EX PLAYER OBITUARIES... 2010 ONWARDS

2010

JOHN (JACKIE) NEWTON

DIED: JANUARY 30th. 2010 (Aged 84)
DOB: MAY 25th.1925, BISHOP AUCKLAND, Co. DURHAM.
Position: HALF BACK
Career:
NUFC (RESERVES- MAY 1944 To MAY 1946), HARTLEPOOLS UNITED (WWII League 1 Guest App- 1945/6).
HARTLEPOOLS UNITED (MAY 1946 To 1958- Total / League Apps: 332 league, 15 Goals). Retired.
Jackie joined Newcastle in May 1944, featuring in the clubs reserve side. During this time he made a guest appearance at Hartlepools United. Then in May 1946, he signed for then as the normal league programme resumed. Here Jackie had a tremendous career with them. In his 12 years at Hartlepool he made 332 league appearances, scoring 15 goals. Jackie’s whole career was at Hartlepool & adding his cup games, he made a total of 361 appearances, scoring 19 goals. On retiring, for his loyalty, the club honoured him with a joint testimonial with fellow loyal servant Ray Thompson on April 25th 1956. The game was against Newcastle & ‘Pools’ won 6:3. Jackie Newton died aged 84 on January 30th 2010.
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CHARLES (CHARLIE) ALFRED CROWE

DIED: FEBRUARY 27th.2010, (Aged 85), NORTH TYNESIDE HOSPITAL, WHITLEY BAY.
DOB: OCTOBER 30th.1924, WALKER, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE.
Position: HALF BACK.
NUFC: Total Apps: 216, 7 Goals (178 League, 5 Goals, 24 War League, 1 Goal & 14 FA Cup, 1 Goal)
Career:
WALLSEND ST. LUKES, HEATON & BYKER YOUTH CLUB.
NUFC (TRANSFER FEE £10- OCT.1944 To FEB.1957),
MANSFIELD TOWN (FEB.1957 To 1858- RETIRED).
WHITLEY BAY (MANAGER- 1958 To 1960).
Post Football Occupation- FA Youth Coach (Up To 1967)
& then Civil Servant- Longbenton. 
Honours:
FA CUP FINAL WINNER 1951 (NUFC)
CENTRAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER 1947-48 (NUFC RESERVES)
ENGLISH DIVISION III (NORTH) XI REPRESENTATIVE APP: OCT.1957.
Charlie grew up in the Walker area of Newcastle, playing as a youngster for Victoria Jubilee School & Newcastle Boys. On leaving school he did office work & was then a pattern maker. He was spotted playing for local east Newcastle area football & was signed by Newcastle as a youngster in 1944 for the modest sum of £10. He soon progressed into the 1st Team during end of World War II in a wartime league fixture against Stoke City, which they won 9:1 in September 1945. Post war initially he featured at reserve level assisting the club gain its only ever Central League victory. He broke back into the first team during the 1949-50 season. He went on make just under 200 post war competitive appearances & was in the triumphant 1951 FA Cup Final winning side. Sadly he missed out on the clubs other two Wembley finals, due to competition for places in 1952 & through an unlucky ankle injury the week before the 1955 final. He is often referred to as a tenacious player & he left Newcastle in a move to Mansfield Town in 1957. This would be his final club as a player. On retirement, having done his FA Coaching training, he took on the role of manager at Whitley Bay for a time. He remained in the role for 2 years & continued to reside locally, often to be seen attending Newcastle matches as a guest. After football Charlie ran a pub in Longbenton for a while, then after a spell as a manager with Scottish & Newcastle Breweries, he worked at DHSS at Longbenton as an Accommodation  Officer. Sadly in his later life, he developed Alzheimer’s Decease  & he died in February 2010 aged 85. In 2009 his ‘Scrapbooks’ of his career were re-published for ‘Charlie Crowe Appeal’, with the proceeds going to the fund for a medical scanner.  
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GEORGE THOMAS LUKE

DIED: MARCH 24th.2010, FOREST HALL (Aged 76).
DOB: DEC.17th.1933, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE.
Position: MIDFIELDER / WINGER.
NUFC: Total Apps: 29, 4 Goals (27 League Apps, 4 Goals, FA Cup 2 Apps)
Career:
WALKERGATE SCHOOL, NUFC (DEC.1950 To OCT.1953),
HARTLEPOOLS UNITED (OCT.1953 To OCT.1959),
NUFC (TRANSFER FEE- £4000 OCT.1959 To JAN.1961),
DARLINGTON (TRANSFER FEE- £2500 JAN.1961 To 1964).
SOUTH SHIELDS (1964)
Honours:
ENGLISH SCHOOLS APP
ENGLISH LEAGUE DIVISION III (NORTH) REP. APP: 1958
George joined Newcastle not long after leaving school. He failed to make the first team during his first stint with the club & moved to Hartlepools United in October 1953. After impressing in a 186 league appearances, scoring 60 goals for them, Newcastle bought him back for £4000 in October 1959, replacing Bobby Mitchell. He made his debut on the 17th against Fulham & went on to play in 29 competitive games, scoring 4 league goals. He left the club with their relegation looming, to move to Darlington. His final club before retiring was non league South Shields, whom he joined in 1964.
Post football, George set up a carpet & furnishing business in Forest Hall, continuing to live locally in the Newcastle area until he died in March 2010 aged 76.
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JOHN (JACKIE) EVENS WRIGHT SINCLAIR

DIED: SEPTEMBER 1st.2010, Aged 67), DUNFERMLINE.
DOB: JUL.21st.1943, CULROSS, FIFE.
Position: MIDFIELDER / WINGER
NUFC: Total Apps: 48 (+4), 8 Goals (42(+1) League, 6 Goals, 1(+1) FA Cup App.
1 League Cup App, 1 Goal, 4 (+2) Fairs Cup Apps, 1 Goal.
Career:
BLAIRHALL COLLIERY, DUNFERMLINE ATHLETIC (1960 To MAY 1965),
LEICESTER CITY (TRANSFER FEE- £25000 MAY 1965 To DEC.1967),
NUFC (TRANSFER FEE- £67500 DEC.1967 To DEC.1969).
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY (DEC.1969- Exchange Deal with David Ford To 1975), CHESTERFIELD (LOAN- 1972-73),
DURBAN (S.Africa- LOAN- MAY 1973).
STENHOUSEMUIR (1975 To 1976). RETIRED.
Honours:
SCOTTISH INTERNATIONAL CAPS: 1 (1966)
INTER CITIES FAIRS CUP FINAL WINNER 1969 (NUFC)
SCOTTISH FA CUP FINAL RUNNER UP 1965 (DUNFERMLINE)
SCOTTISH LEAGUE DIVISION 1 RUNNER UP 1964-65 (DUNFERLMLINE)

Jackie began his football career with Scottish non league side Blairhall; before being picked up by Dunfermline Athletic in 1960 aged 17. They reached the final of the Scottish FA Cup in 1965, losing 3;2 to Celtic in the final. Dunfermline were also runners up in the league that season, & in addition to setting up numerous goals for his forwards, Jackie also netted 20 goals. He moved to England to join Leicester City for £25000 in May 1965. He did well in the side netting 53 goals in 113 competitive matches, being the clubs top goal scorer two seasons in a row. Joe Harvey signed him  for Newcastle for £67500 in December 1967. After making his debut in January 19687 against Nottingham Forest he went on to feature in over 50 1st team games. The high point of which has to be the winning of the Fairs Cup with Newcastle in 1969. His goal against Rangers at home in semi final, will always be remembered at Newcastle, getting them into the final for the only time in their history. Sadly he was involved in a player swap deal in December 1969, moving to a struggling Sheffield Wednesday side. Here the ‘the winger with explosive acceleration’ made 109 appearances, despite relegation into Division II. He went on loan twice during his time there & then finished his career with Stenhousemuir, back in Scotland. Post football, Jackie worked for the NCB, & then for Dunfermline Golf Club. He was a regular at player reunions back at Newcastle, with fellow Fairs Cup winners. Sadly he developed cancer & after fighting it bravely, he died in September 2010 aged 67. 
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JOSEPH (JOE) THEWLIS
 
DIED: NOVEMBER 24th.2010, (Aged: 71), NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE.
DOB: APRIL, 14th. 1939, PERCY MAIN, NORTH SHIELDS.
Position (Football): FORWARD
(Cricket)- RIGHT HAND BATSMAN; RIGHT ARM MEDIUM PACE BOWLER.
Football Career:
EVERTON (Youth), NUFC (RESERVE- 1956 To 1958),
NORTH SHIELDS (LOAN- 1958), SPENNYMOOR UNITED (1958)
Cricket Career:
TYNEMOUTH (1956), PERCY MAIN (1959 To 1995), MORPETH (1989-90).
Honours:
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY CRICKET MINOR COUNTY APPEARANCES: 152, 4225 Runs (1963 To 1981) & 2 A LIST Matches: 26 Runs (1971 & 1977). 
NORTHUMBERLAND 2nd XI APP: 1959
NORTHUMBERLAND  COLTS APP: 1960
NORTHUMBERLAND & DURHAM XI: 1 APP: JUL.12th.1970
COMBINED SERVICES XI REPRESENTATIVE APP: 1962
WARKWICKSHIE 2nd XI APP: 1963
Joe Thewlis was from an era when it was more common to see sportsmen turn out on both the football & cricket pitch. For Joe his football career progressed for the juniors at Everton to Newcastle’s reserves in 1956. After not breaking into the first team & getting injured, he moved to Spennymoor Town in 1958, after a brief loan spell with North Shields. Joe’s crocket career began locally with the Tynemouth club in 1956 & this was followed by Percy Main from 1959 to 1995. Joe’s outstanding ability on the cricket field led firstly to a Northumberland County 2nd XI appearance in 1959 & then Northumberland Colts in 1960, His selection in the senior Northumberland County side led him to make 153 appearances for them. He hit 4225 runs from 1963 to 1981 mostly at Minor Counties level & 2 matches in the Gillette Cup which are listed as A Class matches in 1971 & 1976. These were against Lincolnshire & against Ian Botham’s Somerset in 1977. Joe also captained the county side for a while. On July 12th 1970 Joe was also in a Northumberland & Durham combined XI side against a ‘International Cavaliers side. In 1962 while serving in the RAF, Joe was selected at 1st class level to represent a Combined Services side against Cambridge University. His love of cricket stayed with him throughout his life & in 2008 Joe returned to the cricket pitch, after his retirement, to turn out for a Northumberland Over 50’s side. Joe’s brother Jim was also a County cricketer. Joe Thewlis died on November 24th 2010 aged 71 & he a private ceremony at St. Andrews Church Newcastle, followed by a wake at the Jesmond Cricket Ground.
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2011
 
ALAN JOHN KIRKMAN

DIED: JANUARY 14th.2011, BOLTON? (Aged 74)
DOB: JUNE 21st.1936, BOLTON, LANCASHIRE.
Position: INSIDE FORWARD
NUFC: Total / League Apps: 5, 1 League Goal
Career:
BACUP BOROUGH, MANCHESTER CITY (OCT.1955 To FEB.1959),
ROTHERHAM UNITED (TRANSFER FEE- £4000 FEB.1959 To SEP.1963),
NUFC (TRANSFER FEE- £12300 SEP.1963 To DEC.1963), SCUNTHORPE UNITED (TRANSFER FEE- £10000 DEC.1963 To JUL.1965), TORQUAY UNITED (JUL.1965 To JAN.1967), WORKINGTON (TRANSFER FEE- £1700 JAN.1967 To SEP.1968), NETHERFIELD (PLAYER/MANAGER- SEP.1968 To 1970), ROSENDALE (1970 To 1972). RETIRED. HORWICH RMI (MANAGER- 1978 To OCT.1985, 2 stints).
Honours:
ENGLISH LEAGUE CUP FINAL RUNNER UP 1961 (ROTHERHAM)
ENGLISH DIVISION IV PROMOTION 1965-66 (TORQUAY)
CHESHIRE LEAGUE (As Manager- HORWICH RMI)
LANCASHIRE JUNIOR CUP WINNER (As Manager HORWICH RMI)  
Post Football Occupation- Haulage Company Transport Manager in Bolton area.
After beginning his playing career at Bacup, Alan signed as a junior for Manchester City. He made it into first team football, scoring twice on his debut, before moving to Rotherham. He was in their side that reached the final of the League Cup in 1961. He only made a handful of appearances from September to December at Newcastle due to injury. After he broke his leg, he parted company with the club after only a short stay to join Scunthorpe & then moved to Torquay in the summer of 1965. He went onto gain promotion from Division IV with them in 1966. His final club was non league Rosendale after a spell as player manager with Netherfield. He returned to football as a manager in 1975 & took charge of Horwich RMI twice up to 1985; gaining a great reputation at the club. After football, Bolton man, Alan was a manager for a local haulage company. Alan Kirkman battled cancer, & sadly died on January 14th 2011 aged 74. His funeral took place on January 20th at Overdale Crematorium.
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JAMES (JIMMY) IRVING FELL

DIED: FEBRUARY 2nd.2011 (Aged 75), WELHOME ROAD, GRIMSBY.
DOB: JANUARY 4th.1936, CLEETHORPES.
Position; MIDFIELD / WINGER
NUFC: Total Apps: 53, 17 Goals (49 League Apps, 16 Goals, 2 FA Cup Apps, League Cup 1 App, 1 Goal).
Career:
WALTHAM FC, GRIMSBY TOWN (Pro From APR.1954 To MAR.1961), EVERTON (TRANSFER FEE: £18500- MAR.1961 To MAR.1962), NUFC (£3000+ player deal MAR.1962 To JUL.1963), WALSALL (TRANSFER FEE; £5000 JUL.1963 To DEC.1963), LINCOLN CITY (DEC.1963 To JAN.1966), BOSTON UNITED (JAN.1966 To 1969), SKEGNESS TOWN (1969 To 1970), ROSS GROUP FC(1970) RETIRED.
Post Football Occupation- Sport Centre Worker.
Having gone to school at Clee Boys School, Jimmy Fell was picked up from local side Waltham, Grimsby Town signed a young Jimmy Fell, who still worked as a chemist locally. He had a run in the side over a number of seasons from 1954 to 1961; making 174 competitive appearances, scoring 34 goals. Everton signed him in March 1961 for £18500, but he was only with them for a year. He won the Stanley Cup with them, scoring a hat trick in the final against Liverpool. Newcastle signed him for £3000 plus the player exchange of George Heslop. After a debut on March 7th in a Teesside derby, Jimmy went on to play over 50 games for Newcastle, netting 17 goals. He was the clubs top goal scorer during the 1962-63 season, with a ‘great left foot’. However, in their push to be promoted, Newcastle decided to sell him on & after a brief stint at Walsall, Jimmy returned to his native Lincolnshire. Firstly with Lincoln City, then Boston United & Skegness Town. He retired from playing in about 1970, residing in the Grimsby area, working for a local sports centre. Jimmy Fell sadly passed away on February 2nd. 2011, aged 75 & his funeral took place at Grimsby Crematorium on February 14th..
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JOHNNY HEENAN

DIED: MAY 30th.2011, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE (Aged 81).
DOB: 1930, BENWELL, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Playing Career:
NUFC (Reserves- 1950 To 1952)
Johnny Heenan grew up in the Benwell area of Newcastle. He went to St. Aloysius School, leaving aged 14 to work as a fruit porter at the Green Market in Newcastle. His football career was a brief one as a teenager, remaining in Newcastle’s reserve team from 1950 to 1952. He did however get to play alongside the legendary Jackie Milburn. In the 1950’s in the 1960’s he sang & was in cabaret at many of the North East venues of the day. In particular as a compere at ‘La Dolce Vita’ & the Gosforth Park Hotel. Johnny is more well known for his career in the entertainment world  as an accomplished nightclub jazz singer; in particular in Las Vegas. Here he was often seen with he likes of the ‘Rat Pack’ & Frankie Vaughan & other of that era. Locally his act was usually to sing with the Stan Coates Orchestra. In his later years he continued to sell out cabaret dinners locally, often raising money for charity, despite undergoing a heart bypass operation in 2004. Over the years he has raised over £1 million for charities which were close to Johnny; in particular The British Heart Foundation & The Variety Club of Great Britain. Johnny Heenan died in hospital on May 30th 2011, aged 81 & his service took place at the West Road Crematorium on June 14th.
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CHARLES (CHARLIE) WOOLETT

