Newcastle United Players A to B

NUFC PLAYER PROFILE 1892 TO PRESENT DAY (compiled by Kev Fletcher)

The ultimate player profile for Newcastle United.

If he played for the Toon first team, he will be featured here.


(*Figures up to the summer of 2006)

FACTS & FIGURES

* United player who left but returned to sign once again for the club.
1) Years the individual was under contract and started and finished playing for Newcastle Utd
2) Name
3) Appearances/As substitute
4) Goals

2000/2003 C.Acuna 44/15 7
United bought him from South America from University de Chile (played 90 games and scored 11 goals), skipper of the Chilean national team at the time. Stocky and quick in the tackle, but he struggled to become a regular. First club was O'Higgins (Chile) where he played 81 games and scored 8 goals. returned to South America in 2003.

1896/97 G.Adams 13/0 1
George was signed from Kilmarnock but was never a regular. He went to play in the Southern League but returned north to play for Darlington St Augustine in 1903.

1902/04 W.B.Agnew 44/0 0
Bill is one of only a handful of players to have played for the north-east 'Big Three' - Newcastle, Sunderland and Boro. Signed from Kilmarnock in May 1902 before moving on to Middlesbro' in 1904.

1895/06 A.Aitken 349/0 41
Known as 'Daddler', he won 14 Scottish caps. Born in Ayr, he captained Newcastle to the Championship in 1905. Joined 'Boro as player-manager the following year.

1990/91 R.S.Aitken 64/0 1
A Glasgow Celtic institution. Never made his mark on Tyneside. Was captain of the play-off side that suffered defeat at the hands of the Mackems, and his poor performance meant he took most of the stick for it. Like Ian Rush, Stuart Pearce, John Barnes, Kenny Sansom, and so many others we signed at the back end of their career ... we never saw the best of him.

1920/24 W.J.Aitken 110/0 10
Bill was signed from Rangers for £2,500. Fast winger. Signed for Preston N.E for £1,000 in July 1924.

1994/99 P.Albert 123/14 12
Belgian international centre-back, born in Boullion. Best known for his famous goal against Man Utd in the 5-0 win when he chipped the goalkeeper. Returned to Belgium with RSC Charleroi after a lone spell at Fulham. Class player who gave us good service.

1913/19 J.T.Alderson 1/0 0
Goalkeeper who was signed from 'Boro for £30 and moved to Crystal Palace after the Great War for a fee of £50. In between he only played once (v Arsenal).

1965/67 S.Alderson 4/0 0
Local lad from Bishop Auckland. Winger, who went to York City on a free transfer.

1908/11 S.J.E.Allan 15/0 5
Bought from Sunderland, Stan started in midfield but signed for West Brom (for £150) as a striker.

1958/62 I.J.Allchurch 154/0 51
Awarded the MBE in 1966 after playing over 700 first class games. A well respected player who won 68 Welsh caps, a record at the time. Newcastle paid £28,000 for him from Swansea. He joined Cardiff for £15,000.

1900/01 E.Allen 4/0 0
Only played one season as left-back, only 4 games but was never on the losing side.

1964/70 G.B.Allen 26/0 1
Geoff made his Newcastle debut at 17 but was finished because of injury at the age of 23. Remembered for a superb performance against Feyenoord in United's first European match ever.

1898/01 J.Allen 1/0 0
Born in Bishop Auckland, a defender who never made the grade at league level.

1931/34 J.W.A.Allen 90/0 41
A Geordie lad, but was signed from Sheff Wed for £3,500. Scored twice in the famous 'Over The Line' FA Cup final of 1932. Joined Bristol Rovers for £200.

1993/95 M.Allen 12/1 7
Malcolm was bought from Millwall to deputise for Peter Beardsley who suffered a broken jaw in a pre-season friendly. Did very well, but was out of the side as soon as Pedro returned. Born in Deiniolen and was a Welsh international. Retired when he left Newcastle, he was involved in a few off the pitch activities such as being caught driving in Gateshead well over the limit.

1897/98 R.Allen 29/0 4
Ring winger signed from Dundee who was a major cog in United's promotion side.

