Bobby Moncur

Position: Centre-back

Newcastle United Playing Career: 1963-1974

Born: January 19th, 1945

 

Rightly considered as one of Newcastle's finest ever captains, Bobby Moncur achieved what dozens of skippers since have failed to do - lift a major piece of silverware in a black and white shirt.

Signed as an apprentice in October 1960, Moncur chose the Magpies ahead of the likes of Manchester United and Wolves and worked his way through the ranks before making his Division Two debut in 1963 against Luton as an 18-year-old.

He played a handful of games in the Club's Second Division Championship winning year in 1965, but the Scot's development then slowed a little and manager Joe Harvey even considered selling Moncur to Norwich City for a meagre £25,000.

Undeterred, he remained determined to make the grade at St. James' Park and gradually worked his way both into Harvey's thinking and the number six shirt at the heart of United's defence.

The 1967/68 season was something of a turning point for the Perth-born centre-back, and after forming a formidable partnership with John McNamee, Moncur was handed the captain's armband during the second-half of the campaign.

Having seen his club side qualify for Europe, Moncur then won his first cap for Scotland against Holland in Amsterdam in May 1968 and would go on to captain his country. But his greatest achievement for Newcastle was undoubtedly the role he played in the Club's Inter City Fairs Cup success in 1969 - an eventful run against the likes of Sporting Lisbon and Glasgow Rangers that culminated in a two-leg final against Hungarian giants Ujpesti Dosza.

At home in the first leg, Newcastle simply blew their opponents away in the second-half, winning the game 3-0 thanks to Jim Scott and a brace from Moncur in front of almost 60,000 at Gallowgate.

With Joe Harvey suggesting United had "one hand on the cup", the second-leg didn't exactly go to plan, and Moncur and his teammates found themselves 2-0 down at the break and in danger of letting their lead slip.

But the captain found the perfect reply, scoring within a minute of the restart with a crisp left-foot volley that silenced the home crowd and sparked a stirring comeback that saw United win 3-2 on the night and 6-2 on aggregate.

It was a remarkable achievement, and in lifting the Fairs Cup - a competition that would later become the UEFA Cup in 1971 and the Europa League in 2009 - Moncur became the first skipper to lift silverware for the club since Jimmy Scoular in 1955.

Moncur would have another chance to repeat that feat in 1974 in the FA Cup final against Liverpool, but saw his side crash to a 3-0 defeat in what turned out to be his last game for United.

After 346 games in the black and white of Newcastle, he swapped Tyneside for Wearside, joining neighbours Sunderland for £30,000 before moving into management with Carlisle United in the latter part of the 1970s.

NEWCASTLE DEBUT: Luton Town (a) 30/6/63

APPEARANCES:
Football League: 293; 3 goals
FA Cup: 18; 1 goal
League Cup; 0 goals
Europe: 22; 4 goals
Other: 15; 2 goals
TOTAL: 358; 10 goals

HONOURS:
Scotland caps: 16
Scotland U-23 caps: 1
Inter City Fairs Cup winner: 1969
Football League Division Two winner: 1965, 1976