James Bay was born and bred in Hitchin in Hertfordshire but supports Newcastle United.

The now 27 year old successful singer-songwriter explaining that it all happened because of one person.

Alan Shearer.

James Bay was only five when Alan Shearer signed for Newcastle but from that moment on, NUFC were his team.

Moving forward 22 years and the pair are now friends, having originally swapped messages on social media, finding out that each was a fan of the other.

James Bay says that now he has ‘hung out a few times’ with Alan Shearer, he still can’t quite believe it, saying ‘…was amazing – that lad is losing his mind.’

Bay predicts a 2-0 win for Newcastle at Watford on Saturday but sees major challenges ahead, declaring ‘Rafa Benitez has done a fantastic job with a club owner who will not give him a chance financially.’

Describing Rafa Benitez as ‘the bright light, the hope’, just like every other Newcastle fan, James Bay is hoping that things will change and the United boss is convinced to stay and get the belated backing to progress the club.

James Bay speaking to BBC Sport:

“When I was six, Alan Shearer played for Newcastle – and that was it, really.

“I grew up in a town that is sort of near teams like Arsenal and Tottenham, but not near enough for me to feel like that was my club.

“And in the middle of the 1990s, Newcastle were up there, and Shearer had just signed for them.

“For that reason alone, myself and my brother as well were just like – he is the man, so Newcastle is the team.

“Initially we met in a social media exchange where I said ‘I’m a fan’ and he said ‘I’m a fan too’ – and I was like ‘oh, thanks’.

“He just invited me to a game, which was really kind of him, and we have sort of stayed in touch. We have hung out a few times which, for the six-year-old me of the past, was amazing – that lad is losing his mind.

“In many respects I am very happy with the way the season has gone – we have stayed in the Premier League.

“But there are definitely some other changes that I want to see at the club, which is what the rest of our fans are saying as well.

“Rafa Benitez has done a fantastic job with a club owner who will not give him a chance financially.

“He is the bright light, the hope, for the club at the moment but he needs more money to spend.”

  • Albert Stubbins

    Good for you. I was born in Newcastle and he normally just blanks me. Maybe I should buy a guitar and see where it leads …

    • Wor Lass

      From what I`ve been told, he blanks most people. I suppose it must get wearying when everyone thinks they own you but Ive heard one or two pretty poor stories about him. I`ve never met him myself.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    In all seriousness who is James Bay is he a pop star. Not many strangers support Newcastle unless they have roots in the North East. However Boris Johnsons two sons support Newcastle.

    • Danimal

      Oh dear.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Why o dear strange comment.

        • Danimal

          Because Boris Johnson is a despicable tw*t, no other reason.

    • Wor Lass

      Youre over-egging things again.

    • Chuck D

      Pop star?! It’s not 1985!

  • Leazes.

    Never heard of him.

    • Wor Lass

      That`s a shame `cos he`s a big fan of yours, apparently. He can`t stand Triple M, though.

  • Mark Davies

    Seems a decent enough lad. Saw him at the isle of wight festival a couple of years ago and he was pretty decent.

    Nice to have a southerner supporting us for a change!

    • Chuck D

      Aye rather than one who is intent in ruining the club!

    • paul mclaughlan

      His latest single is decent too.