DIED: JULY 16th.2011, EASINGTON AREA, Co. DURHAM (Aged 90)
DOB: NOVEMBER, 25th.1920, DAWDEN, SEAHAM, Co. DURHAM.
Position: MIDFIELDER / WINGER
NUFC: WWII (CUP & LEAGUE) APPS: 75, 13 GOALS.
Career
EPPLETON CW, NUFC (WWII- 1941 To AUG.1946),
MIDDLDESBROUGH (WWII GUEST APP- 1944-45),
HARTLEPOOLS UNITED (WWII GUEST APP- 1945-46),
BRADFORD CITY (TRANSFER FEE- £600 AUG.1946 To 1949), MURTON CW,
YORK CITY (1949 To 1950), BLYTH SPARTANS (1950). RETIRED.
Charlie Woolett was a left footed winger from the Easington coalfield in Co. Durham. Newcastle signed him during World War II from his local club Eppleton Colliery Welfare. His debut saw him find the net in a 7:0 hammering of Middlesbrough in December 1941. In total he featured in 75 competitive war time fixtures for Newcastle; netting 13 times. Towards the end of the war Charlie also made wartime guest appearances for Middlesbrough & Hartlepool United. As the full normal league football season resumed in August 1946, Charlie transferred to Bradford City for a fee of £600. He remained with club for 3 years & notched up 44 competitive appearances for them. His next club was York City & then 1950 he joined non league Blyth Spartans before retiring from the game. Post football Charlie resumed working as a miner for local collieries & resided in Easington until he died aged 90 in July 2011.      
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WILLIAM (BILLY) THOMPSON

DIED: SEPTEMBER 30th.2011 (Aged 71), ASHINGTON, NORTHUMBERLAND.
DOB: JANUARY 5th 1940, BEDLINGTON, NORTHUMBERLAND.
Position: DEFENDER / CENTRE HALF.
NUFC: Total Apps: 88 (+1), 1 Goal
Career:
NUFC (Junior/Reserve JAN.1957, 1st TEAM- 1960 To JUN.1967), ROTHERHAM UNITED (TRANSFER FEE- £15 000- JUN.1967 To MAR.1968), DARLINGTON (MAR.1968 To 1970). NORTH SHIELDS (1970). Retired.
Pre Football Occupation: Miner & later Worked for Wilkinson Sword, Stakeford. 
Billy Thompson came through the junior ranks at Newcastle.  Billy made 88 (+1 as sub) league & cup appearances for Newcastle, scoring one goal for Newcastle. His first team debut came in the 1960-61 season on November 5th verses Chelsea. The club ended the season relegated. Injury set backs, prevented an England Under 23’s appearance in 1963 & he missed out on the clubs promotion season. The Bedlington man also played for Rotherham United on leaving Newcastle; from June 1967 to March 1968. He then turned out for Darlington. His final club was North Shields in 1970. Billy Thompson died in hospital on September 30th 2011, aged 71. Billy’s funeral took place at Cowpen Crematorium October 6th.
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GARY ANDREW SPEED (MBE) .

DIED: NOVEMBER 27th.2011 at his home in HUNTINGTON, CHESHIRE (Aged only 42).
DOB: SEPTEMBER .8th.1969, MANCOT, FLINTSHIRE, WALES.  
Position: MIDFIELDER.
NUFC: 1ST. TEAM APPS: PREMIER: 206 (+ 3 SUB), 29 GOALS. FA CUP: 22, 5 GOALS.
LEAGUE CUP: 9 (+ 6 SUB), 1 GOAL. EUROPE: 38, 5 GOALS. TOTAL: 275 (+ 9 SUB), 40 GOALS.
Career:
HAWARDEN GRAMMAR SCHOOL (SCHOOLS).
ASTON PARK RANGERS (JUNIORS).
BLUE STAR (MANCHESTER CITY NURSERY TEAM)
LEEDS UNITED (YOUTH TRAINEE: APR.1986, PRO- JUN.13th.1988 To JUL.1996). EVERTON (TRANSFER FEE- £3. 5 MILLION: JUL.1996 To FEB.1998). NUFC (TRANSFER FEE- £5. 5 MILLION- FEB.6TH 1998 To JUL.2004).BOLTON WANDERERS (TRANSFER FEE- £750, 000: JUL 21ST 2004 (INCLUDING- PLAYER/COACH MAY 1st. To OCT.2007) To JAN.1st.2008).
SHEFFIELD UNITED (TRANSFER FEE- £250, 000: PLAYER/COACH- JAN.1st.2008 (INITALLY ON LOAN) To AUG.2010 RETIRED).
SHEFFIELD UNITED (MANAGER: AUG.17th. 2010 To DEC.14TH 2010).
WALES NATIONAL TEAM (MANAGER: DEC.14TH 2010 To  NOV.27th.2011
MATCHES IN ROLE 10:-  W5, D0, L5).
Honours:
MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE (MBE): 2010.
WALES: FULL INTERNATIONAL CAPS: 85, 7 GOALS.
WALES: UNDER 21’s APPEARANCES: 3, 0 GOALS.
WALES: YOUTH APPEARANCES
ENGLISH LEAGUE DIVISION 1 WINNER- 1991-92 (LEEDS UNITED).
ENGLISH LEAGUE DIVISION II WINNER- 1989-90 (LEEDS UNITED)
FA. CUP FINAL- RUNNER UP: MAY 16TH1998 (0-2  v ARSENAL) (NUFC).
FA. CUP FINAL- RUNNER UP MAY 1999 (0-2 MAN. UTD) (NUFC).
ENGLISH LEAGUE CUP FINAL- RUNNER UP 1996 (LEEDS UNITED)
FA. CHARITY SHIELD WINNER 1992 (LEEDS UNITED) 
UEFA INTERTOTO CUP FINAL- RUNNER UP 2001 (NUFC).
FLINTSHIRE SCHOOLS APPEARANCES.
EVERTON PLAYER OF THE YEAR- 1996-97 SEASON.  
GARY SPEED TRIBUTE ‘MEMORIAL MATCH’: JAN.4th.2012 WALES v COSTA RICA, Lost 0:1.

Welshman, Gary Speed joined Manchester City’s nursery side, Blue Star as a youngster; before he joined the Leeds United academy in April 1986, becoming a pro. 2 years later in the summer he left school. No small obituary such as this, can do justice to Gary’s football career, but I will attempt to outline the highlights. Gary was an incon at Leeds United making 248 league appearances, scoring 39 goals. Gary assisted Leeds to both the Division I in 1990 & then the English League title in 1992. Before he moved on to Everton, Gary helped the side reach the final of the League Cup in 1996. In July of that sign Everton signed him for £3.5 Million. Ironically his debut on August 17th was against Newcastle & he scored. They finished the season with Gary Speed & Duncan Ferguson as their top goal scorers with 11 goals & was their player of the year. Newcastle signed him on February 6th 1998 for £5.5 million & his time with Newcastle from the Dalglish era through to being one of Bobby Robson’s ‘Blue Chip’ players saw him make 2 FA. Cup Final & 1 Semi Final appearance at Wembley for Newcastle, which all sadly ended in defeat. He would clock up a total of 275 (+9 sub) senior appearances for Newcastle, scoring 40 goals. A man often did not show his emotions, he was said to be upset when Newcastle put him on the transfer list & accepted a very modest £750 000 for him. My own top memory of ‘Speedo’ is his goal that got us into the semi Final of the UEFA Cup against PSV (An unforgettable header). At his next club Bolton Wanderers from 204, he went on to be player manager in his final season there & then joined Sheffield United in the same capacity in January 2008. He hung up his boots in 2010 aged 41, carrying on as Sheffield United’s manager. It was in that year he was honoured with an MBE. His skill in the role of manager was quickly spotted & only a few months later he was appointed as the Wales National Team manager. He would remain in this role until his tragic & untimely death in November 2011. His death rocked the world of football & instantly thousands of fans expressed their grief at the grounds of Leeds, Everton & Newcastle. Gary held the previous holder of the record for the most Premiership appearances. He was capped 85 times for Wales, scoring 7 goals & was the manager of the what had become a much improved National side under his guidance. His death shocked the sporting world & St. James Park & other clubs he had played for became memorials to him overnight. In January 2012, the Welsh national team staged a tribute match in his memory. Gary Speed’s funeral was held in the village Hawarden on December 9th.2011 & he was cremated in nearby Pentre Bychan in Wrexham. Two years later ex goalkeeper Steve Harper had a testimonial at St. James Park, & both Gary’s sons featured late in the game giving us a poignant reminder of is loss.   
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2012
 
ARTHUR EDWIN BOTTOM
 
DIED APRIL.18th2012 (Aged 82), SHEFFIELD.
DOB: FEBRUARY.28th.1930, SHEFFIELD.
Position: FORWARD- INSIDE RIGHT.
NUFC: Total / League Apps: 11, 10 Goals.
Career:
SHEFFIELD YMCA. SHEFFIELD UNITED (APR.1947 To JUN.1954), YORK CITY (JUN.1954 To FEB.1958), NUFC: (FEB.1958, TRANSFER FEE- £4 500 To NOV.1958) , CHESTERFIELD (TRANSFER FEE- £5000 NOV.1958 To 1960), BOSTON UNITED (1960 To 1961), ALFRETON TOWN (1961 To 1965). 
Arthur’s football began in his hometown of Sheffield & he joined Sheffield United in April 1947. He managed to make 24 league appearances, scoring 7 goals, but left in June 1954 to join York City where he remained for 4 years; helping them to reached the semi final of the FA Cup in 1955; with ‘cup run’ side gaining the name ‘The happy wanderers’. Newcastle signed him in November 1958 for £4500. His record at York was impressive making 137 league appearances; scoring 92 goals, making his tally one of the best in York’s history. Following his move, he did well on his Newcastle debut; scoring twice against Everton on February 22nd.1958. He only remained until November but his battling style saw him net 10 league goals in 11 games. He next signed for Chesterfield. His later career saw him turn out for Boston United & Alfreton Town. He hung up his boots in 1965. Arthur died aged 82 in Sheffield.
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JOHN (JACKIE) WATTERS

DIED: AUGUST 12th.2012, SUNDERLAND?
DOB: SEPTEMBER 5th.1919, WATERSIDE, FIFE, SCOTLAND.
Position: INSIDE FORWARD
Career:
ST. ROCH’S, CELTIC (1935 (Junior - Temp) Then (Perm) 1937 To 1940.
WWII ROYAL NAVY SERVICE 1940-46, NUFC (WWII GUEST-1941-42)
CELTIC (RESIGNED 1946 To APR.1947), AIRDRIE (SEP.30th.1947 To 1948).
POLLOCK (TRAINER/PHYSIO- 1949), 
SUNDERLAND (PHYSIOTHERAPIST- 1956 To 1983). RETIRED.
NUFC; WWII GUEST 1941-42 SEASON Total / War League Apps; 2, 1 Goal
Jackie Watters was provisionally signed by Celtic in 1935 from local side St. Roch’s. His move their was made permanent in 1937 & on November 26th. 1938 he made his first team debut for the Hoops in a 2:0 win over Arbroath. He scored his first goals at Celtic in their following game; netting twice in a 5:4 over Hibs. World War II brought a temporary end to his career & Jackie signed up with Royal Navy in 1940. During the war Jackie got the chance to feature as a guest player for Newcastle twice during the 1941-42 season. His first outing was on September 27th when they defeated York City 5:3 & centre forward Watters got one of the goal. He featured again a week later on October 4th, also against York & this time they drew 2:2. In the Navy, Jackie served as a Petty Officer & a medic, training to be a physiotherapist. His involvement in the war included being on board HMS Warspite off Normandy during D-Day invasion. After the war Jackie signed up back with Celtic were he would remain until 1947. Despite only getting 19 appearances in with the first team, scoring 5 goals, Jackie is best remembered as a Celtic player. He ended his playing career with Airdrie & took up a post as a hospital physiotherapist. In 1955 Jackie joined Sunderland as their club physiotherapist; remaining with the Black Cats. It was Jackie who discovered goalkeeper Jim Montgomery & persuaded him to sign for Sunderland. Jackie Watters died on August 12th.2012 aged 92.  
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ROBERT (BOBBY) I. GILFINNAN

DIED: NOVEMBER 8th.2012, SCOTLAND? (Aged 74)
DOB: JUNE 29th.1938, COWDENBEATH, SCOTLAND.
Position: CENTRE FORWARD 
NUFC: Total / League Apps: 7, 2 Goals.
Career
DUNDONALD, COWDENBEATH (1956 To OCT.1959),
NUFC (TRANSFER FEE- £4000 OCT.1959 To JAN.1961),
ST. JOHNSTONE (TRANSFER FEE- £4000 JAN.1961 To DEC.1961),
RAITH ROVERS (DEC.1961 To JUL.1963),
SOUTHEND UNITED (JUL.1963 To NOV.1965),
DONCASTER ROVERS (TRANSFER FEE- £40000 NOV.1965 To 1971),
NORTHWICH VICTORIA (PLAYER/COACH 1971). RETIRED.
Honours:
ENGLISH LEAGUE DIV. IV CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER 1965-66, 1968-69 (DONCASTER ROVERS).
Scotsman Bobby Gilfinnan was signed buy his home town Cowdenbeath as a youngster in 1956. Newcastle’s talent scouts spotted him & he moved to Tyneside in October 1959 for a fee of £4000. He made his debut on the 24th against Bolton  & would only get the chance to play in the first team on 7 occasions, scoring twice. He returned over the border to join St. Johnstone in 1961 & by the end of the year he had moved to Raith Rovers. Southend was his next club in 1963 & this was followed by a successful spell at Doncaster Rovers from November 1965. Here he had a great first season with them as they lifted the Division IV championship trophy; after making his debut on November 19th.1965 in a 1:0 win over Port Vale. During his time with them he featured over 200 times & he saw relegation & then a further Division IV championship promotion at the end of the 1968-69 season. Bobby’s final club (as player / coach) was Northwich Victoria, who he joined in 1971. Northwich was his last club before he retired from the game. Bobby Gilfinnan died after battling cancer, in hospital on November 8th.2012, aged 74. 
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PHILIP (PHIL) HENRY TAYLOR

