Newcastle United's top 30 players - Number 19

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We continue our countdown of the greatest Magpies players of all time.

Following Premier League star Lee Clark at number 20 on our countdown of the greatest Newcastle United players of all time is a star of a bygone era at St. James' Park.

Born on Tyneside, Frank Hudspeth would spend 19 years as a professional for the Magpies, and to this day still holds the record for the most appearances for the club of any outfield player, having played 472 competitive games.

The left-back was one of the most dependable members of the Newcastle side in the 1910s and 1920 which was a fixture in the top half of the First Division table.

Alongside another legend of the era Bill McCracken, the tough-tackling full-back became a fan favourite for his energetic, passionate performances on the left side of the club's backline.

After serving in the Royal Navy during the First World War, Hudspeth was made captain soon after his return to the side, and he led the club to triumph in the FA Cup in 1924 at the age of 34.

Although he was demoted to vice-captain upon Hughie Gallacher's arrival at St. James' Park, he remained a key figure and finally won the ultimate prize at the age of 37 when the club won the First Division title in 1927.

A reliable penalty taker, who scored 25 of his 37 goals for the club from the spot, Hudspeth also became one of only four players to make their England debut at the age of 35 or over when he made his only appearance for his country in 1925.

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