After touring both New Zealand and America in the last 12 months, Ayoze Perez has been impressed with the worldwide support Newcastle have.

As we all know though, this is the tip of iceberg if United ever get it right again.

In that memorable summer of 1996, Newcastle toured Japan, Thailand and Singapore.

At the time Kevin Keegan said that he couldn’t believe the sight of thousands and thousands of people on the other side of the World wearing Newcastle shirts.

The match in Singapore saw a 50,000 capacity venue already sold out when the news from back home came through that Newcastle had signed Alan Shearer. That truly was a point when United were on the brink of becoming a massive established force in world football.

Anyway, back to reality and our more current realistic dreams with Ayoze Perez (Great to see on the current tour the pleasure our fans in the States gained from seeing the team in the flesh but very very noticeable how hardly any of them were wearing the up to date strips – presumably because of Mike Ashley….something unimaginable back in Keegan’s day as manager).

The Spanish striker talking to the official club website:

“When you come to America, somewhere so far away from Newcastle, and see the support for the team – it is unbelievable.

“I’m pleased we were able to go to them and play in front of them, to train for them and to meet them….great supporters who love the Club as much as anyone.”

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Proud to play:

“Seeing the support for us in New Zealand last year and now America, it shows what a big club Newcastle is.

“I am proud to play for such a huge team and will do everything on the pitch to make the fans proud as well.”

Final stretch:

“In the first half against Portland we were in a bad way and we didn’t work as a team.

“In the second half we were much better but it is important that we keep working and improving in these final three friendlies.”

Ready for 17 days time:

“Of course we want to win every game we play but it’s pre season and so it is about being physically ready, making sure we are playing the way that the head coach wants us to.

“It is all about being ready for that first Premier League game of the season, against Southampton.”