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Liverpool v Newcastle United (30/12/2011) - Double Agents
Wednesday, 28th December 2011

In advance of our League meeting at Anfield on Friday, YNWA looks at the careers of some of the many who have represented both Newcastle United and the reds.


Current double agents in L4
Andy Carroll signed from Newcastle United for a club record £35m on transfer deadline day last January after 33 goals in 91 games for his boyhood club, including one in their 3-1 defeat of the reds at St. James' Park in December 2010. He has so far struck five times in 28 reds games. Steve Clarke coached under Ruud Gullit at Newcastle United, taking over as Caretaker Manager after the Dutchman's departure in August 1999, although he was only charge for one game, a 5-1 defeat at Manchester United. He was appointed as a first-team coach at Anfield by Kenny Dalglish last January.


José Enrique signed from Newcastle United for £5.5m last August, so far making nineteen impressive appearances for the reds. He had moved to St. James' Park for £6.3m four years earlier, notching just once in 129 outings as they were relegated and then returned to the Premiership as champions.


Current double agents on the Tyne
Peter Beardsley was appointed Reserve Team Manager at Newcastle in July 2010, taking temporary charge of the first team when Chris Hughton was sacked last December. He arrived at Anfield from St. James' Park for a British record £1.9m fee in July 1987, winning two League titles, an FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields, scoring 59 times in 175 games. He was controversially sold by Graeme Souness to Everton for £1m in August 1991. He had originally been released as a teenager by the Toon, later joining them from Vancouver Whitecaps for £150,000 in September 1983, stroking 61 times in 164 games, then netting another 56 goals in 157 outings after returning from Everton for a £1.4m fee in July 1993.


Danny Guthrie was sold to the Geordies for £2.5m in July 2008 after just seven reds games, and has established himself with them, so far turning out on 93 occasions, netting eight times. Dave Watson was appointed Under-18's Coach at Newcastle last month. He never broke through into the reds first team as a centre-half, going on to far greater success with Norwich City and across Stanley Park.


The Kaiser
Dietmar Hamann was signed for Newcastle by Kenny Dalglish for £5.25m in August 1998, although he only stayed on Tyneside for one season before moving to Anfield for £8m. He featured in their FA Cup Final defeat and thirty other games, and made 283 reds appearances, netting just eleven times as he helped us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups, two League Cups and the FA Charity Shield. He left Anfield for Manchester City after a farcical transfer to Bolton Wanderers in July 2006, and is now Player/Coach with MK Dons.


The management
Kevin Keegan took over in the St. James' Park hot-seat for the second time in January 2008, but only stayed for eight months, winning just six out of his 21 games. He led them to the Second Division title and amassed a host of ex-reds in the five years of his first spell as Manager on Tyneside in the mid-1990's, after an earlier period as a player. Terry McDermott and Mark Lawrenson joined his coaching staff, while ex-reds to feature in his Newcastle teams included Peter Beardsley, Mike Hooper and Barry Venison. Kenny Dalglish took over from Keegan in January 1997, leading them to second place that season and then thirteenth place and the FA Cup Final in his one full season in charge. He was sacked just two unbeaten games into the following season.


Graeme Souness took over at St. James' Park in September 2004, following the sacking of Sir Bobby Robson. He collected his usual backroom staff around him, including fellow ex-reds Dean Saunders and Phil Boersma, as well as former Magpie Terry McDermott. Souness was sacked as Toon boss in February 2006, after 36 wins in 83 games. Boersma struck thirty times in 120 reds games, although he struggled to oust both Kevin Keegan and John Toshack. Saunders scored 25 times in 61 reds outings after his British record £2.9m signing from Derby County. He was sold by Souness after only fourteen months at Anfield, moving on to Aston Villa for £2.3m.


Right-half Gordon Milne played 282 times for us after signing for a club record £16,000 from Preston North End in August 1960, netting eighteen times and winning the League title twice, as well as the Second Division championship before joining Blackpool in May 1967. After a distinguished management career in England, Japan and Turkey he became Newcastle's Director of Football, remaining there until Souness's arrival. Centre-half Keith Burkinshaw only made one senior reds appearance, in April 1955. After his playing career ended he spent some time as Assistant Coach at St. James' Park in the 1970's. Richard Money became Academy Director for Newcastle in June 2008, but moved back into management with Conference National side Luton Town in October 2009. The defender spent two years at Anfield after signing from Fulham for £50,000 in May 1980, but was unable to displace either Alan Kennedy or Phil Neal at full-back, making only seventeen first-team appearances before joining Luton Town in April 1982.


