Newcastle United Foundation held their annual dinner on Tuesday, during which they inducted two more former player into the Hall Of Fame, namely David Craig and Rob Lee.
Craig, born in Belfast, played right-back and joined Newcastle in 1962 and made 412 appearances for the Magpies in a career spanning 16 years.
But it was Rob Lee’s recognition that had fans talking on social media, and their affection and appreciation for the midfielder has never waned over the years.
Lee, of course, spent 10 years on Tyneside, signing for Kevin Keegan and becoming a major part of the Entertainers era at St James’ Park.
He scored 44 goals in his 303 appearances for the club, picking up 21 England appearances during that time.
Keegan’s Entertainers era dominate the Hall Of Fame inductees
Lee became the seventh inductee from Kevin Keegan’s first spell as manager at Newcastle, which is testament to the standard of the team from what is still seen as our golden era, despite not winning any trophies.
He joins Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley, Steve Harper, Pavel Srnicek, Les Ferdinand and Andy Cole from those great years, and it is fair to say he is fully deserving of his place among them.
Keegan himself is also in the Hall Of Fame, for his exploits as both player and manager, with other notable members including Jackie Milburn, Malcolm Macdonald, Sir Bobby Robson and Hughie Gallagher.
Here are some of the replies to the announcement of Rob Lee’s accolade:
How has it taken until 2019 to put him in
— Adam Pearson (@MikeAshleyFan12) November 5, 2019
Surely he should have been one of the first names in it? Why wasn’t he in before?
— Mr Michael (@MichaelMidd90) November 5, 2019
Could do with a 20-odd year old Rob Lee now. Excellent player.
— Christopher (@Chris9Thompson) November 6, 2019
Wat a good team will always love them
— jackiie (@jackiie80309810) November 6, 2019
Very worthy recipient…all the best Rob!
— Simon Horn ⚫⚪⚫⚪ (@SimonHo91784269) November 6, 2019
Class player. Well deserved 💪
— Rog1986 (@R_N_Rodge86) November 6, 2019
Very well deserved. Still remember ‘the goal that never was’ like yesterday
— Graham Muirhead (@HeadleyLeMuir) November 6, 2019
— Darren Potter dipPFS (@Mayfieldfp) November 6, 2019
— sean kelly (@geordie1kenobi) November 5, 2019
Wasnt even about the goals with bobby lee, though he had his fair share, it was his leadership qualities… brilliant player simple as that
— steve-o (@smellyama) November 5, 2019