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From Newcastle’s West End, John Gibson (Gibbo) started his newspaper career at Northumberland’s Hexham Courant before heading off and working at the old Sun in London in the 1960s.

But after covering the Ashington-born Charlton brothers and England’s victory in the 1966 World Cup he set about dedicating his efforts to blanket coverage of his beloved Newcastle United for the next four decades for the Chronicle.

During that time he covered Newcastle’s highs and lows, Olympics and World Cups – his reports often ending up on the front page rather than the back such as his coverage of the Black September outrage at the 1970 Munich Olympics.

John has also been crowned National Sports Journalist of the Year five times and scooped numerous other national industry awards.

His writing is credited as instrumental in helping the Magpie Group take control of St James’ Park at the start of the 90s, ushering in the Kevin Keegan era.

Chronicle Editor Paul Robertson, said: “John Gibson is a legend and at 70 continues to write with authority on all things Newcastle United.