Newcastle’s Donaldson Scores Twice for England


Newcastle United local youngster Ryan Donalson bagged two goals for the England Under-17 side as they crushed Malta 6-0 in a European qualifying game.

The 16-year-old opened the scoring for England in the 18th minute and added England’s 5th in the 68th before being substituted.

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Ryan Donaldson – 16 year-old local lad wears the number 9 shirt for England

Ryan’s 2 goals takes his England tally to 5 in just six appearances at the England U17 level, having made his debut back in July. England now face host nation Estonia on Tuesday and Portugal on Friday as part of their European qualifying tournament. England top their European qualifying group having won 5 and drawn 1 of the six games played so far.

Our three Newcastle Northern Ireland Under-17 stars are also in action this week. Patrick McLaughlin, Shane Ferguson and Michael McCrudden will all face Moldova on Monday evening before games against Montenegro (Wednesday) and Belgium (Friday).

Ryan Donaldson, who has Alan Shearer as his idol (surprise, surprise), not unlike many young Newcastle lads, talked about his idol recently:

“Alan Shearer was my hero,” “I’ve been a Newcastle fan all my life.”

“He was everyone’s idol and I was no different. I used to watch him score at St James’ Park – every Newcastle fan dreams of scoring there.”

“He was strong, brave, would put his body on the line and always seemed in the right place to score.”

“I wear the number nine – it’d be a dream to wear the shirt for the first team. Hopefully one day, but there’s a long way to go yet.”

While Shearer scored on both his England Under-21 and senior debut, Donaldson followed suit by netting in his first appearance for England, scoring twice in a 2-0 win over Iceland in July’s Nordic Championships. We’ll keep tabs on the young Newcastle center-forward, as he bids to eventually make the first team at his home town club. No easy task for anyone these days – but we wish young Ryan the best of luck in his endeavors.

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8 comments so far

  • indian toon

    Oct 22, 2007 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #1

    ed.. how bout letting us knowfrom whichever places nufc supporters are accessing this site and supporting nufc… how bout a tracker or something like special blogs hav in them,,!?

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  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 22, 2007 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #2

    I can get you that information pretty easily – hang on.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 22, 2007 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Nufcblog.com users come from these countries – according to the Alexa.com stats for our site:

    United Kingdom 23.0%
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    Sudan 12.4%
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    But other measurements show most coming from the UK and US.

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  • ToonKing

    Oct 22, 2007 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #4

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  • Bill f

    Oct 22, 2007 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #5

    Dunno if it was wistful thinking or what but I dreamt we won 9-1 last night.
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  • steve

    Oct 22, 2007 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Hey Ed – do you use Google Analytics for your stats – would be nice to see which locations in U.K are accessing as well, maybe on the stats page

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  • leo

    Oct 22, 2007 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #7

    yeah, when i was in singapore many of the taxi drivers i had got a lift off didnt charge us at all because we were from newcastle and they supported nufc. was quite shocked. taxis were cheap enough anyway, but free sounds good, so pack them shirts when u go on ur jollys

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  • Snake

    Oct 22, 2007 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #8

    That Ryan Donaldson seems like he might have a bright future, another all out geordie number nine the heart skips a beat as the memories of one arm bein raised in the air at the Gallowgate end!!

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