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Ex-Newcastle star Cheick Tiote won over the crowd during his time at St James' Park

But it was a goal which has become one of the most iconic ever scored at St James’s Park.

And memories of Tiote’s stunning volley against Arsenal onFebruary 5, 2011, will serve as a lasting tribute to the Ivory Coast international.

It capped a remarkable comeback by Alan Pardew’s side who trailed 4-0 at half-time before scoring four times after the break with Tiote smashing home a stunning 30-yard volley in the dying minutes to earn the unlikeliest of draws.

The goal ensured that every time he took possession with the goal in his sights, the Toon Army would invariably break into a collective chant of “Shoot, shoot.”

Tiote, however, never did manage to replicate his “piece de resistance,” but he continued to earn mass approval for his wholehearted displays in the Newcastle engine room.

Signed for a bargain £3.5m from Dutch outfitFC Twente, Tiote was instrumental in Newcastle finishing fifth that season, dominating the middle of the park with class and aggression.

He picked up 15 bookings during that first season in English football, including a run of eight yellow cards in 11 games and 14 the following year but falling foul of officialdom owed more to a steely determination than any malice.

At one stage, it looked as if Tiote’s time on Tyneside would be short-lived with Manchester Unitedand Arsenal both keen on him but he remained a fixture in the Newcastle engine room for the next four seasons before injuries hit him hard.

Tiote eventually left Newcastle last summer moving to China where his close pal Papiss Cisse was now plying his trade.

Former Newcastle coach and manager John Carver kept in touch with Tiote throughout his time in Beijing and has been left stunned by today’s tragic news.

“I loved Cheick to bits,” he said. “I’m absolutely devastated.


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