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BBC Programme Celebrates United Legend Frank Brennan

The extraordinary story of legendary Newcastle United defender Frank Brennan is to be aired on BBC One in the North East this evening as part of a special feature on the Inside Out programme (starts 8pm).

The programme will explore Brennan’s successful ten years as a player at St. James’ Park and acrimonious departure from both the Magpies and professional game in 1956, before he is posthumously inducted into the Newcastle United Foundation Hall of Fame amongst some of the club’s greatest ever figures.

The powerful 6’3” centre-half became a revered figure on Tyneside after making 349 appearances for the club, lifting back-to-back FA Cup trophies as a Magpies player in the early 1950s alongside greats including Joe Harvey and Jackie Milburn.

While his on-field achievements had already propelled him into United folklore, it was the popular Scot’s departure from the club following an infamous dispute with then-owner Stan Seymour in 1955 that truly set his story apart, with Seymour unhappy that the player’s local sports shop was competing with his own.

Almost 60 years on from Brennan being dropped for the 1955 FA Cup Final and his subsequent departure from St. James’ Park, his family – including his son Jim Brennan – have made an emotional return to the home of the Magpies with the BBC to celebrate his life and to see him formally recognised in the Newcastle United Foundation Hall of Fame.

Kate Bradley, head of the Newcastle United Foundation, said: “The Foundation’s Hall of Fame acknowledges those who have made an extraordinary contribution to Newcastle United Football Club and the city and, as the Inside Out programme will testify, Frank Brennan truly did that.

“His departure from the club was a particularly unhappy memory for him and remained so for his family following huge successes on the pitch so we are delighted that his remarkable story is being told and to be contributing to it in the positive manner his memory deserves.”

Inside Out is on BBC One in the North East and Cumbria at 8pm on Monday and will be available online via the BBC iPlayer.

MEDIA RELEASE

Monday 8th September 2014

BBC PROGRAMME CELEBRATES

UNITED LEGEND FRANK BRENNAN

The extraordinary story of legendary Newcastle United defender Frank Brennan is to be aired on BBC One in the North East this evening as part of a special feature on the Inside Out programme (starts 8pm).

The programme will explore Brennan’s successful ten years as a player at St. James’ Park and acrimonious departure from both the Magpies and professional game in 1956, before he is posthumously inducted into the Newcastle United Foundation Hall of Fame amongst some of the club’s greatest ever figures.

The powerful 6’3” centre-half became a revered figure on Tyneside after making 349 appearances for the club, lifting back-to-back FA Cup trophies as a Magpies player in the early 1950s alongside greats including Joe Harvey and Jackie Milburn.

While his on-field achievements had already propelled him into United folklore, it was the popular Scot’s departure from the club following an infamous dispute with then-owner Stan Seymour in 1955 that truly set his story apart, with Seymour unhappy that the player’s local sports shop was competing with his own.

Almost 60 years on from Brennan being dropped for the 1955 FA Cup Final and his subsequent departure from St. James’ Park, his family – including his son Jim Brennan – have made an emotional return to the home of the Magpies with the BBC to celebrate his life and to see him formally recognised in the Newcastle United Foundation Hall of Fame.

Kate Bradley, head of the Newcastle United Foundation, said: “The Foundation’s Hall of Fame acknowledges those who have made an extraordinary contribution to Newcastle United Football Club and the city and, as the Inside Out programme will testify, Frank Brennan truly did that.

“His departure from the club was a particularly unhappy memory for him and remained so for his family following huge successes on the pitch so we are delighted that his remarkable story is being told and to be contributing to it in the positive manner his memory deserves.”

Inside Out is on BBC One in the North East and Cumbria at 8pm on Monday and will be available online via the BBC iPlayer.

FRANK BRENNAN – FACTFILE

Born

Annathill, nr Coatbridge, 23rd April 1924

Died

Newcastle upon Tyne, 5th March 1997 (aged 72)

Position

Centre-half

Debut

v Millwall (a), 31st August 1946

Newcastle United Appearances (goals)

Football League

318 (3)

FA Cup

29 (0)

Others

2 (0)

TOTAL

349 (3)

Honours

FA Cup winner

1951, 1952

FL Div 2 promotion

1948

FA Amateur Cup winner (manager, North Shields)

1969

For more information on how you can get involved
Email foundation@nufc.co.uk

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