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Newcastle and Blyth Spartans footballer Steve Carney dies

1978 Blyth Spartans squad
Image caption Carney (back row, second from the right) was part of the squad that played in the fifth round FA Cup replay at St James' Park against Wrexham

The former Newcastle United footballer Steve Carney has died at the age of 55.

The defender, originally from Newcastle, joined United from Blyth Spartans in 1979 and played 134 times for the club over six years.

He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year. He was an electrician by trade and described as a "tremendous competitor" in the 1970s.

He was part of the Blyth squad that came to national attention when they reached the FA Cup fifth round in 1978.

Mr Carney, known as a "no-nonsense" defender, also had spells at Carlisle United, Darlington, Rochdale and Hartlepool United.

His performances for Blyth caught the eye of the Newcastle manager at the time Bill McGarry who signed him for £1,000.

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