John’s goodbye to Newcastle United was a good buy for Middlesbrough.
Stan Anderson had to sell Boro favourite Hugh McIlmoyle to finance the then club record £60,000 to entice Craggs into a Tyne-Tees switch. The right-back's time at St James's Park, despite an England youth cap, was frustratingly spent in the shadow of Irishman David Craig and ended with just 50 appearances in six years.
It was no surprise when John leapt at the chance to don the No 2 shirt and make it his own for the next decade.
An attacking full-back in the truest sense, his defending ability was admired by all those who saw him play including, from across the back four, left-back Terry Cooper, who said: "I always say a defender's first job is to defend and John did that."
Craggs had a sweet right foot and excelled with long throws into the penalty area. It's hardly surprising he played a leading part in the Boro promotion-winning side of 1974.
He was then integral to Jack Charlton's side in the top flight and ended by playing a total of 487 games, winning a place in Boro's top appearances list.
Soon after relegation in 1982 and a summer testimonial against his old club, in which Kevin Keegan appeared, John returned to St James's Park for a spell before heading for Darlington, coaching at Hartlepool and retirement in Middlesbrough.