Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Popular Centre-Back Who Made His Mark

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Popular Centre-Back Who Made His Mark

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HERE'S a question: Which footballer do you - or did you - resemble? For my sins, when I was at school, my classmates reckoned I looked like the Toon's centre-half at the time, Stuart Boam.

Now Boam, with all due respect, was no David Ginola or Jamie Redknapp and his looks arguably matched his playing style - rugged and craggy.

But today, for the record, we wish many happy returns to Stuart on the occasion of his 67th birthday.

Boam arrived at St James' Park as a seasoned, respected and loyal campaigner.

The Nottinghamshire-born stopper had made his debut for Mansfield in 1966 where he stayed for five seasons, before joining Middlesbrough for PS50,000.

His eight years at Ayresome Park coincided with the managerial stint of Jack Charlton, between '73 and '77, and Big Jack helped turn Boam into one of the best defenders in the game.

The stopper's arrival at Newcastle United in August 1979, for PS140,000, came at a difficult time for the club.

Manager Bill McGarry was wrestling with the problem of getting the Magpies back into the top flight, and was finding the solution hard to find. …

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