Kath Cassidy

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Kath Cassidy, the club's much-loved tea lady, is appealing for a kind-hearted Northern Irish-based supporter to get in touch.

Long-serving Kath - who has made the tea for managers at St. James' Park for more than four decades - was bowled over when a fan called Rita sent a personalised shirt proclaiming her to be the 'No.1 Tea Lady', after meeting her on a tour of the ground.

But the piece of paper bearing the sender's address was accidentally cleared away, and Kath is hoping Rita will contact her again so that she can say thanks.

Although a proud Geordie, Kath is of Irish descent with family hailing from County Derry and met the fan before the final game of last season against West Brom.

She explained: "This young girl was looking around on a tour before a game and I noticed she had a four-leaf clover ear-ring.

"She was from Ireland and so was my late husband, and I told her that I loved it - so she took my address and sent the shirt with a clover on it.

"I was thrilled to bits when the parcel came. It was so thoughtful of her.

"I really want to say thank you, but I've lost her address. I would like to write to her, but the piece of paper got swept away. I want to tell her how much it means."

Kath is known for her collection of framed pictures of heroes like Jackie Milburn, Sir Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan, which take pride of place next to her kettle on a matchday. 

And the shirt will now be one of her most treasured belongings after Alan Pardew helped her to get it signed by the current team.

"I told the boss about it when I took him his tea, and he said 'bring it along and show me it,' and he got all the players to sign it," she said.

"I love it. I'm going to get it framed. I've got all my pictures and I'm going to look after this too."