1984/87 J.B.Allon 10/0 2
Joe was prolific in the reserves but never cut it for Newcastle at league level, but he did have a big money transfer to Chelsea after success at Hartlepool. Always a true Toon fan, and probably still visits SJP, because we've seen him many times at away games in the past.

2003-5 D.Ambrose 27/27 6
Darren was signed from Ipswich Town after the transfer window was closed in 2003 because the club went into administration. Fee decided on number of appearances, but down payment of £1.5m. Made his debut in the last game of the 2002/03 season when he took to the field to replace Nobby Solano at the Hawthorns, West Brom. Always showed promise but was never the finished article and Souness sold him to Charlton Athletic in July 2005 for £1.5m.

2001/ S.Ameobi 120/86 41
Graduated through the ranks. Capped at England Under-21 level. Although Sir Bobby Robson played him often, he was reported to have said: "He's too gangly to be a superstar". Said he wanted to take over Alan Shearer's number nine shirt when the Golden Boy retired, but that shirt went to Martins.

1936/44 R.F.D.Ancell 102/0 1
United paid St Mirren £2,750 for him. Left back who was said to 'play too much football'. Probably ahead of his time, he still managed 2 Scottish caps. Returned to Dundee in 1944 for £150.

1908/12 A.L.Anderson 67/0 7
United paid St Mirren £350 for his services, Andy was a winger in the 1909 Championship winning side. Went to Third Lanark for £100.

1982/92 J.C.P.Anderson 316/16 15
Arguably the most popular free-transfer United ever signed. Came from Preston and ended his career here.

1963/65 S.Anderson 84/0 14
Captained Sunderland, Newcastle and 'Boro. The only man to do so. Cost £19,000 from the Mackems and took the side back to the First Division, before joining 'Boro for £11,500. Capped twice by England, a strong and skilful right-half.

1946/48 W.R.Anderson 1/0 0
Goalkeeper who only played once (v Leicester) at the age of 18.

1997/98 A.Andersson 25/7 4
Andreas was a Swedish international, well respected in his home country, but rarely showed he was Premiership quality. Came from Italy and went back to Sweden with Gothenburg. Big rumour at the time was that Dalglish signed the wrong 'Andersson' from AC Milan, they had three!

1990/94 M.W.Appleby 22/3 0
Matty was probably the smallest centre-back ever to play for Newcastle. Loads of ability but too slow to be a full-back and too small to play in the centre of defence. He went to Darlington, but made the Premiership with Barnsley.

1903/08 W.Appleyard 145/0 87
Named 'Cockles' because he used to be a Grimsby fisherman. Superb striker who was known to go in heavy on the goalkeeper with all of his weight and put both the 'keeper and the ball in the net. Won two Championship winners medals in 1905 and 1907 and played in two FA Cup finals.

1922/23 J.Archibald 1/0 0
Scottish born goalkeeper who only played once (v Man City). Went to Grimsby Town on a free.

1969/71 P.Arentoft 59/5 3
Benny signed from Morton, having played for Danish side Bronslioj. Cost £18,000, a strong midfielder who played his part in the Fairs Cup victory in 1969. Joined Blackburn Rovers for £25,000.

1990/92 W.Askew 7/1 0
Manager Jim Smith's 'Final Piece of the Promotion Jigsaw'. He was a disaster. United didn't get promoted, and Billy got the flak because of it.

1996/98 F.H.H.Asprilla 50/12 18
Tino will long be remembered for his hat-trick against Barcelona in the Champions League, but unjustly blamed for costing United the Premier title in 1996 after the team was 12 points clear of Man U at one stage. Signed from Parma. Born in Tula Valle in Colombia. Colombian international. Returned to Parma when he left Newcastle and there was a period when he almost joined Darlington, but spoilt his chances when he asked Darlo chairman George Reynoulds if he "had a big cock?" Yes, he was a character.

1896/97 J.R.Auld 15/0 3
Scottish international who was the first player to move to Newcastle from Sunderland. But it caused friction because United classed John as an amateur and said they wouldn't pay him wages, meaning they didn't have to give Sunderland a transfer fee. 1985/88 J.A.Bailey 41/1 0
Signed from Everton and is remembered for giving Gazza a clip on the training ground. Suffered from injury and was out more than he was in.

