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Newcastle United – 51% Love 49% Hate

9 years ago

My sporting hero story begins in 1993, making me 10 years of ages and happily attending Broadwood School in the West of the City of Newcastle.

The school had hired a bus, for the first and only time in my junior school years, and we set off on a journey to who knows where, as there was an opening of a newly built community building that my class was attending.

Having spent ten years living in the West End of Newcastle during this period, I had no idea that they actually built buildings as well as knock them down; what a revelation, so I happily set off to see this spectacle.

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On arrival I was lucky enough to be at the front near the ribbon as it was being cut, I suspect this was mainly due to my stupid curly hair and ears that were not meant for my head. I was given an autograph book with a Newcastle shield on the front, I had seen it before, down at the football stadium.

A man with curly hair like mine appeared and everyone cheered. I had seen this man before on the television. Wow, imagine that, a man from the TV in Newcastle and chatting to me. He signed my new autograph book and on chatting discovered that we shared the same birthday. You could say I was star struck, but I still had no idea who the man was.

So on the bus home, I asked my teacher, Mr Walker, who he was. He replied that it was Kevin Keegan; he’s the Manager of Newcastle Football Club.


And so began my unhealthy obsession with all things Newcastle United Football Club, that being 51% love and 49% hate.

Whatever anybody says about Kevin Keegan; cant follow through, tactically inept…

Whatever anybody says about Newcastle United; Goldfish bowl, all about money…

I know one thing.

I would 51% do it all again.

Who was your first sporting hero?


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