Number 23 in our top 25 Newcastle moments of the decade is a recent one, with Matty Longstaff boasting a debut to remember.
His older brother Sean broke into the team at the start of the year, but during pre-season there were rumblings of another Longstaff waiting in the wings. Matty impressed when he got the chance, scoring a stunner in a friendly against St Etienne.
On the 6th October 2019, he got his Premier League debut. It was against Manchester United, and he was playing centre-midfield alongside his brother. It was the stuff of dreams.
Matty probably thought this was as good as it was going to get, but no. In the 72nd minute, Newcastle were on the break. Allan Saint-Maximin drove us up the pitch, veering to the right before picking out Jetro Willems to his left. The Dutchman provided some neat footwork of his own, before pulling the ball back to the edge of the box.
And there was Matty Longstaff. The ginger teenager drove the ball low and hard past David De Gea, putting the Magpies 1-0 up. It was initially a muted celebration as if it was no big deal, then emotions got the better of him as he ran towards the corner with fellow local hero Andy Carroll.
Newcastle held on for the win, Steve Bruce’s first home victory as manager. A star had been born.
While our opponents on the day weren’t up to much, the Longstaffs will remember October 6th 2019 for the rest of their lives. Even if Matty never plays again, he’ll be able to tell his grandchildren that he scored the winner at St James’ Park against Manchester United on his Premier League debut for his boyhood club.
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