As kids, Sean and Matty Longstaff probably dreamed about playing alongside each other for Newcastle United. Against Manchester United, that dream became a reality.

Sean has been in the first-team for the entirety of 2019, but now he’s joined by his younger brother. With Isaac Hayden suspended, Matty got his first Premier League start on Sunday. And my word did he take his chance.

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The 19-year-old barely put a foot wrong in the middle of the park, dominating alongside the more experienced Sean. And to make an incredible day almost perfect for the Longstaff family, Matty scored the only goal of the game and handed Steve Bruce three much-needed points.

Everybody is talking about the Longstaffs now, and Sean has paid tribute to his brother on his official Instagram account.

He wrote: “What an unbelievable day yesterday! Massive 3 points and first home win of the season. But more importantly what a day for @matthewlongstaff couldn’t be more proud, a day we will never forget.”


As Sean said, yesterday was about more than Newcastle United for him. It was about family.

Seeing the pair of brothers play together was a real sight to behold and it ultimately gave us the win that we were desperate for. Bruce needed inspiration from somewhere, and it came from the little ginger lad who’d never played in the Premier League before.

A new Geordie hero was born on Sunday. It’s a day that brother Sean says he’ll never forget, and I don’t think many fans will either.

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