Hughie Gallacher

Position: Centre-forward

Newcastle United Career: 1925-1930

Height: 5ft 5ins

Born: February 2nd, 1903

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.

Having tracked Gallacher for sometime, United finally landed their man in December 1925 from Airdrieonians for £6,500 and 'Wee Hughie' wasted little time in making his mark. 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.

The high point of his spell came as he skippered the Club to the First Division title in 1927, scoring 39 goals in 41 games for good measure and reaching iconic status with the Magpies fans.

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. And despite finishing as top scorer in each of his five seasons, his relationship with United's directors was a frosty one.

Eventually, much to the disgust of the Club's supporters, Gallacher was sold to Chelsea for £10,000 - a huge amount of money for the time - and ironically, he made his debut for the Blues against Newcastle at St. James' Park.

On the international front, Gallacher scored an amazing 23 times in just 20 games for his native Scotland and was part of the Wembley Wizards side that demolished England in 1928.

After spells with Derby, Notts County and Grimsby, Gallacher moved to Gateshead and retired there in September 1939. After working in a number of roles - including sports journalism - he tragically committed suicide in 1957 after a series of personal problems.

DEBUT: Everton (h) 12/12/25 (scored twice)

APPEARANCES:
Football League: 160; 133 goals
FA Cup: 14; 10 goals
TOTAL: 174; 143 goals

HONOURS:
Scotland caps: 20; 23 goals
Football League Division One winner: 1927
Scottish Cup winner: 1924