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Newcastle United have launched the voting for the club’s Greatest XI in association with Chronicle Live.

The vote is part of the club’s 125th anniversary celebrations and the final team, as voted for exclusively by supporters, will be announced on Newcastle United’s official 125th birthday on Saturday 9th December 2017.

The shortlist features the greatest names from the Magpies’ long and illustrious history and fans can now choose their favourites to fit within a 4-3-3 formation.

The list of provisional nominees has been confirmed after input from club officials, legends and Chronicle Live’s team of dedicated football reporters, including long-serving Newcastle United writer John Gibson.



  • Shay Given (1997 - 2009) Open

    A tremendous shot stopper and one of the first names on the teamsheet between 1997 and 2009, Shay Given clocked up 463 appearances in league and cup for the Magpies. A Republic of Ireland legend, Shay registered more international caps as a Newcastle United player than anyone else in the club’s history.

  • Steve Harper (1993 – 2013) Open

    An incredibly loyal servant to the club, Steve Harper spent 20 years as a Newcastle United player. He captained the team on an emotional farewell against Arsenal in 2013 and is now both an academy coach and a patron of Newcastle United Foundation.

  • Jimmy Lawrence (1904 – 1922) Open

    Newcastle United’s record appearance holder, clocking up 498 games between 1904 and 1922. The Glaswegian – a formidable stopper and an integral part of the Magpies’ great Edwardian side – spent an incredible 14 seasons as first-choice goalkeeper and won three Championship medals with the club.

  • Willie McFaul (1966 – 1975) Open

    Northern Ireland international Willie ‘Iam’ McFaul was in goal as the Magpies went on to Fairs Cup glory in 1969, saving a penalty against Rangers in the semi-final. Despite competing against the great Pat Jennings on the international front, the Coleraine-born ‘keeper still picked up a respectable six caps.


  • Bobby Cowell (1943 – 1955) Open

    Solid, brave and mobile, the former miner from County Durham dominated the number 2 shirt at St. James’ Park for a decade after World War Two. Amazingly, Bobby played in all 25 of United’s FA Cup ties that saw the famous trophy brought back to Tyneside three times in the early 1950s.

  • David Craig (1960 – 1978) Open

    A standout defender during the 1960s and 70s, David is one of only nine individuals to total over 400 league and cup games for the Magpies. The proud holder of 25 Northern Ireland caps, he was highly regarded for his professionalism.

  • Bill McCracken (1904 - 1923) Open

    Belfast-born Bill McCracken was one of football’s most influential defenders of his time. Such was his pioneering role in establishing the offside trap, he forced football’s authorities into a tactical rethink and a rule change in 1925. Bill spent an incredible 19 seasons at St. James’ Park.

  • Irving Nattrass (1970 – 1979) Open

    A cooled-headed defender, Irving Nattrass added much to United as an attacking force in the 1970s as a forward-thinking full-back. He made 313 league and cup appearance for the Magpies during nine years with the club. He was unfortunate to miss out on the 1974 FA Cup final through injury but featured in the 1976 League Cup final defeat to Manchester City.


  • John Beresford (1992 – 1998) Open

    John Beresford joined United from Portsmouth in 1992 and his signing proved to be a masterstroke by Kevin Keegan. A tenacious left-back, ‘Bez’ would prove to be a mainstay of the Entertainers team of the mid-1990s, providing the platform for David Ginola to wreak havoc further forward.

  • Frank Clark (1962 - 1975) Open

    Frank Clark spent 13 years at his boyhood club, making an impressive 457 league and cup appearances. Known for his lengthy full-back pairing with David Craig, Frank was in United’s 1965 promotion-winning side before tasting success on the continent by lifting the Fairs Cup in 1969.

  • Frank Hudspeth (1910-1929) Open

    Frank Hudspeth holds the outfield league and cup appearance record for United, with 472 games to his name. A pioneer of the offside trap alongside teammate Bill McCracken, he lifted the FA Cup with the Magpies in 1924 and was an ever-present in the title winning side of 1927.

  • Alf McMichael (1949-1963) Open

    One of only nine men to play over 400 games for the Magpies, Northern Irishman Alf McMichael was United’s most capped player until being overtaken by Shay Given. The legendary Sir Stanley Matthews commented that Alf was ‘one of the best left backs I have ever played against’. Praise, indeed.


