Bobby Moncur

By Tom Easterby


In the latest of an occasional feature on, we pick our top five on a host of Newcastle United topics. Following Jack Colback's switch from Sunderland, TOM EASTERBY takes a look at five players who have directly crossed the Tyne-Wear divide - in both directions...


Paul Bracewell

In addition to a brief spell at Roker Park in the early 1980s, Paul Bracewell spent three distinguished years on Wearside from 1989 to 1992 before first crossing the divide.

After racking up more than a century of appearances for the Black Cats, the three-cap England international made the switch to St. James' Park in 1992, but three years later rejoined Sunderland, becoming the first player to directly switch between the rivals twice in succession.

The midfielder ended his career at Fulham in 1999, where he had teamed up with his former Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan, before going on to manage the Cottagers and Halifax Town.

Paul Bracewell


Lee Clark

A fans' favourite at St. James' Park, Wallsend-born Lee Clark burst onto the scene as a youngster in 1990, quickly establishing himself as a tenacious and energetic presence in the Magpies' midfield.

Helping the Club to promotion to the Premier League at the end of the 1992/93 season, Clark wasn't fazed by the step up in standard and went on to amass almost a double century of league appearances for his boyhood club before joining Peter Reid's Sunderland in 1997.

The passionate Geordie's stint in red and white lasted for just a couple of years, however, as Clark moved on to Fulham, where he became a mainstay of the Cottagers side as they established themselves as a mid-table Premier League outfit.

He made a return to Tyneside in 2005, joining Newcastle on a short-term deal as he wound down his playing career and featured intermittently throughout the campaign.

Clark has since gone on to forge a promising reputation as an up-and-coming young manager, bossing both Hudderfield Town and, currently, Birmingham City.

Lee Clark


Bob Moncur

A Newcastle United legend, Bob Moncur was the last Magpies skipper to lift a major trophy - the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

Having made his debut as a teenager, Moncur featured in almost 300 games for Newcastle, captaining the side in the 1974 FA Cup final against Liverpool as well as the Fairs Cup triumph, in which he netted in both legs.

The defender also became a key member of the Scotland squad during his time at St. James', collecting 16 Scotland caps over a four-year stretch.

He moved on to Sunderland in 1974, becoming a regular starter during his two years there, before featuring briefly for Carlisle United in the twilight of his career - a club he would later go on to manage.

Moncur also enjoyed short spells in charge of Hearts, Plymouth Argyle and Hartlepool United, and is still revered in Newcastle despite his fleeting defection to Wearside.

Bobby Moncur


Robbie Elliott

Robbie Elliott is another player to have come through the ranks at United.

The left-back was part of Kevin Keegan's enterprising side of the mid-1990s, after making his debut as a youngster in 1991.

Elliott, another native Geordie, competed with John Beresford for a place in the team and eventually signed for Bolton Wanderers in 1997 after failing to cement a regular place in the starting line-up on Tyneside.

He enjoyed four successful years at Bolton, where he had become the club's record signing, but returned to his hometown in 2001 when Sir Bobby Robson pounced to secure his signature after his Wanderers contract reached its end.

Upon his return, Elliott became a key part of the squad that enjoyed a number of European campaigns in both the Champions League and UEFA Cup as Robson restructured the playing staff, with Elliott a capable understudy to Olivier Bernard.

After being released at the close of the 2005/06 season, the full-back penned a deal with Sunderland, but spent just a solitary year on Wearside that yielded few appearances before moving on to Leeds United.

After winding up his playing days at Hartlepool, Elliott became a strength and conditioning coach, working briefly at United before taking up employment with the United States Soccer Federation.

Robbie Elliott


Shay Given

Though the Irishman was only on loan at Sunderland, Roker Park was his final short-term stop before joining Newcastle in 1997.

Despite impressing in red and white during his temporary spell on loan from Blackburn Rovers, it was between the sticks on Tyneside where Given made his name, becoming the Club's number one for over a decade and turning in performances which earned him a reputation as one of the country's top custodians.

Given was a key part of the squad which embarked on the European adventures of the early 2000s, and it was his consistently excellent form which earned him a move to big-spending, title-chasing Manchester City in 2009.

He was also the Republic of Ireland's number one goalkeeper for the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan, and played in Euro 2012 as Ireland were eliminated in the group stages.

Given is his country's second highest capped player of all time with 125 outings in green, and is currently occupying a player-coach role at Aston Villa.

Shay Given

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