Local sports memorabilia shop The Back Page announced on Tuesday they would not be selling copies of the Michael Owen autobiography – a first for them in their 16 years of retailing.
The decision was made due to the nature of the comments towards Newcastle United, the fan-base and legend Alan Shearer.
It would be hoped that other retailers follow The Back Page’s lead, although many of the bigger bookstores are tied to what the company bosses do.
But for other local, independent shops, it would be hoped that they would withdraw putting the book on their shelves, which is not likely to set any world records for sales in the region.
Could Michael Owen’s book reunite Newcastle fans?
At a time when there is animosity between the football club and its fans, and even among various members of the fan-base itself, something like the Michael Owen situation bizarrely helps to bring them all together.
It may be a catalyst to helping reunite the fans behind a common cause, and nothing will have everyone singing from the same hymn-sheet more than someone having a pop at the football club, or the support itself.
Fans were quick to voice their support for The Back Page’s stance, and we have included a few of their responses.
Well done the Backpage. No one would have bought it anyway.
— Christine edwards (@Christi39066544) September 3, 2019
That’s a mature approach
— David Laing (@davidlaing93) September 4, 2019
This is brilliant. Well done for this. Could even teach the little rat about integrity 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
— Barrie Shilling (@fatgeordiemessi) September 3, 2019
Nobody was going to buy it anyway
— Attic Kewpies (@attickewpies) September 3, 2019
It’s the sort of book you wedge behind the pipe in the bog
— Richard Waugh (@richy_waugh) September 4, 2019
Bet there’s not many toon fans would waste their hard earned cash on a copy either … enough money was wasted when he was at the Toon !!
Greedy little man
— Sean Forde (@SeanForde1) September 4, 2019
I should think so 👏👏👏👏👏
— OldToonFan (@old_toon) September 4, 2019
Spot on. Deny him the sales and the publicity.
— HouseOnCommons (@OldMillFanClub) September 3, 2019
BRILLIANT CALL LADS!!! 👏🏽
— Whose That Team (@Whose_That_Team) September 3, 2019