If you didn’t know already, Jake Burns is singer, guitarist and founder member of the brilliant Stiff Little Fingers.

They released their first single in 1978 and are still going strong, if you haven’t seen them live then make sure you keep an eye out as they play Newcastle in March each year.

liamobrien1Even better, Jake Burns found love in more ways than one on Tyneside, here he reveals how Newcastle United came into his life. (Spotted on the excellent SportingMemories website)

‘My first falling in love with football would have been at Solitude, Cliftonville FC’s ground in North Belfast.

Nothing to do with the football on show, more the fact that grown men were swearing vociferously right beside an 8 year old me! Brilliant!

I had already been slightly indoctrinated by my uncle who was a huge Liverpool and Celtic fan. I remember watching the 1965 Cup final on telly, knowing my uncle was in the crowd. For a 7 year old that made me a fan as well.

However, it was only on moving to Newcastle in 1987 that I truly found the love of my life.

I have had so much joy and heartbreak out of watching the Mags it is difficult to pick out one highlight.

Being behind the goal at Roker Park when Liam O’Brien scored that beaut?

The night we bear Barcelona?

I think my favourite though has to be beating Manchester United 5-0.

The wife was away for the weekend. We battered Man.U. and later on, just as someone announced in the pub that they were showing the whole game again…I found a tenner on the floor! Beat that!’

You can follow Jake on Twitter @jakeburnsslf