Toon memorabilia donated to display

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A 90-year-old Seaton Delaval man has shared his precious Newcastle United memories with a museum display dooking at the history of the club.

Joe Greenwell took a trip down memory lane, sharing his personal collection of supporting the Magpies, in particular his recollections of the 1952 FA Cup Final.

But Joe’s memories of the 1-0 win at Wembley against Arsenal could have been a lot different.

A ticket promised by Newcastle United’s Tommy Walker failed to materialise, so Joe thought he had missed his opportunity.

He said: “I had one week to find a ticket. Then when I was at work, my boss at the Co-op said I was wanted on the phone by Ted Issacs from the Ministry.

“Ted offered me a ticket for three guineas, which was nearly a week’s pay.

“I thought, I might never get another chance to see Newcastle United play at Wembley so I’m going.”

Joe met representatives of the Newcastle United Foundation at a memory session organised by S Oswald’s Hospice in Gosforth.

Inspired by the project, Joe decided to donate his personal memorabilia to the Toon Times exhibition.

This included railway card instructions on how to get to Wembley, the black and white rosette he proudly wore on the day and his match programme, signed on the back by Manchester City’s German goalkeeper Bert Trautmann.

Toon Times is open until October 5 at The Discovery Museum in Newcastle.

It is on from 10am to4pm midweek and 11am – 4pm at weekends. Admission is free.