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Lifelong fan released by Newcastle United at the age of 11 can’t wait to play today at St James Park

4 weeks ago
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There won’t be a prouder person than Dan Burn on the St James Park pitch later today.

The lifelong fan from Blyth, at last getting to play at the stadium where he was a season ticket holder.

Released by Newcastle United aged only 11, Dan Burn played youth football for New Hartley, Blyth Town and Blyth Spartans before at the age of 16, when working at Asda, Darlington scouted him playing for Blyth Spartans and Burn signed for Darlo in July 2009.

In the intervening 10 years, as well as playing for Darlington, Dan Burn has also turned out for Wigan, Fulham, Yeovil and Birmingham.

The Geordie defender briefly played in the Premier League for Fulham in the 2013/14 season, nine games including three minutes as a sub when they beat Newcastle 1-0 at Craven Cottage.

However, this season he has become first choice in the Premier League with Brighton, starting all five games so far.

Must be a strange feeling to be set to be turning out today at the home of the club he has supported all his life.

At 6ft 7 he will be easy to pick out on the Brighton team but I just hope we don’t get to find out how he reacts to scoring against his childhood team, or most importantly coming away with any points.

Dan Burn speaking to the official club site:

“I had a season ticket and went there for years. Once you start playing, it’s hard to keep following them. But all my family and friends are Newcastle fans, so I don’t know who they will be routing for at the weekend, but I hope it’s me!

“Football is different up there and everything is geared towards it. People work all week knowing that they’re going to watch the game. The fans have rightly stuck by the club for a number of years and fill out the stadium week in week out.

They lost Rafa Benitez, which a lot of fans were upset about, but Steve Bruce is a Geordie and he’s done a good job at all the clubs that he’s managed.

“They’ll be a solid team that are difficult to break down and with him being a Geordie, he’s got the passion and the fans will give him time. They’ve made a decent start and picked up a good result at Tottenham and got a goal at Liverpool, so it will be a tough game.”

“I went to games there for years, so if Newcastle get a leg up, the fans will really get behind them and create a deafening noise.

“We’ll be doing our best to keep the crowd quiet and not give them anything to get excited about. I haven’t seen many of their games so far this season, but I heard Joelinton will play and that Andy Carroll will be put on the bench, which will give the crowd a huge lift.

“We know they’ve got players that can hurt us like [Miguel] Almiron as well, and he did very well in the US, but perhaps hasn’t got the starts he would have wanted over here.

“He’s a very quick and dangerous player, so we’re well aware of their threats and hopefully we can affect them more than they affect us.”

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