Monday 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.
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:
A club legend who truly earned his legendary status.