Wednesday, May 11, 2005

The #1 #9

On this day in 1924 the Toon legend that is Jackie Milburn was born in Ashington. Milburn remains the club's leading scorer, with 200 league and cup goals.

Our current number nine, having failed to overhaul Milburn's total this season, has opted to delay his retirement by another year. Of course, it wasn't the sole motivating reason behind the decision, but there's no doubt Shearer wants that title.

Whether he can grab it or not is open to debate. Souness has allegedly told him he can no longer expect to be an automatic choice, and that's something it would be difficult to argue against given the evidence of recent games, in which he's looked sluggish and out of form.

But no matter - even if he can't top Jackie's haul, they're both already two of the most important names in the club's history.

RIP Wor Jackie.


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