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Shola Ameobi has 9 goals for Newcastle so far this season, with 6 of them being in the Premier League, and 3 in the Carling Cup.

Foluwashola Ameobi – Newcastle United striker for 11 years

Shola is 3rd top of the goal scoring charts behind Kevin Nolan with 12 goals, and the departed Andy Carroll with 11 goals, so that’s not too bad a return for Ameobi, who again has been injured too much this seaosn.

Shola Ameobi was born in Josepha, Nigeria in 1981 and his family moved to Newcastle when he was five years old.

Shola’s initial promise was seen while he was playing for Walker Central Boys Club, and he was invited to join the Newcastle United Academy in 1995, and finally made his debut under Sir Bobby Robson when he was 18 in 2000.

Shola has talked today and thinks relegation could have been a blessing in disguise for Newcastle United:

“We went down two seasons ago and have come back up, that was a roller-coaster ride which has in the end proved to be the making of us now in this day and age as a club.”

“It’s a lot different to when I first came in the team when we had Alan Shearer, Gary Speed, Nobby Solano and other players who were on top of their game but hopefully we can get back to those days.”

“Obviously the one big change is that we were playing European football when I first came in, those first years were fantastic. It was something I’ll cherish.”

“We’re not in the place where we can be challenging for Europe but that’s not to say we can’t get back up there. Football changes very quickly we all know that and we’re striving to get better, striving to improve not only as individuals but as a club.”

“I know the fans would love us to get back to those days where we were challenging teams in Europe because they were fantastic days for the club and for the city.”

Being relegated was absolutely heart-breaking for most Newcastle fans, and surely there was an easier way to get a wake up call the club most definitely needed.

But in retrospect Shola’s right, because for one thing since the club was relegated we’ve seen that old fighting spirit and passion return to the Newcastle players.

Never was it on display more than when Newcastle made the greatest comeback in Premier League history against Arsenal, which made most Newcastle fans very proud of their side, and the club got fantastic news coverage around the world.

And if you want to know what Geordie passion really is, then listen to this local commentary on the Newcastle vs Arsenal game – it’s just absolutely amazing. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

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145 comments so far

  • Birts

    May 13, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Let’s see if Shola can get at least 2 more goals in the remaining 2 games and push AC further down the scoring order

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  • NUFC STEVE

    May 13, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #2

    Lads I know we want loven and shola to go but how can we make them???

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    May 13, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #3

    NUFC Steve:

    Not everyone wants them to leave, at least not before first getting replacement players in!!!

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  • nimo

    May 13, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #4

    id rather see airey and ranger get a start then shola for these last 2 games

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  • NUFC STEVE

    May 13, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #5

    No I would agree NEWEXPATMAGPIE !!!

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  • giimps

    May 13, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #6

    I would rather have a young (18-19 year old ) striker in Ranger and airey on the pitch than both Lovaman and Strolla.
    Nile hasnt been given much of a chance in reality as we dont have anyone other than Barton who can play the killer pass to give him his best chance in front of goal 1 0n 1.
    Strolla was just barely good enough in the Championship and has zero potential, Ranger and Airey along with Ryan Donaldson are the future and who we need to be giving pitchtime to now were safe, unknown entities against chelski will be way better than the lummox lolloping around flicking balls onto no-one.
    It may be a blessing in disguise having Nolan out too, get fergy on the left with Jose and gutti on the right with Barton and Smith in cm.
    Pointless going and parking the bus as we are not set up to do that.
    Apply pressure all over the pitch, chase everything down with the youngsters, when they are tired take em off and put more on ,let them run all day and force Chelski to play and make errors, then use our pace to try and get free kicks in dangerous areas.
    Its what I would do………..may not work, but its better than what happened vs birmingham.

    HWTL

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  • The Entertainers

    May 13, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Shola has played some fantastic games this season, Mackems away being a particular stand out, he was immense!
    Just inconsistent, the lad has talent and is a welcome addition for me’. Just a scape goat for the inconsistent fans amongst us 😉

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  • nicolnj

    May 13, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #8

    sad days, the day we sold ferdinand. what the heck is the management thinking??

    selling ginola, beardo and ferdy in one season!

    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4161/is_19970727/ai_n14465851/

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  • connor_nufc

    May 13, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #9

    @ the entertainers

    I completely agree

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  • arfa chance

    May 13, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #10

    I agree the entertainers shola bashing gets on ky nerves

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  • xXl NUFC lXx

    May 13, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Can’t see anyone that want to buy Shola but maybe a club in Denmark want Loven for 1 mill.
    I hope we can get one striker for 15 mill and another one for 5-10 mill.
    And Taarabt 7 mill Lens 5 mill Cheikh M’Bengue 6 mill.

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  • Toonmania

    May 13, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #12

    to be honest i would rather have 10 sholas that actually want to be here than 1 owen who from day 1 never really wanted to be here

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  • tdt

    May 13, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Bothroyd and Long would be a good partnership if we couldnt get any good strikers from over seas. Those two with all our youngsters as back up would be a success I reckon.

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  • coolcatcarter89

    May 13, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #14

    You Put Your Left Foot In
    Your Right Foot Out
    In Out, In Out And Shake It All About
    You Do The Ameobi And You Turn Around
    That’s What It’s All About
    Ooooooooh Shola Ameobi
    Ooooooooh Shola Ameobi
    Knees Bent, Arms Stretched
    Ra Ra Ra!!

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  • Colo2

    May 13, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Agree with The Entertainers, I think Shola is a good player to have in our squad if only he wasn’t made of glass. He’s better than some of the suggestions I’ve seen on here.

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  • coolcatcarter89

    May 13, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #16

    Tdt – we’re not planning on fighting relegation.

