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.



  • Hughie

    Cultured player who should have had international recognition. Watching Jim with Stan Anderson, John McGrath and the great David Craig- the best defensive right back I’ve seen- was a real treat!! RIP

    • Cockneytrev

      Davy Craig was top drawer

      • Peter C

        David Craig on the right, and Frank Clark on the left, one of the best fullback parings we’ve had, and one of the most underrated.

        Along with Bob Moncur and John McNamee / Pat Howard to the centre of defence, brings back happy memories of when I first started to watch Newcastle in the late 60’s and early 70’s.

        O happy days, even with one of the worst stadiums in the country.

    • Rich Lawson

      Jim was never flash but always reliable,David Craig was a superb full back in the days when full back meant defending.sadly a martyr to injuries.

  • Peter Robson

    Our school Headmistress always claimed Jim Iley went to our school as a lad !!
    I can´t confirm that claim but I always remember the way he played with calm collected dignity in Black and White.

    RIP Jim

    • Leazes.

      Did you go to School in Pontefract?

      Jim was in the first team I watched at SJP, he stood out as unfashionably bald like Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson and that’s sadly all I remember.

      Always sad when we lose someone who was part of United.

  • Dave Southern

    My first memory last minute penalty against Everton taken twice and scored winner.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Before my time but have heard of him, R.I.P.

  • whitleylad

    Anderson, McGrath, Iley – what a half-back line that was! 1964/5 was my first full season supporting The Lads and I can still remember vividly the Good Friday game against Bolton Wanderers that clinched promotion back to the old First Division – a 2-0 win with Willie Penman and Jim Iley getting the goals. A certain Wyn Davies was Bolton’s main threat at the time but he didn’t feature much after being clattered early on by Big John! At the end I joined in with my first (and only) pitch invasion as the players appeared in the director’s box and threw their shirts into the crowd.Great day!

    • Colin Brumwell

      Joe Harveys famous instruction to John McGrath, see how fast he (Davies) can limp

  • Shipcote Willy

    Sad news A rock solid, skillful player who would be at home in any era. Good memories

  • Colin Brumwell

    For a couple of season around 66 he was the only player we had that could pass a ball