Bobby Moncur

Before Christmas we called upon Newcastle supporters to settle one of the biggest debates at any football club - who would make the all-time Magpies greatest XI?

The task was simple: to choose your greatest side throughout the club's history in a 4-4-2 formation, with the final selection adorning the walls of the Platinum Club at the Sports Direct Arena.

The votes have now been counted and verified, and we continue to unveil who was chosen by you, the fans... with today being the turn of the defence.

 

Bobby Moncur (pictured above)

Position: Centre-back
Signed: 1962
Left club: 1974
Newcastle United appearances: 361

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 Ujpest Dozsa 6-2 in the two-legged final.

Remarkably, Moncur grabbed three goals in the final, and considering he only scored ten goals in total for Newcastle in 361 appearances, that was some feat.

An excellent central defender, Moncur - a rugged and determined player - marshalled the United backline superbly during his 12 years on Tyneside. He also memorably led United to Wembley in 1974 only to lose out in the FA Cup Final to Liverpool.

 

 

David Craig

Position: Full-back
Signed: 1960
Left club: 1978
Newcastle United appearances: 412

Recognised by many judges to be one of the best defenders in the game during the 60s and 70s, Craig was without doubt one of United's finest full-backs of all time.

The proud holder of 25 Northern Ireland caps, Craig was a thorough professional and is one of only nine individuals to total over 400 league and cup games for the Magpies.

In many ways he was the complete footballer - an excellent defender, intelligent and positive when going forward.

 

David Craig

 

Philippe Albert

Position: Centre-back
Signed: 1994
Left club: 1999
Newcastle United appearances: 138

A favourite amongst the United fans, the cultured Belgium central defender joined United after the 1994 World Cup.

Cool and confident on the ball, he could attack with menace in the continental fashion. Albert possessed an exquisite left foot and a venomous shot too, and will always be remembered for his delightful chip over Peter Schmeichel in the 1996 hammering of Manchester United.

A truly classy player who to this day is still warmly welcomed back on Tyneside.

 

Philippe Albert

 

Frank Clark

Position: Full-back
Signed: 1962
Left club: 1975
Newcastle United appearances: 457

Solid, reliable and a mainstay of the United team in the late 60s and early 70s, Clark was dependable and very consistent, his pairing with Northern Ireland international David Craig being one of the finest throughout the Football League.

Clark was a thorough professional and proved his worth later in his career when he tasted European Cup glory with Nottingham Forest.

He is fourth in the all-time career appearance lists for Newcastle, with 457 games.

 

Frank Clark

 

On Thursday, we revealed who won the vote for Newcastle United's greatest ever goalkeeper. Click on the button below to remind yourself who took the honour

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