Newcastle United is a proud football club and one steeped in tradition. St James’ Park is a church for a passionate group of supporters.

Over the years, the Magpies have had some extremely loyal players and they’ve etched themselves into the record books.

In modern day football it’s very rare to see players stick around at one club for too long.

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Newcastle of old have been fortunate enough to have plenty of loyal players though, ones who have thoroughly enjoyed playing for the football club.

Here we look at the top five players to have made the most appearances in the black and white of Newcastle.

5. Bill McCracken (432)

The defender signed from Distillery in 1904 and would become real hero in the North East.

He made a couple of appearances for England a couple for Ireland at a time when representing more than one nation wasn’t uncommon.

After hanging up his boots, he went onto manage Hull, Gateshead, Millwall and Aldershot.

4. Frank Clark (457)

The left-back was a boyhood Newcastle fan and grew up dreaming of playing for the Magpies.

He made a massive number of appearances before joining Nottingham Forest in 1975.

During his time at the City Ground, Clark helped the Reds win two European Cups, becoming one of the best free transfers in their history.

He would later manage Forest in between spells with Leyton Orient and Manchester City.

 

3. Shay Given (462)

The goalkeeper was a firm fan favourite during his time playing for Newcastle.

He helped the team to two FA Cup finals in the nineties and played in the Champions League and UEFA Cup for the club.

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Following his departure, Given had stints with Manchester City, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Stoke City.

Now, he’s a first-team coach under Wayne Rooney at Championship outfit Derby County.

2. Frank Hudspeth (472)

Another left-back to have made a name for himself at Newcastle was Hudspeth.

He was a one-club man and also made one appearance for England during the 1925 campaign.

Hudspeth was a quality penalty taker and 25 of his 37 goals for the Magpies came from the penalty spot.

The defender was born in the North East and was another popular player among supporters.

1. Jimmy Lawrence (496)

The second goalkeeper to feature in the top five was arguably even better than Given too.

Of course, Lawrence played during a different era, but he made almost 500 appearances for the football club.

Lawrence also made an outing for Scotland having been born and bred in Glasgow.

After leaving Newcastle in 1922 he played for South Shields, Preston North End and Karlsruher in Germany.

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