At Last The Great Joe Harvey Gets Deserved Recognition

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.

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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.


Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • mag

    Apr 25, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Joe was a genuine Newcastle United legend, who should have a statue bigger than Sir Bobby erected outside SJP.

  • mag

    Apr 25, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Talking of Doncasters other famous son Kevin keegan, get him back instead of this oaf who’s now in charge of ruining the club.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Apr 25, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #3

    If the club don’t sack Pardew what’s the point of following the club?

  • mag

    Apr 25, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Kevin keegan knows the fans and the club inside out both as captain and manager of the side.

  • Spoof

    Apr 25, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #5


    I’m not sure about a bigger statue than that of Sir Bobby, as great as Joe was for us, his stature is for what he done for Newcastle, whereas the Sir Bobby stature is looked upon by many (certainly me) as services to football, Joe certainly was more successful than Sir Bobby for us but Sir Bobby has a much greater world appeal to him, I feel Sir Bobby is held in a higher regard than Joe, however both are and always be hero’s to the Newcastle faithful.

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 25, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #6

    Joe Harvey will always have a significant and well earned place in the history of Newcastle United. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Bobby Robson was twice the player, and manager, with all due respect.

  • mag

    Apr 25, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #7

    If keegan was back managing the team, Remy would be begging to stay.

  • Spoof

    Apr 25, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #8


    if KK was back managing the team “his team, his way” would Remy be good enough to get into it ?

  • mag

    Apr 25, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Spoof rubbish! Sir Bobby spent millions and ended up sacked, his first love was Ipswich where there’s a statue erected to his success and Joe Harvey has to settle for a plaque on a wall. No other manager has won anything since Joe and that shows how good he was.

  • mindshaft

    Apr 25, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #10

    Bring back KK !!! I think some fans on here have extremely selective memories – KK was fantastic first time round and average 2nd time round, he walked out of the club again ( albeit after being lied to), hates Ashley and took 4m in comp – KK is not the answer and although good in his day, times and football has moved on.

    On another note, although I dislike Ashley I don’t think he has an agenda against true fans – he simply sees it as a business that should be self sustaining – therefore wages and transfers need to be realistic for a mid table club ( which we’ve averaged since the Prem began )
    Its well known Ashley would bite the hand off anyone who would pay 250+ million, however the true value of the club is probably half that so we really need a rich idiot, preferably blind so he can’t see how shit we’re playing

  • mag

    Apr 25, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #11

    When Newcastle United won the FA cup two seasons in a row they were talked about like gods as the FA cup was considered more important than the league at the time.

  • mag

    Apr 25, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #12

    Three FA cup wins in 5 years, they must have been some team. No one has come near to replicating that feat in the years following.

  • mag

    Apr 25, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #13

    Yeah mindshaft it sure has moved on to the Pardew type of football.

  • Spoof

    Apr 25, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #14

    mag, no one is disputing what Joe did for us, but Sir Bobby was a great ambassador for the entire region, Sir Bobby did not win any silverware for us but as I said in terms of what both brought to football overall and the legacy left by both men then Sir Bobby was the better of the 2, you are looking solely at what they done for Newcastle, I’m looking at a larger picture.

  • mag

    Apr 25, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Spoof this is Newcastle not the United nations.

  • kingwyn

    Apr 25, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #16

    don’t want to cause a fight, loved Bobby Robson but go read the Joe Harvey plaque and you can’t help but agree that for the toon Joe Joe Joe Harvey was the best

  • Spotlight Kid

    Apr 25, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Joe’s the man, we had some great players (and a wonderful defence, usually…) but lacked the consistency and depth to really push on at the top! The FA Cup loss in ’74 was a very sad day for all us expectant fans who made the trip.

    However his record against Bobby’s Ipswich Town from ’69 to ’75 (P14-W4-D3-L7-F16-A16) was a bit dodgy (including FA Cup). Joe’s NUFC even went 8 consecutive games against them Tractor Boys without a win between ’69 & ’73!

  • ronjohno

    Apr 25, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #18

    Special memories of Kevin Keegan – but I no longer feel he would be up for management.

    BUT – Director of Football – I think he would be great.

    Obviously no chance of that though


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