2005- Celestine Babayaro 46/2 1 Highly thought of at Stamford Bridge, where he spent seven years before joining Newcastle for £1.5m from Chelsea. Full-back with loads of pace. Had a bad start to his Newcastle career when he was injured and sat out a number of games. Bought by Graeme Souness to replace Olivier Bernard.

1984/85 I.J.Baird 4/1 0
Ian came on loan and only played a handful of games. Went on to score against Newcastle on more than one occasion when with 'Boro.

1901/04 T.Bamlett 2/0 0
Tom was a local lad who ended up at West Ham after failing to make the grade at SJP.

1925/28 S.Bamber 1/0 0
Stan only played on game (v Burnley). Signed for Bristol City for £500.

1891/93 J.Barker 1/0 0
Nothing recorded.

1972/79 M.A.Barker 26/2 0
Graduated through the junior side and joined Gillingham in 1979.

1997/98 J.Barnes 33/7 7
Some say he scored a wonder goal against Brazil then made a career on the strength of it. But that was far from the truth. A class player, but far past his best when he joined Newcastle. Finished the 1997/8 season as Newcastle's top goalscorer in the Premiership ... just 7. Had very little pace when he arrived from Liverpool and some said it was an "old pal's act" by Kenny Dalglish. Joined Charlton Athletic after Newcastle.

1893/94 J.W.Barr 1/0 0
One game v Burton Swifts. Right half from non-league.

1970/78 S.J.Barrowclough 234/28 24
Popular dynamic winger who signed, aged 17, from Barnsley for £33,000. Played in the League Cup final of 1976. Joined Birmingham in the deal that took Hibbitt and Connolly to Newcastle.

*1893/97 T.Bartlett 3/0 3
Thomas was known as 'Knocker'. Played all of his football in the local leagues.

1975/83 D.Barton 108/2 6
Some say he scored more own-goals than goals for the Toon. A central defender who was probably out of his depth in the top flight. Played for Blackburn and Darlington.

1995/2002 W.D.Barton 193/27 5
Born in Islington, one of the Wimbledon wild bunch. Signed for £4m from Wimbledon and was the most expensive defender in the country at the time. Went through a very difficult spell but won the fans over in the end. Transfered to Derby County for a nominal fee. England international when he played in the abandoned game against the Irish Republic in Dublin. Never played again, although the Rothman's Yearbook insist he was capped as a Newcastle player. He wasn't.

2000/03 C.Bassedas 25/8 1
United paid £3.5m to Velez Sarsfield in May 2000 for this Argentinian with a huge reputation. Has dual nationality (Argentina and Italy) but chose the country of his birth. Never held down a regular place. Went on loan to Tenerife in 2002 when they thought the world of him in a slower league. He couldn't adapt to the Premiership. Born in Buenos Aires.

1996/98 D.Batty 111/2 4
Remembered for missing the penalty against Germany in the European Championships, and for fighting with team-mate Le Saux in Moscow. But was a battleship in the middle of the park. Born in Leeds, signed from Blackburn Rovers and returned to Leeds in 1998. Took the Leeds chairman to court because he said Batty had "retired" when he was still undergoing treatment.

1945/58 R.R.Batty 181/0 1
Tough tackling defender, Ron played in the 1955 FA Cup final. Became player-manager of Gateshead.

*1983/97 P.A.Beardsley 320/4 119
Born in Newcastle and signed from Vancover Whitecaps after turning down Newcastle after being on trial. Known as Pedro, he is in the running to be Newcastle's Greatest ever player. Had two spells at SJP, playing for Liverpool and Everton in between (Manchester United one game previous). Genuine world class performer who once had a remarkable partnership with Kevin Keegan in the 1984 promotion season, then Andy Cole some years later. Returned to the club as Youth team coach after spells at Bolton and Hartlepool.

1988/89 D.J.Beasant 24/0 0
Was captain of the Wimbledon side that beat Liverpool in the FA Cup final. Joined Newcastle with Womble's team-mate Andy Thorn but never hit it off with the crowd. Too many long punts to a forward line that could have been stunt men for the 7 dwarfs. Born in Willesden.

