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Shola Ameobi Celebrates 10 Years On Tyneside

Shola Ameobi celebrates 10 years of playing for Newcastle United this week.

Shola Ameobi – 10 years on Tyneside

Shola joined the Newcastle club as a 13 year-old back in 1995, but it was 10 years ago that then manager, the legendary Sir Bobby Robson, gave the then 18 year-old his debut for the Tyneside club.

The Nigerian-born player is now listed as number 24 on Newcastle’s all-time leading goalscorer list – with 62 goals in 283 appearances for the Magpies.

And it seems like Chris Hughton is a big fan of the 6’2″ striker, who made his debut against Chelsea 10 years ago.

Chris Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“We are grateful Shola is still here.” “We are aware over that time he has missed periods with injury. He has been in and out of the side.”

“Even though it is not the most important thing, he’s a local lad.” “This is where he always wanted to be.” “He is very popular among the players and he is a very good footballer.”

There was news earlier in the week that  Scotland boss Craig Levein recently attempted to give Shola a Scotland cap.

And the unconfirmed rumor was that  he qualified to play north of the border, because he had had a couple drinks of scotch a few years ago, and apparently that had been officially documented by the Scottish FA.

But it tuned out that it didn’t work, because the Home Associations Rule states that British passport holders must also be educated north of the border to play for the Scotland side – but we suppose it was worth a try – certainly they seem to need some good players right now, after their poor display against Liechtenstein.

Ameobi can still play for his home country Nigeria, but it’s debatable whether Nigeria will ever pick the 28 year-old.

Hughton added:

“Anything like that would be very much a decision for him.” “What is more important is the fact he is here doing the business for us.”

“He is a good enough player to play international football.”

Shola is a good lad, and we still think he has a job to do at Newcastle, but it will probably have to come from the substitutes bench.

With the growing strength of the Newcastle squad under Chris Hughton, and particularly the emergence of young Andy Carroll as Newcastle’s main striker, Shola will not see too many starts this season for Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Toon XI

    Sep 11, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #1

    In honor of his 10 years on Tyneside he should start in place of Carroll today. 😉

  • MacToon

    Sep 11, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #2

    Hats off to Shola.

  • ben arfa in toon

    Sep 11, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #3

    if shola scores were on the pitch, if shola scores were on the pitch

  • Toonboy_84

    Sep 11, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #4

    Is there anywhere that you can watch the game on the internet today? Anybody?

  • Birts

    Sep 11, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #5

    try iraqi goals mate but it wont come on til kick off like

  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 11, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Well done Shola mate keep it up,

    on a slightly different note the pessimists on this blog need to take stock, one on here that will remain nameless was ripping into every bit of positive post about the b/pool game even saying all the independents were going for no better than a draw, and yet every page I have been on has us taking the game by any permutation from 1-0 to 3-0 so much for all the independents going for draw.

    I do not think it is by any means going to be a easy game but I do feel that the stats have us quite firmly in front in this game so it is ours to lose and pool have to do everything to win it.

    I am quietly positive about this game

  • Edd Case

    Sep 11, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Team news / links ????????

  • Rich TOON Bristol

    Sep 11, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #8

    here we go chums, CANNOT wait for this game! hopefull the excitement will be reflected on the pitch today! 🙂


  • slazberger

    Sep 11, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Harper,Perch,Enrique,Colo,Williamson,Routledge,Barton,Smith,Jonas,Nolan,Carroll. according to the chronicle, no subs on yet though

  • themole

    Sep 11, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Alright lads

    three good links here

    just leaving to go to the match cant wait !!!!


  • baro

    Sep 11, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Congratulations Ameobi, give him a longer run out than usual. 10 years!! He deserves it in my opinion.

  • baro

    Sep 11, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #12


    More links to come your choice which one to choose.

  • baro

    Sep 11, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #13

    NEWCASTLE UNITED: Harper; Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique; Routledge, Smith, Barton, Gutierrez; Nolan, Carroll.

  • baro

    Sep 11, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #14

    Ben Arfa, Tiote, Campbell all on bench tonight.

    Good decision!

  • baro

    Sep 11, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #15






  • slazberger

    Sep 11, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Subs bench: Campbell, Lovenkrands, R Taylor, Ameobi, Tiote, Krul, Ben Arfa.

  • Edd Case

    Sep 11, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Ben Arfa HAS to come on after 10 mins in second half.

  • baro

    Sep 11, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #18

    U mean right on at halftime! For Smith or Routledge, or Nolan.

  • baro

    Sep 11, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #19

    Hey guys go to the other article Ed just made on the lineups and Blackpool match.

  • Brutooon

    Sep 11, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #20

    10 years playing and he never knock the England Senior Squad?

  • Thump

    Sep 11, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Bloody hell, can’t get onto the match article because it keeps coming up as the bleeding mobile site.

    Any working streams?

  • The Shola Show

    Sep 11, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #22


  • Brutooon

    Sep 11, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #23

    10 years and he still dont improve?

    he need another 10 years is it?


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