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Foundation Supports Helen McArdle Care Three Wishes Campaign

 Newcastle United Foundation recently welcomed Fred Middleton, 85 to St, James Park to reminisce about his time playing junior football for Newcastle United. 

Fred was born in West Hartlepool in 1930 and after showing an early interest in football he went on to begin his football career as a junior magpie.   In 1954 he moved to Lincoln City Football Club where he made his senior team debut and enjoyed a nine year career with the club, making over 300 first team appearances. 

Fred’s desire to visit the stadium was brought to the attention of the Foundation by partners Helen McArdle Care, who own and operate the care home, Sheraton Court, where he lives. 

Carole Thompson, Care Home Manager at Sheraton Court said: “This year we ran a ‘Three Wishes’ campaign at Helen McArdle Care and one of Fred’s wishes was to have a tour of St. James Park. Thank you so much to the Newcastle United Foundation for helping us to grant Fred’s wish; he really enjoyed looking around– it was a fantastic opportunity for him to reminisce, at St. James Park, about his football career.”

Sarah Medcalf, Development Manager at Newcastle United Foundation, added: “We’re delighted that Fred enjoyed his visit to St, James Park.  We hope being around professional sport brought back lots of wonderful memories about his time as a junior player at Newcastle United.”

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