Newcastle Players Bring Joy to Youngsters


Newcastle United players made their annual visit to the Children’s wards of the local hospitals this week to help spread a little bit of Christmas joy, and we’re so pleased the lads do this – it means so much to the younger fans of our great club.

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Joey Barton with Newcastle youngster – eyeing each other up – great photograph!

Newcastle captain Geremi led a group of other Newcastle players to the General Hospital.

And at the Freeman Hospital in Jesmond, children thought Christmas had come early when James Milner, Nicky Butt and other players arrived bearing black and white gift bags. The players did their rounds, and of course posed with the children for photographs, and signed many autographs, all of which will be treasured for years, no doubt.

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David Rozehnal with 8 year-old Jay Tague – a future Newcastle defender?

David Rozehnal, a big man with a big heart, visited the RVI, and said:

“It’s nice as players to be able to bring a smile to the children’s faces at this time of year.”“It’s hard for them and their families and we are more than happy to come along and chat and give out presents.”

As we said we think it’s just great that the players do this every year. It’s good for the children, good for the staff at the hospitals – and good for them. 😀

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8 comments so far

  • steve c

    Dec 14, 2007 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #1

    We show our passion on the terraces and in the pubs when football makes us feel that the Toon are more important than anything else. But with the lads of our club visiting these sick youngsters it makes you realise if only for a short while that it is only a game and there really are things more important in life.
    Merry Christmas to you Ed and to all the Mad Geordies throughout the world.

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  • Rich

    Dec 14, 2007 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #2

    my sis used to work in the childrens part of the hospital.

    At the time though we got a raw deal, we only met Laurent Robert & Titus Bramble 🙁

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  • ted

    Dec 14, 2007 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #3

    Titus visiting surely was a good idea? Probably made all the kids laugh when he walked in

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  • ChrisM

    Dec 14, 2007 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #4

    I see Joey Barton is looking around for a cigar to extinguish in that kiddies eye!

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  • Nobby!

    Dec 14, 2007 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Lol! That is a great picture of Barton and that kid. And yeah, it’s great that Newcastle does this every year.. Good on them.

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  • wsq

    Dec 14, 2007 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #6

    Crap.. bring me joy on the football pitch!

    Ofcourse there are many great deal of problems in the world, put things in perspective. Damn!

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  • steve c

    Dec 14, 2007 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #7

    wsq you have got a pretty crap perspective of the world if you think football is the only thing in life.

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  • Leo

    Dec 14, 2007 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #8

    Oi Rich, laurent Robert was my favourite player. he was great. david rozehnal is my current fav though.

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