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Newcastle stay top with win over Burton Albion

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Rafa Benitez' one thousand and first game as a manager provided Newcastle United with another win. The fixture was the Magpies' first game against Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium.

The 2-1 victory means United will be top of the Championship for Christmas. Their next game, on Boxing Day, is against Sheffield Wednesday.

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Bradley Lowery 'absolutely loved' opening Christmas cards

By Kris Jepson

Five-year-old Bradley Lowery "absolutely loved" receiving thousands of Christmas cards, according to Lynn Murphy from the Bradley Lowery's Fight campaign.

She told ITV News, "He absolutely loved it. He spent ages opening the cards and the presents that he had, running around, absolutely fantastic."

Thousands of Newcastle fans also gave Bradley, a Sunderland fan, a standing ovation following the fifth minute of their game against Birmingham. Today he found out he will be mascot at the Mackems fixture with Chelsea on Wednesday night at the Stadium of Light.

Watch @krisjepson's report here:

Watch: Bradley Lowery's heartfelt thank you to well-wishers

Bradley meeting Father Christmas. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

An appeal has been launched by Newcastle FC fans to encourage as many people as possible to send Bradley Lowery a Christmas card.

Credit: Newcastle FC Fans

Bradley's parents - Carl and Gemma - have said his wish is to have as many Christmas cards as possible and say they are OK with their address being given out.

They are asking for all cards to be delivered to 5 Attlee Avenue, Blackhall Rocks, Hartlepool TS27 4BY.

The terminally ill 5-year-old posted a video on Facebook thanking everyone for the cards and presents he has received so far.

Today Newcastle fans have asked that everyone in St. James Park give a round of applause and join in chanting on the 5th minute of the game against Birmingham City in his honour.

Newcastle fans support Sunderland fan Bradley

A Newcastle United fan page is supporting terminally ill Bradley Lowery who is a Sunderland fan.

The page organiser, Samantha Rees, says 'rivalry does not come into' it and she'd like to see fans clap in the 5th minute of the upcoming game to support Bradley.

Bradley Lowery Credit: Newcastle United FC Fans

"When I saw the news about Bradley yesterday I was moved to tears. Such a young and beautiful boy. This page has been campaigning for 5th minute applause and singing his name. I'm a parent myself and hope that Bradley's family will take some comfort that we are all thinking of them. Football rivalry doesn't even come into it."

– Samantha Rees
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