DIED: DECEMBER 1st.2012 (Aged 95), BEDFORDSHIRE.
DOB: SEPTEMBER 18th.1017, GREENBANK, BRISTOL.
Position (FOOTBALL): HALF BACK / WING HALF
(CRICKET): MIDDLE ORDER BATSMAN, RIGHT HAND BAT.
NUFC: WWIII GUEST 1941-42 SEASON- Total / League Apps- 7, 0 Goals.
Career:
BRISTOL ROVERS (1935 To 1936, 21 League Apps, 2 Goals.)
LIVERPOOL (TRANSFER FEE- £5000 + Player MAR.1936 To 1954- 312 League Apps: 32 Goals),
BRISTOL ROVERS (WWII GUEST 1939-40),
BRIGHTON (WWII GUEST 1940 + 1944), NUFC (WWII GUEST 1941-42),
LEEDS UNITED (WWII GUEST 1942-43). RETIRED 1954.
LIVERPOOL (COACH 1954-56, Then MANAGER- 1956 To 1959).
Honours:
ENGLAND: FULL INTERNATIONAL CAPS: 3 (1947)
ENGLISH DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER 1946-47 (LIVERPOOL)
FA CUP FINAL RUNNER UP 1950 (LIVERPOOL)
GLOUCESTERSHIRE: 1st Class CRICKET 1 APP: 1938.
GLOUCESTERSHIRE 2nd XI: 3 APPS.
Phil Taylor began his playing career, turning out in his hometown for Bristol City. Here between 1935 & 36 he made 21 league appearances; scoring twice. Liverpool signed him in March 1936 for £5000 plus player Ted Hartill. Taylor’s Liverpool debut came soon after on March 28th in a 2:2 draw with Derby County. He scored his sides late equalising goal. During World War II, Phil became a war time guest for a number of clubs & turned out for Newcastle during the 1941-42 season on 7 occasions. His debut was on September 13th 1941 in a 5:0 defeat to Huddersfield Town. After the war Taylor assisted Liverpool in gaining the English League Championship title, featuring in 35 of that season fixtures. It was in 1947 that he also got his full England cap verses Wales, which they won 3:0. Liverpool reached the final of the FA Cup in 1950 & Taylor featured in 7 of their cup run games; including the final on April 29th  when they lost 2:0 to Arsenal. During that season he captained the side. By the end of his playing career with Liverpool in 1954, Phil Taylor had amassed a total of 345 competitive appearances, of which 312 were in the league; scoring 32 league & 2 cup goals. He is remembered fondly as a stylish half back who was a great passer of the ball. His retirement from playing saw him remain at Anfield as a coach & then in 1956 he became manager. He resigned in 1959, disappointed at being unable to push his players to gain promotion. He did however, built up a coaching team which included Paisley & Fagan & his successor Bill Shankly developed Liverpool into one of the most successful sides of the next decade. Phil was also a keen cricketer & made one first class cricket appearance for Gloucestershire on June 22nd 1938 against Kent, hitting 14 runs. He also turned out of their 2nd XI on a few occasions. At the time of his death on December 1st 2012 aged 95, Phil Taylor was the oldest surviving England player.  
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2013
 
STANLEY (STAN) KEERY

DIED: MARCH 7th.2013 (Aged 81), LEIGHTON HOSPITAL, CREWE.
DOB: SEPTEMBER 9th.1931, DERBY.
NUFC: Total Apps: 20 (19 League, 1 FA Cup); 1 League Goal.
Position: MIDFIELDER / WING HALF.
Career
BLACKBURN ROVERS (Junior Amateur).
SHREWSBURY TOWN ( AUG.1952 To NOV. 1952- 15 League Apps: 2 Goals).
NUFC (TRANSFER FEE: £8 250 Nov.1952 To May 1957).
MANSFIELD TOWN (TRANSFER FEE: £2 500- MAY 1957 To OCT.1958- 53 League Apps, 17 Goals), CREWE ALEXANDRA (OCT.1958 To 1965- 254 League Apps, 23 Goals) Retired.
Honours:
ENGLISH LEAGUE DIVISION IV PROMOTION: 1962-63 (CREWE).
Stan Keery began his playing career as an amateur with Blackburn Rovers. He transferred to Shrewsbury Town in August 1952 & by November Newcastle had signed him for a fee of £8250. Competition for places in the first team was fierce, but he still managed to clock up 20 league & cup appearances, before he transferred to Mansfield Town in May 1957 for £2500. He was regular in their side clocking up 53 league appearances, before moving to his final club Crewe Alexandra in October 1958. Here he settled into the side as a regular & on retiring from playing in 1965 he a notched up 254 league games, scoring 23 goals. A high point was the Division IV promotion in the 1962-63 season. A low point must have been featuring in the sides FA Cup replay against a strong Tottenham Hotspur side in 1955; when they were  hammered them 13:2 (A club record defeat). He was noted as a ‘tireless worker’ on the field. Stan later resided in the Crewe area & worked for Rolls Royce & also as a bookmaker. He died on March 7th.2013 aged 81.
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STEPHEN CARNEY

DIED: MAY 5th.2013 (Aged 55), NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE?
DOB: SEPTEMBER 22nd.1957, WALLSEND.
Position:
NUFC: Total Apps: 140 (+9), 1 League Goal.
Career:
DUDLEY JUNIORS, NORTH SHIELDS,
BLYTH SPARTANS (1977 To 1979), WEST BROM (TRIAL- 1970’s)
NUFC (OCT.1979- JUL.1985. TRANSFER FEE- £1000).
CARLISLE UNITED (LOAN-1984-85), DARLINTON (FREE TRANSFER- JUL.1985 To MAR.1986), ROCHDALE (LOAN- 1985-86), HARTLEPOOL UNITED (MAR.1986 To MAY1986), TOW LAW TOWN (1986), BLYTH SPARTANS (1987 To 1990), NEWCASTLE BLUE STAR /RTM (Manager- 1992-1996).
Honours;
ENGLISH DIVISION II 3RD PLACE- PROMOTION 1983-84 (NUFC)
Steve Carney began his football career as young player at Dudley, then North Shields, before moving onto to Blyth Spartans in 1977. He played in Blyth’s famous FA Cup ‘giant killing’ cup run of 1978, while still working as an electrician. Newcastle recognised his prowess & signed for a £1000 fee in October 1979. He went onto to make just under 150 appearances & scored once for Newcastle; remaining at the club until 1985. His debut had been back in December 1979 in a 2:0 win over Fulham. After a stint on loan at Carlisle, Stephen moved to Darlington. A brief stint on loan at Rochdale was followed by a move to Hartlepool in 1986. In 1987 he returned to Blyth, remaining there until he retired from playing in 1990. From 1992 to 1996 Stephen managed RTM Newcastle. Post football, Stephen worked for a clothing form & was also a fitness trainer. Stephen Carney died on May 5th.2013 aged 55 following a long battle with cancer. Stephen’s funeral a week later included a number of ex player colleagues; including Pal bearer Chris Waddle, as well John Anderson & Mick Martin.
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JIMMY GREENHALPH

DIED: AUGUST 31st.2013 (Aged 90), DARLINGTON. DOB: AUGUST 26th.1923, MANCHESTER.
Position: INSIDE FORWARD
Career:
HULL CITY, BURY, GILLINGHAM, WIGAN ATHLETIC.
NUFC (JUN.1962 To JUN.1966- 1st Team Coach / Trainer)..
DARLINGTON (JUL.1st.1966 To FEB.28th.1968- Manager).
MIDDLESBROUGH (COACH- 1970’s To 1979). SUNDERLAND (Scout- 1980’s)
Honours (As Manager):
ENGLISH DIVISION IV 3rd PLACE / PROMOTION 1966-67 (DARLINGTON).
NUFC / MIDDLESBROUGH (COMBINED) SELECT XI APP: NOV.24th.1968 v DARLINGTON, Won 8:3, Dicky Deacon Testimonial.
Jimmy’s playing career spanned throughout the late 1940’ & into the 1950’s, beginning with Hull City. His other clubs were Bury, Gillingham & Wigan Athletic. After retiring, Jimmy became a coach to Joe Harvey at Newcastle from 1962 To 1966.  
He then became manager of Darlington, assisting them to promotion from Division IV in the 1966-67 season. Unfortunately things didn’t go well; in the Division III & he was sacked in February 1968. Soon after his time at Darlington on November 24th.1968, Jimmy put his boots back on to take part in Dicky Deacon’s Testimonial. He was part of a Newcastle / Middlesbrough select XI which defeated Darlington 8:3. Throughout the 1970’s Jimmy coached at Middlesbrough & then he was a scout for a time at Sunderland. Jimmy died five days after his 90th birthday on August 31st.2013 & his funeral took place at Darlington Crematorium on September 9th. .
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JOHN (JACK) SHIEL

DIED: NOVEMBER 30th. 2013, (Aged 96), ASHINGTON, NORTHUMBERLAND
DOB: NOVEMBER 13th. 1917, SEAHOUSES, NORTHUMBERLAND.
Position: FORWARD
NUFC: 1ST. TEAM APP: 1, 0 GOALS: SEP.6th.1937, BARNSLEY, Lost 0:3, English Division II. Centre Forward.
Career:
SEAHOUSES, NUFC (TRANSFER FEE- £10- DEC.1936 To MAY 1938).
NORTH SHIELDS (FREE TRANSFER- MAY 1938 To OCT.1938). HUDDERSFIELD TOWN (OCT.18th.1938 To JUL.1939).
John ‘Jack’ Shiel was born in Seahouses during World War I, & began his football career his local Northumberland coastal village side Seahouses FC. His family have for many generations fished locally & still run a Farne Islands tourist cruise. He was spotted as a potential talent by Newcastle & made his move to the club for modest £10 fee in December 1936. He very quickly found himself involved in the forward line for the Reserve team & he made his Central League debut in the side on December 19th. 1936. He got his career off to a flying start with a hat trick in a 3:0 win over Huddersfield Town. Although not all reserve line ups are known from that season; it is known he featured in at least 5 matches, scoring 6 goals. The last of the goals came on January 30th in a 2:1 win over Bury, with his last known appearance for the reserves that season in the Central League being on February 6th; featuring as a centre forward in a 1:1 draw with Liverpool. The side completed their fixtures in a strong 5th. position. Although officially his transfer is recorded as December, prior to this on November 7th.1936 he was first seen wearing the black & white colours. This was in featuring for the ‘A’s (possibly on trial) on November 7th in a 10:1 thrashing of Crawcrook Albion in the 1st Round of the Tyneside League Charity Shield, with Jack Shiel scoring 2 of the goals. A further ‘A’s appearance was also found in a Tyneside League 7:0 victory over Percy Main Amateurs on November 21st., with Jack hitting 4 goals. Later in the season on February 27th when they drew the semi final tie of the competition 2:2 with Pelaw; in a match that abandoned after 70 minutes. The ‘A’s lost the rearranged tie but Shiel did not feature. Unfortunately few details from ‘A’s matches are known, however Jack Shiel was seen in one further ‘A’s league match on April 17th when they hammered Jarrow reserves 8:0 & he claimed another goal.  The sides position at the end of 1936-37 season was 3rd. Shiel is known to have featured in at least 3 of the matches, hitting 6 goals, with the other 2 ‘A’s cup matches in addition to that.  Season 1937-38 saw ‘Jack’ Shiel get his debut in the first team, but sadly this would be his only chance to feature at senior level, with competition from William Cairns & Jack Smith. His big day for the club was very early in the season on September 6th. 1937 when he played as a centre forward in a Division II match against Barnsley. They lost 3:0 in what would turn out to be a poor season for the club as they struggled at the wrong end of the table. For the remainder of the season Jack continued to prove his worth in reserves. His last known goal for the reserves came on April 18th. when they hammered West Brom. 6:1 & his final reserve game at Newcastle came soon after on April 30th. playing in a 2:0 win over Derby County, with the side ending the season in 12th. place. Earlier in the season Jack had also featured in a reserve friendly benefit match for an amateur league official J.W. Johnstone. This was on September 22nd & they lost a very high scoring games 9:4 to a Northern Amateur League XI. Jack explained in those days many of the players had to reside in digs & had strict rules to abide to about socialising. His friendship with Jimmy Denmark & one of two others enable them to escape up to Seahouses with him to have a bit of time in a more relaxed, which they really appreciated. In May 1938 the club felt that Jack should be allowed to leave & he was snapped up by North Shields on a free transfer. Jack made his competitive debut for North Shields on August 27th; scoring in a 1:1 draw with Horden CW. He also hit 2 goals in a 5:2 North Eastern League victory over Ashington September 21st. In total before being snapped up by Huddersfield, he hit 6 league goals in 7 matches; the last of which was scored on October 8th. when they lost 4:2 to Sunderland Reserves. Jack explained to me  that he was soon contacted by Huddersfield Town, managed by North East born ex England star Clem Stephenson & at first he said he was not wanting to leave. However, Clem actually came up in a car to Seahouses to convince him on October 18th. & completed the full signing of him up back at Huddersfield the following day.  Huddersfield were a top flight English Division I team at that time, but that season they were struggling. Jack began almost immediately playing for the reserves & made his reserve debut in a Central League 2:1 defeat to Sheffield United on October 22nd. It was not until February 25th. that he scored his first known goal in the side. Jack played in at least 18 of the matches & he also known to have featured in at least of the Huddersfield Town’s other non first teams, the ‘A’s on one occasion. This was on October 29th when they lost a league fixture 3:2 to Hunslet. Prior to this Jack got his one chance at senior level with Huddersfield. This debut & sole appearance was on March 18th. 1939, featuring at inside left, in a 1:0 defeat to Middlesbrough. Huddersfield Tow hung onto the Division One status ending the season in 19th. place. In July 1939, with World War II approaching, Jack was released by the club & he joined the services. Their could be only one service for Jack, being born & bred a seaman & he joined the Royal Navy. Jack told me being a very modest man, that he did not want it known that he was a footballer, however Clem Stephenson got to hear of this & promptly sent his boots to him in the post! His experiences during the war included being involved in mine sweeping operations. Jack was very honest in saying his ‘heart has always lay with the boats’ & after the war he returned to fish from his local village, Seahouses. He also assisted with the Farne Island cruises well into his 80’s & he says the best moment of his life was in 1977 when he got to escort Queen Elizabeth II to visit the Farne Islands on her Silver Jubilee as she toured round the country. Jack was a sprightly over 90’s character who continued to reside in  Seahouses, keeping a keen interest in ‘the goings on’ in the family cruise boat & fishing business that continues to thrive today in the village. In his later years he told me he was amused to find himself the oldest living ex Newcastle player. Sadly Jack took ill  passed away on November 30th. 2013 in Ashington Hospital aged 96. His funeral on December 7th took place Cowpen Crematorium.
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2014
 
ANDREW MARTIN ‘ANDY’ GRAVER

DIED: JANUARY 19th.2014 (Aged 86), LINCOLN.
DOB- SEPTEMBER 12th.1927, CRAGHEAD, STANLEY, Co. DURHAM.
Position:  CENTRE FORWARD.
NUFC: 1 League Appearance: JAN.21st.1950 v Manchester City, Draw 1:1.
Career:
QUAKING HOUSES JUNIORS, WILLINGTON ATHLETIC,
ANNFIELD PLAIN..NUFC (1947 To SEP.1950):
LINCOLN CITY (SEP.1950 To DEC.1954 TRANSFER FEE- £5000),
LEICESTER CITY (DEC.1954 To 1955 TRANSFER FEE- £27 500),
LINCOLN CITY (1955 TRANSFER FEE- £14000),
STOKE CITY (1955 To 1957), BOSTON UNITED (1957 To 1958 TRANSFER FEE £3500), LINCOLN CITY (1958 To 1961), SKEGNESS TOWN (1961 To 1962), ILKESTON TOWN (1962- To NOV.1963- retired due to injury).
LINCOLN CITY (Assistant Coach  1964 To OCT.1965, then Scout)
LINCOLN CITY All Time Highest Goal Scorer- 150 goals in 289 Appearances.
Honours:
ENGLISH DIVISION III (NORTH) CHAMPIONSHIP Winner 1951-52 (LINCOLN)
DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP Winner 1962 (ILKESTON).
Craghead born Andrew Graver, played for local non league sides during his early career, while working as a miner; before being signed by Newcastle after WWII in 1947. Competition for places in the first team was fierce & his only appearance at level came on January 21st. 1950 in a 1:1 draw with Manchester City. In September of that year, he was transfer to Lincoln City for a fee of £5000. Here he won the III (North) championship & after 170 league appearances, scoring 106 goals, Leicester City paid £27500 for his services in 1954. He returned to Lincoln 2 years later, but soon moved onto Stoke after only 15 further league games, scoring 4 goals. Andy left Stoke in 1957 & signed for Boston United. Then in 1958, Andy returned to Lincoln for a third spell, remaining until 1961; clocking up a further 89 league appearances & 33 goals. His Lincoln City competitive total appearance tally was 289. The 150 competitive goals for them remains a club record. After a stint with Skegness, Andy finished his career at Ilkeston Town, hanging up his boots in 1964. In his first season with them he assisted in a Derbyshire Senior Cup final victory. In the mid 1960’s Andy coached the youth team at Lincoln City & such is his statue with the ‘Imps’, Andy Graver had a Lincoln City Executive Box named in his honour. In his later working life Andy continued to reside in Lincoln working as a financial consultant.
Andy died on January 19th.2014 aged 86.
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NIGEL STEPHEN WALKER
 
