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Just read on Caulkin's Twitter page that he passed away, didn't see any other threads on it.

 

ALAN Shearer has led the tributes to football scout Jack Hixon who passed away today at the age of 88.

 

Hixon gave Shearer his first big break in the game when he spotted the 13-year-old playing for Wallsend Boys Club and recommended him to Southampton for whom he scouted for 20 years.

 

Shearer, who remained close to Hixon throughout his illustrious career said today: "It's a very sad day. Jack was a lovely man, very hard working and totally dedicated. We were very close and he will be sadly missed."

 

"There will always be footballers to find," Hixon had once noted, and he spent over half a century unearthing North-East talent like Shearer and Michael Bridges who ended up playing for both Newcastle United and Sunderland.

 

Hixon spent brief spells working for Sunderland and later, on behalf of then-Magpies manager Bobby Robson.

 

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/sport/4813407.Legendary_scout_Jack_Hixon_dies/

 

RIP

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Met him on the Metro on the way to SJP when Shearer signed (couple of days after) and he had loads of memorabilia  with him, he was later interviewed about the transfer. Sure it was the transfer, or a Shearer special of some sort, 80% sure it was the actual transfer.

 

Listened in on his convo anyway, felt at the time a privilege to hear what he was saying, shame i cannot remember any of it.

 

RIP

 

 

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Met him on the Metro on the way to SJP when Shearer signed (couple of days after) and he had loads of memorabilia  with him, he was later interviewed about the transfer. Sure it was the transfer, or a Shearer special of some sort, 80% sure it was the actual transfer.

 

Listened in on his convo anyway, felt at the time a privilege to hear what he was saying, shame i cannot remember any of it.

 

RIP

 

 

 

Was shaping up to be a really good anecdote that. :lol:

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