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Few Newcastle players are held in greater affection by the fans than Jackie Milburn. 'Wor Jackie', as the fans dubbed him, was the most famous member of the great Newcastle team of the 1950s.
He was born in the North East mining town of Ashington in 1924. From an early age, it was clear that he was destined to be a great sportsman. After leaving school at the age of fourteen he tried his hand at a variety of jobs. Having won a trial with Newcastle, he scored six goals in one game. He was instantly signed up for the first team for the statutory £10 registration fee, and quickly became a favourite with the Magpies' fans.
Milburn achieved a scoring rate of a goal every other game with 178 goals in 11 years at Tyneside. He led the attack as Newcastle won the FA Cup three times in five seasons, in 1951, 1952 and 1955. Milburn scored both goals in the team's 2-0 win over Blackpool in the 1951 Final, and put away a classic header to set up a 3-1 win over Manchester City four years later.
Milburn succeeded Tommy Lawton as England centre-forward, and scored 10 goals in only 13 international appearances.
He retired as a player in 1963 and was briefly manager of Ipswich Town before taking up a career in journalism. His funeral in 1988 was attended by tens of thousands of mourners and the city honoured him with statue which stands outside its main shopping centre. Len Shakleton once declared: 'Once he got going he was unstoppable. Whenever I think of Jackie I think of a greyhound going out of a trap'.
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