DIED: FEBRUARY 2nd.2014 (Aged 54), NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE.
DOB: APRIL 7th.1959, GATESHEAD.
Position: MIDFIELDER
NUFC: 1ST TEAM RECORD: LEAGUE APPS: 65 (+5), 3 GOALS.
FA CUP: 3 APPS. LEAGUE CUP: 1 APP… TOTAL: 69 (+5), 3 GOALS.
Career:
WHICKHAM (1975 To APR.1977), NUFC (APR.1977 To MAY 1982).
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE (LOAN- 1981 To 1982).
SAN DIEGO SOCKERS (FREE TRANSFER- MAY 1982).
SUNDERLAND (TRIAL- DEC.1982). CREWE ALEXANDRA (JAN To JUL.1983)
SUNDERLAND (JUL.1983 To JUN.1984), BLACKPOOL (LOAN- 1983 To 1984).
CHESTER (JUN.1984 To JUN.1985). HARTLEPOOL UNITED (FREE TRANSFER- JUN.1985 To 1987- Total Apps: 87 (+5), 8 Goals). BLYTH SPARTANS (1987 To 1992 Then MANAGER- JAN.1992). DUNSTON FED. (NOV.1992 To 1995). RTM NEWCASTLE (AUG.1995 To 1996?).
Honours:
DURHAM COUNTY SCHOOLS RUGBY UNION REPRESENTATIVE APPS
Post Football Occupation: Maths Teacher at Greencroft School, Annfield Plain (with 1st Class Honours Degree Computer Sciences- Northumberland University).
Nigel joined Newcastle from local side Whickham in April 1977. He made his first team debut for Newcastle on November 5th.1977 against Bristol Rovers & went on to feature in 70 league matches & 5 cup, during a time when the club had dropped into Division II. After a stint on loan at Plymouth, Nigel was transferred to San Diego Sockers of the USA in May 1982. He returned in December & after a brief trial with Sunderland, joined Crewe in January 1983. That summer he then signed for Sunderland; remaining for a season. During this time he went out on loan to Blackpool & only featured once for the Sunderland first team on November 12th.1983 against Watford. His next club was Chester & then a year later he was back in the North East with Hartlepool. Here he made 87 (+5) league appearances, scoring 8 goals. In 1987 dropped in to non league football & remained with Blyth for 5 years, becoming their manager in January 1992. He then played for a further 3 years for Dunston Fed & had a season with RTM Newcastle, before hanging up his boots. Post football, he post his honours degree to good use & became a maths teacher in the Stanley area. Sadly Nigel Walker developed cancer & died on February 2nd 2014, aged only 54.
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GORDON ‘BOMBER’ HARRIS

DIED: FEBRUARY 10th.2014 (Aged 73)
DOB: JUNE 2nd.1940, WORKSOP.
Position: INSIDE FORWARD.
Career:
FIRBECK COLLIERY, BURNLEY (JAN.1958 To JAN.1968, Total Apps: 313, 258 League; 69 League Goals),
NUFC/SUNDERLAND COMBINED XI- APPEARANCE DEC.7th.1969). SUNDERLAND (TRANSFER FEE £65 000; -JAN.1968 To JUL.1972. Total Apps; 134 (+1), 124(+1) League; 16 Goals), SOUTH SHIELDS (JUL.1972 To 1975).
Honours:
ENGLAND: 1 FULL INTERNATIONAL CAP: JAN.5th.1966, POLAND, Draw 1:1. ENGLAND: UNDER 23’s APPEARANCES- 2, 1 GOAL (1961-63).
ENGLISH LEAGUE XI- 2 REPRESENTATIVE APPEARANCES
ENGLISH DIVISION 1 CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER 1959-60,
FA CUP FINAL RUNNER UP 1962 (BURNLEY)
Post Football Occupation: Driver.
Gordon was signed by Burnley in January 1958, from Firbeck Colliery & went on to make a total 313 competitive appearances for them. He scored 69 goals in over 250 league games assisting the side in winning the English League title in 1960 & battling into the final of the FA Cup in 1962. The league title win, catapulted Burnley into the European Cup & Harris spearheaded the side into the Quarter Finals. During his time at Burley, Gordon was capped once for England & twice at Under 23 level. Sunderland secured his services in January 1968 for a transfer fee of £65000. In his 4 years with Sunderland he featured in a 135 competitive matches, scoring 16 league goals. He was noted as a thoughtful player of great determination. Unfortunately, Sunderland were relegated in 1970. Prior to this on December 7th 1969, Newcastle & Sunderland got together in a charity match to form a combined XI & Gordon was in the side alongside Frank Clark etc. They game against a British XI ended in a 5:5 draw & Harris scored twice. He left Sunderland in the summer 1972 to sign for local side South Shields were played until 1975, when he retired from the game. Post football Gordon was a driver linked to the coal industry. Gordon died on February 10th.12014 aged 73, after battling cancer. The loss of Gordon Harris will be felt deeply by both Burnley & Sunderland fans.
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SIR THOMAS (TOM) FINNEY

DIED: FEBRUARY 14th.2014, PRESTON, LANCASHIRE (Aged 91)
DOB: APRIL, 5th.1922 (Aged 91), PRESTON.?
Position: OUTSIDE RIGHT / WINGER
NUFC: WWII LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Total Apps: 6, 3 Goals
Career:
PRESTON NORTH END (JUNIOR- 1937. 1st Team 1946 To 1960- 433 League Apps: 187 Goals). NUFC (WWII GUEST), SOUTHAMPTON (WWII GUEST DEC.1942), WOLVES (WWII GUEST 1943), DISTILLERY (1963)
Honours:
ENGLAND FULL INTERNATIONAL CAPS (1946-58): 76, 30 GOALS
OBE (1961), CBE (1992); KNIGHTHOOD- (1998).
ENGLISH LEAGUE DIVISION I RUNNER UP 1952-53 & 1957-58 (PNE)
ENGLISH LEAGUE DIVISION II WINNER 1950-51 (PNE)
FA CUP FINAL RUNNER UP 1954 (PNE)
WARTIME CUP FINAL WINNER 1941 (PNE)
FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR- 1954 & 1957.
Sir Tom Finney is another legendary player, who it is very hard to do any justice too his career & life in a short obituary. Local Preston man Tom was born within eyeshot of the Deepdale ground. He left school at 14 & began an apprenticeship as plumber, while joining Preston as a junior in 1937; only 4ft 9ins at the time. He later became a pro & attained the height 5ft 8ins. This small statue didn’t hold him back but the war slowed down his development as a player. In 1942 he was called up into the Royal Armoured Corps & he saw action in Egypt & Italy. By April 1945, Tim was a tank driver in the 9th Lancers. His prowess as a footballer had not gone unnoticed & he played for the army during the war as well as being a WWII guest player for a number of clubs. He did get the chance to feature for Preston in war time football & they won the Wartime Cup in 1941, defeating Arsenal 2:1. His first war guest club was Newcastle during the 1942-43 season, making his debut on September 5th. in a 0:0 draw with Bradford City. On November 14th. Newcastle beat Gateshead 7:4. This was Tom's last game for us & hit a hat trick in the game. In total he made 6 wartime league appearances for Newcastle. He then turned out for Southampton in December 1942. It was against Arsenal & they lost 3:1. Later in the season he also featured in a Wolves side.
It was not until August 31st 1946 against Leeds United, that Tom Finney finally made his full competitive debut for Preston. His England call up followed soon after within 28 days of that game, 7:2 defeat of Northern Ireland & he scored in the game. Tom’s career both club & country went from strength to strength & in total he would make 473 competitive appearances for Preston, 433 of which were in the league. His ability to score as a winger saw Tom reach a club goal scoring tally of 210 (187 league). He assisted Preston to win the English Division II title in 1950-51 & then both in 1954 & 1957 he was voted Footballer of the Year. In 1954 a not fully fit Tom also assisted his club to reach the final of the FA Cup. They lost to West Brom. to 3:2. During the 1950’s Preston came very close to winning the English League; they were runners up twice in the 1952-53 & 1957-58 seasons & were also third in at the end of the 1956-57 season. His England career saw him capped 76 times & his 30th goal for them in October 1958 against Northern Ireland made him the highest ever England goal scorer at the time. His England career spanned three World Cups. Nat Lofthouse soon equalled his goal scoring tally & they would hold the record together until 1963, when Bobby Charlton surpassed them. It was in 1960 that Finney made his last appearance for Preston & on September 26th. 1960 a testimonial match was held  verses an All Star XI. The line up included many great from that era; including Stanley Matthews, Nat Lofthouse, Stan Mortensen & Bobby Mitchell.
Tom struggled with being retired at first & he featured in many charity matches locally, some as a tom Finney XI. He then returned to playing briefly with Irish side Distillery in 1963. His high point here was featuring in a European Cup tie against Benfica. He was awarded an OBE in 1961 & in 1968 was featured on the ‘This is Your Life’ TV programme. This was followed by a CBE in 1992 & then he became a ‘Sir’ in 1998. Many have spoken in admiration of the very modest man’s sublime dribbling & footwork skills as a player & perhaps the best comment on his contribution to the game was capsulated in one world by Bobby Charlton ‘immeasurable’. After retiring, both reflecting on his career & providing instruction to budding new footballers; Tom Finney published a number of books. He also busied himself as a magistrate & chairman of the local health authority. Tom was photographed in action on numerous occasions, but the most famous shot on a rain sodden Chelsea pitch became known famously known as ‘the splash’. The image was transformed into a sculpture by Peter Hodgkinson & unveiled outside the Preston ground July 2004. Tom was President of Preston North End & Kendal until he died on February 14th 2014, aged 91. Tom was loved by the nation & the football community around the world & tributes poured in from around the globe.
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ALEXANDER (ALEC) GASKILL

DIED: MARCH 7th.2014 (Aged 81), CHESHIRE.
DOB: JULY 30th.1932, LEIGH, GREATER MANCHESTER.
Position: FORWARD
NUFC: 1 League App, 0 Goals; DEC.26th.1953 v MIDDLESBROUGH, Lost 2:3.
Career: MAN.UTD (Amateur- 1949 To NOV.1952), SOUTHPORT(NOV.1952 To OCT.1953), NUFC (TRANSFER FEE: £5000, OCT.17th.1953 To JUN.1st.1954), MANSFIELD TOWN (TRANSFER FEE: £3500, JUN.1st.1954 To JUN.30th.1956), GRANTHAM TOWN (JUL.24th.1956 To MAY 4th.1957), TRANMERE ROVERS (JUN.1957 To 1958), RHYL (1958-59), WIGAN ROVERS (1959-60), MOSSLEY (1960-62,  WINSFIELD UNITED (DEC.1961-1962- Retired).
Post Football Occupation: Quality Control Cable Worker
Alec Gaskill began his football career as a young amateur with Manchester United. Unable to break into the first team, he moved to Southport in November 1952. Here he made 44 league appearances, scoring 18 goals & Newcastle signed him for £5000 on October 17th 1953. He only got to make one appearance replacing an injured Jackie Milburn on Boxing day 1953. In the summer of 1954 he moved on to Mansfield Town for £3500; producing 17 league goals in 42 appearances during his stint there. A move to Grantham Town followed quickly by Tranmere Rovers. His short time at Tranmere saw him score 6 goals in 6 league games showing his ability to to score in the lower leagues. He next moved to Rhyl & then in 1959 he joined Wigan Rovers. This was followed in 1960 by a transfer to Mossley. At this club he bagged 28 goals in 50 league matches. He left them in 1962 play for his final club Winsford United, before retiring from the game. Post football, Alec was employed as a quality control worker for a cable manufacturer in Leigh. Alec resided in Cheshire in his later life & died aged 81 on March 7th.2014.
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RAYMOND (RAY) KING

DIED: JULY 19th.2014 (Aged 89), BANGKOK, THAILAND.
DOB: AUGUST 15th.1924, RADCLIFFE, near AMBLE, NORTHUMBERLAND.
Position; GOALKEEPER
NUFC: WWII League Apps; 31, FA Cup Apps. 2.
Career: AMBLE BOYS CLUB (1940-APR.1942), NUFC (TRANSFER FEE- £10- APR.1942 To OCT.1946), CHESTER CITY (WWII- GUEST), WOLVES (WWII- GUEST), LEYTON ORIENT (FREE TRANSFER- OCT.1946- 1 App; Injury). ASHINGTON (1948 To 1949), PORT VALE (1949 To JUL.1957- 252 League Apps), BOSTON UNITED (TRANSFER FEE- £2500- PLAYER MANAGER- JUL.1957 To 1960 ). POOLE TOWN (MANAGER- 1960 To 1963), SITTINGBOURNE (MANAGER- 1963). OXFORD UNITED (COACH- 1963-64). LUTON TOWN (YOUTH TEAM- MANAGER- NOV.1971 To 1974).
Numerous Cricket Clubs: Including;- AMBLE, NORTON (Staffs), BOSTON, POOLE, SITTINGBOURNE, HEADINGTON.
Post Football Career- Sportsmaster Homefield School, Bournemouth & Physiotherapist.
Honours:
ENGLAND ‘B’ APPEARANCE MAY 22nd.1954 v SWITZERLAND, Lost 0:2.
ENGLISH DIVISION III (N) WINNER 1953-54 (PORT VALE)
ENGLISH DIVISION III (N) RUNNER UP 1952-53 (PORT VALE).
SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION 1 RUNNER UP- 1961-62 (POOLE, As Manager)
WWII- CUMBERLAND HOSPITAL CUP WINNER 1942: KINGS OWN ROYAL REGIMENT.
Newcastle picked up goalkeeper Ray King from his local club Amble in April 1942 for the small fee of £10. Prior to this he had also been playing for his Kings Own Regiment side & they won the Cumberland Hospital Cup 1942. Ray’s Newcastle debut came soon in the final war league game of the 1941-42 season on May 25th in a 2:2 draw with Sunderland. In total he made 31 War League & 2 FA Cup. He gained the reputation for being a gallant goalkeeper & broke both his wrists saving a penalty in an FA Cup tie. The injury affected his carer & after the war he was released. By 1945 Ray had become a Corporal & during a short period of his time at Newcastle, Ray was also in the Regimental Police. He only made one appearance for his next club Orient due to injury & then spent two years with Ashington; before moving to Port Vale. Here he went onto to make 275 appearances; assisting Vale to be runners up in Division II (North) in the 1952-53 season & he was in the side which reached the semi final’s of the FA Cup in 1954 & won the Division III (North) title. His performances gained him a call up to represent the En gland ‘B’ side in 1954. Ray ended the decade as a player manager at Boston United & then carried on managing Poole Town & then Sittingbourne. He nurtured his Poole side to be runners up in the Southern League in the 1961-62 season. In the 1963 he took on a coaching role at Oxford United & returned to football in the early 70’s to manager Luton’s youth team. Post football, Ray became a physiotherapist & pursued a number of interests; writing 2 books about his colourful life, the first of which was titled; ‘Hands, Feet & Balls’ in 1998. Ray was also a keen cricketer & some of the clubs he has turned out for are named above, his cricket career often mirrored his football club moves. In his very later years Ray King resided in Thailand near to his son & died there in July 2014 aged 89.
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CHRISTOPHER (CHRIS) JOSEPH HARKER

DIED; SEPTEMBER 5th.2014, DARLINGTON (Aged 77)
DOB: JUNE 29th.1937, SHIREMOOR, NORTH NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Position: GOALKEEPER
NUFC: 1 League App: APR.28th.1958 v BURNLEY, Lost 1:3, DIV. I. 
Career: BACKWORTH WELFARE (1952-53), WEST ALLOTMENT (1954),
NUFC (MAR.1955 To DEC.1961), CONSETT (LOAN- 1958 To 1959), (‘NATIONAL SERVICE’ 1959-60- Royal Engineers, Farnborough), ABERDEEN (LOAN- 1960 To 1961), BURY (TRANSFER FEE- £1000- DEC.1961 To JUN. 1967), GRIMSBY TOWN (JUN.1967 To JUN.1968), ROCHDALE (FREE TRANSFER- JUN.1968 To 1970). DARLINGTON (COACH- 1970).
Honours:
ENGLISH LEAGUE DIVISION IV PROMOTION 1968-69 (ROCHDALE).
Chris had a long & colourful career, After an early career with local no league sides Backworth Welfare & West Allotment, while working as a fitter in the shipyards, Newcastle signed him in March 1955. In his 6 years at Newcastle, he broke into the first team one occasion. This was in April 1958 against Burnley. A combination of National Service & road traffic accident & injuries kept out of any further action & in December 1961 he was transferred to Bury for £1000. He ranked up just under 200 appearances for them, but unfairly he gets mostly remembered unfairly for a challenge against Sunderland’s Brian Clough in 1962, which ended his career. Chris next moved to Grimsby Town in June 1967, before ending his career at Rochdale from 1968 To 1970. This was followed by a shirt time coaching at Darlington.
After football, Chris became a maintenance fitter for Magnet Kitchens, residing in Darlington & he was later as a school caretaker Hummersknott School. Chris died on September 5th.2014 aged 77 & his funeral took place at Darlington Crematorium on Sept. 19th.

