Park. Don’t get me wrong, not for one second am I a fan of the welsh firebrand. He personifies everything wrong with the archetypical modern day top flight footballer.
Egotistical, mediocre, cocky, arrogant and with enough money to choke your average donkey, Bellamy has deserved 99% of all criticism which has came his way in recent years. However, today’s clash with his old nemesis Graham Souness has the Sugarman, and armchair fans up and down the country wincing in anticipation.
“Say ‘ello to my little friend” says Mark Hughes as he re-acquaints the former Scotland captain with the diminutive bundle of anger from the valleys. “Hey, I think I wanna have a heart attack” says Souness, as he taps his pacemaker, knowing in a cruel twist of fate Bellamy could be 90 minutes away from returning the favour and booting his old boss through the exit door.
In signing Michael Owen, Shepherd has said to Souness, “there you go, maybe you can handle yourself one of them first class tickets to the resurrection?” but it looks like it’ll be Bellamy (not for the first time) might have the last word. He must be looking at the league table today, the precarious position of his old boss, and be thinking to himself “This is paradise, I’m telling ya, this ‘toon’ is like a great big pussy waiting to get
Have you worked out the film yet? All the quotes in bold above are from Brian De Palma’s 1983 classic gangster flick