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A Real Newcastle United and Tyneside Hero Honoured – Video Special

7 years ago

It is always great to hear of a real local hero being recognised, somebody who goes that extra mile for their community.

This past week has seen a local man recognised, one who has scouted 23 players (and counting) who have gone on to play for the Newcastle United first team.

Heading that stellar list of players are Paul Gascoigne, Lee Clark, Robbie Elliott and the Ameobi brothers.

However, it isn’t principally due to that part of his life that Brian Clark has been recognised this week, as well as his great work for Newcastle United, Brian was one of the people instrumental in founding Walker Central Boys Club in the east end of the city.

Brian and all of the other great people at Walker Central have worked and fought to give local kids the very best facilities to play football and have fun, as well as help those with the necessary talent fulfil their professional dreams.

Walker is an area of Newcastle that doesn’t have it easy and it is so important that they have people like Brian Clark fighting their corner and helping to give the kids a chance.

Brian has now been recognised by Barclays as part of their ‘Community Hero’ initiative across the country and he was rewarded with an invitation for himself and friends to go and watch last Saturday’s Liverpool match in style. Watch the cracking video below though of Brian’s and Walker Central’s story, capturing people’s enthusiasm to this degree is a real talent.

Speaking to the NUFC website in the past, Brian said;

“My aim is to help the kids of Walker and my best day is when they walk out onto that pitch with the black and white on.

“The best thing that you can do for a kid is to try and fulfil their dreams, something which I’ve been successful at in the 38 years I have been at Newcastle United. I have been very successful and put 47 kids in, out of those 47 I’ve had 23 in the Newcastle first team.”

Watch this great video tribute to Brian Calrk below, thanks to The Mag’s YouTube Channel (Click HERE to subscribe for free).
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