A little different challenge this week where we give you some biographical information about a famous United player in the club’s history and ask you to identify him.

Unfortunately, there are no prizes, it’s just for fun. We’ll have the answer in The Special for the Leicester game which you can sign up for at the bottom right corner of the site. Subscriptions to The Special are absolutely FREE.

Okay, eyes down for a full house. 

I was born in Glasgow in 1879 and signed for Newcastle United from Hibernian in 1904. I was a key member of the Kings of England sides which won League Championships and the FA Cup. I won only one international cap for Scotland.

My team-mates included Colin Veitch and Bill McCracken. Whilst at United I became Chairman of the newly formed Players’ Union. I made 505 appearances for United and retired in 1922. After playing I managed South Shields and Preston North End. I had a spell managing German side Karlsruher FV. 

I returned to my native Scotland where I became Chairman of Stranraer. I died in post aged only 55 in 1934.

Who am I?

Quiz Answer 

Jimmy Lawrence. Lawrence holds the club record for appearances with 505 games played for Newcastle United and was unquestionably a key player of the club’s greatest ever sides in the 1900s. Who knows what more that side with Jimmy between the posts would have achieved but for the interruption of World War 1? 

For those interested in learning more about Jimmy’s life, may we recommend the following link here and here.

Jimmy is in the Newcastle United Hall of fame – click here.