By Peter Mann
Friday 03 Sep 2010 22:18:00
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This weeks blog has been written with a tinge of a great sadness as Toon Talk are sad to announce 

the passing of John Evens Wright Sinclair, more commonly known as Jackie Sinclair. At the age of 67, 

Jackie is also the first member of Newcastle United's 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup winning team to pass 

as he loses his battle with stomach cancer. An illness the former player confirmed in March thisyear.

Born in Culross, near Dunfermline in Scotland in July 1943, his footballing career lasted for 16 years, 

playing for clubs on both side of the border. But it would be with Newcastle United that he would make 

his name, as part of the club's European exploits over his brief period at the club, between 1968 and 

1969, putting his dribbling skills on show across Europe, and with the natural ability to turn a match 

with a falsh of brilliance unknown in that era.

Jackie had began his career at Dunfermline in 1960 and would have two spells at his home-town club 

totalling 7 years and making over 100 appearances. After the first spell he moved to Filbert Street, 

Leicester, scoring 50 goals in four years before being sold to Newcastle for 67,500 pounds in January 

1968. He made his debut in the goalless draw with Nottingham Forest (January 13th) and scored his 

first goal the following week (January 20th) in a 4-1 win away to Coventry City (Wyn Davies, Thomas 

Robson & Jimmy Scott also netting). This was one of only eight goals he scored for the Magpies.

However, it would be in the Fairs Cup where Jackie would make his name, his proudest moment 

coming in the semi-final match against Glasgow Rangers on May 21st 1969, scoring the second 

goal in a famous 2-0 win that put the club into their first, and only European final. This was his only 

goal in the competiton that season, and he played in both legs of the final against Hungarian outfit, 

Ujpest Dosza. After his stint at St James Park he moved onto Hillsborough, David Ford travelling in 

the opposite direction. He then spent a year at Chesterfield on loan before going back to Scotland 

and his second spell at Dunfermline, before finishing his career at Stenhousemuir, scoring once in 

18 appearances.

Jackie also made one international appearance for his country, starring for Scotland alongside captain 

John Greig, Jim Baxter and Billy Bremner, in a friendly prior to 1966 World Cup (which England won 

of course). The opponents for Scotland on 18th June were Portugal, fielding stars of the calibre of Joao 

Morais, Mario Coluna and the great Eusebio.

And although he played less than fifty matches for the Magpies, Jackie Sinclair will always be a legend.

Rest In Peace Jackie, and condolences to the family, from both the Exiled Geordie, and the Toon Army.

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