It’s one of the feel good stories of the Premier League season, and it’s added to the misery of Manchester United.
Newcastle United’s Matty Longstaff, 19, scored the match-winner on his Premier League debut on Sunday at St. James’ Park, joining his older brother Sean in the middle of the park.
To add to the lore, the Longstaffs deservedly rivaled Fabian Schar and Allan Saint-Maximin for Man of the Match on the day, and Sean gave the award to his match-winning brother in the post-match interview following the 1-0 win.
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“Last night you go to bed dreaming of it but you never think it will happen,” said Matty Longstaff. “I’m over the moon, speechless. … I found out I was in the team yesterday after training, the butterflies started going and I looked forward to it ever since. I was buzzing.”
Sean, 21, has been in a few more PL matches — this was his 15th — and was the subject of big money transfer rumors this summer, linked with Manchester United in a bit of irony.
He toyed with his little brother a bit, lifting the lid on life at home, admitting that he’s “over the moon” to see Matty score at the Gallowgate end.
“He’s been the best player in training,” he said. “(Matty) was a breath of fresh air. I couldn’t be prouder of him. Look how lively he was, he made my job a lot easier.
“He was really quiet last night, he’s usually bouncing around the house shouting. I’ve never heard him so quiet.”
Given his big celebration afterwards and tete-a-tete with Scott McTominay, we don’t expect the quiet to continue at the Longstaffs.
And how about this? The BBC reported this:
Matty and Sean’s dad David still plays professional ice hockey for Whitley Warriors. Last week he was named the NIHL (National Ice Hockey League) player of the month for September after scoring six goals and adding six assists. He has now scored in 30 consecutive seasons.