Ex-Newcastle striker Owen explains story behind his chopper controversy

Former Newcastle United striker Michael Owen has explained the stories over his chopper during his time at St James' Park.

Former Newcastle United striker Michael Owen has explained the stories over his chopper during his time at St James' Park.

With a big family back in the North West, Owen explained his motives for why he snapped up a chopper during his United days.

Owen told the Sunday Sun: “The Press picked up on the fact I’d bought a helicopter and it’s very easy to think that.

“It was an easy stick to beat me with. But I’ve got a massive family.

“At the time I had young kids and I’m one of five children and my mum and dad wanted to watch me wherever I played. I wanted to make it easy for them.”

Owen has also reflected on just how proud his dad Terry and mother Jeanette were to see him pull on the black-and-white stripes at St James’ and follow in the footsteps of Alan Shearer and Jackie Milburn.

He said “They wanted to watch me in every game I played for Newcastle – and they did. My family were coming to Newcastle so we thought it was sensible to get the helicopter.

“To say I was up and down is a myth. It was mainly for my family to come and watch me.”

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