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Local Lad Talks About Special Trait Of This Year’s Team

Having Geordies in the Newcastle side has been a topical point of conversation recently. With Matty Longstaff’s brilliant winner against Manchester United, there have been a few people talking about having local lads playing for Newcastle United.

Rafa Benitez even added a passage in his recent blog entry on the subject when he wrote the following:

I was really pleased to see Matty Longstaff scoring the winning goal for Newcastle; he was great when he was training with us and it was a good decision from Steve Bruce to make him play.

I was also happy to see a few Geordies playing together at the same time; Carroll, Sean and Matty; surely it shouldn’t be difficult to see the benefits of investing in the Academy? £4m every year for 10 years means £40 m (one player); one ‘Longstaff’ every year for ten years seems good business to me.

However, there have been very few Geordies to break into the first team recently. The emergence of the Longstaff brothers seems to have reinvigorated the desire to find and keep the best local players at Newcastle.

One Geordie who has made it into the Newcastle first-team is defender Paul Dummett. Before Sean Longstaff, it was Paul who was the latest local lad to make it on Tyneside.

The 28-year-old spoke to the Chronicle recently about the addition of a few more Geordies in the first team this season:

“In my time in the first team we haven’t had so many Geordies, so it is nice to have a few involved.

“Obviously bringing Andy back and then them two coming through it’s good to have a few local lads in the team and it shows there’s talent in the area.

This year’s team certainly has more of a Geordie presence than ones of the recent past. We also have head coach Steve Bruce who hails from the area.

Hopefully, this will continue going forward. Both Sean and Matty Longstaff look like they can be part of this team for years to come.

Lee Charnley recently stated that it would be a priority to find and keep the best local talent in Newcastle. This is what Lee had to see a few days ago:

“To see Sean do it last year and Matty get his opportunity – and he looked like it was his 25th or 50th game, not his first – was so pleasing for everyone,”

“I think it was fantastic, and we’ve seen the public reaction, not just the Newcastle public. I saw what Gary Neville tweeted after the game.

“We want to be the best academy in the region. Between nine and 16, it will be an academy with boys predominantly from the local area. There will be exceptions, but, generally, it will be local.

“People say it might be because of this reason (not wanting to spend money) or that, but it’s not. It’s a conscious decision to get local boys, because we want local boys to see what’s happened with Paul (Dummett), Sean and Matty, and say that’s who they want to be.

“They’ll know, if they’re good enough and work hard enough, they’ll get an opportunity at their hometown club. That’s what we want.”

There’s still a lot of work to do to get the Academy where it belongs. However, we are glad that the club recognizes the importance of having the top local talent playing for Newcastle.

It just adds something special when you have a couple of local lads on the pitch together giving their all for the club.

17 comments so far

  • martoon

    Oct 14, 2019 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Jib – re Dean Martin Roasts – I never watched Dean Martin as a kid – Andy Williams but not him so I wasn’t familiar with them. Just watched a couple on Youtube – not really my cup of tea but I see what you mean – especially the Sammy Davis Jnr one!

  • lochinvar

    Oct 14, 2019 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #2

    A little disappointed in the Queen’s speech as there was no mention of impeaching Ashley. Must be some other way of making this happen ?

  • martoon

    Oct 14, 2019 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #3

    On topic – I often see Dummett in KP Tesco (I’m guessing he lives in Darras Hall) and people sometimes stop him and he always has time for a chat with them. I think I’ve mentioned this before but I was quite surprised how tall he is – not so obvious when you see him on the pitch!

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 14, 2019 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Dean Martin on various Johnny Carson shows is also worth a watch on YouTube.

  • IrishRob

    Oct 14, 2019 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #5

    All ye old folks sicken me, with your Dean Martin’s and and your Sammy Davis Juniors.


  • Jib

    Oct 14, 2019 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #6

    I hope you made it to the fireplace

  • geordietom

    Oct 14, 2019 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #7

    irish rob’s favourite singer Mario Lanza

  • martoon

    Oct 14, 2019 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #8

    IrishRob@5 – Why??

  • geordietom

    Oct 14, 2019 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #9


    i guess he doesn’t like us oldie’s mate …


  • lesh

    Oct 14, 2019 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #10


    Johnson wouldn’t be keen to lie about acting against Ashley – he had bigger lies scripted for her Maj to tell

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 14, 2019 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #11

    Beardsley is an anachronism, like many other people of his time his attitudes are outdated and inappropriate for today’s World. However, any good employer should run training on inclusivity and social mores. My employer does, even though (or maybe because) it’s a young, forward thinking organisation with a generally youthful workforce.

    The fact that Beardsley had some complaints against him and yet this was not addressed is a failure on the club’s behalf.

    Nobody seriously believes that Beardsley is actually a racist – Les Ferdinand and Andy Cole have both said that he isn’t – but that obviously doesn’t excuse the way he behaved, which was inappropriate at best.

    And yes, putting aside his political views, he was actually a fairly poor coach and should have had those duties removed years ago. There’s surely no coincidence that the results of the U23s and the progression from the academy to the 1st team squad have both improved in the last couple of years.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 14, 2019 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #12

    The way IrishRob Carrie’s on I don’t think he’ll make old age 😮

  • Jib

    Oct 14, 2019 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #13

    It was clearly a chain of command break down
    Charnley wouldn’t know what sort of coach PB
    was – he would depend on his senior coaches
    to keep him up to speed and as we had coaches
    season after season passing through the SJP
    revolving doors it was missed.
    The best kids coaches probably have a percentage
    of young players and parents complaining.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 14, 2019 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #14

    Surely looking at the teams results should have caused alarm, it’s the clubs fault for being ran so shoddily.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 14, 2019 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Peter Beardsley club legend could be relied upon to wheel out the party rhetoric and so was immune to poor coaching and arrogant behaviour, they couldn’t protect him from the race card.

  • martoon

    Oct 14, 2019 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #16

    Jail @15 – Shola seems to have been handed the reins for that job 😉


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