“My dad was a Newcastle fanatic and Wor Jackie was his hero. So to walk into our house having broken such a great man’s record meant everything to me. I had made my dad proud. I invited Jackie’s widow Laura to my testimonial match as a tribute to him. He stands out like a beacon in United’s history. Every Geordie knows what Jackie Milburn means to this club and therefore this is a special time to remember him.
“For another Geordie – this one from a council estate in Gosforth – to overtake Wor Jackie’s goalscoring record is unbelievable for me. It answers anyone who dares to question why I chose Newcastle ahead of Manchester United. I’ve never regretted that decision for a moment.”