Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi and Paul Dummett


Newcastle United players past and present converged on the city's Discovery Museum on Wednesday evening to launch a special Toon Times exhibition which will take supporters on a journey through the Club's history.

Current squad members Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi and Paul Dummett - who were all brought up on Tyneside - were joined by Fairs Cup-winning captain Bob Moncur, Steve Harper, Olivier Bernard and Brian Kilcline for a special preview of historic artefacts and interactive displays, which will be open to the public from 11am on Saturday until 5th October.

Special guest Lady Elsie Robson was also in attendance, with famous quotes from the late great Sir Bobby Robson, photographs and his initialled training jacket all appearing in the exhibition.

The exhibition, which has free admission, has been commissioned by the Club's official registered charity, Newcastle United Foundation, in partnership with Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums and is the showpiece of the Toon Times educational programme, which is being delivered by the Foundation to 15,000 children across 430 Tyneside schools.

Sponsored by the Premier League PFA Community Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and North-East supply-teaching agency First Class Supply, the three-year programme improves the literacy and learning techniques of children through the use of historic artefacts, props and re-enacting famous Magpies moments.

"The exhibition is fantastic," said Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi.

"We all have great memories of the Club through the years so it's great to learn more about those special moments which have made Newcastle United what it is.

"Seeing all the jerseys is amazing. If players now had to wear what players used to wear, I'm sure there'd be complaints and we wouldn't fancy heading some of the footballs on display. There are a lot of new things to learn so I'm sure supporters will really enjoy it."

Kate Bradley, head of the Newcastle United Foundation, added: "As an educational programme, Toon Times continues to be hugely successful in engaging young people in schools across the region so we're thrilled to see it come to life as an exhibition.

"The Club has a wonderful history and proud traditions and the exhibition aims to capture those in a really interesting and interactive way. We would encourage as many supporters as possible to come along and experience it between now and October."

The Discovery Museum, which located in Blandford Square close to St. James' Boulevard, is open from 10am-4pm midweek and 11am-4pm at weekends. Admission is free. For more information, please visit www.twmuseums.org.uk.

To find out more about the Newcastle United Foundation and how it is improving the lives of 50,000 people in the local community each year, please visit www.nufc.co.uk/foundation or contact Kate Bradley on 07825 890782 or at kate.bradley@nufc.co.uk.