A north east football legend has passed away, Newcastle United revealing on Monday morning that Stan Anderson sadly died on Sunday.

He has the distinction of captaining all three major north east teams.

Moving from Sunderland in 1963, Stan Anderson then led the Magpies to promotion as champions in 1964/65.

Under his leadership, Newcastle lost only one game out of twenty one at St James Park that season, winning the second tier title by one point from Northampton, though Bolton in third were another six points.

A very comfortable promotion considering it was only two points for a win in those days.

However, after taking Newcastle up into the first division to join Sunderland, Stan Anderson didn’t hang around and instead moved on to captain Middlesbrough.

We pass on our condolences as well to Stan Anderson’s family and friends.

Official Newcastle United Statement:

‘Former wing-half Stan Anderson, who had the distinction of captaining Newcastle United, Sunderland and Middlesbrough, has sadly passed away. He was 85.

Born in Horden, County Durham, Stan made his senior Sunderland debut aged 19 and spent 11 years at Roker Park before moving north to St. James’ Park in November 1963.

After winning the second division title on Tyneside in the 1964/65 season, he completed his North East treble with a move to Middlesbrough, where he would see out his playing days.

Stan also gained full international honours during a distinguished professional career.

As well as earning two caps, he was part of England’s travelling party for the 1962 FIFA World Cup in Chile but didn’t make an appearance.

After hanging up his boots, Stan spent seven years as Middlesbrough manager between 1966 and 1973 before spells in charge of AEK Athens, Queens Park Rangers, Doncaster Rovers and Bolton Wanderers.

Stan, who is remembered fondly on Tyneside, Wearside and Teesside, sadly passed away on Sunday 10th June 2018.

Our deepest condolences go to Stan’s family and his many friends both in and out of football.’