Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Time Has Flown by for Toon Young Gun Sammy after THAT Goal at the Quakers

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Time Has Flown by for Toon Young Gun Sammy after THAT Goal at the Quakers

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Byline: LEE RYDER

SAMMY AMEOBI admits it's hard to believe that 12 months have flown past since he rifled home his first senior goal for Newcastle United during last summer's pre-season friendly at Darlington.

But with another year under his belt he looks back on the "surreal" moment knowing that he has made huge strides forward after his first full season as a Newcastle United star was regarded as solid progress.

Ameobi was as shocked as anybody when hundreds of over-excited United fans invaded the pitch at now defunct Darlington last July with his big moment almost overshadowed by the game being abandoned.

That night Alan Pardew and John Carver had to help calm away fans down at a stadium which has since turned into a white elephant.

The scenes will be contrasting on Friday night in a far-flung corner of eastern Germany as Ameobi prepares to take on Chemnitzer in what should hopefully be a calmer affair as around 4,000 locals rub their hands at the prospect of welcoming a top-five Premier League side to their own backyard.

For Ameobi this is a big season and one he hopes to make an impression after spending Ameobi wouldn't mind a similar start in Chemnitzer in the goal stakes - but wouldn't mind a less hysterical reaction should he find the net against the German minnows.

Looking back on that night in Darlington, with raised eyebrows Ameobi told the Chronicle: "It was a bit surreal!

Last season though it was a good start to pre-season for me.

"To get goals and get noticed by the manager earned my opportunity. That's what I want to do again this season.

"We go to Germany in a couple of days so I'll get a few games there and try to get goals."

Ameobi only turned 20 last May but isn't the type of character to get carried away with himself.

Hungry to succeed? Yes. Capable of getting swept away with the hype? No chance.

If anything so far Ameobi has been a shining example for any kid coming through the ranks at United's Academy. Three years ago the then raw teenager was in the development pool taking on Whitley Bay in a preseason game at Hillheads in front of just a few hundred.

Now he finds himself on the periphery of first-team glory. …

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