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It’s Jeff Astle’s fault I support Newcastle United…

6 years ago
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A great tribute to West Bromwich Albion legend Jeff Astle.

We recently publicised the Justice for Jeff campaign (details down below) ahead of today’s game.

Jeff’s daughter Dawn has been in touch again to let us know about this touching message she received from a Newcastle fan;

Good morning Dawn and Family,

My name is Stuart Cameron, I was six years old when I saw your father scoring the winning goal for the Albion against Everton at Wembley.

It was my first Wembley cup final that I can remember watching on tv and it was that game where I  got the bug for football,

From that day on, I became a huge fan of Newcastle United (born and bred there) and when the Albion came to town, dad used to take me. Not because I wanted to watch Newcastle but because I wanted to see this man who scored the first goal I can remember at Wembley.

I remember being on dad’s shoulders just watching this no.9 for Albion and saying to him, ”That’s Jeff Astle who scored the goal at Wembley’.

‘I know I know’ he kept saying. Hahahaha, great times.

So that’s my little story of your father, it’s his fault I became a huge football fan.

I will be there amongst the thousands of Geordies cheering for my team, however, in the ninth minute my mind will only be in one place. That will be Wembley stadium 1968 when your father hit such a sweet left footer to win the cup.

On Sunday you will feel the real warmth of the NUFC supporters and I will no doubt be thinking, if it wasn’t for your dad, I probably wouldn’t be there.

Best wishes for the future

A Newcastle United AND Jeff Astle Fan

Stuart

The Justice For Jeff Astle campaign

Nine minutes into Sunday’s game a large banner will be unveiled in the Smethwick End (to the left of the Newcastle United supporters) reading ‘Justice for Jeff’ (Astle) which starts a minute’s applause – nine being the famous shirt number he wore. The two big screens at The Hawthorns will also display a picture of Jeff with the words ‘If in doubt, sit them out’ which refers to the dangers of concussion in sport.

Newcastle fans are more than welcome to join in with the applause if they choose; for which we would be very grateful for; but if not we would like to give them the opportunity to make them aware of our campaign if they haven’t seen it via the national media already.

We would also like to respectfully ask that if you are aware of any former players who may have died of, or are sadly living with Alzheimer’s or any other Degenerative Brain Disease please contact us by emailing [email protected] – this information is vitally important to forthcoming research.

You can keep up-to-date and learn more about our campaign by visiting our website justiceforjeff.co.uk or through our Facebook (facebook.com/justiceforjeffastle) and Twitter (@astle1968 #justiceforjeff) pages.

Thank You

The Astle Family

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