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”.

3 comments
Greekgeordie
Greekgeordie

First week in July and the gloom has started, have a nice Summer

Porciestreet
Porciestreet

Looks like we are set to be the cannon fodder for the premier league this season and already, the players we still have left must be wondering wtf is going on here....!

                    Is it any wonder that players are going elsewhere when they understand the  5h!t that Cashley is dishing up . We are fast becoming the laughing stock of the  Enlish game and the hole Ashley is digging for us is soon to be too big to get out of.  I really am worrying for the future of our club and my enthusiasm is slowly but steadily being eroded. How can we get shot of this fat greedy 84stard. Somebody help.....!  Surely the FA can see that Ashley is not and never will be fit for purpose. There must be something ,somewhere that we can use against him....................HELP....!

Duke Fame
Duke Fame

@Porciestreet  I'm not sure where you get that from, all but the West Ham game were TV matches in the previous 2 seasons and the TV companies like to get teams who are 'box office' in the early season as it gets subscribers in. As TV audiences go, we are 4th/5th iirc most attractive club so we are always likely to get on TV more often.


no need for the other irrelevant and ignorant rant about fit for purpose.