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TERENCE (TERRY) STODDART

DIED: OCT.26th.2014 (Aged 82), NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE.                                                      

DOB: NOV.28th.1931, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE.(Funeral: NOV.6th.2014 West Rd Crematorium, Newcastle).        

POSITION: DEFENDER / WING HALF                               
Career: HEATON GRAMMAR SCHOOL, WALKER BOYS (1947-48)
NUFC (N’s/JUNIORS OCT.1946, NUFC Amateur- AUG.6th.1948, Then PRO./ RESERVES- DEC.6th.1948 To MAY 1954), DARLINGTON (Free Transfer- MAY 25th.1954 To JUL.1956- 8 League Apps; 0 Goals).
YORK CITY (JUL.1956 To SUMMER 1957- 3 League Apps; 0 Goals)
POOLE TOWN (1957).
Honours: ENGLAND BOYS CLUB REP APP: NOV.14th.1948 v SCOTLAND, AT LEITH (Capt).

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY APP: NOV.6th.1948v DURHAM, Won 4:3 (Capt)
NORTHERN ALLIANCE LEAGUE FINAL RUNNER UP- MAY 1949. (NUFC ‘A’s)

Terry Stoddart was a young teenager when was first seen playing for the N’s; Newcastle’s nursery / junior side on October 18th.1946,featuring in a 3:1 friendly win over Liverpool. The following season he cemented his place in the young side featuring regular at left half. He developed his skills as a defender & progressed in to the reserves & on Dec. 6th.1948, he became the first of ‘N’s to gain a professional contract. During the 1948-9 season he also played regularly for the clubs ‘A’s in the Northern Alliance league & was in their side which reached the Alliance League Cup Final on May 4th.1949.They lost 2:0 to North Shields. During that season Terry also represented in Northumberland Schools in an inter county cup match 4:3 win over Durham; & then a week later captain England Boys in a friendly in Scotland. The Newcastle N’s played again a Scotland Youth Xi that season as well on September 3rd & won 4:3 with Stoddart getting hat trick in the game. That season also saw Terry make reserve level debut at Newcastle. This was on March 26th in 3:0 victory over Huddersfield. This would be the first of 3 appearances in the side that season. Playing alongside well known players who had to battle for a first team place. Terry did not manage to break into the first team. However, he continued to play regularly, both for the reserves & ‘A’s. This was until the end of the 1953-54 season; when he left join Darlington. Here Terry featured on 9 occasions for ‘Darlo’ in Division III (North). He featured in their opening 4 league matches, making his debut on August 21st against Workington. Hia appearances were limited after this & after 8 senior games, his next move was in July 1956,when he transferred to play for York City. Injury problems limited him to 3 more senior games in the 1956-57 season. The following season, he dropped into non league football to play for his final club Poole Town. After retiring from playing Terry lived & worked in the Newcastle area & died on October 26th 2015 aged 82.       

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2015

KENNETH (KEN) HALE

DIED: JAN.5th.2015, SUNDERLAND. (Aged 75)
DOB: SEP.18th.1939, BLYTH, NORTHUMBERLAND.
POSITION: FORWARD.
NUFC: TOTAL APPS: 35, 30 League; 16 Goals, 15 League.
Career: NEWSHAM BOYS CLUB, EVERTON (JUNIORS 1955-56).
NUFC (JUN. SUMMER 1956, Then PRO: OCT.1956 To DEC.1962)
COVENTRY CITY ((TRANSFER FEE- £10 000 DEC.1962 To MAR.1966)
OXFORD UNITED (TRANSFER FEE- £5 000 MAR.1966 To MAY 1968).
DARLINGTON (TRANSFER FEE £5 000: MAY 1968 To JAN.1973; 188 APPS-  including CARETAKER MANAGER- JAN To MAR.1972)
HALIFAX TOWN (TRANSFER FEE- £500:- PLAYER/COACH- JAN.1973 To JUN.1974). HARTLEPOOL UNITED (MANAGER- JUN.1974 To SEP.1976).
Honours: ENGLISH LEAGUE DIVISION III CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER1963-64 (Coventry), 1967-68 (Oxford).
Ken was a local Blyth lad who began his career at Newsham Boys. After a  brief time as a junior at Everton Newcastle signed him on in the summer of 1956. His debut came against Spurs, in a 3:3 on December 28th 1957. He would go on to make 30 league appearances, scoring 15 goals. Before Newcastle’s push from Division II he moved to join Coventry City. Here he made 111 appearances, gaining them promotion from Division III. A move to Oxford followed & here too there was Division II promotion success. Darlington would be the club he played virtually the remainder of his career with. In addition to 188 appearances, he also spent two months as caretaker manager. A stint at Halifax Town from 1973 to 1974 followed, setting him up for his final role at Hartlepool United manager from 1974 To 1976. After his involvement in football Ken resided locally at Seaburn, running a news agency for a time. He also worked locally in a health facility. He died after a brief illness aged 75 in early January 2015.  

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THOMAS A. (TOM) PATERSON

DIED: AUGUST 7th.2015, GATESHEAD (Aged 88).
DOB: APRIL 3rd.1927, LOCHORE, FIFE, SCOTLAND
Position: LEFT WINGER
NUFC: Total / League Apps; 2; 0 Goals
Career:
RAITH ROVERS (JAN.1946 To JUL.1946).
LOCHGELLY ALBERT (JUL.1946 To MAR.1948).
LEICESTER CITY (MAR.1948 To JUN.1950- 17 Apps).
NUFC (TRANSFER FEE- £2500 JUN.1950 To JUL.1952- 2 Apps),
WATFORD (TRANSFER FEE- £750 JUL.1952 To JUL.1955- 48 Apps).
BERWICK RANGERS (JUL.1955 To 1957- Retired Due To Injury)
Tom’s football career began in his homeland of Scotland. In March 1948, Leicester City signed him in the post war era. His versatility as an outside forward also him play inside forward & after 17 first team appearances for Leicester; Newcastle signed hi for £2500 in June 1950. He had stiff competition for a place in the first team from Mitchell & Hannah but manage to make 2 first team appearances. His debut came on  Christmas Day 1950 verses Middlesbrough in a 2:1 defeat. In July 1952, Watford signed him for £70. Here he gained a great deal more first team football & featured for the Hornets a total of 48 times. His next club would prove to be his last when he signed for Berwick Rangers in 1955. In 1957 sustained a serious knee injury & had to retire from playing. In his later life he resided in Gateshead. He died after battling ill health aged 88 on August 7th 2015.

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THOMAS (TOMMY 'TOPPER') THOMPSON

DIED: SEPTEMBER 15th.2015, PRESTON. (Aged 86).
DOB: NOVEMBER 10th.1928, FENCEHOUSES, HOUGHTON-LE-SPRING,
Co. DURHAM
Position: Inside Forward.
NUFC: Total / League Apps; 20; 6 Goals
Debut- FEB.21st.1948, Coventry City, Draw 1:1
Career:
LUMLEY YMCA (1945-46.)
NUFC (TRANSFER FEE- £15 AMATEUR JAN.1946, Then PRO.AUG.1946 To SEP.1950). ASTON VILLA (TRANSFER FEE- £15000, SEP.1950 To JUL.1955)  
PRESTON NORTH END (TRANSFER FEE- £2700- JUL.1955 To JUN.1961)
STOKE CITY (TRANSFER FEE- £10000 JUN.1961 To MAR.1963)
BARROW (TRANSFER FEE- £5000 MAR.1963 To AUG.1964).
Retired Due To Injury.
ENGLAND NATIONAL TEAM ASSISTANT COACH- AUG.1975.
Honours:
FULL ENGLAND INTERNATIONAL CAPS: 2- 1952 & 1957.
ENGLAND ‘B’ TEAM APPEARANCE- 1957, 1 GOAL.
ENGLISH FOOTBALL LEAGUE REPRESENTATIVE APPS: 2. 4 GOALS
COMBINED ENGLAND & SCOTLAND XI REP. APP: 1956  v IRELAND/WALES COMBINED XI, DRAW 3:3- 1 GOAL.
FA XI APP: 3 GOALS.
ENGLISH DIVISION TWO CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER 1962-63 (Stoke)
ENGLISH DIVISION TWO PROMOTION 1947-48 (NUFC).
PNE RECORD CONSECUTIVE GAME GOAL SCORING RECORD- 11 GAMES
PNE TOP GOAL SCORER: 1955-56 SEASON: 24 GOALS.
Occupation: Post Football; Joiner in Preston area.
Co Durham joiner Tommy Thompson joined Newcastle as an amateur after World War II ended. He soon became a pro & in total featured in 20 league matches, scoring 6 goals. He featured in 4 games during the 47-48 promotion season. Newcastle sold him to Aston Villa in 1950 & here his career really took off. He made 165 (149 league) appearances notching up 76 Goals (67 League; including 3 hat tricks). In July 1955 Preston North End signed him for £27000. Here he formed a formidable partnership with the legendary Tom Finney & hit 117 goals in 188 league appearances. His Preston debut saw him scoring after only 2 minutes in a 4:0 victory over Everton. His best seasons goal tally was in the 1957-58 season when he hit 34 goals. During his most productive period he was capped twice for England featuring against Wales on October 20th 1951 & then on April 6th. 1957 verses Scotland. Both were Home International matches. Tommy also gained an England ‘B’ cap in 1957 & representative the English League, scoring 4 goals in one match. Tommy signed for Stoke in 1961 for £10000 & once again scored on his debut. Now in his 30’s he assisted them to win the Division II championship during the 1962-63 season. His tally at Stoke was 42 matches, 18 goals, often playing alongside Stanley Matthews. At his last club Barrow from March 1963, he made a further 44 appearances, scoring another 16 goals. He finally hung up his boots due to a knee injury in August 1964. After retiring he returned to being a joiner & also ran a business in the Preston area. He made a brief showing as a coach assist the England side in August 1975. On September 15th.2015, Tommy died aged 86. 

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RONALD (RON) GREENER ('Mountain')      

DIED: OCTOBER 19th.2015, DARLINGTON. (Aged 81).
DOB: JANUARY 31st.1934, EASINGTON, Co. DURHAM
Position: Central Defender. Height 5ft 11 ins
NUFC: Total / League Apps: 3, 0 Goals:
Debut- OCT.3rd.1953, Charlton Athletic, Lost 0:3
Career:
BARNSLEY (JUNIOR/YOUTH TEAM 1950),
EASINGTON CW (1950-51),
NUFC (MAY 1951 To JUN. 1955).
DARLINGTON (JUN. 1955 To SUMMER 1967- Total Apps: 492, 439 League) 
STOCKTON (Free Transfer 1967 To 1969). RETIRED.
Honours
ENGLISH DIVISION IV PROMOTION / RUNNER UP 1965-66 (Darlington)
REP. APP; ENGLISH LEAGUE DIVISION III N XI 1957.
Occupation: Blacksmith, Easington Colliery 
Ron began working as a blacksmith at Easington Colliery, having spent tie at Barnsley in their junior side. Newcastle signed him in 1951 as a pro, on £6 a week wage. There was strong competition for a place in the first time but he managed to feature for them on 3 occasions, due to stiff competition from the likes of Brennan Scoular. He transferred to Darlington in 1955 & was soon a regular in the side, & would become a legend at centre half; gaining the name nickname of ‘mountain’. He holds the clubs appearance record & was in their giant killing FA Cup team of 1958, where after a 3:3 at Chelsea, they won the 4th Rd replay 4:1. In August 1958 he suffered a broken leg, halting his appearances for the season. Ron was in Darlington’s 65-66 season promotion side & by the time he was given a fee transfer at the end of his professional career in 1967; he had made an incredible 492 appearances. During his time with the ‘Quakers’ he was given two testimonial matches, one joint. He retired from playing in 1969 after two years at local no league side Stockton. When Darlington were based at the Arena, in 2004 the club named a conference room there ‘The Greener Suite’. After football, Ron did a number of jobs including running a garage, continuing to live in Darlington. A street, ‘Greener Drive’, was named in his honour; where the Feethams ground used to be. Sadly on October 2015, Ron Greener died aged 81. 

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THOMAS (TOMMY) KNOX

DIED: EARLY DEC. 2015 (Aged 76).                                                                                                           

DOB: SEP.5th.1939, GLASGOW, SCOTLAND.                                                                         

POSITION: OUTSIDE LEFT. HEIGHT:5ft 9ins.                                                                                                                     
Career:
ST. FRANCIS JUVENILES (Boys Club).
EAST STIRLING (JUNIOR /AMT- SEP.1957 Then PRO- JUN.1960 To JUN.1962).
CHELSEA (TRANSFER FEE- £5 000 JUN.1962 To FEB.1965)
NUFC (TRANSFER FEE- £10 000- FEB.1965 To MAR.1967- )
MANSFIELD TOWN (TRANSFER FEE-£5 000- MAR.1967 To DEC.1967).
THIRD LANARK (1967). NORTHAMPTON TOWN (TRANSFER FEE- £5 000- NOV.1967 To JUL.1969). ST.MIRREN (JUL.1969 To MAR.1970). HILLINGDON BOROUGH (MAR.1970 To JUN.1972). TONBRIDGE (JUN.1972 To 1973?) Retired
Honours:  ENGLISH LEAGUE II PROMPTION RUNNERS UP 1964-65 (NUFC- 9 Apps)
 
Tommy began his career as a teenager with East Stirlingshire in 1958. His growing prowess their as a left winger saw Chelsea sign him for £5000 in June 1962. During his time there he made a total of 20 league & 1 cup appearance. His debut was in Sep. 22nd. 1962 in a 2:2 draw with Swansea Town. He featured in 6 league matches, aiding Chelsea’s promotion back to the first division. In February 1965 Newcastle signed him for £10000 as they pushed for promotion from Division II. His Newcastle debut was against Leyton Orient on Feb.20th. They lost 2:1. He left Newcastle in 1967,having made 24 (+1) League & 1 cup appearance, scoring one goal. This was on April 3rd.1965 in a 30 victory over Derby County. Knox was recognised as a ‘tricky winger’ whose next club was Mansfield from March 1967, with Suddick gaining his place in the first team. At Mansfield he featured in 36 first team games & after vrief outing at Third Lanark, he then went on to play for Northampton, with another £5000 transfer fee, in November 1967. He would remain with them until June 1969, before crossing the border again to sign for St. Mirren. His career here was short lived making 4 more senior outings & his remaining playing days were with non league Hillingdon & then Tonbridge; before hanging up his boots in about 1973. Tommy died aged 76 in early December 2015.    

