Newcastle United Foundation’s ‘Hall of Fame’ recognises the achievements of those people that have made an outstanding contribution to Newcastle United and football over the club’s long history. Among the great players, managers and teams are ‘Community Champions’, recognising and rewarding unsung black and white heroes.
The first members were inducted at an exclusive event in March 2013 with new members inducted at special events each year.
MALCOLM MACDONALD (1971-1976)
A seventies icon, Supermac as he was nicknamed on Tyneside, was hero worshipped at St. James’ Park for his goal scoring feats and the excitement he brought to the United supporters. Built like a middle-weight boxer, he was a brash and colourful centre-forward. Blessed with electric pace and a thunderous shot Supermac terrorised defences up and down the country scoring 138 goals for United in only 258 appearances. A hat-trick against Liverpool on his home debut signalled his intention and he also hit five goals in an England shirt against Cyprus in 1975. Malcolm was a huge personality in the region and firmly cemented his place as one of our Number 9 heroes.
BOBBY MITCHELL (1949-1961)
Along with club colleagues Frank Brennan and Jackie Milburn, Bobby Mitchell was the darling of the Newcastle crowd during the immediate post war years. Known throughout football as ‘Bobby Dazzler’ he was famed for his immaculate ball control and wing wizardry and scored many an important goal for United, especially in FA Cup ties. A three time Cup winner, Bobby thrilled the United crowd with his magic footwork and ball skills in a 13-year Gallowgate career that saw him hit the net 113 times in 410 appearances. Brought up in the shadows of Hampden Park in Glasgow, Bobby also scored on his debut for Scotland.
BILL MCCRACKEN (1904-1923)
United have had some colourful full-backs over the years, but without question, one of the most influential was Belfast-born Bill McCracken. Such was his grasp of the offside trap, the often controversial defender forced football’s authorities into a tactical rethink and a change of the rules in 1925, and having arrived as a second-choice right-back, the Irish international went on to make the position his own, spending an amazing 19 years as a Newcastle player.
FRANK BRENNAN (1946-1956)
The powerful 6’3” centre-half became a revered figure on Tyneside after making 349 appearances for the club, lifting back-to-back FA Cup trophies as a Magpies player in the early 1950s alongside greats including Joe Harvey and Jackie Milburn. While his on-field achievements had already propelled him into United folklore, it was the popular Scot’s departure from the club following an infamous dispute with then-owner Stan Seymour in 1955 that truly set his story apart, with Seymour unhappy that the player’s local sports shop was competing with his own. Almost 60 years on from Brennan being dropped for the 1955 FA Cup Final and his subsequent departure from St. James’ Park, his family – including his son Jim Brennan – made an emotional return to the home of the Magpies with the BBC to celebrate his life and to see him formally recognised in the Newcastle United Foundation Hall of Fame in the Summer of 2014.
JOE HARVEY (1945-55, 1962-89)
A fantastic servant to United as both a player and manager, Yorkshire man Joe was an inspirational captain during the club’s post-war glory years, and later, leading the Magpies to European success in 1969. As a player he was a tough uncompromising wing-half and a real driving force on the field. As a manager, he rebuilt the club in the early 1960s after a period of decline and his teams always played football in a fine attacking and entertaining style.
JIMMY LAWRENCE (1904-1922)
Had Shay Given still been a Newcastle player, he may well have been closing in on keeper Jimmy Lawrence’s record of 507 appearances for the Magpies by now. As it turns out, his record remains intact, and as impressive today as it was all those years ago. Scotsman Lawrence – a formidable stopper and an integral part of United’s great Edwardian side – spent an incredible 14 seasons as United’s first-choice goalkeeper, and won three Championship medals during his Tyneside stay.
JOHN ‘JOCK’ RUTHERFORD (1902-1913)
Things moved pretty quickly for Geordie boy Jackie Rutherford back at the turn of the 20th century. At the age of just 17, the Percy Main-born forward killed two birds with one stone on his first appearance for United, becoming the Club’s youngest ever scorer and, at the time, the youngest debutant. Rutherford went on to become a celebrated forward, earning international recognition with England before he was 20, and scoring 94 goals in 336 appearances for the black and whites.
COLIN VEITCH (1899-1914)
Back in the day, there were all-rounders, and then there was Colin Veitch. Barring playing in goal, Veitch appeared in just about every position imaginable during his lengthy stay with United and was lauded as the most versatile player in the country before World War One broke out. Described as “a man who is the master of his job”, Heaton-born Veitch was one of the cornerstones of the Club’s Edwardian success, scoring 49 goals in 322 appearances.
PETER BEARDSLEY (1983-1997)
Peter the Great was the one who got away … and twice came back. The Longbenton lad joined Carlisle United in 1979 aged 18 and went abroad to Vancouver before being brought home to figure large in the great 1983-84 promotion side led by skipper Kevin Keegan. Beardo had the happy habit of conjuring up goals overflowing with magic, and many memorable strikes live on in the memory of those fans lucky enough to have seen him in action. Miraculous footwork and mercurial skill generated from an unsurpassed football brain made Peter a legend for both club and country and then-England boss Bobby Robson dubbed him “My Little Gem”. He returned to Tyneside via Everton at the age of 32 and it was as if he had never been away. The magic flowed again and the stardust sparkled in arguably the most exciting and accomplished Newcastle United side of all time.
