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Newcastle United Foundation is opening a major exhibition next month celebrating the history of the football club.

Discovery Museum is going all black and white with a 'Toon Times' exhibition which charts the highs and lows of Newcastle United Football Club and its loyal fan base, the Toon Army.

The free exhibition opens to the public on 8th February and tracks the fascinating history of one of the country's most supported football clubs, from its humble origins in 1881 through to today's star-studded Premier League team.

Fans will get a taste of what it feels like to be a Newcastle United star, with a player's tunnel and team changing room recreating the sights and sounds of match day as part of the interactive exhibition, which runs until 5th October.

A dedicated fanzone will also allow visitors to display their own memories and personal trophies, creating a living testimonial to the passionate Toon Army following.

Among the exhibits on show will be a replica of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, the last major European trophy won by the club in 1969, a plethora of Newcastle United team shirts worn by legends including Jackie Milburn, Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer, and even a pair of stuffed Magpies that help explore how the club got its nickname.

A Newcastle United Foundation Hall of Fame display will also commemorate some of the club's most legendary players, managers and line-ups, with plans to induct other names into the roll-call during the exhibition, with fans able to have their say.

Newcastle United Foundation's Toon Times project has been funded by the Premier League PFA Community Fund, Heritage Lottery and North East Teaching Agency First Class Supply .

Toon Times project coordinator Gavin Ferry said: "The Toon Times exhibition is the culmination of two years of extensive planning and we can't wait to see fans coming through the door. We want to thank all the supporters and legends for donating memorabilia and memories and of course our funders and partners who have made this project possible."

Hazel Edwards, Discovery Museum manager, said: "Newcastle United Football Club is a huge part of the North East's cultural, social and economic landscape and Toon Times celebrates the very special relationship the club has with its fans.

"The exhibition has something for all ages and will allow visitors to experience the excitement of match-day through a range of interactive elements, as well as leave their own mark on the club's history by recording their own special memories."

Toon Times
8 February - 5 October 2014
Free Entry
Discovery Museum opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm; Saturday to Sunday 11am - 4pm
www.discoverymuseum.org.uk