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Toon army unveils its brothers in arms

History will be made at St James' Park tonight with Shola and Sammy Ameobi set to become the first brothers to start in a major game for Newcastle in 60 years.

The pair, with Shola 11 years the senior, are likely to line up in Newcastle's Europa League Group D tie with Club Brugge, matching the feat of Ted and George Robledo, who played together for the club at the start of the fifties.

"My parents have mentioned it and I'm sure seeing both of us on the pitch at the same time will bring them tremendous pleasure, it's no different for me," said Shola.

"We're much closer now than we used to be, with being in and around the first team together. There's nearly 11 years between us so when we were growing up, I think he was maybe a little bit intimidated by me.

"He's trying to go through what I've been through. But I want to see him surpass anything I've ever done in this game, and I know he has the ability to do that."

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has criticised fans at Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby for abusive songs aimed at Newcastle's Steven Taylor and Sunderland's Lee Cattermole.

"We don't want that in the game, no type of abuse is right. I hope they are brought to task, if they are found," he said. (© Independent News Service)

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