Vic Keeble has sadly passed away.

The former Newcastle star has died at the age of 87 after a short illness.

His passing is especially poignant, as the one-time striker was the last of the players who helped Newcastle win the FA Cup in the 1950s.

Vic Keeble being in the team that beat Manchester City 3-1 in 1955.

It is now 63 years later and that remains the last domestic trophy Newcastle United have won.

When Vic and the rest of the players, as well as the fans, celebrated that third cup win in only a few short years, I bet none of them would have imagined that in 2018 the club would still be waiting for the next one.

With the FA Cup being THE competition to win back then, with the final shown live on TV, it makes the achievements of those Newcastle players in the 1950s all the more remarkable.

Official Newcastle United Statement:

‘Newcastle United are saddened to hear of the passing of former forward, Vic Keeble.

Vic passed away with his family at his bedside following a short illness. He was 87.

Vic was the last surviving player from the club’s FA Cup-winning teams of the 1950s, having played in the 1955 final which saw Newcastle United defeat Manchester City 3-1 at Wembley.

He joined Newcastle from hometown club Colchester United in 1952 and went on to play 120 games for the Magpies, scoring 67 goals, before leaving for West Ham in 1957.

Everyone at Newcastle United extends their sincere condolences to Vic’s family, friends and former colleagues.’



  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Very sad end to a golden era where a lot of our players were locals or Scots he was from down South. Used to meet Frank Brennan for a pint in the Monkseaton Arms who played in two of the cup finals and talk about the old days.

  • Leicester Mag

    Another hero and legend departs. As a child grew up hearing tales of Keeble, Milburn, Bobby Mitchell. The idea of a hero in modern football seems almost unimaginable. RIP Vic.

  • Peter

    Sad news….especially in light of where we are at present. How many of us will ever see Newcastle United lift a major trophy again?

    RIP Vic.

  • Martin

    Sad news. There is now no man alive who has won a domestic trophy for Newcastle United.

  • Coble’s Return

    My dad used to talk about this team with huge affection. The buses in to Newcastle from Ashington would be heaving for the FA Cup games and he said that he used to spend half the match on the old Leazes terracing with his feet lifted off the floor as the crowd was so tightly packed. Thank you Vic and all of your team mates – your exploits are remembered with fondness by generations too young to have been there.

  • Geordie Pete Moore

    R.I.P and condolences to his family, maybe this Jan transfer window finished him off ?

    • Rich Lawson

      Probably just been asked if he was ok to play against Burnley ?

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    RIP, my father was just starting to play for Barnsley at the time of the cup side whilst also in the RAF but desperately tried to get to see them play whenever he could, and used to wax lyrical about that team.

    • Rich Lawson

      My dad too,also ex RAF, went to all 3 Final’s in the 50’s,RIP proper NE footballer.

  • thewildchimp

    Could this day get any sadder? Well, we’ll know in the evening…

  • Phil Hill

    Wow so long ago since we won silverware. Wish there was something we could do to rectify that situation.

  • Davey drape

    Thanks Vic for playing such a great role in our cup history & contribution to the club – never forgotten.

  • Cockneytrev

    Rest in peace,,,🏆

    Never thought that he wouldn’t see us lift another domestic trophy again,,

    Every chairman/ owner/ board member (especially the current owner and board members) should hang there collective heads in shame, they’ve all lined their pockets off the back of true fans,,
    I hope you’re all pleased with the misery you’ve heaped on the fans of NUFC.

  • Oldgeordie

    Condolences to Vic’s family. Memories of the 50s still very strong.

  • nufcslf

    Not as dead as the sh*t show fat c** t is running.

  • toonterrier

    Those were the days. Watched the Cup Final along with about twenty other folk on next doors twelve inch black and white telly crammed into a little lounge. Brilliant and never forgotten. Rest in peace and thank you for being part of our history.