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Oh aye - and saw Lee Clark play against my school year (25 years ago) when I think he was playing for Walker HS? Ran the show for the first half (no-one could get near him)-  they were 2-1 up. His manager than took him off at HT as he was supposed to be playing for Newcastle reserves later that night and wor lot came back to win 5-2. Show how much of an influence he had. I used to go to Bedlingon HS, btw - had a canny team that year. I was never good enough to play, but I used to train with them, etc.

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Played football with Chopra once. I don't think he was really allowed to play at school so he was obviously rebelling at the time. He just blasted the ball from miles away whenever he got the ball.

 

Jumpers for goalposts too so there was no chance anyone was saying they went "under the bar".

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Played against Kazenga Lua Lua when he was at Benfield school. We used to tonk them 10-0 every time and he's just sit on the sidelines talking to his mates while the game was in play. Had his name written on his boots in pen as well, classy.

Trained once with Sammy Ameobi when he was a lot smaller and playing for Walker Central and Brian Clark brought him along. Didn't do much. 

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Played against Kazenga Lua Lua when he was at Benfield school. We used to tonk them 10-0 every time and he's just sit on the sidelines talking to his mates while the game was in play. Had his name written on his boots in pen as well, classy.

Trained once with Sammy Ameobi when he was a lot smaller and playing for Walker Central and Brian Clark brought him along. Didn't do much. 

 

thought it was Wallsend, I obviously wasn't a very attentive kid  :facepalm:

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Oh aye - and saw Lee Clark play against my school year (25 years ago) when I think he was playing for Walker HS? Ran the show for the first half (no-one could get near him)-  they were 2-1 up. His manager than took him off at HT as he was supposed to be playing for Newcastle reserves later that night and wor lot came back to win 5-2. Show how much of an influence he had. I used to go to Bedlingon HS, btw - had a canny team that year. I was never good enough to play, but I used to train with them, etc.

 

My grandad was Clark's headteacher at Walkergate Primary.

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Grant Leadbitter.  Went to the same summer coaching school I did when I was a kid.

 

Regularly played 5-a-side against Michael Mackay who was playing for Consett at the time.  He then got picked up by Hartlepool.  He completely took the p*ss.

 

I played a few 5 a side matches against Michael Mackay at Chester le street on a Sunday morning. He took the piss out of all of us too- awesome pace. Mind you, I'm pretty sure he was the only player who hadn't spent the previous day on a 12 hour bender.

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Not me, though one of my best mates got a chance to train with the LA Galaxy squad during their preseason tour here in Manila. Included Beckham, Donovan, Keane, etc. Was proper envious, though it must be said he paid a hell of a fortune to get that chance. :lol:

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Also think I might have come up against Ross Turnbull (formerly of Boro and Chelsea) before he started playing in goal.

 

I knew Ross, he used to come and watch a 5 a side team I played for because his cousin also played.  He wanted to play but Boro wouldn't let him and he would have been fined if he'd played.

 

I've played 11 and 5 a side with somebody who went on to play almost 300 games for us, I was trained by a World Cup winner, managed by a mackem who scored against us at St James' Park, I watched a future England keeper and played Pool regularly with a Spurs footballer from the 80's.

 

I think that's about it.

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