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The men who ran Newcastle United: McKeag's bulldog resistance during time for change

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The Seymours ran a sports outfitters in the centre of town while the McKeags were both solicitors - dad a Liberal MP for Durham City, a Newcastle councillor, Alderman and twice Lord Mayor of Newcastle while son Gordon was educated at the Royal Grammar School, Durham Schools, and Cambridge University.

Throughout the 1980s United were in the hands of the sons of two of the most influential and warring chairmen in the club's kaleidoscope history.

Now in the decade of the eighties it was first Stan Seymour Jnr and then Gordon McKeag who walked through the land of their fathers.

Stan Seymour and William McKeag were boardroom giants who clashed in bitter conflict time and again during and after the golden years of Wor Jackie, Bobby Dazzler Mitchell, and Joe Harvey.

Little did I realise the guy I was fighting against in the Newcastle boardroom was my old book buyer!

A battle for control raged for almost three years with McKeag sitting squarely in the middle of a minefield displaying bulldog resistance.

While I naturally knew Gordon I knew his father rather better.
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