1930/32 H.Bedford 32/0 18
Signed for Newcastle when he was 31. Dashing inside forward. Joined Sunderland for £3,000.

1998/02 D.Beharall 4/2 0
Local lad who never quite made it in a Toon shirt. Product of Newcastle School of Excellence. Joined Bolton Wanderers in 2002.

1973/75 A.W.Bell 1/0 0
Tony only played one game (v Spurs) and conceded 3 goals before returning to the Northern League.

1930/34 D.Bell 23/0 1
Looked to have a brilliant future but took a serious knock on the ankle. Ended up at Derby County.

1981/83 D.S.Bell 3/1 0
Suffered with an ankle injury before his career took off. Forced to retire.

1956/62 J.R.Bell 117/0 8
Jackie was a fine wing-half. Joined Norwich in 1962 but they accused United of dodgy dealings by not disclosing he was a diabetic. The fee of £10,000 had to be cut by half.

2001-5 C.Bellamy 119/13 42
Signed from Coventry City in the summer of 2001 for £6m, one year after Bobby Robson tried to sign him from Norwich. Striker who went through a terrible time at Highfield Road, and blamed for Coventry's relegation. But his first season at SJP was remarkable. His injury towards the close of 2001/2 cost United a crack at the title. Made headlines on the front of the newspapers as well as the back for incidents including rascial abuse. Then of course there was the physical battle on the training ground as soon as Graeme Souness arrived at SJP. Souness tried to sell him to Birmingham but he turned it down at the last moment and went on loan to Celtic. Sold to Blackburn Rovers in July 2005 for £5m plus add-ons.

1965/69 A.Bennett 89/1 23
Signed for £27,000 from Rotherham, 'Ankles' was a big favourite with the crowd. Played his part in the promotion season of 1965 before joining Norwich for £25,000 in 1969. Born in Chestermoor, County Durham.

1901/04 R.B.Bennie 37/0 0
Rob signed from St Mirren as a pacey right-back. Had to retire due to injury when only 27.

1902/04 R.W.Benson 1/0 0
Only one game for Newcastle (v Liverpool) but left for Southampton and his career really took off. Was capped by England. Signed for Arsenal but died of a burst blood vessel in the Highbury dressing room during a match against Reading.

1946/48 R.T.F.Bentley 54/0 25
Roy was a brilliant tactician and the first 'roving' striker of the era. Hard to mark as wandered everywhere. Chelsea snapped him up for £12,500 and he helped them with the Championship, then he gained 12 caps for England.

1992/98 J.Beresford 224/5 8
Missed a penalty that could have taken Portsmouth to the FA Cup final. Newcastle signed him after Liverpool turned him down after a medical. Brilliant left-back who had a sparkling career at SJP. Born in Sheffield. He joined Southampton in 1998.

2001/05 O.Bernard 91/23 6
Signed from Lyon on a free transfer. Frenchman who believed he wasn't given a fair crack of thewhip during 2001/2 and tried to get himself a transfer to West Ham. United blocked the move, and in an amazing U-Turn (after going to an appeal and losing) he signed a three year contract. Class defender, no doubt about it, never seemed settled. Joined Southampton for £500,000 in January 2005 when Graeme Souness lost patience with him.

1920/21 W.Bertram 3/0 0
Born on the last day of the 19th century (Dec 31st 1899). Inside-left who signed for Rochdale and played more than 200 games for them.

1919/20 J.Best 2/0 0
Jeremiah (God bless him) only played 2 games. Signed for Leeds for £100.

1931/34 A.Betton 63/0 1
Chesterfield-born Alex was a commanding stopper who went on to play for Stockport County.

1975/80 J.C.Bird 93/4 6
Known as the player Bobby Charlton resigned over. Charlton was manager of Preston and Bird's sale prompted his walk-out. Not a bad defender, but was dogged by injury.

1938/41 R.J.E.Birkett 26/0 3
Winger signed from 'Boro for £5,900, but retired during the Second World War.

1898/05 E.L.Birnie 20/0 0
Left-half born in Sunderland. Signed for Crystal Palace then moved on to Chelsea, Spurs then to Mulheim in Germany.

