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Newcastle United’s Unlikely Heroes – Bobby Shinton

7 years ago
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I was only young, please forgive me.

At the age of fourteen I didn’t know any better.

Newcastle signed a striker called Bobby Shinton and I thought he was class.

Bobby on the right – class kit

He arrived from Manchester City and I thought he stood out a mile as an excellent striker, mind you we were in the old second division at the time.

Shinton made his name at Wrexham but then flopped after a big money (£300,000) at the time move to Maine Road.

Newcastle signed him in 1980 and he stayed for a couple of years, scoring 10 goals in 42 appearances.

We didn’t have the best of teams at the time and when the other strike choices included Ray Clarke, Billy Rafferty and Rob MacDonald then you would find it hard not to stand out.

Bobby finished top scorer in the 1980/81 season with a meagre 7 (seven) goals, though this was later beaten, if that is the right word, by John Barnes who finished top scorer with even fewer goals under Dalglish.

At that time there used to be a fair amount of tat/cheap and cheerful memorabilia sold around the ground, one of which was a bloke selling cheap plastic badges with ‘witty’ phrases about players.Idea was you’d fix them to you scarf or denim jacket as part of your match day decoration, think your average Liverpool fan these days!

I already had my ‘If Frans Koenen had shot JR he wouldn’t have missed’, to which I then proudly added my favourite ‘Bobby Shinton – more slippery than a frog’s belly’!

Happy days.

Who was/is your Newcastle United Unlikely Hero? 

We’d really love to hear who your idolised while everybody else didn’t have a clue what you saw in him.

Whether it is one line or a full on article, send in your nomination for our Newcastle United Unlikely Heroes hall of fame and we’ll feature them all in some way, either in the magazine or on the website. Get scribbling and send to [email protected]

 

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