Sad news this morning that former Newcastle United player, Alan Suddick, has passed away at the age of 64, after a brave fight against cancer.
Alan Suddick – this is how we remember him
I personally remember Alan Suddick very well as a youngster at the Newcastle United club, because we played in the same Newcastle United Junior side back in 1961. In those days the team was known as the Newcastle “N”s.
Suddick used to be known in those days as “Sooty”, and of course he made his Newcastle United debut at the age of 17 years and 158 days in 1961, and at the time was the youngest player ever to play for the side.
And his play was little less than sensational, after he made his debut, and he quickly made a name for himself. I always remember being a little surprised that a player we had played with in the Juniors, was such a phenomenal success for the first team at the time, but Sooty certainly had skills galore.
Suddick was born in Chester-le-Street in 1944, and was a left winger who had sublime skills, and was a real character off the field, and was always ready for a laugh. It was hard to be serious around Sooty, because he always made you laugh.
Alan played a total of 144 games for Newcastle and scored 41 goals, before joining Blackpool in 1966 for a then record fee of £60K.
Suddick went on to score 76 goals in 348 games for the Seasiders, and became a legend there.
We offer our sincere sympathies to Alan’s family and friends – he was a great guy and a wonderful footballer.