Kieron Dyer lifts lid on infamous Newcastle punch-up with Lee Bowyer

Newcastle United fans couldn’t believe it when it happened.

More than 11 years on, we can hardly believe it happened.

Back in 2005, Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer, both playing for the Toon, threw down and had a massive punch up in front of a packed St James’s Park.


Both players were sent off for their part in the incident, which Dyer claims was sparked when he questioned Bowyer’s ability.

Dyer was quoted in the Chronicle as saying:

“We were playing the game, he came short and wanted the ball and I passed to someone else.

“He was like ‘Give me the ball’ and I was like ‘I haven’t given the ball away, what you talking about’. Five minutes later he came again and I gave it to somebody else.

“And he said, ‘You never pass to me!’ I said, ‘The reason I don’t pass to you is because you’re **** basically’.

“There were a lot of swear words. And that was it then you just saw him lose his head.

“He said, ‘You what?’ And I said, ‘You heard me.’

“As he was walking towards me I just thought he was going to grab me or push me.

“When he was raining the punches in I thought, ‘You need to get on the weights because they aren’t hurting.’

“Secondly, I was thinking ‘I can’t believe he’s doing this in front of 50,000 people’.”

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