Bobby Moncur

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Bobby Moncur
Personal information
Full name Robert Moncur
Date of birth (1945-01-19) 19 January 1945 (age 70)
Place of birth Perth, Scotland
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1974 Newcastle United 296 (3)
1974–1976 Sunderland 86 (2)
1976–1977 Carlisle United 11 (0)
National team
1968–1972 Scotland 16 (0)
Teams managed
1976–1980 Carlisle United
1980–1981 Heart of Midlothian
1981–1983 Plymouth Argyle
1988–1989 Hartlepool United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Robert "Bobby" Moncur (born 19 January 1945 in Perth) is a Scottish former professional footballer. He is most famous for his role as captain of Newcastle United F.C. in the late 1960s, and of the Scottish national side in the early 1970s.


Moncur made his full league debut as an 18-year-old in a Division Two clash between Newcastle and Luton in 1963. However, he proved to be something of a slow developer and was nearly sold to Norwich for as little as £25,000. This deal fell through and made Bobby more determined than ever to improve his game, Helping Newcastle to promotion as Division 2 champions in 1965. In 1971, his revival complete in some style, manager Joe Harvey described him as "the supreme sweeper and a most valuable asset both to Newcastle United and Scotland".

Bobby played a total of 296 times in the famous black and white shirt, scoring three goals - all in the two-legged final of the 1969 Fairs Cup. He also played 16 times for Scotland between his debut in 1968, against the Netherlands, and 1972. In 1974 after Captaining Newcastle in the FA Cup final, he was transferred to Sunderland, moving again to Carlisle United in 1976, where he ended his playing career.

Moncur then started a career as a manager, initially with Carlisle, before moving to Heart of Midlothian in 1980. He led the side to the First Division title in 1979-80 but was unable to save them from relegation again the following season. He moved south to assume control of Plymouth Argyle in 1981, where he stayed for two years, before short spells with Whitley Bay and Hartlepool United, leaving the last position in 1989.


Bobby Moncur captained the Newcastle United team that won the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Final, against Ujpesti Dozsa. Over the two legs he scored two goals in the first game and one more in the second leg, with Newcastle running out 6 - 2 winners.


Nowadays, Bobby makes semi-frequent appearances on Sky TV as a football pundit. He currently holds the record of being the last Newcastle United captain to lift silverware with the club, and is frequently quoted as wanting to lose this honour as quickly as possible.

Personal life[edit]

Moncur lives in the Low Fell area of Gateshead and is married to Camille and together they have two children, Paul and Angela. He is regularly seen enjoying swimming and steam room sessions at the Durham CCC Bannatyne gym. In September 2007, Moncur was diagnosed with cancer of the colon, but nine months later he was told he was cancer free.[1]


  1. ^ "Football legend wins cancer battle". The Northern Echo. 2008-06-27. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 

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