The 35-year-old, a Champions League winner with former club Manchester United, will lift the Coca-Cola Championship trophy as captain after today's clash with Ipswich in what will be his last appearance in a black and white shirt at St James' Park.

Writing in his programme notes, he said: "It promises to be a special day for everyone, and it will also be an emotional one for me because it will be the last time I pull on a Newcastle shirt at St James' Park.

"I have had a wonderful six years here ever since Sir Bobby Robson brought me to the club in 2004, but this summer, I will be moving on.

"It will always be a club that holds a special place in my heart and I would like to thank the players, staff and fans for everything they have done for me over the years.

"I hope that I will be back here as a spectator in the future to see the club lift more silverware."