1906/08 R.Blackburn 5/0 0
Edinburgh-born fringe player who joined Aberdeen on a free.

1974/78 R.Blackhall 32/13 2
Over-lapping full-back who scored a freak screamer from the wing and insisted he "meant it". Bollocks! Joined Sheff Wed and blossomed under Jack Charlton.

1977/79 J.H.Blackley 52/0 0
A player Newcastle chased for years, but only signed him late in his career. Class central defender who signed from Hibs for £100,000, played two seasons then moved to Preston on a free.

*1905/14 S.Blake 15/0 0
Signed as an inside-forward but was converted to goalkeeper! Had two spells at the club.

1908/10 R.Blackthorne 1/0 0
Ex-Liverpool striker who signed from Grimsby in a £350 deal to replace crowd favourite Bill Appleyard. Broke his leg on his debut against Bradford City. Never the same again.

2005-6 Jean Alain Boumsong 66/3 2 Born 14 December 1979. French international signed from Glasgow Rangers for £6m. Big and strong and highly rated. Graeme Souness' first buy (after taking ex-Man U and Aston Villa defender Ronnie Johnson who was out of contract), but he never made the grade in the Premiership. Always defended by Souness, but he rarely produced, and he signed for Juventus in the summer of 2006 for £3m.

1896/98 T.H.Blyth 1/0 1
One game v Burton Swifts, and he scored.

1979/81 S.W.Boam 77/0 2
Huge favourite at 'Boro where he played over 500 games. Joined Newcastle when aged 30. Solid central defender.

1991/92 P.J.Bodin 6/0 0
Clever defender who had a spell on loan from Crystal Palace but United couldn't afford the £200,000 asking price. Welsh international, born in Cardiff.

1986/89 I.Bogie 8/10 0
The sun-bed kid. Possibly the only orange player in the Football League. Said to become the 'new Gazza' but it never happened. Drifted down the leagues. Signed from Wallsend Boys Club and left to go to Preston North End. Had loads of ability, but seemed to have been influenced by Gazza's wild ways.

1905/06 H.Bolton 1/0 0
Only one game (v Sheff Utd) but as soon as he signed for Everton they went on to win the FA Cup.

1913/20 C.Booth 34/0 6
Gateshead-born Curtis spent 7 years at the club but never made his mark. Joined Norwich for £800.

1934/36 W.Bott 44/0 15
£1,000 signing from Huddersfield who scored a hat-trick on his debut v Bury. 1958/58 A.E.Bottom 11/0 10
Played for York in the FA Cup semi-final against Newcastle in 1955, signed for the Toon for £4,800. 10 goals in 11 games is a remarkable record for an inside-forward. 2
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1937/39 E.R.Bowden 52/0 6
Marvellous inside-right who was part of the famous Herbert Chapman Arsenal side of the 1930s. Won two Championship medals, was capped 6 times for England, and signed for Newcastle when 28 for £5,000.

1893/94 J.Bowman 1/0 0
Only one game, United's very first Football League game at Woolwich Arsenal. Played right winger, but left Newcastle soon afterwards.

2003/6 L.Bowyer 78/21 11
London-born Bowyer started his career at Charlton then probably had his best time at Leeds United (who he joined in 1996). Tough midfield player with a temper that often got him into trouble. Was involved in a racist incident while at Leeds and they shipped him off to West Ham on a free. Signed for Newcastle in May 2003. He had a 5-match European ban when he signed, and some idiot at SJP didn't register him ... so he had to serve ANOTHER 5-match ban. Had an on-field battle with team-mate Kieron Dyer. Sold to West Ham in 2006 for £1.5m.

1925/35 J.M.Boyd 214/0 63
Right winger who won an FA Cup winners medal in 1932. Scottish international signed for £600 from Edinburgh St Bernards. Joined Derby 10 years later for £1,000.

1992/95 P.W.Bracewell 73/12 4
Possibly the most controversial Tyne/Wear transfer ever. He wanted a two year contract, the Mackems only offered him one, and he joined Newcastle. But three years later he went back to Sunderland and they gave him a two year contract! Brilliant player who was part of the highly successful Everton side of the mid-1980s. Born in Heswall, was an England international. Career was almost ruined by a tackle with Newcastle striker Billy Whitehurst. Was out for a year but made a full recovery.

