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Kieron Dyer Recalls How Graeme Souness Challenged Craig Bellamy to Fight at Newcastle

Kieron Dyer Recalls How Graeme Souness Challenged Craig Bellamy to Fight at Newcastle

Kieron Dyer has revealed how Graeme Souness challenged Craig Bellamy to a fight during their explosive time together at Newcastle United.

Both men are known for having a short fuse, and when Souness took over at St. James’s Park back in 2004, looking back, it was always going to end in tears.

And Dyer has recalled exactly that, explaining how Bellamy launched a tirade of abuse towards Souness after being hauled off in a match against Charlton – leading to the Welshman being sent out on-loan to Celtic for the rest of that particular season.

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And writing in his new autobiography Old too soon, smart too late, which is being serialised by the Daily Mail, Dyer seems to still have a vivid memory of the bust-up, explaining: “We had played Charlton and he had substituted Craig Bellamy.

“The TV cameras caught Craig muttering ‘f****** p****’ in his direction as he walked off.

“Souness didn’t see or hear it, but when he was shown footage, he was livid.

“There had also been stories about an altercation between Craig and Nicky Butt before the England–Wales game a week or so earlier.

“Souness wasn’t happy about that, either. He called a meeting. ‘When I was on the outside, looking at this football club,’ Souness said, ‘I saw a very talented team, but people who are out of control and think they are above the law. Let’s take a typical week since I have been Newcastle manager.’

“He looked at me. ‘I have just been to the police station with this little p****,’ he said. ‘It’s probably normal for him to be back and forth to the police station all the time, but it’s not normal for me.’

“Then he moved on to Craig and Butty. He had heard about their altercation and that Butty had threatened to beat the s*** out of Craig. ‘I wish he had beaten the s*** out of you,’ Souness said.

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“Craig had been warned by Dean Saunders, Souey’s assistant, not to answer back, but it wasn’t in Craig’s make-up to keep quiet. He started protesting that there hadn’t been any argument.

“‘See, this is the problem,’ Souness said. I could see he was about to go. He mentioned a few of the trophies he had won and some of the clubs he had played for.

“‘And then someone like you calls me a f****** p****,’ he said to Craig. ‘I’ll f****** knock you out.’

“He tried to grab Craig by the throat. ‘In the gym now,’ he said. ‘Let’s sort this out like men.’ Alan Shearer had to pull Souness off him.

“That was the first time in my life I’ve seen Bellers completely speechless. They never made it to the gym, but it knocked the stuffing out of Craig. Souness had put down a marker.”

So, there you have it.

With both men now working in the game as pundits, maybe we’ll see them reignite this feud once again on live TV.

Fingers crossed.

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