A Team Of Geordies To Take On The World…
Could Newcastle Field A Team Of Geordies Against Swansea?!
One of Sir John Hall’s Utopian dreams of the 1990s was to see a team of eleven Geordies take the field at St. James’ Park in the colours of Newcastle United.
His and Keegan’s vision brought back two Geordies in the shape of Alan Shearer and Peter Beardsley, as well as bids and interest for Newcastle’s favourite wayward son Gazza.
Local lads Lee Clark, Steve Watson, Steve Howey (he’s at least half a Geordie as indeed Sir John Hall himself was owning season tickets at both Sunderland and Newcastle) and Robbie Elliot all played their part in the 90s among foreign stars imported from all corners of the world.
More recently, Andy Carroll put Newcastle United and Geordie footballers right back on the map.
Four Geordies played in the same game for Newcastle last Saturday at The Britannia– Shola Ameobi, Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett and Adam Armstrong, with Sammy Ameobi on the bench.
If Newcastle were to field eleven Geordies on Saturday against Welsh Swansea, this is what the team would be, having delved into the Reserves, Youths and recalled players currently out on loan:
Jak Alnwick, 20
In goal, the 20 year old stopper hailing from Hexham, whose loyalties are now north of the Tyne since his switch from Sunderland in 2008.
A young man with a bright future in the game, brother Ben plays for Spurs.
James Morgan, 18
Born in North Shields, the Geordie Dani Alves is that rarity at Newcastle – a right-back.
Paul Dummett, 22
The left-sided defender, born in Newcastle, signed a 6-year deal after coming to prominence this season with an excellent goal against Liverpool.
Dummett qualifies to play for Wales where his father was born and has already been utilised by their U21s yet is a true Geordie and has already earned the song, ‘I Don’t Care, Paul Dummett…’ to the tune of Icona Pop’s ‘I Love It’ by his no-nonsense displays.
Remi Streete, 19
“Strikers win games. Defenders win championships” declares the 19 year-old South Shields born youngster on his Twitter @Remiestreete80.
At 6ft 2in and 13.5 stone, Streete is set to make a big impact in the heart of the Newcastle defence when he comes of age and is the son of former Wolves, Derby and Reading centre-back Floyd Streete, who played nearly 400 games.
Steven Taylor, 28
Taylor found himself back in the starting line-up on Saturday, his first start since he celebrated a decade at the club recently, as marked by a special match programme celebrating ’10 Years of Tayls.’
Although London-born, Taylor is a Geordie through and through and always puts his body on the line, and has fist-pumped on the England door amid many highs in the black and white shirt.
Conor Newton, 22
A Newcastle United footballer who actually won a trophy last year – the Scottish League Cup – with St. Mirren on loan, where he has racked up 48 matches and scored 5 goals.
Helping end The Buddies’ 25-year trophy drought is an experience Geordies everyone will be praying he follows up at Newcastle, where he is yet to make his first team bow.
Captain Cheick Tiote – 27
Pavel Srnicek was a Geordie and Tiote is following in the Czech’s footsteps, revealing a similar great taste in football clubs and cities.
“Newcastle is like a family, I’ve been here four years and love playing for the club, it’s the best thing I have ever done in my career and I hope I continue to give my best for the club.
‘It’s the sort of place you like to stay. ‘It’s much different to any other club, we know the fans are 200 per cent behind us but sometimes we have bad games.
‘When I stop playing, I will be able to tell my children I played at St James’ Park in front of 50,000 in that great atmosphere.”
Well on his way to becoming an honorary Geordie.
Adam Campbell, 19
The diminutive ginger forward hails from North Shields and is a product of the famous Wallsend Boys Club.
He won the prestigious Player of the Tournament award at The Manchester United Premier World Cup Finals, joining an illustrious list of past winners that includes Carlos Tevez, Fernando Torres, Andres Iniesta and Daniel Sturridge.
After 3 first team appearances last year, he was sent on loan to St Mirren where he impressed and scored on his debut.
The only Geordie bound for The World Cup, naturally leads the line for our Geordie XI.
As well as his well-documented Mackem Slaying exploits, the timely knack of scoring when Newcastle need a goal most is a Shola trait second only to his unerring ability from the penalty spot.
Expect him to crush Steven Gerrard and Liverpool’s title-hopes plus Lionel Messi’s and Argentina’s World Cup dreams before earning another deserved contract at his beloved Magpies.
Watch this space for a deserved Testi-SHO-nial for sticker no. 486 in the Panini album…
Adam Armstrong, 17
The 17 year-old forward could prove to be “the great player” Alan Pardew is hoping the Newcastle academy will begin to regularly produce.
He’s got as good a chance as any after recently top scoring in all of Europe for England in the U17 Qualifiers, notably notching a left-footed strike versus Italy.
Armstrong recently picked up The Wor Jackie Trophy for best young player and made his Premier League debut against Fulham.
Sammy Ameobi, 22
Young brother of King Shola, Sammy has played 27 games for Newcastle and is an England U21 international.
After making a promising full debut at The Etihad in 2011, Sammy was loaned out to Middlesbrough for experience, where his attacking spark was likened to Juninho and Cristiano Ronaldo.
An excellent game at Stamford Bridge showed the best is yet to come for the second Super Ameobi Brother.
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