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The fencer, the prison inmate and the NUFC skipper: What happened to the 18 Academy graduates who came before Matty Longstaff

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Matty Longstaff is the 19th Academy graduate in the last decade to make his first team debut for Newcastle United .

But these players have all played in meaningful games for Newcastle (Premier League, Championship, League Cup or European competitions).

Here are the 18 who preceded Longstaff in the last decade and what came next.



He marked his bow with a superb debut Premier League goal but as he knows only too well, he still has plenty of work to do to establish himself at St James’ Park .

There have been others who have come close – Michael Richardson, Fraser Forster – who famously left before playing a minute of football and were then capped for England.

Of the 18 others, only a handful went on to break into double figures in terms of Newcastle appearances and some fell out of the game entirely.

In the event he didn’t come on that day but a year later he made his Premier League debut against Stoke.
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