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The siblings of St James’ Park.

September 24th, 2010 | 101 Comments |

George Robledo - Bottom row, second from the right.
George Robledo - Bottom row, second from the right.
Did anyone take any notice of the history that was made last Saturday?

English football saw the first ever identical twins going head-to-head as managers when the Holdsworth twins, Dean and David, went head-to-head as Newport County took on Mansfield Town in the Conference Premier.

Following this week’s events its certainly good to see two brothers in the news for the right reasons unlike one of our ex-players currently down the road at the Stadium of Light. It’s a historic moment which I suspect may never be repeated, but it got me thinking about Newcastle players past or present who had siblings within the game.

Looking at brother’s and Newcastle United there is only one place to start, the famous Robledo brothers from Chile. Ted and George grew up in Barnsley during the 1930’s with a Mexican father and a mother from Yorkshire. United were orginally only interested in signing George after he impressed for Barnsley but signed Ted after the twins refused to move without each other. (more…)


Magic Magpie memories III: FA Cup, 1951 (From the Pathe newsreel collection).

April 16th, 2010 | 92 Comments |

Magic Magpie Memories II (FA Cup, 1952).

F.A. Cup semi final replay – Newcastle V. Wolves. (2-1) 1951.

This match was played at Leeds Road, Huddersfield. It’s First blood to The Wolves with a goal from Walker. Then Newcastle strike back with goals from two of the usual suspects, Jackie Milburn and Bobby “Dazzler” Mitchell. The Magpies are through to the FA Cup final! Something that would become a regular event over the next few years.

There are four videos in this sequence, one of Newcastle United in the semi final against Wolverhampton Wanderers, one of the final, one of the lads returning to Newcastle to a hero’s reception with brief speecehes from Joe Harvey and Jackie Milburn. Finally, there is a longer feature taking a more general look at the FA Cup of 1951. (more…)


Magic Magpie memories II: FA Cup, 1952 (From the Pathe newsreel collection).

April 15th, 2010 | 147 Comments |

Magic Magpie memories part I (1955 FA Cup)

F.A. Cup 3rd Round – Newcastle V. Aston Villa. (4-2) 1952.

From St James’s Park, Newcastle upon Tyne. Aston Villa’s Dixon bags a brace as Aston Villa go 2-0 up, then the Geordie onslaught begins! The Newcastle United goals come courtesy of Billy Foulkes, two from Bobby “Dazzler” Mitchell and a final goal from Robledo.

The second of our series of trips down memory lane. This one features eight videos of Pathe newsreels focusing on another great, and ultimately successful FA Cup campaign of the ‘fifties, that of 1952. It features the magnificent Chilean centre forward, George Robledo. Robledo was one of Newcastle United’s greatest ever goalscorers and was the First Division’s top scorer the year we won this FA Cup final. A forward who could also graft and tackle with the best of them when off the ball, he scored no less than 91 goals in 164 competitive games for the Magpies (166 in total). In the twilight of his great career, he went on to play for the curiously named Chilean team, “Club Deportivo O’Higgins”. You can also delight at the skills of players such as, Ronnie Simpson, one of Newcastle’s greatest ever goalkeepers, who went on to win the European Cup with Jock Stein’s “Lisbon Lions” of 1967, and of course, a man whose name has become synonymous with Newcastle United, our all time top scorer, Jackie Milburn. (more…)


One of Newcastle United’s greatest goal scoring partnerships.

June 28th, 2009 | 23 Comments |

Ted Robledo
Ted Robledo.
With the ship’s captain charged and then acquited of the murder of Ted Robledo, one of the famous Robledo Brothers who played in United’s 1951 cup winning team, no-one was to ever find out the truth of what happened to Ted that fateful night. It was 1970 when the ship set sail from Dubai enroute to one of the oil rigs in the Gulf where Ted worked after giving up football. Some claimed a fight broke out between Ted and the captain but people who knew the mild mannered Ted said that was totally out of character and they didn’t believe it. Despite several trips by his family Ted’s body was never found and the truth to this day never uncovered.

Born in Chile to an english mother and chilean father, the Robledo brothers found themselves moving to England as small children when their home sick mother moved back to the small mining town in South Yorkshire where her family lived. After playing amateur football while working down the pit, George signed professional terms with Barnsley in 1943 when he was 16. On the opening day of the postwar season George was to score a hat-trick on his league debut. (more…)