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Ex-Newcastle United star Chris Waddle ‘honoured’ as Arctic Monkeys sing to him at arena show

Alex Turner performs in Newcastle with the Arctic Monkeys. Picture: Carl Chambers.
Alex Turner performs in Newcastle with the Arctic Monkeys. Picture: Carl Chambers.

Ex-Newcastle United and England legend Chris Waddle was treated to a special performance from the Arctic Monkeys as he watched their show in Newcastle over the weekend.

Front man Alex Turner ended an a capella version of Mardy Bum with a round of “there’s only one Chrissy Waddle” and “walking in a Wadde wonderland” as the former Magpies man watched on in the audience.

Turner and his band mates Jamie Cook, Matt Helders and Nick O’Malley all support their hometown club Sheffield Wednesday, where Waddle made 109 appearances between 1992 and 1996.

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In fact, they are such big fans that they have even used guitar picks with his face on them when performing in the past.

Waddle took to Twitter to thank the band for the special tribute at the Metro Radio Arena, saying: “Thank you @ArcticMonkeys totally honoured.

The crowds in Newcastle. Picture: Carl Chambers.

The crowds in Newcastle. Picture: Carl Chambers.

“Saw the Arctic Monkeys last night in Newcastle how good are there thank you you’re brilliant.”

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North East native Waddle made 140 appearances for Newcastle from 1980 to 1985 before moving on to Tottenham Hotspur and later Marseille.

The Arctic Monkeys’ Newcastle show was the last leg of their UK tour before they head to America next month.