Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Burleigh has died at the age of 70, the club has confirmed.
The Magpies released a statement last night announcing that the Willington-born shot-stopper, who joined the Magpies from his local club in 1968 had sadly passed away.
Burleigh spent six years at St. James' Park, making 15 senior appearances for United, and was a long-standing deputy for Irish international Willie McFaul.
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Burleigh was an International youth cup winner with the Toon in 1969, as the Magpies defeated Arsenal in the final of the tournament which was held in Rotterdam.
The club had already won the Northern Intermediate league and cup double that same season.
He was also part of the squad that won the Anglo-Italian Cup in 1973 - a now defunct European football competition that was played intermittently between 1970 and 1996 between clubs from England and Italy.
Burleigh made his senior debut against Leeds United on Boxing Day 1970, and attracted high earned praise from Whites legend Don Revie despite his side's defeat.
However, he would have to wait more than a year before he could taste first team football again.
An injury to McFaul gave Burleigh the opportunity to finally stake a claim for the number one shirt, but he suffered a broken finger against Southampton.
After clashing with manager Joe Harvey, which led to him considering joining the RAF, he left the club and went on to have two spells with Darlington.
Burleigh would also represent Carlisle United and Hartlepool United, making more than 200 Football League appearances in all before returning to non-league football.