One of Newcastle United’s most promising young players has had some couple of weeks.

Just two weeks on from his under-18s debut at Wolves, Alex Gilliead scored his first goal at that level in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Stoke.

It was a proud moment for the St. Bede’s Catholic School pupil, who only turned 16 last month, and rounded off a special few weeks for the Consett-based striker.

Following on from his landmark birthday, Gilliead won the Jack Hixon trophy at last week’s 2012 Sport Newcastle Awards night and was placed on standby for England under-16s ahead of the upcoming Montaigu Tournament in France. The player having made his international debut against Wales  last October.

Gilliead has been a prolific scorer for NUFC at under 16 level and has got his chance in the older age group because of Adam Campbell’s injury.

He was interviewed on the club website following the win over Stoke which kept the under 18s top of their league.

It’s a good feeling, because it’s only my third appearance for the under-18s so getting a goal was good.

The celebration was a bit dodgy, but it was a good time to score and it kept us going. It came just after half-time and we hadn’t been playing that well in the first half, so it got us back in the game.

There are eight games left now, so hopefully we can get a couple more wins and win the league.

It’s good to be starting to be recognised for what I can do well, and it’s good to be with the under-18s.

And winning the Jack Hixon award was great, especially as it was presented by Alan Shearer. He’s my boyhood hero so it’s always good to meet people like that”.

49 comments
WilliamCarney
WilliamCarney 5pts

There was a pedo living two doors down from my house, the very second it came out in the papers there was no way he would be returning to that house, before he even got out of police custody there was already spray paint all over his house saying "nonce you are dead" Etc... even the council had been advised by the police to board up the windows and doors. and the reason he got out of custody was because he never got charged for it due to not enough evidence. he must of got a new house very quickly because nobody in my street saw him again, I even had people knocking at my door asking if we knew where he had moved to, anyway if the SAFC player goes to prison he will have a very hard time, that kind of charge is likely to make him have a terrible time in jail, prison inmates will even attempt to kill him, don't worry guys he will get what he deserves, people don't let that kind of thing go lightly, even from the constant death threats by inmates could even cause him to develope mental health problems, this player has ruined his own life, the younge girls life and his and her families lives, it's so sickening how people can be so self destructive for 10 minutes of pleasure in his view.

potski
potski 5pts

If he never got charged for it he was innocent. How thick are you?

wor monga
wor monga 5pts

SAFC have taken the only action open to them, by immediately cutting Johnson adrift, and it’s just a pity to see that some of their fans still can’t accept that as the only satisfactory outcome!!


...It would be a first for the legal system…to have someone plead guilty when they know they are totally innocent of serious charges…

...especially admitting to charges that  make them an evil predator on young children, would totally remove them from decent society, and place their name onto the sex-offenders register…


... without any incriminating evidence being available to the court!!!

Ray Lacey
Ray Lacey 5pts

Not a bad idea..money seems to be one of the few things that these guys care about..so hit them where it hurts...first in line to get a payout of course should be those he harmed most...

Tony Bryant
Tony Bryant 5pts

Ray Lacey he helped them stay up last season. Not sure if that gives relegated teams an opportunity to take legal action against him personally.

potski
potski 5pts

Of course it doesn't.

Ray Lacey
Ray Lacey 5pts

They should Sue him for loss of potential signing revenue

Tony Bryant
Tony Bryant 5pts

They've done the right thing. He took his time to plead guilty.

sholasgod
sholasgod 5pts

Why are people on this blog defending johnson he's admitted to being a paedophile. Hope he rots in jail but probably get a suspended sentence he's a millionaire so he'll buy his way out of it most likely.

RoyDean1
RoyDean1 5pts

His highly paid barrister has ended Johnson's career in the UK. He gave Johnson bad advice by telling him to plead guilty. The flow of money stops. This barrister is inept and has condemned his client to unemployment. Now remember folks, I'm looking at this subject purely from a legal viewpoint, in terms of crass advice to a client who is not very bright. If Johnson is denying the more serious charges, it makes no sense to plead guilty to lesser charges. Johnson has been let down by his QC big time.

Davy_Craig
Davy_Craig 5pts

@RoyDean1 I wonder if there's evidence to prove the charges he'd pleaded guilty for.  The barrister/solicitor may have advised him to plead guilty, so as to get a reduced sentence, if the evidence is there.  I can't believe he'd be advised to do so, if this wasn't the case.   

