One of our heroes of yesteryear. 1924 Frank Brennan born, Annathill, Scotland. (1946-56) Signed from Airdrie for Â£7,000 in July 1946, centre half Frank opted to join Newcastle despite offers from both Preston North End and the mackems. Debuting in United's first post-war Football League game (a 4-1 victory at Millwall in August 1946), Brennan went on to become a cornerstone of the Newcastle United side that returned to the First Division in 1948 and won the FA Cup in 1951 and 1952. A Colossus of a man (nicknamed "The Rock of Tyneside"), this Scottish international stood at 6ft 3in in his size 12 boots and had a fighting weight of 13 and a half stone. Omitted from the 1955 Cup Final side as an alleged punishment for opening a sports shop in the city to rival Chairman Stan Seymour's, Frank was transfer-listed over a wage dispute, which outraged fans. Typical Seymour, looking after his own interests instead of the teams. Who does that remind you of? Playing his final game in January 1956, Frank joined North Shields in a player/coach role and remained there until 1962. Coaching in Singapore and Trinidad for the British Council, Brennan returned to Appleby Park in 1967 and managed Shields to FA Amateur Cup success two years later. Following an unsuccessful stint as Darlington Manager in 1971 and some time coaching South Shields, he concentrated on his business and lived in Whitley Bay. Frank passed away in March 1997 and some nine years after his death was nominated by United for the FA Cup Team of Heroes, to celebrate 125 years of the competition. His name also lives on in a trophy award annually by Sport Newcastle to unsung heroes of sport in the region.