The untold dressing room tales from Newcastle United’s Forgotten Entertainers

The Newcastle United side of the mid-1990s boasted one of the most revered squads in football history. The likes of Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand, Peter Beardsley and David Ginola still enjoy deity-like status on Tyneside, a place where Kevin Keegan is still referred to as a Messiah, having come so close to making Geordie dreams come true. On the periphery of The Entertainers were its supporting cast; young prospects huddled together in their own corner of the changing room, rubbing shoulders with club greats as they dreamed of stardom. Now, 25 years on, Chris Holland, Jim Crawford, Paul Brayson and Darren Huckerby share untold stories about the highs and lows of being a part of one of the greatest teams, and indeed storylines, the Premier League has ever seen.

Jordan Ayew: A footballing thoroughbred upholding his family’s legacy

Jordan Ayew's exploits over the past few years have helped him become a household name, but what you might not know is that he is a part of one of world football’s most decorated dynasties; the youngest of three brothers who have all starred for their country having descended from one of Africa’s greatest ever players.

An unhappy New Year: Scott Dann’s long road to recovery

Having been a mainstay of the Palace side for so many years, it has been strange to watch the Eagles go throughout 2018 without Scott Dann as part of their backline. Having been robbed of nearly a year of his career through injury, he talks through the recovery process that has him tantalisingly close to a first-team return.

From tears to cheers: the stirring story of Chiekhou Kouyate

Some might say that having spent a summer amongst the hullabaloo of a World Cup and then enduring the upheaval of switching clubs, it has been a tricky time mentally for Cheikhou Kouyaté. However, he reveals that these last couple of months are nothing compared to what he had to endure to make his name in European football.

With survival secure, Milivojevic sets sights on Serbia’s World Cup dream

It’s been quite a season for Luka Milivojevic. He’s hit double figures for goals for the first time, helped his nation qualify for a World Cup, undergone more managerial upheaval, been involved in all sorts of penalty shenanigans and captained Palace to Premier League safety despite a nightmare start. With the campaign’s curtain about to fall, he talks through all of it.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka on the training session that changed his life

In less than two months, Aaron Wan-Bissaka has made his Premier League debut, thrived against some of the world’s best players, won international honours, been named Palace’s Player of the Month and had his name sung from the terraces. The latest product to come off the Eagles’ production line is living everyone football fan’s fantasy, and talks through an unforgettable few weeks that has transformed his young life.

Bak from the brink, Sako aims to make up for lost time

Before injury struck against West Ham United on Tuesday night, Bakary Sako had been one of the revelations of the campaign as he made the most of his unexpected opportunity. Here he talks about the highs and lows of his season so far, as he hopes he has done enough to extend his stay in SE25.

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