Pride of the Magpie mascots

Conor Gray (second left) and Shannon Gray (second right).
Conor Gray (second left) and Shannon Gray (second right).

BEAMING with pride, brother and sister Conor and Shannon Gray stand side by side on the hallowed turf of their beloved Newcastle United.

With smiles etched across their faces, the Amble youngsters line up in front of Toon skipper Fabricio Coloccini, during an unforgettable day as club mascots.

The delighted duo’s experience came on Saturday, as part of the FA Cup Third Round tie against Blackburn Rovers at the Sports Direct Arena, which United eventually won 2-1.

The Toon-supporting siblings, who both attend Amble’s James Calvert Spence College – Acklington Road – got to meet their black ’n’ white heroes and received signed shirts, came out of the tunnel with the players prior to kick-off and even had a knock-about in front of the Gallowgate End.

Their parents, Claire and David, said Conor, 13, and Shannon, 12, had an ‘amazing day’.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them. It was really good,” said Claire.

Newcastle keeper Tim Krul even praised Shannon, who plays for girls’ U13s football side Ashington Angels, for her ‘good right foot’, while some of Conor’s friends were in the stands watching him live out his dream day.

The family have thanked local businessman Brian Trench for arranging the children’s mascot experience.