RIP Jackie Marks – A Blyth Spartans legend.

Jackie MarksMonday 3rd July 2017 brought the sad news that club legend Jackie Marks had passed away.

Jackie had 2 spells as manager and was well known for being coach during the historic 1977/78 season which saw the club reach the FA Cup 5th Round, he received national fame for his unique moral boosting coaching methods.

The 85 year old was a legendary figure around Croft Park and still attended games standing with the supporters behind the goal, enjoying nothing better than chatting about the old days and the club in general.

Hull AET

Jackie was responsible for bring some of the clubs greatest players to Croft Park.
Tributes flooded in from his former players and supporters alike, Jackie had successful spell as manager of Ashington, North Shields and Tow Law Town. He was highly respected throughout the North East Non League football as one of the all time greats.

The news was even sadder given it happened days after the club had announced it was to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the famous 77/78 season with a specially commissioned kit of the forthcoming season that was identical to that which Jackie’s side wore in 77/78 season.

In 2013 Jackie helped write this article on his fascinating career in the game:

Green & White Cult Heroes – Jackie Marks


RIP Jackie

A club legend who truly earned his legendary status.


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6 Responses to RIP Jackie Marks – A Blyth Spartans legend.


    So sorry to hear about Jackie Marks who, like Jim Turney, was a true member of the history of
    Blyth Spartans Football Club. I have just informed a friend of mine of the sad news in Bangkok.
    Gateshead and Blyth Spartans Goalkeeper

  2. Charlotte Harrison says:

    He was my grandfather, what a legend.

    • Blyth Spirit says:

      Sorry for your loss Charlotte, I’ve known Jackie for many years through the Spartans and as you known he was a true gent always looked me out and asked how things were.

      A legend and a gentleman

      RIP Jackie

    • Frank Higgins says:

      Sorry for your loss condolences to you and your family I know your Aunt Angela thoughts with you all

  3. Alan Common says:

    So sad to hear that jackie has passed away a great guy and full of passion. RIP. Alan Common. Hungary

  4. Frank Higgins says:

    I know this gentleman’s daughter she lives in Abu Dhabi I hope the club can find a way to present her with the new strip to celebrate the teams 40th Anniversary unfortunately I never met the man but as a football lover I am sure we would have chatted for hours on football from yester year to the present day RIP Jack

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