Shola Ameobi is still making Newcastle fans smile three years after leaving the club
Ameobi racked up a massive 312 appearances for the Toon.
Shola Ameobi, as far as superfan Randall Bell is concerned, doesn’t get the credit he deserves.
The Newcastle fan, whose Twitter bio declares him as “the Shola Ameobi appreciation society”, watched the local player accrue 14 years worth of appearances for the Toon – something Ameobi never even received a testimonial for.
But coupled with the work he still does for Newcastle and the appearances he made against Sunderland that saw him dubbed the “Mackem slayer”, Randall just gained another reason to be a fan.
The 30-year-old now owns a pair of his signed boots after a Twitter exchange with Ameobi’s current club Notts County.
BEST DAY EVER. pic.twitter.com/PU2Iz9gATT— RB (@randallbell) December 5, 2017
After seeing that Ameobi had been meeting some fans, and Notts County were offering more similar opportunities, Randall had to get involved.
😊 | On Saturday Shola Ameobi welcomed his biggest fan – 5-year-old Savana, who has her first Notts season ticket this season.— Notts County FC (@Official_NCFC) December 4, 2017
Do you know a deserving young fan who has a dream we can help with? Email firstname.lastname@example.org pic.twitter.com/qxPr93GtBc
For a while it didn’t look like he’d have any luck.
Biggest fan ey? https://t.co/dtd39IQH93— RB (@randallbell) December 4, 2017
Its my birthday on Friday @Official_NCFC - any chance Shola can send me a card? Im being serious!— RB (@randallbell) December 4, 2017
Somebody on here must know Shola. Notts County aren't playing ball here.— RB (@randallbell) December 5, 2017
But someone at the club was paying attention, and Ameobi was about to prove he’s still got a lot of time for his Geordie fans.
We admire your persistence Randall. We've had a chat with Shola and we want to help.— Notts County FC (@Official_NCFC) December 5, 2017
So, get this tweet retweeted 1,000 times and we'll send you a pair of his boots signed by the big man himself. pic.twitter.com/BiuMpeVDUN
It took around an hour for Randall to acquire the necessary amount of retweets, and sure enough it wasn’t long before Ameobi was signing some boots.
Top job Randall. They're on their way..... 👏🏻👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/KOPBYY0xpT— Sarah Gooding (@blnode) December 5, 2017
“I’ve been a big fan of Shola for years, I see him as a sort of unsung hero for his time at Newcastle. Not many Newcastle players can say they have scored against Barcelona!” Randall said.
And the early birthday present came as a bit of a surprise.
“I sent my tweet to Notts County a bit tongue in cheek. I know a lad who managed to get a signed card from Alan Shearer one birthday so I thought why not! Tbh I really wasn’t expecting a reply,” he said.
Me rn. pic.twitter.com/stoD1pnPQ4— RB (@randallbell) December 5, 2017
That’s the power of Twitter.