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Norman Tapken

Norman Tapken

Clubs played for: Wallsend Thermal Welfare, Newcastle United, Manchester United, Newcastle United (guest), Sunderland (guest), Darlington (guest), Aldershot (guest), Brighton & Hove Albion (guest), Chester (guest), Darlington, Shelbourne (1933-1949)

Born: 1913

Birthplace: Wallsend, Northumberland

Position: Goalkeeper

Biography: United paid £850 to sign him from Newcastle on Christmas Eve 1938, in the last season before the Second World War. Made his debut against Leicester City at Old Trafford two days later. He enjoyed an 11 game run in the first team before sharing the goalkeeping duties with John Breedon and Tommy Breen. The outbreak of war spelt the end of his Old Trafford career. He didn't even guest for the club during hostilities. After returning from Ireland where he ended his career, he was assistant trainer at Stoke City. He then became a publican in Newcastle-under-Lyme until retiring. Died in June1996.

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