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Newcastle new boys get a history lesson

STAR BILLING ... Magpie stars Siem de Jong and Daryl Janmaat with youngsters at the Discovery Museum.

STAR BILLING ... Magpie stars Siem de Jong and Daryl Janmaat with youngsters at the Discovery Museum.

NEWCASTLE United stars Siem de Jong and Daryl Janmaat learnt even more about their new club – thanks to local youngsters.

The pair were shown around the Toon Times exhibition, which takes visitors on a journey through the club’s history, at Newcastle’s Discovery Museum yesterday.

De Jong and Janmaat, signed from Dutch clubs Ajax and Feyenoord respectively this summer, enjoyed their glimpse into Newcastle’s proud past.

“The children helped me with the history of the club,” said forward de Jong. “They were really passionate and enthusiastic about everything here.”

Defender Janmaat added: “It was nice. It’s good to see this – I learnt some new things.”

More than 200,000 people have already visited the free exhibition, which was commissioned by the Newcastle United Foundation.

It features a replica players’ tunnel, dressing room and fanzone, as well as memorabilia which help document the club’s history.

Kate Bradley, head of the Foundation, said: “The exhibition has been an overwhelming success and has really brought the educational aspect of what we do to the fore.”

 

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