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and the Newcastle and Gateshead Water Company. A major shareholder in the Northumberland and Durham District Bank , which failed in 1857, he managed to avert the closure of the Derwent Ironworks Company , which owed the bank £1 million. In 1864 it was registered as the Consett Iron Company. From 1842 Allhusen lived at Elswick Hall, Newcastle , but moved to Stoke Court, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire , in 1873 and died there on 13 January 1890, not long after his wife. Soon after Allhusen's death his Tyneside factory was amalgamated in the United Alkali

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recovered well, retaining his position as chair of the Thomas Bewick Birthplace Trust ( 1985–91 ) and taking up membership of the Museums and Galleries Commission ( 1987–94 ). He was also chair of the Northumbrian Tourism Co-ordination Group ( 1989–93 ), the Thomas Bewick (Newcastle) Trust ( 1996–2001 ), the Friends of Beamish Museum ( 1996 onwards), and the Juvenile Autism in the North-East Working Group ( 1996–9 ). He lived latterly at Ovingham in Northumberland , which suited his work with the Bewick Trust in particular. Appointed OBE in 1980

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just in the north-east but throughout the country and even further afield. In the 1960s a series of television advertisements deploying his resonant tones in praise of Newcastle Brown Ale reinforced his renown. He was one of the few singers of his time to appear on both 10-inch (‘popular’) and 12-inch (‘serious’) LPs, and more than a quarter of a century after his death he came top in a BBC Newcastle TV poll to decide the north-east’s most popular entertainer, ahead of such stars as Sting and Bryan Ferry. Brannigan’s signature tune was the lively Blaydon Races

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Manchester United was not a household name in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Why should Mark Jones and David Pegg , both south Yorkshire boys with connections to Sheffield Wednesday , join Manchester United ? Why should Duncan Edwards from Dudley , just down the road from Wolverhampton Wanderers , one of the most successful clubs of the 1950s, sign for United ? And why did Bobby Charlton , a star of the east Northumberland schoolboys team , with eighteen clubs anxious for his signature, opt for Manchester rather than Newcastle United ? The hard work

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regularly at the Farmers' home. He involved himself wholeheartedly in the controversies of nuclear power and nuclear weapons, and strongly supported the United Nations Association. In his retirement he carried on his ten-year chairmanship of the Newcastle Hospitals' Ethical Committee. He joined the Society of Friends and in addition to his peace work he devoted time to helping the underprivileged in Newcastle , becoming involved in a scheme called Baseline helping young people who were struggling to escape their past and re-establish themselves, and acting as

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increased number of football matches which were part of the entertainment of the troops behind the lines. There were also spells of leave back in the United Kingdom where Finney found himself much in demand to play as a wartime guest for Bolton Wanderers and Southampton as well as Preston. He was by then getting noticed. When posted to Catterick , for example, he received several invitations to play for Newcastle United. He was also getting noticed by, amongst others, the England selectors, and he was chosen for two matches against Swiss teams in 1945. On

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battalion was remarkable for the number of officers who later held high office, including an archbishop of Canterbury ( Robert Runcie ), a home secretary ( Willie Whitelaw ), a chief scout of the Commonwealth and lord chamberlain ( Charles Maclean ), chairmen of United Biscuits , Scottish and Newcastle Distilleries , and the Baltic Exchange ( Hector Laing , Peter Balfour , and Carron Greig respectively), a marshal of the Diplomatic Corps ( Lord Michael Fitzalan Howard ), and a moderator of the general assembly of the Church of Scotland ( George Reid ). On

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welcome. He was again thanked by both houses of parliament , received the grand cordon of the Mejidiye, and was promoted lieutenant-general. He chose this in preference to a baronetcy, presumably with his pension in mind. He was also presented with a sword of honour by the 1st Newcastle and Durham volunteer engineers , whose inspecting officer he was. Two possible routes were considered for a Gordon relief expedition: first, up the Nile , and second, from Suakin to Berber —much shorter, but with great problems over water. In February 1885 the government, after

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heavily-built man, in his younger years he was keen on sport, playing cricket and football. He was a founder of St Paul's Football Club , later one of the constituent parts of Newcastle United. Henderson was a Lib–Lab councillor in Newcastle and later in Darlington. He was backed by the Tyneside National Labour Association when he won a by-election in 1892 for the Westgate North ward, Newcastle , in a high voter turnout. He advocated policies that were both radical and trade-union orientated, of the kind that John Burns and the Progressives pursued in London

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right wing of the Labour Party , Hodgson was highly energetic and independent. Following a long life of public service, for which he was appointed OBE in 1938 and a knighthood in 1945, Hodgson died on 17 October 1967 at his home, 31 Kenton Road, Kenton , in Newcastle , and was cremated in Newcastle. He was survived by his wife.

