Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fairs Cup Hero Joe Honoured; Memorial Plaque to Be Erected at St James' Park in Tribute to Newcastle United Legend Joe Harvey

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fairs Cup Hero Joe Honoured; Memorial Plaque to Be Erected at St James' Park in Tribute to Newcastle United Legend Joe Harvey

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HERO Harvey UP WE GO promotion-HE is revered in the memories of all Magpie fans.

And now the Toon Army have it in black and white ... Newcastle bosses have given the green light for a memorial plaque to be erected at St James' Park to Joe Harvey.

The news feels as good as winning the Fairs Cup for the supporters who have campaigned to have Joe recognised at the ground.

The legend was at the club as a player, coach, manager and scout.

It was under his captaincy Newcastle won the FA cup in 1951 and 1952 and later under his leadership as manager when the club last brought home major silverware when the Magpies won the Fairs Cup in 1969.

Fans, led by Bill Gibbs and Harry Watson, have been urging United chiefs to help them realise their dream.

And in a meeting with club finance director John Irving they were told they can have the plaque. The finance chief also agreed for a substantial amount of cash to be donated to the Joe Harvey Memorial Fund to help pay for the PS10,000 bronze 120cm (4ft) by 2m (6ft) memorial.

And in return the grateful fans have given a pair of Wembley winning shorts worn by ex-Newcastle star Vic Keeble, the last surviving player from the 1955 FA Cup glory team.

Today Bill, 62, of Wallsend, North Tyneside, founder member of the Fairs Cup Group, set up to remember the glory days, said: "We are on such a high, we can't believe that it's happening.

This is such a great day for us, it will sink in eventually.

"It was four years ago that I first had the dream to get a statue of Joe Harvey erected at St James Park to recognise the great work Joe did. It was under his management the club did its best.

"We had a meeting with John Irving and we were elated when he said yes.

"We have agreed on a plaque instead of a statue and it will be fitting for Joe. It will be put on a suitable site on the perimeter wall of the ground. …

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