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Greatest Newcastle United XI Of All Time

Midfielders

CM: Robert Lee [1992-2002] [371 appearances]

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Lee started as a right-winger, dropping dangerous crosses into the opponent’s goal area. However, he matured and excelled most as a central midfielder. He was the workhorse in the Magpies’ midfield with his all-around abilities. Lee could play the holding role and penetrate opponent defences with his runs and passes. He scored his share of goals at St. James Park – an impressive 56 of them.

CM: Joe Harvey [1945–1953] [247 appearances]

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Joe was the Magpies’ inspirational captain during their best years in the 1950s. He was a busy midfielder gifted with all-around skills. But what he was really known for was his grit and fighting spirit. He captained them to victory in the 1951 and 1952 seasons and was also the skipper when Newcastle won their promotion in 1948. As a result, Joe enjoys an enviable position in Newcastle lore and has a dedicated bronze plaque at St. James.

CAM: Peter Beardsley [1983-87] [1993-97] [326 appearances]

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Peter was an inventive attacking midfielder who enjoyed two successful stints at St. James Park. During his first spell, he helped the Magpies get promoted, but he was equally effective when he came back in 1993. He could craft defence-splitting passes out of nowhere and was also a great shooter, finishing with an impressive 119 goals.

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