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FAIRS&CLUB:&PREBEN&‘Benny’&ARENTOFT Although(only(at(St.(James’(Park(a(couple(of(seasons,(and( making(less(than(seventy(appearances(in(a(Black(and(White( shirt,( Dane( Preben( ArentoA( conjured( up( enough( magic( in( the( number( ten( jersey( of( Newcastle( United( to( endear( himself,(forever.(( Born( in( his( naFons’( capital( of( Copenhagen( in( November( 1942,( ‘Benny’( as( he( was( affecFonately( known,( became( a( midfielder(to(be(reckoned(with.(He(was(to(be(the(only,(real,( recognised( name( to( emerge( from( the( Scandinavian( amateur(football(scene(during(the(sixFes,(and(a(one(which( the(folk(of(Tyneside(will(never(forget.(( In(his(homeland,(ArentoA(began(his(footballing(career(with( local( side( Bronshoj( Boldklub,( before( moving,( along( with( numerous( compatriots,( to( the( delights( of( Scotland( in( the( midSsixFes.( Whilst( there( the( midfielder( would( put( in( regular( impressive( performances( for( Greenock( Morton,( even( claiming( a( ScoVsh( Second( Division( championship( during(his(Fme(there.(( That(Ftle(success(was(claimed(midway(during(his(four(year( sFnt(with(the(club((1967)(and(was(seen(as(being(the(only( player( of( his( ilk( to( become( an( actual( success( at( this( Fme( when(south(of(the(border.(( The( February( of( 1969( would( see( ArentoA( swap( the( south( coast( of( Scotland( for( the( east( coast( of( England( when,( in( joining(Newcastle(United(for(a(fee(of(around(£18,ooo,(the( now( Danish( InternaFonal( player( was( seVng( a( new( challenge(for(himself.(( Then(United(manager,(the(legendary(Joe(Harvey,(fought(off( the(a_enFon(of(Chelsea,(To_enham(and(Southampton(for( ArentoA’s( signature,( he( was( that( sought( aAer.( It( was( to( become( a( chance( worth( taking( for( the( now( 27( year( old,( who,(upon(his(arrival,(was(to(be(one(of(the(earliest(foreign( imports(at(the(club(–(and(he(went(on(to(claim(a(European( Ftle(aAer(just(half(a(season.(( DebuFng( in( a( 1S0( victory( over( one( of( his( former( suitors,( To_enham,(in(April(`1969,(Benny(would(need(just(a(further( seven(days(to(score(his(first(goal(for(his(new(club,(neVng( the(opener(in(a(3S2(home(win(against(Sheffield(Wednesday.( The(Dane(would(only(find(the(net(four(more(Fmes(during( his( spell( on( Tyneside,( the( tenacious( midfielder( though( being(remembered(for(much(more(than(that.(( Although( Benny( would( make( eleven( appearances( in( European( compeFFon( during( what( was( heady( Fmes( for( the( football( club,( even( scoring( the( equalising( goal( in( the( second( leg( of( the( victorious( 1969( Fairs( Cup( final( 9aAer( opponents(UjpesF(Dosza(had(gone(2S0(up(on(the(night).( Peter Mann It(was(to(be(though,( another( occasion( for( which( United( fans( of( the( Fme( remember( him( by.( In( a( League( match( in( April( 1970,( with( Newcastle( opposing( Manchester( United,( the( Magpies( were( shorn( of( ‘keeper( Iam( McFaul( during( the( game.( ArentoA( would( step( up( to( the( plate( and( take( M c F a u l ’s( p l a c e( between( the( sFcks( and( take( a( starring( role( as( the( goals( flowed,( at( the( other( end,(from(‘Pop’(Robson((two(penalFes(in(a(hatStrick),(Smith( and(Davies.(Newcastle(ran(out(impressive(5S1(winners.(( ArentoA’s( Fme( with( the( Tyneside( club( was( ulFmately( shortSlived(though,(around(twentySone(months(in(fact.(His( final( appearance( in( a( Black( and( White( jersey( came( in( the( 2S1(reverse(at(home(to(NoVngham(Forest.(That(was(in(the( January( of( 1971,( his( eighteenth( appearance( of( a( season( (1970S71)(in(which(United(would(turn(over(one(of(Europe’s( finest(sides.(ArentoA(played(a(part(in(both(legs(of(the(Fairs( Cup( Fe( which( saw( Italian( giants,( Internazionale( of( Milan,( dumped( out( of( the( Fairs( Cup( by( a( ba_leShardened( Newcastle(side.(( Upon( leaving( Newcastle,( and( aAer( eight( months( in( the( wilderness( there,( ArentoA( would( spend( five( years( at( Blackburn( Rovers( (1969S74)( following( a( £25,ooo( move.( From(there(it(was(home(to(Scandinavia(when,(aAer(nearly( a( decade( on( BriFsh( shores,( he( joined( Swedish( side( Helsingborgs( IF,( becoming( their( manager( for( a( period( between(1977(and(1980.(( As( a( Danish( InternaFonal,( the( midfielder( would( appear( nine( Fmes( for( his( country,( the( last( of( which( was( against( World( powerhouses,( West( Germany,( in( June( 1971.( Following( reFrement( from( the( game,( aAer( some( two( decades(as(a(footballer,(ArentoA(had(been(known(to(try(his( hand( at( a( number( of( career( paths( –( a( Senior( Manager( of( the( Copenhagen( City( Council’s( Child( ProbaFon( Department,(an(Art(Dealer,(Journalist,(and(an(Accountant.(( It’s( been( a( long( and( varied( career,( and( life,( for( a( midfielder( known( not( only( on( Tyneside,( but( across( Europe(as,(quite(simply,(Benny.(( 19