He Was Christened John Edward Thompson - JET - and surely no other footballer had such an appropriate set of initials to embark on a career in the game. When Jackie Milburn walked into St James Park, boots in a brown paper parcel in August 1943 there started a special association not only between player and club, but also between player and the whole of the north east region. One that remains strong as ever, several years after his death in 1988.
23rd April 2012
The statue has been moved to the south east corner of St James Park. A much better location for statue.