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TV spotlight shifts to emerging Newcastle United kids

6 years ago
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TV spotlight shifts to emerging Newcastle United kids

I used to really enjoy going to reserve games at Kingston Park and various northern league grounds a decade ago, when you would regularly get to see first team players such as Steve Harper, Nobby Solano, James Milner, Hugo Viana and Titus Bramble.

You would also get a good look at the Newcastle United kids coming through, future first team players including Steven Taylor, Tim Krul and Andy Carroll.

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Nice to see them coming through, plus the ones who didn’t make it at Newcastle; such as Matty Pattison, Alan O’Brien, Martin Brittain and Michael Chopra.

In recent years reserve (under 21) games haven’t been quite as much fun, with first team squad players not playing and games regularly played behind closed doors.

However, the emergence of Rolando Aarons, Adam Armstrong and others suggests there might be good things going on in the reserve team, the reserves beating Villa 5-2 (goals from Barlaser, Vuckic, Roberts and Armstrong (2)) last night, obviously beating Villa at any level is a good thing…

We’ll all get an unexpected chance to see the reserve/U21 team next week. On Thursday 13 November our game away at Stoke will be live on Sky Sports 2 with a 7pm kick-off.

Peter Beardsley summing up the occasion for the Newcastle United kids when speaking to the official club website.

“It will be great for the Newcastle fans, who love supporting us.

“It will be great for them to see us and it is going to be at the Britannia, so it will be a fantastic occasion for the young lads.”

I’ll be watching, hopefully a good result and promising performances from our young players beamed to a much bigger audience than usual.

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