Shola Ameobi may have never worn the number nine shirt for Newcastle United but today he turned out in black & white stripes wearing Alan Shearer’s old number.
This though was for another set of Magpies with Notts County announcing earlier today that the free agent had signed.
Player Manager Kevin Nolan revealed that Shola Ameobi has been training with Newcastle United’s reserves for the past six months to stay fit and the striker went straight onto the bench today.
With Notts County a goal down to fellow relegation strugglers Accrington Stanley, Shola was introduced in the 69th minute and took only two minutes to…pick up a booking.
Accrington added a second and their 2-0 win takes them three points clear of Notts County, who are third bottom and only one point above the drop zone into the National League.
If any Newcastle fans are looking for a second team they could do worse than Notts County.
As well as Kevin Nolan (he didn’t select himself in the squad today), the other Magpies also have Alan Smith – he stayed on the bench today, whilst Nolan made a double substitution in the 69th minute – bringing on another former Newcastle striker in Adam Campbell, as well as Shola Ameobi.
Official Notts County Statement before today’s game:
“Shola Ameobi is a great lad and he has kept himself in great shape by training with Newcastle’s Under 23 side for the last six months.
“I’m delighted we have been able to get the deal done.”
“It’s a huge honour for me to join a club like this, one of the founder members of the Football League.
“I know the manager and Alan Smith very well from our days at Newcastle so it has been great to join up with them again.
“I feel I can use my experience to help the club on and off the pitch and the manager will value that.”
Ameobi’s last competitive appearance came in April 2016 and the attacker is looking forward to getting back into the thick of the action.
“It’s all about playing – that’s all that matters,” he said. “Regardless of who you play, you still get the same buzz and the adrenaline still pumps.
“I’m really excited to get back playing again and hopefully we can start off with a win.”