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KEEBLE, Victor Albert William
Born 25th June 1930 Colchester
Died Tuesday 30th January 2018, aged 87
King George Youth Club
Sept 1947–1952 Colchester United 114 apps, 78 goals (46 / 23 in F.L.)
Feb 1952–1957 Newcastle United 104 / 56 (plus 17 / 13 in F.A.Cup)
Oct 1957–1960 West Ham United 76 / 45
Vic Keeble, the last surviving member of Newcastle United’s F.A. Cup winning squad of the early 50s.
Keeble was United’s centre-forward when they defeated Manchester City 3-1 in the 1955 final at Wembley, the last major domestic trophy claimed by the Magpies.
Vic, who had a street in Ashington named after him following United’s third F.A. Cup victory in five years, remained a hugely popular figure on his many trips back to Tyneside.
Keeble scored five goals en route to Wembley in 55 and overall his impressive record showed 69 goals from 121 matches in black and white.
The final was mired in controversy, manager Dougald Livingstone was overruled by director Stan Seymour when he tried to drop the legendary Jackie Milburn a few days before Wembley. Wor Jackie was reinstated and scored the quickest ever goal at Wembley after only 43 seconds.
City skipper Roy Paul was standing next to Milburn when Len White prepared to take a corner. Paul suddenly remembered that he had been delegated to mark Keeble, who was renowned for his prowess in the air, and he shot off to find Vic leaving Wor Jackie unmarked to head home the flag kick.
Keeble joined United from Colchester for £15,000 in 1952 after impressing United scout Bill McCracken, who in a distinguished playing career at Newcastle won three championships and the F.A. Cup.
Vic enjoyed two outstanding seasons on Tyneside in 1954-55 and 55-56 when he netted 29 goals, once claiming four against Huddersfield Town.
He left United for West Ham where he scored 49 times in 80 appearances before being forced to retire through injury.
However his love of Geordies never waned and he regularly returned from Earls Colne near Colchester where he lived to be a guest of the Fairs Club, a band of United supporters who host a series of reunions throughout Tyneside.
He was a bubbly, friendly man who revelled in his time with United and his friendship with the likes of Wor Jackie. Vic visited Jackie’s widow Laura on a recent trip.
Keeble worked fleetingly as a journalist after retiring from playing and became development manager at his old club Colchester United before spending a considerable time in charge of administration at Chelmsford City.
(This post was edited by John Treleven on Feb 7, 2018, 5:37 PM)