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Newcastle United Hanif Leylabi


It was the 10th September 1996 and I was going to St. James’ Park for the first time. I was only 9 but I used to listen to the match every week on the radio but had never got the chance to go to a match. I remember walking into the stadium hand in hand with my dad and I told myself I’d try not to smile. I didn’t want to look like it was big deal for me, I was playing it cool. But, as soon as I saw Tino Asprilla warming up on the pitch, I couldn’t help break into a massive grin. There’s been a fair few grins since and a fair few tears, but I’ll never forget that day.

Hanif Leylabi



Newcastle United Foundation have a heritage project for fans of all ages called Toon Times.

Toon Times will culminate with a major Newcastle United exhibition at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle, although in the lead up to this event Toon Times wishes to reach out to all Newcastle United fans across the North East and further afield to get involved and share their memories, experiences, photos and memorabilia what people have collected over the years.

We are supporting the project by helping to collect NUFC memories online - fans can share their memories on the Replay Football website, simply select the Toon Times tag when submitting yours.

For more info contact the Toon Times Heritage Project Coordinator, Newcastle United Foundation,


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