Notts County striker Shola Ameobi humbled to be inducted into Newcastle United’s Hall of Fame


Notts County forward Shola Ameobi said he was honoured to be inducted into the Newcastle United Foundation’s Hall of Fame.

The striker joins Toon legends Alan Shearer, Jackie Milburn and Sir Bobby Robson in being recognised, and was bestowed with the honour during the Foundation’s 125th anniversary dinner at Exhibition Park on Tuesday evening.

Les Ferdinand was also admitted into the Hall of Fame at the same time, in recognition of the duo’s achievements during their time at St James’s Park.

Ameobi scored 79 goals in 397 games for his boyhood club, where he graduated through their excellent academy.

Shola Ameobi is inducted into the hall of fame.

And the 36-year-old, who still does work for Newcastle in the Community, was thrilled to join such an elite list of inductees.

“I’m actually quite embarrassed to be mentioned in the same vein as some of the other Hall of Famers,” said an emotional Ameobi.

“It’s such an honour. This club has meant the world to me. It has been my lifeblood, growing up a stone’s throw away from the stadium and aspiring to play football.

“To get a chance to do this is such a dream come true and to be able to share it with so many passionate people in this passionate football city, it just means such a lot.

“I grew up watching the likes of Rob Lee and Nikos Dabizas, who are also here at this dinner, and they inspired me – and I just want to be able to help inspire youngsters now.”

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