  • Frank Brennan (1946 – 1956) Open

    A tremendous centre-half for Newcastle United, Frank Brennan was known as the ‘Rock of Tyneside’. He was a key player as the Magpies lifted the FA Cup in 1951 and 1952 and in recent years was deservedly inducted into the Newcastle United Foundation Hall of Fame.

  • Ollie Burton (1963 – 1972) Open

    Welsh international Ollie Burton was Bobby Moncur’s defensive partner as the Magpies won the Fairs Cup in 1969. A tough competitor, he played in a number of other defensive and midfield positions during his ten years in the black and white shirt. He entered the record books in 1965 as United’s first playing substitute.

  • Fabricio Coloccini (2008 – 2016) Open

    A classy centre-half and captain, Fabricio Coloccini – known as Colo – joined the club from Spanish side Deportivo de La Coruña in August 2008. The Argentina international and Olympic Gold medal winner was named in the PFA Team of the Season after leading the Magpies to a fifth-place Premier League finish in 2011/12.

  • Philippe Albert (1994–1999) Open

    A cult hero amongst United fans, Belgian Philippe Albert was a cultured centre-half who possessed an exquisite left foot. Part of the Entertainers era under Kevin Keegan, Philippe will always be remembered for his iconic chip over Peter Schmeichel in a 5-0 hammering of Manchester United in 1996.

  • Bobby Moncur (1962 – 1974) Open

    Captain of Newcastle United and Scotland, Bobby Moncur is the man who lifted the Inter Cities Fairs Cup for the Magpies back in 1969 - helping himself to three goals in a two-legged final. Bobby marshalled the United backline superbly during fourteen years on Tyneside and memorably led United to Wembley in 1974. Today, he is a Hall of Fame inductee and club ambassador.

  • Jonathan Woodgate (2003 – 2004) Open

    A naturally gifted centre-half, Jonathan Woodgate joined the Magpies from Leeds United in 2003 and quickly became a crowd favourite. Despite his brief time on Tyneside being blighted by injury, his exquisite technical ability was clear for all to see and he was snapped up by Real Madrid in 2004.


  • Peter Beardsley (1983–87 & 1993–97) Open

    One of the most gifted English players of all time, Peter Beardsley had two spells at St. James’ Park. The holder of 59 England caps, Peter 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.

  • Paul Gascoigne (1985 – 1988) Open

    Now regarded as one of England’s greatest ever centre-midfielders, Dunston-born ‘Gazza’ began his career with the Magpies as a schoolboy. Spending three years as a professional at St. James’ Park, his astonishing natural talent was clear to see and Tottenham Hotspur snapped him up in 1988 before he had a starring role for England under Sir Bobby Robson at Italia ’90.

  • David Ginola (1995 – 1997) Open

    Bringing French flair to the Entertainers side of the mid-Nineties, David Ginola joined Kevin Keegan’s side from Paris Saint-Germain. Boasting immaculate balance and poise, he was two-footed and was capable of bamboozling even the staunchest defence.

  • Tony Green (1971 – 1973) Open

    Despite making only 39 appearances for the Magpies, Tony Green was regarded as a genius on the wing and is cherished by supporters fortunate enough to have seen him play. His career was tragically cut short when a knee ligament injury signalled early retirement.

  • Joe Harvey (1945 - 1955) Open

    A fantastic servant to United, Joe Harvey was an inspirational leader during the club’s post-war glory years. A tough, uncompromising wing-half and a real driving force on the field, he lifted the FA Cup as captain in both 1951 and 1952 before a successful spell as manager.

  • Robert Lee (1992 – 2002) Open

    One of the best all-round midfielders of the Premier League era, Rob Lee was a terrace favourite during a decade on Tyneside. Rob became the first United player to net a European hat-trick, the first coming after only 50 seconds in Antwerp – the quickest of United’s 208 European goals.

  • Bobby Mitchell (1949 – 1961) Open

    Known as ‘Bobby Dazzler’, Bobby Mitchell was a darling of the St. James’ Park faithful in the post-war years. Glasgow-born Bobby was famed for his immaculate ball control and wing wizardry, netting 113 times in 410 appearances and winning the FA Cup three times.

  • Jack Rutherford (1902 - 1913) Open

    A three-time league champion who appeared in five FA Cup finals, Jack Rutherford – also known as Jock - was a celebrated outside right. Making his debut at the age of just 17, he became the club’s youngest ever player and scorer at the time and went on to earn the nickname ‘the Newcastle Flyer’.

