Apologies this is a wee bit later than usual. We’ve been busy sharpening the pitch-forks for Steve Bruce. Anyway, eyes down for a full house … can you guess who this is iconic personality is in Newcastle United history?
— True Faith: Newcastle United Fanzine and Podcast (@tfNUFC) January 16, 2021
I was born in Co. Durham in the 1890s. United signed me from a small Scottish club and in the 1920s I played alongside the great Hughie Gallacher in a Newcastle United side that won the FA Cup in 1924 and the League Championship in 1927. I was a very popular player amongst the supporters who regularly scored very important goals for the club.
My playing days ended in 1929 after a fall-out with United directors over wages. I declined an offer to sign for Middlesbrough and instead opened a sports shop in Newcastle city centre and also became involved in journalism. I returned to United in 1938 to assist in the running of the first team with the Directors Cttee. I remained in the post throughout WW2 and in the post-War period afterwards. .
I am widely credited with helping to rebuild United in the post-war period and am credited with the signings of Jackie Milburn, Bobby Mitchell and Joe Harvey. My nickname was Mr Newcastle. My son also became a director of United. I died in 1978 aged 85.
Who am I?
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