News today, that Nobby Solano, who was surprisingly released by West Ham in the summer, is interesting Harry Redknapp, at Portsmouth.
Nobby Solano – really popular at Newcastle
Nobby can play right midfield or right back, and still has a couple years left at the top level.
Solano, who was always a fan favorite on Tyneside, will go down as the best South American ever to play for Newcastle, just edging out the great George Robledo, who was from Chile.
George was at the club from 1949-1953, and he was a a particular favorite of my father, who in those days followed Newcastle home and away. 😀
George Robledo – a natural goalscorer
George’s brother Ted also played for Newcastle, but only because George wouldn’t move to Newcastle if Ted didn’t also join him on Tyneside.
They both played in the 1952 Cup Final when we took Arsenal apart 1-0. 😀
That was the first Cup Final ever when two foreigners (outside the British Isles) played in any Cup Final side. How things have changed.
Joe Harvey was captain and yes, George Robledo, scored the winner after 81 minutes.
The famous Arthur Ellis was referee with 100,000 in attendance.
Geroge Robledo scored 91 goals for Newcastle in 166 games, including an amazing 39 goals in the 1951-1952 season, when he also scored the winner at Wembley.
Here’s our team on that famous day:
Ronnie Simpson, Bobby Cowell, Alf McMichael, Joe Harvey (captain), Frank Brennan, Ted Robledo, Tommy Walker, Billy Foulkes, Jackie Milburn, George Robledo, Bobby Mitchell
There’s certainly some Newcastle stars in that line-up.
But that’s part of our great club’s history, and the good times are hopefully not too far away.