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By Rob Scanlon - Newcastle United Video Reporter

Lucky Magpie Benjamin Smyth, aged nine, from Whitley Bay, won October's money-can't-buy opportunity to interview Danny Simpson after Saturday's victory against Wigan.

Benjamin was first given a special tour of the facilities by visiting the media suite and then down through the famous tunnel to the dug outs. He then stayed pitchside until returning to the directors' guest lounge for some food before the match kicked off.

The youngster then had the unique opportunity to interview Danny Simpson after the game with a list of questions he had previously prepared.

Benjamin was also lucky enough to meet United stars Ryan Taylor and Hatem Ben Arfa along, with manager Alan Pardew, after the game.

He was presented with a signed match ball at the end to cap off an excellent day for the Magpie member.

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This is Ben's account of his day:

The Best Day of My Life

We arrived at the directors' lounge and Ollie Stapleton (Partnerships Executive) came to talk about what we were going to do. After that we crossed over to the players' area. Leon Best held the door open for me as we walked to where the entrance to the pitch and the dressing rooms were.

We went to the press room and we looked at where people get interviewed for Match of the Day and then we went pitchside and met Peter Beardsley. We walked up into the stand and I found where I would be sitting in the drectors' box. We also met Bob Moncur.

We had lunch then watched the match against Wigan. We won 1-0 which was a fantastic result.

After the match we went back to the directors' lounge again and waited for Ollie. He took us to the area outside the dressing rooms to wait for a player to interview.

While I was there I got my Newcastle shirt signed by Alan Pardew, Hatem Ben Arfa, Ryan Taylor and Danny Simpson who I actually interviewed. We did it pitchside.

Rob Scanlon (who does the interviews on nufcTV) gave me a microphone. Danny Simpson was really nice and said he was more scared of being interviewed by me than the TV people.

Then I got a signed ball from Ollie. It was the best day of my life.

Benjamin Smyth (age 9)

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