This talented 11 year old has been blind since birth. Mickey is an integral member of the Foundation’s Visually Impaired Football Team where his natural flair for the game caught the attention of the coaches early on. The Foundation now provides one to one training for Mikey to help him realise his dream of representing Team GB in the Paralympic games.
THE ENTERTAINERS (1992-1997)
The team assembled under Manager Kevin Keegan, known up and down the country for their flair and skill. While the team didn’t win anything, they captured the hearts and minds of fans, critics and neutrals alike. Their 5-0 victory over Manchester United is the stand out game of the era.
1950’s FA CUP WINNING TEAM (1950-1955)
Newcastle United enjoyed a spell of FA Cup dominance in the 1950s, winning the trophy three times in five golden years (1951, 1952 and 1955).
HUGHIE GALLACHER (1925-1930)
With an incredible 143 goals in just 174 games for Newcastle United, Hughie Gallacher is quite rightly considered by many to be one of the greatest centre-forwards of all time. Despite standing at just 5ft 5in, the Scot was a real handful in front of goal and possessed a fearsome shot with either foot, with his career record of 463 goals telling its own story. He scored goals for fun during his five-year stay on Tyneside and remains the clubs most potent attacker of all-time with an astonishing strike-rate of over 82 per cent. A colourful character, Gallacher became a cult figure at Gallowgate and was often famed for his off-field antics as much as his eye for goal.
Barney’s playing career included playing for English Schools, English Universities and Senior Non-League teams including Skelmersdale United, Lewes FC and Eastbourne United before becoming player manager at Sussex County League side Crowborough Athletic and Lewes FC in the Isthmian League. In 1987 Barney was appointed Football Development Officer for Newcastle City Council where he stayed for seven years. In 1994 he launched his own football coaching company called the Northumberland Football Partnership. Barney achieved the prestigious "A" licence coaching badge in 1971 aged only 24. He is still the FA Lead Tutor for Northumberland FA and hundreds of coaches in the North East have been taught and mentored by Barney over the years.
JACKIE MILBURN (1943-1957)
Wor Jackie, Northumbrian to his black-and-white heart, held the club scoring record until Alan Shearer overtook it in 2006. Jackie’s 200 peacetime strikes – he scored another 38 goals in wartime fixtures – made him a great local hero and even after ending his United playing career in 1957 at the age of 33 his name was never forgotten. So much was he revered that, in 1967, he was granted a belated testimonial, at which 45,404 fans paid the tribute that had been waiting to come out. A true man of the people, Jackie was made a Freeman of the City of Newcastle and a statue of the great man stands today on St. James’ Boulevard, a short way from the stadium and the club he loved.
BOB MONCUR (1960-1974)
Captain of United and also of Scotland, Bobby is perhaps most famous for being the man who lifted the Inter Cities Fairs Cup for the Magpies back in 1969, after the black & whites beat the Hungarians Ujpest Dozsa 6 – 2 in the two-legged final. Remarkably, Moncur also helped himself to three goals in the Final, and considering he only scored 10 goals in total for United in 361 appearances, that was some feat. An excellent central defender, Moncur, a rugged and determined player, marshalled the United backline superbly during his fourteen years on Tyneside.
SIR BOBBY ROBSON (1999-2004)
One of the world’s most respected coaches, Bobby Robson eventually arrived at St. James’ Park early in the 1999-2000 season, and immediately raised the club’s fortunes. In 2001-02 his side finished fourth and qualified for the Champions League. Incredibly, in 2002-03 United qualified for the Champions League second group stage despite losing the first three Phase One group matches – the first team ever to have done so.
Knighted in 2002 for services to football, Robson brought a cultured brand of football to Newcastle borne of his long years in charge of such European giants as Barcelona, Sporting Lisbon, PSV Eindhoven and Porto.
ALAN SHEARER (1996-2006)
Few will ever forget the summer’s day in July 1996 when the Magpies beat Manchester United to Shearer’s signature – but what followed over the next decade really was the stuff of legend.
The Gosforth-born goal-machine began his career 300-miles away on England’s south coast with Southampton before joining Jack Walker’s Ewood Park revolution at Blackburn Rovers, scoring 56 goals in his first two seasons and lifting the Premier League title in 1994/95. In the summer of 1996 with £15 million offers from Newcastle and Manchester United, the lure of the number nine shirt at his hometown club proved too good to turn down, and Keegan finally got his man ahead of the 1996/97 season.
The goals continued to flow for Shearer as he edged closer to the magic 200 mark – the target set by Jackie Milburn. Shearer eventually became United’s record goalscorer with his 201st strike against Portsmouth at the Gallowgate End. Following an emotional testimonial against Celtic at St. James’ Park in May 2006, Newcastle’s talismanic striker bid farewell to the fans that had worshiped him for a decade and left an imprint on the Club that will never be forgotten.