Bobby Moncur

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Bobby Moncur
Personal information
Full name Robert Moncur
Date of birth (1945-01-19) 19 January 1945 (age 72)
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.

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

Career[edit]

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 the Magpies to promotion as Second Division 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. Moncur also played 16 times for Scotland between his debut in 1968, versus Netherlands and 1972. In 1974, after captaining Newcastle in the FA Cup final he was transferred to Sunderland, then moved on again to Carlisle United in 1976, where he ended his playing career.

Moncur then started a career as a manager, initially with Carlisle United, before moving to Heart of Midlothian in 1980. Moncur led the club to the First Division title in 1979–80 but was unable to save them from relegation again the following season. Moncur 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 his last position in 1989.

Honours[edit]

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

Post-football[edit]

Nowadays, Moncur makes semi-frequent appearances on Sky TV as a football pundit. Moncur currently holds the record of being the last Newcastle United captain to lift silverware for the club and is frequently quoted as wanting to lose this honour as quickly as possible.[1]

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. Moncur is regularly seen enjoying swimming and steam room sessions at the Durham County Cricket Club's Bannatyne gym. In September 2007, Moncur was diagnosed with cancer of the colon and nine months later was informed that he was now in remission. [2] Moncur was awarded the freedom of Gateshead in November 2008.[3] He was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in January 2014.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fletcher, Paul (21 April 2004). "Moncur wants the pain to end". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Football legend wins cancer battle". Northern Echo. 27 June 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2008. 
  3. ^ "Town freedom for football legend". BBC News. BBC. 7 November 2008. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Bobby Moncur reveals oesophageal cancer". BBC News. BBC. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 

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