Newcastle United's top 30 players - Number 22

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We continue our countdown of the greatest 30 players to appear for the Magpies.

After flamboyant 1990s star David Ginola at number 23, the number 22 spot on our countdown of the 30 greatest players to feature for Newcastle United continues with a one-club man who spent the best part of two decades on Tyneside in the 1960s and 1970s.

David Craig joined the North East club in 1960 and signed professional terms two years later with the club then in the Second Division, immediately forcing his way into the first-team picture.

In his first season as a regular he was part of Joe Harvey's side which won promotion to the First Division, playing anywhere across the backline.

Described by Harvey as almost the complete full-back, dependable and stout in defence whilst also able to pose a danger going forward, Craig was a key member of the club's starting XI for the best part of 12 years, although he nearly missed their crowning glory during that period, the Fairs Cup victory in 1969, through injury.

Despite recovering for that final, he was unfortunate enough to miss the 1974 FA Cup final defeat to Liverpool after dislocating his shoulder, and also missed the League Cup final loss to Manchester City two years later.

Injury problems continue to dog the later years of his career, and after a testimonial match in 1975 which was attended by over 21,000 fans, he called time on his career in 1978 after playing 412 times in major competitions for Newcastle, his only professional club.

The Northern Irishman remains one of only nine players to pass the 400 games mark for the Magpies, and the contemporary of other former heroes such as Frank Clark deserves his status as a club legend.

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