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Shola Ameobi – From Zero To Cult Hero

10 years ago

These days it never surprises me when the Geordie football public are capable of giving second chances to players, those that were once thought useless or wasters (or both!) are suddenly seen in a whole new light.

The last year has seen Ryan Taylor become ‘Over The Wall’ Raylor, James Perch tagged ‘Perchinho’ and of course the daddy of them all; Shola ‘Mackem Slayer’ Ameobi.

Maybe if Newcastle United had been struggling at the wrong end of the table then the bit parts/supporting roles these three played might not be seen so kindly.

Undoubtedly though, all three did play a part in last season’s success and hats off to them for changing a lot of people’s opinions.

After what seems a lifetime at St.James’ Park, maybe Shola has found his ideal role; off the bench for the last twenty minutes to kill the game off, with the additional cracking saving goal like against Spurs.

Of course though Shola’s place in Newcastle United history will always be the extraordinary number of goals against the mackems, arise Shola Ameobi – Mackem Slayer.

Shola has kindly donated a pair of his worn boots to help local children via the Newcastle United Foundation Auction, click the images above or below to help local kids and the chance to win the Mackem Slayer’s boots and dozens of other items of kit donated by United’s players – including Tim Krul’s gloves and Papiss Cisse’s training top.


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