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PAVEL SRNICEK
  
DIED: DEC.29th.2015 (Aged 47), PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC.   
DOB:  MAR.10th.1968, BOHUMIN, near OSTRAVA, CZECHOSLAVAKIA.
POSITION: GOALKEEPER. HEIGHT: 6ft 2ins.
 
Career
VICTORIE BOHUMIN(Junior- 1977 To 1982), ZD BOHUMIN (Youth 1982 To 1985),
TABUR VTJ (Youth- 1985 To 1986). VTJ DUKLA TABOR (1987 To 1988). DUKLA PRAGUE (1988- To 1990). BANIK OSTRAVA (1987 & 1990 To FEB.1991). LEICESTER CITY (TRIAL- OCT.1990). NUFC (TRIAL- DEC.1990, SIGNED FEB.1991, TRANSFER FEE- £350 000 To JUN.1998).MARSEILLE (TRIAL- JUN.1992). WOLVES (TRIAL- AUG.1998), BANIK OSTRAVA (AUG.1998 To NOV.1998).
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY (TRIAL- OCT.1998, SIGNED NOV.1998 To JUL.2000).
BRESCIA (JUL.2000 To 2002). COSENZA (2002 To 2003). WOLVES (TRIAL- AUG.2003).
PORTSMOUTH (SEP.2003 To FEB.2004). WEST HAM UNITED (TRIAL- JAN.2004, SIGNED FEB.2004 To SUMMER 2004). COVENTRY CITY (TRIAL- AUG.2004). SC. BEIRA-MAR (AUG.2004 To MAY 2006). NUFC (SEP.28th..2006 To JUN.2007). Retired.
BANIK OSTRAVA (Goalkeeper Coach). AC SPARTA PRAGUE (Goalkeeper Coach JAN.2012 To DEC.2015). DUNSTON UTS (VICE PRESIDENT- JUN.2014+) 
Honours
CZECH REPUBLIC INTERNATIONAL CAPS: 49 (1995 To 2002) 
CZECH REPUBLIC UNDER 21’s- 3 APPEARANCES
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 2nd PLACE / RUNNER UP 1995-96, 1996-97 (NUFC)
ENGLISH DIVISION 1 CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER 1992-93 (NUFC)
CHARITY SHIELD RUNNER UP AUG.1996 (NUFC)

NUFC: 1ST. TEAM PLAYING HISTORY
LEAGUE / PREMIER: 149 (+ 2 SUB).  FA CUP: 11. LEAGUE CUP: 10 (+ 1 SUB).  EUROPE: 10.  CHARITY SHIELD: 1. ZENITH DATA: 1.ANGLO ITALIAN: 6.  TOTAL:- 188 (+3) APPS.

Pav began his playing career as a youngster locally in the Czech Republic. At the last of these Banik Ostrava, he had become recognised as a quality goalkeeper & after a brief trial at Leicester; Newcastle gave him a trial & then signed him in February 1991 for £350 000. Newcastle went through a bad spell after the departure of Jim Smith & prior to manager Keegan’s arrival, they found themselves in the relation zone of the old Division II. The promotion back to Division I transformed the club & the team became nicknamed the ‘entertainers’. He was the regular keeper in the famous premier league runners up side of the 1995-96 season, having been 12 points clear at the top of the table at one point. A disappointing Charity Shield defeat, was rectified later in the following season, with the famous 5:0 victory over Manchester United. Then despite the departure of Keegan mid season they still claimed the runners up place in the Premier League. Changes in management saw new plays brought in & others sold & Pav ‘The Geordie’ left in the summer of 1998, having featured in 191 senior matches; of which 151 were in the league. Brief trials led to him signing for Sheffield Wednesday were he spent two seasons. This was followed stints in Italy, firstly with Brescia & then Cosenza. After short stays with Portsmouth & West Ham, Pav played for Portugese side Beira-Mar. After leaving them in the summer of 2006, he made an emotional return to the Newcastle squad as a back up goalkeeper for the 2006-07 season. From 1995 to 2002, Pav represented his country on 49 occasions, progressing from being in the under 21’s side. On September 11th. 2013, Pavel made an emotional return to Tyneside. He featured as a sub. for a Newcastle Legends XI side against AC Milan Glorie in Steve Harpers Testimonial Match. Following his retirement from playing, Pavel became a goalkeeper coach back in the Czech Republic; firstly with Banik Ostrava & then with Sparta Prague from2012 until Pav had a massive heart attack wile jogging. Despite medical attention it would prove to be fatal & on December 29th  2015, Pavel Srnicek died aged 47. His love of the North East had also saw him become Vice President of non league side Dunston UTS & he also had a sports column in the local press. On putting this onto the website, tributes continue to pour in to the club from around the world.   

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2016

 
THOMAS (TOMMY) MULGREW-  OBITUARY

DIED: JAN. 12TH.2016, NORTHAMPTON. (Aged 86).
DOB: APRIL 13th.1929, MOTHERWELL, SCOTLAND.
POSITION: FORWARD.
 
Career:
CLELAND (JUNIORS- Post WWII), GREENOCK MORTON (MAR.1948 To 1949),
NORTHAMPTON TOWN (JUL.1949 To OCT.1952- 8 League Apps; 1 Goal),  
NUFC (TRANSFER FEE- £9 000 OCT.1952 To JUL.1954).
SOUTHAMPTON (TRANSFER FEE- £12 500 (joint Deal with Foulkes) JUL.1954 To AUG.1962, Total Apps; 330, 293 League, 100 Goals; 90 League Goals),
ALDERSHOT (AUG.1962 To AUG.1965- League Apps 112, 2 Goals ), ANDOVER (1965),
 
Honours:
 
ENGLISH DIVISION III CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER 1959-60) (SOUTHAMPTON.).
 
NUFC: 1st TEAM RECORD; Total Apps; 15, (14 League,1 FA Cup);1 League Goal.
*DEBUT- NOV.8TH.1952, BLACKPOOL, Won 2;0, Division 1.
 
Tommy Mulgrew’s early playing career was in Scotland in his developmental years in Scotland. Firstly with Cleland and then Morton. His first club in England was Northampton Town, who signed him July 1949. Despite only limited appearances with them, Newcastle saw talent in his play and signed him for £9000 in October 1952. He made his debut a month later in November in a 2:0win over Blackpool. He got to featured inmost of his other league games for the club during the 1952-53 season, culminating in on May 1ST in a 1;0 victory over Aston Villa. Newcastle completed the season in a modest 16th place. . He also featured the sides FA Cup 3rd Round 3;0 win over Swansea in January. Opportunities to feature in the first team became harder as the season progressed due to stiff competition from a very strong squad. Tommy’s only senior game the following season, was also the game when he scored his one goal for Newcastle. This was on October 10th; scoring the only goal of the game in a 1;0 victory over Wolves.   
 
In a joint Deal with Billy Foulkes the paired moved to Southampton in July 1954, for a combined fee
of £12 500. His career got off top a great start scoring a Southampton club record home goal after only 15 seconds in their 6;4 win over Brentford. He was  popular player with the ‘Saints’ & his career there peeked with the claiming of the Division III championship in 1960. His time at the Dell came to an end  
in August 1962. During his 8 season at Southampton he had clocked up a tremendous 325 competitive appearances, of which 293 were in the league. His league goal tally of 90 goals makes him the 10th highest in the clubs history; while his appearances place as Southampton’s 17th most highest. Tommy’s final league club was Aldershot after leaving Southampton in August 1962. This was following dispute over terms; at a time when more players were challenging their clubs for a better deal. He went on to play in another 112 league games, but only scored twice. From August 1965 he carried on his carer briefly with non league Andover, before retiring from the game. He resided in Northampton & worked as a groundsman at a local steel factory in Rothwell, continuing to reside in Northampton until he sadly died aged 86 in January 2016.     
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FREDERICK THOMAS (FRED) MIDDLETON -  OBITUARY 

DIED; APR.8TH.2016. TEESIDE AREA?, (AGED 85)
DOB: AUG.2nd.1930,  WEST HARTLEPOOL, Co. DURHAM.
POSITION: HALF BACK

CAREER
HARTLEPOOL DAY SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM (Up To 1948)
NUFC (JUNIOR, Then RESERVE, (AMATEUR- From APR.1948, Then PRO- AUG.1953 To MAY 1954);
ELGIN CITY (GUEST NATIONAL SERVICE APP- 1953)
LINCOLN CITY (TRANSFER FEE- £1000 Approx: MAY 1954 To SUMMER 1963, 316 Apps (300 League); 16 League Goals). WORKSOP TOWN,
SKEGNESS TOWN, GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY, BOSTON.
SEATON HOLY TRINITY (HARTLEPOOL AREA SUNDAY LEAGUE- 1967-70)
(also - RUSTON BUCYRUS CRICKET CLUB 1960’s)

HONOURS
DURHAM COUNTY FA SCHOOLS UNDER 18’S APPEARANCES (1940’S)
LINCOLN CITY 5TH HIGHEST APPEARANCES CLUB RECORD.  
 
On leaving school, Fred who had represented his county, began an apprenticeship as a plumber, before being signed as an amateur junior by Newcastle in April 1948. He progressed from the clubs youth set up into the reserves and was given a professional contract in August 1953. He remained a regular out of the first team, but never gained a senior appearance, with the 50’s squad at Newcastle being so strong at such a successful time. Despite a guest appearance for Elgin City while doing his National Service on a posting; in May 1954 he was transferred to Lincoln City for a fee of about £1000. Soon after signing for Lincoln, he scored a hat trick in the reserve 5;2 victory over Kings Lynn. On September 11th. 1954 he made his senior debut v Ipswich Town going on to make exactly 300 league appearances, and 16 cup appearances; despite injury set backs. He captained side in 1958 & assisted in their relegation escape of the 57-58 season; although they did suffer that fate during his time there. Fred’s successful time at Lincoln City finally came to an end in the summer of 1963. Fred now continued to his career in non league football, playing for Worksop, Skegness, Gainsborough Trinity & Boston before retiring. After his playing career ended he carried on playing cricket and Sunday football locally, and worked in both the steel and plastics industry. On April 8th 2016 Feed passed away aged 85. 
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JOHN WILLIAMS MARCH HOPE
 
DIED: JUL. 18TH.2016, STOCKTON. (Aged 67).
DOB: MARCH 30th.1949, SHILDON, Co. DURHAM
POSITION: GOALKEEPER. HEIGHT; 6ft. 0ins. Occupation/Trade: Welder
(Son Chris: Ex Scunthorpe Utd. & Son Richad: Ex Northampton Town
Career:
As a Player:
DARLINGTON (JUNIOR- 1964, Then PRO- MAY 1967- To MAR.1969- Total / League Apps; 14), NUFC (TRANSFER FEE- £8000 MAR.14th.1969 To JAN.1971).
SHEFFIELD UNITED (EXCHANGE DEAL, J,TUDOR- JAN.21st.1971 To JUL.1975, Total Apps; 72, 63 League), PRESTON NORTH END (LOAN- 1974 To 1975- 0 Apps.), HARTLEPOOL UNITED (FREE TRANSFER- JUL.1975 To MAY 1976- Total /League Apps 23 ), WHITBY TOWN (OCT.1988),
As Coach/Manager:
STOCKTON (COACH- OCT.1980), WINGATE (MANAGER- JUL.1986 To 1988)
WILLINGTON (MANAGER- NOV.1988 To JAN.1991)  HARTLEOOL UNITED (ASSIST. COACH- JAN.1991 To 1992), DARLINGTON (COACH- 1992). 
Honours:
ENGLISH DIVISION TWO PROMOTION 1970-71) (SHEFF.UTD.).
SHEFFIELD UNITED EX CLUB RECORD 7 CLEAN SHEETS IN A ROW (1971)
NUFC: 1st TEAM RECORD; Total / League Apps; 1
MAY 5TH.1969, Manchester City, Lost 0;1, Division 1.
 
John Hope’s playing career began in the mid 60’s as a junior with Darlington. Rising through the ranks into the reserves he gained a professional contract in May 1967.His appearances (14 in the league) caught the eye of Newcastle & they signed him as backup to McFaul in March 1969 for a fee of £8000. He spent most of that season on the bench, including the successful European Fairs Cup run. Despite McFaul rarely getting injured; he got to make his debut on May 5th 1969; when they lost to league champions Manchester City. Unfortunately for the remainder of his time at Newcastle, he did not get another opportunity, featuring in the Central League for the reserves. In January 1971 he moved along with David Ford to Sheffield United in an exchange deal with John Tudor. Despite stiff competition he shone in the first team almost instantly as Sheffield United pushed for promotion from Division II. He kept 7 consecutive clean sheets as the club went on a great run gaining second place & promotion to Division 1.He created a consecutive game clean sheet record which stood for 40 years. Despite having played 73 competitive games for the Blades, in the summer of 1975, he was given a free transfer to Hartlepool United. The 75-76 season would be his last season playing professionally, making 23 league appearances during that season. It appears he returned to his trade as a welder. His post playing days saw him become Stockton’s coach in 1980 & then took on the role as manager for local non league side Wingate in July 1986. He then managed Willington for three years up to 1991 & he was then offered the job as assistant coach with Hartlepool United. From this he became a coach at Darlington in 1982;in what would be his final non playing role. Unusually in October 1988 he briefly came out of retirement to feature in goal for Whitby Town. In recent years despite battling Parkinson’s Decease, he managed to attend some club legends evenings & in 2014,he met up with the likes of ex colleagues Tony Currie; to take part in Sheffield United’s 125th anniversary celebrations. Sadly John passed away on July 18th 2016 aged 67. His two sons both played football professional Chris at Scunthorpe & Richard at Northampton.        

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WILLIAM (LIAM) TUOHY
 
DIED: AUG. 13TH.2016, HIGHFIELD NURSING HOME, DUBLIN, REP. OF IRELAND (Aged 83).
DOB: APR.27th.1933, EAST WALL, DUBLIN, REP. OF IRELAND
POSITION: WINGER (Midfielder) & FORWARD . HEIGHT; 5ft 7ins (1960).
 
Career:
As a Player:
ST MARY’S EAST WALL (JUNIOR- 1948 To AUG.1951),
SHAMROCK ROVERS (AUG.1951 To MAY 1960- 126 League Apps; 46 Goals).
ST MARY’S (LOAN- 1953). NUFC (TRANSFER FEE- £9500- MAY 9th.1960 To AUG.1963).
SHAMROCK ROVERS (FREE TRANSFER- PLAYER/COACH AUG.1963, Then PLAYER/MANAGER 1964 To 1969 League Apps; 85, 41 Goals),
BOSTON ROVERS (USA- LOAN- 1967- 9 Apps, 3 Goals),
As Coach/Manager:
DUNDALK (1ST TEAM MANAGER 1969 To 1970),
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND (SENIOR TEAM MANAGER- SEP.1971 To NOV.1972)
SHAMROCK ROVERS (1ST TEAM MANAGER- 1972 To 1973)
LEAGUE OF IRELAND (MANAGER- 1968 To 1972),
DUBLIN UNIVERSITY (COACH- 1975 To 1981),
SHELBOURNE (1ST TEAM MANAGER- JUL.1981 To JUN.1982),
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND (UNDER 19’S / YOUTH MANAGER 1981 To 1984.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND (UNDER 18’S / YOUTH MANAGER 1984 To FEB.1986)
HOME FARM FC (DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL- DEC.1989 To 2002?). RETIRED
 
Honours:
As a Player;
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND INTERNATIONAL APPEARANCES (1955-65) 8, 4 Goals
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND ‘B’ INTERNATIONALS- (1957-58) 3,0 Goals
LEAGUE OF IRELAND REPRESENTATIVE APPS (1954-65) 24, 7 Goals
IRISH LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER; 1954, 1957, 1959, 1964
IRISH FA CUP FINAL WINNER; 1955, 1956, 1965, 1966, 1967,1968. (As Manager- 1969)
IRELAND PLAYER OF THE YEAR; 1966.
 
