Author: Paul Reece
Published: 15:38 16/11/2014
Newcastle United supporters love their goal scorers on Tyneside. The Magpies have been treated to some incredible strikers over the years, from Super Mac to Andy Cole, Sir Les to Big Al, but who are United’s top-5 greatest goalscorers of all-time?
If these guys were around now the bookies would take a bashing in the goalscorers markets with the prolific centre-forwards achieving iconic status’ on Tyneside.
5. Malcolm MacDonald
The striker averaged a goal just over every other game during his highly successful five-year spell at St James’ Park. Joe Harvey paid £180,000 to land the striker in 1971 and he became an instant hit with supporters, netting a hat-trick against Liverpool on his full debut. Super Mac topped the goalscoring charts during each of his five seasons in the North East, and famously scored five goals against Cyprus for England in 1975, a record which still stands. The attacker netted 121 goals in 228 games at St James’ Park before his exit to Arsenal in 1976.
4. Hughie Gallacher
Arriving from Scottish side Airdrieonians in December 1925 for a fee of £6,500, Gallacher enjoyed a productive five-year spell on Tyneside. The striker marked his debut with two goals against Everton in a thrilling 3-3 draw and finished his debut season with 23 goals in 19 games. He was appointed club captain at the age of just 23 and he guided United to the League Championship in 1927 with the forward netting a club record 36 goals in 38 appearances. He netted 143 goals in 174 appearances for United, giving the Scottish forward a strike rate of 82%, And he remained popular after his departure, with his first game back in the North East with Chelsea seeing a record crowd of 68,386 squeeze into St James Park.
3. Len White
White arrived from Rotherham United in 1953 with United paying £12,000 as they looked to build on their recent back-to-back FA Cup victories. The attacker partnered the great Jackie Milburn up front, playing a key role as United lifted the 1955 FA Cup, starting as the Magpies ran out 3-1 against Manchester City. And once Milburn retired the striker became United’s primary centre-forward, netting 153 in 263 appearances between 1953 and 1962.
2. Jackie Milburn
Born in Ashington, the prolific Jackie Milburn netted over 200 goals and was a central figure during United’s successful FA Cup winning side of the 1950’s, scoring in all three final victories between 1951 and 1955. His record of 200 league and cup goals remains a club record, while he also scored a further 38 goals in wartime matches during the second world war. And he was awarded a testimonial 10-years after leaving the club, with 50,000 turning up to watch the Magpies. He also has stand at St James’ park named after him along with two statues, one in Ashington and outside of St James’ Park.
1. Alan Shearer
Lured back to his hometown club by Kevin Keegan in 1996, the England international rejected Manchester United when he completed a £15 million move to St James Park. The striker made an instant impact, netting 25 goals 31 Premier League appearances in his debut season as United finished second in the table once again. He then endured a couple of disappointing, injury plagued seasons under Kenny Dalglish and Ruud Gullit before the Bobby Robson got the best out of him once again, with the forward netting five goals as Robson picked up an 8-0 win in his first game in charge against Sheffield Wednesday. And Graeme Souness convinced the striker to continue playing for one more season in 2005, seeing the forward overtake Jackie Milburn’s record of 200 competitive goals and he ended his career with 206 goals for United - the final strike being a penalty as United beat arch-rivals Sunderland 4-1 at the Stadium of Light.