Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

United's 'Angels' - in Rio

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

United's 'Angels' - in Rio

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A SMALL tribute to Tyneside has sprung up in a far-flung corner of the globe.

Amid the favela graffitos in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, two angels bearing the storied black and white stripes of the Toon Army have appeared, alongside the eternal slogan 'Toon Army'.

Jody King, a Toon diehard who grew up in Cornwall, moved to Newcastle, and now lives 6,000 miles away in sunny Rio.

His love for Newcastle United brought him to Tyneside three times before he finally swapped Northern Europe for South America three years ago.

He said: "My best friend who I grew up with was a Newcastle fan.

"We used to kick a football around after school every single day and he got me into supporting Newcastle from a very young age. I have been a fan ever since."

Mr King is living as a local in Rocinha and works as a tour guide as well as running a small English school.

The enduring memories from his time on Tyneside were responsible for what must be some of the most unlikely graffiti in Brazil. …

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