As Manager;
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND MANAGER- 1971-73
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND UNDER 19’S 1981-84, then UNDER 18’S To 1986
LEAGUE OF IRELAND MANAGER 1968-72
 
NUFC: 1st TEAM RECORD; Total Apps; 42, (38 League, 1 FA Cup, 3 League Cup); 9 League Goals 
DEBUT- AUG.20TH.1960, PRESTON NORTH END, Won 3;2.
 
TESTIMONIAL MATCH (Joint with Liam Hennessey);
MAY 3rd.1960, SHAMROCK ROVERS 0(0) : 3(2) NUFC, Goal Scorers; LEN WHITE (2 GOALS- 20,31 mins), LEN ALLCHURCH (65 mins). Attendance; 20000, Referee: T.Barton (Dublin)
Liam Tuoy featured at Outside left for Shamrock.
 
Liam Tuohy’s career began ’s playing locally as a junior in Dublin for local side St. Mary’s. He signed for Shamrock Rovers in August 1951& during his 9 years there he appeared in 126 league matches scoring 46 goals.e signed He gained a good reputation as an attacking winger with a great goal scoring record at outside left. During his career there he was a par timer, while also working for the Guinness Company. Liam had tremendous success at Shamrock, with the side claiming the Irish League title, in 1954,1857 & 1959 & winning the Irish Cup in 1955 & 1956. He also gained selection for his country for the first time in 1956. The last of his 8 caps for Ireland was obtained in 1965. He was selected for th Irish B’ side on 3 occasions & from 1955 through to 1966 he was selected on 24 occasions for the League of Ireland XI. Prior to leaving, both he and Liam Hennessey were awarded a joint testimonial match;  playing host to Newcastle in a 3;0 defeat. He arrived on Tyneside soon after in May 1960 for a £9500 fee & he featured in their relegation battle during the 1960-61 season. Following his debut on the opening day of the season verses Preston on August 20th .he featured 12 times that season, getting the first 2 of his goals in the next game when they hammered Fulham 7;2 on August 24th  He got another goal in September in a3;2 win over West Brom. & after long run out of the side, he returned to first team action in April & scored in a 4;1 victory over Bolton on April 22nd. Despite the side scoring a very credible 86 goals, they leaked 109 & were relegated in 21st place. Liam was much prominent during the 1961-62 season in Division Two, hitting 4 goals in 27 appearances, the first of which was hitting the winner in a1;0 triumph over Walsall. The season was one of mixed fortunes and the side ended the season in mid table in 11th. place. He also featured in the sides 3 League Cup games and 1 FA Cup game. In the clubs push to get back into the top tier, new signings were made and the following season Liam only got a play in 3 first team games; the last of which was on April 3rd 1963, when they lost 3;1 to Bury. He did notch up one final goal on December 8th in a 4;1 victory over Rotherham. On return to his old club Shamrock he also acted as coach & manager during the remainder of his playing career, making a further 85 league appearances, claiming another 41 goals. During this time he also went over to the USA on loan in 1967 to briefly play for Boston Rovers, featuring times, scoring 3 goals. His time back at Shamrock Rovers saw the side achieve astounding results; they won the league title a further once and claimed the Irish FA. Cup 5 times in a row from 1965 to 1969. As a result he won the Irish Player of the Year Award; rounding of his playing carer in the game.
 
He hung up his boots in 1969, and after managing Dundalk and also managing the League of Ireland representative side he was appointed as Irish National Team manager in September 1971. He ran the National side for two years, and led the side to a memorable 2;1 win over France. His next managerial role was back at Shamrock Rovers were stayed for about a year. A high pint was overseeing a Shamrock Rovers XI in a friendly with Brazil in July 1973. After a 6 year stint coaching at Dublin University he returned to management in 1981with Shelbourne and then in 1982 took on the role as the Irish Under 19’s and then Under 18’s manager. With the later in 1984 they memorably reached the semi finals of the European Championships, eventually gaining the 4th place. A year later they also qualified for the Under 18’s World Cup finals for the first time in their history.  His last role in football was as director of football at Home Farm. After retiring from the game, Liam occasionally did scouting work for Newcastle. In recognition of his services to Irish football; the FAI dedicated a display cabinet to him at their headquarters in 2010. Sadly, Liam passed away peacefully, in Highfield Nursing Home, Whitehall, Dublin on August 13th 2016; aged 83. His funeral was held at ‘Our Lady of the Divine Grace’ in Raheny on August 17th.   

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ALBERT (‘ankles’) BENNETT 

DIED: DEC.21st.2016, SPROWSTON, near NORWICH (Aged 72).
DOB: JUL.16th.1944, CHESTER MOOR, near CHESTER LE STREET, Co DURHAM.
POSITION: FORWARD.
 
Career:
CHESTER MOORS CW  (1959-60), NUFC (AMATEUR JUNIOR- 1960).
ROTHERHAM UNITED (APPRENTICE JUNIOR- MAY 1960, The PRO. FEB.6TH..1962 To JUL.1965; Total League Apps; 121, 83 Goals), NUFC (TRANSFER FEE- £27 500; JUL.22ND.1965 To FEB.1969)
NORWICH CITY (TRANSFER FEE- £25 000 FEB.25TH1969 To MAR.30TH 1971- Total League Apps: 60, 16 Goals- Retired Due To Injury). BURY ST EDMUNDS TOWN (PLAYER/MANAGER- JUL.1972). SPROWSTON ATHLETIC.
THURLT0N. YARMOUTH TOWN (OCT.1979 To MAY 1981). SPROWSTON ATHLETIC.
CARROW FC, QUEBEC ROVERS, SPROWSTON THURSDAY TAVERNERS.
COLEMAN’S MUSTARD FC (MANAGER)
 
Honours:
 
ENGLAND UNDER 23’S APP; 1, 0 GOALS (1964); NOV.4TH.1964 v WALES. START. (Replaced- 33 mins)
ENGLAND YOUTH APP; 1962
 
NUFC: 1st TEAM RECORD; Total Apps; 89 (+1 Sub), (85 League); 23 Goals (22 League).

*DEBUT- AUG.28TH.1965 v SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY, Lost 0;1.

Albert Bennett’s  early playing career was in his home village of Chester Moor as a youngster in the late 1950’s. He was on Newcastle’s books briefly in 1960 as an amateur junior before being signed up by Rotherham in May. His career took off and soon signed professionally for them. He remained at the club until July 1965, when newly promoted Newcastle’s manager Joe Harvey swooped to signed him to return to Tyneside for a fee of £27 500.  During his time at Rotherham he notched up 83 league goals in 121 appearances. He also appeared for the England Youth team & then gained Under 23’s Cap verses Wales in November 1964. Albert made his debut for Newcastle on August 28th 1965, featured as a forward in a 10 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday. This was football’s first season of allowing a substitute & Albert has the distinction of being the clubs first named sub just prior to his debut. They survived their first season back in the top flight ending the season in a reasonable 15th place. He mainly featured at inside right that season alongside McGarry & Hilley & scored his first goal for Newcastle in September 18th in a 3;2 victory over Burnley. He netted 9 times in 25 league games that season; including getting two against Aston Villa in a 4;2 defeat on January 1st He also scored a in the League Cup when Newcastle got knocked out in the 2nd Round 4;3; against Peterborough. The following season was a relegation battle with goals being hard come by but they the season safely in 20th. place  Albert made another 30 appearances, scoring 3 goals. The 1967-68 saw the club improve their league form & for the first half of the season Albert was first choice at Inside right, clocking up another 27 appearances, scoring 10 goals. This included one on the opening day of the season in a 3;0 win over Southampton. The following season would be his last at Newcastle and he only featured a few more times for them. His final appearance was on January 11th 1969 in 2;1 defeat to Leicester City. Emlyn Hughes famously  nicknamed him ‘crazy horse’ after he ‘rugby style’ tackled the Liverpool player in a game.  A high point of that season was to make an Inter Cities Fairs Cup appearance for Newcastle as a 75th minute sub in a 2nd  Round 2ND Leg 1;0 victory over Sporting Lisbon on November 20th.  Injury’s were already beginning to set back Albert’s career and an ankle weakness, which he would tape up combined with his lucky white boots, earned him the title ‘ankles’ from team mates.
In February 1969, before Newcastle lifted the Fairs Cup, Albert Bennett was transferred to Norwich City. This would be his last professional club, as sadly his career was cut short following a serious knee cartilage injury in 1971. It was at Norwich he scored his only professional hat trick in a league math against Portsmouth in 1970. Before the injury on February 1971 verses Leicester City, Albert made 60 league appearances, scoring 16 goals for the Canaries.  Norwich would honour him with a testimonial match. This was on May 3rd 1972 when Norwich played an All Star XI, that included Jackie Sinclair. He then briefly had a spell as player manager with Bury St. Edmunds & then played for number of non league clubs in the East Anglia region. Albert continued living in the Norwich area .He did various jobs including running a number of pubs in Norwich, the Elm Tavern, the Duke of Norfolk, the Brick makers &  the Angler. He also spent time as a prison officer, a taxi driver and running a catering business. He came back North on occasion to attend ex Newcastle player reunion events. Sadly Albert died aged 72 on December 21st. 2016. 

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2017

‘HARRY’ JOHN HENRY TAYLOR  

DIED:
JAN.5th 2017, GATESHEAD. (Aged 81).
DOB:OCT.5th.1935, CRAWCROOK, RYTON, near GATESHEAD
POSITION:RIGHT WINGER

Career:

CRAWCROOK  ALBION JUNIORS (Early 1950’s),
NUFC (JUNIOR- 1951, Then PRO-NOV.1952 To JUN.1960).
(Included National Service: with Corps of Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers based in London)
FULHAM (1st LOAN- 1956 To 1957; (2nd LOAN- 1957 To 1958- 4 League Apps; 0 Goals)
CHELMSFORD CITY (FREE TRANSFER-JUN.1960 To 1962)
CAMBRIDGE UNITED (1962 To 1963).

NUFC: 1st TEAM RECORD; Total Apps; 29, (28 League); 5 League Goals.
*DEBUT- JAN.1st.1955 v SHEFFIELD  UNITED, Lost 2;6. Division One.

Honours

ARMY ‘B’ XI REPRESENTATIVE APPEARANCE:
SEP.6TH.1957 v CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY

NEWCASTLE & DISTRICT LEAGUE WINNER 1952-93 (NUFC N’s)
NORTHERN INTERMEDIATE LEAGUE RUNNER UP (NUFC JUNIORS)

Harry Taylor joined Newcastle from his local junior side Crawcrook in 1951. By the 1952-53 Season Harry had established himself at junior level as the club at youth level to win the Newcastle & District League & to be runners up in the Northern Intermediate League. By the 1954-55 season he had progressed into the Reserves as regular. The side finished the Central League in 8th  place.  It was during that season that got his chance in the first team with a New Years Day debut in a 6:2 defeat to Sheffield United. The strength of 50’s squads made it difficult for Harry to establish himself in the first team. it was in the 1956-57 season that he got a
run of a few games, beginning with an opening game of the season on Aug 18th. It was in this game that he scored his first senior goal at Newcastle . This was in a 2:1 victory Portsmouth. During that season he spend on loan at Fulham & in the following season went on loan for second time making 4 senior appearances. In late January 1959, he made a reappearance in the first team and
racked up 16 league & 1 cup appearances scoring 4 league goals; through to the end of the season. The club had a mid table finish in 11th. place. It was during this season that scored his last goal for Newcastle on April 22nd in a 2;0 win over Bolton Wanderers. September 5th 1959 early into the 1959-60 season, was his final senior games at St James Park. They lost 2;1 to Preston North End. He continued featuring for the reserves who  once again ended their Central League campaign in 8th place. In June 1960, Harry Taylor moved to Chelmsford City on a free transfer & two years later he moved to his final club Cambridge United where he ended his carer.  After his playing days he returned North and worked for Newcastle Breweries. Sadly Harry died on January 5th 2017 aged 81

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PETER NOBLE – OBITUARY
 
DIED: MAY 6th.2017, BURNLEY, LANCS. (Aged 72)
DOB: AUG.19th.1944, SUNDERLAND
POSITION: FORWARD. HEIGHT: 5.08
 
Career:
CONSETT (1963 To NOV.1964), NUFC (TRANSFER FEE_ £1000; NOV.1964 To JAN.1968).
SWINDON TOWN (TRANSFER FEE- £8 000 JAN.1968 To JUN.1973- Total League Apps: 214, 62 Goals)
BURNLEY (TRANSFER FEE- £40 000;- JUN.1973 To JAN.1980 Total League Apps; 243, 63 Goals).
BLACKPOOL (TRANSFER FEE- £25000;- JAN.1980 To MAY 1983; Total League Apps: 97, 14 Goals).RETIRED.
 
Honours:
 
ENGLISH LEAGUE CUP FINAL WINNER 1969 (SWINDON T)
ENGLISH LEAGUE DIVISION III PROMOTION 1968-69 (SWINDON T)
ANGLO ITALIAN CUP FINAL WINNER 1969 (SWINDON T)
ANGLO ITALIAN CUP FINAL RUNNER UP 1970 (SWINDON T)
TEXACO CUP FINAL RUNNER UP 1973-74 (BURNLEY)
 
NUFC: 1st TEAM RECORD; Total / League Apps; 22 (+3 Sub); 7 League Goals
*DEBUT- SEP.25TH.1965 v CHELSEA, Draw 1;1.

Peter Noble’s football talent was spotted while as an amateur for local side Consett. Newcastle bought him for £1000 in November 1964. At the start of his second season at the club Peter broke into the newly promoted first team & featured in a 1;1 draw with Chelsea; on September 25th 1965. This would be the first of 22 (+3) league appearances. The first of 7 club goals came on September 24th  1966 in a 1;1 draw Fulham. The club narrowly avoided relegation and lost their final game of that season 6;1 to West Brom; with Noble scoring the last of his first team goals. Season 67-68 saw him only make one further appearance for Newcastle; in a 2;1 defeat to Sheffield United on September 23rd 1967. In January 1968 he transferred to Swindon Town for a fee of £8000. He had tremendous season for them in 1968-69, assisting promotion from League Division III and reaching the final of the League Cup, despite injuring his shoulder in the semi final. They won the final March 15th against Arsenal 3;1 after extra time. He played at inside left. A further success for Swindon that season, was in winning the Anglo Italian Cup Final. The following year they reached the final again, but this time they lost out; with Noble once again in the side. By the end of the 1972-73 season Peter Noble had made 214 league appearances for Swindon, scoring 62 goals. In June 1973 Burnley paid £40000 for his services. They had a great FA Cup run during the 73-74 and reached the semi finals; only to be beaten 2;0by his old side Newcastle. They went one better in the Texaco Cup and reached the final to face Newcastle. They lost 2;1, with Noble playing in a more defensive role. In total Noble would play in 243 league games for Burnley & scored 63 goals including a hat trick in the 1974-75 season in a 4;1 win over Newcastle. Peter’s final league club was Blackpool; whom signed him in January 1980 for £25 000. He hung up his boots at the end of the 1982-83 season having made a further 97 league appearances; scoring 14 goals. After football Peter had a sports shop in Burnley and also ran a market stall. At a special presentation dinner, Burnley honoured him in 2006, where he was ‘declared’ a Burnley FC football legend. In recent years, he was in not so good health and on May 6th 2017 he died aged 72. 

