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Saint-Maximin gifts expensive watch to Newcastle supporter after opening day victory

Allan Saint-Maximin gifts an expensive watch to a surprised Newcastle United supporter after opening day victory against Nottingham Forest.

After helping his side record a 2-0 win over newly promoted Forest, Saint Maximin was in a generous mood as he handed a Rolex to a Newcastle fan who was holding a French flag with the winger’s name and number on.

The fan, Steve Dutton, who was on the end of the kind gesture by Saint Maximin said: “I was the person who was gifted the watch from ASM. I was totally speechless. I thought he was coming to sign autographs and have pictures taken with the kids. I’m still in shock, I can’t thank @saintmaximin enough.

“I was actually in shock when he gave me the watch, I wasn’t expecting it, I would of been over the moon with a picture and autograph.

“I’m a massive fan, have been since the day he signed for us. He gave my son his shirt after the Liverpool game last season we got it signed and framed.”

“I think it’s going to take a few days for it to sink in. Things like that don’t ever happen to me, for a world class footballer to just walk up to me and give me a watch I was totally speechless. I am totally humbled by ASM.”

Steve described himself on Twitter as a ‘Geordie lad through and through, 42 years young, always a little further. Works for the NHS Ambulance Service.’

A day prior, Steve tweeted: “Thank you for signing the shirts this morning at the training ground for me and my son. Massive thank you to Eddie Howe who took the shirt at 06:30 this morning to get it signed for us, absolute legends. See you’s at the match tomorrow, look out for the ASM flag.”

This wasn’t the first time Saint Maximin gifted a watch to a fan, he did the exact same thing back in December of 2021.

Saint-Maximin surprised another lucky fan by randomly giving him a £2,000 watch prior to his side’s draw against Brentford.

55 year old Michael Urwin, a loyal Magpies supporter, has been going to games for 30 years and is a season ticket holder with his three sons.

At each home game, they make sure to arrive early to St James’s Park, all so that they can catch a glimpse of their favourite stars and get autographs.

The lucky Toon fan poses alongside Saint-Maximin after receiving the gift

Principal distribution engineer Michael couldn’t believe his luck however when at the weekend, he was handed over a box with his TAG Heuer Aquaracer inside by the club’s winger Saint-Maximin.

Michael, who received the gift before Saturday’s 3-3 Premier League draw with Brentford, told The Sun: “Allan was just sat in his car for a while. Then he suddenly came over and said ‘this is for you’.

“I thought he was pointing to my youngest son but then he said ‘no, this is for you’ and gave the boxed watch to me. It was completely random and out of the blue.

“I opened it and was absolutely gobsmacked and totally in shock. I still am really. I could barely even say thank you. I just couldn’t believe it.

“I was simply lost for words and asked my eldest son to take a picture of us but we were both shaking.

“I posted it on Twitter to say thank you and my phone’s been pinging ever since.”

 Saint-Maximin even took the time to reply on Twitter, showing even more class.

He said: “You are welcome my friend. Do you like it?”

Michael, who is a Father to 21 year old Ben, 10 year old Kian, and 8 year old Lucas, got season tickets for the Milburn Stand this year in the hope the mega Saudi takeover would happen.

After describing Saint-Maximin as a ‘Newcastle legend’, he added: “We adore him and he gets it.

“Fans pay good money to come and see these players who get paid thousands but often get very little back. This hero is a breath of fresh air and I wish more footballers were like him.

“Some of the fans initially told me the watch was worth £12,000 so I was really nervous going into the stadium with it.

“I was constantly checking behind me to see if we were being followed and wondered whether to put it in the car. It was a nervy 90 minutes.

“I’ve since been told the watch is worth a couple of grand but to me it’s priceless.

“It’s so sentimental to me as it’s come from a hero and I’m going to keep it to pass onto my children through the generations.”

And posted a picture of the snazzy watch to social media


Newcastle get off the mark with a convincing 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest; Fabian Schar’s stunning strike saw the Magpies ahead; Callum Wilson’s clever finish added a second; Forest had no shots on target at St James’ Park

Player ratings

Newcastle: Pope (6), Trippier (7), Targett (7), Schar (7), Burn (7), Guimaraes (8), Willock (7), Almiron (7), Saint-Maximin (7), Wilson (7), Joelinton (8).

Subs used: Longstaff (n/a), Fraser (n/a), Murphy (n/a), Wood (n/a), Botman (n/a).

Nottingham Forest: Henderson (7), Williams (6), Niakhate (7), McKenna (6), Worrall (6), Toffolo (5), O’Brien (5), Colback (6), Lingard (5), Johnson (5), Surridge (5).

Subs: Awoniyi (5), Mangala (5), Mighten (n/a).

Man of the match: Bruno Guimaraes.

Newcastle manager Eddie Howe: “I’m feeling very positive after watching that. The players were excellent, we delivered what we wanted to. Full credit to them physically for the effort it took to win that match. It was a huge shift from the player. It was a performance of real promise from us today.

“I know we need to be better. I’m always going to push the players for more and I said that at half-time. We delivered a very good display up until the last action. The good thing was we had created chances, some great moves and great moments. There were really positive signs for what can be this season.

“But we need to be more ruthless because we know how difficult this league is and how a game can swing in a moment. We got there in the end today and the scoreline is great for us today, but it was quite tight.

“The performance was missing the icing on the cake and Fabian bought that with the strike. When he was lining up to hit it, I was questioning his decision and then I saw it hit the net and I was delighted he made that call. He’s capable of the unexpected, he’s an unconventional centre-half, he’s technically so good. It was a great strike.

“What a finish from Callum. I’ve only seen it once live, I don’t know how he managed to get the spin on the ball and the angle to take it in. but that’s what he’s capable of. He lives for scoring goals, he was very good during pre-season and he’s taken that form into this game today.”

Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper: “We were second best, there’s no doubt about that. Newcastle looked like a good team today. At times, we coped with it OK in terms of the possession they had and the territory, but we didn’t play well enough with the ball. You could see that with the two goals.

“In the end, we turned the ball over a little cheaply, not completely believing in how we want to play. That’s given them even more momentum than they already had.

“There were some good bits of our defensive play, certainly in and around the box. They had loads of the ball and got into some really good areas, but we stayed compact, progressive in our defending, going up to the ball and showing them into areas.

“But what wasn’t at the level today was when we won the ball, there were too many turnovers and we didn’t play quick enough and didn’t give ourselves a chance to get any momentum in the game.

“That was the striking thing today. Many will ask what was the difference with playing our first Premier League game and for me, it was the intensity of the press from Newcastle and how we need to move the ball quicker. They’re the things we have to learn from today.

“We haven’t played great today with the ball, but I believe in these players and the way we play. We’ve won a lot of games, admittedly in a different league last year, but we need to believe in it and take it into these games. Nothing has been decided today.

“Of course, we need to make more additions and keep growing the team and believing in what we do. But we’re not looking too far ahead. we’ve felt our first game in the Premier League, we need to reflect and learn from it quickly, but we stick to the plan. We’ll get back to the training ground and look forward to the next game.”

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