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Willie Stevenson on the left side of midfield. His leadership, boyish enthusiasm, and immense power made Hughes an instant favourite of the crowd at Anfield and eventually a great Liverpool player. Early on he revealed his rugby league roots at his new club by hauling down Newcastle United's Albert Bennett in a bear hug as the flying winger threatened to get the better of him. For this, and for his arm-flapping, head-down, all-action running style, the amused Liverpool crowd affectionately christened Hughes Crazy Horse , a label that stuck throughout his

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though he seems never to have contemplated joining it. Hume was brought up in Newcastle in a comfortable environment; at one point his parents employed half a dozen domestic servants, as well as a governess for the children. He developed an early interest in sport, especially football, and his lifelong support for Newcastle United originated in his being taken to matches at St James's Park by his father (who also instilled in him a lifelong love of fishing). He was educated at Newcastle preparatory school (1931–3) and at Gilling Castle (1933–4), the preparatory

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Sunderland and Arsenal forward Charles Buchan; Robert Crompton of Blackburn Rovers , holder of a then record forty-one England caps (1902–14); the goalkeeper ‘Silent’ Sam Hardy of Aston Villa; Billy Meredith of Manchester City and United; United's centre-half Charlie Roberts; and Colin Veitch , Newcastle United's captain and an early exponent of the half-time team talk. Most were young working-class men who had discovered their talent for football in elementary school. The British invented modern football but they were unable to keep it to themselves—even

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no competitive football team, just occasional fixtures arranged by the PE teacher. Robson played mainly for the Langley Park juniors' side whose Saturday morning fixtures left the afternoon free for him and his father to undertake the thirty-four-mile round trip to watch Newcastle United. In 1956 Robson was transferred to West Bromwich Albion , where he became a mid-field player but still scored sixty-one goals in 240 league games. While at Fulham he gained England B and under-twenty-one caps. At West Bromwich full international recognition followed

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instrumental in promoting a meeting of the York, Newcastle, and Berwick shareholders at York , which secured the deposition of George Hudson and the election of a new board of directors. Initially he declined a seat on this reconvened board, but shortly afterwards became chairman of the North Midland Railway Company. In 1854, when the two companies were amalgamated as the North Eastern Railway , he continued as chairman, a position he retained until a few months before his death. He was chairman of the United Railways Company Association from 1867 to 1873.

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City employed to great effect during the 1954–5 season. Trautmann's greatest achievements came in the FA cup. In 1955 he reached the final with Manchester City but, forced to play most of the match with ten men when Jimmy Meadows was injured, they were beaten 3–1 by Newcastle United. The following season was Trautmann's most successful. City finished fourth in the first division, Trautmann was named footballer of the year (the first goalkeeper and foreign player to receive the honour), and another cup final appearance at Wembley ended in a 3–1 victory

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money, Blackburn Rovers lost its position at the top of the premier league. Dalglish , who became director of football after his three-year contract ended, left the club in August 1996, while several of the leading players moved elsewhere, including Alan Shearer , sold to Newcastle United in July 1996 for £15 million. Other premier league clubs began to spend on the same scale, and after a succession of less successful managers Blackburn Rovers was relegated to the first division in 1999. It was thought that Walker had spent over £100 million on the club

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Late in life he bemoaned the fact that he had never won a golfing trophy, so he bought the club a large cup which was to be presented to its oldest playing member. As president he duly presented himself with the trophy. He was a lifelong supporter and season ticket holder of Newcastle United. As a child Walton read books voraciously, and therefore as an adult he spoke and wrote well. He produced several undergraduate and postgraduate books on neurology (including Essentials of Neurology , 1961 , up to its sixth edition in 1989 , and Disorders of Voluntary Muscle

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for financial guarantees, which by 1923 had become a controlling interest. However, Leverhulme died in 1925, and Watson found the management approach of the new firm of United Canners , with which his firm had been amalgamated, had little in common with his own paternalistic style of management. So strongly did he feel about this that in 1930, shortly after becoming chairman of United Canners , he retired from business and devoted the rest of his life almost entirely to public service and charity work. A man of strict puritan principles, Watson was an active