From former Magpie to playing the Magpies...
Former Chorley midfielder Alex Kenyon is preparing for the biggest game of his career when his current club Morecambe line up against Premier League big boys Newcastle United tomorrow (Wednesday) in the Capital One Cup.
And for good measure, Kenyon will also be playing in front of a live national TV audience as the game is being covered by Sky Sports.
The former Leyland St Mary’s High School student admits to being so excited ahead of the big kick-off.
He said: “I cannot wait for this game – it’s going to be absolutely class.
“I’ve never played against any Premier League opposition so for it will be a whole new experience for me.”
Kenyon has been slowly embedded into the Morecambe first team since being signed over the summer.
He made his first senior start for the club last weekend against Exeter.
He said: “I was really pleased with how I played and it was good to finally get that first start under my belt.”
Kenyon has also made one appearance for the reserves while regularly being used as a substitute for the first team.
He added: “Our game against Portsmouth at Fratton Park was a great experience.
“Playing in front of 15,000 people was new to me, and it was good to come up against one of the strongest sides in League Two.
“It was even better to get 45 minutes under my belt, although it was just a shame to lose.”
But Kenyon is pleased this cup game is being staged at Morecambe’s own Globe Arena, and the fact that Newcastle will be bring more than 1,500 fans is something else to make the occasion even bigger.
The 21-year-old said: ““It’s a good one for the fans and I think they will enjoy it.
“The atmosphere will be great and with the ground being very narrow, it will make things even better.”
Morecambe are familiar with the Sky cameras as their surprise first-round victory over another big side – Wolverhampton Wanderers – was also televised live.
Kenyon has worked his way up in the football pyramid before reaching the professional ranks, first starting at Chorley, then moving to Lancaster as club captain before a successful year at Stockport County, where he won player of the year.
Now at Morecambe, he is not worried about playing in front of the Sky cameras.
He said: “Not at all. I am not bothered about them – what we all need to think is it’s just another game of football.
“But if I was to score, then I will be running straight to the camera to celebrate.”
Kenyon, who still lives in Euxton, is definitely a player to watch at Morecambe.
Earlier in the season, his manager Jim Bentley said: “I’ve spoken with a lot of people about Alex and it’s all good reports.
“This lad has a very bright future in the game if he works hard enough, as he certainly has the talent.”