Today it is the 72nd birthday of Tony Green.

It is 45 years ago he stopped playing, due to injury.

So how does a man who only played 35 league and cup games for Newcastle, find himself still revered on Tyneside?

Go back to 1971 we were rock bottom when we signed him, had only won two games, towards the end of October.

One of which was Supermac’s home debut hat-trick against Liverpool.

We finished that season in 11th place.

For those of us who saw him play, he could glide across the bumpiest or heaviest of pitches.

He took people on and left them in his wake.

Watch him at Old Trafford against Man Utd in February 1972 when he leaves George Best on his backside (that moment is 27.01 on the video footage below, whilst he also helped set up both goals in that 2-0 victory – at 13.30 and 31.55).

He lit up the coldest winter’s night.

It has been documented elsewhere when he was half-time guest against Chelsea, it stopped snowing when he came on the pitch and started up again when he left. Yes he was revered in very high places.

In today’s game, where he couldn’t be butchered in the tackle, he would have run riot.

I will raise a glass to you for your so short career with us but so memorable for the football you played.

Happy Birthday Tony Green.

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  • Leazes.

    We got Tudor from Sheffield and Hibbit from Leeds,
    MacDonald from Luton and Smith Aberdeen,
    But we got the greatest the world’s ever seen,
    We bought him from Blackpool his name’s Tony Green!

    Happy Birthday Tony.

    We got Kenedy on Loan
    and a freebie from Stoke
    a Couple from relegation clauses
    Whose name’s I cant invoke

    Nah its not the same!

    • Peaky


      • Themoscow72

        To mark the opening of the first stage of Celtics new ground August 1995 they invited Newcastle up to play a friendly. I went into Bairds bar near the ground probably the roughest Celtic bar. There was Tony Green leading the singing with his top off. He bought me a pint
        and told me he was a life long Celtic fan. Guess what he did not even have a ticket for the match just wanted to stay on the drink.

    • Dave Pattinson

      Ah, what names, what memories! So glad I was there. Football was fun then…..even if it meant freezing yer nuts off in the open on the Gallowgate every other week. It was worth it to watch players like Tony Green & co.

  • Viru leckworth

    He was mesmeric. One of the best players we have ever had. Tragic that a vicious tackle should end such a brilliant career. He was totally modest too.

  • Billmag

    I still say to this day he was missing link that we needed to progress, but as always at our club fate rears it’s ugly head.

  • 1957

    He was probably up there with the best players I have seen at SJP over the last 52 years. He was an amazing, talented player and performed in an era when pitches were a sea of mud for around 6 months a year.

  • Leicester Mag

    My late father always reckoned he was the best player he ever saw in black and white. Quite something when he saw Milburn / Len White and other stars of the 50s. Makes you weep to think of some of the sheet earning 30-40K a week pulling on the shirt now.

  • Mirandinha9

    Cashley would have sold him in an instant!

  • Ba ba.

    My dad rates him as one of the best ever to play for us …. Just watching that footage the whole team are steets ahead of what we have today…. πŸ‘

  • Simon Ritter

    Fantastic footage. How hard did Supermac work that day? A brilliant team performance.

  • Brian Standen

    Absolutely-I was lucky enough to see him play – genius