Magpies Still Need To Strengthen Defense This Summer

Former Newcastle United left-back Frank Clark played for Newcastle from 1962, when he  signed on from FA Amateur Cup winners Crook Town, and stayed until 1975, when he joined Nottingham Forest.

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Frank Clark – while at Newcastle United

Frank played 457 times for Newcastle in those 13 years, and in  total appearances for the club he’s only behind goalkeeper Jimmy Lawrence (496 appearances 1904-1922)  and left-back Franck Hudspeth (472 appearances 1910-1929).

Frank of course played in the Inter-City F airs Cup winning side in  1969, and today he had this to say in the Shields Gazette about the current Newcastle defense:

“They are all very good Premier League players.” “They are all center-backs, so unless you play three at the back, you can’t get them all in the team at the same time.”

“Williamson has done very, very well, and has surprised me a little bit.” “Taylor is a local boy, whose heart and soul is in the club.”

“Coloccini is a top, top defender, so I think if they keep those three together, they will be OK there. They obviously need to invest elsewhere in the squad.”

We had these three center-backs at Newcastle last season, and we didn’t do too well, and we conceded 59 goals, the 6th most in the league,  and in the previous season we conceded 65 goals.

Maybe if we can keep these three on Tyneside and bring in another top center-back – maybe like Celtic’s 22 year-old center-back Virgil van Dijk –  we should be OK in central defense, and we have young central defenders like Curtis Good and Lubo Satka coming through too.

But our defense just isn’t up to scratch, and it’s hard to argue with the statistics of goals conceded.

We still think we need to strengthen our defense this summer – what do you think?

Comments welcome.

Note – I was on a local Tyne Tees TV football discussion program way back in February 1970 with Frank, and was representing Newcastle University football,  and the discussion was centered on how we bring young players through in the area – does that sound familiar even for today?