Peter Beardsley says that playing at St James’ is a real privilege, and ahead of this weekend’s game against West Ham he said: “It’s a brilliant thing for them.
“When you look at our young players for them to get to play out there at St James’ Park I think it’s absolutely massive. It is special for them.
“When we found out that the West Ham cup game was going to be at St James’ – it gives me a buzz.
“I think it’s massive, even standing on the touchline at St James’ as manager or coach it is a pleasure.
“I love it. This place for me is a special place whatever I am doing. It will be nice to see my team win.”
Beardsley feels that playing in front of a crowd can only help his youngsters.
The former England and United star said: “It would be massive.
“Hopefully fans will turn out and watch us and then go into town and follow the game for the first team at 3pm. It’s not easy for the fans.
“Saturday is always a big day and some fans go and watch their local non-league team when the first team are away. In an ideal world we would love them to come along and we can give them some entertainment.”