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Sad news as former Newcastle United skipper dies

6 months ago
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Sad news as it emerged that former Newcastle captain Jim Iley passed away on Saturday.

Born in 1935, Iley played at left half for Sheffield United, Tottenham Hotspur, Nottingham Forest, Newcastle United and Peterborough United.

He arrived at St James Park as a 27 year in 1962 from Forest and was to stay just short of seven years, leaving on a free transfer to Peterborough in 1969.

Jim Iley was a key part of the Joe Harvey team that won promotion (scoring five times that season) back to the top tier (Division One) in 1965 and then captained the side on the return to the top flight.

He became player-manager at Peterborough, before going on to also manage Barnsley, Blackburn Rovers, Bury and Exeter City.

As Bury boss, Jim Iley managed a giant killing feat when beating Newcastle over two legs in the League Cup in 1980, at the time Newcastle were second tier and Bury fourth tier.

At the age of 33 he made a fleeting contribution to the 1968/69 Fairs Cup winning effort, coming on as a sub in Holland as Newcastle lost 2-0 to Feyenoord, but NUFC winning 4-2 on aggregate in the first round thanks to an earlier 4-0 home victory. Not long after joining Peterborough in January 1969.

Altogether, Jim Iley made 249 appearances for Newcastle and scored 16 times, he was 82 when he passed away on Saturday.

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