Newcastle United's top 30 players - Number 25

We continue our countdown of the greatest 30 players to have turned out for the Magpies.

Number 25 on our list of the greatest Newcastle United players of all time is a striker who is more renowned for his time at Swansea City, but who still made a big impact on Tyneside over half a century ago.

Ivor Allchurch had made his name in Division Two with the Welsh club as a classic player in the old inside forward position, similar to what would be called the 'number 10 role' today.

The Welshman joined Newcastle for around £28,000 from the Swans in 1958 after helping to fire Wales to the quarter-final stage in their first ever World Cup that summer.

His move to the Magpies saw him finally make the much-deserved step up to First Division football after over a decade in the lower tier only months before he turned 30, but despite arriving at a relatively late stage in his career he did not disappoint.

Armed with a long stride, the ability to beat a man, the skill to split defences with a pass, and a fierce long-range shot, Allchurch racked up the goals for the Magpies in his four years in the North East.

Playing mostly in support of the more prolific Len White in attack, Allchurch scored 46 times in 143 league appearances at St. James' Park, winning over the local supporters with the goals he created as well as putting away himself.

Following the club's relegation to Division Two in 1961 he was their top scorer in their first season back in the second tier at the age of 32.

Allchurch moved back to Wales following that campaign with a move to Cardiff City but the forward, whose international record of 23 goals in 68 appearances for Wales was not broken until the time of Ian Rush, had left a big mark on Newcastle by the time of his departure.

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