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John Hixon (7 February 1921 [1] [2] – 20 December 2009) [3] was an English football talent scout. A familiar face at football games across the North East for decades, Hixon played a major part in furthering the careers of many footballers from the region.

Working as Burnley's scout in the North East for many years, Hixon also recommended players to Southampton, Ipswich Town, Sunderland and Newcastle United. [4]

His most notable protégé was Alan Shearer, with whom he remained close friends up until his death. [5]

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  2. England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916-2007
  3. England and Wales, Death Index, 2007-2017
  4. Brenkley, Stephen (22 December 1996). "Football: The scout's honour survives". London: The Independent . Retrieved 21 December 2009.
  5. "Shearer pays tribute to 'mentor'". BBC Online. 21 December 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2009.