1938/46 G.J.Bradley 1/0 0
Great prospect but his career coincided with the Second World War. Joined Millwall after the war and made over 100 appearances for them.

1927/29 R.Bradley 1/0 0
Had a great amateur career with Bishop Auckland but struggled at Newcastle. Only one game (v Leicester) before moving on to Fulham.

1914/27 W.Bradley 143/0 0
Goalkeeper who was second fiddle for many years. Was a late replacement for the 1924 FA Cup final and played a blinder.

1989/92 D.S.Bradshaw 38/7 0
A £80,000 player from York City, who played like a £80,000 player from York. Out of his depth but always gave his best, just wasn't good enough. Born in Sheffield, he joined Peterborough United after Newcastle.

1998/ G.Brady 5/7 0
Spent 7 years at Spurs but never broke into the side, which made us all wonder why things could be different at Newcastle. He signed for Portsmouth and ended up playing in Scotland.

2002- T.Bramble 117/10 6
Signed from Ipswich Town for £5m at a time he was going through a real bad period at Portman Road. The Tractor Boys were relegated and he took much of the flak. Had a bad start in his first season, was dropped but returned to have a decent spell around Christmas, then was dropped again. Robson couldn't get the best out of him and Souness struggled and tried every way to get him to concentrate.

1952/54 G.M.Brander 5/0 2
Good winger who found his way into the team blocked by Bobby Mitchell. Went to Stirling Albion for £750.

1996/98 P.Brayson 1/1 0
Young kid who promised a lot but never up-rooted any trees. Moved to Reading. Newcastle-born player, signed from Walker Central.

1989/90 G.N.Brazil 8/18 3
Looked a decent player during his short spell here, but manager Jim Smith sold him to Fulham where he suffered a love-hate relationship with the fans. Some say he was too good for his team-mates, others argue the opposite.

1946/56 F.Brennan 347/0 3
King Pin of United's glory years of the 1950s. Won 7 Scottish caps and was regarded as the heart of the side. Famous for turning up for a tour of South Africa with nothing more than a toothbrush. Returned several weeks later with only ... a toothbrush and a Zulu spear! Born in Annathill. Left Newcastle for South Shields.

2003/04 M.Bridges 1/8 0
Born in North Shields, Newcastle fan, but started his career with Sunderland. Highly thought of in Mackemland scoring 16 goals in 79 league appearances. But was hit by injuries and they sold him to Leeds where he hardly played for four season befoe loaning him to Newcastle. Only made one start, in a UEFA Cup tie, and never made the grade. Returned to Leeds then Sunderland bought him back. Didn't make the grade there either.

2003/6 M.Brittain 2/6 0
Newcastle-born, 29th December 1984, Martin came through the ranks at the club. Made two substitute appearances in 2003/04, one league and one UEFA Cup. Midfielder. Graeme Souness gave him a small run in the side but Glenn Roeder released him in the summer of 2006, when he went to Kilmarnock.

1953/55 I.A.Broadis 51/0 18
Signed from Man City for £17,000, he was already an England international, but never produced his best football at SJP. Had a ferocious shot. He didn't make the team for the 1955 FA Cup final and moved back to Carlisle Utd where he had once been player-manager. The next current England international we signed after Ivor was Warren Barton 40 years later!

1988/94 K.S.Brock 155/10 16
Jim Smith's first signing, from his old club QPR, and Kevin actually started off canny well before slowly becoming a target for the boo-boys. Highlight was probably his appearance in goal at Birmingham replacing the injured 'keeper and turning in a blinder. Born in Middleton Stoney. Left Newcastle for Stevenage Borough.

1981/82 A.Brown 5/0 3
A big Sunderland favourite, but was loaned to United for 8 weeks with a view to a permanent move. Alan played very well but injury brought about a collapse in the deal and he returned to Roker.

1906/07 H.Brown 24/0 8
Part of the Championship winning side of 1907, Henry scored a hat-trick on his debut v Birmingham. Dynamic little inside-forward signed from Southampton, but suffered from poor eye-sight and was shipped out to Bradford City for £250. He eventually went blind at a very young age.

