NEW Sunderland signing Will Buckley grew up as a Newcastle United fan.
Buckley, who completed his £2.5m move from Brighton and Hove Albion yesterday, has signed a three-year deal at the Stadium of Light.
He made headlines in 2012 when he scored the winner for Brighton against Newcastle in an FA Cup tie, and revealed afterwards that he was a fan of the Tyneside club.
The winger said: “I was born in Oldham but started supporting Newcastle from watching Alan Shearer as a kid.
“I admired how he played, so that’s where the Newcastle connection came in.
“I was the only one in my family who supported Newcastle, just because of Shearer.
“I got a lot of stick from my mates because, coming from Oldham, they were all (Manchester) United fans. They always beat Newcastle so it wasn’t good.”
On the goal against Newcastle, Buckley added: “You could see I did my best to put it wide!
“I didn’t think I was going to score and then it went in.
“I didn’t really want to celebrate but I ran off and everyone just jumped on me!”