Allan Saint-Maximin’s random generous gift stuns Newcastle fan

Allan Saint-Maximin surprised a Newcastle United fan by giving him a £2,000 watch before Saturday’s match against Brentford.

Positivity has returned to St James’ Park following the completion of the long-awaited takeover by a consortium fronted by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.

The departure of ex-owner Mike Ashley and manager Steve Bruce was met with widespread glee by Magpies fans.

And one lucky supporter was given another reason to be cheerful on Tyneside over the weekend.

Michael Urwin was at St James’ Park with his three sons to watch the team’s match against Brentford, which would have been Eddie Howe’s first game in charge, had he not been forced to stay away after testing positive for Covid-19.

The 55-year-old season ticket holder was minding his own business when Saint-Maximin shocked him by getting out of his car to present him with a generous present: a TAG Heuer Aquaracer watch.

"Allan was just sat in his car for a while. Then he suddenly came over and said 'this is for you',” Urwin toldThe Sun.

"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.

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"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."

After handing over the gift, Saint-Maximin then scored the final goal in the dramatic 3-3 draw against Brentford.

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The 24-year-old forward now has three goals and three assists in the Premier League this season, although his output hasn’t led to a win yet.

While Newcastle are bottom of the table, five points from safety, Saint-Maximin’s status as a cult hero is secure at the club.

"We adore him and he gets it,” Urwin said.

"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.”

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