NEWCASTLE United young gun Adam Campbell gave his mam the perfect Mother’s Day present – a Premier League debut.
The 18-year-old striker, another former player at the famous Wallsend Boys’ Club, was given his chance by manager Alan Pardew four minutes from the end of Sunday’s game against Stoke City at St James’ Park.
And watched on by his parents and other members of his family, the North Shields teenager had an immediate impact after receiving a raucous welcome from the Toon Army.
Collecting the ball 30 yards from goal, he fed Sylvain Marveaux with his first touch, who in turn set up Papiss Cissé to fire the ball home in front of the Gallowgate two minutes into added on time.
Academy graduate Campbell has been named on the bench a number of times this season but will never forget his cameo appearance in front of 50,703 fans, tweeting after the game “WOW” on social media site Twitter.
Speaking to the club’s website, Campbell said: “It hasn’t really sunk in yet. It’s just hard to believe that I’ve actually made my debut in the Premiership.
“I’d been told to get ready and keep warm and everything by Steve Harper.
“Then the gaffer turned round and told me that I was going on with five minutes left – and that’s what happened.
“I felt like I was invisible for the first couple of minutes I was on – I was getting a bit worried I wasn’t going to get a touch.
“You couldn’t have written it. It’s magic. It’s hard to explain it – I’m just lost for words, really.”
It has been a whirlwind season for Campbell, who became the youngest player to represent the club in a continental competition aged 17 years 236 days in the Europa League fourth qualifying round first leg tie at Atromitos in August.
His parents were unable to make it to that game, but were in the stands on Sunday.
Campbell added: “I think my mam was quite happy with the present I got her but I think that one’s just totally blown that out of the water.
“My parents have been pushing for it for as long as I have.
“They’ve helped me so much – not just my mam but my dad as well.”
Speaking about Campbell after the game, Newcastle United manager Pardew said: “He deserved his little chance and he was involved in the goal.
“I had no qualms about putting him on. I know we haven’t got too many strikers in the squad.”
He added: “It’s up to him how good he is. He hasn’t smashed one in the top corner, but hopefully he will.”