Get your daily update and weekly newsletter by signing up today!


Newcastle United’s Unlikely Heroes – Kieron Dyer

9 years ago

I saw the piece on unlikely heroes, bit young to remember [intlink id=”29672″ type=”post”]Bobby Shinton[/intlink] but I thought I’d tell you who my unlikely hero is, or should that be ‘guilty pleasure’?

My own unlikely hero was a key part of Sir Bobby’s team that reached the heights of third in the Premier League and finished top five three seasons in a row.

In his eight years at St.James’ Park, Dyer scored 23 goals in 190 Premier League appearances (36 in 250 appearances – all competitions) but that only tells part of the story.

Alan Shearer was the focus of that team and the team was set up so that the likes of Solano, Robert, Bellamy and Solano could get the ball into the sheet metalworker’s son and he would take care of the rest.

Both Dyer and Bellamy had pace to burn and when they worked in tandem, at times they were unstoppable. When Newcastle fought back at Elland Road to win 4-3 and go top of the league at Christmas, they were the key part of that moment. Just as they were in Rotterdam, that brilliant night when Newcastle won 3-2 in the final seconds and progressed from their Champions League group. Dyer’s lung bursting run and shot, Bellamy putting in the rebound.

That summed up Dyer in a way, as well as problems with injuries his finishing was generally rubbish. Improvement in both these areas and a better attitude all round would have made him into the player he thought he was…and could have been.

Who was/is your Newcastle United Unlikely Hero? 

We’d really love to hear who your idolised while everybody else didn’t have a clue what you saw in him.

Whether it is one line or a full on article, send in your nomination for our Newcastle United Unlikely Heroes hall of fame and we’ll feature them all in some way, either in the magazine or on the website. Get scribbling and send to [email protected]


If you would like to feature on The Mag, submit your article to [email protected]

Have your say

© 2022 The Mag. All Rights Reserved. Design & Build by Mediaworks