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Wor Jackie joins the Hall of Fame.

Byline: By John Gibson

Jackie milburn Jnr will proudly make the journey from his home in deepest Northumbria to Liverpool next month to witness his father being honoured.

Wor Jackie, United legend and a goalscorer on winged feet, is to be inducted into football's Hall of Fame at the Liverpool Crowne Plaza Hotel on Thursday, October 19.

The National Football Museum launched the Hall of Fame in 2002 and this year's lavish charity awards dinner will have a massed audience at pounds 150 a head.

Jackie Milburn is one of seven players being honoured ( his name goes into the museum alongside World Cup winners Martin Peters and Roger Hunt, plus Liam Brady, Gianfranco Zola, Alan Hansen and Ian Rush.

Ron Greenwood and Arsene Wenger join the managers' category.

I know that Sir Bobby Charlton, who is on the selection panel, will have lobbied strongly for Milburn's inclusion and rightly so.

Bobby and his brother Jack used to regularly make the pilgrimage from Ashington to St James' Park to watch Uncle Jackie play in the 50s.

A Tyneside superstar, Wor Jackie helped propel Newcastle to three FA Cup final victories, scoring three goals at Wembley in the process.

His name was not just written into the history books as a consequence but branded into the hearts of every Geordie.

The son of another Newcastle No 9 legend, Hughie Gallacher (inset), made a similar journey from Tyneside a couple of years back to see his father inducted into Scotland's Hall of Fame.

Great men both, and ever willing to help.

Jackie used to tell me how wee Hughie would wait outside of St James' Park on match days to impart some advice to Milburn, and SuperMac is ever-willing to pay homage to the help he received from Wor Jackie upon arriving in Newcastle as a raw 21-year-old about to set the world alight.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 9, 2006
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