Newcastle United's top 30 players - Number 27

We continue our countdown of the greatest 30 players to have worn the Magpies shirt.

Following on from Kieron Dyer at number 28 in our countdown of the greatest 30 Newcastle United players is a man who gave a decade of service to the club from the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s.

Kenny Wharton joined his hometown club as a 15-year-old in 1975 and spent four years in the club's academy before making his first-team debut as a substitute against West Ham United in March 1979.

The left-sided player would appear under six different managers on during his 10 years on Tyneside, spending the first half of his spell with the club in the Second Division.

However, he was finally able to try his hand at top-flight football in the middle of the 1980s when, as part of an exciting team under Arthur Cox containing stars such as Kevin Keegan, Chris Waddle, and Peter Shilton, he won promotion in 1984.

Highly adept at playing either at left-back or on the left side of midfield, Wharton made nearly 350 appearances in all competitions for the Magpies, scoring 26 goals in his time at St. James' Park.

However, perhaps his most famous moment came in a match against Luton Town in 1988 in the clubs' second meeting of the season after a showboating Luton had beaten the North East side 4-0 earlier in the campaign.

With Newcastle themselves 4-0 up in the rematch in front of their own fans, Wharton received the adoration of his supporters, as well as criticism from the Hatters and some neutrals, for sitting on the ball during a spell of passing along the backline as the Magpies gave as good as they had got from their opponents.

Wharton's time at the club ended unfortunately, with a serious injury curtailing his career at the age of just 28, but such was his popularity that his testimonial the following year was attended by some 20,000 fans.

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