1983/85 M.Brown 45/0 0
Signed from Huddersfield Town but was injured long-term as soon as he arrived. Full-back.

1907/08 N.Brown 1/0 0
One game at outside-right against Aston Villa and left the club.

1978/82 J.Brownlie 135/1 3
John was signed from Hibs and settled into the side immediately. Cool, calculated and dependable right-back. Went on to play for 'Boro in a £30,000 deal when he was 30. Born in Caldercruix.

1974/75 A.R.Bruce 16/4 3
Prolific goalscorer at Preston, Alex signed for £150,000 but never impressed at SJP. Bright ginger, he certainly stood out in a crowd. Returned to Preston after 18 months and continued hitting the back of the net with them.

1935/36 H.C.Bulloch 5/0 0
Hugh was signed from Irish club Portadown. A stopper in the old stereo-type ... bald, tall and strong ... mould. He was injured soon after signing. Eventually became player-manager of Portadown.

1900/01 C.Burgess 31/0 0
Charlie was never a favourite of the Toon faithful, a defender who depended on strength rather than skill. Signed for Portsmouth after a very short spell at SJP.

1946/47 R.Burke 17/0 0
Right-back Dick's career was cut short because of the Second World War. He was a strong defender who probably played his best football with Carlisle United after leaving Newcastle.

1968/74 M.S.Burleigh 11/0 0
Martin's problem was not so much the form of goalkeeper Iam McFaul, but his never ending battle with his weight problem. 11 appearances in 6 years at the club is poor reward for his ability, but he simply was too fat! Played for Darlington after Newcastle. Signed from Willington.

1974/78 M.E.Burns 178/2 48
Mickey was probably the only player in the squad to improve with the arrival of Gordon Lee as manager. Signed from Blackpool for £170,000, he scored a remarkable solo goal on his debut in a Texaco Cup game, but took time to settle. He was the player who took over Malcolm Mcdonald's number 9 shirt. Joined Cardiff for £70,000. Born in Preston, went to Cardiff after Newcastle.

1927/36 M.T.Burns 107/0 0
Despite being at the club for ten years, Mick was never really considered first choice goalkeeper. At one point he was even considered as a striker, but never played first team football outfield.

1989/91 J.Burridge 80/0 0
Budgie was a huge favourite at the club, despite arriving when he was almost 40. A goalkeeper who played to the gallery. Regarded himself as the best in the country, so he wasn't exactly a shy lad. Left under controversial circumstances because manager Ossie Ardiles was told to sell all of the 'big earners'. He went to Hibs and won a League Cup winners medal. In his time he played for: Workington, Blackpool, Aston Villa, Southend, Crystal Palace, QPR, Wolves, Derby, Sheff Utd, Southampton, Newcastle, Hibs, Scarborough, Lincoln, Aberdeen, Dumbarton, Falkirk, Man City, Darlington and Queen of the South.

1963/73 A.D.Burton 215/9 8
Ollie was signed for £37,000 from Norwich City and went on to play in every position in the back-line, as well as centre-forward. A brilliant servant at the club, he was part of the Fairs Cup winning side of 1969. Retired through injury to his knee in 1973.

1971/72 V.D.Busby 5/0 2
Having linked so well with Supermac at Luton Town, Viv arrived on loan to see if the pair could rekindle some of their previous form. It didn't work out, and he will long be remembered for partnering Supermac in the Hereford FA Cup humiliation of 1971. I bet he couldn't wait to get away.

1960/65 J.W.Butler 4/0 0
Small terrier-like midfielder who didn't really make a mark in the game until he signed for Swindon Town for £5,500, where he made over 350 appearances.

2004- Nicky Butt 25/2 1
Born in Manchester, 23 January 1975. Midfielder who arrived with a massive reputation but had a shocking first season in a black and white shirt. Won everything going with Manchester United as he came through the ranks with the Neville brother, Paul Scholes and David Beckham. Sold to Newcastle for £4m. Went to Birmingham on loan for a season 2005/6, and they were relegated. Returned in the summer of 2006.