The club would like to say a huge thanks to Newcastle United legend Nolberto Solano for taking part in a superb talk-in at Mariners Park on Friday.

The Peruvian appeared at the ground alongside compere Joe Allon, with a sold-out audience watching from the O’Brien Lounge.

Nobby spoke about his career at length, from his beginnings in Peru to his heyday at Newcastle under Sir Bobby Robson.

However, any South Shields fans hoping he may one day wear claret and blue were left disappointed – with the 41-year-old insisting his playing days were well and truly over.

Now involved in the coaching set-up with his national team, Nobby also spoke about his hopes for the future, both for himself professionally and his beloved Newcastle.

It was one of his first talk-ins in the North East, and he performed as admirably as he always did on the pitch while being the perfect gentleman all night.

Once again, thank you to Nolberto, Joe and Steve Wraith, who helped to organise the event and played a key role in proceedings on the night.

Also a huge thanks to everyone who turned out – we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Newcastle United fans’ favourite Nolberto Solano is finally coming to Mariners Park – four-and-a-half years after almost signing for the club.

‘Nobby’ is to deliver a talk-in at the ground on Friday, July 15, and will meet supporters before discussing his long and varied career.

1231648_10151560482306895_941466059_nIt will be one of the ex-midfielder’s first talk-ins, and will see him discuss his early days in football in South America, as well as his two spells at Newcastle between 1998 and 2007, and various other clubs.

The Peruvian’s visit comes four-and-a-half years after South Shields made an audacious bid to sign him in the twilight of his career.

The night will be compered by Steve Wraith, and it is expected tickets will be in demand to see a player who was a true fans’ favourite at St James’s Park.

Alisha Henry, South Shields FC’s commercial and events manager, said: “Nobby Solano is a player Newcastle fans remember with great fondness, and it will be great for us to welcome him to Mariners Park.

“I’m sure he’ll have some fascinating stories to tell, because his career was so varied.

“His career started all the way back in 1993 in his homeland with Sporting Cristal, and he went on to play for so many clubs of interest, including Boca Juniors, Newcastle, Leicester City, Aston Villa, West Ham United, Universitario and even Hartlepool United.

225054_10150178528996895_6731839_n“Nobby is someone a lot of people will not have heard too much from before, because he’s new to the talk-in circuit, and I’m sure he’ll go down very well next month.

“We’re looking forward to the event already but expect tickets to sell fast, so we’d urge those who are interested to book up as quickly as possible.”

Ticket prices are £10, and the event will start at 7pm.

To book a ticket, call 0191 454 7800.

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