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Newcastle United Michael Tiplady

 

I can always remember one of my first ever games at St James' Park - i was 13 and bright eyed on the last day of the 96/97 season and we were playing Nottingham Forest. If we won, we'd have to wait on the Liverpool score to go above them into the Champions league. We sat in the old family enclosure at the front on the half way line perfect viewing. 1 after the other we banged them in and me and my mate got more an more excited, i even managed to get told off for knocking an advertising board down when we scored the fifth!

Final whistle blew and it felt like an eternity to wait on the liverpool score, but then we started hearing pockets of euphoric cheering, that was it. We were into the champions league. Amazing, fans stayed in the grounf for what seemed like hours to celebrate and cheer on our heroes on their lap of honour. So proud of them, even at a young age.

That day will stay with me forever!

Michael Tiplady

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, gavin.ferry@nufc.co.uk

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