Joe Harvey was born in Doncaster, like Kevin Keegan, and he made his name at Newcastle, where he played 224 times for Newcastle from 1945 through 1953 with 12 goals, and Joe was the Newcastle captain in the FA Cup wins of 1951 and 1952, when we slaughtered Blackpool and Arsenal by scores of 2-0 and 1-0 respectively.
Bob Moncur – addressing crowd at ceremony
A plaque was unveiled at the Gallowgate end of St James’s Park yesterday, in memory of the Newcastle captain in those two great FA Cup wins – and of course we also won the FA Cup in 1955 when Jimmy Schouler was the captain.
Joe also managed the club from 1962 – 1975, and Joe got us promoted from the second division back to the first division in 1965, and I remember that season so well – with big Wynn Davies the center-forward.
Joe then managed Newcastle to the Inter-City Fairs Cup victory in 1969 – so Joe Harvey won three trophies when a player and a manager at Newcastle United.
No manager or player has won anything on Tyneside since Joe left Newcastle in 1975. 🙁
Joe was playing in the very first game I ever saw at St. James’ Park (eons and eons ago), and the great Jackie Milburn was also playing up front.
My Mom went to the game – she never usually attended the games – but at that time my Dad went to all the away games and all the home games.
I suspect Mom went to that game to take care of me, and just in case Newcastle scored six and my Dad would have been in no condition to look after me, since I was four years old at the time. 😀
My Mom kept telling me Jackie was the one with the number 9 on his shirt – and in those days the numbers were in red, and the shirts were like normal shirts, so when Jackie ran – the shirt billowed out behind him and he looked so fast when he ran with the ball.
That’s the image I remember even now – Jackie Milburn running at around 100 mph with the ball – he was so exciting to watch.
And it’s just great that Joe Harvey has finally been given the plaque that he so richly deserves – to preserve his memory – for all the great work he did for Newcastle United.
And maybe one of the things we need now is a Newcastle captain of Joe’s influence and leadership – and a manager who knows the club as well as Joe Harvey did, and can get the very best out of the players – just like Joe did.
If we get those two – we may be on our way to greatness again.