Bowyer Given Security

Last updated : 10 August 2003 By Kevin Markey
The clash will be the first time former Leeds favourite Jonathan Woodgate has returned to Elland Road, Bowyer returned playing for West Ham last season and was booed throughout.

Woodgate is set to be spared any abuse from his former fans. But Bowyer could run a gauntlet of hate because of his decision not to renew his contract at the club or sign for Liverpool last summer, which cost cash-strapped Leeds a fee of £9m and still sticks in people's throats.

He eventually signed for West Ham for next to nothing.

Leeds fans are furious at the snub, particularly as they stood by the midfielder during his court case.

They are expected to give the player a torrid time on his return with The Magpies, and a Newcastle insider told the Sunday People the club is determined to avoid any ugly incidents on the opening day of the Premiership season, and that's why Bowyer is likely to get his own guards.