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CHEICK ISMAEL TIOTE - OBITUARY

ROLE: MIDFIELDER
HEIGHT: 5. 11 (2014)  WEIGHT: 11. 09 (76kg) (2012).
DOB: JUN. 21ST. 1986, YAMOUSSOUKRO, IVORY COAST.
DIED: JUN.5th.2017 (Aged 30) BEIJING, CHINA.

CAREER
FC. BIBO (IVORY COAST) (YOUTH- 1998 To 2005).
RSC. ANDERLECHT (BELGIUM) (2005 To JUL.2008- 4 League Apps)
RODA J C (HOLLAND) (LOAN- 2007 To 2008- 26 League Apps, 2 Goals).
FC TWENTE (HOLLAND) (TRANSFER FEE- £2.2 MILLION JUL.2008 To AUG.2010- 58 League Apps, 1 Goal).
NUFC (TRANSFER FEE- £3.5 MILLION: AUG. 26th. 2010 To FEB.2017)
BEIJING ENTERPRISES GROUP FC (CHINA- UNDISCLOSED FEE- REPORTED TO BE APPROX: £1 MILLION-  FEB.6th.2017 To JUN.5th.2017- Died in Training. 11 League Apps; 0 Goals) 

NUFC: 1st. TEAM APPEARANCE RECORD
Total Apps; 143 (+13), (139 League); 1 League Goal.

*DEBUT- SEP.18th.2010 v EVERTON, Won 1;0

HONOURS
IVORY COAST: FULL INTERNATIONAL CAPS: 51, 1 GOAL  :-
JUN.13th..2009, CAMEROON, Won 2:1. START-
AUG.19th.2009, TUNISIA. SUB- 66 mins (At Outside Left0
NOV.18th.2009, GERMANY, Draw 2:2, International Friendly.  START- Inside Right. Replaced- 87 Mins.
JAN.4th.2010, TANZANIA, International Friendly. SUB- 45 mins (At Right Half).
JAN.7th.2010, RWANDA, Won 2:0, International Friendly. START- Outside Right. Replaced- 64 mins.
JAN.11th.2010, BURKINA FASO, Draw 0:0, Africa Cup of Nations Group B. START- Inside Right. Replaced- 81 mins
JAN.15th.2010, GHANA, Won 3:1, Africa Cup of Nations Group B. START- Inside Right.
JAN.24th.2010, ALGERIA, Lost 2:3 (AET), Africa Cup Of Nations Quarter Final. START- Inside Right. Replaced- 72 mins. 
MAR.3rd.2010, SOUTH KOREA, Lost 0:2, International Friendly. START- Inside Right.
MAY 30th.2010, PARAGUAY, Draw 2:2, International Friendly. START- Outside Right.
JUN.4th.2010, JAPAN, Won 2:0, International Friendly. START- Inside Right. Replaced- 88 mins.
JUN.15th.2010, PORTUGAL, Draw 0:0, World Cup Finals, Group G. START- Inside Right.
JUN.20th.2010, BRAZIL, Lost 1:3, World Cup Finals, Group G. START- Inside Right.
JUN.25th.2010, N.KOREA, Won 3:0, World Cup Finals, Group G. START- Inside Right.
AUG.10th.2010, ITALY, Won 1:0, International Friendly. START- Inside Right.
SEP.4th.2010 v RWANDA, Won 3:0. African Cup of Nations Qual. START-
OCT.9TH. 2010 v BURUNDI., Won 1:0, African Cup of Nations Qual. START- 
NOV.17th.2010, POLAND, Lost 0:3, International Friendly. START- Inside Right. Replaced- 90 mins.
JAN.17th.2012, LIBYA, Won 1:0, International Friendly. START-
JAN.13th.2012, TUNISIA, Won 2:0, International Friendly. START- Red Card 2nd Half.
JAN.22nd.2012, SUDAN, Won 1:0, African Cup of Nations Group B. START- Outside Right. Replaced- 80 mins. 
JAN.26th.2012, BURKINA FASO, Won 2:0, African Cup of Nations Group B. START- Outside Right.
FEB.8th.2012, MALI, Won 1:0, African Cup of Nations Semi Final. START- Left Half.
FEB.12th.2012, ZAMBIA, Draw 0:0 (AET), Lost 7:8 On Pens. African Cup of Nations Final. START- Outside Right.
(Scored 1 Penalty in the Shoot Out).   
FEB.29th.2012, GUINEA, Draw 0:0,  International Friendly. START- 
JUN.2nd.2012, TANZANIA, Won 2:0, World Cup Qualifier Group C. START- Left Half. Replaced- 63 mins
JUN.9th.2012, MOROCCO, Draw 2:2, World Cup Qualifier Group C. START- Left Half.  
OCT.13th.2012, SENEGAL, Won 2:0 (Match Abandoned 76 mins & Tie Awarded to Ivory Coast) African Cup of Nations Qualifying Play Off 2nd. Leg. START-
NOV.14th.2012, AUSTRIA, Won 3:0, International Friendly. START- Outside Right. Replaced- 52 mins.
JAN.14th.2013, EGYPT, Won 4:2, International Friendly. START- Outside Right.
JAN.22nd.2013, TOGO, Won 2:1, Africa Cup of Nations Group D. SUB- 63 mins.
JAN.26th.2013, TUNISIA, Won 3:0, Africa Cup of Nations Group D. START- Inside Right.  
FEB.3rd.2013, NIGERIA, Lost 1:2, Africa Cup of Nations Quarter Final. 1 GOAL- 50 mins. START- Inside Right.
MAR.23rd.2013, GAMBIA, Won 3:0, World Cup Qualifier Group C. START- Outside Right.
JUN.8th.2013, GAMBIA, Won 3:0, World Cup Qualifier Group C. START- Inside Right.
SEP.7th.2013, MOROCCO, Draw 1:1, World Cup Qualifier Group C. START- Inside Right. Replaced- 87 mins.
OCT.12th.2013, SENEGAL, Won 3:1, World Cup Qualifier African 3rd Rd. START- Outside Right.
MAR.5th.2014, BELGIUM, Draw 2:2, International Friendly. START- Outside Right.
MAY 31st.2014, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA, Lost 1:2, International Friendly. START- Left Half. Replaced- 45 mins
JUN.4th.2014, EL SALVADOR, Won 2:1, International Friendly. START- Left Half. Replaced- 73 mins.
JUN.15th. 2014, JAPAN, Won 2:1, World Cup Group C Match 1. START- Outside Right.
JUN.19th.2014, COLUMBIA, Lost 1:2, World Cup Group C Match 2. START- Outside Right.
JUN.24th.2014, GREECE, Lost 1:2, World Cup Group C Match 3. START- Outside Right. Replaced- 61 mins.
SEP.6th.2014, SIERRA LEONE, Won 2:1, Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier Group D. START-
SEP.10th.2014, CAMEROON, Lost 1:4, Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier Group D. START-
OCT.11th.2014, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, Won 2:1, Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier Group D. START-
OCT.15th.2014, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, Lost 0:1, Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier Group D. START
JAN.11th.2015, NIGERIA, Won 1:0, International Friendly. START.
JAN.15th.2015, SWEDEN, Lost 0:2, International Friendly. START-
JAN.20th.2015, GUINEA, Draw 1:1, Africa Cup of Nations Group Match 1. START-
JAN.24th.2015, MALI, Draw 1:1, Africa Cup of Nations Group Match 2. START-
 
IVORY COAST UNDER 23’s APPEARANCE
AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS- FINAL RUNNER UP: 2012 (IVORY COAST).  
EREDIVISE CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER: 2009-10 (FC. TWENTE).
DUTCH SUPER CUP FINAL- WINNER: JUL.2010 (FC. TWENTE).
KNVB CUP FINAL-RUNNER UP: 2007-08 (RODA JC), 2008-09 (FC. TWENTE)
BELGIUM FIRST DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP- WINNER 2005-06, 2006-07 (RSC ANDERLECHT). 
BELGIUM SUPER CUP FINAL WINNER: 2006, 2007 (RSC. ANDERLECHT).
TROFEO INTERNATIONAL GUADIANA (ALGARVE)- WINNER JUL.2012 (NUFC).
 
Cheick Tiote began playing football as youngster bare foot locally in Yamoussoukro. His first club as youth was FC Bibo. He was talent spotted by Anderlecht in 2005, who signed him up. He initially turned out in their second team, before gaining his senior debut in a Belgium Cup 6;5 defeat to Geel in November 2005. At first, a young Tiote struggled to gain a regular place and in the following season only got 3 senior outings sustaining injuries. However, during the 2007-08 season he went out on loan to Dutch side Roda JC; making his debut on September  2nd in a 5;3 victory over VVV Venlo. Soon after he scored his first senior goal against Feyenoord. In total he made 26 league appearances in the side; scoring 2 goals. In the summer of 2008, Tiote signed for FC Twente. As the season got underway he made his debut for them on August 13th in a Champions League Qualifying defeat to Arsenal. His side reached the final of the Dutch KNVB Cup, facing Heerenveen in the final. The game ended in a 2;2, with his losing out on penalties. He was now a regular in the side, notching up a total of 41 senior starts that season. During the following season Tiote had a number of suspensions, but he was still a first team regular and he featured at the end of the season as a sub in a 2;0 victory over NAC Breda. The result saw his side claim the league title. Tiote’s reputation as a hard tackling busy midfield player grew and he began to catch the eye of a number of clubs; despite only getting limited match time the following season. It was Newcastle who would swoop to sign him on August 26th 2010 for a £3.5 million fee. His Newcastle debut came on September 18th verses Everton in a 1;0 win. Later that season, Cheick scored his only competitive goal for the club in a game which was one the high points of the season. His only goal for Newcastle came on February 5th; in a dramatic come back; gaining a 4;4 draw against Arsenal. By the end of his first season he had featured for fir the first team on 28 occasions. 
 
The 2011-12 season began well for Tiote, being regularly selected in the starting eleven. Unfortunately on October 22nd he sustained a broken nose in a 1:0 win over Wigan. Before Christmas he was back in the and went on to feature 24 times as the side completed the season in style gained 5th place & Europa League Qualification.  Unfortunately his yellow card tally had hit 25 by the end of his second season, such was the competitive, combative nature of his game. A similar pastern followed the following season, along with a further injury problem occurring. .During the 2013-14 season Tiote stepped to captain the side in a 2;2 draw with ??? on October 19th 2013  . His start the following season was held back due to a hamstring injury & it was not until September that featured in a 2;2 draw with Hull; assisting one of his sides goals. During the troubled 2015-16 season, when the club were initially managed by McClaren;  Tiote clocked up20 appearances in the side which would ultimately be relegated & as new players were brought in his selection in the side became much reduced. That summer as the club rebuilt itself ready to push for promotion back out of the Championship,. Tiote was retained in the squad but only featured three more times in the side that season & on February 9th 2017 he was signed by Chinese side Beijing Enterprises for an undisclosed fee reported to be about 31 million. He gained his debut quickly playing against Qingdao Huanghai in a2;1 defeat in that seasons opener. His last of 11appearances was on June 3rd 2017 when they defeated Baoding Yingli Yitong 4;2. Tragically, Cheick Tiote died only two days later; sustaining a fatal heart attack in training on June 5th. He was aged only 30
 
No tribute to Cheick Tiote would be complete without highlighting his international career with the Ivory Coast; which began  in 2009 in a friendly matches. He soon went on to feature for them in the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. In 2012, the Ivory Coast reached the final; with Tiote a starting eleven selection regular. They faced Zambia in the final. The game ended in a draw and went to a penalty shoot out; with Tiote slotting home his spot kick. Unfortunately they went onto loose8;7.  During his ‘cut short’ international career ,Tiote scored one goal in 2013 in the Africa Cup of Nations; when they lost 2;1 to Nigeria. In total he featured for his country on 51 occasions
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ALBERT JOHN FRANKS
 
DIED: JUN.18th.2017, GATESHEAD (Aged 81).
DOB: APR.13th.1936, BOLDON COLLIERY, Co. DURHAM.
POSITION: HALF BACK. HEIGHT: 5.10
 
Career:
SOUTH TYNE JUNIORS, JARROW POLICE (CADETS), BOLDON CW.
SUNDERLAND AFC (AMATEUR- 1953)
NUFC (TRANSFER FEE_ £50; DEC.1953 To MAR.1960).
GLASGOW RANGERS (TRANSFER FEE- £6 500 MAR.1960 To NOV.1961-3 League Apps;0Goals),
MORTON (LOAN- 1961; 13 League Apps,2 Goals)
LINCOLN CITY (NOV.16th.1961 To JAN.1964- 66 Apps (58 League); 6 Goals, 5 League).
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH (FREE TRANSFER FEE- JAN.1964 To MAY 1964- 10League Apps, 2 Goals).
SCARBOROUGH (PLAYER/MANAGER JUL.1st.1964 To DEC.1965- 55 League Apps; RETIRED).
 
Honours:
RAF XI APPEARANCE- 1954.
DURHAM FA YOUTH v NORTHUMBERLAND FAXI APP. (capt)
DURHAM SCHOOLS CRICKET XI
 
NUFC: 1st TEAM RECORD; Total /Apps; 75, 72 League; 4 League Goals
*DEBUT- FEB.16TH.1957 v LUTON TOWN, Lost 1;4.

Albert’s early football development began locally in the South Tyneside area with Jarrow & Boldon. As left sided player, he became a half back and after a time as a police cadet & for a short period in 1953 he signed as an amateur for Sunderland. During those early years Albert also captained the Durham FA Youth side  However, his workmanlike displays caught Newcastle’s eye & in December 1953 they signed him for £50. Competition for places, during those cup winning years was fierce and his early seasons at St. James Park  were spent at reserve level. It was not until the 1956-57 season that finally broke into the first team  This was on February 16th 1957; in a 4;1 defeat to Luton Town; ending the season with 7 starts; mostly at left half. By the 1957-58 he was regular in the first team & would go to make 72 league and 3 FA Cup appearances in the side; scoring 4 goals. His first goal at Newcastle came on April 5th 1958, in a 3;2 defeat to Blackpool. During his early years with Newcastle, Albert did National Service & got to Represent the RAF in Germany. A change in management saw Franks become less of a regular in the side and after a solid 1958-59 season when club finished 11th; during his last season only got selected on 3 occasions; the last of which was on January 23rd 1960; in 2;0 defeat to Leicester City. This was the last of 72 league appearances, scoring 4 goals & a further 3 FA Cup appearances.
In March  1960 he transfer to Scottish giants Rangers for a fee of £6500. Things did not work out well over the border & after brief stint on loan with Morton; he signed for Lincoln City in November 1961. Later that month he made hid League Division II debut for them in a 1;0 defeat to Notts County. Here he once again found regular first team football. He would remain with the ‘Imps’ until 1964 & notched 66 senior appearances (58 League).His last game for Lincoln was on May 18th 1963 in a 2;1 defeat to Barrow. This was followed a short period with his final club: Scarborough as player / manager. Here he would make a further 55 appearances before hanging up his boots in December 1965. After professional football Albert returned to his police training days & joined Durham Constabulary. He also kept his hand in; managing and playing for their football team. During his 22 years with the force working in CID he was given 22 commendations. Later he worked as a security consultant & was a regular playing indoor bowls at Chester Le Street.  Albert passed away on June 18th  2017 aged 81.    
 
 
 
 

 





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