Condition of shirt - Excellent
Size - Large
Condition details - Bright colours, badges are stitched, sponsor is great, nice material feel, minimal fade to sleeve patches and print
Made by - Puma
Player - Republic of Ireland forward Leon Best #20
Player issue features - Correct player size Premier League print and sleeve patches professionally heat pressed, cloth material Virgin Money sponsor heat pressed over plastic transfer Northern Rock sponsor which is still visible from the inside of the shirt, more breathable material to back, printed size details in collar, no King stud on lower front
Notes - Rare player shirt believed to have been issued to or worn by striker Leon Best during the second half of the side's 2011-12 campaign when they exceeded expectations to mount a strong challenge for the Champions League qualifying places. The new Virgin Money sponsor was adapted following the companies take-over of Northern Rock in the New Year and was first seen when the Magpies crushed Man United 3-0 at St James' Park. A late run of 6 consecutive wins between March and April looked to be pushing Pardew's men into the Champions League but 3 losses in their last 4 sealed their fate as they finished a nonetheless impressive 5th. The Irish international appeared in 18 Premier League games during the campaign and scored 4 goals. This was his final season at the club before moving to Blackburn Rovers.