Polarboy
Polarboy 5pts

@RoyDean1 I can't figure out if you believe him to be guilty or not. If it's the former it should be irrelevant to you what advice he was given, he doesn't deserve a career or to get off on a technicality. If he wasn't guilty to a large degree he never would have admitted to anything.  

Qwaszx123
Qwaszx123 5pts

I don't think you understand the law mate. He will have been advised to plead guilty as the evidence will overwhelmingly show he is guilty of these crimes. If he pleads innocent t the sentence will be more severe. So his barrister will have said you are going down no question. Do you want 6 months or 6 years?

potski
potski 5pts

This isn't USA. Our barristers must tell you if you are guilty and that you must plead guilty. This is why many defendants only admit to being guilty on the day of their trial. Johnson "I thought it was OK". Barrister "She was under 16". Johnson "I didn't ask how old she was.". Barrister "Sorry, the law is you have committed an offence. You must plead guilty to that.". If that's how it played out the the Barrister gave good advice. Any advice to plead not guilty and hope the trial collapses would be unprofessional conduct and would get the Barrister disbarred. Plus, juries aren't stupid. If you deny charges that are blatantly true, then they can and do infer you are a liar, can't be trusted on anything you say, and that you must be guilty of all the charges.

alreet
alreet 5pts

This is involving a footballer and the north east overall so yes it will be on this forum. Opinion has to be made about all things that people want to have an opinion about, we cant be getting either all high and mighty or sweeping it under any carpet. 


Dont make it a white elephant but have respect for the young lass involved.


Scummer fans will really have to watch their step at every match now and more so at the derby, this is a big deal and some of the fans will not let it lie. They also need to be respectfull in any retort. 


Sensitive subject this one, watch this space and their next away match


Aldridge Prior
Aldridge Prior 5pts

You should remove this article and the thread.

This is about a man having sex with a child.

It has nothing to do with football, it has nothing to do with Newcastle United.

magnifeek
magnifeek 5pts

@Aldridge Prior The Mag seems very confident in regard to it's legal terms of reference about having this case discussed before it's even began. I would be very much surprised if these comments are not in someway in violation of legal procedure, and could be seen as prejudicial to Johnson's case. You will have noted that this case is not being discussed anywhere in national newspapers or on radio newcastle AT ALL! Best of luck with this...

magnifeek
magnifeek 5pts

@Aldridge Prior Just been reading the Guardian article on this, and guess what? Louise Taylor is misrepresenting the charges brought against Johnson in regard to what he admitted, saying it was only 'grooming and kissing' when the Guardian's linked previous article states clearly it was far more than that, on a 'second charge' in terms of the legal reference of 'sexual activity'. 

The Guardian newspaper is really beyond contempt,  this being another example of what that semi-literate scumbag trying to protect what any Sunderland player or representative does, and present their image in the best possible light. Even when they are sacked for this type of 'behaviour'. Our pedo politicians and high ranking officials having nothing to fear from our fearless media, have they. 

Sickening, again.

WilliamCarney
WilliamCarney 5pts

@magnifeek @Aldridge Prior They are not discussing the case, nothing about the actual case has been put on here, they are only reporting what everyone else knows from other news papers, no sensitive information about the case has been revealed or discussed.

ministrymole
ministrymole 5pts

Personally. I agree with Polarboy. Yes, it is wrong that a guy did the things he admitted yesterday. But, Sunderland were told by his representatives, and himself that he was innocent of all charges 1 year ago.
Their response is correct, Silence, as there is a case in law proceeding, so they do not want to influence the case. Also, termination of contract, as the claimed innocence, has been turned to a Guilty Plea (for what we do not know yet), but believe me, his Barrister has told him to plead that way, as he expects to get him off on far more serious charges.
We cannot assume anything until after the trial is complete. As we are just observers.
If I was alone with a girl under 16, I would never talk sexual, or anything like that.
I feel sorry for the mother of his child. She will not know what to do at this moment, as she will have so much going on inside her. Well, she probably is not the brightest light on the Logical side of things either.
I have seen posts that he will go to play in China... Still earning vast amounts. It is very sad that what amounts to Local North East talent ends this way.

Spider66
Spider66 5pts

Ministrymole.

I doubt very much that he would get a visa/work permit anywhere in the world because of the seriousness of the crime that he has committed.

Porciestreet
Porciestreet 5pts

@ministrymole Sorry can't take your overall view as it amounts to Paedophilia which, no matter which way it's viewed, can not be condoned in any way, shape or form.

