Graeme Houghton Money Can't Buy

Two lucky supporters were at the heart of our matchday preparations ahead of Sunday's 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion.

Graeme Houghton was the winner of October's Money-Can't-Buy competition, exclusively for Club Members.

He and brother Peter helped St. James' Park head groundsman Andrew Tully get the pitch ready before the clash with the Baggies, including painting penalty spots, putting goals up and preparing the dugouts.

The duo then watched United warm-up from pitchside before taking their seats in the Director's Box to watch Papiss Cisse fire the Magpies to a late win.

And Graeme wrote a brief review of his Money-Can't-Buy experience for nufc.co.uk:

"From meeting the head groundsman to Cisse's winner, it was a great day from start to finish.

"We arrived at St. James' Park well before kick-off and were introduced to Andy, the head groundsman. We spent a couple of hours finishing the pre-match preparations, putting the goals up, marking the pitch, preparing the dugouts and doing the final inspection to make sure everything was match-ready.

"We managed to get out of picking up the leaves that had blown on to the pitch but that's exactly what Andy and his team did to ensure the pitch looked at its best in time for kick-off - he's extremely proud of his pitch.

"We also got the opportunity to talk to a lot of the staff and ask them questions about their roles and what it's like to work at the football club. The vast majority are big supporters of Newcastle and it was a real eye-opener.

"After that, we got changed in to our Sunday best and were treated to dinner in the Directors Suite before heading down pitchside so see the players warm-up at close hand.

"Then it was up to the Directors Box for the match. Not the most entertaining game of football I've ever watched, however we were desperate for three points and that's exactly what we got.

"Cisse's very late winner nearly took the roof off St. James' Park, and it was a fitting end to such a great day.

"To be right in the middle of the matchday preparations as the atmosphere started to build, meeting the players as they arrived, walking the pitch, painting the penalty spot at the Gallowgate end and getting pitchside for the warm-up, it was an amazing experience and a massive buzz to feel part of it all.

"All I did was send an email with my Membership number and contact details.

"Thank you to the Club and everyone involved for taking the time to make us feel welcome and giving us such a great opportunity."

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