Adam Young and Chris Siddons in the dressing room

Chris Siddons won the monthly Members' Money-Can't-Buy competition for March to meet manager Alan Pardew and watch Sunday's game against Stoke from some of the best seats in St. James' Park.

Together with his friend Adam Young, he gained a unique insight into the pre-match preparations and the post-game duties carried out by the manager - and of course got to see the Magpies record an important win.

Only Members get access to these fantastic competitions and here is Chris' story.

The night before the Stoke game, I had very little sleep. I was too excited - like a child on Christmas Eve.

On the day of the game, myself and Adam were looked after so well by Wendy Taylor (Head of Media) and Ollie Stapleton (Partnerships Executive). We started off by going to the directors lounge for some lunch, which was a roast beef dinner and very tasty.

We were then taken down to the outside the dressing rooms, where Wendy looked after us and even got us some pictures with Tim Krul, James Perch and Ryan Taylor.

We were able to see the players go out for their warm up. It was amazing to see how focused they were, which is something as a supporter you don't really see or appreciate (even John Carver looked to be in the zone).

When the players went out, we then got the chance to meet Alan Pardew who presented me with a signed shirt which is going on the sitting room wall (if the wife lets me).

We got our pictures taken not only with the manager but also Willie Donachie and Peter Beardsley (the Geordie Messi) too. The manager told us how he thought Stoke were going to attempt to utilise set pieces.

Adam Young and Chris Siddons chat to Alan Pardew

We left the manager to finish his prep for the match and were able to go into the home dressing room, which was amazing compared to some of the dressing rooms you go into when playing Sunday morning football - although the smell of TCP was as evident.

We watched the players come in from the warm up still looking as focused with a few nods from the players (Moussa Sissoko and even Peter Crouch).

At this point it was time to go to our seats to watch the match but we were given another surprise from Wendy by way of an invite to the press conference after the game, which was accepted instantaneously.

We went to our seats, which were amazing - just on the half way line. We spotted Roberto Martinez sitting a few rows back and got our picture taken with him.

The match was as exciting as the day, topped off by Papiss Cisse's superb finish to win the game in the last minute. You couldn't have written a better script. After the match we watched Alan's press conference and agreed with everything he said.

This really was a once in a lifetime experience and I'll never forget it.

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