Newcastle United presented new signings Anthony Gordon and Harrison Ashby to the St James’ Park crowd for the first time last night.
As the Magpies prepared for kick-off for their Carabao Cup semi-final decider against Southampton, Gordon and Ashby momentarily took centre stage as they walked from the touchline to the centre circle and back.
With the stadium buzzing after a special pre-match show from North Shields’ very-own rising DJ Schak, both players received a big applause, with chants of ‘Oh Anthony Gordon’ heard from the Strawberry Corner.
“What a welcome,” Gordon posted on Instagram. “My first few days in the Toon have been special… from the people in the city to the fans in the stadium, everyone has been so welcoming.
“Can’t wait to play in front of you all & cheer on the boys at Wembley!!!”
It is worth checking out Gordon’s Instagram page from last night, with the Liverpool-born forward brilliantly capturing the atmosphere, including one clip he captioned “goosebumps”.
A 2-1 win for Newcastle on the night (3-1 on aggregate) sealed the club’s first domestic final since 1999. Gordon, you feel, will be gutted he’s cup tied.