IF... He's guilty, and one presumes so or he wouldn't have copped the plea, then there is nothing sad about it at all apart from the situation of the girl and family in question.

As was previously mentioned, it is definately not something that should be washed in public until the jury has made it's decision, therefore I shall not debate further.

sholasgod
sholasgod 5pts

The animal should never play again. No surprise it Was 1 of them that was doing sick stuff. He's a paedophile.

JohnyH
JohnyH 5pts

As supporters of NUFC we would do well to leave this dreadful case unsullied by our comment, leaving it for others to lower themselves to the same level with their cheap abuse.

There are no winners here.

Happyharrys2011
Happyharrys2011 5pts

We should just forget about it and brush it under the carpet then.

Drumbo
Drumbo 5pts

Totally agree - for some reason it's the hottest topic on a NUFC forum, I don't quite understand why.

Polarboy
Polarboy 5pts

It's a matter for the courts now and hopefully he'll feel the full force of the law, it should be left at that. No good can come of rival fans raking over the coals, it certainly won't do the girl in question any good if we keep this story going into the derby. 

James Pierce
James Pierce 5pts

No other club in the world should ever go near this nonce ever

RichardBraverman
RichardBraverman 5pts

.

Great, now we may go after Ministers, Lords, MPs, Judges, BBC officials, Senior members of the media, Senior Police Officers, Senior Military Officers, Prominent Businessmen, and all those politically well connected.


Excuse me, what's that................ 

You say, "We are not allowed to charge, indict, arrest, and convict those individuals".

Oh yes, I'm sorry. I forgot. Silly me.

.

Kazie23
Kazie23 5pts

Is this a time for Newcastle to make a move for him???????

Happyharrys2011
Happyharrys2011 5pts

With Jabbas morals, it wouldn't be a surprise if he ended up as coach of our youth team.

As long as he is cheap!

potski
potski 5pts

Beneath contempt.

mentalman
mentalman 5pts

Talk around sunderland is Fat Sam tried to get the club to just suspend him but the board overruled him

Porciestreet
Porciestreet 5pts

@mentalman Wouldn't surprise me in the slightest as they are desperate for something to go right at the moment.


andkdk11
andkdk11 5pts

Adam Johnsons farewell boots from Adidas?...

Polarboy
Polarboy 5pts

@andkdk11 I don't think this is the time to be facetious when there is a young girl involved. 

Kev82
Kev82 5pts

Fair play to Safc for making the right decision. No club will ever touch him again.

Happyharrys2011
Happyharrys2011 5pts

So you would be happy with one living next door to you and your kids? If so would you let your kids in his house to play?

Polarboy
Polarboy 5pts

@Happyharrys2011 I didn't say you were, I was just telling you what I wouldn't do without all the facts. People suspected of abuse can't be suspended as much as someone suspected of raping an adult can't be. If you suspend someone you are implying guilt before the evidence is even gathered. And yeah we know he's guilty now so he deserves what he gets, hopefully he'll find a few friends in jail. 

Happyharrys2011
Happyharrys2011 5pts

To little to late. He was a suspected paedophile, charged by the police. Would you think it was fine a nonce living next door to you and your kids until he was proven guilty or admiting it?

Polarboy
Polarboy 5pts

@Happyharrys2011 So nobody has ever been falsely accused? Guilty until proven innocent is the justice of a neanderthal. 

Happyharrys2011
Happyharrys2011 5pts

I'm not taking anything in my own hands. I'm saying he was a suspected nonce. He was still playing football, this sport involves kids in lots of ways. He should of been suspended until his case was finished.

THEN HUNG IN THE STREET BY HIS BALLS!

Polarboy
Polarboy 5pts

@Happyharrys2011 I'd have common sense mate, the same common sense that would tell me that, while I would never take the chance if I didn't know the person, I would never take matters into my own hand or make final judgement without all the facts. 

potski
potski 5pts

If he was a school teacher taking classes of young children, and accused of sexually assaulting one, then the school can and must suspend the teacher, until the case is complete, regardless of innocent until proven guilty. He is not.

andkdk11
andkdk11 5pts

Now for the justice system to do the right thing and send the nonce to jail!.

Happyharrys2011
Happyharrys2011 5pts

He should be hung! He has pleaded guilty to grooming. That in its self means he was attempting to abuse her, wether he did or not.