Arguably Kevin Keegan’s best ever signing for Newcastle, Rob Lee enjoyed many great moments as he was a key part of the club’s transformation.
The midfielder spending 10 years at NUFC, right through from promotion in 1993 to memorable Premier League day of fighting for the title, before eventually playing under Sir Bobby Robson.
However, Elliot Lee has revealed that no one from his family, including dad Rob, was there to see him make a 16 minute appearance on Sunday at St James Park.
The 22 year old striker making only his second ever appearance at his dad’s former club, having also came on as a substitute when he was at West Ham.
Since moving to Barnsley on a free last summer, it has been tough going for Elliot Lee and he was making only his sixth Championship appearance of the season when coming on at St James Park.
Elliot was born in the north east during his dad’s time at Newcastle and he says despite the defeat Sunday was ‘a great day’, with Newcastle United meaning a lot to him and his family.
Rob Lee was a very special player for Newcastle, showing his class and versatility as he played first on the right wing, then moved into the middle as an attacking midfielder, before playing as a holding midfielder once his legs started to go.
Whilst clearly neither of his sons (Oliver Lee plays for Luton in League Two, he was born in Essex before Rob’s move to Newcastle) are going to emulate the highs Rob Lee saw at Newcastle, it is still some achievement to have two sons making it as professional football players.
Elliot Lee speaking to the The Star:
“It was a great day – that club means a lot to me and my family.
“It is the second time I’ve got on there because I got on while I was at West Ham two seasons ago and it’s a good place for me to come.
“No one came in the end from my family.
“My Dad had a trip that was cancelled and he couldn’t make it in the end but I’m sure they’ve all heard the news back home.
“It was obviously great to get 20 minutes or so, I had one or two shots that might have gone in on another day but that’s how it is in football.
“Well played to Newcastle for winning the league.
“It was always going to be difficult for us. Newcastle, the stadium and the fans got on top of us and it was sort of what we expected.
“I don’t think we played our best but Newcastle got the job done, so well done to them.
“We know we can beat anyone on our day so we didn’t go there thinking we would lose but unfortunately it didn’t go for us.”