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The man who talent-spotted Alan Shearer has died.

Jack Hixon from Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, passed away in hospital this morning at the age of 88.

Jack became a scout for Burnley by accident after serving in the Navy during the Second World War with their England winger Billy Elliott.

He was responsible for unearthing the £5m-rated Leeds United striker Michael Bridges and Burnley’s England winger Ralph Coates.

But it will be his discovery of Shearer, when he was just a scrawny teenager, that he will be best remembered.

Jack first spotted him as a 13- year-old striker turning defences inside out for Newcastle Boys on Benfield Park.

A year later the teenager was being packed off to Southampton on apprenticeship terms.

The pair kept in touch and Shearer even made a secret visit to Jack’s hospital bedside before the Euro 2000 championships after he fell ill with a serious kidney complaint.

Jack previously said of Shearer: "He has achieved so much and I burst with pride about him.

"Often I have been in the right place at the right time. The Lord has smiled down on me."

Jack also talent- spotted Stan Ternent from Gateshead. The former Sunderland coach and Burnley manager remained good friends with Jack.

Stan, who was amongst the first to pay tribute, said: "He spotted a lot of talent; so many players from all over the place. He brought hundreds and hundreds of players into the game and a lot of them became internationals.

"We won’t see the likes of him again.He spotted me in the North East. I was a friend of his from the age of 13.

"I got my chance in the game and it was all down to Jack. You need to be given an opportunity when you are a young player and he gave that opportunity to a lot of us.

"He could spot a player and he was a genuinely nice person. He was such a nice guy, so it’s a sad day for football."

In recent years, he claimed he found 47 talented Geordie schoolboys who have gone on to play top flight football.
20th December 2009 04:05 PM
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R.I.P sounds like a really nice bloke..

pity we carnt find any more local talent around here or i bet they dont even look at the club set up around the north east aka cramy juniors blyth town and spartains juniors ect

wallend boys club...
20th December 2009 04:25 PM
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yeah brings a huge downer after the match

hope the club do something for him at the next match
20th December 2009 07:18 PM
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Prob not m8 they dont know him or the history...
20th December 2009 07:20 PM
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