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Newcastle United John Duns


My First Match was against Everton on the 12th April 1975. I had not been allowed to go previously as my parents thought it was too dangerous.

As a result me and my friend, very nervously, sneaked into Town. Turning up at the gate at 1pm and queued up with the rest of the supporters to get a glimpse of the team. I remember it was around 25p for children to get in!

I found myself in the Gallowgate Wing Paddock, and got a glimpse of my idol…the biggest star at Newcastle United during the 1970s…Super Mac! It was like meeting a film star! I couldn’t believe how big he was as he stood before me on the pitch.

As a child the only football on television was Match of the Day and Shoot on ITV. For those of you who can’t remember Shoot, it was very poor quality with some questionable camera angles during the coverage of games.

The match itself was terrible, we lost 1-0 but it didn’t matter I had seen Super Mac! I had seen Newcastle United! And as a result I have watched them ever since.

John Duns


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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