Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Stars on the Ball; Youngsters Seeking Autographs for Charity

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Stars on the Ball; Youngsters Seeking Autographs for Charity

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Byline: By ROB PATTINSON

IT'S a piece of memorabilia every Toon fan would die for.

And one thing is for sure - this football will not be belted around the school playground.

Tyler McKeown, nine, has travelled around the country, waited for hours in the cold and tracked down former football stars to amass an amazing 76 signatures on his football.

He started collecting the signatures of Newcastle United legends on his club ball as a hobby more than a year ago.

And with the help of younger brother Cory, six, he collected the incredible entries, including Bob Moncur, Kevin Keegan, Micky Quinn, Peter Beardsley, Alan Shearer, and Michael Owen.

With only five more spaces left, Tyler has decided to raise money for Macmillan Cancer with a sponsored signature grab.

To complete his set the Pon-teland United under-10s player is aiming to track down Alan Smith, David Kelly, Nicky Butt, Gary Speed and Paul Gascoigne.

And dad Nick has said he is prepared to do whatever he can to help fulfil his son's ambition.

The 44-year-old joiner, of Wideopen, Newcastle, said: "I remember what it was like being a youngster and loving Newcastle United.

"I can understand what it means to Tyler. We'll do whatever we can.

"He's just such a huge Newcastle fan. He sits and watches all of the club's history on DVD and loves it. He's been so chuffed with every signature we've got, especially because we can't afford to go to many games.

"He's put so much time and effort in. He waited for five hours to get Glenn Roeder. He just refused to leave. Then we travelled to Glasgow to get Kevin Keegan.

"When he got to 75 signatures he decided he wanted to do something to help people. He's not going to give the ball away, but he's already raised more than pounds 200 from people sponsoring him to get the last signatures. …

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