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Former Newcastle United centre-half dies aged 84

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Malcolm Scott, who was born in South Shields, was an all-rounder who played both professional football and first-class county cricket cricket.

In 2000 Malcolm Scott was honoured to accept lifetime membership of South Shields Cricket Club.

Scott went on to make 26 appearances for Newcastle United, even scoring two goals against Leeds United and another local professional footballer Jack Charlton, as a makeshift centre forward.

His niece Debra Laxton said: "In the 1950s and 1960s, he played professional football as centre-half for Newcastle United, and also became a mean spin bowler for Northamptonshire County Cricket Club."

A Tyneside man who lived a true sporting life has died at the age of 84.

As a tough no-nonsense centre-half, he joined Newcastle United as a professional in September, 1955, being employed mainly as a back-up for United' s regular number 5, Bob Stokoe.

"Following Ernie’s death, Malcolm continued to keep the scrap book across more recent decades.
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