Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ex-Toon Ace Peter Withe Is 65

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ex-Toon Ace Peter Withe Is 65

Article excerpt

THE names of Newcastle United's greatest centre-forwards readily roll off the tongue.

The likes of Gallacher, Milburn, Macdonald, Cole, Ferdinand and Shearer have secured their place among the club's pantheon of stars.

One number 9 whose name is often overlooked, but who performed with great effectiveness in black and white is Peter Withe.

The striker was born in Toxteth, Liverpool on this day 65 years ago.

For those of us who saw him in action at St James' Park, it's perhaps hard to believe the intimidating 6'2" powerhouse now qualifies for his free bus pass!

Sadly, Withe's tenure at Gallowgate was relatively short - just two seasons - and came at a time when the newly-relegated Magpies were at one of the lowest ebbs in their history.

A record PS200,00 signing, the centre-forward surprisingly dropped down a division, arriving from league champions Nottingham Forest.

Peter Until then a much-travelled journeyman, Withe had been moulded by Forest's managerial genius, Brian Clough, into a striker of supreme aerial ability with the goal facility to expertly hold up and distribute the ball. …

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