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Alan Shearer scored the first time I saw Newcastle

I actually went to the game against Manchester City this season and it was cool because I have only seen Newcastle play live twice before, one at Maine Road and one at St James' Park. So this was the second time I had seen Newacstle play at Manchester City because my Dad's cousin Allistair is a director at the Manchester club, so he gets us tickets. I was still unbeaten in games watching Newcastle, two 1-0 wins to Newcastle, so I was hoping for a good game with more than one goal and a Toon Army win.

I live in Llandrindod Wells in Mid Wales, a long way from any Premiership club, so when I get to see Premiership football, I don't really mind about what the result is, as it is a rare oppotunity for me or my mates to watch top class football. Now, I am 14 years old, so I can't drive a car and my mum won't let me get on a train by myself to get to Newcastle, Manchester or even Birmingham, so it's my dad who drives us there and back. It is around 130 miles from where I live to Maine Road, so it is quite a long journey. We left Llandrindod at 5pm on Friday and got to Manchester around 7:30. We stayed at Allistair and his wife Sarah's house for the night, as we would have to wake up very early the next moring as the kick off was at 12:15pm on Saturday. In the morning went left Allistair and Sarah's house at 11:15 and arrived at Maine Road at 11:45.

One of the perks of knowing a director of a football club is that he or she can get you great seats, and access to the VIP area as such. Whilst there, I saw David Platt, the England Under 21s manager, Noal Gallacher from Oasis and Kain Dingle from the TV soap Emmerdale. My sister went and got their autographs (except David Platt, who I couldn't work out why he would be there until the game ended!) and we went for our seats at about 12pm.

The game started after a minutes silence for the two schoolgirls who were recently murdered Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, which was respected brilliantly by both sets of fans, which I wasn't sure about as they were both Manchester United fans. The roar when the teams came out was huge, as always, and the Man City fans were really getting behind their team, as it was the first game of the season in the last season at Maine Road before City move to the City of Manchester Stadium next season.

Darren Huckerby scored the only goal of the game

Of course by the end, Man City won 1-0 but it was strange cheering the opposite team in the Man City stand where we were situated. I tried to be as quiet as I possibly could but then Kieron Dyer missed an open goal, I could help out sharing my disbelief, and also when City scored, I was probably the only one in our part of the stand that had his hands on his head!

After the game, we went into the car park outside the Main Stand when the Newcastle team bus pulled up. Last time I was at Maine Road, I actually go to touch one of Alan Shearer's boots when they were being loaded onto the bus. This time though, I actually got autographs from Hugo Viana, Kieron Dyer, Alan Shearer, Aaron Hughes, Shola Ameobi and Man City defender Sylvian Distin (who was booed by the Newcastle fans as of his depature from the North East to the North West). I also saw Titus Bramble, Jermaine Jenas and Sir Bobby Robson up close. I was thrilled to get these autographs, even though I have signed pictures of Shearer, Bobby, Kevin Keegan and Shay Given.

I then went to the club shop to get some mementoes, a badge, two pens and a bar a City chocolate to go with a programme and a team sheet I picked up from the bar. I then left happy, even though the result was wrong, I had had a great time, and I am looking forward to going to the new City of Manchester Stadium sometime in the near future for the next Man City v.s Newcastle game.