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Hero duo get footballing honour
Mannion turned out for Middlesborough 368 times
Two of the north-east of England's best-loved soccer heroes are being installed in the sport's Hall of Fame.

Former Middlesbrough star, the late Wilf Mannion and Newcastle's Alan Shearer are being honoured by the National Football Museum in Lancashire.

They will take their place alongside the likes of Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore, Billy Bremner and Dixie Dean.

Shearer and the family of Mannion are due to attend a dinner at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton to accept the award.

Mannion's son, also called Wilf, said: "This is a great honour for the family and we are all very excited about it.

"I think dad would be a little bit shy though because he was a very quiet man off the pitch and didn't like a lot of fuss."

One-man strike

At his peak Wilf Mannion was hailed as the "Golden Boy" of British soccer.

A supremely gifted inside-forward for Middlesbrough and England, his talent was allied to a rebellious nature, which led him to take on the game's hierarchy and stage a one-man strike against his club.

Wilf Mannion was born in Middlesbrough, and left school at 14 to work in a shipyard, before being signed by his hometown club.

Alan Shearer
Alan Shearer joined Newcastle in 1996

He played his first league game for them at 18, and spent the rest of his long career with the club, apart from his last season.

Six years' service in the army split his playing days, although he turned out for England in a wartime international.

After the war he played 26 times for England, scoring 11 goals. With Middlesbrough he scored 110 goals between 1936 and 1954.

He died in April 2002 at the age of 81.

Alan Shearer, hotly-tipped to be a future manager of Newcastle United, scored a hat-trick on his debut for Southampton against Arsenal as a 17-year-old in 1988.

He was the world's most expensive player when he moved from Blackburn to Newcastle for 15m in the summer of 1996.

One of the sport's most recognised players, he was awarded the OBE for services to football in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2001.




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Wilf Mannion's son, also called Wilf
"Playing for Middlesbrough and England meant a great deal to him"



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