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Tot was born to follow her namesake.

Byline: By Miles Starforth

Alana Thompson was named after Newcastle United skipper Alan Shearer, and got her first sight of him days after being born.

Mum Joanna gave birth to Alana - weighing just 6lbs 4oz - on March 28 at Gateshead's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

And within days she was decked in black and white and taken by father Daniel to watch United's match at Everton on the live beamback at St James's Park.But the latest NUFC Young Supporters club member did not see a Newcastle win, with Everton beating United 2-1 at Goodison Park.

Laurent Robert equalised for the Magpies following Wayne Rooney's opener, but David Unsworth scored a controversial penalty in the second half to take the three points. But season-ticket holder Daniel, of Ouston, Chester-le-Street, believes that Alana will see more wins than defeats over the coming years.

He said: "Alana watched her first Toon game against Everton decked in her Newcastle colours, although we lost I have a good feeling she will see more victories than defeats over the coming seasons."

Meanwhile NUFC Young Supporters member Hayley Bower has no excuses for not brushing her teeth - the 10-year-old was given a year's supply of Newcastle United toothbrushes.

She met United mascots Monty and Maggie in the St James's Park dressing rooms after her father Mark wrote to the club last month.

NThomas Sample of Trinity School, Newcastle, was awarded tickets for a United game as reward for his 100 per cent attendance.

NUFC Young Supporters, working with the Education Welfare Service, gave Thomas two tickets for the match against Bayer Leverkusen in February and he has since written a letter of thanks to the club.

NThere is still time to enter our latest painting competition.

Send a drawing or painting of your favourite Newcastle player to the Chronicle and the winner will bag a `Return of the Entertainers Video', which has every United goal of last season, and an NUFC Young Supporters goodie bag. The winner's picture will be printed on this page.

Send all entries to NUFC Young Supporters, Chronicle Sportsdesk, Groat Market, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1PY by Thursday, April 24.

NThis page for young Toon fans is in conjunction with the Newcastle United Young Supporters' Club. To join, ring (0191) 201 8471/8472.

NWrite to Miles Starforth, Young Supporters, Evening Chronicle, Groat Market, Newcastle NE1 1ED or
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 19, 2003
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