The Ameobi brothers were the first brothers since the 1950s to play a competitive game for Newcastle, when they both appeared at Chelsea in that fine 2-2 draw last May.
Sammy Ameobi – on loan next season?
The other brothers of course were the famous George and Ted Robledo from Chile.
George was the better player of the two, and played in both the 1951 and 1952 FA Cup finals when we hammered Blackpool 2-0 with both goals coming from a certain Jackie Milburn (of course), and then we hammered Arsenal 1-0 with George Robledo himself scoring the winning goal after 84 minutes.
Newcastle of course went on to annihilate a Don Revie led Manchester City side in the 1955 FA Cup Final, when we were just too much for them and won 3-1 with goals from Milburn, Bobby Mitchell and George Hannah.
And I still remember watching that game live on TV, my parents were at the game at Wembley, and Jackie Milburn scored following a corner in the very first minute.
Why do I suddenly feel a lot more upbeat after writing that?
Back to this story – Shola Ameobi has talked today about his younger brother 19 year-old Sammy, who looks to be a very skilled player, and he has some speed too.
Sammy is of course not in America, but with the Reserve team and manager Peter Beardsley, at their training camp in Holland.
But Newcastle have another friendly game at Leeds United a week tomorrow, and Sammy could get a run-out in that game.
This is what Shola told The Journal today:
“I’m so proud of him. We all still think that he is a guy who needs to build up a bit of confidence in himself. He already has the ability.”
“That goal will do wonders for him, hopefully it can help him go on and have a good season and then take it from there.”
“I will help him as much as I can, obviously.” “I know the manager will be looking for big, big things out of him this season.”
“It is a good situation for the family.” “But I am looking forward to working with him on a day-to-day basis.”
It’s an open question where Sammy will be playing his football next season, but we think Alan Pardew will try to get the lad a loan spell away from Newcastle, so he can get some first team football, which will be very good for his development.
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