Samuel Ford

Our latest Money-Can't-Buy competition for Magpies Members was the chance to be Member of the Match for the Sunderland match.

Samuel Ford was the lucky winner and he had his name up in lights as well as receiving two Directors Box and two Directors Lounge passes, and this is his story. Remember, only Members get access to these great prizes...

We arrived a couple of hours before the match kicked off and were guided to the Directors Lounge where we had drinks and were offered a complimentary meal. We sat and took it all in, watching one or two famous faces float past, until we were greeted by Ollie Stapleton (Partnerships Executive) who was to show us around.

We visited the area where the journalists sit and where they interview the manager and players. It was great to see it for real rather than just on the TV. On the way back towards the pitch we passed Alan Pardew and wished him luck!

We then went pitchside through the tunnel to see the players train. It was a very different view to what I normally get! I got the chance to sit in the dugout as well. Being so close to the action was amazing and to see my name on the advertising boards before kick-off and at half time was really cool too!

To top it all off we had seats in the director's box with a fantastic view of the game.

Although disappointed with the result, I had a brilliant day which I will remember for a very long time and I'd like to thank everyone at Newcastle United for making this day possible.

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