Shola Ameobi has 301 first class games and 295 of them are for Newcastle United.
Shola Ameobi – in his protective face mask
The other 6 games were while he was on loan at Stoke in the 2007-2008 season, when Stoke City were finally promoted from the Championship, and Shola was at Stoke when the Potters clinched promotion, although he was out injured at the time – yes it was another hamstring injury.
And the Nigerian-born striker, who will be wearing a face mask at the Britannia Stadium tomorrow, to protect his broken cheek bone, has fond memories of his short stay at Stoke.
And that’s especially true of Welsh manager Tony Pulis.
This is what Shola said today:
“I played the first couple of games and then I had a slight hamstring problem which kept me out,”
“I was there for the promotion push and managed to get a couple of substitutions as well towards the end of that season.”
“It was obviously elation – a bit similar to what we had here when we won the Championship,”
“It was a great time. It took us about an hour to get back into the changing room. It was a big thing for them.”
Ameobi is complimentary of the job 53 year-old Tony Pulis has done at Stoke, in keeping them in the Premier League and establishing them in England’s top flight over the last three seasons.
“Tony has done wonders for Stoke,” “To do what he’s done, with the players he had at the time, and the fact he’s consolidated and pushed them on, is testimony to his managerial strengths.”
“He knows how to get the best out of the players he brings in, and that’s what you look for in a manager.” “Tony Pulis has definitely got that, and that’s why they’re in the Premier League right now.”
“I’ll look forward to Saturday. Every time I go back I say ‘hi’ to everyone … but I’ll be going there to get three points as a Newcastle player.”
Newport-born Pulis began his management career back in 1992 with Bournemouth and then managed Gillingham, Bristol City, Portsmouth, Stoke (from 2202-2005) and Plymouth Argyle before ending up back at Stoke in June, 2006.
Tony has had a great management career, which immediately followed his playing career, which lasted from 1975 until 1992, when he played 324 games and 9 goals as a defender, and played for clubs such as of Bristol Rovers, Newport County and Bournemouth.
Shola Ameobi is now back again after missing several games with the broken cheek-bone he picked up at Craven Cottage in early February, and it would be a really good time tomorrow afternoon to add to the 6 goals he has for Newcastle this season, with 4 of those being in the Premier league.
It’s an important game for Newcastle tomorrow, make no mistake about that, and we really cannot afford to lose the game, to a side which is currently below us in the league, and since we’ve only one win in our last 9 games, it’s about time we won one.