Newcastle United's Greatest Premier League Hard Men

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Newcastle United's Greatest Premier League Hard Men
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Every club has one—a player that is loved by the home support for his no-nonsense, hard-tackling style, and loathed by the opposition because of it. Newcastle United are no different.

Over the years, the Magpies have featured some notorious names in their starting XI, from John McNamee and John McGrath in the 1960s and '70s, to Peter Jackson and Billy Whitehurst in the 1980s. 

Since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, England’s top flight has had its fair share of combative personalities, and there’s been no shortage at the Toon.

Here we take a look at just some of the names that have endeared themselves to the Geordie public over the past 20 years, thanks to their dogged determination and true grit. 

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