Mick Channon Was Here - Honest Gov'

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IF you blinked, you were in danger of missing it!

Mick Channon - Newcastle United player....well he was for a month, anyway. The famous Southampton, Manchester City and England striker, joined Newcastle United in 1982, just when the euphoria over the arrival of Kevin Keegan (the first time, as a player) was at its height, his best mate, the classy Mick Channon also joined the Magpies.

And to set hearts racing, he did exactly what Keegan did on his home debut, scored.

What's more, it was a derby game against Middlesbrough and Channon scored the winner. It all looked rosy for the Magpies, Keegan firing on all cylinders and now Channon - we thought they would be unstoppable.

But, within a month, Channon had failed to add to his tally, and lack-lustre displays meant a rethink at St James' Park.

On Thursday, September 30, 1982, the Evening Chronicle led the front page with the headline: CHANNON GETS THE CHOP.

It was as quick as that and, the same day, the star striker was pictured at Newcastle Airport, on his way out of the North East and, tellingly, sitting reading The Sporting Life - Channon's main interest outside of football was owning race horses (ring a bell, does it?).

It was a gamble Newcastle had been prepared to take, Channon was 33, and it was a gamble that didn't come off.

Keegan, Channon's best mate, told the Chronicle he was "disappointed". But he never let it affect his love of Newcastle and, in fact, the same day as Channon left through one door, Terry McDermott was returning to the club for a second stint through another door, at the Benwell training ground. …