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My First Match

Graeme Ford, Killingworth

It was Saturday August 7th 1971, just a few days before my seventh birthday. My Dad took us to the 21 café in the Grainger Market for pie and chips off a plate. We were playing a friendly match against Benfica who still had the great Eusebio et al.

We had a young cockney striker called Malcolm Macdonald making his home debut. Tommy Gibb scored the only goal with, if I remember correctly, a shot from the edge of the box at the Gallowgate End. I was then hooked on everything about the ground, the strips and the team.

I’ve still got the programme but the strip no longer fits!

Graeme Ford

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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