The Robledo brothers' remarkable story

Socceroos' World Cup nemesis Alexis Sanchez will become only the third Chilean to play in the FA Cup final this Saturday, following in the pioneering footsteps of the Robledo brothers.

In fact, it’s been a remarkable 63 years since George, the more famous of the brothers, netted the winner for Newcastle United against Arsenal in the 1952 FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

That moment has become etched in history thanks to John Lennon’s childhood sketch of his header, which later became an album cover.

George passed away in 1989, not long after his only daughter Elizabeth had moved to Australia, where she still resides to this day in Sydney.

“He always recalled that final,” Elizabeth tells FourFourTwo. “I’m so proud of my dad. I’m so proud.

“That goal was so famous that John Lennon drew a picture of the goal when he was 11 years old and 22 years later he put it as an album cover for ‘Walls and Bridges’ as a solo artist."

The Robledo brothers' story is not only remarkable, but a tale of pioneers in the post-War English game bereft of the foreign flair so readily on show nowadays.

With England-born mother Elsie Oliver, the family moved to Yorkshire in 1932 after the Great Depression, and it was there that George and Ted would learn their craft, impress at Barnsley before a move to Newcastle.

In another Australian twist, George’s place in English football folklore remained for almost half a century, as the all-time leading scorer as a foreigner in the top flight.

It wasn’t until the late 90s when Dwight Yorke, who later played at Sydney FC, was the record broken.

“I’m very proud of that,” Elizabeth says, before adding: “They often said he was a gentleman not only on the field, but off the field."

Elizabeth, who was born in Chile, is now 54 and works at the Hispanoamerican Newspaper in Sydney, says George fondly recalled his two FA Cup final appearances.

George, playing alongside his brother Ted, won the headlines in 1952s win, while it was only the former who played in Newcastle’s 1951 2-0 victory over Blackpool.

“When he received the cup he received it from Winston Churchill’s hands in 1952,” Elizabeth says.

“In 1951, they received it from king George VI, Queen Elizabeth’s father, so those memories for a Chilean player are amazing.

“Of course, you’re scoring the only goal in an FA cup final. In those days it’s amazing.

“It was so emotional and he always remembered it. It’s Wembley Stadium in front of 100,000 people!”

It was a moment George never matched in his career, despite the fact he played for Chile at the 1950 World Cup after a Chilean ambassador in the UK got in touch with national team FA officials.