"'Jackie Milburn,' says Malcolm"

Jackie Milburn (1924-1988) was another of the famous Ashington-born footballers who came from the related family stock of the Milburns and the Charltons. If Bobby was the most famous on the Charlton side, 'Wor Jackie' was certainly the most famous of the Milburns. Wearing the number 9 shirt of the centre forward he led the line in Newcastle United's FA Cup campaigns of the 1950s which saw them win the Cup three times in five years - Milburn scored twice in the 1951 Final, scored in the 1952 Final and scored the then quickest goal in FA Cup Final history after 45 seconds in the 1955 Final.

Here are some brief highlights of the 1955 Final, including Jackie's headed goal.

Statue of Jackie Milburn in Ashington
Creative Commons AttributionStatue of Jackie Milburn in Ashington - Credit: Mark Smiles
Milburn also made 13 appearances for England, scoring ten goals. He left the Magpies in June 1957 to join the Belfast club Linfield as player/coach where he won nine trophies and finished as leading league goalscorer in two consecutive seasons. After retiring as a player he briefly managed Ipswich Town before returning to Tyneside to work as a sports journalist for the News of the World. A long-term smoker, Milburn died at the age of 64 in 1988 of lung cancer at his home in Ashington. His funeral at St Nicholas' Cathedral in Newcastle saw over 30,000 people turn out to pay their respects. In the same year Newcastle United opened their new West Stand at St James' Park and named it after Milburn. In addition, two statues of the footballer were commissioned. One stands at Station Road, the main street in Ashington. The other, in Newcastle, was originally situated in Northumberland Street but is now at a junction near St James' Park which is known as Milburn Junction. Jackie Milburn was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2006 in recognition of his contribution to English football.