The Great Bobby Moncur Backs Allardyce for Newcastle

The last captain to lift a trophy for Newcastle United – Bobby Moncur – is interviewed by the Evening Chronicle about once a week and usually speaks to Alan Oliver , the top local Newcastle reporter. Yesterday Bobby gave his views to Alan on how he thought Sam Allardyce would fair at Newcastle – and as always Bobby was positive about the possibilities.

Bobby Moncur at Newcastle

Speaking to the Evening Chronicle yesterday Bobby had this to say on the pending appointment of Sam Allardyce at Newcastle:

“Sam Allardyce is my type of manager. He is a big lad and strong enough to chin any player who steps out of line. One of the concerns of the United supporters who have spoken to me is that they are convinced that Bolton Wanderers have not played good football under Allardyce.

“Well, if Bolton‘s football has not been very good, then there is a very good reason for it. Make no mistake about it, Sam Allardyce has done a great job at Bolton Wanderers with limited resources, and that latter fact might reflect on how they have played.

“For me, Sam never had the players to play fancy football. But hopefully he will get some money at St James’ Park and Newcastle will get some players with flair.

“But as far as I am concerned, good football is not a priority for Newcastle United in their current situation. What we need is to have a winning team and to get up that league table.

“When we won the Fairs Cup in 1969, did we play silky football?

Like hell we did.

Some fans have mentioned the fact to me that they don’t want Sam Allardyce because he used to play for Sunderland, but I cannot believe they can even say that. What’s that got to do with it?”

Bobby’s last comment is interesting in that after the FA Cup Final defeat to Liverpool in 1974 – which was his last Newcastle game for the club – Bobby joined local rivals Sunderland.

On the subject of Newcastle success – and to set the stage for next season’s winning of some kind of trophy – here’s a brief recall on Bobby Moncur’s achievements and a wee trip down memory lane. 😀

When Bobby Moncur joined the club in October of 1960 – on apprentice forms – he played his first season for the Newcastle United youth second string (along with a certain young Irish player – David Craig) you would never have thought he’d attain the fame at Newcastle that he did.

Bobby Moncur went onto play 346 times for Newcastle and right back David Craig went onto a staggering 412 appearances for the club.

Of course that first season for the young Moncur was a tragic one for the club – at that time managed by Charlie Mitten – when we were relegated to the old second division.

But Bobby quickly made strides forward and scored the winner in the FA Youth Cup final against Wolves the following summer (1962).

Bobby played an important role in United’s Youth Cup run in 1962 and scored the winner in the final vs Wolves in that year

As we know Bobby also went on to captain Scotland.


Bobby Moncur – Scotland captain – alongside Bobby Moore (1971)

Joe Harvey, manager of Newcastle in 1969 and Newcastle captain in our two successive FA Cup victories in 1951 and 1952 (memories, memories) used to say that United were only half a team without Moncur.

Bobby makes infrequent appearances on Sky TV as a football pundit and is frequently quoted as wanting to lose the honor of the last Newcastle captain to lift a trophy – as quickly as possible.

He is currently a commentator on CenturyFM for the Newcastle United matches.


Last Newcastle Squad to win a Trophy – 1969

4 comments so far

  • Craig

    May 10, 2007 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #1

    I’ve never been a fan of Moncur on Century. He gives Martins far too much stick and never gave him the benefit of the doubt. The fact he is 22, scored 17 goals in first full season in English football and never had an out and out strike partner playing along side him is surley enough to sympathise. He used to always say ‘I’m a fan of Bramble’, the reason being beacause beacuse he was a defender himself. Bramble has been inconsistent of five years now. How can you be a fan of that? As for Allardyce, he turned is down twice before….

  • Sigh

    May 10, 2007 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #2

    not all 17 come from english football. 11 for the premiership, which is a poor return. compare that to tevez, 7 in not so many starts. not much age difference there. he gets the stick cause 10mil pounds isn’t enough to buy good control of the ball?? that’s ridiculous aye

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  • Craig

    May 10, 2007 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #4

    Yeah, i know about the European goals. I still think that 11 isn’t bad, it’s not great, but it’s not bad! Considering he played with Siberiski, Dyer, Ameobi, Owen and even Duff up front, he’s had it hard as he hasn’t had a natural parnter with him. I totally agree with his first touch, it’s pretty poor. Hopefully that will be addressed in summer training.


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