This painting represents nine of the most notable centre forwards for Newcastle in their history with the likes of Hughie Gallacher, Jackie Milburn, Malcolm Macdonald and all-time Premier League top goalscorer Alan Shearer.
1. Hughie Gallacher (160 appearances, 133 goals): Although at only 5ft 5" tall, he lacked height and weight, his excellent ball control, guile, instinct and awesome strike power made him a handful for any defence. He was a complete footballer able to shoot with either foot, head, dribble, tackle as well as forage for the ball. Newcastle signed him on the 8th of December 1925 fromAirdrie for the huge sum of £6,500. On his debut 4 days later he scored 2 goals in a 3 - 3 draw against Everton.
2. Jackie Milburn ( 353 appearances, 200 goals): Also known as "Wor Jackie" he is Newcastle after writing to the club in response to the club's advert fro trials in a local paper. He was born into a footballing dynasty, four of his Uncles were professional footballers and two of his younger cousins were Bobby and Jackie Charlton. He turned up with a pair of borrowed boots wrapped in brown paper and his lunch - a pie and bottle of pop.
3. Wyn Davies (216 appearances, 53 goals): A one time slate quarry worker from North Wales, he arrived at St James' in 1966 for a club record of £80,000 from Bolton Wanderers. Though he wasn't a prolific goal scorer, he was prodigious in the air. He played a huge part in the club's 1969 Fairs Cup triumph. Continental defences were not able to cope with his aerial presence. He formed part of a great partnership up front with Brian "Pop" Robson.
4. Malcolm MacDonald (187 appearances, 95 goals): After scoring 49 goals in 88 matches for Luton Town, Joe Harvey signed him for Newcastle for the fee of £180,000 in the summer of 1971. He immediately became a fans' favourite by scoring a hat-trick on his debut in a 3 - 2 home win against Liverpool. He was the club's top scorer for 5 successive seasons. Whilst at Newcastle he also scored all five goals for England against Cyprus. A record that still stands today.
5. Andrew Cole (84 appearances, 68 goals): In March 1992, whilst playing for Bristol City he was spotted by Kevin Keegan who broke Newcastle's transfer record when he was prepared to pay £1.75 million for the 21 year old Cole. At one stage his goals to games ratio reached an incredible 100 per cent as Cole smashed a long standing club record stretching back to Hughie Gallacher and George Robledo.
6. Les Ferdinand MBE (303 league appearances, 41 goals): Signed for a club record fee of £6 million, he scored on his debut at St James' and went on to score 25 Premiership goals as Newcastle went close to winning the Premiership with an exhilarating brand of attacking football. The following season, he lost the number 9 jersey with the signing of Alan Shearer. The partnership with Shearer lasted just one season before Ferdinand was sold to Spurs for £6 million.
7. Alan Shearer OBE (303 appearances, 148 goals): Born in Gosforth, Newcastle, he was rejected by the club and signed a youth contract with Southampton. It would be after Euro '96, 12 years later, before he returned to Newcastle but this time he would cost them a record transfer fee of £15 million. A classic English centre forward, owing to his strengh, physical stature, heading ability and strong shot. With 260 goals, he is still up to this day the all-time Premier League top goalscorer.
8. Andrew Thomas Carroll (80 appearances, 31 goals): Born in Gateshead, Carrol worked his way through the clubs junior ranks. He made his debut aged akmost 18, coming on as a late substitute in a UEFA Cup tie making him the youngest ever player to represent Newcastle in Europe. He scored his first competitive goal for Newcastle on his home debut. For the 2010 - 11 season Carrol was given the number 9 and by the 22nd of August he'd scored his first hat trick in a 6 - 0 demolition of Aston Villa. On 31st of January 2011, the last day of the transfer window, Carrol was sold to Liverpool for £35 million which to date is still the highest fee paid between two British clubs for a homegrown player.
9. Pappis Cisse (131 appearances, 44 goals): Made his debut for Newcastle in the 2 - 1 League win against Aston Villa at St James' Park. On 25 March of 2012, he scored two first-half goals in Newcastle's 1–3 league victory against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns, Cissé's brace against West Brom made him the quickest player since Les Ferdinand to hit the five-goal mark for Newcastle. His 12th and 13th Premier League goals came in a 0–2 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 2 May 2012, the second of which he curled the ball with the outside his foot from 37 yards out. Cissé described the goal as the best of his career, and was subsequently chosen as the BBC's Goal of the Season.
Handmade artwork printed in high resolution on premium white art paper. Prints are unframed.
All prints come numbered and signed by the artist, Bernard Kelly.