Shola Ameobi tells of family pride after brother’s NUFC debut

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SHOLA Ameobi told of his family pride after he and his younger brother Sammy made Newcastle United history at Stamford Bridge.

The pair became the first brothers to play for the club in a league game since George and Ted Robledo lined up together in 1952 in yesterday’s 2-2 draw at Chelsea.

Sammy – who had played his way on to the bench with a superb first-half performance against Blyth Spartans in the Northumberland Senior Cup final last week – was a late substitute.

And the 20-year-old emulated long-serving Shola, who made his first-team debut against Chelsea more than a decade ago.

“It was fantastic for Sammy,” Ameobi told the Gazette. “I made my debut against Chelsea 11-and-a-half years ago, and for him to do it is great for our family.

“Sammy’s worked really hard, and he’s getting his rewards now. He’s a confident lad, and he did what he had to do really well.

“It was just a proud moment. It’s great to be able to say I’ve played in a team with my brother. To make history has always been a dream for us when he came to the club, and it has been realised.”

Since the Robledos, there have been several sets of siblings to play for the club, most recently the Caldwells, Steve and Gary, though they never played a competitive senior game together.

Matty and Ritchie Appleby played alongside each other for United in an Anglo Italian Cup tie against Cesena at St James’s Park in 1992.