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  • tdt

    May 13, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #17

    We’re also not planning on spending £10-15M on individual players, despite what people want to believe.

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  • woodsee

    May 13, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #18

    Shola has always had far to many off days,and in truth has been lucky that all of our recent managers have obviously rated him.
    Cant think of many other teams where he would of lasted so long.

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  • coolcatcarter89

    May 13, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #19

    My statement is based on fact, yours’ a personal belief.

    A strikeforce of Long and Bothroyd, woah! Incredibly narrow-minded and are any of them an improvement on Best? Doubt it.

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  • NUFC STEVE

    May 13, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #20

    Off the point to great editions to the squad for about 8 mil would be:
    Matt Mills
    Ashely Williams
    About 4 each???

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  • coolcatcarter89

    May 13, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #21

    Ashley Williams is out of contract at the end of the season I think. 😀

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  • NUFC STEVE

    May 13, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #22

    Sorry I forgot the part about getting rid of willo and sol!!!!!!!!!

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  • NUFC STEVE

    May 13, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #23

    Even better coolcatcarter!!!

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  • coolcatcarter89

    May 13, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #24

    YEAHHH!!!!

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  • tdt

    May 13, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #25

    Haha – in fact both of our statements are based on opinion, unless you can some how see into the future?

    Do you honestly think MA is going to buy big named stars from abroad? I doubt it, going on the last few transfer windows. We need clinical strikers, because our midfield has the potential to be very creative when fully fit. Best, Bothroyd and Long would score 15 goals each I would guess in a season, thats a good return from a strikeforce.

    They are a realistic shout, although I would of course like to have big named stars coming in – I just cant see fatty sanctioning such transfers. Can always hope I suppose.

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  • NUFC STEVE

    May 13, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #26

    tdt more like 15 goals between them are u mad????

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  • xXl NUFC lXx

    May 13, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #27

    Hehe best jonas Gutierrez goal ever ?:P
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCIajluTmPc

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  • tdt

    May 13, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #28

    They’ve both had very good seasons with their clubs, with pretty crap teams behind them. With a good attacking team behind them, like ours next season, they could easily score loads. It’s really not complicated.

    So who do you guys suggest we get? Some “names” from the French league? They would cost a lot and are totally untested in English football.

    Look at Birmingham – they thought they could buy a load of “names” to get success, now they’re in a relegation fight. That’s exactly where we were two years ago. Look at Villa and Everton – they’ve got loads of players from the English leagues that have pushed on incredibly in a better team.

    We really don’t need to go back to the Martins and Owens of this world. We need players with guts and spirit to fight for the club, not just to collect their big fat cheque every week.

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  • ochytoon

    May 13, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #29

    Need to start looking at uni’s soon, Newcastle sounds like a good one. Can anyone tell me what the nightlifes like in toon

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  • nimo

    May 13, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #30

    i wasnt slagging shola off earlier when i said would rather see him play with airey and ranger just the last two games would be an ideal chance to see if next year they should stay with squad or go out on loan. lets be honest if we get a goal against chelski it would be a big surprise as they will be fighting for title until its mathematically impossible to win. in enrique is off let young shane have a run out and from there just the regular first teamers to add abit of experience to keep there heads from dropping if not all going there way

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  • NUFC STEVE

    May 13, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #31

    tdt
    This year we have scored 51 and we have had a 5-1,6-0. And a 5-0 so we have had loads of goals yet u think if we keep best and sign long and bothroyd alone they will get 45 ??? I think ur dreamin a bit there lad????

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  • coolcatcarter89

    May 13, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Tdt – I’m quite sure “we’re looking to finish comfortably in the top 10 and challenge for a European place, every season”, and “we’re looking to get 1 or 2 players who can get bums off seats, that’s what we need to get to the next level.” Ipso facto, we’re not planning on scraping through, fighting against relegation, we want to progress. Quotes attributed to AP and the club.

    Now, “we’re not planning on spending £10-15m on individual players”. Quote attributed to tdt, a personal belief! Penny dropped?

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  • nimo

    May 13, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #33

    nightlife is awesome plenty of places to end up. toon generally full of stag and hen doo’s so quality for ya 1 night stands lol

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  • ochytoon

    May 13, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #34

    Lol thanks, any bars or hotspots to recommend

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  • GeordieRob

    May 13, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #35

    Bigg Market

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  • davybtoon

    May 13, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #36

    jus watched pardews pre match press conference for chelsea n it sounds like he is gonna try some young players in last games, talked about how we need to look at the youngsters to see if they can be used next year as the back up players in certain positions or do we need to go buy if there not ready

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  • nimo

    May 13, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #37

    yeah stay in big market quayside is dead now

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  • tdt

    May 13, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #38

    Pardew says lots of things, do you seriously beleive a word he says? We have to look at the facts and then think what is likely. MA isn’t going to spend big on individual players, that much is clear from what has happened over the last couple of seasons. FACT – he’s more shroud now. Deal with it – we aren’t big spenders any more! FACT.

    You’re going to be disappointed if you take Pardew’s blabberings. On you theory – we should still have Carroll for a start!

    I expect £15-20M to be spent on 4-5 players to improve the team. This in addition to a hand full of youngsters on the cheap. This is very realistic and far more likely than big signings costing +£10m. I’m thinking sensibly. You can dream of great things next year if you, but realistically we should be aiming for progression within our means, rather than stupid spending sprees on unproven big shots.

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  • tdt

    May 13, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #39

    Yes – 51 goals this season… how many of those were scored by strikers? Not that many I assure you.

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  • NewcastleMole

    May 13, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #40

    @The Entertainer
    ” the lad has talent”

    Why does he never apply it? When things arent going right for the team he seems to content to watch the game.

    I’d rather have somebody with a better work rate and determination to win.

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