Newcastle United’s 17 year-old striker Nile Ranger, signed from Southampton last summer, was handed the Newcastle “Wor Jackie” Award last night.
Nile Ranger – wins Wor Jackie award
Bobby Moncur, who was unable to attend the black-tie dinner at Newcastle Civic Center, was also awarded the Wilkinson Sword for services to sport, and it was aceepted on his behalf by his fomrer team-mate Bryan “Pop” Robson.
Of course Bobby is the last Newcastle United captain to lift a major trophy – the Fairs Cup in 1969 – when Joe Harvery was the Newcastle manager. The 64-year-old, who was recently awarded the freedom of Gateshead, overcame colon cancer only last year.
17-year-old striker Ranger has taken Newcastle by storm this season and already has 20 goals this season, with 14 for ther Under-18s and 6 for the Newcastle Reserve side.
Nile was signed in the summer along with 15 year-old Aaron Spear, but becasue of the volcvano that erupted in early Septmber with Kevin Keegan and the Board, we weren’t told too much about the signings.
But the Newcastle club have great expectations for the young striker, and he will hope to follow young Andy Carroll into the first team, who also won this award a couple of year ago.
The Wor Jackie award, named after the fabulous Ashington-born Jackie Milburn, is awarded each year to the most promising youngster at Newcastle United.