  • Gary Speed (1998 – 2004) Open

    A true all-rounder and a consummate professional, Gary Speed was a hugely popular midfielder on Tyneside. He became captain of Wales while a Newcastle United player and he made 285 league and cup appearances for the club, scoring 40 goals between 1998 and 2004.

  • Colin Veitch (1899 - 1926) Open

    A man of many talents, Colin Veitch appeared in just about every position imaginable during his lengthy stay with United and was lauded as the most versatile player in the country before the outbreak of World War One. Born in Heaton, he was one of the cornerstones of the club’s Edwardian success, scoring 49 goals in 322 appearances.


  • Andrew Cole (1993 – 1995) Open

    A prolific striker, Andrew Cole joined United in 1993 to help cement the Magpies’ promotion to the Premier League. Successfully achieving that aim, he helped to propel the club into a third-place finish in the following season, notching an astounding 41 goals – a club record.

  • Wyn Davies (1966 – 1971) Open

    Known as ‘Wyn the Leap’ due to his aerial prowess, Wyn Davies’ contribution to the Fairs Cup winning side of 1969 was immense. The Welshman led the line with menace and tremendous bravery and is a cult hero amongst a certain generation of United supporters.

  • Les Ferdinand (1995 – 1997) Open

    One of the outstanding strikers of the 1990s, Les was United’s record buy back in 1995 when he moved to St. James’ Park from Queens Park Rangers. Tall, strong, powerful and composed on the ball, ‘Sir Les’ had an excellent all-round game and scored 50 goals in only 83 games for the Magpies.

  • Hughie Gallacher (1925 - 1930) Open

    A firecracker of a forward, Hughie Gallacher is one of the club’s all-time great number 9s. Despite being just 5’5” tall, ‘Wee Hughie’ lashed in an incredible 133 goals in just 160 appearances, including 39 in 41 games during the 1926/27 season when he also skippered the side to league title glory.

  • Kevin Keegan (1982 – 1984) Open

    Kevin Keegan set the city alight when he first signed for the club in 1982. The European Footballer of the Year just a few seasons earlier, he was a true world star performing his trade on Tyneside and he led the team back to Division One with panache. He would later return as manager to assemble the world-famous ‘Entertainers’.

  • Malcolm Macdonald (1971 – 1976) Open

    A Seventies icon and phenomenal number 9, ‘Supermac’ was hero-worshipped at St. James’ Park for his goalscoring feats. Built like a middleweight boxer, he was a brash and colourful centre-forward, blessed with electric pace and a thunderous shot. A hat-trick against Liverpool on his home debut signalled what was to come and he plundered 138 goals in only 258 appearances.

  • Jackie Milburn (1943 – 1957) Open

    Known affectionately as ‘Wor Jackie’, Jackie Milburn began life as a pit apprentice before becoming footballing royalty. His incredible Newcastle United goalscoring record stood until 2006 when Alan Shearer surpassed it. A three-time FA Cup winner with the Magpies in the 1950s, his memory is celebrated in a statue outside St. James’ Park and the Milburn Stand is named in his honour.

  • George Robledo (1949 - 1953) Open

    The first non-British player to finish as top scorer in England, Chile international George Robledo was an outstanding forward. A hard worker and team player, he was lethal in front of goal and he was an FA Cup winner with United in 1951 and 1952 - netting the winner against Arsenal in the latter of those triumphs.

  • Alan Shearer (1996-2006) Open

    Simply the Magpies’ greatest goalscorer of all time. The club broke the world transfer record to bring Alan Shearer home to his native Tyneside in 1996 and he went on to score an unparalleled 206 goals in black and white. Brave, packing a ferocious shot and fantastic in the air, Alan was a tremendous captain for both club and country and remains a legend of the game.

  • Len White (1952 – 1962) Open

    Only Alan Shearer and Jackie Milburn have scored more league and cup goals for the Magpies than Len White. Born near Doncaster, he joined the club from Rotherham in 1952 and became an FA Cup winner in 1955. Blessed with pace and strength, he could weave in and out of challenges at speed and usually finished with devastating power.


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The deadline for votes is 5pm on Tuesday 5th December 2017.

Newcastle United’s Greatest XI will be announced on club channels and at chroniclelive.co.uk ahead of the club’s Premier League fixture with Leicester City on Saturday 9th December 2017.