Robert "Bob" Stokoe (21 September 1930 – 1 February 2004) was an English footballer and manager who was able, almost uniquely, to transcend the traditional north-east rivalry between the region's footballing giants, Newcastle United and Sunderland.
Born in Mickley, Northumberland, Stokoe began his footballing career at Newcastle United, playing the first of 288 games, usually as centre-half, on Christmas Day 1950. The highlight of his time at Newcastle was the 3–1 1955 FA Cup Final victory over Manchester City. After leaving Newcastle, Stokoe spent a short time playing for Bury before making the move into management.
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