AN all-time leading goal-scorer who was born in Alnwick and played league football during the 1950s and 60s has died, aged 79.
Norman Wilkinson notched up an unbeaten record of 143 goals in 401 games for York City between 1954 and 1966, including two promotion-winning campaigns.
An inside forward, he was also the youngest member of the ‘Happy Wanderers’ side that reached the 1955 FA Cup semi-final, scoring twice in the fifth round win over Spurs.
Norman started his career with non-league Crook Town before joining Hull City in 1953 and York City the following year for a signing on fee of £10.
He returned to non-league with Annfield Plain after retiring from league football in 1966, although he remained a scout for his old team.
During his career, Norman played as a part-timer while also working as a shoe repairer and commuted from his home in north Durham. Before signing for Hull, he served in the RAF.
York City, which now plays in the Blue Square Bet Premier League, paid tribute to Norman with a minute’s silence before Tuesday night’s game against AFC Wimbledon.