Newcastle United history is littered with players who unashamedly loved the club. Some went on to become Magpies legends (Jackie Milburn, Paul Gascoigne), while others most certainly did not (Peter Ramage, Steven Taylor, and many more). Either way, they all got to fulfil their childhood dream of donning the famous black and white stripes, with many coming through the club's youth system.
While some footballers understandably prioritise gold and glory above all else, others just want to don their favourite team's colours, and while most of Newcastle's examples came through the academy, others took a longer route. Whether native to the North East or otherwise, they all honed their craft elsewhere before making the switch to St. James' Park, with some becoming legends.
NUFC have no obligation to help players fulfil these lifelong ambitions, but it always makes for a good story, particularly when the fans are as fond of them as they are of the club. Some were born on foreign shores, while others are Geordies through and through: whatever the case, these men all achieved the goal of playing for their beloved Magpies, with varying degrees of success...
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