Newcastle Utd honour Joe Harvey

MAGPIE LEGEND ... Vic Keeble, Ken Harvey and Bob Moncur unveil the Joe Harvey plaque at St James's Park.
MAGPIE LEGEND ... Vic Keeble, Ken Harvey and Bob Moncur unveil the Joe Harvey plaque at St James's Park.
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JOE Harvey has been given the recognition he has long deserved at St James’s Park – almost 45 years after he guided Newcastle United to its last major trophy.

A number of former players were at St James’s Park today to honour his achievements as player, coach and manager.

Harvey’s son, Ken, 1969 Fairs Cup-winning captain Bob Moncur and Vic Keeble – the only surviving member of the club’s 1955 FA Cup-winning side – unveiled a plaque outside the stadium.

The dedicated Fairs Club raised the money for the memorial, which stands close to the statue of Harvey’s former team-mate Jackie Milburn at the Gallowgate end of the stadium.

Bill Gibbs, chairman of the Fairs Club, said: “We have had a long-standing ambition to see Joe Harvey rightfully remembered with a permanent memorial at St James’s Park.

“And we are delighted to see it come to fruition with this plaque.

“We would like to thank everyone who has supported this project and Newcastle United, who have made a generous donation and paid for its installation.

“We are very proud to see it in its glory as a lasting reminder of Joe’s immense contribution to the club.”