It isn’t a position many of us will ever be in…growing up as a Newcastle United fan and then as a player facing the team you supported.
For those of us who can remember Alan Shearer scoring for Blackburn at St James Park, there was certainly no holding back from him.
Likewise, Dan Burn will be the same if he scores tomorrow, the Wigan defender saying he’ll do a lap of the pitch.
The 24 year old was on Newcastle’s books as a kid but then ended up at Darlington and then Fulham.
In March 2014 the Geordie from Blyth played the last few minutes as a sub in Fulham’s 1-0 win at Craven Cottage, then in December he got 20 minutes as a sub when Newcastle won 2-0 at Wigan.
He obviously can’t wait to walk out at St James Park and says that his favourite memory from the days of having a season ticket was when Newcastle beat Sunderland 5-1.
Dan Burn thinks that when you become a football player then you ‘don’t really support a team’ anymore. I bet though it is still the first result he looks for after he’s finished playing.
Good to hear of any Geordie making their career in professional football and good luck to him…after Saturday.
Wigan still have Brighton and Leeds still left to play so you never know, the one-time Newcastle player/fan may still end up doing his bit for the club he grew up supporting.
“I’ve been waiting all season for the trip to Newcastle, it’s the first one I looked for.
“Being a Geordie, it’ll be good to go back home and we’re all really looking forward to it, I was a massive Newcastle fan as a kid.
“I used to have a season ticket and go along with my dad, me and my brother used to go to half the games each with him.
“My favourite game was when we beat Sunderland 5-1…an unbelievable feeling.
“When you become a footballer it becomes slightly different because you don’t really ‘support’ a team in that sense anymore…but it’ll still be amazing to go back!
“Although I’ve been a professional footballer for a number of years, I’ve never actually played at St James’ Park before.
“I was there (at Newcastle) as a kid between the ages of 10-12, but to be fair I wasn’t a good player so I wasn’t surprised (not to be kept on), although I was obviously gutted at the time, because it was my dream.
“It’ll be a great day for me,but I’d swap all that just to get the three points.
“Hopefully we can put on a performance in front of all my family and friends and spoil their promotion party for another week.
“I think there’ll be a lot of pressure on Newcastle to win the game because it’s getting very tight at the top and they can’t be dropping points – that might play into our hands, and help us out.
“If I pop up with a goal you’ll see some celebration, probably a full lap of the pitch!”