Up front
Ian Rush was brought to Newcastle by King Kenny in August 1997, netting twice in fourteen appearances. John Barnes arrived from Anfield in the same week, bagging seven goals in 41 games before moving on to Charlton Athletic. Dalglish also signed his son Paul from Anfield in November of the same year. He struck twice in thirteen first-team appearances while at St. James' Park. Albert Stubbins signed for the reds from Newcastle for £12,500 in September 1946 after six goals in thirty games, the record fee that they had received to date, as well as the then record British transfer. 28 goals in his first season helped us to the League title, and he went on to bag a total of 83 goals in 178 games while at Anfield. Jimmy Stott was top scorer in our first season in the Football League, his only one at Anfield. He bagged fourteen goals in seventeen reds games after signing from Middlesbrough in August 1893, and joined Newcastle after moving to Grimsby Town from Anfield in June 1894.


Michael Owen struck 158 times in 297 games for the reds, and moved on to Real Madrid in August 2004 for £8m after seven years' great service to the reds. He had helped us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, League Cup and FA Charity Shield. He joined Newcastle United for £17m after a year in Spain and bagged thirty goals in 76 games for the Toon, having again suffered with a spate of injuries, moving to Manchester United on a free transfer in July 2009. Craig Bellamy arrived from Blackburn Rovers for £6m in June 2006 and struck nine times in 42 reds games, helping us to claim the FA Community Shield before moving to West Ham United for £7.5m in July 2007. He had signed for Newcastle from Coventry City for £6m in June 2001, grabbing 43 goals in 128 games before moving to Blackburn Rovers for £5m in July 2005, after a loan spell with Celtic.


Howard Gayle became the first black player to appear for our first-team in modern times, but only made five senior appearances, netting once. He had a short loan spell with the Geordies, bagging two goals in eight League games. Sunderland-born inside-forward Arthur Metcalf signed from United for £150 in May 1912 and netted 28 times in 63 reds games, playing in every position on the park. Scottish winger John McDonald made 81 reds appearances after signing from Rangers in May 1909, scoring just four times. He moved on to St. James' Park after three years at Anfield. Newcastle-born James Clark signed from his hometown club for £3,000 in January 1928 and bagged eleven goals in 42 games, before moving into the amateur game in July 1931 with North Shields.


At the back
Alan Kennedy was on the losing side in the 1974 FA Cup Final, with fellow future red Terry McDermott. Barney Rubble played nearly two hundred games for the Geordies before moving to L4 in August 1978 for £330,000, a British record for a full-back. He is best remembered for his winning strikes in two European Cup Finals, but also won five League titles, four League Cups and three FA Charity Shields, making 359 appearances and notching twenty times in his seven years at Anfield.


Scottish centre-half Norman Low signed from Newcastle in October 1933, making only thirteen first-team appearances before joining Newport County in November 1936. David Davidson was another Scottish centre-half who played for both sides. He joined the reds from Forfar Athletic in July 1928, going on to score twice in his 62 reds appearances. He moved on to Newcastle United in January 1930.


Wartime guests
Reds Jack Balmer, Allenby Chilton, Harry Eastham, Willie Fagan, Rob Glassey, Bill Kinghorn, Jimmy McInnes and Phil Taylor all guested for Newcastle United during the Second World War. Balmer scored 110 goals in 309 reds games, many alongside fellow double agent Albert Stubbins, becoming our first player to net hat-tricks in three consecutive games. Right-half Eastham struck four times in 68 reds outings while Scottish left-half McInnes signed from Third Lanark for £5,500 in March 1938 and netted once in 48 reds appearances, and was the club's Secretary between 1955 and 1965, before hanging himself above the Archway Stile, the old turnstile between the Kop and Kemlyn Road stands, four days after our first ever FA Cup Final win. Rob Glassey signed from Horden Colliery Welfare during the 1933/34 season and netted four goals in nine outings before moving to Stoke City in November 1936.


Fagan signed from Preston North End for £8,000 in October 1937, netting 57 goals in 182 reds games that helped fire us to the League title in 1947 and the FA Cup Final three years later, before moving to Belfast Distillery in January 1952. Fellow Scottish forward Kinghorn bagged four goals in nineteen reds games after signing from Queens Park in April 1938. Taylor played 343 times at right-half, scoring 32 goals and winning one League title, and captaining the side. He became our Manager in May 1956, staying in the job for just over three years, but has the unhappy distinction of being the only reds boss never to manage the side in the top flight.


Other double agents
Inside-left Ronald ‘Wee' Orr netted 39 times in 112 reds games, after joining from the Magpies for £350 in April 1908, including the only goal of the game at St. James' Park in April 1909 to keep the reds in the top flight. Inside-forward Jimmy Harrower signed from Hibernian for £11,000 in January 1958 and bagged 22 goals in 105 reds games, before joining Newcastle United for £15,000 in March 1961. Kevin Sheedy never made it at Anfield, and spent two seasons with the Geordies after leaving Everton on a free transfer in 1992, bagging four goals in 37 League outings. Robert Blanthorne arrived at Anfield from Birkenhead in November 1905, but only made two appearances, netting once, before joining Grimsby Town. He then moved on to Newcastle but sadly broke his leg in the opening game of the 1908/09 season and was never as good a player again.





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