Of course at one time no successful English team was complete without a good sprinkling of Scottish players, Newcastle United being no exception; names such as Hughie Gallacher, Jimmy Scoular and Bob Moncur roll off the tongue and they all feature in the Mag Auctions this week.
Spending big has not served Newcastle well, although it did get us close briefly and thrillingly in the nineties. The club suffered from persisting with that policy long term. The end product of that period of lavish spending being nothing but a disjointed squad assembled by various managers. Each one spending millions to their own end and no clear long term thinking at the club to influence proceedings.