At the NUFC foundation awards event last night, former Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi was inducted into the NUFC hall of fame and the 36-year old could not hide his emotions in his speech that followed, with him admitting just how much of an honour it was to be handed this accolade by a football club that ‘means the world to him’.
Shola was inducted into NUFC Foundation Hall of Fame last night alongside Les Ferdinand (who was unable to attend), and had the following to say alongside host Gabby Logan in a touching speech as he accepted his award:
You can hear the emotion is Shola's voice. Nearly in tears: 'It's such an honour to be mentioned in this company'. pic.twitter.com/T6FCHpM8aX
— Mark Douglas (@MsiDouglas) November 7, 2017
“I’m actually quite embarrassed to be mentioned in the same vein as some of the other Hall of Famers.
“It’s such an honour.
“This club has meant the world to me. It has been my lifeblood, growing a stone’s throw away from the stadium and aspiring to play football.
“It just means a lot and it’s great to be a part of.”
You can tell just how much this means to Shola, who is noticeably quite moved and emotional after being handed such an award by the club.
Personally, I think it’s brilliant to see Shola inducted into the hall of fame. Yes, he was by no means the best footballer we’ll ever see at St James’ Park, but he gave his all for the club and has continued to serve us even now during his spell at Notts County.
He admits to coming back ‘home’ whenever he can to get involved in the community, even helping out at youth level to help bring through the next Alan Shearer at NUFC.
He’s a great bloke, a man who has given his all for our beloved football club and someone who thoroughly deserved the award last night.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) November 7, 2017