Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cisse Is Kids New Hero

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cisse Is Kids New Hero

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EAGERLY awaiting their hero, these pals couldn't believe it when Toon striker Papiss Cisse turned up at their club with new shirts for the squad.

Youngsters from the Under-11s team at Grainger Park Boys' Club were left gutted when Demba Ba left Newcastle as their kits were emblazoned with his name.

But Cisse has come to the rescue. After hearing their story, Newcastle's No 9 stepped in and offered to donate new kits to the young team, based in Newcastle's West End, and delivered them himself.

So tomorrow, in their match against Seaton Delaval, they will proudly step on the pitch with their Cisse-branded shirts.

The team of boys, and one girl Sophie Young, were over the moon to meet their hero at their club grounds.

Nicola McCabe, club secretary at Grainger Park, said: "It is massive. It is big for the club as well as for the team.

"They were so excited, they just could not wait to meet him. It was amazing, we could not believe it, it's all happened so quickly. Within three weeks they have their new strip to play in their next match.

"It has given them a confidence boost, they have only won three matches the whole time they have been together. It is great for them to have something new for the club.

"Grainger Park is one of the forgotten clubs. It is massive to get someone to come here to Scotswood."

Cisse arrived to cheers from the youngsters and presented each member with their new shirt, and was then surprised to receive his own gift from the team of a Grainger Park Boys' Club hat and T-shirt which he quickly pulled on.

Speaking through his interpreter, Cisse told the Chronicle of his joy at receiving his gift.

"I was surprised first of all but I was delighted to receive a present from them," he said.

"Even though it was freezing I wanted to take my coat off to show them I am really behind them and I hope among them there will be a future No 9 and future great goal scorer, even greater than the current No 9, myself."

The Under-11s were given the original Demba Ba strips by the Newcastle United Foundation and they were sponsored by Ba, meaning his name was printed on the arm of each shirt. …

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