David Ginola

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 midfield

 

David Ginola (pictured above)

Position: Winger
Signed: 1995
Left club: 1997
Newcastle United appearances: 76

An outstanding talent, Ginola joined Kevin Keegan's side from Paris Saint-Germain in 1995.

A virtuoso of the highest quality, he had immaculate balance and poise, was two-footed and in his first season on Tyneside delivered the goods with entertainment to boot.

Able to bamboozle every defender in the land, Ginola's wing play was exceptional. A pin-up star too, he was a rare talent who thrilled supporters on both sides of the Channel. Sadly, Ginola never really made his mark with the French national team.

 

Paul Gascoigne

Position: Centre-midfield
Signed: 1985
Left club: 1988
Newcastle United appearances: 107

An FA Youth Cup winner with United in 1985, Gascoigne would go on to become one of the outstanding talents of the game.

As a teenager he possessed an array of skills and flair that rapidly had the whole country taking notice. With superb vision, passing, shooting and dribbling skills to compliment work rate and a huge passion for the game, he was the best of his generation.

Did great things with England too, notably in the 1990 World Cup but after moving to Tottenham and injuring his knee in the 1991 FA Cup Final, he was - sadly - never quite the same player again.

 

Paul Gascoigne

  

Robert Lee

Position: Centre-midfield
Signed: 1992
Left club: 2002
Newcastle United appearances: 381

One of the best all-round midfielders in the Premier League, Lee moved to Gallowgate from Charlton where he had made more than 300 appearances.

Strong in possession, full of energy, and an accomplished goalscorer, he made the central midfield role his own whilst becoming a regular member of the England set-up, scoring on his debut.

Lee became the first Newcastle player to net a European hat-trick, the first coming after only 50 seconds in Antwerp, the quickest of all United's 208 European goals.

 

Rob Lee

 

Peter Beardsley

Position: Midfielder/Forward
Signed: 1983 and 1993
Left club: 1987 and 1997
Newcastle United appearances: 326

A true United legend, Beardsley appeared for the Magpies in two separate spells, first with the likes of Kevin Keegan and Chris Waddle in the mid-1980s, and then under Keegan the manager, ten years on when Newcastle took the Premier League by storm.

Beardsley is recognised by many as the best player to have pulled on the black and white shirt, slight of build but possessing fantastic ball skills and marvellous vision.

The holder of 59 England caps, he scored 119 goals in 326 appearances for United, many of which were truly spectacular - the end product of splendid placement, precision timing or delightful dribbles.

Peter Beardsley

 

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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And Friday saw the greatest ever Magpies' defence unveiled. Click on the button below for the ultimate back four

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