Malcolm Dix hopes a Geordie lad will next year be voted Sport Newcastle’s personality of the year.
More specifically, he wants to see a Newcastle United homegrown star be handed the night’s biggest award 12 months from now at what will be the 38th dinner.
Not that the President of Sport Newcastle has anything against this year’s recipient, the Falcons’ director of rugby Dean Richards. It’s just he feels sad that in such a football-mad city, it’s been too long since his organisation has had the chance to honour a local lad at the local club.
Dix, who is also honorary vice president of Newcastle United, said: “Looking ahead to next year, it would be nice to have a football player as our sports personality of the year. It’s been too long since we’ve been able to say that.
“Alan Pardew won the award a few years back.
“However, from my part it would be lovely to think that a born-and-bred Geordie could make the breakthrough over the next 12 months.
“Alan Shearer won the award. So did Peter Beardsley. But we are going back a few years now.
“We need to see more of their like coming through.
“Newcastle United is such a big part of our city. Sir John Hall and I agree that we need more local boys in the team. They know all about the heart of the club.
“Dean was a worthy winner this year. To get the Falcons back up after one year was an incredible achievement.
“But I do hope next year it goes to a footballer.”
Dix looked back on another successful dinner that boasted 480 guests and three world champions at the city’s Civic Centre on Monday evening.
He said: “We had Stuart Hall sitting beside a former champion, Glenn McCrory, and Jack Charlton was also in the audience.
“It was a great reminder about how many top-class sportsmen this area has produced. Every nominee has to come from here or be based in Newcastle.”
Other winners were Geoff Cook, who got the Wilkinson outstanding contribution to sport, for his work with county cricket champions Durham.
And the Wor Jackie Trophy went to Adam Armstrong, the 17-year-old of whom so much is expected at St James’ Park.
There were also 14 Rising Stars of Sports, ranging from athletics to skiing.
Dix said: “It will be interesting to see how far the 14 and all the 55 nominations will go from here.
“We have a good track record. I believe in terms of rugby we’ve had seven who later went on to represent England.”