Derby's Howard: Newcastle visit dream fulfilled
"But after starting off with Tow Law, I spent most of my career in the lower leagues with Hartlepool, Northampton and Luton Town, and I have never had the chance to play at Newcastle.
"Obviously when Derby were promoted the first thing I looked for when the fixtures came out was when would we be playing at St James's Park.
"Well it's Sunday, and while it has been a long wait, I hope to make it worthwhile in front of all my family.
"I only had two ambitions in the whole of my career.
"One was to play at Wembley, which I achieved in the play-off final against West Brom at the end of last season.
"The other dream was to run out at St James's Park.
"And while I didn't score at Wembley, I would love to do just that at Newcastle on Sunday.
"After all, I scored against Manchester United at Old Trafford in our last away match, so why not against Newcastle at St James's Park?"