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”.

8 comments
A lex
A lex

What is it with the current fad of "open letters"?

Sorry, but if anyone has burning issues for us all to read, please just bloody submit an article, not another 'Dear Mike.....'.

(Off my soapbox now)

toon tony
toon tony

If it is true what the club have been saying that "we ALL know mistakes have been made in the past, and the club have learned their lessons " then please tell us. What are you going to do about it. Or are they just false promises like the last time in 2009. ????

Sickandtiredstill
Sickandtiredstill

@toon tony and 12/13 with a 16th finish, avoiding a further relegation fight only because of a win against already relegated QPR in the 2nd to last match of the season.

Sickandtiredstill
Sickandtiredstill

In anyone else's world, it would be deemed a heartfelt attempt to achieve something. In the world of a megalomaniac sociopathic egomaniac, he'd no doubt snort and throw this in the bin while muttering something about another 'snivelling Geordie crybaby'.

This is a man who gambled and lost an alleged 300 million on HBoS shares while cheapskating the Club. The same with a 43 million gamble on Tesco shares while the Club has continually received minus NET spends.

Ashley thought he could reinvent football, his way. All he has done is shown he can make money, at the expense of the very business and brand (let alone City and community) he is meant to be building, promoting, and protecting.

He's been kicked out of Rangers which is something he certainly didn't foresee. Yes he may have a money skimming retail deal in place, but the 'Gers respond by not buying the shirts. His/SD interest free 5 million loan is now used against him, instead of for him and his takeover aims. He has 9% of shares which he can no longer trade, hahahahaha!

Ashley has brought nothing to NUFC nor football. He never will as taking is all he understands. 



BillytheFish
BillytheFish

Brilliant piece of writing Steve, you have articulated exactly my thoughts and feelings. Thank You.

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

That was just another elaborate way of saying.... 'clear off fatso you're not wanted here!'